Hayden DingmanGames Reporter, PCWorld

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Final Fantasy XV (PC)

Final Fantasy XV looks and runs great on PC once you've downloaded it all

Final Fantasy XV's PC port runs like a champ, though some interface quirks remind you it was built for controllers first.

Corsair Dark Core SE

Corsair Dark Core SE review: A strong wireless-mouse design, but the software needs work

Corsair's debut wireless mouse, the Dark Core SE, is one of the company's strongest designs in years, but myriad technical quirks, a strange thumb button, and over-complicated software hold it back.

Ion Maiden

Ion Maiden preview: An excellent '90s-style shooter with modern twists

It only takes one game to fix your reputation, and Ion Maiden might be that game for 3D Realms. Created in Duke Nukem 3D's Build Engine, it's an excellent late '90s shooter with a modern twist.

Into the Breach

Into the Breach review: Chess meets Starship Troopers in brilliant, bite-sized battles

Into the Breach, by the creators of FTL, is an excellent puzzle game masquerading as a turn-based tactics game. Short, sweet, and satisfying.

ion maiden

This week in games: Battlefield returns to WWII, 3D Realms' retro shooter channels Duke Nukem

Plus: Vermintide II, Battletech, and Heaven's Vault all debut new trailers, the ESRB takes less-than-zero action on loot boxes, and David Lynch teaches typing. This is gaming news for February 26 to March 2.

Far Cry 5 (PC)

Far Cry 5 hands-on preview: Cultists, crossbows, and a trained bear named Cheeseburger

Far Cry 5 brings the series' familiar gameplay to Montana's mountains, but our preview avoided hard-hitting cultural commentary.

Corsair MM1000 + Dark Core SE

Corsair MM1000 review: A wireless charging mousepad with strings attached

Corsair's MM1000 is a decent mousepad, but not exactly the same revolution in wireless charging that Logitech's Powerplay mousepad achieved last summer. Blame the Qi standard.

Firmament

Cyan reveals Firmament, a steampunk adventure by the creators of Myst and Obduction

Firmament features heavy mechanical airlocks, shiny metal doodads, ruined machinery, handles to pull—yeah, it's a Cyan game for sure.

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine review: Finding truths through myth and legend

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine offers a fascinating deconstruction of America through the myths, folklore, and scraps of history we tell each other—if you can stand its slow pace.

Assassin's Creed: Origins - Discovery Tour

Assassin's Creed: Origins's Discovery Tour mode shows how great educational games could be

Assassin's Creed: Origins's new Discovery Tour lets you explore the game's stunning recreation of ancient Egypt at your leisure, with history lessons woven in. Hopefully it's more than a one-off experiment.

Final Fantasy XV - Steam

This week in games: Final Fantasy XV adds Half-Life's star, Blizzard hosts a Warcraft III tourney

Plus: Overwatch has puppies play Capture the Flag, CD Projekt and Dark Horse debate selling Geralt's bathtub figurine, and the Papers Please movie preps for release this weekend. This is gaming news for February 19 to 23.

no mans sky 2

10 great PC games that recovered from disastrous launches

These PC games got off to rough starts, but evolved into something great thanks to post-launch updates

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition review: A classic remastered, but not remade

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition might always live in the shadow of its younger sibling, but Forgotten Empires has crafted a gorgeous update for diehard fans of the original or fans of ancient history.

rainbow six siege 5

Entering year three, Rainbow Six Siege is still the only true "next-gen" shooter

As it enters its third year, Rainbow Six Siege remains an unparalleled achievement in first-person shooter design. So...where is everyone else?

The Evil Within II - First-person

This week in games: New THQ buys back old THQ, The Evil Within II adds a first-person mode

Plus: Free weekends for Rainbow Six Siege and Overwatch, and a slew of release dates including Warhammer: Vermintide II and Where the Water Tastes Like Wine. This is gaming news for February 12 to 16.