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PC Gamer [with CD]

3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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PC GAMER the #1 PC games magazine. The lastest game reviews, gaming news, tips, tricks and strategies to get the most out of your computer gaming experience.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Future US, Inc.
  • ASIN: B000NDESM0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • This magazine subscription is provided by Future US, Inc.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Magazine for Gamers August 16, 2007
Subscription Term Name:1 year [with CD]
Once upon a time, PC Gamer was in a real dogfight with Computer Gaming World for the title of best gaming magazine. This battle ended when CGW basically self-destructed thanks to some massively poor decision-making by their editorial staff. CGW has since re-launched as Games for Windows: The Official Magazine but has not reclaimed their old glory.

PC Gamer provides both reviews and previews of games. They also have a small section covering hardware. One regular feature that is nice is that they give sample builds for three PCs each month, entry level, mid level, and high end. Most magazines just focus on the most expensive parts for their sex appeal but most gamers can't afford that gear. It's nice to see this magazine buck that trend.

Most computer magazines employ humor to keep things from getting too dry and this one is no exception. They do a very professional job of providing coverage but throw in just enough sarcasm to give you a grin or two in every article. They also do a good job of calling out games that have real issues and even in their previews I've seen them point out shortcomings. Overall, this is a very good magazine and well worth the subscription price.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Caters directly to the PC gamers out there November 10, 2007
Subscription Term Name:1 year [with CD]
I really like this magazine and have subscribed for the past 3 years. PC GAMER caters directly to PC gamers, each month reviewing several games and previewing several others. Although you can get demos and such online, this magazine also bundles a dvd that contains demos and other things to preview. The articles are generally well written, and most of the ratings are reasonable, with one big exception (see below).

My only problem with PC GAMER is its "world exclusive reviews," where a company will allow the editors to be the first to review some highly anticipated game. The problem is whatever game is reviewed in this matter invariably gets a high score (85%+), almost regardless of quality. In its latest world exclusive, Hellgate: London received a score of 89%--a full 15 percentage points higher than the game's average review rating at Gamerankings[dot]com. I know that this arrangement is supposed to please everyone: PC GAMER gets the early scoop, readers buy the mazagine to read the early scoop, and the game developer sells more copies of the game thanks to PC GAMER's early endorsement. But in my opinion, this scheme compromises the integrity of an otherwise very good magazine.

Anyhow, I recommend PC GAMER to anyone who has at least a casual interest in PC gaming.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Used to be so much better June 23, 2009
By D. Rose
Subscription Term Name:1 year [with CD]|Verified Purchase
I've read PC Gamer for years and years, subscribing on and off and buying them on the newsstand. I remember when they used to be almost half an inch thick, especially around the holidays, full of information on upcoming games, multi-page reviews, a large hardware section, demos and previews and custom programs on the discs, etc. These days they are very thin with very little content. The reviews are short and the previews read like a press release from the developer full of hyperbole and gushing enthusiasm even when the product may be a year away from launching. The hardware section has gotten smaller and smaller and these days you're lucky to see a couple of reviews of a mouse or new $5,000 gaming rig without anything else.

I still pick up a copy every now and then but am disappointed every time compared to what this magazine used to be. They should be writing longer articles, more in-depth with more grown-up writing. The blogs have them beat with any up-to-date info, they need to set themselves apart with quality. See EDGE magazine in the UK for a great example of a gaming magazine (though it is mostly focused on consoles).

*Update Jan 10 2010*
I recently re-subscribed to this magazine thanks to a great deal during the holiday where I got a 12 month subscription for less than the price of a hamburger. Apparently they just got a new editor in chief and so far the quality is even worse than it was before. The magazine is still super thin and lacks real substance and now there are multiple simple typos throughout. They really need to work on their proof-reading, as I noticed at least a dozen spelling mistakes or missing words or sentences that don't make any sense.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is... May 31, 2007
Subscription Term Name:1 year [with CD]|Verified Purchase
PC Gamer reviews games and hardware that is currently available for the PC. The reviews are the most impressive in terms of the games. They are pretty accurate with their rating system which is setup much like a grading scale on a report card with 90% or higher being considered excellent and so on...Once in a while they will drop a really low rating on a halfway decent game, but 99% o the time they are accurate in my opinion. The hardware reviews seem to be fair, but they only seem to review the utmost PC gaming computers ranging in price from $4000 to nearly $10, theres no surprise when its rated the "fastest machine ever". Overall, it's a quality PC gaming magazine, and for the price I definetly suggest it.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Have really fallen January 18, 2009
By No Dibs
Subscription Term Name:1 year [with CD]
I've been reading PC Gamer since 1999 and they have really fallen in terms of quality. The magazines are practically paper thin now. It has been awhile, but I believe my copy of the issue that previewed Duke Nukem Forever in 1999 may have been over 200 pages worth of content. Now? 80, 90, etc.

Instead of being the gritty, hard to please mag they used to be they are essentially ad-magnets now. I've seen multiple games that were widely frowned upon get high scores simply for one reason: they got the "exclusive". I can't help but think PC Gamer is in the back pockets of many companies now that they're the "top" PC gaming mag around.

R.L. Ermey once said on one of their discs that PCG had "its **** in the bag", and it once did. Once. The mag still has some wit and charm about it and the hardware section is still quite good... but that's about it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by stephen k stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Got my mags.
Published 5 months ago by C. M. Knox
1.0 out of 5 stars The three column layout stinks
The three column layout stinks and it only serves to add fluff. None of the articles are memorable, and they are pretty shallow. They need more substance in the articles.
Published 11 months ago by Sherm
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok if you get a deal
Occasionally had some good articles, however with all the ads it really lacked since I can find most of the same information or more online. Read more
Published 13 months ago by End User
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Magazine for Gamers
Great magazine subscription for PC Gaming fans. I purchased this for my husband and he loved it.
Published 13 months ago by Shell Burger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good mag that I enjoyed reading
Published 16 months ago by Alvey
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic
If you are a gamer, you need this magazine like a fish needs water. Essential reference guide. There also is an online version, yo!
Published 21 months ago by Michael McLarnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
This is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I enjoy PC Gaming, and this magazine has lots of great articles to keep me in the know.

Published 21 months ago by David Kalish
4.0 out of 5 stars works for me
The pictures haven't fallen off the walls yet. They are a little pricy, but I think they are working just fine.
Published 23 months ago by leslie scully
5.0 out of 5 stars Great PC Games Mag, and CHEAP!
Got all my issses, and the sale price when purchased was nuts. If you like PC Gaming, and do nto already have a subscription, you should really try this.
Published on August 6, 2013 by Jerod Lytton
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