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PC Gamer Issue 44

ISSUE: 44Content

Features:

  • The PC Gamer Annual Ultimate Strategy Guide: Smash your games wide open with walkthroughs, and strategies galore for:
    • Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II (Part 1 of 2)
    • Resident Evil guide (Jill Valentine walkthrough, Part 2 of 2)
    • Conquest Earth
    • Fallout
    • Age of Empires
    • Hexen II (Part 2 of 2)
    • Command & Conquer Red Alert: The Aftermath (Part 1 of 2)
    • Dark Colony (Human missions walkthrough)
    • Sid Meier's Gettysburg
    • Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny
    • Dark Reign (units and tactics guide)
    • Total Annihilation (missions 6-10 walkthrough for both sides)
    • Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirrior (Part 1 of 2)
    • Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
    • Cheater's Corner
      • Apache
      • Betrayal At Krondor
      • Blood
      • Blood and Magic
      • Cybergladiators
      • Destruction Derby 2
      • Diablo
      • Eradicators
      • Fire Fight
      • Gene Wars
      • Heroes of Might and Magic II
      • Hi Octane
      • Hunter Hunted
      • Imperium Galactica
      • Master of Orion II
      • M.A.X.
      • MDK
      • MechWarrior II: Mercenaries
      • Moto Racer GP
      • Need For Speed 2
      • Necrodome
      • NHL 98
      • Privateer 2: The Darkening
      • Redneck Rampage
      • Shadow Warrior
      • Shattered Steel
      • Skynet
      • Star Control 3
      • Syndicate Wars
      • Theme Hospital
      • Time Commando
      • Tomb Raider
      • War Wind

Departments:

  • Editor's Note (EiC Gary Whitta's quite proud of how hard you'll be able to stick it to the best games of 1997 with this month's mondo strategy guide.)
  • Eyewitness (Star Trek: Birth of the Federation, a roundup from the world of online gaming, NASCAR 3Requiem: Wraith of the FallenShadow MasterAddiction PinballBabylon 5Dark Side of the Moon20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: The Adventures Continues, Game Design 101, News Briefs, and much, much more!)
  • Extended Play (T. Liam McDonald looks at the new expansion packs for Magic the Gathering and Command & Conquer: Red Alert.)
  • The Learning Game (Heidi E.H. Aycock follows up last month's holiday gift guide with part 2.)
  • Multi-Play (Jason Bates looks at the new voice-activated command system in Fire Team.)
  • The Threshold (Dennis "Thresh" Fong wonders if the trend toward single-player gaming is undermining the multi-player experience.)
  • Alternate Lives (Septerra Core may never make it to market; Michael Wolf wants you to know why.)
  • The Desktop General (Those crazy guys who made Marine Doom are gearing up to push squad-based FPS combat to a new level. William R. Trotter pulls the curtain off the forthcoming Battleground Zero.)
  • Sim Column (Dan Bennett thinks its tutorials, not documentation, that will train the Next Generation of air combat junkies.)
  • Letters (You write them, we read them.)
  • Next Time (Don't cry...the February issue is only a month away!)

The CD: This month's disc is loaded down with patches, a DirectX 5.0 installation, the usual MindSpring and EarthLink software, the Try Before you Buy store, and demos for:

  • Tomb Raider II
  • Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
  • Sub Culture
  • Die By the Sword
  • Age of Empires
  • Joint Strike Fighter
  • Close Combat: A Bridge Too Far
  • NetStorm
  • Virtual Pool 2
  • WarHeads
  • NetWAR
  • Chasm: The Rift
  • You Don't Know Jack TV
  • Men In Black
  • iF-16
  • Excalibur 2555 AD
  • Chessmaster Live
  • Mass Destruction
  • The Palace
  • The Realm
  • Heat.net

Scoop! (aka Previews):

  • Starship Troopers (released in 2000 as Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy)
  • Star Control 4
  • Sentinel Returns

Reviews:

  • Sid Meier's Gettysburg! (91%; Editors' Choice)
  • Fallout (90%; Editors' Choice)
  • Close Combat: A Bridge Too Far (88%; Editors' Choice)
  • NBA Live 98 (92%; Editors' Choice)
  • Virtual Pool 2 (90%; Editors' Choice)
  • Thunder Truck Rally (55%)
  • Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny (87%)
  • Byzantine: The Betrayal (59%)
  • Nuclear Strike (88%; Editors' Choice)
  • Panzer General II (93%; Editors' Choice)
  • Ultima Online (55%)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 (85%)
  • Madden NFL 98 (77%)
  • Incubation (89%; Editors' Choice)
  • Riven (40%)
  • Total Annihilation (85%)
  • 7th Legion (66%)
  • Temujin (75%)
  • Pictionary (55%)
  • Armored Fist 2 (34%)
  • Chasm (56%)

The Hard Stuff:

  • I Want My AGP (What's taking so long for the Accelerated Graphics Port video cards to get here?)
  • If I Had A Million Dollars... (What's it like to game on an $8,495 Falcon system?)
  • Alienware Area 51 gaming PC (Editors' Choice)
  • Microsoft SideWinder Precision Pro flight stick
  • Thrustmaster NASCAR Pro Racing Wheel (Editors' Choice)
  • ADS TV Superscan 2 (Editors' choice)
  • GNT Electronic GNT-5000 Speakers
  • CH Gamestick
  • Thrustmaster Millennium Inceptor 3D
  • Canopus Pure 3D video card (Editors' Choice)
  • Jaton Blaze 3D Ultimate video card
  • AVM Apex Sound Card
  • Tech Q&A

Ads (in order of appearance):

  • Heavy Gear
  • Shadow Warrior
  • Deadlock II: Shrine Wars
  • Carmageddon
  • Gunmetal
  • Vigilance
  • Greyhounds of the Sea
  • US Robotics 56K modem with x2 technology
  • SC&T International Ultimate Per4mer racing wheel
  • G-Police
  • Multiplayer Battletech
  • Flying Corps Gold
  • M1 Tank Platoon II
  • Deathtrap Dungeon
  • Virus: The Game
  • X-Men: Ravages of Apocalypse total conversion for Quake
  • Battle Zone
  • The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time
  • StarCraft
  • SODA Off-Road Racing
  • Armored Fist 2: M1A2 Abrams
  • Quake II
  • Heat.net
  • CART Precision Racing
  • Baldur's Gate
  • Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
  • WarHeads
  • Matrox m3D graphics card
  • Star Command Deluxe
  • War Wind II: Human Onslaught
  • SiN
  • Chasm: The Rift
  • Blade Runner
  • Air Warrior
  • The Official Guide to J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5
  • You Don't Know Jack, Volume 3
  • Civil War Generals 2: Grant, Lee, Sherman
  • Wing Commander Prophecy
  • Temujin: A Supernatural Adventure
  • Dominion: Storm Over Gift 3
  • Of Light and Darkness: The Prophecy
  • Might and Magic IV: The Mandate of Heaven
  • CIV II: Fantastic Worlds
  • Shadow Warrior: Wanton Destruction
  • Die By the Sword
  • The Golf Pro featuring Gary Player
  • Mech Commander
  • Myth: The Fallen Lords
  • Flight Unlimited II
  • Ski Racing
  • The Tone Rebellion
  • Aliens Online
  • GameStorm online gaming service
  • Philips Scuba gaming headset
  • Earth 2140
  • Daikatana
  • Electronics Boutique mini-catalogue
  • M.A.X. 2
  • The Curse of Monkey Island
  • NASCAR Racing 2 + NASCAR Grand National Series expansion pack
  • MadCatz Panther and Panther XL controllers
  • 3Dfx Voodoo graphics cards
  • Combat Chess
  • Worms 2
  • Fallout
  • Choose Your Own Nightmare
  • CyberSwine
  • Excalibur 2555 AD
  • A.I. - Alien Intelligence
  • Front Page Sports Football Pro '98
  • Sub Culture
  • 7th Legion
  • Tomb Raider II
  • Steel Panthers III
  • Incubation
  • The LucasArts Archive, Volume III
  • Crime Killer
  • Uprising
  • Diablo: Hellfire
  • Dark Earth
  • Rubies of Eventide
  • Warhawk
  • EF2000 V2.0
  • Star Trek: Secret of Vulcan Fury (canceled)
  • F/A-18 Korea
  • Creative Labs PC hardware
  • Police Quest SWAT 2
  • Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
  • Jetfighter: Full Burn
  • Front Page Sports Fly Fishing: Trophy Rivers
  • NBA Action 98
  • Daytona USA Deluxe
  • Redneck Rampage
  • Longbow 2
  • Techmedia 3D ZoneMaster controller
  • Pro Pinball: Timeshock!
  • Half-Life
  • Smart Games 2
  • Descent Freespace
  • X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter: Balance of Power
  • Flesh Feast
  • Final Fantasy VII varsity jacket giveaway
  • Men in Black: The Game
  • Falcon 4.0
  • F-22 Raptor
  • Virtual Pool 2
  • Red Baron II
  • Shipwreckers!
  • Final Liberation: Epic 40,000
  • EarthLink Network
  • Diamond Monster Sound sound card + Monster 3D video card
  • Dreams to Reality
  • Legend of Kesmai
  • JSF: Joint Strike Fighter
  • Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers
  • Media On gaming PCs
  • Falcon Mach V gaming PCs
  • CyberStuff Corp. CyberStik joystick
  • Jazz Multimedia Adrenaline Rush 3D video card
  • Pro Pilot
  • Intergraph Intense 3D Voodoo video card
  • MadCatz Puma GT Steering Wheel
  • Micro Electronics gaming PCs
  • PC Gamer subscription cards
  • "Dress For Success" PC Gamer-themed clothing
  • Microsoft SideWinder Precision Pro flight stick
  • ATI Xpert@Play and ATI-TV video cards
  • Heat.net
  • Alienware gaming PCs
  • CH Racing System
  • Tex Murphy: Overseer
  • Chips & Bits, Inc
  • Myth: The Fallen Lords 3D Contest
  • Columbia House CD-ROM club
  • UnitedCDROM.com
  • PC Connection
  • 3Dfx Voodoo video cards
  • Extreme Tactics
  • PC Gamer product information cards
  • Try Before You Buy software trial system
  • Win the Ultimate Gaming Rig contest
  • ImagineZone.com
  • Be A Vigilance Operative sweepstakes
  • PC Gamer customer service
  • Lords of Magic
  • Creative Labs Graphics Blaster Exxtreme graphics card

Notable Stuff:

  • The infamous "John Romero's about to make you his bitch" ad for Daikatana makes its first appearance in the pages of PC Gamer in this issue.
  • Robert Smolka joins the editorial review crew this issue.
  • How many friggin' "Editors' Choice" awards are they allowed to hand out per issue? Because there were almost as many "Editors' Choice" games as there were non-winners this month.
  • Dennis "Thresh" Fong also joins the PC Gamer staff this issue, with his column about 3D Gaming, "The Threshold".
  • Despite Michael Wolf's naysaying, Septerra Core does eventually get released in October of 1999 thanks to a last-minute publishing deal with Monolith. Unfortunately, it's released as a budget title, where it languishes in bargain bins due to little advertising and lackluster reviews from the gaming community, and developer Valkyrie Studios shuts down after its publication.
  • A lot of people wrote in to vent their spleens about all the drama with Ultima Online: everything from dedicated player-killers to the treatment of thief characters to the surprising death of Lord British at the hands of a character known only as "Rainz", who was summarily banned for life from all of Origin's online games and services.
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    Title: PC Gamer Issue 44
    Month: January
    Year: 1998
    Publisher: Future US
    Editor: Gary Whitta
    Pages: 388
    Price: $7.99 US / $8.99 CAN
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 3

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