Bop it In first-person shooters, physics tomfoolery is a sacred pre-match ritual.
thrive It was a great year for survival thanks to a number of games that changed up some familiar systems.
Wrong direction 2021's tentpole releases have taken two steps forward, one step back.
Darkest timeline Budget PC gaming is what marks the platform apart from the rest, and 2021 killed it dead.
Win win? Sticking to just a major feature update for Windows 10 would have been a positive move for Microsoft and for us PC users.
Crapshoot We're rerunning Richard Cobbett's classic Crapshoot column, in which he rolled the dice and took a chance on obscure games—both good and bad.
BOUNTYFUL This incredible cowboy FPS deserves to blow up in 2022, but I kinda hope it doesn't.
Streamers It was a big, busy, and sometimes rough year for Twitch and the streamers who use it.
Gear of the year The best gaming headset in 2021 needs to deliver accuracy, detail, and comfort.
Gear of the year If there's one thing we weren't short of in 2021, it's great gaming keyboards.
RIP Cheap GPUs Just when you think PC gaming is becoming more affordable and accessible.
Gear of the year There's a sea of gaming mice out there, but only three get our love and attention.
Gear of the year SSDs are now faster, bigger and available for less, what more could you want?
Sets in the West Rockstar is testing the survival skills of the online half of its big western sandbox.
2021 recap Hot tub streams, Mass Effect butts, tanks, and other things that required Caps Lock this year.