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PC Games Volume 6 Number 4

ISSUE: 35Content

Features:

  • A Giant Step For Planet Moon: The developers behind the upcoming Giants: Citizen Kabuto open their doors to the PC Games staff for a sneak peek at what's on the way, and explanation of how the game came about.
  • Services With a Smile: PC Games rates a whole slew of online gaming options like TENMSN Gaming ZoneMPlayer, and Heat.net.
  • It's Hell Being A Game Designer: Industry professionals sound off about what really grinds their gears in this two-page feature.
  • Lionhead Diaries, Part X: Game designer Steve Jackson describes the history, working conditions, and design philosophy at Peter Molyneux's Lionhead Studios.

Departments:

  • Editor's Note: Willem Knibbe thought it would be fun to talk about all the stuff that can go wrong while working on a game, hence the feature appearing in this issue. Along with that, there's a new column making its debut.
  • PCGAMES.EXE: What's on the disc?! How about a non-interactive movie demo for Giants: Citizen Kabuto, a whole host of utilities and patches, and game demos for...
    • Aliens vs. Predator
    • Close Combat III
    • Dark Vengeance
    • Imperialism II
    • Myth II: Soulblighter
    • Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
    • SimCity 3000
    • SiN exclusive deathmatch levels for PC Games readers
    • WCW Nitro
  • PCGAMES.COM: What's new on the website? Check your up-to-date news feed, enjoy the screenshot of the day, download that demo, upload some Quake II skins, and a billion other ways to waste time.
  • Incoming!: The letter column to end all letter columns.
  • GameWire (industry news): A whole host of developers just jumped ship from John Romero's ION Storm studios, StarCraft is outselling everything, Sierra recalls Football Pro '99, Mike Verdu's taking the lead on Unreal II, no new Shogo game until at least 2001, and could the ultimate gaming PC be...a Mac?!
  • Bookmark This: PC Games picks the coolest sites on the World Wide Web to feed your gaming addiction needs.
  • Three-Dot Buzz: An April Fools column from EiC Willem Knibbe, but one with a twist: one of the seemingly-crazy tidbits he put in the column was actually true! Be the first to tell him which piece of weird news was the real deal and win a copy of Baldur's Gate!
  • NoEsc: Daniel Morris points his web browser to the Tomb Raider Fan Fiction Archive, where you can download and read thirty-seven stories from dozens of different authors, all about the adventures of the one and only Lara Croft.
  • End Game: Peter Olafson rates and reviews a few updates, compilation packs, add-ons, and other bargain-basement stuff.
  • Ash Backward: Editor Ash thinks he's a gaming comedian, and does his best to convince us all of that.

Sneak Peeks (aka Previews):

  • System Shock II
  • The Wheel of Time
  • Drakan: Order of the Flame

Reviews (grades are given in letter scale, A-F, where A is great, and F is terrible):

  • Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (A; Game of the Month)
  • Resident Evil 2 Platinum (B-)
  • Dark Vengeance (C)
  • Thunder Brigade (C-)
  • Magic & Mayhem (A-)
  • Close Combat III: The Russian Front (A-)
  • SimCity 3000 (B-)
  • Powerslide (B)
  • S.C.A.R.S. (C+)
  • Top Gun: Hornet's Nest (C)
  • Microsoft Golf 1999 Edition (C-)
  • Pro 18 World Tour Golf (D+)
  • Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus (A-)
  • FireTeam (B+)
  • Pinky and the Brain: World Conquest (B+)
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2 (B)
  • Carnivores (B-)
  • The Browning African Safari (D-)

Strategy & Tactics (Cheat codes galore):

  • Knights & Merchants
  • H.E.D.Z.
  • Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus
  • Caesar III
  • Myth II: Soulblighter
  • Powerslide
  • Populous: The Beginning
  • SiN
  • MegaMan X3
  • S.C.A.R.S.
  • Railroad Tycoon II

Technobabble (PC hardware news and reviews):

  • The 3Dfx Voodoo 3 chip
  • Microsoft DSS 80 sound system (A-)
  • NASCAR Super Sport racing wheel (B-)
  • Hi-Val Third Generation DVD-ROM Kit (B+)
  • Hardware Hall of Fame

Ads (in order of appearance):

  • Unreal Tournament
  • Civilization: Call to Power
  • South Park
  • Thief: The Dark Project
  • The Wheel of Time
  • Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia
  • Mech Warrior 3
  • F-16 Aggressor
  • Sierra Studios releases: Half-Life / Caesar III / King's Quest: Mask of Eternity / Return to Krondor
  • Jeff Gordon XS Racing
  • GameDealer.com
  • Everquest
  • Total Annihilation: Kingdoms
  • Clans
  • Heavy Gear II
  • Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor
  • Starsiege
  • Starsiege: Tribes
  • Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus
  • Army Men II
  • Aliens vs. Predator
  • Homeworld
  • Magic & Mayhem
  • SGRL Titans Sphere controller
  • GamePro magazine subscription card
  • Eidos games: Soul Reaver / Daikatana / Braveheart / Revenant / Warzone 2100
  • Odium
  • Advent PC speakers
  • Aureal A3D sound/audio tech
  • Star Trek: Birth of the Federation
  • EarthLink ISP
  • Chips & Bits, Inc.
  • PC Games subscription
  • 3Dfx graphics cards
  • Railroad Tycoon II

Notable Stuff:

  • Final issue of PC Games. This came as the result of a buy-out/merger with PC Gamer, and was not expected or foreseen in the least. None of the editors mentions that the magazine is closing up shop, and in fact it had launched a brand new monthly column in this issue for which they were actively soliciting submissions.
  • The fur is flying fast and furious between sides in the StarCraft vs. Total Annihilation battle of the RTS's in this month's letter column. Guys, it's OK to enjoy them both. I promise.
  • It should be pointed out that, twenty years later, very few if any of those links in "Bookmark This" will take you to a legitimate site without a trip to the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.
  • The correct answer to the "Three-Dot Buzz" contest was Microprose bundling Civ II Gold with Civilization: Call to Power. Since the magazine folded up shop so soon after this issue went to press, I wonder: did anyone actually win this contest?
  • Our very own @Areala is name-dropped in this issue, in Daniel Morris's NoEsc column. Morris suggested that if the designers of the Tomb Raider series didn't feel up to the task of layering in more mystery, more creativity, and more character into their games, that they should "Drop her a line, and maybe Tomb Raider IV will have a bit more spirit to it." Core Design never offered to procure her services as a writer for Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation though. :)
  • The promised Part XI of Steve Jackson's "Lionhead Diaries" never materializes due to the magazine's cancellation. If you were truly looking forward to that write-up on how Peter and his staff program AI, well, sorry about ya...
  • "Ash Backwards" may hold the record for unintentionally-shortest-lived column in PC Games history, since it only ran for this single issue.


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    Title: PC Games Volume 6 Number 4
    Month: April
    Year: 1999
    Publisher: IDG Communications
    Editor: Willem Knibbe
    Pages: 116
    Price: $6.99 US / $7.99 CAN
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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