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GameNow Issue 1

ISSUE: 1Content

Systems Covered:

  • Playstation 2
  • Playstation
  • GameCube
  • Nintendo 64">N64
  • Xbox
  • Game Boy Advance
  • Game Boy Color
  • Dreamcast

Features:

  • Editorial: Right About Now... (Dan Leahy touts the new mag's focus on just a few top-notch games)
  • GameNow Cheats to Go Cards (NBA Street (PS2), Super Mario Advance (GBA), Spider-Man (DC), Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (GBA), Twisted Metal Black (PS2), Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (PS2))
  • Fan Club (Letters, e-mails, IM's, polls, and more)
  • Next Month (Syphon Filter 3, Tony Hawk 3, Luigi's Mansion, Devil May Cry, Spyro the Dragon, Okage, Dragon Warrior VII, and so much more...)

Jump Start (In-depth look at a new game):

  • SSX Tricky (PS2)

News Now (Announcements, Tidbits and Rumours):

  • Super Mario Sunshine is coming to GameCube in 2002
  • Sega Sports kicks off their lineup on PS2, GameCube and Xbox
  • Fan Frenzy (DVD Region X (PS2), EZ Grips (GBA), Solar Boy (GBA), Laser Clean CD Lens Cleaner (MULTI))
  • Fan Month (A quick look at what's selling where)
  • GameNow World (Resident Evil series coming to GameCube)
  • Hot Shots 3 coming to PS2
  • Capcom vs. SNK PRO is now on the Dreamcast
  • Dragon Warrior VII now out in Japan for the PS1
  • Web Now (Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 preps for online mode)

Hands On (Handheld Reviews and Previews):

  • F-14 Tomcat (GBA)
  • Kao the Kangaroo (GBA)
  • Planet Monsters (GBA)
  • Fortress (GBA)
  • Prehistoric Man (GBA)
  • X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse (GBA)
  • Sports Illustrated For Kids: Football (GBA)
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Mojo Jojo-A-Go-Go (GBA)
  • Driven (GBA)
  • Monsters, Inc. (GBA)
  • Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone (GBA)
  • Power Rangers Time Force (GBA)

Incoming (Big Games, Big Previews...Just for You):

  • Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex (PS2)
  • Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (PS2)
  • Burnout (PS2)
  • Okage: Shadow King (PS2)
  • NASCAR Thunder 2002 (PS2)
  • NFL 2K2 (PS2)
  • The Simpsons: Road Rage (PS2)
  • Smuggler's Run 2 (PS2)
  • Splashdown (PS2)
  • Twisted Metal: Small Brawl (PS1)
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (GC)
  • Luigi's Mansion (GC)
  • Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II (GC)
  • NFL Fever (XBOX)
  • Shrek (XBOX)
  • NBA 2K2 (DC)
  • Dead or Alive 3 (XBOX)

Now Playing (GameNow Reviews the games, baby):

  • Dave Mirra 2 Freestyle BMX (PS2)
  • NHL 2002 (PS2)
  • Spy Hunter (PS2)
  • Portal Runner (PS2)
  • Ico (PS2)
  • Monster Rancher 3 (PS2)
  • Phantasy Star Online Version 2 (DC)
  • NFL 2K2 (DC)
  • Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro (PS1)
  • X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 (PS1)

Tricks Now (Wreck your games harder with these cheats):

  • Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 (PS2)
  • GT Advance (GBA)
  • Alien Front Online (DC)
  • Extreme G3 (PS2)
  • Time Crisis II (PS2)
  • Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX (GBA)
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (GBA)
  • Road Champs: BXS Stunt Biking (GBA)
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (GBA)
  • NFL GameDay 2002 (PS1)
  • All-Star Baseball 2002 (PS2)
  • Pac-Man Collection (GBA)
  • Battle Hunter (PS1)
  • Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (GBA)
  • Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 (GBA, PS2)
  • Fire Pro Wrestling (GBA)
  • Top Tricks (A whole slew of cheats for PS2, PS1, Nintendo 64">N64, GBA, GBC, and Dreamcast)

Notable Stuff:

  • Why the switch to GameNow from Expert Gamer? Hell if we know. Maybe they were intimidating the newbies.
  • SSX Tricky is the gaming equivalent of your favorite film getting re-released with a slew of new special features, making you want to re-buy it, according to the editors. Too true.
  • US gamers are all over Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (PS2), while Japanese gamers can't get enough of Devil May Cry (PS2).
  • Ico gets a grade of B (think 4/5 stars) because it's "too short and too hard to be a true classic". In this same issue, Spy Hunter is docked for being too short and having lacklustre multiplayer, and it gets an A-. Now, one of these games is considered the first modern example of a video game cracking the "art form" ceiling. The other is Spy Hunter. Easily the most derp-worthy moment in this issue.
  • GameNow attempts to rip on Limp Bizkit (misspelled as 'Limp Bizcut') by comparing them to Young MC. The difference? Thirteen years later, Limp Bizkit is still around, and Young MC still hasn't released a second album after Stone Cold Rhymin'. Fred Durst may be annoying, but Young MC he ain't.
  • For a magazine claiming to focus on just a small handful of games in its premiere editorial, that Top Tricks section sure isn't helping your case.



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    Title: GameNow Issue 1
    Month: November
    Year: 2001
    Publisher: Ziff Davis Media
    Editor: Dan Leahy
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 3

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