Flashback: The Best Games of 1997

With Sony and Nintendo riding high as Sega faltered, this one year defined genres and built franchises like almost no other

PaRappa the Rapper
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Sony Interactive Entertainment 7/13

PaRappa the Rapper

One of the first rhythm games, PaRappa the Rapper also remains one of the most fascinating. With no guitar controllers in sight, it's a game about a cartoon dog who raps his way through life. Every song is an original and sounds like it comes from an early De La Soul album come to life, a tribute to the Daisy Age of hip-hop – all sunshine, gags, and positivity. PaRappa's love interest is literally a flower named Sunny Funny. The songs hold up too, even when PaRappa is rapping about learning to drive.

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