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PLAY January 2021

PLAY is a new PlayStation magazine created by the team behind the Official PlayStation Magazine. The same editorial people, access, and passion for PlayStation as ever before, now under a new banner. If you love PlayStation – from PS1 to PS5 – then we’re the magazine for you. If you still enjoy your video game news, previews, reviews, and features curated once a month into a beautifully designed package made with care and flair, then PLAY Magazine is unmissable.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
$5.84(Incl. tax)
$58.59(Incl. tax)
13 Issues

in this issue

6 min
the pathless

“Your feathered friend plays a pivotal role in solving puzzles and purifying the cursed spirits.” The world has been plunged into darkness – but enough about 2020, what’s the game about? Easy jokes aside, here you play as the last Hunter. On a quest to restore light to the world, she travels to the source of the all-enshrouding darkness, a cursed isle that none return from, where the worlds of man and spirit intersect. There she must shoot and dash across the realm in search of spirits known as the Tall Ones, with the aim of purging their corruption. A particular refrain haunts the early areas of the cursed isle and sends me down a memory rabbit hole. The twanging strings echoing through The Pathless’ ruins cast my mind back to Ico…

1 min
the dark pictures anthology: little hope

Setting up a party chat gives this much the same energy as watching a slasher of questionable quality and doing your best Mystery Science Theatre 3000 impressions. It’s particularly rewarding as a second playthrough option as your partner’s ill-advised choices steer you towards alternate outcomes you may well have missed all over again, and whatever trophies they unlock pop for you as well. The only down side is the pacing, which can drag even more if you’re playing with someone who doesn’t follow the script. (Why no run button?!) It’s still worth playing with friends to see where you’ll end up, but not in one sitting. INFO FORMAT PS4 PRICE £24.99 PUB Bandai Namco DEV Supermassive Games OFFLINE REVIEW 7/10 PLAYERS 2 CROSSPLAY No CROSS-GEN No…

1 min
overcooked: all you can eat

This is a series that needs no introduction but for those new to the kitchen: you and up to three other sous chefs can jump into increasingly silly culinary conundrums in either local or online multiplayer. This definitive rerelease collects both mainline games as well as a heaped second helping of all DLC, plus a few new sweet treats besides. Presented as one menu, everything is playable at 60fps in 4K resolution1 (the original Overcooked has been remade in the Overcooked 2 engine). In all that’s more than 200 courses to chew on. There’s a plethora of accessibility options, from colour blindness options and a dyslexic-friendly font to the ability to make rounds longer. New and exclusive to this compilation is The Ever Peckish Rises. Found along with all other DLC under…

1 min
the opm breakdown

STATPACK 0:31 Our best time on the Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yeti trial. The one-life Knitted Knight challenges are very tough. Beat our time if you can! 21 Different actions in Sackboy’s action almanac. All his moves, basically. And you’ll make the most of them on your way to the finish. 160 How many Dream Orbs you’ll need to collect in order to reach the Centre Of Craftworld. You’ll see a lot of levels on the way there. THE DUALSENSE DIFFERENCE DUALSENSE SPEAKER You’ll hear Sackboy’s wails from the DualSense when you fall. Even though restarts are quick on PS5, it’s upsetting. HAPTIC FEEDBACK Rumble, rumble everywhere – it’s used a tad heavy-handedly but carpeted areas feel lush. LOVING/ HATING GUARDIAN ANGLES The wonderfully inventive boss battles keep finding creative perspectives on familiar platforming ideas. CAMERA SHY Occasionally the screen won’t scroll fast enough,…

6 min

“Between you and a safe Aperion are hordes of Macros-minions and a roster of bosses.” Arriving with a swoosh of glitter and delivering a world built from those foil wrappers left over in a Quality Street tin, Counterplay Games’ first release is an extravagant, camp, but shallow brawler. It’s commendable that every box-tick feature you want from a PS5 debut is in here, but you can only smash so many sparkly space knights in the face before you start wistfully wishing for something more. The mad god Macros is on the verge of ascending, which threatens the fabric of the universe. He’s gathered a rag-tag group of allies to defend his tower as he takes the Rites Of Ascension to become, well, something the game never makes clear. It’s bad, though. You…

2 min
kate bishop is taking aim

Being a superhero is never smooth sailing, and that’s been all too true for Marvel’s Avengers. After a rocky launch and a delay to the arrival of its first new superhero and story drop, it’s been an online game in need of a comeback. The heroic task of enlivening things has fallen on the shoulders of Kate Bishop, the main attraction of the Taking AIM storyline, which continues the ongoing narrative about the Avengers Initiative. With both Nick Fury and her mentor Clint Barton (Hawkeye) missing, combined with the tachyon rift time distortions, she’s got a full itinerary. She might be an extremely gifted archer and a world-class gymnast, but she has to work with the Avengers to get to the bottom of what’s going on. But things don’t end so neatly,…