|Issue #33, June 1998
Just like every other PlayStation Magazine with their 'Exclusive!' Tekken 3 reviews, PSM got our Japanese correspondent to pop a copy of the import game in the post to us, and a thing of beauty it is too. Because only a tiny minority of you can play the import version, however, we won't bang on about it too much - we'll simply bring you the first review of the UK version in September when it's available to buy. And of course PSM will back it up with a playable demo. In the meantime there are plenty of other PlayStation events and releases to keep you happy.
The World Cup is almost with us, and we're already sick of the latest England song. We've also been swamped by a wealth of football games boasting tenuous World Cup licenses in a bid to secure your summer cash. Of the many games on offer, the two likely to attract most attention are Three Lions and World Cup '98. PSM covers the former this month and finds out whether it can convert all the hope, passion and over 30 years of hurt supporting England in the World Cup, into the best football game on the market. Our exclusive review on page 100 is complemented by a playable demo. And of course you can follow England's progress for real on our Three Lions World Cup wallchart. We also look at how you can create your own World Cup at home in our World Cup Special on page 80.
Enjoy the issue.
Rob Pegley (Editor)On the Disc
Three Lions (Playable)
Cardinal Syn (Playable)
Dead Ball Zone (Playable)
Kula World (Playable)
Kick Off World (Playable)
Medevil (Rolling demo)
Enlightenment (Amusing Sony Peripherals video)
Yaroze Rocks'n'Gems (Playable)Features
Desperately Seeking Solutions: Videgame Hotlines Tried & Tested'PSM called eight software company helplines with a host of obscure, pedantic and infuriating requests to see how well they coped.'Final Verdict: 'The idea of giving out cheats on the phone isn't particularly innovative, but throughout this entire scientific study is seemed as though this is the first wave of cheat lines and a fresh, bright future exists just around the corner. When the fella at Virgin said he could fax through an entire guide to Resident Evil 2 we were massively gleeful. That saves players tons of cash - if it's a good guide - and bodes well.
Similarly, when Ocean rapidly answered our enquiry we were out of our heads with happiness...but we wondered what would have happened if we'd had a more taxing question - would he have been so helpful then? The answer, sadly for this reporter, is yes. So, on the whole we left the thronging investigative masses happy and gleeful, but also suspicious of the recorded lines. They were all accurate, and they were all helpful, but they were all so robotic and soulless, and worse than that, they cost us money. Not a lot, it's true, but if you've already shelled out for a game, you don't want to spend more cash learning how to play it. When you buy an audio CD, you don't want to spend £1.50 working out how to get all the tracks, do you? So, we were pleased but cautious, happy but dubious, merry but...oh you get the idea.'
World Cup '98'What footy game to buy? How can I replicate old finals on the PlayStation? Do England have a chance? Commentary: Gil Gillespie.'
Analysis: Game Players/PSM readers survey resultsPrePlay
Dead or Alive
Pet in TV
Tommi Makinen Rally
EA World Cup '98
ISS Pro '98
Parasite EveThe First Ever PSM Magazine Awards 1998 - hosted by Rob Pegley & Jayne Middlemiss
Best Game CharacterLara Croft, Tomb Raider
Best Sports GameISS Pro
Best Beat 'em upTekken 2
Best Driving GameTOCA Touring Cars
Most Innovative GamePaRappa The Rapper
Best Game GraphicsFinal Fantasy VII
Most Addictive GameBust-A-Move 2
Best Music in a GameWipeout 2097
Outstanding Achievement AwardLara Croft, Tomb Raider
PSM Readers Award for Game of the Year1st: Final Fantasy VII
2nd: Tomb Raider 2
3rd: Tekken 2PlayTestThree LionsAn excellent football game, written by fans for fans. If it were a little more accessible, and if it looked better, its rating would be even higher...8/10Premier Manager '98A missed opportunity. The PlayStation is still waiting for a great football management sim. In the meantime, this will fill a yawning gap.7/10Need for Speed 3: Hot PursuitNFS3: Hot Pursuit is for you if you love car chases, with the added bonus of an excellent two-player mode to boot. Definitely worth a look...7/10Ghost in the ShellClearly the progeny of Jumping Flash, but sadly lacking the sparky-brilliance of its predecessor. Ghost in the Shell is nearly great, but not quite.7/10Circuit BreakersBest with four players, this is addictive, clever, considered top-down racing with some of the finest stunts known to man. Get a Multi-Tap and go for it.9/10ForsakenForsaken looks striking and is often a real pleasure to play, but its toughness and the occasional inadequate feel of your craft let it down.8/10Kick Off WorldA good idea - combine a management game with an arcade-based football counterpart - but Kick Off World fails. An early World Cup bath for Anco...3/10DiabloA fun blend of arcade adventure and RPG. Diablo is easy to play, but not a serious competitor for the best that Japan has to offer.6/10Cardinal SynCardinal Syn's playing environment is quite cool, but the game's too easy and doesn't offer much variety in character or location. Soon becomes tedious.6/10Lucky LukeA fun children's title. Plenty to look at and the levels are interesting. Older players should view it as a palate-cleansing sorbet before a main course.6/10World League SoccerA tireless worker that's challenging throughout, WLS recreates football in a perfunctory, if not workmanlike, way. No flash, no license, just the business.7/10Spawn: The EternalA real disappointment from Sony, lacking any worthwhile features such as engaging and absorbing gameplay and/or visuals. Avoid it.4/10Dead Ball ZoneA decent, playable future sports game at last, but don't expect anything that matches a sweetly struck volley in Actua Soccer or a Total NBA slow-mo dunk.6/10VMX RacingSuffice to say, VMX Racing is the pits. Bike boosters should try Moto Racer (PSM26 8/10) or save their cash for Road Rash 3D.3/10Pax CorpusMessy, boring, unrealistic, ugly, tedious, unresponsive, hateful. Pax Corpus is everything a PlayStation game shouldn't be. With astonishing games constantly being released, there is no place for this in any collection.2/10Page Count: