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PC Gamer (US Edition)

PC Gamer (US Edition)

December 2020

PC Gamer brings you in-depth previews, exclusive feature stories, and the most hard-hitting reviews every month in the world’s best-selling PC games magazine! Every month you’ll get the inside scoop on the most exciting games in every genre from first-person shooters to MMORPGs and cutting-edge games from independent developers, along with detailed strategy guides, how-tos, and the latest news on mods and PC gaming hardware from the best-known authorities in PC gaming. PC Gamer helps you get the most out of the most powerful gaming platform in the world.

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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
“it’s still finding ways to break new ground”

ROBIN VALENTINE Specialist in Heavenly writing and hellish opinions. Twitter @robinlvalentine This month Received a vision of the true afterlife. It’s mostly queueing. World of Warcraft is more than just an institution – after over one and a half decades of enduring popularity, it’s practically PC gaming bedrock. Which makes it all the more amazing that it’s still finding ways to break new ground. In fact, it’s breaking reality itself this year, propelling players into the afterlife with the Shadowlands expansion. Join us as we go behind the scenes to find out how the worlds of the dead are breathing new life into an MMO that refuses to fade away. PRINT EDITOR robin.valentine@futurenet.com TALK TO PC GAMER Have your say! Email us at letters@pcgamer.com…

1 min.
the pc gamer team

WES FENLON Specialist in Loud ninjas This month Delved into a corner of Twitch ruled by ’80s action heroes and the Hindu god Hanuman. RACHEL WATTS Specialist in Mind crimes This month Explored a world of memories in The Signifier, but still can’t remember where she left her keys. STEVEN MESSNER Specialist in Barrens chat This month Put on his Writing Hat of the Tiger +4 and bashed out one hell of a World of Warcraft feature. FRASER BROWN Specialist in Corporate slap fights This month Investigated the Epic vs Apple suit to find out who’s the goodie and who’s the baddie.…

3 min.
epic showdown

Epic Games is on the warpath. After introducing a payment system into Fortnite’s iOS version that bypassed Apple and its 30 per cent fee, the battle royale was booted off the App Store. But Epic was prepared with a lawsuit, along with an in-game parody of a classic Apple advert. The same thing played out on the Google Play Store, followed by another lawsuit. The lawsuit against Apple begins by pointing out that same 1984 ad, which it says “cast Apple as a beneficial, revolutionary force breaking IBM’s monopoly over the computing technology market”. Now, however, “Apple has become what it once railed against: The behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition, and stifle innovation.” Specifically, the lawsuit accuses Apple of using “anti-competitive restraints and monopolistic practices” in both the distribution of…

1 min.
highs & lows

HIGHS Fall Guys Mediatonic helped raise $1 million for gamers’ charity SpecialEffect with a Twitter bidding war. Untitled Goose Game The honk-’em-up is getting a new co-op mode. DC FanDome WB Montreal and Rocksteady both unveiled new DC games: Gotham Knights (see p24) and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. LOWS Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2 The game has been pushed back again, this time until 2021. Grand Theft Auto V Lazlow Jones, whose in-game radio shows made him the voice of GTA, has left Rockstar Games after two decades. Halo Infinite Microsoft’s headliner has been delayed until next year.…

5 min.
twitch plays vhs

Ninjas, Japan’s historical hitmen, were originally meant to be stealthy assassins, striking in the night and then disappearing into the shadows. I’m not sure what changed between 12th century Japan and 1980s Hong Kong, but by the time cult movie director Godfrey Ho was through with ninjas, they were white guys wearing bright red and yellow Halloween costumes, racing to the top of mountains and bellowing “NINJAAAA” into the sky. That’s one of many bizarre, hilarious scenes that pops up again and again like a meme in the mixtapes of Forgotten_VCR, a Twitch channel that mostly eschews videogames in favor of pulp cinema streamed from actual VHS tapes three nights a week. The Forgotten_VCR Twitch channel started as a convenient way for the streamer, who has asked me to refer to…

1 min.
ghost town

ODDWORLD: STRANGER’S WRATH Lorne Lanning broke away from platformers with this western shooter. But Oddworld’s offbeat character is everywhere in Stranger’s Wrath. CALL OF JUAREZ: GUNSLINGER This first-person shooter might appear like a straightforward western, but it has a woozy grip on reality thanks to its unreliable narrator. HARD WEST An XCOM-alike set in a west muddied by demons, satanic cults, psychics, and more. It’s true to the cinematic genre, though: You can spot enemies by their long shadows.…