Over 130 PS2 titles to be released this year

Even eight years after its release, it appears the PlayStation 2 still has a serious hold over the gaming industry, with over 130 games for the console announced as due for release by the end of 2008.

Now, doing the maths - that makes a total of over 10,000 games that will have been released onto the console since it hit the shelves in 2000.

Games set for release include Yakuza 2 from Sega, Warriors Orochi 2 from Koei, SCEE's SingStar Pop Volume 2 and Mercenaries 2, Tiger Woods and Madden NFL 2009 from EA.

"The biggest brands in the industry are still delivering games on PS2," commented Jack Tretton, CEO of SCEA, during the company's E3 conference yesterday.

Sony also announced a new PS2 bundle for the lucky gamers in North America, which will include the system, a copy of LEGO Batman and a Justice League DVD, retailing in the US for a rather reasonable $149.99 (about £75).

Will the PS3 have the same longevity as it's older brother, we wonder?