Reviews

Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair review: Not impossible, but not very fun either

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair lacks most of the original game's charm, and its final gauntlet is more tedious than taxing.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep review-in-progress: Fly me to the moon

Destiny 2 moved to Steam and released a new expansion on the same day. Predictably, the servers melted—but we still played enough to have some initial thoughts. It's no Forsaken, but Shadowkeep has room to grow.

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

Ghost Recon Breakpoint review-in-progress: Jon Bernthal's carrying the whole game on his back

Heavy-hitting acting talent helps elevate Ghost Recon Breakpoint's familiar story, but the moment-to-moment action is starting to feel pretty familiar as well.

Astro C40

Astro C40 review: For those who think the Xbox Elite Controller just isn't premium enough

Great battery life, reliable connectivity, durable build quality, trigger stops, grip buttons, and swappable stick layouts—the Astro C40 does it all. It's an excellent high-end controller option.

Acer Nitro 5 (2019)

Acer Nitro 5 (2019) review: A great budget-conscious laptop, at least for the moment

Acer's Nitro 5 may age quickly with its entry-level hardware, but it's a great option for budget-minded buyers who enjoy light gaming and wouldn't mind upgrading in a few years.

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Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 5700 XT review: Superfast and nearly flawless

The Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 5700 XT is as close to perfection as a graphics card can get, bolstered by ingenious software tricks.

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MSI's GE65 Raider Review: A little thick, but a lot fast

The GE65 Raider 9SF packs an 8-core 9th gen Core i9 and GeForce RTX 2070 graphics into a relatively compact body

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.

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XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT Thicc II Ultra review: A high-performance muscle car of a GPU

The XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT Thicc II Ultra is like a muscle car: High-performing, a little loud, extremely impressive, and in need of some slight tinkering for peak performance.

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.

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Acer Nitro 5 (17-inch, AN517-51-56YW) review: Here's your cheap Fortnite laptop

The Acer Nitro 5 (AN517-51-56YW) gets the price right for shooters like Fortnite.

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.

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...

8BitDo SN30 Pro+

8BitDo SN30 Pro+ review: Vintage style meets modern hardware & software

The SN30 Pro+ is 8BitDo's first full sized controller. It keeps up with the competition in the hardware department, but the software is where it truly shines.

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Philips Hue Play review: This versatile bias lighting kit syncs with your PC

If you’ve already got a Philips Hue Bridge in your home, the Hue Play makes for a great way to add bias lighting to your home theater setup, or as a responsive bias light for your computer monitor.

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Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 review: A stunning value supercharged by clever software tricks

The wait for custom Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards was worth it. The Sapphire Pulse RX 5700 and its new Trixx Boost feature deliver great value for a mere $9 markup over reference designs.

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Age of Wonders: Planetfall review: This space-faring 4X saga is dense but rewarding

Dinosaur-soldiers, character customization, and strong storytelling help Age of Wonders: Planetfall get over the early-game onboarding hurdles and micromanagement woes.

Tetris Effect

Tetris Effect review: So much more than Tetris

Tetris Effect wraps age-old ideas in a modern and meditative skin, a work of art that you just happen to interact with by stacking blocks and clearing rows.

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