PC vs PS4 vs Xbox One Head-to-Head Face Off: Launch titles update

Every so often, Eurogamer run a series of technical comparison reviews for games released on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

This is the latest update to the full list and you can hover over the web site icon for a very quick summary.

  • PC DVD ROM logo 75x16PS4 logo 75x16  Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • PC DVD ROM logo 75x16PS4 logo 75x16  Battlefield 4
  • PS4 logo 75x16  Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • PS4 / Xbox One equalXbox One / PS4 equal  FIFA 14
  • PC DVD ROM logo 75x16PS4 / Xbox One equal  Need for Speed: Rivals
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Steam Custom Images: Electronic Arts

Steam icon 48x48Steam now allows you to set custom images for all items in your library, including non-Steam games. Here are a few images I have made for myself derived from official artworks and images found on Google Image Search. If you are the copyright holder or original artist and wish me to remove an image, please contact me.

These are the latest updates to the full list of Steam custom images.

James Bond 007 Nightfire (cover)
James Bond 007 Nightfire (cover)
James Bond 007 Nightfire (title screen)
James Bond 007 Nightfire (title screen)
Mass Effect 3 (cover)
Mass Effect 3 (cover)
Mass Effect 3 (logo)
Mass Effect 3 (logo)
Mass Effect 3 (Shepard silhouette)
Mass Effect 3 (Shepard silhouette)
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault
Need for Speed The Run
Need for Speed: The Run
The Saboteur (cover art)
The Saboteur (cover art)
The Saboteur (gold)
The Saboteur (gold)
The Saboteur (red)
The Saboteur (red)

Xbox 360 vs PS3 vs Wii U vs PC Head-to-Head Face Off: Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Every so often, Eurogamer run a series of technical comparison reviews for games released on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

This is the latest update to the full list and you can hover over the publications icons for a very quick summary.

  • Wii U better than 360 or PS3 Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)

Need for Speed Underground 2 aka NFSU2 (2004, Windows PC) – 9/10 open-world street racing game review

Cast / crew
Brooke Burke: Rachel Teller
Kelly Brook: Nikki Morris

Need for Speed: Underground 2 (2004)

After being violently taken out after reaching the top in Olympic City, the player has to start from scratch in Bayview. Still, he’s got some help from Rachel Teller who would like to see an end to corruption in the street racing scene in Bayview and thinks you’re the guy to beat the current top driver, Caleb.

9/10

This is the best street racing game of the PS2 and, arguably, PS3 generation with perfect handling balanced between accessible, convincing and demanding. It’s demanding in that driving your car requires input and concentration; it’s not difficult but you do have to pay attention. It’s an involving driving experience. The decision to make you drive to each event also involves you more than simply choosing off a menu. Using a menu exclusively in an open-world game completely defeats the atmospheric point of the open-world. Another thing that is great is that you can go through the whole game using the same car (I used a Peugeot 206) and just keep refining, tuning and upgrading it. This involves you further in the game in a way that racing games have moved away from. Gran Turismo 3 started the trend toward endlessly buying new cars from the get go, Forza Motorsport copied and the Need for Speed series finally completely capitulated with Shift 2: Unleashed. None of these games have any sense of ownership toward vehicles which is a gigantic misunderstanding of how to reward the player. Giving us new cars as rewards means we feel nothing toward them; we didn’t pick them, choose the colour or install a wicked sound system. We want to develop a relationship with our steed. When thinking about the game, we want to know that it’s in our car that we are achieving victory; that makes the victory sweeter and the game better.

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Need for Speed: Carbon (2006, 360) – 7/10 open-world police / street racing game review

Cast / crew
Emmanuelle Vaugier: Nikki
Tahmoh Penikett: Darius

Need for Speed: Carbon (2006)

Returning from Rockport, you find yourself communicating with your fellow human beings in the only way you know how: beating them in races.

7/10

This has the same serious performance problems as Most Wanted which is, twelve months later, entirely unacceptable. This renders the weakest mode in the game, Canyon Drifting, extraordinarily taxing if not necessarily impossible. You are not afforded the minute control over your vehicle required to finesse the tight curves and this makes the Challenge Series mode of the game beyond the reach of all but those players who record their dedication and amazingness on YouTube. Both of them. It should be noted that the facial modeling and mouth animation in the game is outstanding though, really oddly, the car animation is atrocious. The major problems are a great shame as the game is largely highly playable, impressively tweakable and great fun; Most Wanted permanently at night with fairer and more fun police and opponent AI.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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Need for Speed: ProStreet (2007, Game) – 4/10 review

Cast / crew
Director: Rod Chong
Model: Krystal Forscutt
Model: Sayoko Ohashi

Need for Speed: ProStreet (2007)

Take your street racing machines around a host of international racing tracks partaking in drift challenges, drag runs, wheelie competitions, normal races, top speed runs and speed challenge races. Keep earning victories for the chance to take down the showdown kings, masters of each discipline (drag, drift, grip and speed) and, ultimately, the Showdown King himself, Ryo Watanabe.

4/10

While calling it Need for Speed: PooStreet might be a bit mean for this comprehensive racing game, ProStreet messes up the fundamentals of delivering accurate consistent handling and a fun experience. Despite a unique and very pleasing track design aesthetic with giant canopies, giant video screens, giant inflatables and normal-sized dancing girls, the game has, oddly, no atmosphere. At all. And it only looks nice until you try to play it and then the visuals spurt all over the place and seriously affect your control of the car. Throw in clever but inexplicably annoying announcers and completely confusing progression and game interface (you can upgrade parts, visuals and tune and buy cars but you might never realise) and you might be offended when ProStreet gets its addictive hooks into you.

Classified 3+ by PEGI. The game is only suitable for persons who have reached the age of 3 or over.

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005, 360) – 9/10 open-world police / street racing game review

Cast / crew

Need for Speed 9 Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)

After losing your beautiful BMW street racing car, you have the help of full babe Mia and some dude called Rog to get back at the cheating toe-rag who won it, most wanted street racer Razor, by defeating fourteen other street racers (who share the inability to write their own name) on the police black list.

9/10

Tremendous fun despite strong technical shortcomings in frame rate, somehow the handling isn’t adversely affected and the game is responsive and eminently controllable throughout. The killer feature is the presence of police during any event at any time. Brilliantly, and most unusually, you can finish the game with the car you started (slightly upgraded, of course, I had a Fiat Punto I grew very fond of).

This Need for Speed game contains sexual swear words in songs and mild violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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