Hayden DingmanGames Reporter, PCWorld

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

Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 review impressions: It's exactly what you think and nothing more

In a console generation that's become synonymous with risk aversion, Borderlands 3 plays it even more safe than expected. It's like the last seven years never occurred, except in memes.

Control

This week in games: Civilization reproduced in Excel, Control teases an Alan Wake expansion

Plus: KFC unveils a visual novel starring the Colonel himself, Netflix leaks The Witcher's release, and a dribble of Tokyo Game Show trailers. This is gaming news for September 9 to 13.

Astro A40 TR + MixAmp Pro TR

Astro A40 TR plus MixAmp review: A tough sell nowadays, but still a top-notch headset

Astro's A40 TR and redesigned MixAmp feel pricier than ever given the current state of the headset market, but great build quality and a bevy of input options might win you over.

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey - Discovery Tour

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's educational Discovery Tour mode is here at last, and better than before

Make Pythagoras mash grapes or learn about Thermopylae from historian Herodotus in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's version of the Discovery Tour spin-off mode. It's back for a second go-round, and much improved.

Gears 5

Gears 5 review: War has changed

Gears 5 still feels like a series in need of an identity, but a more charismatic lead and experiments with open-world structure hold promise for the future—even if they don't quite pay off now.

Steam Library Update

Steam's long-awaited Library overhaul launches Sept. 17: Salvation for your massive game collection

It's been a long time coming, but Valve's sweeping library update will add a "Recently Played" section, new filtering and search options, event updates, and more when the open beta arrives on September 17.

Google Stadia - PAX

Hands-on: Stadia's cloud gaming feels impressive, but Google's showing off the wrong games

After demoing Doom Eternal and Mortal Kombat 11 on Stadia during PAX, it's clear the platform works as (or better than) intended. That doesn't mean those are the types of games you'll want to use it for though.

Astro.ID

Astro's new Astro.ID program lets you build your own stylish A40 gaming headset

Is customization the next big trend for gaming peripherals? I'm not sure, but after Xbox Design Lab and now Astro.ID, I certainly hope so.

Homeworld 3

Gearbox finally announces a proper Homeworld sequel, 15 long years later

Homeworld 3 is crowdfunding on Fig for the next month, though with a stated $1 goal the process is more of a formality than a necessity. Homeworld 3 is finally on its way.

Tritton Kunai Pro

Tritton Kunai Pro review: Superior sound, substandard build

Tritton's Kunai Pro is one of the best-sounding entry-level headsets you'll find, but it feels like a stiff wind might snap it in half.

Man of Medan

Man of Medan review: Five friends, a haunted ship, and plenty of ways to die

If you've ever watched a horror film and thought "Why are you doing that?" then Man of Medan is your chance to prove you could do better—though launch-day woes provide a different kind of fright.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey review: Where learning to sharpen a stick is a major achievement

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is an impossibly ambitious game, attempting to summarize the whole of human evolution into the span of a few hours—and succeeding to a surprising degree.

Control

Control review: So good, you might finally stop asking for Alan Wake 2

Control is the culmination of Remedy's entire oeuvre to-date, pairing a top-tier action game with a dense story about the Federal Bureau of Control and the unexplainable horrors locked within. Oh, and there's finally a worthwhile showcase for ray-tracing as well.

Mad Catz Strike 4

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 4 review: The resurrection continues with this surprisingly normal keyboard

Mad Catz won us over with its resurrected RAT mouse line earlier this year, but the Strike 4 is a bit too generic and feature-limited to make much of an impression.

Wasteland 3

Hands-on with Wasteland 3: A simplified but still satisfying glimpse of the post-apocalypse

Wasteland 3's backer demo is light on the stuff we care about, a.k.a. the dialogue. It looks beautiful though, and there are some smart quality-of-life changes to admire.