OPM’s budget blow off

The Official PlayStation Magazine isn’t a magazine I buy regularly, or even at all, but if somebody has had the audacity to take the magazine out of the plastic wrapper in the newsagents then I usually pick it up and have a look. It just so happened that I found a “loose” copy of the latest issue today and after putting it back on the shelf I walked away feeling rather perplexed.

Inside the magazine there’s a budget round-up section, which is a good idea and all, but what did OPM choose to review this month? Three very old PlayStation 2 games from Phoenix – including Habitrail Hamster Ball – which were released, I kid you not, in 2005.

How is this meant to be of any use to the reader? You couldn’t even find these games for sale new on the high street if you tried and moreover, I recall that the Official PlayStation 2 magazine reviewed the very same games back when they were originally released. It’s akin to the Official Nintendo Magazine reviewing a handful of random old GBA games as there’s nothing else out.

I wonder what they’re planning to stick in there next month? Little Britain: The Video Game, perhaps? Or did they cover that one last month?

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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