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Saturday, November 26, 2011

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JiLL ValenTine: The Relentless & hot heroine from the nightmarish world of Resident EviL
Jill Valentine

Jill Valentine is an iconic heroine from the epic horror video game series of Resident Evil aka Biohazard, Jill is a sugar cake of a babe beloved to every Resident Evil fan, she is one of the protagonist of the Resident Evil series and rolled as the primary protagonist in multiple games of the series including the original Resident Evil, ever since she has been amongst the most favorite of the video gaming babes.



Jill’s feats of heroism first came to light when she fought the monstrosity of the evil Umbrella mansion in the original Resident Evil, it was her skill as an elite S.T.A.R.S soldier, her resourcefulness and her survival instincts that led her to survive the horrors of the mansion along with her buddies.
Years later in Resident Evil 5 Jill Valentine reunite with her friend Chris Redfield in a quest to defeat the evil Albert Wesker, Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar frees Jill from Wesker’s evil influence and then Jill combine forces with Chris and Sheva to destroy Wesker once and for all.
The Falconer Predator from “PREDATORS”
Falconer Predator
Just when everyone thought they knew all about the species of the Predators after seeing their battles with the best of men and then with the monstrous aliens, a bombshell was dropped when everyone was introduced to a race of new Super Predators in the latest movie of the Predator franchise “Predators”, a different breed from amongst the Predator species has been unleashed.

What we have here are two different clans of Predators the one is the good old hunter Predators while the second one is the Super Predators, these are slightly bigger than the normal Predators, and they are also stronger and more vicious.

In the Predators movie a group of three Super Predators were on hunting rampage as they abducted a group of humans and brought them to an unknown planet for their game and imprisoned a normal hunter Predator, the Falconer Predator was one of the three Super Predators who uses Predator Falcon a biomechanical bird to track down the prey, equipped with wrist blades the Falconer Predator is a skilled hunter and a combatant.

 The 442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper
The clone troopers were created in accordance with a dark and secret plan to serve the Sith lord Palpatine and to give the Chancellor ultimate political power over the galaxy, the clone troopers were created to be superior soldiers as compared to the droid soldiers, the clone army served the galactic Republic and fought alongside the Jedi Generals against the massive droid armies of the Confederacy of the Independent Systems leaded by Count Dooku aka Darth Tyrannus.

The clone army was divided into different units to serve different battle objectives one of the unit is the 442nd Siege Battalion, the clone troopers in the 442nd Siege Battalion were trained to besiege enemy strongholds, bases and fortifications. These clone troopers were distinguished by green colored markings on their white body armor, equipped with All Terrain Recon Walkers and Infantry Support Platform Speeders these clone troopers proved their worth on the battlefield by assisting in the capture of a key Trade Federation stronghold called Cato Neimoidia.


Commander Bly aka CC-5052
Commander Bly a clone marshal commander is code-named CC-5052, he is from amongst the first generation of clone marshal commanders of the army of clones created using the DNA of the bounty hunter Jango Fett at the cloning facility of the planet Kamino. Trained by the elite ARC Alpha-17 in creative combat tactics Commander Bly was an elite commando himself besides being the commander of clone troopers.

During the clone wars Commander Bly was assigned to the 37th Star Corps of the Second Sector Army and served under the exotic twi’lek Jedi General Aayla Secura. Together they fought against the Separatist armies on many systems of the galaxy including Quell, Maridun, Alzoc III, Florrum and New Holstice.

When Chancellor Palpatine executed the Order 66 to purge the Jedi, Commander Bly and Aayla Secura along with their unit were operating on Felucia, as soon as Bly received the order he forgetting his friendship and long time together with Aayla opened fire along with his troopers ruthlessly on the beautiful Jedi Knight Aayla Secura killing her almost immediately, poor Aayla never saw it coming while Bly continued to serve the galactic empire.

DUSTY from The G.I.Joe Team
Ronald W. Tadur aka Dusty grew up in Las Vegas Nevada becoming attuned to the environments of the desert, he completed his high school and started working as a repairman for refrigerators and air-conditioners for living, he was in love with the deserts since childhood and he spent his spare time studying the ecology of the deserts.

Dusty already possessed a tough mental attitude due to his love for the desert environment which is like a home environment to him he then further enhanced his potential by enrolling in the military.

War Machine is the super-hero from the Marvel universe and he is the partner of Iron Man in fighting injustice. The man underneath the War Machine armor is known as James Rhodes often dubbed as Rhodey.
Disney’s Iconic & Notorious Captain Jack Sparrow
Captain Jack SparrowThe notorious Captain Jack Sparrow from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean is a pirate captain who is not so intimidating and fearsome as one would expect a pirate captain to be but he is the most cunning and unorthodox pirate ever, highly notorious and naughty in nature Captain Jack Sparrow though a strange character but he is a tactical genius who can outsmart the most fearsome of the pirates and the British navy.
The Cocky Han Solo from the Galaxy Far Far Way
HanSoloThe notorious galactic smuggler Han Solo soon turned into one of the galaxy’s top heroes at the peak of the ongoing conflict between the galactic empire and the rebel alliance. Han Solo was an orphan and taken by the pirates, at an early age he learned the meaning of a hard-life and developed a tough mental attitude, he became a galactic smuggler, he once saved a Wookie named Chewbacca from an imperial officer and earned Chewbacca’s lifelong friendship, with Chewbacca as his side-kick Han Solo continued smuggling for living and after acquiring the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian the dynamic duo of Han Solo and Chewbacca quickly became the best galactic smugglers and they also used to deal with Jabba the Hutt.

When the old Jedi master Obi Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker crossed path with Han Solo his life changed entirely and he founded himself stuck in the conflict between the rebel alliance and the evil galactic empire.  

The Republic Clone Captain
Clone Captain The creation of the clone army for the sake of the Old Republic was chancellor Palpatine’s grand scheme as he master-minded his way to achieve ultimate power and in order to firm his grip over the galaxy he manipulated events which led to the clone army’s creation.

The cunning Sith lord Palpatine preferred clone troopers over droid armies for variety of reasons as clone soldiers being humans possess far superior mind as compared to a droid’s microchip, the clone troopers can think creatively while being obedient, they can devise their own strategies, tactics and plans during combat whilst droid soldiers are dumb and only follow orders, the shooting accuracy of a droid soldier is very poor mostly the droids shoot randomly towards a target on the other hand a clone trooper is a far superior shooter after getting trained they can blast targets accurately.

The Samurai Predator
 Samurai Predator
In Alien Vs. Predator the stage was set for one of the most grueling battles between two of the most distinct, fearsome and monstrous alien species of the Hollywood cinema, the fans of both the franchises Predator and Alien awaited anxiously for a long time for this grudge match until it happened in the 2004 movie “Alien Vs Predator” also popularly known as AVP. The battle ground for these two monstrous species was staged at the planet earth itself in the freezing cold of Antarctica.
 The Gamorrean Guard from the Star Wars Universe

These big warthog faced humanoids were first seen in the movie Return of the Jedi in which they served as Jabba the Hut’s guards. These big beasts are typical example of dumb-brutes, heavy over two hundred pounds and standing slightly over six foot with slimy thick green skin and intimidating snouts and small horns these humanoid beasts are physically strong creatures but lacking wits and greater intelligence.
As the galactic sign board says “DO NOT GO TO GAMORR!” infact Gamorr is the home planet of these dumb brutes, galactic tourists are warned not to include planet Gamorr to their touring list as these mindless rubble of Gamorreans would rush in and destroy whatever they find alien or amusing. It so happened that a first time a craft landed on the planet Gamorr the Gamorrean tribes simply fought amongst themselves for the craft and then the winning group simply wrecked and destroyed the craft who knows what happened to its crew maybe worse.

Black Dragon Ninja
When it comes to Ninjas the Cobra Commander never lay back in recruiting these mystic warriors infact he has many amongst his COBRA ranks such as the Cobra Ninja Vipers but the Arashikage Ninja clan is extra-ordinary with its superior ninjitsu skills, bearing that in mind the cunning Cobra Commander recruited the Red Ninjas of the Arashikage Ninja clan he then formed an elite group of Black Dragon Ninjas. 

Speed Racer
speed racer The original Speed Racer is a popular Japanese manga and anime series also known as Mach Go Go Go which featured extreme car racing, the hero of the series was a young boy named Speed Racer aka Go Mifune the boy is an anime icon with his well known racing attire comprising of white helmet, blue and white outfit and a red handkerchief wrapped around his neck.
Soon Speed Racer also hit the Hollywood and in May 2008 the film was released, it was a Wachowskis brothers creation who are the famed film-makers of the great Matrix movie series. Young actor Emile Hirsch played as the Speed Racer with actress Christina Ricci as Trixie. Speed Racer developed passion and love for car racing and his great skill on the racing tracks became evident to the people and his closed ones, in order to prove himself as the best racer Speed participates in the Grand Prix, going against all odds Speed Racer raced towards his hard fought victory.
Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane in the Horror Epic “SLEEPY HOLLOW”

Ichabod_Crane  Tim Burton’s horror epic “Sleepy Hollow” was inspired by the short story of Washington Irving by the name “The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow”. The brilliant actor Johnny Depp known for playing unique roles acted as Ichabod Crane, at that time his acting career was progressing towards success, he acted very well back then in 1999 as a police constable known as Ichabod Crane who arrives at a spooky town called “Sleepy Hollow” to investigate a series of murder.
The victims were mostly decapitated, Crane was informed that the murderer is a headless horseman who lurks in the dark of the nights and slays his victim but Crane did not believe the story until he saw the rampage of the black headless knight himself, Crane although an intelligent man but was physically lame and cowardly, he investigates via different means in order to solve the mystery of the headless knight. Meantime Crane sparks a relation with Katrina a young girl from the richest family of the town and he gets an assistant named Young Masbeth an orphan boy who willingly helps Crane.
Soon Crane discovers the grave of the headless knight he finds out that the skull was missing and also discovers the unholy Tree of the Dead from where the headless knight enters into the realm of the living, Crane then uncovers a plot which involved Katrina’s stepmother who uses black magic to summon the knight for her service, its upto Crane to save the life of Katrina from the deadly greed of her stepmother and the clutches of the headless horseman.


Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber

Sweeney Todd Demon Barber Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber aka Benjamin Barker is a freaky barber who slay his customers by slitting the throat. The brilliant versatile actor Johnny Depp plays as the Demon Barber and once again proves the prowess of his acting skills in adapting versatile and unique roles.
Benjamin Barker after being persecuted by a man named Turpin who also took his wife away from him vowed revenge on Turpin, Benjamin then turns into Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber and with the help of Mrs. Lovett the Demon Barber kill his customers and makes a pie out of their dead bodies, the Demon Barber waits patiently until his foe Turpin gets his turn in his shop.

Mad Hatter from Disney’s “Alice in the Wonderland”
 mad hatter The famous Mad Hatter aka Hatta the Hatter is a character the ultra-popular fiction ”Alice in the Wonderland” of Lewis Caroll. The Mad Hatter is very well known amongst generations of kids for his Mad Tea-Party which he had with March Hare when the wandering Alice also joins them. The stories and cartoons have turned the characters of Alice in the Wonderland including the Mad Hatter into iconic characters loved specially by the kids.

Disney produced a great animated cartoon of Alice in the Wonderland in 1951 in which the Mad Hatter was seen throwing his usual mad tea party along with March Hare. Disney in 2010 came up with another live action Alice in the Wonderland film directed by Tim Burton which starred the genius versatile actor Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.

Disney’s Face Icon Mickey Mouse

Run away Brain Mickey Mouse The sweetest mouse around is back in business in the seven minute animated cartoon Mickey Mouse – ‘RUNAWAY BRAIN’ as it kicks off with Mickey engaged in a fighting video game as his girlfriend Minnie arrives and tells Mickey that he has forgotten their dating anniversary Mickey then comes up with an idea to take Minnie to Miniature Golf course as he shows the advertisement to Minnie but she mistook another advertisement below featuring Hawaii trip costing almost 1000$ she gets excited kisses Mickey and leaves before Mickey could explain it to her.
Pluto then shows Mickey an advertisement for earning the required money just for doing a day’s mindless work, Mickey then visits a monkey scientist named Dr. Frankenollie for earning the money but finds himself trapped at Frankenollie’s laboratory who plans to switch Mickey’s brain with that of his gigantic Frankenstein monster named Julius.
Evil Mickey Mouse The experiment resulted in a boom while Dr. Frankenollie is roasted the brains are switched successfully Mickey is trapped in the body of the Black Pete faced monster while the monster’s mind is in Mickey’s body. A struggle begins between the dimwitted monster and Mickey for getting Minnie and Mickey manages to reverse the brain transfer as they both fell on to electric wires and gets hold of his body back again reuniting with Minnie.
In the end Mickey and Minnie are on their way to the Hawaii using Julius to swim their inflatable water tube to the Hawaii Island.

DC’s Green Lantern
green lantern The Green Lantern Corps is a team of inter-galactic super-heroes who watch over the galaxy and act as a peace-keeping force throughout the galaxy.
This inter-galactic police force was created by powerful immortals known as the Guardians of the planet Oa.
Power rings were created for each of the Green Lantern soldiers chosen to serve in the Corps, granting super powers to them.


The Exotic World of Warcraft
Night Elf Babe from Warcraft 
Blizzard Entertainment originally came up with an idea of a real time strategy video game comprising of a medieval fantasy world inhabited by different creatures alongside humans such as elves, orcs, warlocks, necromancers, demons, gnomes and dwarves and many others.

superman clark kent The Father of Super Heroes “The Great Superman”
The mighty Superman is an all-time great super hero of the DC comics and perhaps the grand daddy of all the super heroes.
Blizzard’s World of Starcraft

Starcraft Starcraft is a production from the Blizzard Entertainment game developers and publishers.
It is a space style version of the popular medieval Warcraft which is also a creation of Blizzard entertainment.
In Warcraft Blizzard came up with the idea of the clashes between medieval races such as orcs, dwarfs, gnomes, elves and man staged in medieval times with all sort of magic and swords it’s a great fantasy.
Starcraft is a modern space opera that could have been inspired by the great Star Wars, the settings are in a galaxy far away but not that far that it can’t be reached by people !!
Battle of the Hot Mutant Babes
X23 vs Lady DeathStrike
Well, what we have here is two of the hottest femme fatale mutant babes from the Marvel Universe going berserk at each other's cute buns !
This is one of the hottest death matches any Marvel fan has experienced with both these two fiery mutant babes with their baring claws in a wild and bloody cat fight, as they claw and scratch each other's beautiful bodies to satisfy their thirst for each other's blood this is red hot.

The Super Alice from “Alice in the Zombieland”
Alice in the ZombieLand
The hot and feisty Alice from Resident Evil is up for grabs. From the world of the Resident Evil Movie series which is based on the popular video game series, comes actress Mila Jovovich who plays the main protagonist and heroine, in the ZombieLand Alice is on the quest to kick some serious zombie butt !  

  The Most Famous Mouse in the World
Great Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse is without a shadow of a doubt the most famous and popular mouse in the world created by Walter Disney the founding father of the Walt Disney Company which is now one of the biggest most popular entertainment companies in the world.

Super Saiyan 3 Goku: Son Goku’s Ultimate Fighting Form in Dragon Ball Z
Super Saiyan 3 Goku

Son Goku of the Dragon Ball franchise is perhaps one of the most adorable and lovable super heroes of all time.
He is a great and mighty hero dear to all Dragon Ball fans. Son Goku’s fighting exploits have been legendary throughout his life.

Naruto: The Mysterious Young Ninja Warrior

naruto Naruto is an ongoing super-hit anime series on Cartoon Network television channel and is popular with kids and adults.
The fictional world of Naruto was created by Mashashi Kishimoto and the story centers on the adventures of a young boy by the name of Naruto Uzumaki.
Naruto Uzumaki is a young ninja in training, born in the village of Konohagakure.


SASUKE: The Rival of Narutosasukay
The anime series of Naruto is currently among the best and has gathered lots of viewers around the world.
The story revolves around the ninja clans with Naruto Uzumaki as the main protagonist.
Sasuke Uchiha is also a main character and a rival to Naruto Uzumaki.
Sasuke's ninja clan is the Uchiha which was wiped out by Sasuke's elder brother, Itachi Uchiha.

Harry Potter: The Boy Who Survived the Dark Lord’s Onslaught

Harry Potter the famous youg wizard
Harry Potter the boy who lived is the main protagonist and a young hero of the ultra-popular Harry Potter novel series and also its movie series, the franchise is named after its young hero Harry Potter. Writer J.K.Rowling came up with the idea of the magical world of Harry Potter where all the wizards and witches reside, there were good wizards and some bad wizards as well, one dark wizard grew so much in power and consumed by pure evil became the infamous Dark Lord Voldemort, he gathered his army of dark wizards and minions and launched war on the wizarding society in order to rule everything.
The Dark Lord became the most fearsome wizard who began to unleash his wrath upon all those who resisted his will, at one fateful night it so happened that the Dark Lord’s magic rebounded on himself when he tried to kill a young child named Harry, Lord Voldemort’s physical form was destroyed while the boy remained unharmed thus the legacy of Harry Potter began as he became the boy who saved the wizarding society from the clutches of Voldemort and Harry was ever so popular.

Luke Skywalker: The Son of the Chosen One

Luke Skywalker son of Chosen One

Luke Skywalker the son of the Chosen One Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader of the Jedi legend is one of the galaxy’s greatest hero who single handedly changed the fate of the entire galaxy


The Imperial Stormtroopers
Storm Trooper

The crystal clear white armored Stormtroopers were the elite soldiers in service of the mighty Sith lord Palpatine’s galactic empire, they were elite imperial soldiers and an insignia of the imperial power and command over the galaxy.
The Stormtroopers formed the largest military body of the imperial army trained in militancy and combat the stormtroopers served the empire throughout the entire galaxy including planets on the outer rim of the galaxy.


The Clone Shadow Troopers
Shadow Trooper

The Clone Shadow Troopers were an elite division of the army of the Old Republic which came into being during the galaxy-wide Clone Wars, this special group of clone troopers was created and orchestrated by Armand Isard Director of the Republic Intelligence Division.
As the Clone Wars grew more and more destructive the numbers of the elite ARC Troopers of the Republic dwindled the Director of Intelligence then quickly felt the need to maintain their elite military ranks.


The Mighty Puny Supreme Jedi Master Yoda

Master Yoda
 The ever so cute and cuddly Jedi Grand Master Yoda in the Santa Clause outfit is perfect for the upcoming holiday season.
The little green Jedi Grand Master Yoda has proved from time to time that size matters not when it comes to the field of battle for a Jedi the only thing that matters is the Jedi’s skill in the light-side of the force, knowledge and wisdom.
Master Yoda is the epitome of the Jedi wisdom and power.

R2-D2 the Worthy Droid Sidekick of the Heroes of Star Wars

R2-D2 is a cuddly little mechanical astro-droid and one of the face icons of the Star Wars franchise, R2-D2 has tagged along with legendary heroes such as Anakin Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi and later with Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Han Solo.
R2-D2 along with its companion droid C-3PO has travelled the galaxy on many different adventures alongside the heroes of Star Wars assisting and acting as the resourceful side-kicks for the heroes.
R2-D2 has even amazed the heroes on few occasions due to its boldness and resourcefulness R2 often proves to be more than just a handy little droid as R2 saved the lives of the heroes very often.

C-3PO the Buddy of R2-D2

The shiny armored C-3PO with his golden colour is one of the face icons of the Star Wars franchise, C-3PO along with its partner droid R2-D2 are the most renown and popular droids of the Star Wars universe and are very well known for their amazing feats in order to assist the heroes of the galaxy far far away.
C-3PO has a history with both the heroic Skywalkers, Anakin and his son Luke Skywalker.
In fact C-3PO was created by Anakin Skywalker himself when he was only a kid.
He created C-3PO in order to assist his mother Shmi Skywalker in her routinely work, C-3PO was designed as a humanoid protocol droid in service for humans with the knowledge of over six million forms of communication, be it languages of different galactic species or electronic protocols.


Boba Fett: The Son of Jango Fett
boba fett

Boba Fett is a bounty hunter from the grand and epic universe of the Star Wars, although a minor villain in the Original Star Wars trilogy Boba due to his extra ordinary gimmick and style got a huge fan following and was liked by all the Star Wars fanatics, his popularity still remains a mystery.


 Captain America
Captain America is a super hero from the Marvel Universe and is one of the nicest and most decent of them all.
The man behind the blue mask of Captain America is Steve Rogers.

Iron Man

The Iron Man
The multi-billionaire Tony Stark who inherited his father’s business empire and wealth had always been a care-free type of a fellow until he was overwhelmed by a new responsibility of being the iconic superhero Iron Man.
Tony Stark was a genius engineer himself and he developed the Iron Man suit technology which acted as a life support for his damaged heart and also gave him the new super powers to fight injustice.

Batman the legendary and iconic DC super hero who shared the spotlight with the Superman himself is one of the most popular super hero of all time, though Batman relies on his stealth, intelligence, martial art skills, his crafty gadgets, high-tech transportation and his unique shadowy style unlike Superman’s supernatural abilities.
Harrison Ford as the Cocky & Adventurous Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones
The Indiana Jones movie series was another hit by famed film-maker George Lucas of the ultra-popular Star Wars series.
The Indiana Jones series was directed by another great director Steven Spielberg, with the success of Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark George Lucas got another big franchise player, Harrison Ford was the guy to play the famed Dr. Jones, an archeologist and an adventurer, often notorious but overall a hero.


Predator: The Mighty Alien Hunter from an Unknown Planet

predator2 The Original Predator arrived on planet earth in 1987 and took on a tough bunch of elite Green Berets, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and the likes of Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura, and beat the crap out of them all.
Even Arnold had a tough time defeating the stealthy alien Predator.
The original showdown was in the thick jungle of Central America while years later the Shadow Predator arrived in the crowded city of Los Angeles to start a new reign of terror upon the city.

Crimson Guard: Cobra Commander’s Most Deadly Soldiers

crimson guard The Crimson colored soldiers are part of COBRA and are the most intriguing and deadly soldiers with their beautiful crimson uniforms.
These highly trained elite soldiers of the COBRA Command army are the best of the best, they not only undergo intense and tough special forces training but they also need to possess an IQ level greater than that of an average COBRA Viper soldier, which is why a Crimson guard could also be a politician, military officer or any other high ranking official installed unknowingly in a prestigious position.
The Crimson Guard are trained to operate as deep-cover agents as well as in highly intense combat operations.

The New Goblin aka Harry Osborn
new goblin Spider-Man is perhaps Marvel’s most famous super hero, rivaling in popularity with the great Superman and Batman of the DC comics.
The first Spider-Man big-screen movie was released in 2002 and was a box-office hit paving the way for more Spider-Man movies.
Actor James Franco played the role of Harry Osborn the close friend of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man, the two had been best friends since High School.
But Peter's life dramatically changed after gaining super powers, and he turned from zero to hero becoming the super hero called Spider-Man.
Spider-Man clashes with the Green Goblin, aka Norman Osborn, his old friend’s father and after he dies Harry blames Spider-Man.


Tron Legacy: Another Father & Son Story but in a Digital World
Tron kevin flynn The Walt Disney science fiction movie Tron: Legacy was released in 2010, and it is the second movie while the first Tron movie was released in 1982.
Both the movies star actor Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn the original big-shot of the Tron franchise, Kevin Flynn was a brilliant software engineer who was deceived by one of his colleagues who took credit for his work.
Kevin was later fired from the company, called ENCOM, and in an attempt to regain his status Kevin gets trapped in a digital computer world and then has to fight, along with the security program called Tron, against the Master Control Program of the company ENCOM.
After escaping he clears up his name and becomes a top officer for ENCOM.
In Tron: Legacy the uncaring son of Kevin Flynn gets himself trapped in the digital world just like his father he falls victim to the same mess, facing different obstacles put forth by the CLU, the controller of the digital world, who turned Kevin’s Tron into Rinzler and its servant.
After a father and son reunion both Sam and Kevin fight their way through the digital menace along with Quorra a digital babe.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

XBox 360 or PS3




XBOX 360 or PS3 ?



xbox 360 logo        VS           ps3Logo



After generations of console wars here now at the seventh generation we have a Titan of an Xbox 360 at one corner against an Olympian of a PS3 at another. It has been years of rivalry and the question still remains ‘Xbox 360 or PS3’?

The question is not only amongst the hardline gamers but also amongst casual gamers, general public, from shop keepers to business owners, from kids to dads, from teens to adults and even amongst non-gamers. Even though PS3 is ever so popular and have a huge fan following globally but Xbox 360 is holding its own in the war with a massive fan following mostly concentrated in the US, so now let’s jump in to the ongoing battle between these two iconic consoles and try to find answers to this popular phrase ‘PS3 or Xbox 360’.



The Strength of Xbox 360

XBOX360 Developed by the computer giant Microsoft Corporation, Xbox 360 has the following specifications:

o 3.2 GHz Xenon Processor with three dual threaded cores with peak performance 77 GFlops.

o ATI Xenos GPU with 512 MB GDDR3 RAM shared with system RAM, 10 MB eDRAM and 21.6 Gbps bandwidth.

o 512 MB GDDR3 RAM shared with GPU, speed is 700MHz and 22.4 Gbps bandwidth.

o 250 GB HDD with 5400 rpm, user replaceable with proprietary HDD.

o DVD 12× read speed with 7 GB disc space.

Halo3 o Native 720p resolution video support and 1080p OS support with composite, component, HDMI connections and VGA.

o Analog - Dolby Pro Logic II and Digital - 5.1 Dolby Digital.

o 5 USB ports with Kinect port, 3 wired and 4 wireless which makes it 7 max controllers.

o 100 Mbps Ethernet with 802.11n built-in wifi connector.

o Xbox 360 is backward compatible to most games of original Xbox via software emulation.




The Power of PS3

PS3 Created by Sony Computer Entertainment a subsidiary of the electronics giant Sony Corporation, Playstation 3 has the following specifications:

  • 3.2 GHz Cell Processor with seven single threaded cores and a backup core with peak performance 230 GFlops.
  • NVIDIA RSX GPU with 256 MB GDDR3 RAM, additional 224 MB which can be shared with the system RAM and 22.4 Gbps bandwidth.
  • 256 MB XDR RAM, with 3.2 GHz speed and 25.6 Gbps bandwidth.
  • 320 GB HDD with 5400 rpm, user replaceable with standard HDD.
  • DVD 8× read speed and Blu-Ray 2× read speed with 25 GB disc space.
  • KRATOS 1080p resolution video support with component, composite and HDMI connections.
  • Analog - Stereo, Digital - 5.1 Dolby Digital and 7.1 LPCM.
  • 2 USB ports with Bluetooth 2.0 and 7 max controllers.
  • 1 Gbps Ethernet with 802.11g built-in wifi connector.
  • Backward compatibility to some PS1 games via hardware emulation.



Which is better PS3 or Xbox 360?

  • The Cell Broadband Engine Architecture processor of PS3 is stronger and faster than the Xenon processor of Xbox 360, a Cell 3.2 GHz single core Processing Element PE divides the workload to 6 other Synergistic Processing Elements SPEs making it faster when at its full potential.
  • The ATI Xenos GPU with 10 MB of eDRAM and a Unified Shedder Core with 48 unified pipelines provides better frame rate and anti-aliasing for graphics as compared to NVIDIA RSX GPU of PS3 which has no eDRAM and have a Dedicated Shedder Core with 24 pixel pipelines and 8 vertex pipelines which provides less anti-aliasing as compared to Xenos, but with the support of Cell processor the RSX gets a boost in anti-aliasing, overall performance increases.
  • The XDR RAM of PS3 with a speed of 3.2 GHz and a bandwidth of 25.6 Gbps is faster than GDDR3 RAM of Xbox 360.
  • The speed of both hard drives are the same, the hard drive offered by PS3 is up to 320 GB HDD and also upgradable by users with standard hard drives.
  • The PS3 with its Blu-ray and higher disc space of 25 GB is superior with excellent media playback and the Blu-ray technology is standard setup for the future, the latest complex and high quality games and media fits for the Blu-ray.
  • In relation to the video support the maximum resolution of PS3 is greater than that of the Xbox 360, as PS3 provides gaming support of 1080p while Xbox 360 provides 720p.
  • Xbox 360 suits for analog sound connections with its Dolby Pro Logic II while PS3 suits for digital connections with its 5.1 Dolby Digital and 7.1 LPCM.
  • The Bluetooth 2.0 feature in PS3 gives it an edge over Xbox 360.
  • Built-in wifi is now in both consoles, but the support of Xbox 360 is 802.11n technology which gives it an advantage.
  • The backward compatibility of both consoles is weak but Xbox 360 supports most of the games of the original Xbox.



The PS3 clearly excels in most of the technological department but technology is not enough to decide whether PS3 is better than Xbox 360, as it comes down to practical experience, games and other features of the two consoles.

 As it so happened that the Xbox 360 was released a year earlier than PS3 in 2005 and thus became the primary platform for game developers, the games then were developed in accordance with the architectures of CPU and GPU of Xbox 360, hence the Xbox 360 enjoyed an advantage at the first phase of the console rivalry as most of the multi-platform games displayed slightly better graphics on Xbox 360. But now in the second phase of the rivalry PS3 has turned the tide as its full potential comes into action with extraordinary exclusive and high quality games.




PS3s Arsenal against Xbox 360s Armory



XBoxcontroller The controller of Xbox 360 is a bulky and hard design, better placement of analog stick and triggers suits best for shooter games and suits better for racing games, due to its bulky design it is comfortable in the hands of gents but not for kids or ladies, excessive game playing can cause pain and numbness in the fingers, the D-pad is not good due to its design.

ps3controller The controller of PS3 Dual Shock 3 has a soft and light design but durable like the previous versions, the triggers are not that effective as compared to that of Xbox 360’s controller, D-pad is good and the controller suits for fighting and adventure games, fine in the hands of gents and comfortable in the hands of kids and ladies, excessive playing does not cause symptoms in the fingers.


Media Playback

The media playback of PS3 is superior due to its Blu-ray supporting 1920×1080 pixel resolution making it 6 times better than the media playback of Xbox 360 supporting 720×480 pixel resolution, besides this PS3 have better speed, features, CD ripping and better music playback and support more formats.


User Interface

newxboxexperience The user interface of Xbox 360 is the New Xbox Experience having good visual experience with avatar creation feature, the themes are not free and the in-game interface is fast and better.


xrossmediabar The user interface of PS3 is Xross Media Bar having simple visual experience with fast navigation and good functionality and having good themes along with customized themes.



Online Experience

xLIVE logo Xbox LIVE is the online service offered by Xbox 360 and that of PS3 is called Playstation Network or PSN. Both offer the services of downloadable content; such as maps, expansion packs, game demos and the ability to save achievements. PSN is free whereas in Xbox LIVE one has to pay 50$ per year for multiplayer and videozone services along with extra features such as party system, access to Facebook and Twitter which PSN lacks. Its strength is its better social network integration, stability, speed and overall nice integration to content.

PSnLogo One of the features of the PSN is PS Home, a virtual world where gamers can make their avatars and interact with other gamers and use the PS Home platform as a launching place for multiplayer games but the long loading time destroys that purpose. Xbox LIVE on the other hand has taken the avatar concept and integrated it with its Xbox LIVE interface. Its party system allows one to launch and play games with one’s friends and also to watch movies together. Overall, with its superior services Xbox LIVE is better than PSN and therefore is home to the largest online community.



psmove The PlayStation motion controller is called PlayStation Move, it consists of a wand like motion controller on top of which is a LED orb which serves as an active marker, the PlayStation Eye camera detects and measures the location of the controller and translates it into real life actions into the screen. A secondary controller can also be paired with the wand.

kinectxbox360 The Xbox 360 motion controller is called Kinect. The Kinect sensor contains an RGB camera and a depth sensor to track the player’s movement. It measures the positioning of the 48 key joints in the body and by tracking the movement of these joints it can work out the exact position of the body and translate it into action on screen. It also houses a built-in multi-array microphone which allows the user to control their Xbox 360 using voice commands alone but its drawback is much dependence on body movements. PS3 Move on the other hand allows one to use it in a sitting position as well. Moreover it is incorporated in hardcore games a thing which Kinect lacks.



The Exclusive Games

Here are some best exclusive games of Xbox 360:

1) HALO 3: 

halo3 An immensely successful first person shooter game, a prized asset of Xbox 360 with fine graphics, good game-play and excellent plot.



2) Gears of War 2:


Another great shooting game of Xbox 360 worth playing, with great graphics, excellent plot and good game-play.



3) Forza Motorsport 3:

Forza A racing game with beautiful graphics definitely an excellent treat for racing game fans.


4) Fable 2:

Fable2 It is an action RPG, overall a good game in Xbox 360’s collection with decent plot and graphics. Some other good exclusive games worth playing are Halo 3: ODST, Infinite Undiscovery, Blue Dragon and Dead or Alive 4. Upcoming anticipated games are Halo 4, Gears of War 3, and Forza Motorsport 4.



Here are some best exclusive games of PS3:

1) God of War 3:

god of war 3  Well PS3 have the mighty Kratos at its side one of the most popular character of this gaming era who turned the tide of the console war, an action-adventure game with high quality graphics, extra ordinary game-play, excellent plot and fantastic characters, this is a must-play for all gamers.


2) Uncharted 2:

Uncharted 2 Another very successful and great action-adventure game of PS3 with brilliant graphics, nice plot and excellent game-play.




3) Killzone 3:

killzone 3


A first person shooter game with stunning graphics, decent game-play and fine plot.





4) Little Big Planet 2:

little big planet A sequel to a very successful puzzle platformer game Little Big Planet, the sequel lived up to the expectations and it is as successful as the original game.



5) Resistance 2:

Resistance 2 Another good first person shooter game of PS3 with good graphics, fine game-play and plot.

Some other great exclusive games of PS3 are Ratchet and Clank series, Infamous 2, Little Big Planet, Killzone 2, Metal Gear Solid 4, Resistance, Uncharted, Infamous, Heavenly Sword, Heavy Rain and Grand Turismo 5. Upcoming anticipated games are Final Fantasy 13, Resistance 3, and Uncharted 3.

The Xbox 360 has a longer list of games while PS3 has a long list of great exclusive games.



The Issues

Just when it seemed that everything was going well for Sony the recent attack on Sony’s PS3 shook the solid foundation of the company, what followed was a temporary shutdown of the PSN online services owing to the security breach due to hack attacks. Sony has announced to offer compensation to its clientele with complimentary identity theft protection along with a free month of premium online service and free games.

red Xbox 360 too had its share of problems, the major among them being the hardware failure. The Xbox 360 hardware failure rate is 54.2 percent due to the Red Ring of Death in which a red colored indicator appears when the Xbox 360’s hardware fails due to overheating. Though Microsoft has revised its motherboard to counter this issue, PS3’s hardware is still superior to it.



Which Xbox 360 or Which PS3?

With both gaming giants releasing many console versions that support hundreds of accessories. The gamer does not just have to choose between an Xbox 360 or a PS3, gamer has to also decide to buy which Xbox 360 or which PS3. Though multiple versions or Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) increases choices they also tend to confuse and frustrate the customer. Listed below are price ranges of some popular console SKUs and some basic accessories sold in both USA and UK.

PlayStation 3 Console

Price in USA

Price in UK

PS3 160GB Slim



PS3 320GB Slim



PS3 320GB with PlayStation Move Bundle



Xbox 360 Console

Price in USA

Price in UK

Xbox 360 250GB



Xbox 360 320 GB Limited Edition Gears of War 3 Bundle



Xbox 360 250GB with Kinect



PS3 Accessories

Price in USA

Price in UK

PlayStation Move Gun Shoot Attachment



Sony Wireless Keypad



PS3 Bluetooth Headset



Gioteck EX-02 Next Gen Wireless Headset



Official PS3 Blu Ray Disc Remote

$ 24.99


Wireless Blue tooth Head Set



PS Move Charging Station

$ 29.99


Dual Shock Wireless Controller



PS Move Motion Controller



PS Move Navigation Controller

$ 26.99


Xbox 360 Accessories

Price in USA

Price in UK

Kinect Sensor



Xbox 360 Wireless Controller



Xbox 360 Controller



Xbox 360 Quick Charge Kit



Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit



Xbox 360 Chatpad



Xbox 360 Wireless Headset



Xbox 360 Headset



Wireless N Networking Adapter



Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Cable



Xbox 360 HDMI Cable



Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable



Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable



250GB Hard Drive




The Future & The End of Conflict

There is no simple answer to which is better PS3 or Xbox 360. Both gaming giants have taken the gaming experience to a new level. Both have experienced success and faced pitfalls. E3 2011 showed a glimpse of that future when Microsoft announced support for new features on its Xbox LIVE platform, that is access to Youtube, Bing and LiveTV and new features on its Kinect hardware. Sony also packed a lot of surprises with the announcement of some exclusive titles and the unleashing of its Next Generation Portable dubbed ‘PlayStation Vita’. Thus one can say the future holds good for both and only the gamers can decide which console suits them the most Xbox 360 or PS3 or even both of them.

For now the consoles are staying due to extra ordinary games offered and which are still on the way. The decision should be an easy one for those who are aware of their needs, likes and favorite genre of games, go for the one which suits your persona the most.


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