Well, it looks like the whole Magazine-to-PDF feature has been quite a hit so far. However, I’ve been getting a lot of requests for magazines devoted to the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast. Here in the United States, we were never lucky enough to have a Sega fanboy magazine during the 32-bit era. Sega Visions (Sega’s official mag) released their last issue right before the Saturn launch. It had a lot of Saturn preview stuff, but that’s about it. I have the issue in my collection, but that will be saved for later.
The United Kingdom was fortunate enough to have a Saturn publication (they always have the best gaming mags), so I’m going to share a scan of The Sega Saturn Magazine from the UK. This week we will take a look at Issue #22 from August 1997. The Saturn was nearly at its peak at this point in time and was in a heated battle with the Playstation.
The cover story of the issue was a look at Sonic R (pg 18), which was the closest thing we ever got to a new Sonic game on the Saturn. The article also includes an interview with the game’s producer, Kats Soto (pg 22)
In the opening segments of the magazine, we also find the E3 announcement for one of the “holy grails” of Saturn games, Panzer Dragoon Saga (pg 7), which was the series’ first and only departure from the rails shooter formula.
Page 15 has a small, but interesting piece on Sega’s R&D department and how they do their best to avoid releasing crap games. Looking back, I wouldn’t say they did a perfect job, but the 32-bit era was a challenging time as 3D games were still in their infancy.
The issue also has features on Resident Evil, Vampire Savior, Dragon Force, Last Bronx, and many others. You can also find part 2 of a helpful strategy guides for Shining The Holy Ark (pg 82) and part 3 of a Hexen guide (I don’t have the previous parts yet)
Unfortunately, this scan does not seem to include the advertisements, which can be a very entertaining part of the issue. I didn’t scan this issue myself (I obtained this PDF a while ago), so I’m sorry if that’s a dissappointment.
Anyway, this issue is packed with Sega Saturn goodness and I’d love to hear of any other interesting tidbits you come across while browsing this issue.