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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.

Get a free issue of PC Gamer UK via the iOS Newsstand

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Previously we mentioned that both PC Gamer UK and PC Gamer US have hit iOS devices. Now, for a limited time, one free issue PC Gamer UK is yours to download and read on any Apple i-device of your choosing!

PC Gamer UK issue 231 is now available as free downloads via Apple's new Newsstand service. To grab your free digital edition, simply search for PC Gamer on the App store, or access it through Newsstand. You can buy the latest issue for £2.99, or subscribe. The new iOS edition means means you'll be able to sensually stroke your way through your free issue using Apple's touchy-feely interface. Oh yes.

Be sure to download your free issue soon while the offer lasts, and let us know what you think.

PC Gamer magazine is now an iOS app. Get it right now

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Hey! You! Stop typing angrily. We're aware that iPhones and iPads are Apple products but there's a good reason to mention iOS so prominently in the headline. We've injected some PC Gamer into said Apple products. We've PC Gamered them up!

Newsstand editions of both the UK and US magazines are available to download from the App store right now. Even though Newstand - iOS5's bespoke magazine-reading software - isn't available to download yet.

Basically, we're one step ahead of Apple. Once Newsstand gets officially released in the next few hours, the free PC Gamer App will disappear from your homescreen and reappear inside the Newsstand app. It's all very neat and satisfying.

The Newsstand edition will work on your iPhone and iPad, even though you only have to pay for each issue once. Not too shabby. You can get the UK edition worldwide but the US version is only available to download from the US and Canada. That's the law's fault, not ours.

You can read Apple's own words about Newsstand here. They reckon it's "Big news for your news." What's your take?

Correction: Firefall beta keys WILL NOT be free in the next issue of PC Gamer UK

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Apologies everyone. We made a boob an the very last page of PC Gamer UK Issue 232. Just underneath our armoured crabs adorable bootie, on page 194 of our expanded mag, we promised that access to the Firefall beta will be free in the next issue of PC Gamer UK, when in fact Firefall beta keys WILL NOT be available in Issue 233.

Sorry about that. We've got lots of other free stuff lined up instead, which we're keeping secret for now. But it is both exciting and free, we promise. If you're really eager for a Firefall fix, check out our feature on 50 reasons so be excited about Red 5's free to play shooter. The mag's in stores now, and you can buy or subscribe online now.

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.

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.

If you're here, reading our words about PC games in the internet, chances are you might be interested in reading more words about PC games in other exciting formats. The PC Gamer Reader is now available as a Kindle edition, offering a collection of the best PC games writing of the last decade or so.

PC Gamer UK, October issue: Guild Wars 2

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This month, get ready for Guild Wars 2 and the other MMO titans preparing to hit the scene in the next few months - The Secret World, Wildstar and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Inside, we speak to the developers and go hands on to see which are the most likely to destroy your free time. The latest issue should be landing on subscribers' doormats very soon. Inside, you'll find sorcery! Free Games! Diablo 3! Laptops! Deus Ex! Garbage Truck Simulator 2011!

And more? Of course! That's not even close to being everything this month...

Deus Ex: Human Revolution review scores 94 and an Editor's Choice award in PC Gamer

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We deliver our verdict on Deus Ex: Human Revolution in the latest issue of PC Gamer UK, which will hit news stands next Wednesday August 3. We awarded it a score of 94 and an Editor's Choice award.

In the huge, eight-page review Tom befriends turrets, throws vending machines off buildings, hacks into security terminals, resolves hostage situations and dismembers foes with augmented fist-chisels to conclude that Human Revolution "is absolutely the Deus Ex of our age, a genuinely worthy prequel, and a game that puts almost everything else in the genre to shame."

The latest issue will be available to buy online next Wednesday, and should be sliding through subscribers' letterboxes this very second. Subscribers get every issue before they hit the stores, and come in special subscriber covers. You can subscribe for a year right now at 45% off the cover price. If you live outside of the UK, you can pick up our Zinio digital edition. This month's subscriber cover comes in black and shining gold. See it below.

PC Gamer UK, September issue: Deus Ex: Human Revolution review

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This month we bring you the world's first review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Is it as good as we all hope? Can it possibly live up to the towering original? We punched criminals, hacked terminals, turned invisible and threw a vending machine off a rooftop at an army of gangsters to find out. You can read all about it in our eight page analysis in the September issue of PC Gamer UK which is landing with subscribers shortly, and will be available in print and on tablets on Wednesday 3rd August.

That's not all, of course. There are 122 more pages to account for. Read on to find out what else lies within the golden covers of our latest issue.

PC Gamer UK, August issue: Aliens: Colonial Marines

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The trouble with futuristic marines is that they think they can wander through an alien spaceship, never look above or behind them, and still be alive five minutes later. This month's cover demonstrates exactly why THAT WILL NOT WORK. In Aliens: Colonial Marines, you must always check your six, a lesson we learned well when we went to see it. You can read all about Gearbox's new co-op survival horror game in our huge preview.

The new issue will be available to buy online this Wednesday July 6, and will be hitting store shelves soon. Subscribers should have their copies already. If you'd like future issues of PC Gamer UK delivered directly to your door for less money, you can subscribe here. If you'd like to save a few trees, we also have a shiny new Zinio digital edition.

Read on to find out what else we've managed to cram into the August issue of PC Gamer UK.

PC Gamer UK Podcast 58 - Hitman: Absolution, Bioshock Infinite and Team Fortress 2

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Tim, Rich, Craig and Tom Francis amass for episode 58 of the PC Gamer UK Podcast. Topics include Hitman Absolution, Bioshock Infinite and Valve's recent Team Fortress 2 announcement. Of course, we answer a stack of your Twitter questions too.

Download the MP3, subscribe, or find our older podcasts here. Thanks for listening, and don't forget to let us know what you think in the comments.

PC Gamer UK, July issue: Assassin's Creed Revelations

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On our cover this month: master assassin Ezio, not quite managing to hide in plain sight. We were going to ask him to smile, but then we realised he has more knives than fingers, and thought better of it. The star of new Ezio is older, more experienced and deadlier than ever. Find out the truth that lies behind the beard in the massive feature on Assassin's Creed Revelations, in the latest issue of PC Gamer UK.

It's not all about assassins, of course. This month we delve into Dwarf Fortress, chat to Bioware about writing The Old Republic, review all the latest releases and much, much more. Read on to discover the treasures hidden within the pages of our July issue.

PC Gamer UK, June issue: Mass Effect 3

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Commander Shepard dominates our cover this month, unleashing the kind of stare that should send all of Earth's would-be attackers running to the far edges of the solar system. It's so intense it's quite hard to look at for more than a few moments. Go on, try it. See?

He's incredibly angry because this month we infiltrated Bioware and stole six pages worth of Mass Effect 3 secrets for our preview. Braving Shepard's wrath was just one of the dangers we encountered putting together Issue 227. Discover the others below.

Portal 2 review scores 94 and an Editor's Choice award in PC Gamer

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We've played and reviewed Portal 2 and awarded it 94 and an Editor's Choice award. The review appears in the latest issue of PC Gamer US, and the June issue of PC Gamer UK, on-sale May 11.

Why did it get that score and the prestigious award? We described it as “hilariously well-written and acted”, “full of thrilling showcase moments” and “some of the most social gaming you’ll have.” We basically think it’s outstanding.

Check the site when Portal 2 is released for our full review, catch up on the Potato Sack ARG, or read our most recent preview for more. You can subscribe to PC Gamer US here and PC Gamer UK here.

PC Gamer UK Podcast 52 - Crysis 2 dissected, Eve Fanfest and Tom's magical creation

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Tim, Tom, Rich and Graham amass for episode 52 of the PC Gamer UK Podcast. Topics include our Crysis 2 review, Graham's recent visit to the Eve Fanfest in Iceland, and Tom's own indie game, Gunpoint. We also answer a bundle of your ridiculous Twitter questions (we love them really).

Download the MP3, subscribe, or find our older podcasts here. Thanks for listening, and don't forget to let us know what you think in the comments.

PC Gamer UK April Issue – Battlefield 3

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We had many ideas for what we'd want from the next step in the Battlefield series. We talked about it on a podcast, then we wrote it all down. This month, we went out to see Battlefield 3, and found our hopes rewarded. The new Battlefield game isn't just going to be a technical tour de force, it might just raise the benchmark for what we expect from a PC shooter in 2011 and beyond. You'll find all the details in our massive Battlefield 3 preview, in the latest issue of PC Gamer UK, in stores now.

The 100 best PC games of all time

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This gets harder every year. Every year new games are released, old favourites are replayed, obscure indies capture our hearts, and games that we once knew are updated until they’re unrecognisable. We’re fickle, argumentative people in love with the most dynamic gaming platform on the planet, and we’re only allowed to pick 100 games?

It should be the top 1,000, the top 10,000, to fit every single game we all love. But it’s not. As much as the games change, our task remains the same. Boil down decades of sims and shooters, roleplaying games and real-time strategies, into the top 100. The best games on PC. Those that you must play, now.

PC Gamer UK March Issue - Total War: Shogun 2

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March is the month of war. The latest issue of PC Gamer UK hits store shelves today with the force of an army of samurai. Within, we've got the first huge reviews of Total War: Shogun 2 and Dragon Age 2, a massive feature on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and much, much more.