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Fortnite season 7 is here, and what’s an alien invasion without some awesome weapons blasting humanity to ash? Thankfully (or maybe tragically), humanity has the capacity to develop its own super weapons, or to just steal the aliens’ weapons out from under their nose.

Fortnite’s mythic weapons return (sort of) to let players dominate in battle royale. As in other seasons, you’ll need to use gold bars to purchase a mythic weapon from a specific NPC.

Season 7 also introduces a number of new weapons that come in different rarities, but can be just as devastating in the hands of a skilled player. These come either from IO, the Imagined Order Jonesy has been working against, or the invading aliens.

Mythic weapon: Doctor Slone’s Mythic Pulse Rifle

(Image credit: Epic Games)

The Mythic Pulse Rifle is an extra powerful version of the Pulse Rifle you’ll find elsewhere. It’s fully automatic when not aiming down your sight, and has a slower pace of fire when aimed.

Damage: 38 per shot
Magazine size: 16 shots
Fire rate: 4.2 per second
Reload time: 2.6775 seconds

The Mythic Pulse Rifle is held by Doctor Slone, the new IO character leading the charge against the alien invaders. She’s hiding out at Corny Complex. Look for the red barn. Inside, you’ll see a large circular metal door in the barn floor. You can’t destroy that door, but a nearby staircase will lead you down to the lower levels. You’ll find Doctor Slone hanging out in the lobby or nearby, but be careful because she’s protected by IO guards. It also seems that she can spawn clones of herself to A) add damage and B) confuse the heck out of you.

Fortnite season 7 alien weapons

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KYMERA RAY GUN: This alien creation fires a continuous beam of energy. Stats depend on which rarity you get, but the short version is that you’ll be firing a weapon with a magazine size of 100,000, firing “15” shots of energy per second, dealing somewhere between 9 and 11 points of damage each. You reload by ceasing fire, and it only takes 2.5 seconds to cool off. The only catch is it’s not great at destroying structures, making it solely an anti-personnel weapon, or maybe even good for crowd control. Basically, if you hate reloading, you’ll love this weapon.

You can usually find the Kymera Ray Gun held by the UFO-driving Trespasser NPCs.

IO weapons

You’ll find IO weapons in various loot chests, or potentially a cosmic chest.

(Image credit: Epic Games)


Damage: 85 – 94 (depends on rarity)
Magazine: 1
Fire rate: 1
Reload time: 3 seconds

Functionally a sniper rifle, this IO weapon deals immense damage, if you can connect. Similarly useful for destroying enemy builds from a distance.

(Image credit: Epic Games)


Damage: 98
Magazine: 2
Fire rate: 3
Reload: 3.6 seconds

This grenade launcher not only deals damage, it also highlights nearby enemies and loot chests. This will let you scope out an area before entering if you’re worried about getting ambushed.

(Image credit: Epic Games)


Damage: 33 – 36 (depends on rarity)
Magazine: 16
Fire rate: 4.2
Reload time: 2.835

The more widely available version of Doctor Slone’s Pulse Rifle. This IO weapon acts the same.

Epic has made it very clear that more mythic weapons, alien weapons, and IO weapons will be added to Fortnite as Season 7 rolls on. So check back here when the game gets updated for the latest news. In the meantime, check out our Fortnite Season 7 guides, including how to fly a UFO, where to find alien artifacts, and more.

Naabiae Nenu-B is a Medical Health Student and an SEO Specialist dedicated to flushing the web off fake news and scam scandals. He aims at being "Africa's Best Leak and Review Blogger" and that's the unwavering stand of Xycinews Media.

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Hell Yes Bring Back That 1990s Flight Sim Aesthetic



Tiny Combat Arena is bringing back an old-school 90s flight sim aesthetic

Screenshot: Tiny Combat Arena

While some retro video game looks are making huge comebacks—muddy PS1 textures, I’m looking at you—I’m particularly excited here to see here a developer bringing back one very particular aesthetic that I was super into as a kid: that of early 90s hardcore military flight sims.


From the F-15 series to Chuck Yeager to Falcon 3.0, these particular games coming out at this particular time all had a few things in common when it came to their visuals, like low-poly aircraft, sparse terrain and dithering. Oh, the dithering.

You don’t see that kind of game anymore because flight sims, obsessed as they are with realism, quickly moved to fill those empty landscapes with hills, and buildings, and satellite data, while the aircraft themselves are in 2021 practically photorealistic.

Not here! This is Tiny Combat Arena, which despite the aesthetic is actually an arcadey aerial shooter for the PC that’s due out in September. What’s more, it’s being published by Microprose, the same brand that released so many of those original flight sims back in the day, and while this isn’t the same company—the original died years ago and a new company simply bought the name—it’ll still be nice seeing the logo turn up before a game that looks like this.

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Super Mario World Is Now Playable In Widescreen



Gif: Super Mario World Widescreen

Software engineer and SNES ROM hacker Vitor Vilela has led a team which has created and released Super Mario World Widescreen, a download that lets you play Nintendo’s Super Mario World—first released in 1990—on modern widescreen displays.


Crucially SMWW keeps the game’s original 8:7 pixel aspect ratio, meaning that no matter how wide you stretch the display, “the screen you will see is like how would you see on a real TV screen connected to the SNES, except expanded to the widescreen resolution!”

Super Mario World is now available in widescreen

Left: playing SMW using a regular widescreen mod | Right: playing SMW on this custom widescreen release
Screenshot: Kotaku

While standard 16:9 and 16:10 monitor resolutions are supported, Vilela is also working on some other, funkier aspect ratios, like 2:1 and even 21:9 for anyone with an ultrawide monitor.

It’s available here, but before you go rushing to download it, there’s some stuff you need to know. Firstly, the download link is just for SMWW, and doesn’t contain a ROM of Super Mario World itself. You’ll have to find that…elsewhere.

And secondly, you’ll also need to download the emulator bsnes_hd, since the only way SMWW was made possible was because bsnes_hd allowed Vilela to increase the game’s horizontal resolution by 96 pixels, from 256×224 to 352×224. bsnes also allows many other SNES games to run in widescreen as well, though not to the same level of tailored perfection as we’re seeing here (as you can see in the comparison screenshot above, simply running SMW in bsnes has some framing issues).

You can check out a trailer below:

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The Week In Games: The Game Of Kings



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Image: Nintendo

Golf is a classy sport. The kind of sport that has been played by dignified men and women. A perfect sport for Waluigi and Wario. Mario Golf: Super Rush releases later this week on Nintendo Switch.


I’ve only tried to play golf in real life once and it was boring. I hated it. But in video games, I love it. Especially if the golf featured in the game is goofy and over-the-top. So you better believe I’m excited to hang out with the Wa Bros and play some wacky golf!

Besides Mario Golf: Super Rush, other stuff is coming out this week too. Check out the full list below:

Monday, June 21

  • Wood Block Escape Puzzles 2 | Switch
  • Industries of Titan | PC
  • Labyrinth City: Pierre The Maze Detective | PC

Tuesday, June 22

  • Super Magbot | Switch, PC
  • LEGO Builder’s Journey | Switch, PC
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance | PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
  • Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights | Switch, PC
  • Phantom Abyss | PC
  • Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Offical Video Game | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Wednesday, June 23

  • Out of Line | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Fallen Knight | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Bitmaster | Xbox One, Switch
  • Empire of Angels IV | PS4, Xbox One
  • Worms Rumble | Switch
  • Blocky Puzzle | Switch
  • Ninja Buddy Epic Quest | Switch
  • Rail Route | PC, Mac
  • Robolife-Days with Aino | PC

Thursday, June 24

  • Empire of Angels IV | Switch
  • Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX | PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Legend of Mana Remastered | PS4, Switch, PC
  • The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: Amulet of Chaos | Xbox One
  • The Eternal Castle Remastered | PS4
  • Kirakia Stars Idol Project Nagisa | Switch
  • Farm Your Life | Switch
  • Cube Blast: Match | Switch
  • CarX Drift Racing Online | Switch
  • Sakura Succubus 3 | Switch
  • Summer Paws | Switch
  • Super Cable Boy | Switch
  • Cyber Hook | Switch
  • Kingdom Builders | PC

Friday, June 25

  • Mighty Aphid | Xbox One
  • Scarlet Nexus | PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
  • Mario Golf: Super Rush | Switch
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 | Switch
  • Promesa | Switch
  • #1 Crosswords Bundle | Switch
  • Loopindex | Switch
  • Sweet Sugar Candy | Switch
  • Enigmatis: The Ghost of Maple Creek | Switch
  • Sun Haven | PC
  • Eiyu*Senki Gold – A New Conquest | PC

Saturday, June 26

  • Babol the Walking Box | PC
  • Bocce | Switch

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