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Windows 10 Anniversary Update review: Cortana, Edge overshadow Windows Ink

Windows 10's Anniversary Update polishes mature features like Cortana, Edge, and Skype while pointing the way toward a pen-enabled future. Windows 10 users should be pleased, but Windows 10 holdouts may remain unmoved.


Headlander review: Metroid meets 1970s retrofuturism meets disembodied heads

Double Fine's latest game is a pastiche of 1970s retrofuturism, from Asimov to lava lamps. Oh, and you play as a disembodied head.

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Maxthon MX5 review: Rough-and-ready browser offers paid features for free

Maxthon's fifth-generation MX5 Web browser includes a number of key features, such as password management, that you might end up paying for on other browsers. Security vendors, however, have questioned some of the company's practices.

Song of the Deep

Song of the Deep review: Gorgeous, reflective, and not very deep

Song of the Deep is an introspective little game from a blockbuster studio.

The Technomancer

The Technomancer review: This sci-fi epic is skin deep

The Technomancer has all the appearances of an epic sci-fi RPG, but it's surface level sheen over a cavalcade of boring.

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Hands-on: Adobe Photoshop updates include Content-Aware Crop and Face-Aware Liquify

Creative Cloud updates give photo editors powerful new tools without disrupting familiar workflows, and the video apps and Adobe Stock are improved too.

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter review: A dreadful case

Three weak cases, one decent, and a lackluster finale make Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter a marked step back from its predecessor.

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine review: Farewell, old friend

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's superb Blood and Wine expansion is a fine farewell to a grizzled old friend.

Total War: Warhammer

Total War: Warhammer review: Variety and Vampire Counts breathe new life into Total War

After a dismal couple of entries, Total War: Warhammer proves that maybe all the series needed was ten-foot bats and skeleton cavalry.

Homefront: The Revolution

Homefront: The Revolution review: A mess of a game with grandiose ambitions

Forget the alt-history Koreans—it's the bugs that are the real problem in Homefront: The Revolution. This revolution should not be televised.


Doom review: Glorious guns, gibs, and more guns

You’re on Mars. There are demons. The demons need to die. If that's not enough story for you, then too bad.


Doom PC impressions: A classic returns to glory in this ass-kicking fight through Hell

Two hours in, it's the best shooter since Wolfenstein: The New Order. Sorry I ever doubted you, Doom.


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.

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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.