Windows http://www.stuff.tv/windows/all en-GB Titanfall http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft’s robot fighting sim has landed, hoping to make a Titan-sized dent in the fortunes of the PS4. But is it the FPS revolution we were promised? </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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Titanfall_review_1.jpg?1395744996" /> </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>Landing in a crater of hype bigger than any imprint left by the plummeting robots of its title, <em>Titanfall</em> is the biggest game of the new console generation so far. But does it live up to expectations? Just about.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One review</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £45.00 </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 One </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">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"> Well-balanced matches </div> <div class="field-item even"> Boarding your Titan never gets old </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Pilot movement is parkour done properly </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"> Attrition mode is dull </div> <div class="field-item even"> Campaign feels tacked-on </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Can’t be played offline </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"> It&#039;s raining &#039;bots </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Titanfall</em> is an online-only first-person shooter, with the added bonus of large robots periodically falling from the sky for you to climb inside and wreak havoc with &ndash; think <em>Battlefield</em> meets <em>MechWarrior</em>.</p> <p>It begins with a vague story about a war that broke out after humans colonised a far away system of planets. You can skip this bit, or go and make a cup of tea while it plays, it&rsquo;s largely irrelevant. All you need to know is you start off on foot and after a few minutes you&rsquo;ll be able to summon your robo-pal.</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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_7.jpg?1395744996" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> A campaign unworthy of the name </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The game is split into two modes. Campaign mode attaches vague narratives to two of the standard game types: Attrition and Hardpoint. You can happily ignore the story without any detriment to the game &ndash; it&#39;s all gravel-voiced thugs calling each other son-of-a-bitch, hardly&nbsp;<em>Citizen Kane</em>&nbsp;&ndash; but it works well as an extended online tutorial, introducing you to the basics of actual gameplay over nine different maps.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s all over in under two hours but you can play through again as the other side if you so wish (there&rsquo;s the IMC and the Militia but they&rsquo;re two sides of the same macho coin). By the end I&rsquo;d leveled up enough to unlock Burn Cards, which give short-term power-ups to your player, such as faster sprinting, or a more powerful Titan.</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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_4.jpg?1395744996" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Multiplayer classic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>However, once you&rsquo;ve tried Classic mode chances are you&rsquo;ll never touch the campaign again.</p> <p>Classic mode ditches any sense of narrative and just lets you get down to business, adding Capture the Flag, Last Titan Standing, and Pilot Hunter to the Attrition and Hardpoint modes introduced in the Campaign. They&rsquo;re pretty familiar FPS game modes, although the traditional character upgrade system offers all the incentive you&rsquo;ll need to keep playing. Hardly groundbreaking, but if it ain&rsquo;t broke, blast it to smithereens with a massive robot.</p> <p>Attrition is well named. For someone like me who&rsquo;s never going to top the leaderboard on kills alone, it removes most of the nuance involved in other game modes and retreats back into a standard FPS reaction test. The fun starts when you add in extra gameplay dimensions, such as flags to capture or bases to infiltrate and defend.</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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_12.jpg?1395744996" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Tackling the Titans </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Titanfall&rsquo;s</em> biggest strength is its many opportunities to earn points. You can go around killing AI-controlled grunts for easy points, although that feels slightly against the spirit of an online game. It won&rsquo;t make you any more deadly against human opponents either, and you&rsquo;ll still periodically get shot by human Pilots or squashed by Titans. The latter are mighty powerful but you&rsquo;ll be rewarded handsomely for felling one, which makes it an exciting gamble to take. There are also challenges that award points for number of kills, distance travelled and time played.</p> <p>The balance between Titan power and vulnerability is spot-on. They&rsquo;re big targets that attract attention from both the other Titans and the much more nimble Pilots and their shields wear out with surprising speed. The maps offer very few places to hide a massive robot and most give Pilots multiple levels from which to mount an attack. That means boarding your Titan isn&rsquo;t necessarily a huge advantage, just a different approach.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/shooty-and-sweet-10-best-games-which-you-shoot-people/feature" target="_top">the 10 Best Games for Gunplay</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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_16.jpg?1395744996" /> </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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_14.jpg?1395744996" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Silver linings Epilogue </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To be successful in <em>Titanfall</em> you need much more than just the faster trigger finger. Using all the tools and power-ups available to you is crucial, particularly the short bursts of cloaking that you get by default. This&nbsp;isn&rsquo;t a game of cover and fire &ndash; it&rsquo;s about varying your attacks.</p> <p>Maps are well designed to stop people camping, plus the choice to limit matches to teams of six means you have to keep moving if you want to find anyone to shoot. That means vertically, as well as laterally, with plenty of walls and windows to jump through and bounce off, using your Pilot&rsquo;s jetpack to find areas other shooters can&rsquo;t reach.</p> <p>Each match also ends with an Epilogue, in which you either need to reach a dropship in order to escape, or stop the opposition from doing so to earn an extra few points. Leapfrogging a Titan into the waiting getaway vehicle (or shooting the enemy as they do so) is one of those &#39;Did you see that?&#39; gaming moments that <em>Titanfall</em> seems to throw up with grin-inducing regularity.</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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_3.jpg?1395744996" /> </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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_15.jpg?1395744996" /> </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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_2.jpg?1395744996" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Titanfall 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 you&#39;ve been put off by multiplayer shooters before, <em>Titanfall</em> is unlikely to turn you into a Red Bull-chugging, anti-glare spec-wearing FPS junkie. But for shooter fans left unconvinced by <em>COD&rsquo;s</em> juvenile environment, it&nbsp;makes fragging fun again.</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="Titanfall review" alt="Titanfall review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall%20Cover%20Art%20_DEC.jpg?1395744996" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 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"> 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>Hardly a revolution in online shooters but Titanfall is still greater than the sum of its parts</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"> Titanfall 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"> Parkour moves + massive super-violent mechs = gaming gold </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review#comments Apps and Games Gaming Windows Xbox 360 Xbox One Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:18:19 +0000 Tom Parsons 1433826 at http://www.stuff.tv South Park: The Stick of Truth http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/south-park-stick-truth/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s been delayed and censored, and yet The Stick of Truth is still perhaps the definitive South Park game </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="South Park: The Stick of Truth review" alt="South Park: The Stick of Truth review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/South_Park_stick_of_Truth_review.jpg?1394559145" /> </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>In its 17 years on our screens <em>South Park</em> has offended pretty much everyone with its caustic humour but its games have struggled to bottle the show&rsquo;s comic magic.</p> <p><em>South Park: The Stick of Truth</em> plans to change that with an outrage-soaked RPG written by show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone themselves. But after delays that even the show took the mick out of and last-minute censorship for us sensitive Europeans, will the end result be as welcome as a ginger kid in Cartman&rsquo;s bedroom?</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">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"> It’s the TV show brought to life </div> <div class="field-item even"> Merciless humour </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Deep RPG battling </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"> Irritating censorship decision </div> <div class="field-item even"> Cluttered map </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Loading delays between locations </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"> Straight off the telly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first thing that strikes you about <em>The Stick of Truth</em> is how good a job the developers have done at recreating the look and feel of the show.&nbsp;The jerky animation could have come straight off the telly and the town of South Park is there to explore in all its dark, surreal glory.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s more, for much of the game&rsquo;s 15-plus hours, the series&rsquo; vicious humour shines through - not least during a wickedly funny lampooning of gaming&rsquo;s obsession with audio logs. Only the high amount of loading between locations lets the atmosphere down.</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-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="South Park game review" alt="South Park game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/South_Park_stick_of_Truth_review4.png?1394559145" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new kid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rather than being cast as one of the show&rsquo;s familiar characters, you play &ldquo;the new kid&rdquo; who arrives in the midst of a <em>Lord of the Rings</em>-style play-war where elves and human battle for the all-powerful Stick of Truth. Eric Cartman, leader of the humans, decides you are the chosen one and gets you running errands to help him win in traditional RPG fashion.</p> <p>Alongside the main quests there are plenty of madcap side missions to keep you amused - from helping Al Gore catch the ManBearPig to collecting scattered Chinopokomons. No idea what either of those things are? You&rsquo;ve not watched enough <em>South Park</em>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="South Park game review" alt="South Park game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/South_Park_stick_of_Truth_review20.jpg?1394559145" /> </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="South Park game review" alt="South Park game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/South_Park_stick_of_Truth_review21.jpg?1394559145" /> </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="South Park game review" alt="South Park game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/South_Park_stick_of_Truth_review14.jpg?1394559145" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Twisted role-playing </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 quest structure adheres to role-playing tradition, but the <em>Stick of Truth</em> is really <em>Dungeons &amp; Dragons</em> reimagined by Cartman.</p> <p>The character class options set the tone, offering a choice of fighter, mage, thief or - ahem - Jew. The latter of which can shoot stars of David at foes. Where other games offer magic, Stick of Truth invites you to master the art of targeted flatulence, and weapons are made more deadly by attaching tufts of ginger pubic hair. It&rsquo;s exactly what you&rsquo;d expect and want from a <em>South Park</em> RPG - a game that walks the line between puerile and satirical to hilarious effect.</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="South Park game review" alt="South Park game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/South_Park_stick_of_Truth_review19.jpg?1394559145" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Turn-based 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>When it comes to battles <em>The Stick of Truth</em> is surprisingly old-school, opting for turn-based combat reminiscent of Japanese RPGs such as <em>Final Fantasy</em>. Winning comes down to using your abilities and items wisely rather than frantic button bashing.</p> <p>That won&rsquo;t be to everyone&rsquo;s taste - as Cartman says early on: &ldquo;I know it&rsquo;s lame but taking turns is how we&rsquo;re doing it&rdquo; - but in truth it&rsquo;s not &ldquo;lame&rdquo; at all. The intricacies of the battles give the game proper depth.</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="South Park game review" alt="South Park game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/South_Park_stick_of_Truth_review6.jpg?1394559145" /> </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="South Park game review" alt="South Park game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/South_Park_stick_of_Truth_review3.png?1394559145" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Censorship </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When it comes to flaws the game&rsquo;s biggest problem is its cluttered map that does little to help you keep track of individual missions.</p> <p>And then there&rsquo;s the censorship. Several scenes involving mini-games about anal probes and abortions have been replaced in Europe with screens explaining that it was done for our own protection. Because obviously Europeans are really easily offended by these topics. Unlike Americans.</p> <p>In truth, losing these sections is probably no great loss, but this is an 18-rated game so it irritates all the same.</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="South Park game review" alt="South Park game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Censored%20-%20for%20panel.png?1394559145" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> South Park: The Stick of Truth 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>The Stick of Truth</em> has had a torrid time making it onto our shelves but the end result delivers on the promise - bringing the crazy world of South Park onto our gaming screens with the cutout animation and all the acidic humour intact. And it&rsquo;s backed by strong RPG mechanics to boot.</p> <p>Like a visit from Mr Hankey the Christmas Poo, it&rsquo;s just what game-loving <em>South Park</em> fans have been waiting for.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="South Park game review" alt="South Park game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/South_Park_stick_of_Truth_review8.png?1394559145" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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"> 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>If you like South Park (and you darn well should) you&#39;ll love <em>The Stick of Truth</em></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"> South Park: The Stick of Truth review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/south-park-stick-truth/review#comments Apps and Games Gaming PlayStation 3 Ubisoft Windows Xbox 360 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:54:26 +0000 Tom Parsons 1433348 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: Intel RealSense hands-on preview – motion sensing, depth-detecting 3D cameras coming to a PC near you http://www.stuff.tv/intel/ces-2014/video-intel-realsense-hands-preview-motion-sensing-depth-detecting-3d-cameras-coming- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Intel promises a commitment to “perceptual computing”, while pushing the idea that we will soon interact with our machines in far easier and smarter ways </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="Video: Intel RealSense eyes-on preview – motion sensing, depth-detecting 3D cameras coming to a PC near you" alt="Video: Intel RealSense eyes-on preview – motion sensing, depth-detecting 3D came" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-01-22%20at%2013.29.59.png?1390441840" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3080992192001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" 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If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/ces-2014/video-intel-realsense-hands-preview-motion-sensing-depth-detecting-3d-cameras-coming-#comments Cameras CES 2014 Intel Laptops Tablets Windows Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:01:46 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1431567 at http://www.stuff.tv Windows 9 to be revealed in April? http://www.stuff.tv/windows-9-be-revealed-april/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rumour has it Microsoft will unveil the next version of its operating system at the BUILD conference </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Windows 9 to be revealed in April?" alt="Windows 9 to be revealed in April?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-logo.jpg?1389861748" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft seems set to reveal its next operating system in April &ndash; and it&rsquo;ll likely be called &ldquo;Windows 9&rdquo;.</p> <p>The OS version, currently codenamed Threshold, won&rsquo;t be available for another year or so (April 2015 seems likely), but according to winsupersite.com Microsoft will unveil its vision for it at the BUILD 2014 conference.</p> <p>The company seems set on naming Threshold &ldquo;Windows 9&rdquo; in an attempt to distance it from the current, much-maligned Windows 8.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Back to the Start </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rumours concerning Windows 9&rsquo;s look and design are scant, but reports claim it will see the return of the Start menu and the ability to &ldquo;run Metro-style apps on the desktop alongside desktop applications&rdquo;. It&rsquo;s not even in serious development yet though &ndash; so it&rsquo;s unlikely that any kind of developer alpha release will be available until much later in the year.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/threshold-be-called-windows-9-ship-april-2015">winsupersite.com</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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"> Windows 9 coming in April </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"> Next version of Microsoft&#039;s OS rumoured to drop at BUILD conference </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Windows Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:03:16 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1431195 at http://www.stuff.tv Updating to Windows 8.1? Not so fast, buster http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/updating-windows-81-not-so-fast-buster/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yesterday&#039;s big rollout brought many useful improvements, but driver issues might need time to get sorted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Windows 8.1" alt="Windows 8.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows%208.1%20desktop.jpg?1382670945" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With all the hype leading up to Microsoft's massive update to its new latest operating system, no one would blame you for wanting to get Windows 8.1 on your machine ASAP. But before you do, you might have to ask yourself if it's right for your machine right now.</p> <p>User reports have been surfacing all over the place about problems mostly caused by driver incompatibility issues, though some companies have been proactive about making sure their latest drivers for 8.1 are available for download at launch.</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/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> No direct download </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 an unusual turn of events, Microsoft is not making Windows 8.1 a direct download. If you're already on Windows 8, you have to go to the Store app and (hopefully) see a big icon telling you that you can update it for free. If you're on a Surface, you should also be able to download 8.1 from the store.</p> <p>While the update is free for current Windows 8 users, Windows 7 users will have to pay for it. It's <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msuk/en_GB/cat/ThemeID.30273200/parentCategoryID.64526800/categoryID.64542600" target="_blank">£100 for the standard edition and £190 for the pro version</a>, which adds corporate networking and remote desktop capabilities. You can even purchase the DVD from stores carrying boxed versions of Windows if you'd rather not download it from Microsoft.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Windows Store 8.1 Pro" alt="Windows Store 8.1 Pro" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows%208.1%20store2.jpg?1382670945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> 5 good reasons to update </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The biggest hoo-hah about the 8.1 update is the 'return' of the Start button. In truth it means you can choose to login straight to the Desktop mode instead of being greeted by the Windows Metro interface. Nice, but not quite the Windows 7-esque hierarchical menu we were hoping for.</p> <p>Other neat features:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Better search.</strong> Microsoft's worked some magic with Bing and integrated it into the Search on Windows 8.1 so it really feels like a good alternative to Mac OS X's Spotlight.</li> <li><strong>Better multitasking.</strong> Before, if an app was in 'Windows 8 mode', you would have to alt-tab out of it to use another app. Now you can snap up to four apps at once to your screen at the same time.</li> <li><strong>A new Apps screen view</strong>. This allows you to see all your apps in one place with a click of a button.</li> <li><strong>Internet Explorer 11</strong>. Some of you might still dread the thought of using IE, but you shouldn't: the new version is excellent. You can now have side-by-side browsing of websites: pretty damn cool.</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/multitasking%20Win8.jpg?1382670945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Reasons to be cautious </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even if your current machine is running Windows 8 just fine, there is no guarantee that all drivers working in Windows 8 will work in Windows 8.1. That is a serious flaw - you can understand why there might be driver incompatibility for older Windows 7 drivers, but for an update to break Windows 8 compatible apps and drivers is a bit daft.</p> <p>During the installation itself, the software checks your system but it can only really detect if your hardware meets the requirements but gives no real indication whether or not all your apps or drivers will work once you install 8.1. So you should probably do a little investigative work yourself.</p> <p>For example, musicians and other people who use Roland audio software shouldn't update to 8.1 as the company has <a href="http://njnnetwork.com/2013/10/roland-audio-drivers-not-compatible-with-windows-8-1/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+njnnetwork%2FipxO+%28NJN+Network%29" target="_blank">announced</a> that it has yet to make its software compatible for 8.1, despite having previously created drivers for Windows 8.</p> <p>On the other hand, most mainstream software and hardware providers have been working to ensure compatibility already. Both <a href="http://support.amd.com/en-us" target="_blank">ATI</a> and <a href="http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us" target="_blank">Nvidia</a> have 8.1-ready drivers, which you can download straight from their websites. So before you get all excited about Windows 8.1, do a quick search to make sure your machine is ready for the update, or be prepared for things not to work, especially older software or drivers.</p> <p>Windows 8.1 is a step in the right direction for Microsoft, addressing user complaints and making the OS more desktop PC-friendly. If it works on your machine, you're going to like it a lot. Stay tuned for a full review.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nvidia%20win%208.1.jpg?1382670945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/updating-windows-81-not-so-fast-buster/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/updating-windows-81-not-so-fast-buster/news#comments Microsoft Windows Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:36:31 +0000 Will Findlater 1428049 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft ushers in Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-ushers-surface-2-and-surface-pro-2/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Improved performance, longer battery life and a host of ingenious accessories are the focusses of the second generation of Windows tablets </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="Microsoft Surface 2" alt="Microsoft Surface 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/surface-2-front.jpg?1380542022" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has unveiled its second generation of Surface tablets at a New York event.</p> <p>There are two new models in the range: the Surface 2, which runs on Windows RT 8.1, and the Surface Pro 2, which boasts full Windows 8.1.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Surface Pro 2: an end to battery issues? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Surface Pro 2 is “literally faster than 95 percent of laptops” according to Microsoft’s Panos Panay. It runs off Intel Haswell processors that give it a 20 percent speed and 50 percent graphics processing bump over the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/node/1424360">original Surface Pro</a>. Haswell’s low-power operation and battery improvements also offer up to 60 percent more on-the-go use – a response to one of the main criticisms of the original Pro.</p> <p>It’s physically similar to the original Pro, but Microsoft has redesigned the kickstand to make it more comfortable to use on your lap. The screen remains full HD but Microsoft claims image quality has been improved, and new speakers have been built-in. There’s also USB 3.0.</p> <p>The Pro 2 comes in a variety of configurations: 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM (£720); 128GB and 4GB (£800); 256GB and 8GB (£1040); and 512GB and 8GB (£1,440).</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="Surface Pro 2" alt="Surface Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-pro-2.jpg?1380542022" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> A thinner, lighter Surface 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Surface 2 is lighter, thinner and faster than <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-windows-rt/review">its predecessor</a>. It now runs on a Tegra 4 processor and features a full HD 1080p screen and USB 3.0 port, plus improved front and rear cameras. The battery lasts for up to 10 hours. Perhaps the most significant improvement is not to the hardware, though: there are now 100,000 apps available for it, whereas there were only 10,000 when the original Surface arrived. It’s available in 32GB and 64GB versions, costing £360 and £430 respectively.</p> <p>Both Surfaces come with two years of 200GB of SkyDrive space and a year of free international calls via Skype. They go on sale on 22nd October in the US, with a UK release date yet to be confirmed.</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="Surface 2 in silver" alt="Surface 2 in silver" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-2.jpg?1380542022" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A host of new add-ons </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alongside the new tablets comes a new set of accessories. Power Cover is a keyboard cover that houses a battery, able to increase battery life of any Surface model by up to 50 percent. Type Cover 2 is 1mm thinner than the original Type Cover, and features backlit keys. Touch Cover 2 also features backlighting and a thinner form, but the biggest improvement is its sensitivity: with 1092 sensors instead of 80, it promises far greater responsiveness.</p> <p>For the Surface Pro 2, there’s a new Docking Station that lets you hook up a second monitor, full-size keyboard, printer, speakers and other peripherals. It has three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 1.0 port, audio in and out and MiniDisplay port for a monitor. It’s expected to launch in early 2014, with pricing yet to be confirmed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><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"> Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 revealed </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"> Microsoft shows off its lighter, more powerful next-gen tablets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-pro-2_0.jpg?1380542022" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Microsoft Tablets Windows Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:33:27 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1426981 at http://www.stuff.tv The Bureau: XCOM Declassified http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/bureau-xcom-declassified/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bureau: XCOM Declassified gives the alien-battling series a Mad Men makeover and a heap of extra action, but this jumble of half-baked ideas isn&#039;t brilliant at anything </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/2kg_thebureauxd_codebreakers_1_0.jpg?1378017129" /> </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>It’s 1962 and aliens are invading. The only hope is a secret US military unit called XCOM and a nattily dressed, reformed alcoholic called Agent Carter. Playing as Agent Carter, it’s your job to bring down the xenomorphs in a third-person shooter that hopes to spice up all the story clichés and formulaic action with tactical twists inspired by the turn-based brilliance of last year’s <em>XCOM Enemy Unknown</em>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £33.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on 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">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"> It&#039;s nailed the era&#039;s style and smokiness </div> <div class="field-item even"> Tactics make this a mildly brainy blaster </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"> Sluggish third-person shooting </div> <div class="field-item even"> Scrappy cutscenes and dull script </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Devoid of drama </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"> Mad Men </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Too few games have been set during the Cold War’s early 60s peak so it’s great to see <em>The Bureau</em> embrace some of the period’s potential. From the room-sized analogue computers to the pressed shirts and waistcoats, the game apes <em>Mad Men’s</em> attention to period detail. And in keeping with Don Draper and crew, everyone’s armed with a ciggie at all times - so much so that squad members even take fag breaks while you hoover up supplies. We only wish the game embraced the historical opportunities even more - themes such as the way the civil rights movement was changing America could have resulted in an even more textured setting ripe with creative story-telling opportunities.</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/base_ops_0.jpg?1378017129" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Bad beginnings </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>History lessons and Don Draper tailoring matter little, however, when <em>The Bureau</em> disappoints from the off. Game openings are supposed to suck players in but instead the game offers an alien attack on a secret US base that's about as thrilling as the Shipping Forecast. Add to that stodgy action that plays like <em>Gears of War</em> on horse tranquilisers and it’s very tempting to switch off and trade the game within the first few minutes. Thankfully it does get better. At least a bit.</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/uni_squad_0.jpg?1378017129" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Tactical twists </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>The Bureau</em> is more clever than its opening suggests as it also weaves in plenty of the strategy concepts of 2012’s surprise hit <em>XCOM Enemy Unknown</em>. In each mission you’re joined by two other agents who can be directed using a <em>Mass Effect</em>-style Power Wheel. It’s not actually as slickly integrated as Commander Shepard’s system, but ordering your colleagues to flank aliens, use special powers and so forth brings a welcome tactical depth to the cookie-cutter combat and partly justifies the sluggish pace of the action. That your agents gain new skills and can die permanently adds to the strategic depth and risk-and-reward dynamic.</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/2kg_thebureauxd_codebreakers_3_0.jpg?1378017129" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Emotional blanks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Between missions you get to wander the XCOM base keeping abreast of the latest gossip and customising your squad’s clothes. The sprawling underground base lacks personality, though, and the tedious <em>Mass Effect</em>-type conversations you get to have come with dialogue and voice acting that boasts all of the depth and emotion of an alcoholic robot:</p> <p>“Thingy’s just been killed.”</p> <p>“Really? Right then. Pint later?”</p> <p>With engagement that weak we’d rather have a cut scene that wrapped all the important stuff up and let us get on with sorting out our loadouts and taking down aliens.</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/2kg_thebureauxd_lightplasmapistol_0.jpg?1378017129" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Scrappiness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>The Bureau's </em>further&nbsp;undermined by a lack of polish. The cut scenes are a mess. Walk through an open door shotgun in-hand and you’ll cut to see Carter opening a closed door while holding a pistol. This kind of immersion-breaking trip-up happens time and time again. Then there’s the sound. Background music pops up rarely and seemingly at random. Even the basics like sound effects that serve as player feedback are missing, with not even the quietest sonic notification given when you collect ammo, leaving you unsure whether you got your bullets or just walked over them.</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/signal_carter_suit.jpg?1378017129" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>The Bureau: XCOM Declassified’s</em> splicing together of third-person shooter and squad tactics is interesting on paper but ultimately unsuccessful. Its blasting never quite overcomes its plodding feel and its tactical elements don’t quite gel. But despite this, and the dreary dialogue, there’s enough of a good idea here to entertain those who are willing to persist with its half-cocked attempt to push third-person shooting in a more brainy direction.</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/2kg_thebureauxd_codebreakers_2.jpg?1378017129" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </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>It’s got 60s style and neat ideas but The Bureau: XCOM Declassified lacks the slick delivery and drama needed to thrill</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> Gaming PlayStation 3 Windows Xbox 360 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:23:45 +0000 Tom Parsons 1425976 at http://www.stuff.tv Splinter Cell Blacklist http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/splinter-cell-blacklist/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Splinter Cell Blacklist isn&#039;t original, but it is a very solid and occasionally memorable stealth-action romp </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/newUploads_2012_0604_954c8f6b29d221bbac6a7e14973a154c_120604_11am_SCBL_SC_SP_FDO_02.jpg?1376532428" /> </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>Sequels are tricky. On one hand developers want to please the fans of the previous games, while on the other they need to switch things up to avoid accusations of stagnation and draw in new players. It's a balance that Ubisoft didn't quite manage with 2010's <em>Splinter Cell Conviction</em> - Sam Fisher going rogue and losing his gadgets was a new spin that worked for some, but many bemoaned the game's focus on action over stealth.</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"> £30.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Version tested: Xbox 360 - £40 </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"> Fluid mix of stealth and combat </div> <div class="field-item even"> Some memorable missions </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Lots of variation in assignments </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No Michael Ironside </div> <div class="field-item even"> Caricatured allies and enemies </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Steals lots of ideas from elsewhere </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"> You don&#039;t know Jack Bauer </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Blacklist’s</em> story is typical Tom Clancy fare - a group of terrorists threaten the US with a series of attacks unless it pulls troops from 154 foreign countries. The President therefore establishes Fourth Echelon, a new covert team headed up by Sam Fisher, with permission to do whatever it takes to stop the terrorists. It’s&nbsp;clichéd&nbsp;stuff, but much like the TV series <em>24</em>, it’s ridiculousness and breakneck pace combine to make it all highly entertaining. We particularly love the antagonist, who goes around being brutally evil while sounding exactly like British actor Hugh Laurie.</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/614208_20130129_screen007.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> 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>The game’s three supporting characters spout so much backstory that despite the fact that it's cliched and expositional it’s still often difficult to keep track of why you’re on any particular mission. Thankfully though, the assignments and locations themselves are particularly memorable. At one moment you’re breaking into an Iranian government building, then breaking out of Guantanamo Bay the next.</p> <p>The locations are varied, including London, Mexico and Philadelphia, as are the missions, which include stealth, action and even a couple of first-person shooter sections. The main campaign is also a decent length, taking about 8-10 hours to complete on normal difficulty. We're grown-ups now - that's plenty.</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/672912_20120925_screen002.jpg?1376532428" /> </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/614208_20130129_screen008.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Mass Effecting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sam Fisher’s new counter-terrorism unit operates from a custom-built jet. As commander, you need to make upgrades to your plane, buy new gadgets for use in the field and survey the available missions from a giant map. You can even wander around the plane and talk to your crew about how they’re getting on. If this all sounds familiar, it should - it’s a blatant rip off of the Normandy setup from the <em>Mass Effect</em> series.</p> <p>Thankfully, the old adage about stealing from the best rings true for <em>Blacklist</em> - the upgrade system forces you to make difficult choices or take on side missions to earn more funds, much like it did in Bioware’s games. The economics of this system are comical though - you’re paid by the US government for performing in-game actions that include everything from sneaking passed a soldier to kicking a dog in the face.</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/newUploads_2012_0604_954c8f6b29d221bbac6a7e14973a154c_120604_11am_SCBL_SC_SP_FDO_03.jpg?1376532428" /> </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/672912_20130117_screen001.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Multiple Ops </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Each of your three team members has four side-missions that can be completed in return for money. All are co-op but some can also be played solo, and overall they offer good variety, covering everything from traditional <em>Splinter Cell</em> espionage missions to <em>Gears of War</em>-style horde modes in which you fend off waves of enemies. Then there’s the return of the popular Spies versus Mercs online mode, in which gadget-wielding spies try to outsmart the gun-happy mercs. At the time of writing this mode wasn't available for testing, but we’ll update the review once the servers go live.</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/blacklist_co-op_01.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Tactical Espionage... </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Splinter Cell Conviction</em> was a bit too action-oriented for many long-term fans of the stealth series. So they’ll be pleased to know that <em>Blacklist</em> defaults to a more stealthy approach. You’re encouraged to sneak around where possible, but you’re also equipped with enough skills and gadgets to make it fun taking down enemies from the shadows. These include some brutally satisfying takedown moves, plus hardware such as a surveillance copter. The game also offers enough alternative routes through its levels to mean that staying concealed usually isn’t difficult.</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/614208_20130129_screen002.jpg?1376532428" /> </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/672912_20120925_screen001.jpg?1376532428" /> </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/614208_20130129_screen004.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> ...Action </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you do happen to alert a guard you can usually fight your way out of it, or just run away and try again. Sam Fisher is now essentially like Batman in the <em>Arkham</em> series - he’s better off in the shadows picking off enemies one by one, but he’s still pretty handy in a combat situation.</p> <p>Crucially, you don’t really feel forced to play through sections of the game over and over until you nail the pattern the developers intended, as has been the case in previous games. In fact, the game recognises your individual play style at the end of each mission, dishing out points in three categories called Ghost (stealthy), Assault (shooty) or Panther (a mixture of both).</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/newUploads_2012_0604_954c8f6b29d221bbac6a7e14973a154c_120604_4pm_SCBL_SC_SP_E3PK_12.jpg?1376532428" /> </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/614208_20130129_screen001.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Play it again, Sam </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 year has seen two icons of the stealth genre being recast - Keifer Sutherland's replaced David Hayter as Solid Snake in <em>Metal Gear Solid 5</em>, and Sam Fisher's now voiced by Eric Johnson rather than Michael Ironside. Ubisoft’s reasoning is that they wanted an actor with a closer physical resemblence to Sam Fisher so that they could capture body, face and voice in one go. Unfortunately, while Johnson wisely doesn’t try to imitate Ironside’s famously gruff voice, he does sound like just another generic male video game actor, and Sam Fisher is now a less memorable and interesting character as a result.</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/newUploads_2012_0604_954c8f6b29d221bbac6a7e14973a154c_120604_4pm_SCBL_SC_SP_E3PK_11.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Uncharted Territory </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Early footage of <em>Blacklist</em> showed Fisher running around and scaling buildings like <em>Uncharted's</em>&nbsp;Nathan Drake, but while he’s certainly more agile than before, Blacklist still isn’t a platforming game or an action adventure - Fisher’s athleticism is nearly always in service of his stealth abilities.</p> <p>The new animation system is generally excellent, though. Free-running through burning buildings and climbing walls like a monkey is exhilarating, even if it does stretch believability every now and then - even Lara Croft would struggle to shimmy up the rain-soaked metal pipes that Sam doesn't break a sweat 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/newUploads_2012_0604_954c8f6b29d221bbac6a7e14973a154c_120604_4pm_SCBL_SC_SP_E3PK_08.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Splinter in my side </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Blacklist</em> tries to make you care about the three support characters, especially as you’re encouraged to talk to them between missions, but they’re one-dimensional caricatures - the sexy operations manager, the rent-a-geek computer whizz, the rude new field recruit.</p> <p>The final level is also an anticlimax, ruining an otherwise well-judged difficulty curve with endless guards, drones and security cameras, and a series of laser trap puzzles that essentially recast Sam Fisher as Catherine Zeta Jones from the movie <em>Entrapment</em>, and nobody wants that.</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/672912_20120925_screen003.jpg?1376532428" /> </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/Entrapment.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>Borrowing heavily from other titles and earlier games in the series, <em>Splinter Cell Blacklist</em> doesn’t feel particularly fresh or unique. It does, however, offer a compelling mix of stealth and action, and a varied and exciting series of missions to test your skills in. Despite its lack of originality (and abundance of&nbsp;cliché), there’s plenty to enjoy in <em>Blacklist</em>, especially if you’re a fan of classic <em>Splinter Cell</em> gameplay.</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/614208_20130129_screen005.jpg?1376532428" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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"> 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>It's not original or without flaws, but Splinter Cell is an enjoyable game for sneak-and-shoot fans</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-3/splinter-cell-blacklist/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Console games PlayStation 3 Wii U Windows Xbox 360 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1425511 at http://www.stuff.tv 5 ways Windows 8.1 will put Microsoft back on the map http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/5-ways-windows-81-will-put-microsoft-back-map/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If Windows 8 saw Microsoft lose its way, Windows 8.1 is handing it the satnav and calculating the route to a “very, very bright” future </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="Microsoft Windows 8.1" alt="Microsoft Windows 8.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-windows-8-1-02.jpg?1372438183" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When Steve Ballmer was wrapping up his Microsoft Build 2013 keynote, he was keen to make one thing very clear: “The future of Windows is very, very bright.”</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/paddy-smith" title="View user profile.">Paddy Smith</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"> Take two computers into the shower? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An Android tablet or iPad has limits. Come the hour you need to knuckle down and do some serious work, you close the cover and fire up the PC. With Windows 8.1 Microsoft has laid out its stall. Much was made of the new convertible tablets (aka two-in-one devices) that pack the grunt of a full PC with the snap-off-and-play joy of a touchscreen tablet. And with Intel Haswell silicon, they’re promising massive power and incredible battery life to boot.</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="Microsoft Windows 8.1" alt="Microsoft Windows 8.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-windows-8-1-07.jpg?1372438183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Lack of familiarity breeds contempt </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It turns out forcing your customers to adopt news ways of working isn’t a popular move. Okay, so no one took to the streets because they couldn’t boot to desktop in Windows 8 – nor because sharing two apps on a screen had to be done in an immutable 70:30 split – but neither did these idiosyncracies enamour Microsoft’s reinvention for the touchscreen age to the change-averse public at large. Windows 8.1 gives you the option to boot to a traditional desktop environment (or the Start Screen) and will let up to eight apps share the screen in (limited) sizes of your choosing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Windows 8.1" alt="Microsoft Windows 8.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-windows-8-1-05.jpg?1372438183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Media and the Xbox One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We hear you’re getting a PS4. Shame. Newer Windows 8.1 devices will be able to stream media directly to Microsoft’s forthcoming Xbox One console. Not only that, but developers will now be able to use the front-facing cam as an Xbox Kinect-lite style gesture control (the keynote demo offered flipping pages in a recipe app with food-covered hands as an example). Is Microsoft finally joining all of its dots? It’s getting there.</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="Xbox One" alt="Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-xbox-one-04_0.jpg?1372438183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Look, no one’s going to pretend the (newly polished) Windows Store is already competing with the App Store or Google Play. But, finally, Microsoft has begun its journey towards app nirvana. Facebook and Flipboard were given a shout-out, but there’s a trickle trend of other essentials coming to the platform. And successful developers are being offered a greater slice of the revenue pie than those carved off by Apple and Google. When money starts talking, we think developers will listen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Windows 8.1" alt="Microsoft Windows 8.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-windows-8-1-09.jpg?1372438183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Outlook, Xbox Music Radio and Bing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even if the external devs take a while to get the message, Microsoft’s own people have been working nights on their own web-based programs. Outlook’s been given an injection of new mail management tools, Xbox Music Radio has turned up with an enviable depth of artist data and automated playlist creation and Bing – well, Bing’s got everywhere. You won’t see a Bing app in Windows 8.1 because it’s deeply embedded into every part of the OS. And developers have been handed the toolkit to mine its web-crawled encyclopaedia for their own apps.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Windows 8.1" alt="Microsoft Windows 8.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-windows-8-1-10.jpg?1372438183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows 8.1 – a fresh Start </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"> 5 ways Windows 8.1 will put Microsoft back on the map </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-windows-8-1-02.jpg?1372438183" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/5-ways-windows-81-will-put-microsoft-back-map/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/5-ways-windows-81-will-put-microsoft-back-map/feature#comments Microsoft Windows Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:51:13 +0000 Paddy Smith 1424496 at http://www.stuff.tv Company of Heroes 2 http://www.stuff.tv/company-heroes-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The sequel to RTS classic Company of Heroes is finally here, and while its new tricks are less than revolutionary, this is still super-solid strategy action </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/28119CompanyofHeroes2_E32013_FireyNight.jpg?1372208574" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Company of Heroes set the standard for real-time strategy and now, after a seven-year hiatus, the sequel has arrived. The follow-up shifts the war-game action to the Eastern Front, kicking off in September 1941 with German Panzers closing in on Moscow and following events right through to the fall of Berlin in 1945. But has it been worth the wait?</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"> £30.00 </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">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> History lessons </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Company of Heroes 2 might be out to make armchair generals of us all, but it’s no slacker when it comes to historical accuracy. The Eastern Front’s bitter and desperate conflicts are backed with sights and sounds that bring a dose of brutal reality to the game’s miniature battlefields.</p> <p>Troops freeze to death in icy winds, explosions shatter buildings and the wounded crawl around the dark steppe landscape in agony. It’s far removed from the gung-ho jingoism that many war-themed games resort to. War is hell, and it's to the game's credit that while providing plenty of entertainment it never lets you forget that.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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/28126CompanyofHeroes2_Suppression.jpg?1372208574" /> </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/28128CompanyofHeroes2_UrbanCombat.jpg?1372208574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Deep strategy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the series has swapped battlefields, the action doesn’t stray far from the original’s formula. It’s still a wondrously deep slice of real-time strategy, where resource management hassles take a back seat so that you can focus on the cut and thrust of battle. There’s room for all sorts of tactics to be employed, from erecting barriers of barbed wire to commandeering anti-tank guns and calling in artillery strikes, and it’s this choice and flexibility that makes Company of Heroes 2 a startlingly good strategy game.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/28124CompanyofHeroes2_Ambush.jpg?1372208574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Missions galore </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Company of Heroes 2 is also generous, packed full of different ways to play. There’s a solo campaign charting the story of the Eastern Front through the reflections of a former Soviet general for starters. Then there are 18 further co-op and solo missions to fight through in the Theatre of War mode. The missions are varied, too.</p> <p>One moment you’ll be carrying out a sniper assassination, the next you’ll be leading a fraught fight back in blinding blizzards. On top of all that, there’s the online skirmish mode where you get to test your military chops against the wider 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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/28120CompanyofHeroes2_E32013_RainofDeath.jpg?1372208574" /> </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/28125CompanyofHeroes2_SnowBattle.jpg?1372208574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Snow blind </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Company of Heroes 2 sticks to the series’ tried and tested formula it does throw in two notable additions. There are new snowy weather effects, which can alter the course of battle by slowing movement and reducing visibility, and the game also ditches the usual fog of war approach in favour of only revealing what is in each unit’s line of sight. Both are decent additions that add to the sense of realism, but neither transforms the experience.</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/28121CompanyofHeroes2_E32013_SinkingTank.jpg?1372208574" /> </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/28122CompanyofHeroes2_E32013_UnstableFooting.jpg?1372208574" /> </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/277037298CompanyofHeroes2_ColdTech_Mortar_DeepSnow.jpg?1372208574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Steep learning curve </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yet for all its tactical flair and attention to detail, Company of Heroes 2 does misfire on several fronts. The unintuitive interface makes for a steep learning curve for newcomers to the series – a problem exacerbated by the lack of a decent tutorial. Some of the controls could be better, too, not least the process for merging units. The path finding abilities of the units is another disappointment. Troops regularly end up heading into the line of fire to reach a location rather than taking the safer route you wanted them to use.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/28123CompanyofHeroes2_E32013_WinterStandoff.jpg?1372208574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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-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>Company of Heroes 2 doesn’t mess with the original’s winning formula and its deep strategy action is hugely rewarding – once you overcome the steep learning curve and learn to live with the wayward path-finding of the units.</p> <p>So what do you think? Are you disappointed by the lack of innovation or chuffed that Relic hasn't messed with the Company of Heroes formula? Let us know below....</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/28127CompanyofHeroes2_TanksfromtheTrees.jpg?1372208574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Company of Heroes 2 might not offer many surprises, but its honed strategy action manages to make fighting on the Eastern Front fun</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/company-heroes-2/review#comments Gaming Windows Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:29:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1424408 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft Surface with Windows RT http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-windows-rt/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new Microsoft Surface RT feels like a natural competitor for an iPad. But, with the promise of Windows, it might be an alternative to an ultrabook </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/microsoft-surface-main-big.jpg?1379131281" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before we get into the nitty-gritty, it’s worth trying to figure out exactly what we’re looking at here. The smaller, less powerful and cheaper of two Surface tablets, this seems like a natural competitor for an iPad. But, with the prominent bundling of a keyboard cover and the promise of Windows productivity, it might actually be an alternative to an ultraportable laptop.</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"> £400.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> For 64GB version </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"> Feels good and chunky </div> <div class="field-item even"> Nice keyboards </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Office, if you need it </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"> Split personality OS </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lack of apps </div> <div class="field-item odd"> No Retina display </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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Operating system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What is RT? It’s a slimmed down version of Windows 8 designed to run on lighter and flightier ARM-chipped devices. It looks a lot like a full version of Windows 8 Pro, with the natty colourful Metro tile interface hiding a more conventional Windows desktop, but most standard desktop applications won’t install or run on RT. You’re stuck with what’s available in the Windows Store. Which means, straight off the bat, no Google Chrome, no Audible, no Spotify… not even a standalone Facebook app – your FB and Twitter accounts are synced within Microsoft’s People and Messaging app.</p> <p>Mind you, Internet Explorer fairly whizzes through Flash and HTML5-heavy sites - if it wasn’t for the convenience of syncing bookmarks between different Chrome-running devices, we might put our dependence on third-party browsers down to geek snobbery. And you do get a preview version of Office for RT - Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint apps that will be upgraded to full versions once the software is finalised, though we can’t actually spot any major holes in them as they are now. So if it’s productivity you want, the basics are there. Email is seamless enough, especially through the Mail app if you have a Hotmail or Outlook address, but it also loaded Gmail well and webmail through IE is pretty quick, too.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-start-screen_1.jpg?1379131281" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-ie-10_1.jpg?1379131281" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you’re a regular iPad user or even a zeitgeisty Nexus 7 owner, the Surface is going to feel big. That’s because it is – some 30-odd millimetres wider than an iPad in landscape. Thus, and combined with a thinner waist than the iPad, the Surface turned to portrait feels freakishly tall and narrow. Its shape is defined by its 16:9 screen ratio, as compared to the 4:3 screen of iOS. It’s no thicker than an iPad’s maximum, but its untapered design makes it feel like it is.</p> <p>What the Surface definitely has is build quality. Its ‘VaporMg’ chassis has the colour of burnt titanium (in bright light) and both it and the Gorilla Glass screen give off a substantial air. Buttons and ports feel strong – there are no flimsy plastic covers. The tablet is charged using a proprietary connector that looks a lot like an Apple MagSafe connector. Neat, but we found it tricky to place, either way up, further hindered by the power cable itself being too short for any office or living room arrangement we tried it in.</p> <p>As there’s no power block – the 12v, 2A transformer is in a single unit with the plug – there’s no option to extend the cable with a longer lead between socket and block. The tablet has a full-size USB 2.0 – so, yes, you can plug in external drives – and MicroHDMI on the right-hand side, headphones and volume rocker on the left. Under the flip-out kickstand – metal, with a positive albeit fixed-tilt action – there’s a MicroSDXC card slot. The option to add up to 64GB to the standard 32 or 64GB internal memory is always welcome.</p> <p>On the bottom of the device is the magnetic connector for either Touch or Type Covers. The former is super thin with a touch-sensitive but responsive QWERTY keyboard, and can be bought separately for GBP100. The GBP110 Type Cover is thicker, but has mechanical keys with a minimalist 1.5mm movement. It ought to be better for typing but feels flimsier. The Touch cover is available in black, blue or white, giving you some ability to street up the otherwise business-like Surface. Both connect with a snap, and won’t come unattached without a determined yank – you could hang the tablet from the keyboard if you so desire.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-1981904715001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1981904715001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Trouble is you may be in for a long wait.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/paddy-smith" title="View user profile.">Paddy Smith</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> In action </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Presuming you buy the Surface bundled with of one its keyboard covers – and we imagine most buyers will - the first time you use it will probably be propped up on its kick-stand with the keyboard in front of you. (By the way, the Surface knows whether either keyboard cover is out in front or folded up behind and presents an on-screen keyboard if necessary. Plus, iPad-like, both covers turn off the device when they are closed. And on when opened.) The Windows 8 Live Tile interface will be in front of you, and you have the choice of flipping through them with the touchscreen, or using the trackpad on the keyboard. There are also various keyboard shortcuts and touchscreen gestures to flip between apps and files and, if this isn’t enough to blow your mind, at any given moment you could wirelessly hook up a Bluetooth mouse.</p> <p>It’s the kind of user interface ambiguity that would drive Apple’s Sir Jonathan Ive into an immediate Tibetan retreat. And there are further rules to be considered, that have to do with this being the RT version of Windows 8. While you can jump from the Tiles interface to a more conventional Windows desktop, there are only a few apps you can open in Windows and drag around. A Word document and an IE web page? Fine. But if you want to watch a video while you write that report, things get trickier. The Video app is a full-screen tablet-style app. You have to minimise it, go back to the desktop and your Word doc, drag the Video back in from the left-hand edge of the screen and ‘Snap’ it to the left or right of the screen. Now it’s tiny, in a window taking up a third of the screen, but you can work on your document. Or you can drag the video across to take up two-thirds of the screen, but now your Word doc is an icon, uneditable. While this is frustrating, it’s still slightly better than an iPad, on which you’d be flicking from app to app. But it hardly feels like a great user experience. On the bigger, Daddy Surface, you’d be able to open a video in a Windows Media Player window, drag it around and resize it on the desktop. So that’s your RT limitations.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-in-action-0_0.jpg?1379131281" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-in-action-1_0.jpg?1379131281" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-in-action-2_0.jpg?1379131281" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-in-action-3_0.jpg?1379131281" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Perfomance </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 a couple of things we should immediately add to the above interface-based moaning. One is that the Surface’s Tegra 3 architecture handles HD movies with aplomb – even when you’re flicking windows about trying to resize it. Also, despite the screen’s relatively measly 1366x768 resolution, image quality is good and text rendering is mostly sharp.</p> <p>And battery life is excellent – at last a good reason for getting this ARM-powered RT version. We rented a HD copy of Prometheus from Xbox Movies (for an eye-watering £5). After running it all the way through twice, then mucking about browsing, emailing and playing games for over an hour, the Surface still had 50% battery.</p> <p>You might use it a little like a laptop, but in terms of power, you treat it more like a tablet – wandering of to do other things without thinking about sleeping it or turning it off. Mind you, there’s neither a 3G/4G modem nor GPS to drag on the battery, though you do get all flavours of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. On both the frontside and the backside there are 720p cameras with twin microphones and stereo speakers. The cameras work fine for Skype-ing and the speakers might just be enough for a hotel room. Definitely not a suite, though;</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"> Gaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you’ve been eyeing-up the Surface as a potential portable gaming powerhouse you’re likely to be a little disappointed, at least with this RT version. Without the ability to install standard Windows games (Football Manager 2013 on a tablet? Why thank you very much) as per the Pro version, you’re left with the games that are available on the Windows Store, and for now that’s a fairly limited and uninspiring bunch. Still, a quick blast on Hydro Thunder (converted from Xbox Live for Surface) proves that the device should be capable of pretty graphically intensive titles once developers start producing them. Although don’t try controlling it using the Touch Cover – you will finish last.</p> <p>Xbox SmartGlass is onboard, too, which means you can control your Xbox via the Surface screen and access extra information when watching a film. It even ties into some games, and unlike Windows Phone 8 is already activated for use with Forza Horizon, so instead of having to dive into the menus every time you want to navigate to a new destination, you simply touch it on the Surface’s screen and the route is plotted into the game. Sure, it’s little more than a gimmick right now, but if Microsoft pushes it this two-screen tech could become a serious enhancement to Xbox gaming in the future.</p> </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"> Wrap-up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wrap-up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let’s start with the positives – the Surface is funkily chunky, well made and geared up for use with one its excellent keyboard covers. Its screen, while on paper appearing vastly inferior to that of a Retina iPad, works well for movies, while the Windows 8 interface looks fresh and funky. Battery life is excellent, too.</p> <p>On the other hand, it’s big. And there’s a clumsy separation between the tablet-esque Metro experience and the present but inflexible Windows desktop that will make you wish you’d either bought the bigger Surface tablet or an Asus Transformer or an ultraportable laptop. And, finally, for not a lot more money than this Surface you could get an iPad with its super high-res display, bazillion apps and a wireless keyboard.</p> <p>So for many people the Surface will be a little too niche and compromised compared to getting an iPad. Or a laptop. Or whatever else Microsoft thinks it’s going up against. But for a dedicated, contrary minority this could be precisely the pigeon hole-dodging device they’ve been looking for. And perhaps in the long-run, once it gets the apps it deserves, perhaps they’ll be enjoying the last laugh.</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"> power </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"> screen </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"> build </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"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Cool but compromised, novel but niche, the Surface is perhaps just a little too different to find a place in your life</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> <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"> /review/microsoft-surface </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item big image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image" width="920" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carousel-images/microsoft-surface-main_1.jpg?1379131281" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-windows-rt/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-windows-rt/review#comments Microsoft Microsoft Surface RT Tablets Windows Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:37:28 +0000 39 at http://www.stuff.tv