Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Mag Watch - Edge #142

Edge Issue #142 November 2004

This month's issue of Edge features Ico 2 (or Wanda and the Colossus) on the cover, and you can find an 8 page article on the game inside the magazine. It's beautifully designed and layed out on the page, and features concept art and screens of the towering monsters that you will have to do battle against. Players will have to climb these behemoths (a puzzle in itself) and find a weak spot to do damage to.

The other main articles this month include a look at "the last of the bedroom coders" Introversion, who are working on Darwinia, an extemely interesting look at the phenomon that is Second Life, a look at how peripherals have evolved and whether the new ones are just fads (such as EyeToy, Gametrak, the Nintendo DS, the Donkey Konga bongos). Finally, in Word Play, they explore the role of words in games, both in story rich genre's such as RPG's and also how words can enhance more "simple" experiences like Pong. A very interesting read.

Preview highlights include GTA: San Andreas, while reviews of note include Fable, OutRun 2, Phantom Brave, Star War:Battlefront and Colin McRae Rally 2005.

The mag is rounded of with The Making of WipeOut, which was a fascinating read for me because I've played each of the different versions of the game for many hours over the years, and the series has always been one of my favourites. None of them made quite as much impact as the original however.

So there you go, I hope this tempts you to go out and buy a copy - it's a very entertaining and enlightening read. Next time I write a Mag Watch article it will be on the next issue of Official Nintendo Magazine, so stay tuned for that!

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