Destiny 2 players mourn planned nerfs to two dominant hand cannons

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Destiny 2 players mourn planned nerfs to two dominant hand cannons

Superior PvP hand cannons Luna's Howl and Not Forgotten are facing significant changes in the upcoming Season of Opulence, which is sad news for players that completed the long, long grind to get them. In the this week's Bungie update the dev team announced plans to reduce the impact of the guns' unique perk, Magnificent Howl, and adjust their firing speed to 150 RPM, down from 180. 

Battle a dastardly animator in free, painterly shoot-'em-up Zoe

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Battle a dastardly animator in free, painterly shoot-'em-up Zoe

The animator is your enemy in painterly shoot-'em-up Zoe, as the brush-wielding maniac is intent on creating enemies and bullets to destroy you (you being a gun-toting triangle-thing). As a floating paintbrush peppers the screen with splodgy bullets, you have to run and jump and fly around the screen, taking out as many as you can, to score as many points as possible before the persistent painter finally does you in.

Monkey Ball meets Metal Gear in this free stealth game

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Monkey Ball meets Metal Gear in this free stealth game

Beep reminds me of a few things, notably those two games in the headline, but the main thing that came to me was that episode of Futurama where Fry and Leela pretend to be robots on a robot planet. You know, to fit in. And to not be killed. Small, slightly rough-around-the-edges stealth game Beep is a lot like that episode. But rather than a human pretending to be mechanical, you're a ball pretending to be cuboid, on a planet filled with evil cuboid grunts.

Mortal Kombat 11 is getting two patches to help with the grind

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Mortal Kombat 11 is getting two patches to help with the grind

Unlocking all of Mortal Kombat 11, from fatalities to cosmetics, necessitates a great deal of grinding or a lot of cash. There are four different currencies, a whole mode dedicated to opening loot boxes and progression-halting difficulty. NetherRealm recently acknowledged some of the issues, however, and has announced some changes coming in the next couple of days. 

Fallout 76 is getting backpacks and a new faction soon

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Fallout 76 is getting backpacks and a new faction soon

If you're tired of cramming every bullet, tool and piece of junk you find in Fallout 76 into your impressively spacious pockets, you might be in the market for a backpack. Unfortunately, the only ones you'll find are attached to specific outfits and they're purely decorative. Like glasses with no lenses. But that's changing in May. 

Layers of Fear 2 will drop anchor next month

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Layers of Fear 2 will drop anchor next month

The first Layers of Fear was about a painter gone mad, and Layers of Fear 2 is about a film director gone mad. The whole "artist gone mad" theme is pretty attractive (at least to me), and taking the role of an actor stranded on an ocean liner at the mercy of said nuts film director is very enticing indeed. That's the stuff of horror. 

This new narrative noir adventure stars a 1950s private dick who is also a housecat

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This new narrative noir adventure stars a 1950s private dick who is also a housecat

Blacksad is an Eisner-winning comic series created by Spanish authors Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido about John Blacksad, a hardboiled 1950s private dick in New York City. He is also a cat—a big, burly Felis catus—who lives in a world populated by other anthropomorphic animals. And in September, he'll be the lead character in a new "investigative narrative game" called Blacksad: Under the Skin. 

Nvidia's new GTX 1650 uses the old Volta NVENC instead of the newer Turing encoder

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Nvidia's new GTX 1650 uses the old Volta NVENC instead of the newer Turing encoder

In an odd play, Nvidia has omitted Turing's NVENC from their shiny new budget 16-series offering, the GTX 1650, which is otherwise built around Turing microarchitecture. Each of Nvidia's graphics card architectures, going all the way back to Kepler, has included a new encoder block. So to see the older Volta NVENC instead of the new Turing NVENC in the 1650 comes as a bit of surprise, particularly when you consider that both of the other cards in the 16-series (the 1660 and 1660 Ti) include the newer version.