END OF THE MEGA DRIVE.
Games publishers are set to concentrate solely on Play-Station, Saturn and PC formats.
The world's software giants showed off their new games at a massive exhibition in London - and they were practically all for the new 32-bit machines or PCs.
Industry experts were shocked at how quickly the old 16-bit format has been dumped.
One insider said: "There are millions of Mega Drives out there. But no one seems to want to make new games for them. It's sad really." Sony unveiled a string of new PlayStation games including Tekken II, the follow- up to their beat-em-up hit, due out in September.
Others to look for from them are the shooter Gun Law and racer Motor Toon Grand Prix 2.
British Codemasters showed off a PlayStation version of Pete Sampras Extreme Tennis.
And GT Interactive revealed Quake, the sequel to PC classic Doom.
Top British development team the Bitmap Brothers highlighted their first PC CD-ROM title, Z.
AS we predicted, Saturn's new pounds 249 price tag - originally introduced as a three-week promotion - is here to stay.
The price, pounds 50 less than Sony's rival PlayStation, was confirmed by Sega's boss Malcolm Miller. Over to you, Sony.
You're the star in DIY film fun
3D Movie Maker (pounds 39.99, PC CD-ROM)
This classy piece of "edu-tainment" from Microsoft is jam-packed with loads of great features.
There's enough to stimulate anyone's imagination.
You choose from 30 actors, assisted by cartoon character McZee, dress them up and use special effects to make them run, dance, scream and fly.
You can also add sound-effects and shoot your own film from different camera angles on 12 3D sets.
It is aimed at movie-makers aged eight and over and sets a new standard in do-it-yourself animation.
CRITICOM (pounds 44.99, PlayStation)
Here's a beat-'em-up that breaks the mould. As you progress, your fighter acquires new powers, so you can master the combos gradually. Graphics are precise and sound builds tension. For 11s and over.
On Level Two of Toy Story on the Mega Drive, if you collect seven stars and jump into the toy box, duck for 10 secs and you should become invincible. Bradley Smith, Essex
The code for unlimited energy in Thunderhawk 2 on the Saturn is: 1608AE4A 00DF. Paul Holloway, Shrewsbury
For extra weapons on Worms for the PC go to the weapon select screen using the right mouse button and type in BAABAA. Martin Webb.
SEND any tips & cheats on a postcard to: Power Up, Daily Mirror, MGN Ltd., 1 Canada Square, London E14 5AP. I'll pay pounds 5 for those printed.
Plunging and twisting though 360 degrees made Descent a worldwide smash.
The sequel on PC CD-ROM is even faster and more intense. And I've got 10 copies of Descent 2, plus 10 exclusive three-level playable demos, to give away FREE.
You'll experience hours of vertigo madness as you drop down mine shafts and twist through never-ending tunnels in this brilliant game from Interplay.
It has 30 new levels of high-speed arcade-style action. And there are five different planets, deeper and darker levels, smarter and faster enemies.
This is lucky dip week. For your chance to win, send your name and address on a postcard to Descent Comp, Power Up, Daily Mirror, 1 Bartlett Court, London, EC88 1TH. The first 10 cards out of the postbag after the closing date of Monday, May 6 will win the game. Ten runners-up get the demo.
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|Date:||Apr 27, 1996|
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