Media: Playstation World: An Expert’s View - Edward Pertwee is happy that PlayStation World is a refreshingly ungeeky read

It was a momentous day when Mrs Pertwee uttered ’I think we should buy Tristan a PlayStation’. At last, the reason why I had children was apparent and I was more excited than Tristan.

It was a momentous day when Mrs Pertwee uttered ’I think we should

buy Tristan a PlayStation’. At last, the reason why I had children was

apparent and I was more excited than Tristan.



However, choosing the right games is a tricky business when there are

thousands available. Which one will offer great playability, great

graphics, an interesting storyline and will not be too violent (that’s

Mrs Pertwee’s contribution, so I expect we may have to wait for Resident

Evil 3)?



Anyone who has a PlayStation will own some pretty duff games and, at

pounds 30 a time, it starts to annoy. How do you sort out the good from

the bad? The answer is to find a PlayStation magazine that you

trust.



I approached PlayStation World with great interest. All the other

PlayStation magazines I had ever read took just that one step too far

into complete addict/nerd world.



Browsing through the magazine, I liked what I saw. The reviews section

captured the essence of the games and delivered an unbiased appraisal

that I believe I can trust (although I don’t think I’ll be rushing out

for Jet Rider 3 since it scored a pathetic two out of ten).



I became very excited about the ’Handy hints’ section as it included my

new purchase, Tomorrow Never Dies. The section was well laid out and

easy to follow - however, my cunning plan didn’t quite work as it made

Tristan even better than he already is.



What I liked most about the title was that it was free of those annoying

in-jokes that seem to treat everyone as geeks and people who may have

missed the first version of some game as lower forms of life. The

pictures were big enough to get an idea of the action and the magazine

wasn’t printed on bog paper.



I think PlayStation World has a good future; of course, the first issue

will always cover the good games, the real test will be a few months

down the line (remember the first Sunday Business?).



But enough of all this. A game of Ridge Racer 4 beckons and, I suppose,

another character-building thrashing by Tristan.



Edward Pertwee is the marketing manager of BT Cellnet



Publisher Computec Media

Print run 300,000

Price pounds 2.99

Ad rate full-page colour pounds 3,200

Target audience PlayStation users

Advertisers include Acclaim, World Wrestling Federation Entertainment,

3DO



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