So many fine SNES and Megadrive games reviewed in a single issue: Bomberman 2, Mega Bomberman, Micro Machines 2, Earthworm Jim, Street Racer, Probotector / Contra MD and Red Zone all deserved a high score. Sonic & Knuckles, Mickey Mania, Sparkster, Batman & Robin and Urban Strike were pretty good too. Rise of the Robots was terrible though. It was only a few months until the momentuous Japanese launch of the PS1 and the Saturn, but the 16-bit consoles were still going strong.
AvP on the Jaguar and Super Stardust on the A1200 are special games, as they were one of the few decent games on the respective systems. Housemarque, the makers of Super Stardust, are an old studio and still run by one of the founders.
Magic Carpet was one of the games - alongside Doom 1 & 2, X-Wing and Tie Fighter - that showed the potential of the PC as a gaming machine and that it was a capable platform graphically. However, the launch of next-gen consoles in 1994 again overshadowed the PC, which returned to the forefront again in the late 90's with the arrival and development of dedicated GPUs.
It was an exciting time to be a gamer, but I think the golden era of gaming is still to come. It should begin, when a fully-developed 360 degree wireless VR headset magically transforms my living room into vast, totally immersive gaming worlds