Madden NFL 09

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30th October 2008

Xbox 360 Roundup

Q3's top five best-sellers revealed

Madden, Wii Fit and Star Wars win out.

Electronic Arts notched up the world's biggest selling game from July to September with Madden NFL 09 shifting 2.994 million units, according to a new report combining US, UK and Japanese sales data.

Xbox 360 vs PS3 Face-Off: Round 14

Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs PS3 Face-Off: Round 14

SoulCalibur IV, Mercs 2, Kung Fu Panda, Beijing, GH Aerosmith, FaceBreaker, Hulk, EA Sports roundup.

No introduction is necessary for our latest console comparison feature; you all know the deal by now. Top notch 24-bit RGB screenshots? Check. HD-derived streaming video with crystal clear h.264 quality? Check. Flame-retardant clothing capable of withstanding the Human Torch's nova-blast? Double-check.

Just a couple of notes before the rows and bitter recriminations commence. Beginning with this latest feature, we're now embedding larger videos. There are also extended versions with even higher resolution available as clickthroughs via Eurogamer TV. Make sure you hit the 'high quality' button to get the full benefits of h.264 encoding. If the cropped, slow motion videos are not good enough for you, full 720p 60FPS downloads optimised for playback on both 360 and PS3 are available on the author's blog.

For more in-depth, studied comparisons, don't forget the exhaustive screenshot galleries that accompany each game. Thanks to Eurogamer screenshot viewer 2.0, you can switch the view between both versions of each game at the touch of a button. All games get 720p shots, with 1080p galleries added where support is available in the PS3 code.

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Big three respond to August US sales

Big three respond to August US sales

We won, shout all three, in different ways.

Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony have all spun their interpretations of the US sales figures for August, which saw Madden NFL 09 dominate the software charts and Nintendo platforms romp hardware figures.

Nintendo, buoyed by consistently excellent hardware sales, got its spin in first: pointing to lifetime North American sales of 22 million DS handhelds and nearly 12 million Wii consoles.

Microsoft was more bullish in response to the data, claiming that "Xbox 360 owns sports" following Madden NFL 09 topping the software charts on the platform with over one million units sold.

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EA and Gillette doing huge 360 tourney

Prizes are the best a man can get.

EA Sports and Gillette will be running an enormous Xbox Live competition in October to win a trip to Florida and chance to take on sports stars such as Tiger Woods at their own game.