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PC Gamer August 2020

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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
“places to lose yourself in and forget the world”

ROBIN VALENTINE Specialist in Fake holidays Twitter @robinlvalentine This month Ran around in so many PC gaming worlds that he got a digital blister. If the past few months of self-isolation, political unrest, division and… I think at one point there were murder hornets, has left you looking for an escape, then this is the issue for you. Inside you’ll find a massive 22 page feature dedicated to the most absorbing, immersive and atmospheric worlds gaming can provide – places to lose yourself in and, for a while, forget the world. Almost our entire team has chipped in to share their favourite spaces, moments, and experiences exploring the virtual. My hope is that it’s as therapeutic to read as it was to put together.…

1 min.
the pc gamer team

FRASER BROWN Specialist in Non-mythical creatures Twitter @FraserIBrown This month Went to war for Troy – and discovered that a centaur isn’t quite what he thought it was. WES FENLON Specialist in Video meeting sass Twitter @wesleyfenlon This month Chatted to devs working in lockdown – and demanded photos of their cutest pets. RACHEL WATTS Specialist in Zen janitorial work Twitter @rachel_wattts This month Tried to convince us to play a game about cleaning train stations. See if she converts you. PHIL SAVAGE Specialist in High altitude stubbornness Twitter @Octaeder This month Spent hours trying to run up sheer mountains. To prove some kind of point?…

3 min.
black lives matter

Many developers and publishers have expressed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement this month, along with pledging donations to it, the NAACP, and other related causes. Events and announcements have also been moved back to draw attention to the protests that have been occurring in the US, as well as internationally. On May 25, George Floyd died after police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd’s death, which was recorded, sparked protests that spread across the US and beyond, with millions marching to demand an end to unjust, racist systems. SOME GAME UPDATES HAVE ALSO BEEN DELAYED DUE TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES Within the games industry, EA was one of the first to address the protests – five days in – delaying a Madden NFL 21…

1 min.
highs & lows

HIGHS Street Fighter V The Street Fighter subreddit raised $15,000 with an impromptu Black Lives Matter online tournament. Elite Dangerous Next year’s Odyssey expansion will finally let you get out of your ship and explore worlds on foot. A Total War Saga: Troy The mythological Total War spin-off will be free to keep for the first 24 hours after it launches. LOWS BlizzCon BlizzCon 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. GeForce Now Now that publishers and developers have to opt-in, Nvidia’s streaming service has shrunk once again, with 89 games leaving the service. Kerbal Space Program 2 After ditching the originalKSP2 studio, Star Theory Games, publisher Take-Two reportedly tried to poach its employees.…

3 min.
the spy

Fields of pristine, jagged glass stretch kaleidoscopic into infinity – ancient, yes, but also waiting to be built. Out of the corner of an eye, The Spy sees swirling snatches of the once and future. Empires fall and rise and fall again. Continents crack and collide with the violent force of epochal indifference. Bobby Kotick grows richer, richer, richer, and… oh god… Robert… no. How could we have known? Sure, E3 has always been the tentpole event that the industry built itself around, and in that sense it was important. But it was also just a bit… naff. One of the unspoken curses of the videogame industry is that everything important trends towards self-parody. And so we took E3 for granted. And then it disappeared; fractured into a million sub-E3s that tore…

1 min.
this month in… 2010

ISSUE 216, August 2010 ON THE COVER World of Warcraft Cataclysm IN THE CINEMAS Toy Story 3 1 It’s something of an MMO special this month, as – for the second time on its cover – PC Gamer tackles World of Warcraft’s apocalyptic expansion Cataclysm. The difference between this and the majority of covers from the latter years of the previous decade is stark. No longer relying on a small handful of Xbox 360 ports, PC gaming is entering a new golden age. Also, there’s APB. 2 An early look at Guild Wars 2 asks if ArenaNet’s MMO revolution is too good to be true. It didn’t change the world, but many live service games today would do well to learn its lessons. 3 Farmville was the great, industry disrupting menace of the time, and the subject of…