KINKER KORNER’S TOP 35 VIDEO GAMES OF 1997 NSFW

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Ok let’s crack on with the best games of 1997.

 

35. Fighting Force-Playstation

This 3d beat em up was originally meant to be Streets Of Rage 4 so when I heard about that my hype was off the chain. As production went on though there was discussion about porting to several consoles and it became bogged down in legal macguffin and the Streets Of Rage title was taken from it and it became Fighting Force. It’s probably for the best though as although hardcore beat em up fans will get enjoyment out of it, it really wasn’t a patch on the 2d Streets games.

 

34. Ghost In The Shell-Playstation

A sadly overlooked mech shooter based on the classic anime cyberpunk epic movie from 1995 using the same English voice cast. It’s plotline which is pretty extensive for the time and uses a lot of great animation sequences, is part of the larger franchise and not linked to the movie. It’s repetitive but a lot of fun and if yo9u’re a fan of the franchise you’ll love it.

 

33. Nightmare Creatures-Playstation

Also seen in my horror games list, this ode to medieval folktales and monsters was always fun to play with a great gothic atmosphere as you hack and slash your way through Victorian London. You take on a devil worshiping cult as they experiment and cause monsters to roam the streets. It seems there’s a remake on the way.

 

32. Darkstalkers 3-Arcade

More gothic, horror based fighting action from Capcom and this one added fan favourite character B.B Hood to the roster. Most gamers were dead set on moving onto 3d fighting games so great games like this were overlooked but they’ve aged better than a lot of the 3d ones because of the timeless art styles and sprites. Oh and this one has the infamous Fetus Of God stage.

 

31. Klonoa: Door To Phantomile-Playstation

A 2.5d platformer that was successful in Japan but struggled elsewhere which is no surprise as most people I know had never even heard of it. A great and colourful fantasy game about a……I don’t know what the hell he’s supposed to be but a cute little fella and his spirit buddy trapped inside a ring. who must save their land from a villain trying to unleash hell on it.

 

30.The Simpsons:Virtual Springfield-PC

I remember this being advertised on Simpsons VHS tapes and being so sad that we were too poor to own a pc!. Forget all the AAA first person shooter games or the incredible adventure games the pc had I just wanted a virtual tour of Springfield. It’s difficult to explain how much I was into The Simpsons at this point. I had insomnia and pretty much couldn’t go to sleep without the comfort of episodes I’d seen a million times playing in the background. Anyway when I eventually did get to play it round at my pal Ally’s house it was a good laugh. It’s less a game and more just a virtual playground where you walk around and funny things happen.

 

29. Kirby’s Dream Land 3-SNES

The snes is still hanging on in there!. This series that started on the gameboy gets it’s third outing on the snes and it’s a fun but easy cutesy ride through an adorable dreamland. It’s filled with whimsical creatures and of our favourite pink cloud is always fun to play as.

 

28. G-Police-Playstation

I loved this game despite being pretty shit at it. I first got it in a magazine demo and played the crap out of it. A sci fi pilot shooter that looked stunning for it’s time although the draw distance suffered for it. Flying around the large urban environments was always enthralling though and the sci fi dystopian setting was awesome.

 

27 (Tied).Virtual Pro Wrestling-N64

Oh boy this was a sign of great things to come. Using the now legendary AKI engine, this Japan only wrestling game had a great list of moves and great roster of wrestlers from the likes of NJPW, AJPW, FMW, WCW and more.. They didn’t have the licenses for the Japanese leagues but you knew exactly who was who.

 

27 (Tied). Wcw VS Nwo: World Tour-N64

The western equivalent was this version which had a roster full of WCW characters (and NWO wrestlers seeing as that was the storyline at the time) that plays the same as Virtual Pro. The AKI system would be built upon and would produce the best wrestling games of all time.

 

26. The King Of Fighters ’97-Arcade

SNK’s flagship fighter is back for it’s annual tournament of kick arsery. I’m one of those sad gimps that likes my fighting games to have a story, no matter how cliched and simple. It helps you relate to the characters and their motivations rather than just looks and play style.

 

25. International Superstar Soccer 64-N64

Konami came out with a great game that was briefly a challenger for the mantle Fifa had taken at the top of the fitba game hill. It would morph into the phenomenally popular Pro Evolution by Konami as the years went on and genuinely did become a serious challenger to Fifa and it remains so to this day with many gamers arguing over which is the best series. This one had a great arcade style. 

 

24. Fallout-PC

Right, this would be way higher if I had played it more. The immense detail that goes into the world they built and the post apocalyptic story is just fantastic. The characters are superb and every square inch of the world feels lived in….I just haven’t played enough of it to place it higher and that’s on me I know. It’s now a phenomenally popular series and with good reason.

 

23. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back-Playstation

Naughty Dog’s super cool mascot is back for more wompa fruit chomping goodness. In this one, the nefarious Cortex tricks Crash into collecting crystals for him that will allow him to take over the world. It’s a little better than the already great original but doesn’t do too much different.

 

22. Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter-Arcade

Capcom at it again with another Marvel/Capcom crossover. You know what you’re getting here but here we a new bunch of characters like Dan Hibiki, Blackheart, Omega Red, Sakura and more.

 

21. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter-N64

The hype for this one was huge and it really seemed like this was on it’s way to being a massive franchise but for some reason it never really happened despite the strong critical reaction to this game. It was very impressive for the time on a cartridge based console with the fps action and the story of a native American hunter trying to stop and evil bugger by fighting…..dinosaurs…..I never really got the story but it was a hell of a fun game.

 

20. Tomb Raider 2-Playstation

If ever you needed to know the popularity and cultural impact of Lara Croft around this time then look at the cover there. “Starring Lara Croft” when on Earth did you see something like other than on a licensed game?. Oh and of course her paps have had an upgrade because the lad’s mag generation was into gaming now. This was probably the best of the original trilogy and the scenes in Venice were very cool. Those embarrassing trailers though….

 

19. Bloody Roar-Arcade/Playstation

This series needs to make a comeback, it was totally underrated. A 3d fighter with a difference in which you can turn into a different half human half animal depending on the character. Kicking arse as a mutant bunny while thrash music plays has never been so much fun.

 

18. Rival Schools:United By Fate-Arcade/Playstation

Another Capcom 3d fighter and one with a story that ended up in comics and all that but the game itself is a very solid one. The matches are between teams of two and it’s all about schools battling each other with loads of fun characters. The band Rival Schools took their name from this game.

 

17. The Lost World:Jurassic Park-Arcade

This was a revelation at the time with it’s superb looks and frenetic light gun action. The cabinet was so inviting too as you could sit in the car as you you shot at the chasing dinosaurs. It was so much fun and an incredibly exciting playthrough, especially with a friend in two player mode.

 

16. Diddy Kong Racing-N64

A fantastic car racer that in my opinion is even better than much more heralded Mario Kart 64. You can drive karts, hovercrafts and aeroplanes which was unique and fun and there’s even a story mode to play through. Great graphics, fun characters and great tracks to race on.

 

15. Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon-N64

The sequel to The Legend Of Mystical Ninja on the snes is an insanely Japanese game with great hilarious surrealist humour and slapstick nonsense to go along with the mixture of genres that the game offers up. A mix of action platforming and adventure with a very inviting, cutesy visual style. Oh and that theme tune! Bliss.

 

14. Castlevania:Symphony Of The Night-Playstation

No doubt it’s very low on the list for many but as much as I really like it I’m just not as high on it as a lot of people seem to be. It’s seen as the game that started the Metroidvania style of gaming which is hugely popular now. It looks great, plays well and has charmingly hilarious voice acting and the Gothic story of vampires and monsters and all kinds of gothic shenanigans.

 

13. Street Fighter 3: 2nd Impact-Arcade

The second of three versions of Street Fighter 3 added characters like the evil Urien and of course my boy Hugo who was basically Andore from Final Fight. You know my feelings on Final Fight if you follow these lists so seeing another character brought into the Street Fighter series is pure joy for me. SF3 is pretty much the black sheep of the family as it’s so different character wise but it’s gained a much bigger following over the years.

 

12. Grand Theft Auto-Playstation

Straight outta Dundee the most successful series of all time makes it humble debut. I played this top down crime simulator a lot and I have to say at the risk of being chased down the street with pitchfork wielding nutters…..I prefer it to a couple of the ps2 GTA games. Anyway yea doing jobs for the mafia, the yardies and random nutjobs whilst avoiding the police and running over hare krishnas was too much fun.

 

11. Time Crisis 2-Arcade

State of the lad in red!. Looks like a drowned Ronan Keating. Anyway here we the sequel to the classic light gun smash hit from the previous year and it’s more of the same excellent bad guy blasting fun. The two player split screen co op is masterful.

 

10. Bushido Blade-Playstation

A fighting game with a difference. To get the true ending you need to stick to the bushido code which means no hitting before swords are drawn or any other kinds of dishonourable actions. You could injure limbs making them unusable for the rest of the fight and fights can go on for ages or can literally be ended with a perfect hit right at the start. Very playable and unique. The thoroughly average sequel killed off any chance of the series continuing.

 

9. Goldeneye:007-N64

Man, everyone I knew with an N64 had this and banged on about how amazing it was and let’s be honest, playing this with friends was so much fun. Our high school common room years later had an N64 with this game in it and people would rush to play it at break. I always loved the animations of enemies being shot and the music was great.

 

8. The Curse Of Monkey Island-PC

Guybrush Threepwood is back after several years in this point and click adventure from the much loved series. Incredible visuals and a fun plot that sees Threepwood try to lift a curse from Elaine and take on a bunch of pirates. Lucasarts’ trademark humour is there and it’s so much fun to play through as is the norm for the series.

 

7. Fifa:Road To Wold Cup 98-Playstation

The best of the ps1 era Fifa games in my opinion and one I played to death. World cup 98 eh?….the last time Scotland were in the tournament…..so depressing. Dundee Utd with a purple strip and a black Maurice Malpas……what a game and what a time when they couldn’t be arsed researching what colour Scottish players were. Was neat seeing him do backflips as he’s hitting 40 too.

 

6. Oddworld:Abe’s Oddysee-Playstation

This creative, beautifully animated cult classic sees you control Abe the Mudokon who works at a processing plant and realises his fellow Mudokons are being slaughtered, tinned and sold as food. You have to escape and save your pals as you are hunted down only using your smarts as you don’t have weapons. Way ahead of it’s time and totally captivating.

 

5. Lylat Wars a.k.a Star Fox 64-N64

A reboot of the snes classic and one that improved on it in almost every way. While the snes game pushed the hardware to the limit and couldn’t quite achieve everything it was going for, the n64 version nailed it perfectly. Fox McCloud and the Red Fox crew are back to save the Lylat system from Andross and for all the shit Slippy gets…..I like the wee toad even if he is always asking for help.

 

4. Broken Sword:The Smoking Mirror-PC

The likeable George Stobbart and Nicole Collard are back in another mystery investigation point and click adventure. While the first game looked at the history of The Templars, this one sees the duo investigating Mayan history. A great art style, likeable characters and a gripping plot that doesn’t quite live up to the first game but sure as hell does it’s best.

 

3. Tekken 3-Arcade/Playstation

Talk about upping your game. Namco really brought it with the third entry in the super popular 3d fighting series. It’s incredible with stunning animation, brilliant fighting mechanics and cool new characters. Joining the usual crew we have Jin Kazama, the grandson of series antagonist Heihachi, Hwaorang, a 90s dude who uses sweet Taekwondo moves, Ling Xiaoyu a chirpy Chinese teenager and most infamously Eddy Gordo, a button basher’s dream who uses fluid capoeira. A whole host of new characters and vastly improved gameplay make for a huge leap in 3d fighting.

 

2. Final Fantasy 7-Playstation

The first proper rpg I ever played. I remember I owned a weird vhs tape that hyped up a lot of upcoming ps1 games over some cool ambient music and the preview of this game blew me away. The cgi cutscenes looked incredible and the promise of a massive world you can do all sorts of things in was really appealing to me. The mix of cyberpunk and steampunk visuals were stunning but I remember when I first got it as a young teen…..as much as I tried I just couldn’t get into it. I just didn’t have a clue what I was doing, I was used to walking right and punching things so equipping weapons, upgrading equipment and turn based combat was so confusing and complicated to me. Thankfully years later when I was a little more sophisticated in terms of gaming……what?……I went back to it and understood why people found it to be one of the best games ever. The fanbase for this game is insane and really dedicated. So much to talk about here from the much discussed death of the lovely Aerith, the awesome villain Sephiroth and the nihilistic grump protagonist Cloud Strife. A masterpiece.

 

1 Blade Runner-PC

I really need to play this again, it’s been way too long. I remember the first time I saw this being played at my pal Rick’s house and I was totally blown away. A game based on one of my favourite movies with a beautiful, grimy, neon lit art style with an original story set in the same universe as the movie. A point and click adventure that was unlike anything else in the genre and it’s atmosphere and music just adds up to an incredible, immersive experience.

 

Another one down and onto the next one. Thanks for reading and catch me @swing_kinker ta.

 

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