Thanks to the efforts of Ian Williams, I’ve been able to add one of the missing early PC Zone issues to the rest of the archive at http://126.96.36.199/PCZone
These early issues are fairly large and Ian’s scanner wasn’t big enough unfortunately so it has been photographed instead and is slightly lower quality than usual. It is still perfectly legible and a whole lot better than no scan at all. Ian is hopefully going to be able to supply the rest of the early missing issues so we have those to look forward to. I for one will be reading them all cover to cover.
This April 94 issue covers plenty of classic games including Doom, Sim City 2000, Beneath A Steel Sky, Star Trek 25th Anniversary and an Origin game in the shape of the CD release of Strike Commander. I’m particularly intrigued by Wizard (aka Hexx) which I would have snapped up at the time in my quest for something to fill the Ultima Underworld gap. I recognise the cover art from Future Crew’s 2nd Reality demo but the game passed me by until now. I’ll be on the hunt for a boxed copy if anyone has one to spare.
I’ve been meaning to post this for ages but at long last here is Charlie Brooker’s review of System Shock from PC Zone issue 20. He absolutely loves it of course giving it a whopping 95% in an issue shared with Doom 2 which only scored 90%. I gather it never sold as well as it should at the time and I’m wondering if going up against Doom 2 wasn’t the best idea. The CD version didn’t follow for another year or so of course so the version we are all familiar with is even better than the one reviewed here.
I recently stumbled across an advert for Chris Roberts’ Times Of Lore which apparently has a certain notoriety for being terrible but I’d never run into it before. Without further ado:-
It’s main claim to fame is the hero being so jacked that he’s invented some of his own muscle groups around that loin cloth. That and the understandably surprised looking monster… While the background looks a whole lot like the actual cover art, it has in fact all been redrawn when you compare it to the real thing.
This advert was apparently created by Microprose while they were the UK publisher for Origin games and was used in all of their UK magazine advertising at the time. Microprose only had a few years working with Origin but it got me wondering if there were any others with alternative artwork. I didn’t find many but there was this advert for Moebius:-
It’s a whole lot better than the Times Of Lore cover and certainly more action packed than the original artwork. In this case, it was also used on the UK release of the game shown on the right below:-
Saving my favourite for last, I also found this awesome ad for Auto Duel:-
The actual UK release looked near enough the same as the USA one but I reckon I actually would have preferred this as the cover art. Were there any others that I’ve missed? Please let me know if so.
I got offered a hand scanning PC Zones some months back and thanks to the efforts of Chris Gilbert I’ve just added a bumper crop of them with issues 124, 125, 127-131, 133-137, 141, 146-148 and 150-156. He’s sacrificed his copies so that they could be fed through a page-feeder leaving me just to add the 4 pages either side of the covers and pdf everything.
As for myself, I’ve been slowly working at the late 2000’s issues in recent weeks and between the two of us that’s 143 out of 225 issues now done. I wouldn’t say the end is in sight but it’s looking a whole lot more achievable than this time last year. What I haven’t done is add any of the cover disks or supplements for all these new issues. I’ll have a look at these eventually. For now, all the issues are as ever at http://188.8.131.52/PCZone
I’ve added some 2010 PC Zone’s to the scan archive over recent weeks and also managed to get hold of issue 16 from July 1994. The full magazine is now scanned and uploaded but I had to share another Origin game preview from it’s pages here. The reviewer was clearly looking forward to the final game – I’ve still got the review itself to upload on here and will probably get around to that one next week.