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5 Best Gaming Magazines in 2022



Remember the days of demo discs and cheat sheets? Yeah, us too. Gaming magazines don’t quite hit the same way they used to, right? Somewhere along the way, they changed, perhaps for the greater good, but something definitely felt different after the turn of the new millennium. But these days, you know—they ain’t half bad. They’re not quite on par with some of the flagship mags from back in the day—but they’ll do just fine.

Anyways, if you’re interested in swinging for a new subscription this year, then allow us to introduce you to some of the best gaming rags on the market. We’re talking magazines that not only have great content, but frequent freebies and exclusive perks for readers. So, if that sounds like your sort of deal, then be sure to check into these five.


5. PC Gamer

PC Gamer has been a go-to rag for a certain collective for quite some time now, and it still has a pretty sturdy presence up there with the Master Race pledges. With a pawn on both US and UK waters, it covers a great deal of the board, and the fact it’s available as a digital copy as well as a printed edition does work wonders for the vast majority of its readers.

Fortunately, PC Gamer is relatively cheap compared to the bulk of the magazine subscription out there. With standard issues coming in at around $1 apiece, it means you can subscribe and get billed around $5 a quarter. And if you’re seriously into your PC gaming, and want the latest scoops on all things Master Race—then it’s a no-brainer.

Pick up your copy of PC Gamer here.


4. PLAY Magazine

For those who are keen on anything PlayStation related, PLAY Magazine has pretty much everything you could need and more. With deep dives into exclusive interviews with all the biggest developers on the planet, its material becomes a solid tool for aspiring journalists and die-hard Sony fans alike.

Whether it’s a preview of an upcoming PS5 exclusive or a sneaky freebie for PlayStation Now subscribers, PLAY Magazine usually has something to win over the majority of its readers. And for a generous offer of $2 an article, it can’t be any more persuasive. Plus, editions can be purchased in a standard physical print, or downloaded through Amazon. So it’s a win-win, clear as day.

Pick up your copy of PLAY Magazine here.


3. Xbox Official

If, for whatever reason, you don’t fancy yourself an avid reader of Sony’s material, then you can always buy-in to Xbox’s kingdom of juicy prints. And to be fair, it’s not all that different from the PLAY Magazine, other than the obvious fact that this one primarily focuses on all things Xbox.

If you enjoy tucking into some quality journalism with a few of the Xbox ambassadors, be it for a new game release or for an anniversary piece, then this magazine is your best port of call. Plus, for as little as $5 an issue, it seems to good a deal to pass up, especially if you live and breath green and white.

Pick up your copy of Xbox Official here.


2. 110% Gaming

Of course, there are plenty of magazine options for younger eyes—especially for those who have a hunger for Fortnite and Minecraft. 110% Gaming cracks in on that exact niche, and it usually comes up trumps whenever it releases one of its lengthy issues. Plus, it also features a great deal of content on popular streamers and YouTube stars, so eSports fans will feel right in the loop with its monthly scoops.

110% Gaming doesn’t usually focus on one particular portion of gaming. Instead, it takes trends into account, and finds ways to channel it through to its younger fan base. So, consider it a jack-of-all-trades sort of magazine, where no two issues will ever be the same. And if you enjoy switching from one platform to the next, then it’s definitely worth checking out.

Pick up your copy of 110% Gaming here.


1. Game Informer

There’s no doubt about it. Game Informer, owned by none other than GameStop, has some of the best content in the known gaming world. So filled with engaging content and unbiased reviews is it, that it’s almost a wonder why the whole community isn’t already subscribed to it. But given the fact it only publishes ten issues a year, it does explain why so many struggle to catch it on the shelves.

Game Informer has been going strong for a good thirty years now, and yet there’s still no sign of the GameStop mag easing off the breaks. But then, with the magazine coinciding with its in-store perks, I suppose there’s no reason for the publishers to cease fire. The matter of the fact is, it’s growing strong even today. And as far as all-rounder magazine subscriptions go, Game Informer is definitely the one to beat.

Pick up your copy of Game Informer here.


So, what’s your take? Do you agree with our top five? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

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