Sega Megazone was an Australian publication that ran from 1989 (or 90, I'm not sure of the first issue's release) until October '95, spanning a total of 56 issues. Megazone originally started out as a bi-monthly, multi-platform publication, but went monthly in June 93 and Sega only later that year. The Megazone team also worked on a small (20 pages) quarterly publication for Registered Sega Australia members, called Segazone. After 8 issues Segazone Merged with Megazone.
The magazine offered a unique art and editorial direction, but also fell victim to it's fair share of controversy, including an incident in which they (jokingly) threatened to kill a koala if readers didn't subscribe. Similarly a faked Knuckles in Sonic 1 screenshot also attracted negative attention (the S&K cart cannot connect to the original Sonic game).
Another unique aspect of the magazine was the 2 page episodic comics that ran from early issues till the very last issue. Rex Vectar by Fil Barlow ran until October 1994, and Pump Action by Gary Chaloner from November '94- October '95.
The magazine was Australian gamers' only option for a locally produced Sega magazine, but faced competition from imported magazines (e.g Sega Force and MegaTech, both from the UK) and also the locally produced Hyperactive multi-platform magazine.
The official reason for the Megazones discontinuation is unknown, but explinations range from "a protest to French pacific nuclear testing" to clashes with an Saturn magazine from the same publisher, declining readership, and ailing Sega sales. Or any combination thereof.
Over the years the magazine had many contributors and writers come and go; many would go eventually on to other gaming publications after the magazines demise. Two of the magazine's contributors; David Wildgoose and Ben Mansill would later go on to work on PCPowerplay (an Australian PC gaming magazine) in both writing and eventually editing. Mansill was the magazine's first editor, and Wildgoose would later fill his shoes when he retired to work as editor for another new magazine. Agatha Budinski also worked at PCPP for a short time.
Its thought that more Megazone contributors went on to work on other gaming and PC magazines. I hope to have more specifics soon after some more digging..
Cover Archive Notes:
Notes: Game Scores in red text after name.
Some pages have scans (blue text) but most do not because of the bandwidth and space required.
Standard features of most issues but not included here are: game previews, cheats, and a 2 page comic from a continuing series (Rex Vectar and Penelope Pump).
Megazone issue #23 August-September 1992
- Cover: Darkseed
- Features: H.R Giger, Links 386 Pro, Euphoria (australian 90s pop group)
- MD reviews: Kid Chameleon 77%, James Pond 2 82%, Steel Empire 93%, Test Drive 2 77%, Marble Madness 88%, Alien 3 87%, Super Monaco GP 90%, Olympic Gold 87%, Turrican 88%
- Mega CD reviews: Sol-Feace 81%
Megazone issue #24 October-November 1992
- Cover: Sonic 2
- Features: Sonic 2 preview, Wondemega preview
- Reviews: Speedball 2, Taz-mania, Bart vs the space mutants, Krusty's super fun house, Predator 2
- Computer reviews: Indiana Jones, B17 Flying fortress, King's Quest VI, Fire and Ice, Grand Prix unlimited
- Willy Beamish walkthrough
Megazone issue #25 December-January 1992/1993
- Cover: Batman Returns
- Features: Virtual Reality, Game of the Year
- Reviews: Thunderforce 4, Global Gladiators, Home Alone, Sonic 2, Batman Returns, Chuck Rock
- Multi reviews: Turtles in Time (SNES) and Baseball Stars 2 (Neo Geo)
- PC Reviews:
Megazone Issue #27 April-May 1993
- Cover: Chakan/Mega CD/Menacer
- Mega CD Here at Last
- Chakan, Streets of Rage II, Rolling Thunder 2 reviewed
- Dieter on Sega (webmasters note: Yes, the same Dieter Brummer that once starred in the Aus soap 'Home And Away').
Megazone Issue #28 June 1993
- Cover: Flashback
- Features: Cathy Dennis (some singer from the 90's), Def FX (another 90's band), Changing roles for RPG's: history and future of RPG's
- Reviews: Flashback, Fatal Fury,
- MCD Reviews: Jaguar XJ220 77%, Black Hole Assault 69%
Megazone Issue #29 July 1993
- Cover: Cool spot
- Feature: Cyberpunk, How to design your own game
- Street Fighter 2 preview
- Mega Drive reviews: Cool Spot, Shining Force, Tiny Toons Adventures, Double Clutch, Captain Planet, Muhummad Ali Heavyweight Boxing, Flintstones
- Master System: WWE Steel Cage
- Mega CD: Sewer Shard, Road Venger
- PC: Scrabble, National Lampoons Chess Maniac, Hoyle card games, Street Fighter 2, Commanche mission disk, Buzz Aldrins race into Space, Strike Commander, Campo's International Rugby
Megazone Issue #33 November 1993
- Cover: Rocket Knight Adventures
- Is that a joystick in your pocket: 1 2 3 4
- Sonic Chaos Master System review 1 2
- Lethal Enforcers Mega CD / Mega Drive review 1 2
- reviews: Rocket Knight,
Megazone issue #36 February 1994
- Cover: NBA Jam
- Features: The Master System games you must have, The making of a game Part 2
- Reviews: NBA Jam, Star Wars (MS&GG), Microcosm, Spiderman vs Kingpin, Ecco the Dolphin (MS), J
- MS reviews: Jurassic Park, Spiderman: Return of the Sinister Six
Megazone issue #38 April 1994
- Cover: Virtua Racing
- Features: Multi-mega preview, What's in a game- Part 3, Sydney Kings play Sega
- Reviews: Hyper Dunk, PGA European Tour, Castlevania, Battletoads Double Dragon, Art of Fighting 61%, Virtua Racing 93%, Lost Vikings 82%, Dune 92%, Body Count 77%, Normy's Beach Babe-o-rama 69%
- Mortal Kombat guide
Megazone issue #39 May 1994
- Cover: Dragon's Lair
- Features: Getting it on with the Game Gear
- Reviews: Jammit, CJ elephant Fugitive (gg), Micro Machines (GG)
- MCD Reviews: Dragons Lair, Chuck Rock 2, NFL's Greatest, Jurassic Park, Racing Aces
- Landstalker Walkthrough
Megazone issue #40 June 1994
- Cover: Dracula Unleashed
- Cheat/Action Replay guide, Sega Classics
- Reviews: Asterix 3, Streets of Rage 3, Best of the Best Karate, MLBPA Baseball
- MS/GG reviews: Fire and Ice, Aladdin (GG)
- MCD reviews: Double Switch 90%, Tomcat Alley 91%, Dracula Unleashed 88%, Joe Montana's NFL 65%
- Landstalker Walkthrough Part 2