PLAY! ; PLAY! Zine

Resident Evil 7: Demo Impressions & Everything we’ve Learned About the Game at E3

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One of the biggest surprises of the recent E3 was at Sony’s conference when Resident Evil 7 was announced. As with most of the games Sony presented at the show, new Resident Evil will support their VR set. But the biggest shock for the audience was not only that, but that the game is presented from a first person perspective, akin to the found footage horror films. Unfortunately, demo is exclusive to Playstation 4 and you’ll also need to have an active Playstation Plus subscription just to download it. If you don’t have a PS4 lying nearby, we’ve recorded the gameplay from the demo, which you can watch below:     Similarities to P.T. (which also had a demo launched during an E3 conference) aren’t…

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PLAY! Zine #96 – June 2016

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Hello everyone, This month we had many major contenders for our coveted Game of the Month award – some went the distance, some stumbled, but in the end there could ever be only one. And it brought DOOM upon its opponents. Bad pun aside, DOOM marks return to form for the classic FPS genre, proving once again that you don’t need Shakespearean storyline and convoluted mechanics to make an excellent game. Sometimes simple is better, and the pure joy of mowing down demon after demon took us on a nostalgia trip from which we’re yet to return. The main runner-ups, namely Overwatch and Uncharted 4, are also excellent games in their own right, each bringing something fresh to the table – from Uncharted’s masterful ending…

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REVIEW: Uncharted 4

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After so much anticipation and rise in hype every time guys and girls from the Naughty Dog studio presented us with a new demo from the game, the latest and probably final sequel of the adventures of the charismatic adventurer, Drake, is finally here. After three sequels which made a mark on a generation of consoles, created a new subgenre, and set up the PlayStation as the only possible place to play these unforgettable action adventures, the question remains: was it worth the wait? Did we get another classic that in a few years time we’ll remember with a smile and tell our gamer friends about the moments that left us breathless? SPOILER ALERT: Ooooooh yes, we certainly did! What does the fourth game show…

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REVIEW: Stellaris

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Paradox, uncrowned masters of their craft when it comes to “Grand strategies”, have presented us with a small surprise with their new game, Stellaris. Although their games are known to mostly appeal to history buffs, this time they went away from their usual historical boundaries and brought us a game with no historical inhibitions, so it falls to the player to create the story for themselves. This concept removes the burden of facts and rules already at its core, paving the way for unrestrained creativity in a genre which is in itself a complete sandbox. You begin the game by choosing the space nation to start the game with. The game offers several predefined options, but certainly the most fun option is to create your…

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REVIEW: Shadwen

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One of the more popular premises in the world of computer games is giving the player control over a murderer who stands out from the antagonist archetype. We’ve seen this in games like Assassins Creed and Hitman, and on this premise Frozenbyte studio, made famous by their fantastic game Trine, set their stealth game, Shadwen. The story of Shadwen revolves around a damsel of the same name who, using a short sword, hook, a few more gadgets and accompanied by the world’s most annoying orphan Lilly, tries to kill the evil, devious, bad, ugly and <insert an adjective describing someone in a bad context> king, who deserves to die for all of the above, as well as conquering their city and killing their loved ones.…

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REVIEW: Shadow Complex: Remastered

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Metroid had set the bar for standard action adventures back in 1986, and a few months later Castlevania confirmed it. From these two gems stems the genre we today know as “Metroidvania”. This genre features nonlinear 2D sidescrolling action games which reward you with new abilities and weapons, as well as featuring hidden locations on very complex maps. After countless sequels, Metroidvanias slowly faded away with only a few popping up on hand-held devices without much success. Epic games then decided to try their hand in this field, and in 2009 released extremely successful Shadow Complex for XBLA, and today – 7 years later – we get to play the remastered version of this phenomenal game. Jason Fleming (Nolan North) loses his girlfriend while mountaineering,…

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REVIEW: Severed

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My Vita’s been waiting hidden in a drawer for about a year now. Vita had little exclusives, from its very start, over Persona 4, and today – nothing. I’ve tasted my Metal-Gears, Killzones and Uncharteds and I was waiting for a good exclusive to blow my mind. I believed in it and I nurtured hope that one day I’ll play a game on Vita that I’ll remember for the rest of my life, and that it won’t as “I regret buying this system”. That day has come. Imagine a thriller dungeon crawler with Fruit Ninja combat, twisted themes and cartoony graphics. If you’ve managed to imagine that, you’ll get Severed. This game comes from DrinkBox Studio who are responsible for the phenomenal Guacamelee!, and you…

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REVIEW: Overwatch

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The current year is pretty important to Blizzard Entertainment and the whole machinery standing behind this company’s giving their all to complete everything they’ve planned without a hitch. Over the  next few days, the huge hype train that started generating during the last BlizzCon is having two out of three of this year’s culminations occurring. First, the launch of Overwatch, and shortly after there’s the world premiere of the long-awaited movie based on the Warcraft universe… and finally, in August, the release of a brand new WoW expansion – Legion. Overwatch represents Blizzard’s venture into the field of competitive multiplayer shooters as well as a brand new franchise. Announced shortly after the official cancellation of Titan, it was immediately obvious that Overwatch represents a recycled…

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REVIEW: Hitman Episode 2: Sapienza

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The second episode from the newest Hitman series is before us, ready to prove that the publishers were completely right when they decided to fragment the game about the famous killer for hire into episodes. And were they right? It’s hard to admit but… they pretty much were. That’s because the second episode perfectly continues the story of the previous one, and points the gameplay to the right direction – by expanding on gameplay possibilities, as well as the level itself, into one huge, detailed location. It’s time for the Agent 47 to get a tan on his epically shaven head under the hot sunlight of Sapienza, Italy. As we have no doubt that you’ve already played the first episode, this will feel like familiar…

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REVIEW: Duelyst

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I remember a time when I thought that I liked chess. And then I realized that I don’t like to lose. That surprising, predictable weakness that chess brings to a player left lasting effects on me, which I healed with card games – they allowed me to blame every defeat on the phases of the Moon and fortune in love. I couldn’t imagine that card games would evolve so much and make for such a contagious and popular genre. From Hearthsone to Fifa, players spend their valuable Euros, Dinars and Pesos, in order to open yet another “pack” and find some rare card that will help them soar above others. Thinking it was all harmless, at least for those players who are able to control…

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