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The videogame is dead... Long live the gamevideo The yieeogame has out-evolved issell. There is already a disriner difference berween she gameplay ol a lew years ago and she experienees generased by today&apos;s aesrherio (ours-de-furce. wish the old slair systems. there was lisrle in the way ocslever graphics and sound to draw in the player. so Lhey had to rely on garneplay a that indescribable. intangible element that made is run, But as games e il rhey can still be relerred so as share have grown in siae, eornplexiry and vision, the gameplay element is now secondary m the atmosphere and involvemenr. This is no Side-effect ol narural seleeuon. but rhe resuh ofthe uncontrolled assiens ol programmers and designers. With the capaClty (0 show hntastic images and produce stunnlng sound. rhe apportioning olenergy and ei!ort has shifted irorn [he meehanies ol gameplay m rhe presernasion and erearlon ol a agameplzylng experience. RebeMssauIt is an exeellens example: so far, she closest thing so assually taking part in a ssar Wars movie; yet lacking in enjoyable gameplay. And the same Wllh Micmmsm, or Voyeur. or The 7th Guest. &apos;Classic&apos; games such as Tetris. SuperMario. Astemlds. even newer titles like Street Flghzer ll rely on the skills of response, reaonon and eoordinasion. Whereas lasrerday games e especially ones given the &apos;lreedoma of CD smrage A rely on visuals an aurals to pull you in. and A&lt;&lt;hen simply use garneplay as a means of taking you from one scene to another. The nexr step must be to merge the classical gameplay elemenrs l:th made these simple old games so enjoyable, wnh (he exquisise sound and graphics oi tuday&apos;s games. Then that would be somerhing.,. The future is almost here... edgeview vast unlew auizeSw m
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insideview The Las Vegas CES takes centre stage. with news olall the latest in videogame hardware and soi!mre a Saturn, Propaet Reality and more News This month Edge hauled ass to the CES in Las Vegas ior the latest inlo on Sega&apos;s Saturn, Nintendo&apos;s Proiect Reality and all the very best new game releases We also have exclusive details on a brand new Po compatible comaop. Sony&apos;s recent developers conlerente and the virtual Reality systems unveiled at the IAAPA show in Los Angeles was! daiew euizesum M 18 Charts Edge&apos;s ailrfcrma: charts, highlighting the best selling videogames lrom across the world Edge has lull details on Namoo&apos;s amlzmg Ridge Racer colnropi takes Mega Drive Virtual Racing lor a spi and meets Doom on the PC _a as 30 3D videogarnes: where they came irom. how they&apos;re made. and where they&apos;re going. Edge explores another dimension CD games will he soon be utilising the new-iound teehnology ol MPEG-eneoded iull-motion video. Edge explains how you get movies onto a co Edge rates the best ol this month&apos;s releases. Inciudlng Ralderl (Jaguat). Graund Zero Texas (Mega CD), Voyeur (CD4), and Night Trap (mo) 80 Recommended reading Future Publishing 7 makers oi Edge A also Prescreen Edge has all the major releases lrom the Las Vegas css. plus inrdepth looks at the Ridge Rater coin-op, and the grisly excellence or Doom (above) produce other i!ne videogames magazlnes... Archer MacLean Edge speaks to the man with the iastest accelerating street-legal car in the world 86 Subscribe Don&apos;t miss out have Edge delivered every month 88 Edge recruitment ii you&apos;re looking lor a job in the videoganies industry. Edge has the pages lot you 90 Letters Topics of dlscussiun this issue are: 3DO vs aasscreen )aguar; the res; and industry standards Including the world exclusive on 390 Total Etlipse; plus sequei mania: t Ganbare Goemorl 2, Mortal Kambut 2 and Alone In The Dark 1 (above) 94 Questions 8: Answers Your technical queries answere is the UK Jaguar Slower! How powerful is CD-l! And more Arc er MacLean V The sole author ol such classics 97 BaCk ISSUES as Dro iatirie. li&lt;~ :lrld jimmy White s Snooker. Archer MacLean is pl&apos;obabiy [he inst bastlovl ol the Over pro amng team. Edge quei his wet it past and pi .sent and on the Edge 7 enters the mysterious world oi PCs and advent oi the new super onseles blows the lid on Pioneer&apos;s LaserAtnve system 5 Catch up on these vital missed issues ol Edge E i
EDGE ni-zazine March 1994 Sega Saturn and Project Reallly at CES: full show report, page 6 Latest 390 releases at CES page 8 Sony PS-X: developers preview Sony&apos;s aawesome&apos; new console, page 12. . Arcade conversions for Pc games, page 14 . Vlrtual Reallty news from IAAPA, page 15 The very latest news from across the entire world of videogaming Winter CES a94: the main event Another six months means another Consumer Electronics Show. Edge braved the crowds in sunny Las Vegas atypo-ti nit-on Three cheers for Edge Arte: only rniir issues. the vidensame ndiislry has vol!!! Edge &apos;Magazlne or The rear&apos;, in the lane in cemnetitinn li-inn net enly UK games misalinesi out a whole host in European titles tee. As everyone knews, thunoh. laurel: are ler sticking un on the she&quot;, nnt resting on. Here&apos;s tn an even better &apos;9 L- van&quot; convulsion oenm (mi &apos;- spacious that it emitted a strangeiy mutea atmosphere. Eoth Javanese giants once again piayed their cards With a depressing predictability. Big games were on display in the term at Virtue Racing and Stunt Rice Fx, but to the mere eiseernina eye, istiit technology iooked for the firsttiine like it was eutstayirig its welcome The PC and 300, and to a much iesser extent, Jaguar aid their best to eclipse the abilities of Genesis and SNES, With the divismn between the Sophisticated games machine and the toy market ever widening. or eeiirse, Sega and Nintendo&apos;s luture -) ttenaanee numbers shat through the m veal, Stanas grew to immense nrouortians. Brice again the videeearnes inaustrv outsconsumed every other seetar of consumer Elzumnics. This was the winter Consumer Electronics Show which took place between the 6th and 9th or January in the veraciinis expanses al the Las Vegas Convention Center For the most part, this wmteras show rei!ected the recent changes in me industry For Sega, it meant another marginal victory over Nintenee, but then yini needed ta look hard lar praor And Nintenea&apos;s stand was so - few mu mini-u&quot;.
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EDGE mlgazme March 1594 NEWS arma. Illlm annals demo. A&lt;&lt;am an Nlmndo mu. (rm u.- lop) An Inning mm: mm In Iinu- enminl Imn land In mm mm: mm; Ind may on amen-mad buck mne- corn-op. And Vrrrua Soccer, which was an ongmaa toolhah game Usmq the same kmd ul spenacuaar pulygons and imaqmaIive a(amera&apos; anqtes Next, an extraordinary Platfurm game entranced the senators wnh rts rotoseooed ammahant But d was eashy the Daytona racmo dame |hat impressed the most e rt this was reauy Saturn m actroo then mayors are \iknaym he astonrshed wrth the hnrshed system. ultra case, texture manned poaygons hke these are more the hahmarh or seen proprrezary amodel 2&apos; arcade hoard tmodet 1 runs yrrrua Racing), And there&apos;s no douot that A&lt;&lt;hrs cohectron ot teasers, \eaves Nrntendo wrth some yery tough compelman Indeed In rnany ways leendo&apos;s Project Reahty caaims werz strh uncomiortabay hazy at CES, Vice oresrdent at marretrno, Pd&quot; Main, skmped around hrm techmtal soeczhcatmns whHe adoressmd the show on the i!rst day, and the onreahsheauy powertol Onyx demos drd lime to reassure the synies that Nintendu could dehyer sush power tor under 3250&apos; &apos;vapourwarea heLame the buzzword oi the leendo stand e an Onyx vacks tour MIPSedeshgned R4400 urdeessors, t-aeh docking at 150 MHL whrh- 551 engineers caawm that the leenda machme er onty have one MIPS custom cmpa wnh the assrstanee al a smeon Graumtsedeshgnad oroohres cooroerssor But men that the TV yersron of Project Reahty wrh address a screen vesommn roughh one quarter of the resohatinn used on Moon eraohros monitors, |he rnam uuestron peeote wen: askmq was how Lumparali!e the resohs wru oe.. Edge canat hem wondeer how many oeopte WxH he prepared to wart two years to und out. w caurse. the demos were Jaws drquqay good. No one could deny that Few people had ever seen such complex enwmumems hemg generated in reaHime al on trames a second before An arrhner woodhed rnto a runway and exmoded wrth drsturhmo reahsm, a tank was mampuaaled over some aswmshmgay reahstrc landscape, and mnredibay detaned sheet Scenes were zoomed around the scvuens We no tomorrow however. rt was a slower and more detahed demo ronnmg at :0 heroes/see mat impressed Ihe most. Yakmg contra: ot a dragon uyino through a beaullfm canyont the guy from 561 stead-w approached a i!owerg watertatl and casue complete wnh oroteerwe guardran n was a oreathtar&apos;mo Schtade ahhouoh it was SUI! onhr an r&apos;ndrcatron uHhe power at an Onyx Workstallom and not necessarny -) urn. some m Wang, non for sun: segr- cnx oomhlnu : nonm- IM Son an In on. Hwy Iim- puck-1.. n&apos;s bin: Ion-mud In. MuMOIF on: IA&gt;&gt;... m mien unity mud (me) wowed mlmn mm- In eollmlon at dull-)0. A saw one Onyx Rnlll&apos;yi no use room now-IN. (Ibo!!!)
Ninli!ldo&apos;l stunt nuc- FX (above) Ind Sup-v maul-A&lt;&lt;lamA&gt;&gt; wu- bit mount snEs arr.- lo command III-II own A&lt;&lt;alum-a m- Prolect Reality liftoft According to Japanese snurcesy three malnr Japanese electronics lirais have agreed tn supply Nllitelldu with the now complete MIPS-designed custam (sAlzit prntussnr inr incluslnn in their much-vaunted Project Reality Lullsnlel Rumoured It: be a hybrid at the R4i!DD (100 MHz) and R4400 (150 MHz), suurccs suyunst thai Sharp will inllow Yasmin and NEE in Slgllmr] a iriairulaelurliiri agreement with the Amcrlcan chill designer in prnduce the processnr. i!ur snurce :llsa mnf&apos;rmcll that Prnlnct Reality will be taitvidqc- hzlsed, apparently relying on some hrenkthrnughs in high density ehiii technulnuY. Up to 400 megabytes nl daia will be available to developers per cartridge a and tub Japanese linvnllwcrsi Square Salt, ave already walking all Final raiilasy VIIinr a massin 126W: cartridge. Marc details as and when we FECEWLa (&quot;EVIL tA&gt;&gt; Pvalect Reality. As (or as Nintenpaas tapil lineup, ammpetenta pretty much summed it all up. Arlynrlc expecting lullnwrws ta classics like Mario and Zelda was bound to lie disappointedi thh these big sequels now vllrnuuved to he held Dyer tar the 64th system The biggest titles Nintendo had in store were Sum! Race FX lprevlously known as rx irax) and Sugar Metroladrtila latter, a huge 24 meg sequel which provea espeCially popular with tans oi the i!rlqmal game. even it it pip lack iiiaipr overriher shouloer appeal The same could also be said at stunt Race rx, tliauoh , seaa&apos;s l/irtua Racing easily trounced it on visual appeal but once the control pad was nestled in the hand. it played exceptionally well Kiroyas iee Shots a cute isometric opil aame locide pretty if rlnthing else. but the lurid-calamari Sound Fantasy Nintendo s mouse controlled mille creation program 7 seemed ln eeho all the aeliuencies and lack at credibility that Mario Paint sum-rep lram. Where was frZLarlz 27 or Pilatwings 27 will we ever get to see seauels to these classiL games? Naturally, not a whlsper usherea tram the Nintendo stana Finally, athe nest play here&apos; was Nintendo&apos;s theme lorthe show an embavlassmg group ol choreographed aaneers struttlno in time to the massively annoying and repetitive arhe pest play here&apos; theme tune. Needless to say, the &apos;bcsl&apos; oion&apos;t stick arouiio tor very long. Segaas stand WM temporary respite. though. with yirlua Racing proving to be a promising intraauctian at their Super FXrbeatlng SVP Lhip. alongsme Sunlc 3 More interest. however, was given to the launch ol a nilty portaple Mega Drive and Mega on palleo aux. Thls twp semlrpm/table (mlsule was swish enough to stoke some coni!dence back into their rlaaqaing co platlarm, even it some oi the CD saltware still leaked pretty oire, Tomcat Alley was the game that was i!ushed alongside the hardware 7 an FMV attempt at a Ton sunestyle shoot aem up action. Eilt it was Zyrlax&apos;s excellent thrust clonei sup Terrariea, that twanqetl the Nostalgia strinos lar Edge 7 a oompinatian al contemporary shoot &apos;em up mayhem and traoitional rhrustgameplay, sporting some really 9le graphics An unexpected Genesis tanversian uf Captainas Mickey&apos;s Magical Quest, also lucked lietter than most Genesis titles. still on the Sega stand, on the lirsi morning ol the show Sega&apos;s rnrri Kalirrslte played yirlua Rating Only the an; attraction here was that his headrtn tit-ad opponent was Ruhert Kairner. CEO at Aimas Multimeaia tliyision, who played the, game an another Genesis in a separate hail this publlc union news sop pram-m nun KM. (Ion) III-yth Vin-r- notA&gt;&gt;: our ur- pirorn trm m ms 16 modem KIM&quot;), lull-i at. m! robot (My) mom - ml l-upu vast unlew auizeiemm
m: magazine March 1954 10 HBWS win Illwklnl (Mp Mt) A&lt;&lt;MM at. was on nu llm day. 100&apos;- Inlmuivu mm (min) lnellntod z: Ila-neu- i!mmmlngml r pan- u to anyone fully wolklng pvotnti!l. syn-m for h Japan-u run-kn (bottom Ml) Pmlc&apos;s m digital vldoo mum (IMVI) um th- M&apos;Ei!l mm m lulu-won moo was only made posslhle with the EDGE lo device 7 AT&T&apos;S $150 rnedern incorporating their own VolcESpan technology, and developed by San Franciscnrbased PF Magic lor release in the hall ol this year. Both players were shown competing on the video wall and when quizzed afterwards. kalinske told Edge that up to A&lt;&lt;our simultaneous players be able to campzte m virrua Rat/&quot;y when played over the wire. And that&apos;s not had in truth, other software that supported the device looked exceedlngly i!nally out with companies like EA, Spectrum holohyte, Microprose and crystal Dynamics working on camnatlhle games it&apos;s a unit With serious polenlial And being able to talk to your opponents as you play is certainly a my bonus. AT&Ta5 most entertaining exhioit, minimum-amp! ofmmnmnnwsnmu named I mmmvaiuspmtechnolog though, was easily their robotic character railed Jake who was positioned up on a platlorrn on their main stand. As show attendees paraded past, Jake would analyse them with his earnera Eycsy and his hidden controller would then teed him a voiee and move his oody accovdlngly For an even greater ellect, he also relied on a huge database ol samples which allowed hirn to do perleet impressions olwhoever his audienee requested. That this was all wryly handled by the operator 7 a standrup comic 7 made it all the more lunny and spontaneous Arm also introduced their prototype version at the 300 at as, a buxy grey unit with as much sex appeal as the American SNES Two oillerenl versrons ol the system were promised ler Autumn this year. One is a more advanced model utilising VoieeSpan hardware and an internal modern, and the other is a standard 300 player like Panasnnic&apos;s system Bu| it AY8J&apos;5 system wins the prize lor the worst designed 3m) playerl surely Sanyuas unit wins the prize lor bemq the most stylish. lheir player, now in lully warklng form, is currently scheduled lor release in Japan in the Summer Unsurprisinoly, zoo put up a lairly impressive show this winter - their ability to Pull out the stops at CES time way outstripping their pevlormance on the high street Same irnpressive soltware helped them alone no ends or eourse, with Crystal Dynamlts orovino their commitment onee more with titles like Total Ec/lpse (lestsereen, page sah (7mm Off Road, a spiltrscrzen driving game. and The horde, a smart-looking (and sounding) actlcln adventure Perhaps more interesting though, was the news that the company has already signed up to develop lor 5993a; Saturn, and -) WOT S rendered it&apos;s got graphics that look better than real me, yeah that&apos;s what it means to get it all rendered... so smooth you can really see the smoothness and now i&apos;m thinking or getting my bedroom wall rendered to make it look more like 3D and my car too so l can drive and it&apos;ll be like virtue racing only better and then i can get a rendered girlfllend With great 30 tits and...