Windows http://www.stuff.tv/my/windows/videos en-MY All versions of Microsoft Windows to become one http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/all-versions-microsoft-windows-become-one/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;This isn&#039;t even my final form,&quot; says cross-platform operating system </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="1202" height="900" title="This is Windows 8.1, not Windows 9. Hey ho." alt="This is Windows 8.1, not Windows 9. Hey ho." src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-8-1.jpg?1406173099" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft is set to create a &quot;single converged operating system&quot; by merging its different versions of Windows into one.</p> <p>That means that instead of having separate teams working across Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox, there will be a single, unified version of Windows with a common architecture.</p> <p>Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed the news during the company&#39;s quarterly earnings call, adding that the move will allow developers to create &quot;universal Windows apps&quot; that work across mobile, console and desktop versions of the OS.</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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/all-versions-microsoft-windows-become-one/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/all-versions-microsoft-windows-become-one/news#comments Microsoft Windows Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:38:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1443124 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: Microsoft's upcoming Windows 9 advertising campaign could mean a Q3 availability http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-may-be-unveiling-its-windows-9-coming-months/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Russian leaker Wzor resurfaces, revealing tidbits about a major marketing drive and a new purchase method for the upcoming Windows version </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Rumour: Microsoft&#039;s upcoming Windows 9 advertising campaign could mean a Q3 availability" alt="Rumour: Microsoft&#039;s upcoming Windows 9 advertising campaign could mean a Q3 avai" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows.jpeg?1404820738" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might soon see the roll out of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/windows-9-threshold-looks-lot-windows-7/news">Microsoft&rsquo;s Windows 9</a> in the coming months, according to&nbsp;<a href="http://forum.ru-board.com/topic.cgi?forum=29&amp;topic=7345&amp;start=2320#18" target="_blank">Russian leaker, Wzor</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> Fueling the rumour windmill </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And if you try to run a single copy on multiple PCs, you&rsquo;re going to end up disappointed. Wzor said in the site (and in his own words) that you&rsquo;ll have to &ldquo;undork it in three days&rdquo; if you do so.</p> <p>But Microsoft has been very quiet about its future plans for Windows, unless you think the <a href="https://twitter.com/fxshaw/status/486180638869823488" target="_blank">tweet from Microsoft communications chief Frank Shaw</a>&nbsp;that soon followed Wzor&#39;s post is meant to dismiss the rumour.&nbsp;&ldquo;Was there a &lsquo;crazy rumour day&rsquo; declaration that I missed,&rdquo; was the message he sent, without directly referring to any product or speculation in particular.</p> <p>But whatever the case may be, if Microsoft&rsquo;s busy building new mobile technologies, an updated OS might come hand-in-hand with these products.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-wants-you-group-apps-folders-your-windows-phones/news">Microsoft wants you to group apps in folders on your Windows Phones&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2451580/rumor-microsofts-windows-9-campaign-begins-this-fall.html" target="_blank">PCWorld</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Rumour: Microsoft&#039;s upcoming Windows 9 advertising campaign could mean a Q3 availability" alt="Rumour: Microsoft&#039;s upcoming Windows 9 advertising campaign could mean a Q3 avai" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/w9.jpeg?1404820738" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/microsoft/microsoft-may-be-unveiling-its-windows-9-coming-months/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-may-be-unveiling-its-windows-9-coming-months/news#comments Microsoft Windows Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:54:19 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1441379 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft Surface Pro 3 hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Third time&#039;s the charm - we go hands on with Microsoft&#039;s gorgeous reinvention of its tablet-laptop hybrid </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="New screen ratio, newfound levels of cool " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pro-3-main_0.JPG?1404441026" /> </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/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You either crack the tablet-laptop hybrid problem or you don&#39;t.&nbsp;</p> <p>Either you build a device that works just as well as a touchscreen slab as it does a typetastic machine or you end up with most users sticking to one mode. Now, Microsoft&#39;s been edging towards hybrid perfection with the Surface Pro line for a couple of years.&nbsp;</p> <p>But having just gone hands on with Surface Pro 3, we can safely say it&#39;s the most unique, capable and&nbsp;<em>desirable</em>&nbsp;evidence we&#39;ve seen yet that Microsoft can really crack it.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Work that Kickstand </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 two biggest design changes to last year&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review">Surface Pro 2</a>&nbsp;are the gorgeous new 12in 3:2 screen and the improved kickstand.</p> <p>First up, that screen. The new size and ratio make it feel much more like a laptop than the Surface Pro 2&#39;s smaller 10.6in screen that was surrounded by bezel and much lower res.</p> <p>For yes, Windows has never looked so sharp on a hybrid - the Pro 3&#39;s 2160 x 1440 looks very crisp indeed, text on Windows 8.1 tiles, webpages, you name it. Viewing angles are great too - of course movies now have big black bars either side but we can live with that. It&#39;s enough to make your Retina display-less 11in MacBook Air close its lid in shame.&nbsp;</p> <p>Then there&#39;s the kickstand. Let&#39;s get practical for a minute - we always wished that Surface kickstand was a regular laptop or Asus Transformer-style hinge. Everytime we used one on our lap, there was at least one wobble in which we thought our new RM2836 (based on S$1108) toy was a goner.</p> <p>But Microsoft has gone all out to improve the Surface&#39;s &quot;lappability&quot;. The kickstand now has not just two options but is continuous up to 150 degrees. And it works - on our lap we felt more comfortable with the kickstand kicked back further than we ever did with a Pro 2.</p> <p>The best bit though is snapping off the Type Cover and tilting the kickstand back to 150 to use as an angled sketching or writing tablet. That&#39;s with the new, improved Surface Pen.</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="That new magnet hitches the keyboard cover up to the tablet - clever " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pro-3-slant_0.JPG?1404441026" /> </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 new magnet hitches the keyboard cover up to the tablet - clever " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pro-3-keyboard_0.JPG?1404441026" /> </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="That new magnet hitches the keyboard cover up to the tablet - clever " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pro-3-screen_0.JPG?1404441026" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The loveliest stylus we&#039;ve used yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="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;ll save a full judgement for when we&#39;d had more than five minutes play with it but the S$73 (RM187) Surface Pen looks to be an essential accessory for the Pro 3.&nbsp;</p> <p>The aluminium stylus really does feel like a real pen, it&#39;s the perfect weight and sits nicely in the hand. It&#39;s pressure-sensitive and seems accurate from our quick scrawls.</p> <p>The idea is to use the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pen more like a notebook and fountain pen, say, but in use the 800g weight - though incredibly light considering the innards and battery - means after a minute or two holding the tablet in one hand, wrists will ache. Maybe its our puny arms but we felt much more comfortable writing out notes and drawing with the Pro 3 angled on a flat surface.&nbsp;</p> <p>What is kind of genius is the Surface Pen&#39;s top button - turn the Pro 3 on from sleep and click it as you would a pen to unlock the OneNote app for quick notes. To access full Windows, you still need to then enter passwords and the like but another click of the button will save your note to Microsoft&#39;s cloud storage OneDrive. In an ideal world the power button step would be lost but for now, it works well and it&#39;s neat feature we can actually see ourselves using.&nbsp;</p> <p>Adobe is working on a version of PhotoShop Touch for Windows 8.1 devices that Microsoft says will launch with the Surface Pro 3 and take advantage, in particular, of the Surface Pen input. So the Surface could well bump the MacBook out of the hearts of creative types if it all works seamlessly.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-macbook-air-11in-weigh/feature">Surface Pro 3 versus 11in MacBook Air&nbsp;</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="1200" height="900" title="The pen is mightier than ... last year&#039;s pen " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pro-3-pen_0_0.JPG?1404441026" /> </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="Classy combo, Microsoft, ve-ery classy " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pro-3-rear_0.JPG?1404441026" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Slimmer, faster, trackpad-ier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At just 9.1mm thick, it&#39;s the skinniest Intel Core-powered machine ever and it&#39;s a big part of why a Surface Pro suddenly looks cool. The Pro 3 is sleek where the Pro 2 was squat, eye-catching on a desk where the Pro 2 just looked a bit dowdy.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course, the Surface was zippy enough moving around homescreens, OneNote and the web but we won&#39;t be able to test out its Core i3, i5 and i7 innards until we get a proper review unit. It&#39;s worth noting that Microsoft expects its biggest seller to be the Core i5 with 128GB storage, which comes in at S$1348 (RM3451), and so that&#39;s probably the configuration we&#39;ll be testing.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another update is the Pro Type Cover&#39;s trackpad. It&#39;s glass now so feels smoother to the touch, is bigger, has clickable buttons and really is more responsive and accurate.</p> <p>The backlit keyboard cover is, of course, slightly bigger to match the Pro 3&#39;s larger size but - odd as it may look, the Covers are interchangeable between this gen and last year&#39;s tablet. At S$183 (RM467) it&#39;s sturdier now which helps to make it feel stable on the lap, as we said, and there&#39;s a new magnet which means the cover can snap back to the tablet for a more comfortable typing angle. After snapping it into place with the new Surface on our laps, we don&#39;t think we could go back to a Surface Pro 2 keyboard that&#39;s for sure.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review">Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review&nbsp;</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="1200" height="900" title="Oh Surface Pro 2, this comparison is not working well for you " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pro-3-side_0.JPG?1404441026" /> </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="USB 3.0 on the tablet body for the win " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pro-3-ports_0.JPG?1404441026" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Initial Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Could this be the one device to replace our tablet and laptop in our bags? We&#39;re not certain yet.</p> <p>But one thing&#39;s for sure, we&#39;ve suddenly decided we need a Surface Pro 3 in our life. Get your hands on one of these before the release on August 31st and no doubt you will too.</p> <p>The slimmer form factor, the now-useful kickstand, the bigger screen, the Surface Pen - Microsoft&#39;s making all the right choices and well, the Surface Pro is finally cool.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s covetable, yes, but it&#39;s also an expensive item - the entry-level Core i3/64GB tablet with a Type Cover costs S$1291 (RM3305). Stay tuned for an in depth review, looking at performance versus a MacBook, battery life and that all-important lappability test, on Stuff.tv as soon as we can claw a review unit from Microsoft.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten">The best tablets you can buy right now - including the Surface Pro 2&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3-hands/review#comments Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Windows Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:11:21 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1440950 at http://www.stuff.tv The next Google and Microsoft smartphones will have a kill switch http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/next-google-and-microsoft-smartphones-will-have-kill-switch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And you can expect the same for all future Android and Windows Phones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="The next Google and Microsoft smartphones will have a kill switch" alt="The next Google and Microsoft smartphones will have a kill switch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blue_0.jpg?1403258457" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are many new features that you might have been expecting in your next Android or Windows powered smartphones, but you probably didn&#39;t see this one coming.</p> <p>Google and Microsoft have divulged that both companies will add kill switches to their future Android and Windows phones, as well as in the upcoming versions of its mobile software.</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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> This is not a rumour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In confirming the move, Microsoft and Google have inked the deal with the New York Attorney General, which released a report of its &quot;Secure Our Smartphones&quot; initiative specifying the need for a kill switch to safeguard smartphones. &nbsp;</p> <p>Apple was cited as an example within the report, to attest that the feature actually works. Since Apple built the kill switch into its iPhones last year, the number of mugging incidents related to Apple products in New York City dipped by 19 per cent &ndash; according to the Attorney General.</p> <p>In comparison, Samsung, which didn&rsquo;t sport a kill switch then, had a 40 per cent rise in the number of devices pinched. Since then, Samsung&rsquo;s included a kill switch into its mobiles but no details have been revealed if the number of robberies decreased.</p> <p>When exactly Microsoft and Google will have these kill switch intact units ready is still unknown, but once they do rollout, you can be assured it&#39;ll be with your data safety in mind.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-45/review">Android 4.5 preview&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/android-windows-phone-to-add-kill-switch-to-thwart-theft/" target="_blank">Cnet</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="The next Google and Microsoft smartphones will have a kill switch" alt="The next Google and Microsoft smartphones will have a kill switch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rob.jpg?1403258457" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/android/next-google-and-microsoft-smartphones-will-have-kill-switch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/next-google-and-microsoft-smartphones-will-have-kill-switch/news#comments Android Google Microsoft Smartphones Windows Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:57:24 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1439644 at http://www.stuff.tv Parallels Access update adds support for iPhone and Android devices http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/parallels-access-update-adds-support-iphone-and-android-devices/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPad snobs won’t be the only people who get to access their PCs from their tablets anymore </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="Parallels Access update adds support for iPhone and Android devices" alt="Parallels Access update adds support for iPhone and Android devices" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Parallels%20Access%20Main.jpg?1402977781" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Apparently, Parallels has decided that there&rsquo;s a bigger world out there other than the horde of Apple and iDevice users. Case in point: its Parallels Access app which grants remote access to PCs and Macs is now available for Android devices.</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/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The app creates a phone-friendly user interface (UI) rather than have you squint at an exact replica of your desktop UI. With Android devices, most of which have displays of at least 4.7-inches, this wouldn&rsquo;t be a huge problem. Not so for the iPhone&rsquo;s smaller 4in and below display.</p> <p dir="ltr">The update also adds new features for iOS users, one of which is a file browser app for easier access to your files. Android devices, in particular, will benefit from the app&rsquo;s ability to change screen resolution for the best fit. Regardless if your Android smartphone or tablet is using a 720p, 1080p or other odd screen resolutions, the app will find the best resolution for the reworked UI.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hardware requirements are pretty straightforward. For iOS users, you&rsquo;ll need iOS 7 to run Parallels Access, so that includes the iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina Display, iPad 2 and above, and iPhone 4s and later. Android 4.0 and above is required to run Parallels Access on Android devices.</p> <p>Pricing for Parallels Access starts from US$19.99 for one year or US$34.99 for two years. The subscription lets you access up to five remote computers (Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1, or a Mac running OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion) from an unlimited number of iOS and Android tablets and phones.</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="680" height="425" title="Parallels Access update adds support for iPhone and Android devices" alt="Parallels Access update adds support for iPhone and Android devices" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Parallels%20Access.png?1402977781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/parallels-access-update-adds-support-iphone-and-android-devices/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/parallels-access-update-adds-support-iphone-and-android-devices/news#comments Android iOS Mac OS X Smartphones Tablets Windows Tue, 17 Jun 2014 04:01:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1439335 at http://www.stuff.tv Alienware Alpha Steam Machine: hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/my/alienware/alienware-alpha/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s the first Steam Machine… except, erm, it runs Windows </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="Alienware Alpha Steam Machine" alt="Alienware Alpha Steam Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/alienware-alpha-2.jpg?1402969615" /> </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/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Of all the Steam Machines we&rsquo;ve had a look at (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/valve/exclusive-12-steam-machines-detailed-fondled-and-photographed-every-angle/feature">and we have had a look at all of them</a>), the one that has us most interested is the Alienware Alpha. It&rsquo;s small, quiet and it looks like a console. It plays like one, too&hellip;<br />&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s Windows, but you wouldn’t know it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Alienware Alpha is being produced to the strict corporate timeline of parent company Dell, the operating system it was supposed to be running and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/steam-box/ces-2014/hands-valves-steam-controller/news">controller it was supposed to use</a> are the work of the more enigmatic Valve, which sets vague release dates and then pushes them back while it makes things perfect - a concept known to impatient gamers as &quot;Valve Time&quot;. But Alienware is pressing on undeterred: the Alpha runs Windows, but with a heavily modified UI that boots you straight into Steam&rsquo;s Big Picture Mode. The interface we saw (and, regrettably, weren&rsquo;t allowed to take pictures of) was very simple, very controller-friendly and very console-like. It&rsquo;s a simple case of switch on and start playing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/half-life-3/valve-headquarters-coolest-office-world/feature">Valve headquarters is the coolest office in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hardware </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 almost every other Steam Machine is just a gaming PC running Steam OS, the Alpha has some custom hardware to set it apart. The processor and memory are pretty conventional (and user-upgradeable, a major advantage over sealed-box consoles), with Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 CPU versions available. The graphics, however, are pushed by a custom-built GPU based on Nvidia&rsquo;s new Maxwell architecture. A console you can add more power to? Interesting.</p> <p>Because the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/valve/valves-steam-controller-delayed-2015/news">Steam Controller is delayed</a>, the Alpha comes with an Xbox 360 controller. We&rsquo;d have preferred an Xbox One controller, and in fact the Alpha will work with the Xbonepad, but you&rsquo;ll have to buy one. Or you could wait for the Steam controller, which will also work with the Alpha when it&rsquo;s released.</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 Alpha will work with Xbox 360, Xbox One and Steam controllers" alt="The Alpha will work with Xbox 360, Xbox One and Steam controllers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienware-alpha-3.jpg?1402969615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First impressions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The UI is very simple, fast and smooth, with none of the mucking about that normally precedes PC gaming. We played a number of different indie games, which Alienware tells us the Alpha is strongly aimed towards, and on the indies the experience was indistinguishable from another console. More surprising was the preview of <em>Dying Light</em>, which was obviously running at fairly high settings but didn&rsquo;t seem to be giving the Alpha any trouble at all. If you go for a specced-up Core i7 version, it looks like the Alpha will live up to Alienware&rsquo;s claims of running new triple-A titles in 1080p at high framerates.</p> <p>At a busy E3 booth it&rsquo;s hard to say just how quiet the Alpha is; we couldn&rsquo;t hear anything, but in your living room the experience may well differ.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s worth noting that if you&rsquo;re already a PC gamer, the Alpha supports Steam&rsquo;s in-home streaming, so if your monster PC is already running a pair of Titans, you can get the lowest-spec version and still use all the high-res texture packs in your PC-based purview.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/alienware/alienware-x51-2014/review">Alienware X51 (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="Alienware Alpha" alt="Alienware Alpha" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienware-alpha-1_0.jpg?1402969615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Price and availability </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alienware told us the Alpha will be released in &lsquo;the holidays this year&rsquo;, which means in time for Christmas. It&rsquo;ll be available in Europe at the same time as America, and it&rsquo;ll cost from US$549 (about RM1770 at today&rsquo;s exchange rate). For PC gamers, indie fans and anyone who&rsquo;s still saving for a next-gen console, it could be very tempting indeed.</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="Alienware Alpha" alt="Alienware Alpha" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienware-alpha-4.jpg?1402969615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/alienware/alienware-alpha/review#comments Alienware E3 2014 SteamOS Windows Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:14:17 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1439328 at http://www.stuff.tv Console OS will let you run Android on any Windows PC or tablet http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/console-os-will-let-you-run-android-any-windows-pc-or-tablet/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kickstarter project is totally rebuilding Google’s operating system for full-fat computers </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="Console OS will let you run Android on any Windows PC or tablet" alt="Console OS will let you run Android on any Windows PC or tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/console-os-bot.jpg?1402630767" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever wondered what Android would look like as a full-on PC operating system? If Console OS reaches its full funding goal on Kickstarter, you may not have to wait long to find out.</p> <p>What creators Mobile Media Ventures want to do is to create an entirely new user experience for Android (much like, say, HTC&rsquo;s Sense does for HTC phones) designed with &ldquo;proper&rdquo; desktop and laptop computers (as well as Intel tablets, which only run Windows) in mind.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are homebrew Android platforms available, but according to Mobile Media Ventures none of them will run with the stability of Console OS. It doesn&rsquo;t even need a multi-touch screen to run &ndash; they&rsquo;ve built it to work with just mouse and keyboard input too. And you don&rsquo;t even have to install it on your computer&rsquo;s hard disk, because it can run entirely off an external USB hard drive.</p> <p>The Console OS campaign is seeking a total of US$50,000 in funding, and with 59 days to go looks set to do that. All you need to contribute if you want your own copy Pro copy of the platform is US$10, then wait for them to release it &ndash; December 2014 is the projected date for that.</p> <p>[Via <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mmv/console-os-dual-boot-android-remastered-for-the-pc">Kickstarter</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/s5wbcGeJ9oI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/console-os-will-let-you-run-android-any-windows-pc-or-tablet/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/console-os-will-let-you-run-android-any-windows-pc-or-tablet/news#comments Android Windows Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:06:16 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1439024 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/hands-multi-faceted-asus-transformer-book-v/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Picky? You get five different ways to work this triple threat device </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="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asustransformerbookv.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Asus Transformer Book V is all about options, being a three-in- one machine offering five modes of use and two operating systems at the same time.</p> <p class="p1">However, would forking over a sum of money be justified? Is it a jack-of-all-trades, or does it fall flat as a master of none? We find out in our brief time with the machine at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014">Computex 2014</a>&nbsp;by working out how this machine&#39;s unconventional form could unlock a world of convenience.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Many-in-one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&rsquo;t let the numbers confuse you. The Transformer Book V runs two operating systems in five different modes - an Android laptop, tablet, phone, and also as a Windows 8.1 tablet and laptop.</p> <p class="p1">We see the arched eyebrow - how can a device run two operating systems? The Android-powered smartphone (unnamed as yet) slips neatly into the back of the Transformer Book V and brings up the Android home screen on your Windows-powered tablet screen. Take it full size and switch between operating systems as you fancy with a touch of the dedicated icon on the displays, or the button on your keyboard. Simple. There was no lag at all, but that might change if you load the devices up with content.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-shows-haul-fresh-android-tablets/news">Asus shows off haul of fresh Android tablets</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="Android in Windows" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android%20in%20windows.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Hey, where&#039;d Android go?" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch.jpg?1401983331" /> </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="567" height="425" title="One button to switch them all" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/littleandroid.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> So what? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Conveniences include discrete checking of your phone. When tablet and phone are joined and docked onto the keyboard, you only need to focus on one screen, instead of having to face up to the fact that you&#39;re obviously working as you constantly sneak peeks at your phone.</p> <p>Even when the phone&#39;s screen is minimised and you&#39;re checking your emails in laptop mode, if you receive a message, a notification will pop up and you can reply directly from the mode you&#39;re in. Same goes for calls - slip the phone out and take your call somewhere a little more private or use the speakers on the tablet to answer your call directly in laptop mode.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another massive advantage as far as we can tell is the copious amounts of storage you get with this device. The smartphone contains up to 64GB storage, with a microSD slot to boost storage up another 64GB. As for the tablet, it packs 128GB of storage, with the option of another 64GB via microSD, while the keyboard holds up to 1TB of memory, with a USB 3.0 and 2.0 slot to plug in your external hard drives. You don&#39;t even have to do the math to know that you could store a decade&#39;s worth of movies in this massive-brained device.&nbsp;</p> <p>As for charging, it&#39;s also a 3-in-1 experience. Just plug the charging cable into the tablet and all the devices drink their fill at the same time. Also, there&#39;s the added bonus of the entire device leveraging on the phone&#39;s speedy LTE abilities.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/asus-has-hand-its-new-transformer-book-v-and-zenbook-nx500-computex-2014/news">Asus new Transformer Book V and Zenbook NX500 unveiled</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Android and Windows identity crisis" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/brains.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Looks awfully similar to the PadFone" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/brainss.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Solid plastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 12.5in Transformer Book V may be plastic, but it&#39;s solidly built and feels good in the hand.&nbsp;At 1.75kg, it&#39;s portable and somehow keeps its form factor slim. &nbsp;</p> <p>The tablet attaches magnetically to the keyboard without nary a wobble sideways and gives great viewing angles on its HD IPS display even on the spotlit show floor. We&#39;d love to give it a good shake to see if it holds but there were too many ASUS executives hovering around for us to attempt the Great Shakedown unfortunately.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/intel-s-tiny-computer-edison-gives-us-exciting-glimpse-future-wearables/feature">Intel&#39;s tiny computer Edison gives an exciting glimpse into the future of wearables</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="So thin, you can slice a cake with it" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/svelte.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Magnetised action" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hinge.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Final thoughts </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 ASUS executives were coy to give us the price point , but they did say it&rsquo;s supposed to be a mass market product, which means it should be affordably priced. The only detail they revealed was that it&rsquo;s going to cost less than if you were to buy a ZenFone 5 and a 2-in-1 separately.</p> <p class="p1">It sure is interesting, giving users new ways to use the device, but whether it&#39;s worth it all boils down to whether its price is way greater than the sum of its parts. The Asus Transformer Book V is due out in Q4 in black or white.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014">Computex 2014 - all the biggest news so far</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/hands-multi-faceted-asus-transformer-book-v/feature#comments Android Asus Computex 2014 Laptops Smartphones Tablets Windows Wed, 04 Jun 2014 22:40:15 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1438569 at http://www.stuff.tv Alienware X51 (2014) http://www.stuff.tv/my/alienware/alienware-x51-2014/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does the refreshed version of our favourite gaming desktop have the might to take on a new generation of consoles? </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="Alienware X51 review" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Alienware-X51-review-7.jpg?1400777956" /> </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>A couple of years ago Alienware&rsquo;s X51 gaming PC had an easy ride. Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were long in the tooth, and it was child&rsquo;s play for Alienware to assemble a gaming PC with lots more power.</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"> RM3,288.00 </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">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"> Good components </div> <div class="field-item even"> Winning performance:size ratio </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Fantastic for media </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"> Draws lots of power </div> <div class="field-item even"> A bit loud </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Below-par accessories </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"> The most console-like computer around </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 still really like the X51&rsquo;s compact size and small footprint, and it looks good under a telly.</p> <p>There are of course smaller computers out there, but the Alienware is about as compact as they get while still leaving space for chunky, powerful graphics cards and optical drives. It&rsquo;s only fractionally bigger than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a>, too, but its curvaceous design looks dated compared to the consoles&rsquo; newfound angularity.</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="It&#039;s not the smallest PC around, but it&#039;s compact considering the components it&#039;s packing" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-1.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Locked and loaded </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 sample is quite a high-end variant of the X51, shipped with the very latest Core i7 processor and an AMD Radeon R9 graphics card, backed up with 8GB of memory and a 2TB hard drive.</p> <p>There are plenty of options for further upgrades when you purchase the computer, and you can always pop off the side and install your own components, which is a mega advantage over all consoles ever.</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 curvy X51 is looking a bit dated next to the angular new consoles" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-4.jpg?1400777956" /> </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"> Alienware X51 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://www.dell.com/my/p/alienware-x51-r2/pd.aspx" target="_blank">X51 configurator here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1 (64Bit) English</a></p> <p><strong>CPU</strong> - Intel Core i7-4770</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> -&nbsp;AMD Radeon R9 270</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 8GB Dual Channel DDR3</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> -&nbsp;2TB SATA 3Gb/s</p> <p><strong>Optical drive</strong> - DVD</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 802.11ac, Bluetooth, HDMI (x2), USB 3.0 (x8), Gigabit ethernet, coaxial, optical, analogue audio</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 343 x 95 x&nbsp;318mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 5.49kg</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-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"> Packing a powerful punch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All of that kit adds up to a rich gaming experience that is certainly on a par with the consoles. It runs <em>Battlefield 4</em> with most of the settings pumped up, and it maintains a decent 25 frames per second on bechmarking favourite <em>Metro: Last Light</em> at its most intense.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s capable of 4K gaming, too, although you might want a bigger, Titan-toting rig if you&#39;re really serious about pushing those numbers of pixels around at silky smooth frame rates. And bear in mind that it looks very unlikely either of the new consoles will ever offer 4K gaming.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tv/heres-why-4k-tv-set-conquer-your-living-room/feature" target="_blank">Here&#39;s why 4K TV is set to take over your living room</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 X51 can be oriented vertically or horizontally" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-8.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Watch the electricity bill </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s a rather big disadvantage to the X51&rsquo;s beefy components, especially the graphics card: they draw a heck of a lot of power. It idles happily at around 44 watts, but boot up a game and it drastically increases to 250 watts - 100 watts more than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/sony-ps4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> under full load. It also gets loud, but not deafeningly so.</p> <p>However, these are problems with the nature of PCs in general, and Alienware deserves kudos for creating a case that requires no cooling other than the CPU and graphics card heatsinks, and as a result this is still far quieter than your average gaming PC.</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="It&#039;s not as quiet as one of the new consoles, but the X51is quieter than the average gaming PC" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-5.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Every expense spared on the accessories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Surprisingly Alienware still hasn&rsquo;t fully embraced living room computing, which is a little odd given Steam&rsquo;s leaps and bounds in becoming a TV-based gaming platform.</p> <p>Here you get a mouse and keyboard chucked in, but they&rsquo;re both wired and both pretty abysmal - the mouse especially is like something you&rsquo;d find in a cereal packet. A remote control would be a great addition here, as would a game pad.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/steam-box/ces-2014/hands-valves-steam-controller/news" target="_blank">Hands-on with Valve&#39;s Steam Controller</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 bundled keyboard and mouse are wired and pretty naff. Budget for upgrades or a games controller" alt="Alienware X51 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-keyboard.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> A media hoarder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It still functions really well as a media-centric PC, though, and it includes HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort outputs for connecting to a variety of displays, with optical and digital coaxial for audio.</p> <p>Alienware chucked in a 2TB hard drive for our sample (the base option is 1TB). It handles media utterly flawlessly, it&rsquo;s nigh-on silent when doing so, and the variety of media services available for the PC - including naughty ones - only add to its versatility. Take that, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Steam Machine? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 X51 more than meets the minimum requirements for Valve&rsquo;s gaming-dedicated Steam Machines, and its size and power make it perfect for HD gaming.</p> <p>However, it might be worth waiting to take a look at Alienware and iBuyPower&#39;s upcoming Steam Machines if a lounge-friendly gaming PC tickles your fancy. These lack optical drives so they&#39;re even tinier than the X51, and in theory they&#39;ll be cheaper because they won&rsquo;t need an extortionate Windows licence.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/valve/exclusive-12-steam-machines-detailed-fondled-and-photographed-every-angle/feature" target="_blank">12 Steam Machines detailed, fondled and photographed</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="Alienware&#039;s incoming X31 Steam Machine is smaller than the X51" alt="Alienware X31" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienware%20x31.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Performance per pound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>X51 configurations start at RM3288,&nbsp;but the price varies based on your configuration. It&rsquo;s expensive compared to consoles, but PC games are generally far cheaper and ardent gamers will save cash in the long run - especially if they don&rsquo;t mind waiting for Steam&rsquo;s sales. In computing terms a souped-up gaming PC for around a grand has to be admired, too, especially given the small form factor.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alienware X51 (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>Alienware hasn&rsquo;t changed a huge amount about the X51, but this is still the computer to get if you&rsquo;re not tempted by a console.</p> <p>The wee size matched with powerful components make it perfectly suited to the living room, and in terms of performance it&rsquo;s up there with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/sony-ps4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a>, but with the added flexibility of the PC as a platform. Steam Machines are going to liven this market up, but right now the X51 is the best balance of performance and size in the PC world.</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="Alienware X51 verdict" alt="Alienware X51" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Alienware-X51-review-9.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity </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"> quietness </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>It&#39;s not without its flaws, but the X51 remains the best balance of power and form currently available in PC land</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"> Alienware X51 (2014) review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not quite a Steam Machine, but close enough </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/Alienware-X51-review-1_1.jpg?1400553347" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/alienware/alienware-x51-2014/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/alienware/alienware-x51-2014/review#comments Alienware Desktops Gaming Windows X51 Sat, 17 May 2014 12:01:19 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1437445 at http://www.stuff.tv Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky http://www.stuff.tv/my/mac-os-x/free-game-week-beneath-steel-sky/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With a sequel in the offing, it’s high time you revisited this 20-year-old point-and-click classic </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="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" alt="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/beneath-a-steel-sky-5.jpg?1399856508" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you heard? Adventure games are back in fashion. In recent years, thoughtfully paced narrative-driven titles like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/walking-dead-episode-one/review" target="_blank"><em>The Walking Dead</em></a> and <em>Heavy Rain</em> have revived interest in a genre that seemed to have all but died off in favour of twitchy shooters and action-focussed RPGs.
</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"><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"> Quirky humour and death round every corner </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Beneath a Steel Sky</em> was created by British developer Charles Cecil&rsquo;s Revolution Software. Cecil had already developed one successful point-and-click adventure (1992&rsquo;s <em>Lure of the Temptress</em>) and for his second he forged a creative partnership with legendary comic artist Dave Gibbons (best known for <em>Watchmen</em>). The result was a comic-book style cyberpunk adventure that manages to be sinister and humorous &ndash; and unmistakably British in that humour.</p> <p>Set in a dystopian, post-nuclear war Australia, the game sees protagonist Robert Foster (named after the lager) abducted from his outback tribe and stranded in Union City, a giant pollution-choked megalopolis controlled by an all-powerful and malignant computer called LINC.</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="Much of the dialogue is voiced by actors" alt="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beneath-a-steel-sky-1.jpg?1399856508" /> </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 humour is distinctly British" alt="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beneath-a-steel-sky-6.jpg?1399856508" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Play it before the sequel arrives </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As Robert and his robot companion Joey progress through the game, you&rsquo;ll solve a series of puzzles (classic point-and-click stuff, but well-balanced so as not to be overly tricky), explore the vast city, meet a cast of intriguing and colourful characters and solve the mystery behind Robert&rsquo;s childhood as well as his relationship with LINC.</p> <p>Even 20 years on, <em>Beneath a Steel Sky</em> is compelling, diverting stuff, and with a sequel in the offing (Charles Cecil has spoken of developing that once his current adventure game, <em>Broken Sword: The Serpent&rsquo;s Curse</em>, is finished), there&rsquo;s never been a better time to reacquaint yourself with it &ndash; or to play it for the first time.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.gog.com/game/beneath_a_steel_sky#" target="_blank">Download Beneath a Steel Sky for free here</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="You might be seeing this death screen quite a lot" alt="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beneath-a-steel-sky-3.jpg?1399856508" /> </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 puzzles are tricky, but logical" alt="Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beneath-a-steel-sky-4.jpg?1399856508" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/mac-os-x/free-game-week-beneath-steel-sky/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/mac-os-x/free-game-week-beneath-steel-sky/feature#comments Free Game of the Week Gaming Mac OS X Windows Sun, 11 May 2014 08:40:56 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1436926 at http://www.stuff.tv Child of Light http://www.stuff.tv/my/child-light/child-light/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What happens when the minds behind Far Cry 3 make a JRPG? Child of Light, that’s what </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="Child of Light review" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Child-of-Light-ForgottenTower_TopTree.jpg?1399857285" /> </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>Ubisoft Montreal might have made its name with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/far-cry-3/review" target="_blank"><em>Far Cry 3</em></a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review" target="_blank"><em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</em></a> games, but its latest effort is the polar opposite - a pretty 2D fairytale adventure.</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, tested on PS4 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">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"> The sublime battle system </div> <div class="field-item even"> Beautiful watercolour visuals </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Kid-friendly two-player mode </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"> Enough with the rhyming story already </div> <div class="field-item even"> Unexciting character development and crafting </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Lack of challenge for RPG veterans </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"> Eye candy </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 visuals are the most striking thing about <em>Child of Light</em>. It uses the same tech as <em>Rayman Legends</em> to render Lemuria in soft watercolours and the result is as imaginative as it is beautiful.</p> <p>The backdrops are further brought to life with gusts of winds and shadowy creatures moving along the horizon, but while the world itself is stunning, the characters and enemies roaming Lemuria are more simplistic, although Aurora&rsquo;s swishing red hair gives her plenty of personality.</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 watercolour-like backgrounds are glorious" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-light-PlainsofRambert_Windmill.jpg?1399857285" /> </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 animated details in the landscape help Lemuria comes to life" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-Light-FloodedLand_SunPalaceEntrance_Hall.jpg?1399857285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Rhymes and more rhymes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In keeping with the fairytale vibe and the team&rsquo;s desire to create a game parents and their children can play together, the story has been written so that it rhymes. That starts out charming but the constant stream of moon-spoon and stairs-airs couplets soon grates.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not just about personal taste, though - the rhyming also warps the dialogue so that it&rsquo;s often a bit vague vague and leaves you with little idea as to what you&rsquo;re supposed to do next.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature" target="_blank">20 Amazing Indie Games You Can Download Right Now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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 rhyming is charming at the start but soon gets grating" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-Light-PlainsofRambert_BolmusVillage.jpg?1399857285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Explore Lemuria </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 travelling around Lemuria&rsquo;s 2D world is largely about getting from A to B, but the sprawling kingdom has plenty of hidden surprises and treasures for those prepared to look.</p> <p>There are a few puzzles, too, most of which are solved with the help of Aurora&rsquo;s firefly companion, which can be controlled by a second player and used to heal characters or blind enemies. But the core of the game is battling the beasts that roam the land.</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="That wee firefly-thing can be controlled by a friend" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-Light-FloodedLand_SunPalaceEntrance.jpg?1399857285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Action battles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those battles are an appealing refinement of <em>Final Fantasy&rsquo;s</em> active battle system. The bar at the bottom of the screen is key. Icons of each combatant race along it and when they reach the red zone that character can choose an action such as attack or use magic. Some actions are slower to perform than others and if a character gets hit before reaching the zone&rsquo;s end the action fails. This makes for engaging clashes in which you&rsquo;re always weighing up whether that slow-to-cast spell is worth the gamble.</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="There&#039;s surprising depth and refinement in the combat system" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-Light-Fightscene_Giant.jpg?1399857285" /> </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 bar at the bottom shows when each character&#039;s ready to fight" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-light-Fightscene_Plainssort.jpg?1399857285" /> </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="Get hit while your attack charges and you lose that turn" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-Light-Fightscene_Windypeak.jpg?1399857285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> RPG Lite </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In keeping with its goal of being a game that parents and their children can enjoy together, <em>Child of Light</em> isn&rsquo;t particularly challenging. Level ups rain down like wedding confetti and it&rsquo;s possible to get to the end without being defeated once in battle.</p> <p>That won&rsquo;t please the RPG hardcore who will probably also be offended by the shallowness of the skill trees and crafting. Most of the skill upgrades are minor stat increases and the crafting of gems to enhance weapons feels half-hearted as if it&rsquo;s only here because it&rsquo;s expected in a RPG. Those less concerned with the usual RPG stat juggling won&rsquo;t care.</p> <p><strong>Looking for a more grown-up RPG? <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-3/dark-souls-ii/review" target="_blank">Check out our Dark Souls II review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The puzzles and progression are fairly basic" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-Light-Puzzel_Giant.jpg?1399857285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Child of Light 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>Child of Light</em> is gorgeous and the battle system is the game design equivalent of fine art, but the goal of creating a game parents and children can play together means that those looking for more RPG depth will be a bit disappointed.</p> <p>The rhyming dialogue is also very much an acquired taste, probably one that only Care Bears possess.</p> <p>Nonetheless, the option of putting a second player in charge of Aurora&rsquo;s firefly makes this a great game for parents and kids to play together.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-and-games/top-ten" target="_blank">the Top 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="Child of Light review" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-Light-Floodedland_PisceanVillage.jpg?1399857285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </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>Child of Light is a visual treat with sublime battling - but be aware that it&#39;s aimed at a younger audience</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"> Child of Light 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/Child-of-Light-ForgottenTower_TopTree_0.jpg?1399857285" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/child-light/child-light/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/child-light/child-light/review#comments Apps and Games Child of Light Console games PlayStation 4 PS3 Ubisoft Wii U Windows Xbox 360 Xbox One Fri, 02 May 2014 16:12:42 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1436532 at http://www.stuff.tv Lenovo ThinkPad 10 Windows tablet leaked… by Lenovo http://www.stuff.tv/my/lenovo/lenovo-thinkpad-10-windows-tablet-leaked-lenovo/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10in slate displayed on Lenovo’s Australian site ahead of official launch </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="Lenovo ThinkPad 10 Windows tablet leaked… by Lenovo" alt="Lenovo ThinkPad 10 Windows tablet leaked… by Lenovo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lenovo-thinkpad-10.jpg?1398735069" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lenovo has a new 10in tablet coming out &ndash; and has &ldquo;leaked&rdquo; it on its own site ahead of any official announcement.</p> <p>The Windows 8.1-equipped ThinkPad 10 appeared on Lenovo&rsquo;s Australian site over the weekend, described as a &ldquo;business-ready&rdquo; model delivering a &ldquo;full PC experience&rdquo; and listed as &ldquo;coming soon&rdquo;.</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"> Cheaper than a Surface </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No price is mentioned as yet, but there&rsquo;s a handful of specifications: a 1920 x 1200 resolution on the 10.1in screen; a 1.6GHz quad-core Intel Atom CPU; up to 128GB of storage; an 8MP rear camera; and a 2MP front-facing camera. There&rsquo;ll be a 4G LTE option, too.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s compatible with a range of accessories including a keyboard, a tablet dock and a Digitizer Pen stylus.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re expecting the announcement of a European release date and pricing soon, so stay tuned. We&#39;d bet big that it&#39;s signficantly cheaper than a Microsoft Surface.</p> <p>[<a href="http://shopap.lenovo.com/au/en/tablets/windows-tablet/">Lenovo Australia</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/27/lenovo-thinkpad-10-teaser/">Engadget</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-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/lenovo/lenovo-thinkpad-10-windows-tablet-leaked-lenovo/news#comments Lenovo Tablets Windows Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:37:13 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1436310 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 Put the ghosts of XP to rest by killing Clippy http://www.stuff.tv/my/kill-clippy-finally-put-ghosts-xp-rest-fun-microsoft-game/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fun Microsoft game gently reminds you to leave the outdated operating system behind </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="Kill Clippy, finally put the ghosts of XP to rest in fun Microsoft game" alt="Kill Clippy, finally put the ghosts of XP to rest in fun Microsoft game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows%20xp%20stuff.jpg?1397542631" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Know someone who still can&#39;t let go of Microsoft XP? Maybe a gentle push in the form of this&nbsp;hilarious game by Microsoft called&nbsp;<a href="http://www.modern.ie/en-us/virtualization-tools#escape-from-xp" target="_blank"><em>Escape from XP</em></a>&nbsp;might do the trick.</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"> Shoot the relics, shoot them all </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First thing when you go to the site, the familiar Windows XP bootup song sounds, followed by the famed Blue Screen of Death. Resist the urge to restart.</p> <p>Then the game proceeds to bring in a whole mass of enemies for you to take down, including the most annoying Microsoft invention after Windows ME: Clippy.</p> <p>The keys W, A, S, and D are your friends to move around, and are controlled via the spacebar and arrow keys.</p> <p>Give the game a whirl <a href="http://www.modern.ie/en-us/virtualization-tools#escape-from-xp" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://time.com/59363/celebrate-windows-xps-demise-by-escaping-from-it-just-watch-out-for-clippy/" target="_blank">Time</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="Shoot the relics, shoot them all" alt="Shoot the relics, shoot them all" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows%20XP%20blue.jpg?1397542631" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/kill-clippy-finally-put-ghosts-xp-rest-fun-microsoft-game/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/kill-clippy-finally-put-ghosts-xp-rest-fun-microsoft-game/news#comments Windows Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:16:22 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1435447 at http://www.stuff.tv Titanfall http://www.stuff.tv/my/xbox-360/titanfall/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft’s robot fighting sim has landed, hoping to make a Titan-sized dent in the fortunes of the PS4. But is it the FPS revolution we were promised? </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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Titanfall_review_1.jpg?1401336132" /> </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/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Landing in a crater of hype bigger than any imprint left by the plummeting robots of its title, <em>Titanfall</em> is the biggest game of the new console generation so far. But does it live up to expectations? Just about.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One review</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on Xbox One </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">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"> Well-balanced matches </div> <div class="field-item even"> Boarding your Titan never gets old </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Pilot movement is parkour done properly </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"> Attrition mode is dull </div> <div class="field-item even"> Campaign feels tacked-on </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Can’t be played offline </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"> It&#039;s raining &#039;bots </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Titanfall</em> is an online-only first-person shooter, with the added bonus of large robots periodically falling from the sky for you to climb inside and wreak havoc with &ndash; think <em>Battlefield</em> meets <em>MechWarrior</em>.</p> <p>It begins with a vague story about a war that broke out after humans colonised a far away system of planets. You can skip this bit, or go and make a cup of tea while it plays, it&rsquo;s largely irrelevant. All you need to know is you start off on foot and after a few minutes you&rsquo;ll be able to summon your robo-pal.</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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_7.jpg?1401336132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A campaign unworthy of the name </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 is split into two modes. Campaign mode attaches vague narratives to two of the standard game types: Attrition and Hardpoint. You can happily ignore the story without any detriment to the game &ndash; it&#39;s all gravel-voiced thugs calling each other son-of-a-bitch, hardly&nbsp;<em>Citizen Kane</em>&nbsp;&ndash; but it works well as an extended online tutorial, introducing you to the basics of actual gameplay over nine different maps.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s all over in under two hours but you can play through again as the other side if you so wish (there&rsquo;s the IMC and the Militia but they&rsquo;re two sides of the same macho coin). By the end I&rsquo;d leveled up enough to unlock Burn Cards, which give short-term power-ups to your player, such as faster sprinting, or a more powerful Titan.</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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_4.jpg?1401336132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Multiplayer classic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>However, once you&rsquo;ve tried Classic mode chances are you&rsquo;ll never touch the campaign again.</p> <p>Classic mode ditches any sense of narrative and just lets you get down to business, adding Capture the Flag, Last Titan Standing, and Pilot Hunter to the Attrition and Hardpoint modes introduced in the Campaign. They&rsquo;re pretty familiar FPS game modes, although the traditional character upgrade system offers all the incentive you&rsquo;ll need to keep playing. Hardly groundbreaking, but if it ain&rsquo;t broke, blast it to smithereens with a massive robot.</p> <p>Attrition is well named. For someone like me who&rsquo;s never going to top the leaderboard on kills alone, it removes most of the nuance involved in other game modes and retreats back into a standard FPS reaction test. The fun starts when you add in extra gameplay dimensions, such as flags to capture or bases to infiltrate and defend.</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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_12.jpg?1401336132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Tackling the Titans </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Titanfall&rsquo;s</em> biggest strength is its many opportunities to earn points. You can go around killing AI-controlled grunts for easy points, although that feels slightly against the spirit of an online game. It won&rsquo;t make you any more deadly against human opponents either, and you&rsquo;ll still periodically get shot by human Pilots or squashed by Titans. The latter are mighty powerful but you&rsquo;ll be rewarded handsomely for felling one, which makes it an exciting gamble to take. There are also challenges that award points for number of kills, distance travelled and time played.</p> <p>The balance between Titan power and vulnerability is spot-on. They&rsquo;re big targets that attract attention from both the other Titans and the much more nimble Pilots and their shields wear out with surprising speed. The maps offer very few places to hide a massive robot and most give Pilots multiple levels from which to mount an attack. That means boarding your Titan isn&rsquo;t necessarily a huge advantage, just a different approach.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/shooty-and-sweet-10-best-games-gunplay/feature" target="_top">the 10 Best Games for Gunplay</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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_16.jpg?1401336132" /> </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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_14.jpg?1401336132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Silver linings Epilogue </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To be successful in <em>Titanfall</em> you need much more than just the faster trigger finger. Using all the tools and power-ups available to you is crucial, particularly the short bursts of cloaking that you get by default. This&nbsp;isn&rsquo;t a game of cover and fire &ndash; it&rsquo;s about varying your attacks.</p> <p>Maps are well designed to stop people camping, plus the choice to limit matches to teams of six means you have to keep moving if you want to find anyone to shoot. That means vertically, as well as laterally, with plenty of walls and windows to jump through and bounce off, using your Pilot&rsquo;s jetpack to find areas other shooters can&rsquo;t reach.</p> <p>Each match also ends with an Epilogue, in which you either need to reach a dropship in order to escape, or stop the opposition from doing so to earn an extra few points. Leapfrogging a Titan into the waiting getaway vehicle (or shooting the enemy as they do so) is one of those &#39;Did you see that?&#39; gaming moments that <em>Titanfall</em> seems to throw up with grin-inducing regularity.</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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_3.jpg?1401336132" /> </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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_15.jpg?1401336132" /> </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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_2.jpg?1401336132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Titanfall 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>If you&#39;ve been put off by multiplayer shooters before, <em>Titanfall</em> is unlikely to turn you into a Red Bull-chugging, anti-glare spec-wearing FPS junkie. But for shooter fans left unconvinced by <em>COD&rsquo;s</em> juvenile environment, it&nbsp;makes fragging fun again.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">the 200 Greatest Games of All Time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall%20Cover%20Art%20_DEC.jpg?1401336132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hardly a revolution in online shooters but Titanfall is still greater than the sum of its parts</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"> Titanfall review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Parkour moves + mechs = gaming gold </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_7_1.jpg?1401335782" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/xbox-360/titanfall/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming Windows Xbox 360 Xbox One Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:18:19 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433915 at http://www.stuff.tv