Those guys over at Edge are a funny lot. Every month, “coin-op” is printed on their front cover, and every month the actual level of coin-op coverage remains zero. This has not gone unnoticed, and it is irksome. But! Forum user RJAY63 thankfully let us know that this month’s issue actually has some arcade stuff in it, and not just some, but a full eight page feature. The magazine’s intrepid journalists head out to the recently revamped Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare, before quizzing Peter Harrison and Patrick Michael on GRID and the general arcade scene (including a brief comment on my favourite flop, 2 Spicy).
Of course, being coin-op coverage in a magazine that largely covers console games, there are some irritations. “What does the truly modern arcade look like?” is a silly question for a magazine which purports to cover coin-op games, and one you wouldn’t imagine would be asked of high street video game stores. By the third paragraph, arcade games have already been dismissed as skill-free thrill rides, and the coverage of some games is somewhat tainted by the availability of console versions. Also, check out that interview – the question on 3D shows that someone clearly hasn’t been paying attention to Metal Gear Arcade.
For all my sniping, the feature is certainly worth a read, most importantly to gain some outside perspective on recent releases. While Edge seems to have gone soft on scores lately (check out how regularly they give 10/10 these days), some of that venomous criticism still remains – commercial hit Terminator Salvation takes an absolute beating, and Primeval Hunt fares no better. Interested? Well then, the article is up and ready for you guys to read right here – enjoy!