By kitsunebi77Saga Frontier 2, Metal Gear Solid, and Suikoden II are just a few of the games featured here that Western gamers are familiar with. But as always, the main interest here (for me, anyway) are the dozens upon dozens of Japanese-only exclusives you might not have read about before. ENJOY!
*Please note that there was one page that had been torn out of the magazine. The front side was the second half of a two-page advertisement and is missing from this scan. The back side was a different ad, which I have included here using an identical copy of the ad from a different magazine.
*EDIT: The missing page has been provided by Akane and is now included in the download, making this mag COMPLETE!😎
By kitsunebi77Dengeki PlayStation D2 (vol.48)
This is the 2nd issue in the Dengeki Playstation D series (meaning it came with a disc full of demos, movies, and other content). These issues are much shorter than a typical issue of Dengeki PlayStation, as the disc itself was meant to be the primary content. As such, I urge anyone unfamiliar with Dengeki PlayStation to download one of the other issues to get a sense of what the magazine is really like.
By kitsunebi77Well, I had intended on releasing these in the order I scanned them, but the first issue I scanned is on hold while the cut-off dates in the database wait to be fixed. So for now you get an issue from a couple years earlier - in this case the start of 1999 with the first of what promises to be many Gundam covers.
As this is the first issue of D.P. to be put up, I'll say that my general impression is that in contrast to most English magazines, it devotes a large chunk of its coverage to in-depth strategy sections, as opposed to short previews of upcoming games (though of course it has those too.) There is an insane amount of information in these issues and were anyone inclined to actually read every word from cover to cover, it would probably take twice as long as an American mag of the same length.
By kitsunebi77Lotsa good stuff this issue. The main features:
Parasite Eve (25 pages and a poster!) Resident Evil 2 (18 pages) Tekken 3 (10 pages) Xenogears (8 pages) Bushido Blade 2 (6 pages) Final Fantasy V (6 pages) By the way, the fold-out poster I stitched together looks pretty great. If anyone is interested in having a full-size copy (much bigger than the one included in this file), I uploaded it here: https://mega.nz/#!EBxjzCpS!Yv2RRJsutCUNNUuPDZxjs8-MBHFzbfOzmRO0JX6KfnE
It's full 600dpi at 6026x9100px and could be printed out as an actual poster by a printing service if you were so inclined.
By kitsunebi77Although this is the second issue I'm uploading, it's actually the first one I scanned and edited. My reason for picking it first was twofold: first, it was the issue my hand closed on when I shut my eyes and picked one at random. Second, and more importantly, it was to be the first magazine I ever debound using a heat gun, and should I have accidentally lit the cover on fire and burnt it to ash while adjusting to the learning process, I could think of no greater candidate for immolation than a cover featuring Square's masterpiece of mediocrity, The Bouncer. Enjoy.
By kitsunebi77Some of the better known games covered this issue:
Tales of Destiny
Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon
Crash Bandicoot 2
Mega Man Legends
Resident Evil 2
Bushido Blade 2
Tomb Raider 2
By kitsunebi77I've streamlined my Photoshop-fu, editing this 228 page beast in under 3 hours, and the results (in my opinion) are indistinguishable from back when I took 3 times as long to get it done. Fie upon the clone stamp! All hail content-aware fill! Huzzah!
By kitsunebi77Another Japanese magazine, another Gundam cover. These things can't be helped - it's like expecting something other than a car on the cover of a Car & Driver magazine. Which coincidentally might not have been a bad choice, as there's a cover story on Gran Turismo 2. Plus, lots of RPG strategy with sections on Parasite Eve 2, Tokimeki Memorial 2, Chrono Cross, Growlanser, Valkyrie Profile, and Little Princess: Marl Ōkoku no Ningyō Hime 2 (the sequel to Nippon Ichi's Rhapsody.)
This issue had a hell of a lot of glue that got everywhere during de-binding, so cleaning it up took longer than usual, but I think it turned out all right in the end. Enjoy!
By kitsunebi77Summon Night 2 may have made the cover, but the main story in this issue is 24 pages on Final Fantasy X, which also earned an impressive 100, 95, 95, 85 from their review crew.
By kitsunebi77Lots of good stuff this issue including in-depth strategy sections for Resident Evil 2, Tomb Raider 2, Tales of Destiny and Xenogears.
Other games include Parasite Eve, Final Fantasy V, Gran Turismo, Bushido Blade 2, Tenchu, and as always, tons of coverage of games that never saw a western release.
By kitsunebi77Features on:
Dragon Quest VII Persona 2: Eternal Punishment Tales of Eternia Breath of Fire IV Dynasty Warriors 2 Plus tons of Japan-exclusive games including the 22-page cover feature on Super Robot Wars Alpha
By kitsunebi77Merry Christmas! (well, that's the cover date, anyway.)
As always with Dengeki P, lots of RPG and giant robot coverage (I mean, this IS Japan, after all.) All in all, 264 pages of PlayStation goodness. I've eschewed including stitched-together two-page joins this time, but when viewed in two-page mode, those pages (ads, mostly) should look seamless, since they were joined together during the editing process, edited as a single pic, and then separated again.
Sometimes these Japanese mags are just ornery: The files within the cbr are numbered correctly, but you'll notice that the page numbers don't always match what's printed on the page. That's because there were lots of strange instances of unnumbered pages. For example, there was a multi-page advertising section where the first and last pages of the ad were given page numbers, but the middle 4 pages, which were printed like a fold-out poster, went unnumbered. Another advertising section was printed on a series of pages of differing widths. Only the full-sized pages were given numbers, while the narrower pages all went unnumbered. Craziness!! Thanks to the fold-out section, I actually had to swap one page's location in order to ensure that further pages would be paired with the correct facing page when viewing in two-page mode (don't worry, you'll never even know which one).