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Next Generation Issue 56

ISSUE: 56Content

PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE THIS ISSUE

Nintendo Gamecube (Dolphin; development news coverage)
Sony PSP (Playstation Portable; development news coverage)
Sega Dreamcast (preview coverage)
Sony PlayStation
Nintendo 64
PC
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.)

(This is non-technically the final issue of "Next Generation" - the magazine would formally change its masthead title to "NextGen" with issue #57 (aka Lifecycle 2 Volume 1 #1).)

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Few games have helped propel Playstation's drive to market dominance the way Capcom's Resident Evil series has. The original was the console's first breakout hit (selling upward of 6 million copies), and its sequel garnered similar sales and a lot of TV commercial time. But as the hardware ages and the series moves into its third incarnation, can it compete? Judge for yourself. (see Alphas section)

Analyzing

Intelligence
Gaming news and analysis from around the world, plus all the usual columns. (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.)

Gearing Up For The Masses
The game industry is courting the mass market, but does that mean the end of the game world as we know it? (two pages)

Dolphin Shocker: No Movies, "Very Aggressive" Price
Lincoln reveals key details of Nintendo's plans for Dolphin (2/3 page)

Playstation Portable In The Works
Reliable sources confirm project (2/3 page)

(Recurring news features:)

News Bytes (running sidebar; misc. news stories)

In The Studio (2/3 page; developer news; Liquid Entertainment, Paradigm Studios, Mindscape, Incognito, Presto, Activision, Quantic Dream)

Arcadia (misc. arcade news; approx. 1/2 page)

Gadget Watch (accessories and tech coverage; approx. 1/2 page; Tiltforce/TiltPak, Truesteer)

Hardcore (mini-sidebar; reader anecdote)

NG Japan

What's hot - or in some cases, what's just plain odd - in Japan lately. (approx. 2 pages)

  • Pokemon Festival '99 (1/2 page)
  • Virtual High School (1/2 page)
  • Tekken Tag Tournament (approx. 2/3 page)
  • La Pochee (approx. 1/3 page)


NG Special

Rare's triple threat
Nintendo's second-party powerhouse is gearing up for a major holiday season with Jet Force Gemini, Donkey Kong 64, and the unofficial sequel to GoldenEye, Perfect Dark. (four pages; includes brief intro and sections dedicated to the following:)

  • Jet Force Gemini
  • Donkey Kong 64
  • Perfect Dark


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).

  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (PS; four pages)
  • F355 Challenge (arcade; two pages)
  • Ecco the Dolphin - Defender of the Future (DC; two pages)
  • Hydro Thunder (DC)
  • Blitz 2000 (DC)
  • Ready 2 Rumble (DC,PS,N64; two pages)
  • Battlezone II (PC)
  • Jet Moto 3 (PS)
  • Vigilante 8: Second Offense (N64,PS,DC; two pages)
  • Toy Commander (DC,PC; two pages)
  • Die Hard Trilogy 2 (PS,PC; two pages)
  • The Sims (PC; two pages)
  • Jump Runner (PC,DC)
  • Fear Factor (PS)
  • Soldier of Fortune (PC; two pages)
  • Evolva (PC; two pages)
  • Hostile Waters (PC)
  • Army Men Air Attack (PS)
  • SWAT 3 (PC)
  • Crusaders of Might and Magic (PS)
  • Genesis: Aperian 7 (PC; two pages)
  • San Francisco Rush 2049 (arcade; two pages)


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

  • Messiah (PC; one page)
  • Battletanx 2 (N64)
  • Sacrifice (PC)
  • Excitebike 64 (N64; mini-sidebar)
  • Command & Conquer (N64; mini-sidebar)
  • NHL Faceoff 2000 (PS; approx. 1/4 page)
  • Bass Landing (PS; approx. 1/4 page)
  • Gameday 2000 (PS; approx. 1/4 page)
  • WWF (N64; approx. 1/4 page)


NG Special

The Piracy Files
Our first "How To" article - how to lose your money, your freedom, your friends, and just about everything else you hold near and dear, and how it all ends up in a woodchipper... (seven pages)

Gallery

The art of gaming
Celebrating the aesthetics of 3D rendering. ('Gallery - The fine art of gaming;' three pages)

Rating

Finals
So many games, so little time. (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:)

  • Ape Escape (PS)
  • Descent 3 (PC; two pages)


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

  • Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest (N64)
  • Bloody Roar 2 (PS)
  • Croc 2 (PS)
  • Warzone 2100 (PS)
  • Alexi Lalas International Soccer (PS)
  • GTA: London 1969 (PS)
  • Expendable (PC)
  • Imperialism II (PC)
  • Jane's Fleet Command (PC)
  • Midtown Madness (PC)
  • Rich Diamon (PC)
  • Ultimate 8 Ball (PC)


Ending
Next Generation brings you down easy; enjoy tidbits from readers and highlights from the past.

Retroview
Taking a look back. (regular Retroview installment and related articles:)

  • Accolade vs. Sega Part II (by Steven Kent; one page)
  • Relode (Lode Runner; one page)
  • What Ever Happened To? (mini-sidebar; Lords of Conquest)


Letters
We love our readers. (reader mail; 1.75 pages)



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    Title: Next Generation Issue 56
    Month: August
    Year: 1999
    Publisher: Imagine Media
    Editor: Chris Charla
    Pages: 108
    Price: $5.99 USA, $6.99 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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