This week it's a bit of a gaming bonanza. As the temperature drops, it means holiday season is on its way and that obviously means sitting around playing video games. From Alien: Isolation, to DriveClub, Assassin's Creed 5 and beyond - there's a whole bunch to see and plenty more due just around the corner.
Not a gamer? Then we have baskets of other tech for you, headed up by the Tesco Hudl 2 which you can, sure enough, pop into your actual shopping basket. It's well worth it too, as one of the best tablets we've seen in a long time.
In addition some major tech has passed through the hands of the Lint. We've been shooting with the Nikon D750 DSLR for a week, have published our verdict on the new Moto G smartphone, and taken a look at the latest LG G Pad tablet.
Not forgetting, of course, that it's also Paris Motor Show week. Our select highlights from the show floor include the Audi TT Sportback concept, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jaguar XE, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT and the Lamborghini Asterion concept (click the links for our first impressions pieces of each).
Alien: Isolation review
Quick review: It's the scariest game we've ever played and the best Alien movies franchise title we've ever seen too. But perhaps best of all, and whether an Alien fan or not, is that it breaks convention with the gaming norms. No hordes of enemies, but lots of time spent trying to avoid one. You'll spend a lot of time hiding in cupboard and might need to place yourself behind the sofa at home too.
Pros: Superb atmospheric effects, a great homage to Ridley Scott's original Alien (even the down moments are scary), the best enemy in modern gaming
Cons: Graphically not that different between new-gen and previous-gen, some sequences that don't quite maintain your attention enough, a lot of hiding in cupboards
Price: around £40
Full article: Alien Isolation review
Assassin's Creed 5: Unity preview
Quick review: All-new consoles mean an all-new Assassin's Creed dedicated to the formats (and PC, of course) is nearly upon us. Only it's not entirely new, given the familiar format of gameplay. This time around the game is set in Paris during the French Revolution. It's a time of revolt - including some grizzly scenes - but, and thanks to nifty graphics, it's a time of beauty too. You'll spend time looking around the wonderfully crafted city and among its many alleys and crevices there's no lack of things to do. But if you do tire of the usual "locate, assassinate" of the solo missions then the new multi-player options show there's still life in the franchise yet.
Full article: Assassin's Creed 5 preview
Quick review: DriveClub is a good game, that much is clear, and if you prefer to race in a sociable rather than solitary setting then it's a very good game. But it can't acquire that "great game" label in our opinion, which is disappointing given that it's expected to be a standard-bearer for the PS4. Perhaps by the time DriveClub 2 comes around it will have congealed into a coherent whole that can win the race in true five-star fashion.
Pros: Looks great, cars are just arcadey enough, handling feels more planted and real-world than Forza Horizon 2, feels properly social when online, always something new to do, Face-Offs bring something new to the driving game party
Cons: Lacks definable personality, sometimes feels lashed together, social features don’t differ wildly from rivals, doesn’t offer anything truly revolutionary
Full article: Drive Club review
Tesco Hudl 2 review
Quick review: The Tesco Hudl 2 is, quite simply, the best tablet in its price bracket we've ever seen or used. Not only is it powerful enough to cope with all the games and applications you're likely to want to play, it remembers its target audience with a confidence normally associated with the Apples and Amazons of this world.
Pros: Fast processor and healthy 2GB of RAM means apps and actions are speedy and smooth, very nice Full HD screen for the price, lightweight and premium feel, child safety options are great for a family with young children
Cons: The cameras are just ok despite being better than last year's model, sound through the stereo speakers isn’t great at higher volume, battery life when running for a while isn’t as good as some rivals
Full article: Hudl 2 review
Nikon D750 review
Quick review: We admire Nikon's efforts in the D750. There's definite logic to adding a tilt-angle screen to its full-frame DSLR range, but we found it an occasional use feature for certain scenarios given just how much better viewfinder-based autofocus is. What you're more likely to buy the Nikon D750 for is its excellent raw image quality, ace autofocus system, super responsiveness, sturdy build, long-lasting battery life and relatively compact size.
Pros: Battery life is fantastic, highly responsive (shutter is super-reactive), decent image quality, tilt-angle screen opens some shooting opportunities, dual SD card slots, Wi-Fi for sharing
Cons: JPEG processing overly aggressive, live view focus speed/pinpoint accuracy may make tilt-angle screen questionable, small top LCD panel, some Wi-Fi app functionality issues
Price: £1799 (body only)
Full article: Nikon D750 review
Motorola Moto G (2014) review
Quick review: We loved last year's Moto G because it defined how good a budget smartphone could be. With the 2014 edition the screen has enlarged, the design been tweaked and, perhaps surprisingly, we don't like it as much. A tweak in the formula feels like a different device rather than the original G. So despite its strengths, it's a successful product rather than another wow moment from Moto.
Pros: Brilliant price, good display, improved camera, good battery life, great performance in this class
Cons: No 4G , no NFC, bulkier design from larger screen format, average sound, front-facing speaker bar design
Full article: Moto G review (2014)
LG G Pad 7.0 review
Quick review: It's hard not to be critical of the LG G Pad 7.0 because it's a notable step down from the excellent G Pad 8.3 model - and not just in size terms. Strip away that aluminium shell, align the resolution to match the lower spec of the Tesco Hudl, and it's a shadow of its more powerful cousin. It's good enough to stand shoulder-to-shoulder against its near competitors, such as the Asus MeMo Pad 7, that would make a decent coffee-table tablet for the whole family. But it's hard to get ecstatic about.
Pros: Fair price, IPS display, offers multi-tasking and IR blaster features missing from budget rivals, ample power, great battery life
Cons: Screen so-so resolution, cameras are poor, interface not most polished, no auto brightness, limited internal storage, bland design, can't better Nexus 7
Full article: LG G Pad 7 review