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PLAY May 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

The future, eh? Who knows what that might hold? The global pandemic, limited supplies, scalpers scooping up consoles… PlayStation 5 has yet to fully take off but it will, and when it does there’s a roster of stunning games waiting to fight for your attention. But don’t take my word for it. Turn to page 52 and read what some of the world’s best developers think of PlayStation 5, how the first six months have gone, and what the future looks like. Photoreal worlds, racers loaded with more cars than the M25, cinematic adventures to compete with Hollywood – all that is on the horizon. “READ WHAT SOME OF THE WORLD’S BEST DEVELOPERS THINK OF PLAYSTATION 5.” Closer to home, we take a look at the hottest PS5 games coming soon and out…

1 min
this month’s new-gen playerz

Oscar Taylor-Kent DEPUTY EDITOR Does teamwork makes the dream work in It Takes Two? Read Oscar’s review on p78. GAME OF THE MONTH It Takes Two ANTICIPATED PS5 GAME Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Jess Kinghorn GAMES EDITOR The new Life Is Strange (p20) has Jess obsessing over Cyndi Lauper and Radiohead, a musical mashup few asked for. GAME OF THE MONTH It Takes Two ANTICIPATED PS5 GAME Resident Evil Village Miriam McDonald OPERATIONS EDITOR Mim turned her grammatical eye to Mass Effect’s greatest moments (p106); she put the copy through its spaces. GAME OF THE MONTH Signs Of The Sojourner ANTICIPATED PS5 GAME TLOTR: Gollum Milford Coppock MANAGING ART EDITOR Mirror’s Edge and Black collide in Severed Steel (p12) and they happen to be two of Milf’s favourite things. That and ROCK. GAME OF THE MONTH Crash 4 (PS5 upgrade) ANTICIPATED PS5 GAME Kena: Bridge Of Spirits…

5 min
chipping into virtual reality’s next level

“[The new PS VR controllers are] an iconic design that will change how VR games are played.” Strap a videogame to your face, and it’s unforgettable. While PS5 supports PS VR via its backwards compatibility with PS4, it’s going to get its own setup in the shape of the newly announced “next-generation VR” for PS5. Good virtual reality requires much more than just a headset. Immersion in game worlds depends upon an effective controller too, which is why Sony’s started by revealing what we’ll be holding in our hands. Inspired by the DualSense’s impressive features, it brings players into the games in a completely different way. Instead of the retrofitted PS Move controllers, the new controller is dedicated exclusively to the virtual realm. Taking the form of orbs that fit around the…

2 min
making bold new dark alliances

Ozzy Osborne’s on the soundtrack, ogres love metal, and a dying orc gives us the finger as it sinks into lava, subverting Terminator 2’s emotional payoff; Dungeons & Dragons’ first self-published game on PlayStation isn’t taking itself too seriously. Yet its devs are taking it very seriously. “Dungeons & Dragons is the reason I became a game developer; it’s a lifelong dream realised to be able to create something that is fun to play over and over again with your friends,” says Jeff Hattem, studio head at Tuque Games, the developer behind action RPG Dark Alliance. The game is being made in collaboration with Wizards Studio. Due for release 22 June, Tuque’s co-op roleplayer builds on the complex lore of the Forgotten Realms. The videogame lives up to its nerdy credentials, placing…

1 min
taylor-made news

A after taking knocks at EA Motive and Google’s internal studio – the former was a rumour mill of unreleased games, the latter never released a title – Jade Raymond has a new studio: Haven. Better news, Sony is an investor, so we’ll bet on getting a game from Assassin’s Creed’s original producer just for PlayStation. Sony’s also been busy setting out its roster for Play At Home 2021, which features ten free games, including Abzû and Rez Infinite, plus PS VR hits Moss and Astro Bot Rescue Mission. Sony has been under pressure to offer fans freebies, and with a marked improvement to PS Plus games, the pieces are falling into place. Better still, as of 19 April, for a limited time you can download Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for…

1 min
get over here

Simon McQuoid, director of Mortal Kombat, the new movie based on the game, says something surprising: that he loves the videogame for its storytelling. “Some of them [the Fatalities] just couldn’t be put on screen […] you wouldn’t be able to release the movie.” “I think it has gotten more cinematic. Some of the stuff they do is fantastic and really, really impressive,” says McQuoid, adding that he believes PlayStation games in general have pushed the boundaries of narrative. “In many ways [they] surpass cinema, with their immersive experience.” McQuoid has dropped the tournament setup of the games in favour of an “elegant cinematic treatment.” Early in development he reimagined the source material as a series of books, not films, to give it a more grounded tone. He says we can see this…