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PC Gamer July 2019

In addition to a great visual design, PC Gamer focuses more on communities, user-made content and of course the big-name games we know and love! Each issue also offers exclusive previews and insightful features to make sure you're at the top of your game. Delivering authoritative, honest, informative and entertaining reviews, PC Gamer is the ultimate buyer’s guide. ****Note: This digital edition does not include the covermount items or supplements you would find with printed copies.****

United Kingdom
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13 Issues

in this issue

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“borderlands 3’s biggest achievement is its combat”

Whenever we publish our annual Top 100 list, there’s always one question we get asked: where’s Borderlands 2? The truth is, for everything that it does so well, Gearbox’s comedy loot-’em-up is just not one of the best shooters on PC. It’s sequel, though? It perhaps could be. Based on what I’ve played, Borderlands 3’s biggest achievement is its combat, which feels more fluid, exciting and impactful than its predecessors. Find out more about Gearbox’s space-faring sequel over on page 40. Elsewhere this issue, our massive, in-depth review of the long awaited Total War: Three Kingdoms. You’ll find that on page 66. PHIL SAVAGE Specialist in Guns Twitter @Octaeder This month Endured much Claptrap to bring you this month’s cover feature. TALK TO PC GAMER Have your say! Email us at letters@ pcgamer.com…

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the pc gamer team

ANDY KELLY Specialist in Cops Twitter @ultrabrilliant This month Became well acquainted with a police station (specifically the one from Resident Evil 2). PHIL IWANIUK Specialist in Gains Twitter @PhilIwaniuk This month Tried to improve his K:D ratio through a strict diet of RGB and esports branded gear. JEREMY PEEL Specialist in Orcs Twitter @jeremy_peel This month Sacrificed many thousands of orcs in memory of a dying free-to-play game. MALINDY HETFELD Specialist in Pirates Twitter @yourkyotowife This month Was diagnosed with an obsession to Curse of Monkey Island. The treatment? A Reinstall.…

2 min.
walkout at riot

Following a report by Kotaku on the endemic sexism at Riot Games last August, the company announced actions to improve its culture. Several months later a number of Riot employees filed lawsuits against their employer for gender discrimination. Riot responded by pointing out its mandatory arbitration clause, effectively blocking court proceedings. PLAINTIFFS ALLEGE THAT THE EVERYDAY ATMOSPHERE AT RIOT HASN’T IMPROVED Over 150 employees left their workplace both to protest forced arbitration, a practice in which a private arbitrator settles disputes instead of a court judge, and the ongoing problems at Riot. Arbitration differs from court procedures in that they’re confidential and parties choose arbitrators themselves, which means they’re not necessarily impartial. Most importantly, arbitration rulings aren’t legally binding. Since the original Kotaku report, Riot has taken measures to combat sexism, including…

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highs & lows

HIGHS Minecraft Thanks to a huge content update, Minecraftnow has villages, pandas, many new blocks and more. Platinum Games Hinted at two new games, describing them as something that’s “never been designed before”. Ambitious! Microsoft Published charmingly old-fashioned examples of acceptable trash talk, including “get wrecked”. LOWS Randy Pitchford The Gearbox CEO is having a month on Twitter, first with a kerfuffle over microtransactions in Borderlands 3, followed by assault claims. Echo Fox Former NBA pro Rick Fox is leaving esports organisation Echo Fox over an investor’s racial slur. The Sonic Movie Since Sonic looks about as bad as expected, he’s getting a redesign.…

3 min.
the spy

Congratulations, reader, you have caught The Spy in a nostalgic mood. Let us journey together on a trip through time, back to the carefree days of mid-to-late 2016. You do remember 2016, right? It’d be understandable if you didn’t. The Spy has long theorised that information has a sort of emotional mass, and that its unchecked dissemination in the internet age has caused – and excuse the technical jargon – a gravitational clusterfuck of hot takes so dense it dilates time itself. And that’s why 2016 feels like it was over a decade ago. THREE YEARS LATER, AND THE WORLD HAS CHANGED. IT’S LIKE A GRITTY REBOOT A refresher then: that presidential election, Captain America: Civil War, that referendum, Damn Daniel, “Ima fix wolves”. More relevant to our interests, 2016 was also…

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this month in… 2009

1 The late-’00s were rough for PC enthusiasts, but this issue shows signs of what would become a massive upswing in the popularity of desktop gaming. It features both Left 4 Dead 2 and Stalker: Call of Pripyat. These are both great games that highlight the PC’s greatest strengths: be it a commitment to a specific vision, or just support for hundreds of silly mods. ISSUE 202, July 2009 ON THE COVER Left 4 Dead 2 IN THE CHARTS Mama Do – Pixie Lott 2 The review section is no slouch either, thanks to Arma II’s brilliantly in-depth war simming (and AI issues), and The Sims III’s celebration of soap opera drama. 3 Also in this issue, PC Gamer looked ahead to gaming’s biggest secrets: those rumoured releases that were still many years out. Some, like the StarCraft…