While it bears surface-level similarities to Fallout: New Vegas, Obsidian's created a deeper and more meaningful role-playing experience in The Outer Worlds, though it can still be frustratingly old-fashioned in regards to combat and exploration.
Fallout 76's "Fallout 1st" $100 private server rental isn't actually all that expensive. On the other hand, tying the same subscription to a bunch of quality-of-life upgrades and dangling mod support for paying subscribers feels sort of dirty.
If you're more a glass half-empty person, Paradox has a post-apocalyptic alternative to the eternally optimistic Surviving Mars. Can it break out from its predecessor's shadow though? We trudged through nuclear winter to find out.
After eight years and over a dozen expansions, Crusader Kings II is getting a sequel—or an heir, if you prefer. That, plus expansions for Hearts of Iron IV, BattleTech, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Stellaris, and more inside.
Plus: Free copies of Alan Wake's American Nightmare and Observer, the surprise release of Postal 4, and Riot announces both a shooter and a card game. This is gaming news for October 14 to 18.
Expensive as ever, Astro's redesigned A50 nevertheless makes a case for its sticker price with a sleeker charging cradle, a return to the more reliable 2.4GHz band, and a refined audio profile.
Don't be ashamed to curl up in a ball in the corner. These PC horror games will scare the pants off of even hardened gamers.
It's hard to imagine seeing everything in Disco Elysium.
Plus: Blizzard's ongoing troubles with China, a new Surviving Mars spin-off, and a detective game that centers around Picross puzzles. This is gaming news for October 7 to 11.
That's more than three times our current frontrunner, the HyperX Cloud Wireless, which claims up to 30 hours. Quite an impressive feat—if it holds up.
John Wick Hex is a satisfying strategy game that aptly captures the feel of the films in a way no true action game could, though the difficulty ramp-up might drive some away.
An explosion at the Stonehenge Museum? A gun that prints objects? The Bradwell Conspiracy starts like a great Portal-style puzzler, but doesn't have the range or flexibility to keep it interesting.
Plus: Sony breaks down the cross-play walls, Gearbox settles (some of) its legal battles, and a Twitch streamer goes full goose. This is gaming news for September 30 to October 4.
The Realforce RGB is a tough call. Even Topre switch fans may balk at paying $300 for a generic design, dim backlight, and ABS keycaps.
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair lacks most of the original game's charm, and its final gauntlet is more tedious than taxing.