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PC Gamer (US Edition) November 2018

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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
“we love a shooter about a bleak, harrowing world”

PHIL SAVAGE Specialist in Japan (in the ’80s) Twitter @Octaeder This month Could finally claim that the hundreds of hours spent playing Yakuza games were for work. What is a PC game? Metro Exodus is releasing for all platforms, but, perhaps in part because of the developer’s history, or because we love a well-paced shooter, it feels like a PC title. Also, we review Yakuza 0, a game with a strong console heritage that feels at home on PC. We also unveil Steel Division 2 and Desperados III, both from genres that are PC to the bone. My point is the route a game takes to get to us doesn’t matter. A PC game is any game that you play on a PC, and this issue is filled with great examples of that. EDITOR phil.savage@futurenet.com TALK TO PC GAMER Have your…

2 min.
the pc gamer team

TOM SENIOR Specialist in Moscow (in the post-apocalypse) This month Battled bears, cultists and heat stroke to bring you our cover feature. PHILIPPA WARR Specialist in Space (specifically the bit located in Guildford) This month Was given an entire universe to explore. Chose to visit Hello Games. ANDY KELLY Specialist in Detroit (in the dystopian robo-future) This month Went back to Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Yes, reader, he asked for this. FRASER BROWN Specialist in Eastern Europe (in the 1940s) This month Continued his ongoing campaign to write about every strategy game. PC GAMER (ISSN 1080-4471) is published 13 times a year, monthly plus Holiday issue following December issue by Future US, Inc., One Lombard Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94111 (650) 872-1642. Phone: (650) 872-1642. Fax (650) 872-2207. Website: www.futureus.com. Periodicals postage paid in San Bruno, CA and at additional mailing offices. Newsstand distribution is handled by Curtis…

3 min.
port appointed

In April, 2017, the PC Gamer team made a wishlist of Japanese games we wanted to come to PC. Over a year later, and… we’re still waiting on the many of those games. But even though I’m not yet playing Gitaroo Man through my Steam account, PC fans have recently enjoyed releases of a number of Japanese games, many of them from SEGA’s back catalog. With Bayonetta, Vanquish, and now Yakuza 0, SEGA is building a reputation as one of the most proactive porters of Japanese games to PC. “THE PC COMMUNITY ARE SAYING THAT ALL JAPANESE GAMES ARE THE RIGHT GAMES” “We were so pleased to be able to announce Yakuza, just in the same way that we were so pleased to be able to announce Shenmue, in the same way…

1 min.
highs & lows

HIGHS No Man’s Sky Since the Next update, Hello Games’ space explore-’em-up has been one of the top-selling games on Steam. Dragon Ball FighterZ The anime fighter was the most watched game of Evo 2018 thanks to a nail-biting tournament. Fallout: Miami Another cool-looking mod project? Yup. This one promises a “DLC size” chunk of post-apocalyptic Florida. LOWS Microsoft Store No, there’s no news, but Microsoft’s digital shopfront is still a mess. Steam Games designed to scam people have been appearing on Steam. How about a little quality control, Valve? The Culling II Had a launch so bad the developers removed it from sale, and went back to working on the original game.…

5 min.
training day

You probably don’t know it, but train simulators are enormously successful on PC. While you might have played one yourself out of curiosity, there are others who are wildly passionate about them. In the same way Microsoft Flight Simulator attracts people interested in aviation who otherwise don’t play games, train simulators are enjoyed by rail enthusiasts who want to get closer to their hobby. “It’s a relaxing and calming way to spend time,” says Reddit user ‘Canadave’ in a thread discussing why people are so into the genre. “There [are] some vague elements of a spatial puzzle to it,” they add. “You have to plan out your actions and figure out the best way of getting everything where you need it to be.” “The best part about Train Sim for me is…

4 min.
rain maker

XALAVIER NELSON JR. I’m a full-time game writer and narrative designer, with credits inside and out of gaming. The water cycle is one of the first scientific concepts you learn about. Water evaporates from the surface of the Earth, rising, accumulating, and condensing before returning to lakes and oceans in forms, such as rain, before beginning the process all over again. I don’t have to explain what rain is to you. You know rain. It’s a part of many of our daily lives, and among the most common stylistic elements in fiction. Considering its familiar nature, it’s surprising how little we know about how rain is created in videogames—and how widely these approaches can vary. “WHEN IT VANISHES OFF THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN, IT GETS MOVED BACK UP TO THE TOP” VFX artist…