PC Gamer 218 has already emerged through the letterbox-shaped portals in our subscribers' doors. You can now buy it via the newsagent-shaped portals in your town or city. Do you see the rhythm I'm building here? This month we sent Tom to Valve in a plane-shaped portal, and he came back not just with the first information on Portal 2's brand new co-op, but interviews with Gabe Newell about Valve's follies, future and Left 4 Dead's fairy origins. Oh my.
Imagine never paying for a Valve game ever again. That's exactly what you could win if you enter the competition featured in this month's UK edition of PC Gamer. We're giving away ten exclusive Steam accounts that could make such fevered madness a reality by not only gifting you every Valve game made so far, but eventually Half-Life 3, Team Fortress 5 and Portal 7.
PC Gamer 217 is now loitering on the shelves of a newsagent, petrol station, or supermarket near you. Go forth! Buy it! Try not to talk to anyone on the way there! Don't get in any strange cars! And in case it's too dangerous to go alone, take this handy guide to the best of the mag.
There's been a great disturbance in the Force! BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic is on the cover of our next issue, and within you’ll find the first details on one of the most-anticipated features of the most-anticipated MMO of all time: space combat. The issue hits newsstands on August 17 (subscribers get it a little earlier, you lucky dogs) so keep your eyes peeled.
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The newest and most cataclysmic issue of PC Gamer UK has just burst from our printing press, and it'll soon be sundering the very land itself, wracking your supermarkets with gaping geothermal fissures. As you rapidly burst into flames in the magazine aisle, you may only have time to read three things.
You should start with Tim's six-page World of Warcraft: Cataclysm preview on page 44. He's seen the new old world, and explains exactly how Deathwing's emergence has reinvented Azeroth - as only a WoW veteran can.
As your kneecaps melt, you can flip to page 72 and read Martin Davies' feature on the making of Torchlight, and the first details of their upcoming Torchlight MMO.
Finally, as your grasping hand sinks into the molten copies of Nuts and Men's Health, your last regret will be never reading Tom's report on the updated AI for Supreme Commander 2 on page 116. Hint: they made it scary.
Remember to flip to the competition on page 87 to find out how you could win a Cyberpower Ultra Scylla worth £900 - sometimes it's as simple as making us laugh the most by wearing a silly hat.
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The time to stick with the prod is over. The new Deus Ex is our cover this month, and it's sleek, shiny, and doesn't mind breaking a few eggs - a little like PC Gamer, then. We've got a huge six-page preview for your conspiracy-hungry eyeballs, packed with gorgeous screens, honest impressions, and enlightening quotes from the daring developers at Eidos Montreal.
But if bionic shades don't grab you, how about MMOs you can play with your kids? Josh has found nine free worlds you can enter with urchins in tow. We've reviewed Alpha Protocol, Split/Second, and The Sims 3: Ambitions, and we've played three new missions of the Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty singleplayer campaign. We've even written about what they were like! We're thinking of calling it a "pre-viewing" of the game. Tell us what you think.
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Our improbably sexy new issue is now being flung at subscribers, stocked on store shelves, and fired at you with a cannon of free postage if you buy it from our online shop. The cover is a mega-exclusive: the announcement and first details of Shogun 2: Total War, the next in everyone's favourite wargame series.
As well as a six page preview of that, we've got a huge feature on Deus Ex: Human Revolution, formerly Deus Ex 3. Tom got to see it in action in Montreal, and interview all the key people involved with it to find out if they really get Deus Ex. Incredibly, they do, and the game is looking far more exciting than any of us expected.
We've also got a feature on how to be good at every game, a review of Obsidian's spy RPG Alpha Protocol, and a face-off between Medal of Honor and Call of Duty: Black Ops. Buy it immediately.