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PSM Issue 9

ISSUE: 9Content


  • Cover Story: Tekken 3 (PSM blows the game wide open with both a preview and strategy guide)
  • Videogame Movies (Your favorite games are heading to Hollywood!)
  • Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit (Sweet strategies for the fastest racing game on 1 disc)
  • Gran Turismo (A complete breakdown of cars, tuning options, tracks, and more for the biggest simulation-based racer to date)
  • PSM Video Game Toy Mania! (From old-school collectors toys to modern (ahem!) day action figures and board games, they're documenting as much as they can!)

Monitor (Rumours, gossip, news, etc...): 

  • Kain 2: Zelda Killer?
  • Peripheral Reviews (ACT Labs Gunz T lightgun garners a 4/5 rating!)
  • Sony Dual Shock Pad To Hit the U.S.
  • NFL Blitzkrieg
  • Psygnosis Brings a Vendetta to PlayStation
  • Net Yaroze Update (Part two of the interview with Sidhe Interactive)
  • Gossip:
    - Tiberium Sun to Shine of PlayStation?
    - Metal Gear Solid at E3
    - Just Bust a Move!
    - Lara Croft Gets Her Own Game
    - Ehrgeiz To Hit Japan
    - Too Much Twisted Metal?
  • Nihon Game Otaku (Bill Paris delivers his regular Japan coverage with release dates, a top selling chart, a small preview of Dark Messiah and Shadow Tower, small interview with Yuuji Horii (of Dragon Quest fame), and more. His "Chibi's Terms" column this month focuses on action games, with words like jump, collect, push, pull, and more. Still relevant all these years later!)

PlayStation Charts (The EB Chart / NPD Chart):

  1. Resident Evil 2 / Resident Evil 2
  2. Final Fantasy Tactics / WCW Nitro
  3. WCW Nitro / Crash Bandicoot 2
  4. March Madness '98 / Tomb Raider II
  5. NBA Live '98 / Crash Bandicoot
  6. Alundra / NFL GameDay '98
  7. Tomb Raider II / NBA Live '98
  8. Nascar '98 / Nascar '98
  9. Cool Boarders 2 / Jet Moto
  10. None Listed / Jet Moto 2

Q&A: (Hanno Lemke, Senior Producer of Need For Speed III, talks shop with PSM)


  • Tekken 3
  • The Unholy War
  • VR Baseball '99
  • Bio Freaks
  • The Granstream Saga
  • WarGames: DEFCON 1
  • X-Men Vs. Street Fighter EX
  • Vigilante 8
  • O.D.T.
  • Akuji the Heartless


  • Dead or Alive (4.5/5)
  • VR Sports Powerboat Racing (3.5/5)
  • Reboot (3.5/5)
  • NBA Shootout '98 (2.5/5)
  • Judge Dredd (1.5/5)
  • Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit (4.5/5)
  • Speed Racer (2/5)
  • Triple Play '98 (3/5)
  • Pitfall 3D (4/5)
  • Punky Skunk (2/5)

Code Junkies: 

  • Lode Runner
  • Shadow Master
  • WCW Nitro
  • Spawn: The Eternal
  • Steel Reign
  • Skullmonkeys
  • Auto Destruct
  • Nightmare Creatures
  • Critical Depth
  • Game Shark Codes:
    - Alundra
    - Final Fantasy Tactics
    - Resident Evil 2
    - Skullmonkeys


  • SaGa Frontier
  • Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Tekken 3
  • Midway Presents Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 2
  • Speed Racer
  • Vigilante 8
  • Tekken 3 strategy guide
  • WarGames: DEFCON 1
  • MLB '99
  • MLB '99 Sears coupon
  • Einhander
  • Diablo
  • Road Rash 3D (x2)
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Forsaken
  • Gran Turismo
  • PSM's 1-900 tip line
  • Breath of Fire III
  • Gex: Enter the Gecko

Letters (Assorted gripes, praise, and questions abound): 

  • Pause ("What Happened to the Great Videogame Music?" is this month's question. March's question of "PlayStation 2: Now or Later?" becomes the topic of discussion, with nearly every respondent feeling it would be prudent for Sony to wait another year or two before dropping the PS2. The console doesn't make its US debut until 2000, so Sony seemed to agree.) 
  • Top This! (If you can get the gold medal cars in 'Gran Turismo', unlock every secret character in 'Tekken 3', or obtain every character in 'HotShots Golf', and you're the fastest to provide picture of video evidence, PSM's got a PS1 steering wheel with your name on it!)
  • Marketplace (Buy, sell, and trade with other readers at your own risk!)
  • Coming next month: Tekken 3 secrets, a special report from Bill Paris about the Tokyo Game Show, the first look at Mortal Kombat 4, and more!

Notable Stuff: 

  • Page count is up slightly from last month, from 100 to 106.
  • This issue shipped with a sheet of 28 PS1 memory card stickers bound between pages 74 and 75.
  • So, what happened to #10 on the EB Chart this month, PSM?
  • Page 93 carries a correction to the Gex tip sleeve from issue 7; the locations of some items were changed between the pre-release beta they played and the final product. The proper locations are provided here, so get out your red pens.
  • No 'Flashback' re-reviews in this issue.
  • A call to PSM's tip line will cost you $1.49 per minute, with an average call length of 3 minutes. At that rate, for an additional fifty cents, you could just buy a back-issue of PSM. :)

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    Title: PSM Issue 9
    Month: May
    Year: 1998
    Publisher: Imagine Publishing
    Editor: Chris Slate
    Pages: 108
    Price: $4.99
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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