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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!




  • Red Asphalt (PlayStation)


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    Source: PSM – Issue Number 2 – October 1997

    Red Asphalt is a racing game that was released for the PlayStation in January 1998. Technically, it is a direct sequel to Rock ‘n Roll Racing which was released for the Super Nintendo in 1993. Taken on its own, Red Asphalt is a decent game. However, as a sequel to Rock ‘n Roll Racing, it is somewhat of a disappointment.

    The problem with Red Asphalt isn’t that it is a bad game, it’s just a completely different type of game than the original. The original was an excellent game and played kind of like a more advanced R.C. Pro Am and had a similar overhead perspective. Red Asphalt went in a completely different direction and was more of a clone of Wipeout XL. There’s nothing wrong with that if you like that type of game. However, Wipeout XL was a better game and personally, I like the original style of Rock ‘n Roll Racing better.

    If you like racing games, particularly Wipeout style racing games, then this one is worth a shot. However, do yourself a favor and definitely try the original Rock ‘n Roll Racing (on the Super Nintendo…the Genesis version isn’t as good) as it is a much better game. To the best of my knowledge, Red Asphalt has not been re-released so you will have to track down an original or use emulation to play it. Unfortunately, the same is true of Rock ‘n Roll Racing.

    The ad above is from the October 1997 issue of PSM.




  • Rival Schools (PlayStation)


    Rival Schools, subtitled ‘United by Fate’, is yet another fighting game by Capcom. It was originally released as an arcade game in 1997 and was followed up with a PlayStation port in 1998. This game is probably most similar to the Marvel Vs. Capcom games.

    While the game play is somewhat similar to the Marvel vs. Capcom games, there are some differences. The controls are simplified with only four buttons instead of six. Also, while you select a team of two characters, the second is only used for special attacks. In addition, this is a polygon-based game instead of a sprite-based game. The PlayStation version, in addition to including the arcade version of the game, also included some enhanced features such as new mini-games and new game modes.

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    While perhaps not quite as well known as some of Capcom’s other fighting games, Rival Schools is still a quality title with enough unique features to make it worthwhile if you are a fighting game fan. In 2012 it was released for the PlayStation Network but only in Japan. There was also a Japan only update to the original released for the PlayStation that added a couple of characters and some other features. A full sequel was released in 2001 in the arcades and for the Dreamcast titled “Project Justice”. If you want to play the original though you will likely have to track down an original copy or play it via emulation as I am not aware of any other accessible re-releases. There is some interest in future sequels but nothing planned at the moment.

    Rival Schools (PlayStation)

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