PC Gamer UK March issue: Total War: Rome 2

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It's Valentine's day! And to celebrate, we've released a new issue of the excellent PC Gamer magazine! Indeed, there can be few things more romantic, more stirring than issue 250 of PCG UK, with its cover image of a grizzled man squatting menacingly in a forest, while a look of pure wrath - or possibly simple constipation - contorts his weathered features into a chilling snarl. Woah woah woah - stop taking off your pants. It's hard to resist, I know, but before you get all amorous, wait to hear what else is on offer in this perfumed boudoir of an issue. You don't want it to be over too soon, do you?

Issue 250 should be on shelves today and is HALF PRICE if you nab it from either Zinio or the App store before the end of this month. Of course, you could always subscribe and get each issue delivered to your door! Hit the jump to see the exclusive subs cover, and stare deeply into Pooping Barbarian Man's gimlet eyes. Then discover what other treats await: news, previews, reviews, retrospectives, tech tests and a picture of Chris Thursten looking sexy on a horse.

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.

CCP on the death of subscription MMOs: "It's simply not the case"

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"People say the subscription MMO is dead. I fundamentally disagree with that. It's simply not the case."

We've been talking to EVE Online senior producer, John Lander, about the decline in subscription-funded gaming. In the past year the free-to-play model has dominated the PC MMO market but, as John mentions in the video, CCP have never considered it a viable option for their massively multiplayer space opera.

We recently asked every CCP man we could find whether DUST 514 is coming to PC. They didn't quite manage to deny it.

Do you still pay for a subscription MMO?

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 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.

The best gifts for PC gamers

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This article originally appeared in PC Gamer UK 234.

Welcome to the PC Gamer gift guide! A guide to gifts for gamers who PC. What’s that? You don’t know any of these ‘PC’ gamers? Why, that’s no problem! The gifts are for you.

So let's get on with it. Either send this link to someone who could feasibly end up buying you a Christmas present, or bring your own credit card and click away! Please note, our prices were accurate at the time of publishing but the internet being the fickle place that it is, they are subject to changes. Just click the link for the most up to date UK and US prices.

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.

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...

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 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.

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.

PC Gamer UK digital edition is out now, subscribe and save 36% off the digital cover price

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PC Gamer is now available as a digital edition. The tech-priests at Zinio have used their cyber-magic to digitise each issue, bringing the world's best PC gaming news, reviews and features straight to your screen. You can subscribe now and save 36% off the digital cover price. Read on for details.

PC Gamer UK January issue - Eve Online

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Those lucky subscribers already know because they've heard the pleasing sound of an issue of PC Gamer UK sliding through their letterboxes, but the remainder of you will be delighted to discover that our latest issue hits shelves today. Read on to discover its secrets...

UK Christmas bonanza - Day 7 1/2: Win a year's subscription to PC Gamer UK

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Thanks to a small snafu yesterday, you're getting two competitions today. So welcome to day six and-a-half of the PC Gamer Christmas giveaway bonanza. We've given away five stonking prizes already, but we're just getting started. Today we're giving away the most glamorous prize yet. Imagine a world where you never have to leave the comfort of your own home, a place where the world's finest PC news, reviews and features are delivered directly to your door every month. Today we're offering a year's subscription to PC Gamer UK for five lucky winners. Read on for your chance to win.

PC Gamer UK Christmas Issue - Diablo 3

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The Christmas issue of PC Gamer UK comes straight from hell, but it looks heavenly, with not just one Diablo 3 cover but five. You can see four of them below, each depicting a different character class from Blizzard's hack-and-slasher.

Subscribe to PC Gamer UK, get it half price

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It's winter, which at PC Gamer means free overtime from our inking orphans because it's too cold for them to go back to their cells at night. So we're passing these human rights violations - or 'savings' - on to you: it's now just £10.69 quarterly to subscribe by Direct Debit, or £46.49 for a year if you prefer to pay by card. The PC Gamer Maths Prawn tells us that's £3.28 and £3.58 an issue respectively - good job, Maths Prawn! Back in your tank!

For the most ridiculous saving of all, subscribe for two years for £77.99. Your loyalty lets us plan for the future by abducting a whole new orphan, safe in the knowledge that after twelve months, the cadmium poisoning from the ink will have rendered it almost numb to the papercuts. And since we work four-week long Journalism Months to avoid light stabbings from our overlords, we do 13 issues in a year. That's less than £3 an issue, says the calculator we replaced the Maths Prawn with after the tank fiasco. Compassionate and smart.

Subscribers also get their issues with the clean, gorgeous, clutter-free covers you see above. As well as looking sexy on a coffee table, the time the orphans save from the lack of cover lines means we can send each issue out to you sooner than the shops.