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Eurogamer: Xbox 360 vs. PS3 Multiformat Face-Off: Round Four

Once more Eurogamer returns to the front-lines of the next-gen console war, as they present their latest batch of cross-platform games available on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and put them to the test. Which titles are better on which console? More importantly, where there are differences, is there a fundamental effect on the gameplay?

So, onto the roster of software up for discussion then - another gaming mixture that once again encompasses the good, the bad and the fugly of cross-platform development.

* The Darkness
* Spider-Man 3: The Game
* The Godfather
* Madden NFL '08
* NHL '08

Here are snippets from each game comparison (Full reviews after the jump):

The Darkness:

Loading up the PlayStation 3 version... with better quality videos streaming onto the many in-game TV screens dotted throughout the maps, such is the undoubted storage POWER of the Blu-ray disc. However, the reality of the situation is that while gameplay is virtually identical, it appears that Starbreeze Studios has compromised the PlayStation 3 version in a number of respects... such as the omission of motion blur as you pan around.

Spiderman 3:

It's just a shame that once the web-swinging is over and you drop out of the sky to actually get to work, Spider-Man 3 becomes a fundamentally unattractive game, with graphically sparse environments, unsatisfying combat and a haywire, jarring camera. These game-killing problems remain constant whether you're playing the game on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, to the point where analyzing the differences between the two versions becomes pretty much irrelevant.

The Godfather:

The Godfather was primarily designed for last-gen platforms, but deemed worthy of a porting effort onto 360, Wii and of course PlayStation 3. To be honest, out of all of the supposedly 'next-gen' versions, the game seems most at home on Wii, where the technical limits of the hardware seem to be the best match for the original graphical assets. Both Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of The Godfather come across merely as upscaled versions of the same thing, feeling sparse, clinical and graphically unsatisfying in pristine high-definition. However, the PS3 and indeed Wii versions have a number of gameplay expansions over the more aged Xbox 360 rendition.

Madden NFL '08:

As owners of the Sony console have been effectively lumbered with a technically inferior version, the real question, of course, is what kind of impact this has on the PlayStation 3 experience, because in terms of features, gameplay and graphics (i.e. the really crucial stuff) the two versions are astonishingly alike, as the comparisons shots prove. Presentation-wise, it certainly does make a difference, especially in the pre-game cut-scenes. The slick update on the 360 game adds an additional layer of polish to sequences that do a great job of showing off how insanely detailed and well-animated the player models are.

NHL '08:

NHL '08 is yet another EA Sports title where the Xbox 360 benefits on a technical level. Just like Madden NFL '08, EA's latest ice hockey arcade sim runs at 60 frames per second on the Microsoft machine, while the PlayStation 3 version... doesn't. Efforts have been made to get the PS3 game running at 30fps, but astonishingly EA Sports has not even managed to achieve this, with sporadic slowdown manifesting all the way through the game, but most clearly evident on the cut-scene sequences, which in some places exhibit an inexplicably jerky, almost slideshow-like effect.

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SL1M DADDY3492d ago

Seriously, this is one of the worst ones I have read.

Violater3492d ago

Its Eurogamer,
Ever wonder why they don't compare 1st party to 1st party?

BloodySinner3492d ago

Because Microsoft and Sony don't have the same first party titles?

Violater3492d ago (Edited 3492d ago )

because one consoles first party looks better than the other which would not suit their agenda.
Also there are 3rd party multi titles which reveal results contrary to their finding here, ie Oblivion , Dirt etc .

@Sinner
" That's your opinion."

It's a good thing I did not say which.
Also why not respond to the second portion of some3rd part Multi games looking better on the PS3 all of which run in 720P min.
Hence requiring more dev time yes, but as we have already begun to see bare better results.

BloodySinner3492d ago (Edited 3492d ago )

"because one consoles first party looks better than the other which would not suit their agenda. "

That's your opinion.

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squallsoft3492d ago

...comparisons of two first party titles, graphically, but its cool to know that PS3 is keeping up with the 360 so early in its life cycle. Just imagine what the PS3 will be pushing out next year, graphically.

PLAY B3YOND

segasage3492d ago (Edited 3492d ago )

but isn't that what you expect, since most games for the ps3 have extra development time, as well as the console itself had extra time to work on sh!t, well a whole fn year.

so what would you expect?

if something goes worng with sony and it's devs, than thats on sony, it has nothing to do with ms decisions.

no one is wiling to see that both consoles have weaknesses. just FTW and "wait you'll see"Comments.

would be nice to "play b3yond now" instead of b3yond 3-4 years from now.

BLACKJACK VII3492d ago (Edited 3492d ago )

LOL, the Multiplats show off the power of console vs. console, or in the pS3's case, the lack thereof.

D3LAY3D B3YOND

mighty_douche3492d ago

the games listed above were built on the 360 then ported over to the ps3. also all these games where released over a year after the xbox so of course the developers are going to be more comfortable with that system.
MADDEN for example, EA even said they didnt have long with the development kits for the playstaion hense the lower frame rates.
IMO yes the xbox is currently ahead in multi-platform games, CURRENTLY. but looking back over previous generations of consoles the playstations ahve always seemed slightly behind on multi-plat, this is due to them being harder to develop on, but remember this was also the case with the ps2 and even in your completely biased opinion you cant say that wasnt a hugh success! infact if im right its still the highest selling console.
try opening your eyes to the reason and the why rather than just screaming like an uniformed fan boy.

PimpHandHappy3492d ago

u wont see a differrence like u cant in 2k8 or DMC. EA said themselfs they didnt have time to work on the PS3 and that they have had the 360 for three years compared to the PS3 for a year. Remember Madden last year ppl! The PS2 game was as good as the 360 and it played better. This year the PS3 just got the madden port

stupid article

gnothe13492d ago

pimp you an mighty are both liers!! EA never said they havent had the time with the PS3, or they only had it for 1 year compared to the 360's 3 years!!

http://ps3.ign.com/articles...

remember E3 2005, it was MAY 2005 an they had this game running on actual PS3 hardware. EA an Ubisoft both has had PS3 dev kits since late 2004 so you guys can just stop with the bull crap!!

MarioFromTexas3492d ago

So how come the 360 version of madden 07 sux balls compare to the PS2 version....I guess you xbots don't want to bring up last year right. So how come PS3 first year titles blow away 360 first year titles....Multiplatform don't mean anything since they are both the same game engine. It's exclusive like Killzone2 that makes you see what the power of PS3 is....Killzone 2 is all you have to see that the 360 can't compete with the PS3....You can flame all you want but multiplatforms are not a system seller, it's the big guns that do that

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