The cover: As everyone said so far, the cover just looks great! Nice thick glossy paper and no DVD to damage the magazine when the postman gets rough! I like how the design is very sharp and compact looking, and the thin white border that keeps everything in place. Nice. With no DVD attached to the front, the cover can finally be filled with a striking picture, and the shot of the ZX looks great. Hopefully an Oli or Overton illustration will be used in an upcoming issue. The new logotype is much better looking than the old one, too. More original!
The Retrobates: What a team you put together!! Good to see Imagne co-founder Damian Butt is writing for the magazine... it looks as if everyone at Imagine towers are retro-nuts! Cool that Martyn Carroll is still writing for the magazine (and keeping us up-to-date with what Mathew Smith's doing). Good mix of console and computer experts! MSX and Amstrad computers seem to be taken care for..... at long last!! And with Darran and Jon both being into jap consoles, I hope to see a lot exotic jap gaming in every issue of RG from now on!
The content page: Colourful, yet tasteful! You'll want to turn the page!
RetroRadar (news page): Again, it look very tasty! Good to see a perfect mix of screenshots and text... dosen't seem crowded, yet very packed.
America Free Retro: What a great idea to give Shane Monroe his own column! That man has kept the whole retro news coverage going for a long time now, so it's great to see him getting something back!
Retro Gamer Diary: Simple and stylish! Good one!
Archer Macleans column: Wow! One of the greatest game designers of all time, and a long-time collector of all things arcade! Awesome!
Global Gaming: Nice to see it back, as it was one of my favorite columns in the old RG! Hope you'll cover Denmark soon!
Back to the Eighties: Much better looking than before, and I'm sure the content is as good as it used to be!
RetroRevival: Nice big screenshot of classic games! An simple and great way to remember yesterdays gaming greats!
The Classic Game: These are in-depth looks into classic games, and what RG is all about! It is basicly what Edge do in their "making of" series, but now in RG we'll have more than one feature per issue (this time around: Dizzy, Super Metroid and Simon the Sorcerer - each one has four pages!)
Boss Rush: Good idea!
Company Profile: Always good to read a long feature on a classic software house. And with Amsoft in this issue, the future of the feature looks bright!
Magic Moments: A good idea for us to remember those classic moments!
Retroinspection: A long in-depth look at the ZX Spectrum in this issue! Superb!!
The Complete Lowdown: This will provide a view on a classic games series (Leisure Suit Larry in this issue), and I for one hope that the upcoming articles will stay as complete as they can get (meaning that EVERY version of the game should be covered - yes that means the PC Engine and the MSX ones, too!)
Eastern Delights: This is what I like about retro these days: exotic japanese games! I hope it will have more pages in the next issue, though! Two is not enough!
Developer Lookback: Same idea as the Company Profile, but with focus the the classic software developers (duh!). Wow, we sure a spoiled these days! Magnetic Fields is one of my favorite 8-bit developers around, so this feature is off to a great start!
Feature: Perfect Dark N64: Well, this is an very in-depth look at Joanna Dark's first game. As I can see Tomb Raider is ready for the next issue, I guess the idea is to write about games that are stuck somewhere between retro and current gaming. As long as the writing and the game is good though, I'm happy!
Desert Island Disks: One of the best ideas to come out of the old RG. This one is for keeps! Pickford Brothers rocks!
RetroRated: Zzapback to the good old day when you actually liked to read the game reviews! Great use of the old Zzap tradition of illustrations of the reviewers! I like! (And cool with the 'retro Gamer Sizzler'!)
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