SCORE International Baja 1000

Xbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 17

Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 17

LOTR Conquest, Tomb Raider, Prince of Persia, Saints Row 2 and loads more.

It's the first face-off of the New Year and with it, the opportunity to bring the cold, hard, iron first of order to the games cupboard by rounding up the games we really should have covered by now, but didn't for reasons too numerous and too tedious to get into. It's also the chance to take a look at how the first high profile release of 2009 - EA's Lord of the Rings: Conquest - measures up under Eurogamer's unyielding scrutiny.

As we've got a lot of software to get through, we've bumped up the interesting games to the front of the feature, then grouped together the rest in the form of smaller, round-up featurettes at the end. However, as per the norm, all games get the full screenshot gallery treatment - captures losslessly derived from the HDMI ports of both consoles at full range 24-bit RGB precision. Where PS3 outputs a 1080p signal on any given game, additional galleries are provided, along with their 360 counterparts.

For the headline games there's also the customary video coverage. Set your Flash Player to 'high quality' to appreciate the full might of h264 encoding, or check out the author's blog if you want to download bandwidth-saturating full-HD versions running in real time, optimised for playback on PS3, Xbox 360 and dual-core PCs.

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Legal spat over Baja cover settled

Back to the drawing board for Acti-Blizz.

Activision-Blizzard has agreed to redraw the box art for SCORE International Baja 1000, after THQ complained that the packaging looked too similar to Baja: Edge of Control.

Another Baja game announced

Another Baja game announced

This time it's Activision in the driving seat.

Only a few short months after THQ announced that it's working on an off-road racer based on the famous Baja 1000 race (and rather snappily called BAJA), Activision has revealed that it's also got a bun of that description in the oven.

SCORE International Baja 1000 is Activision's offering, and you'll be able to pick it up this autumn on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS2 and PC. It's set to feature over 90 vehicles, covering all of the various classes that compete in the real Baja 1000 - ranging from trucks to motorbikes to ATVs.

Activision reckons SCORE International Baja 1000 will come replete with realistic dirt and damage modelling, which is just as well given what a huge factor those two elements play in the real Baja races. With the course running down along Mexico's Baja California peninsula, finishing the race at all is seen as an achievement, let alone placing highly.

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