Don't-Miss Software Stories

Need for Speed (2016)

Need for Speed (PC) review: Excellent port, uneven game

This is certainly the best Need for Speed PC port in years, but the game itself isn't that great. Come for the racing, stay for the dumb live-action scenes.

Shardlight

Shardlight review: A pixelated post-apocalypse point-and-click pleasure

Shardlight's post-apocalyptic point-and-click adventure is very grim, very adult, and very-in-need-of-a-new-engine. Much like Wadjet Eye's last game.

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Avid Pro Tools review: This studio-style software will appeal to home creators too

For professional recording engineers, Pro Tools is this industry standard, but creative types will find it surprisingly suitable—there's even a free version to get you started.

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Presonus Studio One review: Take your music production to the limit

This is one of the premiere programs for music creation, recording, and production.

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Ableton Live review: This digital audio workstation does it all

The best software for creating and recording music, as well as live performance. A bit pricey, but worth it.

Far Cry Primal

Far Cry Primal (PC) review: Fantastic premise, familiar gameplay

Far Cry Primal starts with a fantastic premise but quickly falls into the same traps as its predecessors.

SUPERHOT

Superhot review: The most innovative shooter we've played in years

Superhot's time-freezing antics are finally a full-length game, and it's the most innovative shooter we've played in years.

Unravel

Unravel review: Eyes full of candy, head full of yarn

Unravel looks beautiful, but it's ultra-slick sheen with nothing much to say. Faux-emotional, if you will.

Layers of Fear

Layers of Fear review: An unsettling subversion of expectations

Layers of Fear masterfully toys with your sense of reality, when it's not throwing cheesy jump scares in your face.

Pillars of Eternity: The White March Part Two

Pillars of Eternity: The White March Part Two review: An incredible, apocalyptic finish

The White March's second half salvages the slow pacing of the first and ultimately redeems Pillars of Eternity's expansion.

Dying Light: The Following

Dying Light: The Following review: Zombie vaulting meets vehicular homicide

Dying Light's massive expansion is the unholy mashup of Dukes of Hazzard and Death Race 2000. We love it.

Firewatch

Firewatch review: Lots of smoke, but no spark

Firewatch is full of excellent dialogue, breathtaking moments, and stunning vistas, but ultimately amounts to nothing much at all.

Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders

The ABC Murders review: Agatha Christie's murderous short story gets a gorgeous video game adaptation

Agatha Christie's famed Inspector Poirot fills in for Holmes in this point-and-click murder mystery.

Steve Jackson's Sorcery!

Sorcery! Parts One and Two review: Choose your own adventure in this glorious Steve Jackson adaptation

Inkle's digital adaptation of Steve Jackson's Sorcery! is a glorious tribute to the paper gamebooks of yesteryear

Bombshell

Bombshell review: More "bad" than "badass"

Anemic guns, shoddy platforming, and a mountain of bugs make Bombshell hard to recommend.