Hayden Dingman

Games Reporter

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

EA's games are coming back to Steam

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 review: Don't throw away your controller just yet

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

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.

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

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...

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

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...

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

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.

PDXCON 2019: Paradox reveals Crusader Kings III, Surviving the Aftermath, and more

PDXCON 2019: Paradox reveals Crusader Kings III, Surviving the Aftermath, and more

After eight years and over a dozen expansions, Crusader Kings II is getting a sequel—or an heir, if you prefer. That, plus expansions for Hearts of Iron IV, BattleTech, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Stellaris, and more inside.

Astro A50 (2019) review: Convenience costs money

Astro A50 (2019) review: Convenience costs money

Expensive as ever, Astro's redesigned A50 nevertheless makes a case for its sticker price with a sleeker charging cradle, a return to the more reliable 2.4GHz band, and a refined audio profile.

20 terrifying PC horror games to play with the lights off
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20 terrifying PC horror games to play with the lights off

Don't be ashamed to curl up in a ball in the corner. These PC horror games will scare the pants off of even hardened gamers.

Disco Elysium review-in-progress: This deep detective RPG bends itself around your choices

Disco Elysium review-in-progress: This deep detective RPG bends itself around your choices

It's hard to imagine seeing everything in Disco Elysium.

Sennheiser's GSP 370 gaming headset touts a 100-hour battery life

Sennheiser's GSP 370 gaming headset touts a 100-hour battery life

That's more than three times our current frontrunner, the HyperX Cloud Wireless, which claims up to 30 hours. Quite an impressive feat—if it holds up.

John Wick Hex review: This strategy game nails the John Wick feel

John Wick Hex review: This strategy game nails the John Wick feel

John Wick Hex is a satisfying strategy game that aptly captures the feel of the films in a way no true action game could, though the difficulty ramp-up might drive some away.

The Bradwell Conspiracy review: You can unravel this one in an afternoon

The Bradwell Conspiracy review: You can unravel this one in an afternoon

An explosion at the Stonehenge Museum? A gun that prints objects? The Bradwell Conspiracy starts like a great Portal-style puzzler, but doesn't have the range or flexibility to keep it interesting.

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

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.

EA will give you a free month of Origin Access if you turn on 2FA (which you should do anyway)

EA will give you a free month of Origin Access if you turn on 2FA (which you should do anyway)

EA's giving away a month of its Origin Access Basic subscription service just for eating your vegetables. And if you already did? Don't worry, you get a free month too.

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

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

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.

The Planet Zoo beta is fantastically enthralling despite some rough edges

The Planet Zoo beta is fantastically enthralling despite some rough edges

The Planet Zoo beta has plenty of bugs and rough edges, but I still can't put it down

Oculus Connect 6: Significant Oculus Quest upgrades could render the Rift obsolete

Oculus Connect 6: Significant Oculus Quest upgrades could render the Rift obsolete

Facebook didn't announce any new hardware at Oculus Connect 6, but it revealed key Oculus Quest improvements and a big-budget Medal of Honor VR reboot.

Hands-on: Respawn's Medal of Honor revival for Oculus Rift nails WWII, but lacks little VR extras

Hands-on: Respawn's Medal of Honor revival for Oculus Rift nails WWII, but lacks little VR extras

Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, a VR rebirth for the WWII shooter, will be 50 levels long when it lands on Oculus Rift.

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