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“PERSONAL COMPUTERS GIVE US PERSONAL EXPERIENCES”
The PC Gamer team
BEHIND THE MASK • RAZER moves from PC to PPE
FAREWELL, CS:GO BOTS
AUTOMATA’S FINAL SECRET
MAC’S SIMS 4 PALETTE
Highs & Lows
The Spy • BUT WHO WATCHES THE SPY?
This month in… 2011
SHIP OF DREAMS • Before Cameron’s Titanic, a game let you explore the doomed vessel
SHIP MANIFEST • The passenger and crew of the RMS Titanic
LORD OF CHAOS • How XCOM’s JULIAN GOLLOP improved on the board games he loved
FIRST CONTACT • Three inspirations that hatched XCOM
DETECTIVE AGENCY • The story of Irrational, the studio that shut down to rediscover its roots
RATION PACK • A guide to some great games from former Bioshock devs
GROUNDED • Finally, a survival game with good bugs
RUINARCH • Heard of god games? How about a devil game instead?
HARDSPACE: SHIPBREAKER • Heavy lifting is a joy in zero gravity
TAINTED GRAIL: CONQUEST • A goat-man and the Grim Reaper walk into a bar…
GLOOMHAVEN • The acclaimed fantasy board game steps onto PC’s hex
RAISING THE BAR • The subtle, hands-off storytelling of HALF-LIFE 2 is still hard to beat.
BIG CITY • Key locations in City 17
FALLING IN LOVE • LEMMINGS still haunts my nightmares almost three decades later.
WHITE WILDERNESS • Four of the absolute worst Lemming’s levels
FOUND IN SPACE • How the terror and tenacity of EVE ONLINE changed my life.
LIFE IN SPACE • Five career paths you can take in EVE Online
BUILD ME UP • The joys of creation and destruction in SIMCITY 2000.
SIM-OFFS • SimCity 2000’s many spin-offs
BROUGHT 2 LIFE • How LEFT 4 DEAD cured a toxic LAN environment.
LORE 4 READ • Some of the best comics based on Valve’s excellent games
THE GREATEST INFLUENCER • PC gaming would look very different without CIVILIZATION.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION • 30 years of wonders and wars
HOLLYWOOD DREAMS • Pretending to be Pixar in 3D MOVIE MAKER, Microsoft’s weird 1995 animation studio for kids.
BREAKOUT ROLES • 3D Movie Maker featured some big debuts
CROWN JEWEL • CONQUESTS OF CAMELOT proved Sierra adventure games could grow beyond goofy parody.
CONQUESTS OF THE LONGBOW
PIXEL PUSHERS PAST • The graphics cards that helped define PC gaming.
Dave’s fave from the grave
Unreal World • Two years on, EPIC GAMES STORE is still a golden ticket for developers and irresistible bait for gamers.
A GALAXY NOT SO FAR AWAY • Gather your launchers
UPCOMING HITS • Epic’s pursuit of exclusives seems to be slowing down in 2021, but there are some standout games that you won’t find anywhere else
HOW WE REVIEW
OUR SCORING SYSTEM EXPLAINED
LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK
This month’s elusive but deadly reviewers…
RAVEON • IO Interactive gets experimental...