PlayStation 4 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/playstation-4/all en-GB Watch_Dogs http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything you need to know about the game that&#039;ll keep you from getting any natural light this summer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Do NOT text and drive at the same time. Especially if you&#039;re being chased by the rozzers" alt="Watch_Dogs playstation Xbox console PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/chase.jpg?1397667751" /> </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>It&#39;s easy to see why Sony and Microsoft were both keen to have <em>Watch_Dogs</em> as the big launch title for their new consoles, and why gamers around the world were frustrated when it was delayed. Gritty, futuristic, fast-paced and open-world, it&#39;s poised to be the thinking person&#39;s <em>GTA V</em>.&nbsp;And now, almost two years since Ubisoft first announced it, <em>Watch_Dogs</em> is almost ready.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> what&#039;s the story? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You play Aiden Pearce, a gruff, trenchcoat-wearing hacker-for-hire who takes the wrong subroutine and stumbles across something dark and dangerous hidden in someone&#39;s mainframe. The bad guys come looking for Aiden, attack his family and boom - you&#39;ve got yourself a tortured vigilante. Armed with brains, brawn and some guns, Aiden is the wrong IT guy to mess with.&nbsp;</p> <p>Aiden&#39;s chief weapons (aside from guns and bombs and grenades and one of those extendable stick things) are the abilities afforded him by his phone, and we&#39;re not talking about mischieviously ordering pizzas to the wrong address. By hacking into Chicago&#39;s citywide operating system, Aiden can remotely trigger all kinds of excitement: steam pipe explosions, multi-car pileups, sudden and disastrous changes of bridge management policy. He can even hack the subway trains to do his bidding, which would be the most useful thing ever&nbsp;in real life.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NuAbH8Z8iwk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> it&#039;s assassins&#039; creed but with cars and in the future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As in the <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed </em>titles, there&#39;ll be a fair bit of sneaking around in <em>Watch_Dogs</em>. Once you&#39;ve hacked the local CtOS node, you can steal through a building full of guards by jumping from security camera to security camera, while back in meatspace Aiden is just another geek on the street, staring at his phone.</p> <p>But stealth won&#39;t always work, and there will be plenty of situations in which you have to be handy with the steel. As in the <em>GTA</em> titles it&#39;s possible to attract an increasingly enthusiastic level of police attention, until you&#39;re left with no choice but to escape or just keep shooting until the attack helicopters turn you into a gruff, trenchcoat-wearing hamburger. You can continue to tinker with the CtOS from your car, which will add an extra element to chases - time it right, and you can raise a line of bollards in front of your speeding pursuers, or change the traffic lights and turn them into a twisted pile of hot traffic.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-play-child-light/feature">First Play: Child of Light</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Watch_Dogs playstation Xbox console PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/helichase_0.jpg?1397667751" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> everyone&#039;s a hacker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As a CtOS-equipped hacker, you can see information about every person you walk past in the street&nbsp;(a new bio is procedurally generated for each NPC you encounter). That lady over there is a schoolteacher who recently survived dengue fever, so you&#39;ll probably leave her alone, whereas <em>that</em> guy&#39;s a hedge fund manager who recently bought <em>Horrible Bosses</em>&nbsp;on Blu-Ray and enjoyed it, so you can hack his bank account and run him over in his own car without feeling at all guilty.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, the flipside of being an internet gremlin is that you, too can be hacked, and not just as part of the single-player story. Your friends can sneak into the game you&#39;re playing, sidle past you and start electro-siphoning your cash. It&#39;s then up to you to find them and let them know how displeased with their conduct you are. They can even bother you if they&#39;re out of the house thanks to a companion app that puts the console player in a speeding car and hands control of the police forces to the tablet player, who can throw all manner of obstacles in the console player&#39;s way as they try to escape.</p> <p>And that&#39;s not it for the multiplayer fun - aside from hacking your friends as they play, you&#39;ll be able to race them, shoot at them and take them on in other mini-games, which could give it a great deal of longevity once the single-player campaign is over.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review">The Division preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It would be handy if you got a push notification when you were being hacked in real life" alt="Watch_Dogs playstation Xbox console PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hacked.jpg?1397667751" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> when&#039;s it out and what can i play it on? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Watch_Dogs</em> will be released on 27 May on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, although the Wii U version will be released later. The PS4 version will come with some extra content, but it&#39;s likely that the PC version will look the best, thanks to some Nvidia optimisation that will allow some graphics cards to render its grimy near-future Chicago in exquisite detail.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;ll have a full review for your perusal around then.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/dark-souls-ii/review">Dark Souls II review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="&quot;Didn&#039;t you know? A baton always beats a gun!&quot;" alt="Watch_Dogs playstation Xbox console PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/combat.jpg?1397667751" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:12:46 +0000 Will Dunn 1435573 at http://www.stuff.tv Batman: Arkham Knight http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything we know so far about Batman: Arkham Knight and its next-gen Batmobile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="What, you thought it was going to be set in the Bahamas?" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-002.jpg?1397213355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With <em>Arkham Asylum </em>and <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/batman-arkham-city/review" target="_blank">Arkham City</a></em>, Rocksteady Studios set the standard for Batman games.</p> <p>Previous efforts never made us feel like we were really controlling the Dark Knight, but the Arkham series rectified that with sublime stealth, crisp combat and enough Bat gadgets to fill an issue of <em>Stuff</em>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Setting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the year since The Joker&#39;s death in <em>Arkham City</em>, the streets of Gotham have been uncharacteristically peaceful. But then the Scarecrow turns up with a plan to take revenge on Batman, forcing a mass evacuation&nbsp;by planting toxic mind-warping bombs all over the city. This clears the way for a Halloween showdown with the Caped Crusader, who is voiced again by Batman voice specialist Kevin Conroy. </p> <p>But Bruce Wayne&rsquo;s not wasted the past 12 months. Anything but - for starters, he has a brand new Bat-suit, complete with Apex cloth physics (rough translation: looks more realistic), and new gadgets, more on which later. Oh, and a pimped-up Batmobile.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NkuD0Inb9Gs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Batmobile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As killer features go, the chance to drive the Batmobile is about as deadly as 10-mile asteroid hitting the Earth. It&rsquo;s a real mean machine, a cross between a dragster and the tank-like vehicle of the Christopher Nolan films, capped off with steely metallic hubcaps and a flaming exhaust. It can drive itself, so you can call it to you at the press of a button, and there&rsquo;s an ejector seat so you can leap out of it at high speed like a proper showoff.</p> <p>The Batmobile is also bulletproof and capable of smashing through lampposts, cars and even some walls. And did we mention that it has homing missiles? No? Well it has those too. The Batmobile is also why only those with a PlayStation 4, Xbox One or powerful PC will be playing <em>Arkham Knight:</em>&nbsp;the visual details are so intricate that it demands 160MB of memory to display it, <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com" target="_blank">reports GameInformer magazine</a>. It&rsquo;s enough to give an Xbox 360, with its total of 512MB of RAM, a seizure.</p> <p>Basically, we want it. Yesterday.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s 200 greatest games of all time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Suddenly, a Honda Civic doesn&#039;t look quite so sexy" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-batmobile-001.jpg?1397213355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gotham City </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But what use is a Batmobile when there&rsquo;s nowhere to go? Fortunately, Rocksteady thought of that and is busy creating a Gotham City that will be about five times the size of Arkham City and spread over three islands. The streets will also be wider, to make it more fun to drive around in Batman&rsquo;s tank dragster, while extra effort is also going into making Gotham feel more alive and real - you&rsquo;ll be able to see into buildings through windows and hear noise from the street when indoors.</p> <p>Also, each of Gotham&rsquo;s neighbourhoods are set to have a distinctive look, which should help make it easier to navigate than the samey Arkham City. And while the Scarecrow&rsquo;s Halloween bomb threat has cleared out the civilians, there will be loads of crims around; Rocksteady is promising four times as many thugs as in <em>Arkham City</em> and crowds of as many as 50 people, which you&#39;ll be able to scatter by charging towards them in your Batmobile. Tasty.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Gotham City in all its glory" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-003.jpg?1397213355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Combat and gadgets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Simple but varied combat has always been one of the Arkham series&rsquo; greatest assets, and the developers have retained the purity of the controls here rather than slipping into fiddly fighting combos.</p> <p>That&#39;s not to say combat is completely unchanged. New moves include sneaky &lsquo;Fear Takedowns&rsquo;, which slow time so Batman can take out multiple enemies or hide before being seen, and the ability to disarm thugs and turn their weapons against them. For extra brutality, Batman will also be able to use the environment against enemies, giving you the chance to ram villains&rsquo; heads into vending machines or air-con units. Ouch.</p> <p>Batman will also have a few new gadgets, together with enhanced versions of his existing kit. The new gadgets are still under warps, but there will definitely be a souped-up grapnel gun that&#39;ll allow you to make mid-air U-turns. The gliding mechanic is also getting an overhaul, so that Bats can glide for longer and do more while he is doing so.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review" target="_blank">Tom Clancy&#39;s The Division preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="When Batman gives you the elbow, you know about it" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-007.jpg?1397213355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Supervillains </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unless there&rsquo;s an awful back-from-the-dead twist that we don&rsquo;t know about, The Joker won&rsquo;t be starring in <em>Arkham Knight</em>. But there&rsquo;s no shortage of super-baddies for the Caped Crusader to deal with.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve already mentioned the Scarecrow but the Penguin, Two-Face, Harley Quinn and the Riddler have also all been confirmed. And all are getting new looks, too. The Penguin has had his head shaved so that he looks like Phil Mitchell wearing Patrick Moore&rsquo;s monocle while The Riddler, who is going to play a more visible role in this game, now looks like a grubby Charlie Sheen.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s Arkham Knight himself, a new villain created specially for the game by DC Comics&rsquo; writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee. All we know so far is that he looks like some kind of anti-Batman, but given that they named the game after him, we&rsquo;d expect him to be something pretty special.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature" target="_blank">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Meet the Arkham Knight" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-008.jpg?1397213355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Multiplayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fancy a bit of <em>Arkham Knight</em>&nbsp;multiplayer action? Well forget it. There will be no multiplayer in this game. As game director <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com" target="_blank">Sefton Hill told GameInformer</a>: &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t have the time to do multiplayer. We want to focus on making the best single-player experience we can. We don&rsquo;t feel that it needs a multiplayer element.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Arkham Knight will be a solo affair" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-004.jpg?1397213355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AVAILABILITY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we&#39;ve already mentioned, <em>Batman: Arkham Knight</em> will only be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and fairly decent PCs. Its&nbsp;release date has been set as Tuesday, 14 October 2014, but we think that&rsquo;s the date it will be out in North America, since Tuesday is the traditional day for new game releases over there. So Friday, 17 October 2014 seems likely for Europe. Pre-orders of the game will include an add-on that lets you play as Harley Quinn in four self-contained challenge maps.</p> <p>Keep checking back to this preview for more details as soon as we have them, and look out for a full review in October.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-play-child-light/feature" target="_blank">First play: Child Of Light</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Has Bats finallly met his match in the Arkham Knight? Nah!" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-005.jpg?1397213355" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:58:51 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435192 at http://www.stuff.tv Destiny 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"> Everything you need to know about Halo developer Bungie&#039;s debut multi-format game – an always-online co-op shooter heading to places even Master Chief never dreamed of </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1548" height="1161" title="Concept art for Destiny" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-citadel-001.jpg?1397472476" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/benjiwilson" title="View user profile.">Ben Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>An always-online, futuristic, sci-fi blaster with the grand aim of rewriting every rule in the MMO book would be exciting regardless of the developer behind it.</p> <p>The fact that the developer behind <em>Destiny</em> is a little-known outfit called Bungie, though, has left most of the gaming world (including Stuff) in a barely contained frenzy.</p> <p>Who&#39;s Bungie? Only the team that came up with <em>Myth</em>, <em>Marathon</em>, and a certain series called&nbsp;<em>Halo</em> for Microsoft, that&#39;s who.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GRAPHICS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="288" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:gametrailers.com:49ec7295-0097-4375-9c41-79ede3ff93dc" width="512"></iframe> </p><p>Inevitably, most footage so far has focused on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of <em>Destiny</em> &ndash; so how the last-gen versions shape up remains to be seen. What&#39;s not in doubt, however, is that the game looks phenomenal on the new consoles.</p> <p>Every beautiful backdrop begs to be explored, enemies pull in inspiration from all manner of cultural favourites (see how many you can spot in the trailer above), and the futuristic gunplay has the feel of a comic book brought to life.</p> <p>What&#39;s more, the backdrops aren&#39;t really just backdrops - in fact much of the world will be fully playable. Basically, if you can see it, and reach it, you can explore it.</p> <p>Gorgeous graphics alone don&#39;t make a great game, but they can turn a great game into an iconic one. And that appears to be very much the case with <em>Destiny</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/weird-simulation-games-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/feature" target="_blank">11 weird simulation games you won&#39;t actually believe exist</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Setting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Destiny</em> takes places 700 years from now, on an Earth that&#39;s been ravaged by an unspecified alien terror, to the point where only one city remains. That city is itself protected by the mysterious Traveler, a celestial sphere whose shields prevent further harm coming to it, and by the Guardians - of which you, the player, will be one.&nbsp;</p> <p>Guardians are split into three classes and each of those can be played as one of three distinct races.</p> <p>Of the classes, Warlocks combine weapons with magical powers, Hunters are all abut demonstrating recon and cunning, and Titans channel the spirit of <em>Halo</em>&#39;s iconic Master Chief, being most dangerous with thunderous melee attacks.</p> <p>As far as the races go, Humans are fairly generic (much like most of us would be in an end-of-the-world scenario), Awoken mix vampiric and angelic traits (2714&#39;s answer to emos, then), and Exo are powerful cyborgs with no emotions or memories. Think Cybermen, but even colder.</p> <p>Your job isn&#39;t only to shield what&#39;s left on Earth, mind. You also get to journey through an incredibly detailed solar system, taking down the alien forces that inhabit mankind&#39;s fallen colonies. From the red dust of Mars to Jupiter moon Europa&#39;s endless (and supremely pretty) snow drifts, every environment is completely unique, and exploration looks to be just as moreish as combat.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-play-child-light/feature" target="_blank">First Play - Child Of Light</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gIp7vZuYzoA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A world you&#039;ll want to explore..." alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-010_0.jpg?1397472476" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1548" height="1161" title="The mysterious Traveler" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-travelers-rest-001.jpg?1397472476" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Three Guardians do their thing" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-005_0.jpg?1397472476" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GAMEPLAY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One highlight we&#39;ve seen shows seven human players, each manning dropships, team up to take down a giant robo-bug called the Devil Walker. But it&#39;s not only the fluid, larger-than-life shooting against a mixture of human and AI opponents of myriad shapes and sizes that appeals: there&#39;s also loot to be earned and/or stolen along the way.</p> <p>The in-game currency is key to the near-endless customisation available, with a city area known as The Tower packed with new weapons (just wait until you see the all-conquering Thunderlord machine gun in action), vehicles, and spaceships with which to soup-up your character. The promising idea is that this truly becomes&nbsp;<em>your</em>&nbsp;game rather than Bungie&#39;s, with you and your pals&#39; characters all uniquely personalised.</p> <p>Matchmaking takes place on the fly, once you&#39;ve chosen the race and class of your character. Excitingly, you never know which kind of mission you&#39;re going to be hit with next. Some are solo while others require team-mates; despite technically being a co-op game, there are competitive tasks included too; and Bungie even promises time-limited objectives will play a part. In short, you&#39;ll never know how a gameplay session is going to unfold until you boot up your machine - we&#39;ve seen footage that shows a single three-player Fireteam seamlessly joined by another three players to take down a giant, multi-limbed tank-boss.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature" target="_blank">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s alright, he won&#039;t bite" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-002.jpg?1397472476" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Enemies are varied" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-004.jpg?1397472476" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE INSIDE VIEW </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Never one for subtlety, Activision boss Bobby Kotick told&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/7/5388758/activision-says-destiny-will-be-best-stelling-new-video-game-ip-ever" target="_blank">The Verge</a>&nbsp;earlier this year that he expected&nbsp;<em>Destiny</em>&nbsp;to become &ldquo;the best-selling new video game IP in history&rdquo;. That would mean having to shift more than the 82 million units shipped by Nintendo&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Wii Sports</em>, which seems a big ask.</p> <p>Thankfully, Bungie itself has &ndash; at least publicly &ndash; shied away from setting such preposterous targets, and maintained that innovation takes priority over investment. &ldquo;We&#39;re trying to take the genre of the first-person shooter and change it, but we also want to change what people expect from a Bungie game,&rdquo; community manager Eric Osborne told&nbsp;<a href="http://www.computerandvideogames.com/413121/previews/destiny-preview-bungies-persistent-world-shooter-is-gorgeous-but-still-a-mystery/" target="_blank">CVG</a>&nbsp;last year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/dark-souls-ii/review" target="_blank">Dark Souls II review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="1080" title="Frankly, we can&#039;t wait until September" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-008_0.jpg?1397472476" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PRICE AND RELEASE DATE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Destiny</em>&nbsp;will be out on 9 September, and is heading to Gen 3 and Gen 4 consoles: PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Amazon is selling the older-machine version for &pound;40, while picking it up for the more recent consoles will set you back &pound;48.99.</p> <p>It&#39;s worth noting that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.destinythegame.com/uk/en/wheretobuy" target="_blank">pre-ordering from certain outlets guarantees you access to the game&#39;s Beta</a>, which kicks into life on an as-yet-unspecified date this summer. We&#39;ll have more on&nbsp;<em>Destiny</em>, and its chances of taking down even the almighty&nbsp;<em>Titanfall</em>, later in the spring. For the time being, mark this down as a bona fide Game Of The Year contender.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Destiny: coming to a console near you soon" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-009.jpg?1397472476" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:57:44 +0000 Marc McLaren 1434979 at http://www.stuff.tv Tom Clancy’s The Division http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything we know so far about Ubisoft’s mega-ambitious open-world take on surviving a post-apocalyptic New York </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tom-clancys-the-division-review-xbox-playstation-console-walter-street-view-002_0.jpg?1397472544" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tom Clancy may be gone, but his legacy lives on and the latest game bearing his name is shaping up to be the most exciting yet.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GRAPHICS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One thing we do know already is that The Division is one hell of a good-looking game. Work on it might have started in 2008 but thanks to Snowdrop, Ubisoft&rsquo;s whizzy new game engine, the crumbling New York streets shown so far are a great showcase for new generation console visuals.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JrAD-2oAul8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The grubby streets are impressively detailed and are set to be complemented by state-of-the-art weather effects that will include snow that later melts into slush. The Hollywood-inspired lighting system promises to take the visuals even further, with some uncannily realistic sunlight and indoor lighting effects.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/R2NJSAvuiQ0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On top of this, reports&nbsp;<a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/the-division-interview-xbox-one-ps4-snowdrop-destruction-and-more" target="_blank">The Examiner</a>, developers Ubisoft Massive are adding in plenty of in-game destruction, with bullets that smash, puncture, shatter and splinter materials such as wood, glass, brick and concrete just as they would in the real world.</p> <p>&ldquo;Never before has a video game reached this level of detail,&rdquo; reckons Ubisoft in its press release and while that&rsquo;s a bold claim, based on what we&rsquo;ve seen to date it&rsquo;s hard to disagree.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/b8LLVLJd-WM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SETTING </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Most of us have probably spent more time roaming virtual post-apocalyptic New York than we have the real place, but The Division offers more than a chance to visit run-down recreations of the Big Apple&rsquo;s tourist hotspots. The map is set to be huge, taking in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Newark and Staten Island. But it doesn&rsquo;t stop there.</p> <p><a href="http://www.play-mag.co.uk/interview/tom-clancys-the-division-interview/" target="_blank">Play Magazine</a>&nbsp;reports that the action will also take place in the forests and beaches on the edge of the city. Although full details of the map and how fully it will recreate the five boroughs haven&rsquo;t been revealed, the chance to battle on Rockaway Beach, the Brooklyn Bridge and beyond is an exciting prospect.</p> <p>As well as being able to explore the streets and rooftops, The Division will also let players skulk about in the tunnels beneath the city, although we&rsquo;ll have to wait to see if societal breakdown makes any noticeable difference to New York&rsquo;s grubby subway system. We suspect not. The icing on the cake is that the in-game map is a super-cool holo-map that you access using your agent&rsquo;s smartwatch.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-build-your-own-universe/feature" target="_blank">No Man&#39;s Sky - how to build a universe in a games console</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="You&#039;ll have pretty much the whole of NYC to explore" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tom-clancys-the-division-review-xbox-playstation-console-UI-map-view-003_0.jpg?1397472544" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GAMEPLAY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Division is an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink game that weaves together MMO, RPG, cover-hugging third-person shooter and survival horror. Skyrim, reports&nbsp;<a href="http://www.totalxbox.com/62499/previews/the-division-fighting-for-scraps-in-the-ruins-of-tom-clancys-universe/" target="_blank">OXM</a>, is the big influence with plenty of missions, crafting and item scavenging to get on with. What&rsquo;s more, the developers have promised that it&#39;ll be a grinding-free zone. Phew.&nbsp;</p> <p>But while Skyrim is a solo experience, The Division is very much a multiplayer game. The emphasis is on working with others in teams to either fix or worsen the problems of New York. There will also be plenty of player-versus-player action, but these encounters will be about things that matter in the game world, like controlling territory, rather than simply chasing glory on a leaderboard. That said, it will still be possible to play solo - but you&rsquo;ll have to play in a shared online world and there won&rsquo;t be any AI companions covering your back.</p> <p>On top of this is a strong survival element. At the start, players get a few days&rsquo; worth of supplies and after that making sure you have enough food, water and ammo will be vital to staying alive. To help you get by there will also be a black market where players can buy and sell items. Ubisoft Massive are also promising an emergent narrative that responds to the actions of players within the world. It&rsquo;s not confirmed what the story entails, but the implication is that the fate of the entire city may depend on the actions of competing players.</p> <p>As if all that wasn&rsquo;t enough, Ubisoft Massive&rsquo;s Ryan Bernard told&nbsp;<a href="http://www.totalxbox.com/61642/ubisoft-wants-tom-clancys-the-division-to-be-potentially-limitless-but-there-is-an-endgame/" target="_blank">OXM</a>&nbsp;that the end of the story is not the end of the game and there will be &ldquo;potentially limitless, unlimited gameplay&rdquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/weird-simulation-games-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/feature" target="_blank">11 weird simulation games you won&#39;t actually believe exist</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EWJD8DMasCU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The game will feature a healthy dose of survival horror" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tom-clancys-the-division-review-xbox-playstation-console-001_0.jpg?1397472544" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> COMPANION APP AND DLC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While most smartphone and tablet apps that act as companions to console games are gimmicks, The Division&rsquo;s promises to raise the bar for second-screen gaming, and not just because of the promise of HD tablet eye candy. The app will let players take control of a drone that can help spot hidden enemies, provide health boosts and send in missile strikes, so even when you&rsquo;re not at your console you can help your friends save the day.</p> <p>As well as the companion app, there will be extra downloadable content for the game too. Ubisoft&rsquo;s remaining tight-lipped on what that content will be, but it has confirmed that Xbox One owners will get some exclusive content that will be available before as well as after the game comes out.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve-s-steam-machine-army-every-angle-covered/feature" target="_blank">12 Steam Machines detailed, fondled and photographed from every angle</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/rcNB1_bGG5w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Companion players will be able to call in drone strikes" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tom-clancys-the-division-review-xbox-playstation-console-companion-view-shooting-004_0.jpg?1397472544" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Division&#039;s tablet apps promise further gaming goodness" alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tom-clancys-the-division-review-xbox-playstation-console-tablet-use-005_0.jpg?1397472544" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RELEASE DATE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tom Clancy&#39;s The Division is expected to launch in the third quarter of the year - that&#39;s autumn, in normal-person-speak - but as is always the way with these things, that release date could be pushed back. We&#39;ll update this page whenever there&#39;s new information on the game, so keep checking back here for the latest.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s 200 greatest games of all time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division. Looking good..." alt="Tom Clancy&#039;s The Division review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tom-clancys-the-division-review-xbox-playstation-console-police-station-fight-006_0.jpg?1397472544" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review#comments Console games Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:49:37 +0000 Marc McLaren 1434428 at http://www.stuff.tv Powers is the PlayStation 4's first exclusive TV series http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/powers-playstation-4s-first-exclusive-tv-series/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bendis and Oeming’s graphic novel is the first made-for-PS4 series, taking on Netflix and iPlayer at their own games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Powers is the PlayStation 4&#039;s first exclusive TV series" alt="Powers is the PlayStation 4&#039;s first exclusive TV series" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/powers.jpg?1395314707" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The PlayStation Network is already offering films and TV shows to rent and buy in certain regions, but soon it&rsquo;ll be offering it&rsquo;s own content just like Netflix with House of Cards.</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/nigel-yap-0" title="View user profile.">Nigel Yap</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"> Moving beyond gamers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As the first project to offer original non-game content for the PlayStation 4, the series is part of Sony&rsquo;s plan to move the PlayStation 4 beyond its core gaming crowd - a strategy that worked wonders with the PS3&#39;s Blu-ray-playing and DLNA capabilities, which meant many bought the console as a media player first and a games machine second.&nbsp;</p> <p>There is one key difference this time around, though - the PS3 was the cheapest Blu-ray player of its time, while the PS4 is most definitely not the cheapest media streamer. That said, it will be a relatively affordable way to stream media in 4K, which could see the console gaining popularity with high-end TV owners. Powers is just the beginning too - according to Variety, Sony said it is planning to invest more into the production of exclusive TV series.</p> <p><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/ces-2014/how-netflix-going-bring-4k-streaming-your-tv/news">How Netflix is going to bring 4K streaming to your TV</a></strong></p> <p>Powers was originally developed for the FX channel but Sony Pictures Television and Circle of Confusion will now produce the show&rsquo;s 10 episodes. Comic geeks shouldn&rsquo;t worry too much about how much the show will stray from the comic, as the producers will include Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming themselves.</p> <p>So far, what we know is that Powers will be a Playstation Network exclusive in the US. Don&#39;t fret though - Sony will be selling broadcasting rights for the international market.</p> <p>Microsoft is also working on original TV content that will be exclusive to the Xbox One and the Xbox Live platform. One of those projects would be the adaptation of Halo, which will be produced by Steven Spielberg. Things are going to get interesting.</p> <p><strong>Source:</strong><a href="http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/sony-playstation-plays-original-programming-game-with-powers-series-1201139784/" target="_blank"> Variety</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Powers is the PlayStation 4&#039;s first exclusive TV series" alt="Powers is the PlayStation 4&#039;s first exclusive TV series" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20PlayStation%204.jpg?1395314707" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/powers-playstation-4s-first-exclusive-tv-series/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/powers-playstation-4s-first-exclusive-tv-series/news#comments PlayStation 4 Sony Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:25:08 +0000 Will Findlater 1434037 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony set to reveal an Oculus Rift-like VR gaming headset at GDC next week http://www.stuff.tv/sony-set-reveal-oculus-rift-vr-gaming-headset-gdc-next-week/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PS4 owners could soon be strapping games directly to their faces </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="604" height="453" title="Sony set to reveal an Oculus Rift-like VR gaming headset at GDC next week" alt="Sony set to reveal an Oculus Rift-like VR gaming headset at GDC next week" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-headset%20%281%29.jpg?1394760907" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rumours of a Sony VR headset refuse to die out, with the latest whispers pointing to an official reveal at the Game Developers Conference next week.</p> <p>According to Edge&rsquo;s sources, numerous third party developers are currently in possession of the headset, and they&#39;re very impressed with it.</p> <p>Those lucky enough to step into Sony&#39;s virtual world have described the headset as being superior to the Oculus Rift, which is currently at the front of the VR headset race.</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-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Early iterations of the Rift resulted in many users feeling sick, thanks to its lower refresh rates. The improved version that we played with at CES earlier this year brought faster refresh rates and higher resolution screens to the table, and we felt absolutely fine (despite the questionable buffet shrimp cocktails we munched on beforehand).</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/face-review-oculus-rift-crystal-cove/feature" target="_blank">Oculus Rift Crystal Cove prototype</a> was even better, pushing VR technology even further by throwing head tracking into the mix for an even more natural virtual experience.</p> <p>If Sony&#39;s VR headset is better than that, then we really are in for a treat.</p> <p>This isn&#39;t the first time Sony&#39;s dabbled in screen-to-eyeball headgear. Its personal 3D viewer which was released a couple of years ago offers twin full HD OLED displays with 5.1 virtual surround sound for enjoying movies, but it wasn&#39;t built with gaming in mind.</p> <p>At &pound;1300, it costs more than both next-gen consoles combined, so we&rsquo;re praying to the gaming gods that Sony&#39;s upcoming headset will go easy on our wallets.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s unclear at this stage whether or not the VR headset will only work with the PS4, but we haven&rsquo;t got too long to go before all is officially revealed, so stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/face-review-oculus-rift-crystal-cove/feature" target="_blank">Face-on review: Oculus Rift Crystal Cove, a bona fide VR revolution</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.edge-online.com/news/sonys-vr-tech-will-be-revealed-at-gdc-and-it-represents-virtual-reality-gamings-greatest-hope/" target="_blank">Edge</a> via <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/127860-sony-reportedly-set-to-reveal-oculus-rift-like-vr-headset-next-week" target="_blank">Pocket Lint</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony set to reveal an Oculus Rift-like VR gaming headset at GDC next week" alt="Sony set to reveal an Oculus Rift-like VR gaming headset at GDC next week" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculus-rift-crystal-cove-01%20%281%29.jpg?1394760907" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/sony-set-reveal-oculus-rift-vr-gaming-headset-gdc-next-week/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony-set-reveal-oculus-rift-vr-gaming-headset-gdc-next-week/news#comments Gaming GDC 2014 PlayStation 4 Sony Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:17:55 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433664 at http://www.stuff.tv Thief http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/thief/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In 1998, hooded kleptomaniac Garrett basically created the stealth &#039;em up, but in this reboot he&#039;s more pilferer of past glories than pioneering prowler </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="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Thief_game_review_1.jpg?1393301083" /> </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><em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/splinter-cell-blacklist/review" target="_blank">Splinter Cell</a></em>, <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hitman-absolution/review" target="_blank">Hitman</a></em>, <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/deus-ex-human-revolution/review" target="_blank">Deus Ex</a></em>: if you&rsquo;ve ever enjoyed any games in those esteemed series, you owe a debt of gratitude to Thief &ndash; the 1998 stealth-&lsquo;em-up that spawned a hundred copycats.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £40.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Deep, if sometimes linear, world </div> <div class="field-item even"> Some smart new weapon concepts </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Story retains intrigue throughout </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"> Voice acting is all over the shop </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lead character tough to connect with </div> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;ve played it all before </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"> Easy entry </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stealth games are often considered the hardcore gamer&rsquo;s exclusive property, so it&rsquo;s to <em>Thief&rsquo;s</em> credit that anyone can pick this up and have fun. An idiotproof control scheme means there&rsquo;s no need for tutorials (although the Epilogue acts as one anyway), and some shrewd inclusions on the HUD ensure you&rsquo;re aware of what&rsquo;s going on around you at all times.</p> <p>Examples? The &quot;light orb&quot; on the bottom-left of the screen informs you exactly how protected by shade you are, and alerted enemies are shown with an eye symbol and an arrow pointing to their whereabouts. Both are astute concessions to modern, casual gamers.</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="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_2.jpg?1393301083" /> </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="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_5.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Flame grilled </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 those who&rsquo;ve stuck with the series since its inception, there are welcome features, too. Innovative weapons and upgrades abound &ndash; I found myself becoming obsessed with firing gas-based choke arrows in order to incapacitate guards before scarpering, while embarsage oil (which reduces the damage caused by burning) became a godsend given my accidental addiction to toasting Garrett&rsquo;s limbs.</p> <p>The city of, er, The City (what&rsquo;s in a name anyway?) also nails the steampunk theme, with Victorian churches and clock towers and shops proving a joy to nose around. Under ground, at street level or over rooftops, this is a smartly crafted, easily navigable world.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_4.jpg?1393301083" /> </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="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_16.jpg?1393301083" /> </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="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_12.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Erin aid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While <em>Thief</em> recycles plenty of tropes from other games &ndash; more on which shortly &ndash; the story here is pleasingly original, centring on lead man Garrett&rsquo;s attempt to decipher partner-in-crime Erin&rsquo;s apparent death &ndash; and find out why he can&rsquo;t remember a single thing that&rsquo;s occured in the 12 months since that &ldquo;accident&rdquo;.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are worse things than you in the shadows&rdquo;, warns the mysterious Queen Of Beggars at one point, and inevitably she&rsquo;s right, with the game&rsquo;s supernatural undertones carrying the story and placing you in contact with some very unique &ndash; if sometimes overly cartoony &ndash; enemies.</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="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_6.jpg?1393301083" /> </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="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_13.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Give and take </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unfortunately, not everything about the experience is positive. <em>Thief</em> is certainly a fun game to play, but not always a fresh one &ndash; the stealth feels very <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dishonored/review" target="_blank"><em>Dishonored</em></a>-like, exploration apes the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/bioshock-infinite/review" target="_blank"><em>Bioshock</em></a> series, and Garrett&rsquo;s &ldquo;focus&rdquo; abilities are ripped straight out of <em>Batman: Arkham Asylum</em> and a dozen games since.</p> <p>Recycling is prominent everywhere these days, but the trouble here is that none of these elements improve upon the original mechanics. My overwhelming urge after tiptoeing through a foundry to recover an expensive ring wasn&rsquo;t to try the next level, but switch off and replay <em>Dishonored</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dishonored/review" target="_blank">Check out our full Dishonored review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_11.jpg?1393301083" /> </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="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_3.jpg?1393301083" /> </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="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_7.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Don’t speak </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are also inconsistencies with Garrett&rsquo;s character which, even with the hints of some supernatural hoo-ha at play, are never fully explained. Initially he makes a big deal about not wanting to kill innocents &ndash; yet he&rsquo;s happy to rob them blind instead? This is a real buzzkill.</p> <p>As, it must be said, is the inconsistent voice acting. The portrayals of Garrett and Erin are perfectly believable; in contrast, NPCs are more wooden than a mahogany Keira Knightley. It&rsquo;s like the devs spent the entire budget on the main characters, then recorded all remaining dialogue themselves. Inside a broom cupboard.</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="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_14.jpg?1393301083" /> </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="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_15.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Thief 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>Truly a mixed bag. <em>Thief</em> binds elements of many other great games into a coherent whole, yet never surpasses any of those it borrows from. It&rsquo;s like a band recording a album of covers that, while decent, are neither better than the original, or even a particularly interesting twist.</p> <p>It&#39;s certainly solid enough for a sneak peek - especially if you&#39;re lingering in the next-gen release schedule lul - but this is nowhere near as groundbreaking as the series&rsquo; debut.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">check out the Top 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_8.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not all bad, but too many recycled ideas make Thief less master criminal, more wisened-up Hamburglar</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/thief/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/thief/review#comments Apps and Games Gaming PC PlayStation 4 PS3 Xbox 360 Xbox One Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:39:47 +0000 Tom Parsons 1432796 at http://www.stuff.tv Apply pixels directly to brain: PS4 virtual reality headset incoming http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/apply-pixels-directly-your-brain-ps4-virtual-reality-headset-incoming/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s upcoming headgear will pump next-gen games directly into your eyeballs </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="692" height="519" title="Apply pixels directly to brain: PS4 virtual reality headset incoming" alt="Apply pixels directly to brain: PS4 virtual reality headset incoming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-headset.jpg?1393035383" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony looks set to release a virtual reality headset for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review‎" target="_blank">PS4</a>, bringing the joys of eyeball-to-screen gaming to its latest superconsole.</p> <p>According to Tech Radar&#39;s source, the quality and resolution of the headset is &quot;really, really good&quot;. Sounds good to us.</p> <p>Sony will reportedly reveal the headset at GDC 2014, which will take place in San Francisco on 17 March.</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-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/hands-oculus-rift-v2-believe-vr-hype/feature" target="_blank">Oculus Rift</a>&nbsp;has already blown our minds on various occasions, and its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/face-review-oculus-rift-crystal-cove/feature" target="_blank">Crystal Cove prototype</a>&nbsp;is the best piece of tech we&#39;ve ever strapped onto our faces.</p> <p>We&#39;ve heard no peep from Microsoft with regards to Virtual Reality hardware, who has instead focused on alternative gaming experiences by bundling the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review‎" target="_blank">Xbox One</a>&nbsp;console with Kinect.</p> <p>If Sony does reveal a VR headset next month however, then we&#39;d bet our entire games collection that Microsoft&#39;s secret labs will be gearing up for a VR device of their very own. If they haven&#39;t started already that is.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-hmz-3d-visor-hands/news" target="_blank">Sony HMZ 3D visor hands on</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/sony-set-to-reveal-ps4-virtual-reality-headset-at-gdc-2014-1226620" target="_blank">Tech Radar</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apply pixels directly to brain: PS4 virtual reality headset incoming" alt="Apply pixels directly to brain: PS4 virtual reality headset incoming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculus-rift-crystal-cove-01.jpg?1393035383" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/apply-pixels-directly-your-brain-ps4-virtual-reality-headset-incoming/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/apply-pixels-directly-your-brain-ps4-virtual-reality-headset-incoming/news#comments Gaming PlayStation 4 Sony Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:50:42 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1432692 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Spotify plays to count towards BBC music charts, The Order: 1886's staggering PS4 visuals http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/fully-charged-lufthansa-stream-flight-movies-your-tablet-spotify-plays-count-towards-b <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our daily dive into what’s happening in the world of gadgets and tech </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="Lufthansa to stream in-flight movies to your tablet" alt="Lufthansa to stream in-flight movies to your tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lufthansa-a321.jpg?1392826977" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lufthansa to stream in-flight entertainment to tablets and smartphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>German airline Lufthansa is dragging in-flight entertainment into the 21st century with BoardConnect, a new streaming system. Developed in-house, the system can wirelessly streams movies, TV shows, music and more to Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices.</p> <p>The content is stored on a server aboard the plane and distributed to passengers&rsquo; phones and tablets via several wireless access points. An app is required too, and once installed it&rsquo;ll also allow flyers to order food and drink.</p> <p>Because it uses passengers&rsquo; own tablets and phones rather than expensive built-in screens and controllers, BoardConnect will be a long-term money-saving solution for any airlines that install it. Virgin Australia already uses the system, and 20 Lufthansa Airbus A321s will have it by the summer.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/tablets/inflight-entertainment-will-soon-be-beamed-straight-to-your-tablet-1225683">TechRadar</a>]</strong></p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/35402320@N00/3414419745/in/photolist-6cHN2X-6cHNer-6d9uaw-6gfirk-6z3WEr-6XjYrf-7aekMc-7mTM2x-7vvm6P-7vFDno-drsafu-dmgRKA-hVG4ym-eCdtiE-9L6e8n-dzbA7m-dd4tcF-dBstqV-djk425-dpKb93-bFBtMi-8g35y8-fujx43-eHbcBP-ewLPJL-9JmFe1-8r8PK1-8r5HgM-dLix87-dQM7zd-hjAGsp-dihSQn-fLLVuC-fSHFtk-fKBCiM-cAat89-8VidvZ-fe5U6Y-9PkYT8-eoBgoW-fLM8Dq-cJqdgq-bHobL6-cMS1H9-bure2b-cbJQQq-expgSR-ek8tkw-duruCb-8zhLb5-bUnBy4">daspaddy</a></em></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"> The Order: 1886 gameplay trailer shows off stunning next-gen visuals </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Order: 1886 could well be the first must-have exclusive for the PlayStation 4 &ndash; a &ldquo;killer app&rdquo; of a game that could entice yet more millions of people into purchasing Sony&rsquo;s console. Until now, we hadn&rsquo;t seen the actual game in action, but a new trailer shows in-game footage of the third-person action title, and ably demonstrates how the developers have managed to seamlessly move from CGI-quality cutscenes to gameplay.</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/VxDkIxdK8TA" 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"> Streaming plays will now count toward BBC Radio 1’s pop music chart </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Spotify and other streaming services will now have a direct effect on BBC Radio 1&rsquo;s pop chart, according to the station&rsquo;s Head of Music George Ergatoudis.</p> <p>Previously, the chart was determined by airplay as well physical and download sales. The BBC&rsquo;s change of stance is an acknowledgement that the way people, particularly young people, listen to music has fundamentally changed over the past few years. For many teenagers, the idea of buying CDs in a bricks-and-mortar shop is so outdated it might as well be on an episode of Downton Abbey. Oleg Formenko, founder and CEO of Bloom.fm, one of the streaming services that is to be used from now on, had this to say of the BBC&#39;s decision: &quot;It&rsquo;s great news that the UK charts are set to become more reflective of how Brits - especially younger people - actually consume music. &nbsp;Without this, the charts would just become reflective of a declining group of older music fans, who consume music in waning formats.&quot;</p> <p>The US Billboard chart has been taking streaming plays into account since the late 2000s, and more recently has incorporated YouTube plays into its equation. The Beeb is yet to do that, although with the video service becoming a de facto music player for many teenagers, it&rsquo;s probably only a matter of time before that changes.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2329503/bbc-radio-1-pop-charts-to-include-spotify-streaming-plays">The Inquirer</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/spotify-reveals-unlimited-free-web-player-streaming/news">Spotify reveals unlimited free web player streaming</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Streaming plays will now count toward BBC Radio 1’s pop music chart" alt="Streaming plays will now count toward BBC Radio 1’s pop music chart" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spotify-logo_1.jpg?1392826977" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Post ice storm Slovenia documented in stunning drone footage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Slovenia has been wracked by three days of devastating ice storms, the worst in living memory &ndash; but the results are eerily beautiful. And thanks to one camera drone owning YouTube user, you can see for yourself. Check out the aerial footage above. </p><p>The drone used to make the video was the <a href="http://www.sishobby.com/home/84-detachy-6.html">DetachY-6</a>, a hexacopter available for a shade under &pound;500 (not including camera, gimbal or flight controller).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dji/dji-phantom-2-vision-quadcopter-drone/review">DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter drone review</a>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/c0kLFbyBbAQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Guardians of the Galaxy: Full Trailer </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 full trailer for Marvel&#39;s superheroes-in-space flick Guardians of the Galaxy is out now. It stars Parks and Recreation&#39;s Chris Pratt as space hero &quot;Star-Lord,&quot; Avatar&#39;s Zoe Saldana as an alien warrior woman (green, this time, not blue), wrestler Dave Bautista as an alien warrior man (also green), Bradley Cooper as a raccoon and Vin Diesel as a tree. Doctor Who&#39;s Karen Gillan is in it, too. But not her hair.</p> <p>It&#39;s probably going to be the most insane film of the year, so sit back and enjoy.</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/pTZ2Tp9yXyM" 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> PlayStation 4 Spotify Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:03:21 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432549 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: PS4 gets price cut and Microsoft considers allowing Android apps on Windows Phone http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/fully-charged-ps4-gets-price-cut-and-microsoft-considers-allowing-android-apps-windows <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes, it’s our daily round-up of all the gadget world’s goings-on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fully Charged: PS4 gets price cut and Microsoft considers allowing Android apps on Windows Phone" alt="Fully Charged: PS4 gets price cut and Microsoft considers allowing Android apps " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ps4_2.jpg?1392341301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation 4 gets its first UK price cut </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Good news if you&rsquo;re planning on buying a PS4: one UK retailer has just chopped &pound;20 off the asking price, reducing it to &pound;330 for a game-free console-and-controller package (at the time of writing it&rsquo;s out of stock, mind you). <a href="http://www.gamestop.co.uk/PlayStation%204/Games/44345/playstation-4-console?&amp;utm_source=tradedoubler" target="_blank">GameStop</a> is the first store to cut the PS4&rsquo;s asking price from its original &pound;350, but it probably won&rsquo;t be the last &ndash; expect rival retailers to follow suit very soon.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/ps4-gets-20-price-cut/0128026?" target="_blank">MCV</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">Sony PS4 review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft considers bringing Android apps to Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Believe it or not, Microsoft is seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone devices. At least that&rsquo;s according to a report by The Verge, whose sources say certain elements within the company are keen to add Android compatibility by allowing apps to be included in the Windows Phone and Windows Stores: Android, after all, is far more popular and offers access to far more apps than Windows Phone &ndash; and Microsoft may feel that they can entice more users to their platform by increasing the number of available apps. Others (understandably) believe that this would be a bad move that could severely threaten the Windows platform and discourage developers from making Windows Phone-specific software.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll keep an eye out for any more rumblings on this in the near future.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/12/5404098/microsoft-considering-android-apps-on-windows" target="_blank">The Verge</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="Microsoft considers bringing Android apps to Windows" alt="Microsoft considers bringing Android apps to Windows" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia%201020.JPG?1392341301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Legendary documentary maker Ken Burns launches iPhone app </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 a career spanning more than thirty years, Ken Burns is probably the USA&rsquo;s best-known documentary maker &ndash; and now he&rsquo;s launched an iOS app exploring America&rsquo;s history. Touching on subjects from baseball to prohibition to the American Civil War, the app includes streaming video from Burns&rsquo; documentaries. One playlist (based on the theme of &ldquo;innovation&rdquo;, so tech-lovers should enjoy it) is available for free, but the remaining four must be purchased from within the app for &pound;6.99.</p> <p>You can download the app, which is optimised for Retina display screens and iOS 7, from <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ken-burns/id723854283?ls=1&amp;amp;mt=8&amp;amp;at=10l4Mc" target="_blank">iTunes</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Legendary documentary maker Ken Burns launches iPhone app" alt="Legendary documentary maker Ken Burns launches iPhone app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ken-burns-app.jpg?1392341301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Ferguson Hill takes to Kickstarter to fund all-new see-through speaker system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="375" scrolling="no" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/993695914/ferguson-hill-clear-speaker-system/widget/video.html" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>British hi-fi company Ferguson Hill is already quite well-known for its unique transparent technology, which utilises a horn shape to produce crystal clear sound from, well, crystal clear speakers. And now it&rsquo;s cranking things up a notch with the Clear Speaker System, a new package which boasts transparent&nbsp; horn satellite speakers and transparent spherical bass speakers, plus an integrated amplifier with digital and analogue inputs and Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming.</p> <p>The system will be available in three configurations: two horn speakers and one bass sphere; two horns and two spheres; and four horns and two spheres. The company is seeking &pound;149,500 in Kickstarter funding for the project, and if you pledge at least &pound;650 you&rsquo;ll receive a package in return (assuming the campaign hits its funding goal). That&rsquo;ll represent a significant saving over the regular retail price, which starts at &pound;895 for the entry-level package.</p> <p>You can check out the campaign <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/993695914/ferguson-hill-clear-speaker-system" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/eclipse/ces-2014/eclipse-td-m1-best-looking-airplay-speakers-yet/news" target="_blank">Eclipse TD-M1: the best-looking AirPlay speakers yet?</a><br />&nbsp;</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> Android apps iOS apps PlayStation 4 Windows Phone Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:40:19 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432346 at http://www.stuff.tv No Man's Sky: How 2014's most ambitious game creates a complete 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?1391709429" /> </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?1391709429" /> </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?1391709429" /> </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?1391709429" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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?1391709429" /> </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?1391709429" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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?1391709429" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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?1391709429" /> </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?1391709429" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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?1391709429" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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?1391709429" /> </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: PS4 getting PS1 and PS2 games, the biggest space battle in history and genuine Jurassic Park raptor cage for sale http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-2-slim/fully-charged-ps4-getting-ps1-and-ps2-games-genuine-jurassic-park-raptor-cage-sal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The morning’s biggest tech stories packed onto a single page </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fully Charged: PS4 getting PS1 and PS2 games" alt="Fully Charged: PS4 getting PS1 and PS2 games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ps4-1_0.jpg?1391044884" /> </div> </div> </div> <p></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PS1 and PS2 games “coming to PS4” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We already know that PS3 games will be playable on the PlayStation 4 via Sony&rsquo;s upcoming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/ces-2014/playstation-now-game-streaming-service-coming-ps4-ps3-ps-vita-and-more/news">PlayStation Now</a> streaming tech &ndash; but it seems the company isn&rsquo;t stopping there. According to Eurogamer, Sony is reaching back further into its past to bring PS1 and PS2 games to its new console &ndash; and it won&rsquo;t be using PS Now to do it.</p> <p>The games will instead run locally under emulation &ndash; and may even have new native HD graphics rather than the rather disappointing blurry upscaled HD used by the PS3 when running older games. If it turns out to be true, we can&rsquo;t wait to see how good the likes of Metal Gear Solid 3 turn out.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2014-ps1-ps2-games-heading-to-ps4">Eurogamer</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"> Jurassic Park’s raptor cage is for sale on eBay </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want to buy a piece of movie history? Or maybe just need something in which to keep your pet dinosaur? Then it&rsquo;s your lucky day, because the original velociraptor cage from the opening scene of Jurassic Park is currently <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/JURASSIC-PARK-Velociraptor-Cage-Crate-1993-Original-Screen-Used-Movie-Prop-/390756055657?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&amp;amp;hash=item5afae03a69">being auctioned off on eBay</a>.</p> <p>At the time of writing the current high bid is a shade under US$100,000 (&pound;60,350), but you have until 4th February to put in your own. Oh, and you&rsquo;ll also need to arrange for the thing to be shipped from Los Angeles &ndash; the seller has specified that the auction winner needs to pick it up themselves&hellip;</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="Jurassic Park’s raptor cage is for sale on eBay" alt="Jurassic Park’s raptor cage is for sale on eBay" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ebay-raptor-cage.jpg?1391044884" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Rap Genius app explains songs as your iPhone plays them </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rap Genius, the website which gives detailed, and often hilarious, explanations of hip hop lyrics, has launched its own iOS app &ndash; and a very clever one it is too.</p> <p>Genius features the same content as the site (and we should point out that Rap Genius no longer limits itself to hip hop &ndash; it also offers breakdowns of poems, historical documents, news and other genres of music), but in a smart twist it&rsquo;s also able to instantly bring up the explanation of whatever song you&rsquo;re currently listening to in your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad&rsquo;s native music player, or use the device&rsquo;s microphone to listen to and recognise a song playing (much like Shazam), then give you the lowdown on it.</p> <p>The app is free, and you can download it <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/genius-by-rap-genius-search/id709482991?mt=8">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/28/rap-genius-app/">TechCrunch</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="Rap Genius app explains songs as your iPhone plays them" alt="Rap Genius app explains songs as your iPhone plays them" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rap-genius-app.jpg?1391044884" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> MMO Eve Online’s biggest ever battle happened yesterday – and it caused over £120,000 of damage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Long-running space opera MMO Eve Online saw its biggest ever battle this week, with over 2,200 players participating. By the time the laser beams had stopped flying, something in the region of US$200,000 (&pound;120,000) worth of virtual spaceships had been destroyed. Over 75 &ldquo;titan&rdquo; capital ships were lost, with the largest being worth $5,500 (&pound;3,300) in real money. Titans take weeks to build in the game.</p> <p>The battle (an awesome hi-res screenshot of which you can view <a href="http://i.4cdn.org/v/src/1390882712488.jpg">here</a>) was sparked when one player couldn&rsquo;t pay the in-game rent on an important solar system, meaning the area went up for grabs. Two large rival factions decided they would take control of it, and the result was hours of carnage &ndash; and quite possibly the largest battle in MMO history.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-01-28-its-a-good-day-to-be-an-eve-player">Eurogamer</a>]</strong><br />&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="900" title="MMO Eve Online’s biggest ever battle happened yesterday – and it caused over £120,000 of damage" alt="MMO Eve Online’s biggest ever battle happened yesterday – and it caused over £12" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eve-online-battle.jpg?1391044884" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Games consoles PlayStation 4 Sony Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:06:25 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1431781 at http://www.stuff.tv First play: Thief (PS4 / Xbox One) http://www.stuff.tv/stealth/first-play-thief/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s a steampunk sneakfest, rebooted for next-gen consoles </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="The Sneaky Hands are back" alt="Thief preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Thief1.jpg?1390801810" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The first <em>Thief</em> game, released in 1998, set a lot of benchmarks.&nbsp;Along with <em>Metal Gear Solid</em> it was one of the original sneak-em-ups, the grandfather of <em>Deus Ex</em> and <em>Hitman</em> and <em>Splinter Cell</em> and <em></em></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The gameplay’s good </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 a lot of ways, <em>Thief</em>&nbsp;sticks to its winning original formula. In the bottom left corner of the screen is a jewel that becomes lighter the more visible you are, and this naturally persuades you to keep to the shadows at all times. Your main weapon/tool is the bow and arrow, and while you can use this to shoot people, it isn’t <em>Far Cry 3</em>. Most of the arrows you collect are non-lethal and used for putting out torches (to reduce visibility), creating distractions or releasing switches. There’s a ‘choke’ arrow that knocks people unconscious with a cloud of gas, but mainly the idea is to get past without any combat.</p> <p>Movement is faster and more parkour-influenced than the original series, with climbable wall sections, vaults and the occasional slide. There’s some nice level design and Garrett’s ‘Focus’ vision highlights the scramble-ready parts of your environment to help you find different paths. As in <em>Deus Ex: Human Revolution</em>, there are hubs from which a lot of different side quests branch off, but in <em>Thief</em> all the levels are replayable, so you can go back and redo a mission with new equipment. This should make it good value in the hours-played-per-pound stakes, and if you pine for the difficulty of the original game, you can have it thanks to some Classic Thief Mod options in the settings.</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="1221" height="900" title="Most of your victims wake up after a bit" alt="Thief preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief3.jpg?1390801810" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The writing’s awful </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">While <em>Dishonored</em> certainly owes a lot to the original <em>Thief</em> games, it was also a highly original game in its own right. The people who made Dunwall did months of research and location scouting, and they built a place that has its own clever aesthetic. Like the worlds in the <em>Bioshock</em> series, it’s obviously a fantasy world, but one that makes sense.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Thief’s</em> city - called The City - and its inhabitants do not make sense. There is no style that defines it, other than that it’s sort of olde-worlde. This is not a problem in itself, but the writing and voice acting are atrocious. Most of the NPCs speak in a dialect that goes for Mockney but veers off through Ireland, Australia and possibly Boston for sentences at a time before returning to cod-Victorian. Which, again would fine, except Garrett and most of the other main characters speak in modern American accents, which gives the impression that they’re tourists who have wandered into a historical theme park full of drunk, out-of-work actors. There’s an evil fascist Baron (you know, like the Lord Regent in <em>Dishonored</em>) and a mysterious plague (you know, like in <em>Dishonored</em>), and people are called things like Cornelius Greaves. At one point there was a mention of opium, and ale. While our two-hour preview wasn’t enough to get really get into what could be a much deeper game, what we saw didn’t feel particularly imaginative.</p> <p>Will this be enough to put us off <em>Thief</em>? Not necessarily. There are plenty of great games with awful writing and acting, but that doesn’t stop them being brilliant fun. Stay tuned for a full review when it’s released on February 28th.</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="1204" height="900" title="&quot;And this is where I roger the fishwife&quot;" alt="Thief preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief2.jpg?1390801810" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/stealth/first-play-thief/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/stealth/first-play-thief/feature#comments Gaming Microsoft PlayStation 4 Sony Stealth Xbox One Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:15:40 +0000 Will Dunn 1431648 at http://www.stuff.tv PlayStation Now - stream PS3 games from the cloud to your console or direct to your Bravia TV http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/ces-2014/playstation-now-game-streaming-service-coming-ps4-ps3-ps-vita-and-more/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE: now with hands-on impressions </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="Sony PlayStation Now" alt="Sony PlayStation Now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-playstation-now-hotstuff.jpg?1389621082" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has just announced PlayStation Now, a game streaming platform coming to all the company&rsquo;s consoles &ndash; and a host of other Internet-connected devices.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Netflix for games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Gamers will have a choice in the way they access titles: specific games can be rented individually, but there&rsquo;ll also be the option to pay a subscription fee that delivers an all-you-can-eat approach. Think Spotify or Netflix but for games rather than music and video. It may even be that a subscription to PSN will cover your PlayStation Now streaming.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no word on pricing or UK availability yet, but Sony says PS Now will arrive in the US this summer. There&rsquo;ll also be a beta test starting this month (January 2014) for selected PS3 owners in the States.</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"> Going hands-on with PlayStation Now - it&#039;s ace </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve been lucky enough to get a quick go on PS Now at CES 2014, and we&#39;re massively impressed.</p> <p>We got to play both <em>The Last of Us</em> and <em>God of War: Ascension</em> streamed to one of Sony&#39;s new Bravias. It turns out the standard DualShock 3 is supported via Bluetooth (if your telly supports it) or USB, and even rumble works. Between that and the complete lack of lag, you really do get the full PS3 experience.</p> <p>The only difference we found was that there was a little graphical fizzing around edges, which you wouldn&#39;t get on the native PS3 version, but that could well be down to the conditions of the crazy CES network - the video quality automatically scales to match the connection quality.</p> <p>We also discovered that the PlayStation Now app simply appears alongside the likes of Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Facebook in the Bravia TV&#39;s menus, although the app frontend we saw (just pretty icons for the four available games in the demo) hasn&#39;t yet been finalised.</p> <p>Multiplayer is supported between devices, PlayStation Trophys are included, and you can stop playing on one device and pick up where you left off on another. In essence, it&#39;s brilliant, and we can&#39;t wait for it to launch this summer.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - the biggest news so far, live from Las Vegas</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="PlayStation Now hands-on" alt="PlayStation Now hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02618.JPG?1389621082" /> </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="PlayStation Now hands-on" alt="PlayStation Now hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02614.JPG?1389621082" /> </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="PlayStation Now hands-on" alt="PlayStation Now hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02620.JPG?1389621082" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2014 CES Hot Stuff Award winner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature" target="_blank">Sony PlayStation Now is one of our 2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards winners &ndash; click here to read about the rest</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/ces-2014/playstation-now-game-streaming-service-coming-ps4-ps3-ps-vita-and-more/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CES 2014 PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 PS Vita Sony Wed, 08 Jan 2014 06:18:03 +0000 Tom Parsons 1430891 at http://www.stuff.tv Knack http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/knack/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s cartoon platform aims to deliver the next-gen Crash Bandicoot. And fails. </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="Knack review" alt="Knack review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Lucas_01_1381918246.png?1389071608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Knack</em> wants to be the <em>Crash Bandicoot</em> for a new generation.</p> <p>Its eponymous hero is a super-powered entity built out of magic relics, and he&rsquo;s out to deal with marauding goblins that have been stealing relics from human outposts.</p> <p>We&#39;re entitled to high expectations with this one. It is, after all, the first PS4 game from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/mark-cerny-playstation-4-will-recapture-gamings-glory-days/feature" target="_blank">Mark Cerny, the brilliant mind behind the PS4 hardware itself</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £40.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation 4 </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">4 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"> Knack&#039;s neatly animated </div> <div class="field-item even"> Distinctive cartoon world </div> <div class="field-item odd"> GIANT KNACK-SMASH! </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"> Dumb checkpoint locations </div> <div class="field-item even"> Repetitive bash and jump action </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Knack&#039;s bland personality </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"> Giant hero </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Every great platform game needs a compelling hero and, on first glance, Knack fits the bill.</p> <p>He may be formed from the kind of trinkets a hippie would sell on a Camden Market stall, but the way he grows in size by absorbing more and more trinkets as he goes is impressively animated. It&rsquo;s also undeniably cool when he gets big enough to run around smashing down walls and swatting enemies in the style of Godzilla.</p> <p>Sadly, Knack&rsquo;s qualities are undermined by his plain personality, which falls well short of the charm required of a truly great platform game hero.</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="Knack review" alt="Knack review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fortress02_1381917931.png?1389071608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Bash, jump, repeat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Knack&rsquo;s mediocre persona is mirrored by the gameplay. While the simple controls function well, for the most part the corridor-like levels consist of little more than running around punching identikit enemies over and over.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/knack/gallery?viewid=108780" target="_blank"><strong>CHECK OUT OUR FULL KNACK GALLERY HERE</strong></a></p> <p>There are sun crystals to collect that allow Knack to deliver killer moves, such as turning into a deadly trinket whirlwind, but they take so long to gather that you tend to hoard them rather than use them.</p> <p>There are some puzzles, too, but they&rsquo;re even rarer, and the platforming rarely moves away from basic hopping from ledge to ledge.</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="Knack review" alt="Knack review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dig%20site01_1381917927.png?1389071608" /> </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="Knack review" alt="Knack review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Boss%20ScreenShot02_1381917833.jpg?1389071608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Gadget maker </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 its early stages <em>Knack</em> does hint that greatness lies ahead.</p> <p>As you progress you find parts for gadgets that allow you to slow time or gather more sun power. These powers promise much but it takes so long to gather the necessary parts that you&rsquo;ll have waded through more than half of the game before you get your mitts on any of them, by which time the excitement they offered has long been forgotten.</p> <p>That these abilities are overloaded towards the end of the game means there&rsquo;s relatively little chance to put them to good use.</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="Knack review" alt="Knack review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4041_E3%20Play04.jpg?1389071608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Cheeky checkpoints </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 game slanted towards children and families, <em>Knack</em> is surprisingly tough. Knack himself is irritatingly vulnerable - prone to instant deaths from single blows or hidden traps that border on plain unfair.</p> <p>To make matters worse, the distances between checkpoints are too long and players are regularly forced to replay dull fights just to end up back where they got killed in the first place. It makes for a game that too often feels like an endurance test.</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="Knack review" alt="Knack review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ruin01_1381917940.png?1389071608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Scooby Doo-like 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>The game&rsquo;s story does little to keep you hooked either. While its cartoon world is distinctive and looks the part, its tale is more <em>Scooby Doo</em> than Pixar.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s not to say it&rsquo;s a terrible story - it&rsquo;s not - but it just isn&rsquo;t engaging enough to keep players pressing on through the grind that makes up much of the game.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Knack review" alt="Knack review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/igc02b_02a_a00_sc0203_BACK_001066_1381918238_0.png?1389071608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Knack</em> is a missed opportunity.</p> <p>There are plenty of good ideas here, from the super-sizing of Knack himself to the collectible gadgets, but few are exploited well. Then there&rsquo;s the unexciting level design, Knack&rsquo;s lack of personality and the irritating checkpoint locations.</p> <p>It feels like a game for which too much development time was spent perfecting the character&rsquo;s animation at the expense of realising the gameplay potential.</p> <p>Needless to say, Knack doesn&#39;t make it into <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">our Top 10 list of the best games in the world right now</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Knack review" alt="Knack review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/laboratory01_1381917934.png?1389071608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4 </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"> 4 </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"> 4 </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>Knack&rsquo;s cartoon adventure has some good ideas, but they&#39;re rarely used well</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"> Knack review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/knack/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/knack/review#comments Console games PlayStation 4 Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:28:36 +0000 Tom Parsons 1430512 at http://www.stuff.tv