PC Gamer (US Edition) May 2020

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“for pc gamers, d&d will always evoke a sense of reverence”

In many ways, Dungeons & Dragons is gaming’s most significant ancestor. Levelling up, fighting monsters, exploring worlds—Gary Gygax did it all on paper. For PC gamer, D&D will always evoke a sense of reverence. How could it not, with so many adaptations? From Neverwinter Nights to Icewind Dale. And, yes, Baldur’s Gate, now returning with Larian taking the reins. It’s looking as magical as a 10d6 fireball. ROBIN VALENTINE Specialist in Attacks of opportunity Twitter @robinlvalentine This month Had nightmares about Mr Tentacle-Skull. PRINT EDITOR TALK TO PCGAMER Have your say! Email us at letters@pcgamer.com The PC Gamer team FRASER BROWN Specialist in Living one turn at a time This month Wrote not one, but two massive features. We had to cast Cure Light Burnout on him. WES FENLON Specialist in Bomb defusing This month Checked out an old shooter made new, and a new shooter that feels suspiciously old… TYLER WILDE Specialist in Bigger boats This…

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frosty reception

The launch of Warcraft III: Reforged seemed like it was going to be an easy win for Blizzard—it had already remastered one beloved RTS, and people were ravenous for another strategy game set in Azeroth. Instead, it’s been hammered by negative user reviews and Blizzard is now offering no-questions-asked refunds. Poor communication, delayed and missing features, and changes to the end-user licence agreement (EULA) have overshadowed the launch—and that was pretty shaky in its own right too. Back in 2018, Warcraft III: Reforged was pitched as something between a remaster and remake, with new art, graphics, cutscenes, UI, and even changes to the campaign. Blizzard showed off one of the new cutscenes at the time, which had a more dynamic camera and animated characters. Many of these features were walked back…

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council culture

In the summer of 2019 a group of Olympians assembled in Atlanta, Georgia, to discuss development of the god-themed MOBA, Smite. The Olympians were players halfway through their year-long terms as council members, each there to represent player interests across Smite’s multiple modes, platforms, and community niches. The idea for using player councils originated with Smite’s sibling game Paladins in the run-up to the 2018 Hi-Rez Expo event. The Paladins team were focusing on quality and community, explains brand director Alex Cantatore. Their thinking was, “It would be great to actually just get [the community] involved in the decision-making process and give them early looks at the things that we’re doing and find out if this is something we should be doing.” There had also been a slight shift in the workforce.…

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world of war craft: shadowlands

NEED TO KNOW RELEASE 2020 DEVELOPER Blizzard Entertainment PUBLISHER In-house LINK worldofwarcraft.com Few places in Azeroth aren’t covered in the boot prints of World of Warcraft players. We’ve been to every major continent, alternate magical dimensions, and through dark portals to sundered worlds. Hell, we’ve even been to space. But this summer, Blizzard is taking us to a realm no living soul has been before: The afterlife. NEW INFO Called the Shadowlands, these kingdoms of death are a typically well-oiled machine where dead souls are sorted and sent to different realms based upon their deeds in life—or it would be if some nefarious villain hadn’t broken the cycle, forcing every new soul to be dumped straight into a hellish abyss. “The Shadowlands pose a threat to our existence, to life, and what life means,” game director Ion Hazzikostas tells me. “That…

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resident evil 3

NEED TO KNOW RELEASE April DEVELOPER Capcom PUBLISHER In-house LINK residentevil.com/re3 The breakout star of the Resi 2 remake was undoubtedly Mr X, the massive fedora-wearing mutant who relentlessly hunted Leon and Claire. But imagine if Mr X could jump, use weapons, and choke you with slimy tentacles. You’ve just imagined Resident Evil 3’s Nemesis, whose meme-spawning predecessor seems a minor inconvenience in comparison. PLAYED IT While the previous game was largely confined to the shadowy corridors of the Raccoon City Police Department, this remake takes the action to the streets. It’s a compelling change of scenery, with dark, claustrophobic alleyways opening up into big, open areas lit by neon signs. Set 24 hours before the events of Resident Evil 2, Jill Valentine is trapped in the city with the aforementioned Nemesis, a bio-weapon created to hunt down survivors of RPD special…

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NEED TO KNOW RELEASE May 22 DEVELOPER Tripwire PUBLISHER In-house LINK tripwireinteractive.com/games If it were easy to make games about being a shark, I’d be able to name more than just Jaws Unleashed—a 2006 game Tripwire played as it figured out how to build its shark-based RPG. With the caveat that there isn’t much competition, Maneater may be the best shark action yet. PLAYED IT Fish don’t talk, which makes storytelling difficult. To solve that, Maneater is framed as a reality show akin to Deadliest Catch, with actor Chris Parnell narrating your movements in the water, explaining your shark nature as you swim around devouring hapless beach-goers. You have a human nemesis, a shark hunter who’s the star of this reality show, as well as underwater enemies, apex predators who’ve muscled into your gulf territory. It’s time to restore some natural balance.…