Last week Jake mentioned that he wasnâ€™t sure if the PlayStation 2 would still be around in winter 2008. Future Publishing must be hoping that it will be – theyâ€™re just about to re-launch the Official PlayStation 2 Magazine. A drastic fall in sales is likely to be the main reason, although weâ€™d wager that the average reader age has fallen too.
Weâ€™ve got a copy of the new look issue and itâ€™s surprisingly impressive – itâ€™s smaller and thinner, and theyâ€™ve done away with the shelf cluttering DVD demo disk case. Design wise itâ€™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 thereâ€™s a bigger focus on the PlayStation 2â€™s back catalogue with â€˜lost classicsâ€™ 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.