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Official U.S. Playstation Magazine Issue 19

ISSUE: 19Content

Features:

  • Editorial: Can Life Be Measured in Hit Points? (Ken Kujawa offers a handy chart of turn-based combat and HP modifiers to real life...with amusing results)
  • Letters (Mail, e-mail, abuse, rants, and the occasional word of praise from readers)
  • g.e.a.r. (Gadgets, Electronics, Arts and Recreations - game-related merchandise)
  • Demo Disc (This month's CD freebies)
  • Next Month (It's all about Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, baby!)



News (Industry news and, you know, news...):

  • Playstation 2 A Reality (Like we didn't see that one coming.)
  • Sony Sues Connectix (The creators of Virtual Game Station for the Mac are goin' to court.)
  • Top 10 (What Japanese and UK gamers are buying)
  • Madden Bowl a Hit on South Beach (NFL players take on their digital counterparts in the pre-Super Bowl festivities)
  • Top 20 (What US gamers are buying)
  • Coming Soon (Release dates, subject to change at any time without notice, void where prohibited, etc...)



Previews:

  • Croc 2
  • G-Police: Weapons of Justice
  • Point Blank 2
  • Alien Resurrection
  • Ehrgeiz
  • Soul of the Samurai
  • Triple Play 2000
  • Need For Speed: High Stakes
  • Fighter Maker
  • Driver
  • Gran Turismo 2
  • The Next Tetris
  • X-Men: Mutant Academy (here referred to as 'X-Men')
  • Hello Kitty's Cube Frenzy
  • Evil Zone
  • High Heat Baseball
  • Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969
  • Bloody Roar 2



International Previews (Stuff Japan has that we don't):

  • PocketStation (and a ton of mini-games)
  • iS: International Section
  • I.Q. Final
  • UmJammer Lammy
  • Dance Dance Revolution



The Year of the RPG (OPM turns critical eyes on the coming wave of big-time RPGs):

  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • Final Fantasy Anthology
  • Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete
  • Star Ocean: The Second Story
  • Suikoden II
  • Thousand Arms
  • Legend of Legaia (review)
  • Guardian's Crusade (review)
  • Shadow Madness (review)
  • Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu
  • Dragon Quest VII
  • Dragon Valor
  • Tales of Phantasia
  • Saga Frontier 2



The PlayStation Role-Player's Guide (Check these already-released bundles of joy):

  • Beyond the Beyond
  • Suikoden
  • Persona
  • Wild Arms
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Saga Frontier
  • Breath of Fire 3
  • The Granstream Saga
  • Tales of Destiny
  • Azure Dreams
  • Xenogears



Reviews:

  • More Than A Feeling (Joe Rybicki editorializes about what actually goes into the game review process at OPM)
  • Rollcage
  • Blast Radius
  • NBA In The Zone '99
  • Invasion From Beyond
  • T'ai Fu: Wrath of the Tiger
  • Bust-A-Move 99
  • Bomberman Fantasy Race
  • Street Sk8er
  • Rushdown
  • Pro 18 World Tour Golf
  • Review Recap (recently reviewed games and their scores for those who missed them)



Strategy (Kickin' ass and takin' games):

  • Silent Hill



Tricks of the Trade (Cheating your way to victory):

  • Apocalypse
  • Asteroids
  • Bust A Groove
  • WCW/nWo Thunder
  • Knockout Kings
  • Colony Wars: Vengeance
  • Cool Boarders 3
  • Darkstalkers 3
  • Duke Nukem: Time to Kill
  • International Superstar Soccer Pro '98
  • Nectaris: Military Madness
  • NFL Blitz
  • Moto Racer 2
  • Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter
  • Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus
  • Bust-A-Move 4
  • R-Types
  • Rogue Trip
  • S.C.A.R.S.
  • Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
  • Tomb Raider III
  • Ninja: Shadow of Darkness
  • Contender
  • Crash Bandicoot: Warped
  • Twisted Metal III
  • The Unholy War



Notable Stuff:

  • Readers really take the mag to task in the letter column over their stance on emulator-related issues.
  • According to a videogames.com poll, gamers are more excited about Final Fantasy VIII (80%) than they are about Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete (14%), Legend of Legaia (3%), Shadow Madness (2%) and Guardian's Crusade (1%) combined. To the surprise of absolutely no one in the world.
  • WTF, Japan? You have access to some of the best games around, and you're letting the likes of Beatmania, Bass Landing, and Sound Novel Evolution 3 run roughshod over Tales of Phantasia, Crash Bandicoot 3, and Street Fighter Zero 3 in terms of sales? That's it: all Japanese gamers from February 1999, turn in your Gamer Cards.
  • WTF, US? You have Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped in your top 5, and you let them all get pantsed by the universally-panned WCW/nWo Thunder? That's it: all US gamers from January 1999, turn in your Gamer Cards.
  • Syrox Developments is listed as the developer of X-Men: Mutant Academy, but they were only responsible for the cancelled Nintendo 64">N64 version. Paradox Development handled the PS1 version.
  • Joe Rybicki's editorial that starts the reviews section is a valuable guide to understanding what people who review games for a living actually look for when deciding on how good (or awful) a certain game is, and the difference between objective opinion (the way things are) and subjective opinion (the way the reviewer him/herself feels).
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    Title: Official U.S. Playstation Magazine Issue 19
    Month: April
    Year: 1999
    Publisher: Ziff Davis Media
    Editor: Kraig Kujawa
    Pages: 126
    Price: $7.99 U.S. $9.99 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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