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PC Gamer (US Edition) February 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.
“hours of arguments, negotiation, and filibustering”

ROBIN VALENTINE Specialist in Awards category innovation. Twitter @robinlvalentine This month Played every game of 2019, for true objectivity. It’s that time when we look back on a year of games, and pluck out the champions among them. Hours of arguments, negotiation, and filibustering went into the feature within, but the worthy result is an indisputable list of 2019’s sweetest digital fruits. But, of course, we must continue to look forward as well—such as to Digital Extremes’ wildly ambitious plans for its multiplayer behemoth Warframe. The game has a fascinating history and an incredible story still to tell—both are laid bare. TALK TO PC GAMER Have your say! Email us at letters@pcgamer.com…

1 min.
the pc gamer team

STEVEN MESSNER Specialist in Sci-fi MMO shooters that aren’t Destiny. This month Wrote a cover feature while en route to New Zeland. Dedication. TYLER WILDE Specialist in Asking nervous Blizzard devs about China. This month Headed to BlizzCon 2019 to carry out a professional vibe check. WES FENLON Specialist in Honey I Shrunk The Kids type scenarios. This month Visited Obsidian to check out their huge (or, er, tiny?) new project. JEREMY PEEL Specialist in Holistic games journalism. This month Looked for connections everywhere—starting with Double Fine.…

3 min.
outside the box

Thanks to X019, Microsoft’s fan event, and BlizzCon, which you can read about in our special report, it’s been a month full of announcements and reveals. At the top of the list is Age of Empires IV. Announced in 2017, Relic’s been pretty quiet about the sequel since, but now we’ve had our first look at the game in action. It’s a departure from Relic’s grimdark 40k games and appropriately gloomy Company of Heroes. The battle shown off in the gameplay reveal is a sun-drenched scuffle between the Mongols and English. Brightly-colored soldiers charge down hills and pour out of a cute model town, and it’s unmistakably Age of Empires, especially when the units start diving into the scrum and the trebuchets start swinging. Age of Empires IV doesn’t have a…

1 min.
highs & lows

HIGHS Netflix’s The Witcher The show will air on Netflix on December 20, and a second season’s already been greenlit. Path of Exile 2 The sequel to Grinding Gear’s action-RPG was announced at this year’s ExileCon. EA is returning to Steam The publisher’s once again putting games on the store, starting with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Fallout 76 Bethesda’s launch of a Fallout 1st premium subscription has inspired outrage and an in-game class war. Red Dead Redemption 2 Rockstar’s cowboy game is finally on PC, but it’s been plagued by performance issues and crashes. Fortnite YouTuber Faze Jarvis was handed a permanent ban after openly using an aimbot in Epic’s battle royale. LOWS…

5 min.
ice and ire

Early on a Friday morning, a small group of protesters gathered around a fountain in front of BlizzCon 2019’s main security checkpoint. A few convention employees stood facing the black-clad group, passively watching the protestors unpack boxes of t-shirts while holding signs that said “Questions?” on long poles, as if they were Swiss Guards. Not many had questions. The attendees already knew the score. Security is directly ahead. Protesters in Hong Kong demand increased autonomy from mainland China. Backpacks should be open for inspection. Blizzard angered fans by punishing Hearthstone champ Ng Wai Chung, aka Blitzchung, after he called for the ‘liberation’ of Hong Kong on an official stream. Professional video and audio equipment is prohibited. Blizzard is also in hot water for punishing the two casters who were present. Have…

4 min.
good cop

Lieutenant Kim initially comes off cold and judgemental. It’s hard to blame him. The detective RPG Disco Elysium begins with what probably feels to him like some cosmic joke. He arrives in Martinaise to solve a murder case, and is met with a decomposing victim, no suspects, and a hungover, amnesiac detective as his temporary partner. Kim remains aloof throughout the investigation, but an empathetic enough detective can manage to uncover brief moments of vulnerability from Lt Kitsuragi. Those hard-earned interactions have been enough to make him the game’s breakout star. Which was not at all what the team at eveloper ZA/UM expected. “Honestly, we’re surprised people like him so much,” says lead writer Robert Kurvitz. “Of course, we always adored him. All these years playing the game, testing it, writing…