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Review: World of Tanks has good graphics, just enough physics

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.

Best Products of 2012: PCs, Ultrabooks, and Hybrids

PCWorld editors select the best systems—desktops, laptops, and hybrid portables—of 2012.

Keep it casual: 15 best Windows 8 gaming apps

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.

Requiem for a game: Quirky MMO Glitch to close

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.

Review: Get extraterrestrial in Natural Selection 2

The original Half-Life mod is back with it's own game engine after 10 years. Does it stand the test of time?

Review: Halo 4 will make you hail the new Chief

343 Industries' first foray into the Halo canon hits home in fantastic form.

Review: Fantasy Grounds II meets your virtual tabletop gaming needs

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.

Review: The Unfinished Swan will make you paint the world back in black

The Unfinished Swan breathes new life into my sense of discovery.


Review: DayZ turns frustrating military game into top-notch survival horror

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.

Review: Military sim Arma II: Combined Operations is realistic, often frustrating

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.

Review: Dark Souls brings murderously hard gameplay to the PC

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.

Review: Bastion for Chrome plays just like the riveting original

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 .

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review: Terrifying, brutish, and brilliant

Firaxis streamlines a classic tactical strategy game without losing any of the challenge, complexity, or terror of the original.