In this issue of PC Gamer, we take a look back through gaming history and pick out eight games that defined us as PC Gamers. Our cover for this month guarantees that Half-Life 2 is in the mix, but read inside to find out our seven other choices, alongside in-depth features about each entry.
We also take a look back at the controversies and successes of the Epic Games Store since its launch two years ago. Our feature examines Epic's impact on the PC Gaming landscape and takes a critical eye to Steam's new competitor.
Our big preview of this month is Obsidian's experimental survival game Grounded where Fraser must face his fear of creepy crawlies by facing a colony of giant ants. We've also got a look at a bunch of Early Access games, including Ruinarch, Hardspace: Shipbreaker, and Tainted Grail: Conquest.
This month's reviews include Hitman 3, El Hijo, Omori, Override 2: Super Mech League, Call of Duty: Black Ops — Cold War, and Haven. We also dive into some games from the past in our 'They're Back' section and take a look at 80 days, Journey, Mini Metro, A Hat in Time, and Forza Horizon 4.
Hardware has been busy this month looking at the best CPUs. They've pitted AMD and Intel against each other in a brawl as they pick out the six best CPUs on the market.
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- We take a look at PC Gaming's eight most iconic games
- A look at the Epic Games Store two years on
- Previews including Grounded, Ruinarch, and Hardspace: Shipbreaker
- Reviews of Hitman 3, El Hijo, Omori, and Airborne Kingdom
- A guide to the best CPUs on the market
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