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A multi-format magazine dedicated to industry professionals and the general public alike, featuring Sony, Sega, Nintendo, and PC platforms and games news, previews and reviews. From Future Publishing.

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      24.06.2010 19:49
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      Top game mag.

      Edge is a monthly , multi-platform video game magazine. It concentrates slightly more on the design and style side of the game , rather than all out how it handles. It also features many interviews with big game names , such as producers and directors.

      ===Design===
      Every month has a cover star image , this month its Little big planet 2 , as well as noting some of the other features of the mag and the games its covering. all inkeeping with the style of the front covers game. The cover image follows on to the back giving a poster style image.
      The magazine features big articles with lots of smaller images dotted around , this is much better than some of the others mags, where 3/4 of the page is images and only a small piece is actually on the game.
      A big part of EDGE is also the games industry , the back pages are stocked with job advertisements in the industry and a profile on a selected developer.
      The magazine is more square than A4 , this makes it alot easier to fit the story in and also to read.

      ===Features===
      The magazine starts with a nice message from EDGE's magazine producer , just saying what this months magazine is about and what they are going to talk about.
      Starting off , Every month the first 20 pages are an interview ( this month is Miyamoto of nintendo fame ) , Event and incoming. The interviews are always engaging , the people being interviewed also seem to be intrested and happy to talk which makes it feel a bit less business. The events section is also nice, to see what is going and what may be shown.
      Moving on their is industry focus ( MMORPG's in this issue ) as well as something about japan, bringing news from whats happening in Asia.
      Next up is Hype , doing what it says on the tin and telling you all the latest news and information about the big game releases. Following this section is the cover story, so a couple of pages here are dedicated to the new features of Little big planet.
      Finally , there are the reviews , company interviews and promotions wrapping it up.

      ===Writing===
      The articles are a really high standard and probably the best you'll find in this departement , but this magazine does aim more towards the designers side, So a similar priced magazine Games tm is used to do the Gameplay side of things.
      Interviews and games are covered in detail and are intresting to read, most stories are a couple of pages long , therefore being a decent amount without being tiring.

      ===Price/Availability===
      £4.50 makes it relatively expensive , but if your serious about games and their design , this is the best one on offer. Its pretty well stocked so you are likely to find it in supermarkets as well as local stores.

      ===Overall===
      A very good magazine for game design.

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      30.01.2010 16:52
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      Clever and authoritative

      Edge is an excellent video game magazine that covers a far broader spectrum than most, looking at all video game platforms, while also offering the most intellectual and "serious" video game analysis you'll find in the UK. It as a result isn't as accessible as glossier magazines, but if you're a serious gamer interested in the state of the industry and where it's going, then this is a must-buy. The magazine is published monthly and retails for £4.50 (but it's worth subscribing for a HUGE discount).

      While my first paragraph makes Edge out to be snobbish or elite, this is not the case; they meld their more astute musings with more mainstream ideas, making sure that there's something for everyone. What I admire most is that they seem to be even-handed in their treatment of every gaming platform, and given the temptation for the authors to show preference to their favourite console, there doesn't seme to be much of that going on.

      Indeed, the usual gaming staples are here; there are letters to the editor, tonnes of extensive and intelligently-written reviews, and also some previews of upcoming titles (and you can be sure that if it's previewed in Edge, it's going to be a big game). What I like most, though, is how in every issue they will dissect an aspect of the video game industry, such as rising prices, or the ongoing violence debate, dedicating a bunch of pages to it and considering both sides of the argument. I can't think of another gaming mag that is so interested in the politics of the industry, and if you're passionate about the field in general and not just playing the games, then it really is the best mag on the market.

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      24.01.2010 19:15
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      Worth the cover price.

      Edge is a mult-format monthly gaming magazine which was launched in 1993. Above the title on the magazine's cover reads 'Videogame Culture' and this is pretty much the niche that Edge has carved for itself over its time, with an emphasis on the broader cultural effects of gaming and detailed articles and interviews with people in the gaming industry as opposed to the news and reviews of games magazines of old that is now more the preserve of the internet where gamers can find out about the latest greatest thing to come out of Japan within minutes of an unveiling.

      The magazine is aimed at gamers as well as the gaming industry itself with monthly profiles of gaming studios and regular features about the future of games development in the UK and overseas which compliment the regular news, previews and reviews for broader consumption.

      One thing that is quickly apparent about Edge is how highly polished it is from the clean and uncluttered appearance on the page to the quality of the journalism. This is one gaming magazine that's definitely more about the words than the pictures and could help to explain its quiet popularity at a time when magazines in general and gaming ones in particular are experiencing a dramatic drop in sales.

      One reason why Edge is widely respected by many gamers is beacause of its review policy and the infrequency with which it dishes out the 'Edge 10' and any such game that earns their 10/10 score is usually considered a benchmark in gaming history. Some of these Edge 10s include Super Mario 64, Gran Turismo and Half Life 2. Although the ten rating has been given out more frequently in recent years there's debate as to whether Edge have relaxed their approach to reviewing games or whether the quality of games has gone up. I think it's obviously a bit of both and is helped by newer and more powerful high definition games consoles like the XBOX 360 and PlayStation 3.

      A couple of particular highlights in the magazine are the 'Time Extend' feature where an older or much loved game from previous years gets a reevaluation and looks at the wider influence of the game and discusses the minutiae of a game that would not be covered in a review.

      The 'Making Of' feature is just that. A single game's development process is covered and can often be quite anecdotal and insightful. Some the best offerings in this category have been to do with critically panned or unsuccessful games which usually make for the best reading such as the dissection of the development hell of Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness on the PS2.

      Edge's influence is visible in the likes of Games TM and Retro Gamer which are competing magazines that launched in more recent years. They share Edge's more considered approach to games writing and have helped to elevate these kind of magazines to a wider and more mature audience.

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        27.10.2009 20:40
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        Interesting And Informative

        I have been reading Edge on and off since the very first issue and I find it one of the most informative magazines in it's field of experties.

        It is created by future publishing who are renowned for being a publisher in computer and video gaming so they are trusted in their field. The magazine costs £4.50 but it can be an awful lot cheaper on subscription if you like it and choose to go down that route.

        One of the best things that I like about this magazine is that it's good in their field. They look at the future of video gaming and where they predict the market going in the next few years. Also I like the way that they adapt with the times. When they first started out they were very specific and you felt like you really needed to know a lot about the workings of the industry in order to be "in the club" so to speak and to appreciate what they were talking about. They've certainly adapted to a more mainstream audience in the last couple of years and I now feel that a majority of people could pick up the magazine and at least know where they were coming from.

        Also, it doesn't just stop at the magazine. Their website is well informed and frequently updated and you can get an awful lot of news there as well as discuss it and see how news changes in-between issues. It's nice to know that they have an area for their readers to go to and be able to find the latest information rather than turn the final page and wait in anticipation for the next issue to be released.

        Also is the cost. Since it was launched in late 1993 when it was £3, it hasn't really gone up much. They've tried to keep the prices low and for what you get given the price of inflation, it should really be an awful lot higher than it is.

        My only criticism is that they don't always get things right. I looked through a couple of the first issues the other day and they were talking about how they didn't know if CD's were going to make it or not in the new age, and that they weren't sure if online or internet gaming would take off and if it did it would be through satellite connections. Obviously that proved to be unfounded but it's nice to look back and see that this is what people believed at the time so bear that in mind and use a critical eye sometimes.

        Overall it's a great magazine and for entertainment value, if you have an interest in the videogame industry it's well worth a read at least.

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        24.02.2009 22:25
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        The number one choice for those in and out of the industry

        Edge magazine has long been my number one choice for gaming news and other related stories. What Edge offers that other magazines in this genre don't is a unique insight into the industry and offers pathways into it aswell as doing all the game previews and reviews, in my opinion, better than any other.

        The magazine is not one of those magazines that you can just look at the pictures to. Well, you can but you will be missing out on so much more than the average gaming magazine offers. As well as feeling like a games mag, it also feels like a lifestyle mag as you can see from the above cover which has more than a hint of GQ magazine about it.

        The writers and previewers at Edge are among the fairest and toughest in the industry and for that reason are the most respected. There are only a small handful of games that have been given the high praise of 10/10 from Edge over the past decade or more. Most of these games have been from Nintendo due to Edge leaning more often than not towards gameplay over graphics. These reviews are always put together with a cool blend of facts and comedy that help to bring the write ups to life. Especially funny are the captions that accompany the many screenshots on offer.

        The articles and job sections provide a unique insight into the industry and can pave the way for budding developers, game creators and even testers to get into the industry. Sadly it is too late for me now.

        Edge won't be to everybody's tastes and, in truth, is aimed more at the student / older gamer, so younger gamers out there may prefer the more colourful and to the point Gamesmaster magazine.

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          25.01.2009 01:03
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          Very insightful gaming magazine.

          I've been reading Edge Magazine since 1995, subscriber since 1996, aquired all issues from number 1 and I think it's time for an updated review.

          As noted in the title description this magazine covers all current hardware which is handy for me as I tend to buy any and every console that comes out.

          Like any gaming magazine, Edge presents us with previews of future releases, news, articles and a limited selection of reviews - too many games and not enough time I imagine. The difference between Edge and every other magazine is the high quality of content and the fact that they aren't fanboys, everything is equal in the eyes of Edge.

          Now I admit that over the years the quality of the content of Edge has been up and down, round 2004 I was considering suspending my subsciption as I was only reading issues for 20 minutes, there was nothing really worth reading however just as I was at the end of the rope it pulled itself back.

          Now we have new sections such as "Time Extended" which is an elongated, upto 6 page review of a game from days gone by - this month is Ridge Racer Revolution, one of my all time favourite games. Another section is a making of, again picking a game from the past and discussing, maybe with the creator, why and how this game was concieved and brought to us. Always full of valuable information and and snippets of interesting facts these make Edge a worthwhile read.

          Edge also select an up and coming game which they believe is of significant importance, meet up with the development house and discuss how they are pushing the boundaries of home entertainment.

          Almost every month the magazine picks a subject and does a massive, multipage debate about said subject, this could be advertising in games, violence, censorship...what ever they feel may be relevant. These articles usually make for interesting reading but can be a bit full on.

          Along with the above, Edge have guest columnist writing about their current experiences and/or feelings of the market, I only read this occasionally since Mr Biffo (of Teletext's Digitiser fame) handed in his resignation in early 2008, his columns were always humourous. This is not to say the other guys aren't worth reading, it's just not my cup of tea.

          As mentioned previously Edge has been notorious hard on scoring games with only 10 games scoring the maximum 10. I've noticed that recently maximum scores have been more frequent and maybe not be as deserving as they should be. Generally speaking however they are right as maximum scoring games tend to be revolutionary - Mario64, Gran Turismo, Little Big Planet.

          In conclusion, if you love gaming and wish to be become more informed about the industry buy this magazine, there's nothing quite like it.

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            20.09.2001 17:53

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            Edge is quite possibly the best console games magazine ever. Unlike some magazines this one does not add pointless rudeness or child-like humour. With Edge what you see is what you get. It is a games magazine therefore it is about the gaming industry. Edge is the most professional games mag around and is aimed at more mature gamers who want to learn about the games industry whilst getting advice on which games are any good. The proffesional pitch in Edge is clearly evident and this is what puts it in a higher league than other mags. The self-proclaimed gamers bible and for good reason. As well as preview and reviews of the top forthcoming games for each console each issue of Edge has columns devoted to the goings on in the games industry. Edge is a notioriously tough magazine to score high ratings for games in and this is why it is so trusted among more serious gamers. If Edge gives a game 9/10 then you know it is something special. Ultimately no other console magazine gets near Edge when it comes to content, not even the esteemed and not half bad Official Sony Playstation 2 magazine. Buying a copy of Edge every month ensures that you are getting your moneys worth, no demos but each issue is more of a book than a mag. If you are a serious gamer looking for a good multi-format games console magazine then look no further than Edge, the gamers bible.

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            29.08.2001 21:12

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            Edge is quite possibly the best console games magazine ever. Unlike some magazines this one does not add pointless rudeness or child-like humour. With Edge what you see is what you get. It is a games magazine therefore it is about the gaming industry. Edge is the most professional games mag around and is aimed at more mature gamers who want to learn about the games industry whilst getting advice on which games are any good. The proffesional pitch in Edge is clearly evident and this is what puts it in a higher league than other mags. The self-proclaimed gamers bible and for good reason. As well as preview and reviews of the top forthcoming games for each console each issue of Edge has columns devoted to the goings on in the games industry. Edge is a notioriously tough magazine to score high ratings for games in and this is why it is so trusted among more serious gamers. If Edge gives a game 9/10 then you know it is something special. Ultimately no other console magazine gets near Edge when it comes to content, not even the esteemed and not half bad Official Sony Playstation 2 magazine. Buying a copy of Edge every month ensures that you are getting your moneys worth, no demos but each issue is more of a book than a mag. If you are a serious gamer looking for a good multi-format games console magazine then look no further than Edge, the gamers bible.

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            22.08.2001 23:26
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            edge sounds like a peice of wood or the edge of the weld. no no no no ni it is a book well a papery thing magazine thats it it is v gopod with long words which i cant read lots of cool pics a s well and yummy paper tastes like cakes anywho games maga zine it is probab ly the bestest one there is v mature and good informative nice shiny cover lots of industry stuff like how they make computer games i must go, good magazine betr than rest especially nintendo mag that is childish.

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              26.07.2001 23:37
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              There is absolutely no doubt that Edge is the best gaming magazine on the market. Edge respects videogames and the people who create them. It respects the reader, giving accurate no nonsense reviews and interviews that ask questions we want asked. It doesn't pull its' punches and it isn't afraid to stand up to advertising. In a time when gaming magazines flitter in and out of publication, Edge has stood firm and its' refreshingly simple approach has served it well. Its' quality is apparent from appearance alone. A slightly squatter shape than many publications, its' matt cover, usually emblazoned with a topical picture and succinct tagline, is minimalist without looking empty. It just looks cool. So cool, in fact, that a good deal of magazines in other areas could be looking to emulate some of its' features. The front page editorial is short and to the point, entertainingly discussing movements in the videogame world. Anything from advertising surrounding a new console system, to the thinking behind the creation of a groundbreaking release. It's content usually pertains to a subject covered in far more depth later within its' pages. From there on in the hits keep on rolling in what must be the most consistent magazine around at the moment. Frontend is Edge's news and views section with content ranging from gaming exhibitions, press releases and technology to movement of key players within the industry and the economy of the gaming world. This may all sound a bit 'hardcore' and it's certainly not for the ten year old with a pokemon fascination. But for those who love games and care about what they might be playing in the future, this section is indispensable and not only unmatched in other gaming guides but completely unchallenged. This is just one instance where Edge goes against the grain and treats its' audience with the intelligence they deserve. Red eye, trigger happy a
              nd av out, three individual page long articles follow. Red eye, written by a 'veteran videogame journalist' is an often amusingly cynical barrage of insults and injury towards some facet of the industry. Trigger happy usually argues the strengths and weaknesses of general game designs and dynamics. Immersive storylines, linear gameplay, control systems fraught with overcomplicated button presses and illogical movements. Whilst av out, written by a former head of a Sega subsidiary, discusses games from an R&D perspective. Whether these columns really interest you will probably depend on how 'into' games you are but the writing is top notch and only a fool would bypass the nuggets of wisdom they often contain. Prescreen is, as the name implies, the preview section, with each title garnering between half a page and a double page spread and including one or more screenshots from the game in action. The articles give as much depth as is possible given the stage of production and will explicitly describe the good points and bad of the current code. If a highly anticipated game looks to be running off the rails don't expect Edge to hide behind the hype. Respect is due for repeatedly telling it like it is. Three to five in depth articles, spread over several pages each, follow. Any and all subjects are covered with interviews from major codeshops, previews going behind the scenes in production of particularly worthy games, pieces on new hardware etc. If it's big in the gaming world then it'll be dealt with in the manner it deserves, with no stone left unturned, giving the full, factual, inside stories. Testscreen, the reviews section, also gives between a half and two pages per game covered in what are the most to the point and informative game reviews available. Along with information such as format, publisher, price and release date, games are given a score out of ten with an average game scoring five. Unlike many ot
              her magazines where average games gain 75%, nothing gets below 60% and only those scoring high eighties and nineties need be bought, an Edge review of seven means the game has done well and this structure ensures the whole range of ratings are utilised. There are several screenshots of each game but they aren't used to pad out reviews as in some magazines. The writing is clearly laid out rather than being split into separate chunks, leaving the pages looking full yet uncluttered and a joy to read. As Edge is a multiformat magazine there is no bias towards any particular system and it is evident that pre release advertising has no influence on score. If a huge release is going to come unstuck then this is where it's going to happen. For this reason alone, consulting Edge is essential before shelling out forty quid on the next big thing. Conversely, little known games will get their even chance against the big boys. Even if you've never heard of it, a game scoring highly within these pages is worth checking out. After a lengthy section of adverts for the latest employment opportunities within the industry, dull for many but indicative of the type of reader Edge attracts, there follows several articles centred around the developmental process. Coding tools, graphical showpieces, inside the making of historic games such as Mario and Tetris, advances in artificial intelligence and this list only scratches the surface. The magazine ends with the letters section, the chance for readers to get involved. It's always interesting to read peoples conflicting opinions and often letters will be accompanied by short replies from Edge staff. It's a fitting end to a fantastic magazine. If you love games then you'll love Edge, simple as that. In depth and packed to the brim with valuable information, yet never dull or conceited. Its' journalists obviously love games and this shines from page to page. The gamers bible in easy t
              o digest, monthly instalments and at only £3.80 it's worth every little penny and more. Even with the host of other gaming publications out there, it's always been a one horse race. Everyone else has a lot of catching up to do,

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                So, Edge is your game-related bible? What Edge says is what you must think? Please don't make me laugh. Edge supposedly is an industry magazine. But what makes it different to any other games related magazine? 1)In the most recent issue, scores are no longer issued - a "?/10" was printed instead - because their words were more important. Fair enough, your review is probably well written, but must you parade this decision with the ever so cocky "?/10"? Giving a reader a score, saves readers time - it gives them the gist of a game that they might not be interested in anyway (or maybe they haven't heard about the game?). Why force them to read through a whole page before discovering that the game was rubbish? 2)Price. Edge now retails at £4. Four quid for a magazine filled with "industry" adverts. Most of them are for agencies, which a lot of companies don't really like anyway! As someone else probably has mentioned already, Edge really should justify this cover price with a cover disc or something. Their words aren't worth that much. 3)A more "grown up" approach to gaming. This is one of the few things I liked about Edge. It didn't just focus on gimmicky articles - it would talk to developers and publishers, showing the public what actually went on. In recent days, Edge has been milking its "franchise", producing Edge RETRO and Edge EQUIP. Such titles are priced even higher than Edge itself, and don't really offer much in the way of new useful information. Because Edge is practically the only industry based magazine around, it acts superior. "We are the best, everything else is rubbish" - thats what I read when I look at Edge. This is just nonsense. Edge is just an average magazine. Nothing more, nothing less. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that all of Edge is rubbish. The columns by Steven Poole, Toshihiro Nagoshi and Lupin Koji
                ma are all great and unpretentious. Its just the rest of the magazine I have issues with. Sometimes I even get the impression that Edge pretend to like games that are little known, just to make them look clever. I won't pursue that arguement, since there is little proof, but next time you read an Edge review of an "unheard" game, just think - Do they really like/hate the game? Or are they just trying to show off that they know about it? Its sad really, that I'm writing this review. I used to like reading Edge and I'd buy it every month. Its just that I saw all these super rated reviews and I'd like to offer an alternative perspective. Its good to look at both sides of the argument, but with the sheer amount of unprecedente praise that Edge has been getting, I think my single view balances things out. Now I've been reduced to perusing a copy in the newsagent, before putting it down and picking up a different gaming magazine.

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                10.05.2001 03:41
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                I have been buying Edge since issue one, which I hope gives me some room to comment on what is regarded by many as the world's finest video game magazine. From the very beginning Edge has marketed itself as being different. the magazine has no time for the younger end of the gaeming market, its aimed at adults, and teenagers who prefer not to be patronised. Whilst this maysometimes come across as slightly snooty, Edge is the only magazine I can think of that treats gameing as a serious hobbey. Edge is the broardsheet of the games magazines. Edge makes an attempt at serious journalism, with intelligent features that have examined for example, Piracy, the emulation scene, and the future of Dreamcast. Prescreen contains a mix of indepth previews and quick snaps. Edge is not the place to find coverage of generic drivel, instead the focus is on the new on innovative. Testscreen puts the games to the harshest reviewers in the buisness. Unlike other magazines Edge really do seem to say it like it is. A review in Edge is one you can trust, as far as any subjective opinion can be. Edge's main problem is its cost versus content. The magazine is heavily priced at £3.80 but at least a third of it is taken up with recruitment ads. As a reader with no interest in a career in the games industry it does grate a little to be paying a premium for what is only effectively a small magazine. The new look to the magazine has also for me seen a little too much focus on the more technical side of the industry and less on the games themselves. Despite this Edge remains an excellent read. Its not for everyone, its a little too expensive and not everyone will be interested in the features but for those who love games and have an interest in the industry at large its excellent. Also if you are looking to work in the industry it is the main recuitment paper.

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                  23.02.2001 17:26
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                  Edge is different from other videogame magazines. Most of the others are designed for kids and for either one of the console s ot the PC. Edge covers everything and holds no punches. Where other mags like Nintendo Official Mag and Official PlayStation mag only look at the games for thes consoles, then Edge will look at both, rating them on the same scale, wheras a mag dedicated to the Nintendo consoles may be biased towrads the games, maybe even giving them higher rankings than they truly deserve. Edge on the other hand looks at all games and revelations in the gaming/computing world, giving the most un-biased sensible reviews around. This magazine is also aimed at an older market than many of the others and takes gaming sensibly. With other mags I have felt that I am being either talked down to, the writer presuming I am a young child cos I play games, or even in a 'hip-trendy' way, confusing me for some deluded teenager. Edge was a revelation when i first picked it up a few months ago, while waiting for a delayed train. Thank you VirginTrains for being crappy! The reviews gave the details you need in a way you could understand. I have noticed that in some previews sections of other mags they give scor out of ten for how funny a game is. Who gives a flying monkeys? What is the gameplay like, and do the graphics/animations annoy you? Edge gives the answers other mags hise in crap. The layout is pretty cool and you can easily find the preview/review you noticed advertised in the contents page, which is another annoyance in other mags. The previews and reviews are well laid out and rely more on the description of the gameplay and their thoughts of the game rather than plastering the pages with hundreds of screenshots to cover up their literary inadequacies. The screenshots they do put in are well sized and add to the review rather than cause a diversion. The interviews and industry reports are probably the best bit about the
                  mag, and always full of interesting reasonably up-to-date information. I say reasonably up-to-date because it is a magazine and not a web-site, which is more up to date due to having to be printed and distributed. Seeing as Daily Radar UK is the publisher's games web-site I don't think we will be seeing www.edge-magazine.co.uk anytime soon. The interviews are also well though-out and the background information given on the pages on the interviewee may remind you who the person is they are taking to. And these too are totally unbiased - they would ask Hideo Kojima (creator of Metal Gear Solid) about the X-Box and GameCube as well as talking about MGS2 and PlayStation2. That makes a big change from sychophantic PS2 mag's interviewers not veering off their PS2 only questions. Free gifts? Do we need free gifts? I don't think so, and seeing as all the consoles will use different types of disc to run their games from, Cover Discs are out of the question. Not much of a problem until you have to fork out nearly £4 for it and compare this with other no-freebie magazines priced at about £1 to £1.50 less. But once you read it you won't worry about the higer cost. The in-depth reviews, previews, interviews and news will all stop your complaints. If anyone wants to know more about games and the games industry then this is the mag to get.

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                    Take two cars, one is a Ferrari, one is a Fiat. Both Italian, both with their own individual merits but which car is the real connoisseur going to choose? Fiat! No.Ferrari of course. The same applies to virtually everything that surrounds us, even gaming magazines. Enter Edge, the mighty monthly magazine from Future Publishing. For those who demand that little bit more from their monthly games information, this has to be the only possible choice. At £3.50 it’s not the cheapest you can buy, but it’s certainly not the most expensive either. Sure, you won’t find any free Pokemon cards attached or a poster of Lara Croft, but it just isn’t that kind of magazine you see. Don’t give up there though, this isn’t just a dull serious publication. Facts are the important part, but the style of writing quite happily accompanies the occasional dull moments. So what’s inside those 140 or so pages? Come inside my friend... You’ll notice that there are usually three or four main features with the biggest usually being related to what’s on the cover. Interviews with games developers and hardware manufacturers are common but the writers also discuss topics of their own such as violence in videogames etc. In the February issue of Edge there was a large feature about X-Box and if you bought the issue you’ll be well aware that they went to town on it. The machine isn’t even released in the USA until the end of this year and still Edge had a large selection of very clear hardware pictures and several screen shots. The information that accompanied the pictures was also very clear and factual on a detailed level. From this alone you can quite clearly be sure that if they feature a game or piece of hardware – you’re going to get every scrap of information that they could find. Grea
                    t stuff. You will also find that the beginning of the magazine is littered with the latest information from the world of gaming and this means everything. Edge is a multi-format magazine covering all of the big players (Sony, Sega, Nintendo, PC and now the X-box). On to the juicy bits. Prescreen is the Edge equivalent to the previews section in ‘other’ magazines. All of the big up and coming games releases are here with plenty of information and screenshots. After reading through one of these write-ups it’s quite likely that you’ll be able to make a decision about whether the game will be for you or not. This is of course very handy for games which you can pre-order at lower prices. If the preview isn’t what you’re after then you’ll be needing the real McCoy. Testscreen. Yes, you guessed it, this is the reviews section. If you were impressed with Prescreen then this is going to leave you feeling very impressed indeed. In their words: ‘The world’s most respected videogame reviews’. That’s one heck of a claim, but they’re quite right to do so because the reviews are straight to the point. If they don’t like it – they’ll tell you, if they do like it, they’ll tell you even more. Most of the 15 or so reviews are spread over only two pages, but don’t think that this means the review is compromised in any way. There are plenty of pictures to show you the graphics and the writing is absolutely spot on. You won’t find any space wasted here – every single sentence has a point. At the beginning of each review you are also given publisher, price and release date information. Not all reviews are UK releases either so you get to read about those early Japanese and American releases long before the games reach our shores. Unfortunat
                    ely, because this is the ‘serious’ magazine, you will notice that as you near the end, much of the content is to do with job vacancies (games related of course). Although it can be quite interesting, I’m sure most of us would like to see a little less of this but that’s pretty much the only real downside. That’s not all though, there are also some very useful contacts for purchasing those serious gamers (information on where to get import games etc). So, that’s Edge for you. If you’re serious about gaming then you really should consider trying it at least once – it’s quite possibly the best multi-format gaming magazine out there and there certainly doesn’t appear to be any bias towards any particular format. If you like it enough you can even subscribe for only £7.25 every three months (that works out to be 13 issues for the price of 8!). Buy with confidence, videogaming has never been so intellectual.

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                      Edge magazine is more for the people in the know; it’s for people who just don’t want to know about games, but the hardware that they run on. This magazine is a little small in thickness but is packed to brim with quality reviews and previews. Every review can be totally relied on; they have looked at every aspect on the games. Most often than not. Edge magazine gives use previews of the most up and coming new games systems, like the Microsoft X Box (Plastered on the front of the current issue). The magazine will go through every part of its hardware, it’s speed, feature and most importantly the good points and the Bad points. One good aspect of the Magazine is not only that that they give you some exciting game industry news, but the often come out with special additions of the magazine. The last one that came out discussed and displayed every new gaming platform; it’s good point and their bad points. There really do give some quality information. If you want inside news, Review and previews this is the magazine for you. But watch out, they may not have an included demo CD but the special magazine can often cost £5, which is rather expensive compared to the other mags on the market, but the information included it top notch. Normally this magazine only costs £3.80 which is relativly expensive for a games magazine (Computer and Video Games cost £2.50). But my main point is this magazine costing £5, without a demo Cd may startle some, but once they get reading they soon realise it's a bargin!

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