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Official PlayStation Magazine - UK Edition

Official PlayStation Magazine - UK Edition January 2020

Official PlayStation Magazine is the complete guide to PlayStation gaming, offering complete coverage of PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. Famed for our trademark biting opinion, unique spin on news, offbeat, innovative features, independent reviews and retro features - and with PS4 the unquestionable victor for new-gen gaming - there's never been a better time to join Team OPM on our PlayStation journey.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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1 min.
welcome

The release of PlayStation 5 is getting closer – we’re only ten months away! But between now and the next console generation are some of the best games you’ll ever play, so don’t pack away your PS4 just yet. Starting on p28 we preview over 72 of the hottest games coming in 2020, including new info, impressions, and interviews for The Last Of Us Part II, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and Cyberpunk 2077. We’re celebrating with four covers by artist David Nakayama – which one did you get? As we usher in a new year, and a new decade, it’s also time to take stock. On p6 you can discover our Games Of The Decade, and on p70 you can find OPM readers’ Game Of The Year. Did your favourite make…

1 min.
this month’s new year’s dishonourables

Oscar Taylor-Kent GAMES EDITOR After finishing Shenmue III, the 20-years-in-the-making sequel (p84), Oscar realised to be this good really does take Ages. GAME OF THE MONTH Shenmue III GAME OF THE YEAR AI: The Somnium Files Jess Kinghorn STAFF WRITER Jess loves dressing up as a fancy vampire-witch. She also loves Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. Gaming life imitates LARP. GAME OF THE MONTH Last Labyrinth GAME OF THE YEAR Songbird Symphony Miriam McDonald OPERATIONS EDITOR Mim’s been party-cularly busy this month arranging the OPM seasonal parties. She’s been taking things back to boozeics. GAME OF THE MONTH Afterparty GAME OF THE YEAR Dragon Quest Builders 2 Milford Coppock MANAGING ART EDITOR Now Death Stranding is out Milf’s looking for 2020’s strand game to puzzle over. It’s a tough ask, as there’s knot a lot of them. GAME OF THE MONTH Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order GAME OF THE YEAR Control…

6 min.
01 revealed! the opm games of the decade

“THEY SPAN TWO CONSOLE GENERATIONS AND TWO HANDHELDS, AS WELL AS THE RELEASE OF PS VR.” Spanning two home console generations and two handhelds, as well as the release of PS VR, whittling down ten years of PlayStation games into the best 15 is a thankless task. But we did it. 15. LIFE IS STRANGE While The Walking Dead and Gone Home did it first, it was Life Is Strange’s socially aware writing, subverted character archetypes, and heartfelt childhood drama that took the template to new heights. We miss Max and Chloe. 14. FINAL FANTASY XIV: ONLINE A game that spans the entire decade, Final Fantasy’s online world went from pariah to MMORPG phenomenon. Constantly evolving, designed with PS4 in mind, and crammed with memorable moments, few games have managed to stay relevant for as…

2 min.
02 guerrilla co-founder is mr worldwide

Company shuffles aren’t always a bad thing. Some of the recent changes at Sony only hammer home the company’s fundamental dedication to games. These moves include Guerrilla Games’ Hermen Hulst being promoted to head of Worldwide Studios (Sony’s amazing suite of talented first-party developers), and former head and Sony veteran Shuhei Yoshida moving to spearhead a “new initiative” to work more closely with independent developers. “I AM BEYOND EXCITED TO LEAD SUCH A TALENTED TEAM.” A press release issued by Sony makes clear the long history Guerrilla Games has shared with PlayStation. The development studio had a very friendly relationship with PlayStation even before it was purchased by Sony in 2005. “I have worked closely with PlayStation and the entire Worldwide Studios family since 2001,” says Hulst. “I have the utmost respect…

2 min.
03 new contract for agent 47

If our favourite numbered assassin kept a small notebook of his favourite kills, there’s little doubt that it’d mostly be full of his escapades from his last two games. 2016’s Hitman and 2018’s Hitman 2 were phenomenal back-to-basics approaches to the series, filled with sandbox levels bursting with creative possibilities to commit bloody (and silent) murder. And now, IO Interactive has confirmed a brand-new Hitman game is in the works. “WE’RE MOVING MORE AND MORE OF THE HITMAN 2 TEAM TO JOIN THE NEXT HITMAN.” While Hitman 2 wasn’t constructed as an episodic game like its predecessor, IO Interactive has continued to add extra levels and content post-release. But “after 13 months of full-time support and content for Hitman 2,” the company says in an update on its website, “we’re now at…

6 min.
04 2019? more like 20-bye-teen!

Little did we know in January that 2019 would be the beginning of PS4’s twilight years. Just think, a year from now we’ll be giving you all the goss on the next generation of gaming. But that doesn’t mean PS4 is already fading from our thoughts – you could say 2019 was, rather than the console going out with a whimper, a low roar. Just look at all these high points. (And turn to p28 to see why it’ll keep growling for some time to come.) January GERONIMO! Bungie not only severs ties with publisher Activision, it also manages to hold on to the rights to the Destiny series. Now that’s a magic trick we’re sure a few other space wizards would be eager to learn. TOP COP The RE engine wows us when Capcom’s…