PC Gamer (US Edition)4 min cititeComputers
Hack The Planet
Microsoft Flight Simulator’s version of Earth is a marvel. Satellite data from Bing Maps (someone’s got to use it) interpreted by Microsoft’s Azure AI platform creates an approximation of our planet, all 510.1 million square kilometers of it. The res
PC Gamer (US Edition)2 min citite
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Steven Messner: Valhalla was a bit of a surprise to me, honestly. I expected it to be pretty good, but I had no idea that Ubisoft’s next Assassin’s Creed was going to be such a memorable adventure. What matters here are the little details—the numerou
PC Gamer (US Edition)3 min citite
Vicious Cycle
If the Doom Slayer is a race car, as id Software has described him, then The Ancient Gods—Part One is a series of victory laps around three new courses. It picks up right at the finish line of Doom Eternal, and the experience is akin to waking up at
PC Gamer (US Edition)7 min citite
Runescape
In 2001 RuneScape launched as a browser game and never stopped moving forward, depositing old versions along the way for players who wanted to stay in the past: RuneScape Classic, which no longer exists, and then Old School RuneScape in 2013. For eve
PC Gamer (US Edition)3 min citite
Far Out
It’s hard to imagine a more prestigious PC gaming university than Maxis in 2008. When an industry fresher named Alex Hutchinson joined the Spore team, he was introduced to Civilization IV designer Soren Johnson, SpyParty creator Chris Hecker, and pro
PC Gamer (US Edition)2 min citite
Crusader Kings III
Fraser Brown: Crusader Kings III is this year’s best strategy game, but it’s also one of the greatest RPGs and sandboxy sims around as well. On the surface, it’s not much of a departure from its predecessor, but this is a game with astounding ambitio
PC Gamer (US Edition)3 min citite
Feel Lucky, Cyberpunk?
The fundamental concept is easy to understand, and mildly terrifying. Each enemy dies in one hit, and so do you. You’ll sometimes die (many) more times in one level here than in an entire game elsewhere. It’s hard—brutally, unforgivingly so—but fair
PC Gamer (US Edition)2 min citite
Must Play
deeprockgalactic.com I think this is one of the most engrossing and layered co-op games to come out in years—basically Left 4 Dead meets No Man’s Sky. The procedurally generated levels are a constant test of your ability to adapt and improvise, and t
PC Gamer (US Edition)4 min citite
Doom Scroll
In the early days, id Software was all about ego. It wasn’t unique in that regard: Like practically all of its contemporaries, id was founded by kids of the late ’70s and early ’80s, for whom game development had started as a bedroom hobby. Without c
PC Gamer (US Edition)2 min citite
Monster Train
Wes Fenlon: It’s impossible to play Monster Train without Ozzy Osbourne singing Crazy Train in your head. And honestly, that’s exactly how it should be, because it is a crazy train. My favorite thing about this deckbuilder is its wild makeup of facti
PC Gamer (US Edition)3 min citite
Christmas Knight
There’s a sense of trepidation firing up Arkham Origins for the first time. It has a reputation. This is the estranged, drunk uncle of the series—one who starts celebrating Christmas in September and might not actually be a blood relative. His timing
PC Gamer (US Edition)6 min cititeComputers
PCIe 4.0 SSDs
One of the easiest ways of giving your system a performance boost is to upgrade your storage. This is particularly true if you’re still rocking a spinning hard drive or two, although SATA SSDs will also see a notable speed boost when you upgrade to t
PC Gamer (US Edition)5 min citite
Book Of Travels
FIRST LOOK I love playing the role of the wanderer in games, but it’s pretty difficult to explore virtual worlds without some bloodthirsty monster trying to kill me. It is too much to ask to quietly traverse The Witcher 3’s Novigrad, collecting herbs
PC Gamer (US Edition)2 min citite
Phasmophobia
Rich Stanton: The first thing my team of crack spook-hunters look at in a Phasmophobia mission is whether the ghost responds to everyone, or only people who are alone. When it’s the latter, the mood darkens. Communication is at the heart of this expe
PC Gamer (US Edition)2 min citite
Bug Smacks
The theme this month was meant to be festive. And with that in mind, Hollow Knight is a stretch, but it’s a winter-adjacent excuse to play one of the best Metroidvania games ever made. Another is that it’s simply brilliant. There’s a crispness to it
PC Gamer (US Edition)4 min cititePsychology
Mind Reading
A lot of sci-fi ideas seem to have their roots in the ’70s. We don’t know whether it’s the availability of mind-bending drugs at the time, or the free love, or the fashions, but something seems to have sparked off a load of ideas that still seem mode
PC Gamer (US Edition)3 min citite
Goodbye Volcano High
NEW INFO You’d be forgiven for thinking that, of the many things a game about dinosaurs that go to high school is likely to be, ‘relatable’ isn’t one of them. Yet you would be wrong. Despite the dinos, this is set to be a game that tells a deep, surp
PC Gamer (US Edition)2 min citite
Paradise Killer
Andy Kelly: Paradise Killer came out of nowhere and singlehandedly reinvented the detective genre. The first project from indie studio Kaizen Gameworks, this is a detective game that lets you actually detect. You’re presented with a crime, a densely
PC Gamer (US Edition)1 min citite
Fahrenheit
There are loads of things that stick in the memory after your first time playing David Cage’s Fahrenheit. QTE boinking. The heartfelt probably-necrophilia. Floating kung-fu fights against psyche-insects. And that means it’s easy to forget how good th
PC Gamer (US Edition)1 min citite
Buyer’s Guide
PC gaming is for everyone. Pick the parts you want to build a new, well-rounded PC for a good price. You want to run every new game at 1080p 60fps. This recommended build will see you through. You’re looking for the best PC on the market and superior
PC Gamer (US Edition)2 min citite
Everspace 2
PLAYED IT When you start up a free-roaming space shooter, the last thing you expect is to be flying down a tight and twisting tunnel, in search of something called the ‘core’. There are anemone-like creatures all over the walls, and they fall easily
PC Gamer (US Edition)2 min citite
Death Stranding
James Davenport: Death Stranding is a hypnotic exercise in dramatic serenity. For 90 percent of my 100-plus hours wandering the gorgeous, rocky terrain, I was completely alone. It was just me and Norman Reedus’ gentle breath. It’s nothing special for
PC Gamer (US Edition)1 min citite
Frostpunk
Playing Frostpunk sometimes is like reading a historical account of some fatuous, ineffectual king who failed upward into a position of power. “Idealistic but impractical, he invested heavily in schools. But the children stopped being able to write w
PC Gamer (US Edition)1 min cititeComputers
Budget Build
MSI $100 A healthy dose of ports and PCIe SSD support has this B450 at the heart of our budget build. AMD $120 AMD has packed its latest Zen 2 architecture into a speedy four-core package, and that’s great for gaming. Gigabyte $160 The GTX 1650 Super
PC Gamer (US Edition)3 min citite
Second Extinction
PLAYED IT The Ankylosaurus roamed the plains of what is now North America in the late Cretaceous period. It weighed as much as a pair of rhinos, and put their thick skin and horns to shame with an armored shell and bony club at the end of its tail th
PC Gamer (US Edition)7 min citite
Viking Invasion
My favorite Assassin’s Creed is now Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which is saying something considering it’s a series that spans 23 games. It builds on the already excellent RPG foundations laid by Origins and Odyssey, but with meaningful improvements t
PC Gamer (US Edition)1 min citite
The Long Dark
I’m not saying that my current playthrough of The Long Dark is going badly. Just that I might struggle to survive if I don’t manage to kill this rabbit by throwing stones at its adorable head. And I just ran out of stones. It’s one of those games tha
PC Gamer (US Edition)1 min cititeComputers
Mid-range Build
MSI $115 A reliable platform for your build, the Tomahawk Max also comes in black to complement any style. AMD $210 This CPU is one of the greats, and uses the Zen 2 architecture to dominate in gaming and productivity. EVGA $300 EVGA $300 The RTX 206
PC Gamer (US Edition)10 min citite
Light It Up
After more than five years surrounded by Vermintide’s skittering, shrieking Skaven, Fatshark has jumped into the grimdark future of Warhammer 40,000. Darktide pits another four brave souls against unrelenting waves of monstrous enemies in a city bein
PC Gamer (US Edition)3 min citite
Dragon Quest
Playing a Yakuza game without series stalwart Kazuma Kiryu in the leading role takes some getting used to. But luckily for Yakuza: Like a Dragon, it’s easy to warm to new hero Ichiban Kasuga. He has all the strength and determination of his predecess
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