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Steve Jackson's Sorcery!

Steve Jackson's Sorcery! review: A sprawling adventure of mind-boggling scale

The PC adaptation of Steve Jackson's Sorcery! gamebooks has some rough edges, but it's a thrilling, sprawling adventure overall.

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World of Warcraft: Legion review: The excitement returns in this online role-playing game

For the first time in several World of Warcraft expansions Blizzard is flexing its world-creation and storytelling muscles.

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Event[0]

Event[0] review: An ambitious 2001: A Space Odyssey-tinged adventure you can talk to

Event[0] isn't perfect by any means, but its experiments with text parsers might make it the most important (or at least most interesting) indie game of 2016.

ReCore

ReCore review: The first Xbox Play Anywhere game is a beautiful chore

ReCore features charming robot companions and snappy platforming, but a chore of an end-game and terrible load times make it a hard sell.

The Turing Test

The Turing Test review: A brisk, breezy test of your humanity

Every year there's a game like Portal. This year, it's The Turing Test and its lightweight philosophical pondering.

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain review: Another 1980s sword-and-board adapted for the modern era

Another of Steve Jackson's circa-1980 adventure gamebooks gets a hybrid RPG/text adventure adaptation, this time by Tin Man Games—and with an excellent tabletop gaming aesthetic.

Obduction

Obduction review: The captivating start of the post-Myst age

It's been ten years since Cyan's last Myst game. Can spiritual successor Obduction step cleanly into those shoes? We found out.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided review: Human Evolution

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided feels exactly like Deus Ex: Human Revolution, for better and worse.

Batman: The Telltale Series

Batman: The Telltale Series review impressions: Slow burn

Telltale's Batman adaptation starts off slow.

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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

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.