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  • PSM (December 1997)


    Source: PSM – Issue Number 4 – December 1997

    PSM was always the best (or at least most popular) non-official PlayStation magazine and I believe it was the longest running. It eventually became the official PlayStation publication when the original folded but PSM itself ceased publication in 2012. Here we have a pretty early issue from December 1997 with a Tomb Raider 2 cover story. This issue includes:

    • The PSM Holiday Special
    • Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back – We’ve put together a complete level-by-level guide of where to find every gem and every hidden path, and we also uncover the secret Warp Room!
    • Prappa Contest – The coolest dog in videogames is giving you the chance to win loads of super-cool stuff, lik PlayStation clothes, the official Prappa soundtrack, subscriptions to PSM, and – get ready for this one – a Sony 200-disc CD changer!
    • Street Fighter EX Plus Complete Special Moves and Super Combos
    • Cover Story: Tomb Raider 2 Strategy
    • Girls & Games – Traditionally, videogames have been strictly for guys. But with more and more female game characters, has the “no girls allowed” sign been torn down once and for all?
    • Test Drive 4: Producer’s Strategy – The Intricacies of Road Racing
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      • Feature Story: Diablo Burns Up PlayStation
      • Yaroze News
      • Gossip
      • Nihon Game Otaku!
    • reviews
      • Flashback
      • Backlog
    • previews
      • Breath of Fire III
      • Spawn
      • FF Tactics
      • Auto Destruct
      • Skull Monkeys
      • NCAA GameBreaker
      • Pitfall 3-D
      • Batman & Robin
      • Super Motocross
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    • Colony Wars: Tips and Walkthrough
    • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee – The 55 Mudokons You Let Die – A Guide for Rescuing All 99 of Your Friends

    …and more!

  • Rampage World Tour (PlayStation, Sega Saturn)

    Join George, Lizzie & Ralph for a little Rampage!


    Rampage World tour was the arcade sequel to the original Rampage arcade game. This sequel was a long time coming. The original Rampage was released in 1986 while Rampage World Tour was released eleven years later in 1997.

    A number of home ports were released starting later the same year. The PlayStation and Sega Saturn versions were the first to appear in late 1997. The above ad is for those versions. The following year, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color and PC versions were also released. The game received pretty mediocre reviews but it was popular enough to spawn at least three more sequels. It would also be re-released as part of Midway Arcade Treasures 2 and as a bonus game in Rampage: Total Destruction.

    The gameplay of Rampage: World Tour is much like the original Rampage. Your goal is to destroy each city while avoiding or destrorying the military as it tries to stop you.

  • Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (October 1999)


    Source: Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine – Volume 3, Issue 1 – October 1999

    The Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine along with PSM were the two big PlayStation magazines. The Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine was associated with EGM but exclusively covered PlayStation hardware and software. It started off covering, as the name would suggest, the original PlayStation. It also covered the PS2 when it came along and eventually the PS3 and PSP as well. In 1999, The PS2 had not yet been released and it was near the height of the PlayStation’s popularity.

    The October 1999 issue includes:

    • Spyro 2.0 – Come with us as we explore the newly expanded universe of everybody’s favorite mini-dragon.
    • Crash Team Racing – Crash is back, but not like you’ve ever seen him before. Have a look at Naught Dog’s promising new take on cart racing in our in-depth preview.
    • NFL Showdown – You read about the rivalry last month, now it’s time to find out about how Madden NFL 2000 and NFL GameDay 2000 fared on the brutal PlayStation Gridiron.
    • HUGE FFVIII Strategy! – If it’s in Final Fantasy VIII, it’s in this guide.
    • Previews – Toy Story 2, Grandia, Monster Rancher 2, and South Park
    • International – Dragon Quest VII, Breath of Fire IV and Valkyrie Profile.
    • Reviews – Final Fantasy VIII, Soul Reaver, Pac-Man World, Dino Crisis, and Metal Gear: VR Missions.
    • Tricks – Unlock the secret characters in Chocobo Racing, go big in NFL Xtreme 2, open up all the levels in Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time, and get tons of cheats for NCAA Football 2000.
    • Demo Disc – Metal Gear, WipeOut 3, Pac-Man World, Toy Story 2, and Jet Moto 3.

    …and more!