Don't-Miss Game Stories
In story, mechanics, and campy comedy, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon a lesson on DLC done right. It puts a new spin on the tried-and-true gameplay, but switches up the setting and adds hilarity.
Evoland's central gimmick of gradually unlocking features and tropes is compelling and fun. However, the underlying game could be deeper.
Whether you enjoy controlling the fates of countless Sims or driving a truck across Europe, you can be sure there's an excellent simulator out there in which to hone your skills.
Based on a board game, Windows 8 game Zombies!!! is fun and cartoony. Although up to four can play at once, it's bloody enough that it's not a good choice for a family barbecue (depending on the family).
Space combat sim Strike Suit Zero lets you transform your fighter ship into a giant space robot. If you've been watching Pacific Rim trailers obsessively, this is the game for you.
Highly acclaimed, heavily moddable FreeSpace 2 is a sim game that deserved a better reality. At least it's still available and inexpensive.
Despite gorgeous graphics and a long history, it's easy to understand how Microsoft Flight reached its final destination.
This surprising game makes driving a truck a whole lot of fun. Great-looking and customizable, Euro Truck Simulator 2 is one title you won't want to say "negatory" to.
Towns is a complex, fun, game of micromanagement, city building, and exploration. The potential is there to be the next big game in this small niche, but it's not up to standards of a commercial product.
An unusual mix of influences, ranging from its namesake Apple II game to console RPGs to early Ultima Online, Wizardry Online offers a decidedly different feel from most MMORPGs, but it needs polish and an improved play experience.
Gears of War: Judgment falls short when it comes to narrative, but it's arcade-like sense of play is exceptional.
Starring series antihero Kerrigan, this expansion pack to 2010’s Wings of Liberty makes the StarCraft II better, improves the multiplayer, and progresses the story in new and interesting ways.
Digital Storm's x17 is a good gaming machine, that's lighter than most desktop replacements, but it delivers less performance as well as fewer ounces. If you can plump your budget by $200, you can grab something like an Alienware M17x R4, which is more powerful, but costs $1974.