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PC Gamer UK Christmas issue: Firefall

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Can you hear the sleigh bells jingling, jingling, jingling and reminding you of the impending hell of Christmas shopping? The impatient throngs of miserable people! The life-sapping chill of the wind! Every tinsel-throttled street haunted by the dread spectres of Cliff Richard and Noddy Holder! Instead, why not pick up the latest issue of PC Gamer UK and settle down by the fire - or should I say, Firefall? I should! For it is our cover star - and its open world jump-pack action is a guiding light to eSports and MMO fans even in these dark times.

What's more you get a free beta code to Firefall with the mag! Christmas has indeed come early; every single page of the magazine is a gift in itself.

Issue 247 should be on shelves today and will be available digitally soon. There's also always the option to subscribe and get each issue delivered to your door, earlier and for less money! Sweet. Hit the jump to see the exclusive subs cover, and discover what other treats await: news, previews, reviews, retrospectives, tech tests and more!


PC Gamer UK December issue: The Future of Minecraft

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The winter nights have cast their frosty pall across the land. What's that shadowy shape lurching through the gloom? With its dark square eyes! With its grimacing maw! But, don't fear the Creeper. This green and grisly ghoul stars on the wallet for our spectacular December issue, which is packed with insider knowledge on Mojang's blockbuster indie hit Minecraft - its past, its future, and all the other projects simmering behind the scenes at the House of Notch.

One of which is the clever card-battler Scrolls - and we're giving that away free with the mag! And not only that: we'll be giving away access to the mech-wrecking Hawken beta, too. Blimey.

Issue 246 is on shelves this Friday and will be available digitally soon. There's also always the option to subscribe and get each issue delivered to your door, earlier and for less money! Sweet. Hit the jump to see the exclusive subs cover, and discover what other treats await: news, previews, reviews, retrospectives, tech tests and more!


PC Gamer UK November issue: World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

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The leaves tumble from their branches, frosty fronds etch car bonnets in the cool hours of the morning, and highstreet shops prematurely fill their shelves with tinselly tat. Yes, winter approaches. But fear not those long dark hours! We bring you issue 245 of PC Gamer to warm and illuminate with stories of giant war robots, jump-pack powered interstellar pioneers and more!

On the cover this month is one of the hirsute kung-fu masters from World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. We have a whopping eight page feature on Blizzard's long-running monster MMORPG, with 50 tips to help you squeeze the most awesome from its latest expansion. Hot on its heels is our huge Planetside 2 guide, talking you through the Auraxian battlegrounds and most hectic hotspots. And if you weren't yet convinced that playing together was the best way to stay warm this winter, we follow that up with our 15 favourite co-op games of all time. Oh, and then we just straight out give you one of them, in the form of a Steam code for Payday: The Heist.

And while we're in the spirit of giving, the mag also includes access to the DOTA 2 beta - a code which might otherwise set you back £20.

Issue 245 is on shelves and online right now. Our digi-edition can also be purchased through Zinio and Apple Newsstand. There's also the option to subscribe and get each issue earlier and for less money! Sweet. Read on for fulsome details of issue 245's finely crafted content.


Subscribe to PC Gamer UK and get a Mionix mouse worth £50

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This website isn't the only way to ingest the world's finest writing on PC gaming, you know. Subscribe to PC Gamer's papery incarnation here in the UK, and you'll receive a hefty wad of perspicacious previews, ruminative reviews, fulsome features and more, all conveniently sandwiched between two lustrous covers. And if you sign up by UK direct debit, you'll not only snag the mag for less then you'd pay in the shops, but you'll also get a Mionix Naos 3200 mouse worth £50.


Buy our MechWarrior Online issue, get a free mech skin and Coconut Monkey bobblehead

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We cannot clothe you directly (at best, bending our magazine into a tube produces a low-level telescope), but we can dress your enormous war robot. This month, anyone who picks up the MechWarrior Online issue of PC Gamer in North America will receive two free MWO items and instant access to MWO's closed beta. You'll receive a skin you can apply to any mech in your hangar: think of it as one of those adorable puppy sweaters, but meant to inspire terror in your multi-tonned opponents. We’re also putting the elusive longtime mascot of PC Gamer, Coconut Monkey, in your darn cockpit as an exclusive in-game bobblehead. You’re welcome.

Issue #233, also known as our December issue, is mailing now to North American subscribers. It will be available on newsstands and digital newsstands by October 9, 2012.


PC Gamer UK issue 242 reveals Rome 2

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Take a look at this month's PC gamer ladies and gentlemen. Just look, admire is beauty, gentle stroke the gold embossing (well it's on the real thing, honest). My god it's beautiful.

This month Chris gathered his legions and annexed The Creative Assembly, looting a preview of Total War: Rome 2 from the rubble and pillaging some Total War: Shogun 2 - Rise of the Samurai DLC codes to give away. He spoke to The Creative Assembly about why they chose to return to Rome, and what this means for the series. You can find out more in our Total War: Rome 2 interviews and our Total War: Rome 2 preview, but the full details are in the magazine.


PC Gamer UK Issue 238: how to redeem your Crusader King and Juggernaut codes

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The latest issue of PC Gamer UK will be hitting store shelves soon! This month proud owners of Issue 238 will get Crusader Kings and its expansion, Deus Vult for free as well as bonus armour and health boosts in free to play MMO, Juggernaut. You'll find the codes on a card between pages 66 and 67, but there is a SLIGHT PROBLEM. Our giant laser printing robot has gone rogue and, in a small act of petty rebellion, printed the codes the wrong way round. Stupid machine.

So, if you're redeeming your code for Crusader Kings, the code at the bottom of the page is the one you want (the one starting with "CKCOM"). If you're redeeming your free Juggernaut goodies, use the code in the Crusader Kings box.

Apologies for the mixup. The laser printing robot has received disciplinary action and been demoted to printing the spine, with details of our Guild Wars 2 cover feature, our MMO supertest, our advanced look at Medal of Honor: Warfighter and our Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai review. You'll find all that and more in issue 238 of - wait, why is "Issue 237" on the spine? CURSE YOU, ROBOT.


PC Gamer US May issue: SimCity revealed!

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PC Gamer US April issue: PlanetSide 2 hands-on, with beta key!

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We heard you might want access to one of gaming's most exciting PC exclusives, so we went ahead and sorted that out for you. Issue #225 of PC Gamer US features PlanetSide 2—a veritable Manhattan Project of ambitious massively-multiplayer FPS design being tackled by the same studio that created EverQuest. Each physical issue of the magazine (subscriber copies and newsstand copies) includes a unique beta key for PlanetSide 2 that can be redeemed on the game's website. Woo!

We also get a crack at XCOM: Enemy Unknown, 2K's second (and more faithful, we think) reboot of the turn-based classic. In our reviews section, we verdictize high-fidelity flight sim X-Plane 10, X3: Albion Prelude, Dustforce, Flatout 3, Dear Esther, Earth Defense Force, Q.U.B.E., and more. This month's Reinstall revisits Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger, one of the highest-budget games of its time in 1994 and a beloved FMV classic to boot. In Massive Attack, MMO reporter Josh Augustine preps you for the endgame of Star Wars: The Old Republic, with full-page maps and a detailed walkthrough of the first level 50 Flashpoint. Hard Stuff reviews the successor to Intel's Sandy Bridge CPU, the Core i7-3960X.

Click within for a full look at our cover's jetpacking gentleman.


PC Gamer UK March issue: Far Cry 3

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They say that if you stare into the mad eyes of Far Cry 3 villain, Vaas, for too long then you lose all sense of time and language. I'm not sure that's true. I've been staring into his eyes for the last few minutes trying to think of an intro and oogle bloogle barble blom.

We put Vaas on our cover this month to spread the madness and let the world know about our six page Far Cry 3 preview. The third game in the series will revisit the beautiful tropical setting of the first game and this time not everyone on the island will be a respawning homicidal maniac. Subscribers have had the issue for about a week already, but it should be hitting shop shelves as you're reading this. This month all of our readers get a key that will grant access to the excellent Tribes: Ascend beta, and six pounds worth of World of Tanks cash.

There's plenty more inside, of course. Our huge tips feature is packed full of moderately worthwhile advice that will threaten to catapult your gaming skills into the realm of slightly above average. Graham's been seeing aliens, too. Partly because he's been out to see XCOM: Enemy Unknown, but mostly because he spent too long staring at Vaas when designing the cover. Read on to discover what else lies in wait in issue 237.


PC Gamer UK February issue: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai

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We rarely get the chance to feature such a magnificent beard on our cover. Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai has given us that chance. In our six page feature, we take an in-depth look at the fascinating standalone expansion for Shogun 2. It's set during the twilight years of the Shogunate at a time when incoming imperial technology threatens the stability of Japan's ruling classes, and it's looking rather exciting. To celebrate, we're giving every reader Empire: Total War's Warpath Campaign free in this issue!

Also, THE TOP 100 IS HERE. Yes, the sexiest list of the year has arrived, in which we deliver our infallible and entirely correct list of the 100 best PC games in the world right now. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll want to write a strongly worded letter of disagreement. You can argue the case for your favourite games in the top 100 discussion happening on our forums right now.

The issue hits shops today and subscribers should have had it for about a week. It's also available online, through Zinio and through the Apple Newsstand. Read on to find out what else lies behind the beard.


PC Gamer US February issue: The Old Republic launch guide and 2012's biggest games!

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You've read the review, now build the best character, find the dev team's favorite items, survive your first PvP encounter, and get the most out of Star Wars: The Old Republic with our enormous 10-page launch guide and behind-the-scenes coverage. Then bury your nose deeper into the February 2012 issue of PC Gamer US for previews of 2012's biggest games, including Diablo III, BioShock Infinite, Guild Wars 2 (which may just change everything we know about MMOs), Mass Effect 3, and more, as well as an all-star lineup of reviews, including Minecraft, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3, and Assassin's Creed: Revelations.

You can find it all and more on newstands now! Or, if your house is surrounded by small rabid beasts which have somehow made it clear that only your flesh can satiate their voracious appetites, you may want to stay inside and check us out on Coverleaf.com and Apple Newsstand.


PC Gamer UK January issue – Star Wars: The Old Republic

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The Republic's finest are striking heroic poses of readiness on the cover of the latest issue of PC Gamer UK, which should be wriggling through subscriber letterboxes about now. These fine defenders of peace and justice couldn't be more prepared to take on the forces of darkness. They've read our huge guide to The Old Republic, containing 50 top tips to help you level. We also go behind the scenes to find out how this year's biggest game was made.

As we ready ourselves for the Christmas feasts and New Year's celebrations to come, we thought it would be the perfect time to look back and celebrate the very best of 2011 in our Game of the Year Awards. We also take a good look forwards at the most exciting games of 2012. The new issue contains a comprehensive run down of every game scheduled to come out on PC next year, so you can plan ahead, or simply reflect on how awesome PC gaming is going to be in the next 12 months.

There's more inside, of course. Much, much more, including free access to Settlers Online, a free car in APB Reloaded, and our review of this little indie game you may have heard of called Minecraft. The issue will hit stores next Wednesday, andwill also be available to buy online, via Apple Newsstand and on Zinio. Read on, Padawan, and learn the secrets of Issue 235.


PC Gamer US January issue: Hell awaits you in The Secret World

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Is it getting hot in here, or is it just the January 2012 issue of PC Gamer US? This issue's molten center features the exclusive reveal of The Secret World's Hell Dimension with a whopping eight pages of insight into the paranormal MMO, its character builds, quests, 500-ability Skill Hive, large-scale PvP system, and more. And when you're done soaking in the horrors of Funcom's underworld, you can dig into our take on WoW's Mists of Pandaria expansion, a story from inside the WoW Arena, an in-depth Star Wars: The Old Republic preview, and a look at the best entries in the 2012 Independent Games Festival. Then get the verdicts on two high-profile three-quels, Battlefield 3 and Saint's Row: The Third, alongside a bevy of other reviews for gems like City of Heroes: Freedom and Might & Magic Heroes VI.

It's all on newsstands now! Or, if you're under house arrest, we’re also available on Coverleaf.com and Apple Newsstand.


PC Gamer UK Christmas issue - Mists of Pandaria

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For most people, Christmas is a day, but for us, it's a whole magazine. This year we're celebrating with Crimbo the Christmas Panda, who adorns our cover. What does Crimbo have for good boys and girls? Why it's an enormous twelve page feature on Blizzard's new games. From Mists of Pandaria to Heart of the Swarm, to Blizzard Dota, Christmas elf Rich McCormick has scooped all his Blizzcon news up into a big snowy wordball. Oh, and every reader gets a free copy of King Arthur - The Roleplaying Wargame.

You can read it all in the latest issue of PC Gamer UK, which should be on shelves shortly and arriving with subscribers right now. It's also available online, digitally through Zinio and Apple Newsstand, and it should already be with subscribers now.


PC Gamer UK December issue - Planetside 2

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Planetside is going to be enormous. Its battles will rage across entire continents and support hundreds of players at a time. It will have tanks, ships and, according to the man on our cover, gatling guns with laser sights for precision mass-destruction. You can read all about it in our preview in the latest edition of PC Gamer UK. It hits store shelves today. It's also available online, digitally through Zinio and Apple Newsstand, and it should already be with subscribers now.

There are few things less subtle than a gatling gun with a laser site, but Max Payne is one of them. We catch up with the gravelliest hero in gaming on his new adventures in Max Payne 3, chat to Ken Levine about Bioshock Infinite, get rich quickly and horribly in Runescape, play Diablo 3, take a look at the new Syndicate and much, much more. We also give away a load of free stuff. This month our issues come with codes for six free games on Good Old Games, £20 worth of items in Runes of Magic and free money in any Sony MMO.


PC Gamer UK, November issue: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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It's a big month for PC Gamer UK. The disc is gone. We put it in a paper boat and burnt it at sea (or, rather the river next to our office). In its place we have 64 extra pages. That means more reviews, more previews, bigger features and more adventures in Extra Life. To celebrate, we're giving everyone who buys the new issue free stuff, whether you subscribe, buy online, in a shop, or even digitally. Everyone will get an exclusive Team Fortress 2 hat, and a month of OnLive access. The issue will be arriving with subscribers now, and will hit stores this Wednesday.

But what's inside? The screaming warrior on our cover gives away our huge Skyrim preview, but there's more. Much, much more. We turn the office into the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. We talk to Gabe Newell about his Dota 2 obsession, delve into Firefall, take a look at Planetside 2, invent the perfect version of Left 4 Dead 3 and Tim strokes a Tribble. Read on to find out why.


Fret not, Zinio subscribers to PC Gamer UK. You're getting a hat too. And everyone's getting an Onlive trial

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I'm in full on Oprah mode.

"YOU GET A HAT."
"YOU GET A HAT."
"YOU GET A HAT."
"EVERYBODY GETS A HAT."

Cue music, dancing and the wild celebrations. And possibly ticker tape.

If you subscribe to PC Gamer UK via Zinio, you'll be getting the exactly the same gifts that the print subscribers and news-stand subscribers are getting with issue 232. That means you'll be getting our PCG reader only TF2 hat, the "Killer Exclusive" and a free trial to the game streaming service Onlive. We'll be sending out the codes for both to the email account you registered your Zinio subscription to. Many Bothans suffered a slight inconvenience to get you this. So we made a press release. It's below.


Get an exclusive Team Fortress 2 hat free with PC Gamer UK Issue 232

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PC Gamer UK is getting fatter, and it's not just because of the Krispy Kreme doughnut store that just opened in Bath. For our next issue, we're dropping the disk and adding an extra 60 pages or so to the mag, and we'll be giving away a load of free stuff to celebrate. The exclusive Team Fortress 2 hat you can see modelled by the Soldier above is just one of those items. Break the news AND your enemies faces with this fetching cap, free to all who purchase the next issue of PC Gamer UK.

Subscriber copies will be mailed out very soon, and the issue will hit store shelves on September 28. Within, you'll find a code that can be entered into Steam to instantly add the hat to your Team Fortress 2 backpack. It'll fit the head of every class, and we find it looks especially fetching on the Spy. His cloaking powers make him the ideal candidate for any press trip that's likely to end in a gun battle for a control point (which frankly is most of them). Once you've redeemed your code, be sure to put it on and come kill us on the PC Gamer Team Fortress 2 server.


PC Gamer UK October issue is out now

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Just a quick reminder to let our UK readers know that the latest issue of PC Gamer UK is on store shelves now. Guild Wars 2 is on the cover. It's just one of the huge upcoming MMOs that we've looked at in our feature on the clash of the MMO titans. You'll also find previews on the most exciting incoming releases like Diablo 3 and Rage, reviews of Limbo, Arma: Anniversary edition and much more. Find out what's inside in our summary of PC Gamer UK issue 231. The latest issue is also available to buy online, and virtually, in the form of our shiny Zinio digital edition. If you subscribe, you'll get every issue cheaper, earlier, and clad in our lovely subscriber covers, which you'll find embedded below.

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