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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

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Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
Acclaim 2/13

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

GoldenEye wasn't the only game proving first-person shooters could work on console (though released for Windows as well, it's the Nintendo 64 version of Turok that was most beloved). Turok brought 3D exploration to a genre still in love with corridors. Each level was a wedge of jungle infested with dinosaurs and aliens that featured climbing and jumping, explorable in a way that made it feel real – in spite of those dinosaurs and aliens. Sure, the draw-distance was limited, but the details were hidden in mist that only made things seem more enigmatic, like a jurassic Silent Hill.

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