Hayden DingmanGames Reporter, PCWorld

Hayden writes about games for PCWorld and doubles as the resident Zork enthusiast.

Razer Kraken X

Razer Kraken X review: A no-frills take on a headset that had few frills to begin with

The Razer Kraken X is a budget version of a headset that was already considered entry-level to begin with. It's comfortable enough and sounds good enough for its $50 price tag, but most people are probably better off with the normal Kraken models.

A Total War Saga: Troy

Epic will give away the next Total War game for free on launch day

When A Total War Saga: Troy launches in August, it will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store—and temporarily free.

max payne primary

11 classic games that deserve a Final Fantasy VII-style remake

Resident Evil 2 and Final Fantasy VII show how successful modern remakes of classic games can be. These ones next, please!

pcw vr hub

The best VR headsets for 2020: Every option reviewed and ranked

From Oculus Quest to Valve's fully loaded Index, these are the best PC-based VR headsets you can buy.

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The HP Reverb G2 upgrades Windows Mixed Reality with Valve's VR design smarts and 4 cameras

Finally, the beleaguered Windows Mixed Reality platform gets an upgrade in the form of the Valve-partnered HP Reverb Gen 2. The main improvement? Four tracking cameras. Finally.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is Epic's latest free game giveaway

Farewell, Civilization VI. We hardly knew you. This week, it's remasters of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel up for grabs.

Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath review: One of 2020's best action films (and a pretty good fighting game)

Aftermath is like a three-hour after-credits stinger for Mortal Kombat 11, adding five new chapters to an already fantastic story—though it comes at a steep price.

Civilization VI: Rise and Fall

Civilization VI is free on the Epic Games Store

You won't get the full experience unless you buy the expansions, but Civilization VI is perfectly enjoyable for thousands of hours on its own—and it's free until next Thursday.

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey - Discovery Tour

Take a trip through Ancient Greece and Egypt with Assassin's Creed's free Discovery Tours

They won't replace a real history class, but the Discovery Tours for Assassin's Creed Origins and Odyssey are a great crash course in Greek and Egyptian history. This week, they're free.

Crusader Kings III - Preview Build

Crusader Kings III hands-on: I defeated my son in a duel and he (probably) died of embarrassment

After three days with Crusader Kings III, it's definitely more of the same story-driven medieval politicking and strategy—but with a much friendlier interface and tutorial this time around.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V is free on the Epic Games Store this week

Sure, you probably own a copy (or multiple copies) of Grand Theft Auto V by now. It's one of the best-selling games of all time. If you don't, though? Today's your lucky day.

Unreal Engine 5

Epic's Unreal Engine 5 demo looks stunning, and how the new graphics work is just as important

Sure, Epic's Unreal Engine 5 demo looks pretty, but more importantly, UE5 might make it easier for developers to create games with next-gen graphics, a process that's become more and more onerous over this console generation.

rise of the tomb raider

Square Enix’s 'Stay Home and Play' bundle gives you 54 games for under $40

Deus Ex, Thief, Tomb Raider, Legacy of Kain, and more are available in Square's anthology bundle, with 100 percent of revenue going to charity.

Xbox Series X

Microsoft reveals the first Xbox Series X games: Watch every trailer

Microsoft's Xbox 20/20 event gave us our first glimpse of games running on the Xbox Series X, and most will probably land on PC, too. Watch every trailer here.

monster hunter world

It's time to admit I just don't want to play my Steam backlog

Why is my Steam backlog so deep? "I don't have time," the most convenient excuse, is gone—but that doesn't mean I'm any more likely to play Final Fantasy XIV or Monster Hunter World, and it's time to stop pretending.