Discussion in 'General Video Gaming Chat' started by indytim, Jul 22, 2005.
Just follow the link to find the full set of the classic retro gaming magazine:
Ah!! A quality publication in it's day. My bro has them all apart from Issue 4. Julian Rignall was king!
C&VG also used to be a good publication (although it's tripe now) and I was also partial to a bit of Gamesmaster, EGM and in the very old days - Dragon User, Sinclair User and Your Sinclair.
Aaahh good old Sinclair User. Was that the one which came with the tape selotaped to the front of the magazine, which you could not get off without totally destroying the cover? Anything mentioning Sinclair brings back some good (and not so good) memories.
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Oh yes that was the one indeed - I personally preferred Your Sinclair and had a subscription to that (although tended to buy most SU's as well). I found SU rather generous in it's ratings (too many games got 9 stars and a classic) and generally not as good an editorial as Your Sinclair.
I loved the speccy days, gaming was magical back then and I was constantly amazed at the quality they could get out of the humble speccy. The likes of Carrier Command just shouldn't have been possible! Highlights for me were -
Bloodwych - superb 2 player RPG.
Echelon - terrible graphics but very addictive space craft exploration.
BMX Simulator - fantastic on 4 players!
Target Renegade - brilliant 2 player side scrolling beat em up.
Stunt Car Racer - another great technical achievement - better (naturally) on the Amiga but still a top speccy game.
Carrier Command - better than the Amiga version and a technical triumph!
Rex - fantastic flick screen platformer with superb animation.
Cybernoid - Decent flick screen side on shooter!
Firefly - Original top down shooter with great graphics.
Where Time Stood Still - Fantastic isometric adventure.
ATF - superb game where you took over islands in your Advanced Tactical Fighter by destroying factories, tanks, planes, radar stations and runways.
Bobsleigh fantastic Bobsleigh sim!
Alien8 - great isometric fun.
Knight Lore - more great iso fun!
Turbo Esprit - just fantastic!! Working traffic lights, pedestrians and a full city to drive about in, all in 3D!
There's plenty more as well but we could be here all night.
EDIT: - Oh and I nearly forgot about Crash magazine! Used to quite enjoy that one but for some reason didn't buy it as much as the others. I think my mate bought that one so just used to read his.
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The best of the more recent magazines for me was the Official Dreamcast Mag. Great mag albeit short-lived.
Yes that was pretty good, I bought both that and DC-UK. Both were good publications. I must say that in recent times my fave mags have been Edge and GamesTM.
I forgot about DC-UK, that was a brilliant mag! The only mag I read on a regular basis nowadays is Edge. I used to be a subscriber to Games TM for the first two years but didn't agree with their sometimes sensationalist reviews and therefore cancelled my sub about 6 months ago!
CVG was the best mag back in the day, especially when it was selling for just £1. Then it got seriously childish, just too embarrasing to buy. Even their website was cool until it became members only.
Didn't mean machines just do sega games or was that a spin off magazine?
TBH i've stopped buying mags as the internet has all the info as it happens, and programmes like gamer tv on bravo show the games in action. I used to have piles of cvg, edge and ps1 mags until i recycled the lot.
Indeed, I must say that I rarely buy magazines these days as I can get all of the gaming info that I want off the net. Gamespots video reviews which are backed up with a written review, screenshots and extra gameplay movies give a far better impression of a game than any magazine ever could (IMO). Mean Machines split into Mean Machines Sega and an official Nintendo magazing IIRC.
Thats very true regarding online content. The only reason why I subscribe to Edge is that I respect their reviews and they have a lot of good editorials and guest columns
and none of it is online. Very savvy!
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