Hayden DingmanGames Reporter, PCWorld

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

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This week in games: IO confirms Hitman 3 development, BioWare teases Dragon Age news for next month

Plus Payday 2 restarts active development with a new heist, Hideo Kojima goes into film production, and Kerbal Space Program 2 gets delayed. This is gaming news for November 4 to 8.

HP Omen 17 (2019)

HP Omen 17 (2019) review: Solid performance that's shockingly affordable

HP's Omen 17 has a reputation as a solid performer with a budget price, and its 2019 model follows suit. It's a heavy gaming laptop and the battery is a bummer, but a full RTX 2070 at this price? Believe it.

Red Dead Redemption II

Red Dead Redemption II PC impressions: Drop-dead gorgeous, if you can run it

Witness, Red Dead Redemption II is a game that can bring a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti to its knees...at 1080p. Seriously.

Planet Zoo

Planet Zoo review: Zoo Tycoon, but for people who want to build bear-themed bathrooms

Planet Zoo's management layer is thin and its construction kit occasionally frustrating, but a cast of lifelike animals and an if-you-dream-it-you-can-build-it spirit make this one of the most charming builders ever.

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This week in games: Look at this Terminator-themed Xbox One X and its ominous red eye

Plus Death Stranding's coming to PC next summer, Netflix puts out the first trailer for The Witcher, and Red Barrels teases Outlast 3 (or maybe not). This is gaming news for October 28 to November 1.

Diablo IV

BlizzCon 2019: Blizzard announces Diablo IV, Overwatch 2, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

Blizzard had quite a few announcements in store for BlizzCon 2019. Still no Warcraft IV, but what can you do?

Alienware m15 R2 (2019)

Alienware m15 R2 review: Power in a stylish and portable package

Alienware's redesigned m15 R2 is a gorgeous laptop that puts out impressive performance—though you should probably opt for the OLED upgrade.

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Best gaming keyboards: Our picks for the top budget, mid-tier, and RGB boards

We sifted through the latest and greatest mechanical keyboards to come up with our top recommendations.

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EA's games are coming back to Steam

The eight-year Origin experiment effectively draws to a close, as Jedi: Fallen Order, Apex Legends, Battlefield V, The Sims 4, and more head back to Valve's storefront.

Cooler Master MK850

Cooler Master MK850 review: Don't throw away your controller just yet

Cooler Master's MK850 keyboard integrates analog controls to replicate using a controller, but the experience is far from seamless, like a neat tech demo that's not yet a fully realized product.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare campaign review: War never changes, and neither does Call of Duty

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare tries to be a serious (and controversial) commentary on present-day armed conflicts, but it's mostly just another Call of Duty game.

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This week in games: First look at Command & Conquer remaster, Payday 2 back from the dead

Plus: Battlefield V heads to the Pacific, a handful of Ubisoft delays, and everyone celebrates Halloween—even Agent 47. This is gaming news for October 21 to 25.

The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds review: A stellar argument for deeper games, not wider ones

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

Fallout 76 adds $100 yearly subscription for private servers and crucial game improvements

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.

Surviving the Aftermath

Surviving the Aftermath hands-on: It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine(ish)

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.