Xbox One http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one/news en-GB Fully Charged: First Destiny expansion dated, Nintendo’s non-wearable sleep tracker revealed, and Amazon’s Fire TV Stick sold out ’til 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-first-destiny-expansion-dated-nintendo-s-non-wearable-sleep-tracker-and-amazon- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our quick-hit morning tech news roundup can get you informed in a hurry </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="Destiny: The Dark Below" alt="Destiny: The Dark Below" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/destiny-expansion1.jpg?1414650781" /> </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"> Destiny expansion out in December </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 logged dozens of hours in Bungie&rsquo;s <em>Destiny</em> and ready for a fresh challenge? Activision sent out word yesterday that the online multiplayer shooter will launch its first planned expansion pack, <em>The Dark Below</em>, on 9 December.</p> <p>Priced at &pound;19.99, <em>The Dark Below</em> bumps the player level cap to 32 (from 30), tosses in a slew of new weapons and gear, and adds five Bounty slots. It&rsquo;s set on the Moon, with new character Eris offering fresh missions to undertake to stop the Hive from summoning a god named Crota to demolish Earth.</p> <p>The Will of Crota, a new co-op Strike, joins a six-player Raid called Crota&rsquo;s End in the set, plus there are three new multiplayer maps to battle within. And PlayStation players get a bonus co-op Strike named The Undying Mind, which is a timed exclusive. A second expansion called <em>House of Wolves</em> will follow in 2015, and you can buy both now for the discounted rate of &pound;34.99.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny 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"> Sleep tracker leads Nintendo’s health platform </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>Following a rough patch of late with its gaming business (although things are <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/29/7088425/the-best-mario-kart-ever-steers-nintendo-to-profit">starting to look up</a>), Nintendo plans to expand its focus in the future - and we&rsquo;re not talking about mobile games. Instead, the Japanese company intends to launch a &ldquo;Quality of Life&rdquo; platform, and the first part of that is a sleep tracker that measures your zzz&rsquo;s using radio waves.</p> <p>Interestingly, it&rsquo;s non-wearable; as seen in the diagram above, it sits next to the bed and measures your slumber without impeding it, and then uploads the data to a cloud-powered online interface. The Quality of Life initiative isn&rsquo;t set to debut until 2016, so it could be some time before we&rsquo;re all measuring and analyzing our sleep with help from the house that Mario built, but it&rsquo;s certainly an intriguing twist for the company.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/library/events/141030/05.html">Nintendo</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/29/7130229/nintendo-qol-sleep-tracking-device">The Verge</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="675" title="Nintendo&#039;s sleep tracker" alt="Nintendo&#039;s sleep tracker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nintendo-sleep-tracker_0.jpg?1414650781" /> </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"> Amazon Fire TV Stick sold out through end of year </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>Amazon didn&rsquo;t bother mentioning a UK release date for its just-revealed Fire TV Stick, a low-priced streaming video competitor to Google&rsquo;s Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick, but we have a feeling it won&rsquo;t be until sometime in 2015.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s because new U.S. orders placed as of yesterday won&rsquo;t be delivered until January at the earliest - a solid couple of months after its 19 November release there. The US$39 (&pound;25) device is apparently a big hit, and Amazon offering it at half-price on Monday to Prime subscribers no doubt helped blow through the initial launch stock.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-fire-tv-stick-ship-date-pushed-back-to-january/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-launches-tiny-affordable-fire-tv-stick-streamer/news">Amazon launches tiny, affordable Fire TV Stick streamer</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="Amazon Fire TV Stick" alt="Amazon Fire TV Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv-stick.jpg?1414650781" /> </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"> Modder’s Xbook Duo houses Xbox One and 360 </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>Just last week, we brought you word of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-microsoft-s-rumoured-fitness-band-out-soon-fitbit-has-smartwatch-and-custom-ps4-">custom PlayStation 4 laptop</a> made by an intrepid modder - and now he&rsquo;s gone and topped himself by quite a large margin. Introducing the Xbook Duo.</p> <p>Yes, it has an Xbox One inside, but it also contains an Xbox 360. Modder Edward Zarick somehow squeezed the guts of both within one custom &ldquo;laptop,&rdquo; which features a 3D-printed body and a Vizio 1080p display. Unlike the PS4 option, Zarick doesn&rsquo;t seem ready to sell this one to interested parties (at least not yet), but you can learn about its creation by watching the video above.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.edsjunk.net/wordpress/?p=277">Ed&rsquo;s Junk</a> via <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/10/29/7089935/xbox-laptop-xbook-xbox-360-xbox-one-backward-compatible">Polygon</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/uvFwaxWJHxU" 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/amazon/fully-charged-first-destiny-expansion-dated-nintendo-s-non-wearable-sleep-tracker-and-amazon-#comments Amazon Destiny Fire TV Gaming Nintendo Xbox 360 Xbox One Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451777 at http://www.stuff.tv The 10 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"> The busy holiday release season isn&#039;t nearly done yet - here is what&#039;s left to come </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 10 most exciting games still to come in 2014" alt="The 10 most exciting games still to come in 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/assassins-creed-unity-delay_0.jpg?1414433302" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&#39;ve already had a tremendous start to the holiday season, between the likes of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review"><em>Destiny</em></a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/review"><em>FIFA 15</em></a>, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/forza-horizon-2/review"><em>Forza Horizon 2</em></a>, but your thumbs will have plenty of reasons to keep twiddling analogue sticks and mashing buttons for the rest of the 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. 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? Parts of the campaign are 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: 13 November /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PC</strong></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-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-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. 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/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review">Sunset Overdrive 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/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-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. 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> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 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/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-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. 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 around 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: 11 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-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. 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 of the holiday season.</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: 2 December / PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360</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-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. Super Smash Bros. 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>Nintendo&rsquo;s holiday season lineup looked pretty dire there for a while, but the company recently announced that the latest console entry in its multiplayer brawling franchise will make it out before the end of the year.</p> <p>As before, <em>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</em> sees familiar gaming icons battle it out - and Mega Man and Pac-Man join the fray this time around - but now with 8-player battles, a massive roster, and support for the Amiibo connected figurine line.</p> <p><strong>Due: 5 December / Wii U</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/super-smash-bros-wii-u/review">Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 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/j0BBGzfw0pQ" 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. 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 feel like a huge leap forward in terms of gameplay; crazed enemies, a charismatic villain and unpredictable terrain to negotiate, but we suspect it&#39;ll still be a tough game to shrug off. And <em>Far Cry 4</em>&#39;s upgraded co-op gameplay&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;allowing you and a friend to team up for attacks on massive fortresses &ndash; should add some spice to proceedings. Ubisoft&#39;s getting into the holiday spirit of generosity, too; you only need one copy of the game to partake of its co-op feature.</p> <p><strong>Due: 20 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-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. 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 next month on a new lead platform with a new developer behind it; Sackboy is 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. Expect lots of wickedly charming terrain and fiendishly difficult platforming action.</p> <p><strong>Due: 26 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-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. 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 it&#39;ll offer 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: 21 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-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. 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 in November (a PC version will follow in January).</p> <p>Even if its visual overhaul is the only real addition, that&#39;ll be more than enough, as it looks downright stunning. That&#39;s not all you&#39;re getting, though. You can also expect to see new wildlife wandering about in Blaine County, more traffic clogging the streets of LA-analogue Los Santos (hopefully not as much as in the real world, though), more music on the radio, and new weapons, vehicles and activities to partake of. Rockstar&#39;s even throwing a bone to multiplayer gamers who&#39;ve been plugging away on the previous-gen version; your multiplayer progress and XP will migrate to the new-gen version of the game.&nbsp;</p> <p>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: 18 November /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One</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 10 most exciting upcoming games </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 U Xbox 360 Xbox One Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:51:45 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443762 at http://www.stuff.tv Sunset Overdrive http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who knew a mutant uprising could provide such exuberant, rambunctious fun? </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="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sunset-overdrive-reviewopen.jpg?1414460612" /> </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>Chaos. Flashy, blaring, satisfyingly cheeky chaos is what&nbsp;<em>Sunset Overdrive</em>&nbsp;offers, and it&#39;s delivered in excess in a neon-soaked city wherein pretty much everything can be grinded, vaulted over, or swung upon.</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"> £45.00 </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">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"> Movement is so fun </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lots of zany weapons </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Great sense of humour </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"> Not the most &quot;alive&quot; world </div> <div class="field-item even"> Haphazard campaign </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Some lingering bugs </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"> Soak in the Sunset </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 bright, open world of Sunset City is ground zero for your antics, which are fueled by the sudden emergence of violent mutants &ndash; all former citizens under the spell of a horrible new energy drink gone awry. You begin the quest as a janitor, cleaning up refuse from the launch party; before long, you&#39;re cleaning up the monsters it created, only now with an array of insane weapons instead of a broom.</p> <p>I&#39;m talking an explosive teddy-bear launcher, a firework-blasting firearm, and a gun that spins out vinyl records at foes, among many others. It hearkens back to Insomniac&#39;s heritage with the wonderful&nbsp;<em>Ratchet &amp; Clank</em>&nbsp;series for Sony, where the talented team created dozens and dozens of truly sublime creature-killers &ndash; some of which seem to have inspired the lineup here.</p> <p>With a generous bit of aim-assist employed, you&#39;ll have no problem clearing even the hulking, gargantuan beasties that emerge across the city, as well as evil drink-maker Fizzco&#39;s robot guards and some aggressive survivors. And you&#39;ll need a little help with the aim, because one of the biggest keys to success is to never, ever stop moving.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/forza-horizon-2/review">Forza Horizon 2 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="1200" height="675" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset_overdrive_review_fizzco.jpg?1414460612" /> </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="675" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset_overdrive_review_arsenal.jpg?1414460612" /> </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="675" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset_overdrive_review_train_shocker.jpg?1414460612" /> </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"> Seriously, don&#039;t stop </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 a weird suggestion for a game with a lot of wonderful guns. Why wouldn&#39;t you take a moment to steady yourself and position your shot before letting loose? Because a flat surface is the most dangerous place to be in Sunset City, and the game demonstrates this at every possible opportunity, burning you with flung acid gunk and other enemy assaults that&#39;ll take you down very quickly.</p> <p>Luckily,&nbsp;<em>Sunset Overdrive</em>&nbsp;makes it very easy for you to be ever in motion, providing a seemingly endless array of rails and wires to grind upon (<em>Tony Hawk</em>-style) or hang below with a hook, along with cars, patio umbrellas, and plants you can leap upon. And doing all of that generates style, which helps in battle. You&#39;ll never have to worry about balance or staying upright, aside from occasionally avoiding attacks and hazards that appear: once you start grinding, you can focus on the bloodshed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny 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="1200" height="675" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset-overdrive-e3-amusement-jpg.jpg?1414460612" /> </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"> Pumped-up parkour </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>Since you can also vault up and over walls with ease, the result is an incredible sensation of movement that proves to be&nbsp;<em>Sunset Overdrive</em>&#39;s biggest selling point. It&#39;s simply a joy to whip around the city, bounding over wall after wall until you leap off of a skyscraper &ndash; and then slam down onto an elevated train track, swing around a flagpole, wall-run along another tower, bounce off of an abandoned car, and then continue to glide along the power lines to your next destination.</p> <p>You can more or less traverse the entire length of the city without ever touching the ground, and I highly advise it &ndash; not only to avoid danger, but also to simply enjoy the goofy thrill of it all. That reminds me a lot of Microsoft&#39;s original&nbsp;<em>Crackdown</em>, which provided an open world and the dexterity to enjoy its vertical space as well, but here it&#39;s much looser and sillier, and that gives&nbsp;<em>Overdrive</em>&nbsp;a nicely distinctive feel.</p> <p>And Insomniac uses that freedom of movement to create huge moments in the campaign &ndash; such as fighting a giant balloon mascot boss up in the clouds above the city, which you&#39;ll accomplish by bouncing between floating jump pads and grinding on a suspended wire. Or when you take down an elevated train by grinding along the rails behind it, occasionally being forced to leap to a nearby skyscraper ledge or suspension wire when the track is blown to bits right in front of you.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien: Isolation 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="1200" height="675" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sunset-Overdrive-forall-Fizzie-NEW-jpg.jpg?1414460612" /> </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"> Tripped up </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>Sunset Overdrive</em>&#39;s campaign has several of those wonderfully over-the-top scenarios, and they&#39;re all a blast, but elsewhere there&#39;s a lot of errand running without a cohesive, clear arc to the story progression. That&#39;s not a huge concern, since the action and movement are all fun throughout, plus most of the jokes &ndash; mocking game design tropes and poking fun at online communities &ndash; land solidly.</p> <p>But characters come and go in the loose narrative and are barely developed, and aside from the requisite array of collectibles and combat trials, the world feels a little empty beyond the very linear 10-12 hour campaign. Moreover, I encountered multiple bugs that forced me to restart checkpoints, along with some visual pop-in issues. Not a huge surprise for an open-world game, but still annoying.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review">Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 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="1200" height="675" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset_overdrive_review_fargarth.jpg?1414460612" /> </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"> Co-op calamity </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>You&#39;ll find a bit of multiplayer fun beyond the campaign, however, thanks to the Chaos Squad mode. Up to eight players can team up to both compete and collaborate in a series of quick-hit missions &ndash; at times, you&#39;ll be grinding and swinging to collect the most icons in the group, or perhaps working together to ward off enemies. Each set culminates in a survival shootout against the monsters as you protect a facility.</p> <p>Chaos Squad&#39;s structure is a bit confusing and not particularly well explained, but once online comrades start swinging and shooting, you&#39;ll surely find it difficult to stand around and ponder its meaning for too long.</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 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="1200" height="675" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset_overdrive_review_chaos_squad.jpg?1414460612" /> </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"> Sunset Overdrive 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>Like some mad hybrid of&nbsp;<em>Dead Rising</em>,&nbsp;<em>Crackdown</em>, and&nbsp;<em>Saints Row</em>, Insomniac&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Sunset Overdrive</em>&nbsp;ends up being a zany, joyous ride that&#39;s well worth taking.</p> <p>While not the most robust open-world action game around, and some elements feel superficial in the mix, that&#39;s all very easy to overlook once you start grinding around roller coaster tracks and shredding 10-tonne monsters to bits with glossy vinyl records and explosive stuffed toys. It&#39;s a blast.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/microsoft-xbox-one-5-best-games-2013/feature">The 10 best Microsoft Xbox One 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="1200" height="675" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset_overdrive_review_tnteddy.jpg?1414460612" /> </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"> 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"> 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"> 9 </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>The Xbox One exclusive finds the fun in zapping mutants with silly guns while grinding on every possible surface. Surprise!</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"> Sunset Overdrive review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review#comments Console games Gaming Microsoft Xbox One Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:55:51 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451456 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google offers USB verification, Xbox One digital tuner allows mobile device TV streaming, and Android enticing iPhone users with switching guide http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-google-offers-usb-verification-xbox-one-digital-tuner-allows-mobile-device-tv- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kick off the morning with a read through our need-to-know tech news roundup </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="Yubico Security Key" alt="Yubico Security Key" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/security-key-yubico.jpg?1413959581" /> </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"> Google adds USB verification option </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>Multi-factor verification has sadly become a necessity for many Internet users these days, and much of the time, that means fielding text message codes to access your accounts from new devices. However, if you want to add a physical element to your login process, Google is happy to help.</p> <p>Yesterday, the company announced support for Security Key, a physical USB stick that acts as a second factor to confirm your identity when logging into a Google account via Chrome. It uses the FIDO Alliance&rsquo;s open Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) protocol, and there are varying USB options to choose from; it&rsquo;s not like you have to buy a specialized Google stick to use the functionality.</p> <p>In fact, other sites that allow for physical two-step verification can also use such USB sticks in Chrome, and Google openly states in its blog post that it hopes other competing browsers add U2F support to allow users even more flexibility going forward. So if you want that extra step in the process or don&rsquo;t want to rely on mobile connectivity for Google verification, grab a FIDO-certified U2F USB key (like Yubico&rsquo;s option above).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2014/10/strengthening-2-step-verification-with.html">Google Security</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop</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"> Xbox One digital TV tuner allows mobile streaming </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 promised, Microsoft just released its Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One, allowing those without a cable or satellite subscription access to the console&rsquo;s specialized television content-enhancing functionality. But there&rsquo;s an unexpected big perk in the tiny box. Seems that Digital TV Tuner owners can also stream their television content to a smartphone or tablet via the SmartGlass app.</p> <p>It works on iOS or Windows, and will function soon on Android via an upcoming update. So long as you&rsquo;re on the same home network, you can watch anywhere around the house, and even view TV on your mobile device while someone plays games on the actual television. Pretty handy! The Tuner also lets you pause and rewind live TV, although full DVR functionality isn&rsquo;t offered as of now.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2CR0_gU-58">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/21/7026671/xbox-one-digital-tv-tuner-stream-tv-tablet-phone">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/digital-tv-tuner-brings-xbox-one-media-functionality-over-air-channels/news">Digital TV Tuner brings Xbox One media functionality to over-the-air channels</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/-2CR0_gU-58" 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"> Android launches its own switching guide </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 month, Apple raised some eyebrows by issuing a guide specially designed to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-silver-program-reportedly-halted-apple-luring-android-converts-iphone-">help Android users</a> make a relatively smooth transition to an iPhone - no doubt due to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus finally offering larger screen size options - via select apps and services.</p> <p>Now Google has returned the favor by launching its own how-to for moving from an iPhone or iPad to an Android device, and it&rsquo;s heavily centered on Google&rsquo;s own services, which of course work on both platforms. It&rsquo;s all pretty straightforward in tone, but it&rsquo;s interesting to see these tête-à-têtes play out between the two mobile giants.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.android.com/switch/">Android</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-silver-program-reportedly-halted-apple-luring-android-converts-iphone-">Fully Charged: Android Silver program reportedly halted, Apple luring Android converts with iPhone transfer guide, and wild custom PS4 sneakers</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="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone6plus-vs-galaxynote4.jpg?1413959581" /> </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"> First Alien: Isolation DLC out next week </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>Experienced all that <em>Alien: Isolation</em> has to offer out of the gate and looking for more? You&rsquo;re in luck: <em>Corporate Lockdown</em>, the first add-on pack for the tense movie-inspired game, comes out next Tuesday, 28 October. The download delivers three new Survivor Mode maps with a new playable character (Seegson Executive Ransome), plus a Gauntlet game mode.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll sell for &pound;5.59, with four other packs due out by March 2015. And if you&rsquo;re in for the whole lot, you can snag all five early at a discount with the season pass.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien: Isolation 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="1200" height="900" title="Alien: Isolation" alt="Alien: Isolation" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-dlc1.jpg?1413959581" /> </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/android/fully-charged-google-offers-usb-verification-xbox-one-digital-tuner-allows-mobile-device-tv-#comments Android Console games Gaming Google iOS Xbox One Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451052 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"> The borrowed bits are solid, the new ideas inspired, and Shadow of Mordor is the best LOTR game of recent memory </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?1414595407" /> </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/ben-tarrant" title="View user profile.">Ben Tarrant</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s been said that a man seeking vengeance should dig himself two graves, but perhaps that doesn&rsquo;t apply when said man is already a bit dead?</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"> £25.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4 (£40) </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"> True to Tolkien </div> <div class="field-item even"> Nemesis System is ingenious </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Gameplay is fluid and fun </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"> Graphically underwhelming </div> <div class="field-item even"> Initial bombardment of instructions </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"> 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>This may be a surprise to today&rsquo;s whippersnappers, but The Lord of the Rings was sort of a big deal long before Peter Jackson&rsquo;s films came along, back when people used to read these weird things called &ldquo;books&rdquo;. That was mostly down to JRR Tolkien&rsquo;s perhaps still unparalleled ability to build an astonishingly deep and rich universe, populated with fantasy beings and characters that each have their own unique backstory and purpose. Shadow of Mordor follows that blueprint tirelessly, and works as a bridge between the prequel book The Hobbit and the main Trilogy.</p> <p>You play Talion, a ranger of Gondor who&rsquo;s murdered along with his family while guarding The Black Gate, but is then conveniently resurrected by a powerful Elven Wraith and imbued with spectral powers. The catch is that while on his path for vengeance against The Black Hand and his cronies, Talion must make pit stops throughout Mordor to help this Wraith retrieve his shattered memories and uncover his past.</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?1414595407" /> </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"> Inauspicious beginnings </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 setup may be intriguing, especially to Tolkienites, but it&rsquo;s very nearly ruined in the first half an hour by a constant bombardment of text popups as Monolith tries to teach you all of the slightly fiddly controls and complicated mechanics all at once.</p> <p>Perhaps the idea was that they&rsquo;d get all the boring instruction things out of the way early, but all it really means is that you get overwhelmed, forgetting the move you just learned to make room for the next button combination foisted upon you, and then you find yourself having to delve into the game menus to remind yourself.</p> <p>This is precisely the time that the game should be pulling you in with intriguing narrative while unobtrusively teaching you what you need to know. Instead you get an avalanche that could well put a lot of players off.</p> <p>But stick with it and you will be rewarded.</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-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="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2_16.jpg?1414595407" /> </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"> Mordor in bloom </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>This is an open-world journey right from the start, and this version of Mordor is actually a rather pretty one.</p> <p>The desolate and charred Mordor many will know from Jackson&rsquo;s films is replaced with a landscape populated with lush greenery and expanses of water. This is a fantastic juxtaposition to common LOTR perception and really helps to establish the infancy of Sauron&rsquo;s claim on the land. It&rsquo;s also an ideal showcase for the strong visuals Shadow of Mordor has &ndash; it feels right at home on a next generation console, complete with gloriously gory animations to accompany Tarion&rsquo;s finishing moves.</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"> Cloudy, With A Chance of Gollum </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 doesn&#39;t always look so good, though. There are time of day shifts and dynamic weather, and while Mordor looks glorious at sunrise, at night time things feel more oppressive, with blacks and browns overwhelming the colour palette.</p> <p>Perhaps this was intentional but it makes playing at night far less impressive and enjoyable. Combine the dark with some rain and it even becomes rather hard to see, although the water effects on Talion&rsquo;s cloak are mesmerizingly good. Not so the hail effect, which looks more like an army of fleas.</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?1414595407" /> </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"> A Tooth for a Tooth </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 core and pivotal concept at play here is the Nemesis System. This rather clever system basically means killing or sparing specific enemies affects the entire hierarchy of Sauron&rsquo;s army.</p> <p>And if an enemy does get the better &nbsp;of you it can help him gain notoriety and rise through the ranks. Even though the wraith powers mean you&rsquo;re effectively immortal, this cleverly puts a price on death as rather than losing items or progress you actually just make the game more difficult for yourself - next time you face that enemy he&#39;ll be tougher and accompanied by more allies. He&#39;ll probably even give you some stick for having been such a wimp the last time you met.</p> <p>And why would you spare an orc? Because instead they can be interrogated for intel on your bigger targets, namely uncovering their location or strengths and weaknesses.</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?1414595407" /> </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"> Killing In The Name Of </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>Other missions link directly to the Nemesis System and work to build Mordor as a living ecosystem that&rsquo;ll continue with or without you. Captains can often challenge one another in versus missions while some will celebrate their promotions with self-indulgent feasts.</p> <p>Up and coming captains will go out on recruitment missions to beef up their ranks and others go on hunting trips to prove their prowess. These parties can all be crashed by Talion and offer unique chances to alter Sauron&rsquo;s army and in turn your whole gaming experience.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank">Far Cry 4 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="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3_18.jpg?1414595407" /> </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="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10_1.jpg?1414595407" /> </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"> Arkham 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><em>Shadow of Mordor</em> has had many comparisons during it&rsquo;s short life, namely with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review" target="_blank"><em>Arkham</em></a> and <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review" target="_blank">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</a></em> franchises. It&rsquo;s easy to see the logic in these comparisons as, sure enough, Talion flows through combat with Batman-like composure and rhythm, and guts enemies from the shadows without a sound in a very Ezio style.</p> <p>But <em>Shadow of Mordor</em> has plucked the best bits from each title while formulating its own bespoke manner of gameplay that just works, jumping from stealth gameplay to an all-swords-blazing approach with satisfying ease and appealing to either play style in equal measure.</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="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6_7.jpg?1414595407" /> </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"> Skills Forged in Uruk Blood </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>You can further specialise in one play style over the other with an intuitive skill system that you gradually unlock as you earn XP. These skills include things such as throwing knives, special Wraith takedowns and even the ability to control Mordor&rsquo;s native canine-things, Caragors.</p> <p>Alongside the skill set, Talion is also able to use Runes to add special perks to each of his three weapons &ndash; his bow, sword and dagger. These Runes are collected from dead Uruk Captains and Warchiefs - the harder the foe the better the Rune you receive. This compliments the ingenuity of the Nemesis System beautifully as you consider cultivating certain Uruks, helping them grow in power so you can earn more boom for your buck when you take them down.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation 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="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5_14.jpg?1414595407" /> </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"> 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>It would have been easy to dismiss <em>Shadow of Mordor</em> as a Lord of the Rings skin on <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed&rsquo;s</em> body, but it&rsquo;s actually more than that. Plenty is borrowed here, but despite (or perhaps because of) this the gameplay is really solid, with sneaky stealthing segueing effortlessly into fluid, rhythmic combat.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not without new ideas, either, and we expect the Nemesis System will be &lsquo;borrowed&rsquo; by loads of other studios in years to come.</p> <p>The fact that the whole thing is wedded to a story befitting of the grand, texture-rich Rings universe means that despite the flaws this is still perhaps the best LOTR game ever released. If Monolith can tighten the presentation and find a way to teach the game controls and mechanics without endless text popups it could be onto a genuine classic in the sequel.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">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="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1_9.jpg?1414595407" /> </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"> 7 </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"> 9 </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>Punishing yet intelligent and well executed, Shadow of Mordor firmly establishes itself as the best LOTR game yet</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"> 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 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:59:51 +0000 Tom Parsons 1446012 at http://www.stuff.tv Halo: The Master Chief Collection release moved up, has 20GB day-one patch http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-master-chief-collection-release-moved-has-20gb-day-one-patch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xbox One compilation is ready to go - well, it will be after that huge download </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="Halo: The Master Chief Collection" alt="Halo: The Master Chief Collection" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/halo-masterchief.jpg?1413617992" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft&rsquo;s <em>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</em> looks to remind Xbox One players why the shooter series is such a smash, and now with development complete, it&rsquo;ll happen a sooner than expected.</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-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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-master-chief-collection-release-moved-has-20gb-day-one-patch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-master-chief-collection-release-moved-has-20gb-day-one-patch/news#comments Console games Gaming Microsoft Xbox One Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:30:33 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450627 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Leaked Fitbit adds constant heart-rate tracking, Google trolls fans over Android L name, and Bono apologizes for U2’s free iTunes album http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-leaked-fitbit-adds-constant-heart-rate-tracking-google-trolls-fans-over-androi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup recaps the latest tech news in easily digestible, bite-sized bits </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="Fitbit Charge leaked materials" alt="Fitbit Charge leaked materials" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fitbit-charge-leak.jpg?1413443373" /> </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"> Upcoming Fitbit adds heart-rate tracking </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&rsquo;s Fitbit Force band sullied the fitness tracking brand a bit after some users reported issues with rashes, but it appears the company is set to improve upon that pulled device&rsquo;s design - with a totally new name, of course, and added features.</p> <p>The Fitbit Charge features a very similar design, but brings caller ID notifications from your paired phone. However, it&rsquo;s the better-equipped Fitbit Charge HR that&rsquo;s really intriguing, as the device adds 24-hour heart rate monitoring to the pile. It&rsquo;s called PurePulse, which is a trademark that was revealed<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/fitbit-surge-fitbit-charge-and-purepulse-outed-trademark-application/news">&nbsp;earlier this year</a>.</p> <p>All of this comes via Gizmodo, which posted leaked marketing materials for the new devices earlier today. It&rsquo;s not yet clear when the devices will launch or what the UK pricing will be, but anyone burned by Fitbit&rsquo;s last tracker - literally or figuratively - might have a better option to consider soon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gizmodo.com/exclusive-fitbit-charge-and-charge-hr-images-and-full-1646208023">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/fitbit-surge-fitbit-charge-and-purepulse-outed-trademark-application/news">Fitbit Surge, Fitbit Charge, and PurePulse outed by trademark application</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 pokes fun at Android L naming </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 dessert-themed codename for the upcoming Android 5.0 is the subject of extreme speculation, and following the last few versions - Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat - everyone wants to know what the L-named release will be.</p> <p>Google recognizes our collective pain and has opted to have a little fun at our expense, with a new teaser that shows various desserts auditioning for the role of a lifetime. Perhaps there are secret hints here; more likely, it&rsquo;s just a goofy way to spend 30 seconds. Either way, give it a quick view.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlEE3hXJe5o">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android L 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/AlEE3hXJe5o" 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"> Bono apologizes for Apple’s U2 album giveaway </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 that free music from one of the world&rsquo;s biggest bands would <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature">set off such a firestorm</a>? U2 sure didn&rsquo;t, although the band realized its iTunes giveaway promo for <em>Songs of Innocence</em> was an aggressive move. Bono admitted as much during a recent Facebook chat, apologizing when a fan asked them not to repeat the stunt.</p> <p>&quot;Oops&hellip; I&rsquo;m sorry about that,&rdquo; he responded. &ldquo;I had this beautiful idea&hellip; [we] might have gotten carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that thing. A drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard. There&rsquo;s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/10/bono-apologizes-for-u2s-apple-release-stunt/">Consequence of Sound</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/14/6979103/bono-apologizes-for-putting-u2s-new-album-in-everyones-icloud-library">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature">Apple&rsquo;s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam</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="U2 Apple promotion" alt="U2 Apple promotion" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/u2-lead.jpg?1413443373" /> </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"> Killer Instinct Season 2 starts today </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 second season of content for Microsoft&rsquo;s Xbox One freemium fighter reboot <em>Killer Instinct</em> begins today, with two classic combatants - TJ Combo and Maya - available right away, plus Cinder and Riptor coming down the line and a few more teased in the above trailer.</p> <p>Today&rsquo;s launch also rebalances the existing cast and adds new moves, plus overhauls the menus, makes it easier to unlock content as you play, and enhances the combo system. And if you&rsquo;re a huge series fan, you can now buy the entire season&rsquo;s worth of content in advance with a port of 1996 arcade classic <em>Killer Instinct </em>2 bundled in. Totally worth it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/10/games-killer-instinct-season-2-launch">Xbox Wire</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/Gfu9n677SKQ" 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/android/fully-charged-leaked-fitbit-adds-constant-heart-rate-tracking-google-trolls-fans-over-androi#comments Android Apple Console games Fitbit Google Health and fitness iTunes Music Wearable tech Xbox One Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450294 at http://www.stuff.tv Far Cry 4 http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Another holiday doesn’t quite go to plan in Ubisoft’s latest tropical island adventure, now with added elephants </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="Elephants yeah" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/FC4_resized.jpg?1414059242" /> </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-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If Kyrat were a real place, <em>Far Cry 4 </em>would give its tourist board a heart attack.</p> <p>If it&rsquo;s not crackpot dictator Pagan Min and his army of occupying henchmen trying to kill you, it&rsquo;s the local wildlife - but having played a few hours of the game&rsquo;s single-player campaign and an hour of co-op, there&rsquo;s definitely plenty to write home about.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Taking the excellent Far Cry 3 as its blueprint, the series&rsquo; first next-gen outing is bigger, badder and wilder than before, and it&rsquo;s shaping up to be one of this year&rsquo;s must-have games.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">The 10 best games in the world 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"> Big country </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>Kyrat is huge, so it&rsquo;s handy there are new vehicles in <em>Far Cry 4</em>, including hovercrafts and gyrocopters, to help you get around. Just don&rsquo;t fly too high in the latter or it&rsquo;ll splutter and conk out.</p> <p>Pick-ups, hatchbacks and other cars now also have cruise control, so those bullet-spraying drive-bys are easier to pull off. While Kyrat itself is fictional, its inspiration isn&rsquo;t, with snow-capped Himalayan mountain peaks emerging from dense vegetation. At lower altitudes it doesn&rsquo;t feel hugely different to the pacific-style islands of <em>Far Cry 3</em> but that&rsquo;s no bad thing.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s easy to lose track of time just exploring the landscape on foot, in a 4x4, or stampeding into an enemy outpost on the back of Dumbo&rsquo;s big brother, a tactic that&rsquo;s likely to result in a call from the WWF (the wildlife people, not the wrestlers) if you try it on one of the game&rsquo;s new heavily fortified Elite Strongholds.</p> <p>Eventually the call of the mountains will come, though, and there are new grappling hooks to help you climb sheer rock faces on your way to those snowy peaks.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/forza-horizon-2/review">Forza Horizon 2 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="Far Cry 4" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_C4_Preview_141014_6pmCET.jpg?1414059242" /> </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"> Animal instinct </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>Humans aren&rsquo;t the only animals that inhabit the upper reaches of Kyrat. Dive-bombing birds of prey mean you have to keep an eye to the skies, plus there are now macaques, bees, honey badgers and more, many of which can be killed and harvested to upgrade your gear (although sadly you can&rsquo;t craft a bee skin hat; that&rsquo;d take ages).</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the humans that will do you most damage though. There&rsquo;s a new Hunter class of enemy who&rsquo;ll sneak up on you with a bow and the first thing you&rsquo;ll know about it is when the flaming arrow hits you in the chest. The game&rsquo;s stealthy takedown manoeuvres are still brilliantly brutal and chaining them together never ceases to be hugely satisfying; at one point we stabbed a geezer in the neck and looted him for his spork in one slick movement.</p> <p>Looting and scavenging is in fact a big part of <em>Far Cry 4</em>, allowing you to sell gear in order to buy more weaponry and ammo. We found everything from vintage porn to a phablet (described by the game as a &ldquo;6.5in monstrosity&rdquo;, big-phone fans). Along with the car&rsquo;s propaganda-filled radios they help to give the world a real feeling of life and genuine inhabitance.</p> <p>Aside from the main story-driven missions there are still plenty of radio towers to scale (in order to &lsquo;hijack the signal&rsquo; and uncover more of the map), outposts to conquer, animals to hunt, hostages to save, and all kinds of mini-missions. It&rsquo;s almost RPG-like in its structure but without the strictly regimented feel that those games often have. Indeed, you&rsquo;ll embark on most of the mini missions without even planning to. It makes for a game that feels wilder and more alive than <em>FC3</em>, with more to do on the way to liberating Kyrat.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien Isolation 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="Who you callin&#039; Dumbo?" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_Arena_Elephant_Preview_141014_6pmCET.jpg?1414059242" /> </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="Boooom!" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_GLA87_Explosion_Preview_141014_6pmCET.jpg?1414059242" /> </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"> Better together </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>While <em>Far Cry 4</em> is likely to be a game you can lose yourself in for weeks, it also has a proper co-op mode that&rsquo;ll allow you to get lost with somebody else too - and they don&rsquo;t even need to own the game. They will, however, need a PS4 rather than an Xbox One or PC.</p> <p><em>Far Cry 4</em> gives you a set of 10 keys to Kyrat and you can send one to a friend, giving them access to your co-op game for a limited time of two hours. They&rsquo;ll even earn cash and rewards that&rsquo;ll carry over if they do decide to buy the game.</p> <p>While it&rsquo;s essentially just a timed demo, it&rsquo;s a neat way to convince your friends to join you in Kyrat on a full-time basis. So pack your bags and don&rsquo;t forget the medi packs. We&rsquo;ll see you in Kyrat on 18 November.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/driveclub/review">Driveclub 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/MLjvRTkqDYo" 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> <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"> Far Cry 4 preview </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review#comments Console games Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:08:22 +0000 Tom Wiggins 1450234 at http://www.stuff.tv Alien: Isolation http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finally, the iconic movie monster gets the terrifying game it deserves </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="940" height="705" title="At home, everyone can hear you scream" alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/alien-isolation-alien_2.jpg?1414409954" /> </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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Survival horror games, it seems, are back in fashion. Whether it&rsquo;s poking around abandoned asylums in indie hit&nbsp;<em>Outlast</em>, treading carefully through the same stretch of corridor again and again only to be suddenly stopped in your tracks by something horrendous in&nbsp;<em>Silent Hills</em>&rsquo; playable teaser, or confronting the restless dead head-on in the upcoming&nbsp;<em>The Evil Within</em>, it&rsquo;s clear gamers get a big kick out of feeling powerless, weak and very, very scared.</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"> £55.00 </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">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"> Scary as hell </div> <div class="field-item even"> Beautifully realised environments </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Excellent atmosphere and music </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"> Mean save point distribution </div> <div class="field-item even"> Unforgiving alien A.I. </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"> Setting: Keeping it in the family </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&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;you play as Amanda Ripley, daughter of the&nbsp;<em>Alien</em>&nbsp;movies&rsquo; protagonist Ellen &quot;Sigourney Weaver&quot; Ripley. It&rsquo;s 15 years after the Nostromo and its entire crew went missing, and Amanda is looking for answers &ndash; or at least some sort of closure surrounding her mother&rsquo;s disappearance. When the Nostromo&rsquo;s flight recorder is apparently found and taken to Sevastopol, a deep space station, Amanda is among the team sent to retrieve it. And that&rsquo;s where the frights begin.</p> <p>Sevastopol is arguably the game&rsquo;s best-drawn and compelling character. A decaying city orbiting a gas giant, it&rsquo;s in a state of total chaos when you arrive &ndash; and that&rsquo;s not entirely the fault of the titular xenomorph stalking the hallways and air ducts. The second-rate corporation running the station has mismanaged things terribly, leaving a capricious A.I. in charge of the whole shebang, half the areas locked down and murderous rubber-skinned androids called Working Joes wandering the corridors. There are also a few dozen human survivors on board, some of whom are friendly towards Ripley, most of whom are not.</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="567" height="425" title="Sevastopol Station is brilliant realised " alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-sevastopol_0.jpg?1414409954" /> </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"> 
Gameplay: Hide and seek </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>After an accident separates you from your companions, you&rsquo;re able to explore this gloomy, crumbling space citadel relatively unchallenged for an hour or so &ndash; and it&rsquo;s at this point that the majority of the game&rsquo;s systems and controls are introduced to you. And a lot of them revolve around stealth.</p> <p>While weapons are available in the game, your best chance of survival is to move slowly and methodically and to stay quiet. And when a potential threat is in the area, you&rsquo;re rarely far from a place to hide: a locker, a cupboard, under a desk, in an air vent. You wait until whatever&rsquo;s walking around moves on and then you do likewise.</p> <p>Sounds simple enough, and when you&rsquo;re hiding from humans and Working Joes it pretty much is. But when the alien comes into play, things get really tricky and really bloody scary. 99 percent of the creature&rsquo;s behaviour isn&rsquo;t scripted, you see &ndash; it&rsquo;s driven instead by an advanced A.I. system that responds to sound, movement and changes in light. It actually hunts you, and when it&rsquo;s nearby you never, ever feel safe.</p> <p>Turns out aliens have really good hearing. Make a noise above a whisper and, if it&rsquo;s lurking nearby, it&rsquo;ll come and investigate. And if it spots you, you&rsquo;re almost certainly done for. Weapons are largely ineffective (later on you can make it run away by blasting it with a flamethrower, but it&rsquo;ll be back soon and it&rsquo;ll be angrier than before) and your chances of outrunning it over open ground are zero.</p> <p>And, thanks to the game&rsquo;s maddening manual save system (you can save only at certain terminals) death could mean replaying the last fifteen minutes of buttock-clenching terror. So you really, really don&rsquo;t want to die.</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="If you see the alien this close, you&#039;ve probably had it" alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-alien-rushing_0.jpg?1414409954" /> </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="Ripley&#039;s a tough cookie, but Sevastopol will kill her/you many, many times" alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-amanda-ripley_0.jpg?1414409954" /> </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"> Survivor Mode </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><em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;doesn&rsquo;t have a multiplayer mode, but there&rsquo;s still stuff to tackle once you&rsquo;ve polished off the main campaign (which could well take you a good 15-20 hours &ndash; it&rsquo;s tough and lengthy). Developer The Creative Assembly has included Survivor Mode, a series of small timed challenges in which you&rsquo;re placed in close proximity to the creature and given a goal. Essentially, it distils the main game&rsquo;s tenser sections into tiny replayable chunks.</p> <p>There are also two pieces of DLC available at launch (neither of which we&rsquo;ve had time to take on yet). Both are set during the 1979&nbsp;<em>Alien</em>&nbsp;movie and both feature the vocal talents of much of that film&rsquo;s original cast, including Sigourney Weaver.</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-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"> Tools of the trade </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, you have access to some useful stuff that can tip the odds in your favour. First and foremost there&rsquo;s the trusty motion tracker, which can be brought up at any time to check if there&rsquo;s anyone or anything moving about nearby. It&rsquo;ll show the distance and direction of the contact, giving you precious time to decide if it&rsquo;s worth continuing on your journey or cowering in someone&rsquo;s clothes locker for the next five minutes.</p> <p>Ripley is an engineer by trade and can also craft objects and improvised weapons. Things like flashbangs and noise-making devices can be used to distract, while Molotov cocktails will kill humans and repel the alien. You can even create a noise to attract the alien and have it deal with a roomful of hostile humans for you.</p> <p>Finally, you have your ears, which are often the best way to avoid the alien. The motion tracker, you see, makes noise that can be heard by enemies that are very close, so when you&rsquo;re in a locker with the alien inches away, bringing it up can alert it to your presence. Cue the door ripped off the locker and your face treated to a French kiss, xenomorph-style. This is a game where a good set of headphones can save your skin.</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="The motion tracker will be your most-used item" alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-working-joe_0.jpg?1414409954" /> </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="Finding objects allows you to craft items and equipment" alt="Alien: Isolation reviewv" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-crafting_0.jpg?1414409954" /> </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"> How scary is it? </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&rsquo;s been a long time since I played a game as intense as&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>. The lighting, sound effects and music build up a gripping atmosphere of dread long before the creature makes its first appearance, and once it does things move up another gear. The game&rsquo;s musical score reacts to events, so when the alien is hunting you down and you&rsquo;re crouched under a desk three feet away you&rsquo;re living the full horror movie experience. It&rsquo;s actually a pretty draining game to play, and I often found myself having to take a break after another lengthy, tense game of cat-and-mouse in the corridors ended with my gruesome and sudden death.</p> <p>Which brings us to difficulty. The aforementioned save system is, to be frank, a total bastard. I understand why the developers have used it &ndash; if you could save every 30 seconds tension goes right out the window (or airlock) &ndash; but the scarcity of save points means you&rsquo;ll often find yourself having to replay long sections over and over, each time enduring several tricky encounters. While this succeeds in cranking up the tension and making you want to survive, it can also be demoralising to know you&rsquo;ve got to go through the same fifteen minutes over and over until you somehow catch a break and avoid having the alien rip your innards out or a dead-eyed android beat you to a pulp.</p> <p>The alien&rsquo;s A.I. makes it truly unpredictable. Which is highly impressive from a technical point-of-view, but it also ramps up the difficulty, because sometimes it&rsquo;ll drop from a vent right in front of you when you&rsquo;ve seemingly done nothing to attract it &ndash; and that feels unfair after you&rsquo;ve spent half an hour inching through ducts to get around it.</p> <p>I should mention here that I played the game on its hard setting, as recommended by the developers for the &ldquo;real&rdquo;&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;experience. And it certainly is an experience I won&rsquo;t forget in a hurry &ndash; mainly for the right reasons (white-knuckle terror, relief as you finally make it to a save point) but also partly for the sheer frustration and difficulty of the damn thing. Gamers light on time or patience may want to settle for one of the lower difficulties.</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/w_eJd42AxM4" 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"> Alien: Isolation 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>There have been many games based on the&nbsp;<em>Alien</em>&nbsp;series over the years, but&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;is the first that truly does justice to the original movie. Eschewing balls-out action for dread, terror and a feeling of utter powerlessness in the face of a perfect killing machine, this game will scare the pants off of you again and again and make you feel intense relief simply at having made it through a tricky section.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll also frustrate you and push your patience to the limits, which means that it won&rsquo;t appeal to everyone. If you&rsquo;re used to being handheld through first-person shooters, you&rsquo;ll find&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;to be a markedly different experience.</p> <p>In some ways, we welcome that: it&rsquo;s not often you play a game that demands this much concentration to play. It&rsquo;s healthy to be challenged, and it&#39;s rewarding when you finally triumph. But because it&rsquo;s such an intense experience, you may feel that it&rsquo;s not always enjoyable. Me? I mostly loved it. Mostly.</p> <p><em>Version reviewed: PlayStation 4</em></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="The alien is one of the smartest foes we&#039;ve faced in a game" alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-end_0.jpg?1414409954" /> </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"> 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"> sound </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-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"> 6 </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"> 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> <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>Fraught, involving and intense, it&rsquo;s the game the Alien series deserves</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"> Alien: Isolation review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:19:21 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435505 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 06/10/14: Ubisoft&#039;s open-world racer slips into December, plus new details on Faction Wars </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?1412651300" /> </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?1412651300" /> </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?1412651300" /> </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?1412651300" /> </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?1412651300" /> </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?1412651300" /> </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?1412651300" /> </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?1412651300" /> </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?1412651300" /> </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?1412651300" /> </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"> Choose your 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>One of the most intriguing parts of the experience will surely be Faction Wars, wherein you&#39;ll pick one of five groups to represent: The Bears on the West Coast, the Snakes in the Mountain States, the Wolves in the Midwest, the Crocodiles in the South, or the Eagles on the East Coast.</p> <p>Hopefully the crew mentality proves cooler than those names, but the real draw here comes with the specialized faction missions, some of which let you pit four of your racers against four others in intense road races across the virtual nation. Teamwork and communication become essential here in a way unlike what we&#39;ve experienced in previous racers.</p> <p>Ubisoft says <em>The Crew</em> will <a href="http://blog.ubi.com/crew-faction-wars-late-game-content/">launch with 25 faction missions</a>, ranging from solo attempts to those 4-on-4 jaunts, but more will be added each month once the game is live and hopefully thriving. You can get a quick taste of the faction missions in the above trailer.</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/ZBMmjqI_mG0" 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"> 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?1412617886" /> </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"> 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>Initially thought to launch in early 2014,&nbsp;<em>The Crew</em>&nbsp;then held down a 14 November release date for months. But <a href="http://blog.ubi.com/the-crew-release-date-december/">one last delay</a> has emerged, and now Ubisoft&#39;s racer will debut worldwide on 2 December for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox 360. It&#39;s the biggest multiplatform racing experience of the holiday season, what with&nbsp;<em>Forza Horizon 2</em>&nbsp;exclusive to Xbox One and&nbsp;<em>Driveclub</em>&nbsp;similarly holding court solely on PS4.</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 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:51:28 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436970 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google developing modular displays too, Halo collection includes past PC content, and HP planning to break apart http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-developing-modular-displays-too-halo-collection-includes-past-pc-content <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin the week off right with the weekend’s tech news highlights </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="Project Ara" alt="Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-project-ara-scattered.jpg?1412644166" /> </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"> Google testing reconfigurable displays </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>Google is already planning to launch one type of modular technology with Project Ara (pictured), which features little nubs of wondrous tech that snap together to create a fully functional smartphone. Now the company may be looking to do the same with displays, as the Wall Street Journal reports that its Google X department is testing screens that attach together form one larger display.</p> <p>Sure, the basic concept of smaller screens working in concert isn&rsquo;t new, but the difference here is that Google plans for the displays to be seamlessly interconnectable, which means no bezel around the screen itself - and they might even be able to be arranged in various shapes, as well.</p> <p>Is there a real consumer-level demand for such a thing? Perhaps not now, but if the report pans out, we&rsquo;d love to see what exactly Google has in mind here.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/google-working-on-large-scale-display-technology-1412346897">The Wall Street Journal</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/3/6905083/google-developing-displays-that-connect-like-legos-report">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/googles-been-secretly-making-its-own-delivery-drones/news">Google has been secretly making its own delivery drones</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"> Halo collection includes past exclusive PC content </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 <em>Halo 5: Guardians</em> not due out until late next year, Microsoft and 343 Industries have turned to <em>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</em> to build some enthusiasm for the shooter series on Xbox One this holiday season by bundling together enhanced versions of the previous core games. And if you only played <em>Halo</em> games on Xbox before, you&rsquo;ll find some new content in there, as well.</p> <p>In a blog post, 343 Industries confirmed that <em>The Master Chief Collection</em> will include all of the additional maps added to the PC versions of <em>Halo</em> and <em>Halo 2</em>, which means a total of eight maps will make their Xbox debut in the collection. That&#39;s in addition to the dozens and dozens of other maps featured across the four included titles.</p> <p>Additionally, you&rsquo;ll be able to use previously PC exclusive weapons like the Fuel Rod Gun and Flamethrower, and opt whether or not to include them in online matchmaking. <em>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</em> launches on 14 November, and includes access to the Halo 5 beta test beginning in late December.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://blogs.halowaypoint.com/en-us/blogs/headlines/posts/the-halo-bulletin-10-2-14">Halo Waypoint</a>]</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-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="Halo: The Master Chief Collection" alt="Halo: The Master Chief Collection" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/halo-masterchief-collection.jpg?1412644166" /> </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"> HP considering splitting company apart </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>According to multiple reports that surfaced this weekend, HP is considering splitting itself into two separate companies to give each a better chance of sustaining itself - or finding a suitor for a purchase or merger. Recode says the proposal sees HP becoming separate companies for consumer products (computers and printers) and corporate/IT needs.</p> <p>The plan was first floated three years back, and HP has unsuccessfully sought acquisitions and mergers in the time since. Nothing is official yet, and it could be some time before any planned changes affected consumers, but it sounds like the company is ready for big shifts ahead.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/10/05/hp-returns-to-breakup-plan-it-shelved-three-years-ago/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-laptops-gearing-battle-chromebooks-low-end-supremacy/news">Windows laptops gearing up to battle Chromebooks for low-end supremacy</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="HP" alt="HP" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hp-logo.png?1412644166" /> </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"> Star Wars mobile games suddenly pulled </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>Launched late last year, <em>Star Wars: Tiny Death Star</em> offered an entertaining licensed spin on freemium hit <em>Tiny Tower</em>, but unless you already downloaded it, the game is already a historical relic: Disney pulled the game from the App Store and Google Play late last week, along with the six-month-old <em>Star Wars: Assault Team</em>.</p> <p>Disney confirmed to Game Informer that it decided to refocus its resources towards newer mobile games like <em>Star Wars Commander</em>, but curiously, Disney failed to tell <em>Tiny Death Star</em> developer Nimblebit about the changes. Commented Nimblebit co-founder Ian Marsh, &ldquo;Suffice to say if you&#39;re a developer looking to partner with Disney, this might not be the partnership you&#39;re looking for.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/10/03/disney-torpedoes-tiny-death-star-without-alerting-developer-nimblebit-in-advance.aspx">Game Informer</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/windows-8/drop-everything-and-try-star-wars-tiny-death-star/news">Drop everything and try Star Wars: Tiny Death Star</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/X-c2LVcB2GQ" 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/google/fully-charged-google-developing-modular-displays-too-halo-collection-includes-past-pc-content#comments Gaming Google HP Microsoft Project Ara Xbox One Mon, 06 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449455 at http://www.stuff.tv Forza Horizon 2 http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/forza-horizon-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forza Motorsport’s free-roaming cousin gets a new next-gen playground. Does it deliver, or stall at the lights? </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="Forza Horizon 2" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Reviews_03_WM_ForzaHorizon2_resized.jpg?1413813648" /> </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-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After initial concerns that it would dilute the hardcore spirit of the game too much, we unexpectedly fell head over heels with the original <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/forza-horizon/review"><em>Forza Horizon</em></a> on Xbox 360. That meant expectations were high for the sequel, particularly considering its access to the turbo-charged power of a next-gen console.</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"> £44.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on Xbox One </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"> Stunning 1080p, 30fps countryside </div> <div class="field-item even"> Thrilling off- and on-road races </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Huge catalogue of cars to drive </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"> Slight lack of variation to the events </div> <div class="field-item even"> Drivatars can be overly aggressive </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While it uses the same graphics engine and Drivatar tech as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/forza-motorsport-5/review"><em>Forza Motorsport 5</em></a>, <em>Horizon 2</em> is a very different game to its track-oriented teammate. For starters, it only forces you to drive around in an underpowered coupé for a handful of races before handing you the keys to a Ferrari, glistening in the mediterranean sun.</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"> Festival shriek </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 Horizon of its name is a huge festival held in the middle of the Franco-Italian countryside, from which the racing events you participate in are operated. A bit like the FIA if it were run by a bunch of ravers. In truth the festival is at odds with the surroundings in which you drive. It&rsquo;s all lasers, whooping and EDM, dropped jarringly amid rolling hills dotted with vineyards, delicate farm cottages and quaint little market towns with piazzas at the centre.</p> <p>Apart from your irritating host, Ben, a man who&rsquo;s about as likeable as a wannabe <em>Top Gear</em> presenter, it&rsquo;s actually pretty easy to ignore the festival side of things. Turn off the radio (it&rsquo;s usually better to hear the sound of your engine anyway) and you can almost forget the festival exists. That&rsquo;s because each tournament takes place away from the site itself, in one of many geographically distinct regions.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review">The Crew 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="1920" height="1080" title="Horizon? More like Horizoff" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Reviews_05_WM_ForzaHorizon2.jpg?1413813648" /> </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"> New car smell </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 get to each one you must embark on a road trip, usually in a new car you&rsquo;ve just bought specifically for that championship, meaning you get a chance to familiarise yourself with your new marque on the way. Races are either point-to-point sprints or laps of a makeshift street circuit. You&rsquo;ll find yourself revisiting places over the course of the game but with so many roads to use there&rsquo;s an almost endless selection of tracks and routes.</p> <p>While it feels slightly more structured than the original, in geographical terms <em>Forza Horizon 2</em> is a significantly larger game thanks to the extra opportunities for free roaming. There are fewer barriers restricting you to the roads, so if you can see a field, chances are you can blast right through the middle of it. We even beat an AI opponent in a head-to-head by driving our Mitsubishi 4x4 straight at the finish line, while his significantly faster Porsche stuck to the asphalt.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grid-autosport/review">Grid Autosport 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="1920" height="1080" title="Forza Horizon in-car view" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Reviews_HUD_03_ForzaHorizon2.jpg?1413813648" /> </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"> Let’s off-road </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 fact, off-road events have been completely overhauled. Whereas before they were just regular races on loose surfaces, off-road events are now exactly that. Barrelling through a field of bonnet-high crops at 100mph using the in-car view produces some genuinely heart-stopping moments. What before was one of the weaker parts of <em>Forza Horizon</em> has become one of this game&rsquo;s most thrilling, only really beaten by the championship finales, which see you racing against an aerobatics team along the French riviera in a Ferrari, or sprinting through the countryside in an old rally car in a race to beat an express train.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s all of the extra off-road opportunities that add acres to the world. It&rsquo;s three times larger than the last game, plus there are over 200 drivable cars on the disc, including everything from Ferrari&rsquo;s 330 P4 to Local Motors&rsquo; open-source Rally Fighter. Each handles differently too, with noticeable differences even between equally powered cars.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s another benefit of the game&rsquo;s more developed off-road side; it gives the gnarlier cars a purpose. Before there was no real reason to have one in your garage, but with the added emphasis on cross-country racing those trucks and American muscle cars that nobody really wants can now find a home barging across the landscape before drifting vaguely left at the barnyard like a turbocharged oil tanker.</p> <p>Just like any other open-world game the environment is scattered with distractions, challenges and bonuses to encourage exploration. Horizon&rsquo;s Barn Finds return (and are just as well hidden as before), while new additions include Car Meets (essentially an excuse to sit and rev other people&rsquo;s motors in a car park &ndash; meh) and 30 Bucket List challenges that require you to complete a task in a specific car: a point-to-point through trees in the pitch black behind the wheel of an old Lancia, for example.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/microsoft-xbox-one-5-best-games-2013/feature">The 10 best Microsoft Xbox One 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="1920" height="1080" title="Let&#039;s off-road!" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Reviews_01_WM_ForzaHorizon2.jpg?1413813648" /> </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="Fences are no match for me!" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/E3-PressKit-04-WM-ForzaHorizon2-jpg.jpg?1413813648" /> </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"> It never rains but it pours </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>Forza Horizon 2</em>&rsquo;s weather is dynamic, meaning it can start to pour at any time, but the illusion is spoiled rather if you then begin a race that&rsquo;s not meant to include a shower and the clouds miraculously disappear as you hit the start line.</p> <p>Rain only has a minimal effect on the way your car handles (although it does make the road surface look a bit like a sea lion&rsquo;s back) but for those wondering if <em>Horizon 2</em> is too &#39;My First Forza&#39; for them, put the steering in simulation mode, turn off traction control and ABS, and you&rsquo;ve got a racing game that&rsquo;s perfectly pitched for those who don&rsquo;t want to powerslide round every corner at 120mph but also like a bit of a challenge. The tuning menu is there, so those who want to can still tweak tyre pressure, brake balance and the like to their oil-filled heart&rsquo;s content.</p> <p>Drivatar-powered opponents can be a bit overly aggressive (OK, we&rsquo;ll admit we can be too) but seeing your friends&rsquo; names over the top of passing cars really does work to ignite the competitive spirit. Despite knowing full well the car in front isn&rsquo;t really being driven by <em>Stuff</em>&rsquo;s reviews editor Tom Parsons I still can&rsquo;t help but want to beat it more than if it was just some nameless drone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-driveclub/feature">First Play - Driveclub</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="1920" height="1080" title="It never rains but it pours" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Previews_07_WM_ForzaHorizon2.jpg?1413813648" /> </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="Wet as an otter&#039;s pocket" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/E3-PressKit-01-WM-ForzaHorizon2-jpg.jpg?1413813648" /> </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"> Format war </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><em>Forza Horizon 2</em> might also be available for Xbox 360 but it&rsquo;s not quite the same game. There&rsquo;s no weather or Drivatars and the world is slightly smaller. If you pick up the Xbox One version it&rsquo;s worth making sure your Kinect is plugged in. Anna, your voice-activated sat-nav, is a genuinely useful feature, responding consistently and accurately to your commands, allowing you to navigate your way around without having to stop to look at a pause menu.</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-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"> Drive Clubs </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>Horizon 2</em> has also beaten Sony&rsquo;s <em>Driveclub</em> to the chequered flag when it comes to social gaming with its, er, very similar &lsquo;Clubs&rsquo;, which you can either start or join with your friends. Each one can take up to 1000 members, which means Playground Games must have a vastly different opinion on what a gamer&rsquo;s friendship circle looks like to the rest of us. Other club members will even earn you rewards while you&rsquo;re not playing.</p> <p>In general it&rsquo;s not a game that makes it hard to pocket cash. Doing well in races earns you credits and XP and even with the difficulty ramped up it&rsquo;s not too difficult to regularly finish on the podium. Until the latter stages few of the other drivers are ever consistent enough to give you a real battle in the&nbsp;championship, so anyone looking for more of a challenge should turn off rewinds and switch on full damage.</p> <p>Each time you level up you&rsquo;ll get a Horizon Wheelspin &ndash; a virtual fruit machine that offers prizes of either credits or new cars. Around nine times out of ten it&rsquo;s the former but when they all go towards buying new wheels anyway, who&rsquo;s complaining? Your Drivatar will also pocket credits for you even when your Xbox is turned off. It&rsquo;s clearly a game that wants you to earn, earn, earn so you can spend, spend, spend, although with the very top cars priced into the millions, you&rsquo;ll have to save significantly in order to get behind the wheel.</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-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="Wanna join our Club?" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Reviews_HUD_01_ForzaHorizon2.jpg?1413813648" /> </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="Some of the cars don&#039;t come cheap" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AstonMartinDBR1-WM-CarReveal-Week4-ForzaHorizon2-jpg.jpg?1413813648" /> </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"> 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><em>Forza Horizon 2</em> is everything an open-world driving game should be. There&rsquo;s loads to do and it captures the feeling of driving very fast better than any other game, to the point where it could soon eclipse its older brother once and for all. In fact, right now, if it were a choice between this and <em>Forza 5</em>, we&#39;d pick <em>Horizon 2</em> every time.</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="1920" height="1080" title="And the winner is..." alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Reviews_04_WM_ForzaHorizon2.jpg?1413813648" /> </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"> 10 </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"> 9 </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"> 9 </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>As exhilarating as pretending to drive a supercar from your sofa gets, Forza Horizon 2 is a must for any Xbox One owner</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"> Forza Horizon 2 review: &quot;A must for any Xbox One owner&quot; </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"> We explore Forza&#039;s next-gen free-roaming playground </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/forza-caro.jpg?1413798204" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/forza-horizon-2/review#comments Console games Gaming Xbox 360 Xbox One Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:11:12 +0000 Tom Wiggins 1448478 at http://www.stuff.tv Xbox One UK price drops to just £329.99 http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-uk-price-drops-just-32999/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft’s console is now £100 cheaper than when it first launched </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 is now just £330 – but you won&#039;t get a Kinect" alt="The Xbox One is now just £330 – but you won&#039;t get a Kinect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one_2.jpg?1412069708" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Watch out, Sony &ndash; Microsoft has just fired the latest shots in the next-gen console price war.</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A new console price war? </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>Microsoft is yet to officially announce the price cut, but it&rsquo;s likely a tactic to try and gain ground on Sony, whose PlayStation 4 (available for around &pound;345 bundled with Destiny) is far and away the leader in terms of consoles sold.</p> <p>Whatever Microsoft&rsquo;s motivations, it&rsquo;s great news for punters about to invest in a new console. And it might cause Sony to chop a few quid off the price of the PS4 in the run-up to Christmas too.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-09-23-xbox-one-price-cut-by-20-in-the-uk">Eurogamer</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Microsoft Xbox One long term 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="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="An Xbox One and Sunset Overdrive: just £329 on Amazon" alt="An Xbox One and Sunset Overdrive: just £329 on Amazon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xbox-one-sunset-bundle.jpg?1412069708" /> </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 price slashed to £330 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-uk-price-drops-just-32999/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-uk-price-drops-just-32999/news#comments Gaming Microsoft Xbox One Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:08:21 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1448374 at http://www.stuff.tv FIFA 15 http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Has The Best World Cup Ever™ inspired the best football game ever, or is FIFA 15 on a post-Brazil comedown? </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="FIFA 15 review" alt="FIFA 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fifa15_xboxone_ps4_agilityandcontrol_liverpool_vs_napoli_wm_1200x900_0.jpg?1413813648" /> </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-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>World football tends to move in cycles &ndash; and as the&nbsp;<em>FIFA</em>&nbsp;games attempt to replicate the sport as closely as possible, EA&rsquo;s annual soccer sim must also move on.</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"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4 </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"> Faster, more exciting gameplay </div> <div class="field-item even"> Irritating throw-ins fixed </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Improved goalkeepers </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"> Goalkeepers yet to prove themselves </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not a huge leap from last year </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If&nbsp;<em>FIFA 14</em>&nbsp;was Barcelona&rsquo;s tiki-taka, death by 1000 passes,&nbsp;<em>FIFA 15</em>&nbsp;is Germany&rsquo;s more explosive World-Cup-winning evolution of it. Like Spain at Euro 2012,&nbsp;<em>FIFA 14</em>&rsquo;s patient style was considered boring by some. In its quest for realism it had lost some of the breathless excitement that makes football such an absorbing game &ndash; and that&rsquo;s the focus of&nbsp;<em>FIFA 15</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">Kill your productivity - Stuff&#39;s top 30 free browser games</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"> Heavy metal football </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 15</em>&nbsp;feels like it&rsquo;s been in a few extra training sessions to sharpen up. Its reactions are faster and it&rsquo;s found an extra yard of pace since last season. It maintains the realism but injects a bit more &lsquo;heavy metal&rsquo; as Jurgen Klopp would call it. Players seem more responsive to movements of the left stick, with a last-minute nudge to either side often enough to beat a defender or draw the foul when running at speed and if the momentum is with you. With the right player it&rsquo;s also more effective from a standstill, shifting the player&rsquo;s weight one way and then bursting the other past the defender.</p> <p>In fact, weight and momentum play a bigger part in general. Ground passes are zippier, particularly over longer distances, meaning you have to be more accurate with them to keep play flowing. Players now use all parts of their boots to nudge, flick and lay the ball off, although you will have to get used to giving them a touch more power. Stringing together a few first-touch passes is hugely satisfying, particularly because it often feels on the edge of all falling apart, a bit like pulling off an improvised combo in a beat &#39;em up.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny 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="2000" height="1125" title="Heja BVB!" alt="FIFA 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa15_xboxone_ps4_dynamicmatchpresentation_dortmund_goal_wm_0.jpg?1413813648" /> </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"> Take your chances </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 you do create a chance you need to take it, because two things have changed: hitting the target is harder and the goalkeepers are better. Defenders are very good at blocking shots and goalies react more quickly to them, so you often need to use power or inch-perfect placement to beat them. Too close to the keeper&rsquo;s body and they&rsquo;ll get a hand to it. The better ones will even manage to get something on the ball when it&rsquo;s gone past them.</p> <p>They don&rsquo;t hold everything, but there seems to be less pushing it back directly into the path of another striker than in&nbsp;<em>FIFA 14</em>. They still remain suspect at claiming balls dropping from high but in general keepers perform better, with a much larger range of saves contributing significantly to the more lifelike feel of the game. Only many months of play will reveal exactly how lifelike they are.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <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-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="6658" height="3745" title="Tim Howard can stop anything" alt="FIFA 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa15_xboxone_ps4_nextgengoalkeeper_timhoward_save_wm_0.jpg?1413813648" /> </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"> Foul throw </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>Some of the veteran players of&nbsp;<em>Stuff</em>&rsquo;s lunchtime&nbsp;<em>FIFA</em>&nbsp;tournaments have been frustrated by throw-ins for years so their overhaul in&nbsp;<em>FIFA 15</em>&nbsp;is most welcome. Whereas before the lack of movement from your teammates meant you were often left with no choice but to throw the ball backwards or risk losing possession,&nbsp;<em>FIFA 15</em>&nbsp;allows you to take control of the receiving player and move them around the pitch before commanding the taker to throw the ball in with a press of the pass button. </p> <p>It opens up a whole new world of unique attacking advantages (or disadvantages, if you believe the assertion that it&rsquo;s the only time you have 10 men on the pitch without being shown a red card). Most importantly, you can now skip that irritating phase when there are two balls on the pitch.</p> <p>Corners have also been enhanced, with special tactics activated by pressing one of the four directions on the D-pad. Rather than just hoofing the ball hopefully into the box you can instruct players to crowd the keeper, make a run to the near or far post, or drop to the edge of the box. How successful they are depends on your delivery of the ball and the quality of the defending, but it&rsquo;s nice to finally have some tactical options at set pieces.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/madden-nfl-15/review">Madden NFL 15 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="6565" height="3693" title="Heads!" alt="FIFA 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FIFA15_XboxOne_PS4_Schalke04_vs_Dortmund_Header_WM_0.jpg?1413813648" /> </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"> Tactical genius </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 a world of zonal marking, false nines and Borussia Dortmund&rsquo;s extreme&nbsp;<em>gegenpressing</em>, <em>FIFA</em>&rsquo;s tactical side could previously have been accused of being more Tim Sherwood than Pep Guardiola. Fortunately,&nbsp;<em>15</em>&nbsp;addresses that with significant success. The redesigned menus make it much easier to set up your team to play how you want them to, picking from simple styles (counter-attack, high press, possession, etc) and tweaking attitudes and instructions for individual players.</p> <p>Team-mates also make more intelligent runs and signal where they want the ball to be played, which gives you far more confidence to play it into space. There are also more options when it comes to adjusting your team&rsquo;s attack/defence balance, with new &lsquo;Park The Bus&rsquo; and &lsquo;All Out Attack&rsquo; options at either end of the spectrum. Catch a team on the break when they&rsquo;ve chucked everybody forward and you&rsquo;ll often be able to exploit their lack of numbers.</p> <p>AI-controlled teams now use these more noticeably too, although they can be a little too simplistic. While it makes some sense for Man City to hoof high balls into the box for Dzeko when they&rsquo;re 1-0 down and running out of time, we&rsquo;ve also seen teams taking the ball to the corner flag in the last five minutes of a friendly that still stood at 0-0. Surely not even Jose Mourinho could be that negative.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<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-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="6114" height="3439" title="Golazo!" alt="FIFA 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FIFA15_XboxOne_PS4_Mainz05_vs_Hamburg_Shot_WM_0.jpg?1413813648" /> </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="The redesigned tactics screen" alt="FIFA 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa15_xboxone_ps4_teammanagement_tactics_default_0.jpg?1413813648" /> </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"> Licence to thrill </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 usual EA has squeezed every drop out of its official licences, this year adding every Premier League ground, including those of newcomers Leicester, Burnley and QPR, although it looks like we&rsquo;ll have to wait until next year for the addition of Magic Ref Spray. Goal-line tech has made the cut, though, with refs visibly checking their watch to confirm the ball has crossed the line.</p> <p><em>Pro Evo</em>&nbsp;still waggles its Champions League licence in EA&rsquo;s face but if it&rsquo;s slick, Sky Sports-esque presentation you&rsquo;re after,&nbsp;<em>FIFA</em>&nbsp;is still the daddy. Besides, any self-respecting football hipster is far more fussed about the Austrian cup, and that is present and correct.</p> <p>While the commentary is still pretty repetitive, these days the commentators even chat about Financial Fair Play if you take charge of Chelsea, PSG or A.N. Other Enormobrand FC. A real sign of the times.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<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="6300" height="2620" title="Loftus Road – home to QPR" alt="FIFA 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa15_xboxone_ps4_barclayspremierleague_loftusroad_0.jpg?1413813648" /> </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"> Career advice </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>Career and Ultimate Team are the two modes that keep many people coming back to&nbsp;<em>FIFA</em>&nbsp;again and again, and EA has adopted an &lsquo;if it ain&rsquo;t broke, don&rsquo;t fix it&rsquo; approach to both. Apart from some cosmetic changes to bring it in line with the rest of the game, Career mode is largely unchanged. It&rsquo;s not going to beat&nbsp;<em>Football Manager</em>&nbsp;for depth but if you want to see Brighton &amp; Hove Albion playing in Europe any time soon it&rsquo;s probably your only chance.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/six-things-you-need-know-about-fifa-15-ultimate-team/feature">Six things you need to know about FIFA 15 Ultimate Team</a></strong></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"> 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"> 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>Just as Bayern Munich&rsquo;s style contains elements of the Spanish way,&nbsp;<em>FIFA 15</em>&nbsp;will be familiar to players of the previous game. It&rsquo;s certainly less of a jump than&nbsp;<em>FIFA</em>&nbsp;<em>13</em>&nbsp;to&nbsp;<em>14</em>. </p> <p>To some that will mean it&rsquo;s not worth the upgrade but with an emphasis on fast, attacking play it mirrors what football fans see out on the pitch better than its predecessor.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/25-best-football-games-ever/feature">The 25 best football video games ever</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="7146" height="4019" title="It always rains in Manchester" alt="FIFA 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa15_xboxone_ps4_dynamicmatchpresentation_manchestercity_goal_wm_0.jpg?1413813648" /> </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"> 10 </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"> 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>Harder, faster and stronger means FIFA 15 is a better reflection of modern football than ever before</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"> FIFA 15 review </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;A better reflection of modern football than ever before&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/review#comments Console games FIFA 15 Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:00:19 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438721 at http://www.stuff.tv Destiny http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We spent hours playing Bungie&#039;s epic MMO/FPS hybrid and managed to tear ourselves away just long enough to write this review </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="1300" height="900" title="Become Legend" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Destiny-Beta-Review-main.jpg?1413873049" /> </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>Expectation can be something of a double-edged sword. One edge is the lovely everyone-wants-to-buy-our-game edge. The other is the everyone-thinks-this-game-is-something-that-it&rsquo;s-not edge. It&rsquo;s very possible that no game in the history of games typifies that more than Destiny.</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"> £42.00 </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"> Tested on PS4. Also available on PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One </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> <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 the scene </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 are you from the future, you&rsquo;ve been alive in the future, killed by evil invaders, then resurrected a few hundred more years into the future by a floating rubik&rsquo;s cube with the voice of Tyrion Lannister.&nbsp;</p> <p>By the time that happens humanity has already conquered the galaxy with the help of a huge omnipotent sphere of magical power, and then been brought to the edge of extinction by said omnipotent sphere&rsquo;s enemies. Now it&rsquo;s a far less powerful sphere, floating above and protecting the Last City on Earth.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s your job - you warrior-zombie, you - to join the rest of the guardians in pushing back the evil aliens from Earth and humanity&rsquo;s other colonies on the Moon, Mars and Venus, and obviously do that with guns.</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="Swanky threads, bro" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny1.jpg?1413873049" /> </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 Guardian (that&#039;s you) </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 before you can get into the fragging you need to create your guardian. You can be a pouty human, a pouty hipster-goth, or a sentient humanoid machine called an Exo. You&rsquo;re only choosing your looks here, which can be tweaked further with any number of scars, hair-dos or face tattoos. The real decision is which class to play as - a tank-like Titan, a sneaky Hunter or a space magic-wielding Warlock.</p> <p>In truth, even that decision has less impact than you might imagine. Every weapon is available to every class, and while armour is unique to each, statistically there&rsquo;s practically nothing in it. You&rsquo;re again choosing a look, a specific double-jump, grenade effect and super attack. The classes become more specialised once you unlock a sub-class around level 16, but it&rsquo;s only really pro gamers who should pay any real heed to particular player roles. If that&rsquo;s not you, pick whichever class you think looks most badass - you won&rsquo;t be penalised later.</p> <p>In case you&rsquo;re confused, this is a good thing. It ensures balance in, which is absolutely crucial to the FPS-side of Destiny. Plus, being tied into a particular role because you chose a particular class is what turns normal gamers into the vision of Cartman and Co. seen in the World of Warcraft episode of South Park.&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="960" height="720" title="Choose your Destiny" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny2.jpg?1413873049" /> </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"> The story </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>So once you&rsquo;ve made your pouty or metal character you&rsquo;re dropped into the wilds of Old Russia and tutored through the first five character levels by your trusty Ghost. Each of these levels unlocks a skill that&rsquo;s fundamental to the way Destiny plays - the aforementioned double-jump, grenade attack and mighty Super - and you get to experiment with each one-by-one without being swamped by mechanics from the off.</p> <p>After the initial drip-feed you can progress as you please. Continuing the main story missions seems obvious, but there are just twenty available, so rushing them might not be the best plan. Besides, each has a level requirement, and if you do rush from one to another it&rsquo;s unlikely you&rsquo;ll have met it when you get there, which is why diverting into Destiny&rsquo;s other modes is a great choice.</p> <p>The storyline itself is one of our few gripes with Destiny. A lot of the missions involve running around, shooting enemies, letting your Ghost scan some machinery, holding off a barrage of enemies, and then repeating the process.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are a few variations here and there, but that formula above is the gist of it. Destiny isn&#39;t a true vanilla FPS, and its MMO elements and scale alone mean that we weren&#39;t expecting a deep single player Mass Effect-like story, but still, a little more variety and thought put into the storyline would have been nice.</p> <p>During your progress, you do unlock Grimoire cards which are actually packed with in-depth Destiny lore, fleshing out the story a great deal. The only problem is, you can only view these cards on Bungie&#39;s website or the Destiny app, which is an extra step that most gamers could do without.</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="Eep" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny3.jpg?1413873049" /> </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"> Shooting (virtual) 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>Then there&rsquo;s The Crucible, Destiny&rsquo;s PVP mode, which plays a heck of a lot like Halo&#39;s matchmaking. This is a very high compliment.</p> <p>Battles are lightning fast, visceral and vertical, with double-jumps and three-dimensional level design forcing you to be aware of everything that&rsquo;s around and above you.&nbsp;</p> <p>If there&rsquo;s one disappointment here it&rsquo;s that you don&rsquo;t get the Big Team Battles of Halo - this is all 6v6 on tight maps, with vehicles playing a relatively minor role. With any luck these more epic fights are part of Bungie&rsquo;s long term expansion plans.&nbsp;</p> <p>Even as it is, The Crucible is an ever-exciting place to spend your time, and you&rsquo;ll gain experience points, new guns and equipment, and even (later on) special rewards exclusive to PVP players.</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="Ah, the hand cannon. How we love you so" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny4.jpg?1413873049" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny5.jpg?1413873049" /> </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"> Patrols </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>Previously and perhaps more aptly known as Explore, this is mode available on each of the four planets and give you access to the entire map, taking on mini-missions and grinding out hundreds of kills for experience points, faction rewards, loot drops and bounties, the last of which are receive in the game&rsquo;s main hub, The Tower, and have even greater rewards.</p> <p>Patrol is also the mode that exposes both the limits and intricacies of Destiny&rsquo;s maps. These aren&rsquo;t truly huge, sprawling worlds, but large areas connected by arteries that can often be zoomed through on your Star Wars speeder-like Sparrow. It won&rsquo;t take you long to visit the entire map, but that&rsquo;s not the same as seeing everything - Destiny is riddled with caves, tunnels and other secret areas that contain chests, collectables and occasionally extraordinarily large and powerful enemies. It will take endless hours to explore them all.</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="We&#039;d stay back a bit if we were you" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny6.jpg?1413873049" /> </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"> Strikes </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>Finally, there are the Strikes, perhaps Destiny&rsquo;s best content. These long, self-contained missions are a real challenge, with huge quantities of enemies and the odd mini-bosses (that often aren&rsquo;t mini at all) leading to a final battle with some huge &nbsp;boss that could well take over ten minutes to bring down. This is where Destiny is at its very best, needing skill, perseverance and most of all teamwork.</p> <p>Our early strike missions took around 30 minutes, but later missions can take up to an hour. They&#39;re exhausting, draining, but still fun, and there&#39;s a sense of achievement, tinged with relief, each and every time a gargantuan boss is taken down, thanks to your three-man fireteam&#39;s teamwork. Speaking of which:</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="Poke it!" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny7.jpg?1413873049" /> </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"> Teamwork </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&rsquo;ve perhaps left it quite late to point out that Destiny is an entirely multiplayer game. Actually, you can tackle most of the content on your own if you like, but even then you&rsquo;ll bump into other Guardians on your travels, because this is an always-connected game.&nbsp;</p> <p>Doing so would also rob you of the game&rsquo;s greatest joys - the camaraderie and shared joy of wearing down a particularly fearsome boss, the nerdy-but-classic pastime of comparing weapons and showing off your latest natty threads, and even the silly victory dances at the end of a tasty Crucible battle - yes, Guardians can dance.</p> <p>The only flaw (which, depending on how much you want to chat to other people, is a fairly big one), is the lack of in-game proximity chat. Currently, you can walk past other players, and even dance with them if you want to, but to actually chat to each other, you&#39;ll have to join up as a fireteam.&nbsp;</p> <p>It would have been much easier if proximity voice shat was on by default, letting you hear players within a certain range. An option to mute whiny 12 year olds could also be implemented, for peace of mind.</p> <p>The fact that there&#39;s no chat with your team in team deathmatches in the Crucible is another oversight, and we hope Bungie chooses to rectify this in future.</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="Pals" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny8.jpg?1413873049" /> </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"> Wonderful worlds </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>However you decide to tackle the game, you&rsquo;ll find Destiny an exceptional production. This is a graphically gorgeous full of colour, lens flare and intricate weapon, armour and enemy design. It sounds incredible, too - this may be sci-fi but every weapon sounds hefty and huge.</p> <p>Those weapons feel hefty and huge, too, and there&rsquo;s impressive variation in the way they handle. One auto rifle may look a lot like any other auto rifle, but it&rsquo;s unlikely it&rsquo;ll fire the same, with rate of fire, recoil and accuracy creating a real difference.</p> <p>And speaking of feel, as briefly mentioned earlier, the game feels like Halo. It&rsquo;s in the floaty jumps and whipcrack of a sniper rifle. The pulse and explosion of a plasma grenade and the flanking, cover-finding tactics of the enemies. For all of the MMO trappings, this is still a genuinely exceptional action game, and that&rsquo;s vital to the appeal.</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="747" height="560" title="The scenic route" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny9.jpg?1413873049" /> </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"> 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>In the end, what you get out of Destiny depends a fair amount on what you&rsquo;re prepared to put in. The race to level twenty is over quickly, but only those prepared to grind after that for faction and light points will see the game&rsquo;s most exotic kit and unlock it&rsquo;s greatest challenges (the mighty, attritional six-player Raid only unlocks when you hit level 26 and requires exceptional kit to beat).</p> <p>Similarly, simply playing through the campaign suggests a story that makes very little sense - only delving into the lore-filled Grimoire cards, unlocked as you progress, reveals the intricacies of the lore Bungie has created, and that&rsquo;s far from ideal.</p> <p>So for a game as massively marketed as this, Destiny perhaps isn&rsquo;t for everyone, and those who are hoping only for an epic Halo-style campaign may be disappointed that that delicate balance of focus and grandeur isn&rsquo;t quite matched in Destiny&rsquo;s story missions.</p> <p>But in every other way Destiny is Halo, but Halo on a bigger, far more multiplayer level, and with the addictive quest for loot of a game such as Diablo. For many gamers, including this one, that&rsquo;s an utterly irresistible combination.</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="695" height="521" title="Come back!" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny10.jpg?1413873049" /> </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"> 10 </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"> 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"> 10 </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>Halo meets Diablo meets World of Warcraft, and that&rsquo;s just about as incredible as it sounds</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"> Destiny Beta played: &quot;A lot of entertainment for zero cost&quot; </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"> Bungie&#039;s sci-fi shooter is utterly brilliant – and it&#039;s not even finished yet </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Destiny Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:35:58 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434979 at http://www.stuff.tv