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PC Gamer (US Edition) June 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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19 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
“we hope you’ll allow yourself a moment of warm nostalgia”

ROBIN VALENTINE Specialist in Déjà vu Twitter @robinlvalentine This month Finally perfected his impression of the old dial-up modem connecting noise. The games industry runs in cycles. I’ve said it countless times (for I also run in cycles). What greater proof than a month in 2020 that sees the launch of a new Doom and, impossibly, a Half-Life sequel? So it seemed the right time to look back on where these classic series began. In these apocalyptic times, we hope you’ll allow yourself a moment of warm nostalgia. Remember, those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat Doom. PRINT EDITOR robin.valentine@futurenet.com TALK TO PC GAMER Have your say! Email us at letters@pcgamer.com…

1 min.
the pc gamer team

ANDY KELLY Specialist in VR self-isolation This month Chatted to the legendary John Romero, and managed to resist mentioning Daikatana. JAMES DAVENPORT Specialist in Perfect… timing This month Made it to PAX East, the last videogame event before the Great Cancellation. RACHEL WATTS Specialist in Horror games for the colour-blind This month Discovered just how scary a screen of only black and white pixels can be. FRASER BROWN Specialist in Going viral This month Delved into the coronavirus’ impact on gaming. Don’t worry, he wore gloves.…

3 min.
the show won’t go on

A growing list of gaming and industry events have been postponed or cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus, including GDC and E3. While E3 doesn’t take place until June, the ESA has decided not to risk continuing its plans given the escalating outbreak. Events started being cancelled in China back in January, including the Taipei Game Show and several esports leagues, while Chinese companies started sending employees home. This also had a knock-on effect internationally—Path of Exile developer Grinding Gear Games, for instance, is expected to delay the beta of its sequel because Chinese artists weren’t able to work. In February, PUBG Corp postponed PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ first event of the year, PGS: Berlin. Shortly after, IEM: Katowice’s licence was revoked by the Polish government, though the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major and…

1 min.
highs & lows

HIGHS Amnesia: Rebirth Frictional Games finally revealed its spooky sequel. This time it’s set in Algeria, and it’s out this year. Horizon Zero Dawn Guerrilla’s open-world, robo-slaying romp is heading to PC this summer, along with its expansion. Star Wars Battlefront 2 Baby Yoda has finally blessed Battlefront 2 thanks to a modder, just in time for the latest big update. GeForce Now Nvidia’s cloud gaming platform is promising, but games are being pulled after a disagreement between Nvidia and publishers. Twitch Call of Duty streamer Carl Riemer has been suspended by Twitch after accidentally discharging a handgun during a livestream. Descent The Descent reboot seems doomed following a legal dispute. LOWS…

5 min.
dead server

The game starts with an image of a VHS tape, hovering on your desktop. Click on that, and the game begins with a sketchy MS-DOS-style menu. A multiplayer server list appears on the screen. They’re all empty. Click on one, and you enter a lonely CTF match of a Quake-era FPS, with blocky geometry and fuzzy textures. Return the flag once, and strange things start happening: Twin Peaks-esque music will blare from a record player that appears in one part of the map. A mysterious dark figure appears to be watching you, flickering away as you get closer. The dark figure reappears. You discover the server is keeping someone alive. Its creator joins the game, and begs you not to return the flag for a third and final time. When you…

7 min.
fuser

NEED TO KNOW RELEASE 2020 DEVELOPER Harmonix PUBLISHER NCSoft LINK fuser.com Seasons don’t fear the reaper. Nor do the wind, the sun, or the rain.” It’s a song I’ve heard a million times—but never like this. The classic Blue Oyster Cult chorus floats above the downtempo drumbeat from Post Malone’s ‘Better Now’, the synth pads from J Balvin and Willy William’s ‘Mi Gente’, and a light piano flourish from Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’. The result is haunting, a chillhop medley that sends goosebumps up your spine. Then it’s over, or rather ruined, as Blue Oyster Cult’s poetic ode to everlasting love is interrupted by the opening synth from ‘Party Rock Anthem’, and everyone in the room winces and then starts laughing. Harmonix is revealing its new game, Fuser, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. I knew that…