PC http://www.stuff.tv/pc/news en-GB The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We may be more than halfway through the year, but there are plenty of top games still to look forward to </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="Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor" alt="The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Shadow-of-Mordor.jpg?1410634531" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It happens every summer: the impending holiday release schedule looks unbelievably stacked, and then one by one the big titles get put back to the following year.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Hyrule Warriors </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Koei Tecmo&#39;s <em>Dynasty Warriors</em> series lost its lustre many years back, yet continues to pump out dull hack-and-slash entries &ndash; so it&#39;s easy to turn a cynical eye towards this mash-up with <em>The Legend Of Zelda</em>. But seeing Link, Sheik, Ganondorf, and loads of other playable characters battling waves of cartoonish foes can&#39;t help but get our nostalgic, Nintendo-loving hearts pumping like mad. Hope we&#39;re not let down.</p> <p><strong>Due: 19 September / Wii U</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/zlaPT08Tmxc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last year&#39;s debut showed that Disney could hang with&nbsp;<em>Skylanders</em>&nbsp;in the toy-based game world, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review"><em>Infinity 2.0</em></a>&nbsp;looks set to amplify the action with a bevy of superhero showdowns.</p> <p><em>The Avengers</em>&nbsp;characters are bundled in, plus there are&nbsp;<em>Spider-Man&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;<em>Guardians Of The Galaxy</em>&nbsp;sets, and all other&nbsp;<em>Infinity</em>&nbsp;figurines work as well. The game worlds are also much larger than in the first version, and the freeform Toy Box mode has been simplified. So, whether you&#39;re genuinely buying it for your kids or just using that as an excuse, it looks well worth checking out.</p> <p><strong>Due: 19 September /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review">Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes</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/xvYYrEVtxpI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. FIFA 15 </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>FIFA</em>&nbsp;made a big splash on new-gen consoles last year, with&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-14/fifa-14-next-gen/review">FIFA 14</a></em>&nbsp;towering over not only the competition but also its own appearance on older platforms. The next version - unsurprisingly titled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review"><em>FIFA 15&nbsp;</em></a>- looks set to push things ever further ahead come September.</p> <p>While not representing a dramatic shift in strategy, EA&#39;s latest footie sim seeks to tap into more of that hardware power to deliver stadium-specific crowd interactions and more realistic player responses. But the changes aren&#39;t only cosmetic: we&#39;ve played an early version and also felt that the computer-controlled players made more intelligent runs, ball control is tighter and passing slicker.</p> <p>Whether it can make up for the disappointment of England&#39;s World Cup campaign remains to be seen.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Due: 26 September /&nbsp;Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review">FIFA 15 - First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2dDHWCZH9ZA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Forza Horizon 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/forza-motorsport-5/review"><em>Forza Motorsport 5</em></a>&nbsp;was the Xbox One&#39;s flashy launch showcase, but&nbsp;<em>Horizon 2</em>&nbsp;shakes up the routine with an open-world romp through southern Europe.&nbsp;</p> <p>Expect a massive amount of terrain split between France and Italy, with loads of challenges, online Car Meets with other players, and a day/night cycle featuring dynamic weather. That&#39;s the new-gen version, at least; the Xbox 360 game may not share all features.</p> <p><strong>Due: 30 September /&nbsp;Xbox One, Xbox 360</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/AX7r61fyltc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve played enough mediocre&nbsp;<em>Lord Of The Rings</em>&nbsp;games to know better by this point, but we keep hearing such excellent things about&nbsp;<em>Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor</em>&nbsp;that we&#39;re determined to give it another chance.&nbsp;</p> <p>Filling in the gap between&nbsp;<em>The Hobbit</em>&nbsp;and the main trilogy, this open-world action role-player makes bold strides in enemy AI and generally makes you feel like a bad, bad man in the familiar fantasy world.</p> <p><strong>Due: 30 September /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature">These are the 200 greatest games of all time</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/55GJQQKKzuE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Alien: Isolation </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 last&nbsp;<em>Alien</em>&nbsp;game was the Gearbox-developed&nbsp;<em>Colonial Marines</em>, and quite frankly it was an absolute stinker of a game. The good news is, the new one&#39;s being made by Creative Assembly, and it looks amazing.</p> <p>In&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review"><em>Isolation</em></a>, you play as Ellen Ripley&#39;s daughter trapped aboard a space station with the monstrous extra-terrestrial. So far, so haven&#39;t-we-been-here-before? But unlike the last effort, it totally nails the tension and fear of the 1979 flick,&nbsp;bringing welcome lashings of stealth and scares aplenty as you frantically try to escape ol&#39; toothy without packing any awesome firepower. In fact, without packing any firepower - in&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;you&#39;re gunless. Now that&#39;s brave.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Due: 7 October /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Everything you need to know about Alien: Isolation</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/3mfTajDgBH4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. Driveclub </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Initially intended as a PS4 launch showcase,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-driveclub/feature"><em>Driveclub</em></a>&nbsp;quietly disappeared for a stretch, underwent retooling, and has now emerged seemingly ready to be the most enticing racing experience of this autumn.</p> <p>It looks absolutely stunning - as it should, given that it hails from the team behind the thrilling&nbsp;<em>MotorStorm -</em>&nbsp;but its biggest hook comes from online team functionality that lets you manage a virtual racing club with ease.</p> <p><strong>Due: 10 October /&nbsp;PS4</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-driveclub/feature">Driveclub: hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lCHbRjsgXqE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First launched a couple of years ago, open-world action game&nbsp;<em>Sleeping Dogs</em>&nbsp;returns in an enhanced new-gen re-release that bundles in two dozen add-on packs and surely delivers some kind of visual bump. While cut from the&nbsp;<em>Grand Theft Auto</em>&nbsp;cloth,&nbsp;<em>Sleeping Dogs</em>&nbsp;succeeded in large part due to its distinctive setting of Hong Kong, which gave the undercover cop quest its own added mystique. It&#39;ll be eclipsed by the&nbsp;<em>GTA 5</em>&nbsp;re-release this holiday season, but should be worth looping back on.</p> <p><strong>Due: 10 October / Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC</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/0K6kZe35DKE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. The Evil Within </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Resident Evil</em>&nbsp;has taken a seemingly permanent turn towards action, and&nbsp;<em>Silent Hill</em>&nbsp;has been patchy in recent years, so where does that leave survival horror? In the hands of&nbsp;<em>Resident Evil</em>&nbsp;creator Shinji Mikami, who aims to give the genre a shot in the arm with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/evil-within-first-play/review"><em>The Evil Within</em></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Less a revolution than a modernisation of past ideas, it looks and feels deeply unsettling and throws up plenty of genuinely horrific moments. So, mission accomplished.</p> <p><strong>Due: 17 October /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/evil-within-first-play/review">The Evil Within hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MMKhoHl9BnE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rather than embark on a new-gen journey, 2K Games opted to give Xbox 360 and PS3 owners one last wild romp through the world of&nbsp;<em>Borderlands</em>&nbsp;in the surely nutty&nbsp;<em>The Pre-Sequel.</em></p> <p>It fits between the two previous entries in terms of narrative, but story isn&#39;t really the big hook here &ndash; rather, it&#39;s the millions of possible gun combinations, the rampant oddball humour, and the new anti-gravity combat.</p> <p><strong>Due: 17 October /&nbsp;Xbox 360, PS3, PC</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/5DpJNBEEloI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Fantasia: Music Evolved </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A Disney game for Kinect? Surely some mistake. But no,&nbsp;<em>Fantasia: Music Evolved</em>&nbsp;really is one of the most enticing Xbox games on the horizon, and it&#39;s all because of its maker: Harmonix, the music-centric team behind&nbsp;<em>Rock Band</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Dance Central</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p>This interactive sequel to the classic animated flicks lets you interact with songs like a composer, swiping your hands to the on-screen prompts. Very charming stuff and truly original.</p> <p><strong>Due: 21 October /&nbsp;Xbox One, Xbox 360</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/LSAXQ13y7_k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12. Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We enjoyed living a pirate&#39;s life in last year&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review"><em>Assassin&#39;s Creed IV: Black Flag</em></a>, but we&#39;ve got an itch to explore a big, historical city &ndash; and&nbsp;<em>Unity</em>&nbsp;delivers in spades with French Revolution-era Paris.</p> <p>Even better? The campaign is playable in online co-op with up to four assassins in total, meaning you can carry out even more elaborate assaults with real-life comrades backing you up. And it&#39;s only for new-gen hardware, too.</p> <p><strong>Due: 28 October /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PC</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-ohFulrJKhI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13. Sunset Overdrive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What happens when Insomniac Games (<em>Ratchet &amp; Clank</em>) tries its hand at a brash, open-world action game? Utter, delectable chaos &ndash; and candy-coated, to boot.</p> <p>More like&nbsp;<em>Crackdown</em>&nbsp;than&nbsp;<em>Grand Theft Auto</em>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/e3-2014/first-play-sunset-overdrive/feature"><em>Sunset Overdrive</em></a>&nbsp;is a manic fever-dream of a game, tasking you with detonating mutants with wacky guns while grinding on surfaces, leaping with abandon, and having a blast. Seriously, watch the trailer.</p> <p><strong>Due: 31 October /&nbsp;Xbox One</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/e3-2014/first-play-sunset-overdrive/feature">Sunset Overdrive First Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qmRR6MnS6dc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 14. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last year&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Ghosts</em>&nbsp;was a bit of a low point for the&nbsp;<em>Call Of Duty&nbsp;</em>series,&nbsp;delivering a competent but rather unremarkable retread through tired ideas. But&nbsp;<em>Advanced Warfare</em>&nbsp;looks a lot better.</p> <p>For starters, it pushes things much further forward into the future: 2054, to be precise.</p> <p>It&#39;s brimming with more crazy gadgets than a James Bond film and also has a strong - and welcome - focus on narrative (look, Kevin Spacey!). Factor in a stunning new game engine and you&#39;ve got every reason to be excited about&nbsp;<em>Call Of Duty&nbsp;</em>for the first time in ages.</p> <p><strong>Due: 4 November /&nbsp;Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3, Xbox 360</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1sRUZ9p4oYQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 15. Halo: The Master Chief Collection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We rarely get too excited about a re-release (excepting&nbsp;<em>GTA5</em>), but&nbsp;<em>The Master Chief Collection</em>&nbsp;just blows us away with both the quantity of what&#39;s on offer and attention to detail.&nbsp;</p> <p>The package features&nbsp;<em>Halo 1-4</em>, all remastered for the new-gen hardware and packing in the entirety of their original contents. That means that as well as the single-player story you also get each game&#39;s multiplayer package intact and playable online.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a further - and very welcome - bonus, many of the&nbsp;<em>Halo 2</em>&nbsp;maps have also been reimagined for the collection. So whether you loved the games first time round or are one of the 16 people in the world who&#39;s never played them, there&#39;s no excuse for not giving them another spin.</p> <p><strong>Due: 14 November /&nbsp;Xbox One</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naughty-dog/last-us-remastered/review">The Last Of Us Remastered review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aPGPiSpTw4w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 16. The Crew </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From the developers behind underrated racing gems such as <em>Test Drive Unlimited</em> and <em>Driver: San Francisco</em>, Ubisoft&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review"><em>The Crew</em></a> is perhaps the most ambitious racer on the horizon.</p> <p>Single-player and online multiplayer action are merged in this jaunt across the United States, with coast-to-coast cruising and all manner of <em>Burnout</em>-inspired arcade antics along the way. Here&#39;s hoping it lives up to its massive potential.</p> <p><strong>Due: 14 November / PS4, Xbox One, PC</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review">The Crew First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AJQiyuX6VRA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 17. LittleBigPlanet 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not only does&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review"><em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em></a>&nbsp;arrive this autumn on a new lead platform with a new developer behind it, but Sackboy is also bringing some new friends with him. Now, when you play with three mates, each controls a different endearing felt creature &ndash; and each has a unique ability that really pushes home the need for teamwork. Otherwise, expect lots of wickedly charming terrain and fiendishly difficult platforming action.</p> <p><strong>Due: 18 November /&nbsp;PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review">LittleBigPlanet 3 hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ymCDdrMKPrY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 18. Far Cry 4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Exploring the wild jungle as an everyman bro made <em>Far Cry 3</em> a one-of-a-kind experience, but Ubisoft&#39;s not resting on its laurels for the next instalment: it&#39;s shifting the action to the Himalayas. Snow! Elephants to ride! Drop-in co-op!</p> <p>From what we&#39;ve played, <em><a href="http://Exploring the wild jungle as an everyman bro made Far Cry 3 a one-of-a-kind experience, but Ubisoft&#039;s not resting on its laurels for the next instalment: it&#039;s shifting the action to the Himalayas. Snow! Elephants to ride! Drop-in co-op! From what we&#039;ve played, Far Cry 4 doesn&#039;t really feel like a huge leap forward in terms of gameplay, with the same crazed enemies and unpredictable terrain, but we suspect it&#039;ll still be a tough game to shrug off. And at least the change in location will make for some nice scenary. Due: 18 November / PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 READ MORE: Far Cry 4 hands-on preview www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/e3-2014/far-cry-4-first-play/feature">Far Cry 4</a></em> doesn&#39;t really feel like a huge leap forward in terms of gameplay, with the same crazed enemies and unpredictable terrain, but we suspect it&#39;ll still be a tough game to shrug off. And at least the change in location will make for some nice scenary.</p> <p><strong>Due: 18 November / PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 </strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/e3-2014/far-cry-4-first-play/feature">Far Cry 4 hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/04z45SOAH5k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 19. Dragon Age: Inquisition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>BioWare kind of blew it with&nbsp;<em>Dragon Age II</em>&nbsp;following the stellar original, but the beloved RPG studio is seeking to redeem the fantasy franchise with&nbsp;<em>Inquisition.</em></p> <p>The new title blends the better elements of the previous versions - for instance it will feature two combat systems, one of which resembles that from&nbsp;<em>Origins</em>&nbsp;and one that from&nbsp;<em>II</em>. As with the first game, you&#39;ll also be able to play as one of several races, among them humans, elves and dwarfs.</p> <p>While not quite as epic as the peerless&nbsp;<em>Skyrim</em>,&nbsp;<em>Inquisition</em>&nbsp;still looks like offering plenty of opportunities to create your own unique hero and seek adventure in an intriguing universe. And that&#39;s more than most games manage.</p> <p><strong>Due: 18 November /&nbsp;Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, PS3</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WDVdSPpCj7M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 20. Grand Theft Auto 5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wait, isn&#39;t&nbsp;<em>GTA5</em>&nbsp;already our pick for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">best game in the world right now</a>? Indeed, it is - and the best is about to get better when it gets the new-gen treatment this autumn.</p> <p>Even if the visual overhaul is the only real addition, that&#39;ll be plenty, as the initial trailer looks downright stunning. In fact, the thought of exploring Los Santos all over again with some serious hardware powering the action is as enticing as a Chicago-soundtracked sunset drive with Trevor (ie very).</p> <p><strong>Due: Q4 2014 /&nbsp;PS4, Xbox One, PC</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review">Grand Theft Auto 5 review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">These are the 10 best games in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3DBrG2YjqQA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 20 most exciting upcoming 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"> From Destiny to Alien: Isolation, there&#039;s a lot to look forward to </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature#comments Console games Gaming Lists PC PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Wii Wii U Xbox 360 Xbox One Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:31:18 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443762 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Several gaming networks downed by hackers, a SpaceX rocket terminates mid-flight, and Disney Infinity software free for Wii U http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/fully-charged-several-gaming-networks-downed-hackers-spacex-rocket-terminates-mid-flig <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just because it’s a bank holiday doesn’t mean you should avoid the latest tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hacking in Watch_Dogs" alt="Hacking in Watch_Dogs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/watchdogs-hacking.jpg?1409024874" /> </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"> Sony, Microsoft, other gaming services hit by network attacks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On Sunday, numerous online gaming services - from PlayStation Network and Xbox Live to Battle.net, League of Legends, and Path of Exile - were downed for varying periods of time due to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. A hacker group calling itself Lizard Squad has taken responsibility for the assaults.</p> <p>Beyond causing surely millions of players frustration at being unable to access gaming services, particularly on a weekend, the story took an especially sick turn when the group tweeted a false bomb threat to American Airlines regarding the flight that Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley was traveling on at the time. In response, the flight was rerouted to another airport, and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is now investigating.</p> <p>As of this morning, attacks are continuing with a second hit on Battle.net and a fresh assault on Valve&rsquo;s Dota 2 servers. Sony says that no data was touched on PSN, and it doesn&rsquo;t appear that the hackers were trying to accomplish anything more than widespread disruption. So if you&rsquo;re looking to enjoy the bank holiday with an online game today and you&rsquo;re unable to do so, it&rsquo;s probably due to the so-called Lizard Squad. Lovely.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/85951/blizzard-playstation-network-and-more-under-wide-ddos-attack-update-fbi-now-investigating">Shacknews</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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"> SpaceX rocket explodes during flight test </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>SpaceX is pushing the boundaries of commercial space flight, but with such progress inevitably comes setbacks and challenges. One such occasion came on Friday when a three-engine F9R reusable rocket (the successor to Grasshopper) was automatically terminated during a test flight once an anomaly was detected.</p> <p>The rocket was detonated in mid-air to avoid potential injuries, and remained within the set flight area at all times. According to SpaceX, the test was &ldquo;particularly complex, pushing the limits of the vehicle further than any previous test,&rdquo; and that the company will review flight details before proceeding with another such test.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/502976401729798144">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spacex-dragon-v2-craft-future-space-travel/news">SpaceX Dragon V2 craft: the future of space travel</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="682" title="SpaceX F9R" alt="SpaceX F9R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spacex-rocket.jpg?1409024874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Disney Infinity a free download 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>In an effort to allow original Wii game owners to &ldquo;upgrade&rdquo; to Nintendo&rsquo;s current console, the Wii U version of Disney Infinity is now available as a free download through the eShop. You&rsquo;ll need the USB-connected base and figurines to actually use the game, but if you have all of that from the Wii version, you can go ahead and grab the surely better-looking game for free and play today.</p> <p>Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes isn&rsquo;t coming out on Wii, so this is a move to get fans entrenched on a new console and keep them invested in the series going forward. Then again, you might be able to grab the hardware and figures pretty cheaply for Wii U at this point, so it might be worth grabbing the game even if you don&#39;t have the Wii version handy.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/8/22/6058239/disney-infinity-free-to-download-wii-u">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review">Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Disney Infinity" alt="Disney Infinity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/disney-infinity.jpg?1409024874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/playstation-4/fully-charged-several-gaming-networks-downed-hackers-spacex-rocket-terminates-mid-flig#comments Gaming PC PlayStation 4 Xbox One Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445818 at http://www.stuff.tv The Crew http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 15/08/14: Ubisoft&#039;s open-world racer charts a course towards Xbox 360 as well, plus a fresh trailer </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="Looks busy? You should try Tolworth roundabout at about 8am" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-002.jpg?1408325736" /> </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/benjiwilson" title="View user profile.">Ben Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The racing genre has endured a painfully lacklustre couple of years. The&nbsp;<em>Dirt</em>&nbsp;series&nbsp;peaked long before the arrival of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while&nbsp;<em>Need For Speed</em>&#39;s annual joyride has spluttered into &#39;fun for exactly 17 minutes&#39; territory.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GRAPHICS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Perhaps unsurprisingly, <em>The Crew</em> looks like the next-gen offspring of <em>Burnout Paradise</em> and <em>Test Drive</em> &ndash; though it&#39;s far more of a stunner than those pretty-in-an-elderly-way parents. Cars shine in the sun and gleam amid big city neon, and the hugely varied selection of backdrops are a pleasure to thunder through in fast, fantastically-modelled vehicles.</p> <p>

It&#39;s worth noting, however, that there&#39;s a lot more going on onscreen than in most racers. Point tallies, notices about fellow crew members, your speedometer and a small map all take up valuable real estate, and that potential clutter won&#39;t suit all tastes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien Isolation will have you weeping with space terror</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/bDiplfxeCI4" 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"> SETTING </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Crew&#39;s &#39;idealisation&#39; of America is vast, with 15 million individual objects across the game&#39;s persistent world.</p> <p>These populate the best, most exciting roads in the nation, hence it taking an hour and a half (as opposed to days) to drive across. There&#39;s some 5000 square miles of tarmac available for you to burn rubber on, with 15 famous cities incorporated &ndash; six of which are comparable in size to Liberty City in <em>GTA IV</em>. Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami, LA and Washington are just some of the cityscapes that can be explored, with the entire map taking around four hours to circumnavigate.</p> <p>Want another impressive figure? Try the number 11 for size: that&#39;s how many individual ecosystems are present in the game. This news is music to our ears, because cruising the West Coast beneath Californian sun should feel entirely different to hurtling through a frosty Central Park (yep, it&#39;s also in, and drivable) at nightfall.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review">Tom Clancy&#39;s The Division preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Some 15 US cities are recreated in The Crew" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-013.jpg?1408325736" /> </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="Terrain will be varied" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-001.jpg?1408325736" /> </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="There are 5000 square miles to explore" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-006.jpg?1408325736" /> </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="Time to put on some Chris Rea" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-007.jpg?1408325736" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GAMEPLAY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Discovering America at speed is one of the game&#39;s great pleasures, but you&#39;re not here to be a modern day Chris Columbus. In fact, we&#39;ve done <em>The Crew</em> a small disservice by calling it merely a racer. It&#39;s also, believe it or not, something of an RPG.</p> <p>Winning events scores you cash and XP &ndash; which over time unlocks new challenges &ndash; while earning gold, silver or bronze medals in those events opens up gold, silver or bronze car parts for purchase later on.</p> <p>There&#39;s a <em>Fast And Furious</em>-lite storyline binding things together, but a behind-the-scenes peek suggests that isn&#39;t the big appeal here. Neither is experiencing the game solo, although you can absolutely do that if you wish. No, the big hook is forming a crew - hence the name - alongside three mates and taking on challenges such as a flat-out road race from New York to Miami. The victor gets the best rewards; and those spoils taste sweeter when they&#39;re earned by owning your online buddies, as opposed to three robo-brained AI cars.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Not sure what that plane is doing here" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-012.jpg?1408325736" /> </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="Customisation options will be based on earning money and XP" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-005.jpg?1408325736" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> THE INSIDE VIEW </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Crew&#39;s car list contains more than 40 vehicles from the likes of BMW, Chevy, Ford and Nissan. Even so, if you&#39;re the type of gamer who doesn&#39;t care for the number of motors because you&#39;ll stick with a personal favourite throughout, creative director Julian Gerighty may well be your new best friend.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&#39;s one of the interesting things that we&#39;re seeing emerge from playtesting,&rdquo; he tells <a href="http://www.gamereactor.eu/articles/116684/Julian+Gerighty+on+The+Crew/">Gamereactor UK</a>. &ldquo;We have lots and lots of cars, but we&#39;re seeing people pick a car and as soon as they&#39;re happy with it, [and] have identified that &#39;this is the car for me&quot;, they stick with it. Not just for two to three hours, [but] for 10, 15, 20 hours. [They] upgrade it as much possible, and make it evolve into as many specs as possible.</p> <p>&ldquo;That sort of connection is something [in <em>The Crew</em>] that&#39;s very different from normal racing games. Nothing&#39;s stopping you from choosing another car afterwards, and doing it all again, and buying the parts needed to get it to a similar level. But we&#39;re seeing people have very different behaviours to say, one of our competitors, where it&#39;s all about buying every single car and doing all of the challenges.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny Beta review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </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="There will be more than 40 vehicles in The Crew" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-008.jpg?1408325736" /> </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="Whatever type of vehicle you want to drive, you&#039;ll be well catered for" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-003.jpg?1408325736" /> </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="More cars" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-004.jpg?1408325736" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Last gen&#039;s last ride </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>The Crew</em>&nbsp;was designed first for new-gen consoles and PC, and seemed like it would only appear on those platforms - but Ubisoft recently announced that the game will also be ported to Xbox 360 and released on the very same date.</p> <p>Unlike&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/forza-5/first-play-forza-horizon-2/feature"><em>Forza Horizon 2</em></a>, which will be a different experience on Xbox 360, Ubisoft says that&nbsp;<em>The Crew</em>&nbsp;will maintain the same scope and features as its glossier siblings. Hopefully the visual drop isn&rsquo;t also accompanied by a significant performance hit. No footage has been released as of this writing, and we may well not see anything until the game hits store shelves.</p> <p>Why only Xbox 360 and not other last-gen consoles? A Ubisoft rep made it sound like a resources issue, telling&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/08/14/ubisoft-explains-why-the-crew-isnt-coming-to-ps3-or-wii-u">IGN</a>, &ldquo;when the decision was made to port [<em>The Crew</em>] to the previous generation of consoles, it was decided to focus solely on the platform closest to the new-gen&rsquo;s technical infrastructure, which is the Xbox 360.&rdquo; Sorry, PS3 owners; Wii U folks, you weren&rsquo;t expecting anything anyway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/forza-5/first-play-forza-horizon-2/feature">Forza Horizon 2: First Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="The Crew" alt="The Crew" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TC_screen_GC2014_GetawayNearSeattle_20140813_10am_CET_1407869346.jpg?1408325572" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> RELEASE DATE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another game struck down by Ubi&#39;s early-2014 tidal wave of delays, <em>The Crew</em> will finally be released on Xbox One, PS4, Windows, and Xbox 360 on 14 November. It&#39;s the biggest multiplatform racer of the holiday season, although <em>Driveclub</em> on PS4 and <em>Forza Horizon 2</em> on Xbox One and 360 will surely put up their individual fights.</p> <p>In a controversial move, you&#39;ll be booted back to the Start screen should your internet connection drop while playing &ndash; so if you&#39;re planning to plough your life into road trippin&#39; across the States from the comfort of your own sofa, it&#39;s probably time to go all-in on fibre optic broadband. Because let&#39;s be honest: you&#39;ve been waiting months, if not years, for the perfect excuse&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kw3zMEnPBM4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review#comments Console games Gaming PC PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:22:42 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436970 at http://www.stuff.tv Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 31/07/14: Guardians of the Galaxy join the figurine-centric fun. Here&#039;s everything you need to know </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="Black Widow" alt="Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/disney-infinity-2.0-marvel-super-heroes-review-BlackWidow-001.jpg?1406865881" /> </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/andy-robertson" title="View user profile.">Andy Robertson</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Those who dismissed <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/disney-infinity/review">Disney Infinity</a> as a kid&rsquo;s game may want to look again.&nbsp;Disney recently unveiled this year&rsquo;s update - and it includes some rather tasty Marvel characters and new adventures.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So What is it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There will undoubtedly be more franchises to follow but Infinity 2.0 kicks off with a wave of <em>Avengers</em> characters: Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye. The <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypjaDwrMeeg" target="_blank">FGTV blog has more on the full line-up in this video</a>.</p> <p>The first thing that strikes you is the attention to detail. We&rsquo;d not looked that closely at Mr Incredible or Sully from the first Infinity game, but get nosey with the Marvel figures and it&rsquo;s hard not to be impressed. They strike a balance between the game&rsquo;s usual cartoony cell-shaded style and the heft of each Marvel character.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/head-hands-and-eyes-sony-s-project-morpheus/feature">Head, hands and eyes on with Sony&#39;s Project Morpheus VR headset</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/W1P3b4YU8so" 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"> Game on </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 video-game side of things is also beefed up this year. While it retains the playful aesthetic that will sit well with families, for core gamers there is much more going on.</p> <p>Characters are now classified in different classes, with melee and ranged attacks being shown in detail at the announcement event. This leads into one of the biggest changes in Infinity 2.0: extensive branching skill trees that let you mould your favourite Marvel character into the perfect killing machine.</p> <p>By making permanent choices about each of your characters you not only customise your experience but have it saved instantly to your figure. Take that to a friend&rsquo;s for some multiplayer and your guy or gal comes with you, customisations and all.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman meets his biggest challenge yet in Arkham Knight</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Hulk" alt="Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/disney-infinity-2.0-marvel-super-heroes-review-hulk-001.jpg?1406865881" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Sandbox of tricks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another good place for co-operative fun is the Toy Box game creator area. Here you can pull in all sorts of objects and items at the touch of a button to battle friends. No rules means things get messy fast, but this is still the best sand-box entertainment we&rsquo;ve had since <em>Crackdown</em>.</p> <p>Best of all, as you progress through the adventure you win new Marvel items and gadgets to use in your creations. The real meat of the Toy Box mode is found when you start introducing game logic and make your own levels, and in Infinity 2.0 this has been made easier, with more starting points plus helper-bots who run around and tidy up after you.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/child-light/child-light/review">Child Of Light 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="1600" height="900" title="Captain America" alt="Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/disney-infinity-2.0-marvel-super-heroes-review-captain-america-004.jpg?1406865881" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s in the 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>The Starter Pack includes the game, three Avengers figures (Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow), the <em>Infinity 2.0</em> USB base, two Power Discs, and The Avengers play set piece. The bundle will sell for about &pound;48-53, depending on chosen platform.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re super stoked for the game, you can pre-order a limited edition collector&rsquo;s package for PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3 that includes all six Avengers characters (adding Hawkeye, Captain America, and Hulk, all sold separately otherwise) and a light-up diorama spotlighting the Frost Beast boss from the Avengers play set. But you&rsquo;ll have to shell out &pound;109-115 for that hefty package.</p> <p>Also available separately are Power Discs, which add new abilities and skins to the game. Less welcome is that these are sold in foil &#39;blind packs,&rsquo; so you can&rsquo;t see what you&rsquo;re getting before you buy them. There are dozens of Power Discs, adding extras such as a Stark Industries Tech theme, Captain America&#39;s World War II costume, and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. hover car.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review">LittleBigPlanet 3: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The Disney Infinity 2.0 figurines line-up" alt="Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/disney-infinity-2.0-marvel-super-heroes-review-figures-001.jpg?1406865881" /> </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="An Iron Man Power Disc" alt="Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/disney-infinity-2.0-marvel-super-heroes-review-power-disc-001.jpg?1406865881" /> </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="One of the Hulk Power Discs" alt="Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/disney-infinity-2.0-marvel-super-heroes-review-power-disc-002.jpg?1406865881" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Much more Marvel </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Avengers is an ideal choice for the starter pack, considering the film&rsquo;s popularity and the diversity of the cast, but additional play sets will be sold separately that dig into what look like equally awesome game worlds.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be able to swing around New York City in the Spider-Man play set, which comes with Spidey himself and Nova, along with the little plastic globe that starts up the scenario when placed on the Infinity base. Venom, Green Goblin, Nick Fury, and Iron Fist figures are also available (and sold separately) to expand out the set.</p> <p>And what looks to be the surprise of the summer, Guardians of the Galaxy has inspired its own set that really shows how Infinity can power very distinctive, self-contained play experiences. That package comes with Star Lord and Gamora, with Rocket, Drax, Groot, and Ronan the Accuser figures available separately.</p> <p>While <em>Infinity 2.0</em> is primarily a Marvel-centric experience, you&rsquo;ll be able to bring in classic Disney characters both old and new, with fresh figurines releasing this autumn. Maleficent, Merida (from Brave), Tinker Bell, Stitch, and Baymax (from Big Hero 6) are all due out late this year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ncIACV_Q17A" 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"> When&#039;s 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>Put it all together and <em>Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes</em>&nbsp;could be a major hit with both younger gamers and comic book addicts. Provided it delivers on its promise of more in depth gameplay to go along with the more mature Marvel theme it will certainly give competitor <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT_J7h0MRyQ" target="_blank"><em>Skylanders Trap Team</em></a> a run for its money. </p> <p><em>Disney Infinity 2.0</em> starter packs will be available from 19 September on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC and iOS. </p> <p><em>Andy Robertson is a freelance games expert for the BBC and runs a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypjaDwrMeeg&amp;list=PL02RKkMS5T4ih3VjZ3E57r4y4G1uxCtg3&amp;index=2" target="_blank">Gaming YouTube channel</a></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">Kill your productivity with Stuff&#39;s top 30 free browser games</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="1600" height="900" title="Thor" alt="Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/disney-infinity-2.0-marvel-super-heroes-review-thor-001.jpg?1406865881" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review#comments Console games Gaming PC PlayStation 4 Xbox One Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:17:59 +0000 Marc McLaren 1437162 at http://www.stuff.tv Rainbow Six: Siege: First Play http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-siege-first-play/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ubisoft&#039;s new multiplayer hostage-taker melds the genius of Counter-Strike with the Tom Clancy universe </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="A bit heavy handed considering they&#039;re just rescuing a cat stuck up a tree" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s Rainbox Six: Siege review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rainbow-six-siege-002.jpg?1402968498" /> </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/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are large numbers of people (members of the <em>Stuff</em> team among them) who have spent many years, decades even, on a fairly small number of maps like <em>de_dust</em> and <em>de_italy</em> in <em>Counter-Strike</em>.</p> <p>Those maps remain interesting because it&rsquo;s interesting to play against other people: no enemy AI can beat the aggression, unpredictability and tactical thinking of a human opponent. Plus, it&rsquo;s a lot more fun to know you&rsquo;ve just fragged a fellow ape and it&rsquo;s always satisfying to work as a team.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> House party </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 premise is fairly simple. <em>Rainbow Six: Siege</em> is, like <em>Counter-Strike</em>, a tactical multiplayer shooter with a team of bad guys and a team of armed police. Unlike <em>Counter-Strike</em>, they&#39;re separated by a wall, and they can see each other. Before each round, the bad guys decide where to hide their hostage by voting for a room. Then the round starts with a preparation stage: by fortifying walls and barricading windows, the terrorists rearrange the map based on where they&rsquo;ve hidden the hostage and what they think the SWAT team will do. Meanwhile, the SWAT team send camera drones into the house to do reconnaissance.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6wlvYh0h63k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> CANDID CAMERA </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 played two rounds as the bad guys, and one as the po-po. Although they took place in the same house, with the same teams, they were entirely different games each time: in one, our team hid the civilian in an upstairs bedroom, fortified walls and barricaded windows (and blew out a wall or two, to allow for better lines of fire) and covered a potential entry-point each.</p> <p>It worked well, with each team-mate taking out one opponent. On our second round we hid our hostage in the basement, sealed up several walls and used the building more like a fortress, but we&rsquo;d neglected a weak point. The SWAT guys blew a hole in the ceiling, poured a load of flashbangs through it and wiped us out.</p> <p>This is real strategy: not just finding the one way to win a fixed map, but constantly having to adapt your plan based on what the other team is doing. And you do know what they&rsquo;re doing, because you have CCTV cameras in the building (if you&rsquo;re a bad guy) and camera drones if you&rsquo;re a SWAT operative. Being able to see the approaching enemy makes the battle more about adaptive strategy and less about being a fast runner and an accurate shot.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="A sight you&#039;ll be seeing plenty of" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s Rainbox Six: Siege review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rainbow-six-siege-005.jpg?1402968498" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="Nice to see those gaming clichés being ditched, eh?" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s Rainbox Six: Siege review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rainbow-six-siege-003.jpg?1402968498" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Playing as the SWAT team is also huge fun: again, you can only win by planning well, adapting that plan and communicating. As the SWAT team you get more use of the highly destructible environment, blowing up walls and windows to create access points and shooting holes in things to create lines of sight. Each round was fairly quick, but we can imagine this fairly simple concept playing out into a huge variety of scenarios.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="We do hope you&#039;ll clear up any mess you make, lads" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s Rainbox Six: Siege review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rainbow-six-siege-001.jpg?1402968498" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> RAINBOW SIX: SIEGE - RELEASE DATE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s no word yet on when Rainbow Six: Siege will be released, but it&#39;s unlikely to be before 2015. When it does arrive, it&#39;ll appear on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;ll be keeping on eye out for any further news regarding it, so keep checking back here for the latest.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature">All the biggest news from E3 2014</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Tom Clancy&#039;s Rainbox Six: Siege - coming to a console near you... sometime" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s Rainbox Six: Siege review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rainbow-six-siege-004.jpg?1402968498" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-siege-first-play/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-siege-first-play/review#comments E3 2014 First Play Gaming PC PlayStation 4 Rainbow Six Siege Xbox One Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:41:22 +0000 Marc McLaren 1439259 at http://www.stuff.tv Destiny (alpha release): First Play http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-destiny-alpha-release/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Destiny’s alpha will launch on PS4 on Thursday June 12, but we got the chance to give it a play ahead of E3. And we&#039;ve got hands-on video footage too... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Destiny alpha release - first play preview" alt="Destiny alpha release - first play preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/destiny-alpha-first-play-003.jpg?1402650540" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Of all the games set for release in 2014, few carry the weight of expectation of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review"><em>Destiny</em></a>.</p> <p>The first new title from <em>Halo</em> developer Bungie, <em>Destiny</em> is an ambitious multiplayer shooter that&rsquo;s launching on both current-gen (Xbox One, PlayStation 4) and last-gen (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3) hardware.</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/guycocker" title="View user profile.">Guy Cocker</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"> I am your Destiny </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re a fan of co-op shooters such as <em>Borderlands</em> or massively multiplayer adventures like <em>World Of Warcraft</em>, you&rsquo;ll be right at home in <em>Destiny</em>.</p> <p>The game cherry-picks the best features from these modern multiplayers and works them into an otherwise fairly familiar <em>Halo</em>-like shooter. <em>Destiny</em> is set 700 years in the future, after man has colonised space and started a war with multiple alien races. You are recruited by &#39;the Traveller&#39;; a mysterious white, spherical entity who commands you to investigate and destroy these threats before humanity is eradicated.</p> <p>Your first task upon booting up is to choose your class, picking between Titan, Hunter and Warlock. Broadly speaking, these are <em>Destiny</em>&rsquo;s versions of the standard soldier, stealth and mage classes, and each has a different mix of abilities. Our Titan, for example, could smash the ground and dissolve enemies in a bombastic special move. We teamed up with a Hunter, whose special ability was a flaming pistol that would disintegrate enemies with its solar light. Each of these abilities had to recharge, which took time, so they could be used only fleetingly in combat.</p> <p>After choosing a class, another MMO-style feature presented itself - the character-creation screen. Bungie&rsquo;s offering has the same options as most games we&rsquo;ve seen: customisable genders, races, faces etc. The difference here is in the exquisite details and animations:&nbsp;<em>Destiny</em>&rsquo;s characters look absolutely stunning.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review">We&#39;ve played FIFA 15 - and it&#39;s looking great 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4yg0Jk1WZsE" 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"> Into the Breach </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve created a character, you&rsquo;re immediately thrown into a tutorial mission. This takes place in Old Russia - a beautiful but decrepit snowy wasteland with gorgeous features such as abandoned space shuttles, rusting industrial complexes and Northern lights punctuating the background.</p> <p>The game quickly tells you to press the DualShock 4&rsquo;s touch pad to bring up the Traveller - the small orb that&rsquo;s recruited you to save the universe. On the most basic level, the Traveller silently points to your objective, but it also vocalises the game&rsquo;s back story in actor Peter &#39;Tyrion Lannister&#39; Dinklage&rsquo;s familiar tones.</p> <p>The Traveller informs you that you&rsquo;re in Russia to find out what The Fallen (a mysterious alien race) are protecting - thankfully, it&rsquo;s only a matter of seconds before you come across one of them in the flesh. When you lock them in your sights, vital information immediately appears onscreen: a number denoting their class (in this case a &ldquo;2&rdquo;), the name of the unit, and a health bar.</p> <p>Doing what comes naturally in a first-person shooter, we begin to fire at the enemy drone with our shotgun - the first shot takes off 75% of its health, the second finishes it off. The brief battle startles another couple of Fallen units, but rather than come straight at us, they demonstrate Bungie&rsquo;s famously high level of artificial intelligence by ducking behind the nearest cover and seemingly communicating with each other before launching a coordinated attack. Fortunately, we&#39;ve switched to the plasma rifle by this point, enabling us to dispatch them fairly easily and pick up one of the game&rsquo;s collectable &#39;Grimoire&#39; cards.</p> <p>Suddenly, a massive Fallen ship descends from the sky and fires powerful plasma rounds at us, depleting our rechargeable shield and sending us scuttling off to find cover.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/forza-5/first-play-forza-horizon-2/feature">Forza Horizon 2: First Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QnSYuJQvzzI" 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"> You Say Halo, I Say Destiny </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Destiny</em> is the result of Bungie attempting to break away from its <em>Halo</em> roots, the DNA of the famous Xbox shooter is undoubtedly present, particularly when it comes to its gunplay. In fact, if a layman played the game without knowing anything about it, they&rsquo;d probably think it was a <em>Halo</em> sequel of some description.</p> <p>On a basic level, the shotgun boasts many of the same qualities as the Halo equivalent - the same distinctive circular aiming reticule, the wide spread and the slow reload speed. The melee strikes, mapped to the R1 button on PS4, feel powerful and fun to land. There&rsquo;s a shield that recharges whenever you&rsquo;re not getting hit. These are all features reminiscent of the <em>Halo</em> games that Bungie produced, and which defined Xbox consoles more than any other series.</p> <p>Not everything is <em>Halo</em>-inspired though: Bungie has definitely learned a lot from role-playing games too. When you shoot at and hit enemies, numbers denoting the health damage pour out of them like lost blood. Ammunition is relatively sparse, so you have to scavenge around for loot (although far less so than in something like <em>Borderlands 2</em>). You can spawn a vehicle when you&rsquo;re out in the open to travel around quickly. And there&rsquo;s a levelling system that sees you unlocking new weapons, abilities and power-ups.</p> <p>These are all features that have appeared in other games before, but like Bruce Lee taking various types of martial arts and only keeping the stuff that worked, Bungie has pilfered the best gaming ideas from the last 10 years and applied them to their excellent shooting mechanics.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/evil-within-first-play/review">The Evil Within - First Play of Resident Evil mastermind&nbsp;Shinji Mikami&#39;s new survival horror</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Got &#039;em!" alt="Destiny alpha release - First Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-alpha-first-play-006.jpg?1402650540" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Fireteam Bravo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Continuing with the alpha, we decide to engage a few more enemies, this time of a higher Level 5 rating.</p> <p>As we approach our objective, we come across another player attempting the same mission. It is perfect timing - the next enemy we meet is a large Fallen Captain equipped with a shield. He would have been quite a challenge to take on alone, but he&#39;s no match for two people working together.</p> <p>Things seem to be going well - we work together for a while without having to communicate verbally, and within the first 10 minutes of hooking up, we&rsquo;ve killed enough Fallen to reach Level 4. That all changes when we encounter a new enemy called The Hive, which is very reminiscent of <em>Halo</em>&rsquo;s infamous Flood enemies in that there are loads of them and they come at you fast.</p> <p>While we don&#39;t die during this encounter, we do spend a lot of time running away and taking cover so that our shield can recharge slowly.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature">These are the 200 greatest games of all time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="No, this isn&#039;t a stealth game" alt="Destiny alpha release - First Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-alpha-first-play-005.jpg?1402650540" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Tower Records </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tutorial Mission survived intact, it&#39;s time to check out the next part of Destiny&rsquo;s alpha: the Tower. </p> <p>The Tower is The Last City of Earth, and in the game it acts as a social hub where you can meet people, take on bounties, buy weapons, upgrade your ship, and much more. As it&rsquo;s a non-conflict zone, the camera shifts into a third-person perspective. The main objective on the first visit is to talk to Commander Zavala and collect your payment for completing the tutorial mission, which then allows you to buy new weapons and vehicles. It&rsquo;s here that the game feels most like a traditional MMO in terms of taking on quests and collecting rewards, although in terms of presentation, The Tower has more in common with <em>Mass Effect</em>&rsquo;s Citadel.</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/clOH1JPGi6Q" 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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s here that we met up with our first proper human ally, a fellow journalist who has also gotten access to the alpha. Destiny&rsquo;s term for partying up is to create what&rsquo;s known as a &#39;Fireteam&#39;, which keeps you and your teammates together when you go out on missions. As the leader of our Fireteam, our ally is forced to join us whenever we leave one location and head to another. After performing some highly amusing gestures (to us at least) including waving, sitting on the ground and dancing crazily, we head out on to the next mission.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Kf8deKTQnz0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In the wilderness </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 at this stage of the game that <em>Destiny</em> becomes much more open. We return to the world map and spy a Level 6 mission called &#39;The Devil&rsquo;s Lair&#39;, but as we&#39;re currently stuck on Level 4 we instead head back into Old Russia for a Level 4 Exploration mission around the Cosmodrome. </p> <p>In this mode, you have to look out for beacons dotted around the world, then scan them and follow the mission to receive a reward. This could be to kill a certain number of enemies, find something hidden, or recover treasures from around the map. These quests are also interrupted with random events that you can choose to engage with or ignore, such as a contingency of Fallen landing and you only having a limited amount of time to kill them.</p> <p>This more free-form gameplay is generally fun, but it does show up one element of <em>Destiny</em>&rsquo;s structure that could frustrate, and that&rsquo;s the &#39;grind&#39;. It&rsquo;s something that MMO players will be familiar with; fighting off loads of enemies just to level up your character so that they&rsquo;re powerful enough to engage in the next part of the story. The skirmishes are great, especially one fight against a giant Noble Devil Walker, but there&#39;s a lot of killing and fetching to do before we reach Level 6.</p> <p>It&#39;s here that the game&rsquo;s difficulty ramps up significantly, too. We come across some incredibly strong regenerating Hive Knight enemies that two people simply can&#39;t kill, so we&#39;re left with no other option but to desperately run past the gangs of enemies in a cowardly attempt to reach the objective. The tactic works, but it doesn&rsquo;t feel particularly fair or satisfying. Fortunately, we manage to find a third person for the team within a matter of minutes, but when we do engage in combat, we frequently end up dying and needing to be revived by someone (if they don&rsquo;t get to you within around 40 seconds, you respawn in a safe area).&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">Kill your productivity - Stuff&#39;s top 30 free browser games</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/g16Z1z_2ZPA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Crucible </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Destiny</em>&rsquo;s competitive multiplayer mode is housed in an area of the map called The Crucible. From the alpha we can see that there will be six main modes in the multiplayer game, although only one is available at this time. It&rsquo;s called Control, and seems to be a game mode where 6 vs 6 players fight for control of strategic battle zones.</p> <p>There are a number of rewards available in the Crucible part of the game, including gear and reputation points. But while all this was active in the alpha, it needed 12 people to play, and the number of people online at the same time as us maxed out at about three. So we&rsquo;ll have to wait until the alpha goes public on the 12th to try it out.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review">Why we&#39;re so excited about Tom Clancy&#39;s The Division</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="3200" height="1800" title="The Crucible" alt="Destiny alpha release - first play preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-alpha-first-play-crucible.jpg?1402650540" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Destiny (alpha release) - the 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>Based on what we&rsquo;ve played of <em>Destiny</em>&rsquo;s alpha build, we&rsquo;re extremely confident about the game&rsquo;s overall quality. Even at this early stage, the game plays well, looks gorgeous, and is incredibly polished overall. It also has a mix of established genre tropes that, while they may be borrowed from elsewhere, fit into it well and produce something that feels unique. </p> <p>The alpha will go public exclusively on PS4 on June 12, but keep your eyes peeled for more information on this game and many more from E3 this week. Stuff will be there in force reporting from the show, so keep checking back to Stuff.tv for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature">all the news from the Los Angeles Convention Centre as it happens</a>. </p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny preview - everything you need to know about Bungie&#39;s follow-up to Halo</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="3200" height="1800" title="The beautiful environment of Destiny" alt="Destiny alpha release - first play preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-alpha-first-play-004.jpg?1402650540" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Play: Destiny </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"> Check out our video hands-on with the alpha release of Bungie&#039;s FPS </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-destiny-alpha-release/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-destiny-alpha-release/feature#comments Console games Destiny E3 2014 First Play Gaming PC PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:07:56 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438859 at http://www.stuff.tv The Evil Within: First Play http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/evil-within-first-play/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami&#039;s new game is drenched in blood and creepy as hell. What, you were expecting fluffy bunnies? </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="Just your local neighbourhood butcher doing his rounds" alt="The Evil Within: First Play preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/evil-within-game-review-006.jpg?1401887846" /> </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/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 1996, a game called <em>Resident Evil</em> was released on the Sony PlayStation and invented a new genre.&nbsp;</p> <p>There had been scary games before, and gory games before, and zombie games before -&nbsp;<em>Doom</em> was all of these, for instance. But <em>Resident Evil</em>&nbsp;was something new, something distinctly cinematic.&nbsp;And so the survival horror was born.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THERE WILL BE BLOOD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>The Evil Within</em> is a deeply unsettling game. You play&nbsp;Sebastian Castellanos, a&nbsp;detective investigating a murder who soon finds himself trapped in a nightmare world in which strange creatures roam through abandoned villages and blood is never far away.&nbsp;</p> <p>We played two chapters, four and eight, and saw more of the red stuff than in a dozen <em>Call Of Duties</em>. But it&#39;s far from a combat-filled slashathon. Instead, <em>The Evil Within</em> is&nbsp;a true survival horror in the <em>RE</em> tradition: ammo and health are scarce, and your best bet is often to avoid the various grotesques you encounter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien Isolation will leave you weeping in space terror</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/H1POefYUgkw" 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"> VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Chapter four starts outside of a ramshackle village. Various buildings are on fire and menacing sounds can be heard nearby. A doctor character appears and urges us to get inside. Though he has a beard, he&#39;s clearly no fixie-riding hipster, so we decide to trust him. But before legging it into the nearest hut, we assign our weapons to shortcuts on the d-pad. Not that we get many. There&#39;s&nbsp;a revolver and a shotgun, plus a crossbow which can be equipped with various bolts, but hardly any ammunition.&nbsp;</p> <p>We also get a lantern, but using it tends to attract the undead like milkshake-hungry boys to Kelis&#39; yard. Plus, we get some matches. These are essential, because while a single headshot will down most enemies, they won&#39;t stay down for long unless you set fire to them.&nbsp;</p> <p>We follow the good doctor inside in search of safety and soon meet his brother, but before long we&#39;re being attacked by shuffling maniacs and tearing down corridors away from hideous somethings. It plays nicely enough, and looks good, but it&#39;s not exactly groundbreaking.</p> <p>And then things start to get weird. A ghostly hooden figure called Ruvik appears in front of us and suddenly the door that we were heading for is gone. We turn round but the door behind us has also disappeared. This Ruvik, who the doctor seems to know, appears to be shifting the environment around us.</p> <p>We escape, somehow, only to plunge down a chute into some kind of abandoned warehouse filled with chest-high water. Only it&#39;s not water, it&#39;s blood. Flies buzz around, corpses are piled up everywhere and it&#39;s really not the kind of place you want to hang around in.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review">Watch_Dogs review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Head shots get half of the job done" alt="The Evil Within: First Play preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evil-within-game-review-004.jpg?1401887846" /> </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 Evil Within: First Play preview" alt="The graphics are atmospheric..." src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evil-within-game-review-011.jpg?1401887846" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The Evil Within: First Play preview" alt="...and the bad guys are gruesome" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evil-within-game-review-008.jpg?1401887846" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> CHUTE TO KILL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Still, at least there&#39;s a bit of time to think down here. Nothing appears to be moving (other than the flies) and we&#39;re in no immediate danger. So we look around. Pulling a lever disgorges another corpses into the pool. Another one drains the blood away, revealing some much-needed ammo.&nbsp;</p> <p>And then, just as we&#39;re starting to relax, we trigger an explosive trap and die. We were told by Bethesda reps beforehand that in the final game you&#39;ll be able to save at regular points, but in our demo we&#39;re reliant on checkpoints. So it&#39;s back to the blood pool for us.&nbsp;</p> <p>The traps are a recurring hazard in <em>The Evil Within</em>, and they can also be used to your advantage - assuming you spot them in time. If you do, you can disarm them (via a simple mini-game) and salvage the parts; these parts can then be used for upgrades, presumably to your weapons, though this mechanic was disabled in the demo. Alternatively you can leave them armed and use them against the zombies.</p> <p>On the second time round, we make it as far the only door out. And then - bam! - Rovik&#39;s there again, the door&#39;s gone and we&#39;re trapped. Worse still, all of those piled-up corpses are now moving. Oh, and when Rovik touches us, it drains our health to one bar. We don&#39;t last long.</p> <p>On the third go, we&#39;re prepared. We use the traps against the zombies, ducking under tripwares and blowing them apart. As we set fire to the last one, the door reappears and we&#39;re outta there.</p> <p>Not that it makes much difference. Within a few minutes we&#39;ve encountered a hideous spider-demon-girl-thing who seemingly can&#39;t be killed. Running away is the only option - at one point, we even have to dive under a closing door, <em>Indiana Jones</em>-style. It&#39;s heart-pumping stuff, but a bit on the relentless side and much of it passes too quickly for us to really appreciate it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-driveclub/feature">First Play - Driveclub</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Arachnophobia has nothing on this" alt="The Evil Within: First Play preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evil-within-game-review-002.jpg?1401887846" /> </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="He looks pretty annoyed about something..." alt="The Evil Within: First Play preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evil-within-game-review-005.jpg?1401887846" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> SEEKING ASYLUM </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 fairness, chapter eight is a little less frantic. It&#39;s set in a mansion which appears to have been some kind of hospital. The doctor&#39;s back, with his brother, but they dart through a pair of metal doors before we can catch up with them. The doors lock behind them and when we notice that the mechanism is missing a few parts, we realise that we&#39;re going to have to find them within the distinctly uninviting bowels of the mansion.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now by this time we know what&#39;s coming, so we don&#39;t really want to do that. But at the same time, we want to know who this doctor is, what he&#39;s got to hide, how his brother fits into it and who Ruvik is. That, and we&#39;re on work time here, with very little desire to head back to the office. So onwards we creep.</p> <p>The mansion is less overtly grim than the warehouse in chapter four, but every bit as dangerous. Most rooms contain zombies, Rovik keeps popping up and there are a couple of set-piece QTEs to navigate. In one of these, we&#39;re dragged towards a set of whirring, whirling, grinding rollers and have to shoot out the power switch before we&#39;re turned into paté. We manage it the second time.</p> <p>At one point, we stumble across a room which appears to be a lab of some kind. There&#39;s a brain on the table, and we soon learn that we&#39;re supposed to stick a probe into it in order to... make something happen. This we do, and are rewarded with a sort of holographic playback of a conversation between the doctor and his brother. Later on, we find another of these brains but plunging the probe in merely ends up killing us.</p> <p>And that&#39;s doubly annoying, because checkpoints on this level are few and far between, so we end up playing and replaying the same section again and again. It&#39;s presumably not a problem that will exist in the finished version, but it rather spoils our experience of the level and we eventually give up rather than spend another 20 minutes retreading the same path and dispatching the same zombies. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Everything you need to know about Batman Arkham Knight and its amazing Batmobile</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Do we want to go down there? No, not really" alt="The Evil Within: First Play preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evil-within-game-review-007.jpg?1401887846" /> </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="900" height="1201" title="There are clues dotted throughout the mansion" alt="The Evil Within: First Play preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evil-within-game-review-009.jpg?1401887846" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 EVIL WITHIN: INITIAL VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s not much that&#39;s new about <em>The Evil Within</em>. If you&#39;ve played&nbsp;<em>Resident Evil</em>, <em>Silent Hill</em> or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/last-us/review"><em>The Last Of Us</em></a>&nbsp;you&#39;ll be at home here, and if you loved those games then from what we&#39;ve seen you&#39;ll love this too.&nbsp;</p> <p>Although &#39;love&#39; is perhaps the wrong word. It&#39;s unsettling, creepy and disturbing, possibly more so than any of its predecessors - if only because of the better graphics on offer on the next-gen consoles.</p> <p>It&#39;s also really quite hard. Death is inevitable and we never, ever felt as if we could drop our guard.</p> <p>But then&nbsp;that&#39;s the essence of a good survival horror game - to keep you constantly on edge. And <em>The Evil Within</em> certainly does that.</p> <p><em>The Evil Within will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on October 21/24 (US/Europe).&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature">These are the 200 best games of all time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="It&#039;s great fun, honest!" alt="The Evil Within: First Play preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evil-within-game-review-010.jpg?1401887846" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/evil-within-first-play/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/evil-within-first-play/review#comments Console games Gaming PC PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:31:29 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438194 at http://www.stuff.tv Valve's Steam Controller delayed to 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/valve/valves-steam-controller-delayed-2015/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tweaks to the controller have pushed back its release – and Valve&#039;s Steam Machines could be affected by delays, too </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="Valve Steam Controller" alt="Valve Steam Controller" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Steam-Controller.jpg?1401343348" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Planning to get on board Valve&#39;s next-gen gaming PC revolution?</p> <p>Looks like you&#39;ll have to wait a little longer. Valve has <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/groups/steamuniverse#announcements/detail/1820891223906967821" target="_blank">announced</a> that it&#39;s currently making improvements to its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/controller/how-valve-built-controller-future/feature" target="_blank">Steam Controller</a>, based on feedback from playtesters &ndash; but those improvements mean that &quot;we&#39;re now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014.&quot;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve/valves-steam-controller-delayed-2015/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/valve/valves-steam-controller-delayed-2015/news#comments Gaming PC SteamOS Valve Wed, 28 May 2014 12:05:27 +0000 Stephen Graves 1438030 at http://www.stuff.tv How I Made... Wolfenstein: The New Order http://www.stuff.tv/gaming/how-i-made-wolfenstein-new-order/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jens Matthies, creative director at MachineGames, explains how he and his team rebooted the FPS classic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="I made this - Wolfenstein: The New Order" alt="I made this - Wolfenstein: The New Order" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/I-made-this-wolfenstein-new-order-001.jpg?1401181110" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Wolfenstein 3D</em> was the game that caused many of us to get into developing games in the first place, so when my company MachineGames was acquired by Bethesda in 2010 we asked if we could have a crack at it. We&rsquo;ve been making <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wolfenstein-new-order/review"><em>Wolfenstein: The New Order</em></a> ever since.&nbsp;</p> <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"> THE INSPIRATION </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Wolfenstein: The New Order</em> is an action-adventure shooter that takes place in an alternate version of the 1960s, where the Nazis have won World War II and taken over the world. They have access to this great scientific knowledge, although it&rsquo;s a bit of a mystery where it came from.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve taken inspiration directly from things like Mecha-Hitler to honour the outlandish nature of the series. Nothing&rsquo;s based on real Nazi technology but it&#39;s certainly rooted in it. I think if the Nazis knew how to make robot dogs they would have!</p> <p>You play as the classic Wolfenstein protagonist BJ Blazkowicz, but while he used to fight for an army, now it&rsquo;s basically just him against a global force. When id Software made <em>Wolfenstein 3D</em> in 1992 it was very clear that they were inspired by the action heroes of the day. We wanted to play off of that archetype and find a depth in that character.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Everything you need to know about Destiny, Bungie&#39;s follow up to Halo</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The New Order takes inspiration from the original Wolfenstein 3D" alt="I made this - Wolfenstein: The New Order" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/I-made-this-wolfenstein-new-order-002.jpg?1401181110" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> TAKING TIPS FROM TARANTINO </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s a lot of Nazi ideology that&rsquo;s so bizarre it feels like fiction, which definitely inspired what kind of story we wanted to tell and the world we created. [Quentin] Tarantino&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Inglorious Basterds</em>&nbsp;is a really helpful example, because it shows that you can tell a story on a very sensitive topic and still infuse it with humour.</p> <p>There are scenes in there that are as tense as any movie you&#39;ll ever see, and others times it&#39;s funny and playful. We certainly didn&#39;t want to shy away from the over-the-top craziness that makes Wolfenstein what it is, but the last thing we want to do is make light of the immense suffering that was caused.</p> <p>A first-person shooter is incredibly fast-paced in terms of the gameplay, so the story has to be very efficiently delivered. Thankfully we have a lot of experience in doing that, so we know where we can stretch it and where it has to be condensed. It goes from incredibly intense gunplay to sections where it&#39;s about interacting with characters and exploring.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/head-hands-and-eyes-sony-s-project-morpheus/feature">Head, hands and eyes on with Sony&#39;s Project Morpheus VR headset</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The story is integral to Wolfenstein: The New Order" alt="I made this - Wolfenstein: The New Order" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/I-made-this-wolfenstein-new-order-003.jpg?1401181110" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> OUR LEGACY </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 very passionate about not only creating a compelling story but also merging that with the gameplay in an unobtrusive fashion. Quite often either the gameplay is amazing and the story&#39;s lacklustre or vice versa. I think Naughty Dog are incredibly good at merging the two and we&rsquo;re very focused on making sure that both dimensions sing in harmony and the whole game is as strong as it can be.</p> <p>As a team we&rsquo;ve never made a sequel to a game before, so just doing that would be a lot of fun, but we&rsquo;re in sync with the&nbsp;<em>Wolfenstein</em>&nbsp;world now, with so many ideas on how we can develop the story and gameplay in the future. To make another one would be magnificent.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wolfenstein-new-order/review">Wolfenstein: The New Order review</a></strong></p> <p><em>As told to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/users/tom-wiggins">Tom Wiggins</a></em></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="1600" height="900" title="Sounds like Jens wants to make the Wolfenstein sequel..." alt="I made this - Wolfenstein: The New Order" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/I-made-this-wolfenstein-new-order-004.jpg?1401181110" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/gaming/how-i-made-wolfenstein-new-order/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gaming/how-i-made-wolfenstein-new-order/feature#comments Console games Gaming PC PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Wed, 21 May 2014 10:31:59 +0000 Marc McLaren 1437515 at http://www.stuff.tv Steam In-home Streaming http://www.stuff.tv/steam-home-streaming/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Valve&#039;s Steam took over PC gaming a long time ago. With In-home Streaming, it may just have conquered the lounge too </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="Deus Ex: Human Revolution on Steam In-home Streaming" alt="Steam In-Home Streaming review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/steam-in-home-streaming-001.jpg?1399623735" /> </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/adamoxford" title="View user profile.">Adam Oxford</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Imagine turning your MacBook Air or ageing netbook into a gaming powerhouse that&#39;d leave the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 looking like 8-bit dinosaurs. Quite a dream, right? Well that dream just became reality thanks to Steam In-home Streaming.</p> <p>Valve Software&#39;s Steam is already utterly ubiquitous: part shop, part copy-protection mechanism, part social media and news service and part indie dev showcase, you can&#39;t own a PC without it.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Install once, play anywhere in the house </div> <div class="field-item even"> Game on low-end or old laptops </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Superb performance </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 slightly buggy </div> <div class="field-item even"> Windows-only host </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Can&#039;t use very low-end ARM hardware </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"> How it works </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 principle behind In-home Streaming is that most PC gamers are likely to have a big ol&#39; monster machine tucked out of the way somewhere discreet, such as a bedroom or office. After all, you don&#39;t want a server-sized chassis with four graphics cards howling like a jet engine next to the TV, do you?</p> <p>Given that PC games are generally cheaper than console games &ndash; especially in Steam sales or Humble Bundles &ndash; this leads to a dilemma. There&#39;s a good chance you&#39;ve got an extensive library of games such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/thief/review" target="_blank"><em>Thief</em></a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review" target="_blank"><em>Assassin&#39;s Creed</em></a> which play well with a joypad at sofa distance. Or maybe you&#39;re frustrated that you can&#39;t play them on your slinky but underpowered Ultrabook. Perhaps you just want to play PC exclusives such as <em>Civ V</em> or <em>World Of Warcraft</em> in a different chair for a change.</p> <p>Enter In-home Streaming.</p> <p>If Steam is installed on two PCs on the same network, you can play games on one machine even though they&#39;re stored on the other. The video and audio feed is simply streamed from the host PC (the one with the game installed) to the client, while the controls go the other way. All over Wi-Fi or Ethernet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">The 200 greatest games of all time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="1440" height="900" title="Thief on Steam In-home Streaming" alt="Steam In-Home Streaming review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-in-home-streaming-010_0.jpg?1399623735" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> SETTING IT UP </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In-home Streaming is a joy to use right from the start. Just fire up Steam and sign in using your usual details &ndash; both computers will need to be logged into the same account. Head over to the Settings menu. In the first tab there&#39;s an option to join in beta programs &ndash; from the drop-down menu, choose Steam beta from this on both machines and restart the program.</p> <p>That&#39;s literally it &ndash; in our tests, as soon as Steam was restarted both PCs saw each other and connected over the LAN. You can tell they&#39;re hooked up either by going into the new Home Streaming menu, or just by looking in your games library. You should see all games installed on either machine now flagged as playable.</p> <p>In-home Streaming is an enormous technical challenge that involves hitherto unsurmounted challenges such as optimising netcode to reduce input lag and getting hardware accelerated graphics to work over remote display adaptors. The kinds of challenges that in our experience make OnLive all-but unplayable and Intel&#39;s Wireless Display regularly unusable. But all you do here is select an option from a pull-down menu and it just works. Kudos, Valve.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation will leave you quivering in space terror</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1200" title="Setting up is a cinch" alt="Steam In-Home Streaming review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-in-home-streaming-004_0.JPG?1399623735" /> </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"> Minimum specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Host</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>OS:</strong> Windows</li> <li><strong>CPU:</strong>&nbsp;Quad-core</li> <li><strong>Network:</strong> Ethernet preferred, Wireless N or A/C supported</li> </ul> <p><strong>Client </strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>OS:</strong>&nbsp;Windows, Mac OSX, Linux</li> <li><strong>CPU:</strong> Dual-core recommended</li> <li><strong>GPU:</strong> Hardware video decode recommended</li> <li><strong>Network:</strong> Ethernet preferred, Wireless N or A/C supported</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PERFORMANCE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are a few settings you can tweak to alter the performance of In-home Streaming, to prioritise prettiness or smooth framerates for example, but in our testing leaving them set to default was fine.</p> <p>We did experience the occasional stutter &ndash; a dropped frame, an audio buzz &ndash; when streaming over Wi-Fi, but not so much that you&#39;d care.</p> <p>If both machines are on Ethernet connections, it&#39;s almost impossible to tell that you&#39;re not playing &#39;native&#39; code. If you&#39;re concerned, there is a handy on-screen stat overlay which can tell you exactly what sort of effect the network has &ndash; at its worst, over an 802.11n network, we saw about two milliseconds of input lag and a third of a second display delay.</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="1600" height="900" title="An on-screen overlay can be used to keep tabs on lag" alt="Steam In-Home Streaming review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-in-home-streaming-003.png?1399623735" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Why the fuss? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are two big achievements here. The first is that it&#39;s graphically perfect, with none of the artefacting that plagued OnLive.</p> <p>The second &ndash; and more significant &ndash; is that there&#39;s absolutely no discernible input lag. With other wireless technologies, such as Intel&#39;s Wireless Display &ndash; there&#39;s a split-second pause between moving the mouse and watching the cursor shift on screen. That would be unacceptable in a game, and somehow Valve has eradicated it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve/hands-steamos/feature" target="_blank">Hands on with the game-changing SteamOS</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="1201" height="900" title="One of Steam&#039;s major victories is a lack of lag" alt="Steam In-Home Streaming review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-in-home-streaming-008.jpg?1399623735" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Full screen jacket </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 technical achievements are to be lauded, but they do bring a couple of problems with them. The first is that In-home Streaming isn&#39;t doing something clever such as rendering the game on the host PC without displaying it. It&#39;s just streaming the desktop. If you alt-tab on the host, the client loses the game. So one person can&#39;t play on the client PC while the other surfs. Two computers, one game seems a little inefficient no matter how cool it is.</p> <p>The second is that you can&#39;t stream over the internet. In-Home means exactly that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-headquarters-coolest-office-world/feature" target="_blank">Valve HQ is the coolest office in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="You won&#039;t be playing Steam over the net, unfortunately" alt="Steam In-Home Streaming review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-in-home-streaming-006.png?1399623735" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Still in beta </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For all its awesomeness, it&#39;s important to remember that this is still a beta. We&#39;ve heard tell of folk who&#39;ve had problems getting In-home Streaming working, especially if AMD graphics cards are involved. Our experience was near flawless, but bugs do remain and for the most part if streaming isn&#39;t working properly the only fix is to reboot both PCs. Plus, for the time being, the host PC has to be running Windows. Which frankly sucks.</p> <p>Still, as a baseline for improvement it&#39;s hard to fault.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/controller/how-valve-built-controller-future/feature" target="_blank">Haptics, trackballs and Cheeto dust - how Valve built the game controller of the future</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="1201" height="900" title="In-home Streaming is still in beta right now" alt="Steam In-Home Streaming review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-in-home-streaming-002_0.jpg?1399623735" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 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>The critical thing is that the client can be running Windows, Mac OSX or Linux. We tested all with equal success. What&#39;s truly wonderful is that the system works for so many different potential uses. Got a games PC and also a MacBook Air? Now you can play <em>DOTA 2</em> in your lounge on your laptop. Built a super-cheap quiet PC for running Linux media centre or SteamOS by your TV? Now it&#39;s a gaming powerhouse.</p> <p>Looking ahead, Steam is rapidly expanding beyond just games into apps, too. You can use it to run run 3D modelling software such as Maya and Visual Studio on that old netbook that&#39;s gathering dust in the attic if you like. Yes, even netbooks can be used as clients for Steam In-Home Streaming, although&nbsp;for the best performance&nbsp;you&#39;ll want one with a hardware-accelerated video decoder; the first-gen Atom we tried struggled to keep up. </p> <p>It&#39;s also a shame that there&#39;s no app for ARM-powered screens including Android tablets and iPads. We wouldn&#39;t be at all surprised if that&#39;s the next step.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature" target="_blank">Kill your productivity - the 30 best free games you can play in your browser</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="1642" height="900" title="Batman: Arkham City" alt="Steam In-Home Streaming review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-in-home-streaming-009.jpg?1399623735" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> 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>As simple as it is, Steam In-home Streaming is still a conceptual leap which may prove tough for a mass market used to buying consoles for games. The fact is that it still requires an expensive PC to make the most of it, plus you won&#39;t be able to use that PC if someone else is gaming in a different room. That&#39;s just weird, that is.</p> <p>The smart nerd, however, will see a myriad number of ways Steam In-home Streaming will make their life better. Whether it&#39;s because they already have more Steam games than they&#39;ll ever play or simply like the fact that new games on Steam are now around a third again cheaper than a PS4 disc.</p> <p>It&#39;s probably not quite compelling enough to make Valve&#39;s console plans work by itself, but let&#39;s face it: Valve didn&#39;t have to add this feature, for free, for you. You&#39;d frankly be a fool not to explore it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve-s-steam-machine-army-every-angle-covered/feature" target="_blank">Exclusive - 12 Steam Machines detailed, fondled and photographed from every angle</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="1439" height="900" title="Steam In-home Streaming could change your gaming life" alt="Steam In-Home Streaming review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-in-home-streaming-007.png?1399623735" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A major technical achievement which could well change your gaming life</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/steam-home-streaming/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/steam-home-streaming/review#comments Gaming PC Steam Box SteamOS Thu, 08 May 2014 15:27:07 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436713 at http://www.stuff.tv Disney Infinity 2.0 introduces Marvel Super Heroes to toy-based game http://www.stuff.tv/disney-infinity-20-introduces-marvel-super-heroes-toy-based-game/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Avengers characters lead charge onto new platforms </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="Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes" alt="Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/disneyinfinity2.jpg?1398993111" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Delivering on recent hints, Disney today announced a new Infinity game featuring characters from the Marvel Comics universe.</p> <p>Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will be a new standalone game featuring iconic heroes and villains from the comic behemoth, with characters from The Avengers&mdash;Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, The Hulk, Thor, and Hawkeye&mdash;announced as part of the 20+ planned figurines.</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-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/disney-infinity-20-introduces-marvel-super-heroes-toy-based-game/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/disney-infinity-20-introduces-marvel-super-heroes-toy-based-game/news#comments Console games iOS games PC Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:54:07 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1436434 at http://www.stuff.tv Free Game of the Week: WolfQuest 2.5 http://www.stuff.tv/free-game-week-wolfquest-25/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s a bit like Mass Effect except you&#039;re in a wood, not a spaceship, and you&#039;re a wolf. </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="SUP DAAAAAWGS" alt="WolfQuest 2.5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/WQ00.jpg?1399052357" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Games in which you play an animal are quite a trend: <em>Goat Simulator</em> has been one of the major success stories of the past few months, <em>Bear Simulator</em> has tickled a six-figure sum out of Kickstarter fans, and you can be sure that <em>Gnu Simulator</em> and <em>Proboscis Monkey Simulator</em> are already being developed by publishers eager to cash in on the craze. But before the comedy goat and the comedy bear, there was the wolf, and it was a proper wolf.</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/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</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 lupine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just as in <em>Mass Effect</em>, you begin by designing your character. Except where&nbsp;previously&nbsp;you designed a Shepard, this time you&#39;re creating every shepherd&#39;s worst nightmare: a wolf.</p> <p>Because it&#39;s been developed from a generous public purse (one senator called the $600,000 spent on creating it an &#39;extravagant waste of tax dollars&#39;), <em>WolfQuest</em> is a more richly rendered offering than most freeware. The grand vistas of the Wyoming countryside provide a lovely backdrop to your roaming, hunting, and the object of your first quest - finding a mate.</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="Perhaps the modern shepherd&#039;s greatest fear is that no-one will love them for who they really are." alt="WolfQuest 2.5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WQ02.jpg?1399052357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> so many bears </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once you&#39;ve taken in the scenery, the first thing you notice in WolfQuest is that it&#39;s teeming with bears. There are so many bears in WolfQuest that when you do find yourself in elk territory, most of the elks have already been killed by rampaging grizzlies.</p> <p>When you do get to hunt something that&#39;s not been eviscerated by ursine claws, you can deploy your scent-vision. Everything goes black and white except for smells, which show up as vivid smears of colour, in different hues for different species. Chases can be short and sweet, or long and diffuclt, depending on the animal.&nbsp;Hares are plentiful and easy to catch, but they&#39;re more of a snack-beast, while a full-grown elk has more meat but takes a long, long time to chase down and kill. This is accurate - wolves hunt by tiring their prey out on chases that can last for hours.&nbsp;You need to keep hunting and eating to survive, but scavenging is a handy way to top up your energy (again, this is true for real wolves). Once your nose has led you to elk-meat, it&#39;s time to sniff the wind for other wolves to fight, or make love to, or... or 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" title="There&#039;s like bare predators in Yellowstone. Bare!" alt="WolfQuest" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/grizzly.jpg?1399052357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Wolves are even more difficult to seduce than people </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 thought romance would be simpler as a wolf, you&#39;re in for a disappointment: satisfying your reproductive urges in <em>WolfQuest</em> involves almost as much wandering around, sniffing and whining as it does in the human world. A tantalising yellow wolf-scent often leads to a male who will threaten to beat you up, and when you do find a female she&#39;ll probably bite you and then urinate on your favourite tree. It&#39;s a lot like being in Plymouth on a Saturday night.</p> <p>At last a receptive female appears, and the similarities to <em>Mass Effect</em> return: there are a number of dialogue options that are translated into the wolf-language of stance, barks, bites, whimpers and sniffs, and only by picking the right ones can you persuade the comely she-wolf to mate with you. Unlike <em>Mass Effect</em>, there&#39;s no mildly discomfiting scene in a space-jacuzzi - your new wolf-wife just agrees to follow you around everywhere.</p> <p>Just as in human life, your brief summer of being well-fed and sexually active is followed all too quickly by the long, exhausting autumn of finding a place to live, having kids and then trying to make sure they&#39;re not eaten by bears.</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/WQ04.jpg?1399052357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> the worth of wolf street </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Overall <em>WolfQuest</em> is well worth a go, if only for an afternoon&#39;s trot around Yellowstone. It&#39;s graphically decent, has some exciting weather (at one point, lightning hit a tree near our wolf and the tree <em>exploded</em>) and, yep, it&#39;s free. The only gripe we have is the music, which basically two soft-grunge riffs that switch abruptly and at random. Turn it off, enjoy the birdsong and remember to press H (howl) every now and then.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/5-best-weird-games/feature" target="_blank">5 of the best weird games</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Oh, you dirty boy. " alt="WolfQuest" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WQ03.jpg?1399052357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Be a wolf, for free </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/free-game-week-wolfquest-25/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/free-game-week-wolfquest-25/feature#comments Apps and Games Gaming PC Sun, 27 Apr 2014 11:24:42 +0000 Will Dunn 1436227 at http://www.stuff.tv Wolfenstein: The New Order http://www.stuff.tv/wolfenstein-new-order/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How to solve a problem like Nazi world domination? With guns. Lots of guns. </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="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Wolfenstein-the-new-order-15.jpg?1408477576" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Wolfenstein: The New Order</em> probably isn&rsquo;t the game you&rsquo;re expecting. Sure, it&rsquo;s got lots of Nazi-killing, just as the 1992 original did. It&rsquo;s also got cyborg Nazis and the ability to dual-wield machine guns.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s unexpected is that it&rsquo;s also got a heart and an often sombre, melancholy tone and a preoccupation with the pointlessness of war.</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"> £27.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4 (£39) </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"> At its best offers big, bombastic fun </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great production values </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Inventive setting and tech </div> <div class="field-item even"> Open combat options </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"> The balance between silly and sombre isn&#039;t quite right </div> <div class="field-item even"> Some difficulty imbalances </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"> B.J.&#039;s back </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once again you&rsquo;re cast as American-Polish muscle-bound hero and one-man army, B.J. Blazkowicz, but after an initial (and actually rather dull) mission set during WWII you find yourself in an alternative 1960s where the Nazis won the war, enslaved the world and gave referees the right to shoot uppity footballers who object to getting a yellow card; we&rsquo;re not joking, just check this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd2oInvp8ls" target="_blank">trailer</a>.</p> <p>The setting&#39;s allowed the designers to go full-blown bonkers with the technology and machines of the now advanced Third Reich. There are now genetically-engineered super-soldiers, giant mech-like robots, little flying robots, cyborg-dogs and EMP grenades.</p> <p>There are also insane characters. Deathshead returns from the last couple of (largely ignored) games, and the deranged, sadistic Frau Engel and her toy-boy Bubi are introduced.</p> <p>Is any of it realistic? Heck no. But it is fun and fairly inventive. The problem is that this insanity and lack of grounding is rather at odds with the sombre mood. The game wants you to reflect upon the horror of war while giving you ever more mental and gruesome ways to kill your enemies.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review" target="_blank">Why we&#39;re massively excited about Tom Clancy&#39;s The Division</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/lkJErwqI-2A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wolfenstein-the-new-order-console-game-playstation-xbox-review-005.jpg?1408477576" /> </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="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wolfenstein-the-new-order-10.jpg?1408477576" /> </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="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wolfenstein-the-new-order-3.jpg?1408477576" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> RuN AND GUN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And there really are loads of ways to kill your enemies, from fairly standard assault rifles to rapid-firing lasers and huge gun turrets.&nbsp;But it&rsquo;s also possible to tackle the vast majority of the game in a more stealthy manner, sneaking around enemies, stabbing them in the back or shooting them with a silencd pistol.</p> <p>The stealthy approach is encouraged by the presence of radio operators who&rsquo;ll raise an alarm and call reinforcements if you&rsquo;re spotted. The trick of sneakily finding and despatching of these guys before going all-guns-blazing on the reinforcement-less leftovers is probably the most satisfying way to play <em>The New Order</em>, but you are fairly free to play your own way, and your play style is rewarded with relevant perks &ndash; keep performing silent kills and you&rsquo;ll be granted the ability to move faster without creating noise, go machine-gun crazy and you&rsquo;ll be given faster dual-wield reloads.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation will have you weeping with space terror</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="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wolfenstein-the-new-order-22.jpg?1408477576" /> </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="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wolfenstein-the-new-order-12.jpg?1408477576" /> </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="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wolfenstein-the-new-order-1.jpg?1408477576" /> </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="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wolfenstein-the-new-order-23.jpg?1408477576" /> </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"> A trip down memory lane </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>There&#39;s a barely-hidden Easter Egg in <em>The New Order</em> that lets you play levels from the original Wolfenstein game. The blend of modern controls and old graphics and level design makes for a really fun distraction, but if there&#39;s any reward other than the nostalgia we haven&#39;t been given it.</p> <p>Where is it? You really don&#39;t need our help finding it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pretty as a (really gory) picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 the most spectacular game in existence, but if you buy the next-gen version you get a clearly next-gen experience, with loads of detail and realistic animation to character models, bright, dynamic flashes as bullets ricochet off armour, and some brilliantly bombastic sound effects. It ran judder-free for the duration of our playthrough, too.</p> <p>Cutscenes are brilliantly detailed and directed, too, even if the content sometimes jars &ndash; the sex scenes feel rather crowbarred in while the gore can be a little too nasty at times. This certainly isn&#39;t the most tasteful gaming experience around and the 18-certificate is well earned.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny - taking Halo to places Master Chief never dreamed of</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="Ooh, pretty lighting" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RoW_SuperDestructor.jpg?1408477576" /> </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="One of the few times B.J. and Anya are on screen together but not bumping uglies" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wolfenstein-the-new-order-24.jpg?1408477576" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> I am death incarnate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s a bit of an issue with the difficulty level, too. The normal, &ldquo;bring &lsquo;em on&rdquo; setting is far too easy most of the time and then very occasionally really chuffing hard. Similarly, respawn points are generally very forgiving but every so often rather unkind. Combine one of the unkind ones with one of the tough bits and you&rsquo;ve got a recipe for occasional frustration.</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="Running&#039;s a good plan here, too" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wolfenstein-the-new-order-7.jpg?1408477576" /> </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="Another thing to run away from. Even B.J. isn&#039;t that tough." alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wolfenstein-the-new-order-25.jpg?1408477576" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Wolfenstein: The New Order verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But overall the new <em>Wolfenstein</em> game is a pleasure. There&rsquo;s variety in its levels and flexibility in the way you approach combat. There&rsquo;s gore, insane set-pieces and obvious-but-effective scares. And while it doesn&rsquo;t do much that&rsquo;s particularly new, it will keep you entertained from start to finish even as the silliness struggles against the sincerity. All in all a very effective plug for the next-gen gaming gap.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">The 200 Greatest games of all time</a></strong></p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/108645194361577794712/posts" target="_blank">Tom Parsons</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="Wolfenstein: The New Order review verdict" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wolfenstein-the-new-order-20.jpg?1408477576" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It doesn&#39;t hit every mark, but when it works <em>Wolfenstein</em> is an absolute blast</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"> Wolfenstein: The New Order </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We review the bonkers FPS </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wolfenstein-new-order/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/wolfenstein-new-order/review#comments Console games PC PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Wolfenstein: The New Order Xbox 360 Xbox One Tue, 20 May 2014 18:52:38 +0000 Tom Parsons 1436190 at http://www.stuff.tv First Play: Watch_Dogs http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/first-play-watchdogs/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We first got our paws on Watch_Dogs very briefly last year, but now we’ve had a full four-and-a-half-hour preview of a much more finished build, and we’re impressed. </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="1198" height="900" title="Bark to the future" alt="Watch_Dogs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/STEAMPIPE.jpg?1398825967" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let&rsquo;s start with a few <em>pointers</em>: in case you haven&rsquo;t read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review" target="_blank">preview</a>, Watch_Dogs is an open-world game in the <em>GTA</em>/<em>Saints Row</em> mould, but with a story that sets it apart. You play Aiden Pearce, a hacker vigilante who goes to <em>labra-war</em> against a sinister group of <em>cyber-terrierists</em>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</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"> beagle eyed </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 starts off indoors, and a short mission leads you outside, so you&#39;re sat down and comfortable with the controls before you get your first look at Chicago - a trick that&#39;s at least as old as <em>The Wizard of Oz</em>, and still highly effective.&nbsp;Chicago looks fantastic on the PS4 build we played: dirty, windy, atmospheric and enormous. The painstaking detail in which it&rsquo;s been rendered makes it feel endlessly explorable, and it&rsquo;s particularly lovely in the rain. You can&rsquo;t beat good rain in a game, especially if you&rsquo;re zooming through it on a motorbike. </p> <p>The CtOS data you can overlay on your vision is unobtrusive, and can be quickly toggled on and off to allow you to scan your fellow citizens. Unless they&rsquo;re part of the plot, the people around you are procedurally generated, and the short bios that pop up about each of them allow you to make snap decisions about whether to leave them be (if they&rsquo;re, say, a nurse), or (if they&rsquo;re, say, a hedge fund manager) to hack their bank account, steal their car, drive their car into a lamp post and then blow it up in front of them. As in any game featuring large numbers of NPCs, you&rsquo;re going to hear the same lines of dialogue repeated by different people all around the city.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank"><em>Alien: Isolation</em> will have you weeping with space-terror</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="Pinscher movement " alt="Watch Dogs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WD_Relaunch_Beautyshot_Canal.jpg?1398825967" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> corgi of destruction </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At one point in the story, we used Aiden&rsquo;s considerable talents to lay a trap for some enemies. After a couple of minutes sowing the seeds of explosive disaster, it was time to find a hiding place and then use CtOS to trigger remote bombs and activate machinery, sending the confused enemy running into hiding places that were also, thanks to forward planning, full of bombs.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll have plenty of opportunities to engage the enemy in the traditional way, too, but shoot-outs against more than a few enemies are difficult to survive, so the game is constantly pushing you towards its more interesting aspects - laying traps, hacking, sneaking and high-speed getaways - to get you through missions. Of course, that&rsquo;s not to say you can&rsquo;t just run into a situation and start brapping people with an assault rifle, if that&rsquo;s the way you want to play it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review" target="_blank">Everything we know about <em>Batman: Arkham Knight</em></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="Must... think... more.. dog.. puns..." alt="Watch Dogs Bedbug" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BEDBUG.jpg?1398825967" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> mirror, signal, miniature schnauzer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Driving ranges from realistic to cartoony, depending on what motor you&rsquo;ve got. High-end sports cars are tricky, flicky, spintrixes, but the motorbikes are unexpectedly sturdy; we took a couple of knocks that would have your leg right off in real life, and we didn&rsquo;t even fall over. Maybe we&rsquo;re just really good at motorbikes. Whatever you&rsquo;re driving, the chases are fantastic. Whether you&rsquo;re hunting an enemy or being chased by the po-po, having the CtOS on your side adds an extra element. Pursuit becomes all about leading your opponent into a trap where you can raise some bollards, change the traffic lights or blow up a steam valve, snaring them in a pile-up so you can either start shooting at them or speed off into the night. Unless they&rsquo;ve got a helicopter, that is, in which case best practice is to either hide under a bridge, or just keep driving until you explode.</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="His bark was worse than his bike" alt="Watch_Dogs driving" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MOTORCYCLE.jpg?1398825967" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> wired for hound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Jumping into a car and landing in the previous occupant&rsquo;s choice of radio station is an important scene-setting element in any game in which you get to steal cars. Obviously there&rsquo;s a variety of genres and not all of it will be to your taste, but what matters is that the music fits the scene, and this soundtrack comes mostly from Chicago-based musicians. Within the first hour of driving around the city we&rsquo;d had several of those nice moments when the song perfectly matches the situation.</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 soundtrack includes works from Setter James, Collie Murs, Steeleye Spaniel and NO MORE DOG PUNS PLEASE" alt="Watch_Dogs driving" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WD-Screenshot_E3_MadMile_Bridge_Carchase_1080p_FINAL_130821_10amCET_1377072825.jpg?1398825967" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> insane in the pomeranian </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 knew Watch_Dogs was going to be compelling, exciting and dark, but we weren&rsquo;t prepared for it to have a crazy side. When you fancy a break from the real-world story you can buy a &lsquo;digital trip&rsquo; from a &lsquo;dealer&rsquo; on the street. Stick said cyberdrug in your ear and the real world fades away and is replaced by a hallucinatory mini-game: in one, you drive a flaming hot rod through a burning landscape, racking up points for the number of flame-headed zombies you mow down. In another, you stamp around Chicago in a huge mechanical spider, stamping on police cars and blowing things up with a Gatling gun. After a couple of hours of serious story, it&rsquo;s just what you need, and when your bloodthirst is slaked, you go back to the normal game. It&rsquo;s nice to have the option of enjoying some whacky stuff, but it&rsquo;s also an excellent idea to keep it separate from the main game.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Top 10 console games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nobody smacks the Spider-Tank with a rolled-up newspaper " alt="Watch_Dogs spider tank" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DIGITAL_TRIP_SPIDERTANK.jpg?1398825967" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> You’re dalmatian’ me crazy </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 portion of the story we played didn&rsquo;t contain any big surprises. There might be some fascinating developments waiting further along in the story, but Aiden Pearce is brewed to the same tortured-vigilante recipe as Batman, The Punisher, Max Payne and a hundred others: his nearest and dearest are attacked, which makes him angry, and depressed, but also frees him up to go out and take bloody revenge on the Bad Guys. So far, so formulaic, but the script and the voice-acting are blockbuster-quality, and bear in mind we only played through a couple of sections of the plot.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;re a basset to the company" alt="Watch Dogs gambling" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/POKER.jpg?1398825967" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> maximum dachsund satisfaction </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 overall impression we get from Watch_Dogs is that like the best open-worlders, it offers considerable playing time for your money. It&#39;s filled with exciting mini-games and multiplayer possibilities, from street racing to hacking your friends to taking control of the police forces (via the tablet app) and challenging them to escape. You can even play chess in it, if you like. It&rsquo;s <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</em> meets <em>Deus Ex</em> with a touch of <em>GTA</em> and a smattering of <em>Saints Row</em>. If you like even one of those games, you&rsquo;re going to have a great time in <em>Watch_Dogs</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature" target="_blank">Here are 20 brilliant games you can download for free</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="Er... app... dog... some sort of pun. I dunno. App dog. You know, like lap dog. That&#039;s as good as you&#039;re going to get, this far down the page. " alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/APP_TRAFFIC_LIGHT_TABLET.jpg?1398825967" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Watch_Dogs: First Play </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/first-play-watchdogs/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/first-play-watchdogs/feature#comments Console games First Play Gaming PC PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:00:02 +0000 Will Dunn 1435926 at http://www.stuff.tv Dark Souls II http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/dark-souls-ii/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s unquestionably the toughest RPG of this, or any other, generation – so what is it that makes Dark Souls II so damn essential? </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="Dark Souls II review" alt="Dark Souls II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Dark_Souls_2_21.jpg?1400246012" /> </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/benjiwilson" title="View user profile.">Ben Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How do you follow up an adventure often described as the hardest game ever made? Why, by dropping you, a cursed hero, into the mystical land of Drangleic and letting you figure <em>everything</em> out for yourself, of course.</p> <p>Dark Souls II in an unapologetically old school action-RPG by acclaimed Japanese developer From Software, which offers little in the way of prompts or tutorials. The only way to learn is to die, then die again. In short: you&rsquo;re on your own. In detail: you&rsquo;re on your own, and completely screwed.</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 PS3 </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"> ‘What in the LORD is that?’ enemy design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Packing your inventory is an obsessive compulsive’s dream </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Incredibly realised, immersive RPG world </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"> As tough as tough can be </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"> Hero quest </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Knightmare</em>, <em>Dungeons &amp; Dragons</em>, Ian Livingstone choose-your-own-adventure books: <em>Dark Souls II</em> is the modern embodiment of these classic role-playing favourites. With one vital twist: you need to be a borderline sadomasochist to enjoy it. This is Livingstone without numbers, <em>D&amp;D</em> without dice, <em>Knightmare</em> without falsetto guides screeching spells and doing their best blind-leading-the-blind impressions.</p> <p>You choose a character class, and can amass an array of items and spells to help you along the way. But even when kitted out with the best armour, sharpest sword, or most powerful magic, combat remains merciless. I died 11 times in my first 90 minutes with the game, too many to count thereafter. &nbsp;Sounds fun, right?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/5-best-most-infuriatingly-difficult-games-ever/feature" target="_blank">The 5 best, most infuriatingly difficult games ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dark Souls II review" alt="Dark Souls II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dark_Souls_2_01.jpg?1400246012" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> To die for </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 weird thing is, death <em>is</em> kind of fun. Partly because it&rsquo;s the only way to improve - by learning enemy locations and behaviour patterns in a manner that hasn&rsquo;t been necessary since the heyday of Spectrums and C64s. But also because you lose &lsquo;souls&rsquo; (the game&rsquo;s currency, basically) on every death, and can only retrieve them by retracing your steps to where you last perished.</p> <p>Get there and touch your bloodstain, and all is restored. Fail, and said lost &lsquo;souls&rsquo; are gone forever. This mechanic lends an intensity to every step you take (pipe down, Sting), and also makes every victory &ndash; from successfully hunting down a bloodstain to seeing off a variety of preposterously-OTT bosses &ndash; all the more rewarding.</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="Dark Souls II review" alt="Dark Souls II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dark_Souls_2_06.jpg?1400246012" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Psychiatric horde </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Exploration and conversation take up a huge portion of the game and aren&rsquo;t nearly as soul-destroying (literally or metaphorically) as combat. Some NPC discussions lead to puzzles such as tracking down keys to locked doors, others are left to your own interpretation, yet in both cases they provide a welcome relief from the coffin-nail-tough monster mashing.</p> <p>And searching the almost countless number of wonderfully atmospheric environments &ndash; barren woodland, monumental palaces, dimly-lit lairs, sun-kissed cliff tops, so many more &ndash; only becomes more enchanting as you flesh out your inventory. OCD completionists will be in their element. I should know &ndash; I am one, and seeking out meaningless (but so pretty!) trinkets in gloomy caverns became one of my favourite elements of the game.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dark Souls II review" alt="Dark Souls II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dark_Souls_2_10.jpg?1400246012" /> </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="Dark Souls II review" alt="Dark Souls II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dark_Souls_2_03.jpg?1400246012" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Dodgy jewellery </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 appeal to noobs with emo alter-egos should be clear, but returning players who&rsquo;ve beaten <em>Dark Souls 1</em> and want a greater challenge are catered for, too. The more you die, the more your life bar shrinks (note to those noobs: carry a Human Effigy from the outset to restore health). Plus there are items you can purchase to make the game even more difficult.</p> <p>For instance, it&rsquo;s fitting that the Redeye Ring sounds like street slang for haemorrhoids: it makes your character even more easily detectable to enemies, so is guaranteed to repeatedly leave his backside raw. A brilliant find &ndash; if you&rsquo;re the type of person who enjoys plunging sewing needles into voodoo dolls. Of yourself.</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="Dark Souls II review" alt="Dark Souls II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dark_Souls_2_02.jpg?1400246012" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Eye spy </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Dark Souls II</em> looks magnificent throughout, to the point that I sometimes forgot I was playing on PS3 rather than next-gen. Mo-capped animations eliminate the rigidity often found in the original, light and darkness are manipulated in ways that startle with wonder at times and unsettle through fear at others, and even deaths look weirdly satisfying.</p> <p>One of my personal highlights is being catapulted off a cliff by a pack of wild dogs, like something out of a Will Ferrell movie. Comic moments are few, but they&rsquo;re critical in preventing you from just giving up when a scythe-wielding bag of bones slices through you for the umpteenth time.</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="Dark Souls II review" alt="Dark Souls II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dark_Souls_2_07.jpg?1400246012" /> </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="Dark Souls II review" alt="Dark Souls II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dark_Souls_2_19.jpg?1400246012" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Dark Souls II 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>As good as adventuring gets on current-gen, in terms of exploring a fantasy world packed with unconventional enemies and comic-book-inspired locations &ndash; but one for only the most patient of minds.</p> <p>From Software has created unquestionably the most challenging game around; but the few dedicated enough to survive it will also find it one of, if not the, most rewarding.</p> <p>Review by Ben Wilson - <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjiWilson" target="_blank">@BenjiWilson</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">The 200 Best Games Ever</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="Dark Souls II review" alt="Dark Souls II review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dark_Souls_2_13.jpg?1400246012" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new yardstick in trial-and-error adventuring, you haven&rsquo;t lived until <em>Dark Souls II</em> has killed you a hundred times. Twisted, unrelenting genius</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/playstation-3/dark-souls-ii/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PC PlayStation 3 Xbox 360 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:25:50 +0000 Tom Parsons 1433726 at http://www.stuff.tv