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From Killing Call Of Duty To The Xperia Play... Finally - News Roundup 7th February 2011

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Ace Combat, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, Battlefield 3, Call Of Duty, Danger Zone, DICE, EA, Games news, PlayStation Phone, Sony Ericsson, Xperia Play
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Battlefield 3

Xperia "Playstation Phone" Play Now Official


About time too. Sony Ericsson have finally officially revealed the most-leaked gaming secret of all time: the Xperia Play mobile handset. A new (and frankly pants) trailer made its global premier during the Superbowl last night, outing the device in all of its... obviousness. At least we can get down to gritty details now that the cat's out of the bag.

Sony simultaneously delivered an official Facebook announcement that states that we're in for a full reveal next Sunday. Naturally we'll bring you the latest. Mobot has more on the story.

With Sony's Playstation Suite already set to offer Playstation content to Android customers, the Xperia Play's potential consumer base is getting smaller by the day. Are you excited about the new Sony-branded mobile? Have your say in the comments!

Battlefield 3 Out To "Kill CoD"

From Killing Call Of Duty To The Xperia Play... Finally - News Roundup 7th February 2011

EA and DICE unveiled Battlefield 3 last Friday, revealing 64-player online battles and a slew of real world locations. However, Battlefield 3 Gameplay Designer Alan Kertz has thrown down the gauntlet during a recent twitter Q&A session. In an blatant statement of intent, the DICE designer promised that BF3 will "kill" the Call Of Duty franchise simply by being a "better shooter."

You don’t kill CoD by trying to be CoD. You kill CoD by making a better shooter.

Sounds like a plan, Kertz. We're all as fed up of hearing the phrase "CoD Clone" as we are of actually seeing them on the shelves- and after Battlefiend: Bad Company 2 managed to irreversibly poach many gamers away from Call Of Duty, Battlefield 3 may well be able to finish the job.

Subsequent twitter posts served to confirm a few details that we learned on Friday, including the ability to go prone and the presence of Tehran as an in-game environment. Kertz also suggested that the weapons and field of view systems will be upgraded. [Twitter]

DICE have also released a new video of Frostbite 2.0 in action.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Trailer Is Your Highway To The Danger Zone

No one makes an arcade flight sim like Namco Bandai. The Ace Combat series continually raises the bar in terms of visual competence and control accessibility- so we've naturally been keeping a close eye on Assault Horizon.

This latest gameplay trailer rendered us into slobbery slack-jawed ecstasy, thanks mainly to improved close combat mechanics and damage models. Consider Assault Horizon upgraded from 'one to watch' into fully fledged 'where's the cheapest preorder?' territory. It's set for a simultaneous release on PS3 and Xbox 360 some time this year.

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ODB  Feb. 8, 2011 at 12:00

is that Battlefield: Bad Company 3 or Battlefield 3? I'm totally confused of which franchise you guys are talking about?

Jonathan Lester  Feb. 8, 2011 at 12:28

Battlefield 3. BFBC3 hasn't been announced, though let's face it, DICE would be mad to not make another one once BF3 has hit the shelves.

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