Out now: E206

Out now: E206

Out now: E206

Presenting E206 and its cover star, PS3 Slim, in which we get the inside story on the console that could turn the platform’s fortunes around.

Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida and Andrew House explain the thinking behind hardware that, in the US at least, is half the price it was launched at three years ago. They also give us insight into what lies ahead for software headed to the PlayStation family of consoles, while several prominent developers and industry commentators give their perspective on what they see in PS3.

Subscribers, however, are treated to their own special cover, which they already have in their hands. We travelled to Frontier Developments to see LostWinds: Winter Of The Melodias and understand how the team is developing the WiiWare series, and what place it takes within this storied development studio.

Our special subscriber-only cover, featuring LostWinds sequel Winter Of The Melodias

Elsewhere in the issue, we speak in-depth with Bungie’s Joseph Staten about Halo 3: ODST’s campaign and how they justify not including the Battle Rifle and meet Thatgamecompany’s Jenova Chen to ask him about where his love for games came from and how he intends to take his games-making to the next level. We also held a roundtable discussion on the future of interactive storytelling with Far Cry 2 creative director Clint Hocking, Ragnar Tornquist, director of The Secret World at FunCom and Valve’s Chet Faliszek, the man behind Left 4 Dead’s multiplayer storytelling.

Look out for our guide to the top 50 iPhone games, as well as a report on the huge launches of Dragon Quest IX and Monster Hunter 3 in Japan and a visit to Relentless to see its new, self-published PSN game series, Blue Toad Murder Files.

Reviewed: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Wolfenstein, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Colin McRae: Dirt 2, Spider: The Secret Of Bryce Manor, Fat Princess, GI Joe: The Rise Of The Cobra, IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds Of Prey, Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny, Cursed Mountain, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A Darklord and Puzzle Bobble Galaxy.

Previewed: Forza Motorsport 3, DJ Hero, Borderlands, Red Steel 2, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, Shining Force Cross, Might And Magic: Clash Of Heroes, Resonance Of Fate, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, Fairytale Fights, Blue Toad Murder Files, Machinarium, Risen, FIFA 10, Aaaa! Reckless Disregard For Gravity, Super Monkey Ball: Step And Roll, Senjo No Valkyria 2 and R-Type Tactics II.