Although there are a few more hours of voting left, it would seem that the apparent winner of #TWRMGOTY1997 will be either Final Fantasy VII or Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
I extend my congratulations to their respective sponsors, the Well-Red Mage and the Hyperactive Coffee Mage for their success.
It’s also been obvious for a long time that neither of these candidates have, despite their popularity, been able to claim a majority of votes, and I’ll therefore be supporting a second run-off vote once the polls close.
Currently, these two candidates together comprise over 50% of the votes, but were one to pull ahead of the other – as has been consistently happening – this would no longer be the case and a three-way run-off vote would then be necessary with the additional inclusion of Final Fantasy Tactics.
I think that the nomination of both Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy VII is what split the vote enough for the results to look the way they currently do.
I’d personally expected the winning nominee to be 1997’s best-reviewed game (according to Metacritic), GoldenEye 007.
My second choice, behind my own nomination, would’ve been Mario Kart 64, but of course.
However, it is appropriate that Final Fantasy VII should be the potential winner, as the Well-Red Mage is, after all, themed on Final Fantasy.
I’d like to thank everyone who voted for Crash Bandicoot 2: The Wrath of Cortex, and hopefully I’ll do better in the next Reader’s Choice Game of the Year event.
I also extend my congratulations to remaining unacknowledged sponsors.
Here’s the exit poll I calculated that got the result almost entirely wrong: