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PS3 Reviews: Cross-platform Launch Games

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Besides the exclusive games, gamers found eight cross-platform titles to play. These titles come with an asterisk though, as they are all out of the Xbox 360, some for months.

If you don't have an Xbox 360 however, you are getting solid ports – so no worries there. Also, you can pretty much disregard all complaining about sub-par graphics. The games look great on the PS3, they just don't stand up to the 360 versions we have already played.

When a game is ported, no matter the platform, inconstancies are easily spotted. You will also find reoccurring themes: the PS3 versions have better textures in some cases, but most always have worse lighting.

These titles are decidedly lighter than their Xbox 360 counterparts, for whatever reason. This can lead to a "foggy" image in some games. This just requires some fiddling with TV controls; Samsung sets have a Dynamic Contrast option that helps to some extent.

It is almost impossible to discuss these games and not compare them to the Xbox 360 versions. This is mainly due to the fact that we have played these games longer, sometimes months longer, on the Xbox 360.

With that in mind, differences between the two platforms have been addressed. Below you will find reviews of all the cross-platform games out at launch.

NBA 2K7 — If you have this game on the PS2, you know it is a superb baller. You also know what you are getting here, as you will not be missing anything in the transition to the PS3.

You gain the sheen of next-gen graphics, which is a huge leap from the pixels and polygons present in the PS2 version.

This version actually has more signature moves than the Xbox 360 version. Although it has a couple more faces too, there are some that really look bad.

Using the SIXAXIS controller to shoot free throws works once you figure the timing out, the defense can shake the screen by shaking the controller.

There is no mistake, this is the best basketball game available, and the SIXAXIS makes it even better. Yep, even better than the Xbox 360 version.

You are not going to see any differences in graphics between the two next-gen versions, nothing worth noting, other than the above-mentioned "fogginess" that is easily adjusted.

NBA 2K7 is an extremely deep game, both online and off, that you will not get tired of for a long time. You can even change things up in a street ball mode.

Something else unique to this version, five-on-five matches online, yep – 10 players in a game. This is more than the Xbox 360 version supports. Now, finding nine other people to participate in your game, that is a different story. Nice feature, though.

NBA 2K7 is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB. This game can also be found on: PS2, Xbox.

NHL 2K7 — With no EA Sports hockey game at launch, fans will have to make due with NHL 2K7.

That is hardly a bad thing, as 2K Sports has yet another year of smooth skating, now on the PS3. The series has some of the best skating controls around.

While Cinemotion leaves a bit to be desired, Crease Control and the new SIXAXIS features are great.

Using the SIXAXIS to check an opponent is great. But it makes me want rumble too. Still, you won't want to hit Circle again to land a satisfying blow.

With Crease Control, you will get full use out of the tilt sensors in the SIXAXIS. This allows for much better, and faster, movement than the analog sticks can muster.

They just made Crease Control even better. The only thing you cannot do with the SIXAXIS is dive, but that is fine, since the forward/back tilting moves the block marker up and down. Tilting side to side moves your goalie's vision cone.

Also, lets not forget the addictive air hockey, it is better than you think. Kidding aside, this game is packed with modes, including a deep franchise mode.

Graphically the ice is the star, while the player models are good but not great. You do get a nice upgrade from the PS2 version of the game, however.

It would have been nice to see NHL 07 at launch, as that game presented an equally impressive, and slightly better, game of hockey on the Xbox 360 this time out.

NHL 2K7 is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB for Mild Violence and Mild Lyrics. This game can also be found on: PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360.

Madden NFL 07 — What is a PlayStation launch without a Madden game?

If you are not tired of the yearly updates, or are tired of the PS2 version, then you might want to pick up the PS3 version. Or you might want to wait for Madden 08, as your PS2 copy of the game has more features and modes.

Besides the graphical overhaul, you get the Lead Blocker Control, where you can quickly control your lead blocker, making a hole for the running back (that you can switch to) to run through.

Control wise, you will be learning new buttons for everything, unless of course you have played the Xbox 360 version.

The SIXAXIS comes into play and adds to the experience well. On defense, you can tackle by shoving the controller into your opponent. You can also try and jump the snap count my moving the controller towards the offensive line.

The quarterback can also use the tilt functions of the controller, and try a fake snap.

The SIXAXIS controls are a nice addition, but this is about the only addition you get over the Xbox 360 version of the game. You will see some more realistic motion from players, some animations were obviously recaptured for this release.

At least this is better than the Xbox 360's first version of Madden, PS3 owners can take solace in that fact.

Besides the control and animation changes, you are looking at a basic next-gen port. If you have PS2 Madden, you will be getting a solid game with slick graphics, but you may be hunting for some modes here and there.

Still, you get online and offline play, Superstar and Franchise modes, combine-like mini-games, small refinements and more, which should be enough to keep you until Madden 08.

Madden NFL 07 is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB. This game can also be found on: GBA, GameCube, Nintendo DS, PC, PS2, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 — Just like with Madden, PS3 owners get to skip the bad memories of EA Sports next-gen 2006 effort.

Instead they get a solid first outing for Tiger on their shiny new PlayStation.

If you are not experiencing Tiger 07 in HD, however, you are not getting the experience you should. This same issue plagued the Xbox 360 version, too.

Tiger 07 on the PS3 is an entirely different game than Tiger 07 on the PS2. Again, Xbox 360 owners are not missing out, as you have likely played this same game to death by now.

The cluttered HUD from the current-gen versions is replaced by a well-designed overlay at the bottom left of the screen. This new presentation is great.

The controls have improved as well. The Loft Stick is a nice improvement over last year's game.

True Aiming is about the best game play change Tiger Woods has seen in years. Even with a maxed out created player, or Woods himself, there is always a chance your ball will not land where you intended. Kudos to EA for True Aiming; it rocks.

But in every other aspect of the game, you may be asking yourself "where did that go?" There are only 12 courses, you may be used to 21 on the PS2 version.

Tiger 07 looks great though, and even sports better, fuller trees than the Xbox 360 version, where they looked a little flat. A small detail, sure, but it is immediately noticeable.

The ESPN integration is great, and online play is wonderful. The new One Ball mode is the highlight of multiplayer.

Sans the lack of courses, this is a great version of Tiger to pick up with your PS3.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB for Mild Violence. This game can also be found on: PC, PS2, PSP, Xbox, Xbox 360, Mobile Phone.

Tony Hawk's Project 8 — Wow did we get an overhauled looking Tony Hawk this year! It looks great, until you compare it to the Xbox 360 version.

Textures are crisper on the Xbox 360, and High Dynamic Range (HDR) lighting is used to subtle effect – in stark contrast, HDR blows out entire scenes on the PS3. There are also noticeable frame rate problems that hinder this version from time to time.

These are not major, and do not effect game play, but they are noticeable. But coming from the PS2, you are going to notice the next-gen visuals and be happy with that. Neversoft built this one from the ground up for next-gen, and it shows.

Thankfully the Bam-inspired ridiculous story is gone, it was getting old, now your goal is to crack the top eight amateur skaters, thus making it into the Birdman's Project 8.

But in true Tony Hawk fashion there is really only one new trick. This time around it is Nail the Trick, where you push both L3 and R3 to enter slow-mo and are able to kick and flip the board at will.

You will fall a lot when attempting Nail the Trick, but once you get the timing down, it works. The sometimes-clunky camera does not help, though, as it can be downright disorienting.

The thing is, this can all be done with the buttons.

The Spot Challenges, on the other hand, are great for picking up challenges. If you see spray paint on the ground, on a ramp, etc, you just have to beat that mark.

Unlike the "no loading" tunnels in American Wasteland, Project 8 actually offers seamless progression from one side of the game world to the other. Once it is all unlocked, you can skate from one side to the other, all without loading, or tunnels, to deal with.

Classic Mode is no longer separate, instead incorporated into Career Mode, triggered by NPCs. I would rather this be a separate mode, like in previous games.

Character customization is paired down to only a couple choices, and Create-A-Park is nowhere to be found. Also completely gone is online play in the PS3 version, something the Xbox 360 has. This is inexcusable, as online play in a Tony Hawk game is quite fun.

The SIXAXIS control is great, allowing you to turn, balance and perform tricks. You can even set which of these are performed with buttons, and which are performed with the tilt sensors. Using the SIXAXIS tilt controls in Nail the Trick also works.

Without online support, and some lackluster level design, it is really your call to pick this one up.

Tony Hawk's Project 8 is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB for Alcohol Reference, Blood, Crude Humor, Language and Mild Violence. This game can also be found on: PS2, PSP, Xbox, Xbox 360.

Call of Duty 3 — Last year Call of Duty 2 surprised Xbox 360 owners, and this third game will do the same for PS3 owners, too.

Graphically, however, this one takes back seat to the Xbox 360 version. Here, textures are not as crisp, and the game just looks washed in a haze.

Switching developers, but still taking down Nazis, you will be concerned this time with taking back France from the invading Germans. Your only concern is the Normandy Breakout, which followed D-Day.

Using the SIXAXIS control, you handle unarmed struggles by side-to-side shakes. These scripted events don't happen a lot, but they do control better than their counterpart on the Wii version of the game.

Also new to the series are drivable vehicles, which you will be driving in different spots in the game. Like the unarmed struggles, it helps break things up nicely.

As a shooter, Call of Duty 3 delivers with lots of weapons, and plenty of surprises. You will find destructible environments, and can finally toss back those grenades.

Levels can be long, and even with a branching storyline, things are pretty linear. The story is more cohesive this time through, however.

Online has your standard modes you expect in a FPS, and for a change, offers less headaches than the Xbox 360 version of the game. Except you get no voice chat on the PS3 version, oddly.

Again, the PS3 version has frame rate issues, and glitches, the Xbox 360 version does not. Why?

In the end, this doesn't hit all the high notes that Call of Duty 2 did, but is still a great cinematic shooter that is very enjoyable, no matter the platform.

Call of Duty 3 is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB for Violence, Blood and Language. This game can also be found on: PS2, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance — The PS3 version of this one supports 1080p graphics, SIXAXIS controls, and two extra playable heroes.

For comic book fans, this is the most refined Action-RPG that developer Raven has provided. The subject matter alone will be enough to look past the otherwise average game.

Sitting next to the Xbox 360 version, I miss the rumble support – but that is pretty much the same with all these PS3 games. We will not miss rumble as long as the Xbox 360 versions have it.

Other than this version having that lighter look — as all these PS3 ports have — the game shows the same great color palette and effects.

Some of the voice work is grating though, and there are some places where the graphics pop-in. Frame rate issues also rear their ugly head.

In direct comparison to the Xbox 360 version, there is some polishing that still needed to be done.

My biggest gripe with the game has to do with your team. You can literally sit back and relax, not throwing one punch, and your team of three other super heroes will take care of most everything on screen.

That is not an Action-RPG, is a snooze fest! Untold Legends Dark Kingdom gives me my fill of this genre, and does so quite well.

Although Ultimate Alliance has its flaws, it is still a lot of fun. There is a massive list of heroes to play as, and each has different costumes to unlock, and of course stats to build. The RPG elements are kept quite manageable, which is appreciated.

The SIXAXIS controls are used during boss fights, mini-game style, and to perform maneuvers such as dodge, grab, and charge powers. The fighting engine plays well, but we expect that by now.

Multiplayer helps a lot, especially when all four heroes are human and not CPU controlled. Four players can battle online and off, with competitive multiplayer too. You compete for points, the one with the most points wins.

They scraped the bottom of the barrel to bring us the likes of Blade, but they left out Hulk. Where is the logic in that? This game has a couple head scratchers like this.

Although this is a fine upgrade from X-Men Legends series, your aggressive teammates kill the show. But if you are a Marvel fan, you are in for a well-written story and a game you will want to pick up.

From the perspective of a that Marvel fan, you could easily give this one another star, otherwise it doesn't really stand out.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB for Mild Language and Violence. This game can also be found on: GBA, PC, PS2, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360.

Need for Speed Carbon — Last year's Most Wanted is what the series desperately needed. This year it is back to the neon streets, but thankfully not in the Underground way.

Most of what made Most Wanted so much fun is back. This year drift racing takes the place of drag racing. Though to be honest, I much prefer drag racing.

Where Most Wanted got brutally tough because of the cops, Carbon is a bit easier because of the lack of cops. It is an okay trade off, though the game seems a little too easy now.

The throw away story has you back in town after a major car race where the cops came in and busted everyone. The slick looking cut scenes, and more of them, are back from the last game.

You start at the bottom, big surprise, and have to work your way up by taking over control of the city. You gain crew members along the way that are helpful in most regards, and fight "boss" characters in canyon duals.

These canyon duals are the most challenging part of the game, seeing as there are few barriers on the side of the road to prevent a very long fall.

The other big change in Carbon is in the three car classes. Exotics, Tuners, and Muscle Cars all drive differently, and make the game more challenging.

The small bit of SIXAXIS control in Carbon would not be missed one bit if you didn't know it was there. It allows for tighter turns once you have turned the analog stick as far as it can go. It doesn't do much.

Autosculpt is the new customization feature, which allows for some very unique possibilities. Various areas on the car can be "sculpted" as much or as little as you like. The system works well.

Gone from the PS3 version is a photo mode. On the Xbox 360, you can pause the game, and enter a photo mode where you can zoom in, and take a sweet shot of your car. You can also upload it for others to see. You find none of that on the PS3.

The two next-gen versions are very similar graphically, though there are some anomalies. The blur effect on the PS3 leaves something to be desired, as it really looks great on the Xbox 360.

Some textures are crisper on the PS3, but again, a lot of the game is washed out and hazy.

The game is simply a blast online, with two new modes that involve cop chasing – this is exactly what Most Wanted needed. It is worth noting that, for some reason, PS2 owners never got to play this one online, so they get a pretty good bonus here in the PS3 version.

Carbon is another solid entry in the series, and will be enjoyed by any PS3 owner who likes to race.

Need for Speed Carbon is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB for Violence. This game can also be found on: GBA, GameCube, Nintendo DS, PC, PS2, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360.

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  • stephen70

    If the images on one console look washed out compared to the other try adjusting the brigntness/contrast or turn on super white mode – it’s likely the difference is the Display settings. Also crispness of textures ? usually means the console is not smoothing the textures properly.
    Like the idea of the comparisons , good use of motion wins me over to the PS3 every time though.

    What happened to blazing angles review ?
    And Can you do Lego starwars saga next ?

    Can you can provide framerates in different modes on each console for the games too ?