Don't-Miss Software Stories

Stellaris

Stellaris review: Etch your stories across the stars in Paradox's latest grand strategy game

Freed from the chains of our world, Paradox creates thousands and takes grand strategy to space.

The Banner Saga 2

The Banner Saga 2 review: More of the same and another cliffhanger

It's not that the second part of a trilogy is always mediocre—but if there's a mediocre part of a trilogy, it's almost always the second part.

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10 essential pen-friendly Windows apps

Put that slick Surface Pen to work with these ink-happy tools for your laptop-tablet hybrid.

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Cyberlink PowerDVD 16 review: Enough new features to justify upgrading (from PowerDVD 14, at least)

The biggest new feature is support for streaming to set-top boxes such as AppleTV, Roku, and Chromecast.

Day of the Tentacle

Day of the Tentacle Remastered review: Sludge-o-Matic sucker for love

Day of the Tentacle is on sale again for the first time in over a decade, wrapped in new artwork and music. But does it hold up?

Quantum Break

Quantum Break (PC) review: A time-bending adventure hobbled by technical mishaps

Microsoft's push into PC gaming continues to be hobbled by shoddy PC ports, as driven home by the otherwise excellent Quantum Break.

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Vivaldi browser review: Powerful features outshine slightly sluggish performance

Though its extreme flexibility will win converts, the new Vivaldi browser is still a little pokey for general use.

The Division

Tom Clancy's The Division review: Bow before the Grind

Tom Clancy's The Division is a grind in every sense of the word.

Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear

Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear review: A fitting end to a legendary game, 17 years later

Siege of Dragonspear feels like a long-lost (and polished-up) chapter of the original Baldur's Gate—like it belonged from the start.

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Online tax software roundup: H&R Block, TaxAct, and TurboTax compared

It's tax season. Which online tax app should you use? You might be surprised with our pick.

Hitman (2016)

Hitman review impressions: Freedom of choice

It's not quite Blood Money 2—not yet anyway—but Hitman's new episodic killing spree lands closer than we expected.

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.