PLAY #16 is now available! At 180 pages, this massive Hot 50 special tackles everything other than ‘E3’, highlighting the biggest games in the future from PlayStation featured at Summer Games Fest, Future Game Show, Day Of The Devs and more. We have traveled all over the world for this, between the east and west coast of the United States, and even Japan. Plus PSVR2 Game Reveals, 36 Pages of Reviews, RetroStation, and More!
Without E3? No problem. Between Summer Game Fest, PlayStation’s own streams, and invitations to behind-closed-doors meetings with various publishers, this summer has started to feel like forever. There’s a lot to look forward to and, as we love, games that will define the future of the medium.
You can read all about our picks for the biggest on the horizon in the annual Hot 50, all contained in this hefty 180-page tome you can buy right now. Marvel’s Midnight Suns is shaping up to be a new take on the superhero genre, and it’s just one of the deep dives within the big list, which includes excellent developer access and hands-on impressions (with more to come in future issues). !
If you’d asked us about the Hot 50 earlier in the year, we might have been feeling anxious, but now we’re struggling to fit in all of our upcoming favorites. In fact, gaming is starting to heat up, and there are loads that are new-gen only on PS5.
While it used to be that games played in the plug-in space used to be underwhelming, we’re starting to see an era where gaming can be the crown jewel of cross-media franchises. Whether it’s superhero games like, as we mentioned earlier, Midnight Suns, Gotham Knights, or Spider-Man 2, or Star Wars: Jedi Survivor, just one of a host of Star Wars titles to come. Not to mention a new Witcher, based on the books.
It is also not a one way street. While God Of War Ragnarök (p106) is one of our most anticipated games, it’s also one of PlayStation’s most recently announced TV shows. It joins the likes of The Last Of Us, Horizon, Gran Turismo and more as part of a push to take the blockbuster games you love and introduce them to new audiences and formats.
Insider: PSVR2 and beyond
Beyond the pitfalls of looking at a screen to play games or watch shows based on them, there’s PSVR2 (p6): strapping that screen to your face. It looks amazing, and with two Resident Evil games, Horizon and more confirmed, it’s time to get excited.
It’s a great story to kick off the Insider section, where we also deliver a show floor report from Summer Games Fest’s Play Days, the games from far away that will shake up the gaming world, and take a look at Sega’s foray into and Creative Assembly in the world of online shooters with the peculiar hyenas (worth a laugh).
Reviews: The Quarry
A large magazine number means an equally large review section. We have 36 pages of them, including great looks at The Quarry, Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong, Sniper Elite 5, Salt And Sacrifice, and much more. That first is the new game from the developer of Until Dawn, and it’s going after the crown of narrative horror. It’s a better successor than The Dark Pictures Anthology, but how does it compare to the king?
Whether you’re looking for a new game you may not have heard of (like Cotton Fantasy or Divination), or deciding which new releases to spend your hard-earned money on, we’ve got you covered.
RetroStation kicks off with a look back at Bayonetta, PlatinumGame’s iconic and stylish action game that’s still going strong right now, and we revisit Lost Planet, Persona 4 Arena, and the F1 rival you love to hate, Devon Butler.
Headlining this month’s section is Totally Tasteless, our look at 10 of the weirdest culinary product locations on PlayStation, from Death Stranding’s Monster Energy promo to Final Fantasy 15’s Cup Noodle obsession.
Subscribe and save
For more unrivaled developer access to the best PS5, PS4 and PSVR games, why not subscribe to PLAY Magazine? You’ll save on the price of coverage and have your copy delivered to your door (or device) every month, complete with exclusive coverages for subscribers. That’s a lot of savings for a tome that covers the past, present and future of PlayStation every month, so please consider helping us keep the train moving.
You can subscribe to the print edition, the digital version, or save even more with the print/digital bundle – Whatever you choose, you’ll receive an unprecedented trove of exclusive PlayStation coverage every month.