Hello everyone! In this series, we’re taking a look back at the best video games of 1997. It was a great year for games, and a lot of memorable ones we had to choose from. Check out Part 1 of this series for more of our favorite games from this year.
That said, let’s dive in and look at more of our favorite games from 1997! If you want to read some great reviews of the games listed below. Make sure to check out The Video Game Critic and look through all their amazing retro video game reviews.
This is the game that launched one of the most loved franchises in RPG gaming. Fallout did something that not many RPGs did during its time – it based the game in the future instead of some fantasy environment from the past. Fallout puts you into the world of the apocalypse, and it is as challenging and realistic as you would hope. Your character has lived their entire life up to this point in a vault, and now you must venture out and find your destiny in a world devastated by nuclear war.
Fallout’s lore is deep and the amount of thought that has gone into designing the elements in the game is very apparent. The way different systems work in this apocalyptic future, and the different references to pop culture from our time (Nuka Cola) make things very relatable. The character progression system is complex and offers a lot of options for experimentation. Combat is turn based, and requires strategic maneuvering through action points and attack modes.
The Curse of Monkey Island
The Curse of Monkey Island rounded out the trilogy of Monkey Island games and is a joyful, fun ride that should be experienced even if you’re not into adventuregames. The game is known for its delightful characters, engaging storyline and laugh-out-loud humor. Seriously, this game is funny. I dare you to not chuckle out loud at least half a dozen times before you get to the end.
The game has solid production value – the animation quality and presentation are great, and they’re backed by stellar voice acting. You don’t need to know anything about the previous games to enjoy this one. The Curse of Monkey Island is widely regarded as one of (if not the best) the best adventure games of all time. Check this one out and understand why LucasArts were hallowed developers back in the day.
Star Fox 64
Star Fox 64 showcased the power of the Nintendo 64 and gave gamers what they never had before – a fully 3D shooting game that allowed you to pilot an aircraft. Barrel rolls? Dogfighting? Blowing hordes of enemy planes to smithereens? Sign me up.
Star Fox 64 is designed to be a rollicking ride. There’s always something or someone to blow up. Flying around the levels in 3D space feels amazing, especially with the tight controls. You’ve also got some decent banter from your mates to look forward to here. There’s a lot of witty dialogue, things to do and balls-to-the-wall action here. Do yourself a favor and play this game – it is a part of history.
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
Everyone has dreamed of one day wielding a lightsaber and rampaging through a level of enemies, using The Force to seamlessly move from one bad guy to the next. Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II allowed you to do just that, and it is a spectacularly joyous experience.
To say that this might be one of the best first-person shooters of all time isn’t an understatement. You’re armed with the basic Stormtrooper rifle and blaster to begin with. But once the game progresses, you’re able to use the Jedi Force powers. This game features both the Light and Dark Jedi, and each of them have unique force powers. The Dark powers allow you to hurl things through the air and force choke opponents, while the Light powers focus more on healing. This is a great game with beautiful graphics, excellent combat and gorgeous level design.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee is really, really gorgeous. There’s a beauty to the art style that really needs to be seen to appreciate, and it is one of the major reasons that the game still looks good today – two decades later.
Oddworld is set in a unique world and the environment is a huge part of the game. The NPCs and enemy characters are distinct and have recognizable traits. They behave like real people would, if you were in the world of Abe’s Oddysee. One unique feature of this game is the depth of interaction you can have with NPCs. You can command them to do different tasks, talk to them and they’ll even laugh if they see you fart (you read that right). Abe’s Oddysee is an artistic achievement, and even though the game didn’t see too much success commercially, it is still a great game that can be enjoyed by anyone.
So, that does it for our best video games of 1997 wrap-up. What did you think of this list? Did your favorite games make the cut? Are there any you want us to play?
Let us know in the comments. Until next time, happy gaming!