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Digital Foundry does Assassin’s Creed II

Thursday, 19 November 2009 18:04 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Looks like Assassin’s Creed II has been given the Digital Foundry treatment with the latest Face-Off between the 360 and PS3 versions of the game.

Here’s the final analysis:

“It’s fair to say that while Assassin’s Creed II has a number of important advantages on Xbox 360, the crucial thing is that the improvements to the PS3 engine are such that the performance deficit isn’t going to get in the way of having a great time.

“It’s an essential game on both platforms, but if you’ve got both consoles, the 360 version is clearly the more solid performer.”

You can read the full thing through here, and check out the video here.

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26 Comments

  1. NoxNoctisUmbra

    Looks the same to me, only thing Xbox version is much darker bit more vivid.. to fix it on PS3 go to video options and turn on the options.. thats it. it will fix the issue if you have full HD TV.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Dannybuoy

    Oh look the old ‘Default PS3 contrast setting’ thing again. Anyway. Those character faces and models look gash on both platforms!

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Alakratt

    “When other sites give the edge to the PS3, Digital Foundry comes to the rescue!!!!”

    #3 5 years ago
  4. SilentLoner

    Seriously does that site ever give anything to the ps3? I have my copy and it looks superb distance wise character models need work (its the ps3 version)

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Goliath

    Okay, really, to accuse Digital Foundry of bias is pure fanboyism. Regardless of the outcome of their Face Offs they take the most technical approach to their comparisions, it’s not someone looking at screens saying, this one looks darker, this one tears more or this one drops more frames.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Mad-elph

    I really disagree with it. I watched their video and it showed that the 360 has a few more problems than the ps3. the shading is more on the 360, such that there are darker darks and this looks good sometimes, but not always especially on character models. It looked great on the rood tiles 75% into the vid, but aside from that it wasn’t anything that made it look better. I saw a few more sync issues on the 360 side. I am a ps3 user, but when I look at it one looks better than the other. the ps3 one has less vivid colours, true. but I don’t expect the colours of a characters shirt to shine when its a cotton.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Psychotext

    What’s a sync issue? You mean vsync? Because the PS3 version clearly tears more (watch the frame rate analysis vid).

    As for the other stuff, I’m not sure why people get hung up on contrast / colours etc when they’re easily adjusted on a TV or using in game settings.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. reask

    Both look fine to me.
    360 a little darker whereas the PS3 a little blurry at times but overall I would say a draw.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. No_PUDding

    It matters when it’s crushing detail, and half of those things are ridiculously dark.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    I dont get the washed out thing on PS3 none of my games ever have that. Actually i’ve got my 360 set to 1080i because it suffered from washed out colours when set to 1080p.

    No idea why.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    “It matters when it’s crushing detail, and half of those things are ridiculously dark.”

    But again… it’s nothing that a set calibrated properly to the input would have. My PS3 isn’t washed out, and my 360 isn’t overly dark, because they’re both set up properly.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Cort

    @Gek, because it’s bullshit. Everything that connects to your TV and projects a picture has a slightly different image from the next thing. What DF means is that the PS3 displays a slightly brighter image than the 360 – which they have arbitrarily decided should be considered the gold standard. One could just as easily say the 360 displays too dark an image.

    Then there’s the “out of the box with no tuning/configuration” crap too.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. gorman

    Wow… being fanboyish about a Digital Foundry analysis has got to be an all time lowest for PS3 aficionados.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Cort

    How is it being fanboyish? The comments above have been backed up by substantive points. All you’ve offered (sic) is an ad hominem whine.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    Anyone else got the same problem as me where the 360′s colours are more washed in 1080p? I have it connected via HDMI.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    Does your TV store different settings for different resolutions? That said, what it probably is is that you’ve got the reference levels / colour space set incorrectly in your dashboard.

    Just go into the display settings and modify accordingly (when it’s connected via HDMI).

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/906663/

    #16 5 years ago
  17. MushroomStamp

    This is true for 99.99 of multi-platform games… For whatever of the many debateable reasons, the 360 version is always better.

    If you are getting washed colors on the 360 in 1080p make sure you change the Color setting on the console. Where you set it to 1080p there is another choice next to it that controls the coloring. How can you people even miss that?

    #17 5 years ago
  18. The Hindle

    To be honest i cant see any real differences between the two im getting it for the Ps3 anyway

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Gekidami

    I havnt ‘missed it’ is just dosnt seem to have any effect.

    And darker = better? O RLY?

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Psychotext

    That’s not right Gekidami, it should have a pretty significant effect. Getting that wrong (or right) makes a big difference.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. CMcAfee

    Why do we really care? Why do we have this exact same argument for a couple days after every major multiplat release? The game is the same on both consoles, right? There are not major technical issues with one version or the other? Then buy it for your primary gaming system. Have fun.

    Especially since neither console can produce graphics on par with a top end PC; we are arguing over which of the consoles looks better than the other, not which platform looks the best. Pointless ammo for the fanboy wars.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Awesome game no matter which system you play it on i’m sure.

    Isn’t this kind of like comparing how a theatrical movie might look different using side by side comparisons of different movie theatres screens, projectors, variables, etc…? When viewed side by side, you see differences, but viewed individually, they look just as good as intended.

    I think it’s the “fanboys” that have to step up and say “my systems superior to yours”. Maybe they have small peckers?

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Dannybuoy

    I have my 369 set to fudge mode. All teztures look like silk dragged across a weasles back

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Jadeskye

    my playstation wii60 is much better then yours.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. gorman

    @Cort

    Wasn’t directly referring to you but, if you insist, your claim that DF “decided” that 360 is the golden standard for picture brightness and contrast is refuted by their analysis of Modern Warfare 2, where they state that their “golden standard” requires adjustments on both 360 and PS3.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Cort

    @gorman, it’s an arbitrary and semantic opinion not a fact: When you view a PS3 game in isolation it is not “washed out”. But when viewed alongside a 360 game yes, it looks a little brighter and with higher contrast than the XBox. But to then call the PS3 “washed out” in the context of a side-by-side comparison at least nine out of ten times means they are regarding the MS console as the reference system and allowing their own personal preferences affect the anaysis*. And if they want to do that it should be clearly stated at the start of each article.

    This is no complaint about the 360 or a “mine is better than yours issue” as you inferred. It’s a complaint about DF’s arbitrary methods and frequent refusal (oft stated) to use the facilities to change the PS3 settings to adjust the picture to suit their personal taste and instead test it “as is”, i.e. out of the box. If that is the rule why have they always tested the 360 with an HDMI cable? My brother’s 360 didn’t come with one in the box.

    * I, like many, PREFER a slightly brighter and higher contrast picture! My flatscreen is set up like that for all my TV and video equipment.

    #26 5 years ago

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    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]