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PLAY April 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 underpinned PlayStation since the 1990s and has succeeded in step with each console generation. Now Final Fantasy is set for PlayStation 5 and it’s poised to usher in a new era of RPGs on Sony’s new-gen console. This issue we take a look at the future of RPGs. We sit down with series producer and legendary developer Naoki Yoshida to discover his views on PlayStation 5 and where he intends to take Final Fantasy. On p50 you can discover what’s new in Final Fantasy XIV (Yoshida’s phenomenal online RPG), and how forthcoming expansion Endwalker is literally taking us to the moon. This is Square Enix’s first Final Fantasy on PS5, and marks a line in the sand between the past and the future. It’s an important release. “THIS IS THE FIRST FINAL…

1 min
this month’s chocobo-wranglers

Oscar Taylor-Kent DEPUTY EDITOR “They’re all 10/10,” says Oscar. Nevertheless he’s ranked every Final Fantasy on p66; ready your hot takes. GAME OF THE MONTH The Nioh Collection FAVOURITE FF Final Fantasy XII Jess Kinghorn GAMES EDITOR School’s not out for Jess as she reviews Little Nightmares II on p78. Is this sequel a class act? Find out this issue. GAME OF THE MONTH Can Androids Pray: Blue FAVOURITE FF Final Fantasy IX Miriam McDonald OPERATIONS EDITOR Moogle-loving Mim set about our Final Fantasy special issue with a caffeine boost; a kupo-coffee or five. GAME OF THE MONTH Persona 5 Strikers FAVOURITE FF Final Fantasy IX Milford Coppock MANAGING ART EDITOR Cloudy with a chance of Lightning? Cid down and take in all of Milf’s hard work making our Final Fantasy special. GAME OF THE MONTH Control Ultimate Edition FAVOURITE FF Final Fantasy VI…

6 min
outriders shoots back to the top

“You can transfer your progress to the [retail] game. You won’t have to start from scratch.” People Can Fly’s gritty shooter ticks off most of our teenage wish list of killer ideas: guns with elemental powers, RPG-style customisation that floods across everything, a roaring soundtrack, an exotic alien landscape that resembles Avatar remade by Eli Roth, and explosions. Lots of explosions. But of course, you’ve discovered this for yourself in the free demo, out now. As the haze settles on the demo, we meet creative director Bartek Kmita and lead designer Piotr Nowakowski, who tell us they’re tracking data and player responses to make tweaks to Outriders ahead of release. They also reveal your hard work levelling up your customised character won’t go to waste. “You can transfer your progress to the…

2 min
prize dreams media molecule announces impys winners

With Mecha Whale buzzsawing its way on stage, and Pig Detective himself handing out awards, the second annual Impys was the kind of celebration only Media Molecule could pull off. These awards are for creations made using the studio’s Dreams software, which enables any PS4 owner to make amazing things. Picking up Creator Of The Year, Creation Of The Year, and Best Gameplay was Pixel Gorilla with first-person puzzler Lock and Press X To Puzzle respectively. “The main reason I’m drawn to puzzle games is they allow me to be ambitious about game design without having to be equally ambitious about the technical aspects of building a game,” says Pixel Gorilla. “I think it’s very common to want to jump right out of the gates and make a big RPG or…

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

When it comes to pure, distilled character action, Japanese developers often offer some of the best, and it seems the hits don’t stop coming. Playing The Nioh Collection for review this issue, with its satisfying weapons and soulslike action, I couldn’t help thinking ‘I hope Team Ninja remasters the Ninja Gaiden games too.’ And the studio is, for PS4 anyway, as Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection. Sure, the third game might be a bit iffy, but it’s thankfully no Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z, which Team Ninja’s blessed us by omitting. Koei Tecmo hasn’t stopped there. Omega Force served up Persona 5 Strikers, making us itch for more Warriors-style gameplay. Like Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi stepping onto the battlefield, Samurai Warriors 5 has arrived. Those two are the focus of this revamp…

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moving on up

“The PS5 version of Marvel’s Avengers comes with the usual bells and whistles and hero-specific DualSense haptics.” The era of the free upgrade is upon us. No longer will we have to kick ourselves for buying the PS4 version of a game just before the new-gen version is announced. In the case of some games, waiting for the new-gen-native versions is actually the better choice (especially when their name rhymes with Hyber Hunk). Despite a divisive launch, Marvel’s Avengers has been quietly tweaked over past months, refining the surprisingly mechanically fresh online brawler. Dropping 18 March as a free upgrade alongside the Future Imperfect story update, the PS5 version comes with the usual bells and whistles and even hero-specific DualSense haptics. This could give the game the chance to bounce back –…