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PSM Issue 2

ISSUE: 2Content

Features:

  • Accessorize Your Playstation! (Don't buy that joystick! Read our review first to see if it sucks! Then tune in next issue for part 2!)
  • Final Fantasy VII Walkthrough, Part 2 (On to Discs 2 and 3!)
  • Clock Tower: Fear is Fascinating! (Defend yourself from Scissorman with this guide)
  • Parappa: How Cool Are You? (Punch, chop, kick and rap your way through Parappa the Rapper)
  • Cover Story: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Tips, maps, item lists...it's all here)
  • Bushido Blade Advanced Moves List (Become a complete ass-kicker in this realistic fighting game)
  • Letters (Because readers have opinions too!)
  • Top This! (Beat the editors at their own games, and win cool prizes)
    • Challenge #1: Get a 'Perfect' on Dracula in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    • Challenge #2: Get all 10 endings in Clock Tower
    • Challenge #3: Defeat all 100 warriors in 'Slash Mode' in Bushido Blade

Monitor (news and gossip):

  • Sony's Dual Analog Pad (Set to take gamers by storm...until the DualShock shows up a little later)
  • Yaroze News (Homebrew PS1 at its best, featuring Super Mansion, a 3D adventure title)
  • Gossip (Square, Square everywhere: Final Fantasy VIII in development, Final Fantasy toys coming, Tobal No. 1 on the way, etc...)
  • Nihon Game Otaku! (Bill Paris-san looks at Tenchu, life sims like Derby Stallion, and explains why RPGs are just so darn popular over there)

Reviews:

  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (5/5)
  • Bushido Blade (4.5/5)
  • Clock Tower (3/5)
  • Croc: Legend of the Gobbos (4/5)
  • Porsche Challenge (4/5)
  • Syndicate Wars (3/5)
  • Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee (4.5/5)
  • Parappa the Rapper (5/5)
  • Warcraft 2 (3.5/5)
  • NCAA Football '98 (3.5/5)
  • Treasures of the Deep (4.5/5)
  • Tecmo Stackers (2.5/5)
  • Jurassic Park: The Lost World (2.5/5)
  • Ogre Battle (3/5)
  • Grand Tour Racing '98 (3.5/5)
  • Fantastic Four (0.5/5)

Flashback (Reviewing older games by current standards):

  • Project: Horned Owl - Original Score: 3/5. New Score: 2/5
  • Aquanaut's Holiday - Original Score: 4/5. New Score: 3/5
  • King of Fighters - Original Score: 4/5. New Score: 3/5

Backlog (Quick score ratings for games released over the last several months):

  • Ace Combat (5/5)
  • Broken Helix (4/5)
  • Ball Blazer Champions (3/5)
  • Battle Arena Toshinden 3 (3.5/5)
  • Battle Stations (3/5)
  • Brahma Force (4/5)
  • Carnage Heart (4.5/5)
  • City of Lost Children (3.5/5)
  • Codename: Tenka (4/5)
  • Contra: Legacy of War (2/5)
  • Cool Boarders (4/5)
  • Descent Maximum (3/5)
  • Disney's Hercules (3/5)
  • Felony 11-79 (3/5)
  • Final Fantasy VII (5/5)
  • Independence Day (2/5)
  • Jet Moto (5/5)
  • Machine Hunter (5/5) - See 'Notable Stuff' below.
  • Mechwarrior 2 (3/5)
  • Mega Man 8 (4/5)
  • Namco Museum, Vol. 4 (2/5)
  • Nanotech Warrior (4/5)
  • Need For Speed 2 (2.5/5)
  • NHL Powerplay '98 (3.5/5)
  • Overblood (3/5)
  • Pandemonium (3.5/5)
  • Peak Performance (3.5/5)
  • Persona (3/5)
  • Power Slave (4/5)
  • Poy Poy (4/5)
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (5/5)
  • Super Street Fighter Collection (5/5)
  • Psychic Force (3/5)
  • Rage Racer (3.5/5)
  • Rally Cross (4/5)
  • ReLoaded (2/5)
  • Resident Evil: Director's Cut (5/5)
  • Rush Hour (3/5)
  • Sentient (2.5/5) - See 'Notable Stuff' below.
  • Soul Blade (5/5)
  • Spider (3/5)
  • Suikoden (5/5)
  • Tail of the Sun (4/5)
  • Ten Pin Alley (3/5)
  • Test Drive Off Road (3/5)
  • Thunder Truck Rally (3/5)
  • Tiger Shark (3/5)
  • Tomb Raider (5/5)
  • Twisted Metal 2 (3.5/5) - See 'Notable Stuff' below.

Previews:

  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Nightmare Creatures
  • Nuclear Strike
  • Ray Tracers
  • Marvel Superheroes
  • One
  • Armored Core
  • Street Fighter EX Plus
  • Batman and Robin
  • Pandemonium 2
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Formula 1 Championship Edition
  • NHL '98
  • Vs.
  • Moto Racer GamePro">GP
  • Mega Man X4
  • Hardwood Heroes
  • Test Drive 4
  • Bug Riders

Code Junkies (Cheats, get yer cheats here!):

  • Battle Arena Toshinden 2
  • Buster Bros. Collection
  • Felony 11-79
  • Command and Conquer
  • Hexen
  • Darklight Conflict
  • Pitball
  • Porsche Challenge
  • Triple Play '98
  • Twisted Metal 2
  • Rush Hour
  • Wild Arms
  • Wing Commander 4
  • Coolboarders
  • Dynasty Warriors
  • Overblood
  • Rage Racer
  • Soul Blade
  • Tenka
  • Test Drive: Off Road
  • Thunder Truck Rally
  • Xevious 3D

Ads (in order of appearance):

  • Disney's Hercules
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Tomb Raider II
  • One
  • Pandemonium 2
  • Red Asphalt
  • MDK
  • Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero
  • Oddword: Abe's Oddysee
  • Steel Reign
  • Golden Nugget
  • Cart World Series
  • Jimmy Johnson's VR Football '98
  • Test Drive 4
  • The Video Game Control Glove
  • NFL GameDay '98
  • PSM $1-per-issue subscription offer
  • Bravo Air Race
  • Gex: Enter the Gecko
  • Jersey Devil
  • Rampage World Tour
  • MLB 98
  • NFL GameDay 98 Sears $10 coupon
  • Maximum Force
  • Mace: The Dark Age
  • Formula 1 Championship Racing

Notable Stuff:

  • This issue comes with a free Resident Evil lid sticker. Braaaaaaains...!
  • Sony's support of the Dual Analog (and later DualShock) is the perfect example of how a peripheral released later in the life of a game console can receive universal support, and should be a textbook case study for anyone in charge of designing add-on gaming hardware for any system.
  • Metrowerks was quick to make a version of Code Warrior available for the Net Yaroze console.
  • Apparently there was a Playstation modem in development at one point, but Sony killed it. Link Cable only, beeyotch!
  • You really can't go wrong with much of anything developed by Black Ops studios.
  • Fantastic Four gets a whopping 1/2 out of 5. OUCH!
  • All three games in their 'Flashback' review section rate worse now than they did at the time of their release.
  • Machine Hunter was scored 4/5 last issue, but 5/5 in the 'Backlog' section.
  • Likewise, Sentient was scored 3.5/5 last issue, but 2.5/5 in the 'Backlog' section.
  • And for some reason, Twisted Metal 2 went from a 4.5/5 last issue to a 3.5/5 in this issue's 'Backlog' section.
  • Nikki's wearing a LOT less clothing than she was in the original Pandemonium...
  • Hardwood Heroes is actually a basketball game, despite what the title may lead you to believe.
  • The guide for Clock Tower mentions a "Buyobubyo" mode. This should be "Buyo Buyo" mode, which causes the various characters in the game to randomly and constantly stretch and deform, but despite what the guide says, it was removed for the final US version.
  • The preview artwork for the Resident Evil 2 feature teased for next issue is actually using art assets from what is now called Resident Evil 1.5, with Eliza in her biker outfit.
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    Title: PSM Issue 2
    Month: October
    Year: 1997
    Publisher: Imagine Publishing
    Editor: Chris Slate
    Price: $5.99 US $6.99 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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