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PC Gamer Issue 39

ISSUE: 39Content


  • Cover Story - If Looks Could KillPC Gamer visits Core Design's studios for an in-depth look at the development of Tomb Raider II (and Lara Croft) in this 8-page feature.
  • Give 'Em HellfiresAH-64D Longbow was a critical and commercial success, so PC Gamer went to talk with the development team at Jane's Combat Simulations who are working on Longbow 2.


  • The CD - Includes trial versions of AOL, Earthlink, and MindSpring internet software, add-ons for Command & Conquer: Red Alert and Quake, new Duke Nukem 3D maps, some helpful game patches, and playable demos for:
    • Shadow Warrior
    • Moto Racer GP
    • Betrayal In Antara
    • Esoteria
    • Fallout
    • Meat Puppet
    • Absolute Pinball
    • Bust-A-Move 2
    • Battleground: Napoleon in Russia
    • Battleground: Bull Run
    • Ardennes Offensive
    • History of the World
    • Need for Speed 2
    • Sentient
    • Machine HUnter
    • Z.A.R.
    • You Don't Know Jack, Volume 2: Sports
    • Pandemonium
  • Eyewitness (News, Previews, and Behind-the-Scenes Reports): Lockheed Martin decides not to charge for exclusive rights to use their F-22 Raptor plane in games, SimCity 3000 is in the works, Sid Meier's newest sim Gettysburg! involves the single deadliest battle of the US Civil War, and Capcom's porting their survival horror hit Resident Evil to the PC.
  • The Hard Stuff (Systems, Peripherals, Controllers): How to build a network, a lawsuit against Intel over MMX, Tech Q&A, and hardware reviews for:
    • Micron Millennia MME PC
    • First-Person Gaming's Assassin 3D controller
    • miroMedia Surround sound card
    • Hi-Val DVD PC-to-TV upgrade kit
    • RealVision Flash 3D graphics card
    • Panasonic EAB MPC250 multimedia speaker system
    • MaxiSound Game Theater 64 sound card
    • Logitech SurfMan cordless mouse
    • Logitech MouseMan Pro cordless mouse
  • Extended Play (Add-Ons, Scenario Discs, Upgrades, and Bug Patches): T. Liam McDonald looks over the sixth and seventh entries in TalonSoft's Battleground series, as well as Capitalism PlusJetfighter III Enhanced Campaigns CD, and Steel Panthers Campaign Disk #2.
  • The Learning Game (The Latest Trends & Developments in Educational Software): Heidi E. H. Aycock reviews Skytrip AmericaPutt-Putt Travels Through Time, and Orly's Draw-A-Story.
  • Multi-Play (Network, Modem, Head-to-Head, and Online Gaming): Jason Bates dives head-first into the world of Massively Multi-Player online games to explain the difference between ordinary online games and ones with persistent worlds.
  • Alternate Lives (Adventure and Roleplaying Games, News, and Trends): Michael Wolf abdicates his chair to let Ted Peterson, lead designer on Daggerfall, ruminate on the whys and hows of RPG design.
  • The Desktop General (War Games, Historic & Military Simulations, and Tactical Combat): William R. Trotter wonders why we keep fighting the same (virtual) wars over and over again, when there are plenty of fresh, new historical examples for designers to pull from.
  • Sim Column (Driving, Flying, Fighting, Building, Etc...): Dan Bennett dives into the story of the Cease and Desist letter sent to Interactive Magic by Lockheed Martin over the former's use of the latter's F-22 Raptor plane in their game.
  • Letters: Many printed, most responded to.
  • Next Time...: Previews of the year's hottest games, reviews for tons of hot new titles, a trip to Westwood Studios, and more!

Scoop (aka Previews):

  • Daikatana
  • Star Trek: Secret of Vulcan Fury (cancelled)
  • Defiance


  • Star Trek: Generations (64%)
  • Jack Nicklaus 4 (89%)
  • Triple Play 98 (92%)
  • Enemy Nations (86%)
  • Front Page Sports: Golf (90%)
  • Sentient (56%)
  • Norse by Norsewest (62%)
  • 3D Ultra Mini-Golf (47%)
  • D.A. Pursuit of Justice: The Sunset Boulevard Deuce (70%)
  • Hoyle Poker (80%)
  • Battlesport (20%)
  • Shadows Over Riva (88%)

Strategy Central:

  • X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter strategies
  • The Last Express walkthrough, part 1
  • Magic: the Gathering deck-building guide
  • Shadows Over Riva hints and tips
  • Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries
  • Need For Speed 2
  • Betrayal at Krondor
  • Shadow Warrior

Ads (in order of appearance):

  • Hexen II
  • Jack Nicklaus 4
  • Shadow Warrior
  • Take No Prisoners
  • Baldur's Gate
  • Temüjin
  • Age of Empires
  • QEMM 97
  • ATi XPERT@Play 3D card
  • Byzantine: The Betrayal
  • Atlantis: The Lost Tales
  • Evolution: The Game of Intelligent Life
  • Conquest Earth
  • Sabre Ace: Conflict Over Korea
  • Epic Megagames
  • Pacific General
  • StarCraft
  • Flying Nightmares 2
  • Twinsen's Odyseey
  • Meat Puppet
  • Betrayal in Antara
  • Dark Colony
  • Carmageddon
  • Tony La Russa Baseball 4
  • Ultima Online
  • Jane's Combat Stick joystick
  • Time Warriors
  • Semper Fi
  • Thunder Truck Rally
  • Die By the Sword
  • Outpost 2: Divided Destiny
  • Myth: The Fallen Lords
  • Star Trek: Generations
  • Postal
  • Warlords III: Reign of Heroes
  • Extreme Assault
  • Dogday: An Adventure
  • MDK
  • Terracide
  • Fallout
  • Blood: Cryptic Passage
  • Deathtrap Dungeon
  • King's Quest: Mask of Eternity
  • Might and Magic IV: The Mandate of Heaven
  • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
  • Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny
  • multiplayer service
  • Magic: The Gathering CCG
  • Imperialism
  • NASCAR Racing 2
  • Uprising: Join or Die
  • Star Trek: Starfleet Academy
  • Intergraph Intense 3D 100 graphics card
  • CD-Speedster
  • Pax Imperia: Eminent Domain
  • Streets of Sim City
  • Dark Reign: The Future of War
  • Media On gaming PCs
  • Final Conflict
  • Norton System Commander
  • Man of War
  • Front Page Sports: Trophy Bass 2
  • Tomb Raider
  • Intergraph Computer Systems gaming PCs
  • iF-22 Raptor
  • Monster Truck Madness contest
  • Panzer General II
  • VR Baseball '97
  • Front Page Sports: Golf
  • PC Gamer subscription cards
  • Wipeout XL
  • Formula 1
  • Dragon Lore II
  • Links LS 1998 Edition
  • Game Wizards / Wizard Works interactive strategy guides
  • Chips & Bits Inc.
  • Black Dahlia
  • Lose Your Marbles
  • SCommander programming system for Thrustmaster flight sticks
  • Win the Ultimate Gaming Rig contest
  • boot magazine offer
  • NFL Football Legends '98
  • Sound Blaster AWE64 sound card

Interesting Stuff:

  • "Daikatana" is not a real word in Japanese. The name comes from two kanji which, when read together, mean 'large sword'. But kanji can have multiple readings depending on whether they are using 'on yomi' or 'kun yomi' form, and those two forms are never mixed. Thus, the pair of kanji which Romero used to make the word can either be read as 'daito' or 'okatana', but not 'daikatana'. The more you know... :)
  • The article on Star Trek: Secret of Vulcan Fury is one of the few bits of information we have about Interplay's much-anticipated Star Trek title which was one of the many casualties when Interplay went out of business.
  • One of the most important pieces of news reported in this issue concerned Electronic Arts' purchase of Maxis, which led to the publication of The SIms only a couple of years later. Unfortunately, in other EA news, two of their planned titles, Chromaform and Crucible, never see the light of day.
  • The PC port of Resident Evil is the only uncut, uncensored version of the game released in North America.
  • Arriah Hopkins got her baby picture printed in the letters column. Just a few years went by (1997 - 2011), and she was making YouTube videos like a pro:
  • Did anybody ever win any of those "Ultimate Gaming Rig" contests? Like, seriously, do you know anybody who won?

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    Title: PC Gamer Issue 39
    Month: August
    Year: 1997
    Publisher: Future US
    Editor: Gary Whitta
    Pages: 220
    Price: $7.99 US / $8.99 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 2

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