A Trip Back to 1997 in Gaming History (Part 1)
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
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.
Brave captain Captain Nathaniel Joseph Claw finds himself imprisoned by Cocker-Spaniards (oh the puns).
A fun little racing game by Virgin Interactive.
Dreams to Reality
A first-person shooter brought to us by Cryo Interactive.
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?
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
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
The game is set in a post-apocalyptic San Antonio, Texas where you need to retrieve a crystal that would protect you from radiation.
A top-down slasher, the first game of this kind that I ever actually played.
A good example of an old school FPS.
The City of Lost Children
Activision releases a vehicular combat game, might have been inspired by Twisted Metal's 1995 success.
Krush, Kill 'n' Destroy
A delightful RTS by Beam Software.
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
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: Dracula X sequel, I can surely call this one my favorite from the series.
A new installment in the legendary Doom series, released exclusively for the N64 by Midway Games.
The Last Express
A quest game designed by Jordan Mechner (he also created Prince of Persia).
A hospital management simulator by Bullfrog Productions (I just love those Bullfrog games) with a good portion of "specific" humor.
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.