Borderlands 3’s anniversary celebration kicks off with better legendary drops

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Borderlands 3’s anniversary celebration kicks off with better legendary drops

The original Borderlands came out on October 20, 2009, which means that the franchise has been marching along now for ten years. Gearbox is celebrating the landmark with an in-game Borderlands 3 celebration, which will give players five events with different kinds of loot bonuses. The celebration will run throughout October and through Nov. 4.

The first event is Boss Week, which will run until Oct. 8. The following bosses have an increased chance to drop unique Legendary items:

Destiny 2’s free-to-play version comes with a new intro

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Destiny 2’s free-to-play version comes with a new intro

It’s been a big week for Destiny 2. After Bungie’s split with Activision, Destiny 2 is now available on Steam instead of the Battlenet launcher. The game’s new expansion, Shadowkeep, is also out, as well as a free-to-play version of the game called New Light. Now, players are finding that there’s a new intro available for new Destiny 2 playthroughs.

Destiny 2 originally started with a campaign called “Red War”. As the cinematic reveal trailer put it back in 2017, “We lost everything. The tower, our city, our home.” Everything from the first Destiny title was gone, and players had to deal with the process of building up a new base of operations for their campaign.

Symmetra and Genji are getting World of Warcraft skins

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Symmetra and Genji are getting World of Warcraft skins

Overwatch heroes Symmetra and Genji are getting World of Warcraft skins ahead of BlizzCon 2019.

Blizzard Entertainment announced the in-game items it’s handing out alongside its BlizzCon tickets, virtual or otherwise. BlizzCon 2019 will be held Nov. 1 to 3 in Anaheim, California. Ticket holders always get special swag with their ticket purchases, including a whole bunch of digital items. For Overwatch players, the most valuable thing to be handed out is skins — and this year’s skins are good.

Destiny 2’s Shadowkeep launch patch comes with some massive changes to armor and weapons

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Destiny 2’s Shadowkeep launch patch comes with some massive changes to armor and weapons

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and New Light is here. With the launch of a major expansion and a free-to-play offering, you would expect a pretty big patch from Bungie. With Year 3, the studio delivered. Destiny 2 players have quite a bit to read if they want to know everything that’s changed in their favorite game.

We’ve broken down some of the major points here, mainly focusing on new systems like Armor 2.0, or the removal of the Pinnacle Weapons system in favor of Ritual Weapons. If you’re looking for the full patch notes, keep scrolling past our summaries.

Now you can peek inside loot boxes before you open them in CS:GO, but only in France

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Now you can peek inside loot boxes before you open them in CS:GO, but only in France

A recent update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive adds a curious new item to player inventories in France. Called the “X-ray Scanner,” it allows players to peek inside loot boxes before opening them. The change appears to be a hedge against the threat of government regulation of loot boxes in that country.

In France only, the X-ray Scanner now allows every player to preview the contents of a single loot box before paying to open it. It’s the equivalent of pulling the handle on a slot machine before you drop a quarter in. Trouble is, if you don’t like how the slot machine is going to pay out you have to throw the entire thing away before you can move on to the next one and pull the handle again.

Sony slashes the price of PlayStation Now by half, adds God of War and GTA 5

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Sony slashes the price of PlayStation Now by half, adds God of War and GTA 5

Sony is cutting the monthly cost of its PlayStation Now game streaming service by 50 percent to $9.99. The change goes into effect immediately, and current subscribers will see a change on their next bill. Today’s announcement was made on the official PlayStation blog.

PlayStation Now offers subscribers access to a massive, rotating library of games that can be streamed from the cloud and downloaded. Titles are pulled from legacy PlayStation 3 games as well as more current PlayStation 4 titles. Previously a monthly subscription to PS Now cost $19.99. Here’s a detailed list of the price changes:

Experts find The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening performance issues ‘baffling’

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Experts find The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening performance issues ‘baffling’

The Nintendo Switch port of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening has been roundly praised by critics, including here at Polygon. But many reviews (including ours) mentioned its performance issues. After spending a day tackling the problem, even the folks at Digital Foundry are stumped as to what’s causing them.

Nearly every first-party Nintendo game prioritizes framerate, with games like Super Mario Odyssey and its peers locked at 60 frames per second (fps). As Polygon mentioned in its review, Link’s Awakening is a bit more pokey, dipping at times well below 30 fps. Digital Foundry actually hooked it up a frame counter, and found that the game dipped as low as 16.7 fps regularly.

Check out the Terminator in Mortal Kombat 11

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Check out the Terminator in Mortal Kombat 11

The Terminator — specifically Arnold Schwarzenegger’s classic T-800 — is coming to Mortal Kombat 11 next week. On Tuesday, developer NetherRealm Studios offered a peek at how the Terminator will play and what it’ll look like in action. In short, the cybernetic killing machine really likes to use shotguns and looks like current-day (aka Terminator: Dark Fate) Schwarzenegger.

Mortal Kombat 11’s Terminator makes just the right share of movie references. His pre-fight animation is lifted directly from Terminator 2: Judgment Day’s first confrontation with the T-1000, and at one point, the T-800 loses his fleshy exterior to become a terrifying, super-armored endoskeleton. While the MK11’s voice actor for the T-800 sounds just a bit off, everything else about the Terminator looks great.

Every single character in The Last of Us Part 2 has a heartbeat

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Every single character in The Last of Us Part 2 has a heartbeat

In The Last of Us Part 2, no one is safe. One minute you’re out for a relaxing horseback ride in the snow, the next you’re getting your face ripped off by an infected manbeast. It’s enough to make anyone a little tense. And it seems Naughty Dog has added some new technology to the engine to really sell how amped the characters in this universe are. Everyone, it seems, has a heartbeat.

There’s no heartbeat monitor in The Last of Us Part 2. It’s not a gameplay mechanic where you have to keep a steady heartbeat and there’s no stamina meter to worry about. But characters’ heart rates do alter the game in significant ways.