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Next Generation Issue 27

ISSUE: 27Content


  • Sega Saturn
  • PC - PC CD-ROM
  • Macintosh
  • Sony Playstation
  • arcade


(The following is loosely based on this issue's table of contents, with select issue excerpts included. Magazine accurate text formatting (lower case headers, etc) purposefully retained. (Notes) and bullet lists are added for clarity.)

(The 'Disc Edition' of this issue included a CD featuring additional content.)

(standard edition: $4.99 USA, $5.99 Canada; CD edition: $7.99 USA?, $8.99 Canada?)


Is Richard Garriott really building a better world?

Richard Garriott's obsession with Britannia helped him create the Ultima series (the ultimate RPG to many gamers). Lord British is creating a virtual world and putting it online. He shares his gaming insights with Next Generation. (five page interview)



(Original news articles along with regular, recurring news features; one page each unless noted. While original news stories regularly included related sidebars, unrelated sidebars would often be used to fill space as well - these are noted.)

Videogames continue to shock the system
On both sides of the Atlantic, the powers that be find fault with the videogame industry. ("offensive" videogame advertising)

3Dfx reveals new high-end PC accelerator
The Obsidian XS-100 offers power to accelerate PC systems to their highest level to date.

Saturn/PS-X sequels
Early details of plans for PlayStation 2 & Saturn 2 give gamers a glimpse of the future. (1/2 page)

(Recurring news features; one page each unless noted:)

All the latest arcade and coin-op news. (misc. arcade news by Marcus Webb)

In the studio (1/2 page; games in development; arcade gender survey, Origin, Saturn Virtua Fighter 3, Sony plans for Russia, Peter Molyneux and Bullfrog, Single Trac Entertainment & Microsoft)

movers & shakers
The business news that affects the games you play. (misc. business news by Christian Svensson)

Gadget (1/2 page; peripherals, accessories, add-ons, etc)

  • Force FX (force feedback joystick)
  • Per4mer Turbo Wheel (steering wheel controller)

Datebook (1/2 page; calendar of events)

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Top 10 Online Gaming Sites

Online, multiplayer gaming is huge. So huge, in fact, that it is difficult to know where to go or what to play. Next Generation's survey of the online gaming jungle will show you what's hop and what's hype. (eleven pages, including the following sub-sections:)

  • The Traditional Online Services
    AOL, CompuServe, and Prodigy don't want to be left behind; here are their offerings to the world of online, multiplayer gaming.
  • Coming Soon
    Here are some of the other online, multiplayer gaming options coming in the near future. (Some of them may be online by the time you read this.)
  • Online Games To Watch For:
    Check out these other online, multiplayer games coming to a computer near you. (Some of them may be ready to play by the time you read this.)
  • Next Generation's Top 10 Online Game Picks
    Nearly any game is fun in a multiplayer mode; some, however, rise above. Here are our top 10 picks for online multiplayer gaming.
  1. Quake
  2. Multiplayer BattleTech: Solaris
  3. Duke Nukem 3D
  4. SubSpace
  5. MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries
  6. SVGA Air Warrior
  7. Gemstone III
  8. Command & Conquer: Red Alert
  9. Diablo
  10. Ultima Online

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Alphas (game previews, sometimes presented as part of a themed overview or interview; one page each unless noted:)

(Next Generation's game previews often varied in scope and size. Smaller previews were usually traditional in presentation, while larger previews often incorporated developer commentary. The largest previews were typically presented as a themed article (focusing on a development studio, accessory, etc) previewing one or more titles and were often accompanied by an interview (noted).)

  • Bomberman (PCCD; four pages)
  • The Dark Project (PCCD; three pages, including one-page 'An Interview with Warren Spector')
  • Pegasus Prime (PS)
  • Myth (PC,Mac; two pages)
  • Blood (PCCD)
  • Lost World (PS; three page)
  • Need for Speed 2 (PS,PC; two pages)
  • Flying Saucer (PCCD; two pages)
  • Time Crisis (PS)



(While all video game magazines make the occasional slip, Next Generation's game review section was especially notorious and/or exceptional for reviewing games never formally released in North America, or were instead eventually released under a different title. In some cases an import title would be reviewed with the domestic release also reviewed in a later issue. Japanese import reviews are noted when known. Reviews were usually 1/8th to 1/4th page in length, though this varied wildly and length was never pre-determined - one page reviews would see print on rare occasions. Higher rated and/or spotlighted games would usually receive more page real estate than lower rated.)


  • Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection One
  • Area 51
  • Burning Road
  • Cool Boarders
  • Floating Runner
  • Jet Moto
  • Gameday '97
  • Namco Museum Volume 3
  • Persona Revelations
  • Re-Loaded
  • Robotron X
  • Nanotek Warrior
  • Space Jam
  • Ten Pin Alley
  • Virtual Pool


  • NFL '97
  • Toshinden URA
  • Virtua Cop 2


  • Amber: Journeys Beyond
  • Death Rally
  • Rocket Jockey
  • Hunter Hunted
  • The Lords of Tantrazz
  • Nemesis: A Wizardry Adventure
  • NeoHunter
  • Noir: A Shadowy Thriller
  • Westworld 2000
  • Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh


  • Virtua Fighter 3
  • Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey
  • Street Fighter EX

Next Generation gamer's guide (collected review score summation; two pages)


Well, what can we say? Four-letter words won't help us out much anymore... (reader mail; two pages)


Next Generation Disc Contents

Mac demos

  • 3D Ultra Pinball CreepNight
  • Alley 19 Bowling
  • FullTilt Pinball I
  • Indy Car Racing

PC demos

  • Destruction Derby 2
  • Emperor of the Fading Suns
  • FIFA '97
  • Full Tilt Pinball 2
  • Helicops
  • Microsoft Golf with Multiplayer Patch
  • Sega Rally
  • Virtua Fighter PC
  • VirtuaSquad PC
  • SubSpace
  • MechWarrior Mercenaries Patch

Internet software

  • America Online 3.0
  • Mplayer
  • The Palace Chat
  • TEN: Entertainment Network

Nintendo 64 movies

  • Killer Instinct Gold
  • Shadows of the Empire
  • Mario Kart 64

New Jaguar movies

  • Towers 2
  • Breakout 2000
  • Zero 5

Sony PlayStation movies

  • Atari Collection
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Chronicles of the Sword
  • Legacy of Kain
  • Burning Road
  • Pegasus Prime
  • WipeOut XL Music Video
  • Megaman 8
  • Jet Moto
  • Persona
  • Re-Loaded
  • Ten Pin Alley
  • RobotronX
  • Sentient
  • Spider
  • King's Field 2
  • Destruction Derby 2

Sega Saturn movies

  • Dark Savior
  • Dragon Force
  • Toshinden URA
  • NFL '97
  • Virtua Cop 2
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    Title: Next Generation Issue 27
    Month: March
    Year: 1997
    Publisher: Imagine Media
    Editor: Neil West
    Pages: 116
    Price: see description
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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