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PLAY February 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
$6.01(Incl. tax)
$60.20(Incl. tax)
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min

It’s 2021 and PS5’s launch is a footnote in history, so what’s next? That’s the question on the lips of everyone who’s seen the credits of Demon’s Souls. And if you’ve yet to join Sony’s new gen we have games for PS4, too. Either way, this issue we round up over 80 new games that will ensure this year is going to be one to remember for the right reasons. Last year ended on a low as Cyberpunk 2077 finally released to the consternation of PS4 players – the game was broken. You may have wondered why we never reviewed it last issue; well, now you know. We only review finished games so you’re never in doubt if a release is worth your money and time. You can find our review…

1 min
this month’s forward-thinkers

Oscar Taylor-Kent GAMES EDITOR Cris Tales has Oscar thinking in four dimensions. He has/is/ will be playing this time-based RPG on p66. BEST NEW CHARACTER? Crisbell (Cris Tales) 2021’S BEST COMEBACK Ratchet & Clank Jess Kinghorn STAFF WRITER Can Jess find more to say about Goodbye Volcano High? Of course; this is going to be dinomite. BEST NEW CHARACTER? Fang (Goodbye Volcano High) 2021’S BEST COMEBACK Final Fantasy XVI Miriam McDonald OPERATIONS EDITOR “2D or not 2D? That’s the question.” Our Mim is over-thinking things after enjoying our preview of Oddworld Soulstorm. BEST NEW CHARACTER? Nara (Chorus) 2021’S BEST COMEBACK Ratchet & Clank Milford Coppock MANAGING ART EDITOR Witch game is Milf’s most wanted? That’s hardly a diffi-cult question. It’s Resident Evil Village. BEST NEW CHARACTER? Kena (Kena Bridge Of Spirits) 2021’S BEST COMEBACK Resident Evil Village…

6 min
initiate the callisto protocol

“Not only is this 2320 jail state-of-the-art, but the surrounding moon is uninhabitable.” We might have to wait for 2022 for Striking Distance Studios’ debut project, but we’re already confident it’ll bring the thrills. The studio is led by Glen Schofield, who had a hand in the first Dead Space, alongside other ex-Dead Space devs, and it’s looking to bring those space scares to PlayStation 5. Publisher Krafton has given the team the opportunity to make a game that matches their vision. “They basically have given me carte blanche and creative control,” says Schofield proudly. “I’ve heard that before, and not always gotten it, but they have been right to their word, man, and they have been great to work with.” The Callisto Protocol has been in the works for a while,…

2 min
taking on the trash

How many times now have we stared down from a dropship, standing alongside a huge number of other online players, and prepared to battle to be the last team standing? Scavengers might seem to fit the familiar template, but a few hours with the beta proves Improbable’s take on mass online gaming is a deep, tactical shooter, and something wholly unique. Full matches have 60 players divided into three-person squads, but more often than not you won’t be gunning down other players very quickly. This is PvPvE (player vs player vs environment, not something you need to ask your doctor about), and if you want to top the leaderboards and win you’ll have to secure enough data. Achieving that means grabbing sufficient materials to craft gear to protect you long enough…

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taylor-made news oscar taylor-kent’s news slap

BioWare has upgraded from a single-image Dragon Age 4 teaser to a few moody cinematic vistas (and a glimpse of ol’ Solas). Maybe next year we’ll see something that actually hints at gameplay but who knows? As great as it is to see BioWare doing well, a BioWare-feeling game, the big question is: where’s PS5 trilogy remaster news? If Mass Effect fans are to get one, then so should those who prefer things scaly. Speaking of fantasy, Pearl Abyss (the dev behind the rather pretty MMO Black Desert) showed off its new thing, imaginatively titled Crimson Desert (not a red velvet cake; this has one ‘s’). It looks jaw-droppingly good, filled with huge open environments and a Viking-like tone (plus a big dragon). While it has a narrative, single-player action focus, Pearl Abyss hopes…

1 min
night city comes alive

Photographer Nohemi Capetillo has a track record of creating amazing shoots based on her favourite games. She began her Cyberpunk 2077 project two years ago as part of a commercial set, which she says is why the photos are tame compared to the game’s sexualised world. Being a fan of tattoos, piercings, basically body modifications, this game takes it to a level I can only dream of. Working with models MorguenMarie, Amithyste and Romany, as well as the artist Irina Istratova, who retouched the photos, Capetillo has brought to life the world of Cyberpunk 2077 beautifully. We know Capetillo is an avid gamer, but what made her choose Cyberpunk 2077? “Being a fan of tattoos, piercings, basically body modifications, this game takes it to a level I can only dream of. To top…