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PC Powerplay

Issue 286
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PC PowerPlay is Australia's original and best-selling PC games magazine. Offering a mix of games and hardware coverage, the magazine gives a complete picture for the PC entertainment enthusiast. Inside is breaking news of new games, detailed previews of upcoming games, and advice to help readers make sense of the array of hardware and tech products that hit the market each month. PC Powerplay doesn’t just promote tech, it benchmarks and analyses it to help gamers make the most intelligent purchasing decision they can.

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Future Publishing Ltd
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
everything’s better with friends…

Even zombies! After last issue’s news of a co-op Warhammer 40K title, it would appear that everything is coming up Milhouse for fans of blowing up evil hordes with friends! Pretty much right as we went to press, Aliens: Fireteam was announced, and as a diehard fan of everything Colonial Marine (well, except for that last game), I am super hyped for this one. It was too last minute to include in this issue in any real way, but instead we have the very next best thing... Zombies! Back4Blood, this issue’s cover feature, is looking like a solid spiritual successor to Valve’s hit game Left4Dead. Zombies may be starting to get a little tired as the go-to for so many games, but killing them in co-op is always fun. So, I guess that’s a…

5 min.
here’s the stuck suez cargo ship in microsoft flight simulator

For a few days now (and probably longer by the time you read this – no, wait, it literally just got freed), a cargo ship by the name of the Ever Given has been stuck in the Suez Canal. It’s not really clear how it happened, with several explanations competing pending the results of an official investigation, but the thing that matters is this: It’s a giant boat and it’s stuck in a vital artery of global trade, threatening the stability of the world economy. Also, it’s become something of a meme.... Naturally, therefore, somebody’s put it in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Enterprising YouTube and TikTok poster donut_enforcement has obligingly shared a video of it in action. “What’s cool about Microsoft flight sim 2020,” said poster donut_enforcement in response to a comment, “is…

4 min.
too cruel for school

In a lot of ways, Cruelty Squad puts Cyberpunk 2077 to shame. After seven years of hype, CD Projekt’s magnum opus has largely been forgotten. But awareness of Cruelty Squad is growing fast, and this sinister sci-fi pustule has all the hallmarks of a sleeper hit. This first-person shooter resembles a Deus Ex clone, where you assume the role of a futuristic assassin who infiltrates megastructures to rub out the enemies of an evil corporation. You can scurry through vents or take the direct approach, and monies earned can be invested in bionic implants that let you leap great distances and make you more resilient to bullets. But what makes Cruelty Squad special is the aesthetic – everything about the interface is deliberately repulsive. Environments are plastered with sickly colours and jarring…

4 min.
an agreed upon fable

This month, I got thoroughly obsessed with The Curious Expedition 2. After finishing my two page review, which you will find in A Collection Aside, I started reading what other reviewers thought of it. On average, I was more positive than many. Almost all mentioned the uncomfortable colonial context, although interpretations varied. Rock Paper Shotgun referred to it as a “machine for making rip-roaring adventure stories” which makes sense to me. And, many reviewers compared it to The Oregon Trail, which I had heard of, but never played. And so, I played The Oregon Trail. It was awesome. I decided to be a banker from Boston because the carpenter from Ohio and the farmer from Illinois sounded poor. I bought significantly more than the recommended amounts of food, clothing and spare…

5 min.
deceptively small

Hitman 3 is an enormous PC game – at least if you own Hitman 1 and 2, which Hitman 3 can import to bring the entire trilogy into a single package. That sounds like a recipe for an install size big enough to make an SSD cry, because Hitman 2, with the first game’s levels imported, is currently 149 gigabytes. Hitman 2 is one of the mightiest storage hogs on PC, second only to Call of Duty. But Hitman 3 will actually shrink instead of grow, retroactively optimising the first two Hitman games into a dramatically smaller package. How did IO Interactive manage to halve the install size? We asked the developer to break down the technology and techniques it used to cut 80 gigabytes out of the trilogy. “With all…

11 min.
a collection aside

After discovering PowerQuest, Dave Lloyd’s collection of Unity prefabs for making point and click adventures, MEGHANN O’NEILL created an adventure game for Global Game Jam. It’s small, but complete, and you can find it on itch.io with the title, The Kid Who Stole Christmas. She isn’t absolutely fixated on adventure games this issue, but she has reviewed two, with a fresh eye. It’s also interesting to note that all of these games sell for the same price; $28.95, because they’re all quite different in structure, scope and in terms of production. If indie game prices are on the way up, that’s pleasing, but we’re also committed to bringing you the information you need to be able to decide if something is for you. THE CURIOUS EXPEDITION 2 DEVELOPER Maschinen-Mensch PRICE $28.95 AVAILABILITY…