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PC Gamer (US Edition) Holiday 2019

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

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1 min.
“this latest entry could not be a more perfect reinvention”

ROBIN VALENTINE Specialist in Blue sky thinking Twitter @robinlvalentine This month Put a plane on the cover of an international games magazine and no one stopped him. There’s always been something very primal about Microsoft Flight Simulator. What drives players to learn every step of a perfectly-recreated flight sequence, is freedom – that feeling of escape that only a journey into the sky can convey. In that sense, this latest entry could not be a more perfect reinvention. Using technology sufficiently advanced to seem like magic, it realises a childlike vision of what a game should be: it lets you fly literally anywhere on the entire Earth. We’re blown away by it, and we think you will be too. robin.valentine@futurenet.com TALK TO PC GAMER Have your say! Email us at letters@pcgamer.com…

1 min.
the pc gamer team

ANDY KELLY Specialist in The zen of simulation This month Actually flew a plane. Like, for real, they let this guy into a cockpit. This is genuinely not a bit. STEVEN MESSNER Specialist in Hot tub interviews This month Discussed chaos, wormholes, and space politics without a lot of clothes on. JAMES DAVENPORT Specialist in Rootin’, tootin’, shootin’, and lootin’ This month Played 100 hours of Borderlands 3 so you don’t have to. HARRY SHEPHERD Specialist in Telling other people what to do (in games) This month Started bringing his online guides expertise to the ancient world of print.…

1 min.
pc gamer

facebook.com/pcgamermagazine twitter.com/pcgamer club.pcgamer.com youtube.com/pcgamer twitch.tv/pcgamer pcgamingshow.com Future plc is a public company quoted on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: FUTR) www.futureplc.com Chief executive Zillah Byng-Thorne Non-executive chairman Richard Huntingford Chief financial officer Penny Ladkin-Brand Brand Director Tim Clark Global Editor-in-Chief Evan Lahti PC GAMER UK Editor-in-Chief, UK Phil Savage Managing Editor Robin Valentine Online Editor, UK Tom Senior Section Editor Andy Kelly News Editor Fraser Brown Guides Editor Harry Shepherd Art Editor John Strike Production Editor Tim Empey PC GAMER US Executive Editor Tyler Wilde Senior Editor Wes Fenlon Senior Reporter Steven Messner Staff Writer James Davenport Staff Writer Chris Livingston Weekend Editor Jody Macgregor News Lead Andy Chalk Hardware Lead Bo Moore Senior Hardware Editor Jarred Walton Hardware Staff Writer Joanna Nelius CONTRIBUTORS Callum Agnew, Matthew Elliott, Ian Evenden, Natalie Flores, Malindy Hetfeld, Phil Iwaniuk, Luke Kemp, Rick Lane, Lauren Morton, Alice Newcome-Beill, Chris Schilling, Alex Spencer, Tom Sykes, Alex Wiltshire, Luke Winkie, Robert Zak PHOTOGRAPHY & ILLUSTRATION Photographer Olly Curtis Spy Illustrations David Lyttleton DIGITAL PRODUCTION Group…

3 min.
checkmate

In a little less than a year, the Dota Auto Chess mod’s popularity has already spawned plenty of imitators, as well as a standalone follow-up from the original developers. Now they’re even making surprise cameos in other games’ tournaments. Hearthstone pro Linh ‘Seiko’ Nguyen was playing a Grandmasters match against Elias ‘Bozzzton’ Sibelius in September and, during the course of the battle, made some catastrophic errors that ultimately cost him the match, surprising the viewers watching and his opponent. Viewers could see that Nguyen was distracted, and he wasn’t watching the screen. Instead he kept looking down at his lap. He was so busy doing something else that he was the last person to realize he’d lost. And it turns out that ‘something else’ was playing Auto Chess. “THE EXPECTATION IS THAT PLAYERS…

1 min.
highs & lows

HIGHS Netflix’s The Witcher According to a now deleted social media post from Netflix, Geralt will be hitting screens on December 17. Sea of Thieves The pirate romp has pets now! They dance, they vomit, and you can fire them out of a cannon. EVE Online The MMO will implement grief counseling for new players who lose a ship. LOWS Cyberpunk 2077 Romance options are confirmed, but we’re told you can’t get dirty with Keanu, so what’s the point? EA The publisher’s amazing defense of loot boxes is now in the Guinness Book of Records for most downvoted comment on Reddit. Fallout 76 A new update adds a useful fridge item… but it costs real money, breaking Bethesda’s promises of no pay-to-win microtransactions.…

5 min.
fortnite effect

For kids, Fortnite is still the game of the moment. Not that this comes as any surprise, since it has everything going for it. It’s free, it’s immediate, tension-filled, complex, rewarding, and every season adds events and new features to explore. It’s a good game! And like every game kids love, many parents are terrified by it. A visit to the UK parenting forum Mumsnet immediately surfaces threads such as, “Does Fortnite turn your kid into an arsehole too?” and “F*#@ing Fortnite… ruining our lives”. They describe their kids “turning into monsters” while playing, and achieving lower grades. As a parent to one tween and an early teen, I can’t help but understand their concerns. I’m not quite so angry or fearful, but I’ve found Fortnite has introduced new tension into…