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PC Gamer (US Edition) March 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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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
“have we learned from our triumphs and mistakes?”

ROBIN VALENTINE Specialist in Navel-gazing Twitter @robinlvalentine This month Spent a lot of time googling dates. It was only when we began to research this issue that I realised what a decade it’s been. Our relationships with crowdfunding, esports, microtransactions, and more have changed. Have we learned from our triumphs and mistakes? Perhaps you’ll come to your own conclusions. All I know is, at the start of the decade I was working in a carpet shop, and now I’m the editor of the world’s greatest PC gaming magazine. Like I say, it’s been eventful. robin.valentine@futurenet.com TALK TO PC GAMER Have your say! Email us at letters@pcgamer.com…

1 min.
the pc gamer team

FRASER BROWN Specialist in Traveling through Valve time This month Got to say “Valve is making a new Half-Life” with a straight face. WES FENLON Specialist in Arcade rituals This month Decided to introduce us to the world’s most satanic pinball table. Evil exists, and it has ramps. PHIL SAVAGE Specialist in Australian weaponry This month Despite looming online deadlines, made time to tell you all about his magical boomerang. RACHEL WATTS Specialist in Rude acronyms This month The creators of GTFO taught our newest writer the value of teamwork. Also, monsters.…

3 min.
the nuclear option

After leaving us hanging for years and driving the internet into an endless conspiratorial frenzy, Valve’s finally returning to the world of Gordon Freeman, though we won’t be playing the bespectacled physicist this time. Instead, Half-Life: Alyx is a virtual reality spin-off set between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, with the much chattier Alyx Vance stepping into the spotlight as she fights the Combine. Though a VR exclusive, Valve says it’s still a full Half-Life game, and it’s not the only one the team wants to make. “Half-Life: Alyx is the largest game team we’ve had yet,” Valve designer Greg Coomer tells us. “About a third of the people on the project have worked on previous Half-Life games, some all the way back to the first Half-Life.” As well as boasting the…

1 min.
highs & lows

HIGHS BioShock 2K has finally announced that a new BioShock is in development, but it’s still several years away. Red Dead Redemption 2 RDR 2 already has a huge modding scene on PC—check out our list of the best at bit.ly/2t69ceo. Halo Halo has finally returned to PC, where it nabbed the third and top spots on Steam. LOWS In the Valley of Gods The creators of Firewatch have shelved their intriguing archeological adventure to work on different things at Valve, including Half-Life: Alyx. Steam controller Valve’s Steam Controller is no more, with the last of the stock now sold. Rocket League The loot box system has been replaced with a pricey shop, which players are even less happy with.…

5 min.
pinball warlock

Demon’s Tilt didn’t have bowling, at first. It had a chimera, sure, and an occult priestess whose eyes glowed a blazing pink when she hurled your pinball in a circle around her head. It had a pentagram (actually, several pentagrams), and pulsing rings of bullets that pummelled your ball as you battled your way upward from the bottom of the table. Hard to imagine what else a game promising Occult Pinball Action could need, really, but Demon’s Tilt creator Adam Ferrando had time on his hands. After launching Demon’s Tilt in Steam Early Access last January, he set to work squashing bugs and then figuring out how to expand a pinball game. Why not a bowling minigame? It’s ridiculous enough to feel perfectly in line with Demon’s Tilt’s aesthetic, full of…

7 min.
path of exile 2

NEED TO KNOW RELEASE 2021 DEVELOPER Grinding Gear Games PUBLISHER In-house LINK pathofexile2.com When Path of Exile creator Chris Wilson took the stage during ExileCon in November, I didn’t expect him to announce Path of Exile 2, a whole new campaign that overhauls most core systems and upgrades graphics. No extra costs, no divided playerbase, and every core expansion from the original will be re-integrated into the new one. PLAYED IT And after playing 45 minutes of the game, I can’t overstate how much it feels like a true sequel, despite technically still being the same game. It’s an improvement over the original in nearly every way, and its smart refinement of its skill system makes Path of Exile’s daunting complexity a lot more accessible—all without sacrificing an inch of depth. If anything, Path of Exile 2 is going to become…