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PSM Issue 25

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Features:

  • Start (Editorial: With big names jumping to PS2, is the PS1 doomed?)
  • PSM's Video Game Toy Mania '99 (Game-inspired toys are exploding; PSM gets to play with all of them and brag about it)
  • Letters (Reader questions and other stuff)
  • Pause (Question of the month: "Why hasn't Lara taken it all off yet?" ie: if the ESRB has a Nudity descriptor, why isn't anyone taking advantage of that?)
  • Top This! (Challenges based on Driver and Um Jammer Lammy this month offer a slew of action figures, light guns, controllers, and other peripherals to those capable of rising to the occasion)
  • Marketplace (Sell, trade and buy without setting foot anywhere near Wall Street)
  • Reset (Coming next month: a Final Fantasy tribute, part 2 of the Legacy of Kain walkthrough, and a guide to get Regina through Dino Crisis without becoming Tyrano-chow)

Monitor (News, gossip, rumours, juicy goodness):

  • Sony's Metreon Opens (one big traffic jam down from the PSM office, it turns out)
  • Square Update (Saga Frontier? Vagrant Story? Legend of Mana? Chrono Cross? Dew Prism? Oh yeah, Square's just getting warmed up...)
  • New 989 Games (The PlayStation sports lineup continues its' EA-inspired tradition of new games in the same franchises every year. Woo hoo...?)
  • Bleem! Ships, Sony Still Sues (The PlayStation emulator really gets Sony's panties in a bunch...who would have thought?)
  • Rumors (Robocop, Time Crisis 3, EA's Koudelka, new Dragon Quest makeover, and an Extreme Golf game?!)
  • Peripherals (PSM editors put their asses on the line, literally, to test out the Universal Rocket Seat Massager and the Interactive Battle Chair, then give a quick nod to Nyko's RF Max 900 AV switch, and Interact's Concept 4 racing wheel)
  • Chasing the PS2 (New tech demos, an announcement of a Tokyo Game Show reveal, a list of who's making what for the next-gen system, Sony's online strategy [hint: there isn't one], and a couple screenshots from launch title Kessen)
  • Q&A (PSM throws Core's Director of Operations, Adrian Smith, into the inquisition chamber...he responds by spilling his guts on Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation)
  • Checkpoint (PlayStation game release schedule and sales numbers)
  • Banzai Chibi-chan's Nihon Game Otaku (Otaku supreme Banzai Chibi-chan waxes loquacious about gaming goings-on in Japan)

Reviews:

  • Chessmaster II (4/5)
  • Konami Eighties Collection (3/5)
  • Driver (5/5)
  • Echo Night (4/5)
  • Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman (3.5/5)
  • NFL Xtreme 2 (2.5/5)
  • You Don't Know Jack (4/5)
  • Um Jammer Lammy (4.5/5)
  • Tarzan (4/5)

Previews:

  • Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
  • Ready 2 Rumble
  • Thrasher - Skate & Destroy
  • Vigilante 8: Second Offense
  • CTR: Crash Team Racing
  • Fighting Force 2
  • South Park
  • Army Men: Air Attack
  • Fear Effect (still called Fear Factor at this point)
  • Gekido
  • Medal of Honor
  • Mag 3 (released as Killer Loop)
  • Eagle One: Harrier Attack
  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
  • Metal Gear Solid: The VR Missions
  • Spyro 2
  • Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere
  • Jet Moto 3

Strategy (Killer tips for navigating the roughest gaming waters):

  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver walkthrough

Code Junkies (Cheating your way to victory, one Konami code at a time...):

  • Driver
  • Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete
  • Chocobo Racing
  • Gex 3
  • Formula 1 '98
  • R-Type Delta

Ads (in order of apperance):

  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
  • NFL GameDay 2000
  • Army Men: Sarge's Heroes / Army Men: Air Attack
  • Thrasher: Skate and Destroy
  • Sears NFL GameDay 2000 free t-shirt
  • Tiny Tank
  • G. Police: Weapons of Justice
  • Wipeout 3 soundtrack
  • Madden 2000
  • Ape Escape
  • Dino Crisis
  • South Park
  • Driver
  • Gallop Racer
  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • 007: Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Soul of the Samurai
  • Demolition Racer
  • Silhouette Mirage
  • Crusaders of Might & Magic
  • Championship Motocross featuring Ricky Carmichael
  • BMG Music Service
  • Jet Moto 3 sweepstakes
  • NCAA GameBreaker 2000
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Bass Landing
  • Grand Theft Auto 2
  • Hot Wheels Turbo Racing
  • PSM subscription card
  • R-Type Delta
  • Shadow Man
  • Final Fantasy VIII action figures
  • Star Ocean: The Second Story
  • Dino Crisis FuncoLand dog tags and mission map poster pre-order bonus
  • Monster Rancher 2
  • www.thegamestop.com website
  • WCW Mayhem
  • WWF Attitude
  • Croc 2
  • 1-900-772-4PSM phone line
  • Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman
  • Thousand Arms
  • NFL Blitz 2000
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver / Fighting Force 2 / Fear Factor (released as Fear Effect) / Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation

Noteworthy Stuff:

  • The pull quote from Adrian Smith's interview? "Lara's all soft skin now, so she looks a lot better, a lot smoother." And just in case you missed that, here's a pic of her lounging about in a bra and panties, because there isn't a nude code, but we like to tease.
  • Adrian Smith ends the interview remarking that they've put something into Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation that will make gamers lust for a nude code even more, but that it's a key part of Lara Croft's character. I presume he's talking about the early part of the game, where you're playing as a teenage Lara working with Von Croy. And that's...even more disturbing.
  • Marketing research group NPD puts Lunar: The Silver Star Story Complete as the best-selling PS1 game for May/June of 1999. Retailer Electronics Boutique puts it at number 2 for their stores, just behind Driver.
  • Chibi's drifting a little into hentai territory with his Phantom Menace editorial. "...who cares about [Jar Jar Binks] when there's the delicious Queen Amidala to ogle at!" Dude...she's fourteen in the film. Buy an eroge and get it out of your system.
  • Japan's Consumer Entertainment Software Association isn't making any friends by trying to ban the sale of used video games. They're using the same stodgy, worn-out arguments then that companies are using today.
  • Persona 2: Innocent Sin tops the list of Japanese best-sellers, proving they know RPGs better than anybody else.
  • That is one metric butt-ton of Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete Gameshark codes in Code Junkies.
  • PSM remarks in response to a reader who is worried that game developers might charge full retail prices for games and then charge additional money for downloadable updates, "That probably won't be the case [...] The publishers can still make a profit selling downloads online." Oh, PSM, if only you could have looked ahead about ten years...you'd understand why we're all crying with laughter.
  • That is one stunning piece of Parasite Eve fan artwork in the Letters section!
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    Title: PSM Issue 25
    Month: September
    Year: 1999
    Publisher: Imagine Publishing
    Editor: Chris Slate
    Pages: 132
    Price: $4.99 US / $5.99 CAN
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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