The power of PlayStation 2

Last week Jake mentioned that he wasn’t sure if the PlayStation 2 would still be around in winter 2008. Future Publishing must be hoping that it will be – they’re just about to re-launch the Official PlayStation 2 Magazine. A drastic fall in sales is likely to be the main reason, although we’d wager that the average reader age has fallen too.

We’ve got a copy of the new look issue and it’s surprisingly impressive – it’s smaller and thinner, and they’ve done away with the shelf cluttering DVD demo disk case. Design wise it’s like a cross between NGamer and PSM3, but with a cleaner cut look. The PSP reviews, which were confusingly mixed in with the PS2 reviews, now have their own section, and there’s a bigger focus on the PlayStation 2’s back catalogue with ‘lost classics’ being placed under the proverbial microscope. This month: Killer7.

Inside the magazine they confirm that LEGO Indiana Jones is coming to the aging platform (in addition to LEGO Batman) and they also have the first shots of the PlayStation 2 versions of The Simpsons Game and Mercenries 2. The former looks worryingly rough, almost resembling The Simpsons Wrestling on PSone.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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