PC Gamer UK October Issue: Monkeying around

Issue 374 of PC Gamer magazine, featuring LeChuck from Monkey Island on the magazine cover which sits in front of a brown wood background. A badge next to the magazine says "BONUS: 32-PAGE MAGAZINE INSIDE!"
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I'm a nosy gal, so I can't exactly blame Guybrush for being a bit salty that it's been three goddamn decades and he still doesn't have a clue what Monkey Island's secret is. But hey, anything can happen—after all, Return to Monkey Island is a thing that's actually releasing.

This month, we're chatting to Ron Gilbert about the sequel that was never supposed to exist. The old Monkey Island team has a new perspective, from evolving its art style to modernising the point-and-click style of gameplay. What exactly is the plan for our dear Guybrush Threepwood all these years later? Monkey Island fans are in for a treat with the subscriber cover too, featuring gorgeous art of Guybrush's favourite zombie pirate pal LeChuck.

We also got to sit down with director and producer of Final Fantasy 14 Naoki Yoshida, looking back on what's been a phenomenal 12 months for the critically-acclaimed MMORPG and seeing what's in store for Yoshida and our Warriors of Light in the years to come. 

The PC Gamer Top 100 2022, showing games 100 to 93. Two personal picks are on the left-hand side.

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It's also that time of the year once again: our PC Gamer Top 100 is here. Blood was spilled, hair was pulled and tears were shed as we battled it out to determine the best 100 games on PC that you can play right now. There were some mighty tough choices to make this year—we bumped a few classics and others skyrocketed to the cream of the crop. We think the list is pretty rad though, a reflection of our current team and where PC gaming is today. 

For reviews, this month you can peep what we thought of everybody's new favourite four-legged friend in Stray. If spiders are more your thing (first of all, why?) then we've also got the lowdown on Spider-Man Remastered now that it's finally hit PC, as well as seeing what it takes to run a university in Two Point Campus.

Over on our hardware pages, we're discussing if RGB has begun to die a colourful, flashy death as cases and peripherals mature and leave behind their rainbow lightshow days of old. With money getting tighter for many of us, we also took a look at some budget cases that can help keep us in touch with our hobby while saving a few quid.

Issue 374 is on shelves now and available on all your digital devices from the App Store (opens in new tab)(opens in new tab) and Zinio (opens in new tab)(opens in new tab). You can also order directly from Magazines Direct (opens in new tab)(opens in new tab) or purchase a subscription (opens in new tab)(opens in new tab) to save yourself some cash, receive monthly deliveries, and nab super stylish subscriber-exclusive covers.

This month:

  • How do you develop a sequel that was never supposed to happen? Ron Gilbert stories his journey in how Return to Monkey Island came to be.
  • 2021 saw Final Fantasy 14 find its feet and end up suffering from its own success in the process. What did Naoki Yoshida make of it all, and what's in store for the game's future?
  • Digital Extremes is going all fantasy on us with Soulframe.
  • Reviews for games big and small including Stray, Two Point Campus and Spider-Man Remastered.
  • Handy ways to be a PC gamer on a budget.
  • Plus a whole lot more!
Mollie Taylor
News Writer

Mollie's been gaming as early as she could clutch a controller or mouse in her tiny little hands. The main games she remembers playing are Killer Instinct, Toontown and Audition Online, which still perfectly capture her gaming personality two decades later. She joined PC Gamer in 2020, poking around the weird and wonderful corners of the internet for news. She can probably be found AFKing in Limsa Lominsa for hours on end, using that expertise to write neat things about Final Fantasy 14. When she's not staring at her bunny girl, she can be found sweating out rhythm games, fighters or playing through a JRPG for the fifth time.