PLAY’s PlayStation Games Of 2023 Top 10 revealed

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PLAY #23 is out now! Thought it would take a while for the year to get busy? Think again. 2023 feels like one of the busiest starts to the gaming calendar we’ve ever had, and we’re bringing you an issue to match! We’ve got a historical ass kicking in store with cover game Like A Dragon: Ishin, cast and crew access to The Last Of Us’ new TV show, and yes – the prestigious PLAY Game Of The Year awards are back again. And we’ve got the reveal for you below…

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PLAY's Game Of The Year 2022 Awards

Elden Ring, Game Of The Year

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We asked, and you voted! The best games of 2022 are charted in our special feature, and we dive into just why every one deserves a place on the list. But if you’re just here for the raw ranking itself, then who are we to deny you? After all, as an open vote, it really belongs to all of us. Without further ado…

  1. Elden Ring
  2. God of War Ragnarök
  3. Cult Of The Lamb
  4. Stray
  5. Return To Monkey Island
  6. I Was A Teenage Exocolonist
  7. Horizon Forbidden West
  8. Inscryption
  9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
  10. Tinykin

If you want to know why and to read a little bit about what makes each game shine then, well, give the mag a cheeky read.

Speaking with The Last Of Us' cast and crew

The Last Of Us HBO

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The Last Of Us’ TV adaptation is shaping up to be perhaps the best game-to-screen project yet. And we don’t say that lightly. We’ve been invited to immerse ourselves in the show and meet the cast and crew making it happen. We had a lovely chat with Craign Mazin, Neil Druckmann, Pedro Pascal, and Bella Ramsey about putting the whole thing together, so give it a read!

Like A Dragon: Ishin! - Masayoshi Yokoyama on taking Yakuza back to the past

Like A Dragon: Ishin

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If you’re already a big Yakuza fan like us, then Like A Dragon: Ishin is something of a holy grail that needs little introduction (you might even have an import of the original release sitting on your shelf). This remake is the first time this historical take on the Yakuza series is being released internationally, and we have a natter with RGG Studio head Masayoshi Yokoyama about the process.

Previews get 'hella' RPG - Forspoken, Atelier, Labyrinth Of Galleria, and more!

Atelier Ryza 3

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Like A Dragon isn’t the only big RPG we sink our teeth into. We spent hours in the world of Forspoken fully exploring Frey’s parkour-like Flow powers (much more than in the demo, which was a little so-so to be honest). We share our first impressions inside!

We also speak with the developers behind Atelier Ryza 3 and Labyrinth Of Galleria: The Moon Society about why these great games deserve to be on your radar even if they might be a little niche (don’t say we never did anything for ya!).

Reviews (in which we can't stop playing Midnight Suns)

Midnight Suns

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This month, due to the turn of the annum (that means ‘year’, I think…), we have less reviews but bigger ones. Always a nice thing to do. That means a huge 6-page review of Midnight Suns, followed by chunky verdicts on The Callisto Protocol, Need For Speed Unbound, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion, and more.

Some of the games are good. Some of them are bad. Some of them are middling. But I’ll tell you what – they’re all good fun to read about.

RetroStation chews on the greatest PlayStation demos

PLAY Magazine: Greatest Demos

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Going old school is the perfect way to wind down an issue of PLAY, and this month RetroStation’s headliner is a retrospective on some of PlayStation’s greatest demos of all time. Yes, PT is in the list – but other iconic teasers also get plenty of time to shine, from the mag era all the way through to the more recent.

Plus, we revive Yakuza’s Kenzan spin-off, dust off Burnout Paradise, stick up for classic Assassin’s Creed, and more inside!

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Oscar Taylor-Kent

PLAY editor Oscar Taylor-Kent first joined Official PlayStation Magazine in 2018, and was involved with the long-standing mag’s rebrand into PLAY before becoming editor. Despite being a PlayStation expert (and noted PS Vita apologist), he’s got fingers on many buttons, having also written for GamesRadar, SFX, PC Gamer, Kotaku, Waypoint, Official Xbox Magazine, GamesMaster, PCGamesN, and Xbox to name but a few.

When not knee deep in character action games, JRPGs, and visual novels, he’s often found reading books, manga, or binging anime. His current favourite games include Devil May Cry, Persona, Ace Attorney, and Hakuoki.

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