I grabbed a copy today. It's ace; 116 retro-fuelled pages including great articles on the PC Engine, Moon Patrol and Medal of Honor.
Oh, and the bonus Super Play mag is kinda okay, too.
It is very well produced, using the same layout and colour design as in the original mags - even using the old Future logo on the cover . The reviews use wonderful, large images and plenty of them; the appearance is far more exciting than the comparatively dull impression given in modern mags. The reviews show both the original score percentage and the modern assessment. The mag includes a couple of Switch gaming adverts from Nintendo - lovely to see and it took me back to the glory days of Official Nintendo Magazine. The mag is a really nice bonus and I hope that sales will encourage Future to include further one-off specials of this kind with other issues of Retro Gamer.
Oh and Total! for my own nostalgic feels. They'd need to get Steve Jarrett and Andy Dyer back for it. I'd take Frank O'Conner as well but he's too busy being the big man at 343 Industries (He's been working on Halo since at least Halo 3 I believe).
Last edited by Cheeky Devlin on Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:37 pm, edited 1 time in total.
ARCADE could still exist today, and I would love it to, but you're unlikely to get N64 or Amiga Power back (bar for an instance like this). But I suppose you could just do special retro review editions.
I've just remembered Computer and Video Games, which I could see them more likely to go for than ARCADE.
I think it'd be amazing if they did one issue of the Official PlayStation magazine in the style of the original, with cover disc and case. I dunno, maybe Sony would be funny about it - particularly adopting the old masthead.
I subscribed to both Amstrad Action and Commodore Format when they were way past their peak popularity - probably about 1994 - and their final few issues were sixteen (16!) pages... but they still came with a cassette / disk . Even so, the writers were so passionate about the systems that they were still worth it .