Mac OSX http://www.stuff.tv/my/mac-osx/all en-MY The 15 best Mac games right now http://www.stuff.tv/my/15-best-mac-games-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Think your iMac&#039;s only good for GarageBand and iPhoto? Then think again - because inside that aluminium shell lurks a potential gaming monster </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="BioShock Infinite: an AAA title... and it&#039;s available on Mac" alt="The 15 best Mac games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bioshock-infinite-review-main-image_0.jpg?1407400023" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&#39;s something you might have missed: the Mac is a great gaming platform now. No, really!</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/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. BioShock Infinite </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ve never seen a gaming world quite like Columbia. The floating city is a stunning but cruel place filled with warring factions - and you&#39;re the private detective sent into the mayhem to rescue a woman with a supernatural secret.</p> <p>Like the original <em>BioShock</em>, the heady narrative, super-powered combat, tremendous world design and period detail - the whole thing is set in 1912 - combine to create an unforgettable shooter.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/8870/" target="_blank">Buy BioShock Infinite here for US$29.99 (RM95)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-3/bioshock-infinite/review">BioShock Infinite full 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/uB9yYfKq4ZA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Castle Crashers </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 side-scrolling slash-&#39;em-up nearly perfected - and made absolutely loony. <em>Castle Crashers</em> is a cartoonish wonder, letting up to four players each command a colour-coded knight and charge into battle against an array of crazed monsters. </p> <p>It&#39;s not an especially long or complex game, but the co-op experience is hilarious fun, and it can be played again and again with wide grins intact. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/204360/" target="_blank">Buy Castle Crashers here for US$14.99 (RM48)</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/voQNKaG5gn8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Tomb Raider </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Canning the swaggering sexpot routine that grew so tiresome, the new <em>Tomb Raider</em> starts afresh with an <em>Uncharted</em>-like reboot that&#39;s visually dazzling, incredibly intense, and has more of a story hook than we&#39;re used to from the series.</p> <p>You&#39;ll experience Lara transforming from a frightened young explorer into a confident killer when the need arises, and there&#39;s plenty to investigate and tackle. A welcome reinvention.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/203160/" target="_blank">Buy Tomb Raider here for US$19.99 (RM63)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tomb-raider/review">Tomb Raider full 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/j0EFEIwGaPI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Portal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Several years and a much larger sequel later, the original <em>Portal</em> still stands as an utterly brilliant shake-up of the puzzle genre as viewed through a demented, first-person lens.</p> <p>Trapped in an experimental facility on the fritz, you must solve physics-centric tests to break free - all while the chatty computer system drops memorable quips. It&#39;s short, sweet, and one of the greatest games you&#39;ll ever play.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/400/" target="_blank">Buy Portal here for US$9.99 (RM32)</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/TluRVBhmf8w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Batman: Arkham City </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After loads of bad Bats games, <em>Arkham Asylum</em> finally did the Caped Crusader justice - and then <em>Arkham City</em> soared past it a couple years later.</p> <p><em>Arkham City</em> is the ultimate superhero simulator, letting you explore (and glide through) the open terrain and battle a who&#39;s who of iconic villains. Greatest comic game of all time? For now, at least - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review"><em>Arkham Knight</em></a> is just around the corner.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/200260/" target="_blank">Buy Arkham City here for US$19.99 (RM63)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/batman-arkham-city/review">Batman Arkham City full review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cczQjKGXwIQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Limbo </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 side-scrolling, environmental puzzle-&#39;em-up, Limbo is mesmerising to look at and shot through with tension.&nbsp;With clever use of shadows and a moody soundscape, it&nbsp;builds atmosphere as well as any game out there.</p> <p>You&#39;re provided no context for who the young boy is or why he&#39;s in this hazard-filled setting, but you&#39;ll still feel compelled to push forward through the gripping, compact adventure.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/48000/" target="_blank">Buy Limbo here for US$9.99 (RM32)</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/Y4HSyVXKYz8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. XCOM: Enemy Unknown </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Brought back from the dead in glorious fashion, the <em>XCOM</em> franchise is arguably better than ever in the excellent <em>Enemy Unknown</em>. Blasting aliens in games is old hat, but Firaxis uses the premise to spin out an impressively extensive and challenging tactical campaign, and losing a comrade after a series of tough battles really stings - just as it should. The <em>Enemy Within</em> expansion adds further treats and is well worth trying.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/200510/" target="_blank">Buy XCOM: Enemy Unknown here for US$29.99 (RM95)</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/oz5ePZTXLOI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Gone Home </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Gone Home</em> is the rare first-person experience without guns or combat, and it&#39;s all the better for it.</p> <p>You take the role of a young girl visiting her parents&#39; new home for the first time after a lengthy spell away - only they&#39;re not there. What happened? Examining the contents of the mansion and piecing together the story is the only way to find out. It might sound boring, but instead it&#39;s affecting and fascinating.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/232430/" target="_blank">Buy Gone Home here for US$19.99 (RM63)</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/x5KJzLsyfBI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. The Walking Dead </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another licensed game? Believe it: Telltale Games&#39; point-and-click take on the smash comic series is a marvellous thing, generating incredible, gut-punching emotion as it pulls you through the undead uprising.</p> <p>Every decision you make, whether it&#39;s an action or a response, alters the path of your story, and it all carries across the five-episode season - and then into season two, complete with its big shake-up.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/207610/" target="_blank">Buy The Walking Dead here for US$24.99 (RM79)</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/ugsKLovWZt8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Fez </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 mind-punch of a retro homage anchored <em>Indie Game: The Movie</em> and nearly drove its creator crazy - and its more perplexing puzzles might do the same to you.</p> <p>Fortunately, it&#39;s the kind of frustration made more than bearable by the brilliant platforming tweaks (you can &#39;rotate&#39; the 2D world) and utterly charming presentation, not to mention the treasure trove of alluring secrets buried within.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/224760/" target="_blank">Buy Fez here for US$9.99 (RM32)</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny beta review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tfpKTclOnfI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Half-Life 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Half-Life 2</em> is probably the only decade-old first-person shooter that we would put on this list in a heartbeat (to be fair, it&#39;s only been on Mac since 2010).</p> <p>It excels in all possible regards, whether it&#39;s the taut action against frantic alien beasts, the ambience of the world, or the enticing storyline with its very human-seeming characters. Play it - and don&#39;t miss the standalone follow-up episodes.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/220/" target="_blank">Buy Half-Life 2 here for US$9.99 (RM32)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/25-best-fps-games-ever/news">The 30 best FPS games ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ID1dWN3n7q4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12. FTL: Faster Than Light </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you like your games unpredictable and simultaneously tough as nails, then <em>FTL: Faster Than Light</em> might be just what you&#39;re seeking.</p> <p>You&#39;ll guide your ship through a randomised galaxy and engage the various threats that emerge, working to keep your vessel intact all the while. The challenge will scare some off, but those who embrace it will fall hard for this engrossing sci-fi strategy experience.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/212680/" target="_blank">Buy FTL: Faster Than Light here for US$9.99 (RM32)</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/Q4imWvoqxmc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13. Minecraft </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Minecraft</em> has transformed from an indie game into an institution - 50+ million copies sold will do that, after all. But behind that madness is still (surprise!) a really entertaining little game.</p> <p>With worlds built from nothing more than pixelated blocks, <em>Minecraft</em> creates a real sense of wonder as you explore the terrain, discover its myriad secrets, and concoct all manner of LEGO-like structures.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://minecraft.net/store" target="_blank">Buy Minecraft here for US$26.95 (RM86)</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/oTxrGZGfNJs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 14. Sid Meier&#039;s Civilization V </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 game series that lets you redo the past is arguably one of history&#39;s greatest time sinks, and <em>Civilization V</em> is the culmination of everything that&#39;s enthralling about the strategy series.</p> <p>Streamlined and more accessible than ever while maintaining its complexity and richness, <em>Civ V</em> grants great power as you lead your people to prosperity (or poverty), and proves seriously satisfying as such.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/8930/" target="_blank">Buy Civilization V here for US$29.99 (RM95)</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/6z5WbNMRe_g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 15. Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There were many more big-name AAA titles we could&#39;ve selected to round out this list, and still we kept circling back to <em>Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders</em>. Why? It might be the most fun you can have on Mac for three quid, as this slick dogfighter is excellent both in its online aerial showdowns and its thrilling campaign missions based on World War II. Either way, it&#39;s a total blast, and super cheap too.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/sky-gamblers-storm-raiders/id575497998?mt=12" target="_blank">Buy Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders here for US$4.99 (RM16)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature">The 25 best iPhone and iPad games in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8jexQTLEN0I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 15 Mac games worth your time </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"> Think your iMac&#039;s only good for GarageBand and iPhoto? Then think again </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/bioshock-infinite-review-main-image_0.jpg?1407400023" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/15-best-mac-games-right-now/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/15-best-mac-games-right-now/feature#comments Apple Gaming Lists Mac OSX Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1443413 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple MacBook Air 11in (2014) http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-air-11in-2014/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s new MacBook Air 11in is the company&#039;s cheapest laptop ever – but has it cut corners as well as the price tag? </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="That&#039;s one sexy little laptop" alt="Apple MacBook Air 11 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-macbook-air-11-2014-review-01.jpg?1404121727" /> </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/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to buy a MacBook Air without breaking the bank? Meet the new 11in model.</p> <p>While not exactly cheap, the 2014 version of Apple&#39;s ultra-thin 11-incher is by some way its most affordable laptop ever.&nbsp;</p> <p>With a RM2899 price tag for the entry-level version, it&#39;s almost RM300&nbsp;cheaper than the 2013 model - good news in these belt-tightened times.</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"> RM2,899.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So small and light it&#039;s barely there </div> <div class="field-item even"> Reasonably priced </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Great performance </div> <div class="field-item even"> Loads of free software </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disappointing screen </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not so Big Mac </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 its 11.6in screen, the MacBook Air 11 is also Apple&#39;s titchiest laptop offering. It&#39;s a good ultraportable size which is just made for slinging in a capacious handbag or manbag, and at little more than a kilogram in weight, you&#39;ll barely even know it&#39;s there.</p> <p>Open it up and the backlit keyboard and glass-topped trackpad are exactly the same size as those in the MacBook Air 13, and it doesn&#39;t feel cramped at all. It&#39;s got to be the most usable laptop in this form factor.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">Everything you need to know about OS X Yosemite, Apple&#39;s forthcoming new OS for MacBooks and iMacs</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="The keyboard is a decent size" alt="Apple MacBook Air 11 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-air-11-2014-review-04.jpg?1404121727" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Em-bezel-ment </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 the keyboard and trackpad may be a nice size, the bezels aren&#39;t. They&#39;re just too big when compared to the size of the display; frankly, the screen looks a bit lost in the middel of them. But it&#39;s the display itself which is the biggest disappointment. </p> <p>Its resolution is a mere 1366 x 768 pixels with a pixel density of just 135ppi. There are 11in Ultrabooks out there that leave it in the dust on this front. The Dell XPS 11, for instance, fits in a 2560 x 1440 display with a pixel density of 253ppi.</p> <p>It actually has a higher pixels-per-inch count than the Air 13&#39;s 1440 x 900 display, but it somehow looks worse - possibly because the smaller display means you have to get closer to the screen to see what&#39;s going on. Nor is resolution its only flaw - viewing angles are also less than superb and colours are slightly muted.</p> <p>It&#39;s not completely hideous and we have definitely seen worse screens, but this is clearly one area where Apple&#39;s compromised in order to keep the price down.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-13in-2013/review">Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina Display 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="Who you calling big bezelled?" alt="Apple MacBook Air 11 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-air-11-2014-review-05.jpg?1404121727" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Port-able </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Aside from the lack of an SDXC card reader, the ports on the MacBook Air 11 are identical to those found on the MacBook Air 13. That means you get two USB3.0 ports, a MagSafe 2 power connector, a headphone socket and dual noise-cancelling microphones. There&#39;s also a Thunderbolt connector, which can be used with an adapter to link up an external monitor. </p> <p>Pretty much everything you need is here, then, especially given that most people now move files around via the cloud. And if you do need more,&nbsp;you can always buy a cheap USB hub.</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="You get just enough ports for comfort" alt="Apple MacBook Air 11 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-air-11-2014-review-03_0.jpg?1404121727" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating system:</strong>&nbsp;OS X Mavericks</p> <p><strong>Screen:</strong> 11.6in LCD with 1366 x 768 resolution</p> <p><strong>CPU:</strong> 1.4GHz Intel Core i5</p> <p><strong>GPU:</strong>&nbsp;Intel HD Graphics 5000</p> <p><strong>RAM:</strong>&nbsp;4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3</p> <p><strong>Storage:</strong>&nbsp;128GB PCIe</p> <p><strong>Optical drive:</strong>&nbsp;none</p> <p><strong>Connectivity:</strong> 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 (x2), Thunderbolt</p> <p><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 300 x 192 x 3-17mm</p> <p><strong>Weight:</strong>&nbsp;1.08kg</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Intel Inside </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The inner workings of both the Air 11 and 13 are identical, with both running Intel&#39;s latest Core i5 processors backed up with 4GB of memory, and a 128GB solid state flash hard drive. </p> <p>The chip, memory and storage are all configurable, so you can add a Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory and a 512GB drive for up to RM1870 more from the 256GB model, but our minimally specced sample is perfect for day-to-day tasks, and it boots up and loads programs snappily. </p> <p>Intel&#39;s HD 5000 graphics chip is the only component which isn&#39;t upgradeable, but it&#39;s adequate for watching HD movies and some really light gaming. An Ultrabook with similar components will cost you a bit more, so Apple deserves kudos for filling the MacBook Air 11 with Intel&#39;s latest and greatest at this price point.&nbsp;</p> <p>As far as battery life goes, it&#39;s a similar story.&nbsp;Thanks to the MacBook Air 11&#39;s smaller size, the battery capacity is shrunk to 38-watt-hours, which we found matched Apple&#39;s estimate of nine hours&#39; usage.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s not quite up there with the Air 13&#39;s amazing 12 hours, but it&#39;s still a really good result and better than most Ultrabooks.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review">Apple MacBook Air 13 (2014) 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="The new 11in Air has plenty of power for most tasks" alt="Apple MacBook Air 11 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-air-11-2014-review-06.jpg?1404121727" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Versus Chromebook </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 elephant in the room, and the reason we suspect Apple has dropped its price, is Google&#39;s Chromebook. To the untrained eye of a Windows user it may seem as if the MacBook and Chromebook are similarly limited compared to computers running Microsoft&#39;s operating system. However, while a Chromebook is about a third of the price of a MacBook, it also offers a lot less. </p> <p>With a MacBook you&#39;re getting a whole ecosystem of apps, including iMovie and GarageBand, for nowt - with the ability to run Photoshop and Microsoft Word on top. A Chromebook can be a bit of a false economy once you realise how little they can do.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer-c720-chromebook/review">Acer C720 Chromebook review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Apple MacBook Air 11in (2014) - 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>Even Apple&#39;s cheapest laptop is head and shoulders above most of its competitors, and in terms of build, battery life and usability the MacBook Air 11 is an all-round winner. </p> <p>It&#39;s also that most unusual of items: an Apple product which represents good value for money. That screen is really starting to show its age, though, so fingers crossed that Apple brings out an Air with Retina Display soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/macbook-air-retina-display/review">Apple MacBook Air with Retina Display - 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="A MacBook Air for £750? Sign us up!" alt="Apple MacBook Air 11 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-air-11-2014-review-08.jpg?1404121727" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A well-specced and beautifully built machine which is now cheaper than ever &ndash; but that screen definitely needs upgrading</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-air-11in-2014/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-air-11in-2014/review#comments Apple Laptops Mac OSX MacBook Air 11in (2014) Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1440483 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple MacBook Air 13in (2014) http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our favourite laptop of all time receives quite possibly the smallest upgrade of all time - and it&#039;s still brilliant </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="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" alt="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/MacBook-Air-13-2014-1.jpg?1406832468" /> </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/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Once Apple hits on something good it becomes rather reluctant to change.</p> <p>Other laptop manufacturers scrabble around to find something, <em>anything</em> that will differentiate its portable computer offering from the crowd, but Apple seems content to simply keep things ticking over.</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"> RM3,199.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM3199 as tested </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Even better battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> Slightly faster processor </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Still entirely beautiful to look at and use </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not a Retina display </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not a games machine </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Identikit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Absolutely nothing has changed in terms of the aesthetics - this looks identical to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">2013&#39;s MacBook Air</a>, and that&rsquo;s no bad thing. It&rsquo;s still formed from the same brushed aluminium as before, and it&#39;s an oft-copied but never-bettered design.</p> <p>Everything about it feels like it&#39;s been engineered to utter perfection, from the slight resistance of the hinge to the starlit sparkle of the keyboard backlighting and the just-right weight. It&rsquo;s barely changed in the five years since its original release. Other laptops have come and gone, but it&#39;s telling that Apple has changed so little and yet still made something that feels uniquely contemporary and modern.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/so-why-does-apple-want-buy-beats/feature" target="_blank">So why does Apple want to buy Beats?</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="2300" height="900" title="The MacBook Air in both 13in and 11in variants" alt="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook-Air-11-13-2014-8_0.jpg?1406832468" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The keyboard remains the same - and is still fantastic" alt="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook-Air-13-2014-11_0.jpg?1406832468" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> (Slightly) More Power! </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 biggest change within the MacBook&#39;s svelte body is a processor upgrade, which switches the 2013 edition&#39;s 1.3GHz Core i5 processor for a newer 1.4GHz model.</p> <p>Correct; that means the upgrade here amounts to a tenth of a gigahertz and, like having an extra gear on your bicycle, you probably won&#39;t even notice it&#39;s there in everyday use. As expected there is a slight increase in synthetic benchmarks &ndash; in fact, it brings the Air in line with Apple&#39;s more businesslike <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">MacBook Pro Retina</a>.</p> <p><strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">Apple MacBook Pro Retina 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="The ports remain the same but there&#039;s a little more power on the inside" alt="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook-Air-13-2014-6_0.jpg?1406832468" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple MacBook Air 13in (2014) tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All specs for model tested. For full pricing and customisation options check out the <a href="http://store.apple.com/my/buy-mac/macbook-air" target="_blank">MacBook Air configurator here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> -&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/os-x-mavericks-109/review" target="_blank">OS X Mavericks</a></p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 13.3in LCD with 1440 x 900 resolution</p> <p><strong>CPU</strong> -&nbsp;1.4GHz Intel Core i5</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> -&nbsp;Intel HD Graphics 5000</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> -&nbsp;4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> -&nbsp;128GB PCIe</p> <p><strong>Optical drive</strong> - none</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 (x2), Thunderbolt, SDXC</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 325 x 227 3-17mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> -&nbsp;1.35kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple Source </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Games for Apple OS X are still pretty thin on the ground, although you can run Source games such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/portal-2/review" target="_blank"><em>Portal 2</em></a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/electronic-arts-left-4-dead-xbox-360/review" target="_blank"><em>Left 4 Dead</em></a> in medium settings. More intensive titles, such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ps3/batman-arkham-origins/review" target="_blank"><em>Batman: Arkham Origins</em></a>, require the graphics to be so dialed down that the jaggies can be painful.</p> <p>If you are keen to game on a MacBook Air you should take a look at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/steam-home-streaming/review" target="_blank">Steam&#39;s In-Home Streaming (reviewed here)</a>, which means you can play any Steam games on your MacBook (or almost any other computer). The downside is the you need a decent Windows PC to act as the host. The good news is that you can tuck this out of sight so you never have to witness the brutal ugliness of a desktop PC, and you can instead concentrate on the gorgeous looks of your MacBook Air.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/steam-home-streaming/review" target="_blank">Steam In-Home Streaming Review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="It&#039;s not a games machine by design, but Steam In-Home Streaming can help it become one" alt="Steam-In-Home-Streaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-in-home-streaming-006_0.png?1406832468" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Upgrade options </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 review sample is the base model, which comes with a Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory and a 128GB PCI-e solid state drive, but it can be configured with a Core i7 processor (+RM510) and 8GB of memory (+RM340).</p> <p>We didn&#39;t actually have any issues with lag on our sample, but if you&#39;re going to be regularly Photoshopping or video editing the extra processor power and memory will be worth stretching to.</p> <p>Since becoming masters of NAS devices and the cloud we&rsquo;re less worried about larger laptop drives, but if you&rsquo;re keen to go bigger there&rsquo;s a 256GB version of the base MacBook Air. It starts at RM3799 and can be upgraded to 512GB of storage for an extra RM1020. Ouch.</p> <p>At the other end of the spectrum is the dinky 11in MacBook Air. We&#39;ll have a full review of the 2014 version of that up very soon.</p> <p>For full prices and options check out <a href="http://store.apple.com/my/buy-mac/macbook-air" target="_blank">Apple&rsquo;s MacBook Air shop here</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="1800" height="900" title="Options include more memory, a faster processor and bigger storage" alt="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook-Air-11-13-2014-7.jpg?1406832468" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Battery Life </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 we tested the 2013 MacBook Air 13 we were convinced Apple had struck a deal with the forces of darkness to muster a whopping 11 hours of activity between charges. In the year or so since Apple must have contacted someone even more powerful because battery life is yet more impressive to the tune of about an extra hour.</p> <p>It&#39;s the best performance we&#39;ve seen from a modern laptop, and Intel&#39;s Ultrabooks don&#39;t even come close &ndash; many claim all-day battery life, but the MacBook Air is the only one we&rsquo;ve tested that actually delivers it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-zenbook-ux302/review" target="_blank">Asus ZenBook UX302 Ultrabook Review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Lovely (but not Retina) screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 13-inch display only runs at 1440 x 900 pixels, which is an odd middle-ground between 720p and 1080p HD. It has great viewing angles, spiffing colour reproduction and room-filling brightness, but it could be better, especially given the glorious full HD screen Asus has packed into its similarly-sized Zenbook U302.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s looking increasingly likely that a MacBook Air with Retina Display will be announced later this year, but we&rsquo;d expect that to cost a good deal more than this standard version.</p> <p><strong>Tempted to wait? <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/macbook-air-retina-display/review" target="_blank">Here&rsquo;s everything we know about the Apple MacBook Air with Retina Display</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="600" height="450" title="Will a Retina Air arrive this year? We think so" alt="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/macbook-air-retina-1.jpg?1406832468" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 Price is 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>We&#39;ve seen Apple&#39;s pricing become more and more competitive of late, and with the arrival of this 2014 edition of the MacBook Air the price has dropped by RM100, bringing it down to RM3199.</p> <p>Bearing in mind that most Windows 8 Ultrabooks are over the RM4000 mark and offer little in the way of extra performance it&#39;s extremely competitive. Google Chromebooks sit at the other end of the scale, but they serve a more stripped-back purpose and we&#39;re yet to use one that doesn&#39;t feel cheap.</p> <p>One potential rival on the horizon is the newly announced <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-unveils-thinner-lighter-faster-bigger-surface-pro-3/news" target="_blank">Microsoft Surface Pro 3</a>, but even a similarly specced one of those will&nbsp;set you back slightly more for the keyboard.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-weigh/feature" target="_blank">Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air: the weigh-in</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="The 2014 edition of the Air brings with it a £100 price cut" alt="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook-Air-13-2014-10.jpg?1406832468" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Apple MacBook Air 13 (2014) 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>We were sort of expecting the new MacBook to be a letdown, after all very little has changed other than the price tag and the processor speed.</p> <p>Instead we&rsquo;ve fallen in love with it all over again &ndash; it&rsquo;s simply the best laptop we&rsquo;ve ever seen. Admittedly the resolution is a bit old-hat, but right now we&rsquo;d still rather have the extravagant battery life. Only time will tell if we&rsquo;ll change our mind when the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/macbook-air-retina-display/review" target="_blank">Retina version</a> arrives&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Laptops in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 verdict" alt="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook-Air-13-2014-3.jpg?1406832468" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple barely changes a thing but the MacBook Air remains the best laptop available</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review#comments Apple Laptops Mac OSX MacBook Air 13in 2014 Fri, 23 May 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1437747 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple goes into an update frenzy with OS X, iTunes and Podcasts http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-gets-update-happy-os-x-itunes-and-podcast/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New features include syncing calendars between iOS and OS X via USB and better 4K display tweaks </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="Apple goes into an update frenzy with OS X, iTunes and Podcasts" alt="Apple goes into an update frenzy with OS X, iTunes and Podcasts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/os%20x%20mavericks.jpg?1400256157" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fire up your Macs and iTunes as Apple is doing a whole bunch of updates for its products.</p> <p>Besides the usual OS X tweaks and security updates, iOS will also see some changes to the Podcasts app as well as the latest version of iTunes Connect.</p> <p>From the patch notes, OS X has useful updates for both home and business users. Late 2013 Mac Pro and Retina 15in MacBook Pro users will have better 4k display support, the better to appreciate their shiny screens with.</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/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> Little fixes, minor tweaks </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 enterprise OS X users (yes, they exist), there are fixes to VPN connections with the IPsec protocol, Font Book bugs involving PostScript Type 1 fonts, improving the reliability of working with SMB file servers and network home directories, configuration profiles and better login speed for users in Active Directory groups.</p> <p>iTunes is now at version 11.2 with the most significant change being to its podcast support. You can now use the new Feed tab to browse episodes and find episodes you haven&#39;t listened to more easily with the fixed Unplayed tab.</p> <p>Siri now offers podcast support so you can ask Siri to play podcast episodes. You can also save favourite episodes or choose to automatically delete episodes after playback to save space on your drive. There&#39;s also the usual security tweaks and just a note, you don&#39;t need OS X 10.9.3 to install the latest version of iTunes.</p> <p>Developer tool <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id376771144?mt=8" target="_blank">iTunes Connect </a>also gets an update, allowing developers to keep a better eye on how their apps are doing on the App store. The update gets a nice design refresh and allows developers to access not just apps but music, movies and TV shows they released via the store. It&#39;s available for free too.</p> <p>You can either update via the Mac App Store, or via Apple&rsquo;s <a href="http://support.apple.com/downloads/" target="_blank">support</a> site.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/2014/apple-releases-updates-os-x-itunes/" target="_blank">Geekwire</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="Apple gets update-happy with OS X, iTunes and Podcasts" alt="Apple gets update-happy with OS X, iTunes and Podcasts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios%20podcast.jpg?1400256157" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/apple/apple-gets-update-happy-os-x-itunes-and-podcast/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-gets-update-happy-os-x-itunes-and-podcast/news#comments Apple iOS Mac OSX Fri, 16 May 2014 03:40:15 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1437287 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: major Mac OS X revamp to be unveiled next month http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/rumour-mac-os-x-set-huge-update-next-month/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> June’s WWDC event to see unveiling of OS X Syrah with “end-to-end” redesign, says report </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="Rumour: Mac OS X set for a huge update next month" alt="Rumour: Mac OS X set for a huge update next month" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wwdc-2014.jpg?1399093467" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has big plans for OS X, according to a new report &ndash; and we&rsquo;re going to learn much more about them at next month Worldwide Developers Conference.</p> <p>9to5Mac claims that WWDC will see the unveiling of a revamped Mac operating system, with the jump from the current OS X Mavericks to OS X Syrah (as it&rsquo;s reportedly codenamed) being similar to that of iOS 6 to iOS 7.</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"> A major overhaul </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 report calls it an &ldquo;end-to-end&rdquo; redesign, with some features inspired by iOS 7: similar toggle designs, sharper window corners, more white space, &ldquo;more defined icons across the system&rdquo;. However, it says that Apple isn&rsquo;t ready to ditch OS X staples like Finder, Mission Control and multi-window multitasking just yet, so OS X will remain distinct from its mobile counterpart.</p> <p>The codename &ldquo;Syrah&rdquo; comes from a Californian wine, by the way. The trend of nods towards Apple&rsquo;s home state began with OS X Mavericks, and will reportedly continue with new versions of the desktop OS for the foreseeable future: other terms for California landmarks like Diablo, Mammoth and Yosemite have been trademarked by the company, and it&rsquo;s possible that one of these could end up being the final name for Mac OS 10.10. All will doubtless be revealed at WWDC, which begins on 2nd June.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/05/01/os-x-10-10-focus-planned-for-wwdc-ios-8-features-pushed-to-ios-8-1-new-apple-tv-os-in-the-works/">9to5Mac</a>]</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-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/rumour-mac-os-x-set-huge-update-next-month/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/rumour-mac-os-x-set-huge-update-next-month/news#comments Apple Desktops Laptops Mac OSX Fri, 02 May 2014 09:27:58 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1436533 at http://www.stuff.tv Octodad: Dadliest Catch PS4 http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/octodad-dadliest-catch-ps4/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Think being a dad would be easier with eight limbs? Not so, proves the cephalopod craziness of Octodad: Dadliest Catch </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="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Octodad_review_1.jpg?1398769141" /> </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/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Doors. Doors aren&rsquo;t usually a problem. I&rsquo;ve been around long enough to have doors sussed. But in <em>Octodad: Dadliest Catch</em> doors are my number one enemy.</p> <p>Even when I manage to grab a doorknob, it&rsquo;s a challenge to get through the entrance without slamming it on myself and ending up a tangle of tentacles pinned to the floor by the door. Sigh. Such is life as Octodad, the unlikely hero of this slapstick indie game.</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"> RM49.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> converted from US$14.99 </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">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It will make you laugh </div> <div class="field-item even"> Octodad’s expressive burbles </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Makes supermarket shopping fun </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runs out of ideas fast </div> <div class="field-item even"> It’s over before you know it </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Feels overpriced </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cephalopod in disguise </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 there&rsquo;s a prize for the wackiest game concept of the year, <em>Octodad&rsquo;s</em> got to be a firm favourite.</p> <p>You&rsquo;re an octopus. In a suit. That would be odd in itself, but you&rsquo;ve also just got married and had kids with a human and no-one, especially not your wife, seems to have noticed that you are actually a salty sea mollusc.</p> <p>The challenge is to maintain the pretence by doing everyday tasks such as mowing the lawn or doing the shopping. Sounds easy, but when you&rsquo;re a hard-to-control octopus in a suit and tie, dexterity isn&rsquo;t on your side.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/11-weird-simulation-games-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/feature" target="_blank">The Best Weird Simulator Games Ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="Octodad&#039;s weird burbles are a particular audio treat" alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Octodad_review_2.jpg?1398769141" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="That&#039;s your wife and kids. No, we&#039;re not sure either" alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Octodad_review_8.jpg?1398769141" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Out of control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Octodad&rsquo;s wayward tentacles are where the game&rsquo;s magic is. The PS4&rsquo;s right stick controls Octodad&rsquo;s right arm, while the L2 and R2 shoulder buttons manage his legs and the left stick handles the direction of his movements (alternatively you can use the PS Camera).</p> <p>At first, it&rsquo;s chaos and you flail around like a wavy tube man in a hurricane. Once you get used to the controls, it&rsquo;s only mildly less chaotic as you career around bumping into precariously balanced household objects, jostle with doors and generally tumble around. It might be hard to control but that&rsquo;s the point and, together with Octodad&rsquo;s expressive eyes and burbles, it&rsquo;s a game that can be amusing even when all you&rsquo;re doing is trying to walk down a corridor.</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="Controlling Octodad is like controlling an octopus in a suit. Oh." alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Octodad_review_4.jpg?1398769141" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Killer chef </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 the flippy floppy movements are coupled with mundane tasks such as buying frozen pizza at the supermarket, <em>Octodad</em> is laugh-out-loud funny.</p> <p>The supermarket stage is a standout as you awkwardly scramble over stacks of boxes, slide around the aisles on banana skins and get trapped in freezer cabinets before trying to compose yourself lest the other shoppers stare at you for too long and see through your imperfect disguise.</p> <p>But chores are not the only challenge. There&rsquo;s also a mad chef who, rather ironically, knows that you are an octopus and now wants to turn you into calamari. He pops up at the end of each stage for often frustrating madcap chases or boss fights.</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="Supermarket shopping has never been so tricky" alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Octodad_review_5.jpg?1398769141" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Why doesn&#039;t the chef call child services?" alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Octodad_review_11.jpg?1398769141" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Calamari with friends </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 don&rsquo;t have to enjoy <em>Octodad</em> alone. <em>Dadliest Catch</em> has a four player co-op mode in which you and your friends can each take charge of a different tentacle with inevitably dire but amusing consequences.</p> <p>There&#39;s also a free play mode that lets you go back to the stages you&rsquo;ve already completed and mess around without any of the usual objectives to deal with. While free play is perfect for going back and finding the many easter eggs lurking in the game, the game feels directionless without a list of chores to get you into trouble.</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="Free play is a good way to find secrets" alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Octodad_review_9.jpg?1398769141" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Shallow waters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fun as <em>Octodad: Dadliest Catch</em> is, the novelty wears thin fast. The juxtaposition between the everyday and Octodad&rsquo;s haphazard stumbling is situation comedy gold, but the game trips itself up by dishing out bland sneak-past-enemies fare in its later stages.</p> <p>By the end the game feels more like a so-so platform game with annoying camera than the free-wheeling chaos promised at the start. It&rsquo;s short, too - two or three hours to complete each stage, and the easter eggs and free play mode aren&#39;t going to keep you coming back for much longer.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/app-week-hitman-go/review" target="_blank">App of the Week: Hitman GO</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="Air hockey&#039;s tough enough when I&#039;ve got full control of my faculties" alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Octodad_review_6.jpg?1398769141" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Octodad: Dadliest Catch verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Octodad: Dadliest Catch</em> is a great idea - but it&#39;s only half-realised.</p> <p>The gleeful fun of the early stages is let down by the game&rsquo;s less than inspired later stages and its brevity. And at US$14.99 (RM49) it&rsquo;s a hard game to wholly recommend - you will almost certainly enjoy it, but probably not for long enough for you to feel that you&#39;re getting your money&#39;s worth.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s a shame because in those early moments when it does fulfill its messy comedy potential <em>Octodad</em> is a charming game with a great lead character and plenty of joyful slapstick fun.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-and-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Octodad_review_10.jpg?1398769141" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Funny and charming as <em>Octodad: Dadliest Catch</em> is, its unfulfilled potential leaves it as a novelty game</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/octodad-dadliest-catch-ps4/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Linux Mac OSX PlayStation 4 Windows Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:50:58 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1436305 at http://www.stuff.tv Broken Age: Act 1 http://www.stuff.tv/my/broken-age/broken-age-act-1/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Broken Age is the adventure game that kickstarted Kickstarter, but is it really a victory for player power? </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="Broken Age review" alt="Broken Age review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BrokenAge.jpg?1390968896" /> </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/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the &lsquo;90s, Tim Schafer was a hero - one of the brains behind point-and-click adventures such as <em>The Secret of Monkey Island</em>. But then adventures went out of fashion and life moved on.</p> <p>But in 2012, after 16 years away from the genre that made his name, Schafer made his fans an offer: fund me on this new-fangled Kickstarter thingy and I&rsquo;ll make another adventure. Two years and $3.3m later we get <em>Broken Age</em>, but has Schafer&rsquo;s experiment paid dividends?</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"> RM83.60 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price includes Act 2. Converted from US$24.99 </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">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Clever, amusing story </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lovely visuals and top-notch sonics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pushover puzzles </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sticking to tradition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Schafer promised an old-school adventure and that&rsquo;s exactly what he&rsquo;s delivered.</p> <p><em>Broken Age</em> harks back to the days when LucasArts meant top-notch point-and-click adventures, rather than second-rate <em>Star Wars</em> cash-ins. That means we get a proper story to experience and some puzzles to solve... but little else besides.</p> <p>That may sound a little threadbare in an era of multi-faceted blockbusters such as <em>Mass Effect</em>, but as Telltale&rsquo;s superb take on <em>The Walking Dead</em> proves, when it&rsquo;s done well story plus puzzles can equal greatness.</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/kuCErygUS_g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Broken Age review" alt="Broken Age review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SpaceWeaverAndBoy.jpg?1390968896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Shay and Vella </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Broken Age</em> introduces us to Shay and Vella, two teenagers who live separate lives but are equally keen to escape adult authority.</p> <p>Shay lives on a spaceship where a doting computer mum keeps him trapped in a childish routine of ice-cream avalanches and early learning space missions. So when a chance for real adventure appears, he quickly signs up.</p> <p>Vella, meanwhile, lives in Sugar Bunting - a bakers&rsquo; town threatened by Mog Chothra, a monster that will only leave if fed young women. Vella&rsquo;s on the menu but defies the town elders by deciding it&rsquo;s better to fight than become monster munch.</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="Broken Age review" alt="Broken Age review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BoyGalley.png?1390968896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Broken Age review" alt="Broken Age review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GirlDialogTree.png?1390968896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Hitting the funny bone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Shay and Vella&rsquo;s parallel stories, which players can flip between at will, are strong reminders of why Schafer was able to convince people to hand him $3.3m of their cash.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: for every Broken Age-style Kickstarter success there are plenty of disasters. Here are the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/8-worst-crowdfunding-ideas-so-far/feature" target="_blank">8 Worst Crowdfunding Ideas So Far</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/save-game-how-kickstarters-resurrecting-your-favourite-games/feature" target="_blank">How game developers are using Kickstarter to resurrect your favourite genres</a></strong></p> <p><em>Broken Age&rsquo;s</em> charming and imaginative world is backed by fine dialogue and characters that imprint themselves in your mind. It&rsquo;s genuinely funny, too, boasting a witty sense of humour that&rsquo;s only marred by a spate of laboured double entendres about poo. On top of that Act 1 ends with an ingenious twist that will leave you gagging for Act 2&rsquo;s conclusion - you&#39;ll have to wait until the end of the year for that, though.</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="Broken Age review" alt="Broken Age review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GirlShellmound.png?1390968896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Pushover puzzles </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 not being charmed by the story, <em>Broken Age</em> boils down to cracking puzzles by using the right object, in the right way, at the right time - classic point-and-click stuff.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no way to fail, only ways to get stuck, but since <em>Broken Age</em> constantly drops hints about every solution that practically never happens. And that&rsquo;s a problem. Of course no-one wants to return to the bad old days of having to restart because you ate a custard pie that turns out to be the only way to kill an impassable yeti, but the lack of challenge means that there&rsquo;s little sense of achievement.</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="Broken Age review" alt="Broken Age review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BoyMainBridge.png?1390968896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Sound and vision </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 its easy puzzles and linear story <em>Broken Age</em> feels more ride than game, but at least it&rsquo;s a beautiful ride. The distinctive artwork feels like a stylish children&rsquo;s book brought to life and is so good that it feels near criminal to use the retro mode that makes the game look like it came out in 1992.</p> <p>The audio hasn&rsquo;t been neglected either. There&rsquo;s a memorable score performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and in-game dialogue from stars such as Jack Black and Elijah Wood. In short, it&rsquo;s an audio-visual treat.</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="Broken Age review" alt="Broken Age review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GirlFeast.png?1390968896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But neither the lovely presentation or witty writing is enough to entirely make up for the lack of challenge - <em>Broken Age</em> is simply too shallow and short.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a backwards-looking game, decked out in rose-tinted specs and hoping to revive past glories. Perhaps that&#39;s all the Kickstarter backers were after, but we can&#39;t help but feel a little underwhelmed when the likes of <em>The Walking Dead</em> have done such a marvellous job of modernising the traditional adventure game. Beautiful though it is, Broken Age just isn&#39;t in the same league.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Broken Age review" alt="Broken Age review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bedroom_WakeUp.jpg?1390968896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Funny but far from revolutionary, Broken Age is a pleasant stroll down gaming&rsquo;s memory lane</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Broken Age: Act 1 review </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/BrokenAge_0.jpg?1390968896" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/broken-age/broken-age-act-1/review#comments Broken Age Double Fine Gaming Linux Mac OSX PC Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:51:21 +0000 Elissa Loi 1431731 at http://www.stuff.tv The Banner Saga http://www.stuff.tv/my/stoic/banner-saga/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An epic Norse-flavoured RPG funded by Kickstarter, The Banner Saga paints a bright future for crowdfunded games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Banner Saga review" alt="The Banner Saga review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/banner-saga-dredge.jpg?1390389804" /> </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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Crowdfunded by Kickstarter and created by Stoic, a tiny indie studio founded by a group of ex-Bioware developers, <em>The Banner Saga</em> is an RPG set during a time of turmoil in a Norse-inspired world. Boasting a beautiful Disney-esque art style and old-school turn-based combat, it&rsquo;s one of the most eagerly-awaited indie titles of the year.</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"> RM83.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> converted from US$24.99, Available on PC and Mac from Steam </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beautiful Disney-esque graphics </div> <div class="field-item even"> Fun, challenging, tactical combat </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Epic score </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Abrupt ending </div> <div class="field-item even"> Story feels unfinished </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gameplay: The Long and Linear Road </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For the most part, <em>The Banner Saga</em> sees you travelling the world with your caravan (no, not the sort that bogs down the A30 on Bank Holidays), trying to maintain enough supplies to prevent people dying off from starvation and occasionally encountering enemies (see the Combat section below) or stopping in towns where you can visit the market to buy supplies and items to help in battle.</p> <p>While there&rsquo;s a detailed map of the game&rsquo;s world, movement and plot is linear &ndash; you don&rsquo;t have any choice about where you&rsquo;re going next. In fact, the map feels like a largely pointless (albeit rather beautiful) addition to the game: it adds background colour, but hints at the possibility of open-world choice where there is none.</p> <p>At points on your journey you&rsquo;ll be given choices to make, and these are weighty. Forget the flashing &ldquo;Paragon&rdquo; and &ldquo;Renegade&rdquo; poles of <em>Mass Effect</em> - here you can make a series of what seem like perfectly valid choices yet still end up losing supplies, morale and even important characters. It may sound unfair, but it&rsquo;s also more real, and is perhaps Stoic&rsquo;s way of drumming into you the bleakness and hopelessness of trying to lead in the most dire of situations. You certainly get the feeling that nobody is safe.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Banner Saga review" alt="The Banner Saga review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/banner-saga-map.jpg?1390389804" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Banner Saga review" alt="The Banner Saga review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/banner-saga-caravan.jpg?1390389804" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The Banner Saga review" alt="The Banner Saga review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/banner-saga-decision.jpg?1390389804" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> An epic story? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The game&rsquo;s very name suggests a tale of epic proportions, but <em>The Banner Saga</em> feels like only the first part of a trilogy rather than a self-contained story. One story arc is completed by the end of the game, but other aspects (which we don&rsquo;t want to spoil for you) are never resolved and some characters are built up in the early game only to head-scratchingly fade into the background later on. The ending comes off as abrupt and more than a little unsatisfying, almost as if Stoic had grander plans in mind but abandoned them due to budgetary or time constraints.</p> <p>That said, the plot serves as more than just a backdrop to the combat, levelling up and choice-making that form the game mechanics. The world&rsquo;s history and mythology is smartly unfolded as you progress, and the fact that major characters can die off paints everything with a grim brush.</p> <p>The studio has said that, should <em>The Banner Saga</em> prove a success, a second and possibly third instalment will follow. We hope that transpires, because this is a world that deserves to be explored further &ndash; and story that needs finishing properly.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/crowdfunding" target="_blank">all the latest crowdfunding and Kickstarter news</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="The Banner Saga review" alt="The Banner Saga review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/banner-saga-dialogue.jpg?1390389804" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Combat: Viking Fantasy Tactics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When you encounter enemies, the game shifts to a square arena full of square tiles. You can choose placement for your party, and then face off against your foes in turn-based tactical style until one side has been completely wiped out. It harks back to a simpler time of action RPGs such as <em>Vandal Hearts</em> and <em>Final Fantasy Tactics</em> - games that make us misty-eyed at their very mention.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/16-classic-game-remakes-you-have-play/feature" target="_blank">16 classic game remakes you have to play</a></strong></p> <p>Each character can move, attack or use special abilities, with their stats determining how much damage is dealt and taken in each case. It&rsquo;s a simple system but elegant in its own way, as it forces you to balance hurting the enemy with keeping your own party members alive for another round.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s tough, too: we found ourselves having to shift the difficulty from normal to easy during several late-game battles, as our characters were simply too weak and demoralised in comparison to the enemies. Hard mode? One for masochists only, as losing most fights will mean game over and a return to the last checkpoint.</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="The Banner Saga review" alt="The Banner Saga review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/banner-saga-battle-1.jpg?1390389804" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Banner Saga review" alt="The Banner Saga review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/banner-saga-battle-2.jpg?1390389804" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The Banner Saga review" alt="The Banner Saga review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/banner-saga-battle-3.jpg?1390389804" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Character 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>Battles and certain choices you make reward you with Renown points, which can be spent on improving character stats as well as supplies and equipment. Characters are capped at level 5, but the short supply of Renown available means it&rsquo;s unlikely you&rsquo;ll be able to get everyone in your party fully levelled up &ndash; even if that person survives the whole adventure.</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="The Banner Saga review" alt="The Banner Saga review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/banner-saga-character-screen.jpg?1390389804" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Masterful visuals </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>The Banner Saga&rsquo;s</em> art style is heavily influenced by the late American artist Eyvind Earle (Stoic has even named a character after him). Earle was involved with 1950s Disney films such as <em>Peter Pan</em> and <em>Lady and the Tramp</em>, and there are obvious echoes of those movies in the game&rsquo;s hand-painted characters and backgrounds.</p> <p>And that decision pays off: this is a beautiful game, eschewing showy 3D graphics for something a little more traditional &ndash; and dare we say it, more tasteful. Cutscene animation is fairly basic, but works well in context, while the combat sections are a little more developed. Particularly striking are the (unskippable) parts of the game in which your caravan rolls slowly across the parallax-scrolling landscape.</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="The Banner Saga review" alt="The Banner Saga review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/banner-saga-camp-screen.jpg?1390389804" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Music and sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Audio-wise, the stirring musical score adds to the general grandeur of proceedings. We&rsquo;d have liked more voiceover work during dialogue scenes &ndash; this is another area where budget or time issues seem to have hamstrung Stoic&rsquo;s vision, because there are fully animated and acted scenes early on and these quickly drop off in favour of written dialogue and basic animation.</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-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite a handful of criticisms, we wouldn&rsquo;t hesitate to recommend <em>The Banner Saga</em> to anyone with an interest in tactical RPGs, or even those who appreciate a game with a unique and beautiful presentational style.</p> <p>The story, music, characters and world are effortlessly engrossing, while the old-school turn-based combat is challenging and enjoyable. Hopefully enough people buy the finished game for the mooted sequels to get off the ground - we want to see how our various (frequently poor) decisions really pan out.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">the 10 best games in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Banner Saga review" alt="The Banner Saga review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/banner-saga-title-screen.jpg?1390389804" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Who says small developers can&rsquo;t do epic games? A riveting adventure with gorgeous presentation</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/stoic/banner-saga/review#comments Crowdfunding Gaming Mac OSX PC Stoic The Banner Saga Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:34:15 +0000 Nigel Yap 1431504 at http://www.stuff.tv RPG fans, watch the game trailer for Pillars of Eternity now http://www.stuff.tv/my/obsidian-releases-kickstarted-game-trailer/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Game developer Obsidian aims to bring back the best of Baldur’s Gate/Planescape Torment in the modern era of gaming </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="RPG fans, watch the game trailer for Pillars of Eternity now" alt="RPG fans, watch the game trailer for Pillars of Eternity now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pillars-logo.jpg?1386751677" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A project started more than a year ago and originally codenamed &ldquo;Project Eternity&rdquo;, the game has been renamed &quot;Pillars of Eternity&quot;.&nbsp;This is Obsidian&rsquo;s first game that relies on crowd-funding and reached its funding goal in October 2013.</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/sharil-abdul-rahman" title="View user profile.">Sharil Abdul Rahman</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"> Isometric goodness </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 game will feature party-based, real-time tactical gameplay, with a fixed isometric user interface for the game world with 2D handdrawn backdrops. These are the same gameplay mechanics used in games such as <em>Planescape: Torment</em>, <em>Icewind Dale </em>and <em>Baldur&rsquo;s Gate</em> &ndash; which are considered spiritual predecessors to the game.</p> <p>With over US$3 million secured from Kickstarter (plus another US$1 million from Paypal backers), the game was the highest Kickstarted game funded on the site. There will be versions for Windows, OS X and Linux released when the game is completed in early 2014.</p> <p>As of now, Obsidian has released a sneak preview of the gameplay through a video released through multiple channels, including <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> and also Obsidian&#39;s <a href="https://eternity.obsidian.net/" target="_blank">game page</a>&nbsp;for Pillars of Eternity. As one of the backers of the game, I can&rsquo;t wait to play this game next year.</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/HKoDTzea79Y" 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/obsidian-releases-kickstarted-game-trailer/news#comments Gaming Mac OSX Windows Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:19:13 +0000 Sharil Abdul Rahman 1429985 at http://www.stuff.tv New Apple Mac Pro is insanely powerful and looks insane too http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/new-apple-mac-pro-insanely-powerful-and-looks-insane-too/news-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple’s forthcoming professional desktop offers a radical cylindrical design and lots of expandability </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="apple mac pro" alt="apple mac pro" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-mac-pro.jpg?1382361544" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Designers, developers, photographers and filmmakers have been waiting a long time for a new Mac Pro – and today they were given an early look at the next one, which will be launched later in the year.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/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-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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/apple-news/news-nugget/new-apple-mac-pro-is-insanely-powerful-and-looks-insane-too </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/new-apple-mac-pro-insanely-powerful-and-looks-insane-too/news-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/new-apple-mac-pro-insanely-powerful-and-looks-insane-too/news-0#comments Apple Mac OSX Mac Pro (2013) Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:07:45 +0000 Elissa Loi 1428145 at http://www.stuff.tv