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Next Generation Issue 44

ISSUE: 44Content

PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE THIS ISSUE

Sega Dreamcast
Sega Saturn
Project X (the eventual Nuon)
Sony PlayStation
Nintendo 64
PC
Macintosh
arcade
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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.)

NG Index (one page; this reference is not listed in this issue's TOC)

Retroview
The beginning of Jobs. (one page; retro coverage; this article is not listed in this issue's TOC)

Talking

The secret of GT's success
In 1993, GT Interactive took a highly successful shareware game called Wolfenstein 3D and turned it into a retail success - chiefly by avoid the software speciality stores and putting it straight into Walmart. Five years later, GT is second only to Electronic Arts in the U.S. market. Next Generation talks to GT Interactive President Ron Chaimowitz and asks, "Was it beginner's luck?" (five page interview)

Analyzing

Intelligence

(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.)

E3: That was the show that was
After four days of blasting music and alcohol-induced haze, the industry shapes up for the coming season. (two pages)

The best and worst of E3
Next Generation picks out the good, the bad, and the ugly of the year's biggest trade show. (three pages; includes 'Ubi Soft: Surprise Showing' sidebar)

  • The Best:
  • Black and White (PC)
  • Body Harvest (N64)
  • Drakan (PC)
  • Homeworld (PC)
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (PS)
  • Max Payne (PC)
  • Metal Gear Solid (PS)
  • Outcast (PC)
  • Perfect Dark (N64)
  • Playmobile Adventures (PC)
  • Prey: A Talon Brave Adventure (PC)
  • Rayman 2 (PC)
  • Trespasser (PC)
  • Spyro the Dragon (PS)
  • Zelda (N64)
  • The Letdowns:
  • C: The Contra Adventure (PS)
  • Daikatana (PC)
  • Tomb Raider III (PS,PC)
  • Vigilance (PC)


Software partnership comes together for VM Labs
Dang, boy! (3/4ths page)

Dreamcast: Performance details emerge
NG has seen the system in action.

GameWorks now an arcade
Studios for hardcore fans. (1/4th page)

(Recurring news features; 1/2 page each unless noted:)

Datastream (mini-sidebar; numbers related news and trivia)

Talkback (mini-sidebar; Shigeru Miyamoto Q&A)

Hardcore (mini-sidebar; reader submitted anecdotes)

This month in videogame history (1/4th page; past video-gaming moments having occurred during the month of August)

In the Studio (1/4th page; development news; 'Woodcutters From Fiery Ships,' 'Ultima Online: Gold Edition,' possible Dreamcast pack-in, game based on Hitchhikers: Guide to the Galaxy)

Movers and Shakers (1 page; misc. business news by Colin Campbell)

Arcadia (misc. arcade news by Marcus Webb)

NG Special

The console wars of 1999
Moving onto 1999, the video and computer game industry is at a unique point in its history. Never before has the next generation of consoles been ready to go before the last one was quite dead. Sega and VM Labs are preparing new hardware while Sony and Nintendo are arguably doing better than ever. How will this affect the industry's progress into the next millennium? (ten pages, including the following sections:)

  • PlayStation
  • Nintendo 64
  • Project X
  • Dreamcast


NG Software


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).

  • Psygnosis (six pages; development studio overview with focus on Wipeout 64 and Colony Wars 2)
  • Homeworld (PC; three pages)
  • Redjack: Revenge of the Brethren (PC,Mac)
  • Omikron (PC,PS; four pages)
  • Tiny Tank: Up Your Arsenal (PS; two pages)
  • Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit (PC; two pages)
  • Dark Vengeance (PC; four pages)


Milestones (screenshot preview galleries with gallery caption; approx. 1/2 page each unless noted)

  • Outcast (PC)
  • Daikatana (PC)
  • Trespasser (PC)
  • F-Zero (N64)
  • The Unholy War (PS)
  • Space Circus (N64)
  • B.L.U.E. (PS)


(sidebars (one or two screenshots each) with caption:)

  • Macross (PS)
  • Spyro the Dragon (PS)
  • GT 64 (N64)
  • Lunatik (PC)
  • Devil Dice (PS)
  • Kattobi Tune (PS)


Rating

Finals

(With issue #43, Next Generation expanded its review section to include a number of featured reviews - each typically one or two pages long - along with its traditional reviews (usually 1/3rd page in length). Import reviews are noted with 'Japan' below.)


(One page each unless noted:)

  • Unreal (PC; two pages)
  • Mission: Impossible (N64)
  • International Superstar Soccer 98 (N64)
  • Sanitarium (PC)
  • Might and Magic VI: The Mandate Of Heaven (PC)
  • Burning Rangers (Sat)


(Approx. 1/3rd page each unless noted:)

  • Mike Piazza's Strike Zone (N64)
  • Mortal Kombat 4 (N64)
  • Wetrix (N64)
  • Azure Dreams (PS)
  • Granstream Saga (PS)
  • Jersey Devil (PS)
  • Sentinel Returns (PS)
  • Black Dahlia (PC)
  • Army Men (PC)
  • Forsaken (PC)
  • Monster Truck Madness 2 (PC)
  • Rocky Mountain Trophy Hunter (PC)
  • Swarm (PC)
  • Escape Velocity: Override (Mac)
  • Star Control 3 (Mac)


The Gamer's Guide (two pages; collection of past game review scores for N64, PS, online, PC)

Corresponding


Letters
Our readers vent themselves every month, and we give them the space to do it - dangerous? Maybe. Fun? Oh, you bet... (reader mail; two pages)



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    Title: Next Generation Issue 44
    Month: August
    Year: 1998
    Publisher: Imagine Media
    Editor: Chris Charla
    Pages: 122
    Price: $5.99 USA, $6.99 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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