GamesMaster issue 300 celebrates the past, present and future of videogames

Our sister publication GamesMaster hits the triple-century mark this month, and to commemorate the occasion the magazine's special 300th edition takes a trip through time to chart the past, present and future of video gaming.

First up is a look back at the 100 most influential games ever made, with appearances from the likes of Tomb Raider and Minecraft. That’s followed by a comprehensive list of the 100 best games to play right now, such as Destiny and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Those are topped off by the most insightful of Dolorean journeys, as the mag team details the future according to videogames. Best stock up on bottled water now: we’ve a lot of nuclear winters in store.

Elsewhere in the special edition issue Zelda director Eiji Aonuma talks the history – and upcoming plans – of Nintendo’s most illustrious RPG series, Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani ponders the changing nature of game design, and Far Cry Primal, Doom and Tekken 7 all go under the previews microscope.

“Issue 300 itself is an absolute barnstormer, and an ideal way for us to say a big 'thank you' to our readers,” says editor Matthew Gilman. “I’m sure that gamers both young and old will get a kick out of it, especially the huge three-part special feature which is one of the biggest that we've ever built.”

Incredibly, this month marks 23 years since the first issue of GamesMaster went on sale, long outliving the Dominik Diamond-fronted TV show from which it garnered its name. (Not to mention contemporaries such as Mean Machines and CVG.)

GamesMaster issue 300 lands in newsagents this Thursday, 28 January.

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