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World of Tanks offers a fun gaming experience that can range from the casual to the obsessive. Its frequent updates and moddability keep it fresh.
PCWorld editors select the best systems—desktops, laptops, and hybrid portables—of 2012.
Whether you're riding a bus or taking a breather between business meetings, these Windows 8 gaming apps are perfect for blowing off a little steam.
Glitch walks the balance between naughty and cute, funny and sweet, personal and world-spanning. This hard-to-describe game only briefly left invitation-only beta, and didn't build the audience it needed to survive. It will close December 9.
The original Half-Life mod is back with it's own game engine after 10 years. Does it stand the test of time?
343 Industries' first foray into the Halo canon hits home in fantastic form.
Feature-rich Fantasy Grounds II helps you bring a tabletop gaming group together, no matter how far apart you are. The steep price takes a commitment worthy of a tenth-level paladin.
The Unfinished Swan breathes new life into my sense of discovery.
In this excellent free mod, Arma II becomes the underpinning for zombie apocalypse. Staying alive when surrounded by the undead has never been so painfully realistic.
Combined Operations bundles several releases under a single title, including ARMA II and the standalone Operation Arrowhead expansion. Challenging partly by design and partly due to sluggish controls, ARMA II's biggest appeal is its moddability, which brings us survival horror DayZ.
With a scary atmosphere and scarier difficulty, Dark Souls was a favorite PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game in 2011. Despite some issues with this year's PC port, the added extra content makes it the best edition of the game on the market.
Bastion for Chrome shows Native Client's bright future. It plays just like the original adventure RPG, which was one of the most lauded games of 2011 .
Firaxis streamlines a classic tactical strategy game without losing any of the challenge, complexity, or terror of the original.