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One Piece Odyssey RPG heading to PlayStation, Xbox, and PC later this year

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 18:06

Bandai Namco has unveiled One Piece Odyssey, a new RPG adaptation of the hugely popular anime and manga series, which will feature a brand-new story - plus new character and monster designs - from creator Eiichiro Oda when it comes to Xbox, PlayStation, and PC later this year.

One Piece Odyssey unfolds on a mysterious island - which the Straw Hats pirate gang discover after their ship is caught in a storm - with Bandai Namco promising dungeons, quests, "wonders of a raging nature, powerful enemies, and strange encounters with island locals".

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DF Direct Weekly talks Witcher UE5, PlayStation 5 VRR and FSR 2.0

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 17:00

Usually, the weekly Digital Foundry blog that top and fails the publication of DF Direct Weekly aims to offer a little more insight on some of the key discussion points - but this week I can only refer you to the piece I've already written concerning CD Projekt RED's transition from its own proprietary engine to Unreal Engine 5 for the next Witcher title. Still, it's a meaty topic that we cover in depth this week, along with Sony's tentative steps in finally embracing new features in the HDMI 2.1 specification - including variable refresh rate (VRR).

VRR is important in that it puts the GPU in your console in control of when the screen refreshes. So, rather than having the game slavishly adhere to, say, a screen's 60Hz refresh in delivering a new frame, the game can decide instead, opening the door to smooth deliver of arbitrary frame-rates - with no screen-tearing. If a game doesn't lock to 60fps, but instead varies between 50-60fps, the chances are you'll barely notice the difference. Even wider frame-rate windows (eg 45-60fps) can also appear buttery smooth, depending on your perception of timing changes. VRR is also key in making 120Hz gaming work well in a world where titles often operate in an 80-120fps window instead. While PS5 performance has generally been very good, recent titles are starting to demand VRR tech: Elden Ring and last week's Ghostwire: Tokyo to name but two.

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Best PS5 deals in March 2022

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 16:59

The console has now been out for just over a year (and still frankly difficult to get hold of) but that hasn't stopped us from trying to gather all the best PS5 deals across games, accessories and more.

If you've been fortunate to get your hands on Sony's cutting-edge console then of course you'll want some games to play on it besides the excellent preinstalled Astro's Playroom. While we're still in the early years of cross-gen releases, there's nonetheless been a wide range of games available - whether via download or disc - including renowned exclusives, indie darlings and major blockbusters. We'll be updating this page regularly to keep you instantly in the know on where to find the best PS5 deals. If you're looking for gift inspiration, you should also check out our gamer gift guide.

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Black streamers and Color of Change demand #TwitchDoBetter

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 16:32

Black streamers on Twitch have joined forces with Color Of Change on a campaign demanding #TwitchDoBetter.

Last year marginalised creators on the platform were rocked by a surge of malicious hate raids and the hashtag #TwitchDoBetter was used to criticise Twitch's response. This was followed by the #ADayOffTwitch campaign.

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Elden Ring speedrunner back on top with first run under 20 minutes

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 16:13

Elden Ring speedrunner Distortion2 is back on top with the world's first sub-20 minute run.

Distortion2 was responsible for a run under 50 minutes, which he then beat with a run under half an hour. Then last week Hazeblade set a record under 25 minutes.

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Elden Ring may have initially had a bestiary

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 15:33

New files have been unearthed in Elden Ring which allude to the game once having a bestiary.

The files in questions were found by Twitter user JesterPatches, who wrote: "Looking through [Elden Ring's] files I came across a few icons making me believe that a bestiary was planned at some point."

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Save big on this entry-level Acer gaming laptop bundle from Amazon

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 15:24

If you're in the market for a gaming laptop, there's plenty of choices right now. And if you're looking to upgrade an old device or thinking of taking a leap for the first time, this Acer Nitro 5 bundle is a great deal.

It packs some great specs and even comes with a gaming headset, mouse and mouse mat, all for just £679.99 from Amazon. Its CPU is an 11th gen Intel Core i5, capable of speeding through intense tasks or juggling multiple apps at the same time. It'll also keep up with any high-speed games you're playing, like online shooters, thanks to the fast 144Hz HD display.

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Elden Ring player goes on mech suit rampage

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 13:52

An Elden Ring player has created a practically unstoppable build in the game. It's basically a mech suit.

Adam Barker, who's made plenty of YouTube videos on the Souls games, shared a video of his build in action.

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Kirby and the Forgotten Land is "important milestone" in the series' history

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 13:24

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is an "important milestone" in the series' history, according to Shinya Kumazaki, general director at HAL Laboratory.

In an interview with The Washington Post, the developers and creators of Kirby discussed the future of the series.

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New Knack trademark filed by Sony

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 13:17

Sony has reportedly filed a new trademark for its Knack series.

The trademark was filed in Japan on the 17th of March, with the filing made public today (nice spot, Gematsu).

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Best Xbox deals for March 2022

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 13:16

The new Microsoft consoles are now firmly here and present, and whether you've managed to grab a new Xbox Series X/S already, are getting ready to grab one soon or you're simply building on your lovable library of Xbox One games, there's a lot to pick from. And though the new consoles aren't likely to be discounted soon, the fact that most of the games will carry over means you can grab a deal on bestsellers now, or stack up on the best subscriptions like Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Live Gold for the near future.

So whether you're looking for a new Xbox Series X or S, Xbox games, controllers, Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions or accessories, there are plenty of great deals to tuck into this month.

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Vampire Survivors to receive wealth of new content in its full release

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 13:01

Vampire Survivors is set to receive plenty of new content in its 1.0 release.

The game has already proven incredibly popular in Early Access and now developer Poncle has released a roadmap leading up to the full release.

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Kirby and the Forgotten Land is biggest series launch in UK history

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 12:37

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the biggest launch for the Kirby series in UK history.

The game is floating atop the UK physical charts as the biggest new entry (thanks gamesindustry.biz). Launch sales alone make it the fifth biggest ever Kirby game in the UK, behind Wii title Kirby's Adventure.

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Sons of the Forest has been delayed

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 12:36

Developer Endnight Games has announced its upcoming game Sons of the Forest has been delayed.

Sons of the Forest is the sequel to Endnight's The Forest, and promises plenty more unnerving gameplay for survival-horror fans. However, this horror-fest will have to wait, as Endnight wants to ensure it delivers the best game to its patrons, and as such has moved its release date back a few months.

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Save nearly 50 per cent on SteelSeries' Prime and Prime Mini wireless mice

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 12:14

It's really tough to choose an ideal mouse, particularly as there are so many options to choose from. SteelSeries are known to produce some of the best PC accessories in the business, and their Prime series mice are currently on sale.

The SteelSeries Prime wireless gaming mouse is down to just £69.99 on Amazon right now, a huge discount from its usual RRP of £129.99. This discounted price is also available from Currys.

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Apple could be forced to allow app sideloading under new EU law

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 12:11

A new EU law could be passed that would force Apple to allow users to install third-party apps on their devices, a process known as sideloading.

The law, known as the Digital Markets Act (DMA), has yet to be passed by the European Parliament but if accepted could be enforced as early as October.

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Coffee Talk creator Fahmi has passed away

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 11:45

Mohammad Fahmi, the creator and writer of indie game Coffee Talk, has passed away. He was 32.

The news was shared on the official Twitter account for the game.

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Bioshock Infinite gets a wave of PC updates

Eurogamer - Mon, 28/03/2022 - 11:44

Despite first releasing all the way back in 2013, Bioshock Infinite players have noticed the PC version of the game has been receiving numerous updates over the last several months.

These updates initially started in September of last year and they just keep on coming. March alone has seen 13 changes to the game (thanks TheGamer).

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