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PSX-Pro Issue 8

ISSUE: 8Content

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Features:

  • Monthly Manga Giveaway: There are fifteen copies of Miyazaki's comical anime "The Castle of Cagliostro" up for grabs, so answer the three questions and get your entries in quickly. You only have until July 31st of 1996.
  • Everybody's A Winner, Baby #8: A bevy of prizes, including VHS tapes, whoopee cushions, and manga, are all up for grabs. 
  • The Big Picture: A two-page spread featuring the scores for every game reviewed in the previous seven issues. Extreme Pinball earns the prize for worst game in the staff's opinion, with solid 3/10s all across the board. Alien Trilogy, on the other hand, is the highest-rated, earning a 9.5/10 average.
  • The Tape Debate: PSX Pro's editors debate the question, "Do software houses spend too much time and money on grandiose publicity campaigns?"
  • Retrospect Special: The gang takes a look back at what was happening and popular in July 1980, 1985, and 1990.
  • Footy Fest: A tournament of tips for all the best Football/Soccer titles available on the system. Sharpen your shooting skills in Striker '96FIFA Soccer '96, and Goal Storm.
  • Game Guide: Mech one-on-one fighter Zero Storm has a lot of special moves. Learn 'em all with this hand four-page list.
  • System Crash: PSX Pro sits down with Jason Rubin of Naughty Dog software for a two-page interview about their forthcoming Crash Bandicoot.
  • Forum: Editor Alex Lee takes two pages to rant about how great their magazine is, then it's off to the races with reader letters.
  • Full SP: Want the full list of software available for the PS1 six months from now? Here you go then.
  • E3 News: All the studios, all the games, all the stuff coming soon as unveiled at the world's largest gaming expo.

Reviews:

  • Resident Evil (Game of the Month): 9/10 ; 7/10
  • Bust-A-Move 2: 6.5/10; 7/10
  • Fade To Black: 8.5/10; 8/10
  • Top Gun: Fire At Will: N/A
  • Gunship: N/A
  • Virtual Golf: 7.5/10; 7/10
  • Slam 'N Jam 96: 8/10; 7/10
  • Olympic Soccer: 9/10; 9/10
  • Impact Racing: 8/10; 6/10
  • Sampras Extreme Tennis: 8/10; 7/10
  • Actua Golf: 9/10; 8/10

Previews:

  • Olympic Games
  • Starfighter 3000
  • Tomb Raider
  • Ninja
  • Swagman
  • Time Commando
  • Blazing Dragons
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Burning Road

Advertising:

  • Adidas Power Soccer
  • Wipeout
  • PSX Power Line
  • Gunship
  • Action Replay game enhancer
  • Chameleon mod chip
  • Special Reserve Discount Club mail-order sales
  • Tommo! mail-order game sales
  • Complete Onside Soccer
  • Premiere Mail Order
  • Advertise with IDG Media
  • Alien Limited imports
  • Mannerings Sound and Vision
  • Full Circle Direct
  • New Generation Consoles
  • Visions
  • Zone Video
  • Dukinfield Consoles
  • Micro Sonic
  • Hidden Levels
  • Eclipse: The Console Specialists
  • AKM Consoles
  • Gex
  • Sampras Extreme Tennis

Notable Stuff:

  • The issue's tagline is "It's the absolute finest and chicks love it."
  • Despite editor Steve griping about Andy hogging Resident Evil for himself, Andy identifies the two playable protagonists of Resident Evil as Jill Valentine and Barry Burton. Ummm...y'all included a screencap of the character selection on page 11, and that's clearly Chris Redfield's ID car behind Jill's. You cannot claim to be the finest, then cock up literally the easiest information about the game to get correct. Chicks hate that. :)
  • On the other hand, that ad for Complete Onside Soccer...yummy! :-9
  • The reviews for Gunship and Top Gun are relegated to a separate supplement on Microprose titles which shipped with the magazine. 
  • The images in the Tomb Raider preview come from an earlier build of the game's second level, 'The City of Vilcabamba'. That level also served as both halves of the demo Core released prior to the game's arrival on store shelves.
  • In the preview for Crash Bandicoot, editor Steve McNally claims Naughty Dog's last and only game was, to his knowledge, Way of the Warrior for 3DO. Clearly he forgot 1991's Rings of Power on the Megadrive/Genesis, or 1989's Keef the Thief on the Amiga and PC. Overlooking Keef is understandable, but Rings of Power had one of the most infamous cheat codes of the 90's, with a combination of button presses at power-up leading to the display of a bare-breasted woman in all her 16-bit glory.
  • Holy crap, the hate for comp titles like Namco Museum, and related offerings from Williams, Konami, and Irem is through the roof from the readers if the letters are to be believed. 


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Information

    Title: PSX-Pro Issue 8
    Month: July
    Year: 1996
    Publisher: IDG Media
    Editor: Alex Lee
    Pages: 100
    Price: £2.95
    Country: United Kingdom
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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