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This week in games: Tyranny snags a release date, polygonal Lara Croft returns

Hey Civilization fanatics: Maybe try going outside this weekend. You know, before Civ VI releases next Friday. Might be a good idea to get some sunlight. The rest of you? Keep on reading this wrap-up. This week we’ve got a release date forTyranny, polygonal Lara Croft, and Overwatch’s excellent Halloween event featuring the terrifying Dr. Junkenstein. This is gaming news ... Read More »

Tested: Shadow Warrior 2 sees huge performance boosts from Nvidia’s multi-res shading

Lo Wang is back, baby. Shadow Warrior 2 ($40 on Steam) launched today and while its procedurally generated levels give the game a bit less bite than its predecessor, it’s still a riotously good time in a satisfying “mindlessly killing demons” sort of way. But we covered all that in PCWorld’s Shadow Warrior 2 review. This article’s dedicated to a ... Read More »

This week in games: EA gives away Dungeon Keeper, InXile shows off Wasteland 3

It’s October, so do me a favor: Curl up on a couch this weekend, drink some cider, andwatch a horror movie. You know, something cliché. Or just play Gears of War 4. Whatever. This week, we get our first look at Wasteland 3 and an extended look at Torment: Tides of Numenera, Ubisoft confirms Beyond Good & Evil 2 for ... Read More »

Halloween is coming! Stream these gems to get an early start on your monster mash

October has arrived. Monster month is here. And there’s no shortage of horrific movies to stream, to celebrate, and to scare away unwanted spirits. To start, we have one of the scariest vampire movies ever made—despite its being nearly a century old—as well as one of the spookiest and most underrated ghost movies of recent years. We have a monster ... Read More »

Virginia review: This detective thriller adapts the language of film to games

When I reviewed Event[0] last month I said, “This might just be one of the most importantindie games of the year.” And then along came Virginia. Like Event[0], Virginia belongs to a growing subset of experimental games, ones focused on expanding the language of games as much as—or sometimes more than—commercial appeal or approachability. Whether or not their individual experiments ... Read More »

Xbox One S controller review: New features and custom colors make for a great successor

My $80 powder-blue-and-orange Xbox Design Lab controller arrived recently, and I’ve fallen in love with its look. Maybe you’re not so easily swayed. Maybe you hate it. That’s fine. More than fine, actually—that’s kind of the whole point. Last year Microsoft released the $150 high-end Elite controller for a segment of the market traditionally supported by third parties and aftermarket parts dealers. That ... Read More »

This week in games: Blizzard ditches Battle.net, Gears of War 4 adds PC split-screen

I have another hundred miles of Australia to explore today, and that Forza Horizon 3 iconis just staring at me from my taskbar. Let’s knock this article out in a hurry. On the docket this week? Blizzard ditches Battle.net, Gears of War 4 adds split-screen co-op on the PC, Kotaku UK looks into problems with Star Citizen’s development, andSniper Elite ... Read More »

This week in games: Revolver steering wheels and a game built around RTFM

I was hoping for more news out of Tokyo Game Show this week but apparently it’s not to be. Other than the last-minute delay of The Last Guardian (again) and a mediocre Watch Dogs 2 trailer (below), things have been quiet out of Japan. But hey, Zachtronics is bringing out a spiritual successor to TIS-100, American Truck Simulator is selling ... Read More »

This week in games: Mass Effect Andromeda on display, Deus Ex gets DirectX 12

Here we are, almost a week after Ubisoft sprayed farts into my nose, and I’m still feeling a bit sick. Was it actually farts? Or was it something worse? Maybe tuberculosis, or black plague, or anthrax. Or maybe they ground up the source code for Watch Dogs and shot it straight into my nose. That would certainly explain the feelings ... Read More »

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain review: Another 1980s sword-and-board adapted for the modern era

Steve Jackson’s in the midst of a renaissance, it seems. Earlier this year we took a look at Inkle’s Sorcery!, which adapts the 1980s adventure gamebooks of the same name into a modern hybrid of choose-your-own-adventure and RPG—with the help of Inkle’s fantastic writing. And so imagine my feelings of deja vu as The Warlock of Firetop Mountain crossed my ... Read More »