Alienware Aurora R8 review: A pint-sized RTX 2080 Ti PC

Considering it has an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and an Intel Core i9-9900K inside it, Alienware’s Aurora R8 gaming desktop sure is diddly. Measuring 472mm tall, 212mm wide and just 360mm deep, this sleek, 28 litre chassis is noticeably smaller than the mid-tower case I’ve currently got shoved under my desk. It’s so small, in fact, that it can sit on top of my desk quite happily without taking up too much room, and its three-pronged RGB light strips down the side don’t distract from the task at hand, either. If anything, it’s the fans you’ll notice the most, as this liquid cooled powerhouse is still quite the whoosher and whirrer under load. Still, as a pint-sized pre-build with the fastest components currently available, is the Aurora R8 worth considering as your next PC? Here’s wot I think.


Fortnite week 9 challenges – Endgame, Season 8 battle pass, tips for Fortnite challenges

There’s not long to complete Season 8 challenges of Fortnite is fast approaching its end. There are plenty of challenges to complete and week 9 looks to feature some dancing challenges. It also introduced us to the Endgame challenges – which are a tie-in with Marvel’s Avenger’s Endgame. Well those Infinity Stones aren’t being recovered by themselves! Get to it!

With the game being the global sensation that it is, there’s a lot to learn about not only getting that all-important “Victory Royale”, but also the changes to the map as the seasons progress, and the challenges you can seek to complete. Head over to our main [cms-block] hub for every single thing you need to get started.


Respawn prioritising Apex Legends updates over more Titanfall

Respawn Entertainment insist they’re not shifting staff from Apex Legends to work on other games, rather the contrary: focusing on Apex is pushing back the next Titanfall. They’ve opened up about their update plans, saying current priorities are hit detection, cheats, server slowness, and audio performance. They are planning a new weapon and changes to the murderisland for future content updates but don’t expect those before Season 2. In a clear nod to reports of Epic overworking employees to pump out Fortnite updates, they say they’re not grinding Apex updates because they want to “avoid crunch that can quickly lead to burnout or worse.” A good goal.


Wot I Think: Pathway

[To the Indiana Jones theme.]

Dun da da da / Dun da-da / There’s some nazis / In a jeep, oh no / And a boulder / Run away / Give my heart back / It’s my favourite organ.

Ah, a classic theme for a classic series. And yet, the last Indiana Jones game I remember playing was a highly irritating Super Star Wars clone with a terrible life raft section I never managed to beat. How am I ever to get revenge on all those nazis whilst wearing a swish hat? I could play Wolfenstein with a swish hat on, I suppose. But no, wait, look, it’s Pathway! A tactical roguelike that probably thrusts its hips in the face of the Berlin interpretation because that’s where nazis came from, a game where every road is a path… way… to adventure! Some of them actually lead to a flat tyre, but we’ll talk about that later. Onward!


Have You Played… SteamWorld Heist?

SteamWorld Heist is about one thing, and one thing only. Some will tell you it’s a highly accomplished turn-based strategy game that somehow plays out magnificently across a 2D plane, while others will say it’s all about the joy of lining up the perfect shot to destroy hard-to-reach space pirates in their randomly generated space ships.

But they are wrong. SteamWorld Heist is about hats, and shooting said hats off the smooth, metal scalps of your robot foes before claiming them as your own. For there is no greater humiliation than someone nicking your outlandish headwear, and looking way cooler in it than you do as they blast you to smithereens.