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PLAY June 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

2 min

As you’ve no doubt noticed, things are changing around here. The Official PlayStation Magazine brand is no more, and we’re making a fresh start as PLAY – 100% independent but no less passionate or connected within the industry, expect big things from our newly named magazine. PLAY is made by the same team as before, with the same values, passion and access to the industry – so you’ll feel right at home over the following pages. What’s different now is our independence, which allows us to dig deeper behind the scenes and encompass a broader range of topics and technology to help you get more out of the world of PlayStation. “THE TEAM’S PASSION FOR SONY’S CONSOLES CAN BE FOUND IN THESE PAGES.” It’s a moment of reflection for me, as this becomes…

1 min
this month’s name-changers

Oscar Taylor-Kent DEPUTY EDITOR Think you know Oscar like the back of your stepdad’s hand? Think again. The Hitman fan can kill with words. GAME OF THE MONTH Disco Elysium FAVOURITE DOUBLE ACT Sam & Max Jess Kinghorn GAMES EDITOR After a night on the sewing machine Jess now wants to be known as Lady Kinghorn the not-so-tall vampire. GAME OF THE MONTH Nier Replicant FAVOURITE DOUBLE ACT Balthier & Fran Miriam McDonald OPERATIONS EDITOR Like Chris Pratt riding with raptors, Mim rampages with cats on an escooter. She’s not called The Wild One for nothing. GAME OF THE MONTH Balan Wonderworld FAVOURITE DOUBLE ACT Geralt & Yennefer Milford Coppock MANAGING ART EDITOR Milf used to go by the name The Living Crayon, presumably because he has a colourful nature. Or is it the art? GAME OF THE MONTH Resident Evil Village FAVOURITE DOUBLE ACT Ellie & Joel…

5 min
investing in the future

We’re often told that digital is the future of gaming. Countless games have been splurged onto digital storefronts without ever being sold in physical form. This shift to digital should make it easier for companies to keep selling products for longer, free of the need for factories, warehouses, and stores, but the threat of no longer being able to buy PS3, PSP, or PS Vita games digitally gave many players and collectors pause for thought. “We have two conflicting opinions when it comes to the digital market,” says Jay Sherman, co-director of Super Retro Bros, a retro gaming shop in Nottingham. “There’s many great games available exclusively on the PS network that will soon disappear that haven’t had physical releases, like Bomberman Ultra and Spelunker HD, and as gamers and collectors…

1 min
old money

Whether it’s a retro rarity or simply had a limited printing, each of these games is already mega-expensive in physical form. If you want to nab them, buying them digitally while the stores exist and backing them up could be the best option you’ll have to play these legitimately. And these are just the tip of the iceberg. MEGA MAN LEGENDS FORMAT PS1 / PHYSICAL PRICE APPROX. £100-£170 DIGITAL PRICE $5.99-$9.99 Sure, the legendary third game never materialised, but both games together with spin-off The Misadventures Of Tron Bonne (the priciest of the bunch) make this a fantastic trilogy. Low-poly, cel-shaded visuals mean that even now the games look fantastic. And they’re dirt cheap to download on the US PlayStation Store. SUIKODEN II FORMAT PS1 PHYSICAL PRICE APPROX. £200 DIGITAL PRICE £3.99 This might be one…

2 min
the harder they fall

Who would have thought a major Resident Evil release would become impossible to buy? That’s what almost happened last month when Sony threatened to close its PS3, PSP, and PS Vita Stores. While you might have predicted PS Minis would no longer be available had this happened, even the likes of Resident Evil Chronicles HD Collection would have been affected. Far from an obscure, unimportant game, it brought both The Umbrella Chronicles and The Darkside Chronicles to PlayStation for the first time. Supporting PS Move and DualShock, it enabled you to blast your way through the early Resi story. Works by the recently shuttered Sony Japan Studio would be disproportionately affected by any future store closures. It’s not just old titles like The Legend Of Dragoon that’ll be difficult to get…

6 min
let’s get physical

While you’re still able to download digital games now, as Sony backtracked from its planned closures, who knows how long that will last? Owning games you love in physical form is the only way you can be sure you’ll keep them (obviously you’ll need to keep the corresponding consoles too to play them). Not sure which to priotitise? Here’s our pick of the bunch, the games that won’t break the bank now but could begin to climb in price when their digital counterparts are no longer available to buy. 01 GRAND THEFT AUTO IV: THE COMPLETE EDITION FORMAT PS3 / PUB ROCKSTAR GAMES DEV ROCKSTAR NORTH PHYSICAL PRICE APPROX. £20 DIGITAL PRICE £29.99 Surely a bestseller like GTA will always be easy to find? Its DLC might not be. Episodes From Liberty City remains…