Strafe Left: The Formative Years #2

In the summer of 2004 PC Gamer UK underwent a radical redesign. Out went the 5-point Baskerville, the lithographs, and the scores in Roman numerals, in came Extra Life, giant screenshots, and colour photos of the reviewers. It was a scary time. I dealt with my anxiety by picking on Thief: Deadly Shadows.

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  1. Alistair says:

    Well consider this a fan posting. It was excellent.

  2. malkav11 says:

    Rat pro. Hah.

  3. The_B says:


  4. Andrew says:

    So bloody good.

    I remember scanning this one and posting it on forums at the time because other people simply had to see the greatness.

  5. Alex says:


    I want me shot with a kebab arrow right now.


  6. Nick says:

    I remember that one.

    I also remember when there were no photos of the reviewers, only the editor. Good times.


  7. Kieron Gillen says:

    I still laugh at Rat Pro.


  8. Chis says:

    Excellent, Tim! Now can we convince the Dark Mod team to add Rat Pro arrows?

  9. Eschatos says:

    Are these comics all posted online? Or are they only in the magazine.

  10. Nick says:

    They are all from PC Gamer UK issues, but by the sound of it a ‘new’ one from the old issues will be posted online every week or so.

  11. Kast says:

    I don’t fancy having to aim the pregnancy tester. Through a hole in the floor boards, I don’t doubt. Lucky for the lack of underwear in the medieval setting.

    I really should think about this less…

  12. Evo says:

    Haha :D

    I remember this one well, love it :D

  13. The_B says:

    To expand on Nick’s point, yes – Tim’s throwing up a classic SL on RPS every weekend from henceforth.

  14. The_B says:

    (Should have said this before but only remembered after I pressed submit) – just do a search for “Strafe Left” in the Search Box, or the link that makes tags worthwhile:

    link to

  15. Chris says:

    Brilliant. I always thought the water arrow was a goofy concept.

  16. PoC says:

    I think the “oaf” one is my favorite. The idea of mildly taunting someone while you’re killing them appeals to me.