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PC Gamer (US Edition)

PC Gamer (US Edition) January 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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“inviting you to fully embody the life of a medieval ruler”

ROBIN VALENTINE Specialist in Medieval succession laws Twitter @robinlvalentine This month Ruled the magazine with an iron fist. Every game’s an RPG these days. Titles as diverse as tactical shooters, fighting games, and CCGs are unified by touchstones like levelling and loot. Yet, it’s rare that we’re actually invited to play a role. Despite its dry interface, Crusader Kings II is one of the best role-playing experiences in gaming, inviting you to fully embody a medieval ruler. Its sequel is doubling down, investing its simulation with even more avenues to discover and express not just your character’s personality, but their entire dynasty. MANAGING EDITOR robin.valentine@futurenet.com SUBSCRIBE TO PC GAMER Check out our special offer! SEE p36…

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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 Tel +44 (0)1225 442 244 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 Staff Writer Rachel Watts 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, Tom Hatfield, Malindy Hetfeld, Phil Iwaniuk, Alistair Jones, Luke Kemp, Rick Lane, Jody Macgregor, Sean Martin, Lauren Morton, Morgan Park, Tom Sykes, Alex Wiltshire, Robert Zak PHOTOGRAPHY &…

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Activision Blizzard isn’t having the best year. After laying off hundreds of employees in February and killing the Heroes of the Storm esports scene overnight, it’s now suspended Hearthstone pro player, Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai, after he shouted “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!” during a post-match interview livestream—referencing the ongoing political situation between China and the region. Blizzard ruled that Chung’s statements were in violation of tournament rules, banning him from competing for a year, and revoking his prize money—and, in a bizarre display of collateral damage, even suspending the two casters who conducted the interview, despite them literally ducking under desks to avoid being caught up in the incident. THE BLOWBACK AGAINST BLIZZARD’S DECISION HAS BEEN INTENSE The swift and disproportionate action sparked a wave of public outcry that quickly…

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highs & lows

HIGHS Fortnite After its child-enraging black hole event, Fortnite returned with an impressive new map. The Sims 4 The latest expansion for the life sim behemoth is Discover University, letting your Sims enroll in education. Resident Evil 2 Modder ZombieAli is working on replacing Mr X with the goose from Untitled Goose Game. Genius. LOWS Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2 Hardsuit Lab’s ambitious sequel has been delayed until 2020. Fallout 76 Following the delay of the next major update, Bethesda launched an ill-advised subscription service. Planetside Arena Daybreak Games has laid off more employees, including a chunk of the team working on Planetside Arena.…

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remote chance

The problem with couch co-op is that it involves (shudder) Full Human Interaction. Valve to the rescue! Steam now offers (in the beta client) Remote Play Together, which allows local co-op games to be played over the internet. There are over 4,000 supported games at launch, and I’m not listing them here because we only have so much space. The host invites somebody from their friends list to play, the game is streamed to their screen, and away you go. While we’ve found that internet speeds have an effect on quality, it’s surprisingly solid so far.…

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strong as a (parad)ox

You can check out p28 and p30 for the new games, but there’s plenty more announcements from Paradox’s annual convention to talk about. Battletech’s Heavy Metal expansion, for example. Eight new mechs! Flashpoint mini-campaign! Plus a free update to the base game, with two new mechs and official mod support. All coming November 21. Stellaris gets an expansion called Federations. Based on negotiating with aliens rather than blowing them up, this DLC will let you make alliances and be a space politician. The Lithoids Species Pack—with new species portraits and ship models—is out now. Age of Wonders: Planetfall’s first expansion lands November 19. Revelations offers two campaigns, a new faction, and more. With Hearts of Iron 4’s La Resistance expansion too, there’s plenty to keep Paradox fans busy.…