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Well, what started off as clear reaction to Play magazine was taken off to new heights under the helm of editor Sean Atkins. It beat Play big time, and became the best read there was out there. Then things went all wrong, when the powers that be were forcing too many restrictions on the poor mag. An unreliable designer forced the mag to fall well short of it's targets for the new look, and the final straw came when then editor Ben East had enough of being passed the buck, and Future Publishing instated Play's old editor... Ryan Butt got his way at the top with Play just for being the first mag that got all the spoddy info crammed into messy pages on the market. Previously the editor of a tips mag, he loved doing the one thing real magazine editors loathed - writing tips guides. These pieces afforded the writer very little in the way of intelligent text, and that was Mr Butt's níche. Also, his older brother's a managing director of the company... With his sting on Power, he managed to scupper everything that was great about the magazine. A knack for poor management de-moralised the creative team he had around him, which he treated as nothing more the lackies who did as he told and nothing more. And also indulged in degrading. The rest of Future Publishing were far from impressed with Mr Butt's efforts, and though PlayStation Max was being viewed for the chop at the same time as Power, it was decided that people liked Max more and had a stronger identity to build upon. Power had no soul. It was the rantings of one highly inept geek. An insult to all that it was before and the values that it was based upon. RIP.
As a subscriber to Power for the past 18months (when my current one runs out in 2 months) I have seen many changes to the layout and general presentation of the magazine - including a name change. I picked Power out from the rest at first attempt. I was looking for a magazine the week I bought my Ps and Power had a review of GT so I bought that. I did of course try a few other magazines but found this to be the best one by a fair way. This is for a number of reasons.... One of which is that I find that the large majority of the time I agree with the reviews. Some other mags have rated certain games well while Power rated them lower and I usually agree with their decision. Also the tips section is usually very useful and any free gifts are very useful and original. Another reason for buying this magazine over others (and the reason I suspect it was picked out by the fool I sent to buy me a magazine when I had flu) is the price. The production is priced at a very generous £3 with any free gifts I find this very agreeable. The previews seem to be before anyone else (maybe because the whole of Future Publishing seems to get them first) so everything in that department is up to scratch. The A-Z of games is very useful if you've spotted a bargain but aren't sure if it's any good - equally if you decide you want a new sports game. Overall Power is worth a spin however long you've been a PlayStation or PS2 owner. Incidentally I now longer use my PS as I bought a PS2 in November so I will be changing my subscription to PSM2 for the next year (PSM2 is the same idea and aimed at the same audience except it's 95% PS2). Give it a spin - for £3 it doesn't matter if it isn't your style.
POWER (formaly known as playstation power) is one of the best playsation mag'z around. It has good, HONEST, reviews, pointing out both good and bad points of each game. It has plenty of cheats, tips and walkthroughs for all those tricky little games. Also they give away a free cheats/tips book (or somthing else of equal value) every week. Recently the mag has had a makeover and now looks even funkier than before. With the new look came new sections, making the mag bigger, and, of course, the addition of playstation 2 (which I know some people who don't have playstation 2 won't like......but I do). As well as writing all the reviews, cheats etc. the good people at POWER also answer any questions you might have. So, if you like playstation then I promise you'll like this. P.S. if you subscribe to the magazine you get 13 issues for the price of only 8, and they are delivered right to your door (now isn't that handy?!)
When I subscribed to Power 12 monthes ago it was the best playstation mag. Now its changed it image which I think has made it worse. Changed editor. Took all of the old things away and replaced them with things designed for the younger gamer, because of this I have not renewed my subscription. Oh well ps two is on the way very very soon so there'll be a big new batch of mags about in November when the Sony playstation two comes out.
When I first got my playstation I went down the shop and the first magazine i got was the official magazine, despite being £5 it was the demo CD that really appealed to me and I played it to death. But over the next couple of months I found myself playing the demos less and less. I decided this was a waste of money and decided to get a different magazine. I then got PLAY, and really I didn't find it very interesting. The whole thing was just dull to read. I was stuck on Resident Evil 2 at the time and then noticed Power in the shop with a free RE2 guide on the front. Not only was the guide very helpful, I found the magazine colourful, interesting and humourous. Since that day a year and a half ago I have got POWER every month and have had no need to get a different magazine. The price may have increased slightly, but the quality has definetly not diminished and there is a tips book or a free gift every month now. I have bought several games on the strength of their accurate reviews and have not been disappointed.
Hmmm, no CD on the cover like its rivals, but then for just under 3 quid what did you expect? Gamers need a break and magazines should provide that, not more games on a demo disk. PSX Power does what it sets out to do, and that is to inform gamers of current popular games, cheats that are available, reviewing upcoming releases, and providing news of what is going on in the gaming industry as a whole. This glossy number is very well set out and very readable too, some of the tongue in cheek articles are great fun, and the competitions are well worth going in for, with some great prizes. Check it out.
Playstation Power is a good magazine packed with many features. Although there is no demo CD like in some Playstation magazines it is a lot cheaper and makes up for that with loads of reviews and previews. The cheats section is good and it has a great list of the games currently available at the back. They speak the truth when reviewing. They have a page telling you when games are coming out which is useful. Overall a good magazine.