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PLAY August 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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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min

This is my last issue of PLAY, having spent four years on Official PlayStation Magazine and evolving that into the independent magazine you have in your hands. I leave as someone who believes you can’t overlook the power of print to cut through the noise and present the best games and stories you need to know about each month. With that in mind, what an issue to be my last. Our annual 180-page E3 special is back and crammed with the latest news on the biggest games heading to PS5, PS4, and PSVR. Aloy makes the cover as we experience the gameplay of Horizon Forbidden West for the first time (p110). “OUR 180-PAGE E3 SPECIAL IS BACK AND CRAMMED WITH THE LATEST GAMES.” Sony’s heroine leads an issue filled with exciting new games…

1 min
this month’s westward hoes!

Oscar Taylor-Kent DEPUTY EDITOR So obsessed with Ratchet & Clank Oscar now uses dimensions instead of doors. He’s not left the flat in months. But who has? BEST HOT 50 GAME Elden Ring BEST OPEN WORLD Death Stranding Jess Kinghorn GAMES EDITOR Slick anime visuals and girls with large anchors, Guilty Gear Strive is Jess’ jam. Does LARP allow massive anchors? BEST HOT 50 GAME LIS: True Colors BEST OPEN WORLD Yakuza 0 Miriam McDonald OPERATIONS EDITOR 32k proofed words later Mim pops on her Slime slippers, loads Dragon Quest Builders 2 and pretends it was a dream. BEST HOT 50 GAME Evil Dead: The Game BEST OPEN WORLD The Witcher 3 Milford Coppock MANAGING ART EDITOR Bonnie Tyler on the soundtrack and a talking raccoon with a Scott Ian beard – Milf’s all over Guardians Of The Galaxy. BEST HOT 50 GAME Deathloop BEST OPEN WORLD Red Dead Redemption…

3 min
the games behind the blockbusters

Each year E3 arrives and we’re inundated with an avalanche of game reveals. Amid the blockbuster announcements many small, interesting, and innovative games slip under the radar. To celebrate the ones that could have got away, we’ve selected our favourites. Leading the pack is melee combat adventure Soulstice… This made-for-PS5 action game has a darkly beautiful art direction that resembles Nier: Automata crossed with Dark Souls – a gothic diamond in the rough. Developed by the team behind flawed gem Theseus, which itself recalled God Of War and Ico, Soulstice is rapidly rising up our most-wanted list. The world Reply Game Studios is building feels fascinating and vital. A sprawling castle is lit by a needle of light on the horizon, teasing us onwards. Inside dark corridors come alive with spectral beasts…

2 min
10 hits in waiting

01 TREK TO YOMI The feudal Japanese setting reminds us of Ghost Of Tsushima, but Flying Wild Hogs’ side-scrolling slasher is a more focussed adventure. The widescreen format and beautifully choreographed animation ensure this feels like a movie in motion. Expect this in 2022 for PS5. 02 GREAK: MEMORIES OF AZUR This hand-drawn adventure is releasing on PS5 and puts you in control of three characters simultaneously. Playing as Greak, Adara, and Raydel you can tap into each character’s abilities to escape their home of Azur following an invasion. It’s being released on 17 August. 03 SONG IN THE SMOKE Craft, hunt, and survive a painterly prehistoric world in this smart PSVR adventure that looks like it’s been dragged from the pages of 2000AD. Katsuya Terada’s (The Legend Of Zelda) design draws you in but…

2 min
this final fantasy origin looks chaotic

You might expect a tome of complex lore to accompany a Final Fantasy game, but Team Ninja’s approach in Stranger Of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, a spin-off/ prequel to the very first game, has a premise as simple as it gets: kill Chaos. New hero Jack might look like he opened the wrong door for the beer garden and ended up in the world of Final Fantasy, but in true Team Ninja style he’s got plenty of violent moves to get the job done. Pals Jed and Ash look a bit more believably Final Fantasy, and join Jack for the ride. Between them, they’ll be able to take on different jobs to use the spells and abilities of classes like the Warrior, Black Mage, Dragoon, and more. The subjects of their…

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taylor-made news

With Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest and the digital version of E3 now in our rearview mirror, we’ve had plenty of new games to feast on. But sometimes even old games can be made new – though reviving classics is much harder than it appears. In addition to teasing a brand-new Sonic game, Sega announced some older-school hits to celebrate the Blue Blur’s 30th anniversary. Sonic Colors Ultimate leads the way, due 7 September. What had been a Nintendo Wii exclusive has had a loving HD remaster. A fan favourite, it’s a game all about speed as Sonic uses alien powers for special moves, and there’s none of that werehog nonsense. Sonic Origins guns for a 2022 release, and throws even further back, collecting together the first four Sonic games for Mega…