Electronic Arts http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/news en-MY Fully Charged: Tesla’s Model X delayed, another classic Zelda being remade on 3DS, and the Nest Learning Thermostat gets even smarter http://www.stuff.tv/my/3ds/fully-charged-tesla-s-model-x-delayed-another-classic-zelda-being-remade-3ds-and-nest-learning-t <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start your day off right with our quick-hit collection of top tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tesla Model X" alt="Tesla Model X" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tesla-model-x.jpg?1415323922" /> </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="/my/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"> Tesla’s Model X pushed deeper into 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been saving your loose change for Tesla Motors&rsquo; long-awaited Model X electric crossover, you&rsquo;ll have a bit longer to collect the funds. In an earnings report yesterday, Tesla admitted that the ride will miss its early 2015 target and instead start rolling off the assembly line later in the year.</p> <p>Telsa wants more time to make sure the larger EV is truly ready to please customers, says CEO Elon Musk, which means manufacturing a solid fleet&rsquo;s worth to try and squash any issues or inconsistencies before launch. At least the delay is expected to allow Tesla to ramp up production capacity much more quickly than with the Model S in 2012.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/ABEA-4CW8X0/3604568362x0x791902/d7b8cc04-9c3e-4216-9ce3-7fb4d7e0c00b/Q314%20SHL%20Final.pdf">Tesla Motors</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/05/tesla-delays-model-x-again/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-x-electric-car-unveiled/news">Model X electric car unveiled</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"> Zelda: Majora’s Mask getting 3DS remake </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 less widely beloved as <em>The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time</em>, Nintendo 64 follow-up <em>Majora&rsquo;s Mask</em> has a very strong contingent of supporters that dug its unique, time-limited design. And since the N64 had lost most of its steam by late 2000 when the game debuted, many series fans may have never experienced it.</p> <p>Luckily, the long-rumoured Nintendo 3DS remake of <em>Majora&rsquo;s Mask</em> was just announced by Nintendo yesterday, with a release expected in spring 2015. The <em>Ocarina</em> remake for 3DS was rather excellent, so we expect <em>Majora&rsquo;s Mask 3D</em> to be just as essential for <em>Zelda</em> aficionados. And anyone else seeking a great 3DS game next year, since they tend to release at a trickle.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.nintendo.com">Nintendo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/legend-zelda-ocarina-time-3d/review">The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D 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/Hj6cXziHpjQ" 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"> Nest thermostat update adds functionality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Got a Nest Learning Thermostat in your home? Lucky you - and you&rsquo;ll be even better off if you update to the new 4.3 software update. As the company outlined this week, the Auto-Schedule heating and cooling function has been enhanced to better adapt to your changes, which can save you up to 6% more on your bill.</p> <p>Even better, the new Quick View functionality makes it easier to get hold of crucial information, like the weather, humidity, and outdoor temperature, as well as details on energy consumption and what&rsquo;s scheduled ahead. It&rsquo;s all about making the brainy dial even smarter and easier to understand.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://nest.com/blog/2014/11/04/whats-in-the-4-3-software-update/">Nest</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nest-gets-closer-world-or-least-home-domination/news">Nest gets closer to world (or at least home) domination with improved compatibility</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="950" title="Nest Learning Thermostat" alt="Nest Learning Thermostat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nest-newupdate.jpg?1415323922" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> EA’s Dawngate canned after lengthy beta </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Dawngate</em> was conceived as a different kind of multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, but many saw it as another <em>League of Legends</em> also-ran. It never really escaped that tag, even after six months of open beta and a longer closed beta before it, and now it never will.</p> <p>Electronic Arts announced this week that the free-to-play PC game will close before ever being formally released, with the beta set to last for another 90 days before the servers shut down. Anyone who spent money in the beta will have it refunded, and with that in mind, the total cost to EA here has to be immense. But they must have thought running it would prove even more costly over time.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.dawngate.com/news/detail/an-important-announcement-about-the_32964">Dawngate</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ea’s-business-go-“100-percent-digital”/news">EA&rsquo;s business to go &ldquo;100 percent digital&rdquo;</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/7Ljj3sYMEmA" 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/my/3ds/fully-charged-tesla-s-model-x-delayed-another-classic-zelda-being-remade-3ds-and-nest-learning-t#comments 3DS Cars Electric cars Electronic Arts Gaming Nest Nintendo Tesla Thu, 06 Nov 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1452443 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4 http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/10-weird-and-wonderful-things-look-forward-sims-4/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New ways of dying, fresh career options and a magic tree are just a few of your soon to be favourite Sim things </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="567" height="425" title="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" alt="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/astronaut.png?1409638107" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are a lot of new features and interactions to be explored and unlocked in the latest version of the game. Here are just a few we got EA to spill.&nbsp;</p> <p>As for the rest? You&#39;ll just have to wait till we go full-on review mode with the game or find out for yourself when it&#39;s available from 2 September. In the meantime, see what sort of crazy shenigans the Sims are up to in their latest adventure.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sims-4-first-play/review">First Play: The Sims 4</a></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="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> Birthing process </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When a Sim gets pregnant, she can actually take a pregnancy test now. And when she actually gives birth, she can breastfeed the child as well. As usual, babies are the one age group that do not die. But if you were to neglect it, Social Services will take it away.&nbsp;You&#39;ve been warned.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Birthing process" alt="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Birthing%20process.jpg?1409638107" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Buzz Lightyear </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the new careers this time around includes becoming a moonman, because who doesn&rsquo;t want to be an astronaut at some point in their lives? If you choose that career path, you will actually have the ability to build your own rocketship and eventually blast off from your own backyard into space.&nbsp;Because crew safety guidelines.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Buzz Lightyear" alt="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rocket_0.png?1409638107" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Speaking of rocketships </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Two Sims can get down and dirty in the rocketship, or in Sims terms, woohoo. And another Sim can actually watch it all go down via a computer as the rocketship is linked for live streaming of launches. Don&rsquo;t worry, The Sims didn&rsquo;t get perverse, the voyeur&rsquo;s mood doesn&rsquo;t fluctuate in any way.</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-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"> Work the wood </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Woodworking, formerly only found in an expansion pack, now resides in the base game. As you get better at handiness, not only can you carve decorative sculptures using your woodworking bench, you can actually make usable furniture for your home as well. Money saved.</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/rTmKvQrQT10" 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"> Pen pal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your Sim can start sending messages to a pen pal on the computer in game. And as he connects with these other Sims from other worlds and become better friends with them, they will start sending your Sim postcards from their words that he can hang up on his wall.</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="693" height="425" title="Pen pal" alt="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Pen%20pal.jpg?1409638107" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Build me up, buttercup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Roofs for one have a whole lot more customisation than what was possible previously so you can start to drag up the height of roofs, add curves, and even adjust the eaves on roofs so you can make things like pagoda roofs in the base game now, without having to wait for a location-specific expansion pack.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" alt="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/build_1.jpg?1409638107" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Magic tree </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A magical tree with glowing moss exists. Your Sim can start taking care of it by watering it and talking to it. Eventually, he will be able to step through this hole in the tree and appear in this magical forest glade on the other side where there are tons of collectibles, lots of unique plants to discover, and different fish you can catch.</p> <p>You just have to locate the magical tree first.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s in them genes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can take a single Sim and generate genetics in either direction. Make a son or daughter, dad or mum, a sister or brother. Alternatively, you can take two Sims and from them create a child. And yes, you can create a child from a same-gender couple too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="850" height="425" title="It&#039;s in them genes" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/It%27s%20in%20them%20genes.jpg?1409638107" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Too many feels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are new ways to die. And one of them is via extreme emotions.&nbsp;You can die from being too angry, or even on the other end of the emotion spectrum, laughing too much. So feel free to push your Sims to the extreme.</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="567" height="425" title="Too many feels" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Too%20many%20feels.jpg?1409638107" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Anger is healthy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If your Sim is feeling pissed, it means they&rsquo;re pumped up a little more and the adrenaline&rsquo;s flowing.&nbsp;In real life, we&#39;d just sulk, but in The Sims, they channel emotions in more constructive ways.&nbsp;So when you send them to the gym while they&rsquo;re feeling angry, they actually have a better workout as they&rsquo;re working harder.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/electronic-arts-imitates-life-sims-4/feature">The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4</a></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="567" height="425" title="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" alt="10 weird and wonderful things to look forward to in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TS4_E3_Treadmill.png?1409638107" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/my/electronic-arts/10-weird-and-wonderful-things-look-forward-sims-4/feature#comments Apps and Games Electronic Arts Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:41:34 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1446264 at http://www.stuff.tv The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4 http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/electronic-arts-imitates-life-sims-4/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Electronics Arts producer Graham Nardone shows us the reality behind the studio&#039;s newest life simulation </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="567" height="425" title="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/The%20Sims%204.jpg?1409283237" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The life you&#39;re living right now is real. So do the Sims in their wacky world. Or so they think.</p> <p>Electronic Arts&#39; latest life simulator <em>The Sims 4</em>&nbsp;is clearly crossing the line between fiction and reality. At least, that&#39;s what we gleamed from our conversation with its producer Graham Nardone.</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="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> How close is the Sims 4 to reality? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;In terms of the situations you get into, The Sims as a franchise just takes a really optimistic view on life so you don&#39;t get into a lot of dark or violent situations. We placed a lot more emphasis on the way the Sims behave by giving them emotions and depth of personality through personality traits. All these choices have a significant impact on how they behave once they&#39;re in game.</p> <p class="p1">The emotion system we have this time around is really quite different from anything that was in the past Sims game because as you experience these emotions, different socialisation options with other Sims and interactions with other objects in the world are unlocked, so you discover a lot of gameplay paths that you can go down.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="As real as it gets" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pancake.jpg?1409283237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Real life inspirations? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;We like to look at some real world situations and then apply that information back into the Sims. If you compare one of the past Sim games with The Sims 4, you can see in the past that the Sims moved very robotically.</p> <p class="p1">One of the really interesting things that we did during development is that we had these social gatherings between different developers where we would put cameras up and watch their behaviour: how they moved around other people, how they engaged in conversations and put that information back into the game to make our Sims feel more natural.&quot;</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/XFQbNU5fgls" 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"> How have emotions evolved? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;Emotions used to be black and white in past Sims games. They didn&#39;t have any real subtlety. Either your Sim felt good and that&rsquo;s a good thing, or your Sim felt bad and you want to get them feeling good as soon as you could.</p> <p>The real big change is that there&#39;s no right or wrong emotion to be in anymore. So even if you&#39;re in an emotion that&#39;s perceived as a negative, there are still positive things you can do within that. Traditionally a Sim will mope around and not get much done, but you can actually channel that in very creative ways in The Sims 4. A Sim who&rsquo;s an artist can paint a beautiful painting while he&rsquo;s sad, or compose great music if he&#39;s a musician.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Emo nemos" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/music.jpg?1409283237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> What about careers? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;We want careers to be a little more involved now so your Sim gets a few little tasks to accomplish at home that will help his work performance.</p> <p>If painting is your career, it would make sense that a painter has his own art studio at home. While you can&#39;t build that initially, as you become more accomplished in that career, you&#39;re going to start unlocking objects that will allow you to build a realistic art studio at home.</p> <p>Decisions you make in your Sim&rsquo;s life can be reflected in their home environment as well so it feels more related to the game that you&#39;re playing.&quot;</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/rTmKvQrQT10" 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"> And the all-time favourite - deaths </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;Given how important emotions are in the game, there are new ways to die via some of those extreme emotions.</p> <p>One example was that I had my Sim propose to another to get married and she rejected him. He was already feeling embarrassed as it was out in public and then my Sim couldn&#39;t get to the bathroom in time and ended up wetting himself right in front of all those other people. It just pushed him right over the edge and he died of embarrassment. That&rsquo;s new but we still have a lot of the classic ones that players can expect.&quot;&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Like setting yourself on fire while cooking a meal? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;Fires are a little bit more dangerous now. They pass through walls and can go over foundation levels, so you kind of have to watch out.&quot;</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="567" height="425" title="Fire! Fire!" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fire.jpg?1409283237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> So you took away the toddler life stage and pool-building… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;When we were making a base game for The Sims, we had to think about what we&rsquo;re focusing on for the game and for The Sims 4, it was about bringing the experience back to the Sims themselves. So much of our resources and time went into making the Sims believeable by giving them personalities and emotions that bring them to life to create that strong foundation that we can continue to build upon in the future.</p> <p>Fans reacted very strongly to the removal of those two elements and of course we listen to that feedback. I can&rsquo;t discuss what&#39;s coming next, but if you look back at what we&rsquo;ve done with The Sims franchise in the past we&rsquo;re always very responsive to fans in terms of what they&rsquo;re asking for and where they want the franchise to go.&quot;</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="567" height="425" title="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pool.jpg?1409283237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> So fan feedback is valuable to you guys </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our community is huge with us, more than any other development team that I can think of. You&rsquo;ll find a lot of The Sims developers interacting with the community. There are 25 to 30 of us on Twitter. Not just producers, but designers, engineers, artists. A lot of different areas of the team are visible and people can just start having conversations with us. We&rsquo;re really accessible.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> We have to ask, what’s the fascination with llamas? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I joined The Sims studio about five years ago and the whole llama thing was already well established by then. I don&#39;t personally know where that came from originally but I think it&rsquo;s Will Wright (game designer) or Tim LeTourneau (producer). One of them had a real fascination with llamas and they&rsquo;ve featured in the game ever since.</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="567" height="425" title="Yo momma is a llama!" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/llama.jpg?1409283237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> That’s not an option for a pet, right? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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, it&rsquo;s never been, but it should be. That would be a really fun one.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Are simulation games still relevant in today’ gaming landscape? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>They&rsquo;re more relevant than they&rsquo;ve ever been in a long time. You see these really niche games come out and I think it&rsquo;s great that there&rsquo;s an audience for this kind of stuff. Even recently with that <em>Goat Simulator</em> game. There&rsquo;s still a lot of interest around the simulation genre especially amongst the PC audience who really like that kind of in-depth experience that they can really sink their teeth into.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/goat-simulator-live-life-goat-michael-bay-film/feature">Goat Simulator:&nbsp;Live the life of a goat, in a Michael Bay film</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> What expansion packs are in the future? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing I can get into talking about just yet. i think we will see some interesting stuff this time around because of the difference emotions bring to the game. That&rsquo;s going to bring about new possibilities in how players want their Sims to engage in different themes in the future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Do you think the game could ever get old? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>(laughs) I don&#39;t think so. We&rsquo;re coming up on our 15th year anniversary. When you talk about a subject as broad as a life simulation, there&rsquo;s really limitless possibilities; not only where you can go with the game but what you can do in the game.</p> <p>Whether it&#39;s exploring your creative side, making some really strange Sims, or building a funky floating home, there are just so many angles in approaching situations that there&rsquo;s always something new to discover in-game.</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="567" height="425" title="Wacky fun never gets old" alt="The thin fine line between virtual and reality in The Sims 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new.jpg?1409283237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/my/electronic-arts/electronic-arts-imitates-life-sims-4/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/electronic-arts-imitates-life-sims-4/feature#comments Apps and Games Electronic Arts Interviews Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:30:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1446116 at http://www.stuff.tv First Play: The Sims 4 http://www.stuff.tv/my/sims-4-first-play/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does the classic life simulation game still has its appeal in its fourth outing? We poked, manipulated and played with The Sims 4 to answer this burning question </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="567" height="425" title="The Sims 4 review" alt="The Sims 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sims4_0.jpg?1409743584" /> </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="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Sims. An iconic game title that lets you create the reality you desire and makes you an all-powerful being that controls and dictates every single facet of your Sim&#39;s life.</p> <p>Since its inception in 2000, the wildly popular life simulation game has gone through various iterations on different platforms. Today, you can bring it along in your smartphone or tablet, but the real fun (and much of the crazy shenanigans) still resides in its original PC roots.</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"> RM-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"> Playing God </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 case you were wondering how we came up with those names, we didn&rsquo;t. Neither did we come up with their appearances. Because if we did, we&rsquo;d hardly get any gameplay time.&nbsp;To say the options are vast is an understatement. You can change body shape, features, clothing, and create the Sim of your dreams, much like the previous versions.</p> <p>But it&#39;s not all cosmetic. You can select an aspiration and up to three traits from four categories. Feeling nefarious? Make your Sim an evil genius who hates children.&nbsp;His unsupervised interactions with children could spell disaster in reality, but more of a humour mechanism for you.</p> <p>These traits aren&rsquo;t superficial factors either. They affect your Sim&rsquo;s life in different ways as he lives it out. More importantly, these traits affect your Sim&#39;s ability to learn certain skills.</p> <p>All that might be pretty similar to the other versions of The Sims games, but what&rsquo;s new this time around is the existence of genetics. You can combine two different Sims to get a Simling that won&rsquo;t leave you questioning if either parent has been unfaithful. Genetics doesn&rsquo;t just work for child creation, you can also create your character&rsquo;s parent or sibling.</p> <p>As for house creation, you can choose to build it from the ground up, or access the community directly from your game to download fan-made designs from entire houses to lone rooms. Yes, none of those messy file moving into the game folders or exiting the game to download the content like in The Sims 3.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Playing God" alt="The Sims 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shape.jpg?1409743584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> All work and no play </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 order to buy all that nice furniture, we need money so it&rsquo;s off to work the girls go. Even when they&rsquo;re at work, you still get an element of control over your Sims, choosing whether they socialise with their co-workers or simply bury themselves in work, which would in turn affect their job performance.</p> <p class="p1">Luckily, Marci Linn got to work as a tech guru. In Sims term, that means she gets to play four hours of video games every day. Precisely what we want to do in real-life, which does happen in our job once in a while.&nbsp;Occasional random happenings pop up during work in which you have to make a decision that will either reward or discredit you. A nice touch to the routine and very effective in boosting in job performance.</p> <p class="p1">Just like in real life, when your passions and job align, expect to do very well in life. This translates to furniture upgrading in Sim life and decking out that dream home you could never afford in your drab reality.</p> <p class="p1">Apart from career goals, there are mini goals that pop up over your avatar&#39;s head according to his personality. As our Sim was somewhat of a nature lover, one of her tiny goals was to harvest 10 plants, which would in turn earn her some Sim points. What&#39;s the point of those? You can spend them in the Rewards Store to get mood potions which would fill up your happiness bar instantly.</p> <p class="p1">The said rewards can also improve certain characteristics like Fertile which would go towards an easier time for your Sims when they&#39;re trying for a baby and ever a higher chance of expecting multiples.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Sims 4 review" alt="The Sims 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/workwork_1.png?1409743584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gameplay - love and war </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Everyone who has played The Sims knows that it&rsquo;s not a game that you can easily dive in and do justice to in just two hours so we focused on emotions. More specifically, manipulating Aubrey Henry to get a stranger she&rsquo;d just met to fall in love with her isn&#39;t that easy. But in order to explore the romantic relationship aspect of The Sims 4, and just how accurately it simulates the tangled web of romantic emotions, we bit the bullet.</p> <p class="p1">We set her upon a random hapless chap just making his way past her house. After the initial niceties, we inched the interaction towards the romantic side, peppering it with friendly actions in between. Reality and virtual collide, as we realised much later that coming on too strong is just as much of a problem in The Sims 4.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As the love bar filled up, new romantic actions popped up, and we finally got the chance to ask the man on a date. Another interesting tweak to The Sims 4 is the ability to travel to other worlds, therefore increasing possibilities, and we chose a nightclub for our first date. Ask not why, ask why not instead</p> <p>Date goals were set, in this case to land a first kiss which we subsequently failed as the object of our desire roamed off to sit at the bar and chat up another chick.&nbsp;The nerve of some people.</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="567" height="425" title="The Sims 4 review" alt="The Sims 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/flirt_0.png?1409743584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we pondered why the date went awry, we decided to explore the other end of the emotion spectrum - hate. That gave us free rein to explore our mean trait and experiment on the unfortunate Sim seated next to us. After we implied that her mother is a llama and threw a drink at her, we got into our first bar brawl ever. But its impact only went as far as the friendship bar turning red.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d love to see emotions have wider reach, affecting even friendships with other Sims, instead of having them stand around, eyes glazed over as a scuffle breaks out behind. Actually, this could be the most accurate representation of real-life as people tend to steer clear from a fight when it happens right in front of them.</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="567" height="425" title="The Sims 4 review" alt="The Sims 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/traitor_0.png?1409743584" /> </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="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fight_1_0.png?1409743584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> The morning after... </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 for the man in question, he called upon us the next day. We tried to lay it on thick as the game issued us the new challenge of making the relationship official. Throwing caution to the wind, we made our poor Sim ask him a risque question. Unexpectedly, it backfired and left Aubrey Henry feeling embarrassed all over again. Men...</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="567" height="425" title="The Sims 4 review" alt="The Sims 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rejection_0_0.png?1409743584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> The Sims 4 initial 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>With a cleaned up user interface and added community integration, The Sims 4 refreshes the experience and is more of a joy than ever to play with. More importantly, it retains that kooky sense of humour (and we might add, an obsession with llamas) that&#39;s the signature of EA&#39;s life simulator.</p> <p>We love the tech bits too, having our Sim take a selfie and possessing a smartphone (gone is that wall telephone). But we&rsquo;ve only just skimmed the surface in our short time with the game. In The Sims 4, the permutations of your interactions with other Sims are near limitless. Check back later to see how else you can prod, poke and abuse the Sims in our full review.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Sims 4 review" alt="The Sims 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/phone.png?1409743584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Play: The Sims 4 </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"> Life imitates reality in EA&#039;s updated simulation game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sims4_0.jpg?1409532574" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sims-4-first-play/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sims-4-first-play/review#comments Apps and Games Electronic Arts Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:08:53 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1446111 at http://www.stuff.tv Step into EA's world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant's Sydney digs http://www.stuff.tv/my/inside-eas-sydney-digs-cool-chill-and-creative-corners-gaming-giants-australian-space/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How could we possibly pass up on a chance to see where the world&#039;s most popular games are worked on? </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="567" height="425" title="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney digs" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/EA%20visitor.jpg?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&#39;re in Sydney for a preview of The Sims 4 thanks to the nice people at EA.</p> <p>Besides getting our hands on the latest build of the game, we asked nicely and got an office tour at the same time, peeking into their meeting rooms and even their fridges.&nbsp;We hear that it&#39;s a work hard play hard environment, filled with folks who are all gamers on some level.</p> <p>Curious to see where they thrive? Follow us on this visual tour.</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="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> Welcome </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 lift opens directly onto EA&#39;s floor, and the first glimpse shows you that this isn&#39;t an ordinary office...</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="1536" height="2048" title="Welcome" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%203.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The PHWOAR-yer </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 titles that grace the foyer are the latest and greatest. This time they&#39;re <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/e3-2014/first-play-battlefield-hardline/feature">Battlefield Hardline</a> and Dragon Age Inquisition. The trailer on loop is from the latter, fresh off the recently wrapped Gamescom.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/e3-2014/first-play-battlefield-hardline/feature">First Play:&nbsp;Battlefield Hardline</a></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="2048" height="1536" title="The PHWOAR-yer" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%201_4.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Trophy-full </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>These are nothing, just a few awards that EA has picked up over the years for being good at what they do. No biggie. And these aren&#39;t the end of them.</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="1536" height="2048" title="Trophy-full" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%202_2.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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"> Meetings are war </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Their meeting rooms are themed according to their core titles. Guess which one this was named in honour of?</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="1536" height="2048" title="Meetings are war" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%205_1.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Bullet points </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A military-themed desk wrap, it can only be Battlefield.</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="1536" height="2048" title="Bullet points" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%204_1.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Normandy </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Normandy SR-2 from Mass Effect 3 was created by a sculptor based on the in-game model&#39;s specs. Fact: It used to be in the foyer but has since been moved inside the office as too many people had expressed their desire to steal it.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1536" height="2048" title="Normandy" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%201_5.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> EA patchwork </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&#39;s play &quot;match the EA logo to the game&quot;!&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1536" height="2048" title="EA patchwork" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%202_3.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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"> Marks the spo(r)t </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now where does this hallway lead?</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="1536" height="2048" title="Marks the spo(r)t" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%204_2.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Game time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is where the EA people kick back and try out some of their games, all in the name of work, of course.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Game time" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%202_4.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Which console is the fairest? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 are they gaming on? The Xbox 360 and the PS4. We hear they have an Xbox One too, just that it&#39;s hiding in one of the meeting rooms for the moment.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Which console is the fairest?" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%203_4.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Liquid battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 EA folks are charged on a supply of Red Bull. They even have blueberry flavoured ones.</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="2048" height="1536" title="Liquid battery" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%204_3.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> No boundaries </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 asked to look into one of their fridges and it&#39;s stocked with liquid gold otherwise known as beer. In case you think they&#39;re boozing on the job, this fridge is reserved for post-work relaxing.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1536" height="2048" title="No boundaries" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%205_3.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Cool </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even their fridges display Battlefield pride.</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="1536" height="2048" title="Cool" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%203_5.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make a guess </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Which title do you think this meeting room is based on now?&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1536" height="2048" title="Make a guess" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%204_4.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Obviously </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 space is suitably decked out in sporting regalia, befitting EA Sports&#39; game titles including the best-selling FIFA.</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="2048" height="1536" title="Obviously" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%205_5.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Also featured </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the walls are also real awards that the EA folks have won in sport competitions against other game publishers. They&#39;re not just gaming geeks, you know. We hear competition gets pretty intense...</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="1536" height="2048" title="Also featured" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%203_7.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make your Sim </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the walls were print outs of Sims that the team had made for an in-house competition. But what caught our eye was a familiar figure, immortalised in Sim world.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Make your Sim" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%202_5.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Not all meeting rooms are created equal </div> </div> </div> <div class="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, this isn&#39;t an upcoming Australia-themed game by EA. Their main meeting room pays tribute to Australia instead.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1536" height="2048" title="Not all meeting rooms are created equal" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%203_8.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> And that&#039;s the 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>Don&#39;t forget to return your visitor&#39;s lanyard before you leave!</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="1536" height="2048" title="And that&#039;s the end" alt="Step into EA&#039;s world: The coolest chillest corners of the gaming giant&#039;s Sydney " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%205_6.JPG?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Welcome to EA&#039;s awesome Sydney office </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/EA%20visitor_0.jpg?1410186431" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/inside-eas-sydney-digs-cool-chill-and-creative-corners-gaming-giants-australian-space/feature#comments Apps and Games Console games Electronic Arts Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:21:07 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1446063 at http://www.stuff.tv BioWare’s new game is Shadow Realms, an episodic, modern-day PC RPG http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/gamescom-2014/bioware-s-new-game-shadow-realms-episodic-modern-day-pc-rpg/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sign up now for the alpha test in advance of next year’s launch </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="Shadow Realms" alt="Shadow Realms" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/shadow-realms.jpg?1407986538" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>BioWare has more or less mastered sci-fi role-playing with&nbsp;<em>Mass Effect</em>&nbsp;and done well in fantasy with&nbsp;<em>Dragon Age</em>, so what&rsquo;s next for the EA-owned studio? Something current and in episodic chunks.</p> <p>Today, the studio announced&nbsp;<em>Shadow Realms</em>&nbsp;at Gamescom 2014, and the action role-playing affair sees the studio returning to its roots in PC-centric development while also trying to recreate the feeling of playing a great game of&nbsp;<em>Dungeons &amp; Dragons</em>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Dungeon crawling action and extensive player customization are both promised, plus&nbsp;<em>Shadow Realms</em>&nbsp;will offer something new for the genre: a 4-on-1 mode wherein a team of heroes battles against a player-controlled Shadowlord that can command minions and set traps within the world. It sounds a bit like the upcoming shooter&nbsp;<em>Evolve</em>&nbsp;mixed with, say, EA&rsquo;s own&nbsp;<em>Dungeon Keeper</em>.</p> <p>BioWare is taking an episodic approach with&nbsp;<em>Shadow Realms</em>, but it sounds more like there will be a steady stream of new stuff launching regularly, rather than delivering a big pack of content every couple of months. Origin users can sign up for potential alpha access, which begins soon, with the official launch coming in 2015.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shadowrealms.com">Shadow Realms</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TDXPE6LCQtE" 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/my/electronic-arts/gamescom-2014/bioware-s-new-game-shadow-realms-episodic-modern-day-pc-rpg/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/gamescom-2014/bioware-s-new-game-shadow-realms-episodic-modern-day-pc-rpg/news#comments Electronic Arts Gamescom 2014 Gaming Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:11:12 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1444793 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: EA’s all-you-can-play Xbox One service, Canon debuts new PowerShot cameras, and PlayStation 4 gets Blu-ray 3D playback http://www.stuff.tv/my/canon/fully-charged-ea-s-all-you-can-play-xbox-one-service-canon-debuts-new-powershot-cameras-and-pl <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin the evening right by catching up with the latest in tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14" alt="FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fifa14.jpg?1406807911" /> </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="/my/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"> EA launches unlimited access subscription on Xbox One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Electronic Arts set foot in uncharted console terrain yesterday with the announcement of EA Access, an all-you-can-play membership for Xbox One that grants unlimited access to selected games, along with discounts on newer games and downloadable content.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s available now for some Xbox One users in a beta version, but will expand to all others soon, and the current list of games includes Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, and Peggle 2. Others will be added down the line, while users can get a 10% discount on more recent EA games and DLC.</p> <p>Additionally, EA Access will allow users to download a limited trial of games like FIFA 15, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and others five days before their respective release dates, with all progress transferring into the complete game if purchased. EA Access subscriptions are available at US$4.99 a month (RM16) or US$29.99 (RM96) for a full year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ea.com/news/ea-announces-ea-access-on-xbox-one">EA</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/fifa-15-first-play/review">FIFA 15: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Canon reveals two new PowerShot bridge cameras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Canon has a pair of new bridge cameras due out later this year and early into the next, the company announced yesterday. The PowerShot SX520 HS (pictured) is the more advanced of the two, delivering 42x optical zoom, Intelligent image stabilisation, a 24mm wide-angle lens, and the HS system, which pairs a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 4+ processor.</p> <p>Comparatively, the PowerShot SX400 IS has many of the same features, but comes in a bit smaller, and caps its optical zoom at a still-respectable 30x. Expect the PowerShot SX520 HS out in August for &pound;299 (RM1615), with the Argos-exclusive PowerShot SX400 IS not due out until January for &pound;259 (RM1399).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/canon/canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii/review">Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II 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="Canon PowerShot SX520 HS" alt="Canon PowerShot SX520 HS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-sx520hs.jpg?1406807911" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> PlayStation 4 update adds Blu-ray 3D playback </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember earlier this month when Microsoft announced that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/node/1442695%2523node-1442695">August system update</a> for Xbox One would add Blu-ray 3D support? Well, ever so nimble, Sony beat Microsoft to the punch with yesterday&rsquo;s release of the version 1.75 system software for PlayStation 4.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve got slick flicks that&rsquo;ll pop off your screen, now your PS4 can bring them to life. And Xbox One owners - it&rsquo;ll be another couple of days-to-weeks until you can do the same.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/PlayStationEU/status/494038769721298944">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/sony-ps4/review">Sony PS4 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="600" title="PlayStation 4 Blu-ray 3D" alt="PlayStation 4 Blu-ray 3D" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ps4-br3d.png?1406807911" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/my/canon/fully-charged-ea-s-all-you-can-play-xbox-one-service-canon-debuts-new-powershot-cameras-and-pl#comments Blu-ray and DVD Cameras Canon Electronic Arts Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1443755 at http://www.stuff.tv No EA Access for PS4 because Sony says it’s “not good value” http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/no-ea-access-ps4-because-sony-says-it-s-not-good-value/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thanks for looking out for us, Dad </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="604" height="453" title="EA Access, which offers unlimited access to FIFA and more, won&#039;t be on PS4" alt="EA Access, which offers unlimited access to FIFA and more, won&#039;t be on PS4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fifa14_x360_save_0.jpg?1406773216" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Electronic Arts&rsquo; EA Access service, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/canon/fully-charged-ea-s-all-you-can-play-xbox-one-service-canon-debuts-new-powershot-cameras-and-pl">announced yesterday for the Xbox One</a>, sounds like pretty good value to us: for US$29.99 (RM96) a year or US$4.99 (RM16) a month, you get unlimited access to games including FIFA 14, Battlefield 4 and Madden NFL 25. But Sony apparently doesn&rsquo;t agree &ndash; and that&rsquo;s why it won&rsquo;t be coming to the PlayStation 4.</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="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nanny knows best </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A cynic might observe that EA Access is perhaps, for Sony, a little too similar to its own PlayStation Plus paid subscription service, which offers access to free games as well as multiplayer matchmaking. A cynic might think that Sony has nixed it not because it&rsquo;s worried about nasty old Electronic Arts ripping off naive, vulnerable PS4 gamers but because it thinks EA Access will eat into PS Plus subscriptions.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll leave you to decide if Sony is acting with its customers&rsquo; or its own best interests in mind here, but the fact is: if you want EA Access, you&rsquo;ll only be getting it on the Xbox One.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/07/30/sony-ea-access-doesn_2700_t-represent-good-value-to-the-playstation-gamer.aspx">GameInformer</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/sony-ps4/review">Sony PS4 review</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/my/electronic-arts/no-ea-access-ps4-because-sony-says-it-s-not-good-value/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/no-ea-access-ps4-because-sony-says-it-s-not-good-value/news#comments Electronic Arts Gaming PlayStation 4 Sony Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:51:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1443712 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Samsung ditching plasma TVs, Lindsay Lohan sues over GTA5, and Amazon will fight U.S. government over in-app purchases http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-ditching-plasma-tvs-lindsay-lohan-sues-over-gta5-and-amazon-will-fight- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fading tech, a desperate move from a faded star, and a hopefully soon-to-be-faded business model lead our morning 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="Samsung PS51F5500" alt="Samsung PS51F5500" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-plasma.jpg?1404465574" /> </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="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung ending plasma TV production </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even as consumers gravitate towards LCD and LED displays, plasma TVs have held a small but vocal fanbase for their deeper blacks and wider viewing angles, among other perceived advantages. However, the market shrunk significantly when Panasonic pulled out last year, and now Samsung has announced its own plans to leave the plasma party.</p> <p>Samsung will cease producing plasma panels by 30 November this year, &ldquo;due to changes in market demands,&rdquo; according to a statement. The company hadn&rsquo;t released any new plasma TV models in 2014, and last year&rsquo;s entries&mdash;like the PS51F5500&mdash;look to be the last to hail from the Korean manufacturer. Like its competitors, Samsung plans to pursue more 4K televisions, along with curved displays.</p> <p>LG remains the lone major holdout, and CNET cites a report from <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/140701/samsung-sdi-discontinue-plasma-display-production-amid-low-d">Yonhap News Agency</a> yesterday claiming that the company is also moving towards ceasing plasma screen production, having already converted one production line to making solar batteries instead. Plasma fans: now may be the time to grab the biggest and best model you can afford, as it will probably be the last.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-reportedly-ending-plasma-tv-production/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-ps51f5500/review">Samsung PS51F5500 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"> Lindsay Lohan sues over perceived GTA5 parody </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nearly a year after its release, Grand Theft Auto 5 remains our pick for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">top console game</a> in the world right now&mdash;and it&rsquo;s been a massive success, with more than 33 million copies shipped to stores and Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions still on the horizon (due out this autumn).</p> <p>However, &ldquo;mo&rsquo; money, mo&rsquo; problems,&rdquo; as the ancient proverb goes, and publisher Rockstar Games has an interesting one of the latter on its hands. Actress Lindsay Lohan (<em>Mean Girls</em>) has filed suit against the company today, alleging that in-game character Lacey Jonas is based on her likeness, voice, and even patterns from her clothing line.</p> <p>Rockstar had no comment on the initial report from the Associated Press, and while they&rsquo;ll have to sort this one out in a courtroom, we imagine the smash series&rsquo; comedic tone and history of parodying pop culture targets will come in handy when the publisher defends itself over these claims.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/lohan-sues-over-grand-theft-auto-v-game">Associated Press</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review">Grand Theft Auto 5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/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 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 intends to fight U.S. government over in-app purchases </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Earlier this year, Apple settled claims with the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over accidental in-app purchases made by children, and agreed to pay out US$32.5 million to customers and add new App Store restrictions to dodge a legal battle. The FTC wants Amazon to do the same, but the online mega-retailer isn&rsquo;t having any of it.</p> <p>Amazon believes it is doing enough to prevent children from making unintended in-app purchases&mdash;and/or is responding well enough to complaints to avoid additional regulation&mdash;and will not accept similar settlement terms as Apple. In a letter to the FTC dated on 1 July, Amazon lawyer Andrew DeVore says that &ldquo;leaves us no choice but to defend our approach in court.&rdquo;</p> <p>Of course, Amazon is only weeks out from releasing the Fire Phone, so perhaps the company isn&rsquo;t willing to admit wrongdoing or oversight to diminish that launch. A court battle would cost significant time and money, but surely Amazon can afford both to put this one off into the distance.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/2/5864737/amazon-refuses-to-settle-with-ftc-in-app-purchases">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone 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="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-opener.jpg?1404465574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Dungeon Keeper’s “free” advertising ruled misleading </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When Electronic Arts tried to reboot the classic Dungeon Keeper as a mobile game earlier this year, the publisher ran into many unhappy players who found the different-feeling game to be severely limited by its freemium model. One such player, whose feathers were ruffled by an EA email ad promising it could be played &ldquo;for free,&rdquo; sent a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority.</p> <p>And despite the fact that Dungeon Keeper is available as a free download, the ASA agreed with the complaint yesterday and ordered EA to never again run the ad in its current form. &ldquo;Because the game had the potential to restrict gameplay beyond that which would be expected by consumers and the ad did not make this aspect of the role of in-app purchasing clear, we concluded that it was misleading,&rdquo; reads the verdict.</p> <p>Damning words indeed, and ones that read like an indictment of the entire free-to-play model. Chances that they&rsquo;ll have any meaningful effect on the next big freemium game? Slim to none.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.asa.org.uk/Rulings/Adjudications/2014/7/Electronic-Arts-Ltd/SHP_ADJ_258907.aspx#.U7SjRNzhiCb">ASA</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/freemium-and-app-purchasing-iphone-and-ipad-gaming-can-be-pro-not-just-con/feature">Freemium and in-app purchasing in iPhone and iPad gaming can be a pro, not just a con</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="Dungeon Keeper" alt="Dungeon Keeper" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dungeonkeeper.jpg?1404465574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/my/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-ditching-plasma-tvs-lindsay-lohan-sues-over-gta5-and-amazon-will-fight-#comments Amazon Electronic Arts Gaming Grand Theft Auto 5 Samsung TVs Thu, 03 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1440988 at http://www.stuff.tv First Play: EA Sports UFC http://www.stuff.tv/my/e3-2014/first-play-ea-sports-ufc/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We duke it out with EA Sports&#039; mixed martial arts extravaganza at E3 2014 </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="567" height="425" title="First Play: EA Sports UFC" alt="First Play: EA Sports UFC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/EA%20Sports%20UFC.jpg?1402883004" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mixed Martial Arts is still the fastest growing sport in the world, with its premier organisation the UFC holding events all over the globe.&nbsp;</p> <p>So it&#39;s no wonder that EA Sports, the biggest sports game publisher in the world, decided to get in on the action. We had quite an extensive playthrough at E3 2014 ahead of its launch in the US this week, so read on to find out if it&#39;s a knockout.&nbsp;</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="/my/users/melvin-tang" title="View user profile.">Melvin Tang</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"> Tale of the tape </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 UFC game since THQ sold the rights to Electronic Arts,&nbsp;<em>EA Sports UFC</em>&nbsp;nearly never happened, thanks to a long and turbulent history between the two corporations. EA actually turned down the opportunity to make a UFC game when first approached, only to eat humble pie years later following the success of THQ&#39;s&nbsp;<em>UFC Undisputed</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now, the next-gen game&#39;s almost complete, ready to launch on 17 June in the US on the Xbox One and PS4. Having played several other MMA titles, I have to say that EA Sports UFC is the most complete one to date. Next-gen graphics are almost lifelike, gameplay flows beautifully, and most importantly, it manages to capture the essence of the sport&#39;s submission aspect. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Featuring something EA dubs &quot;full body deformation&quot;, which simulates how flesh would behave when moving, impacted, cut, or twisted into positions they were never meant to adopt, the level of realism is astounding. Opponent AI is also intelligent enough to continuously adapt to your playing strategy - if you&#39;re constantly looking to take it to the ground, it&#39;ll anticipate and defend against your takedowns more effectively.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/fifa-15-first-play/review">FIFA 15 First Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/d2xLW0NZCLw" 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"> Human Chess </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s now also a stamina bar to change the way you play. I found I wasn&#39;t able to just spam attacks any more, because poor energy management would leave me exhausted with nothing to attack or defend with.&nbsp;I didn&#39;t just lose attacking power either. I found to my character&#39;s detriment that I was more susceptible to being knocked out or submitted.</p> <p>Stand-up fighting is both fluid and fun, with a large arsenal of attacks at my disposal, letting me choose how to best string effective combos together. There&#39;s no health bar here, just a graphic representation to show where the fighters are hurting.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, it&#39;s on the ground that the game truly shines. Ground-and-pound is pretty straightforward, allowing me to beat my opponent senseless or soften them up for a submission. This is where the fun starts. Grappling and clinching required me to constantly change positions to seek an advantage, with an appropriate counter-position for the defending party. Submission attempts then trigger a minigame to see if it&#39;s successful. Essentially, I had to attack in one of four directions, while my opponent would guess, counter, and do the same in defense using the left and right analog sticks, almost like real Jiu Jitsu. Having trained in MMA myself, it&#39;s all quite a good approximation of the real thing.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/e3-2014/microsoft-e3-2014-heres-why-gamers-should-be-excited/news">Xbox at E3 2014: five exclusive titles that could turn the tide</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/t5qe7KhliaQ" 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"> The Ultimate Fighter </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 UFC&#39;s popular reality TV show has also made it into the game as the perfect Career Mode representation. You create a fighter much like how you would create a player in FIFA 14, for example (except that you now kick people instead of footballs), with the option to download your EA game face to make it as realistic as possible. You then fight your way into the UFC just like the people on the TV show, going through training, winning the tournament, and then finally as a fighter on the UFC roster.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/e3-2014/first-play-battlefield-hardline/feature">Battlefield Hardline First Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="720" title="The Ultimate Fighter" alt="The Ultimate Fighter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the_ultimate_fighter_gym.jpg?1402883004" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> JUDGE&#039;S DECISION </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 a game, this is the most realistic and comprehensive MMA game ever made to date. I haven&#39;t tried the online multiplayer yet, but EA promises online tiers based on a belt system, leading all the way up to championship belt fights. Details are sketchy at the moment, but the potential definitely looks encouraging. Its single-player experience is a truly engaging one with Career Mode, but everything will still hinge on multiplayer in terms of replay value and longevity.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/forza-5/first-play-forza-horizon-2/feature">Forza Horizon 2 First Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ykBBqoVn61E" 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/my/e3-2014/first-play-ea-sports-ufc/feature#comments Console games E3 2014 Electronic Arts First Play Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Mon, 16 Jun 2014 01:41:34 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1439227 at http://www.stuff.tv First Play: Battlefield Hardline http://www.stuff.tv/my/e3-2014/first-play-battlefield-hardline/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This time, the war&#039;s on the streets. We go hands-on to take a closer look </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="Cops, robbers, guns... what&#039;s not to like?" alt="First Play: Battlefield Hardline" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Battlefield%20Hardline.jpg?1403144338" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Introduced during Sony&rsquo;s E3 2014 PlayStation Press Conference, <em>Battlefield: Hardline</em> is not your usual BF title. </p> <p dir="ltr">Besides being produced by Visceral Games for a change - the studio that brought us another successful franchise, Dead Space 3 - Hardline literally eschews traditional battlefields for another kind of war. This time, it&rsquo;s crime.</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="/my/users/melvin-tang" title="View user profile.">Melvin Tang</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"> COPS AND 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 dir="ltr">We can understand why Visceral decided to go in this direction. Between <em>Battlefield</em> and <em>Call of Duty</em>, ideas for military scenarios must be thin on the (battle)ground by now. At least taking it to the streets feels somewhat refreshing, and makes a bit of sense given how heavily armed criminals are becoming in the US, where Hardline is based.</p> <p dir="ltr">We got the chance to play the game during E3 2014, though it was a short session of around 10 minutes. Publisher Electronic Arts really took the time to sell the premise though. Everyone had to &ldquo;register&rdquo; at a police desk and have our mug shots taken, before being led into an office to await instructions. An alarm then went off and we had to take up battle stations instead. In that short span of time we went from cop to robber to SWAT team member, which is somewhat like the roles we can play in the game.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-3/e3-2014/far-cry-4-first-play/feature">Far Cry 4 First Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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 dir="ltr">My time with the game was spent on a multiplayer session, where I played a policeman in a very fun game mode dubbed Blood Money. This challenge requires teams to grab bags of cash from the middle of the map and bring it back to their respective bases. Yes, it&rsquo;s essentially capture-the-flag, but in the context of a bank robbery - the criminals want to escape with the money, and the cops need to get it back.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, there&rsquo;s a twist - you can steal money back from your opponent&rsquo;s base, meaning games can actually go on for quite some time. Of course, I only learnt about this after the game ended. Many of us were too busy exploring the sandbox game area of downtown LA to actually try and win (we lost, unsurprisingly). It&rsquo;s not very large geographically, but there are tons of nooks and crannies you can hide in, such as carparks and back alleys. The depth of the environment was really very engaging.</p> <p>I elected to zip around the city on a motorbike, which was really quite enjoyable until I got run over and crushed by an armoured vehicle. This prompted me to actually try the combat instead, where you spawn, buy equipment, and run off to try and shoot the other fellow in the face. You can also customise your weapon with accessories to suit your playing style, much like previous Battlefields. I don&rsquo;t know why, but I actually felt it was slightly reminiscent of <em>CounterStrike</em> in style. Perhaps it was the non-military setting and uniform.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/first-play-destiny-alpha-release/feature">Destiny First Play</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="Multiplayer madness allows you to operate a variety of vehicles" alt="First Play: Battlefield Hardline" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/battlefield_hardline_7_wm.jpg?1403144338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE BOTTOM LINE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hardline might not be what hardcore Battlefield fans are looking for, but it definitely is a breath of fresh air in terms of premise, and heaps of fun. We didn&#39;t see much of the single player campaign other than a few trailer shots, but we&#39;d expect it to be at least a few hours of compelling storyline. However, as with all Battlefield games, multiplayer is where the real action is at, and Hardline seems to deliver in that aspect. It&#39;s still early days though, so we&#39;ll wait for more game time with more than just one mode before proclaiming that you should buy it over <em>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em>. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/e3-2014-six-things-sony-s-ps4-event-you-need-see/feature">Six things from Sony&rsquo;s PS4 event that you need to see</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="7405" height="4174" title="Going down a line is not that hard in hardline" alt="First Play: Battlefield Hardline" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/battlefield_hardline_8_wm.jpg?1403144338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> First Play: Battlefield Hardline </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Battlefield%20Hardline_0_0.jpg?1403144338" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/e3-2014/first-play-battlefield-hardline/feature#comments Console games E3 2014 Electronic Arts First Play Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Sat, 14 Jun 2014 05:59:55 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1439104 at http://www.stuff.tv E3 2014 — the biggest video game news so far http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update 06/06/14: We&#039;ve added more details on what to expect next week at the world&#039;s biggest gaming event </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="E3" alt="E3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/e3-2014.jpg?1402797959" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>E3 is almost upon us again, and while the games industry today is much more than big-ticket AAA titles made for dedicated consoles, the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo is still where we often first hear about huge games and the devices that power them.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re just a few weeks out from the latest expo in Los Angeles, California, which runs from 10-12 June, and major publishers are already beginning to tease their showings&mdash;while unintentional leaks fill in some of the gaps.</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="/my/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"> Sony </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony stole the show last year with the reveal of its lower-priced PS4 and the lack of used game-blocking DRM. This year might not have such big news items on tap, but we&rsquo;re interested in seeing and hearing more about the company&rsquo;s Project Morpheus VR headset. However, with Sony having chosen to&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/05/28/watch-playstations-e3-press-conference-in-movie-theaters-nationwide/">broadcast its press conference to over 40 cinemas</a>&nbsp;in the US and Canada, there&#39;s a hint that something major and movie-related could be in the offing too.</p> <p><em>Uncharted 4</em>&nbsp;is sure to be a big focus at the press conference (there are rumours of a three-minute trailer mixing gameplay and cinematics being shown), along with Ready at Dawn&rsquo;s steampunk-tinged shooter,&nbsp;<em>The Order: 1886</em>. Guerrilla Games also has a new IP that could debut at the show, and Sony is likely to loop in some big third-party showings at its press conference&mdash;like&nbsp;<em>Final Fantasy XV</em>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em>Kingdom Hearts 3</em>.</p> <p>As for the PlayStation Vita&hellip; well, there has to be something, right? The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review">new Slim model is nice</a>, but we need amazing exclusive games to pull our attention away from new-gen consoles and our phones.</p> <p>You&#39;ll want to put the coffee on if you&#39;re planning on following the conference live: Sony has scheduled it for Tuesday 10 June at 9am Malaysia time.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/head-hands-and-eyes-sony-s-project-morpheus/feature">Heads, hands, and eyes on with Sony&#39;s Project Morpheus</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="Project Morpheus" alt="Project Morpheus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-vr.jpg?1402797959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>UPDATE 02/06/2014:</strong>&nbsp;We&#39;ve seen leaked screenshots and a very short gameplay video of an alleged collaboration between Sony Computer Entertainment and From Software codenamed&nbsp;<em>Project Beast</em>. Rumoured to take heavy inspiration from the&nbsp;<em>Castlevania</em>&nbsp;series, it also looks a heck of a lot like a<em>Souls</em>&nbsp;game. Could it be&nbsp;<em>Demon&#39;s Souls 2&nbsp;</em>(or its spiritual successor) &ndash; and a PS4 exclusive? We&#39;re hoping to hear more at Sony&#39;s conference.</p> <p>There&#39;s also talk of Sony finally revealing more info on&nbsp;<em>The Last Guardian</em>, which was originally intended for a PS3 release but went off the radar some time ago. Rumour has it it&#39;s been reworked for PS4, and will be announced as a Q4 2014 release.</p> <p>Guerilla Games, developer of the&nbsp;<em>Killzone</em>&nbsp;series, may have a new open-world RPG in the works for PS4. Tipsters claim it has a female protagonist and a huge world populated by &quot;robot dinos and other weird exotic creatures&quot;. If that&#39;s true, we&#39;re likely to be introduced to it at Sony&#39;s conference.</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/w0YvHBxv-3Y" 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"> Microsoft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xbox One maker is already playing catch-up to Sony this generation, and has been forced to revise its tactics&mdash;most recently announcing the impending relaunch of the system without a Kinect bundled in. Luckily, the publisher has some big-deal games on the horizon.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/halo-5-guardians-confirmed-autumn-2015/news">Halo 5: Guardians</a></em>&nbsp;is sure to be a huge focus, though it&rsquo;s still more than a year out. For this year, we&rsquo;ll surely see games like&nbsp;<em>Sunset Overdrive</em>&nbsp;from Insomniac Games, role-player&nbsp;<em>Fable Legends</em>, and transmedia action affair&nbsp;<em>Quantum Break</em>. And rumour has it that&nbsp;<em>Halo 2</em>&nbsp;will get an Anniversary Edition release this year to fill the gap left by&nbsp;<em>Halo 5</em>&rsquo;s delay, so don&rsquo;t be surprised if that pops up as well. In fact, we might find out exactly what the&nbsp;<em>Halo Master Chief Collection</em>&nbsp;is (possibly HD remakes of the first three or four&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&nbsp;games).</p> <p>Microsoft will probably want to spend a little time on its upcoming original video efforts, as well, but we&rsquo;ve seen when their pressers shift the focus away from games&mdash;it&rsquo;s never pretty (or interesting).</p> <p>Its conference will kick off at 12.30am Malaysia time on Monday 10 June. It&#39;ll be broadcast live on Xbox Live and Xbox.com.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/xbox-one-be-sold-without-kinect-june/news">The Xbox One will be sold without Kinect from June</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Halo 5: Guardians" alt="Halo 5: Guardians" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/halo5.jpg?1402797959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Nintendo </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 the second year running, Nintendo has opted to forgo a large press conference at E3 and simply do a streaming video presentation (scheduled for Tuesday 10th June at 5pm UK time and broadcast on a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.e3.nintendo.com/">dedicated E3 site</a>). The Wii U is tanking, and there&rsquo;s little announced on the horizon that&rsquo;s both exclusive and intriguing&mdash;basically&nbsp;<em>Super Smash Bros</em>. for Wii U,&nbsp;<em>Bayonetta 2</em>, and the company&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-tech-giants-advocate-net-neutrality-nintendo-makes-its-own-skylanders-and-izitr">NFC Figurine system</a>.</p> <p>So if Nintendo hopes to have a shot at salvaging the console, it needs a hearty showing that spans both innovative new experiences and fan-favorite returns. The&nbsp;<em>Legend of Zelda</em>&nbsp;seems certain to spawn a totally new Wii U entry, and maybe we&rsquo;ll even see&nbsp;<em>Metroid</em>. Perhaps another&nbsp;<em>Mario</em>&mdash;<em>Galaxy 3</em>? Why not?</p> <p><strong>Update 06/06/14:</strong>&nbsp;Nintendo has mentioned that Shigeru Miyamoto, legendary creator of the&nbsp;<em>Mario</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Zelda</em>&nbsp;series, is working on a brand new franchise. Fingers and toes crossed he makes an appearance in the video presentation to reveal exactly what it is.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/3ds/nintendo-s-financial-report-shows-wii-u-problem-isn-t-getting-better/news">Nintendo&#39;s financial report shows Wii U problem isn&#39;t getting better</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="Super Smash Bros. for Wii U" alt="Super Smash Bros. for Wii U" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smashbroswiiu.jpg?1402797959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Ubisoft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Third-party powerhouse Ubisoft has already announced plans to show off Far Cry 4 for the first time at its E3 press conference, and it&rsquo;ll be flanked by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/new-assassin-s-creed-game-leaked-and-it-s-called-unity/news">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</a>, the French Revolution-set new-gen and PC entry.</p> <p>Rumors of a separate Assassin&rsquo;s Creed game for last-gen consoles could produce an interesting E3 result, otherwise we&rsquo;ll no doubt see open-world racer The Crew and the recently delayed Tom Clancy&rsquo;s The Division, which is now set to launch in 2015.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ubisoft/far-cry-4-scales-himalayas-and-drops-november/news">Far Cry 4 scales the Himalayas and drops this November</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="Far Cry 4" alt="Far Cry 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/farcry4.jpg?1402797958" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Electronic Arts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>EA reportedly plans to show six new projects at E3, which could include anything from a new Battlefield to Visceral Games&rsquo;&nbsp;<em>Star Wars</em>&nbsp;title. We already know that&nbsp;<em>Star Wars Battlefront</em>&nbsp;(a separate project) from DICE will appear at E3, along with a new PGA Tour golf game&mdash;the first without Tiger Woods in the title.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll surely see&nbsp;<em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Sims 4</em>,&nbsp;<em>EA Sports UFC</em>,&nbsp;<em>Madden NFL 15</em>, and likely&nbsp;<em>FIFA 15&nbsp;</em>in the mix, but those wild cards are still intriguing. Might we get our first glimpse at the new&nbsp;<em>Mass Effect</em>, as well?</p> <p>The publisher&#39;s press conference, which will take place on Monday 9th June at 8pm UK time, will be broadcast live via ea.com.</p> <p><strong>Update 06/06/14:</strong>&nbsp;A few days ahead of E3, EA has announced&nbsp;<em>Battlefield Hardline</em>, a cops &#39;n&#39; robbers spin-off from the regular&nbsp;<em>Battlefield</em>&nbsp;series &ndash; and a full game in its own right. It&#39;s being developed by Visceral and will be released in October 2014. We&#39;re sure to see more of it at E3. EA has also confirmed that it&#39;ll be releasing the first trailer for&nbsp;<em>FIFA 15</em>&nbsp;on the day of its press conference.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/electronic-arts/fully-charged-google-maps-big-mobile-update-oculus-rift-multiplayer-aspirations-and-">Fully Charged: Google Maps&#39; massive mobile update, Oculus Rift&#39;s billion-player aspirations, and Star Wars Battlefront is coming soon</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/M56_O7a_aKQ" 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"> What Else? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Activision plans to have Bungie&rsquo;s anticipated shooter&nbsp;<em>Destiny</em>&nbsp;on the show floor, and will also be showing&nbsp;<em>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Skylanders Trap Team</em>.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re also really interested to see if perhaps Oculus will shed some light on recent developments, as well as when we might expect its Rift headset to leave developer beta and become widely available.</p> <p>Otherwise, we expect lots of little bits of info to pop up in the weeks before the show starts, so check back as we sort that out and let you know what you&rsquo;ll be playing soon down the line.</p> <p><strong>Update 06/06/14:</strong>&nbsp;If you were wondering which games from publishers we haven&#39;t already covered will be playable at E3 2014, here are some of the highlights:&nbsp;<em>Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel</em>;&nbsp;<em>Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate</em>;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/homefront-revolution-announced/feature"><em>Homefront: The Revolution</em></a>;&nbsp;<em>Pro Evolution Soccer 15</em>;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kiefer-sutherland-right-choice-snake-metal-gear-solid-5/news"><em>Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain</em></a>;&nbsp;<em>The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt</em>;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-3/alien-isolation/review"><em>Alien: Isolation</em></a>;&nbsp;<em>Sonic Boom</em>;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/company-heroes-2/review"><em>Company of Heroes 2&nbsp;</em></a>(the console version);&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/mortal-kombat-x-out-2015-platforms-old-and-new/news"><em>Mortal Kombat X</em></a>; and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review"><em>Batman: Arkham Knight</em></a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/voice/e3-2014/forget-voice-commands-real-conversations-game-characters-coming-e3-2014/news">Forget voice commands &ndash; real conversations with in-game characters are coming to E3 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="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/callofdutyaw.jpg?1402797958" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Get ready for E3 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;ve gathered the big gaming news right here </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/e3-2014_0.jpg?1402797959" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature#comments Console games E3 2014 Electronic Arts Microsoft Nintendo Oculus Sony Ubisoft Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:47:44 +0000 Elissa Loi 1437353 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on with FIFA 14 for Xbox One: the next-gen Ignite engine catches fire http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/hands-fifa-14-xbox-one-next-gen-ignite-engine-catches-fire/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We spend an afternoon in the company of FIFA’s next-gen debut to find out how much difference a whole new console makes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14" alt="FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fifa-14-xbox-one-04.jpg?1382576786" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Football clubs don’t like change.</p> <p>Just look at Manchester United. After 20 seasons of regular silverware Manchester’s red side is struggling to cope with life after Fergie. In their desire to take their quest for realism above and beyond the call of duty, historically football games have suffered in a similar way.&nbsp;</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="/my/users/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</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"> Ignite: Setting FIFA alight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After three hours with a nearly finished build of FIFA 14 for Xbox One, it’s clear that EA has coped with upheaval much better than Man Utd has under David Moyes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Most notable is the impact of the Ignite game engine, which will only feature in the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game. It’s substantially changed the way players move, with a seemingly endless collection of new animations that are more context specific and enhance the sense of realism already instilled throughout the current-gen version of the game. Players roll the ball short distances with their studs, use their chests to lay it off, or lean back to sweep long, diagonal passes across the field, balancing themselves with an outstretched arm.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14" alt="FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa-14-xbox-one-06.jpg?1382576786" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Let&#039;s get physical </div> </div> </div> <div class="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’s not just passing that the new moves cover. You’ll notice new ways of shooting, heading, crossing and controlling the ball, with the sense of physicality further enhanced thanks to the increase in processing power offered by the new consoles.</p> <p>In previous games only two players at once would ever challenge for an aerial ball but with four times as many calculations going through the physics engine, next-gen versions of FIFA 14 see whole groups of players all going up for the same cross or corner, making tussles in the penalty box increasingly fraught and lifelike. It means strength, anticipation and timing will be more important than ever (and hopefully cut down on those headed goals from corners that never feel like your fault).&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14" alt="FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa-14-xbox-one-05.jpg?1382576786" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Stadiums rock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>FIFA is never going to be the most graphically challenging game for a console to deal with; there are no landscapes stretching off to the horizon (even the Nou Camp’s not that big) or particularly complex lighting effects to deal with. That’s not to say FIFA 14 doesn’t look great – player likenesses and crowds in particular have taken a leap forward – but what it will test is lifelike movement, realistic collision detection and accurate physics, all of which feel very much enhanced in this version of the game. It’s the kind of stuff that could be dismissed as window dressing, but for a game that strives to replicate what you see on the pitch every Saturday and give you more tools to do so, it makes a real difference to the feel of the game.</p> <p>This jump in detail also extends to the crowd, with home and away ends now distinctly separate, rather than the whole stadium being a big, mass of bodies. EA has also lowered the in-game camera to enhance the feeling of being inside the ground. We can’t say we really noticed but it didn’t affect our on-pitch performance, which is the main thing.</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="FIFA 14" alt="FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa-14-xbox-one-01.jpg?1382576786" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Match Flow </div> </div> </div> <div class="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’ll also now see replays for more than just chances and fouls. Make an important tackle or pull off a neat trick to beat your man and the game’s virtual TV director will highlight it once the ball goes dead. &nbsp;As with all replays in FIFA they’re skippable but in our time playing it never felt like they were too frequent or annoying. The goalkeepers could still do with being a bit less like tin soldiers – using the post to knock mud off their boots before a goal kick, for example, or shouting at their teammates to get higher up the pitch – but that’s hardly a game changer.&nbsp;</p> <p>Something that could potentially affect the game is what EA calls Match Flow. Essentially it means the game doesn’t ‘cut’ when the ball goes out of play. If the defending team isn’t paying attention at a throw-in, for example, and the players fail to organise themselves it’s possible to catch them unawares and hit them on the break. It’s a counter-attacking tactic that’s only ever been sporadically available in previous games but should now come into play far more frequently.</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="FIFA 14" alt="FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa-14-xbox-one-02.jpg?1382576786" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Initial 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>Arguably the best thing about next-gen FIFA 14 is that it feels like current-gen FIFA 14. There’s no adjustment to the learning curve or new skills to master, it’s the same game enhanced with an added layer of accuracy and detail. For some that might not be enough but if you’ve been holding off buying the 360 or PS3 version in anticipation of FIFA’s next-gen debut, you won’t be disappointed.</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="FIFA 14" alt="FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa-14-xbox-one-03.jpg?1382576786" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/my/electronic-arts/hands-fifa-14-xbox-one-next-gen-ignite-engine-catches-fire/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/hands-fifa-14-xbox-one-next-gen-ignite-engine-catches-fire/feature#comments Console games Electronic Arts FIFA 14 Xbox One Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:48:06 +0000 Elissa Loi 1428300 at http://www.stuff.tv