Hayden DingmanGames Reporter, PCWorld

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

Crackdown 3

Crackdown 3 review: Why?

Crackdown 3 feels like a game unstuck from time, a piece of 2007-era design that sneaked through into 2019, with middling results.

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Far Cry New Dawn review: A surprisingly satisfying refresh, with some lingering old problems

Far Cry New Dawn is the second series overhaul in as many years, with excellent results, but the story continues to underwhelm.

Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus review: Finding humanity in a post-nuclear hellscape

Escaping the cramped corridors of the Moscow subway system, Metro Exodus comes full circle and embraces a S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-esque open-world where it's just you, a map, a gun, and a prayer. It's janky, sure, but we love it anyway.

Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son

This week in games: The film Groundhog Day gets a VR sequel, Creative Assembly teases a new shooter

Plus Two Point Hospital gets custom interiors, Epic gives away copies of Axiom Verge, and Kabal returns to Mortal Kombat. This is gaming news for February 4 to 8.

New World

New World preview: Amazon's debut video game is a sandbox MMO with a lot of faith in its players

With New World, Amazon has put the politics of an EVE Online into an historical 17th-century setting. The question is whether players will follow that vision.

The Division 2

The Division 2 hands-on: From the White House to the Air and Space Museum and back again

We played The Division 2 for more than six hours, covering the beginning hours of the game as well as a single end-game mission.

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This week in games: The sordid tale of Starbreeze's stumbles, Overwatch players learn piano (with guns)

Plus: Another Fallout 76 patch mishap, Capcom confirms Resident Evil 2 story DLC, and Quantic Dream might go multi-platform once more. This is gaming news for January 28 to February 1.

Crackdown 3

Crackdown 3 hands-on preview: Left behind by development hell

Crackdown 3 feels average, at a time when Microsoft desperately needs exceptional.

Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is skipping Steam for the Epic Games Store, and passing the savings on to you

Another notable game, Metro: Exodus, defects from Steam for the Epic Games Store, and slashing the price in the process.

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Lenovo C730 Cube deep dive: A solid budget option for mainstream gamers

The Lenovo Legion C730 Cube has an eye-catching design, a fairly easy upgrade path, and enough power to play modern games at High settings. And it does it all for cheap.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

This week in games: Pillars of Eternity II gets a turn-based mode, Farming Simulator bets big on esports

Plus trailers—so many trailers—for Far Cry: New Dawn, Heaven's Vault, Atomic Heart, Yakuza Kiwami's PC release date, and more. This is gaming news for January 21 to 25.

Sennheiser GSP 600

Sennheiser GSP 600 review: An audio-first alternative to your typical gaming headset

Sennheiser's GSP 600 could use a price cut, a better fit, and a sleeker look, but the sound quality is phenomenal for gaming purposes.


Anthem hands-on preview: After 8 hours, I still can't tell if BioWare's Destiny rival is good or not

After an entire day of demo time, we're still not sure whether Anthem features the BioWare-caliber story you'd expect. It plays great, but why you're playing is still maddeningly unclear.

Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms preview: A complete overhaul of Creative Assembly's historical approach

Total War: Three Kingdoms is the biggest shakeup the history-centric side of the series has seen in years—though it's hard to know yet whether it will all come together.

Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn: Riskier mechanics, a less risky story, and a much better experience than Far Cry 5

Maybe it's time for Far Cry to stop with the self-serious numbered iterations and just go all-in with the gimmick games, because New Dawn is a much better time than Far Cry 5.