PS4 vs Xbox One and 360 vs PS3 Head-to-Head Face Off: FIFA 15 and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

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.

  • PS4 is better than Xbox One  FIFA 15
  • PS4 is better than Xbox One  Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Seventh Generation

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.

  • 360 better  Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Headhunter: Redemption (2004, PS2, PCSX2) – 7/10 action adventure game review

Cast / crew
Executive Producer: John Kroknes
Director: John Kroknes
Writer: Philip Lawrence
Co-Director: Philip Lawrence
Technical Producer: Stefan Holmqvist
Game Design Director: Peter Johansson
Music Composer, Orchestrator and Producer: Richard Jacques
James Livingstone: Jack Wade
Lisa Renée: Leeza X
Claudia Coulter: Che, Supporting Characters
Alan Marriott: Psycho Star, Supporting Characters

Headhunter: Redemption (2004)

Headhunter Jack Wade rescues and recruits an initially unwilling Leeza X and sends her on a routine mission to gather intelligence while he goes on a more dangerous assignment. Naturally, his assignment turns out to be a ruse and she has to learn the job and fast as the routine assignment is merely the tip of an iceberg of corruption and painful history.

7/10

The coolest things about Headhunter were Jack’s ridable motorcycle and the theme music. So it is a bit baffling to find both are absent for a long time in this sequel while they’ve kept the broken, difficult-to-use camera during the shooting segments; it’s particularly infuriating and unreliable during boss battles. You finally get Jack’s theme after several hours (this is a long, good-value game) and it is glorious and you never get the bike (you see it briefly). It’s a shame as the levels, characters and mix of puzzles and action are good, the story is agreeably inexplicable, the voice-acting is excellent and this is a good game. Some very cool touches like the arguments in the alley and the comical villain holiday camp-like announcements are icing on the cake. Note: Headhunter: Redemption was played beginning to end on PCSX2 without problem.

This game contains bad language and violence, a gory and extremely unpleasant scene and inferred pornographic filming.

Classified 16+ by PEGI. The game is only suitable for persons who have reached the age of 16 or over..
Classified Violence by PEGI. Game contains depictions of violence.

Links

Steam Custom Images: PlayStation 2, Auto Modellista, Headhunter: Redemption, R: Racing Evolution, Resident Evil 4

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 PlayStation 2 images are the latest updates to the full list of Steam custom images.

The first item in the list is a PNG template that I’m using for all my PlayStation 2 games.

PlayStation 2 Steam template
PlayStation 2 template
Auto Modellista PlayStation 2 PAL
Auto Modellista PlayStation 2 PAL
Auto Modellista PlayStation 2 US
Auto Modellista PlayStation 2 US
Headhunter Redemption
Headhunter Redemption
Headhunter Redemption PlayStation 2
Headhunter Redemption PlayStation 2
Headhunter Redemption PlayStation 2 Blue
Headhunter Redemption PlayStation 2 Blue
Headhunter Redemption PlayStation 2 Dark
Headhunter Redemption PlayStation 2 Dark
R Racing Evolution PS2
R Racing Evolution PS2

Resident Evil 4 PS2
Resident Evil 4 PS2
Tourist Trophy
Tourist Trophy
Tourist Trophy PlayStation 2
Tourist Trophy PlayStation 2

R:Racing Evolution (2003, PS2 and Gamecube) – 6/10 racing game review

Cast / crew
Project Director: Hideo Teramoto

R:Racing Evolution (2003)

After rushing an injured racer and his manager to hospital, ambulance driver Rena Hayami finds herself being offered the chance to become a professional racing driver. She accepts but finds that the life of a driver can be more challenging than expected both on and off the track.

6/10

Good and extensive, if generally too easy, racing game with cute cleavage-heavy asian CG babes and reference-quality surround sound implementation. Once the agreeable career mode is complete, however, the game becomes increasingly less desirable to play due to a misjduged lack of challenge (but not to a lack of content, this game would take ages to finish). That said, it’s nice to see a racing game with a decent entry level of difficulty. Too many racing games are too hard for many people even on Easy (if there is an Easy level, a lot of racing games don’t have selectable difficulty).

This game contains mild swear words and excessive cleavage, mild female nudity.

Classified 12+ by PEGI. The game is only suitable for persons who have reached the age of 12 or over.
Classified Bad Language by PEGI. Game contains bad language.

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Auto Modellista (2002, Cel-Shaded Racer, PS2) – 6/10 game review

Cast / crew

Auto Modellista (2002)

6/10

When it’s not being super-easy, this arcade-style racer offers eye-catching graphics, skilful presentation, extensive and gratifying customization. Though the racing is quite thrilling due to the smooth speed of the game, this is also the area it falls down in. The AI is simplistic and the handling characteristics uninvolving. Best thing about the game is being able to put trophies you win exactly where you like in your garage.

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

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PlayStation 3 Backwards Compatibility Update: From Russia With Love

You can access the full list using the 360 PS3 BC link at the top of the page.

Key

  • new The game is new to this list because I have purchased or borrowed it or it has been added to the Xbox 360 BC list.
  • updated The game was already on my list but its status has changed.

Backwards Compatibility Lists

PlayStation 3 logo

PlayStation 3 (PS3) 60Gb PAL:

No known issues

Title Product Code Widescreen System
new From Russia With Love SLES 53553   3.15

PlayStation 3 Backwards Compatibility Update: The Fast and the Furious

You can access the full list using the 360 PS3 BC link at the top of the page.

Key

  • new The game is new to this list because I have purchased or borrowed it or it has been added to the Xbox 360 BC list.
  • updated The game was already on my list but its status has changed.

Backwards Compatibility Lists

PlayStation 3 logo

PlayStation 3 (PS3) 60Gb PAL:

No known issues

Title Product Code Widescreen System
new The Fast and the Furious SLES 54483 widescreen 3.15

Killzone (2004, Game, PS2 on PS3) – 7/10 review

Managing Director Guerilla Games: Hermen Hulst
Development Director: Arjan Brussee
Production Manager: Alastair Burns
Production Manager: Martin Capel
Production Manager: Hans Tasma
Lead Designer: Martin Capel
Game Designer: Roy Postma
Lead Programmer: Michael van der Leeuw
Kal Webber: Captain Jan Templar
Jennifer Lawrence: Shadow Marshal Luger
Tom Clarke-Hill: Sergeant Rico Valasquez
Sean Pertwee: Colonel Gregor Hakha
Model Captain Jan Templar: Nico van der Helm
Model Shadow Marshal Luger: Micky Hoogen
Model Sergeant Rico Valasquez: Nasler Abdoel
Model Colonel Gregor Hakha: Mitch Jansen

Killzone (2004)

Years after he First Helghan War with Earth, Helghan forces bypass Vekta’s thought-impregnable defence mechanisms and start the Second Helghan War under the charismatic leadership of Scolar Visari. Though, it has to be said, calling a conflict The First Helghan War is probably tempting fate and a return engagement was somewhat predictable.

7/10

Accomplished military first-person shooter which makes good use of the PlayStation 2’s tendency to make graphics look muddy and unimpressive. The level design is consistently good giving the player enough tactical decisions and choices while the enemy and ally AI is generally more than good enough. Mildly inaccurate weapons and bullet-sponge enemies make the combat feel less crisp than other genre entries but whatever shooters need to be fun, playable and engaging, Killzone has it. It’s never more than a good first-person shooter but that is certainly enough. Laying out the manual like a newspaper was also a really nice touch.

This game contains sexual swear words and extended gun violence in gameplay, some graphic and extreme gun violence and strong melee violence in cut scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.
Classified 16+ by PEGI. The game is only suitable for persons who have reached the age of 16 or over..
Classified Violence by PEGI. Game contains depictions of violence.
Classified Bad Language by PEGI. Game contains bad language.

PlayStation 3 Backward Compatibility update

You can access the full list using the 360 PS3 BC link at the top of the page.

Key

  • new The game is new to this list because I have purchased or borrowed it or it has been added to the Xbox 360 BC list.
  • updated The game was already on my list but its status has changed.

 

Backwards Compatibility Lists

 

 

PlayStation 3 logo

PlayStation 3 (PS3) 60Gb PAL:

No known issues

Title Product Code Widescreen System
new Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets SLES 51192   2.52
new Sly Raccoon SCES 50917   2.52

Chaos Legion (2003, Game, PS2 on PS3) – 7/10

Manabu Oshio: Japanese Voice: Sieg Wahrheit
Ken Kaito: Japanese Voice: Victor Delacroix
Yui Ichikawa: Japanese Voice: Arcia Rinslet
Ryô: Japanese Voice: Siela Riviere
Director: Makoto Maeda
Producer: Yoshinori Ono
Christian Campbell: English Voice: Sieg Wahrheit
Josh Gilman: English Voice: Victor Delacroix
Shanelle Workman: English Voice: Arcia Rinslet
Becky Riedy: English Voice: Siela Riviere

Chaos Legion (2003)

Knight of the Dark Glyphs Sieg Wahrheit isn’t content with having an awesome name and sets about putting some manners on the formerly virtuous Victor Delacroix who has fallen to the dark side and now controls the hordes of the underworld. Delacroix’s motives are tied to the past and a girl named Siela.

7/10

The adventures of the awesomely-named Sieg Wahrheit (no-one makes up names like Japanese game developers) initially appears to be a simple button masher but thanks to combos, great enemies, bosses and the titular Legions, quickly reveals an enjoyable depth and strategy. It’s still a button-masher but an interesting one. Inter-level music (where you manage your Legions levelling) is way too short considering the amount of time you spend in there (fortunately it’s not quite annoying), the story is typically impenetrable, and it’s rather hard but the music, presentation and graphics are outstanding.

This game contains extended fantasy blade and projectile violence, unpleasant and gory scenes.

Classified 12+ by PEGI. The game is only suitable for persons who have reached the age of 12 or over.
Classified Violence by PEGI. Game contains depictions of violence.

PlayStation 3 Backward Compatibility update

A small update regarding a couple of games I had not listed before and one which stops working a short period into the game. You can access the full list using the 360 PS3 BC link at the top of the page.

Key

  • new The game is new to this list because I have purchased or borrowed it or it has been added to the Xbox 360 BC list.
  • updated The game was already on my list but its status has changed.

 

Backwards Compatibility Lists

 

 

PlayStation 3 logo

PlayStation 3 (PS3) 60Gb PAL:

No known issues

Title Product Code Widescreen System
new Viewtiful Joe 2 SLES 52868   2.42

 

Should play on PLAYSTATION®3 with some minor issues

Title Product Code Widescreen System
new Killzone
Very minor audio distortion during pre-rendered sequences.
SCES 52004 widescreen 2.50

 

Not Compatible with PlayStation 3

Title Product Code Widescreen System
updated Aeon Flux
Controller stops functioning inside the game after a certain time after a certain point in the first, non-training, level. PS button and menu still work.
SLES 53956 widescreen 2.50

Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator 3: A-spec (2001, PS2 exclusive) – 9/10 racing game review

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Cast / crew
Game Designer: Kazunori Yamauchi

Gran Turismo Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator 3: A-spec (2001)

1 or 2 players offline.

Starting with a small number of credits, purchase cars and upgrades till you’ve won every race and championship available.

9/10

While Gran Turismo 2: A-Spec may have been a more accurate, if mean, title, this game offers reference-quality graphics (not matched by any other PlayStation 2 game for about five years), an astonishing number of challenges and mildly improved (though still dull) A.I. but it takes significantly longer to get its addictive hooks into you. For me, the main reason for this is that there is no longer a racing modification available for ordinary cars and so you have little motivation to keep upgrading your car because it will just look the same even if it goes like stink.

PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility Update

My complete BC list.

 

 

Key

  • new The game is new to this list because I have purchased or borrowed it or it has been added to the Xbox 360 BC list.
  • updated The game was already on my list but its status has changed.

 

Backwards Compatibility Lists

Xbox 360 logo

Xbox 360

 

No known issues

Title Widescreen Tested
new BLiNX 2: Matters of Time & Space   Sep 2008
new The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King   Sep 2008

Should play on Xbox 360 with minor issues

Title Widescreen Tested
new BLiNX: The Time Sweeper
Ironically, seems to run a little slowly.
  Sep 2008
new The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age
Coming across treasures chests makes the whole screen flash white.
  Sep 2008

 

Should play on Xbox 360 with noticeable issues

Title Widescreen Tested
new Blood Omen 2: The Legacy of Kain Series
Game does not run in widescreen as it should.
  Sep 2008
new Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Game does not run in widescreen as it should.
  Sep 2008

 

PlayStation 3 logo

PlayStation 3 (PS3)

Note: this is a list of games tested by me and is not entirely in tune with the official list which tends to be more cautious and somewhat behind the latest software version.

No known issues

Title Product Code Widescreen System
new Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer SCES 51635 widescreen 2.42
new Conflict: Desert Storm II SLES 51523 widescreen 2.42
new Disney’s Donald Duck PK SLES 50773   2.42
new Kingdom Hearts SCES 50967   2.42
new Okami SLES 54439   2.42
new Robot Wars: Arenas of Destruction SLES 50572 widescreen 2.42
new Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 SLES 55018   2.42
new Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy SLES 51831 widescreen 2.42

 

Should play on Playstation 3 with minor issues

Title Product Code Widescreen System
new Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil
Minor wibbling on some menus (for example, the 50Hz / 60Hz / Test menu) and dialog boxes. Has no effect on gameplay and game looks fantastic.
SCES 50354   2.42
new Kya: Dark Lineage
Minor sound distortion in movies.
SLES 51473 widescreen 2.42
updated Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Occasional minor slowdown, most noticeable during The Fury boss battle.
SLES 82013   2.42
new Xenosaga Episode II
Optical digital output Dolby Digital 5.1 causes audio crackling.
SCES 82034   2.42

 

Should play on Playstation 3 with noticeable issues

Title Product Code Widescreen System
new The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
No video (audio only) on deliberately (!) unskippable movie clips.
SLES 51252   2.42

PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360 backwards compatibility update

My complete BC list.

 

 

Key

  • new The game is new to this list because I have purchased or borrowed it or it has been added to the Xbox 360 BC list.
  • updated The game was already on my list but its status has changed.

 

 

 

Backwards Compatibility Lists

Xbox 360 logo

Xbox 360

 

Plays on Xbox 360 with some minor issues

Title Widescreen Tested
new Terminator: Dawn of Date
Game doesn’t run in widescreen and has the image squished into a 4:3 area in the middle of the display. Opening movie has occasional sound glitches. Frame-rate occasionally stutters. Heat-haze effects are incorrectly rendered on top of everything else including the HUD. I also wonder what the ugliest lead character in video-game history is; I vote for Kyle Reese.
  August 2008

 

 

 

 

PlayStation 3 logo

PlayStation 3 (PS3)

Note: this is a list of games tested by me and is not entirely in tune with the official list which tends to be more cautious and somewhat behind the latest software version.

No known issues

Title Product Code Widescreen System
new Burnout Dominator SLES 54681 widescreen 2.42
new Ford vs Chevy SLES 53698 widescreen 2.42
new GunGrave: Over Dose SLES 52941   2.42
new Haven: Call of the King SLES 51209   2.42
new James Bond in… Agent Under Fire SLES 50539   2.42
new World Super Police SLES 54080   2.42

 

Should play on Playstation 3 with minor issues

Title Product Code Widescreen System
new Ford Street Racing
Dolby ProLogic II audio option causes crackling in-game
SLES 53639 widescreen 2.42
new GunGrave
Audio stuttering during pre-Start movie (no obvious damage to disc) but not during in-game movies. Slowdown in game but everything remains playable and looks great.
SLES 51236   2.42

Ico (2002, Game, PS2 on PS3) – 10/10 review

Game Designer: Fumito Ueda
Director: Fumito Ueda
Kazuhiro Shindou: Ico

Ico (2002)

Ico’s fate had been sealed since his birth, since that fateful day when he emerged with horn’s protruding from his tiny head. Now twelve-years-old, his family offer no resistance and weep none when the mysterious horsemen come and take him away to be imprisoned in an ancient fortress. The horsemen seal him inside a stone casket and Ico is sentenced to spend eternity in silent torment…

10/10

Without question, one of the most remarkable videogames ever made. Expressively animated and atmospherically presented, this gentle puzzle action game is full of gameplay goodness that would become touchstones in modern gaming (God of War is highly reminiscent of this). It also supplies one of the single most brilliant moments in videogame history when you take the hand of your companion Yorda and realise that you will be protecting this delicate, ethereal girl and tackling this adventure together literally hand-in-hand. Genius.

This game contains fantasy violence, mild gory and unpleasant scenes.

Classified OK 3+ by ELSPA. Content OK 3+.

Available on PlayStation 2.

PlayStation 3 backwards compatibility update: v2.01

Seeing as Sony’s 40Gb PlayStation 3 dumped backwards compatibility like a diseased potato, I presumed that the firmware updates would no longer herald greater BC. However, I went through my non-compatible PS2 library and found that one had changed status and was now playable. Good news!

Links

My full BC list.

Backwards Compatibility Update

PlayStation 3 logo

Should play on PLAYSTATION®3 with some minor issues

Title Product Code Widescreen System
updated Headhunter: Redemption
Very minor frame rate problems in movies and in gameplay but nothing that adversely affects the game.
SLES 51682 2.01

Sony announce ‘We’re making the PlayStation 3 worse. Now give us your money.’

From the official 40GB PlayStation 3 Sony Computer Entertainment Europe announcement:

The new model is no longer backwards compatible with PlayStation®2 titles, reflecting both the reduced emphasis placed on this feature amongst later purchasers of PS3, as well as the availability of a more extensive line-up of PS3 specific titles (a total of 65 titles across all genres by Christmas).

Isn’t that bizarre? I was under the impression that backwards compatibility was currently being executed via software emulation. This seemed to be borne out by the fact that the state of backwards compatibility changes with firmware releases (system updates).

For me backwards compatibility is important. For many it is not. So while the above seems a fair statement, it seems unfair and pretty stupid to remove a feature just because they can.

I note that few choose to use the tilt sensitive functions of the Sixaxis controller. As Sony say, that feature has “reduced emphasis” among purchasers of PS3’s. Does this mean that this feature will too be removed in a future hardware iteration?

I suspect that the vast majority of PS3’s are not connected to 5.1 surround sound amps and HD displays via HDMI. Will those be removed in a future iteration?

The removal of backward compatibility seems a bafflingly arbitrary decision.

According to the remainder of the press release, 2 USB ports, a card reader, 20GB of hard disk space and backwards compatibility cost the best part of €100. Yeah.

While you can nip down PC World and purchase a USB hub and a card reader if you need them for around €40 you cannot go and purchase backwards compatibility.

Sony really seem to be flailing around at the PlayStation division at this time. The announcement of a reduction in price (and let’s not forget that the standard PS3 has just dropped €100 in price) should be a cause for celebration. Instead Sony have managed to shoot themselves in the foot for the umpteenth time regarding PlayStation 3 and issue a press release detailing how their HD entertainment center is getting worse, not being improved.

Slimm Says

Sony should have just dropped the price of the standard PS3. Nothing else. This is a decision only an accountant would make, not a visionary or lover of the brand or videogames. Sony’s press relations division are idiots (we knew that anyway) and getting your company run by accountants is the beginning of the end. At this rate, PlayStation 3 will be the swansong of Sony as an videogame giant.