Xbox One http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one/all en-GB Evolve hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/evolve-hands-preview/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Left 4 Dead developer&#039;s new co-op shooter aims to advance the genre </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="Friday nights in Woking were never much fun" alt="Evolve review PlayStation 4 Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/evolve-playstation-xbox-review-01.jpg?1416751381" /> </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><em>Evolve</em> may be the biggest 2015 release that nobody knows about.</p> <p>Alright, so that&#39;s not entirely true: tuned-in gamers are aware of it, and they certainly know the pedigree of the development team at Turtle Rock Studios, which created co-op classic <em>Left 4 Dead</em> several years ago.</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"> Choose a side </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>Left 4 Dead</em> pit a team of four survivors against a seemingly endless horde of zombies. In <em>Evolve</em>, there&#39;s only one main enemy: a massive, hulking beast that can climb walls, fling rocks, breath fire, and inflict all sorts of other nastiness on you and your comparatively diminutive human crew.</p> <p>But here&#39;s the catch: there&#39;s actually someone controlling that monster. Indeed, <em>Evolve</em> blends the cooperative and competitive sides of multiplayer action, pitting one extremely powerful monster against four well-armed, but very small and smashable hunters that can work together to take it down.</p> <p>It&#39;s asymmetrical multiplayer: almost the kind of game that would&#39;ve worked perfectly in a local setting with the Wii U and its second screen. Or at least it would in an alternate universe in which people bought the Wii U and third-party developers didn&#39;t flee. Instead, <em>Evolve</em> serves up its thrills online for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC gamers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/got-playstation-tv-play-these-12-games-first/feature">The first 12 games you should play on PlayStation TV</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="Big gun, bigger monster" alt="Evolve review PlayStation 4 Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evolve-playstation-xbox-review-05.jpg?1416751381" /> </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"> Be the beast </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>Evolve</em> will offer a handful of different monsters to embody in the online battles, and in the Big Alpha test, I had a chance to try out the Goliath and Kraken. The goal in the couple of available stages &nbsp;was to level up in the match by eating smaller animals, and then take down the massive generator in each jungle-like environment while avoiding the wits and weapons of the humans.</p> <p>In terms of sheer power, the monsters have the upper hand by a wide margin. As Goliath, you can breathe fire, charge into humans, and leap into the air and crush them with a well-aimed smash. The Kraken, on the other hand, succeeds through agility, as it can fly through the world and more easily evade coordinated attacks &ndash; but it can still whip out crazy electrical assaults when needed.</p> <p>You get a short head start at the beginning of the match to devour wildlife and start leveling up, but it&#39;s best early on to avoid seeking out the four hunters and entering a showdown; you&#39;re better served staying in the shadows and powering up in preparation for a certain battle. These matches don&#39;t end quickly unless the monster makes itself seen right away.</p> <p>It&#39;s a terribly tense feeling being the monster. Disregarding the fact that you&#39;re controlling a super-powered monstrosity, the pressure is immense. Yes, there&#39;s a sense of elation to crushing the puny humans and destroying their generator, but on the flipside, losing the fight as a one-person team to four champions is downright embarrassing. Your emotional outcome is the surprising high-stakes gamble at the heart of <em>Evolve</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review">Far Cry 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Wu6W0v6wNf4" 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"> Together as one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While you don&#39;t stand much of a chance against the monster on your own, it&#39;s not so bad being a hunter in <em>Evolve</em>. You&#39;re assigned a player class &ndash; you can set your order of preference before starting up &ndash; and there will be three characters available in each, with distinctive weapons, abilities, and personalities setting them apart.</p> <p>The Assault class is all about heavy firepower: miniguns, flamethrowers, and the like, with the task of doing the most damage to the monster. The Medic has long-range weapons, but is mostly tasked with healing, while the Support class can shield allies while using a rocket launcher or laser gun.</p> <p>It&#39;s the Trapper that proves the most unique class on offer in Evolve, as it can set up an electronic holding cell of sorts to keep a monster confined to a certain area and initiate a brutal blastathon. But all four players must work together and utilise their special capabilities to have any real shot against the Kraken, Goliath, or any of the other beasts that&#39;ll appear in the final game.</p> <p>Staying close, reviving allies as quickly as possible, using your jetpack fuel wisely, and hoping at least one member of your team survives long enough to trigger the next airdrop &ndash; in which killed teammates are brought back into the fray &ndash; is key. But avoiding contact with the monster for too long gives it the opportunity to destroy the generator, so it&#39;s a constant tug-of-war of priorities. Naturally, that makes for extremely compelling action.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/weird-simulation-games-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/feature">13 weird simulation games you won&#39;t believe actually exist</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="Each human class has different skills" alt="Evolve review PlayStation 4 Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evolve-playstation-xbox-review-02.jpg?1416751381" /> </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"> Pre-spring showdown </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>Evolve</em> probably wouldn&#39;t have had as much of a chance to shine in its original late 2014 release window, but 2K Games wisely opted to wait until after the new year to launch its property. And the Big Alpha definitely did the job of getting players hyped for its impending debut on 10 February 2015 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.</p> <p>For a long weekend with a small slice of the full game, <em>Evolve</em>&#39;s humans against monsters premise held its own &ndash; but I&#39;m particularly curious to see if the concept can retain players&#39; attention in a larger package and over a much longer span of time. At least the initial, concentrated dose proved very strong indeed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The most anticipated games of 2015</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="Evolve will be out in Feb 2015" alt="Evolve review PlayStation 4 Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evolve-playstation-xbox-review-04.jpg?1416751381" /> </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/evolve-hands-preview/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/evolve-hands-preview/review#comments Evolve Gaming PC PlayStation 4 Xbox One Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:02:48 +0000 Marc McLaren 1453673 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Nokia announcement today, Tony Hawk rides the Hendo hoverboard, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection patch still days away http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-nokia-teases-announcement-today-tony-hawk-rides-hendo-hoverboard-and-halo-ma <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wake up, wipe the sleep from your eyes, and fill your brain with our morning 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="Nokia&#039;s mystery announcement" alt="Nokia&#039;s mystery announcement" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nokia-mystery-unveil.jpg?1416295981" /> </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"> Nokia announcing something 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>We hate to be so vague, but that&rsquo;s the hand Nokia is playing in anticipation of some sort of announcement today. The Finnish company teased the above image on Twitter in advance of its &ldquo;What&rsquo;s next, Nokia?&rdquo; panel at the Slush conference in its native country this morning, along with the text, &ldquo;Guess what? We&rsquo;re up to something.&rdquo;</p> <p>And we&rsquo;re talking about the original Nokia here - the company that continued on after Microsoft acquired its smartphone hardware business and still used the brand name until recently. Now that the public association is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news">officially ending</a>, Nokia seems primed to reestablish itself with some sort of consumer product.</p> <p>At a glance, it looks like something in the vein of a set top box or home theater PC. Or maybe it&rsquo;s just a fancy box to hold something pocket-sized, like another Android handset to follow the Nokia X models. Truly, if Nokia really wants to push towards a new future, it won&rsquo;t be another familiar-looking smartphone or other consumer device that follows existing trends. Here&rsquo;s hoping it really is something to give the Nokia name fresh life in the post-Microsoft era.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/nokia/status/534345460333285377">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-phones-changed-world-and-few-crazy-ones-didnt/feature">11 Nokia phones that changed the world (and 9 crazy ones that entertained us along the way)</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"> Tony Hawk on a real hoverboard </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>Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk may be advancing in years, but it hasn&rsquo;t stopped him from riding, promoting his sport, and seemingly having a lot of fun with it. And his celebrity comes with some really cool perks - like being one of the first to ride Hendo&rsquo;s working prototype hoverboard.</p> <p>The Hendo hoverboard is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter (it&rsquo;s already surged well past the goal), and we can&rsquo;t imagine a much better marketing tool than this. Hawk does his best at first to simply stay on the board, which uses electromagnets to stay airborne, and then is able to do some basic trickery at the end. It&rsquo;s really quite neat, and whether or not you&rsquo;re personally enthused by such tech, it&rsquo;s worth a look.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/17/tony-hawk-rides-an-actual-hoverboard-to-make-up-for-that-last-time/">TechCrunch</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/finally-working-hoverboard-and-it-s-yours-just-10000/news">Finally, a working hoverboard - and it&rsquo;s yours for just $10,000</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/HSheVhmcYLA" 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"> Halo matchmaking fix delayed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last week&rsquo;s launch of <em>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</em> for Xbox One delivered a compilation of more than 100 beloved maps from across the first-person shooter franchise - and sadly, due to matchmaking bugs, few ways to actually play them. Many players have been unable to actually connect to others in the week since due to bugs in the matchmaking code.</p> <p>A patch was promised to launch tomorrow, 19 November, but now it sounds like the update will debut late this week instead. Developer 343 Industries blames testing and certification for the extra time, which will provide little solace to those who excitedly purchased the game last week, but at least the later launch will allow for more bug fixes to be bundled in.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/forums/85d779d52cfd46918b4f8b638f2e3c7b/topics/the-master-chief-collection-bug-investigation/e024f78f-6022-4a49-99ea-67562ec5b4ca/posts">Halo Waypoint</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/halo-5-guardians/halo-5-guardians-hands/review">Halo 5: Guardians hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="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.jpg?1416295981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-nokia-teases-announcement-today-tony-hawk-rides-hendo-hoverboard-and-halo-ma#comments Future tech Gaming Microsoft Nokia Xbox One Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453424 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 open-world 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?1415977584" /> </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/witenoyze" title="View user profile.">Nick Cowen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You need time to deal with <em>Far Cry 4</em>. A lot of time.</p> <p>You certainly ideally want more than the four days we were allowed with Ubisoft&rsquo;s new open world shooter. This isn&rsquo;t to say you won&rsquo;t be able to finish the game&rsquo;s main campaign in the time we were allotted to play it in, because we did. That&rsquo;s just to say that that there&rsquo;s so much more going on in <em>Far Cry 4</em> beyond its narrative that it could keep players glued to it for weeks. Possibly months.</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. Also available on Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 </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"> Bewildering number of activities </div> <div class="field-item even"> Compelling characters and story </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"> Stealth sections undermine open approach </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"> 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><em>Far Cry 4</em> is a true open world game in that it entices &ndash; in fact, flat out encourages &ndash; players to go off piste. This is a game that offers unbridled freedom as a given. There&rsquo;s a story anchoring the action, but the best moments in <em>Far Cry 4</em> are those that players create for themselves &ndash; like riding an elephant through an enemy outpost or escaping from insurmountable odds by leaping off a cliff and deploying a wingsuit. <em>Far Cry 4</em> has a decent plot, sure, but its biggest strength is the fact that, for the most part, it doesn&rsquo;t get in the way of players experimenting.</p> <p>The game&rsquo;s map compliments an open-ended approach. It&rsquo;s filled to bursting with activities, from radar towers to unlock, to outposts to raid to races to take part in and more. Once players engage in any of these missions, a laundry list of new activities opens up. The hardest task players are likely to encounter in <em>Far Cry 4</em> is to stay focused on the task at hand.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 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="The game’s map compliments an open-ended approach. It’s filled to bursting with activities." alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_REVIEWS_SHERPA_1080.jpg?1415977584" /> </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"> What&#039;s my motivation? </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 story of <em>Far Cry 4</em> centres on Ajay Ghale and his quest to scatter his mother&rsquo;s ashes in the country of her birth, Kyrat. Upon arriving, he&rsquo;s snapped up by the local dictator &ndash; a flamboyant psycho named Pagan Min &ndash; from whose clutches he quickly escapes. Ajay soon comes into contact with Kyrat&rsquo;s freedom fighter movement, The Golden Path, and it&rsquo;s here the narrative starts to splinter.</p> <p>The Golden Path has two leaders, Amita and Sabal, and both of them have very different ideas on how best to bring down Pagan Min&rsquo;s brutal rule of Kyrat. Sabal is a conservative; while he puts a premium on the value of human life, he&rsquo;s also committed to bringing Kyrat back to what he sees as traditional values. Amita, for her part has no time for Sabal&rsquo;s borderline sexist outlook, but she&rsquo;s not above taking over Pagan Min&rsquo;s drug running operations if it means schools and hospitals can be built.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no clear moral compass between the pair of them and the narrative is made all the more compelling by the fact that the player is eventually forced to pick a side. In Kyrat there are no easy choices and the player will likely have to reflect on the path they&rsquo;ve chosen in the closing moment of the game.</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-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="The Golden Path has two leaders, Amita and Sabal, and both of them have very different ideas on how best to bring down Pagan Min’s brutal rule of Kyrat." alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_REVIEWS_YOGI_REGGIE_1080.jpg?1415977584" /> </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"> A bit on the side </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 meantime, <em>Far Cry 4</em> tosses up a ton of distractions to engage the player. You can hunt animals, unlock radar towers, attack fortresses, take down outposts, take part in races, rescue hostages &ndash; the list goes on and on. <em>Far Cry 4</em> is likely to keep players glued to it for hours at a time and the principle draw here is that no activity feels forced or mandatory. All the game&rsquo;s tasks run into each other organically so players never feel like they&rsquo;re being yanked in a direction they&rsquo;re not comfortable with.</p> <p>That having been said, it&rsquo;s worth pointing out that some story missions box players into a style of play they may not be on board with. There are one or two plot missions that demand a stealthy approach and players who lack patience will find these segments heavy going. This is compounded by the fact that being spotted by the AI results in an instant fail; after allowing players such an innate sense of freedom, constricting their movements to such a degree feels almost draconian.</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="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?1415977584" /> </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?1415977584" /> </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"> Plays well with others </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 these moments are few and far between. Players are far more likely to spend a ton of time exploring Kyrat, looting chests, killing and skinning animals, unlocking the map and generally exploring their environment to its deepest depths. <em>Far Cry 4</em> also introduces two-player co-op on the campaign map, so if you&rsquo;re finding a particular fort or outpost something of a pain to take down solo, you and a mate can team up to make shorter work of it.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a PVP multiplayer, although the strength of the single-player campaign makes it feel like something of a third wheel. A lot of the match types in the multiplayer are team-and-objective based, with players defending or attacking points in the map. There&rsquo;s an asynchronous quality to the PVP as one side is armed with traditional firearms and the other with bows and arrows and the ability to cloak and command animals in the map. It&rsquo;s a compelling affair but it&rsquo;s doubtful that <em>Far Cry 4</em> is going to eat into the online audience numbers of <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">Call Of Duty</a></em>, for example.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<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-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="There’s an asynchronous quality to the PVP as one side is armed with traditional firearms and the other with bows and arrows." alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_PvP_ATV_Attack_301014_5pm_ParisTime.jpg?1415977584" /> </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="Command wild beasts!" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_PvP_Rakshasa_301014_5pm_ParisTime.jpg?1415977584" /> </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"> Far Cry 4 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>No, <em>Far Cry 4&rsquo;s</em> principle attraction is most certainly its campaign, which is easily the best thing about it. The land of Kyrat is a vast and beautiful playground and players have every reason to get lost in it. We suggest you answer its call&hellip;</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="Far Cry 4 review verdict" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_REVIEWS_ROCKET_1080.jpg?1415977584" /> </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"> 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>Bigger, better and more beautiful than ever, Far Cry 4 is a glorious timesink</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"> Far Cry 4 review: &quot;Bigger, better and more beautiful than ever&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"> Another holiday doesn’t quite go to plan in Ubisoft’s latest adventure </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review#comments Console games Far Cry 4 Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:54:33 +0000 Tom Parsons 1450234 at http://www.stuff.tv Battlefield Hardline hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Battlefield team takes a break from the frontline and switches the fight to the streets, in a cops ‘n’ robbers tale of heists, handcuffs and heroics... </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="Battlefield Hardline" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BFH_main_3.jpg?1415911932" /> </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>With <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review"><em>Call Of Duty</em> </a>disappearing further into the realms of outright fantasy with each new game &ndash; watch out for <em>COD: Hobbit Warfare</em> in stores for Christmas 2015 &ndash; <em>Battlefield</em>&rsquo;s more down-to-earth approach to digitised warfare has earned it plenty of loyal recruits. But what will they make of <em>Hardline</em>?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call Of Duty - Advanced Warfare review</a></strong></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"> Cops &#039;n&#039; robbers </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 first thing they&rsquo;ll notice is that <em>Hardline</em> is not <em>Battlefield 5</em>. Swapping the frontline for a walk along the thin blue line, <em>Hardline</em> puts you in the shoes of a Miami cop called Nick Mendoza &ndash; although as the story takes you to locations as diverse as the Florida Everglades, the High Desert of California and glitzy Hollywood hills, it&rsquo;ll become clear that things aren&rsquo;t as cut and dried as that.</p> <p>We played two episodes from the game&rsquo;s total of ten: one as a cop on the hunt for a local drug dealer at the very start, the other from towards the end of the game. We won&rsquo;t talk too much about the latter for fear of spoilers but let&rsquo;s just say by that point Nick isn&rsquo;t exactly earning any medals for exceptional police work.</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="Chase me! Chase me!" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tgs_hotwire_glades_drivers_1080p_face_touchup.jpg?1415911932" /> </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"> Freeze! </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 becomes clear very early on in <em>Hardline</em> that this isn&rsquo;t a straightforward first-person shooter. For starters, a gun isn&rsquo;t your only weapon. As an officer of the law you can press the left shoulder button to flash your badge and shout &lsquo;FREEZE!&rsquo; at any ne&rsquo;er-do-wells you encounter, causing them to reach for the skies.</p> <p>You then have to keep your gun trained on them, moving swiftly from one to another and back again if there&rsquo;s more than one. Leave one out of your sights for too long and they&rsquo;ll take matters into their own hands and open fire. That means you&rsquo;ll have to be very skilled to keep three under control, while four or more will just laugh in your face &ndash; and these guys laugh with their guns, not their mouths. Successfully suppress one or more, however, and you can leave them on the ground in cuffs.</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="5120" height="3011" title="Freeze!" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Tyson_HandsUp.jpg?1415911932" /> </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"> Arresting developments </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>Arresting particular enemies will earn you extra rewards. They can be identified using the scanner that Mendoza carries &ndash; a cross between the camera in <em>Far Cry 3</em> and the ESPER system from the old <em>Blade Runner</em> PC point &lsquo;n&rsquo; click. It tags enemies and adds them to your map, highlights alarms and mains power cables, detects and analyses evidence, and even allows you to listen to conversations from afar. It&rsquo;s hardly <em>The Wire</em> but it at least gives the illusion of some police work before the bullets start to fly.</p> <p>Essentially the scanner allows you to plan your approach, and in <em>Hardline</em> there are often numerous ways to tackle each situation. Do you want to lure enemies into isolation by chucking empty bullet cases to catch their attention, before knocking them out cold or hitting them with a taser? Or go in gung-ho with all guns blazing? Whichever one you choose you&rsquo;ll know when an enemy has spotted you because a small crescent appears above their head, gradually increasing in size until it turns red, at which point you&rsquo;ll be welcomed with hot lead.</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 great 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/kk34yU1BGiU" 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"> Packing Heat </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 weapons loadout screen is where <em>Hardline</em> is most reminiscent of previous <em>Battlefield</em> games. The possibilities aren&rsquo;t quite endless but it&rsquo;ll take a very long time to try out each one. Primary and secondary weapons can be customised with different scopes, stocks and barrels, while you can select various gadgets to aid your chosen approach, including grappling hooks and ziplines.</p> <p>&ldquo;Most games developers love films but the reality is a videogame is not like a film,&rdquo; <em>Hardline</em>&rsquo;s exec producer Steve Papoutsis tells <em>Stuff</em> after the playthrough. &ldquo;A film is two and a half hours long. Videogames are much, much longer, and they also break down more like TV episodes.&rdquo; Despite this he cites The Joker&rsquo;s bank heist from <em>The Dark Knight</em> as one of the team&rsquo;s many influences, alongside the dialogue style of TV series such as <em>Justified</em>, while the blurred lines between the two sides of the law reminded us of cult cops-gone-bad drama <em>The Shield</em>.</p> <p>In fact, it goes much further than just ziplines and grappling hooks; the codes and conducts of television have been weaved right into the structure of the game. Aside from the decision to divide it into 10 episodes, you&rsquo;ll also be reminded what happened previously when you fire up the game, and offered a teaser of what&rsquo;s coming next when you choose to stop playing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/halo-5-guardians/halo-5-guardians-hands/review">Halo 5 Guardians hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1126" title="Why so serious?" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hardline_hostage_hosting.jpg?1415911932" /> </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="6720" height="3952" title="You&#039;re under a vest" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nick_Arrest_Tap.jpg?1415911932" /> </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"> Style council </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>Those influences also extend to the various &lsquo;Fortress Encounters&rsquo; that you&rsquo;ll be faced with throughout the game. These are more open-world style, finale-type missions with multiple ways to approach them &ndash; think the bank robbery from <em>Heat</em> combined with the outpost raids from <em>Far Cry 3</em>. The one we played involved breaking into a high-rise building and making our way to a vault at the top. We tried to sneak in through the loading bay at the back but on being discovered by a guard had to switch tactic on-the-fly to something a little louder, inviting a stampede of enemies armed with gas grenades and automatic weapons.</p> <p>Many games have claimed to allow multiple styles of play before, but in <em>Hardline</em> it feels like you genuinely have options &ndash; and if one doesn&rsquo;t work you can fall back on the other without being unfairly punished. According to Papoutsis the encounter we played is possible to complete by knocking out just four or five enemies and leaving the rest alone.</p> <p><em>Hardline</em>&rsquo;s differing playing styles don&rsquo;t just affect how many bodies you leave in your wake. There&rsquo;s a scoring system built into the game that keeps track of what kind of player you are: a Protectionist or a Loose Cannon. &ldquo;We have tried diligently to create scenarios that make sense for a cop to use lethal force,&rdquo; explains Papoutsis, &ldquo;but more importantly also give players the choice to use non-lethal force to get the job done. We need to figure out a good way to make the incentives and rewards equal [for both approaches].&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">35 fantastic free Android games</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="1088" title="Battlefield Hardline" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hardline_piggyback_rescue.jpg?1415911932" /> </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="Hardline&#039;s new Fortress Encounters" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hardline_sp_boomer.jpg?1415911932" /> </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"> Paper chase </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For many,&nbsp;<em>Battlefield</em> and multiplayer go hand-in-hand and <em>Hardline</em> is no different. Back at E3 in June we jumped into a game of Blood Money. Playing as the police our team was charged with grabbing bags of cash from the middle of the map and bringing it back to our base. To complicate matters, the crooks were attempting the same thing. Yes, it&rsquo;s essentially capture-the-flag, but in the context of a bank robbery. However, there&rsquo;s a twist &ndash; you can steal money back from your opponent&rsquo;s base.</p> <p>That should mean that individual games will be more nuanced than they are in some multiplayer titles, but we were too busy exploring downtown LA to actually try and win. Though not very large geographically, the map does feature tons of nooks and crannies you can hide in, such as carparks and back alleys, making it an interesting environment to spend time in. The rest of our team seemingly had the same idea, so it&#39;s hardly surprising that we lost.</p> <p>The challenge Visceral Games will face is balancing the desire from <em>Battlefield</em> veterans for huge maps, with environments that make sense in the context and with the tighter engagement distances of this game. The inclusion of 64-player game modes and vehicles should help that, even if our ride on a motorbike was ended prematurely when we were run over and crushed by an armoured vehicle.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity 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="7565" height="4543" title="Hardline multiplayer" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/battlefield_hardline_7_wm_1.jpg?1415911932" /> </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"> Delayed Reaction </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>Originally intended for launch in November, <em>Battlefield Hardline</em> has been put on probation until 2015. While that&rsquo;s disappointing for itchy-trigger-fingered gamers, Papoutsis says it&rsquo;s allowed his team to address some of the issues that arose from the multiplayer beta back in June, from consistency within the storyline to boring stability issues and bugs.</p> <p>Anyone who played that beta will have noticed it felt a lot like <em>Battlefield</em> in fancy dress. Outfits aside it was difficult to pick out of a line-up next to <em>Battlefield 4</em> (or even <em>3</em>), but the single-player game we played had its own very distinct identity.</p> <p>The guns still feel big and heavy, and the environments deteriorate brilliantly when caught in the crossfire (we particularly like the way soft furnishings leave a cloud of feathers hanging in the air when the shooting stops) but Hardline&rsquo;s more memorable characters and new police-specific game mechanics set it apart from both its <em>Battlefield</em> stablemates and other first-person shooters. Let&rsquo;s hope it lives up to the promise when it&rsquo;s released in March next year.</p> <p><em>Additional multiplayer reporting by Melvin Tang</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The 25 most anticipated games of 2015</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="&quot;What do you mean Hardline&#039;s been delayed?&quot;" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chopshop_nick_1080.jpg?1415911932" /> </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> http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review#comments Console games E3 2014 Electronic Arts First Play Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:52:15 +0000 Marc McLaren 1439364 at http://www.stuff.tv Assassin's Creed Unity http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It trades pirates for Parisians, but the first next-gen-only Assassin&#039;s Creed is still the series as you know it </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="Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/assassins-creed-unity-01.jpg?1416499822" /> </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/witenoyze" title="View user profile.">Nick Cowen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Triple-A video game blockbuster sequels are in the same camp now as healthy film franchises &ndash; and they have the same constraints.</p> <p>Players pay money for a new plot, some new features and possibly a new protagonist, but the nuts and bolts remain the same. There&rsquo;s not much room to tinker with a formula that attracts millions every year. If it ain&rsquo;t broke you don&rsquo;t fix it, you just add to it.</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"> 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. Also available on Xbox One and PC </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> <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"> United, we revolt </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>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed: Unity</em> tells the story of one Arno Dorian, a rich delinquent who finds the rug firmly pulled out from under him when he&rsquo;s blamed for the murder of his adoptive father. Stripped of the privileges he&rsquo;s enjoyed as a Parisian aristocrat and burning with the need for revenge, he joins the Assassins in their war against the Templars.&nbsp;This not only sets him on a path to taking down those responsible for his misfortunes, but it also puts him on the opposing side of the ongoing secret war to his childhood sweetheart, Elise.</p> <p>The story doesn&rsquo;t exactly break new ground for the series &ndash; subtract Elise and it&rsquo;s basically the same set up as <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed II</em> &ndash; but it&rsquo;s a well-written and paced yarn and it doesn&rsquo;t run out of dramatic steam before the end credits.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-best-fps-games-ever/news">The 30 best first-person shooter games ever</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/ixp1RDIf4O8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-05.jpg?1416499822" /> </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="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-03.jpg?1416499822" /> </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"> Riots on the streets of Paris </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 far, so <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</em>, but <em>Unity&rsquo;s</em> scope and depth is head and shoulders over anything this series has ever attempted before.</p> <p>Set in Paris on the eve of the French Revolution, the map is not only on a 1:1 scale with the inner city of its real-world counterpart, but it captures the vibrant atmosphere that must have existed at the time beautifully. The streets of Paris are filled with protesters burning effigies of aristocrats, brawls spill out into the streets from taverns and the city guard is lining up agitators against the wall. Paris feels like a powder keg needing only a stray spark to send the whole thing off.</p> <p>The city is also filled with catacombs, interiors to explore and hidden secrets. Charge through the streets and tap the Eagle Vision button, and players will see locked doors they can pick to gain treasures, entries into the tunnels beneath the streets of Paris and windows they can use to continue a parkour run unbroken. They&rsquo;ll also note potential enemies (marked in yellow) and hostile NPCs (marked in red), which, unless they&rsquo;ve equipped themselves with some decent weapons, they&rsquo;re advised to avoid.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/halo-5-guardians/halo-5-guardians-hands/review" target="_blank">Halo 5: Guardians hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4480" height="2520" title="Paris feels like a powder keg needing only a stray spark to send the whole thing off" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ACU_Screenshot_LuxembourgRiot.jpg?1416499822" /> </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"> Picking your battles </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>And why would you avoid the bad guys? Because combat is a far more nuanced affair than it was in previous <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</em> titles. You can&rsquo;t just spam the defence mechanic and cut your way through waves of enemies. The AI not only watches for this, but it does its level best to flank the player and a lot of the time, attacks will occur from the rear.</p> <p>Players need to learn parries and mix up their attacks, but in a lot of instances, when they find themselves surrounded, the best option is to drop a smokebomb and flee.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-14-gadgets-and-gifts-gamers/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 14 Gadgets and Presents for Gamers</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="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-04.jpg?1416499822" /> </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="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-07.jpg?1416499822" /> </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="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-08.jpg?1416499822" /> </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"> Brotherhood </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 big new feature in <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em> is co-op play on the same map as the main campaign. One player acts as the host and once they invite a couple of friends into an online party, between two and four of them can take part in missions &ndash; depending on the number of players the specific mission allows in.</p> <p>The missions are divided into two categories: assassinations and heists. The former usually sees players having to complete one or two tasks, such as pickpocketing letters of passage or completing an obstacle course, before zeroing in on their target. The latter involves sneaking into Templar controlled areas and stealing precious artefacts. Once again, rewards for mission completion are tallied up in cash and weapon, armour and equipment unlocks, so they&rsquo;re worth doing even if you&rsquo;re a lone wolf player, just to get your hands on better gear.</p> <p>A word of advice before you proceed, though: invest in a decent headset and make sure your online connection is strong. First off, there are few things more infuriating than trying to coordinate an attack with players you can&rsquo;t speak to. Second, some missions are rather lengthy and you don&rsquo;t want to run the risk of being dumped out of a lobby because your connection failed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review">Tom Clancy&rsquo;s The Division preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Co-op makes an appearance in Assassin&#039;s Creed for the first time" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-06_0.jpg?1416499822" /> </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"> The DLC gravy train </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>On top of all the on-disc content, Ubisoft&nbsp;unsurprisingly plans to add more and more to the experience in the months after release to keep players hooked (and spending money). Two large chunks of content&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.ubi.com/assassins-creed-unity-season-pass-assassins-creed-chronicles-china/">have been revealed</a>&nbsp;thus far.</p> <p><em>The Dead Kings</em>&nbsp;side campaign explores the city of Saint Denis, and finds Arno battling Raiders and solving puzzles within the catacombs following the events of&nbsp;<em>Unity</em>. He&rsquo;ll also have a new Guillotine Gun available, plus the&nbsp;<em>Dead Kings</em>&nbsp;pack adds new missions to the Unity main game as well.</p> <p>Meanwhile,&nbsp;<em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Chronicles: China</em>&nbsp;is a brand new side game that takes the form of a 2.5D side-scroller. You&rsquo;ll play as Shao Jun, a character from the&nbsp;<em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Embers</em>&nbsp;animated film (and who was trained by series favorite Ezio Auditore) and battle through 16th century Beijing.</p> <p><em>Chronicles</em>&rsquo; brush painting art style looks slick, and it reminds us a bit of Klei Entertainment&rsquo;s great downloadable title,&nbsp;<em>Mark of the Ninja</em>. Both are included in the discounted season pass, along with 30 in-game items for&nbsp;<em>Unity</em>, such as a Fleur de Lys sword.</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-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 Taste of Provence </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>Besides this the new features make the best use of the in-game map and Paris as a city.</p> <p>There are a series of murder mysteries to investigate, which tie in to the Revolution&rsquo;s history, Contract missions that give off a distinctly Parisian flavour &ndash; where else but Paris would icing a critic be seen as paying a debt to society &ndash; and Nostradamus Riddles that players don&rsquo;t have a prayer of solving unless they look in the in-game archives and bone up on their Revolutionary history. There are also Initiate chests they can synch up with the second-screen app to earn rewards and rare armour unlocks.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also worth pointing out that, on the new-gen machines, everything in <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em> looks achingly beautiful.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Most Anticipated Games of 2015</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="4480" height="2520" title="Contract missions give off a distinctly Parisian flavour" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ACU_screen_77_SP_ArnoAndElise_Children_GC_140813_10amCET_1407889477.jpg?1416499822" /> </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"> Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity 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>Unity</em>, then, sees <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</em> in a holding pattern. It won&rsquo;t attract many who weren&rsquo;t on board by <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed II</em> or <em>Brotherhood</em>, but for players who are already fans of this series, it&rsquo;s utterly essential.</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="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-02.jpg?1416499822" /> </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-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Huge, but not innovative, Unity is a game for those already committed to the Creed</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"> Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity 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"> Vive la révolution! The open-world stab-em-up goes truly next-gen </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review#comments Apps and Games Assassin's Creed Unity Console games Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:37:07 +0000 Tom Parsons 1444857 at http://www.stuff.tv Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The shooter juggernaut&#039;s small step for games is still a giant leap for the series </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="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/CoD_AW_Induction_Seoul_Survivor_1402342784.jpg?1415893594" /> </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><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/call-duty-ghosts/review" target="_blank"><em>Call of Duty: Ghosts</em></a> really felt like the last gasp of the series&#39; immensely successful last-gen shooter formula.</p> <p>It was a totally solid game throughout &ndash; which you&rsquo;d expect considering it was the culmination of several years of iteration on the same engine and overall approach. But the premise felt limp, the campaign only went through the motions, and it couldn&#39;t help but feel like a stopgap to something better.</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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on Xbox One. Also available on PS4, PS3, X360, PC </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"> Fast, fantastic multiplayer </div> <div class="field-item even"> Strong campaign action </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Cool future tech </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"> Exo Survival co-op mode is limp </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sharper online learning curve </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Weak attempts to evoke emotion </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"> Decades dashed </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 near-future setting of those recent entries was starting to wear thin, so what does <em>Advanced Warfare</em> do? Go even further: almost 50 years into the future by the time the story wraps up, in fact. That ends up being a smart move, as the wild, creative military tech that Sledgehammer Games has dreamed up livens up the familiar gameplay in a fairly significant way.</p> <p>Key to that approach is the exoskeleton, a hulking frame of armor that attaches to your soldier and allows him (or her if you&rsquo;re playing multiplayer) to boost-jump high into the air, cloak, utilize super strength, and eventually fire off a grappling hook to zip around stages. In multiplayer, the impact makes for a much faster, more chaotic experience.</p> <p>Add to that hovering bikes and tanks, walking mech suits, forced-energy shotguns, and all manner of other future tech, and <em>Call of Duty</em> looks and feels different to all of the previous entries - if only slightly in some cases. Granted, some of the similarities to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank"><em>Titanfall</em></a> are awfully curious, even if the development timelines make that more likely a coincidence than anything else.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3840" height="2160" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7135_08_0037_s20140903-003_1412351266_0.jpg?1415893594" /> </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"> Powered 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><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/call-duty-ghosts/review" target="_blank">Ghosts</a>&#39;</em> campaign was the least remarkable in the modern series, and <em>Black Ops II</em> before it had been rather inconsistent in tone and execution. <em>Advanced Warfare</em> thankfully delivers the strong single-player experience the series has lacked of late, although it unsurprisingly trades coherence for chaos and wild set pieces.</p> <p>The adventure kicks off in 2054 as your young U.S. soldier is severely injured in battle &ndash; but quickly recruited by private military corporation Atlas to be patched up with prosthetics and dropped back into action. Atlas is overseen by the ambitious Jonathan Irons, sharply portrayed by Kevin Spacey in both look and voice; and believe it or not, power sure can corrupt. And so a new kind of villain for the series takes shape.</p> <p>It&#39;s entertaining stuff, even if often silly or seemingly belligerent. Best to focus on the intense moments and occasionally stunning graphical flourishes. The campaign does end abruptly, but the seven-or-so hours that lead up to the credits pack in enough cinematic bombast to make it feel worthwhile.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/gta-5-goes-first-person-xbox-one-and-playstation-4/news" target="_blank">GTA 5 goes first-person on Xbox One and PS4</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" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7135_08_0049_s20140903-003_1412351268_0.jpg?1415893594" /> </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"> Suit up and shoot </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 most of the familiar online modes remain intact (Domination, Kill Confirmed, etc.), <em>Advanced Warfare&#39;s</em> multiplayer is sharply affected by the introduction of the exo suits. Double-jumping and power-launching your body through the air adds a new kind of mobility to the action, and the result feels very fast, very chaotic, and admittedly intimidating at first.</p> <p>All of that adds to the initial learning curve, even for hardened series vets. But surprisingly, I&#39;ve found myself having more online success than in any previous entry. Perhaps my opponents are still wrapping their heads around the new moves, and I&#39;m simply taking advantage (fine with me). Whatever the case, I&#39;m relieved to find that the new additions don&#39;t seem to overcomplicate the multiplayer design over time. Some traditional modes sans exo powers are included, too, if you do want something a little simpler.</p> <p>Either way, <em>Call of Duty</em> online is still great fun. Here, the Pick 13 approach to character customization is much appreciated, as you can tweak your loadout down to minute details &ndash; and the game awards new guns and gear rather rapidly, thanks to level-based unlocks and the occasional bonus supply drop.</p> <p>Also, having played on public servers for ove a week now, I haven&rsquo;t noticed a single hint of lag. This is no <em>Battlefield 4</em>-like botch-up, thankfully.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-14-gadgets-and-gifts-gamers/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 14 gadgets and presents for gamers</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, that&#039;s not Kevin Spacey..." alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/call-of-duty-advanced-warfare-03.jpg?1415893594" /> </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="...but yes, that is the one and only Mr Kevin Spacey" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/call-of-duty-advanced-warfare-kevin-spacey.jpg?1415893594" /> </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"> Exo-shrug </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>Sadly, the last piece of the puzzle &ndash; the four-player Exo Survival co-op mode &ndash; comes off as a dull, obligatory addition. It&#39;s similar to the wave-based survival mode in <em>Modern Warfare 3</em>, albeit now with you and your mates outfitted with super suits and able to spend points on upgrades between rounds.</p> <p>As ever, it&#39;s fun to play a shooter alongside your pals; that&#39;s a given. But Exo Survival proves unremarkable in its basic design and enemy assaults. Still, you might stick with it anyway, as there&#39;s a zombie-filled treat pulling you in as a final unlock. However, you&#39;ll have to complete a couple hundred rounds before it opens up. As if the mode didn&#39;t seem like enough of a slog as it is.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review" target="_blank">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/sFu5qXMuaJU" 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"> Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 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>Advanced Warfare</em> is thankfully the exoskeleton-powered kick in the pants that <em>Call of Duty</em> has needed of late, even if it feels like an evolutionary shift for the still-familiar core series design.</p> <p>The enticing future tech and stirred-up online play do an admirable job of making <em>Call of Duty</em> enticing and even exciting once more.</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="3840" height="2160" title="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare verdict" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7135_08_0033_s20140903-0031_1412351265.jpg?1415893594" /> </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"> 7 </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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>Peering decades into the future is just what this mega-series needed to perk up its previously dated-feeling design</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review#comments Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Console games Gaming PlayStation 4 PS3 Xbox 360 Xbox One Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:10:33 +0000 1444335 at http://www.stuff.tv Halo 5: Guardians hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/halo-5-guardians/halo-5-guardians-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Master Chief’s first proper outing on Xbox One isn’t due for another year but we picked up a Battle Rifle and took its multiplayer mode for a spin </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 5: Guardians" alt="Halo 5: Guardians" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Halo_main_0.jpg?1415836439" /> </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>While&nbsp;<em>Halo 5</em>&rsquo;s single-player campaign is still under heavy Spartan guard &ndash; unsurprising considering the game isn&rsquo;t due for release until this time next year &ndash;&nbsp;<em>Stuff</em>&nbsp;was offered a sneak preview of the three-week multiplayer beta that&rsquo;ll be going live at the end of December.</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>We spent two hours with two modes: a standard game of Team Slayer where the first four-man team to 50 kills wins, plus a new mode called Breakout. As usual balance is the name of the game. Actually, it&rsquo;s called&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>, but with no perks, power-ups or killstreak bonuses to give more experienced players an advantage they must rely purely on reactions and a faster trigger finger to prevail.</p> <p>Higher-powered weapons, such as the energy sword or sniper rifle, periodically spawn in a particular place on the map. Getting to them first is about the only headstart the game ever gives you. This is old-skool deathmatch fragging; sharing more with&nbsp;<em>Unreal Tournament</em>&nbsp;than the latest&nbsp;<em>Call of Duty</em>.</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-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"> Skill streaks </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 main challenge with any&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&nbsp;game is to make enough changes for it to feel fresh, but not so many that it&rsquo;ll alienate the game&rsquo;s very vocal hardcore. And there&rsquo;s a lot of them. To that end the team at 343 has added a few new skills for each player to master, two of which aim to give players some new angles of attack.</p> <p><em>Halo 5</em>&rsquo;s Spartan soldiers all have thrusters attached to their armour, meaning players can perform a Mario-style ground pound simply by holding crouch while in mid-air. A target then appears on the floor below them, which can be aimed at any poor, unsuspecting member of the other team, before releasing crouch to attack. A successfully executed ground pound kills your opponent immediately, but all that hanging around will make you an easy target, particularly for snipers. It&rsquo;s hard to pull off but when you do it&rsquo;s hugely satisfying.</p> <p>Pulling on the left trigger while in the air also counteracts the effect of gravity for a few seconds as your thrusters hold you still, initiate your gun&rsquo;s Smart Scope and allow you to pour down some hot bullety pain rain from above. Combined with each player&rsquo;s new clambering abilities these add an extra dimension to&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&rsquo;s maps that has more than a whiff of&nbsp;<em>Titanfall</em>&nbsp;about it, although not to quite such an acrobatic extent.</p> <p>Speaking of&nbsp;<em>Titanfall</em>, players can now also use the jetpack while on the ground to dodge rapidly in any direction, while it can also power a Spartan Charge &ndash; essentially a melee attack while sprinting &ndash; which knocks down an enemy and temporarily wipes out their shield, making them an easy target for swiftly finishing off. Spartans can also now slide into cover while sprinting, plus there&rsquo;s a new dynamic chatter system where your in-game characters talk to each other while you play to let you know where the action is. Gone are the days of just running around aimlessly looking for somebody to try to shoot.</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-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="5120" height="2880" title="You get 343 new skills in Halo 5" alt="Halo 5: Guardians" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Halo-5-Guardians-Multiplayer-Beta-Empire-Homeland-Defense_0_0.jpg?1415836439" /> </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="5120" height="2880" title="Ground pound!" alt="Halo 5: Guardians" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Halo-5-Guardians-Multiplayer-Beta-Trench-Breakout-Slam_0.jpg?1415836439" /> </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"> Breakout </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>Breakout is an entirely new mode for&nbsp;<em>Halo 5</em>&nbsp;which turns down the frenetic gunplay and ramps up the tension. Each match is still four versus four but each player only gets one life. The map we played &ndash; Crossfire &ndash; was much more open than the previous two, with fewer places to hide and much better sightlines, more like a sports pitch littered with obstacles than the kind of complex multiplayer maps we&rsquo;ve become accustomed to.</p> <p>The last man standing wins the round and the first team to five is the overall winner. At the end of each round the teams swap ends. Every time we played it went down to the last round. On one occasion one player fought back from being outnumbered two-to-one to take the overall victory for his team. Despite the short rounds it&rsquo;s incredibly tense and something new for&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&nbsp;fans to get to grips with.</p> <p>These might not sound like revolutionary additions to the game&rsquo;s arsenal but&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&nbsp;has never really been about pushing the boundaries of a multiplayer shooter. It knows what it does and does it better than anyone else.</p> <p>For existing fans it&rsquo;s shaping up to offer exactly what they want, while those extra attacks and evasive manoeuvres will give all players something to think about, no matter how many&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&nbsp;games they&rsquo;ve played before.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The 25 most anticipated games of 2015</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="5120" height="2880" title="One of the Crossfire maps" alt="Halo 5: Guardians" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Halo-5-Guardians-Multiplayer-Beta-Crossfire-Breakout-Establishing-Playground_0_0.jpg?1415836439" /> </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> http://www.stuff.tv/halo-5-guardians/halo-5-guardians-hands/review#comments Console games Gaming Halo 5 Guardians Xbox One Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:43:31 +0000 Marc McLaren 1452844 at http://www.stuff.tv GTA 5 goes first-person on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/gta-5-goes-first-person-xbox-one-and-playstation-4/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not adjust your screens. Rockstar&#039;s bullet-spraying masterpiece is getting more personal </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="1299" height="974" title="Nice car. Shame about the impending explosion." alt="GTA 5 goes first-person on Xbox One and PlayStation 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gta-fps.jpg?1415240521" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rockstar has revealed that the remastered edition of Grand Theft Auto 5 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will allow players to swap to a first-person view, providing a more personal shooting/fighting/crashing experience.</p> <p>Rockstar&#39;s animation director Rob Nelson tells IGN that a host of new changes have been implemented to accommodate the new perspective, including an optional first-person cover system, more traditional FPS controls and thousands of new animations.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This will be the first time Rockstar has included first-person perspective in a GTA game, and we for one can&#39;t wait to dive back into the madness once it lands on the Xbox One and PS4 on 18 November.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review" target="_blank">Grand Theft Auto 5 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/11/04/grand-theft-auto-v-a-new-perspective" target="_blank">IGN</a>]</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/7oFmRN0oadI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/gta-5-goes-first-person-xbox-one-and-playstation-4/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/gta-5-goes-first-person-xbox-one-and-playstation-4/news#comments Console games Gaming Grand Theft Auto 5 PlayStation 4 Rockstar Xbox One Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:53:02 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1452296 at http://www.stuff.tv Grab one of 2400 closed beta keys for The Crew http://www.stuff.tv/grab-one-2400-closed-beta-keys-crew-snap-your-best-time-and-win-some-gaming-swag/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plus, you can win some gaming swag by snapping your best time </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="1061" height="796" title="Join our Crew" alt="Grab one of 2400 closed beta keys for The Crew" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/the-crew-comp.jpg?1415214932" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Anyone out there fancy a key to access a closed beta for Ubisoft&#39;s blisteringly fast, massive open world driving game The Crew?</p> <p>Of course there is.</p> <p>Well the good news is we&#39;ve got 2400 keys for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners to give away, so you can join the awesome, extremely talented, and dashingly good-looking Stuff Crew.</p> <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"> How to enter </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><strong>1) Put your email address into the box below</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" id="gdkframe" src="http://eb.godankey.com/?id=QjJJRWFBMHlDVzg9&amp;bg=000000&amp;font=ff0000" width="730"></iframe></p> <p><strong>2) Once you&#39;ve received your email containing the key, follow the instructions in the box below:</strong></p> <p><iframe height="480px" src="https://docs.google.com/viewer?srcid=0B4WF1Kz4W4IuZzlVYlIwRHRzLWNxZ0xwb2lTS3h6eVpIZW04&amp;pid=explorer&amp;efh=false&amp;a=v&amp;chrome=false&amp;embedded=true" width="580px"></iframe></p> <p><strong>3) And that&#39;s it!</strong></p> <p>Have fun out there...</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-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> <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"> Grab a key for The Crew beta now </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grab-one-2400-closed-beta-keys-crew-snap-your-best-time-and-win-some-gaming-swag/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/grab-one-2400-closed-beta-keys-crew-snap-your-best-time-and-win-some-gaming-swag/news#comments Console games PlayStation 4 Xbox One Wed, 05 Nov 2014 11:25:28 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1452183 at http://www.stuff.tv Xbox One may get a slimmer brother soon http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one-may-get-slimmer-brother-soon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> For all the haters out there who said the Xbox One was fat... </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="It&#039;s just big boned" alt="Xbox One may get a slimmer brother soon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one-console_0.jpg?1415148820" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Those turned off by the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Xbox One</a>&rsquo;s giant body may be lured-in by reports suggesting a slimmer update is in the pipeline.</p> <p>The Xbox One looks massive next to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">PlayStation 4</a>, but leaked plans for a more efficient processor mean Microsoft may get the console toned for the beach in 2015.</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-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</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"> Tech-splanation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For a bit of explanation on what these numbers mean, they indicate Microsoft is working on a new CPU/APU for the Xbox One that has even smaller transistors - 20-nanometer ones a good 30% smaller than the current Xbox One CPU&rsquo;s.</p> <p>A new system architecture means the new processor will be more efficient, and able to run cooler while maintaining the same performance. And heat is one reason why the current Xbox is so bloomin&#39; massive - after all the issues with the Xbox 360 overheating, Microsoft played it safe with the Xbox One.</p> <p>Given it&rsquo;s dubbed a &lsquo;cost-reduced&rsquo; update, our guess is that its aim will be to reduce production cost and let Microsoft slim-down the casing, rather than upping processor power.</p> <p>So don&#39;t worry, those of you up in arms that the Xbox One renders certain games at 800p resolution while the PS4 manages 802p will still be able to complain loudly about it.</p> <p>As yet we have no idea when this revision might appear. It took Microsoft five years to bring out the Xbox 360 S, and the Xbox One has only been on the market for a year.</p> <p>However, there&rsquo;s good reason for Microsoft to want to offer some advantage over the PS4, which has significantly outsold the Xbox One since launch.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Microsoft Xbox One long-term test</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-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/xbox-one-may-get-slimmer-brother-soon/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one-may-get-slimmer-brother-soon/news#comments Games consoles Microsoft Xbox One Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:58:59 +0000 Andrew Williams 1452164 at http://www.stuff.tv The 25 most anticipated games of 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Next year should be a scorcher for hot games – here&#039;s the early slate </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="Legend of Zelda" alt="Legend of Zelda" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/legend-of-zelda.jpg?1415216400" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Being an early adopter with a new gaming console is always a fun, if pricey endeavor, but the first year is typically slow on essential games (aside from the odd exclusive launch classic) as developers learn the hardware and work on enhancing their very best franchises.</p> <p>Which means right about now is the best time to jump on, because 2015 looks to be absolutely stocked with must-play experiences for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and PC players will reap most of the rewards as well. (And Wii U owners, we&#39;ve got a game or two in the mix here for you too.)</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. Uncharted 4: A Thief&#039;s End </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><strong>Platforms: PlayStation 4 </strong></p> <p>Following the stunning PlayStation 3 adventure trilogy &ndash; with the middle chapter serving not only as the series&#39; best, but also one of the most thrilling action games of all time &ndash; we cannot wait to see what Naughty Dog has in store on PlayStation 4. Uncharted 4 takes place years later, and is being positioned as a &quot;one last quest&quot; sort of story for its heroes. Will this be the end of Nathan Drake? We can&#39;t wait to find out.</p> <p><strong>Due: TBD 2015</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/y1Rx-Bbht5E" 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. No Man&#039;s Sky </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><strong>Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC </strong></p> <p>Who knew that a game made by a tiny indie team would be one of the headline games of the year? That&#39;s the case with No Man&#39;s Sky, a jaw-dropping space simulation that gives you your very own procedurally generated planet to explore, full of odd creatures and distinctive sights. And at any time, you can fly your ship into the stars and drop in on other users&#39; planets as well. It looks amazing, but can it really live up to the surprising hype?</p> <p><strong>Due: TBD 2015</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/nLtmEjqzg7M" 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. The Legend of Zelda </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><strong>Platforms: Wii U </strong></p> <p>When Nintendo showed the new Zelda during E3 week last summer, we couldn&#39;t help but think we&#39;d just seen the Wii U&#39;s saviour &ndash; but will it come soon enough with a nebulous sometime-in-2015 release? Whatever the case, we&#39;re thrilled to have a brand new console Zelda adventure coming, with fabulous-looking design and a promise to shake up the established formula by presenting an open world without broken-off dungeons.</p> <p><strong>Due: TBD 2015</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/2qpZDaNbIVc" 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. Evolve </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><strong>Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC</strong></p> <p>Originally expected to launch during the crowded holiday season, Evolve wisely took the opportunity to take on early spring instead &ndash; and good thing, too, since this isn&#39;t one you&#39;ll want to miss. From the makers of Left 4 Dead comes a new kind of co-op experience, wherein four players work together to take down massive, powerful beasts. But here&#39;s the twist: another player controls the monster in each raucous online showdown.</p> <p><strong>Due: 10 February</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/Wu6W0v6wNf4" 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. Batman: Arkham Knight </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><strong>Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC </strong></p> <p>Another 2014 release casualty, Batman: Arkham Knight instead intends to be a big summer blockbuster, bringing the Caped Crusader&#39;s amazing open-world series to new-gen hardware for the first time. Gotham City will be about five times larger than in the last main game, and you&#39;ll have a badass new Batmobile to use to get around and blast enemies to bits thanks to its new Battle Mode transformation.</p> <p><strong>Due: 2 June</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review" target="_blank">Batman: Arkham Knight 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/pO2_iUkojCY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset 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. Rise of the Tomb Raider </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><strong>Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360 </strong></p> <p>Lara Croft experienced some rather unsettling things in last year&#39;s excellent series reboot, and it&#39;s all changed her as a person. But while she might dabble in therapy (see the teaser above), it&#39;s clear that her thirst for adventure isn&#39;t nearly sated. Despite the hokey title, we can&#39;t help but await seeing how Rise of the Tomb Raider evolves the formula &ndash; although note that it&#39;s an Xbox exclusive in 2015, at least.</p> <p><strong>Due: Holiday 2015</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/xV9XyNu6AFU" 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. Mortal Kombat X </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><strong>Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 </strong></p> <p>Mortal Kombat is another long-running franchise that had lost a step, but 2011&#39;s reboot really brought the fighting series back to life thanks to overhauled action and a seriously solid story mode. With Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm Studios returns to the series once more, this time with each character offering three distinct fighting styles to choose from, plus environmental interactions and buckets and buckets of gore.</p> <p><strong>Due: 14 April</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/Ci6lMQNLKZU" 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. The Order: 1886 </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><strong>Platform: PlayStation 4 </strong></p> <p>Truly interesting game premises are tough to come by, but this one gabbed us: Sony&#39;s The Order: 1886 takes place in an alternate reality, steampunk-inspired London, wherein an order of knights protects citizens from hybrid monster-men. The cover-based action game looks absolutely gorgeous, with a very cool aesthetic and plenty of PS4-powered flash, and even a tiny demo left us wanting much more.</p> <p><strong>Due: 20 February</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/-8MYYvA-EIo" 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. Mighty No. 9 </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><strong>Platform: Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC, Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS, Vita</strong></p> <p>It looks like Mega Man, plays like Mega Man, and comes from the creator of Mega Man, but Mighty No. 9 isn&#39;t Mega Man &ndash; simply by virtue of the fact that the action-platformer comes from a different studio. Capcom has abandoned the Blue Bomber, so the creator jumped ship and Kickstarted this spiritual successor, which looks like a modern reimagining of the formula. It&#39;s not the most original game on the list, but we crave the old-school action.</p> <p><strong>Due: April</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/oBGNzaCu9LE" 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. Halo 5: Guardians </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><strong>Platform: Xbox One </strong></p> <p>Microsoft has Halo: The Master Chief Collection to tide over series fans with HD updates to the existing core entries, but next year is when the first-person sensation makes its true new-gen leap. Few details have been confirmed as of yet, but 343 Industries says Halo 5 will run on a brand new engine at 60fps and offer dedicated servers, plus Collection buyers can get in on the multiplayer beta at the end of this December.</p> <p><strong>Due: Q4 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review" target="_blank">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/ZipoIbBDf-c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Battlefield: Hardline </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><strong>Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360</strong></p> <p>Forget soldiers and military tech: the next Battlefield, primarily developed by Visceral Games rather than series creator DICE, focuses on the always-entertaining skirmishes between cops and robbers, which should provide some amazing online heists and frantic shootouts. Battlefield campaigns are usually so-so, but Hardline is purportedly making it a priority here, with dramatic storytelling and notable voice actors lending their talents.</p> <p><strong>Due: 17 March</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/ex1GlZS-t7c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12. Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division </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><strong>Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC </strong></p> <p>Even with the author himself deceased, the Tom Clancy&#39;s gaming brand continues to explore new avenues &ndash; and The Division could well be its most exciting incarnation to date. Set in New York City after a pandemic sends the U.S. into chaos, it follows a team of sleeper agents attempting to restore order in the destroyed setting. The Division merges solo campaign and massively multiplayer online action for what should be a powerful concoction.</p> <p><strong>Due: TBD 2015</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/65Om9DUSukY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13. Inside </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><strong>Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, PS3 </strong></p> <p>Inside hails from the studio behind 2010&#39;s marvelous indie side-scroller, Limbo, which is enough to get us interested. Need more than that? Just check out the mysterious teaser trailer above, which oozes with style and utter dread. And&hellip; well, what&#39;s inside that vat at the end? We imagine the answer will drive this side-scrolling adventure, and if Limbo is any indication, it should be an amazing, memorable journey.</p> <p><strong>Due: TBD 2015</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/op4G1--kb-g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 14. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain </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><strong>Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360</strong></p> <p>Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes proved an underwhelming start to the next big MGS rollout &ndash; a very expensive extended demo, if you will &ndash; but what we&#39;ve seen of the full game looks downright jaw dropping. No surprise, considering the seminal stealth-action series&#39; pedigree, but still, the footage of free-roaming exploration and combat, along with wild new tactics and typically peculiar storytelling, has us thrilled for its debut.</p> <p><strong>Due: TBD 2015</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/5s_MfPxow84" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 15. Star Wars Battlefront </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><strong>Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC </strong></p> <p>LucasArts tried and failed to revive its popular online combat series on last-gen consoles, but under EA, Star Wars Battlefront is all set to return late next year. And who better to reboot the franchise but Battlefield creator, DICE? We can&#39;t wait to see the many iconic locales of the film franchise brought to life in Rebels-vs.-Empire shootouts on new-gen hardware, and considering the release timing, it&#39;s sure to be linked to Episode VII as well.</p> <p><strong>Due: Holiday 2015</strong></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-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/2yKv45X_OIo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 16. Quantum Break </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><strong>Platforms: Xbox One</strong></p> <p>From Max Payne and Alan Wake developer Remedy comes one of the seemingly most innovative experiences of the year. Quantum Break features protagonists involved in a botched time travel experiment that grants them time-manipulation powers, which they&#39;ll use in combat to evade capture. And the game is tied into an ongoing TV series, with the two pieces said to blend together to provide the complete narrative. Consider us intrigued.</p> <p><strong>Due: TBD 2015</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/lrZ8HWNVi7Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 17. Tom Clancy&#039;s Rainbow Six Siege </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><strong>Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC </strong></p> <p>Ubisoft&#39;s long-in-development Rainbow Six Patriots was canned, and in its wake comes Rainbow Six Siege with a new focus on destructible environments and even more multiplayer action than usual. Asymmetrical 5-on-5 matches put you on offense and defense in tense skirmishes, with a Hostage Rescue mode putting teams in charge of protecting a character that can think for himself/herself. Now that&#39;s a scary prospect.</p> <p><strong>Due: TBD 2015</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/6wlvYh0h63k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 18. Project CARS </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><strong>Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC </strong></p> <p>Losing their steady gig with EA after developing the two excellent Need for Speed: Shift games, Slightly Mad Studios crowdfunded millions in development funds and decided to create its own racing simulation. Project CARS is the result, and it looks every bit as impressive as the studio&#39;s previous entries, with realistic circuits from around the world, some of the Earth&#39;s top supercars, and plenty of new-gen polish.</p> <p><strong>Due: 17 March</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/e6IYfOyR9tw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 19. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt </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><strong>Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC </strong></p> <p>The Elder Scrolls gets all the attention, but PC die-hards know that The Witcher is every bit as strong a robust role-playing affair &ndash; and the last entry also hit consoles, earning a five-star review from us in the process. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt takes full advantage of new hardware to deliver a huge, enticing world to explore, plus you can expect another strong, mature narrative and plenty of brutal combat in the fantasy universe.</p> <p><strong>Due: 24 February</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/xx8kQ4s5hCY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 20. Mirror&#039;s Edge </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><strong>Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC </strong></p> <p>One of the most underrated games of the last generation is set to make its return on new hardware, this time with a prequel and an open-world setting. As before, the starkly rendered experience finds you in the role of Faith, a rogue courier in a futuristic setting who must use all manner of parkour maneuvers to navigate the world from a first-person view. If it&#39;s anywhere as stylish and intense as the original, we&#39;re in.</p> <p><strong>Due: TBD 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank">Far Cry 4 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/TYtlSqIPO7k" 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-20"><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"> 21. Final Fantasy XV </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><strong>Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One </strong></p> <p>Once the default example of an amazing role-playing experience, Final Fantasy has stumbled in recent years with the sleepy XIII and the initially botched MMO entry that was XIV. We don&#39;t fully understand the storyline behind Final Fantasy XV quite yet, but we&#39;re so relieved to see that it just looks fun. A group of powered-up chaps on a monster-killing road trip sounds miles more exciting than what this series has pumped out otherwise in the past several years.</p> <p><strong>Due: TBD 2015</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/wT3dyanB3pk" 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-21"><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"> 22. Bloodborne </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><strong>Platforms: PlayStation 4 </strong></p> <p>Take note, Dark Souls and Demon&#39;s Souls fans: your new nightmare is just around the corner &ndash; and we mean that in a good way, of course. Bloodborne for PS4 carries on the tradition of its spiritual predecessors, delivering a surely punishing action-role-playing experience, albeit with a Victorian-influenced aesthetic and a slightly faster and more aggressive flow to the combat. Will it be worthy of a Souls-like obsession?</p> <p><strong>Due: 6 February</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/oWId6_Pemck" 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-22"><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"> 23. Crackdown </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><strong>Platforms: Xbox One</strong></p> <p>Sunset Overdrive just reminded us how much fun an open-world game can be with a healthy dose of hilariously over-the-top agility mixed in, so we&#39;re even more jazzed about the coming rebirth of Crackdown. Microsoft hasn&#39;t actually shown anything or said much beyond the teaser above, but it shows a city that can be utterly demolished in pursuit of justice &ndash; which sounds like a fine twist, if you ask us.</p> <p><strong>Due: TBD 2015</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/SHHBm7HRo-E" 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-23"><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"> 24. Dying Light </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC</strong></p> <p>What began life as a Dead Island sequel instead transformed into Dying Light &ndash; and sure, while it&#39;s still a first-person zombie-slaying affair, there&#39;s enough here to make us think that it&#39;ll be more lively than the series that sort-of birthed it. Dying Light is another undead survival affair, but the big hook here is a day-night cycle that affects how the zombies act and attack (i.e. they&#39;re totally crazy when the sun sets). Use your parkour skills to stay clear of them!</p> <p><strong>Due: 30 January</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/KalIE_Otylo" 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-24"><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"> 25. Homefront: The Revolution </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><strong>Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC </strong></p> <p>Now on its second publisher and developer, Homefront: The Revolution is a survivor. It&#39;s the sequel to a merely solid last-gen shooter that fell short of its potential, but the original premise was strong enough that we&#39;re hopeful that this follow-up can finally deliver on its potential. The shooter again depicts the Korean invasion of America, this time with the action centered on Philadelphia as a citizen uprising builds amidst the occupation.</p> <p><strong>Due: TBD 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature" target="_blank">The 10 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/MxWGHGezPD8" 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-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Next year will be a scorcher for hot games – here&#039;s the early slate </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature#comments 3DS Console games Gaming Lists Microsoft Nintendo PC PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Sony Wii U Xbox 360 Xbox One Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:10:41 +0000 Stephen Graves 1451803 at http://www.stuff.tv 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?1414742698" /> </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?1414742698" /> </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?1415785269" /> </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?1415785269" /> </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?1415785269" /> </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?1415785269" /> </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?1415785269" /> </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?1415785269" /> </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?1415785269" /> </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?1415785269" /> </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?1415785269" /> </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?1414028600" /> </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?1414028600" /> </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?1414028600" /> </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