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PLAY January 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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Future Publishing Ltd
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19 Issues

in this issue

1 min
the opm breakdown

WHAT YOU DO IN: AC VALHALLA FRIENDS & ENEMIES ALVIS He teaches you the rap-battle-like flyting, raising your charisma for dialogue choices. RANDVI Keeping Ravensthorpe in order, she helps you decide which territories to take on. VALKA Build her hut and she’ll brew potions to send you on world-hopping vision quests. ALSO ON PLAYSTATION 5 Visually it’s crisper, and you’ll definitely notice the higher framerate in combat, which is lovely to see. But it doesn’t make that much difference when exploring muddy old England. Use of Activities is limited, as is the DualSense, and loading still takes a while. If you’ve got it, great, but don’t hold out for the PS5 version. LOVING/ HATING DEATH METAL Your targets’ death monologues return with a death metal twist. Bodies claw at them, and one dude is impaled by a tree. We love it. FINISH HIM But…

3 min
observer: system redux

Detective Daniel Lazarski – posthumously played by Rutger Hauer – isn’t any old copper. If you can’t or won’t remember a crime, the authorities will call him in to traipse through your memories. While out on patrol one night, a message from his estranged son lures him to a run-down block of flats. After discovering a mutilated body in an abandoned apartment, Lazarski is prepared to go off-book to get to the bottom of this nightmare. This electric dream debuted on PS4, and now developer Bloober Team has given it a graphical update and reincorporated cut story content for its rerelease on PS5. As the apartment building goes into an unexplained lockdown and the tenants wring their hands about the possible resurgence of a recent plague, the timing may feel a…

2 min
mortal kombat 11 ultimate

Any sense of déjà vu you’d expect to get when replaying MK11 on PS5 is jettisoned the moment the action kicks in. Running at 60fps in 4K gives this fighter a new lease of life. The real question is, can you stomach seeing Cassie Cage skewered through the throat in pin-sharp 4K? “Going from the Home menu to the game and into a fight take seconds. Rounds breeze along.” This isn’t a trivial question. Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate is so sharp you can see every tiny, shiny detail. At times the game looks photoreal and comes close to the ambition that drove the original game to use its ‘realistic’ digitised sprites. So when that bone-breaking gut punch lands, or new boy Rambo shoves an arrow through your character’s jaw, you’ll struggle not…

2 min
three to play

New games are constantly popping up on the PS Store to surprise all of us. While some are the gaming equivalent of an ’80s straight-to-video movie, others are genuinely worth seeking out and playing. How do you know which is which? That’s where we come in… Sometimes you just want to shotgun a pumpkin-headed, chainsaw-wielding hillbilly in the head. And for that urge we have the Serious Sam Collection (Devolver Digital, £24.99). This one-hit bundle brings Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, and Serious Sam 3: BFE to PS4. There’s little subtlety to this series of shooters, which call back to the heady days of classic Doom, Quake, and Duke Nukem. Serious may be the name of the game, but it’s far from the spirit…

6 min

“Between you and a safe Aperion are hordes of Macros-minions and a roster of bosses.” Arriving with a swoosh of glitter and delivering a world built from those foil wrappers left over in a Quality Street tin, Counterplay Games’ first release is an extravagant, camp, but shallow brawler. It’s commendable that every box-tick feature you want from a PS5 debut is in here, but you can only smash so many sparkly space knights in the face before you start wistfully wishing for something more. The mad god Macros is on the verge of ascending, which threatens the fabric of the universe. He’s gathered a rag-tag group of allies to defend his tower as he takes the Rites Of Ascension to become, well, something the game never makes clear. It’s bad, though. You…

1 min
the opm breakdown

WHAT YOU DO IN: GODFALL THE FIRST EIGHT HOURS 1 After trawling through the Earth realm we make it to the Water one, which is a colour bomb. 2 We’ve replayed quests, looted the three realms and are nearing our fight with Macros. But what do all these stats do? 3 With the universe saved, we head to the fourth realm and Dreamstones mode, a loot-hungry boss rush. HOW TO… EARN LOADSALOOT Head to the Tower Of Trials. Ascend the Central Tower collecting keys in survival waves. The faster you go, the more keys you win. Then through to one of three doors for a challenge. Complete a timed event (survival, boss duel, etc) and you get chests to unlock with those keys. 3D AUDIO: SOUNDS OF THE FUTURE Though Godfall does the minimum with DualSense,…