Console games http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apps-and-games/console-games/news en-SG Alien: Isolation http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/alien-isolation/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the essential intel on Creative Assembly&#039;s potentially groundbreaking xeno-hunter </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="Hope he&#039;s brushed his teeth" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-001.jpg?1397877794" /> </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="/sg/users/benjiwilson" title="View user profile.">Ben Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some 

35 years after Ridley Scott <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078748/" target="_blank">reinvented horror films</a> using what would quickly become the most iconic of extra-terrestrial lifeforms, a Sussex-based studio is seeking to do the same for soil-your-undergarments videogaming.</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"> S$-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"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This time around you&#39;re Ellen&#39;s daughter Amanda, a Weyland-Yutani engineer drawn to an abandoned space station, the Sevastopol, by traces of the Nostromo&#39;s black box 15 years after the ship disappeared. And if none of that makes much sense to you, you&#39;d better watch the first film.</p> <p>Once on the space station, she loses contact with the rest of her crew &ndash; and swiftly comes into contact with a certain fallic-domed beast. The point of the adventure, then, is simply to survive; a prospect made especially tricky by the alien&#39;s movements being completely unscripted. There are no behaviour patterns to learn off by heart here. Just you and that infamous bitch, playing the deadliest game of cat-and-mouse imaginable.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny 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="1594" height="900" title="You&#039;ll be using that motion tracker a lot" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-006.jpg?1397877794" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> 
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This is the closest you&#39;ll ever get to a virtual tour of the Nostromo. While the name&#39;s different and you&#39;re on a space station rather than a ship, everything about its design is informed by Scott&#39;s original movie setting.</p> <p>Cold white walls abound, CRT monitors blink through the darkness, and flashing lights guide you nervously through claustrophobic corridors from one room to the next. The hospital looks like the Nostromo&#39;s med bay, supersized. In the dining area, a table is littered with retro-sloganed cereal boxes and kids drawings &ndash; suggesting that whole families lived here at one time. Their current whereabouts will surely form a major plot point. (We&#39;re predicting &#39;oozetastic cocoon&#39;.)</p> <p>Other nods to the original flick include multi-lingual signs which play a vital role in navigation, all manner of workstation switches and levers, and various containers, gels and tools with which you&#39;re able to splice together additional melee weaponry. Fox supplied the devs with 3TB of unused <em>Alien</em> material, and it&#39;s evidently been put to fantastic use.
</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/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-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="1578" height="900" title="Period detail is everywhere you look..." alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-011.jpg?1397877794" /> </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="1578" height="900" title="...and the period in question is the late-&#039;70s" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-004.jpg?1397877794" /> </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="1578" height="900" title="Unsettling, much?" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-012.jpg?1397877794" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> 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>
Ingeniously, this looks like the future as imagined in the &#39;70s and &#39;80s, rather than the pristine, touchscreen-centric version popularised by modern telly and cinema. It&#39;s Tom Baker over David Tennant, Peter Weller as opposed to Joel Kinnaman.&nbsp;</p> <p>And HD really enables that setting to sing &ndash; as well as injecting the eponymous lead baddie with an entirely fresh sense of fear. The smooth, almost effortless movement first brought to screen by Bolaji Badejo has been mimicked perfectly, and may finally lay to rest your horrendous flashbacks of the old girl&#39;s distant offspring somehow learning to <em>swim</em> in <em>Alien 3</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review" target="_blank">Batman: Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9nqsrfYKK-s" 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"> 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>

The biggest risk being taken by Creative Assembly is unleashing a game with no fire button upon a market saturated with shooters. Evidently, the idea here is to go in the opposite direction to colossal xeno-flop <em><a href="http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-3/aliens-colonial-marines" target="_blank">Aliens: Colonial Marines</a></em>, and that has to be considered a positive. Instead of conventional weaponry, your only hope while navigating the Sevastopol &ndash; at least to begin with &ndash; is a motion tracker, a flashlight, and a limp-limbed melee attack.</p> <p>In a potential masterstroke, <em>Isolation</em> isn&#39;t about killing the alien, but outlasting it. And the lack of enemy scripting isn&#39;t the only thing ensuring you a tough ride; it learns from your behaviour, too. Try to use the same route through each environment, or attack with the same cobbled-together object too often, and Creative Assembly says it&#39;ll adjust its tactics in response. How exactly remains to be seen, but it sounds fascinating.

</p> <p>And when the acid lady does appear as a blip on your motion tracker? Well, it&#39;s as terrifying as you both hoped and dreaded. Particularly when the signal then disappears again, inspiring <em>Blair Witch</em>-esque shrieks of &#39;where the eff is it?!&#39; in your mind. Even more frightful are the occasions when you catch the shadow of its tail draping down from above, or switch on the flashlight to spot it sliding past a doorway. It&#39;s going to be challenging to maintain that intensity and fear across 10-12 hours, but the initial signs are very promising.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/first-play-child-light/feature" target="_blank">First Play: Child Of Light</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="At this point, you&#039;ll probably want to hide" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-009.jpg?1397877794" /> </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="Not what you want to see when you enter a dark room" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-002.jpg?1397877794" /> </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="You can craft your own weapons on the Sevastopol" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-003.jpg?1397877794" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 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>A critical component in <em>Isolation</em>&#39;s fear factor is the lack of a HUD, which senior designer Gary Napper says would dilute the experience. &ldquo;I love playing games where I&#39;m shooting stuff and I see numbers bouncing off heads,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.officialplaystationmagazine.co.uk/2014/03/10/alien-isolation-gameplay-hands-on-feeling-the-horror-on-ps4-with-creative-assembly/3/" target="_blank">he told Official PlayStation Magazine</a>. &ldquo;But we&#39;ve made a game that&#39;s all about atmosphere and tension and horror, and you can&#39;t really apply that to it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Senior producer Jonathan Court, meanwhile, is keen to point out that while the alien&#39;s behaviour is unscripted, the narrative is not. While there&#39;s much to explore on the Sevastopol, this is no open-world game: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got a series of beats and a strong story that takes you through,&rdquo; <a href="http://

http://metro.co.uk/2014/01/07/alien-isolation-interview-we-keep-scaring-ourselves-4253295/" target="_blank">he revealed to Metro</a>. &ldquo;But we also have multiple routes and opportunities to go back where you&rsquo;ve been.&rdquo;</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="1594" height="900" title="&#039;Exit&#039; sounds like a good idea to us" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-005.jpg?1397877794" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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><em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;arrives on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC on 7 October. &quot;We couldn&#39;t be happier to finally announce a date for&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>,&rdquo; Creative Assembly&#39;s Alistair Hope said on delivering the news last month. &quot;The reaction we have seen so far has been simply incredible, from the screams and shrieks to the cold sweats and racing hearts. It&#39;s the Alien game that we&#39;ve always wanted to play and we can&#39;t wait to let everyone get their hands on it this fall.&quot;</p> <p>Remember your childhood days when Hallowe&#39;en actually seemed scary? On this evidence, 2014 may be the year those pre-November night terrors make an alien-influenced comeback&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review" target="_blank">Tom Clancy&#39;s The Division preview</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="1594" height="900" title="You&#039;d be pretty gutted if you escaped from a xenomorph only to die in an airlock" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-008.jpg?1397877794" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sg/playstation-3/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/alien-isolation/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:57:54 +0000 Elissa Loi 1435750 at http://www.stuff.tv Watch_Dogs http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything you need to know about the game that&#039;ll keep you from getting any natural light for a good couple of months </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="Do NOT text and drive at the same time. Especially if you&#039;re being chased by the rozzers" alt="Watch_Dogs playstation Xbox console PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/chase.jpg?1397720580" /> </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="/sg/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s easy to see why Sony and Microsoft were both keen to have <em>Watch_Dogs</em> as the big launch title for their new consoles, and why gamers around the world were frustrated when it was delayed. Gritty, futuristic, fast-paced and open-world, it&#39;s poised to be the thinking person&#39;s <em>GTA V</em>.&nbsp;And now, almost two years since Ubisoft first announced it, <em>Watch_Dogs</em> is almost ready.&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"> S$-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"> what&#039;s the story? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You play Aiden Pearce, a gruff, trenchcoat-wearing hacker-for-hire who takes the wrong subroutine and stumbles across something dark and dangerous hidden in someone&#39;s mainframe. The bad guys come looking for Aiden, attack his family and boom - you&#39;ve got yourself a tortured vigilante. Armed with brains, brawn and some guns, Aiden is the wrong IT guy to mess with.&nbsp;</p> <p>Aiden&#39;s chief weapons (aside from guns and bombs and grenades and one of those extendable stick things) are the abilities afforded him by his phone, and we&#39;re not talking about mischieviously ordering pizzas to the wrong address. By hacking into Chicago&#39;s citywide operating system, Aiden can remotely trigger all kinds of excitement: steam pipe explosions, multi-car pileups, sudden and disastrous changes of bridge management policy. He can even hack the subway trains to do his bidding, which would be the most useful thing ever&nbsp;in real life.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny 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/NuAbH8Z8iwk" 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"> it&#039;s assassins&#039; creed but with cars and in the future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As in the <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed </em>titles, there&#39;ll be a fair bit of sneaking around in <em>Watch_Dogs</em>. Once you&#39;ve hacked the local CtOS node, you can steal through a building full of guards by jumping from security camera to security camera, while back in meatspace Aiden is just another geek on the street, staring at his phone.</p> <p>But stealth won&#39;t always work, and there will be plenty of situations in which you have to be handy with the steel. As in the <em>GTA</em> titles it&#39;s possible to attract an increasingly enthusiastic level of police attention, until you&#39;re left with no choice but to escape or just keep shooting until the attack helicopters turn you into a gruff, trenchcoat-wearing hamburger. You can continue to tinker with the CtOS from your car, which will add an extra element to chases - time it right, and you can raise a line of bollards in front of your speeding pursuers, or change the traffic lights and turn them into a twisted pile of hot traffic.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/first-play-child-light/feature" target="_blank">First Play: Child of Light</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" alt="Watch_Dogs playstation Xbox console PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/helichase_0.jpg?1397720580" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> everyone&#039;s a hacker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As a CtOS-equipped hacker, you can see information about every person you walk past in the street&nbsp;(a new bio is procedurally generated for each NPC you encounter). That lady over there is a schoolteacher who recently survived dengue fever, so you&#39;ll probably leave her alone, whereas <em>that</em> guy&#39;s a hedge fund manager who recently bought <em>Horrible Bosses</em>&nbsp;on Blu-Ray and enjoyed it, so you can hack his bank account and run him over in his own car without feeling at all guilty.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, the flipside of being an internet gremlin is that you, too can be hacked, and not just as part of the single-player story. Your friends can sneak into the game you&#39;re playing, sidle past you and start electro-siphoning your cash. It&#39;s then up to you to find them and let them know how displeased with their conduct you are. They can even bother you if they&#39;re out of the house thanks to a companion app that puts the console player in a speeding car and hands control of the police forces to the tablet player, who can throw all manner of obstacles in the console player&#39;s way as they try to escape.</p> <p>And that&#39;s not it for the multiplayer fun - aside from hacking your friends as they play, you&#39;ll be able to race them, shoot at them and take them on in other mini-games, which could give it a great deal of longevity once the single-player campaign is over.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review" target="_blank">The Division preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It would be handy if you got a push notification when you were being hacked in real life" alt="Watch_Dogs playstation Xbox console PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hacked.jpg?1397720580" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> when&#039;s it out and what can i play it 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><em>Watch_Dogs</em> will be released on 27 May on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, although the Wii U version will be released later. The PS4 version will come with some extra content, but it&#39;s likely that the PC version will look the best, thanks to some Nvidia optimisation that will allow some graphics cards to render its grimy near-future Chicago in exquisite detail.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;ll have a full review for your perusal around then.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/dark-souls-ii/review" target="_blank">Dark Souls II review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="&quot;Didn&#039;t you know? A baton always beats a gun!&quot;" alt="Watch_Dogs playstation Xbox console PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/combat.jpg?1397720580" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:12:46 +0000 Elissa Loi 1435646 at http://www.stuff.tv Don't dismiss game to movie adaptions http://www.stuff.tv/sg/dont-dismiss-game-movie-adaptions/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Some of them are even worthy of an Oscar nomination, says Tein Hee Seow </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Never mess with Lara Croft" alt="Don&#039;t dismiss game to movie adaptions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lara-croft-tomb-raider-50a5545323b79.jpg?1397520182" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-14fb42f1-560a-a46a-3db5-3d0b3221cf99">Seeing Angelina Jolie kicking ass was a dream come true for this gamer. In fact, this should apply for any gamer.</p> <p dir="ltr">Woah, it&rsquo;s not what you think, I&rsquo;m merely appreciating how filmmakers try to faithfully adapt the essence of games into a live-action movie and make it work for the big screen.</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="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-14fb42f1-560d-c3a6-b897-214beb328579">Take the Resident Evil movies as an example. It got fans of Capcom&rsquo;s action/horror series excited over Alice, who doesn&rsquo;t even exist in the games. It helps that Milla Jovovich executes her stunts with absolute finesse and keeps the adrenaline pumping with all that hard-hitting action. But when you go into a theatre, expecting to see every single detail replicated from the game into a movie, what&rsquo;s the point? You might as well spend more than 30 hours on the game.</p> <p dir="ltr">Creative writing and the right cast is crucial to make such adaptations successful. You can agree to disagree, but I loved the witty banter between Jake Gyllenhaall and Gemma Arterton in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. And yes, the fact that they&rsquo;re both eye candies is an appealing factor.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Two guns, Alice? That&#039;s kinda overkill" alt="Don&#039;t dismiss game to movie adaptions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Resident%20Evil%20Afterlife.jpg?1397520182" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="The Prince of Persia has a name" alt="Don&#039;t dismiss game to movie adaptions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Prince-of-Persia-movie-wallpaper.jpg?1397520182" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-14fb42f1-560f-35d1-20cd-44313c9e82b0">Then, there are movies so impossibly faithful, it&rsquo;s just ridiculously bad, in a good way. I watched the live-action movie of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (known as Gyakuten Saiban) on a flight, laughing hysterically at the over-the-top humour. Fellow passengers were definitely not amused and equally incredulous at what made me laugh like a madman.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though I do love a nonsensical movie based on a game, the plot is still a crucial element. Metal Gear Solid and The Last of Us have proven that storytelling is just as important as the action-packed gameplay. Plot-driven games like Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls have blurred the line between games and film making, so much that it feels like an interactive movie.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Objection!" alt="Don&#039;t dismiss game to movie adaptions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Ace%20Attorney_1.jpg?1397520182" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Wait, is Beyond: Two souls a game or movie?" alt="Don&#039;t dismiss game to movie adaptions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beyond-two-souls-1.jpg?1397520182" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-14fb42f1-5610-1411-71ca-9d40458168d7">Needless to say, such games will require the same attention to details with the script to pull off a great adaptation. Give it a bad screenplay and you&rsquo;ll end up with duds like what infamous director Uwe Boll did with a few classic games. But you can&rsquo;t condemn every single game to movie adaptation out there just because of a few bad eggs.</p> <p>Go in with a fresh perspective, a bag of popcorn and just enjoy the ride. Start off with our recommended <a href="http://bit.ly/1etD5B6" target="_blank">list of faithful game to movie adaptations</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/dont-dismiss-game-movie-adaptions/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/dont-dismiss-game-movie-adaptions/feature#comments Apps and Games Console games Opinion Stuff Says Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1435350 at http://www.stuff.tv Batman: Arkham Knight http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything we know so far about Batman: Arkham Knight and its next-gen Batmobile </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="What, you thought it was going to be set in the Bahamas?" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-002.jpg?1397213355" /> </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="/sg/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With <em>Arkham Asylum </em>and <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/batman-arkham-city/review" target="_blank">Arkham City</a></em>, Rocksteady Studios set the standard for Batman games.</p> <p>Previous efforts never made us feel like we were really controlling the Dark Knight, but the Arkham series rectified that with sublime stealth, crisp combat and enough Bat gadgets to fill an issue of <em>Stuff</em>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$-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"> 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>In the year since The Joker&#39;s death in <em>Arkham City</em>, the streets of Gotham have been uncharacteristically peaceful. But then the Scarecrow turns up with a plan to take revenge on Batman, forcing a mass evacuation&nbsp;by planting toxic mind-warping bombs all over the city. This clears the way for a Halloween showdown with the Caped Crusader, who is voiced again by Batman voice specialist Kevin Conroy. </p> <p>But Bruce Wayne&rsquo;s not wasted the past 12 months. Anything but - for starters, he has a brand new Bat-suit, complete with Apex cloth physics (rough translation: looks more realistic), and new gadgets, more on which later. Oh, and a pimped-up Batmobile.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny 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/NkuD0Inb9Gs" 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"> The Batmobile </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 killer features go, the chance to drive the Batmobile is about as deadly as 10-mile asteroid hitting the Earth. It&rsquo;s a real mean machine, a cross between a dragster and the tank-like vehicle of the Christopher Nolan films, capped off with steely metallic hubcaps and a flaming exhaust. It can drive itself, so you can call it to you at the press of a button, and there&rsquo;s an ejector seat so you can leap out of it at high speed like a proper showoff.</p> <p>The Batmobile is also bulletproof and capable of smashing through lampposts, cars and even some walls. And did we mention that it has homing missiles? No? Well it has those too. The Batmobile is also why only those with a PlayStation 4, Xbox One or powerful PC will be playing <em>Arkham Knight:</em>&nbsp;the visual details are so intricate that it demands 160MB of memory to display it, <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com" target="_blank">reports GameInformer magazine</a>. It&rsquo;s enough to give an Xbox 360, with its total of 512MB of RAM, a seizure.</p> <p>Basically, we want it. Yesterday.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s 200 greatest games of all time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Suddenly, a Honda Civic doesn&#039;t look quite so sexy" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-batmobile-001.jpg?1397213355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Gotham City </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But what use is a Batmobile when there&rsquo;s nowhere to go? Fortunately, Rocksteady thought of that and is busy creating a Gotham City that will be about five times the size of Arkham City and spread over three islands. The streets will also be wider, to make it more fun to drive around in Batman&rsquo;s tank dragster, while extra effort is also going into making Gotham feel more alive and real - you&rsquo;ll be able to see into buildings through windows and hear noise from the street when indoors.</p> <p>Also, each of Gotham&rsquo;s neighbourhoods are set to have a distinctive look, which should help make it easier to navigate than the samey Arkham City. And while the Scarecrow&rsquo;s Halloween bomb threat has cleared out the civilians, there will be loads of crims around; Rocksteady is promising four times as many thugs as in <em>Arkham City</em> and crowds of as many as 50 people, which you&#39;ll be able to scatter by charging towards them in your Batmobile. Tasty.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall 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="1920" height="1080" title="Gotham City in all its glory" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-003.jpg?1397213355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Combat and gadgets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Simple but varied combat has always been one of the Arkham series&rsquo; greatest assets, and the developers have retained the purity of the controls here rather than slipping into fiddly fighting combos.</p> <p>That&#39;s not to say combat is completely unchanged. New moves include sneaky &lsquo;Fear Takedowns&rsquo;, which slow time so Batman can take out multiple enemies or hide before being seen, and the ability to disarm thugs and turn their weapons against them. For extra brutality, Batman will also be able to use the environment against enemies, giving you the chance to ram villains&rsquo; heads into vending machines or air-con units. Ouch.</p> <p>Batman will also have a few new gadgets, together with enhanced versions of his existing kit. The new gadgets are still under warps, but there will definitely be a souped-up grapnel gun that&#39;ll allow you to make mid-air U-turns. The gliding mechanic is also getting an overhaul, so that Bats can glide for longer and do more while he is doing so.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review" target="_blank">Tom Clancy&#39;s The Division preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="When Batman gives you the elbow, you know about it" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-007.jpg?1397213355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Supervillains </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unless there&rsquo;s an awful back-from-the-dead twist that we don&rsquo;t know about, The Joker won&rsquo;t be starring in <em>Arkham Knight</em>. But there&rsquo;s no shortage of super-baddies for the Caped Crusader to deal with.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve already mentioned the Scarecrow but the Penguin, Two-Face, Harley Quinn and the Riddler have also all been confirmed. And all are getting new looks, too. The Penguin has had his head shaved so that he looks like Phil Mitchell wearing Patrick Moore&rsquo;s monocle while The Riddler, who is going to play a more visible role in this game, now looks like a grubby Charlie Sheen.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s Arkham Knight himself, a new villain created specially for the game by DC Comics&rsquo; writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee. All we know so far is that he looks like some kind of anti-Batman, but given that they named the game after him, we&rsquo;d expect him to be something pretty special.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/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="Meet the Arkham Knight" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-008.jpg?1397213355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Multiplayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fancy a bit of <em>Arkham Knight</em>&nbsp;multiplayer action? Well forget it. There will be no multiplayer in this game. As game director <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com" target="_blank">Sefton Hill told GameInformer</a>: &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t have the time to do multiplayer. We want to focus on making the best single-player experience we can. We don&rsquo;t feel that it needs a multiplayer element.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Arkham Knight will be a solo affair" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-004.jpg?1397213355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> AVAILABILITY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we&#39;ve already mentioned,&nbsp;<em>Batman: Arkham Knight</em>&nbsp;will only be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and fairly decent PCs. Its&nbsp;release date has been set as Tuesday, 14 October 2014, but we think that&rsquo;s the date it will be out in North America, since Tuesday is the traditional day for new game releases over there. So Friday, 17 October 2014 seems likely for Europe and Asia. Pre-orders of the game will include an add-on that lets you play as Harley Quinn in four self-contained challenge maps.</p> <p>Keep checking back to this preview for more details as soon as we have them, and look out for a full review in October.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/first-play-child-light/feature" target="_blank">First play: Child Of Light</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="1080" title="Has Bats finallly met his match in the Arkham Knight? Nah!" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-005.jpg?1397213355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sg/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:58:51 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1435240 at http://www.stuff.tv Gran Turismo 6 lets you race against your real-world times http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gran-turismo-6-lets-you-race-against-your-real-world-times/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As long as you&#039;re driving a Toyota and racing in Japan, that is </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="Toyota Sports Drive Logger for Gran Turismo 6" alt="Toyota Sports Drive Logger for Gran Turismo 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/toyota-sports-drive-logger-01.jpg?1397097606" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Toyota is launching a telemetry recorder that will let you race against your real-world times in Gran Turismo 6.</p> <p>The Sports Drive Logger upgrade for the Toyota 86 will track acceleration, braking, steering angles, gear shift data, engine speed and vehicle speed from the car&#39;s controller area network, as well as location information from its own GPS system.</p> <p>You&#39;ll be able to pop the data onto a USB key and transfer it to your PlayStation 3, where you can replay it in Gran Turismo 6 &ndash; and race against your real-life track run.</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="/sg/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As you can see from the video above, it&#39;s frighteningly accurate &ndash; you&#39;ll be able to compare your telemetry with that of professional drivers, learning from their techniques to better your in-game and real-world performance.</p> <p>The only downside? The Sports Drive Logger is only available for the Toyota 86, and only works on the Fuji Speedway International Course, the Tsukuba Circuit 2000 Course, and the Suzuka Circuit International Course. All of which, you&#39;ll note, are in Japan &ndash; and Toyota has not announced any plans to release the technology to other markets.</p> <p>Still, if you meet the very specific criteria of its target market and have &yen;91,800 (S$1123.20) to burn, head on over to Japan on 2nd June to get your racing fix.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/9/5597238/gran-turismo-toyota-drive-logger-real-world-race-times" target="_blank">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/geneva-motor-show-2014-12-most-amazing-cars-and-concepts/feature" target="_blank">Geneva Motor Show 2014 &ndash; the 12 most amazing cars and concepts</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> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gran-turismo-6-lets-you-race-against-your-real-world-times/news#comments Cars Console games Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:50:57 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435170 at http://www.stuff.tv Destiny http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/destiny/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything you need to know about Halo developer Bungie&#039;s debut multi-format game – an always-online co-op shooter heading to places even Master Chief never dreamed of </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="1548" height="1161" title="Concept art for Destiny" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-citadel-001.jpg?1397472476" /> </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="/sg/users/benjiwilson" title="View user profile.">Ben Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>An always-online, futuristic, sci-fi blaster with the grand aim of rewriting every rule in the MMO book would be exciting regardless of the developer behind it.</p> <p>The fact that the developer behind <em>Destiny</em> is a little-known outfit called Bungie, though, has left most of the gaming world (including Stuff) in a barely contained frenzy.</p> <p>Who&#39;s Bungie? Only the team that came up with <em>Myth</em>, <em>Marathon</em>, and a certain series called&nbsp;<em>Halo</em> for Microsoft, that&#39;s who.</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"> S$-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><iframe frameborder="0" height="288" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:gametrailers.com:49ec7295-0097-4375-9c41-79ede3ff93dc" width="512"></iframe> </p><p>Inevitably, most footage so far has focused on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of <em>Destiny</em> &ndash; so how the last-gen versions shape up remains to be seen. What&#39;s not in doubt, however, is that the game looks phenomenal on the new consoles.</p> <p>Every beautiful backdrop begs to be explored, enemies pull in inspiration from all manner of cultural favourites (see how many you can spot in the trailer above), and the futuristic gunplay has the feel of a comic book brought to life.</p> <p>What&#39;s more, the backdrops aren&#39;t really just backdrops - in fact much of the world will be fully playable. Basically, if you can see it, and reach it, you can explore it.</p> <p>Gorgeous graphics alone don&#39;t make a great game, but they can turn a great game into an iconic one. And that appears to be very much the case with <em>Destiny</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/weird-simulation-games-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/feature" target="_blank">11 weird simulation games you won&#39;t actually believe exist</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"> 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><em>Destiny</em> takes places 700 years from now, on an Earth that&#39;s been ravaged by an unspecified alien terror, to the point where only one city remains. That city is itself protected by the mysterious Traveler, a celestial sphere whose shields prevent further harm coming to it, and by the Guardians - of which you, the player, will be one.&nbsp;</p> <p>Guardians are split into three classes and each of those can be played as one of three distinct races.</p> <p>Of the classes, Warlocks combine weapons with magical powers, Hunters are all abut demonstrating recon and cunning, and Titans channel the spirit of <em>Halo</em>&#39;s iconic Master Chief, being most dangerous with thunderous melee attacks.</p> <p>As far as the races go, Humans are fairly generic (much like most of us would be in an end-of-the-world scenario), Awoken mix vampiric and angelic traits (2714&#39;s answer to emos, then), and Exo are powerful cyborgs with no emotions or memories. Think Cybermen, but even colder.</p> <p>Your job isn&#39;t only to shield what&#39;s left on Earth, mind. You also get to journey through an incredibly detailed solar system, taking down the alien forces that inhabit mankind&#39;s fallen colonies. From the red dust of Mars to Jupiter moon Europa&#39;s endless (and supremely pretty) snow drifts, every environment is completely unique, and exploration looks to be just as moreish as combat.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/first-play-child-light/feature" target="_blank">First Play - Child Of Light</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/gIp7vZuYzoA" 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="A world you&#039;ll want to explore..." alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-010_0.jpg?1397472476" /> </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="1548" height="1161" title="The mysterious Traveler" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-travelers-rest-001.jpg?1397472476" /> </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="Three Guardians do their thing" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-005_0.jpg?1397472476" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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>One highlight we&#39;ve seen shows seven human players, each manning dropships, team up to take down a giant robo-bug called the Devil Walker. But it&#39;s not only the fluid, larger-than-life shooting against a mixture of human and AI opponents of myriad shapes and sizes that appeals: there&#39;s also loot to be earned and/or stolen along the way.</p> <p>The in-game currency is key to the near-endless customisation available, with a city area known as The Tower packed with new weapons (just wait until you see the all-conquering Thunderlord machine gun in action), vehicles, and spaceships with which to soup-up your character. The promising idea is that this truly becomes&nbsp;<em>your</em>&nbsp;game rather than Bungie&#39;s, with you and your pals&#39; characters all uniquely personalised.</p> <p>Matchmaking takes place on the fly, once you&#39;ve chosen the race and class of your character. Excitingly, you never know which kind of mission you&#39;re going to be hit with next. Some are solo while others require team-mates; despite technically being a co-op game, there are competitive tasks included too; and Bungie even promises time-limited objectives will play a part. In short, you&#39;ll never know how a gameplay session is going to unfold until you boot up your machine - we&#39;ve seen footage that shows a single three-player Fireteam seamlessly joined by another three players to take down a giant, multi-limbed tank-boss.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature" target="_blank">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s alright, he won&#039;t bite" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-002.jpg?1397472476" /> </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="Enemies are varied" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-004.jpg?1397472476" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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>Never one for subtlety, Activision boss Bobby Kotick told&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/7/5388758/activision-says-destiny-will-be-best-stelling-new-video-game-ip-ever" target="_blank">The Verge</a>&nbsp;earlier this year that he expected&nbsp;<em>Destiny</em>&nbsp;to become &ldquo;the best-selling new video game IP in history&rdquo;. That would mean having to shift more than the 82 million units shipped by Nintendo&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Wii Sports</em>, which seems a big ask.</p> <p>Thankfully, Bungie itself has &ndash; at least publicly &ndash; shied away from setting such preposterous targets, and maintained that innovation takes priority over investment. &ldquo;We&#39;re trying to take the genre of the first-person shooter and change it, but we also want to change what people expect from a Bungie game,&rdquo; community manager Eric Osborne told&nbsp;<a href="http://www.computerandvideogames.com/413121/previews/destiny-preview-bungies-persistent-world-shooter-is-gorgeous-but-still-a-mystery/" target="_blank">CVG</a>&nbsp;last year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/dark-souls-ii/review" target="_blank">Dark Souls II review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="1080" title="Frankly, we can&#039;t wait until September" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-008_0.jpg?1397472476" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> PRICE AND 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><em>Destiny</em>&nbsp;will be out on 9 September, and is heading to Gen 3 and Gen 4 consoles: PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.&nbsp;We&#39;ll have more on&nbsp;<em>Destiny</em>, and its chances of taking down even the almighty&nbsp;<em>Titanfall</em>, later in the spring. For the time being, mark this down as a bona fide Game Of The Year contender.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Destiny: coming to a console near you soon" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-009.jpg?1397472476" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sg/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/destiny/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:57:44 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1435014 at http://www.stuff.tv Xbox 360 game emulation is coming to the Xbox One http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/xbox-360-game-emulation-coming-xbox-one/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> At some point, anyway. But the fact that it&#039;s in the pipeline is still a reason for celebratory cake </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="940" height="705" title="Can you spot the 360 in there?" alt="Xbox 360 game emulation is coming to the Xbox One " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one-main.JPG?1396923656" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many a gamer cried out in tearful rage at the lack of backwards compatibility for both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4</a>, but now it looks like Microsoft will bring last-gen gaming to the table. Eventually.&nbsp;</p> <p>The news comes straight from the mouth of Microsoft&#39;s Partner Development Lead Frank Savage who confirmed that plans for Xbox 360 emulation are on the way.</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="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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/sg/microsoft/xbox-360-game-emulation-coming-xbox-one/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/xbox-360-game-emulation-coming-xbox-one/news#comments Console games Games consoles Gaming Microsoft Xbox One Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:06:45 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435025 at http://www.stuff.tv First Play: Child of Light http://www.stuff.tv/sg/first-play-child-light/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If this game you are considering, read ye of our button-twiddling </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="First Play: Child of Lightv" alt="First Play: Child of Lightv" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/CoL01.jpg?1396617666" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The first thing you notice about Child of Light is the graphical style. Built using Ubisoft&rsquo;s UbiArt engine, it looks painstakingly hand-drawn and artfully inked, and unlike anything since 2012&rsquo;s <em>Journey</em>. The second thing you notice is that almost everyone speaks in rhyming couplets, all the time.</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="/sg/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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The story is introduced by a poem which explains how your character, Aurora, falls asleep and can&rsquo;t wake up. Your mission is to guide Aurora safely through the dream-kingdom of Lemuria, which sadly does not contain any lemurs.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a nice story told in a fairly gentle, slightly Japanese style, and peopled with some fun characters. You have a sword, but it&rsquo;s a blood-free brawl. It&rsquo;s a platform game that grows into an RPG as you add abilities and upgrades and recruit more sidekicks, and an extra dimension is added when you earn the ability to fly.</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="First Play: Child of Light" alt="First Play: Child of Light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CoL03_0.jpg?1396617666" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Graphics aside, the big surprise is the combat. It&rsquo;s turn-based and bloodless, which doesn&rsquo;t exactly sound like a recipe for a thrilling fight, but it uses timing to keep things interesting: in between attacks, each combatant&rsquo;s icon races along a timing bar, and the first combatant to hit the start of the &lsquo;Cast&rsquo; section of the timing bar gets to attack next.</p> <p>You have to be able to cast your attack before an enemy reaches the Cast section, so you have to make quick judgements about what spells to use, and make strategic decisions - some characters are faster or slower, and you can slow some enemies down using Igniculus, a small talking blue flame who you can move around the screen or hand over to a second player for co-op fun.</p> <p>This system means battles are about creating a pause in which you can use your stronger attacks, which might sound a bit complex, but it becomes intuitive after 20 minutes of play, and makes for surprisingly dynamic, exciting combat. It might not have the endless fart gags of<em> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/south-park-stick-truth/review" target="_blank">South Park: The Stick of Truth</a></em>, but it&rsquo;s a smarter, more skillful combat system overall.</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="First Play: Child of Light" alt="First Play: Child of Light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CoL02.jpg?1396617666" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because we&rsquo;re not 10, we&rsquo;re not sure how this clever combat will go down with Child of Light&rsquo;s youthful target audience, but we&rsquo;re going to have a lot of fun with it.</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="First Play: Child of Light" alt="First Play: Child of Light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CoL04_0.jpg?1396617666" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sg/first-play-child-light/feature#comments Apps and Games Console games Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:00:05 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434817 at http://www.stuff.tv 20 amazing indie games you can download right now http://www.stuff.tv/sg/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Got some time to kill this weekend? Then may we humbly suggest you indulge in some of these low-budget masterpieces </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="500" height="375" title="The Walking Dead" alt="The Walking Dead" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/walking-dead.jpg?1396432394" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Indie games are enjoying something of a renaissance of late, with digital distribution and a general malaise over disappointing big budget titles combining to form the ideal conditions for a resurgence of rejuvenated retro genres and new game types that tell their stories in ingenious ways. Here are some of our favourites.</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="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gone Home (PC, Mac) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A &ldquo;first-person narrative exploration&rdquo; game that casts you as a girl returning from a year of travelling to find her family aren&rsquo;t home. As she explores their eerie mansion, the story of what has happened to them unfolds through audio narration, visual clues and more. An incredibly engrossing &ndash; not to mention emotionally-charged &ndash; way to spend a couple of hours.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/232430/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/x5KJzLsyfBI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Surgeon Simulator 2013 (PC, Mac) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If the name conjures up images of delicate keyhole surgery played with a super straight bat, dispel them now. <em>Surgeon Simulator 2013</em> is a darkly comic LOL-fest in which physics and incredibly tricky controls combine to create dangerous amounts of absurdity as you attempt to perform various feats of surgery. A great game? Probably not. A great deal of fun? Most definitely.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/233720/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZO10bAn_8M8" 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"> Spelunky (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While it might look like another old-school dungeon-crawling platformer, <em>Spelunky</em> is transformed into something truly special by its roguelike elements. What&rsquo;s that when it&rsquo;s at home? Well, it means that each level is procedurally generated, so in effect you&rsquo;ll never play the same level twice. Enemies, ladders, traps and treasure will all be placed differently, and the very layout of the level&rsquo;s platforms will rarely, if ever, be the same. So if you&rsquo;re looking for some variety to spice up your life, you&rsquo;ll find it here.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/239350/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/D1vCF-5Xkp4" 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"> Luftrausers (PC, Mac, PS3, PS Vita) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 &ldquo;bullet hell&rdquo; retro shoot &lsquo;em up in which you pilot a highly customisable airplane &ndash; called a &ldquo;rauser&rdquo;, <em>Luftrausers</em> is hair-tearingly difficult but maddeningly addictive thanks to its near-perfect controls. Your rauser has three customisable elements, and with a total of 120 possible combinations of weapons, fuselage and propulsion system, you&rsquo;ll need to tweak it carefully in order to beat each stage.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/233150/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cmv5ZiMQWt0" 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"> 
DayZ (PC) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>DayZ</em>&rsquo;s is finally finished! Except it&rsquo;s not - it&rsquo;s still in Alpha, which means it&rsquo;s rough as old boots. Even the developers &ldquo;advise you not to buy and play the game&rdquo;, but that hasn&rsquo;t stopped around a million players coughing up already. Why? Because this is the most frightening and &ldquo;realistic&rdquo; vision of a zombie apocalypse there&rsquo;s ever been.</p> <p>An MMO in which other players are as much &ndash; if not more &ndash; of a danger than the rampaging undead, <em>DayZ</em> is a grippingly grim, almost nihilistic portrayal of a world gone wrong. Team up with others or go it alone in a 230 square kilometre world in which up to 40 other human players could be lurking.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/221100/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/okkf0ObRBd8" 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"> Braid (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Among the first crop of titles that defines the &ldquo;new wave indie&rdquo; era, <em>Braid</em> is a platform game created by the mercurial Jonathan Blow in which the protagonist has to rescue a princess from a monster. So far, so <em>Super Mario Bros.</em> &ndash; but <em>Braid</em>&rsquo;s innovative techniques both in gameplay (it allows you to rewind time to solve puzzles) and narrative have made it one of the highest-rated games of all time. It makes a perfect introduction to the new generation of indie titles.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/26800/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MgTL_kVPq0Q" 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"> The Walking Dead (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS Vita, PS3, iOS, Kindle Fire HDX, Ouya) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Few could have predicted a resurgence of the point-and-click adventure genre, but Telltale Games&rsquo; multi-episode game set in the world of <em>The Walking Dead</em> (the comic rather than the TV show) showed that people will always flock to great interactive storytelling. Not only does <em>The Walking Dead</em> offer superb writing and relatable characters, it offers the player choices which are genuinely heart-wrenching at times. This is a brutal, nasty world &ndash; and your decisions will have some truly harrowing consequences.</p> <p>Few video games are able to elicit tears of anything but frustration and anger, but many a hardened gamer will find themselves blubbing like a baby come the end of the first five-part &ldquo;season&rdquo;. The second season is now well underway, and shows no signs of dropping in quality.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/207610/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/walking-dead-episode-one/review" target="_blank">The Walking Dead: Episode One 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/RtkkHAmgYWs" 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 Banner Saga (PC, Mac) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A Kickstarter-funded RPG that blends old school turn-and-tiled-based combat with &ldquo;caravan management&rdquo; (that&rsquo;s more exciting than it sounds, honest) and dresses it all up with gorgeous Disney-esque artwork and epic orchestral music, <em>The Banner Saga</em> is the first part of a projected trilogy.</p> <p>The game&rsquo;s Norse-inspired fantasy world is rich and involving and, despite the story being a little more linear than we&rsquo;d have liked, you&rsquo;re going to have to make plenty of choices that go way beyond which stats to increase when levelling your characters up. People will live and die on your calls, and <em>The Banner Saga</em> rarely gives you options that are obviously bad or good. It can be an emotional ride.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stoic/banner-saga/review" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stoic/banner-saga/review" target="_blank">The Banner Saga review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Banner Saga (PC, Mac)" alt="The Banner Saga (PC, Mac)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/banner-saga.jpg?1396432394" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Papers, Please (PC, Mac) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A game in which you sift through immigration documents all day might not sound particularly compelling, but <em>Papers, Please</em> manages to convey a sense of place, time and desperation better than almost any game we&rsquo;ve played of late.</p> <p>Casting you as a lowly border control agent in a fictional dystopian state, it weaves an enthralling story through its portrayal of day-to-day drudgery against the backdrop of social unrest, mass poverty and 1984-style surveillance. Do you let in half a married couple because only one has the necessary papers, or look the other way and risk punishment from your higher ups? Do you take bribes in order to feed your family, or perform your job to the letter and hope the regime rewards your loyalty?</p> <p>Stamping passports has never been so gripping.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/239030/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_QP5X6fcukM" 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"> Hotline Miami (PC, Mac, PS Vita, PS3, PS4) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Describing <em>Hotline Miami</em> as a &ldquo;top-down shoot &lsquo;em up&rdquo; does it no justice whatsoever. It&rsquo;s a blood-drenched tour de force that mixes stealth and all-out carnage into a heady brew that&rsquo;ll have you coming back time and time again.</p> <p>The gameplay and controls are tuned to perfection, and even at its most maddeningly difficult it&rsquo;s always rewarding. If you die &ndash; and you will, a lot, in horrible ways &ndash; it&rsquo;s probably your own fault.</p> <p>A brain-mangling story, style in abundance and an evocative electro soundtrack are three cherries on top of an already irresistibly iced cake. Little wonder we&rsquo;re excited beyond words about this year&rsquo;s sequel &ndash; and also that <em>Hotline Miami</em> made our top 20 greatest games ever made.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/219150/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/best-games-ever-20-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">Best Games Ever: the 20 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/DqpZMsZBdNQ" 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"> Crusader Kings II (PC, Mac) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Where to start with <em>Crusader Kings II</em>? Well, it&rsquo;s an epic sandbox of a game that spans nigh-on 600 years of European medieval history and looks, on the outside, to be the very pinnacle of the &ldquo;grand strategy&rdquo; genre &ndash; but really it&rsquo;s all about family.</p> <p>Or rather, dynasty. See, rather than take control of a nation, in <em>Crusader Kings II</em> you&rsquo;re steering the fortunes of a dynasty. Pick a ruler, from a lowly count to an emperor, and you play as that person until they die, at which point you switch to their dynastic successor. That person, let&rsquo;s say your first-born son, might be a brave, inspiring paragon of virtue. But then he dies whilst on crusade to the Holy Land, leaving his moronic, venereal diseased, scheming and hunchbacked younger brother to inherit your lands and titles. Oh, joy.</p> <p>The aim of the game? It&rsquo;s really up to you to set your own goals. From the moment each game begins, it&rsquo;s procedurally generating a million different stories all over its map, which reaches from Iceland in the west to (with the new DLC) India in the east. Your own tale is just one. Cultures and religions clash, family disputes erupt into murderous feuds, empires and won and lost. It&rsquo;s truly, truly amazing stuff &ndash; once you get the hang of the rather complex mechanics that is.</p> <p>Oh, and there&rsquo;s an unofficial <a href="http://www.moddb.com/mods/crusader-kings-2-a-game-of-thrones-ck2agot" target="_blank">Game of Thrones mod</a> which is almost as enjoyable as the &ldquo;normal&rdquo; game. But really, there&rsquo;s no such thing as a normal game of <em>Crusader Kings II</em>.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/203770/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qzkVTDfxIUI" 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"> State of Decay (PC, Xbox 360) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>My, there are a lot of zombie apocalypse games in our list, but <em>State of Decay</em> fully deserves its inclusion thanks to being, essentially, the <em>Skyrim</em> of indie games. A large open world is your oyster and, unlike <em>DayZ</em>, there&rsquo;s at least some semblance of a plot to provide narrative thrust and take the game beyond being a simple sandbox.</p> <p>Gather a group, hunt for supplies, trade with other survivors and attempt to keep your base safe from the shambling undead hordes. <em>State of Decay</em> is about everyday survival &ndash; and inevitable death. The world&rsquo;s supplies do not replenish, so at some point you&rsquo;re going to run out of food or medicine or ammunition and then it&rsquo;s curtains. Unless you trigger the endgame and escape.</p> <p>It may be a tad rough around the edges, but for a 2GB third-person open world game that costs less than &pound;15 (S$31), it&rsquo;s a pretty sweet deal.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/state-decay/review" target="_blank">State of Decay review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="State of Decay (PC, Xbox 360)" alt="State of Decay (PC, Xbox 360)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/state-of-decay.jpg?1396432394" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Limbo (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, iOS) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Dark both in looks and mood, <em>Limbo</em> is a side-scrolling 2D platform game packed with puzzles &ndash; but it&rsquo;s that mood that lingers longest in the memory, rather than the gameplay itself. The mechanics are simple and the story minimal (you play a boy searching for his sister in a dangerous, hell-like world), but the grainy monochrome visuals and frequent gruesome deaths make playing <em>Limbo</em> a gloriously gloomy experience.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/48000/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Y4HSyVXKYz8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Fez (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Famous for its lengthy development time under the outspoken, perfectionist French Canadian developer Phil Fish (much of which was detailed in the excellent feature length documentary <em>Indie Game: The Movie</em>), <em>Fez</em> is an incredibly smart game that blends 2D and 3D to create a series of increasingly challenging puzzle levels: while the game works on a 2D plane, each level is actually a cube which can be rotated 90 degrees to open up new possibilities.</p> <p>Its masterfully plotted learning curve and charm have bagged <em>Fez</em> an armful of awards, but sadly it may be Fish&rsquo;s last ever game: in July 2013 he announced he was quitting game development due to growing disillusionment with the industry.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/224760/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fez/review" target="_blank">Fez 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="500" height="375" title="Fez (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita)" alt="Fez (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fez_0.jpg?1396432394" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Prison Architect (PC, Mac) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember how we all got a bit bored of all the <em>Theme Park</em>-style games? Well that was a long time ago and we now feel ready to love again, which is why <em>Prison Architect</em> has already made over $8million despite still being in bug-riddled Alpha. Build a prison and incarcerate crims, but treat them too badly and you&rsquo;ll have a riot on your hands.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/233450/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KDDzSOS0vzc" 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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t Starve (PC, Mac, PS4) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As the name suggests, <em>Don&rsquo;t Starve</em> is a game concerned with survival: the aim is simply to stay alive in a dangerous wilderness for as long as possible by gathering useful items, camping by fires, finding food and avoiding both dangerous enemies and encroaching madness. Each day lasts around ten minutes of real-time, and surviving the pitch-black nights will be your biggest challenge.</p> <p>Difficult and unforgiving it may be (it features &ldquo;permadeath&rdquo;, so you&rsquo;ll have to start a new game every time you perish), but the game&rsquo;s charming graphical style, music and presentation keep things from being overbearingly grim &ndash; and the challenge holds plenty of thrills.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/219740/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Fae9tlgS3w4" 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"> Minecraft (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, iOS, Android) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Probably the most successful indie game of all time, <em>Minecraft</em> is barely a game at all. Sure, it has its roots in a challenging survival mode in which you build defences by day to ward off nocturnal attackers, but many players disregard this in order to indulge their creative urges by building huge, complex structures from blocks. From scale models of real life buildings like Notre Dame to imaginary cities like <em>Game of Thrones</em>&rsquo; King&rsquo;s Landing and even entire planets, <em>Minecraft</em> players have been responsible for some truly jaw-dropping creations.</p> <p><a href="https://minecraft.net/" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MmB9b5njVbA" 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"> Journey (PS3) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite bagging several Game of the Year awards, it&rsquo;s debatable whether <em>Journey</em> is a game in the traditional sense or more closely a piece of interactive storytelling. Whatever the answer, it&rsquo;s a beautifully made and presented adventure which everyone who owns a PlayStation 3 should play through at least once. And given that an entire playthrough takes a mere two to three hours, there&rsquo;s really not much excuse.</p> <p>One of <em>Journey</em>&rsquo;s most endearing features is that your travels aren&rsquo;t undertaken alone. During each stage of the game you may find yourself accompanied and aided by another human player, with whom you won&rsquo;t be able to communicate beyond patterns of singing. You won&rsquo;t know their identity, but you&rsquo;ll be able to cooperate &ndash; how heart-warming is that?</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/8dkUjQezczs" 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"> The Stanley Parable (PC, Mac) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A pioneering interactive story which we&rsquo;re reluctant to discuss in anything but broad stroke for fear of spoiling it for you, <em>The Stanley Parable</em> plays with the conventions of narrative and choice in a succession of clever ways. Originally produced as a mod for Valve&rsquo;s Source engine, it has now been rereleased as a standalone high-definition remake.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/221910/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fBtX0S2J32Y" 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"> Starbound (PC, Mac, PS3, PS4, PS Vita) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;ve played <em>Terraria</em>, imagine that with a galaxy-spanning sci-fi scope and you&rsquo;ve got <em>Starbound</em>. If you&rsquo;ve not played <em>Terraria</em>, imagine a side-scrolling version of Minecraft. You mine, you build, and you survive, but here you also build tech to take you to distant planets and fight flying saucer-piloting penguins. Yes, really.</p> <p>At the time of writing, <em>Starbound</em> is still in beta and available only as pre-release version.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/211820/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/isOipI0DEiE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:48:36 +0000 Elissa Loi 1434528 at http://www.stuff.tv Tom Clancy’s The Division http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything we know so far about Ubisoft’s mega-ambitious open-world take on surviving a post-apocalyptic New York </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="Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tom-clancys-the-division-review-xbox-playstation-console-walter-street-view-002_0.jpg?1397472544" /> </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="/sg/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tom Clancy may be gone, but his legacy lives on and the latest game bearing his name is shaping up to be the most exciting yet.&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"> S$-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>One thing we do know already is that The Division is one hell of a good-looking game. Work on it might have started in 2008 but thanks to Snowdrop, Ubisoft&rsquo;s whizzy new game engine, the crumbling New York streets shown so far are a great showcase for new generation console visuals.</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/JrAD-2oAul8" 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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The grubby streets are impressively detailed and are set to be complemented by state-of-the-art weather effects that will include snow that later melts into slush. The Hollywood-inspired lighting system promises to take the visuals even further, with some uncannily realistic sunlight and indoor lighting effects.</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/R2NJSAvuiQ0" 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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On top of this, reports&nbsp;<a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/the-division-interview-xbox-one-ps4-snowdrop-destruction-and-more" target="_blank">The Examiner</a>, developers Ubisoft Massive are adding in plenty of in-game destruction, with bullets that smash, puncture, shatter and splinter materials such as wood, glass, brick and concrete just as they would in the real world.</p> <p>&ldquo;Never before has a video game reached this level of detail,&rdquo; reckons Ubisoft in its press release and while that&rsquo;s a bold claim, based on what we&rsquo;ve seen to date it&rsquo;s hard to disagree.</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/b8LLVLJd-WM" 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"> 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>Most of us have probably spent more time roaming virtual post-apocalyptic New York than we have the real place, but The Division offers more than a chance to visit run-down recreations of the Big Apple&rsquo;s tourist hotspots. The map is set to be huge, taking in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Newark and Staten Island. But it doesn&rsquo;t stop there.</p> <p><a href="http://www.play-mag.co.uk/interview/tom-clancys-the-division-interview/" target="_blank">Play Magazine</a>&nbsp;reports that the action will also take place in the forests and beaches on the edge of the city. Although full details of the map and how fully it will recreate the five boroughs haven&rsquo;t been revealed, the chance to battle on Rockaway Beach, the Brooklyn Bridge and beyond is an exciting prospect.</p> <p>As well as being able to explore the streets and rooftops, The Division will also let players skulk about in the tunnels beneath the city, although we&rsquo;ll have to wait to see if societal breakdown makes any noticeable difference to New York&rsquo;s grubby subway system. We suspect not. The icing on the cake is that the in-game map is a super-cool holo-map that you access using your agent&rsquo;s smartwatch.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/no-mans-sky-how-2014s-most-ambitious-game-creates-complete-working-universe-your-console/f" target="_blank">No Man&#39;s Sky - how to build a universe in a games console</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ll have pretty much the whole of NYC to explore" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tom-clancys-the-division-review-xbox-playstation-console-UI-map-view-003_0.jpg?1397472544" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> 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>The Division is an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink game that weaves together MMO, RPG, cover-hugging third-person shooter and survival horror. Skyrim, reports&nbsp;<a href="http://www.totalxbox.com/62499/previews/the-division-fighting-for-scraps-in-the-ruins-of-tom-clancys-universe/" target="_blank">OXM</a>, is the big influence with plenty of missions, crafting and item scavenging to get on with. What&rsquo;s more, the developers have promised that it&#39;ll be a grinding-free zone. Phew.&nbsp;</p> <p>But while Skyrim is a solo experience, The Division is very much a multiplayer game. The emphasis is on working with others in teams to either fix or worsen the problems of New York. There will also be plenty of player-versus-player action, but these encounters will be about things that matter in the game world, like controlling territory, rather than simply chasing glory on a leaderboard. That said, it will still be possible to play solo - but you&rsquo;ll have to play in a shared online world and there won&rsquo;t be any AI companions covering your back.</p> <p>On top of this is a strong survival element. At the start, players get a few days&rsquo; worth of supplies and after that making sure you have enough food, water and ammo will be vital to staying alive. To help you get by there will also be a black market where players can buy and sell items. Ubisoft Massive are also promising an emergent narrative that responds to the actions of players within the world. It&rsquo;s not confirmed what the story entails, but the implication is that the fate of the entire city may depend on the actions of competing players.</p> <p>As if all that wasn&rsquo;t enough, Ubisoft Massive&rsquo;s Ryan Bernard told&nbsp;<a href="http://www.totalxbox.com/61642/ubisoft-wants-tom-clancys-the-division-to-be-potentially-limitless-but-there-is-an-endgame/" target="_blank">OXM</a>&nbsp;that the end of the story is not the end of the game and there will be &ldquo;potentially limitless, unlimited gameplay&rdquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/weird-simulation-games-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/feature" target="_blank">11 weird simulation games you won&#39;t actually believe exist</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The game will feature a healthy dose of survival horror" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tom-clancys-the-division-review-xbox-playstation-console-001_0.jpg?1397472544" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> COMPANION APP AND DLC </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 most smartphone and tablet apps that act as companions to console games are gimmicks, The Division&rsquo;s promises to raise the bar for second-screen gaming, and not just because of the promise of HD tablet eye candy. The app will let players take control of a drone that can help spot hidden enemies, provide health boosts and send in missile strikes, so even when you&rsquo;re not at your console you can help your friends save the day.</p> <p>As well as the companion app, there will be extra downloadable content for the game too. Ubisoft&rsquo;s remaining tight-lipped on what that content will be, but it has confirmed that Xbox One owners will get some exclusive content that will be available before as well as after the game comes out.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/valve/exclusive-12-steam-machines-detailed-fondled-and-photographed-every-angle/feature" target="_blank">12 Steam Machines detailed, fondled and photographed from every angle</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="Companion players will be able to call in drone strikes" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tom-clancys-the-division-review-xbox-playstation-console-companion-view-shooting-004_0.jpg?1397472544" /> </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 Division&#039;s tablet apps promise further gaming goodness" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tom-clancys-the-division-review-xbox-playstation-console-tablet-use-005_0.jpg?1397472544" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> 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>Tom Clancy&#39;s The Division is expected to launch in the third quarter of the year - that&#39;s autumn, in normal-person-speak - but as is always the way with these things, that release date could be pushed back. We&#39;ll update this page whenever there&#39;s new information on the game, so keep checking back here for the latest.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s 200 greatest games of all time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division. Looking good..." alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tom-clancys-the-division-review-xbox-playstation-console-police-station-fight-006_0.jpg?1397472544" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sg/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review#comments Console games Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:49:37 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1435012 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: A drone-controlled football, Christian Bale’s Steve Jobs role and Apple’s iPhone 6 camera plans http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/fully-charged-drone-controlled-football-christian-bale-s-steve-jobs-role-and-apple-s-iphone-6- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feast your hungry eyes on today’s round-up of delicious, delectable technology news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HoverBall" alt="HoverBall" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hoverball.jpg?1395450155" /> </div> </div> </div> <p></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="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HoverBall: a flying ball with a micro drone inside </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-431aa4f5-e742-c8a8-1fa9-59b5bd455f38">Here&rsquo;s one ball you won&rsquo;t have trouble playing keepy-uppy with &ndash; because it can fly. HoverBall&rsquo;s unusual talent comes courtesy of a 90mm-wide quadcopter inside, which enables it to fly for up to five minutes at a time.</p> <p dir="ltr">Developed by the University of Tokyo&rsquo;s Jen Rekimoto, the ball is currently controlled remotely, but in the future could be programmed to follow a particular path or possibly even react contextually to its surroundings. The idea behind it, meanwhile, is to &ldquo;democratise&rdquo; ball-based sports by giving weaker players an advantage. It does need to be toughened up though: it&rsquo;s currently not solidly-built enough to withstand the sort of kicking it might receive during a football match.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129614.900-dronepowered-hoverball-could-spice-up-games.html#.Uys15a1dV4z" target="_blank">New Scientist</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"> Apple’s iPhone 6 camera plans revealed? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report, Apple won&rsquo;t be going crazy with the camera&rsquo;s megapixel count on the followup to the iPhone 5s. Instead, the company will &ldquo;focus&rdquo; (ahaha) on improving camera performance in other ways.</p> <p>&ldquo;People familiar with the matter&rdquo; have told AppleInsider that Apple wouldn&rsquo;t try and keep pace with the likes of Samsung and Sony when it came to megapixels (the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 have 16MP and 20.7MP sensors respectively), but would instead boost quality via other means.</p> <p>Whether this means larger pixels in the sensor, higher quality optics, a wider aperture or, say, optical image stabilisation remains unclear, but it&rsquo;s another reminder that, when it comes to determining image quality, the number of megapixels in the sensor is just one of several important factors.</p> <p><strong>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/03/20/apple-expected-to-sit-out-on-megapixel-horserace-with-2014-iphones" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 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="910" height="683" title="Apple iPhone 6 render" alt="Apple iPhone 6 render" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-render_1.jpg?1395450155" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> HP is stepping into the 3D printer game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Attention, &ldquo;makers&rdquo;: computer giant HP is to launch one or more 3D printing products this June.</p> <p>During a shareholder conference call, HP CEO Meg Whitman announced that the company would be making &ldquo;a big technology announcement&rdquo; regarding 3D printing this June &ndash; and hinted that whatever product(s) it launches might be aimed at businesses rather than 3D printing hobbyists: &ldquo;the bigger market is going to be in the enterprise space&rdquo;. She also claims the company has solved the &ldquo;problems&rdquo; that have prevented 3D printing becoming adopted by the masses.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.electronista.com/articles/14/03/20/major.consumer.problems.with.technology.solved.according.to.ceo/" target="_blank">Electronista</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-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"> Call of Duty: Ghosts makes its new DLC free for the weekend </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 got any big plans this weekend? Got an Xbox One or Xbox 360? Then why not curl up with your gamepad and blast away at strangers in the latest bit of <em>Call of Duty: Ghosts</em> DLC? For free!</p> <p>Yep, that&rsquo;s right: from Friday 21st March to Monday 24th March, Activision has made its <em>Onslaught</em> DLC pack available for free trial. Said trial gives you access to four new multiplayer maps (Fog, Bay View, Containment and Ignition), a new Maverick weapon and the first part of a new four-part single-player story campaign.</p> <p>The trial is only for Xbox One and 360 owners, but PC, Wii U, PS3 and PS4 owners will reportedly have the opportunity to play <em>Onslaught</em> for free in the future.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-03-20-call-of-duty-ghosts-dlc-free-to-try-this-weekend" target="_blank">Eurogamer</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/call-duty-ghosts/review" target="_blank">Call of Duty: Ghosts 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/6AMgmCx7jFg" 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"> Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Oh, and &ldquo;one more thing&rdquo; for today: rumour has it that Batman and Patrick Bateman himself (well, Christian Bale) is firmly in the frame to play Apple founder Steve Jobs in the upcoming Aaron Sorkin-penned biopic. David Fincher is in talks to direct the film, and the prospects of that trio coming together is enough to get us exceedingly more excited about it than last year&rsquo;s Ashton Kutcher-fronted <em>Jobs</em>.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/christian-bale-david-finchers-choice-play-steve-jobs-sony-movie-exclusive/" target="_blank">The Wrap</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="Christian Bale" alt="Christian Bale" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/christian-bale.jpg?1395450155" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sg/apple/fully-charged-drone-controlled-football-christian-bale-s-steve-jobs-role-and-apple-s-iphone-6-#comments Apple Console games iPhone 6 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:28:48 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434118 at http://www.stuff.tv GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gdc-best-gaming-news-and-highlights/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 19/03/14: Everything we&#039;ve got to look forward to from San Francisco&#039;s Game Developers Conference </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="1024" height="683" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gdc-main_0.jpg?1395657787" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Back in 1988, 27 designers crammed into a single living room for the first ever Computer Game Developers Conference.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fast forward 26 years and the yearly San Francisco Game Developers Conference is attended by tens of thousands of developers from around the world, and it&#39;s the biggest date in the gaming calendar next to E3.</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="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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"> Valve - Steam machines incoming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Valve already showed off all 13 of its Steam Machines at CES earlier this year, and there&#39;s definitely plenty to be excited about.&nbsp;</p> <p>From its twin trackball-like controller to beastly machines packed with 4K pixel-pushing power, the Xbox One and PS4 have got plenty of reasons to be nervous.</p> <p>We expect to see more information on Valve&#39;s console-killing army at GDC, and we&#39;re hoping Valve will also show off its virtual reality headset, which received rave reviews behind closed doors at the Steam Dev Days conference earlier this year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/steam-box/valve-steam-machine/review" target="_blank">Valve Steam Machine - price, specs, release date - everything you need to know</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oculus/valve-s-vr-headset-even-better-oculus-rift/news" target="_blank">Valve&rsquo;s VR headset &ldquo;even better than Oculus Rift</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="975" height="731" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Valve-Steam-Machine_2.jpg?1395657787" /> </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="604" height="453" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-controller_0.jpg?1395657787" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Sony - PS4 joins the VR 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>Valve isn&#39;t the only company working on a VR headset. Sony is expected to reveal a VR headset of its very own at GDC, and although very little is known about it, developers who have already tried it have described it as being even better than the Oculus Rift.</p> <p>It&#39;s likely that the headset will only be compatible with the PS4, but we&#39;ll have to wait till next week to see what Sony brings to the virtual gaming table.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE 19/03/14:</strong>&nbsp;Sony has officially announced Project Morpheus, a VR headset with a 1080p screen, 90-degree field-of-view, and both 360-degree and positional head-tracking (via the PlayStation Camera). It has built-in stereo audio too. It&#39;s still in the prototype stage, although Sony says it&#39;s been working on it for three years already.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-s-vr-headset-project-morpheus-makes-its-debut/news" target="_blank">Sony&rsquo;s VR Project Morpheus headset makes its debut, and it looks amazing</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="692" height="519" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-headset_0.jpg?1395657787" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Oculus Rift - Price and release date. Pretty please? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A second developer edition of the Oculus Rift VR headset has made its debut at GDC. The Rift Development Kit 2 packs in all the good stuff from the Crystal Cove prototype we played with back in January: lower latency and positional head tracking, which cuts down motion blur, judder and the potential for motion sickness. Check the video above for more detail. It can be pre-ordered for US$350 (S$445) now, with orders shipping in July.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/gdc-2014/us350-oculus-rift-20-revealed-high-res-display-and-motion-tracking/news" target="_blank">Better than ever: Oculus Rift 2.0 revealed with high-res display and motion tracking</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oculus/oculus-rift/review" target="_blank">Oculus Rift 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="604" height="453" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculus-rift-crystal-cove-01_1.jpg?1395657787" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Amazon - Wait, what? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yep. Amazon. The online retail giant snapped up Killer Instinct Developer Double Helix earlier this year, which strongly suggests the company has the gaming market in its sights.</p> <p>Rumours of an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon-planning-android-gaming-console/news" target="_blank">Android-based console </a>have also been flying around, and it&#39;s likely to provide users with a similar experience to the Kindle Fire series of tablets, bringing games, Amazon apps, music and movie streaming service to people&#39;s living rooms.</p> <p><strong>Update 15/03/14:&nbsp;</strong>A picture of a controller&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zatznotfunny.com/2014-03/amazon-streamer-feature-bluetooth-gaming-controller/" target="_blank">leaked</a>&nbsp;from an &#39;overseas regulatory agent&#39; (similar to the US&#39; FCC) shows of a console controller with clear Amazon branding.</p> <p>If real, it all-but-confirms Amazon&#39;s plans to invade our living rooms with a console of it&#39;s very own, bringing the fight straight to the doorstep of Apple TV and other streaming boxes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon-planning-android-gaming-console/news" target="_blank">Amazon might be working on a Kindle console, but its real target is Apple TV</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/amazon-about-take-apple-tv-its-own-set-top-box/news" target="_blank">Is Amazon about to take on Apple TV with its own set-top box?</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="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-gaming_0.jpg?1395657787" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Microsoft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While Microsoft is unlikely to show off any hardware, it is expected to reveal improvements to SmartGlass in addition to expanding on its plans for multi-screen gaming, which games like The Division make use of to great effect.</p> <p>Microsoft is also expected to reveal DirectX 12 - the newest version of its Graphics platform.</p> <p>What this means for Xbox One and PC gamers has yet to be seen, but it can only be good news.</p> <p>Finally, Xbox Live looks set to get some love with an expansion. Though specific details are thin on the ground, we wouldn&#39;t mind a clan system being introduced.</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="940" height="705" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02571_0.JPG?1395657787" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> GDC 2014: the biggest gaming news so far </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"> Load up your day with the latest gaming news from San Francisco </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gdc-main_0.jpg?1395657703" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gdc-best-gaming-news-and-highlights/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gdc-best-gaming-news-and-highlights/feature#comments Apps and Games Console games Games consoles Gaming GDC 2014 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:23:34 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433710 at http://www.stuff.tv Dark Souls II http://www.stuff.tv/sg/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?1394942954" /> </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="/sg/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"> S$74.90 </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, S$69.90 (Xbox 360) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ‘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/sg/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?1394942954" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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?1394942954" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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?1394942954" /> </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?1394942954" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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?1394942954" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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?1394942954" /> </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?1394942954" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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/sg/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?1394942954" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sg/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 Tein Hee Seow 1433757 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Asks: Evolve MMA fighter Eddie Ng is always game http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-asks-evolve-mma-fighter-eddie-ng-always-game-fight/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t mess with this tough guy, he’s as good at button mashing as he is with his fists </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="Stuff Asks: Evolve MMA fighter Eddie Ng is always game for a fight" alt="Stuff Asks: Evolve MMA fighter Eddie Ng is always game for a fight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Eddie%20Ng%2001.jpg?1394675832" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Throw all your preconceived opinions about gamers being slobs out the window.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mixed martial artist Eddie Ng is living proof that you can throw a mean roundhouse both in the ring and on a console.</p> <p dir="ltr">Stuff Asks the lightweight fighter about martial arts, keeping fit, and the games that keep him occupied.</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="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</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"> Isn’t martial arts just about kicks and punches? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Martial arts changed my life, it gave me self-confidence and a career. When I was growing up in the UK, I experienced bullying and it affected my confidence. I am a huge fan of the late Bruce Lee and started learning martial arts through self-teaching videos.&nbsp;Besides coaching adult students, &nbsp;I&rsquo;m also involved with <a href="http://evolve-mma.com/about-us/events/31/event.html" target="_blank">Evolve MMA&rsquo;s Little Samurai program</a>, which lets me teach martial arts to kids between the ages of 4 to 7. It&rsquo;s valuable to me because I believe martial arts can teach good life lessons to kids at that age.&rdquo;</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"> What gadgets do you use to supplement your training? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I use a Polar heart rate monitor. The whole idea is to see results and progression so that you know you&#39;re getting better. During the workout, it lets you see just how hard you&#39;re working. Without the monitor, you might think you&rsquo;re working hard, but you&rsquo;re not. To increase your threshold, you need something to gauge your limits. It also lets you see how much faster you&#39;re recovering from the workout.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Polar Heart Rate Monitor" alt="Polar Heart Rate Monitor" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Polar%20Heart%20Rate%20Monitor.jpg?1394675832" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Just talking about all this training is making us tired </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The quality of sleep is very important. If you&rsquo;re in a deep sleep, the quality is going to be much better, and you&rsquo;ll get the most benefits in terms of recovery. Observing your sleep pattern is part of the training. Some days you could be good, but on the days you aren&#39;t, you have to pinpoint what the problem is. it could also be due to your diet.&nbsp;When you train twice a day for about two hours a time, it takes a toll on your body, and it needs to recover. If my sleep is consistently bad, then I&rsquo;ll have to look at why it&rsquo;s happening and make sure I recover quickly.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sleep Cycle app" alt="Sleep Cycle app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sleep%20Cycle.jpg?1394675832" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 the one gadget you can’t live without? Phones don&#039;t count </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;My Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. The reason I prefer an Android tablet is because I can transfer files easily, and it&rsquo;s so much more customisable. I use the tablet mostly for reading, it&rsquo;s easier to read on a tablet rather than a Macbook screen. But when it comes to serious work, like writing a long e-mail, I&rsquo;ll do it on a Macbook.&rdquo;</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="Eddie Ng&#039;s Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" alt="Eddie Ng&#039;s Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Eddie%20Ng%20tablet.jpg?1394675832" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> We know you’ve been waiting for this - tell us your favourite game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The last game I played was Beyond: Two Souls and I&rsquo;m looking forward to The Last of Us DLC. I haven&rsquo;t downloaded that yet, and I heard it&rsquo;s really good. I love and hate the game because it spoiled other games for me by setting the bar too high. I suppose you could blame Naughty Dog for that.</p> <p dir="ltr">I&rsquo;ve been looking forward to Final Fantasy XV for a long time, though I hate calling it that. I prefer to call it Versus XIII. I&rsquo;m hoping it won&rsquo;t be a disappointment because it took so long to develop. It was supposed to come out on the PS3 but&hellip; *shrug* I would buy a PS4 solely for that.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Last of Us Left Behind" alt="The Last of Us Left Behind" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The%20Last%20of%20Us%20Left%20Behind.jpg?1394675832" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Final Fantasy XV" alt="Final Fantasy XV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final%20Fantasy%20XV_0.jpg?1394675832" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Wait, is that a Sony Xperia Play in your bag? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Yes, but my battery&rsquo;s dying. I play a lot of old games on it, the last one I finished was Cyborg Justice. It was one of my favourite games growing up. You could customise your robots on the fly, pull the arm off one of the robots, put it on yourself and you&rsquo;ll have a new weapon.&rdquo;</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="Eddie Ng&#039;s Sony Xperia Play" alt="Eddie Ng&#039;s Sony Xperia Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Eddie%20Ng%20Xperia%20Play.jpg?1394675832" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> How do you find the time to game and train? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s very easy to get sucked into games. I don&rsquo;t play if I have training on that day or the next. I train Monday to Friday, two times a day, so I refuse to play on weekdays.&nbsp;I justify that if I play these games, I&rsquo;m not going to sleep, I&rsquo;m not going to recover from that day, and my training is going to suffer. My martial arts and training come first, it&rsquo;s not just a job, it&rsquo;s what I love doing.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Great, thanks for making us feel like lazy bums </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;On Saturday, I&rsquo;ll go crazy and eat pizza or McDonald&rsquo;s. Everything else can vary, but I always have kaya toast on Saturday and play games at the same time. It&rsquo;s a weekly reward, that&rsquo;s how I justify it.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-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"> Eddie Ng: Evolve MMA fighter by day, gamer by night </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Eddie%20Ng%2001_0.jpg?1394675832" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/stuff-asks-evolve-mma-fighter-eddie-ng-always-game-fight/feature#comments Apps and Games Console games Interviews Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:49:23 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433512 at http://www.stuff.tv Gear up for inFamous: Second Son http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/gear-up-infamous-second-son/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Digest these supplementary non-gaming forms of entertainment as you play the waiting game for the PS4 exclusive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Gear up for inFamous: Second Son" alt="Gear up for inFamous: Second Son" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/infamousSS_0.jpg?1395297412" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-3ba41b2a-a4fb-8dc1-5266-f0aa3334ee2f">In two weeks, Sony&rsquo;s exclusive open-world action adventure title inFamous: Second Son will finally be in stores, and it&rsquo;s about time.</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="/sg/users/jonathan-toyad-leo" title="View user profile.">Jonathan Leo Toyad</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"> Comics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Let&rsquo;s kick off with the easiest materials as our starting point: the funny books. Trade paperback collections, graphic novels, what-have-yous.</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"> Irredeemable/Incorruptible by Mark Waid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Set in a gritty world similar to the inFamous series, Irredeemable tells the tale of a Superman archetype called the Plutonian, who goes rogue and is set on culling the Earth&rsquo;s population after a series of personal betrayals and downfalls.</p> <p>On the other side of the coin, we have Incorruptible, a former supervillain in that universe trying to go straight following the Plutonian&rsquo;s rampage. It&rsquo;s got morally-ambiguous scenarios, twists, turns, and lovely artwork. Highly recommended to get into the swing of dark superhero things where the right choices aren&rsquo;t normally the best ones.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="972" height="1497" title="Irredeemable/Incorruptible by Mark Waid" alt="Irredeemable/Incorruptible by Mark Waid" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/irredeemable.jpg?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> DMZ by Brian Wood </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Want a piece that criticises national security, just like inFamous: Second Son? DMZ explores the extremes of it all.</p> <p dir="ltr">The witty and metaphoric narrative by Brian Wood and the gritty artwork by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riccardo_Burchielli" target="_blank">Riccardo Burchielli</a> gel together to tell its story. Reporter Matty Roth is attempting to get the scoop on a war happening in an alternate America involving the federal US government and the &ldquo;Free States&rdquo; army. The whole series is out in trade paperback, so you&rsquo;ll have lots of time to finish it just before the next inFamous comes out.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="DMZ by Brian Wood" alt="DMZ by Brian Wood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DMZ.jpg?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Young Avengers: Style &gt; Substance by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">If you like a series that&rsquo;s focused on super-powered teenagers acting like, well, teens, the Young Avengers perfectly depicts being free,&nbsp;being in love, and being a superhero. Well, we know that inFamous: SS deals with the former and latter, so two out of three ain&rsquo;t bad, right?</p> <p dir="ltr">Run by writer Kieron Gillen and artists Jamie McKelvie, Mike Norton, and Matthew Wilson, never have these three narrative arcs been presented better under a mainstream brand than this comic. We recommend that you start off with &lsquo;Style &gt; Substance&rsquo;, then continue on with &lsquo;Alternative Cultures&rsquo;, and &lsquo;Mic-Drop At The Edge of Time &amp; Space&rsquo;.</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="616" height="471" title="Young Avengers: Style &gt; Substance by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie" alt="Young Avengers: Style &gt; Substance by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/YA.jpg?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Films </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>inFamous&rsquo; inspiration is from comic books, but what about comic book-style movies? Or for that matter, how about films that take place in Seattle?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Darkman </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Evil Dead) couldn&rsquo;t get the rights to Batman and The Shadow back in the 90s, so he just made up a superhero story that&rsquo;s all dark and broody with a hint of camp. Liam Neeson plays a scientist who was left for dead by mobsters after his girlfriend unraveled a zoning conspiracy.</p> <p dir="ltr">Disfigured, he covers himself in bandages and a trenchcoat, and dubs himself a defender of the night who can disguise his face. The film&rsquo;s got visual panache, a great Danny Elfman soundtrack, and was ahead of its time in making superhero films relevant and beyond B-grade territory.</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="2080" height="3100" title="Darkman" alt="Darkman" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/darkman.jpg?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Man of Steel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Believe it or not, the Superman reboot that&rsquo;s incredibly divided among fans is a good complement for inFamous. Instead of retreading established tropes from the past films featuring Christopher Reeve, the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zack_Snyder" target="_blank">Zack Snyder</a>-directed &amp; David S. Goyer-written film went with a different and grittier approach.</p> <p>The retelling of Superman&rsquo;s origins to how he deals with worldly problems echoes that of how inFamous&rsquo; main character Cole McGrath comes to terms with power and responsibility.</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="1080" title="Man of Steel" alt="Man of Steel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mos.jpeg?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Singles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">What the heck does a romantic comedy have to do with a game about superheroes? The film here captures the location, culture, and backdrop of the Emerald City perfectly. True, there wasn&rsquo;t Starbucks when this film was made, but the shots and photography bring out the cool and calm feel of the city that perseveres even until now.</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="800" height="1198" title="Singles" alt="Singles" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/singles.jpg?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Books </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 lovely to read something other than comics once in a while to keep the grey matter stimulated. Here are our picks for books that may give an insight into the inFamous series&rsquo; superhero roots and real-world allusions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Supergods by Grant Morrison </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Remember those times you wanted to work on a thesis analyzing Superman and Batman&rsquo;s code of superheroism back in high school? Well, Grant Morrison&rsquo;s book &ldquo;Supergods&rdquo; is almost like that, but written in greater detail. The book explains how Superman is a representation of strength of the middle-class America against industrialism in the Great Depression.</p> <p dir="ltr">It also details the changes Marvel and DC Comics superheroes go through to reflect the political age they&#39;re in, making each publication&rsquo;s stable of heroes believable and relevant. Simply put, it&rsquo;s a book you want to spend time with if you want to get superheroism, especially in a series like inFamous.</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="660" height="994" title="Supergods by Grant Morrison" alt="Supergods by Grant Morrison" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Supergods.jpg?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Battle In Seattle: The Story Behind And Beyond The WTO Demonstrations by Janet Thomas, 5 Days That Shook The World by Alexander Cockburn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">inFamous: Second Son director Nate Fox <a href="http://youtu.be/qh8KLN-l86o?t=1h3m" target="_blank">talked briefly about his experiences</a> in the 1999 World Trade Organization anti-globalization protest rally in Seattle, and criticised the price of national security. If you want to know more about the ins and outs of the event and how US law enforcement was unnecessarily violent towards freedom of speech, these books will cover all of that.</p> <p dir="ltr">Both of them feature firsthand accounts on why it was significant in world history, and washed away all media and corporate agendas that previously tainted the story back in the day. Part anecdotal and part historical recollection, it&rsquo;s a must for anyone interested in how this shaped world history.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Battle In Seattle: The Story Behind And Beyond The WTO Demonstrations by Janet Thomas, 5 Days That Shook The World by Alexander Cockburn" alt="The Battle In Seattle: The Story Behind And Beyond The WTO Demonstrations by Jan" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BattleofSeattle.jpg?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Experience Music Project books </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Seattle is actually considered a bastion for music culture; it has this awesome building called the Experience Music Project Museum. Now if you can&rsquo;t afford a ticket to fly yourself there, you can do the next best thing: read up on books created by the people involved with the EMP Museum. &lsquo;Yes Yes Y&rsquo;all&rsquo; and &lsquo;This Is Pop&rsquo; are two books detailing hip-hop culture and pop music evolution respectively.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Experience Music Project books" alt="Experience Music Project books" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/EMPbooks.jpg?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Music </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 tons of music albums that supplement the inFamous titles well, if the &ldquo;Heart-Shaped Box&rdquo; cover from <a href="http://youtu.be/NFukFWFndEk">one of the game&rsquo;s trailers</a> is anything to go by.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> “Ten” &amp; “Yield” by Pearl Jam </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Music aficionados probably saw this coming. The Seattle-based Pearl Jam&rsquo;s less heavy 70s style of rock portrayed themes of freedom and individualism. That&rsquo;s one of the story hooks of inFamous: SS; the willingness to embrace one&rsquo;s powers and the freedom to choose how to dish out that power. The band&rsquo;s earlier albums &ldquo;Ten and &ldquo;Yield&rdquo; encapsulate their golden years with melodious croons and experimental ballads influenced by the &ldquo;rootsy&rdquo; feel of Jimi Hendrix and South American musicians.</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="497" height="497" title="“Ten” &amp; “Yield” by Pearl Jam" alt="“Ten” &amp; “Yield” by Pearl Jam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pearljam.jpg?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> “Spider-Man: Rock Reflections of a Superhero” by Stan Lee and various artists </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Back in the 70s when the Marvel hype machine was steamrolling DC, the marketing department had an idea of creating a rock opera album based on the trials of Spider-Man. Surprisingly, it turned out pretty decent, and withstood the test of time for something that&rsquo;s obviously tailored as a quick cash cow. With lyrics about Peter Parker evolving from zero to hero to musings from villains like Doctor Octopus, it walks the fine line between cheesy and catchy.</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="1406" height="1398" title="“Spider-Man: Rock Reflections of a Superhero” by Stan Lee and various artists" alt="“Spider-Man: Rock Reflections of a Superhero” by Stan Lee and various artists" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Spider-man.jpg?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Foley Room by Amon Tobin </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The first inFamous title had the foley-effect experimental mash-up of Brazilian artist Amon Tobin. If you like your beats very dark and gritty just like the first game&rsquo;s soundtrack, the album Foley Room will be ambrosia to your ears. The whole album requires an open mind to listen to, but it&rsquo;s worth it if you want to taste something off-kilter yet mesmerizing.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you&rsquo;d rather pick one or two tracks via your favorite online music store, go with the mellow and dark &lsquo;At The End of The Day&rsquo;, and the ethnic string instrument-filled &lsquo;Keep Your Distance&rsquo;.</p> <p>Got any non-game suggestions for reading and listening material to go along with this PS4 exclusive? Tell us in the comments box below or on our <a href="https://twitter.com/Stuff_SG" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/stuffsingapore" target="_blank">Facebook</a> social feed thingies.</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="1419" height="1417" title="Foley Room by Amon Tobin" alt="Foley Room by Amon Tobin" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AmonTobin.jpg?1395297649" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 world of inFamous: Second Son </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The lore behind Sucker Punch&#039;s latest game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/infamousSS.jpg?1395297412" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/gear-up-infamous-second-son/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/gear-up-infamous-second-son/feature#comments Console games PlayStation 4 Sun, 09 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433486 at http://www.stuff.tv