December 2018

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in this issue

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“all the big-hitting series have their latest games reviewed here”

Hello, and welcome to the 336th edition of GamesMaster. It’s another issue packed with games we love, and you’ll love too. You can tell Christmas is almost upon us, as big-hitting series such as Call Of Duty and Assassin’s Creed have their latest instalments reviewed right here. Elsewhere, we recount the fascinating story of Dungeons & Dragons, and how the tabletop RPG would come to shape videogames. Then there’s all the regular madness, with previews of Battlefield V and Days Gone, while RetroMaster takes on the Amiga-powered might of The Bitmap Brothers. In sadder news, it’s my unfortunate duty to inform you that this will be the final issue of GamesMaster. The past 25 (almost 26!) years have seen videogames mature as an artform, changing as they have become a dominant form…

1 min
team gm

THE MOST DEDICATED TEAM IN THE BUSINESS This month the team held a games party to toast the mag’s final issue. Ian stabbed in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Miriam built in Dragon Quest Builders, and Rob hooned about in Forza. They’re a sociable bunch. Ian Evenden Installed in the curiously body-hugging editor’s chair just in time for the mag’s final issue, the new ed was looking forward to exercising his newfound power for good, but will now have to take it elsewhere. That is, if the chair will ever let him go… Which mech would you pilot in a brawl? An Imperator-class Titan Rob Crossland The mag’s esteemed art editor was perturbed to discover that Assetto Corsa Competizione doesn’t feature actual Vauxhall Corsas. The RS Cosworth in Forza Horizon 4, however, spoke to his inner boy racer and…

2 min
letter of the month

When we were all younger the thrill of going to a friend’s house or having family round and playing a videogame split-screen or couch co-op was amazing. Fast forward and now with the boom of so many multiplayer-only games why has the option to play with real friends at home disappeared? My son loves Roblox and Fortnite, two games which would be amazing in split-screen or co-op, but instead it’s playing mostly against faceless players over broadband. I found my son being bullied out of games on Roblox just because he wasn’t playing how they wanted him to. That wouldn’t happen as much with local multiplayer. There is definitely place for single-player, online multiplayer, and split-screen, especially with the boom of battle royale style games… it’s a great excuse to connect…

4 min

Rockstar heist I’m an avid fan of all the games Rockstar have made, and have been since I started way back in the day with San Andreas, which is a true classic. Today, however, I’m very worried that their newest game, Red Dead Redemption 2, will not live up to my expectations, not in the gameplay aspect. I’m very excited to get into the open wilderness in gorgeous HD. What I’m concerned about is the business model Rockstar employed with GTA 5 and it’s online, where everything is ridiculously expensive, and missions become a tedious chore. I’m worried that they will bring this method back for Red Dead online, and even worse, implement microtransactions into the single-player. What if they charge you hundreds of thousands for a new horse? What if…

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reader review

Right from the get go you can tell that what you’re about to play is something special. It’s an immense start to one hell of a blockbuster experience! The web-swinging uses more or less the same system as in Spider-Man 2 on the PS2, and combat is decent, but photo mode is a blast! The environment is lovely, so realistic and chock-a-block with side quests, collectables, towers, bases and photo ops. Voice acting is superb, and the score complements the game well – when diving from buildings or swinging around it makes you feel like a superhero! The story is something we have not gotten before, with iconic characters, but not exactly the way we know them from other media sources. Spider-Man is back, and in force, in one of PlayStation 4’s greatest…

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your top 5 most wanted

RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Format PS4, XO ETA 26 October There’s hardly any time at all until we’re all let loose on Rockstar’s wide open range – and the record for ‘best-selling game ever’ gets smashed… CYBERPUNK 2077 Format PS4, XO, PC ETA TBC Will this game come out before we hit the real cyberpunk dystopia? Our cover feature in GM 333 thinks it’s in with a chance, and might be amazing too. THE LAST OF US PART II Format PS4 ETA TBC At least Naughty Dog’s latest will probably arrive before the actual apocalypse – though we’ve got a PS4 hidden in a bomb shelter just in case. RESIDENT EVIL 2 Format PS4, XO, PC ETA January 2019 A remake of one of the original PlayStation’s greatest games has us all aquiver. The improvements aren’t just to the graphics, you…