‘Fortnite’ update adds Rifts-To-Go item

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‘Fortnite’ update adds Rifts-To-Go item

After some short downtime for server maintenance, Fortnite is back online and its v5.30 patch is live, bringing with it some cool new features and a bunch of bug fixes that'll make gameplay smoother and (possibly) less rage inducing. First up is Rifts-To-Go. Rifts were introduced last month as quick sky-bound escape routes from enemy squads -- now you can use them yourself as and when you need them, without having to find one.

It's not always sunny in 'Cyberpunk 2077'

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It's not always sunny in 'Cyberpunk 2077'

The Gamescom demo for Cyberpunk 2077 is nearly identical to the one shown at E3 two months prior, but it features a few important changes. First, it introduces a new weapon, a katana capable of emitting a magnetic field that deflects bullets, and it highlights the game's character-selection screens. Players will be able to pick their gender, appearance and backstory right from the beginning, filling in details about traumatic events in their past and other personal tidbits.

It's official: Playing as Oddjob in 'GoldenEye' was cheating

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It's official: Playing as Oddjob in 'GoldenEye' was cheating

I thought this secret would go to the grave with me, but alas, my hand has been forced -- I have a confession to make. Back in gaming's early glory days, when Rare's seminal Nintendo 64 first-person shooter GoldenEye was the only game that really mattered, I would always play as Oddjob against my younger (clueless) sister. I told her the only reason she couldn't hit me was because her aim was rubbish and I was just better than her, but I knew it my heart this was a lie. Now the game's creators have ratted me out.

Kingdom-managing app ‘Reigns’ goes ‘Game of Thrones’

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Kingdom-managing app ‘Reigns’ goes ‘Game of Thrones’

Plenty of games have explored the ins and outs of ruling countries, and the likes of Age of Empires, Civilization and Crusader Kings remain fan-favorites as complex empire creation simulators. The 2016 mobile game Reigns took a very different angle: Condense kingdom management into short dialogues with influential people, where the wrong choice -- symbolized by a Tinder-style swiping to agree or disagree -- often means instant death. But through the king's (or in the 2017 expansion Her Majesty, queen's) heirs, the country takes shape. If that sounds a lot like Game of Thrones, well, I've got news for you: A new version of the game comes out today for iOS, Android and PC that's set in the bloody, scheming world of Westeros. It's up to you to decide who sits on the Iron Throne -- one conversation / card swipe at a time.

Shadow's latest game streaming box is sleeker, quieter and wireless

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Shadow's latest game streaming box is sleeker, quieter and wireless

Blade's Shadow game streaming service is still young, but it's already getting a hardware upgrade. The company has unveiled a Shadow Ghost device that promises to deliver more flexibility and power than the Shadow Box. The curvy new design is slicker-looking, but also smaller, lighter and quieter -- Blade envisions taking it with you to a friend's place. It also includes Bluetooth and WiFi, so you don't have to string Ethernet cables or plug in wired peripherals. And if performance matters, HDMI 2.0 both enables 144Hz refresh rates and opens the door to gameplay on more screens.

'Rocket League' Clubs help you compete as a team

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'Rocket League' Clubs help you compete as a team

Rocket League is practically tailor-made for team play, but actually organizing a team within the game? Not so simple. Psyonix is about to make it considerably easier, thankfully. As part of an upcoming Progression Update, it's introducing a Clubs feature that lets up to 20 players unite and compete as a team. You can create custom team colors and tags, too. Some details will remain under wraps until closer to release, but this could be helpful for esports and anyone who wants to play with a close-knit group.

NVIDIA says the RTX 2080 GPU is twice as fast as the GTX 1080

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NVIDIA says the RTX 2080 GPU is twice as fast as the GTX 1080

It's clear that NVIDIA's newly announced 20-series GPUs are incredibly powerful, but so far, it's been tough to tell how much faster they are than the previous generation. Today during a press briefing at Gamescom, the company gave us a bit more insight: The new RTX 2080 is up to twice as fast as the GTX 1080 when using the new DLSS (Deep Learning Super-Sampling) feature. That relies on the Turing GPU's Tensor Cores for AI-powered rendering. Basically, it's a less GPU intensive way of getting smoother edges on 3D objects.

I never thought I'd see Master Chief drive around Northumberland

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I never thought I'd see Master Chief drive around Northumberland

Halo's armored hero, Master Chief, has fought the Covenant on a raft of planets throughout the galaxy. One place the super-soldier hasn't visited, though, is a village called Bamburgh on the northeast coast of England. That is, until now. At Gamescom 2018, I was shown a special Halo event that will appear in Forza Horizon 4 later this year. The course, presented as a virtual "training exercise," lets you drive the rugged Warthog through dense forests and sandy beaches. It looked like terrific fun and will, if nothing else, be a nice distraction while fans wait for Halo Infinite.