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A Trip Back to 1997 in Gaming History (Part 1)

Updated on May 7, 2020
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Hi, I'm Paul and I have a life-long history with gaming, which is normally the topic I write about.

While Hong-Kong was re-claimed by the Chinese and your sister was out on a date watching Titanic others were saving up pocket money to buy a "Nintendo 64". You simply cannot disagree that 1997 was a fantastic year for gaming. Why exactly? That is something we'll have a look into below.

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII gameplay
Final Fantasy VII gameplay

The story tells us about a group of eco-terrorists called "AVALANCHE" who hire the game's protagonist — Cloud Strife to fight a huge corporation planing to completely drain their planet's natural resources. Like most FF games, this one is a gem.


Claw gameplay
Claw gameplay

Brave captain Captain Nathaniel Joseph Claw finds himself imprisoned by Cocker-Spaniards (oh the puns).


Ignition gameplay
Ignition gameplay

A fun little racing game by Virgin Interactive.

Dreams to Reality

Dreams to Reality gameplay
Dreams to Reality gameplay

A first-person shooter brought to us by Cryo Interactive.

Nightmare Creatures

Nightmare Creatures gameplay
Nightmare Creatures gameplay

Kalisto Entertainment released a survival-horror, which I personally remember having a lot of fun with. However reviewing the game now I realized that it didn't get many positive feedback back in the day. Do you remember this game, did you like it? Or was it just me?

Fighting Force

Fighting Force gameplay
Fighting Force gameplay

A brilliant beat-em-up type of game, with the ability to interact with the environment (to a large extend) as a cherry on top!

I even remember beating this game together with my mom! (that's not a mom joke, that actually happened)

Need for Speed II

NFS2 gameplay
NFS2 gameplay

I don't think the second one got even close to outperforming what the original NFS, but still quite a decent one.

Take No Prisoners

Take No Prisoners gameplay
Take No Prisoners gameplay

The game is set in a post-apocalyptic San Antonio, Texas where you need to retrieve a crystal that would protect you from radiation.


Mageslayer gameplay
Mageslayer gameplay

A top-down slasher, the first game of this kind that I ever actually played.

Shadow Warrior

Shadow Warrior gameplay
Shadow Warrior gameplay

A good example of an old school FPS.

The City of Lost Children

The City of Lost Children gameplay
The City of Lost Children gameplay

Interstate '76

Interstate '76 gameplay
Interstate '76 gameplay

Activision releases a vehicular combat game, might have been inspired by Twisted Metal's 1995 success.

Krush, Kill 'n' Destroy

Krush, Kill 'n' Destroy gameplay
Krush, Kill 'n' Destroy gameplay

A delightful RTS by Beam Software.

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

Turok gameplay
Turok gameplay

I can say for sure that anyone who played this back in the day remembers the crawling feeling of despair while being lost in an ever-foggy rendering jungle and simply not knowing where to go. Nevertheless having dinosaurs as your enemies in an FPS seemed like a breath of fresh air back then.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night gameplay
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night gameplay

Castlevania: Dracula X sequel, I can surely call this one my favorite from the series.

Doom 64

Doom 64 gameplay
Doom 64 gameplay

A new installment in the legendary Doom series, released exclusively for the N64 by Midway Games.

The Last Express

The Last Express gameplay
The Last Express gameplay

A quest game designed by Jordan Mechner (he also created Prince of Persia).

Theme Hospital

Theme Hospital gameplay
Theme Hospital gameplay

A hospital management simulator by Bullfrog Productions (I just love those Bullfrog games) with a good portion of "specific" humor.


MDK gampelay
MDK gampelay

There is quite a lot of speculation regarding what does the abbreviation mean.

And now I think it's time to wrap up my "Part 1" for 1997, I truly did not expect that this year would have so many awesome titles, so I had to spend a good few hours lining them up.


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