For a whole week, we’ve voted as a community to name a single game that Game of the Year of 1997, and it came down to a tie between the JRPG juggernaut from Square and Konami’s castle-filled nighttime nocturne. In one corner, the brooding blonde, Cloud Strife, and in the other, the silver-haired shapeshifter, Alucard!
The battle was hard fought and we received about 200 votes. Thank you to everyone who voted in this Reader’s Choice event!
Next time, I’m going to make this bigger and better than ever, but oh yes, you’re here to see the winner. Here are the results of the main poll and then the tie-breaker:
And the winner is Final Fantasy VII!
What a close round! We almost went into double overtime and had to call upon an unbiased third-party to make the final call, but the contest ended up being decided by a single vote. Things kept neck and neck pretty much throughout the entire round.
This is the first time my nomination has won a GOTY event here (last time my nomination came in last), and I want to thank the Hyperactive Coffee Mage and congratulate Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on a battle well fought. This got intense, and while jokes were had at the expense of either game, I think we kept it pretty civil in regards to the individuals who love either title, or neither of them.
1997 was one of the most incredible years in gaming history with so many landmark titles being released and so many great consoles in the game simultaneously. Inevitably, these results can’t please everyone and this may not be your Game of the Year but it is evidently the community’s, so thank you again to everyone who voted. I enjoyed the threads, the debates, the discussion, and the celebration of video games!
Enjoy this soundtrack by the legendary Nobuo Uematsu!
A MASSIVE thank you goes out to the writers who made this collab so fun and brought a genuine competitive spirit to the game while respecting the opinions of others! You are the exemplars that the gaming world needs.
See you next time for another GOTY Reader’s Choice event!
Thanks for playing!
-The Well-Red Mage
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