Hayden DingmanGames Reporter, PCWorld

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

Sniper Elite 4

Sniper Elite 4 review: Lofty aims battle grindhouse roots in this ambitious sequel

Still obsessed with exploding organs and a pseudo B-movie vibe, Sniper Elite 4 nevertheless improves upon its predecessor in every way—enormous maps, better stealth systems, and more good ol' American freedom.

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This week in games: Overwatch gets a server browser, Project Cars 2 targets 12K and more

Plus South Park is delayed a second time, Bard's Tale IV shows off its combat, and about a million other trailers inside. This is gaming news for February 6 through 10.

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Valve finally replaces the faulty Steam Greenlight system with Steam Direct

Begone, Steam Greenlight's spammy voting system. Fill out an application for Steam Direct, pay a fee, and you're done. Like "applying for a bank account," Valve says.

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14 gorgeous PC games that will punish your graphics card

These graphically intense PC games crank the eye candy to 11—and make your PC sweat while they're at it.

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Best Buy closes nearly half of its Oculus Rift VR demo stations

If you want a live Oculus Rift virtual reality demo, it just got a little bit harder to do so, as nearly half of Best Buy's 500 demo stations are being shuttered.

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E3 opens its doors to the public for the first time ever

The ESA finally takes the big step and opens E3 to the general public in an effort to staunch the flow of developers leaving.

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Rock Band VR takes the stage on Oculus Rift in March

Good news if you're an Oculus Touch owner, as the hardware's best—or at least its most novel—experience snags an official release date. Rock Band VR is coming in March.

Quern - Undying Thoughts

Quern - Undying Thoughts review: The closest we may ever come to a Riven sequel

Reminiscent of Cyan's style of storytelling and puzzle design, Quern is an excellent Myst or Riven homage in an era suddenly packed full of them.

Operation Blockhead - Arma 3

This week in games: Morrowind comes to Elder Scrolls Online, Lego invades Arma 3, and more

Plus: CPY cracks Resident Evil 7's Denuvo protection in five days, Stellaris teases a Dyson sphere expansion, Deus Ex reportedly gets put on ice, and more. This is gaming news for January 30 to February 3.

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Why PC game downloads are so damned big

Video game installation sizes are out of control on the PC, causing hard drives and data caps to beg for mercy.. There could be an answer, if game vendors follow the lead of the PC software industry.

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Oculus cleared of stealing VR secrets in ZeniMax lawsuit, but still must pay $500 million

Oculus didn't steal VR secrets, but it also didn't emerge unscathed. The jury agreed that Palmer Luckey violated an NDA, and ZeniMax was awarded $500 million as a result.

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Fallout 4's free high-resolution texture pack will make even the brawniest gaming PCs sweat

Got a beastly PC and need something to really push it? Bethesda's adding 58GB of textures to Fallout 4. Yes, 58GB.

Dirt 4

This week in games: Dirt 4 revealed, Square Enix teams up with Marvel's Avengers, and more

Plus: Star Wars hits Planet Coaster, Ni No Kuni II is coming to PC day-and-date with the PS4, the Pillars of Eternity doc goes free to everyone, Bossa announces a skateboarding game, and more. This is gaming news for January 23 to 27.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Obsidian unveils Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire with a crowdfunding campaign

After a week of very obvious teases, Obsidian unveils Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire and the titular Deadfire Archipelago.

Dauntless

Dauntless hands-on preview: Bringing the thrill of monster hunting to PCs

If you've ever lamented the lack of Monster Hunter games on the PC, Dauntless hopes to fill that hole with a big ol' Owlbear and other deadly creatures.