Moving to Xbox 360, there are only a handful of deals, and some of them are Skate 3 ($5), Dragon Age 2 ($5), and Worms ($1.24).
To see a full rundown of this week’s Xbox One and Xbox 360 deals, including region-specific pricing, check out Major Nelson’s blog. Bear in mind that some of the offers require an Xbox Live Gold membership; the deals expire on March 26.
In an attempt to discern any meaningful differences between the Switch version and the original Dark Souls on Xbox 360 and PS3, Digital Foundry took a close look at the gameplay clip that was recently shown in a Nintendo Direct, which you can see in the embed above. From this footage, Digital Foundry was able to determine that the game was, in fact, running in 1080p.
If this clip was actual Switch gameplay, then this would be in line with Bandai Namco’s target of 720p in portable mode and 1080p docked. This is a big boost from the original versions, which outputted at 1024×720.
Although it was able to determine this resolution increase, Digital Foundry had trouble finding any other meaningful graphical changes from the 360/PS3 versions. This doesn’t mean that the Switch release won’t have any changes to textures or lighting; rather, the trailer simply doesn’t show them right now. Digital Foundry did find “extra pockets of shade,” which indicate that the port may add ambient occlusion. You can read more of Digital Foundry’s analysis here.
This is great news, since it suggests that the Switch version might be more than just a straight port, and it indicates that the game seems to be running well on the console. It’s also no small feat, considering that Dark Souls ran poorly on its original consoles, so hopefully the full game bears this out. It’s currently scheduled for release on May 25 and will have a technical test sometime before that.
Sea of Thieves is one of the most anticipated Xbox One exclusives of the year, and it comes out tomorrow. However, there’s already a pretty good deal going on for the game if you happen to be in the market for an Xbox One X: you can grab a console with Sea of Thieves and another game for just $460.
A current promotion on Ebay slashes the price of a bundle that includes an Xbox One X, a game code for Sea of Thieves, and a choice of either Ghost Recon: Wildlands or Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition. The Xbox One X still retails normally for $500, Sea of Thieves is $60, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Overwatch are still in the $40-60 range, so this is a fantastic deal.
To take advantage, go to this Ebay page and add the bundle to your cart. You’ll see the $460 price tag when you begin checking out. It’s worth noting, though, that this is a limited deal, and it’s unclear how many of these bundles will be sold. So if you’re interested, it’s worth taking advantage of it sooner rather than later.
This isn’t the only Sea of Thieves deal going on right now: Microsoft is also holding an official promotion that bundles an Xbox One X and a digital copy Sea of Thieves together for the console’s normal retail price of $500. You can also grab a 1 TB Xbox One S, an extra controller, 1 month subscriptions to Xbox Live and Game Pass, and Sea of Thieves for $300.
Ubisoft’s next big open-world game, Far Cry 5, launches next week on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. But how long is the campaign? Executive producer Dan Hay says you should budget a good chunk of time to play the campaign–around 25 hours–but that’s just the start. “I would say that a good player will go through it in 25 hours,” Hay told GameSpot during an interview recently.
Hay went on to say that, based on playtests, Ubisoft has seen players getting distracted from the main story with things like fishing or hunting, which will extend the total playtime. Of course, everyone plays differently, and in a game like Far Cry 5 that lets you play your own way, 25 hours could turn into many more.
“What we’re seeing is people going into the world and just spending four or five hours fishing or hunting, or just doing stuff that we hadn’t really prepared for,” Hay said. “So it really depends on how you play.”