Flashback: The Best Games of 1997

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
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Acclaim 2/13

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

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

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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