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PLAY March 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

1 min

You have to admire Capcom’s willingness to try new things. How many other publishers would approach sequels with such creativity? The Big Bad of cover game Resident Evil Village isn’t a bloody zombie but a middle-aged woman with a vampire complex. Lady Dimitrescu is already sashaying right to the top of our ‘favourite Resi bosses’ list. You can discover more about this queen of the vamps, her daughters, and the secrets of Castle Dimitrescu on p52 as we take a deep dive into the game. We speak to producer Peter Fabiano, go hands-on with the PS5 version, and discover why red barrels are still relevant in 2021. “THIS ISSUE IS FILLED WITH TITLES THAT ACKNOWLEDGE VIDEO-GAMES’ HERITAGE.” That last point is an interesting one, as more developers are keen to embrace the historic…

1 min
this month’s vampire weekenders

Oscar Taylor-Kent GAMES EDITOR It’s another Hit, man. Oscar reviews Agent 47’s latest on p76. GAME OF THE MONTH Hitman 3 BEST VAMPIRE GAME Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries Of New York Jess Kinghorn STAFF WRITER Jess wants to romance Lady Dimitrescu, and that’s not surprising as she owns her own fangs. She’s a Resi 8 fang-girl. GAME OF THE MONTH Hitman 3 BEST VAMPIRE GAME Vampyr Miriam McDonald OPERATIONS EDITOR A plush Strabby and a new merch range (p16); Mim’s love of Bugsnax just levelled up. GAME OF THE MONTH Hitman 3 BEST VAMPIRE GAME Legacy Of Kain: Soul Reaver Milford Coppock MANAGING ART EDITOR Milf’s Vlad to see a new Resident Evil game on the cover – he’s staked a claim to play it first. GAME OF THE MONTH Hitman 3 BEST VAMPIRE GAME Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow…

6 min
kickstarting the future

Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter are great at uniting more niche titles with an audience and empowering smaller developers to bring their projects to life. Occasionally crowdfunding can straight up raise a series from the dead, as in the case of 2019’s Shenmue III. But with Castlevania’s spiritual successor Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night, it allowed an established creator the chance to resuscitate a fan favourite under a different name. When we asked producer Koji Igarashi what he was improving with Bloodstained, he said, “If we were to release [Symphony Of The Night] today, I think there’s a lot of parts that need more improvement in comparison to other games. […] We would improve a lot of the responsiveness of the controls. A lot of things that might have not been a…

1 min
kick-started some of the games we love exist because of crowdfunding

01 HOLLOW KNIGHT This dense metroidvania takes us to the insect world of Hallownest on a quest to purge it of the Infection. Melee combat and a soulsborne-like grind for ‘Soul’ energy to fuel our diminutive bug hero’s fighting and traversal abilities. The art style continues to amaze. Here’s hoping sequel Silksong will come to PlayStation. 02 YOOKA-LAYEE Want to play a ’90s Rare game on PS4? This is the closest you’ll get. It’s so warm and cuddly. 03 WASTELAND 3 Crowd-funded on Fig.co, this RPG recalls Fallout at its best and is perfectly written. 04 BLASPHEMOUS This metroidvania-meetssoulsborne gem has a novel art style and slick combat to match. 05 SHENMUE III A perfect time-capsule game. It’s like the last 20 years never happened (for good and bad).…

2 min
force reawakens

Hold onto your Baby Yoda plush, because the next few years are going to be a rush. Disney recently revealed its Lucasfilm Games division, and made a slew of announcements. Top of the list is that a story-driven open-world adventure is in the works at Ubisoft’s Malmö-based developer Massive Entertainment. The team behind The Division series are harnessing its Snowdrop engine to bring this new epic Star Wars game to PlayStation. “Ubisoft have a unique talent for crafting immersive worlds so we’re thrilled to work with them on this project,” says Douglas Reilly, Lucasfilm Games’ VP, during the announcement. He describes how Massive is making an original story set in the expansive Star Wars universe. “They have the creativity, experience, and community understanding to bring awe-inspiring authenticity, depth and innovation to…

1 min
taylor-made news

Sony had a quiet CES in January – the event was all-digital – but the Big S did at least shed some light on the games we can expect this year. This was unusual as publishers like to treat release dates like people collect Funko Pops; we know it happens but nobody talks about it. Sony confirmed Horizon Forbidden West and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart will be released in 2021. More precise dates were given for Kena: Bridge Of Spirits, releasing in March (as you would have read in OPM #184), Little Devil Inside, out in July, and Solar Ash and Tokyo: Ghostwire in October. And surprisingly PS5’s Project Athia is coming in 2022, and Pragmata in 2023. Then we had the kicker. Sony rereleased its CES video and omitted all…