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We’ve got two massive stories in PCPP#219! Total War: Rome II takes us back to the highlight of The Creative Assembly’s grand strategy series and gives us more detail, a greater scale and intricate new mechanics that change the strategic possibilities. Our hands-on time with the game tells all!
We’ve also got the first look at The Sims 4 in action! Find out how Maxis is breathing new life into the insanely addictive people simulator by infusing the Sims themselves with lifelike emotions that allow for emergent play. Plus, it’s singleplayer and offline!
This issue is also PCPP’s first ever Strategy Special! We’ve got the latest on Command & Conquer, Maia, Satellite Reign, Stronghold Crusader 2 and more! We also revisit Civilization V: Brave New World and explore the radical new Venice faction.
The Strategy Special continues into this issue’s reviews, kicking off with the next big Valve game:DOTA 2. We’ve also got Shadowrun Returns, Endless Space Disharmony, Rise of the Triad, Jagged Alliance Online and more!
Tech takes a tweaker’s look at the sub-$60 system, the Raspberry Pi. Find out how you can turn this tiny computer into a media box, and emulator, and more. Full DIY tutorials included! We also speak to NVIDIA about the impending next-gen console launch and how that will affect PC gaming, review the MSI Wind AG2712 all-in-one system, whilst The Bunker explores the art of chasing world records in competitive extreme overclocking!
On the disc is the full version of DOTA 2. That’s right – Valve’s next game, on the disc, for free! Perhaps you could be the next winner of the 1.4 million dollar championship. Plus, the full version of Jagged Alliance Online, a massive demo of Civilization V: Brave New World, and over 20 minutes of HD gameplay footage of Total War: Rome II!
Finally, this issue also includes our annual Education Special! If you’re interested in getting a job in games, this is required reading. Much has changed in the past year, so we speak to a number of graduate students and institutions for a frank and honest discussion about finding the right kind of games education.