The decade is almost at its end, and soon it'll be the '20s. Hopefully they'll be regular '20s and not roaring '20s, because all that roaring did not turn out to be a good omen for the '30s and '40s last time. Let's try to have a meowing '20s, maybe, or a purring '20s.
Unfortunately, we can't predict how the next arbitrary 10-year period will go, roaring or otherwise, but we can recap the latest in PC gaming as the year winds down. Here's what happened this week:
Netflix's Witcher show kicks ass, it turns out (opens in new tab)
We were skeptical that Henry Cavill could pull off a great Geralt, but he does. Reviews are mixed across the web, but three PC Gamer staffers have been greatly enjoying Netflix's pulpy, gruesome magical adventures. In related news, Cavill just wants to stay home and play games (opens in new tab).
The Steam Winter Sale 2019 has begun (opens in new tab)
You probably didn't need to be told this, but on account of it being late December, games are cheaper than usual on Steam.
There are "seven or eight" Dungeons & Dragons videogames in the works (opens in new tab)
That's a lot of D&D. If you missed it last week, check out the wonderfully ridiculous GoPro-style trailer for one such D&D game, Dark Alliance, below. If nothing else, I guarantee you'll have an opinion on it.
It's been a great year for PC games, but not everything we expected to be playing before January made it here in time for the decade's end. Here are the games that got punted into 2020, and why we're looking forward to them.
Sony’s new $30 DualShock 4 attachment adds back buttons and an OLED display (opens in new tab)
A weird-looking attachment for Sony's controller adds back buttons like you can find on the Microsoft's Xbox Elite, as well as a screen that displays button assignments and a 3.5mm headset pass-through port.
This Cyberpunk 2077 Minecraft city is a blocky masterpiece (opens in new tab)
People are still making Minecraft worlds that impress us—take a tour of this Cyberpunk 2077-inspired blocktropolis in the video below.
More things we wrote
- Here's how GOG brought Blade Runner back (opens in new tab)
- The Witcher: Total War swaps hunting monsters for building empires (opens in new tab)
- Hearthstone is getting its fastest nerfs ever, but will they be enough to stop Shaman? (opens in new tab)
- Puma's 'gaming socks' cost $105 and don't even have RGB lighting (opens in new tab)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is bringing back classic maps and Cranked (opens in new tab)
- Want more Fortnite Star Wars skins? By god, you're getting 'em (opens in new tab)
- Over 200 million baddies have been slain in Garry's Mod (opens in new tab)
- The world’s first 280Hz monitor has been spotted at a retail site in Taiwan (opens in new tab)
- Steam's biggest new games in November include Empires, Kingdoms, Farmers, and Jedi (opens in new tab)
- This Red Dead Redemption 2 mod lets bears ride horses (opens in new tab)
- Indie FPS Receiver is getting a sequel (opens in new tab)
Around the office
We've been hard at work wrapping up both the year and the decade, with much of the focus this week on the start of our 2019 Game Awards (opens in new tab). We're posting new awards every day until we're all out of accolades, and so far we've given the thumbs up to Sea of Thieves (opens in new tab) (Best Ongoing Game) and Resident Evil 2 (opens in new tab) (Best Remake). Stay tuned for our 2019 Game of The Year Award, coming December 31.
In completely unrelated news, if you've been wondering what the hell has been going on in Fallout 76, and the gif below doesn't quite explain it for you, Chris has the details on its players' latest antics (opens in new tab).
We've posted tons of great features over the past week (just give the homepage a scroll down to find them), but I'll just highlight one more: The making of TIE Fighter: How being the bad guys changed Star Wars forever (opens in new tab). It's a fascinating dive into the history of one of the most important Star Wars games ever made.
We'll be around next week in a limited capacity as we feast on various seasonal foods and fix our relatives' PCs, and then we'll be back in full force in the new year. If you're still looking for last minute gifts, check out our holiday gift guide (opens in new tab) and our list of the best holiday deals for PC gaming (opens in new tab).
Have a great holiday, whichever one it is you celebrate. And if you don't celebrate any of them, have a great week in December.
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