Wii U http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/wii-u/features en-GB Fully Charged: The Legend of Zelda for Wii U is vast and beautiful, new Doom game teased, and Google’s big satellite acquisition http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-legend-zelda-wii-u-vast-and-beautiful-new-doom-game-teased-and-google-s-big-sat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start your morning off right with a healthy dose of hot tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Legend of Zelda" alt="The Legend of Zelda" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/legendofzelda-wiiu.jpg?1402506800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Legend of Zelda for Wii U takes open approach </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For the second year in a row, Nintendo skipped an E3 media briefing in favor of a streaming Nintendo Direct video for all&mdash;and this was a rather important one, considering <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/nintendo-s-financial-report-shows-wii-u-problem-isn-t-getting-better/news">the Wii U&rsquo;s rough sales</a> to date. Luckily, Nintendo had a long-awaited ace up its sleeve: a brand new Legend of Zelda game for Wii U.</p> <p>As seen and said in the clip above, the new Legend of Zelda appears to be an open-world experience, with non-linear dungeons and progression through the adventure. It also features a fantastically bright and colorful new aesthetic, which has us anxious for this potentially Wii U saviour to debut&hellip; in 2015, unfortunately.</p> <p>Nintendo revealed a wealth of new titles during its presentation, including Mario Maker, Yoshi&rsquo;s Woolly World, and Splatoon, as well as the official name and additional details for its Amiibo <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-tech-giants-advocate-net-neutrality-nintendo-makes-its-own-skylanders-and-izitr">action figure platform</a>. Stay tuned for additional coverage of the company&rsquo;s E3 week barrage.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/legend-zelda-skyward-sword/review">The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/n6e8F2UBmTg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Doom game teased before QuakeCon reveal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Doom creator id Software announced that work had begun on a new Doom sequel years ago, but it&rsquo;s finally shaping up&mdash;if this week&rsquo;s new teaser trailer is any indication. And considering the slightly underwhelming Rage, it&#39;s about time that id gets its internal team back on a tried-and-true property.</p> <p>The video doesn&rsquo;t say or show much at all, but hearing the classic sound effects and seeing the new Cyberdemon in action, we can&rsquo;t help but feel that tinge of excitement. The game will be revealed at id&rsquo;s upcoming QuakeCon event, which takes place from 17-20 July.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/happy-birthday-doom/feature">Doom&rsquo;s legacy: 20 years of brutal FPS action</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cYjR5UzhcZA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google bought a satellite imaging company for US$500 million </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google Maps progressively gets better and more useful with each passing update, but Google&rsquo;s roadmap for the future could be simply jaw-dropping if its acquisition of Skybox Imaging is any indication.</p> <p>Google announced yesterday that it purchased the satellite imaging company for US$500 million in cash, and Skybox is known for using satellites to take incredibly high-resolution photos from space, not to mention HD video. You can spot the first-ever HD video from space above, from last December.</p> <p>According to its investors note, Google sees benefit not only in its Maps service for consumers, but also in the possibility of helping &ldquo;improve Internet access and disaster relief&mdash;areas Google has long been interested in.&rdquo; We&rsquo;ll be very curious to see how this acquisition pans out in the coming years.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://investor.google.com/releases/2014/0609.html">Google</a>, <a href="http://www.skyboximaging.com/blog/skybox-imaging-google">Skybox</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/electronic-arts/fully-charged-google-maps-adds-public-transport-info-all-uk-oculus-vr-establishing-f">Google Maps adds public transport info for all of UK, Oculus VR exploring first-party content, and new Titanfall maps out tomorrow</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fCrB1t8MncY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-legend-zelda-wii-u-vast-and-beautiful-new-doom-game-teased-and-google-s-big-sat#comments Console games E3 2014 Gaming Google Maps Nintendo Wii U Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1438882 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Star Wars: Episode VII set photos leak, Forza Horizon 2 revealed, and the amazing suitcase scooter http://www.stuff.tv/wii-u/fully-charged-star-wars-episode-vii-set-photos-leak-forza-horizon-2-revealed-and-amazing-suitc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After yesterday’s WWDC barrage, here are some stories that have nothing to do with Apple </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="Star Wars: A New Hope" alt="Star Wars: A New Hope" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/starwars-ep4.jpg?1401777181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Star Wars: Episode VII set photos leak, plus new cast members confirmed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;re certainly not going to be the ones to spoil anything from the new Star Wars if you&rsquo;re looking to keep in the dark for the next year and a half. But if you can&rsquo;t wait to see the familiar desert sands and other sights from the film franchise, TMZ has <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2014/06/02/star-wars-episode-7-set-photos-secret-pics-new-creature/">a stack of photos</a> leaked from the set. There&rsquo;s nothing we&rsquo;d consider a likely serious spoiler in the bunch, but still&mdash;view at your own risk.</p> <p>In more official news, two additional actresses have been announced for the large ensemble cast, and they&rsquo;re both very noteworthy additions: Lupita Nyong&rsquo;o&mdash;who just won Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards for 12 Years a Slave&mdash;and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie.</p> <p>Star Wars: Episode VII hits cinemas worldwide on 18 December 2015, of course, and is directed by J.J. Abrams with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill all reprising their iconic roles.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2014/06/02/star-wars-episode-7-set-photos-secret-pics-new-creature/">TMZ</a>, <a href="http://starwars.com/star-wars-episode-vii-adds-academy-award-winner-lupita-nyongo-and-game-of-thrones-gwendoline-christie.html">Star Wars</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/star-wars-episode-vii-cast-revealed-ford-hamill-and-fisher-flanked-newcomers/news">Star Wars: Episode VII cast revcaeled: Ford, Hamill, and Fisher flanked by newcomers</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"> Forza Horizon 2 racing to Xbox One and Xbox 360 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last year, Forza Motorsport 5 was the standout Xbox One launch exclusive, and now spinoff series Forza Horizon looks to make it two for two with this autumn&rsquo;s Forza Horizon 2.</p> <p>Unlike the core entries, Horizon is an open-world racer with a bit more of an arcade-like appeal, and the sequel will take place in Southern Europe, reports IGN. It will also feature hundreds of licensed cars, and introduce a weather system for unpredictable terrain.</p> <p>Original Horizon developer Playground Games is returning for the Xbox One iteration, while a separate Xbox 360 version will be handled by Sumo Digital. No word yet on differences between the releases, but we&rsquo;re sure to find out more at E3 next week.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/06/02/ign-first-forza-horizon-2-announced">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/forza-horizon/review">Forza Horizon 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="Forza Horizon 2" alt="Forza Horizon 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/forzahorizon2.jpg?1401777181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Introducing the suitcase scooter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looking for a way to get around without shelling out for an expensive ride? Consider following the lead of Chinese man Hi Liangcai, a former farmer who spent a decade dreaming up and constructing this amazing suitcase-based scooter.</p> <p>The side of the rolling luggage is used as the seat, and it can hold two people while running at 20 km/hour, with the battery allowing a distance of about 50 km/hour on a charge. Worth spending about a decade of brain power for? Yeah, we&rsquo;d say so. Ride on, you brilliant man.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gb.cri.cn/42071/2014/05/28/6611s4557602.htm">CRI Online</a> via <a href="http://www.designboom.com/design/chinese-man-suitcase-scooter-05-29-2014/">DesignBoom</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/scoot-along-urb-e/news">URB-E: the fold-up, ride-on electric scooter</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="Suitcase scooter" alt="Suitcase scooter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/suitcase-scooter.jpg?1401777181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Wii U update adds Quick Start menu </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For a video game console, the Wii U sure takes its sweet time getting you into actual games. It&rsquo;s improved a fair bit since the launch, when it would take ages just to move between menus, but it still takes some time to fire up the system and start playing. Luckily, Nintendo has cut down some of that sluggishness with the new 5.0.0 U system software update, which adds a Quick Start menu shown when the GamePad is first powered up.</p> <p>The new menu screen lets you more quickly jump into recently played or installed software. Additionally, the update lets system updates install in the background when in standby mode, and allows Nintendo to send notifications to your GamePad when the Wii U itself is powered down. Just don&rsquo;t ping us with GamePad spam and we&rsquo;ll be OK, Nintendo.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3070/p/431/c/267">Nintendo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/nintendo-s-financial-report-shows-wii-u-problem-isn-t-getting-better/news">Nintendo&rsquo;s financial report shows the Wii U problem isn&rsquo;t getting better</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="Wii U" alt="Wii U" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wiiu.jpg?1401777181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/wii-u/fully-charged-star-wars-episode-vii-set-photos-leak-forza-horizon-2-revealed-and-amazing-suitc#comments Console games Film and TV Wii U Xbox One Tue, 03 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1438430 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Plastic HTC One (M8) Ace official, GameCube controller adapter for Wii U, and Zesty makes doctor bookings a breeze http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-plastic-htc-one-m8-ace-official-gamecube-controller-adapter-wii-u-and-zesty-makes- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hot tech news condensed and collected to help begin your day off right </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="HTC One (M8) Ace" alt="HTC One (M8) Ace" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-onem8ace-official.jpg?1401431581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One (M8) Ace officially shown, out next week </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The leaks are true: the HTC One (M8) Ace, the plastic-finished version of our pick for the best phone in the world right now, is a real thing and due out soon. HTC posted promotional images of the handset on its own site, and the listed specs are the same that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/leaked-htc-one-m8-ace-render-remixes-top-phone-colourful-plastic/news">leaked last week</a>. Blue, red, black, and white exteriors are available.</p> <p>It appears as though the One (M8) Ace&mdash;known as the HTC One Vogue Edition in China&mdash;features the basic design of the original HTC One, but the internal hardware of the One (M8). It&rsquo;ll have the same 5in 1080p display and Snapdragon 801 SoC processor (clocked at 2.5Ghz in Asia).</p> <p>However, the Ace ditches the M8&rsquo;s Duo Camera for a standard 13-megapixel shooter, and the infrared TV remote function is also missing in action&mdash;concessions for what will surely be a noticeably lower price.</p> <p>Engadget reports that the device will be out next week on 3 June, though that&rsquo;s likely for China; it&rsquo;s not clear if the Ace will also debut internationally so quickly, but we&rsquo;re sure to find out pretty quickly.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.htc.com/cn/go/e8/">HTC</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/29/htc-one-vogue-edition-china/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">Top 10 Smartphones</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"> GameCube controller adapter announced for Wii U </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nintendo fans are ecstatic for this year&rsquo;s launch of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, but even the most excited of the bunch had been concerned about their control options for the game. The GameCube controller is widely considered the best input device for the series, but it&rsquo;s not compatible with the Wii U.</p> <p>Well, it turns out that Internet griping can make things happen, as Nintendo of America announced today via Twitter that it will release a GameCube controller adapter hub for the Wii U for use with Super Smash Bros. As shown in the image, it will plug into the Wii U via its front USB ports, and will allow up to four GameCube controllers to be used.</p> <p>Many details remain unclear, such as whether it will work with other games and if the beloved Wavebird wireless controller will be supported. Still, support for 13-year-old controllers is a pretty huge concession towards the fanbase, and it&rsquo;s sure to be appreciated, even if it&rsquo;s just for one game.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/472076848382607361">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mario-kart-8/mario-kart-8/review">Mario Kart 8 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GameCube adapter" alt="GameCube adapter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wiiu-gamecube.jpg?1401431581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Zesty allows easy web booking of doctor’s appointments </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Launched this week, <a href="http://zesty.co.uk">Zesty.co.uk</a> allows UK residents to quickly book healthcare visits with a wide array of doctors and specialists, with more than 10,000 appointments available daily. The service is currently available in London, with Zesty promising the ability to book a visit within 60 seconds.</p> <p>Zesty is designed to help both private and NHS practices fill their empty appointments during the day due to cancellations and the like, and to allow prospective patients to get into a doctor&rsquo;s office quickly with minimal fuss. It&rsquo;s the first service of its kind in the UK, and Zesty plans to expand beyond London soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-internet-things-will-change-world/feature">How the Internet of Things will change 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1DkX0WDyJUc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-plastic-htc-one-m8-ace-official-gamecube-controller-adapter-wii-u-and-zesty-makes-#comments Health and fitness HTC Nintendo One (M8) Wii U Fri, 30 May 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1438149 at http://www.stuff.tv Mario Kart 8 http://www.stuff.tv/mario-kart-8/mario-kart-8/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Revolutionary system seller? Not quite, but Mario Kart 8 is still the series&#039; best entry in a long time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mario Kart 8 review" alt="Mario Kart 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mariokart-art.jpg?1401337082" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Wii U is in rather dire straits, and there&#39;s been little worth playing since the wonderful <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wii-u/super-mario-3d-world/review" target="_blank"><em>Super Mario 3D World</em></a>. To slow the console&#39;s decline, Nintendo plans to trot out more of its classic franchises one by one&mdash;and <em>Mario Kart 8</em> is its biggest release for the foreseeable future.</p> <p>While unsurprisingly familiar, the faithful party favourite delivers with some of the series&#39; best tracks to date and a lot of flash and fun for good measure.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £45.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wii U </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"> Imaginative new tracks are a blast </div> <div class="field-item even"> Vibrant, dazzling cartoonish look </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Multiplayer is endlessly entertaining </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"> Single-player still lacks punch </div> <div class="field-item even"> Couple remade tracks are weakened </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Uninteresting GamePad implementation </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"> Greatest hits </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Mario Kart 8</em> essentially combines the biggest tweaks from the last two very good (but not amazing) <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/nintendo-mario-kart-wii/review" target="_blank">Wii</a> and Nintendo 3DS entries by including customizable bikes and karts alike, plus underwater driving and aerial gliding moments. And then it adds wild looping terrain and wall driving, thanks to new anti-gravity segments and transforming rides.</p> <p>While all of these represent nudges away from the very straightforward weapons-centric racing template, the end result feels like a quite strong culmination of the last decade or so of <em>Mario Kart</em> games&mdash;and weirdly, the freshest the series has felt since <em>Double Dash</em> on GameCube.</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="Underwater segments add some bubbly appeal" alt="Mario Kart 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mario-kart-8-review-1.jpg?1401337082" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Fantastic tracks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Surely Nintendo&#39;s run out of fresh locales for racetracks by now, right? Not quite, thankfully: <em>Mario Kart 8</em> features a diverse array of new courses, and the looping, physics-taunting designs are really something.</p> <p>Electrodrome spins and shimmers like a mirror ball, while Sweet Sweet Canyon&#39;s glossy taffy roads are a treat&mdash;even if it looks like it was yanked out of Disney&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Wreck-It Ralph</em>. Eight games deep into the series, the 16 original tracks here comprise perhaps the most diverse set to date, and as always, it culminates in a rather fun new incarnation of Rainbow Road.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-games-just-drivin-around/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s 10 best games for just drivin&#39; around</a></strong></p> </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="Sweet Sweet Canyon will seem familiar if you&#039;ve seen Wreck-It Ralph" alt="Mario Kart 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mario-kart-8-review-4.jpg?1401337082" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Reconfigured classics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Considering the new mechanics in play here, it&#39;s great to see that Nintendo didn&#39;t simply port over the older included courses. The 16 classic tracks from the earlier games&mdash;which bring the total count to 32&mdash;have been nicely reimagined to fit in well with the newer gameplay elements.</p> <p>I especially love how the older 16-bit era tracks maintain the familiar color scheme and blocky barriers while adding some verticality via the anti-gravity mechanic. That said, while I welcome the effort to overhaul a track such as Toad&#39;s Turnpike from <em>Mario Kart 64</em>, the new version lacks the challenge that defined the original. In that case, especially, it feels more like a watered-down homage than a revival.</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 old classics are back but nicely tweaked" alt="Mario Kart 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mario-kart-8-review-2.jpg?1401337082" /> </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="Retro colours, Baby Mario, Wii U racing" alt="Mario Kart 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mario-kart-8-review-5.jpg?1401337081" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Multiplayer madness </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 ever, <em>Mario Kart 8</em> is at its best in multiplayer, and you can hop online for frantic 12-player showdowns, or jump into the classic local four-player split-screen battles. You can even merge the two, with two local players and another 10 waiting to pummel you both over the interweb.</p> <p>Single-player remains a rather straightforward and unexciting affair, however. It&#39;s a good way to get familiar with the tracks and quickly unlock characters and kart customization pieces, but some sort of campaign or array of challenges would have been appreciated&mdash;as in the great <em>Sonic &amp; All-Stars Racing Transformed</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/5-best-games-student-house/feature" target="_blank">The 5 best games for a student house</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 use of Miis makes multiplayer a little more personal" alt="Mario Kart 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mario-kart-8-review-6.jpg?1401337082" /> </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="Weapons can still make enemies of friends in multiplayer matches" alt="Mario Kart 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mario-kart-8-review-9.jpg?1401337081" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Visual splendor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sure, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo-wii-u/review" target="_blank">Wii U</a> lacks the power to render thousands of individual facial pores on an angry, hyper-realistic soldier, but system horsepower be damned: <em>Mario Kart 8</em> looks downright spectacular. The glossy, cartoonish aesthetic is vibrant and fantastic, and it moves fluidly throughout.</p> <p>It may not be pushing polygons the way games on <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> can, but neither company is pumping out charming art design like this&mdash;and it&#39;s their loss. <em>Mario Kart 8&#39;s</em> vivid graphics are a surprising highlight. Forget realism: this might be the best-looking game on the Wii U, and it&#39;s one of the most attractive games on any platform of late.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one-vs-sony-ps4-depth/feature" target="_blank">Xbox One vs PS4</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 Wii U&#039;s no powerhouse, but Mario Kart 8 still looks spectacular" alt="Mario Kart 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mario-kart-8-review-8_0.jpg?1401337082" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Mario Kart 8 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>Nintendo says it plans to push the GamePad more as a defining feature of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo-wii-u/review" target="_blank">Wii U</a> games, and frankly, <em>Mario Kart 8</em> doesn&#39;t do much interesting there&mdash;nor does it mess with the usual play modes and cup-based structure we&#39;ve experienced time and again. It&#39;s <em>Mario Kart</em>. We all know it well.</p> <p>And yet it feels refreshed and exuberant. The twisty new courses are delights, the revised older courses are mostly stellar as well, and even the cheery soundtrack helps bring a grin to your face as you fling shells at rivals. <em>Mario Kart 8</em> may not be the Wii U&#39;s singlehanded savior; it&#39;s not quite new and exciting enough to buy a system for. But if you already have the console, consider this essential.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mario Kart 8 review verdict" alt="Mario Kart 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mario-kart-8-review-7.jpg?1401337082" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Building upon lesser recent entries while adding new flash and fun twists, <em>Mario Kart 8</em> is a rare Wii U highlight</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"> Mario Kart 8 review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mario-kart-8/mario-kart-8/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/mario-kart-8/mario-kart-8/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Wii U Thu, 15 May 2014 15:39:18 +0000 Tom Parsons 1437274 at http://www.stuff.tv Nintendo’s financial report shows Wii U problem isn’t getting better http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/nintendo-s-financial-report-shows-wii-u-problem-isn-t-getting-better/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The console manufacturer posts a huge loss while sales fall short of even reduced projections </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="Nintendo Wii U" alt="Nintendo Wii U" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wiiu.jpg?1399541416" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">How&rsquo;s the Wii U doing in the wake of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launches? Still pretty poorly, as Nintendo&rsquo;s latest earnings report demonstrates.</p> <p class="p1">Nintendo posted an annual operating loss of &pound;268.9 million (46.4 billion yen) for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2014, the third consecutive year the company has been in the red. Nintendo previously expected a loss of &pound;202.8 million (35 billion yen) as of January, which is a far cry from its original projection of operating income of &pound;579.6 million (100 billion yen).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Both hardware and software sales just missed their latest projections, although games like New Super Luigi U and the brilliant <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wii-u/super-mario-3d-world/review" target="_blank">Super Mario 3D World</a> sold more than a million units apiece. Despite its unique second-screen GamePad controller, the underpowered Wii U hardware has failed to catch on with players and has spurned many major game publishers&mdash;notably Electronic Arts.</p> <p class="p2">&ldquo;Nintendo will seek to enrich the value of the Wii U GamePad, the most important differentiator of Wii U, and as a result expand the sales of the Wii U platform,&rdquo; reads the company&rsquo;s report to investors. It&#39;ll be interesting to see how.</p> <p class="p1">Sales for Nintendo&rsquo;s 3DS handheld also missed their target, with 12.24 million units sold against a projection of 13.5 million. But it&#39;s not all doom and gloom - 3DS software sales (67.89 million) beat their expectations (66 million) on the back of strong titles like Pokémon X &amp; Y, which together sold 12.26 million copies. Given that these games sell for proper money&mdash;the polar opposite of smartphone offerings&mdash;these numbers aren&#39;t to be sniffed at.</p> <p class="p1">[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2014/140507e.pdf" target="_blank">Nintendo</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/5/7/5690124/nintendo-posts-456-million-annual-operating-loss" target="_blank">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wii-u/nintendo-wii-u-5-best-games-2013/feature" target="_blank">The 5 best Nintendo Wii U games so far</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-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Analysis: Don&#039;t count Nintendo out </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 class="p1">Some have speculated that Nintendo will follow the path of Sega and focus on making software for competitors&rsquo; consoles, but that seems unlikely. Despite its recent woes, Nintendo has a large supply of cash on hand and seems intent on doing its own thing for as long as it can.</p> <p class="p1">Considering the lack of software support, it seems unlikely that the Wii U will be able to compete against the latest Sony and Microsoft hardware. When the Nintendo 3DS started slow, Nintendo quickly cut its price and started bouncing back. With no such move for the Wii U, it&rsquo;s languished for months and major non-Nintendo games are mostly M.I.A.</p> <p class="p1">But Nintendo&rsquo;s been here before. Despite some beloved games, the GameCube was a misfire, but Nintendo rebounded by taking a huge risk on the original Wii. Attempting that move again with the Wii U hasn&rsquo;t exactly worked out thus far, but if any company can find a new and exciting way to change home gaming for the better, it&rsquo;s likely Nintendo. Don&rsquo;t count them out over the long haul.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/3ds/nintendo-s-financial-report-shows-wii-u-problem-isn-t-getting-better/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/nintendo-s-financial-report-shows-wii-u-problem-isn-t-getting-better/news#comments 3DS Console games Nintendo Wii U Wed, 07 May 2014 19:30:48 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1436714 at http://www.stuff.tv Child of Light http://www.stuff.tv/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="/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/far-cry-3/review" target="_blank"><em>Far Cry 3</em></a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/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"> £12.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4 </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/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/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/apps-and-games/console-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> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/child-light/child-light/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/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 Tom Parsons 1436520 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Nintendo planning two new consoles, Xbox One price cut and the shocking most torrented file of 2013 http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-nintendo-planning-two-new-consoles-xbox-one-price-cut-and-most-torrented-file-2013/new <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the latest tech news that’s fit to print – on a single page! </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="Fully Charged: Nintendo planning two new consoles, Xbox One price cut and the most torrented file of 2013" alt="Fully Charged: Nintendo planning two new consoles, Xbox One price cut and the mo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mario_0.jpg?1390440825" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <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"> Rumour: specs for next two Nintendo consoles leaked </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo-wii-u/review">Wii U</a> has proved a flop with consumers, but Nintendo isn&rsquo;t in dire straits financially. The company has billions of pounds in the bank, and if rumours are to be believed it&rsquo;s using some of those to develop not one but two new consoles &ndash; one handheld and one for the home.</p> <p>The &ldquo;Fusion DS&rdquo; will be another dual-screen handheld, says the rumour. It&rsquo;ll have two 5.1in 960 x 640 touchscreens, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, two haptic-equipped circular control pads and 16GB of internal storage.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the &ldquo;Fusion Terminal&rdquo;, powered by an 8-core custom IBM processor and supporting 1080p and 4K video output. It&rsquo;ll be able to charge up to four Fusion DS units or motion controllers wirelessly. There&rsquo;ll be 60GB and 300GB versions, and support for Wii U discs, 3DS cards and new Nintendo optical disc format called HVD.</p> <p>Even Gaminrealm, the site that reported this rumour, urges its readers to take the story with &ldquo;a grain of salt&rdquo; and we would suggest you do the same. After all, the Wii U has only been on sale for just over a year. Still, interesting stuff.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://gaminrealm.com/2014/01/21/nintendo-next-gen-system-specs/">Gaminrealm</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xbox One gets price cut </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Online retailers Zavvi and The Hut have cut the price of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Xbox One</a> console by &pound;20, offering the &ldquo;basic&rdquo; (i.e. game-less) package for &pound;410. We&rsquo;d expect other retailers to follow.</p> <p>The Xbox One&rsquo;s &pound;430 guide price is substantially higher than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Sony PlayStation 4</a>&rsquo;s (&pound;350), and this is undoubtedly one of the factors in the retailers&rsquo; decision. Reports claim the PS4 may be outselling Microsoft&rsquo;s console by a ratio of as much as three to one.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.oxm.co.uk/69761/xbox-one-finally-gets-a-price-cut/">OXM</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="Xbox One gets price cut " alt="Xbox One gets price cut " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xbox-one_2.jpg?1390392548" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The most downloaded torrent of 2013? It’ll surprise you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you were asked what the most downloaded torrent file of last year was, you&rsquo;d probably go for an obvious answer: the &ldquo;Red Wedding&rdquo; episode of <em>Game of Thrones</em> perhaps, or a movie like <em>The Hobbit: There and Back Again</em>. But it isn&rsquo;t either of those &ndash; in fact, it&rsquo;s not even an illegal file, despite torrenting&rsquo;s reputation for encouraging copyright theft.</p> <p>It transpires that it&rsquo;s a collection of free and legal collection of tracks by electronic music veteran Moby. Launched through BitTorrent Bundle, the client&rsquo;s musical storefront, the bundle was downloaded 8.9 million times.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.itproportal.com/2014/01/21/driven-by-bittorrent-bundle-the-most-downloaded-torrent-of-2013-was-actually-legal">IT Portal</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="BitTorrent logo" alt="BitTorrent logo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bittorrent-logo.jpg?1390440825" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Samsung Galaxy S5 to launch on 23rd February? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 missed it yesterday, here&rsquo;s a calendar date to circle if you happen to be a fan of Samsung&rsquo;s Galaxy phones: 23rd February. Mobile Review&rsquo;s Eldar Murtazin often hits home runs when it comes to rumours, and he tweeted that Samsung will officially reveal the phone on that date, during Mobile World Congress. He says the S5 will go on sale at the end of April and that it&rsquo;ll have a new version of the TouchWiz interface.</p> <p>Nothing earth-shatteringly unbelievable there, so we reckon it could be on the money. Stuff will be in attendance on that date, and as always we&rsquo;ll bring you all the news concerning Samsung&rsquo;s new flagship phone.</p> <p>You can read up on all the latest rumours about the Galaxy S5 over at our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">preview page</a>.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/eldarmurtazin/status/425529576023146496">Twitter</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Galaxy S5 Microsoft Nintendo Samsung Wii U Xbox One Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:51:59 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1431526 at http://www.stuff.tv The six Nintendo Wii U games you need to play http://www.stuff.tv/wii-u/nintendo-wii-u-5-best-games-2013/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 19/05/14: Meet the must-buy titles for Nintendo&#039;s two-screen console </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="Nintendo Wii U" alt="Nintendo Wii U" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nintendo-wii-u-main-moved_0.jpg?1400777956" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Wii U (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo-wii-u/review">read our full review</a>) was the first of the next-gen consoles to go on sale, and an attempt by Nintendo to recapture the attention of a hardcore gaming community that had been left somewhat cold by the Wii&#39;s casual gaming focus. With its second screen control setup, it&#39;s an innovative machine &ndash; and its stable of Nintendo exclusives makes it a tempting prospect.</p> <p>Here are the six must-buy titles for the Nintendo Wii U.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</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"> Super Mario 3D World </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hands down the best next-gen console game on the block, Super Mario 3D World hits the sweet spot between the multiplayer joy of Super Mario Bros Wii and the 3D wizardry of Super Mario Galaxy. From the familiar head-stomping to new additions like Mario&rsquo;s kitty onesie and Captain Toad&rsquo;s puzzle asides, it&rsquo;s a masterclass in game design. To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, when a man is tired of Mario, he is tired of life &ndash; and this is the proof.</p> <p><strong>Best for... classic Nintendo platforming</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wii-u/super-mario-3d-world/review">Read the review</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="1200" height="900" title="Super Mario 3D World" alt="Super Mario 3D World" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wii-u-super-mario-3d-world.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"> Pikmin 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A horticultural real-time strategy game might sound wrong but this is one garden party no Wii U owner should miss. You command three micro-astronauts as they harvest hordes of flower-headed pikmin to help battle giant bugs and find ways to collect the oversized and seductively named fruit they need for their daily juice fix. The pitch-perfect puzzles and charming characters make Pikmin 3 even more enticing than gulping down your astronauts&rsquo; supply of velvety dreamdrop juice.</p> <p><strong>Best for... classic Nintendo cuteness</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/pikmin-3/review">Read the review</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="Pikmin 3" alt="Pikmin 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wii-u-pikmin-3.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-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"> Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director’s Cut </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes you saw this on the PS3 and X360 back in 2011 but the Wii U has the definitive version of this slick, clever and stylish cyberpunk creep &lsquo;em up. The disappointing boss fights have undergone extensive and successful surgery, and the trademark brains-over-brawn action still thrills. And since we now live in an age of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/brit-neil-harbisson-officially-world-s-first-cyborg/news">passport-carrying cyborgs</a>, it is essential prep for when we inevitably all become bionic people living in a corrupt urban dystopia.</p> <p><strong>Best for... grown-up stealth gameplay</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/deus-ex-human-revolution/review">Read the review</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="Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director’s Cut" alt="Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director’s Cut" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wii-u-deus-ex-human-revolution.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"> Rayman Legends </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mario&rsquo;s not got a monopoly on Wii U platforming thanks to Rayman. Forget the so-so Rayman games of old, Legends&rsquo; wacky action is a barrel full of fun, wrapped in gorgeous visuals and backed with a fab two-player mode where one player uses the GamePad to move platforms and tickle enemies. Just try the demo&rsquo;s joyous Castle Rocks level, where you sprint around to the sound of a totally bonkers version of Black Betty, and you&rsquo;ll be hooked.</p> <p><strong>Best for... classic not-just-Nintendo platforming</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="Rayman Legends " alt="Rayman Legends " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wii-u-rayman-legends.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"> ZombiU </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Wii U isn&rsquo;t all about primary coloured fun as this grisly chiller proves. Set in an undead-infested London, it&rsquo;s a true survival horror experience - all creepy atmosphere, limited supplies of ammo, and the ever-present threat of losing all your gear by getting munched by shambling zombies. The good news is you can recover your equipment by returning to where you carked it. The bad news? Your old character, now a brains-hungry zombie, is still there, waiting.</p> <p><strong>Best for... fostering genuine fear</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="ZombiU" alt="ZombiU" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wii-u-zombiu.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"> Mario Kart 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 best Nintendo console games list would be complete without a Mario Kart entry, so here&#39;s Mario Kart 8, hot off the review press.</p> <p>It&#39;s the same Mario Kart you&#39;ve grown to love (and, once the blue shell strikes, hate), but with gloriously shiny graphics and new tracks to sink your tires into.</p> <p>With multiplayer more hectic than ever, you&#39;ll be swearing and cheering in equal measure in no time.</p> <p><strong>Best for&hellip; losing friends and making enemies</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mario-kart-8/mario-kart-8/review" target="_blank">Read the Mario Kart 8 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="604" height="453" title="Lets-a-go!" alt="The 6 best Nintendo Wii U games so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mariokart-art.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-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nintendo Wii U: best games </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"> The 5 best games for Ninty&#039;s new console </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Console games Games consoles Gaming Nintendo Wii U Mon, 19 May 2014 10:02:12 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1430363 at http://www.stuff.tv Super Mario 3D World http://www.stuff.tv/wii-u/super-mario-3d-world/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This slice of vintage Nintendo genius proves the Wii U isn’t out of the next-gen race yet </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="Super Mario 3D World review" alt="Super Mario 3D World review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/94974_SuperMario3DWorld_WiiU_SM3DW_100113_Scrn08.jpg?1386619333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to rescuing princesses Mario&rsquo;s credentials are unquestionable, but can he rescue the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo-wii-u/review" target="_blank">Wii U</a> from being forgotten amid the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one-vs-sony-ps4-depth/feature" target="_blank">PlayStation 4 and Xbox One</a> buzz? His latest adventure may have just done exactly that by finding the sweet spot between the three-dimensional joys of <em>Super Mario Galaxy</em> and the co-op fun-for-all of <em>New Super Mario Bros Wii</em>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £40.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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">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"> It&#039;s Mario </div> <div class="field-item even"> Captain Toad&#039;s Fez-like mini-games </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Friends and family can play together </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"> We want more Captain Toad </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not as bold as Super Mario Galaxy </div> <div class="field-item odd"> No online multiplayer </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"> Built on tradition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Super Mario 3D World</em> is comfortingly familiar, built on a venerable tradition of headbutting bricks, coin collecting and stomping on cute beasties. As such it&rsquo;s more conservative than the wonderfully inventive <em>Super Mario Galaxy</em>, but that&rsquo;s not to say this game is short of brilliance.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s filled with memorable grin-inducing moments, from rides on psychedelic Loch Ness monsters to the kind of speedy rollercoaster thrills we always imagined 3D Sonic the Hedgehog games would deliver but never quite did. It also makes thoughtful use of the Wii U Pad&rsquo;s mic, touchscreen and motion sensor capabilities.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Super Mario 3D World review" alt="Super Mario 3D World review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nessy.jpg?1386619333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Mario in a catsuit </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 true Super Mario style there are loads of hidden items and secrets to find. There are even some lurking within the game&rsquo;s map.</p> <p>The compulsive hunt for secrets is further enhanced by Mario&rsquo;s latest outfit: the catsuit (No, not that kind of catsuit - Mario&rsquo;s pizza-belly isn&rsquo;t built for that). Once dressed as a cat, Mario can use his kitty claws to knock out foes and scale walls to reach new areas. Couple that with enduring favourites such as the Tanooki Suit and Fire Flower and you&rsquo;ve got a game with more fabulous costume changes than a Lady Gaga concert.</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="Super Mario 3D World review" alt="Super Mario 3D World review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Catsuit%20Mario.jpg?1386619333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Mario 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><em>Super Mario 3D World</em> might look like the big-screen brother of the 3DS&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/super-mario-3d-land/review" target="_blank"><em>Super Mario 3D Land</em></a> but the influence of <em>New Super Mario Bros Wii</em> is just as great. As well as playing solo the game supports up to four players who take on the roles of Mario and his pals. Provided that you&rsquo;re in the same room, that is, as there&rsquo;s no online multiplayer. That will disappoint some but the local co-op works a treat all the same helping to bring out the sense of exuberance that makes Mario games so good.</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="Super Mario 3D World review" alt="Super Mario 3D World review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Multiplayer.jpg?1386619333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Mii ghosts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not an entirely offline experience, though. After completing each world you can post an update on your progress to the Miiverse. More significantly, the game imports the idea of &lsquo;player ghosts&rsquo;. These recordings of other players&rsquo; performances turn up when you replay courses so you get to see how others, represented by their Miis, handled the challenge. It works perfectly well but does run the risk of having other players drawing your attention to secrets before you&rsquo;ve uncovered them yourself. Just as well the feature can be switched off.</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-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"> Captain Toad </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 icing on <em>Super Mario 3D World&rsquo;s</em> scrumptious cake is the short-but-sweet Captain Toad levels. In these you have to safely guide the slow and defenceless Captain around M.C. Escher-like constructions that can be rotated using the Wii U Pad. It&rsquo;s like Fez but more accessible and provides a welcome break from the usual Mario action. The only downside is that there&rsquo;s not enough Captain Toad. Let&rsquo;s hope the Captain gets a standalone game of his own soon.</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="Super Mario 3D World review" alt="Super Mario 3D World review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Captain%20Toad.jpg?1386619333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Super Mario series boasts more high points than the Himalayas, but even compared with this golden legacy <em>Super Mario 3D World</em> is a belter of a game. It&rsquo;s not as thrillingly bold as <em>Super Mario Galaxy</em> or as revolutionary as <em>Mario 64</em> but it is damned close, and that&#39;s enough to make the Wii U itself a lot more appealing. What&rsquo;s more, neither the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">PS4</a> yet has an exclusive as good as this.</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="Super Mario 3D World review" alt="Super Mario 3D World review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/97040_SM3DW_scr_New_Course_2_.jpg?1386619333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 10 </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>Super Mario 3D World finally gives Wii U owners a big hitter to savour</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/wii-u/super-mario-3d-world/review#comments Console games Gaming Wii U Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:19:45 +0000 Tom Parsons 1429847 at http://www.stuff.tv Call of Duty: Ghosts http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/call-duty-ghosts/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is there life after Modern Warfare? We carry out reconnaissance on Call of Duty: Ghosts to find out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Call of Duty: Ghosts review" alt="Call of Duty: Ghosts review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Skyscraper.jpg?1384355529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/call-duty-modern-warfare-3/review" target="_blank">Modern Warfare</a> trilogy laid to rest, Call of Duty: Ghosts marks a new chapter for the world’s favourite first-person shooter. It certainly talks a good game - promising further refinements to the series’ winning multiplayer action, including maps with destructible environments, whizzy new game modes and more customisation options for your virtual soldiers. But are these promises mere apparitions?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £40.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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 360 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">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"> Larger, more interesting maps </div> <div class="field-item even"> More customisation options </div> <div class="field-item odd"> The multiplayer action&#039;s still great </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"> Squads and Extinction modes disappoint </div> <div class="field-item even"> Too reliant on past glories </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"> Old favourites </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let’s cut to the chase. Regardless of the rhetoric, Call of Duty is not about pushing back the frontiers of game design. It’s the Status Quo of games - unadventurous and predictable yet entertaining all the same. So it’s no surprise that Ghosts’ multiplayer relies on the familiar favourites, with the Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, Free-for-All and Infected modes all making (welcome) returns.</p> <p>There is more freedom to personalise soldiers, though, including the long-overdue option to play as a woman. There’s enhanced movement, too, so you can now leap over obstacles like a Parkour master and lean out of cover. These are minor upgrades in the grand scheme of things, but they're welcome all the same.</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="Call of Duty: Ghosts review" alt="Call of Duty: Ghosts review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4371COD_Ghosts_Chili_and_Donuts.jpg?1384355529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> New modes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alongside the classics, Ghosts has four new competitive multiplayer modes. Hunted has ill-equipped players fighting for control of zones to win better weapons. Search &amp; Rescue is a Search &amp; Destroy remix in which you respawn fallen allies by collecting their dog tags.</p> <p>Things step up a gear with the Kamikaze action of Cranked, where players explode if they don’t follow up a kill with another within 30 seconds. Blitz is another goodie - a contest to score by entering the enemy team’s zone. It’s like rugby. With guns. And it's pretty awesome.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Call of Duty: Ghosts review" alt="Call of Duty: Ghosts review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4369COD_Ghosts_Arctic_Lumber.jpg?1384355529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Squads and Extinction </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Beyond the competitive arena are two more new multiplayer modes, the first of which - Squads - is baffling. It lets you create squads of automaton soldiers that you then lead into battle against teams created by other players. There’s some good A.I. on show but we can’t see the point when matches with real people are just a couple of button presses away.</p> <p>The other mode is Extinction, a co-operative campaign that takes Left 4 Dead, swaps the zombies for alien hordes and then strips out all the personality. It’s serviceable but very forgettable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Call of Duty: Ghosts review" alt="Call of Duty: Ghosts review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/COD_GhostsSomethings_Burning.jpg?1384355529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Bigger maps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ghosts introduces the concept of ‘dynamic maps’ to the series. These allow players to lay traps, shoot open gates, destroy walls and interact with the environment. But alas, it’s more liberating on paper than in practice. What can and can’t be done is tightly controlled so the novelty quickly fades as you get to know the maps.</p> <p>On the plus side the maps are larger and less constricted than in previous Call of Dutys - a shift that favours team work over lone mavericks and makes for slightly slower battles. We like it, but more frenetic Call of Duty fans might be disappointed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Call of Duty: Ghosts review" alt="Call of Duty: Ghosts review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4370COD_Ghosts_Chasm_Ambush.jpg?1384355529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Action movies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Finally, there’s the solo campaign. It’s a tale of orbital death rays, a remote-controlled dog and a Venezuela-led invasion of the USA - an improbable feat for a country currently struggling with a national toilet roll shortage.</p> <p>It’s very silly but makes up for it with loud bangs, big explosions and outlandish moments ripped out of the 1980s action movie playbook - think space station gun battles and escapes from collapsing skyscrapers. While it re-treads well-worn ground, it rattles along at such a pace that it’s easy to get sucked in, even if none of it will stay with you for longer than a few minutes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Call of Duty: Ghosts review" alt="Call of Duty: Ghosts review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/COD_Ghosts_Deep_Dive.jpg?1384355529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By the skin of its teeth Ghosts is another enjoyable dose of Call of Duty. The new competitive multiplayer modes, the refreshed movement and larger maps are welcome developments but the Squads and Extinction modes fail to impress and, as ever, it’s the tried and tested Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed options that really thrill. It’s good enough, but there’s little here to make Ghosts an essential purchase.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Call of Duty: Ghosts review" alt="Call of Duty: Ghosts review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4372COD_Ghosts_Maniac_Blindside.jpg?1384355529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Call of Duty: Ghosts ticks all the usual boxes but can’t shift the feeling that we’ve seen it all before</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Call of Duty: Ghosts review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/call-duty-ghosts/review#comments Gaming PC PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Wii U Xbox 360 Xbox One Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:43:28 +0000 Tom Parsons 1428964 at http://www.stuff.tv Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Assassin’s Creed IV’s pirating adventure is vast and enjoyable - just don’t expect much you haven’t seen before </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/AC4BF_SP_110_Kingston_Combat.jpg?1383815387" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/guycocker" title="View user profile.">Guy Cocker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having plied us with six games in the last five years, it’s little wonder that the <em>Assassin’s Creed</em> series has started to go a little stale.</p> <p>We’re not talking full-on green spots of mould, but enough crispiness in the crust to make the formula a little less appealing to fans.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £40.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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 360 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">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 pirate setting works a treat </div> <div class="field-item even"> Excellent naval exploration </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Customisable multiplayer modes </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"> Still basically the same game as before </div> <div class="field-item even"> Others now do parkour and combat better </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Edward Kenway isn&#039;t the most memorable protagonist </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"> Back to the Future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Seafaring was the most enjoyable part of the otherwise flawed <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-iii/review" target="_blank">Assassin’s Creed III</a></em>, and Ubisoft has wisely turned it into the main feature of this sequel (the split between land and water is 60/40). You get a ship early on in the game, and from there it’s up to you to explore the treacherous Caribbean waters. <em>Black Flag</em> is a much more open-world experience than previous games in the series, with a massive amount of optional exploration.</p> <p>As before, you can hunt animals to forge items and purchase upgrades for your ship. But this time, you can also find treasure maps and explore under the sea - a second player can even aid your plundering using a companion iPad app.</p> <p>And, in a move that’s already angered PETA, you can harpoon whales for their blubber. Black Flag goes all-in on the pirate theme, and it turns out to be one of the best settings for the series yet, capturing the thrill and excitement of the high seas while still offering plenty of land-based assassinating.</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="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AC4BF_SP_126_Intro_BeautyShot.jpg?1383815387" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AC4BF_SP_125_CaribbeanSea_WhiteJaguar.jpg?1383815387" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AC4BF_SP_122_Hideout_TreasureRoom.jpg?1383815387" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AC4BF_SP_114_CaribbeanSea_NavalMines.jpg?1383815387" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Pirates of the Caribbean </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Assassin’s Creed III’s </em>Connor Kenway was a noble but somewhat boring protagonist, especially after three games starring the suave and likable Italian Stallion Ezio Auditore. In <em>Assassin’s Creed IV</em>, Edward Kenway is a mixture of the two characters - he’s the grandfather of Connor, but he’s an ambitious Welshman with a taste for adventure (in a nod to Ezio’s philandering ways, he’s shown in bed with a woman within the first five minutes of the game). He’s a better avatar than Connor, but not a particularly memorable one, while the current-day replacement for Desmond Miles is similarly non-descript.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thankfully, the supporting characters add some personality to the game, especially pirates Edward "Blackbeard" Thatch and Anne Bonny. It's worth noting that the great hiring mechanic makes a return from <em>Brotherhood </em>- you recruit new members of crew to your ship and then promote them as you wish. We also like the new setup for the contemporary parts of the game - you’re working for a games developer to uncover secrets from within its games. It’s a little bit meta, as is the act of performing the modern-day equivalent of piracy by hacking into their systems, but it works well in the context of the universe, and the back story that’s uncovered in logs and other hidden messages is particularly well written.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AC4BF_SP_112_Nassau_KingsPardon.jpg?1383815387" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Fixing what&#039;s broken </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While <em>Assassin’s Creed III</em> was widely praised on release, it wasn’t entirely flawless. Thankfully, Ubisoft has addressed the main criticisms. The long, monotonous opening has been removed - you’re into the action and playing as the main protagonist straight away, while you’re awarded your first ship within the opening few hours. Switching between weapons is easier than before and there are also far fewer loading screens, even though the game world is much bigger - they only really occur when moving from the present day into the past.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AC4BF_SP_117_Charleston_CrocAttack.jpg?1383815387" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Not fixing what&#039;s broken </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 issues specific to <em>Assassin’s Creed III</em> have been addressed, there are still a number of problems with the series in general. The combat is cumbersome, easy and no longer very satisfying, especially when compared to the balletic grace of the <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/batman-arkham-origins/review" target="_blank">Batman: Arkham</a></em> series. Free running is also lagging behind the competition, most notably <em>Sleeping Dogs</em> - it’s not satisfying to just hold down two buttons to navigate everything, and it means you often jump off things you don’t expect to, which is frustrating when chasing down enemies. The stealth missions don’t feel as free or satisfying as those in <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dishonored/review" target="_blank">Dishonored</a></em> or Ubisoft’s own <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/splinter-cell-blacklist/review" target="_blank">Splinter Cell</a></em> series either. There are also numerous small bugs such as non-playable characters walking in mid-air, and enemies grouping together in large numbers when they’re alerted.</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-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"> New multiplayer features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While it’s true to say that <em>Assassin’s Creed IV</em> doesn’t bring any major innovations to the series, it does boast a few notable new features. First up is the aforementioned iPad app, which allows another person to mark points on the map for you to navigate to. It couldn’t be described as riotous fun for the second player, but it’s an entirely optional extra that doesn’t cost anything and is worth a wee dabble.</p> <p>The series’ excellent multiplayer, which has never been as popular as it deserves, has also been expanded. Beyond the expected additions to characters and locales, the game also features a great new Game Lab mode in which you can create your own modes by tweaking up to 200 variables.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ACGA_MP_29_%20Expedition_Climbing.jpg?1383815387" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ACGA_MP_27_%20Havana_Ambush.jpg?1383815387" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Assassin’s Creed IV</em> is a robust package - from the massive story mode to the expanded multiplayer, it offers great value for money. Its greatest strength is how well the pirating vibe has been captured, with a huge open world to explore, fantastic naval battles, and loads of treasure to plunder.</p> <p>Sadly though, it’s not enough to entirely freshen up the <em>Assassin’s Creed</em> formula, and basic elements (not to mention tenets of the series) such as parkour and combat don’t feel as polished as they are in other games. Having said that, as with <em>Call of Duty</em>, <em>Assassin’s Creed</em> has become an annual event that offers fans a dependably enjoyable and lengthy experience. So if you’re yet to tire of the series it’s still worth picking up, but if you found the last <em>Assassin’s Creed</em> a trial, there’s little to pull you back here.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AC4BF_SP_116_CaribbeanSea_BoardingAtNight.jpg?1383815387" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>Black Flag crosses assassins and pirates for a deep and enjoyable adventure, but a few old flaws and a lack of innovation hold the series back</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Assassin&#039;s Creed IV: Black Flag review – Avast, me hearties! </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"> This pirate adventure is &quot;vast and enjoyable&quot; – but does it sink or swim? </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/asscreed_0.jpg?1383127727" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review#comments Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Wii U Xbox 360 Xbox One Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:15:41 +0000 Tom Parsons 1428512 at http://www.stuff.tv The Wii dries up in Europe http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/wii-dries-europe/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nintendo has finally pulled the plug on its iconic console - with only the US left selling it </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="251" height="201" title="Wii" alt="Wii" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wii.jpeg?1382727053" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The firm says that with the U and the Mini, it's time to move on from the firm's groundbreaking original.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</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"> End of an era </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It's already pulled the plug in Japan, and now Europe is next in line for the Wii to disapper, Nintendo has confirmed.</p> <p>The move, which leaves the US as the only place still selling the console, comes as Nintendo pushes the Mini and the U - despite a lacklustre response from gamers.</p> <p>“Wii imports to Europe have been discontinued,” a Nintendo UK rep told games bible MCV.</p> <p>“However, there are still a variety of options for consumers to enjoy Wii games and the Wii gameplay experience."</p> <p>Oddly, Nintendo US says there are no plans to stop selling the Wii.</p> <p>"There is no change in the status of Wii in the United States, and it is available for purchase this holiday season," we were told - and with US retailers set to flog the console (preowned, admittedly) for $50, there may be some life left in the American market.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/time-also-called-on-wii-in-europe/0123162">MCV</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/RcHE_aIgHds" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/wii-dries-europe/news#comments Games consoles Nintendo Wii Wii U Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:39:34 +0000 Mark Prigg 1428411 at http://www.stuff.tv High tech hot air: 10 technologies that failed to set the world on fire http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/high-tech-hot-air-tech-failed-set-world-fire/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The &#039;world-changing&#039; products that roundly failed to change the world </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="High tech hot air: the tech that failed to set the world on fire" alt="High tech hot air: the tech that failed to set the world on fire" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/segway.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The world of tech can get a little overheated sometimes.</p> <p>Manufacturers try to persuade us that they've made paradigm-shifting, world-changing, life-enhancing boxes of sheer awesomeness, but more often than not the products are nothing of the sort - and woe betide the early adopters who pay top dollar for them. Tech is littered with devices that promised amazing things and simply didn't deliver. Here are some of our favourite fails.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/garymarshall" title="View user profile.">garymarshall</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"> 3D TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Having persuaded everyone to buy HDTVs, the electronics industry didn't want us to wait the usual nine or ten years before upgrading again. Their solution? 3D. Our response? Mainly "meh": most 3D-capable TVs are watched in 2D. 3D is very clever, but the lack of decent content and the mandatory glasses put many people off. The electronics industry is now turning its attention to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2013/4k-ifa-2013-all-highlights/news">4K and really hoping we'll like that instead</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="1200" height="900" title="3D TV" alt="3D TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-3d-tv.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Microsoft Kinect </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 2009, Microsoft announced Project Natal: "we are removing the last barrier to gaming - the controller". It was proper sci-fi stuff offering voice recognition, body sensing and real immersion. Pity the reality didn't match up: Natal became Kinect, the box on our TV that ignores our commands, won't let us select on-screen buttons and boots us out of games whenever the dog wanders past.</p> <p>When <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/video-review-leap-motion-exciting-glimpse-hands-free-future/video">Leap Motion</a> promised Kinect-style gesture control for fingertip control of our computers we got excited all over again, but so far, we're still on the keyboard and mouse. Motion tech will improve – here's hoping the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-kinect-%E2%80%93-first-look-review/news">Xbox One's version of Kinect </a>delivers on its promises – but it's not there yet.</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 brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2659882498001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2659882498001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </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="Kinect" alt="Kinect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kinect-xbox-360-picture-0.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Nintendo Wii U </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nintendo's latest console was certainly different - its controller has a great big screen in the middle - but as our Tom Parsons <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo-wii-u/review">reported</a>, it wasn't for everyone: the launch titles were geared towards local multiplayer, not solo play, it was quite expensive, and the Xbox One and PS4 were looming on the horizon. Our advice was to hang on, and most people did: sales have been terrible, and that's before the next-gen consoles hit the shops. It looks like that U stands for "unwanted".</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="Nintendo Wii U" alt="Nintendo Wii U" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nintendo-wii-u-main-moved.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> WAP </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"Surf the BT Cellnet", the advertisements urged, showing a sci-fi Silver Surfer whooshing around the internet's tubes. The ads were for WAP, a precursor to today's mobile browsing, and it was absolutely awful. Do you remember Teletext? Imagine that in black and white, running at a fraction of the speed, on a screen so small you could only see a few words at a time. Even WAP's inventors <a href="http://www.wired.com/gadgets/wireless/news/2002/04/51516?currentPage=all">admitted that it was crap</a>. Still, there was always 3G to look forward to...</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/sdSSsuSssg0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3G </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 UK's first 3G mobile phone network went live in March 2003, promising effortless videoconferencing and high quality live streaming of football matches. Ten years on and we'd be happy with a decent data connection in city centres and phone calls that didn't get dropped forty-two times in the space of three minutes. We weren't the only ones taken in by 3G's promises. The networks were too, spending so much on their radio licenses that they faced financial ruin. Still, there's always 4G to look forward to...</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/StumAi9y6J4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface RT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft did almost everything right with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-windows-rt/review">Surface RT</a>. It teased and hinted for months, building anticipation. It held marketing events that revealed just enough, but not too much. It designed a beautiful piece of hardware. It just forgot to give it a sensible price and a good operating system with lots of apps. Surface RT has lost Microsoft a fortune - $900m in the last financial quarter alone - but it's staying in the tablet business. Here's hoping <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-ushers-surface-2-and-surface-pro-2/news">version 2</a> is a lot better.</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="Microsoft Surface RT" alt="Microsoft Surface RT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Microsoft-Surface-RT.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Voice recognition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"Send Dave a message: I'll be there at two. I have big news." "Okay, here's your message: Dave, screw you! Your wife is a goose!" It's much better than it used to be - if you compare recent Android or Apple phones' voice recognition with the PC-based dictation systems of the 1990s the difference is dramatic - but it's still not quite as good as we hoped.</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="iOS 7 Siri" alt="iOS 7 Siri" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios7-siri_2.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 2010, Google asked a question: "what if we helped people experience the best of TV and the best of the web in one seamless experience?" It's a very good question, but the first generation of Google TV wasn't the answer. Everything that was wrong with Google TV was summed up in one bit of kit, the remote control Sony seriously thought people would want to use (pictured): we've seen spaceships with fewer controls. Google's refined the idea since and the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">Chromecast</a> is rather nifty, but the first generation of Google TV was a flop.</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="Sony Google TV control" alt="Sony Google TV control" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-google-tv-controller.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Internet fridges </div> </div> </div> <div class="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've been hearing about internet fridges since the late 1990s, when Frigidaire announced a fridge with an internet connection and a barcode reader to scan your shopping and Electrolux hyped the Screenfridge. We've seen new internet fridges at pretty much every consumer electronics show ever since. There's just one problem: internet fridges are a terrible idea that doesn't make any sense. As humorist Dave Barry <a href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/605154899/Smart-appliances-are-a-bad-buy-for-half-wits.html?pg=all">put it in 2005</a>: "I frankly wonder whether the appliance manufacturers, with all due respect, have been smoking crack."</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="Screenfridge" alt="Screenfridge" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screenfridge.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Segway </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 think there's a lot of marketing bollocks around an iPhone launch, you should have seen the stuff around the Segway: the then-secret device known as "it" and "ginger" would "be to the car what the car was to the horse and buggy". Cities would be built around it. Transport would be revolutionised. Humanity would be transformed. We were all very excited... until we discovered that "it" was a scooter. A clever scooter, yes, but still a scooter. Segway's chief executive died when he drove one off a cliff.</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="Segway" alt="Segway" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/segway.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> High-tech hot air </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"> Tech that failed to set the world on fire </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Kinect Leap Motion Lists Microsoft Surface RT Wii U Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:09:13 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1427380 at http://www.stuff.tv Disney Infinity http://www.stuff.tv/disney-infinity/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mix Disney&#039;s Magic Kingdom with Skylanders and Minecraft, and this fantastic (and fantastically expensive) game is what you&#039;ll get </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ToyBox_WorldCreation_4.png?1378227861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s easy to label <em>Disney Infinity</em> as little more than <em>Skylanders</em> with Disney-Pixar characters. But while the way it gets players using toy figures to influence the on-screen fun owes much to Activision’s mega-hit, Disney is seeking to take <em>Skylanders</em>’ fusion of figurines and games to new heights with a level-creation tool that brings <em>Minecraft</em> and <em>LittleBigPlanet</em> to mind. But will it be fun for all the family?</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"> £48.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PlayStation 3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So polished it sparkles like Tinkerbell </div> <div class="field-item even"> World-making is joyously simple </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Fabulously silly in 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"> Simple missions may bore older players </div> <div class="field-item even"> Too few world-making items at the start </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Collecting all the figurines will be costly </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"> Figuring it out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even before you load up the game, Disney Infinity’s figurines impress. There are three in the Starter Pack and each one drips with detail, from the cracked tarmac beneath Mr Incredible to the dreads of the fey Captain Jack Sparrow. In-game these toys are placed on the Infinity Pad device to access Play Sets based on their worlds or play as those specific characters in the level-creating Toy Box mode, where you can play as whoever you like.</p> <p>Sadly the need to use the right character in each Play Set means you won’t be taking Mr Incredible to the Monsters University, while playing with your pal means each of you having figures from the same world – and that’s not guaranteed unless you’re prepared to pay extra.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Figurines.png?1378227861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/_bmUploads_2013-01-15_152_Mr%20Incredible.jpg?1378227861" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lone_Ranger_1b.jpg?1378227861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 Sets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Disney Infinity is a game of two parts: Play Sets and the Toy Box. The Play Sets let players explore, mess around in mini-games and take on missions set by an abundance of wonderfully recreated Disney characters. The missions are bread-and-butter affairs - climb some platforms, bash these things x number of times, that sort of thing. It’s breezy, accessible, depth-free stuff not far removed from the popular Lego games, but for older Disney fans it can be repetitive. On the plus side there are loads of neat things to find, such as the create-a-monster hut on the Monster University campus.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/_bmUploads_2013-07-17_620_ToyBoxIncredibles6.png?1378227861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Chess.png?1378227861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Toy Box </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 the Play Sets are a bit shallow for older players, the Toy Box is a much more tempting offer. This mode lets the imagination run riot by allowing players to mix up elements from different Disney franchises and use a wide range of items - from palm trees to character-slapping fly swatters - to mould virtual playgrounds of their own design that can then be shared with friends.</p> <p>What’s more, pulling out the objects you want to use and sticking them into the grid-like structure of the world is easy peasy. If world-building in <em>Minecraft</em> is like making a fancy dinner from scratch, <em>Disney Infinity</em> makes things Pot Noodle-simple.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ToyBox_WorldCreation_10.png?1378227861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ToyBox_WorldCreation_5.png?1378227861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Feeling the grind </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Toy Box is a pleasure to use, players do need to invest time in the Play Set missions to gain access the best goodies. That does feel restrictive early on, especially given that the Play Set missions are less compelling than the chance to mess around in Toy Box mode. After all, who wants to do another fetch quest when you could be designing a crazed Disney-themed assault course packed with giant fly swatters?</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CarsInToyBox_2.png?1378227861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> The game that keeps on giving - if you keep on spending </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Great as all this is, getting the most out of <em>Disney Infinity</em> is going to cost. The £50-odd starter pack gives you one Play Set, three figures and one power disc that lets players access a bunch of extra items and features. Want another power disc? That’ll be £3. Want another figurine? That starts at £12 per figure going up to £25 for a pack of three. And another Play Set to play will cost you £30. So while <em>Infinity</em> offers the prospect of having always something new to play with, it’s going to do serious damage to your bank balance – especially if your kids have honed their pester powers to ninja-like levels.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cars_1b.jpg?1378227861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/_bmUploads_2013-07-30_677_POC___Base_w_discs.jpg?1378227861" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Francesco_1.jpg?1378227861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Disney Infinity</em> takes the raw figurine-collecting appeal of <em>Skylanders</em> and enhances it with a wonderfully accessible world-creation tool capable of enchanting young and old(er) alike. The Lego game-esque missions are mainly geared towards kids but the Toy Box is magical enough to keep you hooked on building your very own Disneylands. But be prepared to dig deep if you want to amass a collection of <em>Infinity</em> figures and access all that the game has to offer.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Duos2.png?1378227861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>A compelling and surprisingly deep fusion of Skylanders, LittleBigPlanet and Lego that threatens to suck pounds like a vampire piggy bank</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"> Disney Infinity 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"> It&#039;s Minecraft meets Skylanders in the Magic Kingdom, and it&#039;s ace </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> 3DS Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 Wii Wii U Xbox 360 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:46:58 +0000 Tom Parsons 1425763 at http://www.stuff.tv Splinter Cell Blacklist http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/splinter-cell-blacklist/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Splinter Cell Blacklist isn&#039;t original, but it is a very solid and occasionally memorable stealth-action romp </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/newUploads_2012_0604_954c8f6b29d221bbac6a7e14973a154c_120604_11am_SCBL_SC_SP_FDO_02.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/guycocker" title="View user profile.">Guy Cocker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sequels are tricky. On one hand developers want to please the fans of the previous games, while on the other they need to switch things up to avoid accusations of stagnation and draw in new players. It's a balance that Ubisoft didn't quite manage with 2010's <em>Splinter Cell Conviction</em> - Sam Fisher going rogue and losing his gadgets was a new spin that worked for some, but many bemoaned the game's focus on action over stealth.</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"> £30.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Version tested: Xbox 360 - £40 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fluid mix of stealth and combat </div> <div class="field-item even"> Some memorable missions </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Lots of variation in assignments </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"> No Michael Ironside </div> <div class="field-item even"> Caricatured allies and enemies </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Steals lots of ideas from elsewhere </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"> You don&#039;t know Jack Bauer </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Blacklist’s</em> story is typical Tom Clancy fare - a group of terrorists threaten the US with a series of attacks unless it pulls troops from 154 foreign countries. The President therefore establishes Fourth Echelon, a new covert team headed up by Sam Fisher, with permission to do whatever it takes to stop the terrorists. It’s&nbsp;clichéd&nbsp;stuff, but much like the TV series <em>24</em>, it’s ridiculousness and breakneck pace combine to make it all highly entertaining. We particularly love the antagonist, who goes around being brutally evil while sounding exactly like British actor Hugh Laurie.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/614208_20130129_screen007.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Mission Impossible </div> </div> </div> <div class="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’s three supporting characters spout so much backstory that despite the fact that it's cliched and expositional it’s still often difficult to keep track of why you’re on any particular mission. Thankfully though, the assignments and locations themselves are particularly memorable. At one moment you’re breaking into an Iranian government building, then breaking out of Guantanamo Bay the next.</p> <p>The locations are varied, including London, Mexico and Philadelphia, as are the missions, which include stealth, action and even a couple of first-person shooter sections. The main campaign is also a decent length, taking about 8-10 hours to complete on normal difficulty. We're grown-ups now - that's plenty.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/672912_20120925_screen002.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/614208_20130129_screen008.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Mass Effecting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sam Fisher’s new counter-terrorism unit operates from a custom-built jet. As commander, you need to make upgrades to your plane, buy new gadgets for use in the field and survey the available missions from a giant map. You can even wander around the plane and talk to your crew about how they’re getting on. If this all sounds familiar, it should - it’s a blatant rip off of the Normandy setup from the <em>Mass Effect</em> series.</p> <p>Thankfully, the old adage about stealing from the best rings true for <em>Blacklist</em> - the upgrade system forces you to make difficult choices or take on side missions to earn more funds, much like it did in Bioware’s games. The economics of this system are comical though - you’re paid by the US government for performing in-game actions that include everything from sneaking passed a soldier to kicking a dog in the face.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/newUploads_2012_0604_954c8f6b29d221bbac6a7e14973a154c_120604_11am_SCBL_SC_SP_FDO_03.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/672912_20130117_screen001.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Multiple Ops </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Each of your three team members has four side-missions that can be completed in return for money. All are co-op but some can also be played solo, and overall they offer good variety, covering everything from traditional <em>Splinter Cell</em> espionage missions to <em>Gears of War</em>-style horde modes in which you fend off waves of enemies. Then there’s the return of the popular Spies versus Mercs online mode, in which gadget-wielding spies try to outsmart the gun-happy mercs. At the time of writing this mode wasn't available for testing, but we’ll update the review once the servers go live.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blacklist_co-op_01.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Tactical Espionage... </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Splinter Cell Conviction</em> was a bit too action-oriented for many long-term fans of the stealth series. So they’ll be pleased to know that <em>Blacklist</em> defaults to a more stealthy approach. You’re encouraged to sneak around where possible, but you’re also equipped with enough skills and gadgets to make it fun taking down enemies from the shadows. These include some brutally satisfying takedown moves, plus hardware such as a surveillance copter. The game also offers enough alternative routes through its levels to mean that staying concealed usually isn’t difficult.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/614208_20130129_screen002.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/672912_20120925_screen001.jpg?1376532428" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/614208_20130129_screen004.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> ...Action </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 do happen to alert a guard you can usually fight your way out of it, or just run away and try again. Sam Fisher is now essentially like Batman in the <em>Arkham</em> series - he’s better off in the shadows picking off enemies one by one, but he’s still pretty handy in a combat situation.</p> <p>Crucially, you don’t really feel forced to play through sections of the game over and over until you nail the pattern the developers intended, as has been the case in previous games. In fact, the game recognises your individual play style at the end of each mission, dishing out points in three categories called Ghost (stealthy), Assault (shooty) or Panther (a mixture of both).</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/newUploads_2012_0604_954c8f6b29d221bbac6a7e14973a154c_120604_4pm_SCBL_SC_SP_E3PK_12.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/614208_20130129_screen001.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Play it again, Sam </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This year has seen two icons of the stealth genre being recast - Keifer Sutherland's replaced David Hayter as Solid Snake in <em>Metal Gear Solid 5</em>, and Sam Fisher's now voiced by Eric Johnson rather than Michael Ironside. Ubisoft’s reasoning is that they wanted an actor with a closer physical resemblence to Sam Fisher so that they could capture body, face and voice in one go. Unfortunately, while Johnson wisely doesn’t try to imitate Ironside’s famously gruff voice, he does sound like just another generic male video game actor, and Sam Fisher is now a less memorable and interesting character as a result.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/newUploads_2012_0604_954c8f6b29d221bbac6a7e14973a154c_120604_4pm_SCBL_SC_SP_E3PK_11.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Uncharted Territory </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Early footage of <em>Blacklist</em> showed Fisher running around and scaling buildings like <em>Uncharted's</em>&nbsp;Nathan Drake, but while he’s certainly more agile than before, Blacklist still isn’t a platforming game or an action adventure - Fisher’s athleticism is nearly always in service of his stealth abilities.</p> <p>The new animation system is generally excellent, though. Free-running through burning buildings and climbing walls like a monkey is exhilarating, even if it does stretch believability every now and then - even Lara Croft would struggle to shimmy up the rain-soaked metal pipes that Sam doesn't break a sweat over.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/newUploads_2012_0604_954c8f6b29d221bbac6a7e14973a154c_120604_4pm_SCBL_SC_SP_E3PK_08.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Splinter in my side </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Blacklist</em> tries to make you care about the three support characters, especially as you’re encouraged to talk to them between missions, but they’re one-dimensional caricatures - the sexy operations manager, the rent-a-geek computer whizz, the rude new field recruit.</p> <p>The final level is also an anticlimax, ruining an otherwise well-judged difficulty curve with endless guards, drones and security cameras, and a series of laser trap puzzles that essentially recast Sam Fisher as Catherine Zeta Jones from the movie <em>Entrapment</em>, and nobody wants that.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/672912_20120925_screen003.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Entrapment.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>Borrowing heavily from other titles and earlier games in the series, <em>Splinter Cell Blacklist</em> doesn’t feel particularly fresh or unique. It does, however, offer a compelling mix of stealth and action, and a varied and exciting series of missions to test your skills in. Despite its lack of originality (and abundance of&nbsp;cliché), there’s plenty to enjoy in <em>Blacklist</em>, especially if you’re a fan of classic <em>Splinter Cell</em> gameplay.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/614208_20130129_screen005.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 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's not original or without flaws, but Splinter Cell is an enjoyable game for sneak-and-shoot fans</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/splinter-cell-blacklist/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Console games PlayStation 3 Wii U Windows Xbox 360 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1425511 at http://www.stuff.tv