PlayStation 4 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/playstation-4/videos en-GB Alien: Isolation http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 28/07/14: The original cast of Alien discuss their virtual return to the Nostromo in the Crew Expendable DLC </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?1406573495" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/benjiwilson" title="View user profile.">Ben Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>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"> £-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/playstation-4/destiny/review">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?1406573495" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="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?1406573495" /> </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?1406573495" /> </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?1406573495" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman: Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/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/first-play-child-light/feature">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="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="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?1406573495" /> </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?1406573495" /> </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?1406573495" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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-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="&#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?1406573495" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Oculus Rift </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sega has been showing Alien: Isolation at conventions and events of late via the Oculus Rift VR headset, and if you think it&rsquo;s scary peering out of cupboards and dashing away from skittering sound effects when looking at a flatscreen, just wait until it&rsquo;s strapped onto your head.</p> <p>Putting on the headset does change the gameplay a bit, because the motion-tracking latest version of the Rift (the Development Kit 2) means you&#39;ll need to look down to use your proximity sensor, or move your head to look through slits in the locker you&rsquo;ve cowered into.</p> <p>Granted, Alien: Isolation is set to debut well before the consumer version of the Rift does&mdash;perhaps a year or more at this point. But that&rsquo;s an experience we expect eventual Rift owners will want to circle back on, even if it&rsquo;s deep into 2015.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/e3-2014/alien-isolation-oculus-rift-so-frightening-you-might-not-want-play/feature">Alien: Isolation on Oculus Rift is so terrifying, you might not want to play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-oculus.jpg?1406573495" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Crew Expendable </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For all the griping that occurs over downloadable content announced before a game is properly released, we can&rsquo;t help but feel a bit guilty that Isolation&rsquo;s big DLC is perhaps our most anticipated part of the game. But how else are we supposed to react?</p> <p>Crew Expendable is a bonus mission available free to anyone that pre-orders the game, and it drops players back into the Nostromo, the ship from the original Alien film&mdash;and features the familiar crew, many voiced by their original actors. You can play as Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Dallas (Tom Skerritt), or Parket (Yaphet Kotto) and try to isolate and defeat the titular monster within the ship.</p> <p>Surely, the mission will also be sold separately for those who don&rsquo;t pre-order&mdash;but if the sound of that gets you as excited as it got us, then you might as well put down a deposit now. Check out some of the original cast (including Weaver) discussing the project above.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazing-alien-isolation-dlc-reunite-1979-movie-cast/news">Amazing Alien: Isolation DLC to reunite 1979 movie cast</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/MWKcBVc6PTQ" 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"> 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/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review">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?1406573495" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:51:38 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435505 at http://www.stuff.tv The Last of Us Remastered http://www.stuff.tv/naughty-dog/last-us-remastered/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The definitive version of one of gaming’s landmark titles; The Last of Us Remastered is essential for newcomers and veterans alike </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The end of the world as we know it" alt="The Last of Us Remastered" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/The-Last-of-Us-Remastered-opener-1200x900.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/guycocker" title="View user profile.">Guy Cocker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Describing <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/last-us/review" target="_blank"><em>The Last of Us</em></a> as a massive success would be a bit of an understatement. Not only did it sell a bajillion copies, it earned over 200 Game of the Year awards and a <a href="http://awards.bafta.org/award/2014/games" target="_blank">Best Game Bafta</a>. And let&rsquo;s not forget that 2013 also featured a little-known title called <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review" target="_blank">Grand Theft Auto 5</a></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"> £38.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Includes all of the excellent DLC </div> <div class="field-item even"> Nerd-tastic commentaries </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Even more beautiful and smoother than before </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No entirely new story stuff </div> <div class="field-item even"> Can&#039;t carry over PS3 progress </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"> First of All... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hopefully you&rsquo;ve heard of <em>The Last of Us</em> by now, but just in case, it&rsquo;s a third-person action adventure from Naughty Dog, the makers of the fabulous <em>Uncharted</em> series.</p> <p>It&#39;s much darker than the Indiana Jones-like adventures of Nathan Drake, instead casting you as the grizzled Joel,&nbsp;one of the few human survivors left after a virus has turned most of population into zombie-like mutants. For reasons too interesting to spoil, Joel has to escort the young Ellie across a ravaged United States, using improvised weapons and stealth against terrifying zombies and the often violent and predatory remains of humanity.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the broad setup for what is a heavily story-driven game, and thanks mainly to the relationship between Joel and Ellie, it&rsquo;s a truly exceptional, emotional, sometimes humourous, sometimes harrowing, always thought-provoking narrative. The lines between right and wrong are blurred, combat is frantic, desperate and always about survival. Essentially, there&#39;s no other game story with this sort of depth or maturity.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s so good, in fact, that it&rsquo;s currently being turned into a movie through producer Sam Raimi, and he&rsquo;s really not going to have to do much to it for the movie to be a rip-roaring success.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-best-fps-games-ever/news" target="_blank">The 30 Best FPS Games Ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AaOWRvmtEFQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="These are first-phase infected - fast, aggressive and not very pretty" alt="The Last of Us Remastered" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The-Last-of-Us-Remastered-desperate-situation.jpeg?1406567108" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="Ellie gets braver and more self-reliant as the story unfolds" alt="The Last of Us Remastered" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The-Last-of-Us-Remastered-Ellie-bow-infected.jpeg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Pixel Perfect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/last-us/review" target="_blank"><em>The Last of Us</em> on PlayStation 3</a> was already a handsome game - in fact, it was arguably the best-looking game ever released on the console. But the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4</a> still offers a significant performance boost.</p> <p>The headline improvements are higher resolution character models, improved shadows and lighting, longer draw distance and generally improved detail. There&rsquo;s still some texture pop-in to be seen when you&rsquo;re out in the open, but otherwise this is a gorgeous-looking game, and one that really does look as though it was made for next-gen consoles. One of TLOU&rsquo;s greatest strengths was its gritty realism, and that&rsquo;s taken to another level by the enhanced detail of the next-gen remaster.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The scenery is even more stunning than before" alt="The Last of Us Remastered" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The-Last-of-Us-Remastered-bridge.jpeg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="Don&#039;t ask whether they&#039;re fighting or dancing, just focus on the detail of those amazing character models" alt="The Last of Us Remastered" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The-Last-of-Us-Remastered-fighting-or-dancing.jpeg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Frame, Set and Match </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the improved graphics look lovely, it&rsquo;s the higher frame rate that has the biggest impact on how <em>The Last of Us</em> actually plays on PS4. By default, the game now runs at 60 frames per second, doubling the original game&rsquo;s 30 frames per second on PS3. The game feels a whole lot smoother than it did before, in particular during combat, where the controls could sometimes feel a bit twitchy before.</p> <p>Sadly, there is very occasionally still a bit of slowdown in Remastered, so there&rsquo;s an option to lock the action at 30 frames per second, with the added benefit of improved shadows on this setting. We&rsquo;d definitely stick with the 60fps setting, but it&rsquo;s nice to have the option.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/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="1600" height="900" title="The 60fps refresh rate makes for smoother, less fiddly combat" alt="The Last of Us Remastered" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The-Last-of-Us-Remastered-cannibals-attack.jpeg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 Definitive Edition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>The Last of Us Remastered</em> clearly wants to be the definitive version of the game, and like a Director&rsquo;s Cut Special Edition DVD, it contains everything its makers could find to throw on the disc. The highlight has to be the <em>Left Behind</em> story mission, which was originally released as downloadable content on PS3. It tells some of Ellie&rsquo;s backstory, before the events of the main game, and much like that story, it packs a powerful emotional punch.</p> <p>The previously-released multiplayer map packs - <em>Abandoned Territories</em> and <em>Reclaimed Territories</em> - are also included in <em>Remastered</em>, although multiplayer progress from the PS3 game sadly isn&rsquo;t carried over.</p> <p>Speaking of multiplayer, PS4 servers hadn&#39;t been switched on at the time of review but will have been by <em>Remastered&#39;s</em> launch date of 1st August. <em>The Last of Us</em> would be a vital purchase without any multiplayer at all, so the fact that the team deathmatch modes proved superb on PS3 was a brilliant bonus. We&#39;ve got no reason to think they&#39;ll be anything less on the PS4 version.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazing-alien-isolation-dlc-reunite-1979-movie-cast/news" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation DLC to reunite 1979 movie cast</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-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"> Bonus Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>New for this edition are Director&rsquo;s Commentaries for the in-game cinematics, a photo mode similar to the one in <em>inFamous: Second Son</em>, and an excellent Making Of documentary, although the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH5MgEbBOps&amp;oref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DyH5MgEbBOps&amp;has_verified=1" target="_blank">latter is also available on YouTube for free</a>&nbsp;and is embedded above this very paragraph.</p> <p>The Grounded difficulty level was added to the original game after release but is available from the off here, and by making supplies extremely rare, it makes the game really, really tough. It&#39;s a must-try for those who&#39;ve already played the game through once.</p> <p>The game also makes nice use of the PS4&rsquo;s DualShock 4 controller. The light bar changes colour to indicate your health, the speaker plays tape recorder messages and the flashlight noise, and the controller&rsquo;s triggers are used to aim and fire by default, which is much more comfortable than the L1/R1 buttons on the PS3.</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/yH5MgEbBOps" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Last of Us Remastered 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>When it was released just over a year ago, we called <em>The Last of Us</em> a high-water mark of current-generation gaming. Now, thanks to the Remastered version, <em>The Last of Us</em> has also done the same on next-gen consoles.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a thoroughly improved, definitive version of what was already a truly remarkable game. This is likely to be the first of many next-gen remakes, but we&rsquo;ll be amazed if even years down the line it&rsquo;s not still worshipped as one of the very best.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="You really don&#039;t want to be that close to a Bloater when you pull the trigger" alt="The Last of Us Remastered" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The-Last-of-Us-Remastered-Bloater.jpeg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the greatest games of all time made even better - fall in love with <em>The Last of Us</em> all over again</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Last of Us Remastered review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naughty-dog/last-us-remastered/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/naughty-dog/last-us-remastered/review#comments Console games Gaming Naughty Dog PlayStation 4 The Last of Us Remastered Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:26:38 +0000 Tom Parsons 1443457 at http://www.stuff.tv Destiny beta opened up for all—quickly, to your consoles! http://www.stuff.tv/activision/destiny-beta-opened-all-quickly-your-consoles/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Well, all with PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, but still </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="Destiny" alt="Destiny" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/destiny-beta2.jpg?1406253157" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Jealous of any mates that have been playing Destiny early via the current limited beta test or previous alpha test? Envy them no longer, as the preview of Bungie&rsquo;s shooter has opened up wide.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, waiting isn&rsquo;t really an option. Time is limited, as the beta test is scheduled to run only until Monday, at which point we&rsquo;ll all desperately try to connect and weep hopelessly upon inevitable failure.</p> <p>We had <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">wholly positive things to say</a> about our time with the beta test, which we reckon should offer a good 10 hours of free gameplay to the average player&mdash;but you&rsquo;ve got three full days until it shuts down, so why not make the most of it?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.bungie.net/en/News/News?aid=11962">Bungie</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny Beta review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TljtC5qnb-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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/activision/destiny-beta-opened-all-quickly-your-consoles/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/activision/destiny-beta-opened-all-quickly-your-consoles/news#comments Activision Destiny Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:50:05 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443220 at http://www.stuff.tv PS4 arrives at the Sky Now TV party, Xbox One owners still queueing up outside http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/ps4-arrives-sky-now-tv-party-xbox-one-owners-still-queueing-outside/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky&#039;s internet streaming service lands on Sony&#039;s superconsole </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="800" height="600" title="They look good together" alt="PS4 arrives at the Sky Now TV party, Xbox One owners still queueing up outside" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/now-tv-ps4.jpg?1406197350" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky&#39;s Now TV streaming service will be available for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> owners from today.</p> <p>Now TV serves up a variety of packages for users to sink their eyes into. The Sky Movies Month Pass provides access to over 800 movies for &pound;9 a month following a 30 day free trial.</p> <p>Sports fans can also get in on the action with the &pound;10 a month Sky Sports Day Pass, which serves up live action from all Sky Sports channels.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/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/now-tv/ps4-arrives-sky-now-tv-party-xbox-one-owners-still-queueing-outside/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/ps4-arrives-sky-now-tv-party-xbox-one-owners-still-queueing-outside/news#comments Games consoles Now TV PlayStation 4 Sky Sony Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:28:29 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1443158 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: The absurd augmented reality hat, new Dance Central details, and BBC Sport gets Chromecast support http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/fully-charged-behold-absurd-augmented-reality-hat-new-dance-central-details-and-bbc-sport-gets-c <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our roundup of the curious, fun, and noteworthy news from around the world of tech </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="HattrickWear" alt="HattrickWear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hattrickwear.jpg?1406010781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Behold HattrickWear, the augmented reality cap </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98669370?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Can&rsquo;t shell out &pound;1,000 for Google Glass, but still want the sensation of a heads-up display pumping info into your eyes? Check out HattrickWear, a soon-to-be-crowdfunded (or not) hat that claims to be an affordable and open platform for such things.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be able to slot your phone into the long brim of the hat, and then attach a small prism that reflects part of the screen into view. The design purportedly distributes the weight evenly enough to keep your head from sinking as you wear it, and it looks&hellip; super cool&hellip; right? Honestly, it&rsquo;s difficult to tell if this is real or not, but it&rsquo;s supposedly set to launch on Kickstarter at some point.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.hattrickwear.com">HattrickWear</a> via <a href="http://www.designboom.com/technology/hattrickwear-augmented-reality-hat-07-17-2014/">DesignBoom</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/you-can-now-buy-google-glass-uk/news">You can now buy Google Glass in the UK</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"> Dance Central Spotlight out 2 September </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft might have turned its back on the Kinect when it pulled the motion-sensing device from the lower-priced Xbox One console option, but developers haven&rsquo;t (entirely) just yet. Dance Central Spotlight, the new-gen version of the original Kinect&rsquo;s most recognizable experience, will launch for US$9.99 on 2 September, developer Harmonix announced yesterday.</p> <p>The downloadable release will feature 10 built-in songs&mdash;including some of the catchiest jams of the last couple years, like Pharrell Williams&rsquo; &ldquo;Happy,&rdquo; Lorde&rsquo;s &ldquo;Royals,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Titanium&rdquo; from David Guetta and Sia&mdash;with another 50+ songs available for purchase on day one.</p> <p>If you already purchased the song on Xbox 360, it&rsquo;ll be available for free on Xbox One, which will hold true for future add-on tracks from previous entries. Each song in the game will feature eight different routines (more than ever before), plus an enhanced fitness mode promises targeted workouts.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2014/07/21/dance-central-spotlight-shines-september-2/">Joystiq</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/e3-2014/kinect-dead-long-live-kinect/feature">Kinect is Dead? Long Live Kinect!</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/KH_FG92-Oek" 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"> BBC Sport apps updated with Chromecast support </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the Commonwealth Games kicking off later this week, BBC has updated its BBC Sport apps for both Android and iOS with support for Google&rsquo;s Chromecast dongle. Users will now be able to stream content to a television from either version of the app, and both have been updated with customizable alerts for the games.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/21/bbc-sport-ios-android-chromecast/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/fully-charged-pacific-rim-2-coming-2017-youtube-adding-60fps-playback-and-bbc-showing-commonweal">Fully Charged: Pacific Rim 2 coming in 2017, YouTube adding 60fps playback, and BBC showing Commonwealth Games in 4K</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="676" title="BBC Sport" alt="BBC Sport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bbc-sport-app.PNG?1406010781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Media Molecule teases new PS4 project—maybe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LittleBigPlanet creator Media Molecule isn&rsquo;t behind this fall&rsquo;s LittleBigPlanet 3&mdash;development duties have been passed off to Sumo Digital&mdash;but the Guildford studio appears to be working on <em>something</em> for PlayStation 4. Whether this video actually shows any of that isn&rsquo;t especially clear.</p> <p>&ldquo;A rendering error on our new PS4 project caused this trippy sequence of colourful nonsense that begged to be shared,&rdquo; reads the YouTube description. &ldquo;Consider it an exclusive peek at our new game if you like, it&#39;s not particularly revealing, but it is fun, that much we guarantee... mostly.&rdquo;</p> <p>Media Molecule showed off a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYY-J3ckeSI">rather curious tech demo</a> at the reveal of the PlayStation 4 in February 2013, but there&rsquo;s been no word on that becoming a full, proper game. But considering the studio&rsquo;s amazing pedigree&mdash;thanks to LBP and last year&rsquo;s Tearaway on Vita&mdash;whatever they&rsquo;re working on is worth keeping an eye out for.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_faVPTRUUg">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review">LittleBigPlanet 3: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/V_faVPTRUUg" 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/bbc/fully-charged-behold-absurd-augmented-reality-hat-new-dance-central-details-and-bbc-sport-gets-c#comments BBC Chromecast Gaming Kinect PlayStation 4 Xbox One Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442885 at http://www.stuff.tv Destiny Beta http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bungie&#039;s MMO-inspired sci-fi shooter is available in beta form to everyone right now - and it&#039;s utterly brilliant </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1300" height="900" title="Destiny Beta review" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Destiny-Beta-Review-main.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-destiny-alpha-release/feature" target="_blank">PS4-only Alpha</a> is but a distant memory - but now everyone can get a taste of Destiny in the all-formats Beta.</p> <p>To get involved all you need do is pre-order the full game (out 9th September) or find a friend who already has - each pre-order is good for three players.</p> <p>Should you get involved? You betcha. This is a really generous taster of what is looking very much like potential game of the year.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4. Also available on PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> 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 the heck is Destiny anyway? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 been living in a hole for the last few months you could be unaware that <em>Destiny</em> is the new game by Bungie, the studio that brought us the little-known <em>Halo</em> franchise. It&rsquo;s got a lot in common with <em>Halo</em> in terms of gameplay and tone, but this is a far, far grander undertaking.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s because <em>Destiny</em> is also diving into massively multiplayer online (MMO) territory. This is an always-online game in which you team up with mates for story missions, raids and open-world exploring. You randomly encounter other players on your travels and so-called &lsquo;live events&rsquo; are triggered that dynamically bring players together to take on enemies such as the massive spider tank.</p> <p>Think of the shooting action of <em>Halo</em> combined with the addictive loot-gathering of <em>Diablo</em> and MMORPG elements of <em>World of Warcraft</em> and you&rsquo;re just about on the right track.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The sparrow bike can be called up at any time" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-7.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Destiny Beta vs Alpha </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those who poured endless hours into the Alpha might be disappointed to discover that a lot of that content returns in this Beta, but there is more besides. Where the Alpha dropped you into the ruined Russian landscape with an already level 4 character, the Beta sees you start at the very beginning, with the intro that will (tweaks allowing) be in the final version of the game.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s when you&rsquo;re introduced to your Ghost, a cuboid robotic companion who accompanies and guides you throughout the entire game. Bungie and Peter Dinklage (from <em>Game of Thrones</em>, who voices the Ghost) were on the receiving end of no little flak for the dialogue and delivery in the Alpha, which was considered by many to sound a bit half-arsed. I didn&rsquo;t really agree with all of that criticism but even I must admit that the delivery in the Beta, which has been made to sound more robotic with beeps and vocal effects, works better. And the <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/6/20/5828892/that-wizard-came-from-the-moon-shirt-destiny-bungie" target="_blank">now infamous &ldquo;that wizard came from the Moon!&rdquo;</a> line has gone entirely, which is a massive shame if you ask me.</p> <p>In total you get four story missions in the Beta (none of which were in the Alpha), each of which can be played with up to two mates and come complete with cutscenes that introduce you to the characters and lore of Bungie&rsquo;s brave new gaming universe.</p> <p>The only issue here is that there&rsquo;s a certain amount of repetition in these story missions. They&rsquo;re all based in Old Russia (essentially the only area available in the Beta) and while each takes you to a different section of the map you basically start in the same area for each one, which creates a little déjà vu. This is undoubtedly a game that will involve a fair amount of returning to previously explored areas, but hopefully the level of repetition will be kept in check for the full release.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review" target="_blank">LittleBigPlanet 3: First Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Peter Dinklage&#039;s dialogue for your Ghost companion has been tweaked for the beta" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-8.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="The Earth map for the Crucible returns from the Alpha" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-2.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Alpha bits return </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Beyond that you get largely the same content that was in the Alpha. That includes one three-player Strike (essentially a self-contained mission with its own story, bosses and rewards) called The Devil&rsquo;s Lair, which is brilliant fun.</p> <p>You also get to experience the Explore mode, which allows you to - you guessed it - explore the open world environments at your leisure. You&rsquo;ve only got Old Russia to play with here but the environment is pretty massive and packed with secrets - dead Ghosts to reactivate, caves to explore, loot to find and enemies to blow to pieces. There are also small side-missions - typical fetch quests and kill x number of enemies sorts of things, but they&rsquo;re useful for taking you to areas of the map that you might not have otherwise visited and also reward you with increased standing with certain factions. And standing means loot in the form of big guns and stronger armour.</p> <p>Finally there&rsquo;s the Crucible, which is where you take your anger out on other players. The map count has gone up from the two to four, so on top of the Earth and Moon maps you got in the Alpha you can now also kill your friends on Mars and Venus. There&rsquo;s still just the one game mode, Capture (typical three-objective king of the hill), but the action is so tight, fast and addictive you&rsquo;ll likely take no issue with playing for hours straight.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature" target="_blank">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/LeDaevD7cEo" 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="1600" height="900" title="I come in pea... I don&#039;t think he&#039;s listening" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-10.jpg?1406039124" /> </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="3200" height="1800" title="The Crucible is where all the guardian vs guardian action takes place" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-alpha-first-play-crucible_0.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Creating your first character </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 <em>Destiny</em> you play as a Guardian, tasked with protecting what little is left of humanity against four alien races (two of which, the Hive and Fallen, make an appearance in the Beta). Your very first job is to create your character.</p> <p>You start by choosing choose a class: Titan, Hunter or Wizard. Ostensibly these boil down to a tank-like bruiser, agile sneaker and space wizard respectively, but in reality each class can turn its hand to any role. What you&rsquo;re really choosing is a look, a type of grenade, a melee attack, a slightly different double-jump and a special attack. Choose whichever you think looks coolest - you won&rsquo;t be restricted later on.</p> <p>And then you get to make your character look really cool in the customiser. Choose your race (human, awaken or exo), gender, face, hair and lots more to make you Guardian look unique. In the Beta there are just a few minor new customisation options, but otherwise our video of the Alpha customisation above should teach you everything you need to know.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4yg0Jk1WZsE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="Exos are sentient machines. And they&#039;re awesome." alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-9.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> How the action unfolds </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 esteemed Guy Cocker wrote about the Destiny gameplay experience in great depth when he <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-destiny-alpha-release/feature" target="_blank">reviewed the Alpha</a>, and I won&rsquo;t repeat everything here because it&rsquo;s the same gameplay that you get with the Beta. That means the action itself is deeply <em>Halo</em>-like, with a welcome dose of extra heft to the weapons. This is sci-fi, of course, but the feel of the guns is realistically solid and terrifically bombastic, especially when you get to the shotguns and heavy weapons such as the huge machine guns and rocket launchers.</p> <p>Thanks to every player having a double-jump move, battles are very vertical, both in the open world and in the Crucible. There are few greater gaming joys than leaping from a vantage point to a spot directly behind your enemy and stabbing them in the back.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/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="1600" height="900" title="There are millimetres between life and death in the Crucible" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-5.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;ve got until 27th July to play the Beta </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Beta is open to PS3 and PS4 players right now. There&rsquo;s a break for maintenance on the 21st and 22nd July, then Xbox 360 and Xbox One gamers get to join in on the 23rd. The whole thing comes to an end on the 27th, but don&rsquo;t be sad; according to <a href="http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-07-15-what-to-expect-from-the-destiny-beta" target="_blank">an interview that Bungie&rsquo;s David &quot;Deej&quot; Dague gave to Eurogamer</a>, there&rsquo;s still a possibility that your lovingly crafted Guardian will carry over to the final game. Fingers crossed - I hate saying goodbye.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/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="1600" height="900" title="This handsome chap isn&#039;t in the Beta. Can&#039;t wait to meet him in the full game" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-11.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Destiny Beta verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We played and loved the Alpha, and the Beta is bigger and better. I reckon most players will get about ten hours of terrific entertainment out of it, while serious fans will play every moment they can between now and 27th July, upgrading all three characters and exploring every inch of Old Russia.</p> <p>Needless to say that&rsquo;s a lot of entertainment for zero cost, and while this is by no means a review of the final, full game, it&rsquo;s hard to see a way Bungie could mess it up from here. 9th September cannot come soon enough.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Two Guardians taking a stroll in the park" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-4.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Destiny Beta played: &quot;A lot of entertainment for zero cost&quot; </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"> Bungie&#039;s sci-fi shooter is utterly brilliant – and it&#039;s not even finished yet </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Destiny Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:03:57 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434979 at http://www.stuff.tv 3 of the best PS4 headsets http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/3-best-ps4-headsets/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quality headgear is essential for the full gaming experience. How else to boss around your team-mates in the midst of battle? </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="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" alt="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-sony-ps4-headsets-review-main-01.jpg?1404959014" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you&#39;re isolated in hostile territory, almost out of ammo and badly wounded. As the enemy approaches your position, a squadmate&#39;s voice crackles over your cheapo headset: &quot;I&#39;ll cover you. Run to your pssszzchZZZZCXXHzz and I&#39;ll bzzZZZzrrgh. Got that? Hello? Hello?&quot;</p> <p>Too late - you&#39;re dead.</p> <p>But it needn&#39;t be that way. Invest in a decent gaming headset and you&#39;ll benefit from crystal-clear in-game music and effects and the ability to speak to your mates without having to guess what they&#39;re saying.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</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"> Tritton Kama </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 isn&rsquo;t the cheapest PS4 headset out there, but it&rsquo;s close, and nicer than the budget alternatives we&rsquo;ve tried. It&rsquo;s dead simple, too: plug the short cable directly into the bottom of your DualShock 4 then change the &lsquo;output to headphones&rsquo; option in the settings menu to &lsquo;all audio&rsquo; and you&rsquo;re golden.</p> <p>You&rsquo;re not getting the same build and sound quality of the other two here, but you&rsquo;re not paying for it either &ndash; and for &pound;20 the Kama is actually very impressive. Plus, it will work with your PS Vita too, if you have one.</p> <p>Sound effects and voices come through clearly and there&rsquo;s plenty of weight for the big bangs of <em>Battlefield 4</em>. There&rsquo;s a little digital fuzz in the background of your voice, but it&rsquo;s low enough that it won&#39;t prevent your commands and swears from being broadcast clearly to your friends and enemies.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ★★★★★ </strong></p> <p><strong>The perfect solution for l33ts on a tight budget</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.dabs.com/products/tritton-kama-stereo-gaming-headset-for-ps4-and-ps-vita---black-9CT4.html?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=ppc%20product%20search&amp;utm_content=Q200&amp;utm_campaign=Computing%20-%20PC%20Peripherals%20-%20Headsets%20and%20Headphones" target="_blank">Buy the Tritton Kama here for &pound;20</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="Tritton Kama" alt="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-sony-ps4-headsets-review-tritton-kama.jpg?1404959014" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s own PS4 headset has a dinky USB dongle for total wirelessness, a lovely design, invisible mics in the earcups, virtual 7.1 surround sound and a dedicated app for custom sound profiles. It&#39;s also versatile, working with PS4, PS3 and PS Vita - the only set here to work across all 3 of Sony&#39;s current gaming platforms.</p> <p>So far, so good - but in use it&#39;s not quite perfect. Firstly, the virtual surround sound isn&rsquo;t that good. You get a decent sense of audio coming from around you but it messes around too much and makes everything feel unnatural. The custom profiles are a waste, too &ndash; the standard &lsquo;flat&rsquo; setting is best.</p> <p>Still, while the sound might be a touch disappointing you&rsquo;re still left with probably the best-looking gaming headphones ever made, at a decent price.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ★★★★✩ </strong></p> <p><strong>Great looks, comfort and stereo sound, but the special features aren&rsquo;t very special</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-PlayStation-Wireless-Stereo-Headset/dp/B00I8S4E1C" target="_blank">Buy the Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 here for &pound;72</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="Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0" alt="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-sony-ps4-headsets-review-sony-wireless-stereo-headset.jpg?1404959014" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Turtle Beach PX4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Turtle Beach takes this sort of thing seriously, and the PX4 is a pretty serious bit of kit. It&rsquo;s got a whole little processing unit that needs to be connected to your PS4 via optical. It then handles Dolby Digital signals and sends them wirelessly to the headset in proper surround sound. It works with Xbox 360 as well as PS4 and PS3 - but not Vita, mind.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re yet to hear a pair of headphones that truly recreate a 5.1 home cinema experience, and the PX4 doesn&rsquo;t buck the trend. But it&rsquo;s not far off, and you do get an extra level of immersion in game worlds, while more accurate placement of effects such as footsteps can give you a competitive edge.</p> <p>You do still need to use a cable between the headset and controller, which is a slight shame, but for crisp, dynamic sound that won&rsquo;t wake the neighbours, the PX4 is currently hard to beat.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ★★★★★ </strong></p> <p><strong>An impressive headset for hardcore gamers</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/610627-turtle-beach-earforce-px4-ps3-4-xbox-360-gaming-headset-tbs-3276-02?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=products&amp;gclid=CNX8wvuYuL8CFQsEwwodBykAqg" target="_blank">Buy the Turtle Beach PX4 here for &pound;100</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="1200" height="900" title="Turtle Beach PX4" alt="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-sony-ps4-headsets-review-turtle-beach-px4.jpg?1404959014" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/playstation-4/3-best-ps4-headsets/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/3-best-ps4-headsets/feature#comments Gaming Geek accessories PlayStation 4 Sony Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:11:23 +0000 Marc McLaren 1441535 at http://www.stuff.tv Destiny beta launching later this month, full game collector’s editions include expansion pass http://www.stuff.tv/destiny/destiny-beta-launching-later-month-full-game-collector-s-edition-includes-expansion-pass/new <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation owners get a few additional days of beta access, but at least Xbox owners get a shot </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="Destiny" alt="Destiny" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/destiny.jpg?1404809299" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Destiny is shaping up to be one of the biggest games of the year, and following last month&rsquo;s limited alpha test on PlayStation 4, Bungie will soon open up the floodgates to PlayStation and Xbox platforms alike with a beta testing period.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sadly, this won&rsquo;t be a fully public beta test&mdash;it seems that pre-ordering the game is the easiest and most direct way to gain beta access, though it&rsquo;s also likely that many codes will be given away via promotions and the like once it kicks up later next week.</p> <p>For those who do want to pre-order, Activision has unveiled some fresh options there, as well. The Ghost Edition and Limited Edition packages both include a SteelBook case, a folio with a book and other materials, exclusive in-game content, and a pass that allows access to the first two post-release expansion packs, The Dark Below and House of Wolves.</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/TljtC5qnb-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-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>Additionally, the Ghost Edition features a replica of the Ghost robot from the game, complete with voice acting from Peter Dinklage, plus some other exclusive printed materials. The Ghost Edition will sell for US$149.99 (about &pound;88), while the Limited Edition is priced at US$99.99 (~&pound;58).</p> <p>For those who can do without the physical bonus goodies, a Digital Guardian Edition with the game, expansion pass, and bonus content will sell for US$89.99 (~&pound;53). And all are due out on 9 September&mdash;along with the standard edition, of course.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-destiny-alpha-release/feature">Destiny (alpha release): First Play</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="600" title="Destiny Ghost Edition" alt="Destiny Ghost Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-limitededition.jpg?1404809299" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/destiny/destiny-beta-launching-later-month-full-game-collector-s-edition-includes-expansion-pass/new" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/destiny/destiny-beta-launching-later-month-full-game-collector-s-edition-includes-expansion-pass/new#comments Console games Destiny Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:47:59 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1441309 at http://www.stuff.tv Nissan's virtual Batmobile speeds from Gran Turismo 6 to Goodwood http://www.stuff.tv/gran-turismo-6/nissan-s-virtual-batmobile-could-be-coming-showroom-near-you-soon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo goes from pixels to prototype </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="960" height="720" title="Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo" alt="Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/10440928_728459453858888_7600276423787732334_n.jpg?1403890333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</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><strong>What an awesome render! </strong><br />Hold on a second. This isn&rsquo;t just digital fantasy, this is a genuine concept car, carbon fibre and all, unveiled yesterday at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>But wasn&#39;t this made for Gran Turismo 6?</strong><br />Gran Turismo creators Polyphony Digital and Nissan&#39;s London design studio in Paddington originally planned this futuristic incarnation of the Nissan GT-R for the PS-3 racer GT6, but they just couldn&#39;t resist bringing it to life.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So do I even need to go to car shows any more?</strong><br />Good question. The <a href="http://www.gran-turismo.com/us/products/gt6/vgt/">Vision Gran Turismo</a> project is all about road-testing concept desgins with the public before car makers spend big bucks on bending steel and casting carbon fibre. If Nissan&#39;s Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turino makes it into production, expect to see other marques following suit.</p> <p>Soon, every new vehicle might make its digital debut long before the Geneva or LA circuses. (Remember that Nissan has already used Polyphony Digital to create all of the displays on the current generation GT-R).&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2_NklC2Wnx8" 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="960" height="720" title="Much more painful to crash in real life" alt="Much more painful to crash in real life" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10444719_728459787192188_8352688709924347092_n_0.jpg?1403890333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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><strong>When can I stack it?</strong><br />Gran Turismo 6 owners will be able to find out exactly how easy the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo is to roll when it becomes available to download next month. It should sport a hybrid drivetrain that will boost performance figures to epic levels. If you want to get some revision in, take the current GT-R for a test ride. This current 542bhp monster can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 2.7 seconds and industry insiders believe that could drop to an unbelievable 2.0 seconds or less should it employ the services of some electric motors.</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s next for digital concepts? </strong><br />Gran Turismo turned 15 last year and to celebrate, its creator Kazunori Yamauchi asked automotive design studios around the globe to come up with exclusive creations. Volkswagen unveiled the 500bhp <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volkswagen/virtual-reality-volkswagen-unleashes-gran-turismo-inspired-golf-gti-roadster/news" target="_blank">Golf GTI Roadster</a> last week and AMG dropped the stunning AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept late last year.</p> <p>&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="1200" height="633" title="Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo" alt="Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nissan-concept-2020-vision-gran-turismo-02.jpg?1403890333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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>[Source: <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/nissan-reveals-concept-2020-vision-gran-turismo" target="_blank">Autocar</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volkswagen/virtual-reality-volkswagen-unleashes-gran-turismo-inspired-golf-gti-roadster/news" target="_blank">Volkswagen unleashes ludicrous Gran Turismo-inspired Golf GTI Roadster</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-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/gran-turismo-6/nissan-s-virtual-batmobile-could-be-coming-showroom-near-you-soon/news#comments Cars Console games Gran Turismo 6 Hot Stuff Nissan PlayStation 4 Sony Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:45:57 +0000 Stephen Graves 1439365 at http://www.stuff.tv LittleBigPlanet 3: First Play http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sackboy&#039;s making his next-gen debut - and he&#039;s bringing some game-changing chums </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="1600" height="900" title="LittleBigPlanet 3 - the cast" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LBP3-E3screen016_1402365266.png?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There was perhaps a feeling that with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-2/review" target="_blank"><em>LittleBigPlanet 2</em></a> Media Molecule had extracted just about everything the concept had to offer, which might explain why the announcement of a third proper game in the series was met with only a ripple of applause, rather than an explosion of rampant fanboyism.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PS4 exclusive </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"> New faces, new larks </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 may at first seem like a bit of a gimmick, but having four different characters with completely different skills and roles has a profound effect on the gameplay experience, and turns <em>LittleBigPlanet</em> from a distracting party game to a simple-yet-deep, hilarious-but-challenging co-op lark.</p> <p>A new level of co-operation is required here &ndash; Sackboy has to blast doors open for the others to get through, Toggle can reach otherwise inaccessible areas when in his small mode, and Swoop can carry the other characters across chasms or to higher platforms. Screwing about is still hilarious, of course, but if you want to get stuff done you&rsquo;re going to need to work together at some point &ndash; something that wasn&rsquo;t necessarily true in the previous games in the series.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-destiny-alpha-release/feature" target="_blank">Destiny (Alpha) - First Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ymCDdrMKPrY" 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="1600" height="900" title="Oddsock can bound up walls" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3-E3screen006_1402365235.png?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="Toggle can shrink to access otherwise unreachable areas" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3-E3screen007_1402365237.png?1403729636" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="Swoop can fly and carry the other sack characters" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3-E3screen008_1402365240.png?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> 8.7 million levels - and that&#039;s just the start </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 new abilities of the different characters has allowed Sumo to be way more ambitious with its level design, and thanks to the power of PS4 those levels can now be far bigger (and prettier, of course).</p> <p>Of course, this is LittleBigPlanet, which means community content is just as important as what comes in the box, and now players can take advantage of the bigger levels, too. Where once you were limited to three depth planes there are now 16, and system memory is no longer a constraint. Huge, sprawling player-created maps are very much on the agenda, and they can even include quests.</p> <p>Even more incredible is that every single map that&rsquo;s already been created for <em>LittleBigPlanet 1</em> and <em>2</em> will be available in <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> in graphically upscaled form at launch. That&rsquo;s 8.7 million levels. Good luck running out of stuff to do.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/e3-2014/first-play-sunset-overdrive/feature" target="_blank">Sunset Overdrive - First Play</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="Levels are much bigger and more ambitious than before" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3-E3screen013_1402365256.png?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="Customising and dressing up your characters is in again" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3-E3screen009_1402365244.png?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> LittleBigPlanet 3 - Initial Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The departure of Media Molecule from the series may have initially seemed like a Bad Thing, but the truth is that LittleBigPlanet needs a bit of a kick up the backside if it&rsquo;s going to be relevant when it hits PS4.</p> <p>With those new, game-changing and co-op-enhancing characters and almost limitless options for level-creators, Sumo Digital seems to be providing exactly the right kick. We weren&rsquo;t expecting to be as excited about a new LittleBigPlanet as we now are.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review" target="_blank">Battlefield: Hardline - First Play</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="This looks like a bad guy, but we&#039;ve not seen him/her/it in action yet" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3-E3screen015_1402365262.png?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><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/lbp3.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review#comments Console games First Play Gaming LittleBigPlanet 3 PlayStation 4 Sumo Digital Sun, 22 Jun 2014 13:47:57 +0000 Tom Parsons 1439666 at http://www.stuff.tv No Man's Sky: How 2014's most ambitious game creates a working universe in your console http://www.stuff.tv/how-build-your-own-universe/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In No Man’s Sky, Guildford’s Hello Games is creating a virtual universe with rules learned from our own. But how do you replicate the Big Bang with a next-gen console? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="No Man’s Sky" alt="No Man’s Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/no-mans-sky-01.jpg?1403170978" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Considering there&rsquo;s still about 96% of our universe that we know nothing about, it could be considered a little premature for Hello Games to make an entirely new one.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s precisely why <a href="http://www.no-mans-sky.com/" target="_blank">No Man&rsquo;s Sky</a> is so exciting, though: &ldquo;We want to give the player that feeling of being the first person to discover something new,&rdquo; says founder and one part of the game&rsquo;s development quartet Sean Murray.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</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"> To boldly go </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All we&rsquo;ve seen of No Man&rsquo;s Sky so far comes from a trailer unveiled at the VGX awards, and while the game&rsquo;s intergalactic intentions are clear, much of what was seen could easily exist on Earth. That was a conscious decision made by Murray and the team to avoid alienating viewers, but also an inevitable result of the game&rsquo;s processes: &ldquo;Everything in the trailer is from a bunch of planets in what&rsquo;s known as a Goldilocks zone, which means they&rsquo;re a bit like ours.</p> <p>&ldquo;You do see more weird and wonderful things out there but what&rsquo;s interesting about the rules of the universe, both ours and No Man&rsquo;s Sky&rsquo;s, is that common things tend to arise. The number of eyes living things have, or just that they have eyes at all, is a really common thing.</p> <p>&ldquo;All of this happens in real time, so without wanting to get too philosophical about it, a planet doesn&rsquo;t really exist until someone visits it,&rdquo; laughs Murray. &ldquo;We want the universe to feel crafted, but by a set of rules rather than a person.&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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RRpDn5qPp3s" 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"> Galaxy 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>When you start the game you&rsquo;ll be plonked somewhere on the edge of a galaxy. If you want, you can set up camp on the nearest planet and never leave, exploring the land and sea looking for caves to plunder. Planets will vary in size, with Murray describing some as &ldquo;earthlike&rdquo; in scale, requiring &ldquo;an awfully long time&rdquo; to make a dent in everything there is to see.</p> <p>By looking further afield you&rsquo;ll be rewarded with things such as the ability to upgrade your ship, although Murray is keen to stress this will be limited: &quot;We&rsquo;re trying to create a game about exploration, we don&rsquo;t want people flying around on a Death Star laying waste to planets.&quot;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/raspberry-pi/david-braben-talks-kickstarter-raspberry-pi-and-elite-dangerous/feature" target="_blank">Elite creator David Braben tells Stuff about his space exploration game Elite: Dangerous</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="No Man&#039;s Sky" alt="No Man&#039;s Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/no-mans-sky-02.jpg?1403170978" /> </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="No Man&#039;s Sky" alt="No Man&#039;s Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/no-mans-sky-08.jpg?1403170978" /> </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="No Man&#039;s Sky" alt="No Man&#039;s Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/no-mans-sky-09.jpg?1403170978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reach for the stars </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 important to remember that No Man&#39;s Sky isn&rsquo;t Star Wars. There&#39;s no good versus evil narrative; no world to save or princess to rescue: &ldquo;You&rsquo;re just a very small part of a real, working universe. It&rsquo;s up to you to make your own story,&rdquo; explains Murray. &ldquo;As you go further into the reaches of the universe you might be forced to engage in combat, both in space and on the ground. You don&rsquo;t know which planets will be friendly and you might not necessarily be top of the food chain. We&rsquo;re not trying to make Halo but you will sometimes have to fight to survive.&rdquo;</p> <p>While No Man&rsquo;s Sky is no MMO, every player will inhabit exactly the same universe. That means you&rsquo;ll explore alone, but you&rsquo;ll never feel alone within it &ndash; and Murray points out that what you do within the game can affect the experience for others: &ldquo;Say you land on a planet and shoot a bird, the next time you visit its carcass won&rsquo;t still be on the ground. But if you visit a planet and wipe out all of the birds on it then you&rsquo;ve significantly altered it and that planet will be like that for everyone.&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="No Man&#039;s Sky" alt="No Man&#039;s Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/no-mans-sky-03.jpg?1403170978" /> </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="No Man&#039;s Sky" alt="No Man&#039;s Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/no-mans-sky-10.jpg?1403170978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 Right Stuff </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For a team of four people No Man&rsquo;s Sky is a game of staggering ambition. Unlike most games, it doesn&#39;t use what&rsquo;s called a skybox &ndash; a Truman Show style, painted-on backdrop that limits the size of the world. If you can see something in No Man&rsquo;s Sky you can visit it. Every star in the sky can be reached and if you stay in one place long enough you can watch it slowly turn from day to night. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s happening because the planet is actually spinning through the universe, which is mind blowing when you realise it for the first time. Those are the moments that make it feel like we&#39;ve really hit on that science-fiction dream,&rdquo; says Murray.</p> <p>But isn&rsquo;t there still a risk that latecomers will have nothing new to discover? Murray doesn&rsquo;t think so: &quot;To question the size of the game means you haven&rsquo;t grasped the full scale of the universe. Yes, everyone will start in the same galaxy but there&rsquo;s way more to the universe than just that one.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/save-game-how-kickstarters-resurrecting-your-favourite-games/feature" target="_blank">How Kickstarter&#39;s resurrecting your favourite game genres</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="No Man&#039;s Sky" alt="No Man&#039;s Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/no-mans-sky-04.jpg?1403170978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> The sky&#039;s the limit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With no tutorial and different starting points for each player, no two players will have the same experience playing No Man&#39;s Sky. As you explore you can share information about what you find by adding it to the galaxy map, although if you stumble upon a utopia you might want to keep it all to yourself. &ldquo;I love that in the early days of Minecraft nobody knew how to craft things, that was a really bold move,&rdquo; says Murray. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think we&rsquo;d have the guts to do that but we do want to create a real community around the game, with people telling each other about stuff outside of it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Understandably Murray and his team don&rsquo;t want to reveal everything about No Man&rsquo;s Sky. After all, what&rsquo;s the point in a game of exploration if there&rsquo;s nothing new to discover? What we do know is that it&rsquo;s a game that only seemed possible to the team after the announcement of 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>, although they don&rsquo;t yet know which platforms it&rsquo;ll be available on.</p> <p>&ldquo;A lot of indie games haven&rsquo;t really pushed consoles to their limits but extra horsepower makes a huge difference for us. It changes how the world looks and how the AI works; it&rsquo;s more than just small graphical details,&rdquo; Murray says, before revealing that the trailer was recorded half on a PC and half on a next-gen console, although he couldn&rsquo;t be convinced to specify which one.</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="No Man&#039;s Sky" alt="No Man&#039;s Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/no-mans-sky-05.jpg?1403170978" /> </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="No Man&#039;s Sky" alt="No Man&#039;s Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/no-mans-sky-07.jpg?1403170978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Prepare for lift-off </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We also don&rsquo;t know exactly how the upgrade system will work and while Murray says there&rsquo;s no traditional multiplayer lobby, you will interact with other human players within the game: &ldquo;Think about Journey or Dark Souls. I never felt like anyone was impacting on my game in any major way but I knew I wasn&rsquo;t alone in there and that made it a lot more enjoyable.&rdquo; There&rsquo;s also no due date, although the team has been unwittingly steered towards a 2014 release, mainly because the game&rsquo;s been included in so many &lsquo;most anticipated games of 2014&rsquo; lists.</p> <p>But these holes in our knowledge don&rsquo;t matter. Much like our universe we might not know absolutely everything about No Man&rsquo;s Sky, but to us that feels like a mission accomplished.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/broken-age/broken-age-act-1/review" target="_blank">Broken Age: Act 1 review&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;is this Kickstarter hit a victory for player power?</a></p> <p><em>No Man&rsquo;s Sky is part of Stuff&rsquo;s Best of British issue, which celebrates the latest and greatest tech from the shores of Blighty. Pick up a copy in shops and on digital magazine stores from 5 Feb, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/march-issue-sale-now/news">read more about it here</a>.</em></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="No Man&#039;s Sky" alt="No Man&#039;s Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/no-mans-sky-06.jpg?1403170978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Exploring the massive universe of No Man&#039;s Sky </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 tech behind the most ambitious game of 2014 </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/no-mans-sky-01.jpg?1403170978" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-build-your-own-universe/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/how-build-your-own-universe/feature#comments Apps and Games Console games Microsoft PlayStation 4 Sony Xbox One Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:24:19 +0000 Stephen Graves 1431773 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Amazon’s Fire Phone isn’t wearable-friendly at launch, PS4 pre-orders can be pre-loaded, and T-Mobile US is loaning out the iPhone 5s http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-s-fire-phone-isn-t-wearable-friendly-launch-ps4-pre-orders-can-be-pre-lo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup of the most notable news from around the tech industry </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="778" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/firephone-launch.png?1403231435" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon’s Fire Phone lacks Bluetooth 4.0 LE at launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 curious detail that emerged late last night after the debut of Amazon&rsquo;s Fire Phone is the fact that it only supports Bluetooth 3.0&mdash;that means that the device won&rsquo;t ship with compatibility with the Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low energy) standard that makes wearables work well with phones.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s an odd omission, but not a critical one, apparently. Amazon tells Mashable that the functionality will be patched into the device via a software update after launch. Still, considering all of the neat little features built into the device, it&rsquo;s certainly a strange oversight.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/06/18/amazon-fire-phone-bluetooth/">Mashable</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-8-things-you-need-know-about-retailer-s-3d-smartphone/news">Amazon Fire Phone &mdash; 8 things you need to know about the mega retailer&rsquo;s 3D smartphone</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"> PlayStation 4 digital pre-orders can now be pre-loaded </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the big benefits of buying digital versions of big AAA console video games on the release date is that you don&rsquo;t have to wait for daylight hours to hit the store and grab a copy&mdash;but when there&rsquo;s a 30GB download staring you in the face, you might be better off just going to bed anyway.</p> <p>Luckily, that&rsquo;s about to change with PlayStation 4 games, or at least the most notable ones to start. Sony announced yesterday that digitally pre-ordered games can be downloaded to your console days before the release date, so they&rsquo;ll be there and ready to unlock right at midnight upon launch.</p> <p>Massive upcoming releases like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Battlefield Hardline, and Uncharted 4: A Thief&rsquo;s End are all on the list, and next week&rsquo;s film tie-in Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will be the first to kick off the initiative. If it&rsquo;s like most movie games, however, that might be one to hold off on pre-ordering before the reviews drop.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/06/18/pre-order-pre-load-upcoming-ps4-games/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/e3-2014-six-things-sony-s-ps4-event-you-need-see/feature">PlayStation at E3 2014: Six things from Sony&rsquo;s PS4 event that you need to see</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="583" title="Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark" alt="Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/transformers-game.png?1403231435" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> T-Mobile US loaning out iPhone 5s, killing data fees for streaming 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>T-Mobile may have <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-phone-already-stirring-carrier-spats-youtube-s-about-block-bunch-music-v">missed out</a> on the Fire Phone, but it made its own interesting splash on Wednesday. Continuing its &ldquo;Un-carrier&rdquo; initiative, T-Mobile US announced that it will allow prospective customers to borrow an iPhone 5s handset for a full week to test out the service&rsquo;s LTE connectivity.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our network kicks ass, and now people can experience for themselves what a data-strong network can do with T-Mobile Test Drive,&rdquo; says outspoken CEO John Legere. T-Mobile expects more than a million people to try out the Test Drive within the first year, and Apple will provide the carrier the (likely refurbished) units needed for the initiative.</p> <p>Additionally, T-Mobile unveiled a Music Freedom program that allows certain mobile music streaming services&mdash;Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, and Slacker&mdash;to function without counting against users&rsquo; data plans. It&rsquo;s unclear whether either of these big changes will extend beyond the States, though perhaps competing carriers will follow their lead.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/06/18/t-mobile-offers-music-streaming-free-of-data-charges/">Recode</a>, <a href="http://newsroom.t-mobile.com">T-Mobile</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s 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="883" title="T-Mobile Test Drive" alt="T-Mobile Test Drive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tmobile-testdrive.png?1403159581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-s-fire-phone-isn-t-wearable-friendly-launch-ps4-pre-orders-can-be-pre-lo#comments Amazon Fire Phone Gaming iPhone 5S PlayStation 4 T-Mobile Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1439537 at http://www.stuff.tv Battlefield: Hardline: First Play http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This time, the war&#039;s on the streets. We go hands-on with EA&#039;s forthcoming shooter at E3 </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="Cops, robbers, guns... what&#039;s not to like?" alt="First Play: Battlefield Hardline" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Battlefield%20Hardline_0_0.jpg?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/melvin-tang" title="View user profile.">Melvin Tang</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Oh goodie - another Battlefield game. But wait... because&nbsp;<em>Battlefield: Hardline</em>&nbsp;is not your usual BF title.</p> <p dir="ltr">Introduced during Sony&rsquo;s E3 2014 PlayStation Press Conference, it&nbsp;eschews traditional combat zones for another kind of war - namely the war on crime.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> COPS AND ROBBERS </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 game takes place across a series of downtown Los Angeles streets. You play as either the cops or the robbers, attempting to carry out heists or stop them accordingly.</p> <p dir="ltr">EA has so far revealed four new game modes unique to the title: Heist, Blood Money, Hotwire Mode and Rescue. All feature various twists on the usual multiplayer fare - capturing packages before the opposing faction, eliminating specific targets, rescuing hostages etc etc.</p> <p dir="ltr">We can understand why Visceral decided to go in this direction. Between&nbsp;<em>Battlefield</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Call Of Duty</em>, ideas for military scenarios must be thin on the (battle)ground by now. At least taking it to the streets feels relatively refreshing. Nor is it entirely unrealistic given the number of guns floating around America&#39;s criminal underworld.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-siege-first-play/review">Hands on with Tom Clancy&#39;s Rainbow Six: Siege</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/WfOIQicW8vo" 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"> PAPER CHASE </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">My time with the game was spent playing multiplayer, the mode which will no doubt gain most interest among <em>Battlefield</em> fans; there is also a single-player quest, if that&#39;s your kind of thing. </p> <p dir="ltr">Playing as a policeman in the Blood Money challenge, my team was charged with grabbing bags of cash from the middle of the map and bringing it back to our base. To complicate matters, the crooks were attempting the same thing. Yes, it&rsquo;s essentially capture-the-flag, but in the context of a bank robbery. However, there&rsquo;s a twist - you can steal money back from your opponent&rsquo;s base.</p> <p dir="ltr">That should mean that individual games will last longer than they do in some multiplayer titles, but I was too busy exploring the sandbox version of downtown LA to actually try and win. The rest of my team seemingly had the same idea, so it&#39;s hardly surprising that we lost.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though not very large geographically, the map does feature tons of nooks and crannies you can hide in, such as carparks and back alleys. It&#39;s an engaging environment to spend time in.</p> <p>I elected to zip around the city on a motorbike, which was great fun until I got run over and crushed by an armoured vehicle. This prompted me to give the actual combat a try. As with most such games, you spawn, kit yourself out with some firepower, then run off to try and shoot your opponents in the face. You can also customise your weapons with accessories to suit your playing style, much like previous <em>Battlefields</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-destiny-alpha-release/feature">Destiny First Play</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="7565" height="4543" title="Multiplayer madness allows you to operate a variety of vehicles" alt="First Play: Battlefield Hardline" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/battlefield_hardline_7_wm_0.jpg?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Battlefield: Hardline - initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Hardline</em> might not be what hardcore <em>Battlefield</em> fans are looking for, but it does represent a break from the past in terms of premise, and playing it gave us plenty of thrills.</p> <p>We didn&#39;t see much of the single player campaign other than a few trailer shots, but we&#39;d expect it to include at least a few hours of compelling storyline. However, as with all <em>Battlefield</em> games, multiplayer is where the real action is at, and <em>Hardline</em> seems to deliver on that front.</p> <p>It&#39;s still early days, though, with the game not due for release until 21 October. We&#39;ll hopefully get some more time with it before then, and will update this preview when we do.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature">The biggest news from E3 2014</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="7405" height="4174" title="Going down a line is not that hard in hardline" alt="First Play: Battlefield Hardline" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/battlefield_hardline_8_wm_0.jpg?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/battlefield-hardline/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review#comments Console games E3 2014 Electronic Arts First Play Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:08:01 +0000 Marc McLaren 1439364 at http://www.stuff.tv Rainbow Six: Siege: First Play http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-siege-first-play/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ubisoft&#039;s new multiplayer hostage-taker melds the genius of Counter-Strike with the Tom Clancy universe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A bit heavy handed considering they&#039;re just rescuing a cat stuck up a tree" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s Rainbox Six: Siege review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rainbow-six-siege-002.jpg?1402968498" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are large numbers of people (members of the <em>Stuff</em> team among them) who have spent many years, decades even, on a fairly small number of maps like <em>de_dust</em> and <em>de_italy</em> in <em>Counter-Strike</em>.</p> <p>Those maps remain interesting because it&rsquo;s interesting to play against other people: no enemy AI can beat the aggression, unpredictability and tactical thinking of a human opponent. Plus, it&rsquo;s a lot more fun to know you&rsquo;ve just fragged a fellow ape and it&rsquo;s always satisfying to work as a team.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> House party </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The premise is fairly simple. <em>Rainbow Six: Siege</em> is, like <em>Counter-Strike</em>, a tactical multiplayer shooter with a team of bad guys and a team of armed police. Unlike <em>Counter-Strike</em>, they&#39;re separated by a wall, and they can see each other. Before each round, the bad guys decide where to hide their hostage by voting for a room. Then the round starts with a preparation stage: by fortifying walls and barricading windows, the terrorists rearrange the map based on where they&rsquo;ve hidden the hostage and what they think the SWAT team will do. Meanwhile, the SWAT team send camera drones into the house to do reconnaissance.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6wlvYh0h63k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CANDID CAMERA </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We played two rounds as the bad guys, and one as the po-po. Although they took place in the same house, with the same teams, they were entirely different games each time: in one, our team hid the civilian in an upstairs bedroom, fortified walls and barricaded windows (and blew out a wall or two, to allow for better lines of fire) and covered a potential entry-point each.</p> <p>It worked well, with each team-mate taking out one opponent. On our second round we hid our hostage in the basement, sealed up several walls and used the building more like a fortress, but we&rsquo;d neglected a weak point. The SWAT guys blew a hole in the ceiling, poured a load of flashbangs through it and wiped us out.</p> <p>This is real strategy: not just finding the one way to win a fixed map, but constantly having to adapt your plan based on what the other team is doing. And you do know what they&rsquo;re doing, because you have CCTV cameras in the building (if you&rsquo;re a bad guy) and camera drones if you&rsquo;re a SWAT operative. Being able to see the approaching enemy makes the battle more about adaptive strategy and less about being a fast runner and an accurate shot.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="A sight you&#039;ll be seeing plenty of" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s Rainbox Six: Siege review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rainbow-six-siege-005.jpg?1402968498" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="Nice to see those gaming clichés being ditched, eh?" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s Rainbox Six: Siege review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rainbow-six-siege-003.jpg?1402968498" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Playing as the SWAT team is also huge fun: again, you can only win by planning well, adapting that plan and communicating. As the SWAT team you get more use of the highly destructible environment, blowing up walls and windows to create access points and shooting holes in things to create lines of sight. Each round was fairly quick, but we can imagine this fairly simple concept playing out into a huge variety of scenarios.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="We do hope you&#039;ll clear up any mess you make, lads" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s Rainbox Six: Siege review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rainbow-six-siege-001.jpg?1402968498" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RAINBOW SIX: SIEGE - RELEASE DATE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s no word yet on when Rainbow Six: Siege will be released, but it&#39;s unlikely to be before 2015. When it does arrive, it&#39;ll appear on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;ll be keeping on eye out for any further news regarding it, so keep checking back here for the latest.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature">All the biggest news from E3 2014</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Tom Clancy&#039;s Rainbox Six: Siege - coming to a console near you... sometime" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s Rainbox Six: Siege review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rainbow-six-siege-004.jpg?1402968498" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-siege-first-play/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-siege-first-play/review#comments E3 2014 First Play Gaming PC PlayStation 4 Rainbow Six Siege Xbox One Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:41:22 +0000 Marc McLaren 1439259 at http://www.stuff.tv The Order: 1886 - First Play http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/e3-2014/order-1886-first-play/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;re not yet excited about Sony&#039;s first-party PS4 exclusive, you should be </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Order 1886" alt="The Order 1886" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/The-Order-1886-6.jpg?1402798506" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A year on from its initial reveal at the Sony press conference of the <em>last</em> E3, <em>The Order: 1886</em> is still a long way from its February 2015 release date.</p> <p>Most of the details are still shrouded in mystery, too, but we do now know one significant thing: how it plays. The demo in Sony&rsquo;s booth at E3 2014 is excruciatingly short at around 5 minutes, but it&rsquo;s just enough of a taster to&nbsp;make me really excited about a game that hadn&rsquo;t previously grabbed too much of my attention.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</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"> Grim beauty </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 first thing you notice is how downright gorgeous the game is. The colour palette is very muted, with greys and browns dominating, but the detail in the buildings, uniforms and moustachioed faces is staggering.</p> <p>It had already been surmised that this was predominantly a cover-shooter of a game, and that&rsquo;s borne out in this playthrough, as we move from cover to cover through the war-ravaged streets of London. We&rsquo;re waylaid by &lsquo;revolutionaries&rsquo; on the way and have to clear areas before progressing &ndash; werewolf-like enemies apparently form the core adversaries in the game, but in this demo it&rsquo;s the disgruntled lower classes that are the more immediate problem.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature" target="_blank">E3 2014 - all the biggest news</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/-8MYYvA-EIo" 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="1600" height="900" title="The cover mechanic is reminiscent of Gears of War" alt="The Order 1886" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The-Order-1886-4.jpg?1402798506" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Thermite in the streets of London </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Combat is an absolute joy, thanks in no small part to the thermite rifle - one of the most awesome weapons in recent video gaming memory (it&rsquo;s also one letter away from being a &lsquo;termite&rsquo; rifle, which would also be awesome).</p> <p>When carrying this weapon your primary fire shoots out thermite particles, creating localised clouds around your enemy, press the secondary fire button and you launch a flare that ignites the cloud and anyone unfortunate enough to be caught in it. We did mention this was an alternate-history, right?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/e3-2014/far-cry-4-first-play/feature" target="_blank">Far Cry 4 First Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The streets of London are swarming with revoluionaries" alt="The Order 1886" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The-Order-1886-14.jpg?1402798506" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="The Thermite Rifle is spectacular and devastating" alt="The Order 1886" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The-Order-1886-13.jpg?1402798506" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="And this is what the Thermite Rifle is capable of" alt="The Order 1886" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The-Order-1886-21.jpg?1402798506" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Initial verdict: a fantastic first taste </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 section we played was extremely linear, and while you don&rsquo;t want to make too many assumptions based on such a small portion of game the suspicion is that while there may be branching pathways on occasion, this is going to be a fairly rigidly guided experience.</p> <p>Judged on what we&rsquo;ve seen so far, the trade-off is going to be spectacular set pieces and a really well written (though clearly bonkers) and well acted story. The five-minutes spent in this grim world has left me eager to learn more about the alternative-history setting and the gruff &lsquo;knights&rsquo; of the titular Order.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/e3-2014/first-play-sunset-overdrive/feature" target="_blank">Sunset Overdrive First Play</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="Love interest? Almost certainly" alt="The Order 1886" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The-Order-1886-23.jpg?1402798506" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/e3-2014/order-1886-first-play/feature#comments E3 2014 First Play Gaming PlayStation 4 The Order: 1886 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:55:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1439070 at http://www.stuff.tv