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PC Gamer UK August issue

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Stop tapping out those emails, lay down that furiously scribbling pen and set free your carrier pigeons. The new issue of PC Gamer UK is here. In addition to its rigorous reviews, a bumper-load of percipient E3 previews and in-depth features covering The Sims 4, Battlefield Hardline and Transformers Universe, this issue also contains a free and exclusive Killing Floor 2 in-game jacket. The sustained hordes of blood-gushing zombies will marvel at your style. And then try to eat you.

That's not all! We're also giving readers a free copy of Tidalis, the block-based puzzler from Arcen Games. The issue, which is in shops now, can be ordered through My Favourite Magazines. Digitally, you'll find it on the App Store, Google Play, and Zinio, and you can subscribe to get issues delivered directly to your door. Read on for a look at the subs cover, and a round-up of the features to be found in issue 268.


PC Gamer UK July issue: EVE Valkyrie

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Quick, to the starboard observatory! You'll soon be passing Printopia, where the universe's best magazines are produced. That long stream of delivery ships in the distance? That'll be them exporting the latest issue of PC Gamer. It features EVE: Valkyrie on the cover, which must be a documentary or something, because as I've tried to imply over the course of this paragraph, we're in space now. Oh no, we've hit a wormhole! It's taken us out of this galaxy that's so reminiscent of CCP's upcoming VR shooter, and into a world of high-fantasy and fierce competition. It reminds me a lot of that time the PC Gamer staff had a Hearthstone tournament, which you can also read about in the latest issue of their magazine.

That's not all! This issue, we're giving readers a free Zeus character for Hi-Rez's lane-pusher Smite. The issue, which is in shops now, can be ordered through My Favourite Magazines. Digitally, you'll find it on the App Store, Google Play, and Zinio, and you can subscribe to get issues delivered directly to your door. Read on for a look at the subs cover, and a round-up of the features to be found in issue 267.


PC Gamer UK's Minecraft server is still going strong; take a look inside

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As of last month, Minecraft had sold 15 million copies. That's a lot of people scrabbling around in the dirt to hastily construct a ramshackle hut. At least, that's what I tell myself to feel slightly better about my own inability to build anything good. For those occasions I do want to see spectacular outpourings of creativity, I like to visit the PC Gamer UK server. It's a wonderland of architectural amazement, and has recently received an updated trailer from community member Radio Thax.


PC Gamer UK June issue: Civilization – Beyond Earth

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Discovery... Hope... The future. That's what you'll find in the new issue of PC Gamer UK. Admittedly nothing quite as grandiose as the future of humanity. Instead, we're taking a look at the future of Firaxis, and their recently announced Alpha Centauri successor Civilization: Beyond Earth. Tom Senior journeyed into the unknown, becoming the first person outside the studio to try the sci-fi 4X strategy. You can read his hands-on report exclusively in this issue.

Also in this issue, Andy talks to David Braben about Elite: Dangerous and the return of the space sim, and Chris Schilling takes a look at the new kings of comedy gaming. That's not all. This month, we're giving away two free gifts: a New Player Pack for Warframe, and a light recon tank for War Thunder. The issue, which is in shops now, can be ordered through My Favourite Magazines. Digitally, you'll find it on the App Store, Google Play, and Zinio, and you can subscribe to get issues delivered directly to your door. Read on for a look at the subs cover, and a round-up of the features in issue 266.


PC Gamer UK May issue: Heroes of the Storm

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Diablo? Kerrigan? Thrall? This improbable clash of franchises is brought to you by Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard's upcoming all-star lane pusher. It's certainly got a recognisable roster, but can Blizzard's first official entry into the genre stand up to existing champions like League of Legends and Dota 2. To find out, we sent Chris to investigate the alpha. He talked to developers, tussled with pros, he returned with a newfound respect for bushes. And a cover feature.

Want more? This issue we investigate the Japanese indie scene, get lost in the creativity of Starbound, and bring another selection of in-depth previews and reviews. We're also giving away the co-op platform adventure game Pid. The issue, which is in shops now, can be ordered through My Favourite Magazines. Digitally, you'll find it on the App Store, Google Play, and Zinio, and you can subscribe to get issues delivered directly to your door. Read on for a look at the subs cover, and a round-up of the features in issue 265.


PC Gamer UK April issue: The Witcher 3

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Look out monsters, Geralt's on the way! He might be a little later than originally planned, but, when he does arrive, he'll be carrying dual-swords, decisive decision making, and the massive, sprawling open world of CD Projekt's most ambitious RPG. To celebrate his eventual appearance, we tasked Sam with bringing us the heads of the game's development team. Instead, he came back with an exhaustive series of interviews. If you think about it, that's even better.

That's not all. Alongside the many features, reviews and previews sandwiched inside, we're also giving away a bundle of exclusive items for Planetside 2. Not only will you get the fearsome NS-44 Commissioner pistol and a 1-day experience booster, but also our personal PC Gamer decal. The issue, which is in shops now, can be ordered through My Favourite Magazines. Digitally, you'll find it on the App Store, Google Play, and Zinio, and you can subscribe to get issues delivered directly to your door. Read on for a look at the subs cover, and a round-up of the features in issue 264.


PC Gamer UK March issue: DayZ

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A vast horde of PC gamers are hungry for the harsh and harrowing worlds of survival games. As the current leader of this open-world phenomenon, DayZ is the star of our latest issue. Chris broke out his best tin opener, tracked down Dean Hall, and talked about the what the future holds for his zombie and bandit survive-'em-up. A vast hordes of the internet were also hungry for the bloodied bodies of PC Gamer. The epic livestream of murder and betrayal is documented in our DayZ diary.

That's not all. If you're looking for some power fantasy to pierce through the bleak post-apocalypse, we're giving away a free booster item bundle for Dragon's Prophet. Containing expansion slots, Elixers, and potions, the bundle contains £10 worth of bonuses. The issue, which is in shops now, can be ordered through My Favourite Magazines. Digitally, you'll find it on the App Store, Google Play, and Zinio, and you can subscribe to get issues delivered directly to your door. Read on for a look at the subs cover, and a round-up of the features in issue 263.


PC Gamer UK February issue: Alien Isolation

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It's comforting to know that even in the future, the modern pastime of photobombing is alive and well. On this month's cover, Amanda Ripley gets a surprise visit from a familiar face, signalling the return of the Xenomorph as a singular, unstoppable threat. We sent Chris to creep through the halls of Creative Assembly to play their upcoming stealth horror Alien Isolation, and to leap out at developers to extract their precious information. We then move from one alien threat to another: the resonance cascaded corridors of Black Mesa. We've got an exclusive chapter from Robert Yang's upcoming book about the original Half-Life, explaining how all of your favourite moments were secretly a train. No, really.

That's not all. To get you through the cold winter month, we're giving away Company of Heroes 2's Case Blue DLC. Following the German Wehrmacht through their 1942 summer offensive, the DLC mission pack provides a plethora of co-op and solo challenges that would normally cost you £7. The issue, which is in shops now, can be ordered through My Favourite Magazines. Digitally, you'll find it on the App Store, Google Play, and Zinio, and you can subscribe to get issues delivered directly to your door. Read on for a look at the subs cover, and a round-up of the features in issue 261.


PC Gamer UK January issue: World of Warplanes

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Tally ho, skipper, we've got a new issue bearing down on your six. This month, it's the airborne acrobatics of World of Warplanes that's soaring toward the cover. We've sent our ace pilots Andy and Ben to give you a full dogfighting masterclass; handing out the best tips, lessons and historical manoeuvres for Wargaming's latest free-to-play battler. Once you're chock-full of aeronautic knowledge, you can take advantage of our gift: a free World of Warplanes starter kit for new accounts, giving 500 in-game gold, 3 days of premium access and a Supermarine Type 224 fighter plane.

And then there's more. We're rolling out the red carpets and stocking up on mini bottles of bubbly, because it's time for our Game of the Year Awards. We've picked out the best the year had to offer, and sprinkled in our own favourites. The issue, which is in shops now, can also be ordered through My Favourite Magazines. Digitally, you'll find it on the App Store, Google Play, and Zinio, and you can subscribe to get issues delivered directly to your door. Read on for a look at the subs cover, and a round-up of the features in issue 261.


PC Gamer UK Christmas issue: Everquest Next

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This month's cover star is staring into the packed horde of past MMOs and, judging by her unsheathing of an arrow, isn't too impressed. That's because she's fighting for Everquest Next, SOE's attempt to break free of the conventional wisdom governing massively multiplayer worlds. We sent Tyler and Cory to chart this revolution. They built an inn. Meanwhile, back at base, PCG receives reinforcements in the shape of Andy Kelly and Ben Griffin. Fully staffed once again, the team endeavours to become an elite fighting unit in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It is not a smooth process.

There's more: this month we're giving away Paradox's medieval soap opera Crusader Kings 2. That's £30 worth of intrigue, war, jealousy, and deep strategic planning. The issue, which is in shops now, can also be ordered through My Favourite Magazines. Digitally, you'll find it on the App Store, Google Play, and Zinio, and you can subscribe to get issues delivered directly to your door. Read on for a look at the subs cover, and a round-up of the features in issue 260.


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PC Gamer UK November issue: Diablo 3 - Reaper of Souls

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As any Crusader will tell you, you don't take on the hordes of the fallen without the considerable might of a swinging pair of flaming balls. The chap on our cover has a sizeable set, and he's using them to guard a massive feature about Diablo III's first expansion, Reaper of Souls. Tom and Evan teamed up to co-operatively take on Blizzard's new class, and the features and improvements they've got planned for the ARPG's fifth act. Elsewhere in the magazine, you'll find an in-depth look at what's new in Battlefield 4, and see Chris's report on The International 3.

What's more, readers get a free Warframe Starter Pack, worth £5. The issue is available now, via the App Store, Google Play, or Zinio. Alternatively, you can subscribe to get each issue delivered to your door.


Send us your fondest PC Gamer memories to be printed in our 20th anniversary issue

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PC Gamer is approaching its 20th birthday! To mark the occassion, we're packing all manner of exuberant celebration, considered retrospection and optimistic futurism into the anniversary issue of our magazine. We'll have more details on what we've got planned closer to the time, but before then, we'd like you to join the festivities. With words!


The 50 best free PC games

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There might be no such thing as a free lunch, but there is certainly such a thing as free lunchtime entertainment. Over the following pages you’ll find a list of the best free indie games on PC – from 20-minute diversions to weekend-consuming, endlessly-expanded strategy epics.

All of the games on this list are free in their entirety. That means no microtransaction-supported free-toplay games and no shareware. We’ve also excluded ‘pay what you want’ games on the basis that developers who give you the ability to chip-in would probably like you to consider doing that. That said, there are always exceptions and you’ll find games on this list that sit in a grey area – normally where there’s a substantial free version with the option of also buying an upgraded paid edition. In these cases, we’ve gone with our hearts. Which is to say that we argued about it for hours.


PC Gamer UK September issue: The Indie Issue

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Confined on the cover of this month's issue, a crim with a dark past, a cold-eyed con, an orange outlaw with a rebellious streak that can't be tamed - it's Prison Architect! This month's issue is devoted to celebrating the wit and inventiveness of indie development in all its many and varied forms. We go inside Introversion to uncover the story behind their prison-building sim, round up the most exciting upcoming indie games, cover 50 fantastic free games that you can play right now and still find space to review the latest releases, go on more adventures in Now Playing, and cover the hottest hardware.

What's more, this month you'll get Introversion's entire back catalogue for free. That's four games worth £12 in total including Uplink, Defcon, Darwinia and Multiwinia. The issue should be with subscribers now, but will hit corporeal and digital shelves on Thursday, where you'll be able to buy it via the App Store, Google Play or Zinio. If you prefer, you can subscribe to get each issue delivered to your door. Read on to discover what else we've trapped within the pages of issue 256.


PC Gamer UK August issue: Thief

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Garrett is back! Yes, there he is, Batmanning his way up a wall on the cover of PC Gamer UK issue 255. Is this Thief a worthy successor to the much-loved originals? Graham slipped on his best thievin' gloves and played Eidos Montreal's new take on the classic robbery sim, and then slipped on his best velvet writing gloves to pen this month's six page cover feature. The soft roar of beleaguered keyboards filled PC Gamer towers this month as the staff united to forge our list of the 100 greatest games of all time. There was controversy, mild mannered discussion, tea-drinking, more discussion, sagely nodding and then a blaze of word-making. Will you agree with the list? Perhaps. But, more importantly, it's sixteen pages of passionate writing celebrating the best games ever made.

That's just a fraction of what's inside the latest issue, of course. We've got loads of previews, reviews, features and tech coverage, which you can find out about below. The issue is available now via the App Store, Google Play or Zinio. If you prefer, you can subscribe to get each issue delivered to your door. This month's issue also comes with a free game, a spiritual successor to Deus Ex, Project Snowblind, worth £4. Read on for a closer look at the cover and a list of what to expect from issue 255.


PC Gamer UK July issue: Dota 2

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Dota 2's Windrunner leads the charge on our cover this month in PC Gamer UK issue 254. We visited Bellevue to get inside development at Valve HQ as the Dota community prepares for The International tournament and Dota 2's long-awaited launch. Dota can be baffling to the uninitiated, but with a bit of knowledge anyone can enjoy the spectacle, chaos and depth of competitive play. That's why, in addition to our six page preview, we've created a six page guide to watching Dota 2 that will help demystify this fast-moving and famously complex esport.

But that's not all, of course. We've also taken an early look at The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, revisited some of the great old sim games kept alive by their amazing communities and put to paper Rich and Graham's two-year 300+ game Fifa rivalry. That's as well as our normal brace of previews, reviews and more. The issue is available now via the App Store, Google Play or Zinio. If you prefer the weight of a glossy tome in your hands, you can subscribe to get each issue delivered to your door. Read on to find out what else lies within.


PC Gamer UK June issue: Company of Heroes 2

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What a scowl! There are only two ways to hone a scowl like that. A) browse the Daily Mail for 15 seconds or B) take a leadership position in the Red Army in Stalingrad during World War 2. The gentleman on our cover this month represents the latter, having just emerged angry and sweaty from the ballistic single player campaign for Company of Heroes 2. We've played it for five hours and can't wait to tell you all about it in our six page preview. We're also gifting readers codes for Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor, the standalone expansion for Company of Heroes 1 worth £10.

There's lots more inside of course. This month we've also got a first-hand account of what it's like to run a clan from our man John Strike. Rich strains his sanity as he delves even deeper into Dark Souls, we get an early peek at Amnesia: Machine for Pigs and much more besides. So much more that I'm going to give in and just put it in a nice readable list for you below. The issue is available now via the App Store, Google Play or Zinio. If you prefer your words scored into pulp, you can subscribe to get each issue delivered to your door.


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.


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