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Thought of doing something a bit different and after reading 2 or 3 mag reviews, I though I do one on my favourite Playstation mag that I buy every month.
== WHAT YOU GET ==
The magazine of course you get which is called PSW (Playstation World), which has the name along the top of the mag with a nice big clear image which draws your attention to it when browsing the selves in your corner shop of a character or a car from one of the main games in the mag of the mouth. Theres also sometimes a few other names and images on the front of other games that are reviewed.
The Dvd Disc thats comes with it, which can be played through your pc as well. The contents of the Dvd is shown on the case and also in the back of the mag which includes a News section videos of the newly announced games, also a big section of videos to watch under Coming Soon and Out Now menu.
Theres a Bonus section which has 1 or 2 videos of the making of a game or an interview with an actor or developer of a game. Not only will that lot take you sometime the get through, theres also section of videos for PSP, Playstation 3 and also download able save games for your psp games which has to be access by your Pc.
As this is not an official PS2 mag, it will not contain playable demos but does have way more videos to watch and as result its cheaper at the price of £3.99 where as the official mag is about £5.49.
One last thing, which you get with most of its issues, is a free booklet that has a few walkthrough guides of the latest games and also packed with the newest cheats not only for the PS2 but also the PSP.
==CONTENTS OF THE MAG==
The mag starts of with its own contents of the mag with all the reviews, previews and anything else with the page number next to it so you can skip start to that page if theres something that interests you the most.
-GLOBAL- This is the first section of the mag which has info and news of any latest accessories like PS3, PSP, gamepads, TVs, price drops, new games and at the end of this area theres a top 10 chart of games that are selling the best at the moment and a five month planner which is the release dates of games, along with psw picks that are about 5 games the people at psw at looking forward to the most.
-SCREENTEST- The second section is a mix of news and previews; here you find the first images and info of new games that are being made. Along with that, theres the product info like, the developer, release date, if its online and so on. The other thing I find most interesting is Need To Know which are a few facts of the game and company like who does the voice acting, when the first ever game was released, companies founded date and games sold.
-PREVIEWS- This section is similar to screentest just that its contents much more info ranging from 2-4, sometimes more pages which has extra info of special features that it has, also a few facts on the game and its company. Reading this section gives you a very good idea whats the games about and whats involved in the gameplay. The reason you get much more info is that the game magazines get a preview game, which is a version of the game thats still a working title.
-REVIEWS- Then comes the next section of the reviews; here you find games that are out or a month or so to the release. This section is here to say if any games should be snapped up straight away or turn your head away if its on the self of a shop. The review gives you all the necessary info and detail on anything that stands out as being new or just plain amazingly better than any other games out, if its the other type of game, they will make sure to get there point across to not waste your money on.
Psw verdict on games are given points out of 10 on graphics, sounds and gameplay, along with a few uppers and downers of the game and to finish it of a score out of 10 and there final comment.
-PSP- This small section is devoted to the psp, where you find the latest news and features of the psp, along with a few reviews and previews, Very helpful for those you have a psp as well.
-LETTERS- Coming near to the end of the mag is the letters from gamers that are sent in by post or email. I find this section one of the first things I read as I find it interesting reading others opinions and as they are short the n dont drag on, with 3 pages of letters and the one being the letter of the month at the first wins a game that has recently been released.
-GAME BREAKER- & -WORLD OF WEIRD- Here you have 3 pages, nicely laid out with images of some of the newest cheats for the latest games, along with a few more letters that are just asking for cheats, tips, hints on games that gamers are stuck on.
The world of weird section shows images and info of things that you unlock, stuff you can do, things you see, glitches and other things that are very weird and odd, here you also can win a game if you find anything that you send it and if they print it.
-WIN, WIN AND WIN- Nearly at the end of my review and the mag, you have a competition where you can usually win something like a big TV, DVD player and DVD to go with it. To enter this you can go to the web link it tells you or something an email or phone call to win over £1000 worth of stuff.
PSW Challenges are next to that page which gives you a challenge on 3 different games which you must send you enters in by a video or some prove of completion and the winner of the top of the table gets a pad and a game for each of the 3 challenges.
-ESSENTIAL 50- This page gets updated every week if there are any better games released that should be in your top 50 games collection. With the front cover and final score you can turn straight to the page if you missed any issues to see if theres any must have games. What I also like is it gives me a good feeling once you have counted all the games you have on the top 50 list to see if you made the right decision what to buy.
-NEXT MONTH- The next page of any interested as there are a few ads in the back, is the next issue, here it tells you whats the next big game feature, whats in the mag and also in the DVD, finally the must important is the date the next issue is in the shops for sale as you dont want to miss another mag.
-MY FINAL THOUGH- The reason I like this mag better than any other mag including the official mag is that the reviews are more accurate and the scores are more fair. The laid out is good as you can find what you want easily and has everything in the mag you need, plus theres the DVD thats packed full of videos, making the hole package a very good price at £3.99.
With all of what you get as its cheaper then any other mag, you can see why it has The UKs Best-Selling Independent Playstation Mag at the top of the mag.
Hope you enjoying reading my review on the PSW mag, and think about buying it if you want to catch up with the latest.
To have a clear opinion of anything, you need to know what the alternatives are and what each of them uniquely fulfills. Official PlayStation 2 has it's place as the FHM of PS2 games magazines - unstopably popular but oh so dull. PSM2 (not mentioned yet in this section) is Dazed and Confused, totally knowing of all things that's good and cool about gaming. So what about PSW? It's the gamer's Loaded, and it's almost as bad... Don't believe this? They even gave away a free copy of Loaded with one of their issues - how's that for clear association? Clearly more interested in telling you jokes and making fun of all the geeky things associated to gaming, it's almost quite un-subtle how the creators of this mag have a sense of contempt for those of you who read their mag. They only have one agenda, and that's to outsell every other mag there is on the market (currently the number 3 best selling games mag) by deceiving you with seemingly entertaining writing, lacking clear unbiased information or even in-depth opinions. It's one big joke of a read, and if you find it funny then you're clearly buying the mag for the wrong reasons. Here's proof of the mag's ridiculous aims. The editor's long time girlfriend happens to be the PR Manager of Ubi Soft, a games publisher of such tat as Dukes of Hazard. Their policy tends is to not allow magazines to look at their low quality products until at least a million of you have wasted your cash on it. But not so with PSW. Does anyone know Flintstone's Bowling? If you do, then more's the pity. Games magazines got to review this game months after its release, giving a low rating to the savvy games buying public far too late to make any difference to the sales of the game. But PSW managed to promote it well, by letting three kids at early reading ages rate and review the game. The unprecedented gesture allowed the magazine to say that only kids would like Fli
ntstone's Bowling, but not a word on how utterly rubbish it is for anyone who has good taste in games. And the publisher of Flintstone's Bowling? Yup, Ubi Soft... So in short, the enlightened (or even cynical) among you should look elsewhere for unbiased, non-propaganda led information of the past time you love so much - playing games. If you really want to enjoy the 'fun' of PSW, you're better off reading the game reviews in FHM.
Previously known as Playstation World, apparently Sony decided to clamp down on magazines bearing the name of their baby, so PSW it is. Sony would much rather you read the “Official UK Playstation magazine”, a title that tends to put more of a favourable spin on Sony’s console and the games available for it than the unofficial publications. In contrast to the aforementioned title, PSW offers reasonable value for money. At £3.49 a month, it undercuts its rival title by £1.50, and comes with a free cover DVD instead of the CD provided with the offical magazine. The DVD is a big attraction of the magazine, containing reviews of all the latest games and previews of those in the pipeline. It can make a big difference to see what a game looks like running before you decide to splash out on it, rather than relying on static screenshots. The DVD also contains movie trailers for the latest big releases. Thankfully PSW appears to be aimed at a more mature reader than many of the console magazines available (you know, the ones that give you free posters of the latest games). Reviews are suitably in-depth, and give you a good impression of what a game is really like. Too many games magazines forget that to the average person, £30-40 is a lot to spend on a single game. PSW at least appreciates that if you’re spending that sort of money, you want something of lasting quality and appeal. As you might expect, the coverage is almost entirely devoted to PS2, although there is a small reviews section for PSOne games. If you haven’t yet traded up, it’s unlikely there’ll be enough in here to keep you interested (although it may well tempt you into splashing out on a PS2 when you see some of the screenshots). Towards the back of the magazine is a short DVD review section, which interestingly seems to contain as many reviews of “cult” titles as the more mainstream releases. It could do with
out the “porn corner” review though, completely out of place in a magazine that is potentially bought by a wide age range. Overall the magazine contains a decent mix of game news and reviews. The one thing that really makes it stand out from the crowd, however, is the cover DVD. At a reasonable price, PSW is worth a look if you want to check on the latest games for the PS2.
PSW? Where to begin? I will say this for them, their DVD is by far the best out there, with detailed coverage of all the newest games and a superb audio commentary. Then again, we're not reviewing the DVD, are we? The magazine itself is a hopelessly peurile piece of trash, so obviously aimed at teenage boys that it splashes unrelated pics of women's bodies and breasts over nearly every page in a pathetic attempt at titilation. It completely fails to address any of the serious letters it recieves, instead going for a 'hilarious' reply, and even goes as far off on a tangent as reviewing ice-creams ( ?!? ). The reviewers themselves are ill-informed and clumsy in their style, one of them going so far as to ruin the PS2 title Z.O.E when he revealed a plot-twist halfway through the review because he couldn't think of anything else to say. They keep praising the PS2 as a grail of gaming, which anyone will tell you has yet to fufill a tenth of it's potential, and in their DVD reviews they have a section called 'porn corner' in which they review the latest 'adult' title - I'm not a prude but this has nothing to do with games, does it? In conclusion? Buy it for the DVD ( if you must ) and throw away the mag, don't read it - you'll only come away feeling a little sleazy for the priviledge.
This magazine is without a doubt the best Playstation 2 magazine out right now, and at only 3.49 pounds it is a real bargain!! You are given a DVD which is far, far better than all the other ones you’re given in other mags. This one actually has past reviews and a lady speaking to you about the latest news on the PS2. There are also narrated film reviews, usually 4 each issue. This is just incredible and can’t be beaten, not in a million years. It heavily excels every other PS2 mag on the planet. Theatrical trailers are also included with those soon to be released films! Every PS2 game reviewed by PSW you can go back to on the DVD and read a short review and rating, how good is that! Every week there are very useful reviews and previews of the latest games to be released, as well as some excellent DVD reviews in the mag as well. It is just beyond belief that it is under 4 quid!! Charts are also included monthly as well, displaying all the popular games that have been bought recently. In July’s magazine you’ll be given a very handy Gran Turismo 3 booklet, supplying very useful tips for what is going to be an outstanding games. It told me about the licences and different areas which will be included with the games. As soon as you start reading this mag, you will be hooked for a long time until another outstanding magazine is released, and it will be a long time until anything comes in the way of this!! So, what are you waiting for, go out and BUY this mag! It’s the best in the country so far. You will see this Mag displayed in good newsagents with big lettering which says PSW across the top. The official PS2 mag is good, but this is better ------------------------------------------ This Months Issue (July 2001 when written) ------------------------------------------ Playstation World is an independent magazine, which has many previews per month. This month (July 30, 2001) they inclu
de: Time Crisis 2 WWF Smackdown! Just Bring it Agent Under Fire Tekken 4 Onimusha 2 Jurassic Park 3 The front cover includes James Bond about to shoot at the screen, like you see at the start of all 007 movies. There are some great videos as well of the latest games to be released. I saw the GT3 Formula 1 race with the 6 different F1 cars from different years. The race was at Cote D’Azur. There was also a great video with some useful news on Silent Scope 2, which showed us some great images. This is only typical of the magazine. There are rumours in the mag that Whitney Houston will star in the new bond film, so far called Bond 20. A statement has yet to officially name the new film. Feel free to leave an honest comment. Thanks for reading.
PSW is one of many Playstation/Playstation2 magazines. With the PC it’s a different matter altogether of course as there isn’t such a thing as an ‘official’ magazine but with consoles of course the ‘official’ magazines usually rule the roost. Sony have certainly made that the case with the official Playstation and Playstation 2 magazines as they are the only ones that can provide playable demo discs with the mag. You would think that based on this the other magazines would struggle to compete but that has been proven entirely wrong by PSW magazine. For starters PSW is £3.49 instead of £4.99 and it still includes a DVD although as mentioned above it doesn’t contain any playable games. What it does include though (generally) is over an hour of games footage, news and reviews – more about the DVD later though. The Mag: As with almost all magazines the format isn’t anything out of the ordinary. It’s a glossy mag that has a definite ‘quality’ feel about it and the screenshots and written information is very good throughout. At the beginning the index is found (which is of course very sensible I’m sure you’ll agree even if you’re occasionally know to think stupid thoughts!). Nothing too in depth about the index, just covering the main parts of the magazine: Global – What’s going on the world of PS2, all the latest rumours, news snippets and screenshots. If it’s just happened then this is where you will find out about it. Previews – An essential part of any magazine, here you can see the latest official info on games that are due to emerge in the very near future. It usually gives a rough idea of how good the finished product should be. The previews are very detailed although you’ll find that the more highly anticipated games will of course get the larger portion of coverage. Reviews R
11; This is what it’s all about. Are you going to spend £40 on a dodgy game? Not if PSW can help it. The reviews are probably the crucial part of any magazine and PSW appear to speak their mind when it’s felt necessary. They don’t mind praising a title if it’s good though so you can be sure that you’ll know if they like it or not. The ratings are very simple (out of ten) and there are three categories on which the games are judged – Graphics, Sound and Lifespan as well as a short list of good and bad points. Very much like a Dooyoo review really (and we all know that this can’t be a bad thing!!). There is a PSone section too so if you’re still partial to the occasional older title you can find out about what’s hot or not here. A readers section is present as of course is a help and tips section if you’re struggling on a particular title. A walkthrough is given for a couple of games each issue too just in case you’re having some serious trouble. The walkthroughs are for recent titles too so don’t panic if you’ve got the latest game and you’re stuck. Other than that the magazine contains a ‘browser’ section which gives you information about various bits of entertainment including DVD movie releases and gadgets that are available for the lovely PS2. The DVD: Each month PSW comes complete with a DVD. What can I say about this? Well, it’s VERY impressive that’s for certain. You can play it on a DVD player or your PS2 so it's also a good way to see how good it all is before you buy a PS2 if you're still not convinced. There is around an hour of content and the transfer from the original source appears to be almost perfect. Recently there has been much attention for the imminent release of Gran Turismo 3 and there has been plenty of footage on the DVD including a multi-angle option where you can choose between the on-car an
d replay view. Even the start-up screen for the disc is very impressive and you wouldn’t be ashamed if this was how the actual console started up!! From the main menu (along with decent music) you can choose the various options including News, Previews and Reviews as well as a back catalogue of PS2 info. Forget the magazine, the DVD is worth the cover price alone so for the mag AND DVD £3.49 is an excellent price. You can of course subscribe but the saving is absolutely minimal. (£35.88 for 12 issues) If you want an honest and impartial opinion backed up with quality text and pictures then this is definitely the mag for you. If you MUST have playable demos then get the official mag too but at this price PSW is an essential companion for every PS2 owner. MR.COATES
PSW as they like to be know produce a four weekly magazine about, you guessed it, everything playstation. PSW is about the same size as most ps2 mags, around 150 pages but that's where the similarities end. In a very crowded market PSW stands out from the crowd with its informative + fun to read reviews, all the very latest news from around the world, the latest tips, dvd reviews, interviews with industry insiders and a helpful question and answer page.Yes you are right, you get the above in most mags but no where else will you get the most honest reviews written by a team that feels very strongly about gaming. There's more, PSW's layout has recently been revamped with a new look and a better layout which you get for £3.49-this is good value but they also throw in a dvd aswell which makes this an essential purchase. ON THE DVD: -The latest news/previews/reviews in detail, with footage and if you like, a voiceover to save your eyes. -Also included are a few trailers for up and coming cinema/dvd releases... and if you miss an issue(which you shouldn't!)there are listings of all previous reviews. TRY AN ISSUE NOW!.
I bought this magazine about 3 times now and they make every attemp to put womens normally covered parts in the magazine at any chance they get. It's just uncalled for. Other than this problem (which really isn't all that bad) this is a good magazine. There are good reviews in it, and I like extras that you get with magazines, you now get a DVD on every magazine showcasing the latest games. There aren't any demos for if you had a PS2 but the footage on it is top quality. They do have reviews of the most recent games, which are good reviews. They had a very good review on Gran Turismo 2 (but then I do love Gran Turismo and most driving games). It is well split up with screenshots from the games they review, which is always good to see, and most are good screenshots (could be of better quality though). I still do buy this magazine the odd time, but only because it is one of the cheapest PlayStation magaines. If you just want a games magazine i'd recommend either Computer and Video games, or GamesMaster. Tybalt
For years there have been PS mags charging £5 for a slim magazine filled with adverts and biased reviews. It was a great offer which intrigued me to buy this instead of the official Playstation mag which I usually bought. I noticed it was only £3, had nearly 300 pages and a free 15 slot memory card. I thought the magazine would be full of adverts and crappy reviews, but I actually found the reviews to be in depth, and it had far less adverts filling it than it's competitors. The only downside is there is never a demo but for £3 you get a lot, there is always over 150 pages, sometimes verging on 300, and this is not just all game reviews. There are some interesting game industry related articles, many funny comments (though just as many not funny, though that is still better than most) and about 20-40 pages of solutions/cheats in every issue. This magazine is much better value than its competitors, in temr of quantity AND quality.
So you want to be a millionaire via the new play station game? I did as well. We brought the game, sat down for some fun and games...got up to 32,000 without using any life lines, the the questions got harder...we used the internet for the answers, and eventually we got up to 1 Million, got the question right and...what a disapointment it was. We were under the impression that you actually had a chance to win some real cash, how wrong we were. All it was, was Chris Tarrent telling you that you had one a million and would you like to play again!! The game itself is very basic, the questions similar to those off the TV. I personally found it more fun played with a group of people and I'm just very dissapointed there was no real cash involved!! Overall a good, fun game for all the family to play and enjoy.
Probably the best Playstation magazine to be out there at the moment. It has great features on all the latest releases, superb articles on upcoming games and plenty of game strategies for everyone to try. Recent excellent articles were on the new Playstation 2 which told me everything I needed to know about what it can do (cant wait to get my hands on one!) This magazine seems to have more than any other Playstation mag i have purchased and I just hope it doesnt fall away like all the others.