After the original Electronic Games, Electronic Gaming Monthly was probably the most influential and popular video games magazine. The January 1997 issue includes:
- Insert Coin – Our editorial director goes to the Dark Side.
- Press Start – The news that’s making headlines in the world of video games.
- Gaming Gossip – THE inside source on the gaming industry from Q-Mann.
- Next Wave Protos – Exclusive first-looks at games on the horizon.
- Review Crew – A no-holds-barred critique of gaming’s latest releases.
- Tricks of the Trade – Want a power trip? Check out the hottest cheats here.
- Special Features – An in-depth look at the newest of the new (including Mechwarrior 2).
- Next Wave – Get a sneak peek at upcoming titles for all systems!
- Contests – Don’t miss your chance to win BIG!
- Team EGM – Previews and reviews for sports games.
- Interface – An open forum for readers’ questions and concerns.
- EGM Delivers The Gaming Goodies From Shoshinkai – While gamers were feasting on turkey and pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, our editors were busy compiling the information gathered at this year’s Shoshinkai Show in Japan. Now gamers can savor each morsel of gaming info provided in this issue.
- Which MKT Version Is Better: The PS Or N64? – Mortal Kombat Trilogy has hit the PlayStation and the Nintendo 64. The EGM editors dissect each one, showing the pros and cons of each version (glitches, character differences and the price tag). As well, each Review Crew member picks the version he says is the best to get!
- Final Fantasy VII Update Sheds Some Light… – …on what gamers can expect from the next Fantasy installment. This much-anticipated title – to be released in the second half of this year – will be on three discs instead of the rumored two in order to live up to gamers’ expectations. Final Fantasy buffs won’t be disappointed with this one!
- Saturn – Play as a not-too-quick-to-become disposable assassin in SCUD.
- PlayStation – Find out who you truly are in the latest role-playing game for the PS – Persona.
- Neo Geo – Samurai Showdown IV packs all your favorite characters and a whole lot more.