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  • PSM (May 1999)


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    Source: PSM – Issue Number 21 – May 1999

    PSM was among the earliest magazines for the PlayStation. Originally an independent magazine, it covered most of the PlayStation systems throughout the years, eventually becoming the Official PlayStation Magazine in 2007. The May 1999 issue was still primarily covering the PlayStation but some early PS2 coverage had already started. Contents include:

    • Legend of Legaia – The latest RPG to hit the PlayStation is quite a doozy. With more secrets than you can shake a stick at, Sony’s Legend of Legaia not only packs in a lengthy quest, but also incorporates an innovative battle system that’s sure to have players punching in commands like crazy to find all the hidden “Arts” for each character. Beyond each character’s battle moves, there are also countless magic spells to master and a pile of items to collect. PSM is here to provide you with all you need to know to master one of the biggest RPGs of the year.
    • Guardian’s Crusade – One of the cutest, quirkiest and most innovative RPGs to surface so far this year, Guardian’s Crusade not only packs in a lot of breeding sim elements into its gameplay, but also a lengthy quest to find each and every one of the 70 Living Toys. You’ll most likely end up losing sleep if you don’t have a trusty handbook to help you track down some of the hard-to-find toys lurking in the game, so PSM made sure to compile a list of their locations for you on top of a few extra goodies to help you out. So get playing!
    • PlayStation 2! – Sony finally unveiled its next generation PlayStation system in Japan, and of course, we were there to bring back all the info and screenshots! We’ve got four full pages of nothing but PlayStation 2! No if that doesn’t get your heart racing, then you’re just not a serious gamer! So what are you waiting for? Take your shaky, sweaty, PlayStation addicted hand and turn to page 14 for the absolute biggest story of the year!
    • Cover Story: Street Fighter Alpha 3 – Can you tell that we really like Street Fighter Alpha 3? This game could very well be the best fighting game we’ve ever seen for the PlayStation, or any other system for that matter. Could it even top the Tekken games? Check out our review to see what we think, and then be sure to check out our interview and strategy guide for the full story on this incredible new game.
    • Monitor – The latest PlayStation news and up-to-the-minute info
      • Checkpoint! Game Release Schedule
      • Rumors
      • Q&A

    • Reviews – This month’s new games, thoroughly tested by PSM experts
    • Previews – All the best dirt on tomorrow’s hottest games
      • Bloody Roar 2
      • Croc II
      • Dino Crisis
      • D.I.R.T. / The Next Tetris
      • Driver / Ultimate 8 Ball
      • Evil Zone
      • Jade Cocoon
      • Omega Boost / Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
      • Star Ocean
      • Suikoden II
      • Final Fantasy VIII
      • G Police
      • Tomorrow Never Dies

    • Code Junkies – The latest codes for all you addicts
    • Letters – You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers
      • Link-Up
      • Pause
      • Fan Art
      • Top This!
      • Marketplace

    • Otaku Station – Welcome to Otaku Station, the official PSM gift shop – the only place on earth to buy cool official PSM shirts, hats, and other special collectibles. Aiko and Uchu-Kun are waiting for you. Check it out!
    • Bloody Roar 2 – When you think of fighting game makers, there are those that immediately spring to mind, such as Capcom and SNK. But Hudson Soft? Though the company may not exactly be synonymous with the genre, it did surprise its aficionados in late 1997 with the release of Bloody Roar. Now, more than a year later, the franchise returns, thanks once again to Sony.

    …and more!




  • Platoon (Commodore 64)


    Platoon (Choice Software, 1987)

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    Platoon was released in 1987 for the Commodore 64 and various other platforms including the Amiga, Atari ST and NES. It is based on the movie of the same name. As a licensed game, this one is actually pretty decent which is unusual. This is an action game though it doesn’t really fit into one genre as it has different stages which play like different games.

    The movie follows a squad of five soldiers during the Vietnam war. The game has four distinct stages that generally follow the movie. Each of these stages is almost like a completely separate game though each one is a progression in the same story line.

    The first stage plays like a fairly typical side-scrolling action game. In addition to enemies on the ground, you will face obstacles like booby traps and air strikes. Each stage has one or more goals and in this stage you must destroy a bridge and find a village where you must locate various items.

    The second stage is a first-person 3D game. In this stage you navigate a network of tunnels in order to find flares and a compass. Of course there are enemies to battle here as well.

    Once you escape the tunnels, you settle down in a bunker where you must use the items you located in the previous stage. You now have a limited number of flares which must be used to locate attacking enemies before they can shoot you. Afterwards, you have to use the compass you found to navigate to a position safe from an incoming airstrike and your time is limited.

    In the final stage, you face Sergeant Barnes. This stage is relatively simple but that doesn’t mean easy. You have to hit Barnes with five grenades before he kills you in your foxhole.

    Overall, this is an above average action game for the Commodore 64 and I think it was decent on the other systems as well. Most licensed games are extremely bad so even though this one probably isn’t going to rank in anyone’s top ten, it is stands well above other movie-based games. This one hasn’t been re-released as far as I know so you will have to track down an original or use emulation to play it. Screen shots above are from the Commodore 64 version.