PS3 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ps3/reviews en-GB Child of Light http://www.stuff.tv/child-light/child-light/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What happens when the minds behind Far Cry 3 make a JRPG? Child of Light, that’s what </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="Child of Light review" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Child-of-Light-ForgottenTower_TopTree.jpg?1399857285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ubisoft Montreal might have made its name with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/far-cry-3/review" target="_blank"><em>Far Cry 3</em></a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review" target="_blank"><em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</em></a> games, but its latest effort is the polar opposite - a pretty 2D fairytale adventure.</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"> £12.00 </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 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The sublime battle system </div> <div class="field-item even"> Beautiful watercolour visuals </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Kid-friendly two-player mode </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"> Enough with the rhyming story already </div> <div class="field-item even"> Unexciting character development and crafting </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Lack of challenge for RPG veterans </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"> Eye candy </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 visuals are the most striking thing about <em>Child of Light</em>. It uses the same tech as <em>Rayman Legends</em> to render Lemuria in soft watercolours and the result is as imaginative as it is beautiful.</p> <p>The backdrops are further brought to life with gusts of winds and shadowy creatures moving along the horizon, but while the world itself is stunning, the characters and enemies roaming Lemuria are more simplistic, although Aurora&rsquo;s swishing red hair gives her plenty of personality.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The watercolour-like backgrounds are glorious" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-light-PlainsofRambert_Windmill.jpg?1399857285" /> </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 animated details in the landscape help Lemuria comes to life" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-Light-FloodedLand_SunPalaceEntrance_Hall.jpg?1399857285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Rhymes and more rhymes </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 keeping with the fairytale vibe and the team&rsquo;s desire to create a game parents and their children can play together, the story has been written so that it rhymes. That starts out charming but the constant stream of moon-spoon and stairs-airs couplets soon grates.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not just about personal taste, though - the rhyming also warps the dialogue so that it&rsquo;s often a bit vague vague and leaves you with little idea as to what you&rsquo;re supposed to do next.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature" target="_blank">20 Amazing Indie Games You Can Download Right Now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The rhyming is charming at the start but soon gets grating" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-Light-PlainsofRambert_BolmusVillage.jpg?1399857285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Explore Lemuria </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 the most part travelling around Lemuria&rsquo;s 2D world is largely about getting from A to B, but the sprawling kingdom has plenty of hidden surprises and treasures for those prepared to look.</p> <p>There are a few puzzles, too, most of which are solved with the help of Aurora&rsquo;s firefly companion, which can be controlled by a second player and used to heal characters or blind enemies. But the core of the game is battling the beasts that roam the land.</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="That wee firefly-thing can be controlled by a friend" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-Light-FloodedLand_SunPalaceEntrance.jpg?1399857285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Action battles </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 battles are an appealing refinement of <em>Final Fantasy&rsquo;s</em> active battle system. The bar at the bottom of the screen is key. Icons of each combatant race along it and when they reach the red zone that character can choose an action such as attack or use magic. Some actions are slower to perform than others and if a character gets hit before reaching the zone&rsquo;s end the action fails. This makes for engaging clashes in which you&rsquo;re always weighing up whether that slow-to-cast spell is worth the gamble.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s surprising depth and refinement in the combat system" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-Light-Fightscene_Giant.jpg?1399857285" /> </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 bar at the bottom shows when each character&#039;s ready to fight" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-light-Fightscene_Plainssort.jpg?1399857285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Get hit while your attack charges and you lose that turn" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-Light-Fightscene_Windypeak.jpg?1399857285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> RPG Lite </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 keeping with its goal of being a game that parents and their children can enjoy together, <em>Child of Light</em> isn&rsquo;t particularly challenging. Level ups rain down like wedding confetti and it&rsquo;s possible to get to the end without being defeated once in battle.</p> <p>That won&rsquo;t please the RPG hardcore who will probably also be offended by the shallowness of the skill trees and crafting. Most of the skill upgrades are minor stat increases and the crafting of gems to enhance weapons feels half-hearted as if it&rsquo;s only here because it&rsquo;s expected in a RPG. Those less concerned with the usual RPG stat juggling won&rsquo;t care.</p> <p><strong>Looking for a more grown-up RPG? <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/dark-souls-ii/review" target="_blank">Check out our Dark Souls II review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The puzzles and progression are fairly basic" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-Light-Puzzel_Giant.jpg?1399857285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Child of Light verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Child of Light</em> is gorgeous and the battle system is the game design equivalent of fine art, but the goal of creating a game parents and children can play together means that those looking for more RPG depth will be a bit disappointed.</p> <p>The rhyming dialogue is also very much an acquired taste, probably one that only Care Bears possess.</p> <p>Nonetheless, the option of putting a second player in charge of Aurora&rsquo;s firefly makes this a great game for parents and kids to play together.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">the Top 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Child of Light review" alt="Child of Light review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Child-of-Light-Floodedland_PisceanVillage.jpg?1399857285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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"> 5 </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"> 7 </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>Child of Light is a visual treat with sublime battling - but be aware that it&#39;s aimed at a younger audience</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"> Child of Light review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/child-light/child-light/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/child-light/child-light/review#comments Apps and Games Child of Light Console games PlayStation 4 PS3 Ubisoft Wii U Windows Xbox 360 Xbox One Fri, 02 May 2014 16:12:42 +0000 Tom Parsons 1436520 at http://www.stuff.tv 5 ways to re-awesomise your Sony PlayStation 3 http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/5-ways-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No PlayStation 4 yet? These tips and tricks will give your PS3 such a lease of life that you won&#039;t need one </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 3" alt="5 ways to re-awesomise your Sony PlayStation 3 PS3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/5-ways-to-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3-ps3-001.jpg?1395109203" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In gaming terms, the PlayStation 3 is ancient. Sony&#39;s third-gen console was released in 2006; to put that in context, the iPhone didn&#39;t arrive until 2007, Android first appeared in 2008 and the iPad in 2010. And since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> debuted in November, it&#39;s no longer even Sony&#39;s most powerful games machine.</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/mark-wilson" title="View user profile.">Mark Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Gorge on free games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The PS3 already has a advantage over the PS4 in terms of how many titles are available for it,&nbsp;but nowhere is that more apparant than on PlayStation Plus. Sign up to PS Plus on PS4 and, right now, you could get the decent enough Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition totally gratis. Sign up on PS3 and you could download the superb <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomb-raider/review" target="_blank">Tomb Raider</a> reboot, the gorgeous <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/bioshock-infinite/review" target="_blank">Bioshock Infinite</a>, the brilliant Uncharted 3 and the massively playable <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/borderlands-2/review" target="_blank">Borderlands 2</a>, plus XCOM: Enemy Unknown, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-karting/review" target="_blank">Little Big Planet Karting</a> and Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons. All totally free.</p> <p>OK, so &#39;free&#39; isn&#39;t strictly accurate - the service costs &pound;40 a year - but you do also get automatic software updates, early betas and cloud saving. Or, to put it another way, that&#39;s&nbsp;a mere &pound;5.49/month for seven top PS3 games, with new ones added each month. Sounds like a no-brainer.</p> <p><strong>PlayStation Plus:</strong> &pound;40/year</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/video-history-sonys-playstation/video" target="_blank">The history of Sony&#39;s PlayStation</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 Plus" alt="5 ways to re-awesomise your Sony PlayStation 3 PlayStation Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-ways-to-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3-ps3-002.jpg?1395109203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Get immersive gaming sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Eschew headsets with names like &#39;Fragmax 2000&#39; for a&nbsp;wired pair from a company known for sound perfectionism. Sennheiser&rsquo;s U320s give amplified sound via their comfortably squidgy earpads. Lift the noise-cancelling mic to switch it off automatically, with the added bonus of feeling like an extra in Universal Soldier.</p> <p><strong>Sennheiser U320:</strong> &pound;100</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/headphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best headphones 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="Sennheiser U320" alt="5 ways to re-awesomise your Sony PlayStation 3 Sennheiser U320" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-ways-to-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3-sennheiser-u320-001.jpg?1395109203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Turn it into a child-sitter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This Skylanders-meets-Disney fest converts your PS3 into a powerful child distractor - and given that it&#39;s not yet available on PS4, that&#39;s a potentially huge advantage.</p> <p>Using the figurines of Sulley from Monsters, Inc., Mr Incredible and Jack Sparrow, players can mash up Disney films to create new games in an open &lsquo;sandbox&rsquo; mode called Toybox. The only problem will be getting your PS3 back for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/dark-souls-ii/review" target="_blank">Dark Souls II</a>.</p> <p><strong>Disney Infinity Starter Pack:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;60</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/disney-infinity/review" target="_blank">Disney Infinity review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Disney Infinity" alt="5 ways to re-awesomise your Sony PlayStation 3 Disney Infinity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-ways-to-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3-disney-infinity-001.jpg?1395109203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Make it your media hub </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 PS4 is a long way off being a multimedia monster, with no DLNA and music streaming limited to Sony&#39;s Music Unlimited store. The PS3, in contrast, does pretty much everything you&#39;d want a media console to do.</p> <p>To get the best out of it, treat yourself to a&nbsp;network attached storage (NAS) device - the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/synology/synology-ds213j/review" target="_blank">Synology DS213J</a>&nbsp;should do nicely. Slot a hard-drive or two into the NAS drive,&nbsp;pour in your media and pair with the PS3 via DLNA for a media feast. Serve with the tastiest cuts of TV courtesy of Netflix. Garnish with a Twitter argument about whether the new House Of Cards is any good or not.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Synology DiskStation DS213j</strong>: &pound;170</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="Synology DiskStation DS213J" alt="5 ways to re-awesomise your Sony PlayStation 3 Synology Diskstation DS213J" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-ways-to-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3-synology-ds213j-001.jpg?1395109203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Give the engine an overhaul </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Provide your PS3 with a welcome nitro boost by replacing its dusty old hard drive with a fresh, speedy solid-state one. The 240GB&nbsp;Crucial M500 drive has almost fallen into impulse-buy territory, with benefits that are subtle but useful for impatient gamers: quicker boot times, faster load screens and reduced lag on demanding games.</p> <p><strong>Crucial M500 240GB SSD:</strong> &pound;90</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">The 200 greatest games of all time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="Crucial M500 SSD" alt="5 ways to re-awesomise your Sony PlayStation 3 Crucial M500 SSD" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-ways-to-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3-crucial-m500-ssd-001.jpg?1395109203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-3/5-ways-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/5-ways-re-awesomise-your-sony-playstation-3/feature#comments PlayStation 3 PS3 Sony Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:36:48 +0000 Marc McLaren 1433802 at http://www.stuff.tv Thief http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/thief/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In 1998, hooded kleptomaniac Garrett basically created the stealth &#039;em up, but in this reboot he&#039;s more pilferer of past glories than pioneering prowler </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Thief_game_review_1.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/benjiwilson" title="View user profile.">Ben Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/splinter-cell-blacklist/review" target="_blank">Splinter Cell</a></em>, <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hitman-absolution/review" target="_blank">Hitman</a></em>, <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/deus-ex-human-revolution/review" target="_blank">Deus Ex</a></em>: if you&rsquo;ve ever enjoyed any games in those esteemed series, you owe a debt of gratitude to Thief &ndash; the 1998 stealth-&lsquo;em-up that spawned a hundred copycats.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £40.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Deep, if sometimes linear, world </div> <div class="field-item even"> Some smart new weapon concepts </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Story retains intrigue throughout </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Voice acting is all over the shop </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lead character tough to connect with </div> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;ve played it all before </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Easy entry </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stealth games are often considered the hardcore gamer&rsquo;s exclusive property, so it&rsquo;s to <em>Thief&rsquo;s</em> credit that anyone can pick this up and have fun. An idiotproof control scheme means there&rsquo;s no need for tutorials (although the Epilogue acts as one anyway), and some shrewd inclusions on the HUD ensure you&rsquo;re aware of what&rsquo;s going on around you at all times.</p> <p>Examples? The &quot;light orb&quot; on the bottom-left of the screen informs you exactly how protected by shade you are, and alerted enemies are shown with an eye symbol and an arrow pointing to their whereabouts. Both are astute concessions to modern, casual gamers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_2.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_5.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flame grilled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For those who&rsquo;ve stuck with the series since its inception, there are welcome features, too. Innovative weapons and upgrades abound &ndash; I found myself becoming obsessed with firing gas-based choke arrows in order to incapacitate guards before scarpering, while embarsage oil (which reduces the damage caused by burning) became a godsend given my accidental addiction to toasting Garrett&rsquo;s limbs.</p> <p>The city of, er, The City (what&rsquo;s in a name anyway?) also nails the steampunk theme, with Victorian churches and clock towers and shops proving a joy to nose around. Under ground, at street level or over rooftops, this is a smartly crafted, easily navigable world.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_4.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_16.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_12.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erin aid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While <em>Thief</em> recycles plenty of tropes from other games &ndash; more on which shortly &ndash; the story here is pleasingly original, centring on lead man Garrett&rsquo;s attempt to decipher partner-in-crime Erin&rsquo;s apparent death &ndash; and find out why he can&rsquo;t remember a single thing that&rsquo;s occured in the 12 months since that &ldquo;accident&rdquo;.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are worse things than you in the shadows&rdquo;, warns the mysterious Queen Of Beggars at one point, and inevitably she&rsquo;s right, with the game&rsquo;s supernatural undertones carrying the story and placing you in contact with some very unique &ndash; if sometimes overly cartoony &ndash; enemies.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_6.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_13.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Give and take </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unfortunately, not everything about the experience is positive. <em>Thief</em> is certainly a fun game to play, but not always a fresh one &ndash; the stealth feels very <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dishonored/review" target="_blank"><em>Dishonored</em></a>-like, exploration apes the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/bioshock-infinite/review" target="_blank"><em>Bioshock</em></a> series, and Garrett&rsquo;s &ldquo;focus&rdquo; abilities are ripped straight out of <em>Batman: Arkham Asylum</em> and a dozen games since.</p> <p>Recycling is prominent everywhere these days, but the trouble here is that none of these elements improve upon the original mechanics. My overwhelming urge after tiptoeing through a foundry to recover an expensive ring wasn&rsquo;t to try the next level, but switch off and replay <em>Dishonored</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dishonored/review" target="_blank">Check out our full Dishonored review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_11.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_3.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_7.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t speak </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are also inconsistencies with Garrett&rsquo;s character which, even with the hints of some supernatural hoo-ha at play, are never fully explained. Initially he makes a big deal about not wanting to kill innocents &ndash; yet he&rsquo;s happy to rob them blind instead? This is a real buzzkill.</p> <p>As, it must be said, is the inconsistent voice acting. The portrayals of Garrett and Erin are perfectly believable; in contrast, NPCs are more wooden than a mahogany Keira Knightley. It&rsquo;s like the devs spent the entire budget on the main characters, then recorded all remaining dialogue themselves. Inside a broom cupboard.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_14.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_15.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thief Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Truly a mixed bag. <em>Thief</em> binds elements of many other great games into a coherent whole, yet never surpasses any of those it borrows from. It&rsquo;s like a band recording a album of covers that, while decent, are neither better than the original, or even a particularly interesting twist.</p> <p>It&#39;s certainly solid enough for a sneak peek - especially if you&#39;re lingering in the next-gen release schedule lul - but this is nowhere near as groundbreaking as the series&rsquo; debut.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">check out the Top 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thief Game Review" alt="Thief Game Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Thief_game_review_8.jpg?1393301083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not all bad, but too many recycled ideas make Thief less master criminal, more wisened-up Hamburglar</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/thief/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/thief/review#comments Apps and Games Gaming PC PlayStation 4 PS3 Xbox 360 Xbox One Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:39:47 +0000 Tom Parsons 1432796 at http://www.stuff.tv Batman: Arkham Origins http://www.stuff.tv/batman-arkham-origins/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Dark Knight returns. But with a new developer in charge can Batman: Arkham Origins maintain the quality? </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="Batman: Arkham Origins" alt="Batman: Arkham Origins" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/shot_2.jpg?1384408864" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The first two Batman: Arkham games finally gave the Caped Crusader a video game incarnation worth shouting about.</p> <p>Created by Rocksteady Studios they brought you as close as you can get to being Batman without wearing undies over tights and mastering every martial art going. But with Rocksteady out of the picture for Arkham Origins, and Warner Bros taking control, can the series still deliver?</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"> £35.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fantastic stealth, action and puzzle mix </div> <div class="field-item even"> More natty Bat gadgets </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Multiplayer at last </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"> Some so-so boss battles </div> <div class="field-item even"> A lack of new ideas </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"> A Christmas tale </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Arkham Origins rewinds the series to the early days of Batman’s crusade against crime and corruption. It’s Christmas Eve in Gotham and all local crime boss Black Mask wants under his tree is a dead Batman. To ensure he gets his Yuletide wish, Black Mask has offered the city’s deadliest assassins a multi-million dollar bounty in return for killing Bats.</p> <p>It doesn’t take long, however, before more familiar foes turn up to spice up the festivities and with a roll call of iconic criminals up to no good, Arkham Origins’ story proves just as twisty and engaging as those of the previous games in the series.</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="Batman: Arkham Origins" alt="Batman: Arkham Origins" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bao_batmanmadhatterhold.jpg?1384408864" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Gameplay </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Arkham Origins retains the series’ sublime fusion of stealth, action and puzzle solving. The gameplay might be a cut-and-paste job but it's no less thrilling for that. The elegant combat system remains one of the best around and executing stealthy takedowns remains utterly gratifying. There are a few additions to Batman’s Utility Belt though, including gloves that deliver electric shocks to foes and a gun that jams enemy weapons.</p> <p>The Detective Mode has also been spruced up with Batman now capable of using evidence to piece together virtual recreations of crimes that can be fast-forwarded or rewound to uncover new clues and solve the mystery.</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="Batman: Arkham Origins" alt="Batman: Arkham Origins" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shot_8.jpg?1384408864" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Bosses </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a platoon of cash-hungry super villains to contend with, there’s no shortage of boss encounters in Arkham Origins. Some are superb spectacles – the contortionist manoeuvres of female villain Copperhead a highlight – but some disappoint.</p> <p>Not least the first full-on boss battle, which is a nit-picking endurance test that seems designed to frustrate rather than entertain players with its harshness. It’s so unforgiving that we wouldn’t be surprised if a fair few less-skilled players get stuck on it even in easy mode. Thankfully, things get better on the boss front afterwards.</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="Batman: Arkham Origins" alt="Batman: Arkham Origins" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bao_gamescom_shockgloves.jpg?1384408864" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 City </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Arkham Origins follows the open-world approach of Arkham City but makes some good refinements. The city is now divided into several districts, making navigation easier. Players can - once some communications blockers have been eliminated – also fast travel between locations using the Batwing, which saves on the tedium of having to slog across the whole map.</p> <p>Visually Gotham remains dark and gloomy. Even the city’s Christmas decorations are grimy and depressing. But that’s as it should be – it is Gotham City after all. There are plenty of side missions scattered around the map too and the game does a good job of making them feel part of the main story rather than a distraction aimed at achievement-seeking obsessives.</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="Batman: Arkham Origins" alt="Batman: Arkham Origins" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shot_5.jpg?1384408864" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> 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>If the single-player core of Arkham Origins refines rather than innovates, the addition of a multiplayer mode – for the first time in the series – is entirely new. Based around a turf war between The Joker’s and Bane’s gangs, it’s an unconventional team-based option where two teams of three (one for The Joker and one for Bane) slug it out while two other players take control of Batman and Robin, who have to sneakily pick off the thugs.</p> <p>That gang members can end up playing as The Joker or Bane should make up for the less appealing prospect of controlling a minor criminal rather than a super-powered character. The multiplayer is a nice bonus but the single-player mode remains the prime attraction, however.</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="Batman: Arkham Origins" alt="Batman: Arkham Origins" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shot_7.jpg?1384408864" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While Batman: Arkham Origins offers refinements, new gadgets and a multiplayer mode, it does lack the inventive streak of its predecessors leaving it feeling like more of the same.</p> <p>But when you’re creeping around the smoggy streets of Gotham, scaring the living daylights out of hapless mobsters or delivering bone-crunching beatdowns, the lack of new thinking doesn’t matter one bit.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-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"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 9 </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>Short of new ideas it may be but by sticking to the series’ tried-and-tested formula Batman: Arkham Origins delivers a knockout game.</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"> Batman: Arkham Origins review </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"> Stuff reviews the latest Arkham adventure </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/batman-arkham-origins/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PS3 Xbox 360 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 07:21:57 +0000 Jools Whitehorn 1428358 at http://www.stuff.tv FIFA 14 http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/fifa-14/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Depending on the kind of player you are FIFA 14 either takes things too far into the furniture-smashing frustration of real football or is the ultimate soccer sim </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="FIFA 14" alt="FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fifa14_x360_save.jpg?1383728460" /> </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>To a cynic each new version of <em>FIFA</em> is just a database update: a few new kits, the latest line-ups and you’ve got a brand new game.</p> <p>To those people <em>FIFA 14</em> will come as a bit of a shock, because it introduces the most fundamental change to the way <em>FIFA</em> plays since 360-degree control in <em>FIFA 10</em> – namely realistic momentum. For some players that could be a frustration-adding step too far, but for others it wil be the feature that lifts the series into a higher echelon of awesome.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £40.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on Xbox 360 and 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">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"> More accurate physics than ever before </div> <div class="field-item even"> Less emphasis on pace </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Very satisfying when it all comes together </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"> Emphasis on realism won&#039;t be for everyone </div> <div class="field-item even"> Player switching can be stubborn </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Could do with more international teams </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"> Slow and tactical </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Players now take time to shift direction, especially at speed, meaning there’s more emphasis on anticipation and reading what your opponent is going to do next. Commit a defender too early and a sudden change of pace or direction from a more nimble forward will leave you chasing shadows.</p> <p>At first the game feels slow and unresponsive – and reaction times have been noticeably reduced – but it results in more scope to change the pace and requires you to react intelligently to what’s going on around you: Where’s the space? Do I have support? Do I need to hold the ball up? And that’s when the new Protect the Ball function allows stronger players to get their own back on those nippy little tika-taka soccer ferrets. With the right player it really works, even just to buy yourself a few seconds until support arrives.</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="Protecting the ball" alt="Protecting the ball" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa14_ps3_protecting_the_ball.jpg?1383728460" /> </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="FIFA 14 review" alt="FIFA 14 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa14_x360_header.jpg?1383728460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Sprint at your peril </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Football is about using all the space available to you – and with the extra restraints added by the new physics, sprinting everywhere uses up the pitch too quickly and gives you less time to exploit it. In previous games the pitch was often treated as a high-speed, one-way system; as soon as you got the ball it was time to sprint as fast as you could towards the opposition’s goal, something that never really made sense when you consider how much time is spent running at full tilt with the ball at your feet over the 90 mins of a real game. That means the days of perma-pulling the sprint trigger are gone.</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="Strength plays a much bigger part in FIFA 14" alt="Strength plays a much bigger part in FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa14_pc_jostle.jpg?1383728460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Patience is heavily rewarded </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new emphasis on momentum, combined with the improved ability to protect the ball when in possession, means <em>FIFA 14</em> offers more ways to approach each game. Pace is still a valuable commodity in attack, but it’s no longer the only way to score goals.</p> <p>This emphasis on build-up play doesn’t mean you have to keep passing back to your keeper. Fluidity and control of the game are still encouraged, and playing the way you’re facing is often the most sensible approach. Keep the ball moving and you’ll reap the rewards, although play a pass slightly behind the receiver and the move is liable to break down. Get it all spot-on and it’s more rewarding than ever.</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="He&#039;ll have someone&#039;s eye out" alt="He&#039;ll have someone&#039;s eye out" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa14_ps3_jostle_for_ball.jpg?1383728460" /> </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="This isn&#039;t going to end well" alt="This isn&#039;t going to end well" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa14_pc_header.jpg?1383728460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 art of the tackle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Momentum also makes the sliding tackle an essential part of the game for the first time, well, pretty much ever. Say you have an opposition winger running down the touchline and you bring a defender across to block him, now you can slide in, safe in the knowledge that the player on the ball won't just stop dead and thwart your last-ditch challenge. Equally, the variable dribble (where the ball isn’t always a constant distance away from the player’s feet) means the challenge might miss.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Doing a Ronaldo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tweaks have also been made to attacking headers and free-kicks. The latter are now much more dangerous, with a flatter, more pacey delivery allowing you to cause problems in the box, while the former now feel more like shots, with a longer button press required to get the necessary power behind it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="On yer bonce" alt="On yer bonce" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa14_ps3_header.jpg?1383728460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Now with added Jeff </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Career and Ultimate Team modes are as engrossing as ever, while presentation obviously has the usual EA Sports sheen, with Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling now introducing matches before handing over to the commentators. That said, pre-match rituals and off-the-pitch activity could do with a bit more life, something we expect to come in the next-gen version.</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="Subtle EA branding there" alt="Subtle EA branding there" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa14_xbox360_ps3_pc_labombonera.jpg?1383728460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Clumsy AI </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our only gripes are minor. Throw-ins are still too easy to get wrong and sometimes it’ll refuse to switch the player under your control when chasing down through-balls, causing potential chances to break down through no fault of your own. Off-the-ball movement can also be little bit dumb, with players sometimes colliding rather than skipping around each other.</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="FIFA 14 review" alt="FIFA 14 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa14_xbox360_jostle.jpg?1383728460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If a lot of this sounds more like a post-match discussion of tactics than a game review, that’s because it pretty much is. <em>FIFA 14</em> is more of a simulation than ever before and it won’t suit everyone, but to mark it down for its realism would be wrong. It is, after all, what EA has been striving for from the very beginning.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, if your <em>FIFA</em> habit doesn't extend beyond post-pub kickabouts, you might want to stick with last year's game. For football fans aiming to recreate real-life moments of glory and drama, it’s never been better. That's why it's just given FIFA 13 the boot from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">our list of the best games you can play</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/111456618859932224779/about" target="_blank">Tom Wiggins</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14 review" alt="FIFA 14 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa14_pc_clearance.jpg?1383728460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </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 Ibrahimovic of football games: plenty will love it, but less committed FIFA fans might find it infuriating</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"> &quot;The ultimate soccer sim&quot; – Stuff reviews FIFA 14 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We take on the latest incarnation of FIFA in our full review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/fifa-14/review#comments Console games Gaming PC PS3 Xbox 360 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:50:48 +0000 Tom Parsons 1426975 at http://www.stuff.tv Grand Theft Auto 5 http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GTA 5 arrives with the highest of expectations, but it exceeds almost all of them to become one of the greatest games of all time </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/RSG_GTAV_Screenshot_HUD_005.png?1401335659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/guycocker" title="View user profile.">Guy Cocker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Relax – it was worth the wait, and then some. The sprawling, ingenious, hilarious&nbsp;<em>Grand Theft Auto 5</em>&nbsp;is a contender for the best game of the current generation of consoles, and might just be the best game of all time.</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"> £35.00 </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 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"> Three-character dynamic works a treat </div> <div class="field-item even"> Massive, varied and detailed world </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Brilliantly varied missions stick in the mind </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"> Immaturity creeps in a number of times </div> <div class="field-item even"> Occasional frame rate drops </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"> Three’s company </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 V presents an incredibly detailed world that’s packed full of things to do, but that’s become par for the course for GTA. What actually turns out to be the most noteworthy and unexpected thing about <em>GTA V</em> is its three-character structure, which really changes up the game’s narrative and gameplay structure.</p> <p>The three main characters are compelling in their own unique ways, and act with a distinct set of motives. Michael is a master thief who cashed out for a life of luxury, while Trevor is his one-time partner in crime, who’s now peddling meth in a trailer park. Franklin is the most traditional GTA-style lead - a small-time crook with big-time ambitions whom Michael takes under his wing.</p> <p>The interplay between the three characters is what makes the game so compelling. Each has his own very different motivations, resulting in some excellent cut-scenes in the Hollywood-quality story. Switching characters during missions adds more variety to proceedings, not to mention more tactical possibilities and increased replay value. It's basically up to you whether you stick with one character throughout a mission, or play as Michael as he goes in guns blazing, then switch to Trevor so you can be the one driving the getaway car. Away from the missions, moving between characters reveals some brilliantly observed incidental details that offer a glimpse into the everyday life of each character.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GTA%20V%20%2819%29.png?1401335659" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GTA%20V%20%2811%29.png?1401335659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_Screenshot_370.png?1401335659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_Screenshot_187.png?1401335659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 the hell am I doing living in LA? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While <em>GTA IV’s</em> Liberty City was impressive, the scale of <em>GTA V’s</em> world is on a whole other level. From a technical perspective, it encapsulates a space of land that’s supposedly bigger than <em>GTA: San Andreas</em>, <em>GTA IV</em> and <em>Red Dead Redemption</em> put together - we were still discovering new areas of the map 30 hours into the game. On an artistic level, San Andreas is even more astounding - from the gorgeous beaches to the trashy trailer parks, the level of detail in the world is nothing short of astonishing. The only downside is this ambition slightly exceeds current-gen hardware, with a frame rate that can slow when you’re racing at speed through the populated streets. We'll take that next-gen version as soon as you're ready, Rockstar.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_Screenshot_340.png?1401335659" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_Screenshot_346.png?1401335659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_Screenshot_366.png?1401335659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_Screenshot_333_0.png?1401335659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Mission: Impossible </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/25-defining-grand-theft-auto-moments/feature" target="_blank">The <em>GTA</em> series has provided some incredible moments</a>, whether it’s Michael Jackson playing on the radio when you steal your first car in <em>Vice City</em>, getting into a jet and flying to an entirely new city in <em>San Andreas</em>, or performing a Heat-like bank robbery in <em>GTA IV</em>. <em>GTA V</em> delivers memorable moments like these over and over again. We won’t detail them in the interest of spoilers, but the assignments are wild, imaginative and incredibly varied - just when you’ve told yourself you’ve played the best mission yet, the game throws up another classic.</p> <p>The new heists are particularly awesome: you have to find the tools, choose your squad, and execute the job across multiple missions. If, like us, you've always assumed that if you turned your bulging brain to crime you'd be completely amazing at it, now you can find out. But beware, like previous GTA games, some missions can be tough, although the generous checkpointing means you at least don’t have to replay long sections over and over.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_Screenshot_367.png?1401335659" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_Screenshot_343.png?1401335659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_Screenshot_291.png?1401335659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_Screenshot_103.png?1401335659" /> </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"> GTA: Online </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>Unusually, the online component of <em>GTA 5</em> isn't even available yet, but we're massively excited about it as it builds on the already huge single player game by adding 500 separate missions, the ability to buy your own cars and houses, and create a new <em>GTA Online</em> avatar - you choose your parents, lifestyle and preferences, and then upgrade your character from there. You'll partner up with friends and Rockstar crew members first, before your game is populated with people at the same skill level from your geographical location. The coolest feature? People can steal money from you, but you can put a bounty on their head for other players to collect.&nbsp;<em>GTA Online</em>&nbsp;launches on 1st October, so that gives you two weeks to finish the single-player game in preparation. No pressure.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Extracurricular activities </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>GTA V</em> is a massive game, with a huge world to explore, a long main story and a staggering number of side missions. Each character has specific missions that introduce them to new NPCs and extra cash - operating a tow truck as Franklin, or going on a killing spree as Trevor, for example. As you earn cash, there’s a <em>Monopoly</em>-style property game to play, allowing you to buy locations like strip clubs, bars and cinemas that will earn you an income each week (although they come with their own sets of missions - you’ll be called on to catch the thief if they happen to get robbed, for example). You can even get involved in the stock market and make money from the companies you’re ripping off throughout the game.</p> <p>It’s a testament to the quality of these optional activities that, even though we were trying to complete the main story for review, we were constantly being distracted by other stuff to do. &nbsp;Our do-gooder Robin Hood fantasies meant we were especially drawn to the random vigilante missions - if you see someone being mugged on the street, you can chase down the crook and give the property back for a reward, or just keep the handbag/vehicle for yourself. The challenges, such as flying under every bridge in the game, are also compulsively addictive.&nbsp;</p> <p>The sports games such as golf and tennis won’t challenge <em>Tiger Woods</em> or <em>Top Spin</em>, but they’re fun diversions that also improve your characters’ physical attributes. There’s also stuff to do in the world just for fun, such as riding a cable car or going on a rollercoaster. You don’t need to do any of this stuff, but it all breathes life to this incredible world. And it's obviously much more fun and much prettier than real life.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_Screenshot_HUD_009.png?1401335659" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GTA%20V%20%2817%29.png?1401335659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Pop culture </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 previous <em>GTA</em> games have been amusing, <em>GTA V</em> is funnier than anything before it. It helps that there are plenty of modern trappings to satirise - the repetitive nature of first person shooters, the degrading nature of talent shows, the messianic status of tech companies – and GTA V really goes for the jugular on all these issues and more. The humour permeates every area of the game, from the TV shows, to the billboards, to the in-game version of the internet, there are loads of genuine laugh out loud moments. It’s also worth mentioning there are more radio stations than ever before, and the soundtrack is as excellent and diverse as ever. There’s even an original score for the first time in a <em>GTA</em> game, and it plays dynamically depending on what you’re doing - generally stealthing-it-up or blowing-it-up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_Screenshot_368.png?1401335659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Questionable ethics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While most of the humour is satirical, there’s a nasty streak that runs through <em>GTA V</em> that will leave a bad taste in the mouth of some players. Trevor's the biggest problem – a cruel, foul-mouthed and ultra-violent psychopath who is introduced to the game in brutal fashion and becomes more grotesque from there. It’s clear that you’re supposed to laugh at his unhinged behaviour, but the game pushes the shock tactics a little too much. In one severely uncomfortable mission, you’re forced to use Trevor to water-board, electrocute and disembowel someone to extract information - not exactly subtle.</p> <p>The game’s sexual politics are also a bit immature - female characters tend to be nothing more than broadly drawn caricatures that are either a burden to the main characters, something that needs to be saved, or something that can be leered over. Some players won't notice any of this, others won't care, but Rockstar should know better.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_Screenshot_251.png?1401335659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Grand Theft Auto 5</em> aims ridiculously high and despite those ethical missteps manages to deliver on all of its towering ambitions. Shooting straight to the top of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">our list of the best games you can play</a> right now, it’s a game that pushes the boundaries not only of what’s possible in open world games, but what’s possible on the current generation of consoles. In <em>GTA 5</em>, the incredibly detailed world, compelling characters and varied missions combine to create an experience that will live on in your memory long after you've finished playing - and we expect you'll be playing for a long, long time.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_Screenshot_HUD_002.png?1401335659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Everything the fans wanted and more, Grand Theft Auto 5 is an instant classic and fitting swansong for the current-gen consoles</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 5 review – is this the best game ever? </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"> GTA 5 arrives with high expectations – and exceeds almost all of them </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review#comments Console games Gaming Grand Theft Auto 5 PS3 Xbox 360 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:35:32 +0000 Tom Parsons 1426727 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands on with Wolfenstein: The New Order http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/first-play-wolfenstein-new-order/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s fun, nostalgia-inducing and… crikey, that’s a bit strong </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Wolfenstein: The New Order" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wolfenstein-the-new-order-05.jpg?1377154904" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There is no doubt that Gamescom is a weird place to play the new Wolfenstein.</p> <p>The game’s billboard posters around Cologne are free of Nazi symbols (German law prohibits the display of swastikas and other Nazi iconography) but on them, red banners behind the game’s hero carry black Wolfenstein symbols inside white circles, and leave no doubt as to what they are intended to evoke. It’s as close as you can get to publicly displaying a swastika in Germany.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><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"> You must remember 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>Of course, this isn’t really a game about historical context, and nostalgic fans will be too busy enjoying the regular references to the beloved originals to be concerned by such things.</p> <p>The opening level of our demo saw us scaling the walls of a castle, soldiers shooting and falling from the windows in a scene straight out of Where Eagles Dare. Scurrying through corridors, an assault rifle in each hand, being surprised by Gestapo officers and grabbing bits of food off tables to replenish health, it was unmistakeably Wolfenstein.</p> <p>The enemy AI moves things along quite quickly: soldiers make quick flanking movements and prefer attack over cover, spurring you on to fight quickly through the corridors, and again that’s what you want from Wolfenstein.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="Wolfenstein: The New Order" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wolfenstein-the-new-order-06.jpg?1377154904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Death Shed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We also had our first encounter with the skull-faced Dr Deathshead (you’re probably supposed to pronounce it “Death’s Head”, although “Death Shed” has just as much menace), a grinning, sadistic nutcase with the mind of Josef Mengele and the face of one of the aliens from Mars Attacks. Although your first meeting with him ends pretty horrifically, his maniacal cackling keeps the violence on the cartoon side. But then it gets nasty. &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Wolfenstein: The New Order" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wolfenstein-the-new-order-07.jpg?1377154904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Wolfenstein: The New Order" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wolfenstein-the-new-order-04.jpg?1377154904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Wolfenstein: The New Order" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wolfenstein-the-new-order-01.jpg?1377154904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Grim reality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Having failed to take out DeathShed, you’re badly injured and taken to a mental hospital in Poland, where you’re nursed by a kindly family for several years. They’re then killed in front of you, before the sobbing patients in your ward are shot, one by one, in their beds.</p> <p>It’s reminiscent of the grim execution scenes in the controversial Homefront, and a jarring switch from the simple pleasure of gunning your way through waves of cartoon Nazis to a much darker storyline.</p> <p>It could be that this deeper, more affecting story will be what makes this game great, or it could make it an uncomfortable experience. It’s not the Wolfenstein you played as a kid, that’s for sure.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Wolfenstein: The New Order" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wolfenstein-the-new-order-03.jpg?1377154904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Wolfenstein: The New Order" alt="Wolfenstein: The New Order" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wolfenstein-the-new-order-02.jpg?1377154904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/microsoft/first-play-wolfenstein-new-order/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/first-play-wolfenstein-new-order/news#comments Console games Microsoft PlayStation 4 PS3 Sony Xbox 360 Xbox One Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:29:03 +0000 Stephen Graves 1425731 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Office Cat’s Diary – 17/05/2013 http://www.stuff.tv/philips/stuff-office-cat%E2%80%99s-diary-%E2%80%93-17052013/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our resident moggy casts his world-weary eyes over water-cooled phones, a Kickstarter for gigs and smart Alec lightbulbs </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="Manhunt" alt="Manhunt" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/manhunt.jpg?1370947830" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Manhunt hits the PlayStation Network, NEC unviles a water-cooled smartphone and Songkick unveils detour in this week's Office Cat</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NEC unveils water-cooled phone… for women! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Office Cat understands that water-cooling is popular in cars and nerds’ computers – but smartphones? NEC thinks it’s a good idea at least, and has introduced the Medias X 06E, an Android blower that employs a water-filled heatpipe to draw heat away from its quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip. Apparently, this helps the CPU run at full power for longer, as it doesn’t need to take a breather every now and then due to overheating. The Medias is also aimed at female users, coming in pink and featuring some kind of jewellery dangling off it. Office Cat suspects that this wouldn’t go down too well outside of NEC’s native Japan – so perhaps it’s fortuitous that the phone is unlikely to be seen outside of the Far East.<br /><strong>Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/15/4332856/nec-water-cooled-ladyphone-medias-x-06e">The Verge</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="NEC" alt="NEC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nec-medias-x.jpg?1370947830" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Corning’s Lotus XT Glass coming to an LCD near you soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Corning, maker of the super-tough Gorilla Glass that covers many a smartphone screen, has launched Lotus XT Glass, a new thin glass substrate that could well end up on a bunch of future phones. Office Cat won’t go into the technical details&nbsp;(trust him, it’s not worth it) but Lotus XT Glass should mean thinner, brighter and higher resolution OLED and TFT displays.<br /><strong>Source: <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130517PR203.html?utm_source=feedly">Digitimes</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Songkick launches Detour – a Kickstarter for gigs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Songkick, the startup that tells you when bands you like are playing gigs in your town, has launched a crowdfunding service for gigs. <a href="https://detour-ldn.songkick.com/">Detour</a> allows fans to pledge tickets, in order to encourage artists they like to come to their town and play a show. The idea is to get bands playing in towns they might not otherwise include on tour. Detour takes a 10 percent fee from the tickets sold, and the rest goes to the band and towards the logistics of setting up the gig.<br /><strong>Source: <a href="http://blog.songkick.com/2013/05/16/after-10-fan-created-gigs-detour-is-opening-up/">Songkick blog</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="Songkick Detour" alt="Songkick Detour" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/songkick%20detour.jpg?1370947830" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philips Hue bulbs are getting cleverer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Philips’ range of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/life-etc/5-of-the-best/these-smart-bulbs-make-other-lights-look-dim">Hue bulbs</a> were already smart (read about them here) and now they’re becoming even smarter. From next Tuesday 21st May, there’ll be three new features available: the ability to act as indicators for weather, email, sport scores etc. through <a href="https://ifttt.com/channels">IFTTT</a>; “geofencing”, which detects when you’re approaching or leaving your house and automatically turns the lights on or off accordingly; and a timer enabling the hue bulbs to come on at the same time every morning in order to wake you up, or to come on at random times while you’re away on holiday.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Manhunt comes to PSN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Manhunt, the “highly controversial” stalk ‘em up that landed on the PS2 way back in 2003, is now available for the PS3, courtesy of PSN. It costs £7.99. Rockstar Games also revealed that The Warriors will be coming to PSN soon. Office Cat loves stalking things (moths, mice, sunlight reflected off people’s watches), so will be picking this one up over the weekend.</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="Manhunt" alt="Manhunt" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/manhunt.jpg?1370947830" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/stuff-office-cat/stuff/stuff-office-cat%E2%80%99s-diary-%E2%80%93-17052013 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/philips/stuff-office-cat%E2%80%99s-diary-%E2%80%93-17052013/news#comments Philips PS3 Smartphones Fri, 17 May 2013 15:58:31 +0000 1423670 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour – super-slim PlayStation 3 won't surface in August http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/rumour-%E2%80%93-super-slim-playstation-3-wont-surface-august/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reports of an August 14 appearance at Gamescom for cut-price PS3-4000 have been scotched by source </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ps3-4000-leaked-images_0_0.jpeg?1364399816" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ps3-4000-leaked-images_1.jpg?1364399816" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4494.jpg?1364399816" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/computers-and-consoles/stuff/super-slim-playstation-3-appears-online">PS3-4000</a>, the super-slim PlayStation 3 strongly tipped to appear this year, won't be launched at Gamescom, according to reports.</p> <p>It had been thought that Sony would use its August 14 Gamescom press conference to launch the new model of the console, rumoured to have 16GB of storage and a bargain basement price tag of just £99. But a source told VG247 that the PS3-4000 won't surface until later in the year, and that the price would be higher than £99.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/apps-and-games/rumour-mill/rumour-%E2%80%93-super-slim-playstation-3-wont-surface-in-august </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/rumour-%E2%80%93-super-slim-playstation-3-wont-surface-august/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/rumour-%E2%80%93-super-slim-playstation-3-wont-surface-august/news#comments PS3 Sony Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:10:15 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 422062 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony reveals complete PlayStation Plus Instant collection http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/sony-reveals-complete-playstation-plus-instant-collection/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pay a subscription fee and you can instantly access the likes of Darksiders and Oddworld on your PS3 for no extra cost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/playstation-plus_0.jpg?1364400145" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/computers-and-consoles/need-to-know/need-to-know-%E2%80%93-playstation-plus">PlayStation Plus Instant Game</a> is an interesting concept: pay £39.99 a year (or £11.99 for 90 days) and you can then download and play selected games for free. </p> <p>The offer starts tomorrow, 6th June, and we now have a list of the available titles:</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/apps-and-games/news-nugget/sony-reveals-complete-playstation-plus-instant-collection </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/sony-reveals-complete-playstation-plus-instant-collection/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/sony-reveals-complete-playstation-plus-instant-collection/news#comments PS3 Sony Tue, 05 Jun 2012 19:18:25 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 421434 at http://www.stuff.tv UK gets red 320GB PlayStation 3 http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/uk-gets-red-320gb-playstation-3/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The PS3 is getting a makeover with a red model set to hit the UK on April 27th </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/red-sony-ps3_0.jpg?1364396325" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_712.jpg?1364396325" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've been holding off on getting a PlayStation 3 because it just doesn't match your interior decor, you're in luck. Assuming your interior decor has a red theme, because Sony is releasing a red PS3 in the UK on April 27th.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/computers-and-consoles/news-nugget/uk-gets-red-320gb-playstation-3 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/uk-gets-red-320gb-playstation-3/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/uk-gets-red-320gb-playstation-3/news#comments PS3 Sony Sun, 15 Apr 2012 11:47:51 +0000 Stephen Graves 420779 at http://www.stuff.tv Viral of the Week – Quantic Dream's Kara: behind the scenes http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/viral-week-%E2%80%93-quantic-dreams-kara-behind-scenes/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Remember that awesome PlayStation 3 tech demo from the makers of Heavy Rain? Here&#039;s how they did it… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/viral-of-the-week-quantic-dream-s-kara-behind-the-scenes_0.jpg?1364396381" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_864.jpg?1364396381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember Kara, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/web/viral-of-the-week/viral-of-the-week-%E2%80%93-quantic-dreams-kara">the awesome PlayStation 3 tech demo</a> from the makers of Heavy Rain? Here's a look at how it was created…</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/web/viral-of-the-week/viral-of-the-week-%E2%80%93-quantic-dreams-kara-behind-the-scenes </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/viral-week-%E2%80%93-quantic-dreams-kara-behind-scenes/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/viral-week-%E2%80%93-quantic-dreams-kara-behind-scenes/news#comments PS3 Sony Tue, 27 Mar 2012 07:07:13 +0000 Stephen Graves 420564 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony launching PlayMemories Studio PS3 photo suite http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/sony-launching-playmemories-studio-ps3-photo-suite/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Photo and video editing plus cloud storage coming to the PlayStation 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-playmemories-studio_0.jpg?1367416310" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_873.jpg?1367416310" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple's iPhoto and iCloud services look set to have some competition from one of the tech world's big guns, with the news that Sony is launching its PlayMemories Studio photo and video suite for PS3 this week.</p><fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/computers-and-consoles/news-nugget/sony-launching-playmemories-studio-ps3-photo-suite </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/sony-launching-playmemories-studio-ps3-photo-suite/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/sony-launching-playmemories-studio-ps3-photo-suite/news#comments PS3 Sony Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:12:04 +0000 Stephen Graves 420555 at http://www.stuff.tv Viral of the Week – Quantic Dream's Kara http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/viral-week-%E2%80%93-quantic-dreams-kara/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dreams shows off its new performance capture tech in this 7-minute CGI short </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/viral-of-the-week-quantic-dreams-kara_0.jpg?1364396457" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_1078.jpg?1364396457" /> </div> </div> </div> </p> <p>Via <a href="http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-03-07-introducing-quantic-dreams-kara">Eurogamer</a></p> <p><strong>You may also like</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/web/viral-of-the-week/viral-of-the-week-%E2%80%93-quantic-dreams-kara </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/viral-week-%E2%80%93-quantic-dreams-kara/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/viral-week-%E2%80%93-quantic-dreams-kara/news#comments PS3 Sony Thu, 08 Mar 2012 12:58:31 +0000 Stephen Graves 420304 at http://www.stuff.tv PlayStation Video Store promo uses 3D projection mapping to blow our minds http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/playstation-video-store-promo-uses-3d-projection-mapping-blow-our-minds/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s new promos put one guy&#039;s sofa into another dimension </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="277" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rsz_picture_6_0.jpg?1364400976" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_1911.jpg?1364400976" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Sony has released three mind-boggling new promos for the PlayStation Video Store. </p> <p class="p1">The videos use a single actor on a sofa in a white room set and Studio Output, the agency tasked by Sony to create the videos, claims they were made in one cut with no post production work, making them all the more impressive.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/computers-and-consoles/news-nugget/playstation-video-store-promo-uses-3d-projection-mapping-to- </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/playstation-video-store-promo-uses-3d-projection-mapping-blow-our-minds/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/playstation-video-store-promo-uses-3d-projection-mapping-blow-our-minds/news#comments PS3 Sony Fri, 02 Dec 2011 09:21:29 +0000 Jools Whitehorn 419008 at http://www.stuff.tv