Great action shots, some decent women, enough content to last as a bathroom reader :D
Image captions were lame, some bad grammar, some embarrassing mistakes
I saw this mag in 7-11, and I was so intruiged by its cover that I bought it without opening it. In the car, I flipped through the pictures, and I was impressed by the kind of action shots that they were able to take. Their "the numbers" article described how many times their cameramen were shot, and I found that to be pretty humorous. However, the meat of the magazine was not as strong as its imagery.
One thing I don't understand about paintball media is this: Why do television shows/magazines pick the first women they can find to do fleshy photo shoots? I would have NO problem with the jersey-in-water-bikini thing if the girls were actually hot, but in the case of Splat, they were really nothing special. It seemed like filler, and a method of getting 13 year olds to buy the magazine.
The articles were decent, but I was bugged by the grammar (as I mentioned earlier) and the writing style. The writers were not horrible, don't get me wrong, but they didn't have the same flare as those from more professional mags like Maxim. They tried really hard to seem sarcastic and witty, but much of the time, they reused the same lines and lost the novelty of it.
The content of the articles was OK. They talked about a wide range of playing styles, from Tournaments to Renegading to Water Fields! I thought the article about playing in the rain was pretty funny. The tips sections were useful as well. I hope that Splat has a lot to talk about, because they seemed to cover really general topics in their first issue, and I imagine they'll have a hard time staying original for future releases.
That's all I have to say.
Splat is a decent magazine, but it really need some polish. Finding horrid grammar mistakes and incomplete sentences in the largest font on the page is pretty bad. Also, the captions just need to be dropped completely, unless they find a comic genius to write the new ones from this point forward.
The imagery (aside from the not-so-fantastic women) was very impressive. I would read this magazine just to see the pictures they've captured in tournaments. For example, the diving-shot-in-the-ass picture was pretty incredible. Keep up with those photos!
I give Splat 6.5/10.
7 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, June 30th, 2003 at 1:50 am PST
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it has ARTICLES, great photos, good product reviews, entertaining, useful tips, attractive cover
they have only had one issue so it could easily go downhill
i first noticed the cover and flipped through it and relized that it had long articles and good reviews. it also had many good pics of players and even better pics of "products" after buying it and reading the whole thing cover to cover i actually learned useful tips and not basic saftey or gun tips. it was also well written and all the articles were entertaining. One more thing, it didnt have any tourney coverage (fine with me)Again this one was the premere issue and hopefully they will follow it with another good mag, only time will tell
a good mix of tips, humor, info, pics, and minimal ads. its the best paintball mag ive read