I am always quite skeptical about official videogame magazines, as the question always arises; what's in it for them to be impartial? People are always going to buy the official mags, but if they're affiliated with Sony, why would they be honest about a bad game. Particularly notable is the Driv3r incident, where they, along with several other gaming publications, were paid to give the game a positive review despite it playing like a piece of crap!
The magazine is at least quite comprehensive, covering not only the PS3, but the PSP also and virtually any sort of hardware of software associated with Sony. Each issue is normally in a glossy cover, which includes some sort of a free gift (although frankly I'd much rather have more demos!). The mag also comes with a Blu Ray disc with some demos on it, although this is a bit more redunant these days if you've got an Internet connection because they can mostly just be downloaded from the PSN.
The mag has all of the news, reviews, and previews you'd expect, but my main issue is that it seems quite robotic and devoid of personality, no doubt because it is representing Sony in an "official" capacity. The content is generally quite serious in tone and it is rare that they crack jokes or show themselves to have any sort of personality, which is a shame. On the plus side, though, they're not as biased as I expected, and there are a lot of exclusives in here that other mags simply wouldn't be able to obtain because they're not the "insider" magazine.
This isn't cheap, though, and retails at £5.99, which is a bit much when you've probably downloaded most of the demos for free anyway. For the robotic house style, I don't think it's worth it, but I would read it if someone else had bought it.
Official Playstation Magazine is the publication that is there to offer up all the information, news and reviews of what is happening on the range of Sonys hugely successful gaming platform.
The magazine comes packaged each month in a plastic wrap to allow you to see that it has not been tampered with as the magazine normally comes with a demo disc offering up videos and playable content to give a true idea of what is to come or already on offer.
Once you have torn into the packaging and get your hands on the magazine you find a well made and shiny offering which is full of excellent information on Playstation and what is up and coming with their products (PSP, PSPGo, PS3 Slimline, etc) and any developments that are on the way for their existing line up (BBC Iplayer online with PS3). The magazine also gives you information on what developers are working on and any future offerings that maybe coming in the near future in the gaming market (with such products as Final Fantasty having large amounts of information starting to come out thanks to developers feeding this to this magazine).
So why pick this up when you have the online store to get free demos anyway? Simply put I purchase this because it is full of good information and reviews so after reading the review I then may decide I quite fancy trying it and take the time to download the demo.
Excellent pictures, photos, interviews with developers, reviews, news, information and readers thoughts are on offer and help to make this a truly brilliant magazine that is on offer once a month and worth a read despite the price being somewhat high (normally about a fiver but subscriptions available).
- Exclusive content and information
- Free demo disc
- Well produced magazine
- Excellent photos, pictures, information, news, reviews and interviews
- Packaged well so you can see it hasn't lost any content
- Entertaining read
- Somewhat expensive
This is worth a read even if it is just to decide what demos you fancy downloading.
As there hasn't been any recent updates or reviews on this magazine, I thought I'd add my opinion on how this mag covers the new and next gen modern gaming world.
The Official Playstation Magazine (OPM) is one of several available magazine which covers all things playstation, not only games but also devices, HD issues and how the playstation is measuring up to other consoles. It normally comes packaged in a plastic covering which tells the consumer what is featured inside that issue and the free gift inside that edition. These can range from a poster to a cheats book to a walk through guide etc and nowadays comes also with a free blueray demo disk to play the latest developed games etc.
So what is the writing like? It's similar really to many other game magazines in the way it writes on games. Perhaps a tad more serious and less opinionated as it is deemed "official." However, it is rarely biased and takes every game as they are and at most times will give a fair score. There are times though when you think, how did that game ever get that score? etc.
So the mag covers ps3 which probs makes up about 60% of the mag, PSP making up about 10% and ps2 another 10% approx, and normally gets smaller for ps2 each time due to little games being released. The rest of the mag is score tables, mail, advertising and reviews on ps products. So the make-up is similar to other mags. The mag also has exclusives for the official mag only on the latest games etc.
It is available at almost any paper or mag store, and nowadays costs 5.99 pounds. So is it worth it? 13 issues are released a year and you can suscribe to get some money off, however there are other similar ps3 mags out there for around 2 or 3 pounds less. It depends really if you enjoy their style of writing and think if it's worth to pay the extra. In my opinion it is pretty dear for what it offers, but you do get a free blueray demo which makes it seem the better. So it's one to be left up to you.
Way back in November 1995, a new magazine was launched alongside a new console. July 2003, next month, that same magazine will be printing it's 100th issue, covering all things concerned with the most succesful game system in history. PlayStation and 'The Official UK PlayStation Magazine' (OPM) have pretty much gone hand-in-hand over the last few years as support for PlayStation software elsewhere has all but evaporated completely. Like the PlayStation, OPM have had their ups and downs, but have pulled through against all the odds when many thought they would be gone by their 80th issue. The first issue of the magazine that I got hold of was #37 - August or September, I think, of 1998. I was intrigued by the fact that adorning the cover was a strange creature with vivid pink hair, diving on a pig (Tombi). I recall the my mum was none to pleased that I had spent a fiver on a magazine, but what can you do? It had a demo disc on the cover which (shock, horror) actually allowed you to play small portions of soon to be released games. Over time as I got a little older and a tiny bit wiser I began to read the reviews more closely, instead of rushing straight to the end to see a brief summary and a score. I have always respected OPM greatly for doing in-depth reviews that looked at both the postive and the negative sides of games thoroughly, and they were never (and still aren't) biased for or against a particular license or genre of game. Whilst many magazines were all to hastey in their judgement of certain titles with poor graphics or a naff opening few hours play, OPM had the guts to award games like Shadowman and Hydro Thunder the good scores they deserved. Over the last couple of years, the magazine has understandabley been getting thinner because of the dimishing quantities of new games, and demo discs no longer deliver slices of new games, instead their are almost always a selection of older demos nowadays. This policy is a bit hit-and-m
iss really - new gamers to PlayStation can sample a variety of games from the PlayStation portfolio, but experienced gamers and loyal readers will find them a waste of money. The magazine has stubbornly stayed at £5 despite the occasional protest from readers. Many magazines change their layouts and styles from time to time, but the only major shake-up in OPM's history was around issue #70, early-mid 2001. In place of the drab-and-muted but stylish-and-informative mag of old was a much more casual, humourous approach with odd features and garishly bright colours. It seemed a disaster at first, but in time became oddly endearing. With this era of OPM however came a number of niggles that were uncharacteristic of the quality production it was always considered to be. Reviews suddenly became a lot shorter and would often leave many questions about a game unanswered, some are now as short as half-a-page (including pictures!). The magazine, as mentinoed previously, is not as long as it used to be and it is easy to spot half a dozen text-based mistakes (often pointed out by readers) every issue. This means spelling errors, mis-information and sometimes even their quiz doesn't provide a correct answer! That's not to say its a bad publication but these mistakes are absolutely routine and frankly, shouldn't be their. I would have thought they would have a spelling/grammer checker on their computers or even hire a proof-reader to iron out text gaffs. Despite it having been the most expensive video games magazine of its time, there are very few PlayStation gamers who haven't bought at least one copy. At it's height (from records i've seen, February 1999, Issue #42 is the highest-selling) it was shifting just short of half a million copies an issue, and is still selling tens of thousands now. OPM has a very long, involved past - seven and a half years, several editors (a new one moved in this month, Issue#99!), more than 1,200 game review
s and have built a reputation wherby they are known for decent coverage. By best memory of 'The Official UK PlayStation Magazine' was probably waiting to see how good Namco's Ridge Racer Type 4 was to be partly because it was the first Ridge Racer game in ages and people had said their was no chance that the arcade racer could take back the racing crown from Gran Turismo. Speculation and anticipation had been building for what seemed like forever until OPM finally delivered their verdict on it in Issue #45. Other highlights were the truly excellent reviews of Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill which both recieved 10/10. The legendary score of 10/10 has appeared only a handful of times in the past, and were mainly awarded to more than one game in a series: all FIVE 'Tomb Raider's, two Drivers, two Spyro's, two ISS/Pro Evo's, two Grand Turismo's, two Tekken's and three Final Fantasy's, among just a few others in what is considered a fairly exclusive club. Something in the region of 1 in 50 games would get a 10/10 - two or three a year. The 100th issue may or may not be the last issue of the magazine I buy, but it shouldn't outstay its welcome - it should be able to adequately cover new software and not continually look to the past for new features, which it hasn't been able to do since the start of 2003. It may not be as good as it used to be but lets face it, no other PlayStation-exclusive magazine could have lasted 100 issues, as the competiton all had to 'upgrade' to PS2. I salute you OPM!
If you have recently started buying playstion magazines, or are planning to i would'nt buy this one. it is called official uk playstation magazine. not official uk playstation 2 mag. I had bought this magazine for months and months before the ps2 came out but now there is no point buying it if you own a ps1 and not a ps2. I once bought this magazine about a month after the ps2 came out and i probably will not buy it again, or not as often. I looked though expecting to see all the cool ps1 reviews. But what did i find, but ps2 reviews out of the whole playstation one mag i found about 5 reviews for ps1, and about 5 for ps2. But there is a mag out by the same people for ps2. other than that the magazine is packed with cheats, Compotitions and loads of other stuff. And the reviews are very good, with lots of pictures and you can sit there and read them ( if you're into that.) whish i often do( even though i dont own a ps2) Overall: i think this was a good magazine, it is still ok, the reviews are excelent and clear walkthoughs.I think the magazine is a bit pricey at £4.99 an issue but it comes with a cool demo, normally with loads of new games on it and somtimes some cheats that you can dowload to your memory card.
I've been a subscriber to the magazine fondly referred to as OPM (Offical Playstation Magazine) for a few years now and have ammounted a huge stack of those cover CD's which attracted me in the first place. Sadly the magazine has now become a victim of the Playstation's demise in the face of the now mighty Playstation 2. I used to look forward to that hefty thumb on the doormat as nearly 200 pages packed with previews, news, reviews, game guides and letters hit the floor. There always used to be a healthy selection of interesting news articles to read, as well as a proliferation of quality reviews of genuinely entertaining games backed up by the odd feature to keep the reader entertained. Now the magazine has shrunk in size and now barely manages 100 pages, with the lack of any real news, new games or playstation developments of any kind being replaced by a bunch of 'new' cheap features. Enter the 'cheats daddy', 'tat attack' printed text messages (whatever next?) and endless game 'challenges'. The way the magazines target demographic has been slowly downgraded to pre-school level is nothing short of shocking. Quality control really has hit a new low not seen since the Official Nintendo Magazine hit the shelves. The CD used to be one of the best things about the magazine. The demos provided used to be fresh and a genuinely good way to check out those potential purchases. Due to a lack of games the CD now contains repeats of previous demo's and a selection of 'classic' titles and Zaroze (remember?) mini-games, which is fine for those who have just purchased their Playstation - but if you've had your Playstation and bought the magazine for a while then it's just frustrating and utterly useless. I do feel almost sorry for the sharp demize of a market leading trail blazer, but it's not too late for Future Publishing to turn off the life support and let the old dog
die a gracefull death.
It's not the dawn of the technological era but good things have to come to an end eventually, and well, as sad as it makes me feel, this has to come to an end too. PSM, so devoted to their console and the games and the publishers that they have slaved away for goodness knows how long at it, all for a good cause! I have lost track of the amounts of the magazine I have, a loyal fan from day one and it brings a tear to my eye to think that I shall never again se the witty remarks and snipes of the PSM crew once PSONE makes it way to concole history and legend. But looking at it seriously, it has had a good run. Voted as one of the best consumer guides around, intelligent reviews, debates of the top class and always leaving room open for criticism. It's the sign of a good magazine if they take that criticism, after all, we are just human after all. I can still sit and idly flick through an old copy of psm, and smile. Over the years it has gone through some radical changes... Look wise and crew wise. The look, in the beginning was function, glossy and with characters embossed upon the front as a mark of pride for the people who read it. After all, you can never get enough of seeing Lara Croft's backside stuck out at you <sarcasm>. That's one thing that always annoyed me about other magazines. The blatantly sexist way they went about things. Im talking some of these other playstation magazines. Ok, so I am sure they knew what they talked about but contsantly showing half naked women, One magazine flaunted double en tendre in such a way I was utterly disgusted. Hello, girls can game just as well as boys. I may not be the best racer about, but I can damn well lay the Smackdown upon you, I rule at Tekken and Soulblade and you don't stand a chance if you even come NEAR me at Streetfighter. But oh, wait, Im also good at shooters too. Quake, MGS... need I go on? Games arent a purely male province, but also that of women too.
Get with the times some of you sexist, bigoted magazines out there! Dya really think women like showing their arses off to you? To them it's just money, to you it's a sprained wrist and an excuse for the stains on your bed covers. I know I'm getting angry but sometimes they do get on my nerves. Which is why I found PSM to be so different. Never once sexist or ruling out a sex because "they cant play" they just gave the facts and the reviews. Thats what I wanted. Thats what the public needed. The reviews they gave were comprehensive and honest, marked simply out of ten on several accounts. Easily set out, and easy to follow for those poor people out there who suffer increments of Blonde Moments, they gave the good and the bad and weren't afraid to laugh at games! Recently they even devoted a section to released games that should get smashed and are named and shamed. Previews were amazing, with a japanese contact they were able to get info from across the water and ells of land, from the far east, get low downs on the games and makes educated guesses as to what they would be like when they came out. Having games lists at the back helped me a lot. I knew what game I wanted, knew what it was like but had missed the review so in the back they stuck up lists of recent RECENT games and gave small mini views on them so the concientious buyer could look at it and see what it was given marks wise and view wise. Thats how I managed to find Breath of Fire 3. Also the charts put up every month was another good way of judging not only what other people played with their "what they're playing" boxes but also of judging the crowd consumption and what they would rather see reviewed and talked about more. Top tips and secret codes were provided by powerline, also a nifty number to call but be warned, the system can get so confusing you end up spending more money than anticipated... not like I would know of course.. ^__^
Other snippets of news and new things to come were contained in the tempting first pages, of the exhibitions they went to and stuff. I have to say, if any magazine has done more for the playstation it was PSM official. Oh, and then there's the demo disk. I mean come on! Allows you to play and preview a game for yourself, with cool nifty competitions in the back of the mag! What are you waiting for! People out there used to be able to programme for the PS and their games were the Net Yaroze game. Im still addicted to the devilish fun of Super Bub... I raise my hat to you... well, If I WAS wearing one I would... PSM remains a defining mag and although soon I am planning to be a PS2 owner and will have to start buying that, I love my PS1 and will buy PSM for as long as the little grey box lives on. It's non biased and easy to read, fluid in text and manner. Try reading it, You'd be surprised... Welcome to the Third Place ^__^ 'Rith xx
When this magzine came out it was one of the best. It had everything cover cd, Great reviews, great news before any other magazine could get it. But now its well just another magazine. The thing that made this magazine most attractive was the cover cd on the front. This came with lots of videos and demos of new games. When it first came out it had uup to 12 demos on it ow it contains about 5. The reviews in the magazine are okay i guess there nothing special. They have all the nfomaion you need to know and contain ots of screen shots. At the back of the magazine they review pretty much evey ame on the planet (for the playstation) so if your not sure if you want to buy a game then it will be i there to help you make your choice. This magazine is okay, in allrespect its a bit of a shame about the lack of demos. I wouldnt pay £5 for it an ore though. Its up to you. personaly i wouldnt.
I used to buy OPM in the PSX's younger days, but you have to admit that like all other console-related magazines (and PC magazines), the content is becoming more and more like a Maxim for adolescents - with half-decent women in tight clothes placed through the magazine to advertise a point of usually little value. If you want to look at nice girls, can I suggest the top shelf, if you can reach... Magazines like OPM should concentrate on the console and it's abilities, and not try to insult the readers with bimbos holding the latest games or hardware. There are enough spotty, sweaty geeks in the world, without turning our youth into a race of nerds, with no concept of real life. Playstation, and all other consoles are screwing with our collective heads, and turning us into couch potatoes, and anti-social beings.... Oh my god, where's my memory card, I must complete Command & Conquer NOW!!!!!! There's two guys at the door with white suits on, carrying a straighjacket.... Time for my medication Peace
OPSM was, at one time, a magazine full of interesting features, with a good cover CD, and would have been given three stars on here. But no longer ... Some things have stayed the same. The reviews are still dire, biased and hype-driven. A new Tomb Raider game will get 10/10, even if it consists of Lara jumping onto a box and saying "That's it!" ... OK, maybe a slight exaggeration. But if a game's been touted as the Next Good Thing by OPSM, they won't have the guts to admit that it is, in fact, pap. The previews are vaguely interesting, although as fewer games are being written for the PSone, they're starting to focus on more and more obscure titles. Also, the writing style is falling dramatically in quality - previews are slowly becoming as hyped and biased as the reviews. News is dreadful, often very late and sometimes inaccurate. And the letters come from, in the majority, people who wouldn't know who Nintendo or Sega were if they bit them on the nose. Sorry OPSM, you've degraded to a pitiful rag now. Even your one saving point - the demo disc - now often has old demos instead of new ones. I won't be renewing my subscription.
Since I got my Playstation in the Christmas of 1998, I have been buying the Official UK Playstation Magazine (OPM). I actually brought my first issue in February 1999, which was issue number 42. It came with a demo disc packed with 22 playable demos. About 12 of them were fore net yaroze, which I do not have, a clue what it is but they were still good games. Some of them were actual full games but they were like the old retro games really, however they were still fun to play. Every month after that it came with 1 or 2 net yaroze games but in the summer it stopped putting them on the demo disc and I don’t know why. Since then, I have collected every issue without subscribing (yes I am stupid). Before Christmas, you would get about 160 pages and about 5 playable demos. However, in the last issue I brought (which is the march issue) it only has 130 pages and 1 playable demo. The reason for this is that because of Playstation 2 only a few more Playstation games are being released, so there is not much to put on the demo discs or in the magazine. I’ll tell you about the sections of OPM so you can learn more about what’s inside the issues. *Whenever I refer to this month, I mean the month of March 2001. THE SECTIONS OF THE MAGAZINE ------------------------------------------------- Blue Print – This section of OPM contains some of the cool games in production to give you a preview of what is going on with the developers. In this months section they have: the dukes of hazard 2, Batman: Gotham City racer and Power diggerz. At the end of the section, they give you a round up of same of the other games in development. They do this so if you see one you like you can save your money up. Previews – This part of OPM has the previews of finished games, which will be out in the next month or two. This month they only have 3 which is not surprising. They give detailed descriptions of th
e games and they have a little part called opinions on the game that they are previewing which gives the good and bad points of the games. Features – Every month the give detailed looks at certain games. This month they have an in-depth look to the game that started out as a cult horror film and finished as a resident evil style zombie carve up. Its Evil dead: Hail to the king. Reviews – Here is where OPM reviews the most recent games, which have hit the shelves in the stores. There are 22 this month but half of them are rubbish and next month there will be less. They give separate marks out of 10 for graphics, game play, and lifespan. They write bits about each and then the overall mark is an average of those three marks and is out of 10. On the CD – This section gives you the controls of the demo games on the free CD and they tell you a bit about the game and the demo. They tell you weather it is playable or not or if it is a video. They also have a CD challenge at the bottom of the game, where you have to phone a number answer the question and you would be in with a chance of winning that computer game. Top Secret – This is a hints and tips section, they give major solutions to one or two games and then cheats for several others. It is a very good section if you need help on games. They also have the Power Line phone number if you are in desperate need of help on your games. Feedback – This is were you send in your letters and have your say on games and the magazine. They answer your questions very well giving you lots of useful information. A-Z of games – This is where they have all the Playstation games ever all in one section. They give you the score out of ten for it and what magazine it appeared in e.g. issue 46. They also write a few sentences about each game. Loading – This section has all the top Playstation news. It gives you news about Playstation ga
mes, things like the tomb raider movie or just about the actual console. Overall, I love this magazine it is great for news, reviews, previews and everything else to do with Playstation. It is a shame that in the summer this will probably be no more. Because of the Playstation 2 there are no games, which will be made for Playstation after this year so why would OPM need to continue? I don’t really recommend this magazine because of the demo discs only having 1 or 2 games and it costing so much for useless information. I am going to give up on the magazine soon. I would give it full marks but because of its content now I won’t. Hope this helps you. :O)
Having bought this magazine from issue one (and bought EVERY issue since) I know what this magazine is about. This magazine was absolutely amazing just over a year ago, but now I think that it has lost some of its class. When PS2 launched, the magazine's editor Mike Goldsmith moved on to Official PS2 Magazine and when I bought a PS2, I made this move also. The thing is, (as I still buy this magazine - I can still buy PSone games for my PS2), since Goldsmith left the magazine it has gone downhill. The demo discs fail to get me excited, the news is usually a month out of date and the features are getting more and more boring. This magazine is still better than any other PSone magazine (don't get me wrong), but it is nowhere near as good as it used to be.
I used to be an avid reader of this magazine up to a few months ago.I used to buy it every month,despite its rather high cover price.Don't get me wrong,out of all the playstation magazines this is the best one by a long shot. It has brilliant and clear full colour pictures,very good and comprehensive reviews,and the most up to date and thorough previews.The cover disc used to be brilliant,I would eagerly buy this magazine every month just to try out all the latest demos. Here is where the problem lies,over the past few months the content of the magazine has gone a bit downhill.it seems to have fallen a bit by the wayside since the whole PS2 thing came about.Believe me I want one of these more than practically anything,and I think it's a great machine;I don't want too much on it as I still have a little grey box instead. The cover disc is now full of game trailers,and different levels to the demo games on the disc a few months before.I was going to buy this months issue, but then I realised the disc was practically the same as last months and the months before. I still like this magazine,but what has happened?
the official playstation magazine. I think this magazine is a very informative and funny magazine about playstation games. The only problem with it's to expensive. This magazine costs £4.99 even though this comes out once a month for me it's just to expensive. I know many more magazines which are better maybe not as long or into detail but they give you all the right facts about the playstation game. eg. playstation power, playstation solutions etc. There just two that have some good facts and opinions on playstation games. It maybe unofficial but it's still a very good in depth magazine. I think sometimes the official magazine can get a lot of things wrong with games. So many games can be good but they rate it pretty bad. They have a lst of every game each month with ratings on them. They also have rankings of games each month with games at with the rankings going up to 40 games in it. Overall this magazine i would give a reasonable 7/10. Thanks for reading.
I've been colecting the Official UK Playstation Magazine for nearly 2 years now. I have every signle issue since then and I subscribed recently. The reason I subscribed is because this magazine is truly amazing. There is a demo disc with every issue which some say is "free" but the magazine's price is quite high a £4.99 but this is because of the demo disc. The disc usually has about 7 playable demos and a few videos for you to play and watch. There is a letter section so you can sed in your questions and if they're good enough, they'll get printed. Every month, there is a star letter and if you write the star letter you get the top 10 games from Game. There are a huge amount of reviews and previews of the latest Playstation games in the mag. They are each rated out of 10 and given at least a page each of writing. There are competitions to win games and other things too. Every month you can send in a picture of a game you would like to see on the shelves and if it's good enough, they'll make a proper cover for it and put it in the mag! There are also game tips in the centre pages of the magazine and in the recent edition there is a lot of news on the Playstation 2 and it's games. The layout of the magazine is fantastic and I think it is a brilliant magazine overall.