The SteelSeries Rival 5 Mouse is now only £39.99

By Mark Harrison

Get this mega customisable mouse from Amazon at its lowest ever price.

With 2022 firmly underway, we’re already starting to see some decent price drops on gaming peripherals like keyboards and mice. Whether you’ve finally finished building that new PC over the holidays or recently purchased a pre-built PC or gaming laptop, you might be looking for those all-important finishing touches for your setup. Or as the saying goes: new year, new… PC accessories?If you’re looking for a new mouse to both improve your aim in-game and brighten up your desk, then the SteelSeries Rival 5 Gaming Mouse is a great addition. It is currently at its lowest price on Amazon for £39.99- a saving of £20.

There is also a promotion for 33 percent off 3-months of Xbox GamePass for PC, which will give you access to plenty of games to put the Rival 5 to the test.The Rival 5 is perfect for any gamer and gives excellent performance in Battle Royale, FPS, MOBA, MMO, and other fast-paced games. The Rival 5 has an 18,000 adjustable DPI, nine (nine!) programmable buttons-a rarity at this price range- which can all be customised to your heart’s content in the SteelSeries Engine.The Rival 5 also has very attractive RGB features, with illuminated lines around the curves of the mouse, under the scroll wheel, and the SteelSeries logo is fully lit too. The RGBs can also be fully customised in the SteelSeries engine, so your mouse can match whatever theme your setup has. If you want to keep up to date with other deals on gaming peripherals, be sure to follow the Jelly Deals Twitter account for up-to-the-minute deals and stock alerts. If you’re looking for more deals like this, you should look at Digital Foundry’s best gaming mice roundup article so you can become an expert on every precision pointer out there.

First Sniper Elite 5 trailer offers early look at online invasions

By GameCentral

Sniper Elite 5 – guess where this one’s set (pic: Rebellion)The first pre-rendered trailer for Sniper Elite 5 focuses on Invasion Mode, where you hunt down other players as an enemy sniper.
It seems a long time since Rebellion first teased the existence of Sniper Elite 5, and it’s definitely been ages since the release of Sniper Elite 4 in 2017, but the hype is now starting to ramp up for the new game, starting with a CGI trailer.
Up until now the only thing we’ve seen of the game is a few screenshots, with some cryptic talk about Invasion Mode, where you get to invade other players’ games as an Axis sniper.
That obviously brings to mind Dark Souls but Sniper Elite has never been quite that hard, and there was also a similar sounding feature in the recent Deathloop.
The box art for the final game has also been released but there’s no clue as to when it’ll launch, just sometime this year. Although at this point publishers are wise not to be too specific about release dates until they’re certain they can make them.
Interestingly, the whole of the main game can be played in co-op and if you are with a friend then invasions are still possible, with the Axis player getting a major bonus if he takes out both Allies.
The invader gets to use other computer-controlled bad guys to hunt for the players, viewing their location on a map if they’ve been spotted recently and raising the overall awareness of ordinary grunts.
Allied snipers get to use ‘invasion phones’ which can reveal the invader’s location, except the phones can be boobytrapped and using them too much will give away your position.
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If you don’t like the sound of all that you can just turn Invasion mode off and stick to just playing the game normally.
You will get an experience point boost just for having it on though, with all players involved able to win weapons, items, and skins if they take someone out.
Sniper Elite 5 releases for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC in 2022.

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EA confirms three new Star Wars games in development at Respawn

By Wesley Yin-Poole

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order sequel, new FPS and new strategy game.

Respawn is making three new Star Wars games, EA has announced.One is the expected follow-up to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, with game director Stig Asmussen at the helm.(The video below sees Digital Foundry deliver its verdict on last year’s next-gen update for Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order.)

Another team at Respawn is working on a Star Wars first-person shooter, with former LucasArts VP of development and executive producer on the original Star Wars Battlefront games, Peter Hirschmann, installed as game director. Hirschmann and the team at Respawn have just begun work on this game, EA said.And finally, Respawn is working on a Star Wars strategy game via a publishing collaboration with Bit Reactor, the recently-founded Maryland-based studio made up of veterans of XCOM and Civilization developer Firaxis Games.Vince Zampella, Group GM and Founder of Respawn, will oversee all these projects, EA said.”Working with Lucasfilm Games on a new FPS in the Star Wars galaxy is a dream come true for me, as this is a story I have always wanted to tell,” said Hirschmann.No release windows or platforms were mentioned for either game. In its note to press today, EA made no mention of DICE, developer of the recent Star Wars Battlefront games, nor Star Wars Squadrons developer EA Motive, which is making the Dead Space remake.

Dear Esther developer's Little Orpheus announced for PC and consoles

By Tom Phillips

Blast off.

Little Orpheus, the Apple Arcade platformer from the brains behind Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, is coming to PC and consoles. Developer The Chinese Room today confirmed Little Orpheus launches anew for Nintendo Switch, PC via Steam and Epic Game Store, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S on 1st March. Originally launched in 2020 for Apple’s game subscription service, Little Orpheus was well-received for its wacky Soviet space program adventure inspired by Flash Gordon. Unlike The Chinese Room’s other releases, this is not a walking sim.

Improved textures, animations and all episodes of the original release are included in this new version.Vikki Blake called the game “a delightful platforming sprint from the masters of the walking sim,” in Eurogamer’s Little Orpheus review. “Sprightly platforming action marks a change of pace for The Chinese Room in this bold if brief adventure.”

PS4 trophy mix-up points to PS3 backwards compatibility

By GameCentral

Is the PS3 about to make a comeback? (pic: Sony)Another glitch in the PlayStation Store suggests Sony is adding PS3 backwards compatibility and possibly their version of Game Pass.
Before Microsoft made their acquisition bid for Activision Blizzard, it seemed as if Sony was building up to announce a new Game Pass style service, one that included backwards compatibility for more than just the PlayStation 4.
Assuming Microsoft’s monetary flex hasn’t caused them to change any part of their plan, the official announcement is still believed to be on course for February or March, and certainly there seems to be something very suspicious going on with the PlayStation’s Trophy system this week.
A sudden glitch in the PlayStation Network caused all PlayStation 4 Trophies to disappear, with their related games showing up as PlayStation 3 titles instead. A sign, some suggest, that backwards compatibility is coming.
The problem, whatever it was, was quickly fixed but the question is why the PlayStation 3 titles were showing up at all, since PlayStation 3 games do not run natively on either the PlayStation 4 or 5.
Some are available via streaming service PlayStation Now though, and rumours already suggest that that is going to be overhauled and rolled into PlayStation Plus.
Listings for PlayStation 3 games started mysteriously appearing on the PlayStation Store earlier in the month, unconnected with PlayStation Now, as if Sony were getting ready to activate them after an imminent announcement…
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Although it might be broadly equivalent to Game Pass, whatever Sony is cooking up is not expected to be identical, with little chance of first party games being available for free on day one.
Instead, the service is rumoured to be called Spartacus and has three, increasingly expensive tiers. The first is believed to be little different to PlayStation Plus as it is now; the second is similar to Game Pass, in that it offers a large range of downloadable games; and the third includes everything plus streaming and backwards compatible games going back to the PlayStation 1 era.
How accurate those predictions are remains to be seen but given how Sony itself has hinted at a new service it would now be a surprise if they didn’t announce some kind of new service this spring.

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Rabbids head to Mars on Netflix next month

By Tom Phillips

Bwaah to the future.

Ubisoft’s lovable Rabbids are back, and now they’re heading to Mars on Netflix. Rabbids Invasion Special: Mission to Mars will launch for Netflix next month, on 18th February. This hour-long animated feature follows four seasons of CGI-animated Rabbid cartoons, and tells the story of a mission to terraform Mars which goes badly wrong. Here’s a trailer:

Mission to Mars seems separate from the full-blown Rabbids movie project, which Ubisoft has has been slowly trying to get out of development hell since at least 2014. The latest word on that was that Lionsgate and Ubisoft had tapped Robot Chicken writers Matt Senreich, Tom Sheppard, and Zeb Wells to pen the script – although this was back in December 2019.Back in the world of games, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is in development for launch on Nintendo Switch sometime later in 2022.