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Next Generation Issue 41

ISSUE: 41Content

PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE THIS ISSUE

 

Sega Saturn
Game Boy Color (news coverage)
PC
Sony PlayStation
Nintendo 64
arcade
online
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(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 includes a CD featuring additional content. Notably, it is also the final 'Disc Edition' to be regularly published alongside a standard edition. This issue includes a six page, in-bound Electronics Boutique catalog labeled 'March 1998.')

 

(standard edition: $5.99 USA, $6.99 Canada; CD edition: $7.99 USA?, $8.99 Canada?)

Prince of Persia 3D
Can one of the classic platform games make the move to the third dimension? (cover story; see ng software: Alphas section for preview)

The way games ought to be...
Presumed Innocent (by Neil West; one page; this article is not listed in this issue's TOC)

talking

 

Do you believe in G.O.D.?
Gathering of Developers was founded with the idea of taking key decisions (and profits) out of the hands of marketers and putting them into the hands of the creative people behind the games themselves. Is this a United Artists for the '90s, or a pipe dream that can't possibly fly? Next Generation talks with two of G.O.D.'s founders, Mike Wilson and Harry Miller. (six page interview)

 

breaking

News

(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.)

Outlawed in Orlando?
IDSA warns of "serious threat" to videogames in Florida. (three pages, including interview with Representative Barry Silver)

Nintendo's next generation handheld
Nintendo takes a baby step in technology, hoping for the same success it had with Game Boy. (Game Boy Color)

WizardWorks proves success can be cheap
The budget arm of GT knocks Riven from top spot.

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

In the Studio
Development news as it develops. (Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, Wing Commander feature film, Jackie Chan, Xena games for PlayStation, NFL Blitz (PlayStation) and future EA boxing game, licensed music for Road Rash 3D)

Gadget (hardware and accessories; 3D Blaster Voodoo2 video card, Monster 3D 2 video card)

Datastream (number related news and trivia sidebar)

Movers and Shakers
The business news that affects the games you play. ('In defense of EA' by Colin Campbell)

Arcadia
The latest arcade and coin-op news. (misc. arcade news by Marcus Webb)

Retroview
Anecdotes from computer and videogaming's past. ('Photo finished' by Steven Kent; video game history)

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The Fall of BMG
When yet another big name entertainment company tried and failed to break into the videogame business, it wasn't a surprise. What was a surprise was just how good some of the titles were. (eight pages, including 'Rest in peace...' sidebar and running 'BMG's legacy' footer bar describing the following:)

  • Dragon Blade (PC,PS)
  • Undisclosed military flight sim (PC)
  • Monkey Hero (PS)
  • Fox Sports College Hoops '99 (N64)
  • SpearHead (PC)
  • Three Lions (formerly Major League Soccer) (PC,PS)
  • Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way (PC)

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Tales of the hardcore
Readers respond to the hardcore survey in NG 38 with tales of their own - scary. (seven pages; reader submitted anecdotes)

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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).

(Previews with additional content on the accompanying Next Generation Disc are noted with an asterisk (*).)

  • Trans-Am Racing '68-'72 (PC; six pages, including 'The skinny on EAI' sidebar) *
  • Prince of Persia 3D (PC; seven pages, including two-page 'An Interview with Jordan Mechner' and running 'Jordan Mechner's Career' sidebar profiling the following:) *
    • Karateka
    • Prince of Persia
    • Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame
    • The Last Express

    [*]Fighting Vipers 2 (arcade; two pages) [*]Abe's Exxodus (PS,PC; two pages) [*]ODT (PS,PC) * [*]Descent III (PC; two pages) [*]Incoming (PC; two pages) [*]World Grand Prix (N64; two pages) [*]N2O: Nitrous Oxide (PS) [*]Silicon Valley (N64; two pages)

rating

Finals

(Next Generation reviews were usually 1/8th to 1/4th page in length, though this varied wildly and length was never pre-determined - 1/2 and one page reviews would see print on occasion. Higher rated and/or spotlighted games would usually receive more page real estate than lower rated.)

(Import reviews are noted with '(Japan)' below. Reviews also appearing on the accompanying Next Generation Disc are noted with an asterisk (*).)

 

Nintendo 64

  • NBA in the Zone 64
  • Olympic Hockey '98
  • Quake 64
  • Rampage World Tour
  • Yoshi's Story
  • Fighters Destiny

PlayStation

  • Bloody Roar
  • Breath of Fire III
  • Hot Shots Golf
  • Newman/Haas Racing
  • Shadow Master
  • Bust-A-Move (Japan)

Saturn

  • Azel: Panzer Dragoon Saga (Japan)

PC

  • Battlespire
  • Descent to Undermountain
  • Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith
  • Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time

Online

  • NetWAR
  • Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor

corresponding

 

Letters
When our readers have an opinion, they're never scared to share it. (reader mail; two pages)

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The Disc is absolutely packed this month, with exclusive E3 previews of titles like Ultima Ascension, Daikatana, ODT, and Outcast. It also features interviews with Brian Farrell of THQ on his company's unconventional formula for success, Scott Sellers of 3Dfx on why everyone wants Voodoo2, and Adrian Penn of EAI on his company's forthcoming title, Trans-Am Racing.

special
Ultima Ascension, Daikatana, Trans-Am Racing, ODT

previews
1080 Snowboarding, Bushido Blade 2, Tenchu, Bust-A-Move

internet
Mindspring, heat, Next Generation Online, Imagine Games Network

talking
Prince of Persia 3D with Jordan Mechner and Andrew Pederson

finals
More than 1,450 NG Finals in a searchable database



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    Title: Next Generation Issue 41
    Month: May
    Year: 1998
    Publisher: Imagine Media
    Editor: Chris Charla
    Pages: 132
    Price: see description
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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