Hayden DingmanGames Reporter, PCWorld

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

Destiny 2 - Beta

Destiny 2's open beta launches on PCs today, and it's one of the best-looking shooters ever

A two-part campaign mission, a cooperative mission, and competitive multiplayer await in Destiny 2's open beta on PCs.

kfc trainer

This week in games: KFC's creepy VR training, Anno 1800 revealed, Brink goes free-to-play

Plus: Battlefront II shows off a 24-player space battle, Tyranny's expansion gets a name and release date, Tropico 6 steals the Statue of Liberty, Overwatch gets not one but two new animated shorts, and more. This is gaming news for August 21 to 25.

Half-Life 2

Hypothetical Half-Life 2: Episode 3 plot summary posted by ex-Valve writer Marc Laidlaw

Get ready for the adventures of "Gertie Fremont." Laidlaw says it's "fanfic," but it might be the closest you ever get to Half-Life 3 closure.

Age of Empires IV

Age of Empires IV is officially in the works, from Company of Heroes and Homeworld developer Relic

Microsoft also confirmed a release date for Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, and announced that Age of Empires II and III will get the Definitive Edition treatment soon.

HyperX Pulsefire FPS

HyperX Pulsefire FPS mouse review: Popular design meets popular sensor

The HyperX Pulsefire "borrows" quite a bit from the Razer DeathAdder. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though it means the Pulsefire does little to distinguish itself from the competition.

viveland bountyvr

HTC Vive price cut by $200 to battle Oculus Rift's recent deductions

After six months of unanswered price cuts, HTC finally drops the price of the Vive and brings it within spitting distance of the Oculus Rift.

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Jurassic World Evolution theme park sim revealed by Planet Coaster's developer

Elite Dangerous and Planet Coaster developer Frontier takes on the Jurassic Park license with Jurassic World Evolutions.

Sid Meier's Civilization: A New Dawn

This week in games: Destiny "accidentally" pops up on Steam, Civilization goes tabletop, and Animal Farm gets a game adaptation

Plus a Planet of the Apes game a la Telltale, Total War: Warhammer II adds the Skaven, Crackdown 3 and Battletech fall victim to delays, and more. This is gaming news for August 14 to 18.

Elgato Stream Deck

Elgato Stream Deck review: A streamer's best friend

Elgato's programmable Stream Deck wants to make your streaming life easier. Despite glitchy software, it does its job.

EVE Valkyrie (December 2015)

EVE Valkyrie's Warzone update brings CCP's VR dogfighter to normal monitors

Almost a year and a half after debuting on the Oculus Rift, CCP is putting EVE Valkyrie onto boring ol' flat screens.

Blizzard Battle.net

Blizzard's keeping the Battle.net name after all

"Take it from the developer formerly known as Silicon & Synapse, and Chaos Studios, names are important too," says Blizzard, reversing last year's execution orders.

SteelSeries Rival 500

SteelSeries Rival 500 mouse review: Innovative design we hope to see more of

The Rival 500 isn't a great mouse, but its innovative thumb layout and the inclusion of haptic feedback are interesting glimpses of the future.

Corsair K95 Platinum

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum review: The luxury car of keyboards

The K95 RGB Platinum is a beautiful keyboard with excellent switches, top-tier lighting, and one of the biggest footprints you'll ever find.

Tacoma

Tacoma review: Telling a tale of the future

Fullbright's Tacoma is a space yarn full of space yawns.

valve artifact

This week in games: Valve reveals a Dota card game, Overwatch adds deathmatch

Plus: Destiny 2's scented candles, Rez Infinite makes its way to PC (and PC VR), Gearbox unveils its new-project-that-isn't-Borderlands-3, and Humble gives away copies of Pony Island.