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PSM Issue 16

ISSUE: 16Content

Cover Story:

  • PSM Holiday Special '98: The nicest (and naughtiest) games of every genre as chosen by the PSM staff to ensure only happy holiday experiences when the wrapping paper comes off.


  • Start: PSM editor Chris Slate promises to sort the great from the terrible in their holiday gaming feature
  • Monitor: All the latest PlayStation news, rumours, and culture collected between two covers:
    • PDA Becomes PocketStation
    • Final Fantasy VIII News
    • Street Fighter Alpha 3 Comes Home!
    • Sony Plotting Sneak Attack? (What might Sony be planning to thwart Sega's pending Dreamcast launch?)
    • Ubi Soft Eyes the Future (Developer confirms three new titles for PS2)
    • Namco Pulls Up Stakes (The company is ceasing all PS1 development to focus on PS2)
    • Thrill Not Killed (Thrill Kill has been cancelled, but Acclaim is looking into acquiring the IP)
    • Game Show Shocker? (Sony has a surprise in store for the Autumn '98 Tokyo Game Show)
    • Checkpoint! (The PSM Release Schedule -- all dates subject to change)
      • The PlayStation Charts - EB's chart shows Parasite Eve as September's most popular seller, while the NPD chart has WWF Warzone on top for August.
      • Game Watch: Thrill Kill has been cancelled by EA, but there's a petition circulating online to see it released.
      • Game Watch: Bust-A-Groove got dropped from 989 Studios' roster only to pop back up two days later in 'coming soon' status. Talk about whiplash!
      • PSM's Most Wanted:
        1. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
        2. R4: Ridge Racer Type 4
        3. Silent Hill
        4. Suikoden II
        5. Quake II
        6. Tomb Raider III
        7. Time Crisis 2
        8. Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete
        9. Dragon Quest VII
        10. Final Fantasy VIII
    • Peripheral Reviews:
      • ASCII Sphere controller (2.5/5)
  • Q&A: Ted Woolsey, lead developer on Shadow Madness from Crave, discusses the future of RPGs.
  • Letters: The interactive portion of the magazine
    • Pause: This month's topic: "Is Multiplayer the Future of Consoles?". October responses to, "That Funky PDA" topic.
    • Link-Up: Find a pen-pal!
    • Winners: PSM is playing catch-up on all their backlog contests, including the Mortal Kombat one.
    • Fan Art: It doesn't have to be on an envelope, just send it in however you like!
  • Otaku Station: The only place on earth to buy official PSM-branded gear.
  • Back Issues: Issue #2 may be completely sold out, but you can still pick up issues #14 on back to #1 if you act quickly.
  • Smart Bomb: "Screwed Up X-Mas Strip"
  • Top This!: If you can beat these extreme challenges set down by the editors, you'll earn a bunch of Nuby gear, including a cooling station, light gun, foot pedals, and a pair of wireless controllers!
    • Challenge 1: Achieve "Big Boss" ranking in Metal Gear Solid.
    • Challenge 2: Find all the action figures in Brave Fencer Musashi.
    • Challenge 3: Earn the fastest time on the drag strip in Test Drive 5.
  • PS: Parting is such sweet sorrow, but check out these amazing photos we couldn't fit in anywhere else!
  • Marketplace: Buy, sell, and trade with other gamers.
  • Reset: Coming next issue, we've got Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, a look at the 1998 Tokyo Game Show, the second annual PSM Top Ten games list, and much, much more!


  • Metal Gear Solid: The Complete PSM Guide, Part Two
  • Guilty Gear: Unlock the Bosses and Their Moves
  • Brave Fencer Musashi: Boss and Secrets Guide
  • Test Drive 5: Open the Secrets and Explore Your Road Rage


  • Quake II
  • X-Men (released as X-Men: Mutant Academy)
  • Tomb Raider III: The Adventures of Lara Croft
  • Suikoden II
  • Tiger Woods '99: PGA Tour Golf
  • Twisted Metal III
  • Shadow Madness
  • Shao Lin (eventually released as Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style)
  • Bust A Move 4
  • NBA Live '99
  • Uprising X
  • Jeff Gordon XS Racing (PS1 version cancelled)
  • Monkey Hero
  • Asteroids
  • Jackie Chan: Stunt Master
  • Nectaris: Military Madness


  • Xenogears (5/5)
  • Brave Fencer Musashi (4.5/5)
  • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (4.5/5)
  • Ninja (2.5/5)
  • Activision Classics (1.5/5)
  • Streak Hoverboard Racing (1.5/5)
  • The Fifth Element (2/5)
  • Backstreet Billiards (4/5)
  • Pool Hustler (2/5)
  • Dragonseeds (3/5)
  • Test Drive 5 (3.5/5)
  • NHL FaceOff '99 (3.5/5)
  • NHL '99 (3.5/5)
  • Bomberman World (3/5)
  • Wild 9 (3.5/5)
  • Assault (2.5/5)
  • Guilty Gear (4/5)
  • Duke Nukem: Time to Kill (2.5/5)

Code Junkies (for cheaters like you):

  • Spyro the Dragon
  • MegaMan Legends
  • NFL Blitz
  • Madden NFL '99
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert Retaliation
  • WWF Warzone
  • Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
  • Bomberman World
  • NFL Gameday '99
  • Game Shark Codes:
    • Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
    • Parasite Eve
    • Spyro the Dragon
    • Azure Dreams
    • Command & Conquer: Red Alert Retaliation
    • Cardinal Syn
    • Circuit Breakers
    • Future Cop: L.A.P.D.
    • Heart of Darkness
    • Kartia
    • Lost World: Special Edition
    • Madden NFL '99
    • MegaMan Legends
    • NFL Blitz
    • NFL Gameday '99
    • Parasite Eve (again)
    • TOCA Championship Racing
    • Turboprop Racing

Ads (in order of appearance):

  • Wild 9
  • Invasion From Beyond
  • Ninja: Shadow of Darkness
  • Uprising X
  • InterAct Dex Drive peripheral
  • Shadow Madness
  • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
  • Rayman 2
  • Armored Core
  • Samsung GXTV
  • Jeff Gordon XS Racing
  • O.D.T.: Or Die Trying
  • Twisted Metal III
  • Moto Racer 2
  • Dragonseeds
  • S.C.A.R.S
  • BSG Labs Intensor gaming chair
  • Guilty Gear
  • Caesars Palace II
  • Streak Hoverboard Racing
  • Tiny Tank
  • NBA ShootOut '99
  • Gran Turismo: The Soundtrack
  • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped Sears Funtronics $5 off coupon
  • CoolBoarders 3
  • CoolBoarders 3 Sears Funtronics $5 off coupon
  • Sears Funtronics 20% off Levis jeans coupon
  • Master of Monsters: Disciples of Gaia
  • NHL FaceOff '99
  • Tekken 3
  • The Unholy War
  • Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete
  • Small Soldiers
  • Brigandine: The Legend of Forsena
  • Team Losi RC Racer
  • www.imaginegames.com website
  • Formula 1 '98
  • Army Men 3D
  • Tomb Raider III: The Adventures of Lara Croft
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
  • X-Gear Video Game Xploder cheat peripheral
  • Breath of Fire III
  • Dead in the Water
  • NCAA GameBreaker '99
  • Akuji the Heartless
  • Mega Man Legends
  • Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus
  • Assault: Retribution
  • Rally Cross 2
  • NFL GameDay '99
  • InterAct Game Shark cheat peripheral
  • Colony Wars: Vengeance
  • Warzone 2100
  • NFL Xtreme
  • Tales of Destiny
  • Roll Away
  • No One Can Stop Mr. Domino
  • N20: Nitrous Oxide
  • Devil Dice
  • Imagine Media
  • Rogue Trip
  • PSM subscription card
  • Running Wild
  • PSM Code Book, Volume 1
  • 1-900-772-4PSM news and strategies phone line
  • Test Drive Off-Road 2
  • Psybadek

Notable Stuff:

  • This month's Q&A with Ted Woolsey suffered a printing gaffe, which ran all the interview text from the first page again on the second, leaving the interview incomplete. PSM ran a corrected version two months later in issue 18, but see that issue's database entry for an amusing gaffe that snuck into that version.
  • The Video Game Xploder ad makes it seem at first glance like you can use it to unlock a naked Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider games. I'm sure Eidos wasn't amused.
  • Did you miss the cool pirate smiley-face lid sticker from issue #1? Well, just buy two or more items from Otaku Station, and they'll ship you one free of charge!

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    Title: PSM Issue 16
    Month: December
    Year: 1998
    Publisher: Imagine Publishing
    Editor: Chris Slate
    Pages: 182
    Price: $4.99 US / $5.99 CAN
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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