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PC Gamer (US Edition) May 2021

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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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Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Limited US
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
“turtle rock is hoping to reclaim the co-op crown”

How on Earth do you make a spiritual sequel to a game as iconic as Left 4 Dead? How do you capture what made that formula so electric in 2008, and create something fresh and modern for 2021? And without Valve’s involvement? Thankfully, I don’t have to answer these questions. That falls to developer Turtle Rock Studios who, with Back 4 Blood, is hoping to reclaim the co-op crown. And with an arsenal of fresh ideas, and the expertise that brought us the original game, they might just pull it off… robin.valentine@futurenet.com ROBIN VALENTINE Specialist in Resurrecting dead jokes Twitter @robinlvalentine This month Shuffled around, groaned, slowly decayed—same as usual, really. TALK TO PCGAMER Have your say! Email us at letters@pcgamer.com…

1 min.
the pc gamer team

FRASER BROWN Specialist in Earning the favour of the dark gods This month Wrote about Warhammer again. It is literally impossible to stop him. JODY MACGREGOR Specialist in Basically any game with cards in This month Found a bunch of cards inside a book, or something. RACHEL WATTS Specialist in Unstable canine physics This month Justified her salary by bringing to our attention a game called Wobbledogs. Stellar work. CHRIS LIVINGSTON Specialist in Cowboy crimes This month Tried to bring order to the Wild West one bullet a time (from other people’s guns, into his head).…

4 min.
ghost in the machine

Herobrine is a legend in Minecraft, the star of a creepypasta not dissimilar to Slender Man. The character appears in singleplayer games, so the story went, where he does weird things like carving 2 x 2 tunnels in the rocks or cutting all the leaves off of trees; he looks identical to the default Minecraft skin, but with white, empty eyes. First reported in a 2010 4chan post, Herobrine went unnoticed until a streamer named Copeland shared several images ‘proving’ the odd character’s existence. Stories of the spooky ghost miner began to rise to prominence alongside Minecraft itself in the early 2010s. BRICKING IT Like all good legends, this one had a hook in the real world: Herobrine was reportedly Notch’s dead brother, and theories veered from Notch coding a deceased sibling into…

1 min.
highs & lows

HIGHS Gamestop stocks in Jan A wild investment campaign on reddit saw the stock of US retailer Gamestop go through the roof. Resi’s tall vampire lady Folks went wild over the upcoming Resident Evil Village’s very tall Lady Dimitrescu—the devs have officially announced she’s nine foot six. GoldenEye Rare’s unreleased remaster of the N64’s GoldenEye 007 has leaked. LOWS Gamestop stocks in Feb After peaking at $483/share the stocks crashed to $88/share. Stadia shutdown Google announced the closure of its first-party studios as it backs away from streaming service Stadia. Epic mistake A four-year-old’s family was questioned by UK police after the boy was reported for talking about his dad’s “guns and bombs”. He was talking about how they play Fortnite.…

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 optimizing 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 content installed,…

3 min.
glorious mud

There’s nothing quite like Mudrunner for cooling the blood, to paraphrase the classic Flanders and Swann number. There’s something meditative about plunging a truck into brown soup, then spending ten minutes wiggling the left stick and attaching winches to trees in a gradual and patient attempt to free your wheels from the quagmire. It’s a premise that would be considered ponderous or perverse by conventional game design standards, which hold that players should be swept along and kept busy at all times. But Mudrunner didn’t come from conventional game design—it came from the mind of Pavel Zagrebelnyy. Zagrebelnyy was born in St Petersburg, Russia. It was a grounding that would give him access to people, infrastructure, and ultimately work at an internationally known game studio. But it also gave the young…