PlayStation 4 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/playstation-4/reviews en-GB Fully Charged: Google voice commands about to hit Nest thermostat, value of PlayStation Plus freebies examined, and first live Street Fighter V footage http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-voice-commands-about-hit-nest-thermostat-value-playstation-plus-freebies <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Before you get sucked into the workweek, read up on the latest tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nest Learning Thermostat" alt="Nest Learning Thermostat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nest_0.jpg?1418631501" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google app will soon control Nest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ever wanted to speak to your phone to change the temperature inside your home? Well, if you have a Nest Learning Thermostat, you&rsquo;ll soon be able to do that via Google. Droid-Life discovered that if you tell Google to set the temperature via voice commands, it&rsquo;ll try to connect to your Nest - but currently fail.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s because you need to link your thermostat to your Google account and set permissions, and the pages needed to complete that process aren&rsquo;t all online quite yet. But at least part of the process is there, and there will be two options: one for manually setting the temperature, and another that sets the temperature based on your proximity to home (with a Now card to alert you).</p> <p>The feature was promised to debut this autumn, but hopefully we at least see it before the year&rsquo;s up. Nest thermostats are already very helpful devices, but being able to alter the temperature without even getting up off the sofa? Now that&rsquo;s some next-level comfort coming our way.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.droid-life.com/2014/12/12/google-app-now-one-step-from-being-able-to-control-nest">Droid-Life</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-tesla-s-model-x-delayed-another-classic-zelda-being-remade-3ds-and-nest-learning-t">The Nest Learning Thermostat gets even smarter</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation Plus is totally worth it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Push Square performed an analysis of all of the free games given to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/explore/playstation-plus/">PlayStation Plus</a>&nbsp;subscribers during 2014, and it looks like everything tallied up to a value of almost &pound;960 worth of downloads across PlayStation 4, PS3, and Vita. All for &pound;40 yearly. And the Metacritic review average of those freebies is quite strong at 78.</p> <p>In response, Polygon dug into what Microsoft&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.xbox.com/en-gb/live/games-with-gold">Games with Gold</a>&nbsp;promo offered Xbox Live Gold subscribers last year, and that total came out to US$584, or about &pound;372. Bit of a difference, sure, but note that Microsoft has one fewer active Xbox platform, and only began giving away Xbox One titles in June. The Metacritic ranking? Also a sterling 78.</p> <p>Whatever your platform, there&rsquo;s real value to being a subscriber if you regularly take advantage of the free games (and, of course, play them). And that&rsquo;s in addition to other discounts, plus access to online multiplayer on both platforms. But Sony&rsquo;s been doing this kind of loyalty program for longer, and so far, it&rsquo;s still delivering a lot more value in this arena.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pushsquare.com/news/2014/12/feature_did_playstation_plus_represent_value_for_money_in_2014">Push Square</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/12/13/7388089/xbox-live-games-with-gold-free-games-2014">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long-term test: Sony PS4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="PlayStation 4" alt="PlayStation 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation4.jpg?1418631501" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> New footage and details on Street Fighter V </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Over the weekend, the Capcom Cup 2014 tournament delivered thrilling showdowns - but also a first glimpse at the recently announced&nbsp;<em>Street Fighter V</em>&nbsp;being played live for a series of matches. Admittedly, if you&rsquo;re not a die-hard series fan, it probably looks a lot like the excellent&nbsp;<em>Street Fighter IV</em>, albeit more detailed.</p> <p>But there&rsquo;s surely more to it, as enthusiast site Shoryuken says Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono hinted at unique approaches for each character that&rsquo;ll better set them apart. And then series favorite Charlie, who only appeared in the&nbsp;<em>Street Fighter Alpha</em>&nbsp;games, is hinted as a playable character in the latest official trailer. So at least the roster looks to expand beyond what the last entry offered.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://shoryuken.com/2014/12/13/charlie-returns-in-street-fighter-v-sony-partnership-brings-500000-prize-pool-to-capcom-cup-2015/">Shoryuken</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/street-fighter-v-coming-playstation-4-and-pc-leaked-trailer/news">Street Fighter V coming to PlayStation 4 and PC, per leaked trailer</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/GIdnJQZ_lkg" 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"> GoPro captures hydroplane boat flip </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many of the best clips captured by GoPros and other action cameras are from scenarios that you wouldn&rsquo;t actually want to experience in person - close calls that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-nasa-aims-capture-asteroid-2019-nest-acquires-dropcam-and-watch-crazy-gopro-fil">thankfully worked out for the best</a>, but could have gone horribly wrong. So here&rsquo;s the latest: an official clip from GoPro&rsquo;s YouTube channel of an H1 Unlimited Hydroplane racing boat experiencing an untimely backflip. Enjoy, hug your loved ones, etc.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zujy5U2QqdY">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero4-black-guzzles-4k-video-30fps/news">GoPro Hero4 Black guzzles up 4K video at 30fps</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/zujy5U2QqdY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-voice-commands-about-hit-nest-thermostat-value-playstation-plus-freebies#comments Gaming Google GoPro Nest PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 PlayStation Vita Sony Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455383 at http://www.stuff.tv Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 great games for Sony PlayStation 4 owners http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-4-5-best-games-2013/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bring a smile to any PS4 owner&#039;s face with one of these next-gen PlayStation titles this Christmas </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="Far Cry 4 will brighten up anyone&#039;s Christmas. Well, so long as they own a console" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas – the best PS4 games for Christmas 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ps4-games-xmas-list.jpg?1418224133" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> now firmly ensconced in our living rooms, many gamers will be looking forward to unwrapping a PS4 title on Christmas Day.</p> <p>But which are the best games to buy for owners of Sony&#39;s new-gen console? Read on, and we&#39;ll tell you just what you should be wrapping up.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-ideas/feature" target="_blank">All our awesome Christmas Gift Guides</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FIFA 15 (£35) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>EA Sports has cemented its dominance of digital footy with <em>FIFA 15</em>, adding a greater sense of weight and momentum to gameplay; and vastly improved goalkeepers. The tweaks make for much faster, more exciting gameplay; the king of football games is safe upon its throne for another year.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/review" target="_blank">FIFA 15 review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electronic-Arts-P4RESSELE11238-FIFA-PS4/dp/B00KHJLDPA?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">FIFA 15</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/TWDDBx-mNzI" 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 Last of Us Remastered (£40) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the absolute best games of the last generation is made better still on PS4, with enhanced graphics, a faster frame rate and tons of extra content.</p> <p>The tale of one man&#39;s journey across a mutant-infested United States with his child companion,&nbsp;<em>The Last Of Us</em>&nbsp;delivers&nbsp;a harrowing quest punctuated by intense action sequences. But it&#39;s also far more than a mere action game, instilling its story with incredible emotion and leaving you with deep connections to the characters. It&nbsp;really is the complete package.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;</strong><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naughty-dog/last-us-remastered/review">The Last Of Us Remastered review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Us-Remastered-PS4/dp/B00LWRSJB2?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">The Last Of Us Remastered</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/ygVPHxkokAE" 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"> Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity (£43) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ubisoft&#39;s stealth-em-up takes a trip to gay Paris, plunging you into the middle of the French Revolution. The first true new-gen game in the series, Unity features a breathtaking 1:1 map of revolutionary Paris, plus a new emphasis on co-op gameplay; you can team up with up to four chums to slink around assassinating ne&#39;er-do-wells.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review" target="_blank">Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</a> review here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/UBI-Soft-300066178-Assassins-Creed/dp/B00I9WW7HK?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</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/41Y8t1IBTlA" 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"> Watch_Dogs (£24) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ubisoft&#39;s big next-gen debut made some promises it couldn&#39;t keep, but that doesn&#39;t prevent&nbsp;<em>Watch_Dogs</em> from being the most interesting new open-world experience out on PlayStation 4 thus far.</p> <p>Taking place in a semi-realistic version of Chicago, you play a hacker with the power to change traffic lights, cause pipes to burst, and perform other tricks to help you not only survive, but also get a jump on the thugs hunting you.</p> <p>Sure, some of the missions aren&#39;t quite as open as we&#39;d have liked and the main character is distinctly unlikeable, but it&#39;s big, bold and offers plenty of entertainment.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review">Watch_Dogs review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/UBI-Soft-3307215732816-Watch-Dogs/dp/B00BF6D62W?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch_Dogs</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadget-gifts-kit-makers/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Ideas for Makers</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/e_q-s3QdmU8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (£21) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Lara Croft&#39;s cocky, guns-blazing act got tired over the course of 17 console-dominating years, so Crystal Dynamics put that long-established template on the shelf and started afresh. </p> <p>What they came up with is an amazing rebirth for the series, telling young Croft&#39;s new origin story after she&#39;s shipwrecked on a peril-filled island. As with all the best <em>Tomb Raider</em>&nbsp;games there&#39;s plenty of intriguing exploration to be done here, but for once the story avoids cliche and it definitely fills the action-adventure void until <em>Uncharted 4</em> arrives. </p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomb-raider/review">Tomb Raider (PS3 version) review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tomb-Raider-Definitive-Edition-PS4/dp/B00H8IVL6O?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition</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/ibAlLz_vyE0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wolfenstein: The New Order (£20) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s a tall task to take a seminal (but rather dated) franchise and rebuild it for a new generation, and doubly so to inject it with narrative heft where before it relied on run-and-gun action. But <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wolfenstein-new-order/review"><em>Wolfenstein: The New Order</em></a> largely nails the task, setting up entertaining Nazi-blasting scenarios while delivering a storyline that&#39;s more than mere filler. Innovative? Nah. Invigorating? You bet. </p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wolfenstein-new-order/review">Wolfenstein: The New Order review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wolfenstein-The-New-Order-PS4/dp/B00BT9DTC2?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Wolfenstein: The New Order</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/ENTC-mAQ0tI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Far Cry 4 (£42) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ubisoft&#39;s open-world adventure series takes a trip to the Himalayas in its latest instalment, plunging you into the midst of a protracted civil war.</p> <p>Despot Pagan Min makes for a memorable antagonist, but as with previous entries in the <em>Far Cry</em> series, the real draw here is the endless distractions of its picture-postcard setting. Kyrat&#39;s mountains and plains teem with life&nbsp;&ndash; most of it hostile&nbsp;&ndash; and there are innumerable side-quests and challenges to distract you.&nbsp;Once you&#39;ve taken out an enemy base with a rampaging elephant and a gyrocopter, you&#39;ll feel like a true action movie star.</p> <p>New to <em>Far Cry 4</em> are the massive Fortress strongholds, designed to encourage co-operative play; you can even pal up with a friend who doesn&#39;t own a copy of the game.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank">Far Cry 4 review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/UBI-Soft-300066908-Far-Cry/dp/B00I9WW5LS?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Far Cry 4</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/dYdjb10JcxU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Destiny (£43) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Seemingly the sole topic of conversation among half of the <em>Stuff</em> team, <em>Destiny</em>&#39;s raids and rewards mechanic has clearly got its hooks into players. And with good reason; combining the fast-paced FPS gameplay of <em>Halo</em> with the loot-hunting of<em> Diabolo</em>, it&#39;s easy to get into but very, very hard to leave alone.</p> <p>So be warned: buy this for your family members or significant others and you may never see them again.</p> <p><strong>Read our full <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny review</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/ACTIVISION-P4REFPACT12441-Destiny-PS4/dp/B00BF6D52S?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Destiny</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-14-gadgets-and-gifts-gamers/feature">Christmas Gift Ideas for Gamers</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/iMGE3B2wsS8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alien: Isolation (£26) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Shunning the space marines and pulse rifles of previous <em>Alien</em> games, this survival horror aims to recapture the ambience of Ridley Scott&#39;s 1979 chiller. That means you, with no weapons, cowering for your life as you&#39;re stalked by a pitiless acid-blooded killing machine. And thanks to next-gen AI, the xenomorph is unpredictable; don&#39;t think that hiding in a different cupboard will save you on your second playthrough. Sound like fun?</p> <p><strong>Read our full <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation review</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alien-Isolation-Nostromo-Edition-PS4/dp/B00KL4PNWU?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/62-IW_r3rrY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (£28) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Plunging you into an open-world version of JRR Tolkien&#39;s Middle-earth, this fluid action combat game makes the most of the PS4&#39;s next-gen underpinnings with its Nemesis System. Battle an orc captain and the game remembers the outcome of the combat&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;whether you killed or spared them, or were defeated&nbsp;&ndash; with consequences for the whole of Sauron&#39;s army. It&#39;s a neat twist on a persistent game world; and fits nicely with the exhaustive lore of Middle-earth, too.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review" target="_blank">Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Middle-Earth-Shadow-of-Mordor-PS4/dp/B00JB29YKU?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</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/08_01gv2SRk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dragon Age: Inquisition (£40) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 RPG fans that hanker after something a little more deliberately-paced than the combat of <em>Skyrim</em>, <em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em> offers up a hybrid of turn-based and real-time gameplay. With an in-depth crafting system, reams of background lore and even text-based special missions, it&#39;s the true successor to the likes of pen-and-paper role-playing games. Also: dragons.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dragon-age-inquisition/review" target="_blank">Dragon Age: Inquisition review</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electronic-Arts-P4RERPELE11135-Dragon-Inquisition/dp/B00JXFXL7W?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Dragon Age: Inquisition</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/7SREM6E4Fvs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Grand Theft Auto V (£43) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;But I&#39;ve already played <em>Grand Theft Auto V</em>!&quot; you say. To which we reply: there&#39;s so much new content in this exhaustive update that it&#39;s practically a new game. Never mind the graphical overhaul&nbsp;&ndash; which leaves the mean streets of Los Santos looking better than they ever have &ndash; or the new weapons and missions and vehicles. The real change for the PS4 is the all-new first-person mode, which gives you a whole new perspective on <em>Grand Theft Auto</em>, turning it into an FPS to rival the likes of <em>Far Cry</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-v-ps4-and-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Grand Theft Auto V for PS4 and Xbox One review</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grand-Theft-Auto-V-PS4/dp/B00KL4AROO?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Grand Theft Auto V</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-ideas/feature" target="_blank">All our awesome Christmas Gift Guides</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/kFhkHFSytVU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 5 best PlayStation 4 games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Did Santa bring you a PS4 this Christmas? Here&#039;s what to play on it </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Christmas 2014 Console games Gaming Gift Guides PlayStation 4 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:08:55 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1430362 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: First Uncharted 4 footage, Amazon’s getting into takeaway meals, and new God of War confirmed http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-first-uncharted-4-footage-amazon-s-getting-takeaway-meals-and-new-god-war-confi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup has all the news you need to start the week with a jolt </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="Uncharted 4: A Thief&#039;s End" alt="Uncharted 4: A Thief&#039;s End" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/uncharted4.jpg?1418081642" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Uncharted 4 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><em>Uncharted 4: A Thief&rsquo;s End</em>&nbsp;is arguably next year&rsquo;s biggest PlayStation 4 exclusive, so naturally, Sony used this weekend&rsquo;s PlayStation Experience convention to showcase the first gameplay footage from the action-adventure sequel. And expectedly, it looks pretty darn fabulous.</p> <p>Naughty Dog&rsquo;s next epic quest puts the PS4 hardware to impressive use with stunningly detailed characters and environments, but we&rsquo;re also struck by how the worlds feel more open and useful for devising your own strategies. In fact, there&rsquo;s a particular emphasis here on using climbing in combat and for stealth, which is intriguing. And there&rsquo;s a big narrative hint at the end, so watch the whole 15 minutes.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/12/06/uncharted-4-a-thiefs-end-first-gameplay/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The 25 most anticipated games of 2015</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/Ow2cL-pp6p8" 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"> Amazon getting into takeaway meals </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 increasingly seems like Amazon wants to have its fingers in just about anything, and the company certainly has the money and scale to make it happen. We recently heard that Amazon is readying a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-expected-launch-curated-hotel-booking-site/news">curated hotel booking site</a>, and now it seems the site is getting into takeaway and delivery meal ordering.</p> <p>In fact, Amazon already launched the service in its home base of Seattle, Washington last week, as an extension of its&nbsp;<a href="http://local.amazon.com">Amazon Local hub</a>, and you can order from local restaurants and charge the meal to the card on your existing account. You can bet that Amazon intends to do more than just help its neighbors check out the local cuisine, and this service may well be a real contender to GrubHub, Seamless, and other similar options before long.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/04/amazon-local-takeout-delivery/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-new-echo-speaker-basically-siri-can/news">Amazon&rsquo;s new Echo speaker is basically Siri in a can</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="Amazon Local takeaway ordering" alt="Amazon Local takeaway ordering" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-takeaway.jpg?1418081642" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> New God of War game in development </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the bigger bits of news at the PlayStation Experience this weekend was tucked away in one of the panel discussions. And that&#39;s because Cory Barlog, creative director at Sony&rsquo;s Santa Monica Studio and director of&nbsp;<em>God of War II</em>, said that the studio is working on a new&nbsp;<em>God of War</em>&nbsp;game.</p> <p>According to IGN, Barlog said it&rsquo;s not a prequel and that more info will come within &ldquo;the next year or two,&rdquo; so it could be some time before first details come along. Last year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>God of War: Ascension</em>&nbsp;was a solid prequel, but less rapturously-received than the core trilogy. Hopefully a new proper sequel on PS4 can reignite enthusiasm in the franchise.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/12/06/next-god-of-war-officially-confirmed-to-be-in-development">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/god-war-ascension/review">God of War: Ascension review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="750" title="God of War" alt="God of War" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-god-of-war.jpg?1418081642" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Disney figured out CG eyes </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 next frontier in nailing the look of digital humans? Believable eyes, apparently, and Disney&rsquo;s researchers are attempting to lead the charge on that front. Check out this new research footage, which shows how they&rsquo;re modeling each individual visible part of the human eye to mimic its real-life reactions with CG characters. How long before we&rsquo;re seeing this on the big screen?</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.disneyresearch.com/publication/high-quality-capture-of-eyes/">Disney Research</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/disney-animated-inside-story-most-ambitious-app-history/feature">Disney Animated: the inside story of the most ambitious app in history</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/v3X5OmHXa4c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-first-uncharted-4-footage-amazon-s-getting-takeaway-meals-and-new-god-war-confi#comments Amazon Console games Film and TV Gaming PlayStation 4 Sony Mon, 08 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454868 at http://www.stuff.tv Bloodborne hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/bloodborne/bloodborne-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From Software’s new dungeon crawler aims to embrace players intimidated by Dark Souls </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="There will be blood. Obviously" alt="Bloodborne hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bloodborne-playstation-4-01.jpg?1417897556" /> </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/witenoyze" title="View user profile.">Nick Cowen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hidetaka Miyazaki is one of the most revered developers in the gaming industry as far as the ultra hardcore go. </p> <p>As they have it, the Director of <em>Demon&rsquo;s Souls</em> and <em>Dark Souls</em> didn&rsquo;t just create two of the best and most challenging dungeon crawlers of all time, he stands for an old-school gaming aesthetic: games used to be hard; completing them used to be difficult. </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"> DARK SOULS 2.5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So when news broke that&nbsp;Miyazaki&nbsp;was working on a new, exclusive title for the PS4, the <em>Dark Souls</em> fan base began frothing at its collective mouth. The game in question is<em> Bloodborne</em> and it&rsquo;s every bit as intimidating a prospect as either <em>Demon&rsquo;s Souls</em> or <em>Dark Souls</em>. </p> <p>Interestingly enough, it also throws its net wide enough to entice players who were put off by the eye-watering difficulty of its predecessors without sacrificing an iota of challenge. </p> <p>Sound impossible? There&rsquo;s a lot in <em>Bloodborne</em> that <em>Dark Souls</em> fans will find familiar. </p> <p>Players have a heavy and light attack mapped to the right triggers, a dodge roll mapped to the circle button and a quick-heal mapped to the triangle button. There&rsquo;s a list of gestures in the menu system, the map you walk through is littered with notes from the developers and other players &ndash; some helpful, some not &ndash; and you can see the ghosts of other players at certain points and where they met their untimely demises. Oh, and the checkpoint system is eye-wateringly unforgiving. </p> <p>The key to surviving in<em> Bloodborne</em>, as was the case in both<em> Demon&rsquo;s Souls</em> and <em>Dark Souls</em>, is to treat every monster you face with respect. Every last one of them is capable of killing you outright unless you&#39;re careful. It behooves you to also watch your enemies, learn their attack and defense animations and then look for an opening to exploit. Wading into a pack of enemies or assuming that a large lumbering beast can&rsquo;t move with astonishing speed is the easiest way to get killed &ndash; and once you&#39;re dead, all the enemies you&#39;ve managed to destroy become unhelpfully reanimated.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/25-best-playstation-games-ever/feature">The 25 best PlayStation games ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XfYyJtyLf0o" 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="What, you expected frolicking lamps?" alt="Bloodborne hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bloodborne-playstation-4-02.jpg?1417897556" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> TWO-HANDED ATTACK </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Bloodborne</em>, though, has a couple of new kinks in its gameplay. You can dual- wield weapons &ndash; ranged and melee &ndash; and some of them have two settings. The wicked looking scythe the protagonist carried in the demo, for example, could be extended with a flick of the L1 button, granting the player extended attacks. </p> <p>You can also hold down the R2 button for a power-up attack, although this should be used sparingly because it leaves you rather defenceless for what can prove to be precious seconds. </p> <p>Combat rewards those who regularly mix things up. Fire a blunderbuss at an oncoming foe and it&rsquo;ll momentarily stagger, for example, leaving it open for a follow-up with melee. It&rsquo;s also possible to switch between weapons swiftly by tapping right and left on the D-Pad; run out of bullets and you can swap out your firearm for a torch with which to light up your enemies. </p> <p>You&#39;re also able to regain lost health if you maintain your attacks; <em>Bloodborne</em> offers you a brief window in which every single successful strike on an enemy refills your health bar. You&#39;ll never fully replenish your health with a successful counter attack, but you&#39;ll keep the reaper at bay and be in a better position to hang on to your all important blood vials (health potions).&nbsp;</p> <p>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dragon-age-inquisition/review">Dragon Age: Inquisition review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Out of ammo? Use a torch" alt="Bloodborne hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bloodborne-playstation-4-03.jpg?1417897556" /> </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 hipster beard crave is getting out of hand now" alt="Bloodborne hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bloodborne-playstation-4-04.jpg?1417897556" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> WELCOME TO YHARNAM </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Visually, <em>Bloodborne</em> is close to exquisite. It&rsquo;s set in a nightmarish necropolis called Yharnam, which looks like what would happen if HP Lovecraft had designed Gotham City. Gothic spires point accusingly at the heavens, the sky above is set to permanent night and filled with swirling black clouds and the streetlamps flicker with menace, illuminating the grisly creatures that stalk the cobbles. </p> <p>Yharnam is filled with a choking atmosphere of dread that compliments its loathsome creatures and your vulnerability beautifully. Perhaps &lsquo;beauty&rsquo; sounds like a strange attribute to attach to a game as dark and unforgiving as <em>Bloodborne</em>, but the sheer craftsmanship involved in it is simply swoon-worthy. </p> <p>It&rsquo;s dark, bleak and ever so grim, but Miyazaki-san&rsquo;s latest dungeon crawler is oh so inviting. Prepare to die. Over and over and over again&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">These are the 10 best games in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The visuals in Bloodborne are stunning" alt="Bloodborne hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bloodborne-playstation-4-05.jpg?1417897556" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bloodborne/bloodborne-hands/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bloodborne/bloodborne-hands/review#comments Bloodborne Gaming PlayStation 4 Sony Sat, 06 Dec 2014 20:25:59 +0000 Marc McLaren 1454802 at http://www.stuff.tv Until Dawn hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/until-dawn-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Supermassive Games is aiming high with its new horror title. Here’s hoping it looks better on release </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="Sam, played by Nashville&#039;s Hayden Panitierre" alt="Until Dawn hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/until-dawn-playstation-4-01.jpg?1417897472" /> </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/witenoyze" title="View user profile.">Nick Cowen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&#39;s an impulse that anyone who&#39;s ever watched a horror film has experienced many times: namely that of wanting to scream at the characters as they do something incredibly stupid. </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"> YOU ONLY SCARE ONCE </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 setting for Sony&rsquo;s demo centred around a nubile young lady named Sam &ndash; played by <em>Nashville</em>&rsquo;s Hayden Panettiere &ndash; who clambers out of the world&rsquo;s biggest bath tub to find that all her clothes have been stolen. She then wanders around an empty mansion calling out for her friends and inexplicably not commenting on a series of balloons with arrows painted on them, which are directing her downstairs.</p> <p>Once she reaches the ground floor, she enters a screening room where the doors slam shut behind her. At this point the bottom falls out of Sam&rsquo;s world as the screen in the room flickers to life and shows a video of her reclining in the tub as a sinister voice hisses that&rsquo;s she&rsquo;s about to meet an untimely demise.</p> <p>Suddenly the doors crash open and a muscular goon wearing a clown mask enters. Sam wisely decides to leg it. This is all very hair-raising the first time round. Tackle it again, however, and&nbsp;<em>Until Dawn</em> loses some of its ability to frighten; you&#39;ve now experienced all of the impending jump scares, so you&#39;re mentally prepared. There&rsquo;s no attempt to mix things up at all.&nbsp;</p> <p>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dragon-age-inquisition/review">Dragon Age: Inquisition 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aKAVPofzu2g" 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="Sam relaxes in the world&#039;s biggest bath" alt="Until Dawn hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/until-dawn-playstation-4-06.jpg?1417897472" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> HEAVY RAIN MEETS THE CABIN IN THE WOODS </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Until Dawn</em>&nbsp;is anchored by an undeniably intriguing premise. You work your way through eight different characters trapped in a cabin in the mountains hunted by a psychotic antagonist in a clown-mask. Over the time it takes to complete the game, all eight characters can die and all eight can live. Whether or not they survive is down to the choice you make on their behalf. </p> <p>Sounds like gold, right? In reality this isn&rsquo;t the case and that&#39;s mainly down to the game&rsquo;s mechanics, which offer you timed-response interaction with whatever&rsquo;s going on around you. </p> <p>A lot of the time you&#39;re expected to react to immediate threats &ndash; being chased by a psychotic, for example; would you rather run or hide under a bed &ndash; and this lends <em>Until Dawn</em> a rather &lsquo;trial-and-error&rsquo; feeling. It&rsquo;s like playing a rather badly designed platformer with very bloody stakes. </p> <p>The developers would probably posit that the fact you can potentially save all eight characters &ndash; or lose them &ndash; makes this comparison rather facile. Once a character is dead, you can&rsquo;t reload a save &ndash; the story just carries on from that point. That may be true, but it wasn&rsquo;t backed up by the demo at the Sony showcase. After having played it through three times, <em>Stuff </em>can report that the protagonist we controlled came to a sticky end, regardless of how we tried to progress.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/25-best-playstation-games-ever/feature">The 25 best PlayStation games ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Spooky" alt="Until Dawn hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/until-dawn-playstation-4-02.jpg?1417897472" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 setting of the game and the nature of the player&rsquo;s interaction don&rsquo;t complement each other. If any horror game &ndash; or movie, or book - is to have any power at a base level, it&rsquo;s down to the notion that the audience doesn&rsquo;t know what to expect. </p> <p>The demo of <em>Until Dawn</em> showed that there is a set path through Supermassive Games&rsquo; latest offering, and that just doesn&rsquo;t lend itself to future playthroughs. It almost felt like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, where, if the reader could be bothered to work their way back from the optimum ending, they&rsquo;d be able to clock the game they were playing by just putting in the legwork.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/evolve-hands-preview/review">Evolve hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Still spooky" alt="Until Dawn hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/until-dawn-playstation-4-03.jpg?1417897472" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> UNEXPECTED INPUT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That said, <em>Until Dawn</em> did throw a curveball at the very beginning of its demo. Before delving into its dark delights, players were asked to answer a series of probing questions, for instance: do you find slithering insects or gore and blood more disturbing?&nbsp;Unfortunately, however, the answers to these questions seemed to have absolutely no bearing on the content of Sam&rsquo;s harrowing encounter with the game&rsquo;s clown-mask-wearing psycho.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, it&rsquo;s early days yet, and <em>Until Dawn</em>&rsquo;s demo is hopefully but a small slice of what players can expect. Here&rsquo;s hoping the finished game provides more depth, more scares and the ability to get inside the player&rsquo;s head. </p> <p>If it can accomplish that, Supermassive may still be on to something truly and horrifically special.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">These are the 10 best games in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <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="Nope, not getting any less spooky" alt="Until Dawn hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/until-dawn-playstation-4-04.jpg?1417897472" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/until-dawn-hands/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/until-dawn-hands/review#comments Gaming PlayStation 4 Sony Until Dawn Sat, 06 Dec 2014 20:24:33 +0000 Marc McLaren 1454807 at http://www.stuff.tv Street Fighter V coming to PlayStation 4 and PC, per leaked trailer http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/street-fighter-v-coming-playstation-4-and-pc-leaked-trailer/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looks like Capcom let the cat out of the bag early before likely weekend reveal </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="Street Fighter V" alt="Street Fighter V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/street-fighter-v-leak-chunli.jpg?1417813174" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-announces-playstation-experience-expo-las-vegas/news">PlayStation Experience expo</a> begins tomorrow in Las Vegas, and some major game announcements are expected during the keynote address. But the biggest of all might have already been spoiled.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/113714141?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Amidst a tribute to the history of the seminal fighting game franchise are quick cuts of the game in action, with the iconic Ryu and Chun Li trading blows. You&rsquo;d be mistaken for thinking it&rsquo;s simply footage of <em>Street Fighter IV</em> in action, as the art style is quite similar, but this is much crisper than the last-gen game.</p> <p>And there&rsquo;s good reason for it to (officially) debut at Sony&rsquo;s event: according to the trailer, <em>Street Fighter V</em> will be a console exclusive on PlayStation 4, alongside a PC version. No word yet on whether it&rsquo;s a timed or permanent exclusive, but Xbox One fans aren&#39;t taking the news very well.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In fact, there&rsquo;s no word yet on a prospective release date, but we&rsquo;d wager a 2015 launch is likely. Credit Sony for locking this one up on the console side, at least initially, and we&rsquo;ll hopefully hear more on what&rsquo;s new sometime tomorrow. And don&rsquo;t forget, you can <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/fully-charged-amazing-smartphone-combining-magnets-terminator-genisys-trailer-and-stream">stream the keynote live</a> on Twitch.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://kotaku.com/street-fighter-v-is-a-ps4-pc-exclusive-1667170903">Kotaku</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/limited-edition-original-grey-playstation-4-marks-20th-anniversary/news">Limited edition Original Grey PlayStation 4 marks 20th anniversary</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="674" title="Street Fighter V" alt="Street Fighter V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/street-fighter-v-leak-logo.png?1417813174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/street-fighter-v-coming-playstation-4-and-pc-leaked-trailer/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/street-fighter-v-coming-playstation-4-and-pc-leaked-trailer/news#comments Console games Gaming PlayStation 4 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:57:50 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454743 at http://www.stuff.tv “TV from Sky” on-demand app arrives on PlayStation 4 http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tv-sky-app-arrives-playstation-4/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s Sky Go by another name, and it’s also coming to the PS3 in early 2015 </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="“TV from Sky” app arrives on PlayStation 4" alt="“TV from Sky” app arrives on PlayStation 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ps4-tv-from-sky.jpg?1417707122" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Sony PlayStation 4 has finally got its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/sky-go-and-now-tv-heading-playstation-4-summer/news">long-promised Sky Go app</a>, except it&rsquo;s not actually called Sky Go.</p> <p>Named &ldquo;TV from Sky&rdquo;, the free app allows Sky TV customers with Sky Go Extra to sign in with their ID, register their PS4 as one of their four Sky Go devices and then access on-demand and live Sky programming. So it&rsquo;s Sky Go in everything but name.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky-go/review">Sky Go review</a></strong></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"> PS3 joining the party next year </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sky Go Extra costs regular Sky users &pound;5 per month, and is available free-of-charge to Sky Multiscreen customers.</p> <p>And any PS3 users feeling miffed that the app hasn&rsquo;t arrived on their console yet should take heart: Sky and Sony Computer Entertainment say that the PS3 app is on course for release in &ldquo;early 2015&rdquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/limited-edition-original-grey-playstation-4-marks-20th-anniversary/news">Limited edition Original Grey PlayStation 4 marks 20th anniversary</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tv-sky-app-arrives-playstation-4/news#comments PlayStation 4 Sky Sony Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:31:15 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1454664 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Free classic PlayStation theme for PS4, Google’s kid-centric plans, and watch an hour of Halo 5 http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-free-classic-playstation-theme-ps4-google-s-kid-centric-plans-and-watch-hour-ha <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning tech news roundup will load you up before you start the day </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="20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 theme" alt="20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 theme" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-ps4-psone-theme.jpg?1417678381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free PS1 theme for 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>Yesterday marked 20 years since the Japanese launch of the first PlayStation, and Sony celebrated in part by announcing the amazing-looking <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/limited-edition-original-grey-playstation-4-marks-20th-anniversary/news">Original Grey limited edition PlayStation 4</a>. Just 12,300 units are being made, so it&rsquo;ll be super hard to come by. But no matter which kind of PS4 you have, you can at least give it a little throwback flair.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s thanks to the free new 20th anniversary theme on the PlayStation Store, which is available for PS4 as well as PlayStation 3 and Vita. It adds a grey colour scheme and new icons, along with floating 3D controller button logos, but the absolute best part is the addition of the PSone&rsquo;s startup music once you sign in. Kudos to Sony for this fantastic freebie.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixjcv_ONfaY">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/playstation-20-how-playstation-changed-gaming/feature">PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming</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/Ixjcv_ONfaY" 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"> Google planning kid-focused services </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many children already use the Internet in their daily lives, whether at school or the home, but they&rsquo;re using services primarily designed for older users. Google wants to change that, and is actively working on refocused versions of its core services for use by kids 12 and under.</p> <p>Regulations limit how data can be mined from young children, and parental concerns will no doubt flare up at the idea of Google tapping into younger audiences. But executives claim that it&rsquo;s simply an effort to make sure kids can get to what they really want more easily, while still allowing parents some level of supervision. In the USA Today piece, the example is used that a kid searching for trains probably doesn&rsquo;t want real-world schedules, but perhaps access to Thomas the Tank Engine.</p> <p>And search will probably be a big focus, along with Chrome and YouTube, which already attract child users but could certainly be better tailored for younger needs and minds. &ldquo;We want to be thoughtful about what we do&hellip; we want kids to be safe, but ultimately it&#39;s about helping them be more than just pure consumers of tech, but creators, too,&rdquo; says Google&rsquo;s Pavni Diwanji, vice president of engineering.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/12/03/google-products-revamped-for-under-13-crowd/19803447/">USA Today</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadget-gifts-tech-kids/feature">Christmas Gift Guide: 14 gadget gifts for tech kids</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Google" alt="Google" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-logo-lots.jpg?1417678381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Watch an hour of Halo 5 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>Well, it&rsquo;s 59 minutes, but who&rsquo;s really counting? The <em>Halo 5: Guardians</em> multiplayer beta test is slated to begin late this month on Xbox One, but YouTube channel Ready Up Live was given enough early access to record about an hour&rsquo;s worth of pure gameplay.</p> <p><em>Halo 5: Guardians</em> significantly shakes up the popular online combat approach with the introduction of jetpack dodges and ground pound moves, along with a Smart Scope for improved aiming. In other words, it&rsquo;s embracing elements from other shooters while hopefully not losing its own distinctive flavour. Check out our preview below for our early impressions of the beta test to come.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_9T1ILYYJk">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/halo-5-guardians/halo-5-guardians-hands/review">Halo 5: Guardians hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/E_9T1ILYYJk" 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"> First Terminator: Genisys trailer out today </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 debut trailer for next summer&rsquo;s <em>Terminator: Genisys</em> is expected to debut today, and as seen <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/evolve/fully-charged-first-jurassic-world-teaser-evolve-s-add-maps-are-free-and-google-s-internet-ba">with <em>Jurassic World</em> last week</a>, we&rsquo;ve got a first glimpse with a teaser <em>teaser</em> this morning. You&rsquo;ll catch a look at a T-1000, as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger, but that&rsquo;s about it for now. Hopefully the full trailer will make the first part of this new planned trilogy look essential.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_77GeNEzFQ">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/3/7325759/terminator-genisys-poster-trailer-release-date">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.howtoliveit.co.uk/2013/09/05/the-terminator/#.UioCgGTXhsQ">Why I love&hellip; The Terminator</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/t_77GeNEzFQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-free-classic-playstation-theme-ps4-google-s-kid-centric-plans-and-watch-hour-ha#comments Film and TV Gaming Google Halo 5 Guardians PlayStation 4 Sony Thu, 04 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454633 at http://www.stuff.tv Limited edition Original Grey PlayStation 4 marks 20th anniversary http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/limited-edition-original-grey-playstation-4-marks-20th-anniversary/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just 12,300 units made with PSone colouring and special etchings </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="604" height="453" title="Original Grey PlayStation 4" alt="Original Grey PlayStation 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-ps4-grey-limited_1.jpg?1417657682" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Japanese launch of the original PlayStation, and while that&rsquo;s given us <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/playstation-20-how-playstation-changed-gaming/feature">an opportunity to reflect</a>, it&rsquo;s also offered Sony the chance to generate an amazing new piece of hardware.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s the little throwback details that seal the deal: the familiar button colors on the controller, the four-colour PlayStation logo all around, and the button logo etchings on both the console and DualShock 4&rsquo;s touch pad.</p> <p>Good luck getting a hold of one, however. Sony is producing just 12,300 units worldwide - to coincide with the anniversary date (written as &ldquo;12/3&rdquo; in many regions) - and it won&rsquo;t be sold in traditional retail stores.</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/gDLJ6S-Br0E" 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>Release details will be announced this weekend at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-announces-playstation-experience-expo-las-vegas/news">PlayStation Experience expo</a>&nbsp;in Las Vegas, although Sony has already confirmed that the limited edition bundle will sell for &euro;499 in Europe.</p> <p>For those of us unable to secure one or unwilling to buy a second PlayStation 4 (much as we might want to), we have a simple plea for Sony: please just release that controller separately. We&rsquo;ve got to have it. Seriously, you&#39;ll sell a ton of them.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2014/12/03/playstation-4-20th-anniversary-edition-revealed/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/25-best-playstation-games-ever/feature">The 25 best PlayStation games ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="758" title="Original Grey DualShock 4" alt="Original Grey DualShock 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-ps4-grey-controller.png?1417657682" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/limited-edition-original-grey-playstation-4-marks-20th-anniversary/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/limited-edition-original-grey-playstation-4-marks-20th-anniversary/news#comments Gaming PlayStation PlayStation 4 Sony Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:39:04 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454577 at http://www.stuff.tv Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-v-ps4-and-xbox-one/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ready to head back to Los Santos? Course you are. You&#039;ve been away from this ungodly urban jungle too long </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A new gen game that&#039;s well worth exploring" alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_097.jpg?1417442866" /> </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/witenoyze" title="View user profile.">Nick Cowen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>By now, so much has been written about Grand Theft Auto 5 that very little of it bears repeating. But in case anyone reading this has been locked in an isolation ward for the better part of a year, here&rsquo;s the skinny:</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"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Benchmark for an open world </div> <div class="field-item even"> Fantastic variation in missions </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Eye-wateringly beautiful </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"> First Person Mode is fiddly while driving </div> <div class="field-item even"> Everyone in the game is still relentlessly hateful </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"> New gen clones can&#039;t compete </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Grand Theft Auto 5 is the benchmark for open world games. Even new gen offerings such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review">Watch Dogs</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/dead-rising-3/review">Dead Rising 3</a> and the HD port of the really rather good GTA clone Sleeping Dogs can&rsquo;t compete with it. Players controlled three protagonists, sure, but the game&rsquo;s biggest and most important character was the city of Los Santos itself; even though it&rsquo;s a pared down version of the City Of Angels, Los Santos felt &ndash; and still feels &ndash; like a living, breathing city &ndash; albeit one whose denizens are beyond twisted.</p> <p>Los Santos perfectly captures the essence and otherworldliness of the city it&rsquo;s based on; it&rsquo;s a place where the American Dream and its twin Nightmare mesh into some ungodly whole. A place in which the luxury mansions of Rockford Hills gazes down over winding streets on rolling hills into the glistening glass and concrete of downtown. Blaine County&rsquo;s dustbowl of trailer parks and gas stations looks positively post apocalyptic and the ghetto neighbourhoods of Ganton and Davis buzz with palpable menace.&nbsp;</p> <p>But beyond its neon-encrusted strip malls, towering skyscrapers and beachfront hipster hives, what really immerses players in Los Santos is its population &ndash; both the NPCs walking the streets and the antagonists that the players run into. The paparazzi scumbag motorcyclist, the abusive fitness freak at the beach, the bounty hunters in Blaine, the beggars on the street, the odd couple yelling about which movie they should see &ndash; the density and detail of these NPCs bring Los Santos to life and makes players feel like a part of it. And it&rsquo;s on bringing the player closer to this sense of immersion that Rockstar North has wisely focused for its new gen version of Grand Theft Auto 5.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long term PS4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="The benchmark for open world games " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_004.jpg?1417442866" /> </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="1920" height="1080" title="A living, breathing city" alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_083.jpg?1417442866" /> </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="1920" height="1080" title="Same old scumbags " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_010.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Swoon-worthy 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 first way it&rsquo;s done this is through the new gen versions&rsquo; swoon-worthy visuals. That&rsquo;s not to say GTA 5 on the last gen was something of a visual slouch &ndash; far from it &ndash; but on the PS4 and Xbox One the game&rsquo;s presentation gleams with a gilt-tipped edge.</p> <p>Everything from concrete textures, foliage, water and animals has been thrown into sharper relief making the natural beauty of both Los Santos&rsquo;s urban jungle and its outlying areas a wonder to behold. The improved draw distance is also something of a boon. The ability to see further ahead than on the previous iteration makes blasting through the streets in a supercar or flying in a plane a far more rewarding experience and one that&rsquo;s easier to navigate too. Take a bicycle up to the top of one of the many hills surrounding Los Santos and marvel how the greenery of the countryside stretches out as far as the eye can see.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Long term Xbox One 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="Visuals gleam with a gilt-tipped edge " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_071.jpg?1417442866" /> </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="1920" height="1080" title="See the sights of Los Santos " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_050.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Closer to the social madhouse </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 other marquee new feature is the player&rsquo;s ability to toggle between Third and First Person perspective. It&rsquo;s handled very well overall; simply tapping the corner of the PS4 controller&rsquo;s touchpad switches views and once having adopted a FPS perspective, players will notice there&rsquo;s quite a bit of weight to their chosen character&rsquo;s actions and movements.</p> <p>There are some teething problems, to be sure; if you&rsquo;re used to playing FPS games, the X-button sprint mechanic &ndash; mapped usually to the right thumbstick in shooters &ndash; takes a bit of getting used to. It&rsquo;s also rather fiddly to use when you&rsquo;re driving; players used to steering in first person perspective in sim racers may have less trouble, but reversing and spatial awareness for the rest of us has a bit of a learning curve.</p> <p>The real advantage to the First Person View is how close it makes all the action seem. Shootouts and punch-ups feel far more brutal than before and lend the whole experience an immediacy that Third Person View just can&rsquo;t offer. Simply walking down a street in this mode brings players closer to the social madhouse of Los Santos and it makes every car and motorcycle crash feel a lot more eye-wateringly painful.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="First Person is fiddly while driving " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_095.jpg?1417442866" /> </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="1920" height="1080" title="Motorcycle crashes feel more painful in first person perspective" alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_063.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> A boatload of content to entice last gen players </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 GTA 5&rsquo;s improvements on the new generation of consoles go beyond bringing players ever closer to Los Santos. Rockstar has front-ended its latest release with a boatload of content &ndash; and a lot of it is aimed at enticing anyone who bought <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review">GTA 5 on the last generation</a> to shell out the requisite sheckles for the new gen version.</p> <p>Beyond the pre-order bonus &ndash; which tipped $1m of in-game cash into player&rsquo;s accounts, split in $500,000 increments between the online and campaign mode &ndash; returning players have some new weapons to play with, vehicles to drive and activities to get stuck into. Players can solve a series of murder mysteries with Michael, which will unlock a gritty filter for the game that they can access through their smartphone, and a wild life photography challenge for Franklin to complete, which unlocks a rather sweet submarine called The Kraken.</p> <p>GTA Online has also been expanded &ndash; and returning players can port their character across from the last gen platform, complete with all their weapons, cars, properties and jobs, so long as they have a Rockstar Social Club account. There are more features in the character creation suite and the overall player cap in online has been increased to 30 &ndash; although an extra 2 players can observe the action.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review">Grand Theft Auto V (last gen) 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="Now where did I leave my new submarine? " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_070.jpg?1417442866" /> </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="1920" height="1080" title="Returning players can port characters from last gen" alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_066.jpg?1417442866" /> </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="1920" height="1080" title="Affordable with that $1m pre-order sweetener " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_012.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Grand Theft Auto 5 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s a lot about Grand Theft Auto 5 that remains unchanged; the protagonists in it &ndash; in fact all of the characters &ndash; remain relentlessly hateful, the campaign veers between nuanced storytelling and fart-gag immaturity and the online mode contains as many trolls as it does players genuinely interested in forward progression. But on the new gen, this is still worth exploring.</p> <p>Remember, it&rsquo;s one of the best games ever made &ndash; period &ndash; and the jump between last gen and new gen hasn&rsquo;t changed this fact one iota.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s top ten best games you can play 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="1920" height="1080" title="I don&#039;t wanna hear another peep out of you " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_091.jpg?1417442866" /> </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="1920" height="1080" title="One of the best games ever made. Period. " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_031.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Grand Theft Auto 5&rsquo;s new generation version is well worth exploring &ndash; even if it isn&rsquo;t players&rsquo; first trip to Los Santos.</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"> Grand Theft Auto V review: PS4 and Xbox One </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"> Why you need to head back to Los Santos on next-gen consoles </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-v-ps4-and-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-v-ps4-and-xbox-one/review#comments Console games Grand Theft Auto 5 PlayStation 4 Xbox One Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:13:30 +0000 Sophie Charara 1454180 at http://www.stuff.tv LittleBigPlanet 3 http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sackboy opens up a new bag of tricks on PS4, but it&#039;s a bit messy inside </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="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LBP3-Gamescom-Screen02_1407756833.png?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Sack is back, and this time he&#39;s got the power of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> behind him in <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em>. That means more creation options, glossier graphics, and even new playable characters &ndash; but sadly, this sequel also brings more bugs and issues.</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"> £47.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4. Also available on PS3 </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"> Still super charming </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expanded Creation tools </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Looks great on PS4 </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"> Major bugs at launch </div> <div class="field-item even"> Design frustrations </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Co-op underwhelms </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"> Odd Squad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Much of the experience will feel very familiar to series fans: you&#39;ll primarily take the role of Sackboy, a wildly customizable little burlap-covered hero who leaps and bounds through stages comprised of various odds and ends. His jumping feels a bit less &quot;floaty&quot; than before, but otherwise, you&#39;ll still spend most of your time dodging hazards and collecting little item bubbles.</p> <p>But Sackboy isn&#39;t alone out there. For the first time, the campaign introduces three additional playable characters, each with a very distinctive feel. OddSock runs around on all fours, and his levels are built for speed; Toggle can alternate between his hulking, heavy form and a tiny, light variation to solve environmental puzzles; and Swoop is a plush bird, so he spends his missions airborne.</p> <p>Each adds a fun twist to the formula, and OddSock&#39;s stages in particular are a blast. And even Sackboy has some new tricks to keep up with them, thanks to an array of power-up items. Now he can use an air gun to interact with the world, use rocket boots to get around, and glide along zip lines, among other additions. It makes for a less &quot;pure and simple&quot; platforming experience, but not in a bad way.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8MhLbLiMtLs" 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="900" height="1080" title="The cast of LittleBigPlanet 3" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3_Group_no_logo.png?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Quick and dirty </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite all of those extra gameplay possibilities to explore, <em>LittleBigPlanet 3&#39;s</em> campaign is curiously very short and limited in scope. You&#39;ll zip through it in about five hours, and the vast majority of that time is still spent as Sackboy, with the other characters taking the spotlight only for brief interludes here and there.</p> <p>Even so, the levels are often mesmerising and beautifully designed &ndash; and particularly crisp on PlayStation 4 &ndash; and there are very fun moments. But the classic cinema-themed worlds aren&#39;t quite as memorable as those of past games, the story lacks the punch of the hilarious <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-2/review" target="_blank">LittleBigPlanet 2</a>, and it feels very narrow and straightforward. I wanted more content, but also breadth.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review" target="_blank">Sunset Overdrive&nbsp;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="Sackboy now has a zipline-compatible helmet" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3%202014-11-04%20%5B05%5D.jpg?1416922384" /> </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="1920" height="1080" title="LittleBigPlanet 3&#039;s campaign is curiously very short and limited in scope" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3-Gamescom-Screen09_1407756840.png?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Make it yourself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, a big part of <em>LittleBigPlanet&#39;s</em> appeal has been its creation tools, which are largely similar here but very much expanded: for example, you can place items on 16 different layers now, whereas the last game had three. Yes, that&#39;s an amazing leap. Getting into the in-depth, nitty-gritty stuff &ndash; like scripting characters and creating games outside the traditional 2D mold &ndash; requires a big chunk of time, but the tools are there if you want them.</p> <p>And if not, at least you can still reap the benefits. <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> supports all of the user-created levels designed for previous entries, so you immediately have access to more than 9 million stages. Crazy, right? Not all of those are winners, obviously, but there&#39;s a veritable lifetime of good, weird, wonderful stuff to sort through, and it&#39;s all totally free. And with the new tools, the levels to come will be even more fabulous.</p> <p>To its credit, new developer Sumo Digital included a series of Popit Academy levels that help impart Creation mode fundamentals. Those alone won&#39;t have you building complex, worthwhile experiences right away, but it&#39;s a welcome and appreciated nudge to help get you started.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dragon-age-inquisition/review" target="_blank">Dragon Age: Inquisition 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="Building your own levels remains a big part of LittleBigPlanet&#039;s appeal" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3%202014-11-04%20%5B09%5D.jpg?1416922384" /> </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="1920" height="1080" title="Customise your character as well as the world" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3%202014-11-04%20%5B04%5D.jpg?1416922384" /> </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="1920" height="1080" title="The Popit Academy will help you make sense of the Creation Mode&#039;s fundamentals" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3-Gamescom-Screen03_1407756834.png?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 unraveling </div> </div> </div> <div class="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, the better parts of <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> are soured by serious bugs. Despite doing the &#39;mandatory updates&#39; prescribed as part of the review process, on multiple occasions I&#39;ve found myself stuck behind an object in the world and unable to progress; I also fell through the world once and had a random full crash to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> dashboard &ndash; the first time I&#39;ve seen a PS4 game do that.</p> <p>Additionally, most of my attempts to connect to other users for online co-op were irritatingly thwarted by &quot;timed out&quot; issues. After <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/driveclub/review" target="_blank">Driveclub&#39;s</a></em> bumbled launch, it&#39;s sad to see another big PS4 game debut with serious issues still intact.</p> <p>Those bugs may well be squashed before long, but there are also design frustrations &ndash; such as having to rewatch the cinematic from the end of the previous chapter if you pick back up on a saved game at the start of the next one. Or how lengthy, multi-character levels should&#39;ve been split into shorter, individual ones, since losing all your lives deep into an attempt means replaying the entire thing.</p> <p>Co-op play also comes up a little short, which is really surprising. <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> was advertised as offering a unique, distinctive co-op experience due to the four different characters, but most of the levels force all players to use the same hero. Not only is that underwhelming, considering the possibilities on tap, but it reveals other design flaws: such as in a level as Swoop, how the same button used for both swooping and grabbing objects meant a couple of us kept accidentally holding onto each other and dying during a frantic chase sequence. Very frustrating.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/driveclub/review" target="_blank">DriveClub 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="The cast of different characters should offer unique co-op experiences, but you&#039;re often forced to play as the same one" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3%202014-11-04%20%5B12%5D.jpg?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> LittleBigPlanet 3 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s a lot to like about <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em>, and even a bit to love; series devotees will want to dive back into this imaginative world, especially on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a>.</p> <p>But its predecessors felt livelier, funnier, and more vital, not to mention better crafted &ndash; and the issues here are both on the surface and found deep within its DNA.</p> <p>That doesn&#39;t make it a must-skip by any stretch of the imagination, but it lacks the essential spark of its wondrous predecessors - and that&#39;s a great shame.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="LittleBigPlanet 3 verdict" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3-Gamescom-Screen01_1407756832.png?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sackboy&#39;s new-gen debut is prettier and more expansive (in some ways), but also less refined and focused</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-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lbp3.jpg?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review#comments Console games Gaming LittleBigPlanet 3 PlayStation 4 Sumo Digital Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:33:07 +0000 Tom Parsons 1439666 at http://www.stuff.tv Evolve hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/evolve-hands-preview/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Left 4 Dead developer&#039;s new co-op shooter aims to advance the genre </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="Friday nights in Woking were never much fun" alt="Evolve review PlayStation 4 Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/evolve-playstation-xbox-review-01.jpg?1416751381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Evolve</em> may be the biggest 2015 release that nobody knows about.</p> <p>Alright, so that&#39;s not entirely true: tuned-in gamers are aware of it, and they certainly know the pedigree of the development team at Turtle Rock Studios, which created co-op classic <em>Left 4 Dead</em> several years ago.</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"> Choose a side </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Left 4 Dead</em> pit a team of four survivors against a seemingly endless horde of zombies. In <em>Evolve</em>, there&#39;s only one main enemy: a massive, hulking beast that can climb walls, fling rocks, breath fire, and inflict all sorts of other nastiness on you and your comparatively diminutive human crew.</p> <p>But here&#39;s the catch: there&#39;s actually someone controlling that monster. Indeed, <em>Evolve</em> blends the cooperative and competitive sides of multiplayer action, pitting one extremely powerful monster against four well-armed, but very small and smashable hunters that can work together to take it down.</p> <p>It&#39;s asymmetrical multiplayer: almost the kind of game that would&#39;ve worked perfectly in a local setting with the Wii U and its second screen. Or at least it would in an alternate universe in which people bought the Wii U and third-party developers didn&#39;t flee. Instead, <em>Evolve</em> serves up its thrills online for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC gamers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/got-playstation-tv-play-these-12-games-first/feature">The first 12 games you should play on PlayStation TV</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Big gun, bigger monster" alt="Evolve review PlayStation 4 Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evolve-playstation-xbox-review-05.jpg?1416751381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Be the beast </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Evolve</em> will offer a handful of different monsters to embody in the online battles, and in the Big Alpha test, I had a chance to try out the Goliath and Kraken. The goal in the couple of available stages &nbsp;was to level up in the match by eating smaller animals, and then take down the massive generator in each jungle-like environment while avoiding the wits and weapons of the humans.</p> <p>In terms of sheer power, the monsters have the upper hand by a wide margin. As Goliath, you can breathe fire, charge into humans, and leap into the air and crush them with a well-aimed smash. The Kraken, on the other hand, succeeds through agility, as it can fly through the world and more easily evade coordinated attacks &ndash; but it can still whip out crazy electrical assaults when needed.</p> <p>You get a short head start at the beginning of the match to devour wildlife and start leveling up, but it&#39;s best early on to avoid seeking out the four hunters and entering a showdown; you&#39;re better served staying in the shadows and powering up in preparation for a certain battle. These matches don&#39;t end quickly unless the monster makes itself seen right away.</p> <p>It&#39;s a terribly tense feeling being the monster. Disregarding the fact that you&#39;re controlling a super-powered monstrosity, the pressure is immense. Yes, there&#39;s a sense of elation to crushing the puny humans and destroying their generator, but on the flipside, losing the fight as a one-person team to four champions is downright embarrassing. Your emotional outcome is the surprising high-stakes gamble at the heart of <em>Evolve</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review">Far Cry 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Wu6W0v6wNf4" 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"> Together as one </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 you don&#39;t stand much of a chance against the monster on your own, it&#39;s not so bad being a hunter in <em>Evolve</em>. You&#39;re assigned a player class &ndash; you can set your order of preference before starting up &ndash; and there will be three characters available in each, with distinctive weapons, abilities, and personalities setting them apart.</p> <p>The Assault class is all about heavy firepower: miniguns, flamethrowers, and the like, with the task of doing the most damage to the monster. The Medic has long-range weapons, but is mostly tasked with healing, while the Support class can shield allies while using a rocket launcher or laser gun.</p> <p>It&#39;s the Trapper that proves the most unique class on offer in Evolve, as it can set up an electronic holding cell of sorts to keep a monster confined to a certain area and initiate a brutal blastathon. But all four players must work together and utilise their special capabilities to have any real shot against the Kraken, Goliath, or any of the other beasts that&#39;ll appear in the final game.</p> <p>Staying close, reviving allies as quickly as possible, using your jetpack fuel wisely, and hoping at least one member of your team survives long enough to trigger the next airdrop &ndash; in which killed teammates are brought back into the fray &ndash; is key. But avoiding contact with the monster for too long gives it the opportunity to destroy the generator, so it&#39;s a constant tug-of-war of priorities. Naturally, that makes for extremely compelling action.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/weird-simulation-games-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/feature">13 weird simulation games you won&#39;t believe actually exist</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Each human class has different skills" alt="Evolve review PlayStation 4 Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evolve-playstation-xbox-review-02.jpg?1416751381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Pre-spring showdown </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Evolve</em> probably wouldn&#39;t have had as much of a chance to shine in its original late 2014 release window, but 2K Games wisely opted to wait until after the new year to launch its property. And the Big Alpha definitely did the job of getting players hyped for its impending debut on 10 February 2015 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.</p> <p>For a long weekend with a small slice of the full game, <em>Evolve</em>&#39;s humans against monsters premise held its own &ndash; but I&#39;m particularly curious to see if the concept can retain players&#39; attention in a larger package and over a much longer span of time. At least the initial, concentrated dose proved very strong indeed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The most anticipated games of 2015</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="Evolve will be out in Feb 2015" alt="Evolve review PlayStation 4 Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evolve-playstation-xbox-review-04.jpg?1416751381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/evolve-hands-preview/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/evolve-hands-preview/review#comments Evolve Gaming PC PlayStation 4 Xbox One Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:02:48 +0000 Marc McLaren 1453673 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony PlayStation TV http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-tv/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s tiny box of game-streaming tricks shows potential, but does it do enough to justify its price? </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="Sony PlayStation TV" alt="Sony PlayStation TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/PSTV_main.jpg?1416583752" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When <em>Stuff</em> gave the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4 its five-star review</a> last October its Remote Play features stood out as a sign of a console with plans for the future. But unless you&rsquo;re a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review" target="_blank">Vita</a> owner (there are some out there, right?) it&rsquo;s a function that&rsquo;s so far gone largely unused.</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"> £85.00 </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">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"> Absolutely tiny </div> <div class="field-item even"> PS4 streaming works well </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Decent range of old games available </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"> Not enough streaming services </div> <div class="field-item even"> Too laggy for online multiplayer </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Vita games not fully optimised </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now we have PlayStation TV &ndash; a tiny box that allows you to replicate your PS4&rsquo;s screen on another TV in the house by streaming it over your home network. It&#39;ll play a truly massive selection of Vita, PSP and PSone games, too.</p> <p>So is it the PS4&rsquo;s first must-have accessory, or a missed opportunity?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/got-playstation-tv-play-these-12-games-first/feature" target="_blank">Got a PlayStation TV? Play these 12 games first</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"> Livin’ la Vita loca </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>PlayStation TV is essentially a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review" target="_blank">Vita</a> without the screen, onboard controls or battery, which means it&rsquo;s very small. You plug it into your telly using the supplied HDMI cable and use a PlayStation controller (DualShock 3 or 4 will work) to navigate its Vita-style menus.</p> <p>The anonymous black box isn&rsquo;t much to look at but it makes Sky&rsquo;s Now TV box or Apple TV look decidedly chunky, plus it weighs just enough that you won&rsquo;t think you&rsquo;ve spent &pound;85 on a box full of random wires and magic fluff.</p> <p>Sony recommends you use ethernet to hard wire it to your network. While we tried it like that (see box out) we figured most people don&rsquo;t have their router very close to their second TV and even fewer have ethernet pipes plumbed into the walls, so we&rsquo;ve done most of the testing unplugged and over Wi-Fi using a <a href="http://www.linksys.com/en-eu/products/gateways/x3000" target="_blank">Linksys X3000 Wireless-N router</a>. If PS TV is supposed to be a gadget of convenience it should be treated like 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="4912" height="3264" title="PlayStation TV" alt="PlayStation TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC04563.JPG?1416583752" /> </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="4912" height="3264" title="PlayStation TV" alt="PlayStation TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC04581.JPG?1416583752" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Laggy trousers? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the network doing minimal heavy lifting (some simultaneous web browsing, a FaceTime call, playing music from Spotify) it streams from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4</a> without much fuss, although it frequently takes more than one attempt to make the initial connection. There&rsquo;s a barely perceptible hint of latency but nothing that makes games unplayable. We were able to play <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/review" target="_blank"><em>FIFA 15</em></a> against the computer without it affecting our finely tuned one-touch passing game too much.</p> <p>Online we had more trouble. Playing <em>FIFA</em> against a friend it felt a bit like we&rsquo;d had a few pints, with reaction time of the players to our inputs noticeably slowed down. Then again perhaps it was our players that had been down the pub. It probably didn&rsquo;t help that a film was being streamed on Netflix elsewhere in the house but that&rsquo;s real-world testing for you.</p> <p>Switching to a game that relies on fewer inputs, we fired up <em>GTA V</em>&rsquo;s new first-person mode (above) and set about causing chaos in Los Santos. Aside from the downgrade to 720p graphics, the responsiveness is such that you&rsquo;d be forgiven for thinking the PS4 was connected directly to the TV, even with two videos streaming on another computer. Driving is twitchy (as it is when you play on a PS4) and when you come off a bike you can almost feel the warm asphalt connect with Franklin&rsquo;s face.</p> <p>Basically it&rsquo;s a no-go for competitive multiplayer but if someone interrupts your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank"><em>Far Cry 4</em></a> campaign and you really can&rsquo;t wait to keep playing, you can happily switch to PS TV without your saved game suffering - just try not to use too big a TV or you&rsquo;ll have to take a more noticeable graphical hit.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank">Far Cry 4 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="GTA V" alt="GTA V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_112.jpg?1416583752" /> </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="4912" height="3264" title="Connecting to PS4" alt="Connecting to PS4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC04564.JPG?1416583752" /> </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="4912" height="3264" title="Destiny" alt="Destiny" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC04570.JPG?1416583752" /> </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"> Wiring up is hard to do (but worth it if you can) </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>I&#39;m lucky to have a flat with ethernet in every room, plus a fairly outrageously speedy internet connection, and that&#39;s obviously the way I tested out the PS TV when Mr. Wiggins allowed me a few days with it.</p> <p>In fact, I tried it fully wired, then through a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.netgear.co.uk/home/products/networking/powerline/" target="_blank">Netgear Powerline AV500</a>&nbsp;setup, and finally tried the Wi-Fi connection. And I&#39;m actually very impressed by how consistent the performance was.</p> <p>Like Tom W, I found the lag to be largely unnoticeable across all three connections. With Wi-Fi there seemed to be the odd flaw in the smoothness of the playback (as if occasionally a frame was dropped), but it&#39;s still a much more solid experience than you get with Remote Play on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact</a>&nbsp;and even the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review" target="_blank">Vita</a>&nbsp;itself.</p> <p>I&#39;d still recommend going for a wired or Powerline setup if you can, though. That extra smoothness and reliability can be a matter of (virtual) life and death.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Console yourself </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 standalone micro console it does a decent enough job. There&rsquo;s a slot for any Vita games you might already own, a whole catalogue of old PlayStation games available to download and it comes with a voucher for three free games: <em>OlliOlli</em>, <em>Velocity Ultra</em> and <em>Worms Revolution Extreme</em>. Fun, but hardly the kind of games that make PlayStation TV a must-buy gadget.</p> <p>Without any work to port them to a device without a touchscreen the transition isn&rsquo;t entirely seamless either. We downloaded <em>Hotline Miami</em>, which we&rsquo;d previously bought for the Vita, and it made references to &lsquo;dragging the screen&rsquo; which didn&rsquo;t have much effect when we tried it on our seven-year-old 19in TV.</p> <p>You can&rsquo;t argue with <em>Fez</em>, <em>Spelunky</em> and the aforementioned top-down massacre &lsquo;em up but when installing just two of those games takes up over 600MB of the PS TV&rsquo;s 1GB onboard storage you&rsquo;re going to run out of room before you can say &ldquo;thankfully it&rsquo;s got a memory card slot for expandable storage&rdquo;.</p> <p>But when all of these games are often just as easily played on a PS3 you do have to wonder if it&rsquo;s worth buying a second-hand one instead, especially considering the Blu-ray skills and huge catalogue of still brilliant games available for it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2400" height="1750" title="Any port in a storm" alt="PlayStation TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PSTV_Black_RearPers_1407763833.jpg?1416583752" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Sweet streams aren’t made of this </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 streamer it&rsquo;s also far too limited right now. There&rsquo;s no Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, iPlayer or any of the terrestrial catch-up services, meaning you&rsquo;re restricted to what&rsquo;s on the PlayStation Store. Oh, and it&rsquo;s standard-def only. Try to fire up Netflix or iPlayer from the PS4 and you&rsquo;ll get an error message telling you they&rsquo;re not supported. In order to stream in HD you&rsquo;d have to access the store via the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> and then stream it to the PS TV, and that just feels like a step too far for a few extra pixels.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not the end of the world but you can get far more choice and better value for money from much cheaper boxes, albeit ones that don&rsquo;t stream games from your PS4. Sony told us they were looking into making the existing PS4 versions of the apps compatible with Remote Play, or getting device-specific apps ported over for the new box.</p> <p>Either way it&rsquo;s impossible to shake the feeling that PlayStation TV has launched without really being quite ready. For something that&rsquo;s been available in Japan for a year already that&rsquo;s just not good enough.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 30 Best Things to Watch on Netflix 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="7087" height="3750" title="Vita menu" alt="Vita menu" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DS4_PSTV_TV%20PSV%20screen_1402366846.png?1416583752" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> PlayStation TV 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>Playstation TV&rsquo;s USP is second-screen gaming and on that front there really is nothing else out there like it.</p> <p>If your main TV is regularly contested territory and you have a sturdy network this is a much easier option than unplugging your PS4 and decamping to a different room whenever you don&rsquo;t win custody of the living room.</p> <p>Whether that&rsquo;s worth &pound;85, though, is a different matter entirely. The performance is impressive but there&#39;s just enough compromise for it to be avoided when playing multiplayer, and the drop in resolution is noticeable if you&#39;re on a second-room TV that isn&#39;t tiny.</p> <p>If it also had a load of video streaming services built-in we&#39;d be very tempted, but as it is this pony has too few tricks for a wholehearted recommendation.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/got-playstation-tv-play-these-12-games-first/feature" target="_blank">Got a PlayStation TV? Play these 12 games first</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="2400" height="1750" title="PS TV verdict" alt="PlayStation TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PSTV_Black_withDS4_1407763835.jpg?1416583752" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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-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"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> smarts </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>The potential is there but PlayStation TV doesn&rsquo;t yet do enough to justify its price tag</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-tv/review#comments Games Machines Gaming PlayStation 4 PlayStation Vita Sony Streaming Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:54:04 +0000 Tom Wiggins 1453670 at http://www.stuff.tv Far Cry 4 http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Another holiday doesn’t quite go to plan in Ubisoft’s latest open-world adventure, now with added elephants </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="Elephants yeah" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/FC4_resized.jpg?1415977584" /> </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/witenoyze" title="View user profile.">Nick Cowen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You need time to deal with <em>Far Cry 4</em>. A lot of time.</p> <p>You certainly ideally want more than the four days we were allowed with Ubisoft&rsquo;s new open world shooter. This isn&rsquo;t to say you won&rsquo;t be able to finish the game&rsquo;s main campaign in the time we were allotted to play it in, because we did. That&rsquo;s just to say that that there&rsquo;s so much more going on in <em>Far Cry 4</em> beyond its narrative that it could keep players glued to it for weeks. Possibly months.</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"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4. Also available on Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bewildering number of activities </div> <div class="field-item even"> Compelling characters and story </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"> Stealth sections undermine open approach </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"> Big country </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Far Cry 4</em> is a true open world game in that it entices &ndash; in fact, flat out encourages &ndash; players to go off piste. This is a game that offers unbridled freedom as a given. There&rsquo;s a story anchoring the action, but the best moments in <em>Far Cry 4</em> are those that players create for themselves &ndash; like riding an elephant through an enemy outpost or escaping from insurmountable odds by leaping off a cliff and deploying a wingsuit. <em>Far Cry 4</em> has a decent plot, sure, but its biggest strength is the fact that, for the most part, it doesn&rsquo;t get in the way of players experimenting.</p> <p>The game&rsquo;s map compliments an open-ended approach. It&rsquo;s filled to bursting with activities, from radar towers to unlock, to outposts to raid to races to take part in and more. Once players engage in any of these missions, a laundry list of new activities opens up. The hardest task players are likely to encounter in <em>Far Cry 4</em> is to stay focused on the task at hand.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="The game’s map compliments an open-ended approach. It’s filled to bursting with activities." alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_REVIEWS_SHERPA_1080.jpg?1415977584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s my motivation? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The story of <em>Far Cry 4</em> centres on Ajay Ghale and his quest to scatter his mother&rsquo;s ashes in the country of her birth, Kyrat. Upon arriving, he&rsquo;s snapped up by the local dictator &ndash; a flamboyant psycho named Pagan Min &ndash; from whose clutches he quickly escapes. Ajay soon comes into contact with Kyrat&rsquo;s freedom fighter movement, The Golden Path, and it&rsquo;s here the narrative starts to splinter.</p> <p>The Golden Path has two leaders, Amita and Sabal, and both of them have very different ideas on how best to bring down Pagan Min&rsquo;s brutal rule of Kyrat. Sabal is a conservative; while he puts a premium on the value of human life, he&rsquo;s also committed to bringing Kyrat back to what he sees as traditional values. Amita, for her part has no time for Sabal&rsquo;s borderline sexist outlook, but she&rsquo;s not above taking over Pagan Min&rsquo;s drug running operations if it means schools and hospitals can be built.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no clear moral compass between the pair of them and the narrative is made all the more compelling by the fact that the player is eventually forced to pick a side. In Kyrat there are no easy choices and the player will likely have to reflect on the path they&rsquo;ve chosen in the closing moment of the game.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/forza-horizon-2/review">Forza Horizon 2 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="The Golden Path has two leaders, Amita and Sabal, and both of them have very different ideas on how best to bring down Pagan Min’s brutal rule of Kyrat." alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_REVIEWS_YOGI_REGGIE_1080.jpg?1415977584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> A bit on the side </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the meantime, <em>Far Cry 4</em> tosses up a ton of distractions to engage the player. You can hunt animals, unlock radar towers, attack fortresses, take down outposts, take part in races, rescue hostages &ndash; the list goes on and on. <em>Far Cry 4</em> is likely to keep players glued to it for hours at a time and the principle draw here is that no activity feels forced or mandatory. All the game&rsquo;s tasks run into each other organically so players never feel like they&rsquo;re being yanked in a direction they&rsquo;re not comfortable with.</p> <p>That having been said, it&rsquo;s worth pointing out that some story missions box players into a style of play they may not be on board with. There are one or two plot missions that demand a stealthy approach and players who lack patience will find these segments heavy going. This is compounded by the fact that being spotted by the AI results in an instant fail; after allowing players such an innate sense of freedom, constricting their movements to such a degree feels almost draconian.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien Isolation 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="Who you callin&#039; Dumbo?" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_Arena_Elephant_Preview_141014_6pmCET.jpg?1416377450" /> </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="1920" height="1080" title="Boooom!" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_GLA87_Explosion_Preview_141014_6pmCET.jpg?1416377450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Plays well with others </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 these moments are few and far between. Players are far more likely to spend a ton of time exploring Kyrat, looting chests, killing and skinning animals, unlocking the map and generally exploring their environment to its deepest depths. <em>Far Cry 4</em> also introduces two-player co-op on the campaign map, so if you&rsquo;re finding a particular fort or outpost something of a pain to take down solo, you and a mate can team up to make shorter work of it.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a PVP multiplayer, although the strength of the single-player campaign makes it feel like something of a third wheel. A lot of the match types in the multiplayer are team-and-objective based, with players defending or attacking points in the map. There&rsquo;s an asynchronous quality to the PVP as one side is armed with traditional firearms and the other with bows and arrows and the ability to cloak and command animals in the map. It&rsquo;s a compelling affair but it&rsquo;s doubtful that <em>Far Cry 4</em> is going to eat into the online audience numbers of <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">Call Of Duty</a></em>, for example.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">The 10 best games in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="There’s an asynchronous quality to the PVP as one side is armed with traditional firearms and the other with bows and arrows." alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_PvP_ATV_Attack_301014_5pm_ParisTime.jpg?1415977584" /> </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="1920" height="1080" title="Command wild beasts!" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_PvP_Rakshasa_301014_5pm_ParisTime.jpg?1415977584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Far Cry 4 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>No, <em>Far Cry 4&rsquo;s</em> principle attraction is most certainly its campaign, which is easily the best thing about it. The land of Kyrat is a vast and beautiful playground and players have every reason to get lost in it. We suggest you answer its call&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="1920" height="1080" title="Far Cry 4 review verdict" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_REVIEWS_ROCKET_1080.jpg?1415977584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bigger, better and more beautiful than ever, Far Cry 4 is a glorious timesink</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"> Far Cry 4 review: &quot;Bigger, better and more beautiful than ever&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Another holiday doesn’t quite go to plan in Ubisoft’s latest adventure </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review#comments Console games Far Cry 4 Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:54:33 +0000 Tom Parsons 1450234 at http://www.stuff.tv Battlefield Hardline hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Battlefield team takes a break from the frontline and switches the fight to the streets, in a cops ‘n’ robbers tale of heists, handcuffs and heroics... </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="Battlefield Hardline" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BFH_main_3.jpg?1415911932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review"><em>Call Of Duty</em> </a>disappearing further into the realms of outright fantasy with each new game &ndash; watch out for <em>COD: Hobbit Warfare</em> in stores for Christmas 2015 &ndash; <em>Battlefield</em>&rsquo;s more down-to-earth approach to digitised warfare has earned it plenty of loyal recruits. But what will they make of <em>Hardline</em>?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call Of Duty - Advanced Warfare review</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cops &#039;n&#039; robbers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first thing they&rsquo;ll notice is that <em>Hardline</em> is not <em>Battlefield 5</em>. Swapping the frontline for a walk along the thin blue line, <em>Hardline</em> puts you in the shoes of a Miami cop called Nick Mendoza &ndash; although as the story takes you to locations as diverse as the Florida Everglades, the High Desert of California and glitzy Hollywood hills, it&rsquo;ll become clear that things aren&rsquo;t as cut and dried as that.</p> <p>We played two episodes from the game&rsquo;s total of ten: one as a cop on the hunt for a local drug dealer at the very start, the other from towards the end of the game. We won&rsquo;t talk too much about the latter for fear of spoilers but let&rsquo;s just say by that point Nick isn&rsquo;t exactly earning any medals for exceptional police work.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Chase me! Chase me!" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tgs_hotwire_glades_drivers_1080p_face_touchup.jpg?1415911932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Freeze! </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 becomes clear very early on in <em>Hardline</em> that this isn&rsquo;t a straightforward first-person shooter. For starters, a gun isn&rsquo;t your only weapon. As an officer of the law you can press the left shoulder button to flash your badge and shout &lsquo;FREEZE!&rsquo; at any ne&rsquo;er-do-wells you encounter, causing them to reach for the skies.</p> <p>You then have to keep your gun trained on them, moving swiftly from one to another and back again if there&rsquo;s more than one. Leave one out of your sights for too long and they&rsquo;ll take matters into their own hands and open fire. That means you&rsquo;ll have to be very skilled to keep three under control, while four or more will just laugh in your face &ndash; and these guys laugh with their guns, not their mouths. Successfully suppress one or more, however, and you can leave them on the ground in cuffs.</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="5120" height="3011" title="Freeze!" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Tyson_HandsUp.jpg?1415911932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Arresting developments </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Arresting particular enemies will earn you extra rewards. They can be identified using the scanner that Mendoza carries &ndash; a cross between the camera in <em>Far Cry 3</em> and the ESPER system from the old <em>Blade Runner</em> PC point &lsquo;n&rsquo; click. It tags enemies and adds them to your map, highlights alarms and mains power cables, detects and analyses evidence, and even allows you to listen to conversations from afar. It&rsquo;s hardly <em>The Wire</em> but it at least gives the illusion of some police work before the bullets start to fly.</p> <p>Essentially the scanner allows you to plan your approach, and in <em>Hardline</em> there are often numerous ways to tackle each situation. Do you want to lure enemies into isolation by chucking empty bullet cases to catch their attention, before knocking them out cold or hitting them with a taser? Or go in gung-ho with all guns blazing? Whichever one you choose you&rsquo;ll know when an enemy has spotted you because a small crescent appears above their head, gradually increasing in size until it turns red, at which point you&rsquo;ll be welcomed with hot lead.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">Kill your productivity - 30 great games you can play for free in your browser</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/kk34yU1BGiU" 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"> Packing Heat </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 weapons loadout screen is where <em>Hardline</em> is most reminiscent of previous <em>Battlefield</em> games. The possibilities aren&rsquo;t quite endless but it&rsquo;ll take a very long time to try out each one. Primary and secondary weapons can be customised with different scopes, stocks and barrels, while you can select various gadgets to aid your chosen approach, including grappling hooks and ziplines.</p> <p>&ldquo;Most games developers love films but the reality is a videogame is not like a film,&rdquo; <em>Hardline</em>&rsquo;s exec producer Steve Papoutsis tells <em>Stuff</em> after the playthrough. &ldquo;A film is two and a half hours long. Videogames are much, much longer, and they also break down more like TV episodes.&rdquo; Despite this he cites The Joker&rsquo;s bank heist from <em>The Dark Knight</em> as one of the team&rsquo;s many influences, alongside the dialogue style of TV series such as <em>Justified</em>, while the blurred lines between the two sides of the law reminded us of cult cops-gone-bad drama <em>The Shield</em>.</p> <p>In fact, it goes much further than just ziplines and grappling hooks; the codes and conducts of television have been weaved right into the structure of the game. Aside from the decision to divide it into 10 episodes, you&rsquo;ll also be reminded what happened previously when you fire up the game, and offered a teaser of what&rsquo;s coming next when you choose to stop playing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/halo-5-guardians/halo-5-guardians-hands/review">Halo 5 Guardians hands-on 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="1920" height="1126" title="Why so serious?" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hardline_hostage_hosting.jpg?1415911932" /> </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="6720" height="3952" title="You&#039;re under a vest" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nick_Arrest_Tap.jpg?1415911932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Style council </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those influences also extend to the various &lsquo;Fortress Encounters&rsquo; that you&rsquo;ll be faced with throughout the game. These are more open-world style, finale-type missions with multiple ways to approach them &ndash; think the bank robbery from <em>Heat</em> combined with the outpost raids from <em>Far Cry 3</em>. The one we played involved breaking into a high-rise building and making our way to a vault at the top. We tried to sneak in through the loading bay at the back but on being discovered by a guard had to switch tactic on-the-fly to something a little louder, inviting a stampede of enemies armed with gas grenades and automatic weapons.</p> <p>Many games have claimed to allow multiple styles of play before, but in <em>Hardline</em> it feels like you genuinely have options &ndash; and if one doesn&rsquo;t work you can fall back on the other without being unfairly punished. According to Papoutsis the encounter we played is possible to complete by knocking out just four or five enemies and leaving the rest alone.</p> <p><em>Hardline</em>&rsquo;s differing playing styles don&rsquo;t just affect how many bodies you leave in your wake. There&rsquo;s a scoring system built into the game that keeps track of what kind of player you are: a Protectionist or a Loose Cannon. &ldquo;We have tried diligently to create scenarios that make sense for a cop to use lethal force,&rdquo; explains Papoutsis, &ldquo;but more importantly also give players the choice to use non-lethal force to get the job done. We need to figure out a good way to make the incentives and rewards equal [for both approaches].&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">35 fantastic free Android games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1088" title="Battlefield Hardline" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hardline_piggyback_rescue.jpg?1415911932" /> </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="1920" height="1080" title="Hardline&#039;s new Fortress Encounters" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hardline_sp_boomer.jpg?1415911932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Paper chase </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For many,&nbsp;<em>Battlefield</em> and multiplayer go hand-in-hand and <em>Hardline</em> is no different. Back at E3 in June we jumped into a game of Blood Money. Playing as the police our team was charged with grabbing bags of cash from the middle of the map and bringing it back to our base. To complicate matters, the crooks were attempting the same thing. Yes, it&rsquo;s essentially capture-the-flag, but in the context of a bank robbery. However, there&rsquo;s a twist &ndash; you can steal money back from your opponent&rsquo;s base.</p> <p>That should mean that individual games will be more nuanced than they are in some multiplayer titles, but we were too busy exploring downtown LA to actually try and win. Though not very large geographically, the map does feature tons of nooks and crannies you can hide in, such as carparks and back alleys, making it an interesting environment to spend time in. The rest of our team seemingly had the same idea, so it&#39;s hardly surprising that we lost.</p> <p>The challenge Visceral Games will face is balancing the desire from <em>Battlefield</em> veterans for huge maps, with environments that make sense in the context and with the tighter engagement distances of this game. The inclusion of 64-player game modes and vehicles should help that, even if our ride on a motorbike was ended prematurely when we were run over and crushed by an armoured vehicle.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity 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="7565" height="4543" title="Hardline multiplayer" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/battlefield_hardline_7_wm_1.jpg?1415911932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Delayed Reaction </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Originally intended for launch in November, <em>Battlefield Hardline</em> has been put on probation until 2015. While that&rsquo;s disappointing for itchy-trigger-fingered gamers, Papoutsis says it&rsquo;s allowed his team to address some of the issues that arose from the multiplayer beta back in June, from consistency within the storyline to boring stability issues and bugs.</p> <p>Anyone who played that beta will have noticed it felt a lot like <em>Battlefield</em> in fancy dress. Outfits aside it was difficult to pick out of a line-up next to <em>Battlefield 4</em> (or even <em>3</em>), but the single-player game we played had its own very distinct identity.</p> <p>The guns still feel big and heavy, and the environments deteriorate brilliantly when caught in the crossfire (we particularly like the way soft furnishings leave a cloud of feathers hanging in the air when the shooting stops) but Hardline&rsquo;s more memorable characters and new police-specific game mechanics set it apart from both its <em>Battlefield</em> stablemates and other first-person shooters. Let&rsquo;s hope it lives up to the promise when it&rsquo;s released in March next year.</p> <p><em>Additional multiplayer reporting by Melvin Tang</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The 25 most anticipated games of 2015</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="&quot;What do you mean Hardline&#039;s been delayed?&quot;" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chopshop_nick_1080.jpg?1415911932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/battlefield-hardline/review#comments Console games E3 2014 Electronic Arts First Play Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:52:15 +0000 Marc McLaren 1439364 at http://www.stuff.tv