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Xbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 21

Wolf, BF1943, Virtua Tennis, Juarez, GI Joe, Fight Night, UFC, Overlord II.

Fight Night Round 4

Unconditional glove.

FeatureEA Sports' Peter Moore

On MotionPlus, E3 and taking the fight to the internet.

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Xbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 21

Xbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 21

Wolf, BF1943, Virtua Tennis, Juarez, GI Joe, Fight Night, UFC, Overlord II.

The cross-platform console games having been gradually piling up over the summer, and it's about time the decks were cleared to best ready ourselves for the upcoming Q4 gaming tsunami. On this particular occasion, eight recent titles are put to the test, including our very first multi-format PSN/XBLA face-off.

As is the norm, the analyses are backed up with a comprehensive range of assets: full 24-bit RGB framebuffer dumps of each game (including 1080p shots where supported on PS3), embedded comparison videos using the very best in h264 compression, along with new high-definition clickthroughs in order to get the full picture. These Eurogamer Face-Off features have been gradually evolving over time, and once more the range of available data has increased: discrete frame-rate and v-sync readings have been added to the HD videos.

Onto the gaming line-up then:

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PSN update: Smash Cars, Battle Tanks

PSN update: Smash Cars, Battle Tanks

Plus Buzz! Home space and loads of DLC.

The PS3 Store refresher boasts new games, demos and DLC aplenty, while PlayStation Home opens a new Events Space for Buzz!

Get questions right and a tomato will be lobbed at a rotating Buzz statue. Get 10 questions right in a row and you will unlock a tomato head to put on your Home avatar.

Smash Cars and Battle Tanks are the low-key PSN additions, although their price - £12 and £8 respectively - is steep. Conversely, Crash Commando has had a price-cut to promote new content added today.

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Fight Night 4 Home space launching today

Fight Night 4 Home space launching today

Along with the new Buzz! HQ area.

Two new spaces are set to launch in PlayStation Home today.

According to the PlayStation Blog that'll include Buzz! HQ, where you can take part in 64-player quiz games. Points, prizes and special events are promised.

Meanwhile, EA is opening a new Fight Night space in the form of a boxing-themed nightclub. Expect an interactive DJ game, rewards and "plenty of places to chill" (here on the deck?) "with your nearest and dearest Home-boys and Home-girls". Marvellous.

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UK charts: Fight Night still undefeated

Juarez and Tiger mount challenge.

Fight Night Round 4 remains undefeated at the top of the UK All-Formats chart for a second week, out-punching competition from sibling newcomer Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10.

UK Charts: Fight Night 4 the champ

But fellow newcomers disappoint.

Fight Night Round 4 has become the first boxing game to top the UK All-Formats chart upon release. Perhaps it will now go to America and never be heard of again.

Fight Night Round 4

Fight Night Round 4

Unconditional glove.

Every now and then it's fun to find a game that's not all about shooting men in the face. In times of extreme gun boredom, sometimes it's preferable to express your inner thug by turning to games where you simply batter men repeatedly with your fists until they fall over. Case in point: Fight Night Round 4, the follow-up to 2006's excellent man-battering sim, Fight Night Round 3.

Back in the days when we could get away with using terms like 'next-gen' without unruly gangs wanting to batter us to death, we breathlessly observed that it was “one of the greatest sporting spectacles we've ever been treated to in videogaming history".

But this was no idle hyperbole. Released to blanket acclaim, FNR3 offered an early look at what might be possible with new console technology. The obvious allure of astonishing visual fidelity was backed up with deceptively deep gameplay - all of which put EA so far ahead of the competition that few have even bothered attempting to rival it since. Even EA itself failed to repeat the formula, and got royally smacked down onto the canvas by appalled critics when the cartoon-style Facebreaker limped out last year. Having lost the plot so badly with one promising-looking boxing title, could this long-awaited sequel represent a welcome return to form?

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Fight Night Round 4

Float like a floatbot...

If you're feeling a slight queasiness at the inclusion of Mike Tyson in the line-up for Fight Night Round 4 - and that would be entirely reasonable - perhaps you should just focus on the fact that at least now you can beat him up. Actually, it's better than that: now you can beat him up in what looks to be one of the most detailed and convincing boxing titles ever made.

FeatureEA Sports' Peter Moore

On MotionPlus, E3 and taking the fight to the internet.

We last caught up with the flamboyant president of EA Sports in Vancouver almost a year ago, at his division's first major public showcase since he quit Microsoft's Redmond mothership for a Liverpool FC-themed office in San Francisco.

Moore defends Tyson Fight Night cover

"Athletes are human beings."

EA Sports president Peter Moore has sought to explain why boxer Mike Tyson, a convicted rapist, was chosen to appear alongside Mohammed Ali on the cover of Fight Night Round 4.

Peculiar bedfellows, perhaps? There was always going to be a clash somewhere in this year's Coming Attractions as we sorted our way through 12 categories, but you could argue there's more that unites fighting and strategy than divides them. Both are about trying to take maximum of advantage of your opposition's weaknesses, both reward patience, concentration and consideration, and as of Red Alert 3 both have a thing for impractical women's clothing.

EA unveils Fight Night Round 4

EA unveils Fight Night Round 4

We talk to Lennox Lewis about it.

Clad in a gold robe and flanked by three former world champions, the irrepressible Peter Moore entered the ring in Vancouver on Wednesday morning to announce the latest instalment in EA's Fight Night series.

Fight Night: Round 4 may not have been on display at this week's major EA Sports showcase at the publisher's Canada HQ, but its unveiling made a big impact as boxing legends Lennox Lewis and Sugar Ray Leonard sparred with middleweight Ronald "Winky" Wright in a lengthy motion-capture session in front of press.

Moore enthused: "The champ is back. It's being developed right here in EAC, and it will be launched in 2009. And not only that, it will have all of the world's great fighters, including Iron Mike Tyson, in the game itself."

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