PS4 vs Xbox One Head-to-Head Face Off: November 2015

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  Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  • PS4 is better than Xbox One  Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition
  • PS4 / Xbox One equalXbox One / PS4 equal  Fallout 4
  • PS4 is better than Xbox One  Need for Speed (2015)
  • PS4 is better than Xbox One  Star Wars: Battlefront (2015)

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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360 vs PS3 Head-to-Head Face Off: Round 30

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.

Starting with 2011 games, you can hover over the publications icons for a very quick summary.

  • PS3 better Dynasty Warriors 7
  • 360 better Lego Star Wars III: Clone Wars
  • 360 better MotoGP 10/11
  • PS3 better Red Faction: Battlegrounds
  • 360 better Shift 2: Unleashed
  • 360 PS3 equal Top Spin 4

Need for Speed: Undercover (2008, Police Chase Street Racing, 360 and PS3) – 7/10 game review

Cast / crew
Producer: Steve Anthony
Producer: Tim Fields
Producer: Scott Nielsen
Development Director Franchise: Christopher Hadley
Maggie Q: Chase Linh

Need for Speed 12 Need for Speed: Undercover (2008)

Street racing. Sent undercover by bolshy but shapely law enforcement agent Chase Linh, you are tasked with integrating yourself with the street racing culture that is thought to be hiding a serious crime ring.

7/10

It feels like EA simply doesn’t have the time or budget after buying all the vehicle and song licences and Maggie Q’s lipstick to eliminate important, if not quite critical, technical deficiencies in frame-rate and, on PS3, streaming technology. However, Need for Speed‘s seventh generation efforts have not yet reached a technical quality where no more money needed to be spent and this joins Most Wanted and Carbon as a problematic release. Nevertheless, the formula of the street-racing franchise remains magic with playable, consistent handling, nice cars, loads to do and the ever-present possibility of any event erupting into a full-blown Greatest Chase Ever. Police chases are vastly improved over Most Wanted and Carbon as there’s always a chance of escape and the police chatter is more accurate and impressive than ever (‘I’ve just thrown up in my car. I’ve got to go home. It’s everywhere.’).

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

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