The best gaming PC can mean many things to different people. So we’ve picked three separate tiers of PC gaming, from a great-and-great-value gaming PC, a wallet-busting high-end rig, or a serious cheap gaming PC. But whether it’s sporting an AMD or Nvidia graphics card, an AMD Ryzen or Threadripper CPU, or a motherboard from Gigabyte, Asus, ASRock, or MSI we’ll find the best prices for the best parts to build the best gaming PC for you. Part of the beauty of putting together your own gaming rig is that you can choose each of the individual components yourself, whether that’s based on pricing or manufacturer preference. That’s because building the best gaming PC is a very personal thing. Some people might not raise a sculpted eyebrow at spending four grand on a gaming PC, while most of us would struggle to scrape together $700 for a prospective build. But all are welcome in the world of PC gaming, and there are brilliant gaming rigs you can create no matter … [Read more...] about Best gaming PC builds 2019 (February)
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Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube E3 is all well and good, but it’s an event concerned almost wholly with the future - games to come in the months and years ahead. But what about right flipping now? In terms of the famous marshmallow test about instant gratification, we want to fill our faces with pink, doughy treats, and we want to do it yesterday. Then, spitting chunks of sugar, we’ll bellow for the sugariest high of all: PC games. The PC games of July 2018. If anything, July is the official month of not waiting around. Before January and February stuck their nose in, it was actually fifth up in the calendar. It’s time to do right by July, stop waiting in the queue, and seize these new games the moment they come out. Can't wait even a week or two? We've got you. Here are the best PC games you can play right now. Seize, because the month is named after Julius Caesar. Yes, we’ve been on Wikipedia. It’s the history book for those who … [Read more...] about The best PC games to play in July
I’ve always been intrigued by designs that seek to capture the entire scope of recorded history in a single strategy game. Utilizing well-known historical tropes, peoples, and places to craft alternate histories, they’ve got a kind of relatability that’s hard to beat. Through the Ages is perhaps the most beloved board game in this genre. Its clever ‘use it or lose it’ resource management forces hard choices, its randomized tech timeline makes each game different, and its slowly increasing variety of action puts other games to shame. Through the Ages is often panned for its length, complexity, and the lack of interactivity between competitors, but it’s an interesting enough game that it warranted an update from creator Vlaada Chvátil in 2015 and remains happily in the top 10 games on industry bellwether BoardGameGeek a decade after its publication. It also holds my interest years after I’ve grown bored of games of the same stripe on PC, … [Read more...] about Through the Ages is a superior civilization-building game
Each weekend, the PC Gamer writers are asked a question about PC gaming, and provide their answers in two or three short, sweet paragraphs (find previous editions here). We then invite you to join in, via the comments below. This week: what's the most disappointed you've ever been by a game's ending? Spoilers follow, naturally. Jarred Walton: Shadow of the BeastThis one goes way, way back to the late '80s and early '90s on the Commodore Amiga, which probably predates most of our readers. I was in high school and Psygnosis became renowned for amazingly smooth 'parallax' scrolling graphics, with Shadow of the Beast being the prime example of the studio's work. (Yes, I'm aware there was a remake for PS4 in 2013.) For the time, the game looked beautiful, and it was punishingly difficult. My friends and I spent months learning the game and mastering the combat and movement. It was far more than just 'git gud', as the game offered no save points and a limited number of lives.My memory … [Read more...] about What’s the most disappointed you’ve been by a game’s ending?
Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube What is the best PC strategy game? Some would say StarCraft II, others Civilization VI. Join us, as we list the genre’s greatest hits, featuring the biggest Steam games available. Fun fact: the strategy game genre was first invented back in 1938, when Winston Churchill looked out an aeroplane window over France and thought, "Hey, this would make a really cool video game, whatever that is." Probably. Since then, there have been about a hundred million different strategy games, simulating about as many different kinds of fighting as we humans have had reasons to fight one another. From the all-encompassing broad strokes of the Civilization series to the individually rendered blades of the Total War games, not to forget the far-flung fantasy tech of StarCraft - strategy games are as diverse as they come. Don't have a strategic bone in your body? Then stimulate your fingers with the best FPS games on PC. But which are the absolute top … [Read more...] about The best strategy games on PC