Software Reviews; THE FUNKY BUNCH-Aka Our Team of Four Teenage Reviewers, Fox, Dino, Zagger and Flump, Give Their Verdicts on All the Latest Entertainment Software Releases

By Martin, Paul | The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland), December 27, 1997 | Go to article overview

Software Reviews; THE FUNKY BUNCH-Aka Our Team of Four Teenage Reviewers, Fox, Dino, Zagger and Flump, Give Their Verdicts on All the Latest Entertainment Software Releases


Martin, Paul, The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland)


n CYBER ZONE - BY PAUL MARTIN.

What a year in the computer games world. In traditional Funky Bunch style we're going to look at the highs and lows of the `97 computing calendar and will announce the coveted `PLUGGED IN' game of the year award. I know you can hardly contain your excitement, so take it away Fox!

FOX

Yet again, we can look back on a year in the computer games world which has seen immense advances on the gaming front. 1997 was the year that the 64 BIT Nintendo took the world by storm - although we at the FB weren't too impressed.

Early games released for the N64 were a little sub-standard to say the least. We thought that most games lacked depth and originality, but recent releases have helped to salvage its reputation just in time for the new year's rush.

They've also slashed the price of the console, proving that they're committed to taking on the `power of Playstation.'

But yet again, it's the Playstation who have stolen the limelight as far as systems go this year. They've quite simply produced the best games at the best prices. OK, so the N64 has smoother all round graphics, but the Playstation games are often deeper and more exciting, and that's why it continues to be the most popular console.

Now back to the important bits - the games. Last year you will no doubt remember that Psygnosis' Formula 1 stole the limelight, winning our award by a short margin from the brilliant adventure game, Tomb Raider.

This year the battle intensified with both sequels proving to massive hits. Tomb raider 2 returned in triumphant fashion just a month ago with Lara Croft's adventures taking her further than she's ever been before.

A wider range of moves, different countries and some great weaponry made this classic a must buy. Lara Croft was her usual gorgeous self as well, but that's besides the point.

Formula 1 `97 was totaly revamped from last year's version to produce a game which was miles ahead of the last version. …

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