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Sam Fisher is back, and he's trading in his corduroy jacket for a kevlar tactical suit and returning to the front lines of the war against terror. We interrogate Ubisoft's top men to find out how Splinter Cell: Blacklist will incorporate and evolve a range of possible approaches not seen before in the series. But is this new-look Fisher still the stealthy spy we once knew? Top-secret answers, inside!
Next is a chat with Deus Ex producer, and purveyor of Looking Glass Studios' immersive simulation design manifesto, Warren Spector. We talk the history and future of the immersive sim, the one-room RPG, and what's next for PC gaming.
Doom 3 is also making a return with the BFG Edition, combining it with the expansion pack, a new series of missions, the classic Doom games and a flashlight attached to your armour. That's right - no more weapon swapping! But there's far more to the BFG Edition than duct tape, as this issue's chat with id Software reveals.
Ron Gilbert and Double Fine are also returning to action! We chat to the Monkey Island designer about his new adventure title, The Cave - a game that's been spelunking around his noggin for 25 years. Tim Schafer also chimes in on the future of adventure gaming, and the possibility of Psychonauts 2.
As if there weren't enough PC gaming luminaries this issue, we also chat to Peter Molyneux about leaving the triple-A world for a series of experimental titles. Find out what his first experiment, The Cube, actually is - but not what's inside it. We're assured, however, it will change your life.
Continuing our look ahead at the next generation of PC gaming is our exclusive interview with Ubisoft Montreal on Watch Dogs - the open-city hacking game where digital stealth and systemic firefights combine into a morally ambiguous grey goo. And what's with that multiplayer functionality...
Continuing age-old tradition, however, is Larian Studios. We look at two of their upcoming titles set in the Divinity world: Original Sin, a co-op RPG directly inspired by Ultima VII; and Dragon Commander, a beast of an RTS-RPG mashup. The dragon has a jetpack, so no, you won't want to miss this article.
PCPP#207 also features our Education Special! If you've ever wanted to get into games development with the big boys or the indie studios, this is your one-stop-shop for the best pathways into the Australian industry. All the major colleges and courses covered, with advice from Australia's most prominent developers and educators.
Skyrim's blood-sucking expansion pack, Dawnguard, kicks off our reviews this issue, followed by Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Orcs Must Die! 2, Blacklight: Retribution, Gemini Wars and much more!
Tech opens with the ultimate guide to overclocking your Intel CPU. Step-by-step instructions ensure you'll get the most our of your chip without frying it. Plus, the first Aussie review of the GTX 660, the GeForce built for gamers, and more!
On the disc is the full version of free-to-play multiplayer shooter Blacklight: Retribution! Plus, a massive demo of essential Civilization V expansion, Gods & Kings, and a demo of the next puzzler from the creator of Portal, Quantum Conundrum!
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