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First of all can I tell you that this magazine has now changed it's name to PCgameplay,but it has not lost anything apart from it's name, anyway where was I? I have been subscribed to this magazine for about six months,and find it very helpful before buying a game as it reviews all the latest games for the PC.It gives you a verdict on the gameplay also shows you what the game runs like at different resolutions and different processors.They compare the game with others in the same group and gives you the pros & cons of the game. But they do not only rewiew games,O- know, they also give you the best solutions to the most popular games around,and every issue is cramed packed with cheats. They also rewiew joypads,steering wheels and graphics cards complete with there price and a phone number or web address to buy them from. The 'free' CD's or DVD are the best I have come across featuring all the newest games out or still in the building stage.On the CD's or DVD they also include upgrades/patches for the very best games,which is handy as there is then no need to download from the internet,so saving you valuable playing time,also they have utilities such as new drivers for the voodoo and riva graphics card,also shareware programs like winzip v.8 ,acrobat reader and shockwave.On the DVD you also get video previews and reviews,and also trailers of furtue games. The price for all these goodies is only £4.99 per month or if you subscribe you get 12 issues for £45 saving you £14.98 ,this is not much as you are able to play and also compare with other games before you make a mistake and buy a naff game,and you can also get all the patches without downloading.
This is a rather overpriced magazine for what you get. Sure it has demo's, commonly two and occasionally three of them. But most of the games on that demo are very cheap games you wouldn't pay more than a fiver for, with maybe one great new game the competitors had last month. The reviews are the best I've found however, offering detailed well researched previews and reviews, and they are seemingly unbiased. And the same goes for their technology sections, which are relative to the games market (more than can be said for some mags) and very detailed, they often cover peripherals (controllers etc.), hardware (graphics cards etc.), and often find faults the other mags will not. The magazine also has far less adverts than thers. The games are neatly arranged into categories, eg. Simulations, Action, Strategy and Wargaming etc. but this is not a major advantage. The only real bad points about this magazine are the high price (£5) and the little content, it struggles to find over 100 pages, but these are quite big factors, hence my average rating. If you like demos and tend to play every game on them, then you should like this mag, but for what you get it really isn't worth the money for most, even though it offers the best reviews. Quite a balance, 3 stars, I suggest you try it out once, you'll tell in one issue if you like it's style or not, some people may find some of the reviews are just too long.
PCGW is the only PC magazine I buy. The reason being that it is the best. You get two free CD's or a DVD which are full of the latest game demos, utilities, preview vidios, storylines and more. The previews and reviews are great, well worded and fun to read. The team on the magazine are a good bunch and know what the reader wants to hear. There is also guides on hardware and a PC buyer guide which is very good and worth a look. There are software tips and lettters that are helpful aswell as charts and the latest realese dates. Coupled together with their website(www.pcgw.co.uk) this is my one stop site for everything to do with PC games.
You are probably wondering why I have described the title of the magazine as ironic well its name tries to give the opinion that it is a very large magazine which covers the entire world of PC gaming and suggests a broader picture than other magazines. In fact I find this magazine to be very narrow-minded in that it does not cover the world's news as its superior competitors (PC GAMER & PC ZONE). The magazine finds itself with no direction and a confusing format. The actual journalism is of a good standard and it does provide informative reviews, however the demo games are usually at least a month behind Zone and Gamer and the same applies for the news. There is nothing to make this magazine stand out from the competition and frankly I would suggest not buying this magazine when there are clearly better competitors out there which provide better value for money, are more informative and have the necessary experience to put a good magazine together. Buy PC ZONE or PC GAMER as these are lightyears ahead of this below average publication.