PC Gamer December 2021

In addition to a great visual design, PC Gamer focuses more on communities, user-made content and of course the big-name games we know and love! Each issue also offers exclusive previews and insightful features to make sure you're at the top of your game. Delivering authoritative, honest, informative and entertaining reviews, PC Gamer is the ultimate buyer’s guide. ****Note: This digital edition does not include the covermount items or supplements you would find with printed copies.****

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“the mongol empire kicked even more ass than i realised”

One of the things I love about historical games is how much you can learn. Assassin’s Creed showed me a new side of the ancient world; Crusader Kings taught me more about succession laws than I ever thought I’d need to know; and now, thanks to Age of Empires IV, I know that the Mongol Empire kicked even more ass than I realised. What’s so exciting about the game is how it’s exploring what made historical cultures unique – and using that as the basis for fascinating RTS innovation. Check out our feature, and maybe you’ll even learn something yourself. ROBIN VALENTINE Twitter @robinlvalentine This month Conquered a new desk in the office (by stacking a bunch of D&D books on top of it).…

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the pc gamer team

MOLLIE TAYLOR Twitter @mollietayy This month Taught us all about competitive farming. I think it’s about throwing turnips at each other? TYLER WILDE Twitter @tyler_wilde This month Learned so much about Sifu’s martial arts that he had to register his hands as deadly weapons. CHRISTOPHER LIVINGSTON Twitter @screencuisine This month Became the mayor of a town full of the galaxy’s least grateful aliens. NAT CLAYTON Twitter @its_natclayton This month Took some screenshots of Mirror’s Edge so good they made us question our perception of time.…

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the 40-year typo

Harry McCracken is not the name of a Cold War superspy, but a man who was once a developer for Radio Shack’s TRS-80 microcomputer. McCracken recently went back to have a look at his first game, Arctic Adventure, which he wrote when he was 16 around 1980-81 – a text adventure inspired by the work of Scott Adams, a pioneering designer of the Adventure series. As was common, Arctic Adventure was distributed in The Captain 80 Book of BASIC Adventures: pages of type-it-yourself BASIC code, each entry its own adventure game. “THE GAME WASN’T JUST UNWINNABLE, BUT UNPLAYABLE” Despite the emulators and swathes of TRS-80 software available online, however, McCracken couldn’t find Arctic Adventure. “I know of only a couple of contemporary mentions of it on the internet, and no evidence that anyone…

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highs & lows

HIGHS Cookie monster Cookie Clicker has come to Steam, and immediately topped the charts. Furry friend A hamster picking buying and selling crypto at random has made a 20% return on his investments. Runescape reversal Runescape developer Jagex tried to shut down the Runelite HD mod. After a fan outcry it later announced it would help out the creator instead. LOWS The settlers Activision has settled for $18 million over allegations of workplace discrimination. Opaque Windows With bizarre error messages and a muddled response from Microsoft, Windows 11 launch has been a mess. Crikey New Zealander Charles Upham is ‘reimagined’ as Australian Lucas Riggs by Call of Duty: Vanguard. Kiwis aren’t happy.…

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the spy

The Spy has a long and varied CV. It contains most big companies you could name, usually for a period of just a few days, and always preceding the theft of an armful of secure documents. As for references, The Spy doesn’t hold much hope. And yet, what choice does The Spy have but to go looking for work when, these days, most corporations are far better at leaking their own secrets than any external agent could hope to be? Developer and reverse engineering fan Ighor July, for instance, figured out how to get Nvidia’s GeForce Now server to give him a confidential list of thousands of games. It includes everything from console exclusives like God of War, to names of games that – to our knowledge – don’t exist, like…

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this month in… 2011

ISSUE 233, December 2011 ON THE COVER PlanetSide 2 IN THE CINEMAS Johnny English Reborn 1 ”We size up the MMOFPS that makes Battlefield look like a playground scuffle,” promises Martin Davies’ cover feature for PlanetSide 2. It was an exciting time for online gaming, with technology reaching a point where high-fidelity massively multiplayer experiences were in reach. PlanetSide 2 wasn’t quite as robust as the biggest names in the FPS scene, but it had undeniable promise. 2 Rage (84%) impresses with its “satisfying fun”. Call of Juarez: The Cartel (35%) is another story. “Pathetic guns, horrible characters and stupid enemies,” we say. 3 Matt Lees takes us back to 2002, and a time when – and there’s no easy way to cushion this – he started a coal empire in Runescape, exploiting the labour…