Xbox One http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one/reviews en-GB The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We may be more than halfway through the year, but there are plenty of top games still to look forward to </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor" alt="The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Shadow-of-Mordor.jpg?1410946279" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It happens every summer: the impending holiday release schedule looks unbelievably stacked, and then one by one the big titles get put back to the following year.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Hyrule Warriors </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Koei Tecmo&#39;s <em>Dynasty Warriors</em> series lost its lustre many years back, yet continues to pump out dull hack-and-slash entries &ndash; so it&#39;s easy to turn a cynical eye towards this mash-up with <em>The Legend Of Zelda</em>. But seeing Link, Sheik, Ganondorf, and loads of other playable characters battling waves of cartoonish foes can&#39;t help but get our nostalgic, Nintendo-loving hearts pumping like mad. Hope we&#39;re not let down.</p> <p><strong>Due: 19 September / Wii U</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zlaPT08Tmxc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last year&#39;s debut showed that Disney could hang with&nbsp;<em>Skylanders</em>&nbsp;in the toy-based game world, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review"><em>Infinity 2.0</em></a>&nbsp;looks set to amplify the action with a bevy of superhero showdowns.</p> <p><em>The Avengers</em>&nbsp;characters are bundled in, plus there are&nbsp;<em>Spider-Man&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;<em>Guardians Of The Galaxy</em>&nbsp;sets, and all other&nbsp;<em>Infinity</em>&nbsp;figurines work as well. The game worlds are also much larger than in the first version, and the freeform Toy Box mode has been simplified. So, whether you&#39;re genuinely buying it for your kids or just using that as an excuse, it looks well worth checking out.</p> <p><strong>Due: 19 September /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review">Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xvYYrEVtxpI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. FIFA 15 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>FIFA</em>&nbsp;made a big splash on new-gen consoles last year, with&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-14/fifa-14-next-gen/review">FIFA 14</a></em>&nbsp;towering over not only the competition but also its own appearance on older platforms. The next version - unsurprisingly titled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review"><em>FIFA 15&nbsp;</em></a>- looks set to push things ever further ahead come September.</p> <p>While not representing a dramatic shift in strategy, EA&#39;s latest footie sim seeks to tap into more of that hardware power to deliver stadium-specific crowd interactions and more realistic player responses. But the changes aren&#39;t only cosmetic: we&#39;ve played an early version and also felt that the computer-controlled players made more intelligent runs, ball control is tighter and passing slicker.</p> <p>Whether it can make up for the disappointment of England&#39;s World Cup campaign remains to be seen.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Due: 26 September /&nbsp;Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review">FIFA 15 - First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2dDHWCZH9ZA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Forza Horizon 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/forza-motorsport-5/review"><em>Forza Motorsport 5</em></a>&nbsp;was the Xbox One&#39;s flashy launch showcase, but&nbsp;<em>Horizon 2</em>&nbsp;shakes up the routine with an open-world romp through southern Europe.&nbsp;</p> <p>Expect a massive amount of terrain split between France and Italy, with loads of challenges, online Car Meets with other players, and a day/night cycle featuring dynamic weather. That&#39;s the new-gen version, at least; the Xbox 360 game may not share all features.</p> <p><strong>Due: 30 September /&nbsp;Xbox One, Xbox 360</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AX7r61fyltc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve played enough mediocre&nbsp;<em>Lord Of The Rings</em>&nbsp;games to know better by this point, but we keep hearing such excellent things about&nbsp;<em>Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor</em>&nbsp;that we&#39;re determined to give it another chance.&nbsp;</p> <p>Filling in the gap between&nbsp;<em>The Hobbit</em>&nbsp;and the main trilogy, this open-world action role-player makes bold strides in enemy AI and generally makes you feel like a bad, bad man in the familiar fantasy world.</p> <p><strong>Due: 30 September /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature">These are the 200 greatest games of all time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/55GJQQKKzuE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Alien: Isolation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The last&nbsp;<em>Alien</em>&nbsp;game was the Gearbox-developed&nbsp;<em>Colonial Marines</em>, and quite frankly it was an absolute stinker of a game. The good news is, the new one&#39;s being made by Creative Assembly, and it looks amazing.</p> <p>In&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review"><em>Isolation</em></a>, you play as Ellen Ripley&#39;s daughter trapped aboard a space station with the monstrous extra-terrestrial. So far, so haven&#39;t-we-been-here-before? But unlike the last effort, it totally nails the tension and fear of the 1979 flick,&nbsp;bringing welcome lashings of stealth and scares aplenty as you frantically try to escape ol&#39; toothy without packing any awesome firepower. In fact, without packing any firepower - in&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;you&#39;re gunless. Now that&#39;s brave.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Due: 7 October /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Everything you need to know about Alien: Isolation</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3mfTajDgBH4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. Driveclub </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Initially intended as a PS4 launch showcase,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-driveclub/feature"><em>Driveclub</em></a>&nbsp;quietly disappeared for a stretch, underwent retooling, and has now emerged seemingly ready to be the most enticing racing experience of this autumn.</p> <p>It looks absolutely stunning - as it should, given that it hails from the team behind the thrilling&nbsp;<em>MotorStorm -</em>&nbsp;but its biggest hook comes from online team functionality that lets you manage a virtual racing club with ease.</p> <p><strong>Due: 10 October /&nbsp;PS4</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-driveclub/feature">Driveclub: hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lCHbRjsgXqE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First launched a couple of years ago, open-world action game&nbsp;<em>Sleeping Dogs</em>&nbsp;returns in an enhanced new-gen re-release that bundles in two dozen add-on packs and surely delivers some kind of visual bump. While cut from the&nbsp;<em>Grand Theft Auto</em>&nbsp;cloth,&nbsp;<em>Sleeping Dogs</em>&nbsp;succeeded in large part due to its distinctive setting of Hong Kong, which gave the undercover cop quest its own added mystique. It&#39;ll be eclipsed by the&nbsp;<em>GTA 5</em>&nbsp;re-release this holiday season, but should be worth looping back on.</p> <p><strong>Due: 10 October / Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0K6kZe35DKE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. The Evil Within </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Resident Evil</em>&nbsp;has taken a seemingly permanent turn towards action, and&nbsp;<em>Silent Hill</em>&nbsp;has been patchy in recent years, so where does that leave survival horror? In the hands of&nbsp;<em>Resident Evil</em>&nbsp;creator Shinji Mikami, who aims to give the genre a shot in the arm with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/evil-within-first-play/review"><em>The Evil Within</em></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Less a revolution than a modernisation of past ideas, it looks and feels deeply unsettling and throws up plenty of genuinely horrific moments. So, mission accomplished.</p> <p><strong>Due: 17 October /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/evil-within-first-play/review">The Evil Within hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MMKhoHl9BnE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rather than embark on a new-gen journey, 2K Games opted to give Xbox 360 and PS3 owners one last wild romp through the world of&nbsp;<em>Borderlands</em>&nbsp;in the surely nutty&nbsp;<em>The Pre-Sequel.</em></p> <p>It fits between the two previous entries in terms of narrative, but story isn&#39;t really the big hook here &ndash; rather, it&#39;s the millions of possible gun combinations, the rampant oddball humour, and the new anti-gravity combat.</p> <p><strong>Due: 17 October /&nbsp;Xbox 360, PS3, PC</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5DpJNBEEloI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Fantasia: Music Evolved </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A Disney game for Kinect? Surely some mistake. But no,&nbsp;<em>Fantasia: Music Evolved</em>&nbsp;really is one of the most enticing Xbox games on the horizon, and it&#39;s all because of its maker: Harmonix, the music-centric team behind&nbsp;<em>Rock Band</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Dance Central</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p>This interactive sequel to the classic animated flicks lets you interact with songs like a composer, swiping your hands to the on-screen prompts. Very charming stuff and truly original.</p> <p><strong>Due: 21 October /&nbsp;Xbox One, Xbox 360</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LSAXQ13y7_k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12. Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We enjoyed living a pirate&#39;s life in last year&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review"><em>Assassin&#39;s Creed IV: Black Flag</em></a>, but we&#39;ve got an itch to explore a big, historical city &ndash; and&nbsp;<em>Unity</em>&nbsp;delivers in spades with French Revolution-era Paris.</p> <p>Even better? The campaign is playable in online co-op with up to four assassins in total, meaning you can carry out even more elaborate assaults with real-life comrades backing you up. And it&#39;s only for new-gen hardware, too.</p> <p><strong>Due: 28 October /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PC</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-ohFulrJKhI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13. Sunset Overdrive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What happens when Insomniac Games (<em>Ratchet &amp; Clank</em>) tries its hand at a brash, open-world action game? Utter, delectable chaos &ndash; and candy-coated, to boot.</p> <p>More like&nbsp;<em>Crackdown</em>&nbsp;than&nbsp;<em>Grand Theft Auto</em>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/e3-2014/first-play-sunset-overdrive/feature"><em>Sunset Overdrive</em></a>&nbsp;is a manic fever-dream of a game, tasking you with detonating mutants with wacky guns while grinding on surfaces, leaping with abandon, and having a blast. Seriously, watch the trailer.</p> <p><strong>Due: 31 October /&nbsp;Xbox One</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/e3-2014/first-play-sunset-overdrive/feature">Sunset Overdrive First Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qmRR6MnS6dc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 14. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last year&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Ghosts</em>&nbsp;was a bit of a low point for the&nbsp;<em>Call Of Duty&nbsp;</em>series,&nbsp;delivering a competent but rather unremarkable retread through tired ideas. But&nbsp;<em>Advanced Warfare</em>&nbsp;looks a lot better.</p> <p>For starters, it pushes things much further forward into the future: 2054, to be precise.</p> <p>It&#39;s brimming with more crazy gadgets than a James Bond film and also has a strong - and welcome - focus on narrative (look, Kevin Spacey!). Factor in a stunning new game engine and you&#39;ve got every reason to be excited about&nbsp;<em>Call Of Duty&nbsp;</em>for the first time in ages.</p> <p><strong>Due: 4 November /&nbsp;Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3, Xbox 360</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1sRUZ9p4oYQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 15. Halo: The Master Chief Collection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We rarely get too excited about a re-release (excepting&nbsp;<em>GTA5</em>), but&nbsp;<em>The Master Chief Collection</em>&nbsp;just blows us away with both the quantity of what&#39;s on offer and attention to detail.&nbsp;</p> <p>The package features&nbsp;<em>Halo 1-4</em>, all remastered for the new-gen hardware and packing in the entirety of their original contents. That means that as well as the single-player story you also get each game&#39;s multiplayer package intact and playable online.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a further - and very welcome - bonus, many of the&nbsp;<em>Halo 2</em>&nbsp;maps have also been reimagined for the collection. So whether you loved the games first time round or are one of the 16 people in the world who&#39;s never played them, there&#39;s no excuse for not giving them another spin.</p> <p><strong>Due: 14 November /&nbsp;Xbox One</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naughty-dog/last-us-remastered/review">The Last Of Us Remastered review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aPGPiSpTw4w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 16. The Crew </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From the developers behind underrated racing gems such as <em>Test Drive Unlimited</em> and <em>Driver: San Francisco</em>, Ubisoft&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review"><em>The Crew</em></a> is perhaps the most ambitious racer on the horizon.</p> <p>Single-player and online multiplayer action are merged in this jaunt across the United States, with coast-to-coast cruising and all manner of <em>Burnout</em>-inspired arcade antics along the way. Here&#39;s hoping it lives up to its massive potential.</p> <p><strong>Due: 14 November / PS4, Xbox One, PC</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review">The Crew First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AJQiyuX6VRA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 17. LittleBigPlanet 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not only does&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review"><em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em></a>&nbsp;arrive this autumn on a new lead platform with a new developer behind it, but Sackboy is also bringing some new friends with him. Now, when you play with three mates, each controls a different endearing felt creature &ndash; and each has a unique ability that really pushes home the need for teamwork. Otherwise, expect lots of wickedly charming terrain and fiendishly difficult platforming action.</p> <p><strong>Due: 18 November /&nbsp;PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review">LittleBigPlanet 3 hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ymCDdrMKPrY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 18. Far Cry 4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Exploring the wild jungle as an everyman bro made <em>Far Cry 3</em> a one-of-a-kind experience, but Ubisoft&#39;s not resting on its laurels for the next instalment: it&#39;s shifting the action to the Himalayas. Snow! Elephants to ride! Drop-in co-op!</p> <p>From what we&#39;ve played, <em><a href="http://Exploring the wild jungle as an everyman bro made Far Cry 3 a one-of-a-kind experience, but Ubisoft&#039;s not resting on its laurels for the next instalment: it&#039;s shifting the action to the Himalayas. Snow! Elephants to ride! Drop-in co-op! From what we&#039;ve played, Far Cry 4 doesn&#039;t really feel like a huge leap forward in terms of gameplay, with the same crazed enemies and unpredictable terrain, but we suspect it&#039;ll still be a tough game to shrug off. And at least the change in location will make for some nice scenary. Due: 18 November / PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 READ MORE: Far Cry 4 hands-on preview www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/e3-2014/far-cry-4-first-play/feature">Far Cry 4</a></em> doesn&#39;t really feel like a huge leap forward in terms of gameplay, with the same crazed enemies and unpredictable terrain, but we suspect it&#39;ll still be a tough game to shrug off. And at least the change in location will make for some nice scenary.</p> <p><strong>Due: 18 November / PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 </strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/e3-2014/far-cry-4-first-play/feature">Far Cry 4 hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/04z45SOAH5k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 19. Dragon Age: Inquisition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>BioWare kind of blew it with&nbsp;<em>Dragon Age II</em>&nbsp;following the stellar original, but the beloved RPG studio is seeking to redeem the fantasy franchise with&nbsp;<em>Inquisition.</em></p> <p>The new title blends the better elements of the previous versions - for instance it will feature two combat systems, one of which resembles that from&nbsp;<em>Origins</em>&nbsp;and one that from&nbsp;<em>II</em>. As with the first game, you&#39;ll also be able to play as one of several races, among them humans, elves and dwarfs.</p> <p>While not quite as epic as the peerless&nbsp;<em>Skyrim</em>,&nbsp;<em>Inquisition</em>&nbsp;still looks like offering plenty of opportunities to create your own unique hero and seek adventure in an intriguing universe. And that&#39;s more than most games manage.</p> <p><strong>Due: 18 November /&nbsp;Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, PS3</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WDVdSPpCj7M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 20. Grand Theft Auto 5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wait, isn&#39;t&nbsp;<em>GTA5</em>&nbsp;already our pick for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">best game in the world right now</a>? Indeed, it is - and the best is about to get better when it gets the new-gen treatment this autumn.</p> <p>Even if the visual overhaul is the only real addition, that&#39;ll be plenty, as the initial trailer looks downright stunning. In fact, the thought of exploring Los Santos all over again with some serious hardware powering the action is as enticing as a Chicago-soundtracked sunset drive with Trevor (ie very).</p> <p><strong>Due: Q4 2014 /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PC</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review">Grand Theft Auto 5 review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">These are the 10 best games in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3DBrG2YjqQA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 20 most exciting upcoming games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From Destiny to Alien: Isolation, there&#039;s a lot to look forward to </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature#comments Console games Gaming Lists PC PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Wii Wii U Xbox 360 Xbox One Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:31:18 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443762 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Microsoft wants to put Xbox games in your browser, now you have two hours to return Android apps, and an NES-themed 3DS XL incoming http://www.stuff.tv/3ds-xl/fully-charged-microsoft-wants-put-xbox-games-your-browser-now-you-have-two-hours-return-andro <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get caught up with the rapid-fire news bits you need to start your day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One UI" alt="Xbox One UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one-home.jpg?1410417181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft wants to put Xbox games in your browser </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Might Xbox be making the leap from consoles to true cross-hardware gaming platform? That&rsquo;s the indication of a report from Neowin, which suggests that Microsoft has Xbox 360 games running via a web browser over the cloud - and Xbox One games are next.</p> <p>This isn&rsquo;t the first we&rsquo;ve heard of Microsoft&rsquo;s cloud gaming ambitions. Last year, Microsoft <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/report-microsoft-making-game-cloud-streaming-service">reportedly showed <em>Halo 4</em></a> running on an array of platforms at a company meeting, while just weeks ago, <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/apps/pubs/default.aspx?id=226843">a Microsoft Research project</a> surfaced that claimed to mask extensive cloud-based gaming lag via predictive technology.</p> <p>According to Neowin, Microsoft has the service running games at upwards of 60 frames per second, which paired with the predictive tech could deliver streamed games that perform quite similarly to a native download or disc. Now we&rsquo;ll have to see if Microsoft opts to release it out to consumers, like Sony has with its PlayStation Now streaming platform.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-is-testing-playing-xbox-games-in-your-browser">Neowin</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/gamescom-2014/share-play-coming-ps4-plus-playstation-tv-and-playstation-now-dated-uk/n">Share Play coming to PS4, plus PlayStation TV and Now dated for UK</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Play app return period extended </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Got buyer&rsquo;s remorse about something you spent money for on Google Play for Android? Whether it&rsquo;s mere dislike or perhaps a performance issue, you only previously had 15 minutes to change your mind and get your money back.</p> <p>Now it&rsquo;s two full hours, so worry not about taking a chance on something. However, note that you can&rsquo;t repeat the refund process twice for the same app - so if you decide to buy it again after an initial return, be absolutely sure before confirming the purchase.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/134336?hl=en">Google Play</a> and <a href="http://www.androidcentral.com/google-play-support-page-confirms-new-2-hour-refund-window-apps-and-games">Android Central</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/10/google-play-returns/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">30 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="721" title="Google Play" alt="Google Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-play-paidapps.png?1410417181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NES-themed Nintendo 3DS XL revealed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Continuing its legacy of releasing current handheld systems visually <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2005/12/03/20th-anniversary-game-boy-micro">inspired by classic platforms</a>, Nintendo yesterday announced a sweet Nintendo 3DS XL model based on the original Nintendo Entertainment System controller. And the packaging might be even better than the handheld!</p> <p>Additionally, a <em>Persona Q</em>-themed 3DS XL is in the works, and the <em>Super Smash Bros</em>-skinned handheld will also launch in the U.S. without the game included with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds-xl/fully-charged-wearables-aid-parkinson-s-research-walking-dead-co-op-shooter-announced-and-sup">previously-announced UK bundle</a>. Each will sell for US$199.99 (about &pound;123) without any games bundled, and GameStop will have an exclusive on the NES and Persona Q handhelds.</p> <p>No word yet on whether either of those handheld versions will also launch in the UK. Also, please note that this isn&rsquo;t the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/nintendo-shows-updated-3ds-and-3ds-xl-designs/news">New Nintendo 3DS XL</a> recently announced to come out next year with an enhanced processor, additional inputs, and a revised look. It&rsquo;s the same old guts inside.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.nintendo.com">Nintendo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/nintendo-shows-updated-3ds-and-3ds-xl-designs/news">Nintendo shows off updated 3DS and 3DS XL designs</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="NES Nintendo 3DS XL" alt="NES Nintendo 3DS XL" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3ds-xl-nes.jpg?1410417181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Persona Q Nintendo 3DS XL" alt="Persona Q Nintendo 3DS XL" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3ds-xl-personaq.jpg?1410417181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 3DS XL" alt="Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 3DS XL" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3ds-xl-ssb.jpg?1410417181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wander the Pyramids of Giza in Google Maps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apparently content with with its mapping of the world&rsquo;s active streets and paths, Google Maps has increasingly turned its attention towards novel sights - like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/flight/fully-charged-xbox-one-s-kinect-less-power-boost-flight-wi-fi-expanding-across-europe-and-wor">World Cup stadiums</a>&nbsp;and now the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. With Street View, you can explore around the stunning ancient structures while commuting or killing time at work. Score.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/walk-like-egyptian-with-street-view-in.html">Google</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-maps-adds-explore-feature/news">OK Google, entertain me: Google Maps&rsquo; new Explore feature finds stuff to do nearby</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Cd3E5dWunKo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/3ds-xl/fully-charged-microsoft-wants-put-xbox-games-your-browser-now-you-have-two-hours-return-andro#comments 3DS XL Android Gaming Google Maps Microsoft Nintendo Xbox One Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447269 at http://www.stuff.tv Batman: Arkham Knight http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 10/09/14: The Dark Knight&#039;s latest open-world romp looks to be a summer blockbuster (in 2015, that is) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="What, you thought it was going to be set in the Bahamas?" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-002.jpg?1410402965" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With <em>Arkham Asylum </em>and <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/batman-arkham-city/review" target="_blank">Arkham City</a></em>, Rocksteady Studios set the standard for Batman games.</p> <p>Previous efforts never made us feel like we were really controlling the Dark Knight, but the Arkham series rectified that with sublime stealth, crisp combat and enough Bat gadgets to fill an issue of <em>Stuff</em>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Setting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the year since The Joker&#39;s death in <em>Arkham City</em>, the streets of Gotham have been uncharacteristically peaceful. But then the Scarecrow turns up with a plan to take revenge on Batman, forcing a mass evacuation&nbsp;by planting toxic mind-warping bombs all over the city. This clears the way for a Halloween showdown with the Caped Crusader, who is voiced again by Batman voice specialist Kevin Conroy. </p> <p>But Bruce Wayne&rsquo;s not wasted the past 12 months. Anything but - for starters, he has a brand new Bat-suit, complete with Apex cloth physics (rough translation: looks more realistic), and new gadgets, more on which later. Oh, and a pimped-up Batmobile.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naughty-dog/last-us-remastered/review">The Last of Us Remastered review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NkuD0Inb9Gs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Batmobile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As killer features go, the chance to drive the Batmobile is about as deadly as 10-mile asteroid hitting the Earth. It&rsquo;s a real mean machine, a cross between a dragster and the tank-like vehicle of the Christopher Nolan films, capped off with steely metallic hubcaps and a flaming exhaust. It can drive itself, so you can call it to you at the press of a button, and there&rsquo;s an ejector seat so you can leap out of it at high speed like a proper showoff.</p> <p>The Batmobile is also bulletproof and capable of smashing through lampposts, cars and even some walls. And did we mention that it has homing missiles? No? Well it has those too. The Batmobile is also why only those with a PlayStation 4, Xbox One or powerful PC will be playing <em>Arkham Knight:</em>&nbsp;the visual details are so intricate that it demands 160MB of memory to display it, <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com" target="_blank">reports GameInformer magazine</a>. It&rsquo;s enough to give an Xbox 360, with its total of 512MB of RAM, a seizure.</p> <p>Basically, we want it. Yesterday.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s 200 greatest games of all time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7AykgIIWdPM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gotham City </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But what use is a Batmobile when there&rsquo;s nowhere to go? Fortunately, Rocksteady thought of that and is busy creating a Gotham City that will be about five times the size of Arkham City and spread over three islands. The streets will also be wider, to make it more fun to drive around in Batman&rsquo;s tank dragster, while extra effort is also going into making Gotham feel more alive and real - you&rsquo;ll be able to see into buildings through windows and hear noise from the street when indoors.</p> <p>Also, each of Gotham&rsquo;s neighbourhoods are set to have a distinctive look, which should help make it easier to navigate than the samey Arkham City. And while the Scarecrow&rsquo;s Halloween bomb threat has cleared out the civilians, there will be loads of crims around; Rocksteady is promising four times as many thugs as in <em>Arkham City</em> and crowds of as many as 50 people, which you&#39;ll be able to scatter by charging towards them in your Batmobile. Tasty.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Gotham City in all its glory" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-003.jpg?1410402965" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Combat and gadgets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Simple but varied combat has always been one of the Arkham series&rsquo; greatest assets, and the developers have retained the purity of the controls here rather than slipping into fiddly fighting combos.</p> <p>That&#39;s not to say combat is completely unchanged. New moves include sneaky &lsquo;Fear Takedowns&rsquo;, which slow time so Batman can take out multiple enemies or hide before being seen, and the ability to disarm thugs and turn their weapons against them. For extra brutality, Batman will also be able to use the environment against enemies, giving you the chance to ram villains&rsquo; heads into vending machines or air-con units. Ouch.</p> <p>Batman will also have a few new gadgets, together with enhanced versions of his existing kit. The new gadgets are still under warps, but there will definitely be a souped-up grapnel gun that&#39;ll allow you to make mid-air U-turns. The gliding mechanic is also getting an overhaul, so that Bats can glide for longer and do more while he is doing so.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review" target="_blank">Tom Clancy&#39;s The Division preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="When Batman gives you the elbow, you know about it" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-007.jpg?1410402965" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Supervillains </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unless there&rsquo;s an awful back-from-the-dead twist that we don&rsquo;t know about, The Joker won&rsquo;t be starring in <em>Arkham Knight</em>. But there&rsquo;s no shortage of super-baddies for the Caped Crusader to deal with.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve already mentioned the Scarecrow but the Penguin, Two-Face, Harley Quinn and the Riddler have also all been confirmed. And all are getting new looks, too. The Penguin has had his head shaved so that he looks like Phil Mitchell wearing Patrick Moore&rsquo;s monocle while The Riddler, who is going to play a more visible role in this game, now looks like a grubby Charlie Sheen.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s Arkham Knight himself, a new villain created specially for the game by DC Comics&rsquo; writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee. All we know so far is that he looks like some kind of anti-Batman, but given that they named the game after him, we&rsquo;d expect him to be something pretty special.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature" target="_blank">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Meet the Arkham Knight" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-008.jpg?1410402965" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Multiplayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fancy a bit of <em>Arkham Knight</em>&nbsp;multiplayer action? Well forget it. There will be no multiplayer in this game. As game director <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com" target="_blank">Sefton Hill told Game Informer</a>: &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t have the time to do multiplayer. We want to focus on making the best single-player experience we can. We don&rsquo;t feel that it needs a multiplayer element.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Arkham Knight will be a solo affair" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-004.jpg?1410402965" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AVAILABILITY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we&#39;ve already mentioned, <em>Batman: Arkham Knight</em> will only be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and fairly decent PCs. Its release date was originally set for October 2014, but Warner Bros. delayed the game to give Rocksteady more time to deliver on its ambitious design.</p> <p>Ultimately, the game will launch on 2 June 2015, taking the form of the rare summer video game blockbuster release.&nbsp;Pre-orders of the game will include an add-on that lets you play as Harley Quinn in four self-contained challenge maps, while GameStop will offer an exclusive second add-on DLC pack on top of that, one that features Red Hood as a playable character.</p> <p>Two special edition versions of the game will be available: a Limited Edition (&pound;89.99) with a 12in Batman statue, plus an extra-special Batmobile Edition (&pound;169.99) that swaps in a transforming statue of the titular vehicle. Both bundles also feature a Steelbook game case, comic book, art book, and character skin pack.</p> <p>Watch the clip above for a stunning glimpse at the game in action, and keep&nbsp;checking back to this preview for more details as soon as we have them. Look out for a full review when the game launches next June.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pO2_iUkojCY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:59:06 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435192 at http://www.stuff.tv Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 10/09/14: Not all versions of the eagerly awaited Tolkien actioner are due out so soon, it seems </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor" alt="Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Shadow-of-Mordor-review-01.jpg?1410402769" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>No offence to <em>Guardians Of Middle-earth</em> and <em>LEGO The Lord Of The Rings</em>, both of which were entertaining recent takes on tried-and-true formulas, but it&#39;s been a while since we&#39;ve had a really fresh, ambitious video game based on Tolkien&#39;s fantasy universe.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lore of the Rings </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Perhaps the biggest strength of Shadow of Mordor is that there&#39;s no obligation to put Gandalf and the Hobbits on the screen every few minutes &ndash; it&#39;s not tied directly into the movies or books, which gives developer Monolith a chance to tell stories that aren&#39;t known by heart and create excitement around other characters.</p> <p class="p2">In this case, the hero is Talion, a skilled Ranger of Gondor who guarded the Black Gate &ndash; until he and his family were killed by Sauron and his captains. Except Talion was &#39;banished from death&#39;, revived, and bound to an Elvish Wraith named Celebrimbor, granting them incredible joint power. Celebrimbor is a notable character in Middle-earth lore, having forged the Rings of Power, so the fact that he&#39;s to be a central character here has been hugely well received by hardcore fans.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="No cutesy hobbits here" alt="Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Shadow-of-Mordor-review-02.jpg?1410402769" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A familiar Creed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s unfair to say that <em>Shadow Of Mordor</em> is simply a Lord of the Rings-themed <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed</em> knock-off &ndash; it&#39;s a lot more than that, thankfully. But when it comes to traversing the open world, the resemblance is simply uncanny. Seeing Talion run up a wall, climb plank by plank to the roof, then glide down for an assassination, it looks like it was peeled right out of Ubisoft&#39;s historical series.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the combat seems to take its cues from Warner&#39;s own <em>Batman: Arkham</em> series, with combos and counter moves that chain together as you&#39;re attacked by groups of foes. Between these approaches, each big encounter in the game offers multiple paths and philosophies to employ. Do you charge into battle or use your stealth and agility to sneak around unseen? The choice is often yours.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">Kill your productivity - 30 amazing games you can play for free in your browser</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7fB64APq_jk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everyone needs a Nemesis </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What primarily saves <em>Shadow Of Mordor</em> from feeling like a cobbled together genre mash-up is the Nemesis system, which ties together the whole world and gives every action a sense of permanence.</p> <p>If you brutally beat an Orc and it escapes, the next encounter with it will be contextualised appropriately &ndash; the enemy will remember what you did, and react accordingly.&nbsp;Did you kill a major captain in the world?&nbsp;His minions aren&#39;t going to forget that, and they&#39;ll come after you aggressively in combat.&nbsp;</p> <p>What&#39;s exciting is that these aren&#39;t simply token acknowledgments of past decisions, but rather hints at a larger system &ndash; a thriving Orc society, where your every action has the potential to disrupt their structure and drive their motives. </p> <p>You can even see an in-game flow chart of how the individually named Orcs relate to others found in the world. And they&#39;ll get stronger and evolve over time, just as you will. That&#39;s not only a neat trick, but also something to give each playthrough a very personal touch.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature">Opinion - why I don&#39;t want to see an Apple games console</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/55GJQQKKzuE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feel my Wraith </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the power of Celebrimbor within, Talion becomes a bad, bad man in the world of Middle-earth. He&#39;s able to utilise the power to follow enemies into Mordor, and can identify enemies in the Wraith world to read their strengths and weaknesses &ndash; and then alter his battle tactics accordingly back in the living world.</p> <p>Wraith powers manifest in the heat of action, whether it&#39;s teleporting around when in pursuit of a foe or nailing long-range archery shots, but you can also terrorise enemies and take control of them. For example, you can possess an Orc and send him on an assassination mission, or have him spy on or spread fear amidst his allies. Choosing the terror option creates missions in the open world that allow you to pursue different paths.</p> <p>Those are the sorts of things that make <em>Shadow Of Mordor</em> look so compelling: not that it&#39;s a fantasy take on familiar action favorites, but that it uses that seemingly solid core to then venture in new directions and try ambitious new things. And <em>Shadow Of Mordor</em> is generating all the right kind of buzz at the big gaming conventions of late, making it seem like the rare licensed title that feels fully formed and amazing. You know, like the <em>Arkham</em> games.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="While controlling Talion you&#039;ll have access to the Wraith world" alt="Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Shadow-of-Mordor-review-03.jpg?1410402769" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make mine Mordor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor</em> launches on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 3 October, while the PC version will actually beat the consoles to the UK on 30 September, since that&#39;s when the North American versions launch.</p> <p>Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions were originally supposed to debut at the same time, but Warner Bros. has opted to delay those last-gen releases until 21 November to &quot;take more time in development.&quot;</p> <p>That&#39;s disappointing, but it&#39;s important to note that&nbsp;the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions &ndash; not yet shown as of this writing &ndash; reportedly won&#39;t be fully featured, and won&#39;t have the full Nemesis system in place. We may not know until launch how extensive those versions may be, but assume that anything mentioned above is only confirmed for newer hardware.</p> <p>But one thing we do know about it is that the new-gen version is looking very exciting, and it&#39;ll only be weeks before we&#39;re neck-deep in Orc hide.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">These are the 10 best games in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Nope, not looking like Assassin&#039;s Creed at all" alt="Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Shadow-of-Mordor-review-04.jpg?1410402769" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor preview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything we know so far about the eagerly awaited Tolkien actioner </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review#comments Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:38:10 +0000 Marc McLaren 1446012 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Microsoft might buy Minecraft maker, Little Printer creator folds, and October’s Xbox One update overhauls Snap access http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-might-buy-minecraft-maker-little-printer-creator-folds-and-october <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On the morning after an Apple event, this is all of the other news that popped up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/minecraft-xboxone_0.jpg?1410406744" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mojang and Minecraft going to Microsoft? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, this is a surprise: According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is seeking to purchase <em>Minecraft</em> developer Mojang AB. The discussed deal is reportedly worth more than USD$2 billion (&pound;1.24 billion), which seems downright crazy for a studio that has shipped only one major game.</p> <p>Then again, the block-based, world-building favorite has sold more than 54 million copies across platforms and spawned an insane amount of top-selling merchandise - and there might even be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news">a movie adaptation</a> in the works. A deal could be finalised within days, says the report.</p> <p>Bloomberg adds that Mojang founder Markus &ldquo;Notch&rdquo; Persson reached out to Microsoft about a potential acquisition months back, and that he is not likely to stay on longterm should the deal go through. And Microsoft reportedly won&rsquo;t pull other platforms&rsquo; versions of <em>Minecraft</em> in this proposed acquisition, perhaps wishing to keep growing the brand while hurrying to concoct an exclusive sequel.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/microsoft-near-deal-to-buy-minecraft-1410300213">The Wall Street Journal</a> and <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-09/microsoft-said-near-2-billion-deal-for-minecraft-maker.html">Bloomberg</a> via <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/9/9/6128819/microsoft-buying-mojang-minecraft-report">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft/minecraft-launching-xbox-one-playstation-4-week-upgrade-discount/news">Minecraft launching on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 this week with bigger worlds and upgrade discount</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Little Printer maker Berg shutting down </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Berg, the London company behind the adorable Little Printer nano-printer, has announced that it&rsquo;s about to shut its doors after failing to create a sustainable business around its products. A small team will continue to support Little Printer until March, at which point Berg may sell it to another company or open up the source code to all.</p> <p>The Little Printer was a charming way to physically print out small notes and the like from a paired smartphone, but its practical purpose was rather limited. It&rsquo;ll be interesting to see if anything more comes out of this group next year, but if not, at least they made something memorable.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.bergcloud.com/2014/09/09/week-483/">Berg</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/just-because-they-could-–-nano-printers/news">Just because they could - nano printers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="795" title="Little Printer" alt="Little Printer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/little-printer.png?1410406744" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> October Xbox One update overhauls Snap access </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Snap is a standout feature of the Xbox One experience, or at least it should be - but getting apps into and out of the side frame while playing a game can be a real headache. Luckily, next month&rsquo;s planned system update will make it possible to pull up and close Snap apps with a double-tap input, rather than needing to back out to the main console menu. Better yet, Friends and Messages will soon be Snap-compatible.</p> <p>Additional video-related features are coming too, including DLNA streaming support - initially only to members in the preview program - and a live TV trending app. You&rsquo;ll also be able to hide installed games and apps from view, and some other aspects of the overall UI have been tweaked.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://majornelson.com/2014/09/08/xbox-one-system-update-preview-improvements-snap-tv-experiences/">Major Nelson</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Long-term test: Microsoft Xbox One review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rC7gUspzS9o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Last-gen Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delayed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</em> looks to be one the best licensed games in ages, however the open-world action game set in the same universe as the <em>Lord of the Rings</em> has been delayed - but only for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.</p> <p>Indeed, those last-gen versions - which to date haven&rsquo;t been shown, and reportedly don&rsquo;t feature the full set of gameplay features as the others - have been delayed from 3 October until 21 November. All publisher Warner Bros. said is that they&rsquo;ll &ldquo;take more time in development,&rdquo; but luckily the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions are still on track to debut in a few short weeks.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gamespress.com/release.asp?c=7c7eb7%2D%2D116441">Games Press</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review">Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/55GJQQKKzuE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-might-buy-minecraft-maker-little-printer-creator-folds-and-october#comments Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Mojang Xbox One Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447157 at http://www.stuff.tv Minecraft launching on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 this week with bigger worlds and upgrade discount http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft/minecraft-launching-xbox-one-playstation-4-week-upgrade-discount/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you bought the last-gen version, you can get the new one for much, much less </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft for Xbox One" alt="Minecraft for Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/minecraft-xboxone.jpg?1409794028" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We doubt many of you bought a new console just for the ability to play <em>Minecraft</em>, but if you did snag a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you can start exploring block worlds within mere days.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both entries are very similar in feature set, offering a much larger version of the game than seen on previous-gen consoles. You&rsquo;ll be able to create worlds up to 36 times larger, plus all past worlds can be transferred over to the newer version on each side, and the same add-on content can be downloaded again.</p> <p>The <em>Xbox One Edition</em> will also hit retail stores in a disc-based iteration later this year, and it&rsquo;s likely that the PlayStation 4 version will do the same. A PlayStation Vita version of the game is also due out, at least digitally, but it&rsquo;s unclear if it will launch alongside the PS4 release this week.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/09/games-minecraft-launch-on-xbox-one">Xbox Wire</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/Kappische/status/507194957354905600">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/doctor-who/fully-charged-samsung-unveils-gear-circle-headset-gopro-s-dog-harness-and-doctor-who-comi">Fully Charged: Samsung unveils Gear Circle headset, GoPro&rsquo;s dog harness, and Doctor Who coming to Minecraft</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5QYaQw0cQYI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft/minecraft-launching-xbox-one-playstation-4-week-upgrade-discount/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft/minecraft-launching-xbox-one-playstation-4-week-upgrade-discount/news#comments Console games Gaming Minecraft PlayStation 4 Xbox One Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18:58:28 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446485 at http://www.stuff.tv The 10 best Microsoft Xbox One games so far http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/microsoft-xbox-one-5-best-games-2013/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From giant robots to sports cars, the most ambitious console ever offers a bevy of essential titles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One" alt="Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one-console.jpg?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Xbox One is a hugely ambitious console, focused not just on gaming but on providing an all-round entertainment experience.</p> <p>As our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">full review</a> points out, Microsoft&#39;s grand, living room-dominating vision is not quite yet a reality &ndash; but on the plus side there are some top notch titles already available for the console.</p> <p>Here are our 10 favourites, and the first games any new Xbox One owners should go for.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Titanfall </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Every console needs an exclusive must-play game to set it apart from its rivals, and for the Xbox One that game is <em>Titanfall</em>.</p> <p>Why? Because you get to stomp around as a giant robot, smashing all that moves into tiny, very dead pieces. Or because you get to bring down the aforementioned megabots while in puny human form. Or because it&#39;s about as good as modern multiplayer gets.</p> <p>No, it&#39;s not exactly subtle, and no, it&#39;s not big on originality or story either - but hey! Giant robots!</p> <p><strong>Best for... multiplayer mayhem</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6gL5rDwhNvU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Titanfall" alt="Best Xbox One console games - Titanfall" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_16_0.jpg?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forza Motorsport 5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want a showcase for your freshly unwrapped Xbox One? Then Microsoft&rsquo;s highly polished racing game is your best bet.&nbsp;It looks stunning, boasts impeccable car models and drives like a dream.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Forza Motorsport 5</em> also has a truly next-gen feature: Drivatar, where the Xbox One cloud gathers up your performance data to construct a AI version of you that then starts appearing in your mates&rsquo; races.</p> <p>There are plenty of customisation options to keep petrol-head tinkerers happy too.</p> <p><strong>Best for... showing off the hardware</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/forza-motorsport-5/review" target="_blank">Forza Motorsport 5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YLcjfALaQh0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Forza Motorsport 5" alt="Best Xbox One console games - Forza Motorsport 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xbox-one-forza-5.jpg?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FIFA 14 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>FIFA</em> fans rejoice: for the Xbox One has supercharged the latest edition of the world&rsquo;s favourite footy game. The players are brainier, the more realistic crowds bring the terraces to life and the new default viewpoint makes passing easier. Then there&rsquo;s the superior animation that makes every match feel more physical. It&rsquo;s a sizeable leap forward from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions and one that will keep&nbsp;<em>FIFA</em> on top of the league for some time yet.</p> <p><strong>Best for... feeling at one with the crowd</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/fifa-14/review" target="_blank">FIFA 14 review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review" target="_blank">FIFA 15 First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5HhL8eXSy7A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14" alt="Best Xbox One console games - FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xbox-one-fifa-14_1.jpg?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battlefield 4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We had <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/call-duty-ghosts/review"><em>Call Of Duty: Ghosts</em></a> here in this list initially, and Activision&#39;s shooter provides reliable fun. But now that <em>Battlefield 4</em>&#39;s servers work right, it&#39;s undoubtedly the way to go for raucous and almost unbelievably massive online multiplayer shootouts.</p> <p>Whether stalking foes on-foot or guiding a fighter jet through the unfriendly skies, every showdown is unpredictable and undeniably fun. It&#39;s a blast.</p> <p><strong>Best for&hellip; large-scale soldier showdowns</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review">Battlefield Hardline First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hl-VV9loYLw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dead Rising 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Dead Rising 3</em> takes the series&rsquo; The-A-Team-meets-Day-Of-The-Dead appeal to new heights. It has three times the number of zombies we saw in <em>Dead Rising 2</em>, a open-world version of Los Angeles and even more wacky undead-mincing gadgets to build then ever before.</p> <p>From mowing down zombies in a spike-covered forklift truck to blasting them with a gun that fires sex toys, <em>Dead Rising 3</em> is silly but mightily entertaining all the same.</p> <p><strong>Best for... laughs and photo-realistic gore</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/dead-rising-3/review" target="_blank">Dead Rising 3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CvV8C4_zZ7A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dead Rising 3" alt="Best Xbox One console games - Dead Rising 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xbox-one-dead-rising-3_0.jpg?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xbox One will never have an <em>Uncharted</em> game, but it does have the next best thing: the cracking <em>Tomb Raider</em> reboot, available in a remastered edition.</p> <p>It&#39;s a fresh start for the once-tired adventure series, with Lara&#39;s origins revisited as one of her earliest expeditions shipwrecks on a mysterious island. Fabulous graphics, tense action scenarios, and alluring exploration make this a rollicking revival.</p> <p><strong>Best for&hellip; reconnecting with nature (with guns)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomb-raider/review">Tomb Raider (last-gen) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ibAlLz_vyE0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rayman Legends </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When it comes to side-scrolling platform action, Ubisoft&#39;s Rayman has stolen the modern crown from Mario &ndash; which is good news for Xbox One owners, since they can actually play <em>Rayman Legends</em>.</p> <p>It&#39;s a dazzlingly inventive affair, featuring colourful environments filled with imaginative challenges and offering the ability to play through the lengthy adventure with three co-op comrades in tow.</p> <p><strong>Best for&hellip; colourful couch co-op play</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yMIKs1PKrEM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch_Dogs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;re seeking an open city to explore on Xbox One (without wall-to-wall zombies, that is), <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review"><em>Watch_Dogs</em></a> is your best bet this early in the generation.</p> <p>The fictional take on Chicago provides an intriguing locale, but it&#39;s what you can do within the city that makes <em>Watch_Dogs</em> stand out: namely, you can hack nearly anything connected to the grid, including phones and street lights, and use them all to your advantage.</p> <p><strong>Best for&hellip; a violent stroll through a major city</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review">Watch_Dogs review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/e_q-s3QdmU8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Child of Light </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Who knew the makers of <em>Far Cry 3</em> were capable of something as heartwarming and beautiful as <em>Child Of Light</em>? This downloadable treat takes its cues from Japanese role-playing games, but Ubisoft Montreal puts a distinctive twist on the formula, utilising rhyming dialogue and gorgeous hand-drawn visuals to present its fantasy tale.</p> <p>It&#39;s not as complex as the average JRPG, but just relax and enjoy the journey.</p> <p><strong>Best for&hellip; fantasy questing sans frustration</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/child-light/child-light/review">Child Of Light review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/45SIsoPg8K4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wolfenstein: The New Order </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>The New Order</em> may not revolutionize the first-person shooter, but it certainly does a bang-up job of giving you a lot of interesting ways to blast scads of Nazis.</p> <p>This fresh take on the old id Software favorite envisions an alternate reality in which German forces won World War II, providing plenty of interesting terrain to tromp through and other fun twists. It&#39;s a welcome dose of dumb, straightforward fun.</p> <p><strong>Best for&hellip; fixing history with a laser gun</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wolfenstein-new-order/review">Wolfenstein The New Order review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">20 amazing games still to look forward to in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ATkxa5XSD18" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 10 best Xbox One games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The essential titles for your next-gen console </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall-1.jpg?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/microsoft-xbox-one-5-best-games-2013/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Console games Gaming Xbox One Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:12:26 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1430364 at http://www.stuff.tv Madden NFL 15 http://www.stuff.tv/madden-nfl-15/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EA’s gridiron giant fumbled its way on to PS4 and Xbox One last year, but this time round it&#039;s a whole new ball game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Madden NFL 15 review" alt="Madden NFL 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Madden-NFL-15-01.jpg?1409070265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/benjiwilson" title="View user profile.">Ben Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Madden&rsquo;s status among British gamers of a certain age is truly unique.</p> <p>Ask anyone who once owned a Mega Drive to name five NFL teams and the majority will respond with a look that&#39;s somewhere between lost and terrified. Follow that query up with the words &lsquo;Hail Mary&rsquo;, though, and said expression will instantly transform into a knowing, &rsquo;those were the days&rsquo; glow.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £40.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 (PS4 version tested) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Suitable for players old and new </div> <div class="field-item even"> Looks and feels like the real NFL </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Defensive side of game finally feels intuitive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ultimate Team takes an age to grasp </div> <div class="field-item even"> Commentary improved, but still limited </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Still not quite in stablemate FIFA’s league </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Any given fun-day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If your idea of a good time in <em>Madden</em> is to launch the pigskin 80 yards downfield on every possession, you&#39;ll love <em>NFL 15</em>. Granted, it&rsquo;s unlikely to prove a successful tactic on higher difficulty levels, but the new user interface makes selecting plays a breeze.</p> <p>You can have the computer present you with the most realistic play to use in any given situation; have it suggest plays based upon their success rate with gamers across the globe; or manually choose them yourself.</p> <p>As a result, it&rsquo;s never been easier or swifter to adopt a pass-heavy approach, and the option to speed up the clock between downs means you can have a competitive, enjoyable shootout in under 20 minutes - as has always been the casual <em>Madden</em> player&rsquo;s dream.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review">FIFA 15 First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Madden NFL 15 review" alt="Madden NFL 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Madden-NFL-15-03.jpg?1409070265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Offensive gestures </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Thankfully for the more serious gridiron gamer, the new in-match UI doesn&rsquo;t mean <em>Madden</em> has turned into a realism-shunning feast of crazy touchdowns. On All-Pro difficulty this simulates the sport expertly, and you have to know your HB Cutbacks from your WR Screens to prosper.</p> <p>The blocking game is particularly improved this year. On passing plays linemen make a genuine attempt to form a pocket from which the quarterback can throw, while running with the ball prompts them to properly engage with opponents and form &lsquo;lanes&rsquo; for you to sprint down. These upgrades significantly boost the series&rsquo; believability.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-4-5-best-games-2013/feature">The 10 best Sony PlayStation 4 games so far</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Madden NFL 15 review" alt="Madden NFL 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Madden-NFL-15-02.jpg?1409070265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Madden NFL 15 review" alt="Madden NFL 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Madden-NFL-15-08.jpg?1409070265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Madden NFL 15 review" alt="Madden NFL 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Madden-NFL-15-09.jpg?1409070265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Madden NFL 15 review" alt="Madden NFL 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Madden-NFL-15-10.jpg?1409070265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stick it to ‘em </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the defensive side of the ball, things have transformed completely via the ability to lock on to one player by pushing in the left stick. Doing so spins the view around 180 degrees, and means you can at long last see the field with the same clarity as when you&rsquo;re on offense. It makes both tracking down the ball carrier or monitoring a receiver far less cumbersome than in previous years.</p> <p>Still, that doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s easier. Improved intelligence means, for instance, that wide receivers use their feet properly to pull in catches seemingly headed out of bounds, so there are still plenty of challenges to relish while you&rsquo;re on &lsquo;D&rsquo;. For those who&rsquo;ve stuck with the series for 26 years, that&rsquo;s where the real thrill is to be found.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Madden NFL 15 review" alt="Madden NFL 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Madden-NFL-15-05.jpg?1409070265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mighty booth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Love the presentation found in the PS4 and Xbox One versions of <em>FIFA 14</em>? Then you&rsquo;ll be delighted to hear that lessons learned from developing that game have finally (if belatedly) been applied to <em>Madden</em>.</p> <p>Pre-match intro sequences strike the right balance between stats and graphical wizzbangery, the halftime highlights show voiced by Larry Ridley is EA&rsquo;s best ever, and Jim Nantz and Phil Simms&rsquo; commentary is less repetitive - until you get into the second and third seasons of a career, anyway. <em>NBA 2K</em> remains the genre-leader where TV broadcast feel is concerned, but it&rsquo;s a relief to see <em>Madden</em> finally close the gap.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Xbox One long-term test - eight months with Microsoft&#39;s next-gen console</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Madden NFL 15 review" alt="Madden NFL 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Madden-NFL-15-04.jpg?1409070265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ultimate headache </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Also to be filed in the &lsquo;influenced by <em>FIFA</em>&rsquo; category is Ultimate Team. This mix of card-collecting and match-playing has been a work-in-progress since first debuting in <em>Madden 10</em>, and remains more unwieldy than the version offered by its &lsquo;soccerball&rsquo; cousin.</p> <p>Part of the problem is that a 53-man roster lacks the intimacy of an 18-man squad, so it&rsquo;s harder to connect with individual players - making the early hours within &lsquo;MUT&rsquo; a passionless grind.</p> <p>The more accessible long-haul mode is Connected Careers, where you get to improve a real-life player or team over multiple seasons. It lacks the depth of the best sports management sims, but that&rsquo;s not to say you won&rsquo;t have fun trying to convince Tom Brady to sign for Tampa Bay. (Until he says no, every time.)</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature">Opinion - why I don&#39;t want to see an Apple games console</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Madden NFL 15 review" alt="Madden NFL 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Madden-NFL-15-06.jpg?1409070265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p3">If you&#39;re one of those lapsed Maddenites who&rsquo;ve spent years deliberating over whether to rejoin the NFL bandwagon, the hour to do so is finally at hand.</p> <p class="p3">That&#39;s not to say that devotees of the sport won&#39;t enjoy it too: the additional nuances found in the blocking game make it a great game for both old and new fans. In short, it&#39;s&nbsp;EA&rsquo;s best American football effort since the PS2 days.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/wwe-2k15-first-play/review">WWE 2K15 hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Madden NFL 15 review" alt="Madden NFL 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Madden-NFL-15-07.jpg?1409070265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Madden was in danger of being left behind by its contemporaries, but this mighty gridiron effort puts it back at the top of the sports sim league</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/madden-nfl-15/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/madden-nfl-15/review#comments Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:24:28 +0000 Marc McLaren 1445956 at http://www.stuff.tv Long-term test: Microsoft Xbox One http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Its most ambitious features still aren&#039;t perfect, but the updated Xbox One is now a great console </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One review" alt="Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSC02571.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Calling the launch of the Xbox One a bit of a false start would be going rather easy on Microsoft.</p> <p>There was Kinect, which nobody wanted but which was bundled into every box for an &pound;80 premium. There was the TV integration, which wasn&#39;t only unpopular but which also didn&#39;t work anywhere near well enough in the UK. And there was a performance deficit when comparing the same games against the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">PS4</a>. Needless to say, the Xbox One has been losing out to the PS4 in sales ever since.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £350.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solid line-up of games </div> <div class="field-item even"> Kinect-less console is cheaper and more powerful </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Occasionally useful multi-tasking and picture-in-picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flagship features still have flaws </div> <div class="field-item even"> A big, inelegant box </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design: a face only a mother could love </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not everyone will love the design of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">PS4</a>, but at least it looks like it has been designed, rather than simply shoved into the case of a VCR from the &#39;90s. Exaggeration? Ok, but the One is a big angular box of a machine that no-one&rsquo;s going to appreciate for aesthetic reasons.</p> <p>The extra height (about 3cm) and width (6cm) is all the more disappointing when you consider that the One still comes with a chunky external power brick, whereas the PS4&rsquo;s is built-in. Microsoft says it&rsquo;s all about enhancing reliability by increasing air flow and keeping everything cool, but while eight months in we&#39;re yet to experience or hear of any significant technical issues or heat problems with the Xbox One, the same can be said of the much sleeker PS4. There&#39;s always time for a big issue to turn up, but so far both consoles appear to be just as reliable as each other.</p> <p>Noise (or a lack thereof) is vital for an all-singing, all-dancing lounge-friendly fun box, and the Xbox One is generally a very quiet console. When idling we measured a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">PS4-matching</a> 42dB from 14cm in front of the console &ndash; that was just 2dB over the ambient room noise &ndash; and downloading and playing games or movies from the Xbox Store causes no increase in console noise. Popping a disc in automatically initiates installation, which increased noise to 49-50dB in our tests. Slightly disappointingly the disc drive continues to spin even after installation - even if you&rsquo;re not playing that particular game - but it does quieten to around 45dB, which is pretty much unnoticeable when combined with game or movie sound.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2899591698001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2899591698001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One versus PS4" alt="Xbox One versus PS4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02530.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One versus PS4" alt="Xbox One versus PS4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02534.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One connections" alt="Xbox One connections" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02583.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One power brick" alt="Xbox One power brick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02587.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not standing tall </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Planning on standing your Xbox One up? Microsoft&nbsp;<a href="http://uk.gamespot.com/tgs/microsoft-on-xbox-one-vertical-orientation-do-it-at-your-own-risk-6414731/" target="_blank">revealed</a>&nbsp;at the Tokyo Game Show&nbsp;that the Xbox One is designed to be placed horizontally only.&nbsp;&quot;We don&#39;t support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk,&quot; says Albert Panello, Xbox senior director of product management and planning. &quot;It wouldn&#39;t be a cooling problem, we just didn&#39;t design the drive for vertical,&quot; he adds. &quot;Because it&#39;s a slot loading drive, we just didn&#39;t design it for both&quot;.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The controller: if it ain’t broke… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xbox 360 pad, loved so much that even hardcore PC gamers have been known to plug it into their rigs, is no more. But fear not, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-controller-revealed-%E2%80%93-old-dog-new-tricks/news" target="_blank">the One pad that replaces it is very similar</a>.</p> <p>In terms of size and weight it&rsquo;s almost identical, but there are some small ergonomic points of difference, including a move of the Xbox Home button to an extended section at the top, a recessed d-pad, smaller thumb-rests on the analogue sticks and a battery compartment that doesn&rsquo;t protrude from the back as it did before.</p> <p>There are niggles, though &ndash; to us those thumb pads seem too small, the d-pad feels rather cheap and clicky, inserting AA batteries into a controller feels decidedly last-gen (is a bundled Play &amp; Charge kit too much to ask?), it rattles when shaken, and over time we&#39;ve become rather annoyed by the hard edges where the plastic panels meet. It&#39;s largely the same controller as before, but it feels a bit cheap compared to the PS4 pad.</p> <p>But there are also some improvements. The triggers and shoulder buttons are curved more comfortably, and Microsoft has upped the ante in terms of vibration &ndash; there&rsquo;s even haptic feedback in the triggers themselves.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s always been a hefty dose of subjectivity to the discussion over whether the Xbox or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation controller</a> is &ldquo;best&rdquo;, and this generation it&rsquo;s a closer fight than ever. Sony has closed the gap in terms of ergonomics and accuracy, while also adding a touchpad to a tech recipe that already included a motion sensor - on paper it certainly seems the more advanced pad, and in the hand it feels that little bit more premium. Having said that, to those migrating from Xbox 360 the Xbox One pad will feel totally &#39;right&#39;, and the localised vibration is a fun and occasionally very useful addition.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One control pad" alt="Xbox One control pad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02540.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One controller" alt="Xbox One controller" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02543.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One controller battery compartment" alt="Xbox One controller battery compartment" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02548.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Operating system: a slightly cluttered dashboard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sitting somewhere between the Xbox 360 dashboard and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8 Metro</a> interface, the Xbox One UI is clean, colourful and&hellip; a little confusing. The endless panes of the 360 have been stripped back to just three: Pins on the left, where you can keep your favourite apps and games ever ready, Store on the right, which is pretty self-explanatory, and Home in the centre.</p> <p>Home is a difficult place to settle into at first. The last thing you had open takes up the large centre image, while the four underneath are also ordered by how recently you accessed them and the one to the right of that represents the disc that&rsquo;s in the drive.</p> <p>With these tiles constantly shifting as you switch between apps and games it can prove a little tricky to keep up, and it&rsquo;s not helped by the fact that all of the system apps (Settings, TV, Store, etc) are represented by the same (user-selected) colour and a white logo, making them all look too similar for instinctive navigation. A game appearing in the recent activity tiles as well as the disc drive tile also seems a bit of a waste, especially as Xbox Movies you watch don&rsquo;t appear, meaning you have to delve back into the Store to resume whatever you were watching, even if you&rsquo;ve bought it.</p> <p>And talking of the Store, there are some weird issues here, too. Try using the One&#39;s global search function to find <em>Destiny</em>. You&#39;d have thought it would take you to game page where you could at the very least watch trailers and probably pre-order the game for download on the day of launch. Alas, that game page doesn&#39;t exist, the One doesn&#39;t yet support pre-orders of digital editions, and no trailers or other game information is turned up. It&#39;s almost like the game doesn&#39;t exist, but is made all the more weird by the fact that there&#39;s a trailer for the game on the console&#39;s Home screen. Think that&#39;s just Microsoft marginalising a game that&#39;s launching with exclusive PS4 content? Try typing in &quot;Advanced Warfare&quot; or &quot;Quantum Break&quot; and the result is the same.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One dashboard" alt="Xbox One dashboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Home_US_3P.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One pins" alt="Xbox One pins" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Pins_US_3P.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kinect: from cornerstone to marginalised accessory </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now here&#39;s the big change: Kinect, touted by Microsoft as an absolutely key component of the One&#39;s very existence, has been unbundled from the package. So should you buy one now that&nbsp;it&#39;s merely an accessory? Probably not.</p> <p>Over the last eight months we&#39;ve barely used ours, and given that Microsoft has now introduced new controller shortcuts that are actually much quicker than the mostly-correct-but-occasionally-annoyingly-inaccurate Kinect voice and gesture commands, there&#39;s even less reason to get it.</p> <p>There haven&#39;t been any particularly compelling Kinect gaming experiences, either, and those few developers who had such games in development will be seriously rethinking their plans now that the install base of Kinects can&#39;t be relied upon. Perhaps an amazing app or game will appear in the future that will bring Kinect back into the light, but we wouldn&#39;t hold our breath.</p> <p>If you&#39;ve already got a Kinect you may as well keep it set up for those&nbsp;handy features such as automatic login via face recognition &ndash; it can even log in a number of players at once and automatically switch priority by working out who&rsquo;s holding the controller.&nbsp;It also gives you one of the best Skype experiences we&rsquo;ve ever, umm, experienced, automatically panning and zooming to keep you in shot and producing crisp video and audio.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Kinect" alt="Xbox One Kinect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02558.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Kinect versus PlayStation Camera" alt="Xbox One Kinect versus PlayStation Camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02573.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Skype" alt="Xbox One Skype" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Skype_Group%20Call_No%20Snap.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TV, TV, TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It may have upset the thoroughbred gamers out there, but for a good number of people seeing Xbox control cable TV through voice commands during the announcement press conference was pretty exciting. It was a huge disappointment then, that this other huge new feature of the One was so underbaked for the UK at launch. Now, though, Microsoft has mostly finished the cooking.</p> <p>It all starts with&nbsp;HDMI pass-through &ndash; you plug your Freeview, Freesat, Sky or Virgin PVR into the HDMI input, and then plug the Xbox into your TV or AV receiver as normal. Hey presto, you can now watch your TV through the console dashboard. You can even set the Xbox to turn on your PVR, TV and amp automatically at start-up, ushering in the dream scenario of walking into a room and having all of your kit turn on with a two-word utterance of &ldquo;Xbox on&rdquo; - assuming you kept your Kinect, of course. A long press of the Xbox button on the pad will have the same effect if not.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve got a relatively simple setup in your lounge it&rsquo;s awesome, but it&rsquo;s worth remembering that while the Xbox can be taught the remote codes for all of your equipment there are only certain functions it can perform &ndash; switching inputs is not among them, so if your TV or AV amp start-up to an input other than the one your Xbox is connected to you&rsquo;re going to have to dig out the old zapper.</p> <p>But at least we do now have the OneGuide in Blighty. This fully integrates your PVR into the Xbox One UI, and gives you an Xbox-style version of your PVR&#39;s EPG. Testing it with Sky is initially exciting - the OneGuide is simple but actually much quicker than Sky&#39;s own EPG, and clicking on a program sends the relevant three-digit channel code to your Sky box via IR with real accuracy. There doesn&#39;t appear to be any loss of sound or video quality when using pass-through, and the earlier stutter issues caused by non-PAL refresh rates have gone.</p> <p>But there are issues. Recording isn&#39;t supported, and there&#39;s no way to access Sky&#39;s other menus through the OneGuide. Want to browse your recordings or the vast amount of on-demand content that Sky has to offer? You&#39;ll be reaching for the old Sky remote then.</p> <p>That rather undermines the whole feture, really, and you&#39;ve got to ask yourself whether routing your PVR through the Xbox UI is a good idea if you share your TV with non-gamers anyway.</p> <p>If you are the only person who uses your TV, there&#39;s still only really one major advantage to the OneGuide, and that&#39;s that you can multi-task using the Snap feature. However, there are some issues there, too...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox OneGuide" alt="Xbox OneGuide" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OneGuide_TV%20Listings_US.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Multi-tasking in a Snap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Snap is the Xbox One&rsquo;s picture-in-picture tech. At any time, while doing anything, simply say &ldquo;Xbox, Snap&hellip;&rdquo; followed by the name of any of the console&rsquo;s Snappable apps and it will appear in a column on the right-hand side of the screen. There&#39;s now a controller shortcut for this, too - a double-tap of the Xbox button. Guess what? That&#39;s even quicker than the Kinect command.</p> <p>Playing a game and want to see what the football score is? &ldquo;Xbox, Snap TV&rdquo;. Watching TV and want to see what your friends are up to? &ldquo;Xbox, Snap Activity&rdquo;. And when you want to go back to just the one app, simply say &ldquo;Xbox, unsnap&rdquo; or return to the dashboard and click on the Unsnap icon.</p> <p>Not every app is Snappable, but a good bunch are, including the Game DVR and Xbox Music. In fact, using Snap is the only way to play Xbox Music while gaming, which is rather a shame &ndash; you may well want to listen to Band Of Horses while racing cars in <em>Forza 5</em>, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean you want to sacrifice a portion of your screen to pictures of the hairy chaps. Alas, that&rsquo;s the only way to do it.</p> <p>The Snap feature now has independent volume control for the two apps you&#39;re running. That&#39;s a big improvement on having both blaring at you at the same volume as before, but it&#39;s still not ideal as you have to go back to the dashboard and into settings to make adjustments, so you can&#39;t hear the changes as you make them, and even then it&#39;s a simple sliding scale of priority. How about simply prioritising whichever screen is currently selected and muting the other, so that you can concentrate on a game but quickly flick to the snapped TV app when a goal is scored or something? Or even in-app, on-the-fly volume control? Is that too much to ask?</p> <p>There&#39;s now a Snap mode for achievements, and those who like to hunt down every last one will find it very useful, because as well as giving you info on the achievement you&#39;ve just unlocked, clicking on one you&#39;re yet to get does an immediate web search for help on getting it. It&#39;s brilliantly quick - even more so than using the phone sitting next to you.</p> <p>Putting Snap to one side, switching between apps on the fly is very quick and easy. If you&rsquo;ve already opened the app you want at least once in this session it&rsquo;s practically instantaneous, although you have to wait a few seconds for it to initialise if not. Game progress is automatically paused while you mess around with other apps &ndash; go back to it and it&rsquo;ll instantly resume wherever you left off.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Party Snap" alt="Xbox One Party Snap" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Party%20Snapped_Movie_US.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Music Snap" alt="Xbox One Music Snap" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Music%20Snapped_Gameplay_US.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t forget the games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Lest we forget, this is still a games machine first and foremost, and like Sony, Microsoft has been putting plenty of thought into how that should work for this new generation. Its DRM-like, constantly connected authentication system was binned after the post-announcement outcry, but you do install all games to the Xbox One, as you do with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4</a>.</p> <p>Disc-based games begin installing as soon as you slot them into the drive, but some games can be played before the process is complete. The 55secs it took for the PS4 to have <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/killzone-shadow-fall/review" target="_blank"><em>Killzone</em></a> ready to play is still the benchmark, though &ndash; on Xbox One we waited nearly 4 minutes for <em>Zoo Tycoon</em> to be playable, and 7 minutes for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/forza-motorsport-5/review" target="_blank"><em>Forza 5</em></a>. <em>Ryse</em> was &ldquo;Ready to Start&rdquo; in just under 2 minutes, when just 3% was installed, but it turned out that only applied to the menu screens &ndash; actually starting a game took us to an installation page and it was in fact over 8 minutes before we could play. Now that&#39;s just cheating.</p> <p>A recent install of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank"><em>Titanfall</em></a> took an age, too. 1min21secs to even begin (presumably because there was also a game update that needed to be cued up), and then we had to wait for the entire game to be installed before we could start playing, and that took a painful 17 minutes. Now that&#39;s not very next-gen.</p> <p>One issue that has been sorted is that you can now manage your Xbox One&#39;s storage yourself. Pop into the My Games and Apps section and you can see what percentage of your 500GB HDD is currently in use and delete anything you&#39;re no longer playing.</p> <p>Would you rather expand your storage than delete stuff? That&#39;s now very easily done, thanks to support for external hard drives via USB. 2TB external drives can be had for as little as &pound;60 these days, and the use of USB3.0 means there&#39;s no data-transfer choke point. The new storage is integrated seamlessly and unlike with the PS4, you&#39;re adding to, rather than replacing, the system&#39;s built-in storage. It may not be terribly neat having an external device dangling out of your console, but it sure is handy when you consider 40-50GB games are now the norm.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="It&#039;s not perfect, but Ryse looks utterly gorgeous" alt="Ryse" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Ryse.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The games of right now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There were 59 games available to play on Xbox One at the last count, which should be plenty but is actually a long way shy of the PS4&#39;s 96.</p> <p>It&#39;s about more than numbers, though, and most of the big hitters are available on both of the consoles, including the likes of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/call-duty-ghosts/review" target="_blank"><em>Call Of Duty: Ghosts</em></a>,&nbsp;<em>Battlefield 4</em>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review" target="_blank"><em>Assassin&#39;s Creed: Black Flag</em></a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-14/fifa-14-next-gen/review" target="_blank"><em>FIFA 14</em></a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review" target="_blank"><em>Watch Dogs</em></a>,&nbsp;<em>Need For Speed Rivals</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wolfenstein-new-order/review" target="_blank">Wolfenstein: The New Order</a>.</em> Unfortunately, a good number of these run in a higher resolution on PS4 than Xbox One, which is&nbsp;a bitter pill for gamers expecting the next-gen experience to swallow, even if the games still look and play great when tackled in isolation. At least it&#39;s a&nbsp;problem that&#39;s on the way out, thanks to the unbundling of Kinect freeing up a performance boost for game developers.</p> <p>And let&#39;s not forget the exclusives that are already out there. <em>Dead Rising 3</em> and <em>Ryse</em> are more solid than truly brilliant, but the PS4 still doesn&#39;t have a driving game to rival the Xbox One&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/forza-motorsport-5/review" target="_blank"><em>Forza 5</em></a>, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank"><em>Titanfall</em></a> offers one of the best multiplayer gaming experiences of the last few years.</p> <p>It does feel as though Sony is currently winning the indie game battle, but there are a couple of Xbox One exclusives that are well worth your time, including <em>Halo: Spartan Assault</em> and <em>Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Xbox-exclusive Titanfall is a modern multiplayer classic" alt="Titanfall" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/titanfall_2.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="It&#039;s seriously silly, but Dead Rising 3 is also quite a lot of fun" alt="Dead Rising 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dead-rising-3-Los_Perdidos.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1600" height="900" title="Forza 5 keeps getting bolstered by extra cars" alt="Forza 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/renault-spark-03-wm-forza5-aug-cu.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The games of the future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Eight months in, and the gaming floodgates are finally about to open - we&#39;re all going to get drenched in next-gen gaming awesomeness in the run-up to Christmas, and there&#39;s lots to be excited about after that, too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank"><em>Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em></a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review" target="_blank"><em>Battlefield Hardline</em></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review" target="_blank"><em>Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</em></a>&nbsp;all look like proper revolutions for their respective franchises, while&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review" target="_blank"><em>FIFA 15</em></a>&nbsp;is prettier and smoother than ever and next-gen&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/fully-charged-grand-theft-auto-5-ps4-xb1-and-pc-facebook-s-accidental-slingshot-launch-and-" target="_blank"><em>GTA 5</em></a>&nbsp;will give everyone an excuse to revisit Los Santos.</p> <p>Then there are the completely new titles -&nbsp;<em>Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor</em>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank"><em>Alien Isolation</em></a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/evil-within-first-play/review" target="_blank"><em>The Evil Within</em></a>,&nbsp;<em>Evolve</em>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review" target="_blank"><em>The Crew</em></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Project Cars</em>.</p> <p>All of these games are going to be available on both the Xbox One and PS4, though, and many an Xbox gamer is moaning that the PS4 version of the massively anticipated&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny</a>&nbsp;</em>is getting a whole load of extra content.</p> <p>Two can play that game, though, and the Xbox will be getting <em>Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em> DLC first.</p> <p>Microsoft&#39;s also got one over on Sony by announcing that <em>Rise Of The Tomb Raider</em> will be available only on Xbox, at least initially. A big third-party exclusive like that is ridiculously rare these days, and it comes on top of a bunch of exciting first-party exclusives, such as <em>Quantum Break</em>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/e3-2014/first-play-sunset-overdrive/feature" target="_blank"><em>Sunset Overdrive</em></a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/forza-5/first-play-forza-horizon-2/feature" target="_blank"><em>Forza Horizon 2</em></a>, <em>Crackdown</em>, <em>Ori And The Blind Forest</em>, and the extremely intriguing <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/project-spark-brilliantly-sneaky-way-teach-your-kids-code/feature" target="_blank"><em>Project Spark</em></a>.</p> <p>And let&#39;s not forget <em>Halo</em>, which gets the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature" target="_blank"><em>Master Chief Collection</em></a> of remasters this year and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-5-guardians-confirmed-autumn-2015/news" target="_blank"><em>Halo 5: Guardians</em></a> in 2015.</p> <p>The future&#39;s looking very bright on the Xbox One games front. Brighter than the PS4? We&#39;ll have to wait until those games are actually playable to find out.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature" target="_blank">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/gamescom-2014-ultimate-roundup/feature" target="_blank">Your one-stop shop for all of Microsoft&#39;s Gamescom 2014 Trailers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Not much is known about Halo 5, but we&#039;re still ridiculously excited" alt="Halo 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Halo_Xbox_One_Reveal_04.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="Sunset Overdrive looks like the antidote to all those po-faced shooters out there" alt="Sunset Overdrive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset-overdrive-electricity.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1600" height="900" title="Apparently Quantum Break combines game with TV show, but we don&#039;t really know how yet" alt="Quantum Break" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/quantum-break.png?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Upcoming games in detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Click below for extra info and hands-on impressions of all of the most exciting PS4 games in development</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank"><em>Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare&nbsp;</em>hands-on preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review"><em>Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity </em>preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review" target="_blank"><em>Battlefield Hardline&nbsp;</em>first play preview</a></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review" target="_blank">FIFA 15</a></em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review" target="_blank">&nbsp;first play preview</a></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation&nbsp;</a></em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/evil-within-first-play/review" target="_blank"><em>The Evil Within&nbsp;</em>first play preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review" target="_blank"><em>The Crew&nbsp;</em>preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank"><em>Destiny&nbsp;</em>preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/e3-2014/first-play-sunset-overdrive/feature" target="_blank"><em>Sunset Overdrive&nbsp;</em>first play preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/forza-5/first-play-forza-horizon-2/feature" target="_blank"><em>Forza Horizon 2&nbsp;</em>first play preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature" target="_blank"><em>Halo: Master Chief Collection</em> hands-on</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Online: how to make friends and follow people </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Already extremely robust on 360, the Xbox Friends system has been fairly heavily modified for Xbox One. One of the biggest changes is that you can now add anyone as a Friend to immediately get updates on their activity (assuming their privacy settings allow it), but to them you&rsquo;ll appear as a Follower unless they also add you as a Friend. It&rsquo;s like the old system with a bit of Twitter thrown in.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s easier to connect with the people you want to then, but crucially it should also be easier to avoid the foul-mouthed tykes that so often ruin an online deathmatch, thanks to a reputation system designed to segregate players with bad reputations.</p> <p>And of course the scarily addictive Achievements system has been ported over to Xbox One, along with your existing Gamerscore. Challenges are being introduced, too, so that specific goals can be set for individuals or the community at large to work towards &ndash; a nice idea that seems to have been borrowed from Bungie&rsquo;s <em>Halo</em> series.</p> <p>Less of a nice idea is Achievements awarded for non-gaming activities, such as watching a movie or listening to a song. Thankfully these don&rsquo;t add to your Gamerscore, which would just be weird.</p> <p>As with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">PS4</a>, pretty much all disc-released games are available for download from the Xbox Store, either directly through the console or through the website or companion app (SmartGlass), and as with the PS4, they&#39;re outrageously expensive. You&#39;ve got to be seriously lazy or impatient to pay &pound;60 for the download of <em>Watch_Dogs</em> when the disc is <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/UBI-Soft-Watch-Dogs-Xbox/dp/B00CM1KX0W/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1408980176&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=watch+dogs" target="_blank">&pound;43 from Amazon</a>. This really needs sorting.</p> <p>As mentioned earlier, pre-ordering digital versions of games isn&#39;t yet supported through Xbox, but is said to be on the way. Hopefully at that point we&#39;ll also get game pages so that trailers for unreleased games are easier to find.</p> <p>And Microsoft has also taken a leaf out of Sony&#39;s book by introducing free games for those who pay the &pound;40 annual subscription to Xbox Live Gold. Games With Gold gives every member the opportunity to download two free Xbox One games (and one Xbox 360 game) for free each month. The games made available so far haven&#39;t exactly been the cream of the crop, but hopefully once the back catalogue expands, the quality of free games will improve.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Profile" alt="Xbox One Profile" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Profile_US.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One headset" alt="Xbox One headset" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/XboxOne_Chatheadset_LHS_34_RGB_2013.png?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watching movies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To be a successful hub of all lounge-based fun, a modern console needs to do much more besides games, and on top of the hit-and-miss PVR integration previously discussed, there are a bunch of apps that deliver stuff to watch when you&#39;re not gaming.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s support for Blu-rays though the Blu-ray app, which plays in 1080p with support for Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio - although these aren&#39;t output natively, so you&#39;ll want to choose PCM to get them sounding their best. Plus, if you&rsquo;re the kind of person who gets a kick out of this sort of thing, you&rsquo;ll also love the built-in picture calibrator, which is an extremely thorough way to get your TV looking its best.</p> <p>There are lots of streaming apps, too.&nbsp;Xbox Video has a massive selection of movies available to rent and buy on-demand. Even films that are bought are streamed rather than downloaded, with the One dynamically scaling picture quality to match your broadband speed, but while there&rsquo;s touch too much judder for them to be mistaken for Blu-rays, the overall quality is high.</p> <p>Then there&#39;s the evergreen on-demand suspects - Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Sky&#39;s Now TV and YouTube. iPlayer is still missing but due at some point this year. Sky Go is also missing from the Xbox One, which is odd considering it is on Xbox 360 and has been confirmed as being on the way to PS4. Crucially, all of these media apps are available whether you subscribe to Xbox Gold or not.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 30 Best Things to Watch on Netflix Right Now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox Video" alt="Xbox Video" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Movies%20TV%20Store_US.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Making movies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4</a>, the Xbox One is constantly recording as you play. Clips are saved in two ways &ndash; automatically when you do something special in a game (usually it&rsquo;s unlock an Achievement), and manually by saying &ldquo;Xbox, record that&rdquo; or snapping the Game DVR app while you play. These clips are then made available in the Upload app, but the onus is on you to then go into the app and save the clips you want to keep &ndash; otherwise they&rsquo;re deleted to make room for more further down the line.</p> <p>Using the Upload app you can also edit and share your photos, including sending them to SkyDrive, where they&rsquo;re stored as a 720p MP4 for further editing and sharing however you see fit. As of March this year you can also broadcast gameplay live using Twitch. Simply say &quot;Xbox, broadcast&quot; if you&#39;re using Kinect or open the Twitch app if not, and whatever you&#39;re playing will be streamed to the internet for every other gamer to watch and comment on. I&#39;m sure they&#39;ll be nice...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Upload" alt="Xbox One Upload" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Upload%20Snapped_Killer%20Instinct.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xbox One has changed dramatically since it launched in November 2013. Simply put, Microsoft had bitten off more than it could chew and the console at launch felt decidedly unfinished.</p> <p>There are still issues with it - for instance the TV integration and Snap multi-tasking aren&#39;t where they need to be for gamers to embrace them wholeheartedly, and that&#39;s a big shame.</p> <p>But now that the price is the same as that of the PS4, that&#39;s much less of a problem. You might not be gaining much from their inclusion, but you&#39;re not losing, either.</p> <p>And it&#39;s all thanks to Kinect coming out of the package. It&#39;s sort of a shame in one respect, as Kinect was what made the Xbox One different and more ambitious, and the technology involved is seriously impressive. There&#39;s a feeling that if Microsoft had properly refined it before launch and supported it with better games it could have won people around, but it&#39;s hard to see a way back for the camera accessory now.</p> <p>So on the one hand the Xbox One is a less ambitious and more conservative console than was originally intended, but on the other that&#39;s allowed Microsoft to focus on the core gaming experience, and that puts it in a far better position to fight the PS4 in the future.</p> <p>For us the PS4 is still just about in front - right now it&#39;s got more games, many of which run at a higher resolution, more video apps, a nicer UI and a sleeker design - but the Xbox One is now very much in the fight. Let the comeback begin.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/games-machines/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games Machines in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One review" alt="Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02558_0.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are still niggles, but the newly Kinect-less Xbox One is a better, more focused games machine</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xbox One long-term test </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;The newly Kinect-less Xbox One is a better, more focused games machine&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Games consoles Games Machines Microsoft Xbox One Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:33:06 +0000 Tom Parsons 1426739 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Several gaming networks downed by hackers, a SpaceX rocket terminates mid-flight, and Disney Infinity software free for Wii U http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/fully-charged-several-gaming-networks-downed-hackers-spacex-rocket-terminates-mid-flig <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just because it’s a bank holiday doesn’t mean you should avoid the latest tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hacking in Watch_Dogs" alt="Hacking in Watch_Dogs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/watchdogs-hacking.jpg?1409024874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony, Microsoft, other gaming services hit by network attacks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On Sunday, numerous online gaming services - from PlayStation Network and Xbox Live to Battle.net, League of Legends, and Path of Exile - were downed for varying periods of time due to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. A hacker group calling itself Lizard Squad has taken responsibility for the assaults.</p> <p>Beyond causing surely millions of players frustration at being unable to access gaming services, particularly on a weekend, the story took an especially sick turn when the group tweeted a false bomb threat to American Airlines regarding the flight that Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley was traveling on at the time. In response, the flight was rerouted to another airport, and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is now investigating.</p> <p>As of this morning, attacks are continuing with a second hit on Battle.net and a fresh assault on Valve&rsquo;s Dota 2 servers. Sony says that no data was touched on PSN, and it doesn&rsquo;t appear that the hackers were trying to accomplish anything more than widespread disruption. So if you&rsquo;re looking to enjoy the bank holiday with an online game today and you&rsquo;re unable to do so, it&rsquo;s probably due to the so-called Lizard Squad. Lovely.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85951/blizzard-playstation-network-and-more-under-wide-ddos-attack-update-fbi-now-investigating">Shacknews</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SpaceX rocket explodes during flight test </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>SpaceX is pushing the boundaries of commercial space flight, but with such progress inevitably comes setbacks and challenges. One such occasion came on Friday when a three-engine F9R reusable rocket (the successor to Grasshopper) was automatically terminated during a test flight once an anomaly was detected.</p> <p>The rocket was detonated in mid-air to avoid potential injuries, and remained within the set flight area at all times. According to SpaceX, the test was &ldquo;particularly complex, pushing the limits of the vehicle further than any previous test,&rdquo; and that the company will review flight details before proceeding with another such test.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/502976401729798144">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spacex-dragon-v2-craft-future-space-travel/news">SpaceX Dragon V2 craft: the future of space travel</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="682" title="SpaceX F9R" alt="SpaceX F9R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spacex-rocket.jpg?1409024874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disney Infinity a free download for Wii U </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In an effort to allow original Wii game owners to &ldquo;upgrade&rdquo; to Nintendo&rsquo;s current console, the Wii U version of Disney Infinity is now available as a free download through the eShop. You&rsquo;ll need the USB-connected base and figurines to actually use the game, but if you have all of that from the Wii version, you can go ahead and grab the surely better-looking game for free and play today.</p> <p>Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes isn&rsquo;t coming out on Wii, so this is a move to get fans entrenched on a new console and keep them invested in the series going forward. Then again, you might be able to grab the hardware and figures pretty cheaply for Wii U at this point, so it might be worth grabbing the game even if you don&#39;t have the Wii version handy.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/8/22/6058239/disney-infinity-free-to-download-wii-u">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review">Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Disney Infinity" alt="Disney Infinity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/disney-infinity.jpg?1409024874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/fully-charged-several-gaming-networks-downed-hackers-spacex-rocket-terminates-mid-flig#comments Gaming PC PlayStation 4 Xbox One Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445818 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Samsung’s handy multi-device charger, 24-hour Xbox One game trials, and contactless donkey ride payments finally a reality http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/fully-charged-samsung-s-multi-device-charger-24-hour-xbox-one-game-trials-and-contactless-pa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t miss our roundup of news odds and ends from all around the tech world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Multi-Charging Wall Charger" alt="Samsung Multi-Charging Wall Charger" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-multicharger.jpg?1408783995" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s triple-device charger solves a mounting problem </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung currently sells smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, headsets, and quite a bit more in the handheld department. Coming soon? Perhaps the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-solo-watchphone-be-revealed-next-month/news">Gear Solo</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/leaked-samsungs-vr-headset-picture-spotted-online/news">Gear VR</a>, among surely many others. If you&rsquo;re entrenched in Samsung&rsquo;s device ecosystem, keeping everything charged is probably already a challenge, and it&rsquo;s only going to get worse.</p> <p>Enter the company&rsquo;s new Multi-Charging Wall Charger, a smart plug that can split an electric current across up to three devices hooked up via standard microUSB (which means it works with non-Samsung devices as well). The Max 2A signal is automatically divided based on how many devices are attached, and while more means longer waits, it&rsquo;s perfect for overnight charging without crowding your wall sockets or USB ports.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s priced at US$39.99 (about &pound;24) and will be available soon from Samsung&#39;s US store, though no word yet on worldwide availability.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones-accessories/ET-KG900JWESTA">Samsung</a> via <a href="https://bgr.com/2014/08/21/samsung-multi-charging-wall-charger/">BGR</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Daylong game trials coming to Xbox One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It appears that free 24-hour game trials of certain titles are coming to Xbox Live Gold members using Xbox One, thanks to a report from a user in Microsoft&rsquo;s ongoing preview program. An image posted on Reddit shows &ldquo;Free Play Day with Gold&rdquo; listed atop a game, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, while an unrelated Twitter exchange between Xbox Support and another user seems to confirm the concept.</p> <p>Considering how consistently great Sony&rsquo;s free games have been for PlayStation Plus, it feels like Microsoft has been playing catch-up with creating additional value for its paid Xbox Live Gold subscriptions. A game that you can potentially play in full for an entire day? Depending on the game selection, that could be a very great thing indeed.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://i.imgur.com/ZRazKDw.jpg">Reddit</a> via <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/8/21/6052923/xbox-free-demo-24-hour">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-s-huge-august-update-now-available/news">Xbox One&rsquo;s huge August update is now available</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="895" title="Free Play Day" alt="Free Play Day" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xbox-freeplayday.jpg?1408783995" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finally! Contactless donkey ride payments a thing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once upon a time, kids without a small amount of change would be unable to ride the donkeys at Blackpool Beach. Imagine them sitting on the sand, bawling their little eyes out because mum and dad didn&rsquo;t carry any cash or coins. It&rsquo;s a heartbreaking image.</p> <p>&ldquo;Over the years I&rsquo;ve had to turn hundreds of kids away because mums and dads don&rsquo;t have the cash on them to pay for a ride on Dillon [the donkey] &ndash; and the beach is often the last place you want to be carrying lots of change,&rdquo; says Mark Ineson, owner of Real Donkeys, clearly longing for a modern solution to this sad scenario while also seemingly acknowledging the futility of his business model.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s an issue no more, thanks to Barclaycard, which has created the &ldquo;UK&rsquo;s first payment saddle&rdquo; for Dillon. Now parents at Blackpool with contactless credit or debit cards can simply tap and let their children enjoy the finer things in life. Such as riding a beach burro.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ees-cash-tap-app-lets-you-ditch-your-oyster-card-london-buses/news">You can now pay your bus fare with a tap of your phone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="799" title="Contactless payment donkeys" alt="Contactless payment donkeys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/contactless-donkeys.JPG?1408689181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Save the world with squats in Superhero Workout </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Getting fit can be a real pain (in more ways than one), but developer Six to Start knows that adding gaming elements to your workout can make a world of difference - as it&rsquo;s shown in the past with The Walk and the immensely popular Zombies, Run! for mobile phones.</p> <p>The company&#39;s latest mobile and tablet app is Superhero Workout, out now for iOS (&pound;2.99) and this autumn for Android, which uses the device&rsquo;s camera for motion-sensing tech that delivers on-the-fly readings of your workouts. But more than that, it gives you a reason to sweat, with quick routines that read actions like punches as energy blasts. And it works with the Apple TV, which lets you better position your iOS device for motion sensing.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/superhero-workout/id884178077?mt=8">App Store</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-could-be-making-fitness-band-your-barbell/news">Apple could be making a fitness band&hellip; for your barbell</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UbslAzz1Lh4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/fully-charged-samsung-s-multi-device-charger-24-hour-xbox-one-game-trials-and-contactless-pa#comments iOS apps Samsung Smartphones Smartwatches Xbox One Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445592 at http://www.stuff.tv WWE 2K15 First Play http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/wwe-2k15-first-play/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hands-on with the brawler aiming to obliterate your wrestling game preconceptions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="John Cena does the mean&#039;n&#039;moody thing" alt="WWE 2K15 First Play review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wwe-2k15-review-cena.jpg?1409235867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/benjiwilson" title="View user profile.">Ben Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s an eternally frustrating challenge faced by every developer that dares try to make a wrestling videogame.</p> <p>In WWE&rsquo;s choreographed reality, both combatants are working together to piece together a beautifully brutal ballet; whereas in the virtual ring, human players simply want to beat the snot out of one another. And no game in the genre since <em>No Mercy</em> on N64, way back in 2000, has even come close to perfecting that delicate balance. Until now.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GRAPHICS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The era of a holographic John Cena bodypopping around your living room remains a way off (thank God), but it&rsquo;s no exaggeration to say this is the next closest thing.</p> <p>Visual Concepts&rsquo; class-leading facial tech has nailed the look of every wrestler, with Randy Orton&rsquo;s viper-like features especially unnerving. Animations are hugely improved too, and not just with regard to moves &ndash; wrestlers also stagger slowly (and realistically) to their feet when tired, even using the ropes for leverage where appropriate.</p> <p>Just as importantly, much work has gone into making the crowd look active and alive. There are no sign-waving cardboard cutouts here; every member of the audience is fully 3D, with great variance in ages (lots of kids wearing Cena shirts, for instance) and how they react to big moves.</p> <p>As a result, you feel like the watching masses are invested in whatever story is being told in the ring, rather than going through a procession of canned, emotionless poses. It&rsquo;s a huge difference maker in terms of believability.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Sony PlayStation 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8ePh672BX6Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SETTING </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>
Much of WWE 2K15 takes place in the Amazonian rainforest, with combatants fighting off hungry crocs and furious mosquitoes midway though matches&hellip; OK, not really. </p> <p>Every bout is of course set in a wrestling ring, but a wealth of modes should ensure the game doesn&rsquo;t stagnate over time despite the predictable surroundings. Case in point: the new MyCareer mode, in which you join the company as a rookie in its NXT developmental division, and progress through matches and storylines en route to the WWE Hall Of Fame.

</p> <p>2K Showcase, meanwhile, has you replaying two classic WWE feuds and unlocking characters, arenas and other bonuses by completing specified objectives along the way. One is the 2002 rivalry between Triple H and Shawn Michaels; the other John Cena vs CM Punk, from 2012. That&rsquo;s a controversial choice given that Punk walked away from WWE, allegedly on bad terms, earlier in the year. Make the most of it, then: he&rsquo;s unlikely to feature in next year&rsquo;s edition.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naughty-dog/last-us-remastered/review">The Last Of Us Remastered review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Goldust" alt="WWE 2K15 First Play review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wwe-2k15-review-golddust.jpg?1409235867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GAMEPLAY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>
As we said at the outset, the reason even non-fans should take notice of <em>WWE 2K15</em> is it makes an impressively convincing fighter. </p> <p>For instance, the addition of chain wrestling sees you locking up with your opponent in a series of mini-games at the start of every match. Win the ensuing scissor-paper-stone mechanic (e.g. circle beats square) and you get the upper hand, and can pound or wrench your opponent for a limited time.&nbsp;To stay in control, you then need to win a race to find a sweet spot on the right stick &ndash; otherwise control shifts to your foe. </p> <p>Stamina and momentum also come into play like never before. Tired wrestlers move around the ring more slowly and are unable to simply spring back to their feet when knocked over - meaning that, for the first time ever, defence is as vital to success as unleashing blockbuster moves. This makes for brilliant exchanges towards the end of bouts, as two exhausted grapplers each desperately try to hit their respective finishing move, all while guarding against being on the receiving end. </p> <p>That sickening feeling when you snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in <em>Street Fighter IV</em>? Finally, it&rsquo;s made it to a wrestling game. 
</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature">Halo 2 Anniversary - 10 years on, is the magic still there?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Randy Orton" alt="WWE 2K15 First Play review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wwe-2k15-review-randy-orton.jpg?1409235867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE INSIDE VIEW </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wrestling and basketball mightn&rsquo;t seem like the most natural of bedfellows, but executive producer Mark Little nonetheless insists that the developer&rsquo;s NBA series can directly influence its WWE one. </p> <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a lot of stuff we do that is a natural fit,&rdquo; he explains. &ldquo;The best example is that <em>NBA 2K</em> has always been known for offering unique, very distinct players, with their own signature styles, and elements of that have come across directly. We have expertise and passion when it comes to making Bad News Barrett fight like Bad News Barrett.&rdquo; </p> <p>As for the wrestlers, they&rsquo;re blown away by the visuals. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a world of difference from what&rsquo;s gone before &ndash; it&rsquo;s so much better than anything we&rsquo;ve ever had,&rdquo; says 15-time champion John Cena. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m used to seeing myself on <em>Monday Night Raw</em>. This is just like watching an episode of that.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="John Cena" alt="WWE 2K15 First Play review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wwe-2k15-review-cena-2.jpg?1409235867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RELEASE DATE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>WWE 2K15</em> lands on PS4 and Xbox One on 31 October. It&rsquo;s headed to PS3 and Xbox 360 too, although some improvements, such as the groundbreaking facial scans, are understandably on next-gen only. </p> <p>Those looking for some cool DLC can secure WCW legend Sting as a bonus character by pre-ordering, while the seriously dedicated have the option of snapping up a special Hulkamania-themed collector&rsquo;s edition. Along with the game you get Hulk Hogan and Sting as playable characters, a Hulkster figure, signed card, and other goodies. An appealing package - but only if you have a spare 80-odd quid burning a hole in your official Ultimate Warrior wallet, brother.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="WWE 2K15 will be out on 31 October" alt="WWE 2K15 First Play review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wwe-2k15-review-randy-orton-2.jpg?1409235867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/wwe-2k15-first-play/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/wwe-2k15-first-play/review#comments Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:20:12 +0000 Marc McLaren 1445404 at http://www.stuff.tv Halo 2: Anniversary - 10 years on, is the magic still there? http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We take a trip down memory lane, and it&#039;s littered with bullet casings and plasma burns </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nostalgia overload" alt="Halo 2: Anniversary - is the magic still there?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/halo-2-new.jpg?1408500867" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Among all the big titles at Gamescom 2014, we made it a point to fight through the crowds and spend some time with <em>Halo 2: Anniversary</em>. Before we jump into our first impressions however, it&#39;s worth recapping what it&#39;ll actually bring to fans when it lands on 14 November.</p> <p>The game will be bundled alongside <em>Halo: CE Anniversary, Halo 3</em> and <em>Halo 4</em>, with the quartet making up&nbsp;<em>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</em>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For us, <em>Halo 2</em> was one of the best first-person shooters ever made, and the fact that the anniversary edition&#39;s single-player cutscenes have been remastered by Blur (the folks behind the awesome CGI Deadpool footage) has us very excited indeed.</p> <p>Every game in the collection will run at 1080p, 60fps, but <em>Halo 2</em> has also been given an anniversary-style facelift. As with&nbsp;<em>Halo CE: Anniversary</em>, the graphics have been redrawn from the ground up, and you can swap between the old and new visuals at the press of a button.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AgLj-vXmrmM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Matchmaking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Halo 2: Anniversary</em>&#39;s online matchmaking is split into <em>Halo 2 - Remastered</em> and <em>Halo 2 - Classic</em>.&nbsp;The former has six of the best original <em>Halo 2</em> maps, all of which have undergone the same impressive visual overhaul, with minor tweaks and additions to the layout and HUD.</p> <p><em>Halo 2 - Classic</em> matchmaking includes all of the original maps, while still running at a higher resolution of 1080p and 60fps. </p> <p>Bar the increased resolution and framerate however, the maps retain their original graphical textures, and fan-favourite glitches and quirks such as BXR and rocket jumps remain exactly the same.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">Kill your productivity - 30 amazing games you can play for free in your browser</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pretty, isn&#039;t it?" alt="Halo 2: Anniversary - first impressions from Gamescom 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/halo1_0.jpg?1408500867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1920" height="1080" title="Halo 2: Classic" alt="Halo 2: Anniversary - first impressions from Gamescom 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/e3-2014-halo-2-classic-ascension-first-person---smg-vs-banshee-16870ae6d9be41df859f76cfe8447cdc_0.jpg?1408500867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First impressions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We were lucky enough to jump into a <em>Halo 2 -&nbsp;Remastered</em> match on one of our favourite levels, Ascension, now renamed Zenith.</p> <p>The first thing that struck us were the visuals. The <em>Halo</em> universe has never had the gritty grey realistic look of shooters such as <em>Call Of Duty </em>- instead, it&#39;s always been about&nbsp;bold, bright and colourful graphics. The good news is that this style looks even better in 1080p resolution and at 60fps, while now running smoother than a greasy grunt at the business end of a banshee.</p> <p>As we explored the familiar stairways and boulders, a few other changes stuck out. The HUD in the Remastered mode has been updated, reflecting the newer layouts in more recent <em>Halo</em> titles, and weapons now have large &#39;hold RB to pick up&#39; prompts hovering above them.</p> <p>Thankfully, though, the layout of the map remains the same. Weapons spawn in exactly the same locations as before, and within minutes both teams were rushing for the rockets and sniper rifle. It felt good to be back.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jb79igcU7yY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="841" height="631" title="Game on" alt="Halo 2: Anniversary - first impressions from Gamescom 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140812_161347_HDR_0.jpg?1408500867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A new central energy shield which definitely wasn&#39;t there in the past threw us initially, but beyond that, we&#39;re happy to report that gameplay is just as fun and as hectic as it&#39;s always been.</p> <p>We savoured the ability to dual-wield weapons - a feature that has been absent in all <em>Halo</em> titles post <em>Halo 3 </em>- and revelled in the fact that<em>&nbsp;</em>our favourite combinations worked as well as they ever did; killing enemies with the needler&#39;s exploding pink crystals spawned more than a few satisfied smiles.</p> <p>While we stayed away from the sniper rifle due to rusty technique, we unapolagetically rained havoc on the opposition first with the shotgun and then with the rockets. It wasn&#39;t long before we were being mentally transported back to 2004.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ah the banshee, bane of my life" alt="Halo 2: Anniversary - is the magic still there?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/halo2.jpg?1408500867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Much as we loved the experience, though, it&#39;ll definitely take some gamers a bit of time to adjust to it. While modern FPS games let you sprint, for example,&nbsp;<em>Halo 2</em>&nbsp;has a constant speed. Jumping around feels slower too, as if the gravity has been cranked down slightly.&nbsp;</p> <p>While this is a little unnerving at first, everyone else is in the same boat. And there are some definite advantages to it. Coupled with our recharging energy shields, we found ourselves living longer than in modern shooters such as <em>Call Of Duty</em> and <em>Battlefield</em>. Living longer = more fun. It&#39;s standard gaming mathematics.</p> <p>So although going back to a ten-year-old game won&#39;t appeal to everyone,&nbsp;those of us who grew up with the <em>Halo</em> universe can start getting very excited. Because&nbsp;<em>The Master Chief Collection</em>, and&nbsp;<em>Halo 2: Anniversary</em>&nbsp;in particular, looks like a wonderful addition to a ground-breaking series.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/gamescom-2014-ultimate-roundup/feature" target="_blank">Gamescom 2014: the ultimate trailer and news round-up</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Red vs Blue" alt="Halo 2: Anniversary - first impressions from Gamescom 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/e3-2014-halo-2-anniversary-ascension-first-person---dual-duels-2fe9eab8c60e4bac8a620a54b90a7566.jpg?1408500867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature#comments Console games Gamescom 2014 Gaming Microsoft Xbox One Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:30:51 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1444931 at http://www.stuff.tv Xbox One’s huge August update is now available http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-s-huge-august-update-now-available/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3D Blu-ray support and low battery notification are among the additions in Microsoft’s biggest update yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Xbox One’s huge August update is now available" alt="The Xbox One’s huge August update is now available" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one_1.jpg?1408458750" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has announced that its August update for the Xbox One, the console&rsquo;s biggest yet, is now rolling out.</p> <p>The update brings with it a number of improvements, most notably support for 3D Blu-ray movies &ndash; something the Sony PS4 offers already &ndash; and the ability to purchase games and DLC remotely. The latter means you can buy something while you&rsquo;re at work (through the Xbox website or the SmartGlass app) and have it ready to play on the console by the time you walk in your door later that evening.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s also low battery notification for controllers (no more surprise dead gamepads to spoil your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/fifa-14/review"><em>FIFA 14</em></a> session), as well as the ability to disable all notifications while videos are playing.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the activity feed has been overhauled, with the interface becoming a single column that&rsquo;s longer and features more content. You&rsquo;ll now be able to add text to your feed, to &ldquo;like&rdquo; and comment on items from your friends, and to post game clips either publicly or privately via messages. It&rsquo;s become a lot more like Twitter, essentially.</p> <p>The update will be downloaded automatically, and these things often take a day or two to arrive on everyone&rsquo;s machine, so don&rsquo;t be alarmed if your Xbox One hasn&rsquo;t updated itself already.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://majornelson.com/2014/08/17/next-xbox-one-update-begins-rolling-today/" target="_blank">Major Nelson</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Microsoft Xbox One review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QZbYi_2aB_g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xbox One&#039;s August update goes live </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Games consoles Microsoft Xbox One Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:45:21 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445173 at http://www.stuff.tv The Crew http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 15/08/14: Ubisoft&#039;s open-world racer charts a course towards Xbox 360 as well, plus a fresh trailer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Looks busy? You should try Tolworth roundabout at about 8am" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-002.jpg?1408325736" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/benjiwilson" title="View user profile.">Ben Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The racing genre has endured a painfully lacklustre couple of years. The&nbsp;<em>Dirt</em>&nbsp;series&nbsp;peaked long before the arrival of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while&nbsp;<em>Need For Speed</em>&#39;s annual joyride has spluttered into &#39;fun for exactly 17 minutes&#39; territory.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GRAPHICS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Perhaps unsurprisingly, <em>The Crew</em> looks like the next-gen offspring of <em>Burnout Paradise</em> and <em>Test Drive</em> &ndash; though it&#39;s far more of a stunner than those pretty-in-an-elderly-way parents. Cars shine in the sun and gleam amid big city neon, and the hugely varied selection of backdrops are a pleasure to thunder through in fast, fantastically-modelled vehicles.</p> <p>

It&#39;s worth noting, however, that there&#39;s a lot more going on onscreen than in most racers. Point tallies, notices about fellow crew members, your speedometer and a small map all take up valuable real estate, and that potential clutter won&#39;t suit all tastes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien Isolation will have you weeping with space terror</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bDiplfxeCI4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SETTING </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Crew&#39;s &#39;idealisation&#39; of America is vast, with 15 million individual objects across the game&#39;s persistent world.</p> <p>These populate the best, most exciting roads in the nation, hence it taking an hour and a half (as opposed to days) to drive across. There&#39;s some 5000 square miles of tarmac available for you to burn rubber on, with 15 famous cities incorporated &ndash; six of which are comparable in size to Liberty City in <em>GTA IV</em>. Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami, LA and Washington are just some of the cityscapes that can be explored, with the entire map taking around four hours to circumnavigate.</p> <p>Want another impressive figure? Try the number 11 for size: that&#39;s how many individual ecosystems are present in the game. This news is music to our ears, because cruising the West Coast beneath Californian sun should feel entirely different to hurtling through a frosty Central Park (yep, it&#39;s also in, and drivable) at nightfall.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review">Tom Clancy&#39;s The Division preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Some 15 US cities are recreated in The Crew" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-013.jpg?1408325736" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Terrain will be varied" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-001.jpg?1408325736" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="There are 5000 square miles to explore" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-006.jpg?1408325736" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Time to put on some Chris Rea" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-007.jpg?1408325736" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GAMEPLAY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Discovering America at speed is one of the game&#39;s great pleasures, but you&#39;re not here to be a modern day Chris Columbus. In fact, we&#39;ve done <em>The Crew</em> a small disservice by calling it merely a racer. It&#39;s also, believe it or not, something of an RPG.</p> <p>Winning events scores you cash and XP &ndash; which over time unlocks new challenges &ndash; while earning gold, silver or bronze medals in those events opens up gold, silver or bronze car parts for purchase later on.</p> <p>There&#39;s a <em>Fast And Furious</em>-lite storyline binding things together, but a behind-the-scenes peek suggests that isn&#39;t the big appeal here. Neither is experiencing the game solo, although you can absolutely do that if you wish. No, the big hook is forming a crew - hence the name - alongside three mates and taking on challenges such as a flat-out road race from New York to Miami. The victor gets the best rewards; and those spoils taste sweeter when they&#39;re earned by owning your online buddies, as opposed to three robo-brained AI cars.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Not sure what that plane is doing here" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-012.jpg?1408325736" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Customisation options will be based on earning money and XP" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-005.jpg?1408325736" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE INSIDE VIEW </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Crew&#39;s car list contains more than 40 vehicles from the likes of BMW, Chevy, Ford and Nissan. Even so, if you&#39;re the type of gamer who doesn&#39;t care for the number of motors because you&#39;ll stick with a personal favourite throughout, creative director Julian Gerighty may well be your new best friend.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&#39;s one of the interesting things that we&#39;re seeing emerge from playtesting,&rdquo; he tells <a href="http://www.gamereactor.eu/articles/116684/Julian+Gerighty+on+The+Crew/">Gamereactor UK</a>. &ldquo;We have lots and lots of cars, but we&#39;re seeing people pick a car and as soon as they&#39;re happy with it, [and] have identified that &#39;this is the car for me&quot;, they stick with it. Not just for two to three hours, [but] for 10, 15, 20 hours. [They] upgrade it as much possible, and make it evolve into as many specs as possible.</p> <p>&ldquo;That sort of connection is something [in <em>The Crew</em>] that&#39;s very different from normal racing games. Nothing&#39;s stopping you from choosing another car afterwards, and doing it all again, and buying the parts needed to get it to a similar level. But we&#39;re seeing people have very different behaviours to say, one of our competitors, where it&#39;s all about buying every single car and doing all of the challenges.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny Beta review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There will be more than 40 vehicles in The Crew" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-008.jpg?1408325736" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Whatever type of vehicle you want to drive, you&#039;ll be well catered for" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-003.jpg?1408325736" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="More cars" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-004.jpg?1408325736" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Last gen&#039;s last ride </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>The Crew</em>&nbsp;was designed first for new-gen consoles and PC, and seemed like it would only appear on those platforms - but Ubisoft recently announced that the game will also be ported to Xbox 360 and released on the very same date.</p> <p>Unlike&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/forza-5/first-play-forza-horizon-2/feature"><em>Forza Horizon 2</em></a>, which will be a different experience on Xbox 360, Ubisoft says that&nbsp;<em>The Crew</em>&nbsp;will maintain the same scope and features as its glossier siblings. Hopefully the visual drop isn&rsquo;t also accompanied by a significant performance hit. No footage has been released as of this writing, and we may well not see anything until the game hits store shelves.</p> <p>Why only Xbox 360 and not other last-gen consoles? A Ubisoft rep made it sound like a resources issue, telling&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/08/14/ubisoft-explains-why-the-crew-isnt-coming-to-ps3-or-wii-u">IGN</a>, &ldquo;when the decision was made to port [<em>The Crew</em>] to the previous generation of consoles, it was decided to focus solely on the platform closest to the new-gen&rsquo;s technical infrastructure, which is the Xbox 360.&rdquo; Sorry, PS3 owners; Wii U folks, you weren&rsquo;t expecting anything anyway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/forza-5/first-play-forza-horizon-2/feature">Forza Horizon 2: First Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="The Crew" alt="The Crew" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TC_screen_GC2014_GetawayNearSeattle_20140813_10am_CET_1407869346.jpg?1408325572" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RELEASE DATE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another game struck down by Ubi&#39;s early-2014 tidal wave of delays, <em>The Crew</em> will finally be released on Xbox One, PS4, Windows, and Xbox 360 on 14 November. It&#39;s the biggest multiplatform racer of the holiday season, although <em>Driveclub</em> on PS4 and <em>Forza Horizon 2</em> on Xbox One and 360 will surely put up their individual fights.</p> <p>In a controversial move, you&#39;ll be booted back to the Start screen should your internet connection drop while playing &ndash; so if you&#39;re planning to plough your life into road trippin&#39; across the States from the comfort of your own sofa, it&#39;s probably time to go all-in on fibre optic broadband. Because let&#39;s be honest: you&#39;ve been waiting months, if not years, for the perfect excuse&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kw3zMEnPBM4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review#comments Console games Gaming PC PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:22:42 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436970 at http://www.stuff.tv