Game changers! A year in gaming – 1997

Game changers! A Year in the Game – 1997 – STACK

While the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 consoles got down to business, backed up with several top-tier game releases, SEGA was focused on opening something pretty big in Sydney…

Fans of Japanese racing games got a nice Christmas present to go with their traditional KFC dinners in the form of Polyphony Digital’s PlayStation masterpiece. grand toureroriginally subtitled The real racing simulator. That was a bold claim, but the racer, which took five years to develop, delivered, offering realistic (for the time) racing in arcade or more simulation-based modes. Still one of the highest-ranked racers of all time, there were 140 real-world vehicles to collect and race across 11 tracks (22 counting their inverted variants). The Aussies finally joined the fun in May 1998.

Game Changers - GoldenEye

Coming two years after the James Bond movie of the same name, not much was expected of it. Golden Eye 007 on Nintendo 64. Then people started playing it… A first-person shooter with a dedicated single-player campaign that combined shooting and stealth as the player stepped into the shoes of Bond, James Bond, to save London and the world from economic collapse. While that was super fun, what really sold the game was the split-screen multiplayer mode, where up to four players could engage in their multi-stage deathmatch. Highly awarded, it is now considered a major ground zero in the evolution of multiplayer shooters on consoles.

Game Changers - SEGA World

With the Mega Drive recently phased out and the Saturn failing to take off outside of Japan, it may have seemed like an odd time to open a SEGA-themed bespoke entertainment center in the heart of Sydney. However, on March 6, 1997, SEGA World opened in Darling Harbour, with a wealth of Sonic the Hedgehog-themed details, the requisite plethora of arcade games, and a selection of larger attractions that mostly avoided either. one of SEGA’s many top-tier IPs. There was, however, the Sonic live in Sydney musical, with Eggman crashing into and subsequently trying to take over Sydney. SEGA World closed in November 2000, and the striking red building was demolished in 2008.

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