Don't-Miss Software Stories
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.
Dr. Fone offers an easy, but pricey, way to use your PC to recover files accidentally deleted from your iPhone or iPad. Its results aren't perfect, though.
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.
ShellNewHandler can remove extraneous entries from your Vista or Windows 7 file creation context menu. It's a free utility that can save you time and confusion.
Amiga Forever (available in $10 Value, $30 Plus, and $50 Premium editions) is an Amiga emulator that's much easier to use than average. The Plus edition's many games and game-related extras make it a satisfying trip down memory lane.
Stardock's Start8 addresses one of the major user complaints about Windows 8: the lack of a Start Menu. It works like a charm.
Tweeki is a simple Twitter client with a gorgeous yet simple interface. It has a few limitations, though, and it's best used on just one account.
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 .
Fonts for Halloween don't have to be sticky-sweet kiddy fare. Whether you need a scary sans serif or a vampire-slaying homage font, these sinister picks are just the thing for your All Hallows Eve party.
Ripbot264 is a front end for free video tools. With it, you can transcode video without a lot of fuss (and without making massive files).
Transcode movies, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs to the Matroska video container format with this deceptively powerful utility.