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Gaming news round-up - The back to the Battlefield editionBy Johan Keyter 25 February 2011 | Categories: news
PS2 ships 150 million units
Sony's PlayStation 2 is officially the best selling games console in history, shipping 150 million units since its Japanese debut way back in March 2000. According to Gamespot, the milestone was reached ten years and 11 months after the system came to market, with Sony stating that there are currently 10 828 PS2 titles available worldwide, with 1.52 billion PS2 games being sold since launch. Some legendary series' on the system include the Metal Gear Solid and Gran Turismo titles as well as Grant Theft Auto III through to San Andreas, debuting exclusively on the PS2.
Minecraft heading to Apple devices
Good news for Minecraft players who fancies gaming with iPhones or Android devices. According to Kotaku, Minecraft is heading to the iPhone, iPad and even Android. Mojang's head of business development, Danial Kaplan, told Kotaku earlier this month that while they had discussions with third party developers, at the end of the day it was decided to, “do the iOS/Android version of Minecraft inhouse.”
The Minecraft port is due later this year, and it'll be interesting to see how these mobile devices handle the game and its memory requirements. Minecraft is still in beta form currently, with Beta version 1.3 going live earlier this week, adding new blocks, a new lighting system as well as beds to the game.
Beds allow players to skip instantly to morning.
Battlefield 3 is “here to win”
With the recent official announcement of DICE's Battlefield 3, a slew of new material regarding the game has been released onto the web, as well as a few choice comments from DICE themselves.
According to CVG, Karl Magnus Troedsson, general manager at DICE said, “We are gearing up for a fight and we're here to win. Where other shooters are treading water Battlefield 3 innovates. Frostbite 2 is a game-changer for shooter fans. We call in a next-generation engine for current-generation platforms.”
Patrick Back, executive producer, further raised fans' hopes stating, “Battlefield 3 preserves the franchise's signature sandbox style and even brings back classic fan favourites like jets, going prone and 64-player multiplayer on PC.”
We can't wait to get back into classic Battlefield combat, jets, tanks and all, especially with the first gameplay trailer showcasing some jaw dropping graphics and environments. The game is releasing this spring on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, with the PC version supporting double the online players.
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