Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights

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Xbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round Nine

Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round Nine

DMC4, The Club, Turok, FIFA Street, PES, Juiced.

Welcome back to our ongoing critical analysis of the latest in cross-platform game development, as we take a look at another batch of games released on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Recent skirmishes between the rival formats reveal that the Microsoft console still has a significant, quantifiable edge in terms of multi-format gaming quality, but in line with its improving sales figures, PlayStation 3 is gradually closing the gap.

For those of you who've somehow managed to avoid the last nine face-off features we've put together over the course of the last year, the basic objective of this coverage is remarkably straightforward - to provide console-specific commentary that supplements the existing Eurogamer reviews, with an emphasis on gameplay and technical differences.

The usual testing methodology is in place - the games are tested side-by-side, their video outputs losslessly captured in full 24-bit RGB precision via the HDMI ports of our PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Elite, using a Digital Foundry HD capture system. With every single frame recorded and stored on an unfeasibly large array of hard disks, we can then pick and choose the exact same shots from each game for inclusion in our comparison galleries.

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THQ confirms Red Faction III

THQ confirms Red Faction III

Explains why Juiced, Stuntman were binned.

THQ has confirmed Red Faction III is in development for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Saints Row developer Volition is making it, according to a conference call with boss Brian Farrell. "More exciting destruction technology" will be added this time around.

Red Faction is a first-person shooter set on Mars where Arnold Schwarzenegger once lived. The 2001 original's big boast was the ability to leave bullet holes in things you shot. And the sequel featured even more physics power.

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Juice team making two new games

"Fresh and exciting", says boss.

Following THQ's decision to throw the Juiced series of racing games in the bin, Juice Games has said it is squeezing two fresh projects out.

PES 2008 demo on PSN

Plus PS Eye games, more.

Demos of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 and Juiced 2 are among the highlights in this week's PlayStation Network shop update for Europe. About time - on both counts.

Juiced 2 PC demo

Two tracks, four cars.

The PS2 and Xbox 360 versions are already screaming along further up the track, and the PS3 version is lining up on the grid for tomorrow, but the PC version of Juiced 2 is still around a month away, and THQ has released a demo version to try and sell you on its merits.

Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights

Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights

Catch my drift.

Thrown into the lion's den of the Christmas 2007 line-up, Juiced 2 faces the exact same problem that the last one did: too much competition. Competitors which have raised their game considerably since Juiced battled it out with the big guns in the summer of 2005.

Sure, you might argue that Juiced 2 doesn't compete directly with Project Gotham Racing 4, SEGA Rally, Colin McRae DiRT, Stuntman Ignition, or Forza Motorsport 2, but it does have the looming spectre of EA's latest behemoth just a few weeks away. It's not so much Need For Speed, but Need For Sales, and in that particular race Juiced 2 is likely to struggle to reach the podium faced with such superb rivals.

But as much as it's easy to write off Juiced 2 as an also-ran before we've even considered if it's any good, it's waving, not drowning - if you're prepared to give it a chance to impress. Admittedly, it's not an easy game to get to like, largely thanks to the eye-rolling posturing and too-cool-for-school 'tude that comes as standard issue with Street Racing games. But if you can ignore the chest-puffing alpha male bull, then there's a fairly decent game trying to kick it's way out of the razzmatazz of Hot Import Nights TV-style glitz and faux glamour.

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Those of you tuning up for the 28th September release of Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights can now try out the multiplayer in a new Live demo.

Juiced 2 and FlatOut 360 demos

Jostling for attention.

Do you have an Xbox 360? Do you like racing around in cars? Then you've come to the right place! Well, you've come to a news item talking about the right place. Because the right place is Xbox Live Marketplace, where demos of Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights and FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage await.

Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights

New modding army.

Time for a new instalment in the Juiced series, which comes with a brand new name. No, Hot Import Nights does not refer to an evening in with a region 1 DVD and the central heating turned up, as you'll probably know if you're an American and/or fan of street racing. In fact, HIN refers to a street racing show which tours the US on a regular basis.

Juiced sequel this year

Juiced sequel this year

Next-gen tuning action.

THQ has yet to announce it publicly, but reports in Swedish magazine Game Reactor suggest that a sequel to racing title Juiced is in development.

Called Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights, the game is reportedly due out this September on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP and PC, with the title a reference to the international car show of the same name.

Although details have yet to be officially confirmed, Internet reports suggest we'll see 93 licensed cars, 10,000 licensed components and real cities including Sydney, Rome, London, Paris and San Francisco. Drag racing and showdown modes have been ditched, with drift races apparently introduced in their stead.

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