Elden Ring on the cover of PLAY magazine

We’ve passed the likes of E3 and the Future Games Show, which means we now have a better idea of ​​what’s in store for games than ever before. Earning number 2 in the Hot 50 from last issue was Elden Ring. It’s fittingly leading this new issue, as we investigate why it tops all those most wanted lists. Plus, we take a look at Tales Of Arise, talk to the developers at Riders Republic about what it looks like as a PS5 “tech demo,” and more. Read on to find out more…

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Ring of Elden

PLAY 4: Elden Ring Feature

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Elden Ring was on everyone’s lips even before the trailer, as it was rumored to have the working title “Great Rune”. Now the bottle has been well and truly uncorked, and we dove into the tonic in our 10-page article. We explore everything we know about the game and its open world, The Lands Between – created by George RR Martin and Hidetaka Miyazaki. Both familiar to FromSoftware fans, and something entirely new, there’s good reason for the buzz.

GAME 4: Rainbow Six Extraction

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Despite a postponement to 2023, Rainbow Six Extraction still holds our attention. Taking the Operators we love in Siege and transplanting them into a purely co-op online game is a decision that works better than you might think. Tasking your team with deciding how far to push your luck is like Jungle Run’s Crystal Maze with aliens. We also take a look at Tales Of Arise and talk to the developers at Riders Republic about pushing the boundaries with their PS5 version, which they describe as a “tech demo”.

The indie mixtape

GAME 4: India

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When an annual independent feature just isn’t enough. The Indies were arguably the stars of this year’s list of summer gaming events, and we’ve rounded up 14 of the best heading to PlayStation. Among this eclectic list, you’re sure to find a favourite, whether it’s the mega hit Hades, or something more offbeat like the cute Button City, or the Hitchcock Conway-esque spy thriller.

Scarlet Nexus

GAME 4: Scarlet Nexus

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Bandai Namco leads the reviews section of this issue, along with the upcoming new Scarlet Nexus franchise. It might be from the team that made Code Vein, but it’s not Soulslike, instead mixing fast-paced character action combat with RPG action mechanics. Between that and our review of Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance, there are some unexpected forays into new battle epics on PS5.

Elite VR Sniper

GAME 4: Sniper Elite VR

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Our reviews continue with Sniper Elite VR, continuing our commitment to covering PSVR as PSVR2 continues to loom on the horizon. It’s perhaps one of the most impressive we’ve seen to date, perfectly capturing the sniper experience. Why? Read to find out! We also deliver the verdict on F1 2021, PS5 updates for Doom Eternal and Metro Exodus, and more.

The Making of the Die Hard Trilogy

PLAY 4: Die Hard Trilogy

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It wouldn’t be PLAY’s problem without us dusting off the classics. PS1’s Die Hard Trilogy is in the spotlight, as we explore how this three-in-one package came to be, delving deeper into the gameplay and talking to the developers who made it possible. Also covered: Beyond Good & Evil, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Zone Of The Enders, and one of the best fighting games ever made: Sonic The Fighters (okay, not really, but we we / have / played there).

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