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Build Your Dream Valheim House
1 First, the basics. You start with a hammer, and use it to build close to a workbench. Select the hammer on your hotbar and click right-mouse button to access the build menu. Use the middlemouse button to scrap, and scroll to rotate. 2 Save yourself
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Branching Out
Everybody understands trees,” says Maria Sayans, CEO of Ustwo games. It’s maybe not the kind of pitch we’re used to hearing from developers, but that sentiment does get to the roots of Ustwo’s mission. In just two months this indie developer has help
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Pajama Sam: No Need To Hide When It’s Dark Outside
I’m not afraid of the dark. I’m not! But I am afraid of what PC gaming would look like without Pajama Sam. A whole generation of PC gamers grew up after the heyday of adventure games, but were too young and oblivious to notice the rapid descent of a
PC Gamer (US Edition)2 min lettiComputers
Mid-range Build
B450 Tomahawk Max MSI $115 A reliable platform for your build, the Tomahawk Max also comes in black to complement any style. Ryzen 5 3600X AMD $210 This CPU is one of the greats, and uses the Zen 2 architecture to dominate in gaming and productivity.
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“Learning How Each One Operates Is Vital”
These days, it takes a lot for a roguelike to stand out, so it was a pleasant surprise for me this month to be so wowed by Curse of the Dead Gods (see our review on p72). The punchy combat, grim atmosphere, and meaningful decision-making sucked me in
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Northern Star
The Houser brothers were born heirs to the world of gangster cinema. Their mother, Geraldine Moffat, was the glamorous actress who rescued Michael Caine in a convertible in Get Carter. “You didn’t know you had a fairy godmother, did you?” she yelled
PC Gamer (US Edition)2 min lettiComputers
Advanced Build
MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi MSI $270 A heady mix of enthusiast motherboard functionality and build quality that stops short of god-tier motherboard pricing. Core i9 10900K Intel $529 If you want the fastest gaming CPU, look no further than Intel’s fl
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“I Veer Off Course, Stumble Over My Feet, And Send The Skater Careening”
Last September, I made the ill-considered decision to get into skateboarding as an adult—and not to brag, but I reckon I’ve gotten rather good at it. But while I got in a good few weeks of tearing through town while the weather held up, a Scottish wi
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Gta V: Chaos Mod part I I
After battling his way through suicidal traffic in the climax to last month’s diary, I left Grand Theft Auto V’s Michael De Santa sunning himself by his swimming pool. It was a well-deserved reprieve from the antics of the Chaos Mod, which triggers r
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Rhythm Doctor
PLAYED IT When I think of rhythm games, I picture inputs chaotically dancing across the screen, each begging for my attention. But Rhythm Doctor only demands only one—just hit the spacebar every seventh beat. Seems simple enough, but this game is not
PC Gamer (US Edition)1 min letti
PC Gamer
Brand Director Global Editor-in-Chief Tim Clark Evan Lahti Editor-in-Chief, UK Phil Savage Print Editor Robin Valentine Online Editor, UK Fraser Brown Features Producer Andy Kelly News Editor Rich Stanton Guides Editor Harry Shepherd Staff Writer Rac
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Must Play
kineticgames.co.uk This is the go-to co-op game for my multiplayer squad. Our fumbling attempts trying to document paranormal activity combined with the game’s slapstick jankiness are constant sources of stomach-hurting laughter. You stop chuckling q
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Brian Xeno
It’s standard practice with an XCOM game to rename your troops after your friends. You can throw the ones you like less recklessly into battle. Or perform heroic deeds using the people you slightly fancy so you have a fresh reason to initiate convers
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“Establishing Slipways Is As Simple As Drawing A Line Between Two Planets”
Every strategy game or management sim I play, the same thing happens. I love it at first, but then my city, space empire, civilization, or whatever it is grows to a certain size, and the micromanagement becomes unbearable. The joy is sucked out of th
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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
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The PC Gamer team
Specialist in Alien 3 This month Found a new excuse to go on about how much he loves those aliens whose heads look like rude bits. Specialist in Forgetting realms This month Finally figured out how to spell ‘Drizzt’ and ‘Catti-Brie’ properly. Just in
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Dream On
Tarsier Studios’ Little Nightmares II is a horror game which understands modern horror in ways most games haven’t wrapped their heads around. The Babadook, Midsommar, Hereditary… these iconic modern films have eschewed jump scares in favor of slowly
PC Gamer (US Edition)4 min letti
The Sense Of Mystery In Valheim
It’s rare to feel a genuine sense of mystery about a PC game these days. Between overlyaggressive marketing and hyperengaged communities, any secrets a game may hide are excavated and detailed on wikis just days after release. It makes me long for th
PC Gamer (US Edition)5 min letti
True Blood
The relationship between movies and games has always felt frayed. There’s a sense that Hollywood doesn’t quite understand this medium of ours—and there are so many failed game-to-movie adaptations in the rear view that it’s hard to take a new one ser
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Catastronauts
While ‘Overcooked in space’ isn’t a very accurate description for Catastronauts—that would just be rehydrating bags of curry and sucking up gobbets of energy drink as they floated past. Which, to be fair, is a game I’d definitely play. This is more l
PC Gamer (US Edition)2 min letti
Total War: Rome Remastered
FIRST LOOK The history nerds at Creative Assembly have decided to explore their own history for the next Total War, enlisting Feral Interactive to dig up the original Rome and give it a good dusting. The result is Total War: Rome Remastered, sporting
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Stonefly
FIRST LOOK Flight School Studio has left the electrifying pinball hack-n-slash action of Creature in the Well behind for a tranquil jaunt through nature in Stonefly. This game puts a magnifying glass over a forest’s undergrowth, letting us take a pee
PC Gamer (US Edition)6 min lettiComputers
Mechanical Keyboards
The wonderful thing about PC gaming is that just about anything can be an input device if you try hard enough, yet I can think of no better way to game than by making a ruckus with every lovely button press on a mechanical keyboard. The sweet, slick
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After Earth
Sometimes a name simply drifts through space, awaiting the perfect project to dock with. Blade Runner was originally the title of a little known 1974 sci-fi novel about a black market medical equipment supplier—until Ridley Scott bought the rights, k
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Ooblets
The cute crittercollecting game Ooblets is gradually growing in size, and since its Early Access release last July, Badgetown and its surrounding areas have developed into something bigger. With regular content updates and brand new zones to explore,
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Hrot
PLAYED IT It’s not a popular opinion, but I love a good sewer level. All those rusted grates and walkways, and gallons of sloshing, suspect water. It’s where industry meets the underworld, and HROT is especially good at it. A good chunk of this Early
PC Gamer (US Edition)3 min lettiIndustries
A Match Made In Skyrim
After getting the approval of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the European Union Commission in March, Microsoft has now officially announced that the acquisition of ZeniMax Media, owner of Bethesda, is complete. Xbox head Phi
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Flood Damage
Honestly, what is the point of re-reviewing Halo 3?” you might say. “It’s perfect.” You are correct. But it’s important I confirm it’s perfect in the way I want. I need to know I can set up a custom game via Steam with the settings I like and the wea
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Hellish Quart
PLAYED IT I’m so enthusiastic about this sword-fighting game that I’d better start with a disclaimer: Hellish Quart is in Early Access, and it’s pretty rough. The menus look like placeholders, the planned campaign is absent, and the only way to play
PC Gamer (US Edition)1 min lettiInternet & Web
Hypnospace Outlaw
Alright, so I’ve gone for a loose theme of space this month—but I never specified what kind of space. And there’s something about Hypnospace Outlaw that’s both comforting and deeply unsettling. It’s pleasant, because it recalls a simpler time of dial
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