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This magazine was cover dated November 1995 and priced at £4.99. This issue had a demo CD attached.

ContentsEdit

NewsEdit

The biggest hardware launch of the decade - 5 pages (8-12)

Sony has arrived, and the videogame market will never be the same. We take an inside view of the machine, the marketing and the men behind PlayStation.

Sporting Chance - (13)

Sony sponsors Carl Fogerty and Prince Naseem.

PlayStation stars at ECTS show - 1 page (14)

The European Computer Trade Show at Olympia played host to the official unveiling of the UK PlayStation.

Konami's hard sell - (15)

A look at Konami's line-up.

Crystal Dynamics conversions - (16)

Conversions from 3DO on their way.

Namco dig up gold - (16)

Namco Museum Vol. 1

Core blimey! - (17)

Tomb Raider & Swagman

Discworld Strategy Guide - (17)

Capcom comeback - (18)

Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors, Biohazard

PrePlayEdit

Sony release line-up

Total NBA '96 - 2 pages (20-21)
Mortal Kombat 3 - (22)
Warhawk - (22)
ESPN Extreme Games - (23)
Philosoma - (23)
Twisted Metal - (23)

EA Sports line-up - 3 pages (24-26)

FIFA Soccer 96, PGA Tour 96, Madden NFL 96, NBA Live 96 & NHL 96

Tekken - 2 pages (28-29)

Spot Goes to Hollywood - 3 pages (30-32)

WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game - 1 page (34)

Interplay line-up - 3 pages (50-52)

Descent, Waterworld, Casper, VR Baseball '95, Rock 'n Roll Racing 2: Red Asphalt, Cyberia, Lost Vikings 2: Norse by Norsewest

Fade to Black - 2 pages (54-55)

Starblade α - 1 page (56)

D - 1 page (57)

FeaturesEdit

Made in Britain - 8 pages (36-43)

PSM takes a lingering look at the wealth of homegrown titles you can expect to be playing in a few months time. Does Britannia rule the new wave?
Sony Interactive Studios - Krazy Ivan, Assault Rigs - (38)
Gremlin Interactive - Actua Soccer, Loaded, Actua Golf - (39)
Bullfrog - Theme Park, Syndicate Wars, Magic Carpet, Hi-Octane - (40)
Core Design - BLAM! Machinehead, Thunderhawk 2: Firestorm, Shellshock (41)
TIme Warner Interactive - Primal Rage - (42)
Mindscape - CyberSpeed, Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat - (42)
Team 17 - Worms, Witchwood, Rollcage, Allegiance - (43)
MicroProse - Gunship 2000 - (43)

The Lexicon of Gaming Terminology - 2 pages (46-47)

You'll need the special passwords if you're to gain admission into the cyber-realm of the PlayStation. Read on and gain enlightenment...

ReviewsEdit

Game Title Publisher Pages Pg No(s) Rating
Wipeout Sony 4 58-61 8
Battle Arena Toshinden Sony 3 62-64 8
Destruction Derby Sony 2 66-67 7
NBA Jam Tournament Edition Acclaim 2 68-69 8
X-COM: Enemy Unknown MicroProse 2 70-71 8
Ridge Racer Sony 2 72-73 9
Rapid Reload Sony 1 74 5
3D Lemmings Sony 2 76-77 8
Jumping Flash Sony 2 78-79 8
Air Combat Sony 2 80-81 6
Discworld Sony 2 82-83 7
Rayman Ubisoft 2 84-85 7
Street Fighter: The Movie Acclaim 1 86 6
Theme Park Electronic Arts 1 87 8
Parodius Konami 1 88 6
Total Eclipse Turbo Crystal Dynamics 0.5 89 5
Kileak: The Blood Sony 0.5 89 4

Verdicts

Game Title Verdict
Wipeout A gravity-defying, stomach churning futuristic racing game. A little more in-yer-face passion would have been welcome, but it's still enormous fun.
Battle Arena Toshinden A handsome 3D, weapon-wielding, rib-bruising, projectile-hurling, butt-kicking beat'em up. An ideal introduction to the underworld of the polygon fighting game.
Destruction Derby This game succeeds in spite of itself. Glaring faults are forgiven as you bash your way around, the cars denting beyond recognition. Muted applause, please.
NBA Jam Tournament Edition Boomshakalaka. Never has there been more hoola about hoops. NBA Jam is a rim-rocking, jamming basketball game. Forget the looks - enjoy the gameplay.
X-COM: Enemy Unknown As a strategy game this is going to take some beating. If you feel like something a little less frantic and a little more thoughtful than the norm, this is the one to try.
Ridge Racer One of the most auspicious gaming debuts on any machine, ever. Namco's programmers are gods to whom you should sacrifice your cash, now.
Rapid Reload Despite its innate simplicity Rapid Reload triumphs in the 'Die alien scum!' and 'Ha-haaa, got you' sense. As for long-lasting appeal - forget it.
Lemmings 3D Love it or hate it, Lemmings 3D is addictive and extremely playable. Not a showcase PlayStation game, but a nice alternative to the norm.
Jumping Flash Jumping Flash is one of the new breed of games that only PlayStation can do. It's aa whole new gaming experience, so if you can afford it, jump at the chance!
Air Combat In terms of excitement Air Combat is an A-class product but it just doesn't deliver enough staying power. Its coin-op lineage is painfully apparent.
Discworld Discworld is a strange one for the PlayStation and won't appeal to everyone. It's difficult, in a frustrating sense, but at least you won't finish it in one sitting.
Rayman Fantastic to look at, challenging to play, quirky and cute - it has the makings of a perfect game. If only it wasn't so damn clumsy and frustrating.
Street Fighter: The Movie The might of the Street Fighter name isn't enough to save The Movie from being an also-ran in the beat 'em stakes. The moves are here but the 'feel' has gone.
Theme Park A colourful yet complex management strategy game. Theme Park requires patience and concentrated effort. No quick fixes hers.
Parodius Mad Japanese blasting fare - not to everyone's tastes but still a high-octane shoot 'em up. Enjoyable for a while, but the predictable action soon pales.
Total Eclipse Turbo This had all the ingredients of a real classic: impressive imagery, full-on blasting action, and loads of levels. Unfortunately it came out half-baked and lacking spice.
Kileak: The Blood A game of two halves: commendable graphics and ambience, but lacking any of the variety, exhilaration or appeal of its inspiration. In short, duff.

On the CDEdit

Pages 94-97

Wipeout - Rolling Demo

Krazy Ivan - Video Sequence

Assault Rigs - Video Sequence

Destruction Derby - Rolling Demo

Discworld - Playable Demo

Lemmings 3D - Playable Demo

Novastorm - Playable Demo

V-CD - Rolling Demo

Other CreditsEdit

Art Editor

Lam Tang

Deputy Editor

Alison West

Sub Editor

Lisa Morris

Games Editor

Stephen Bradley

Art Assistant

Terence Stokes

Contributors

Andy Dyer, Jon Smith, Andy Butcher, Dean Evans

Publisher

Colin Campbell

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