Links LS 1998

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Links LS 1998
SeriesLinks
Release1997
Genre(s)Sports

Links LS 1998 is video game released in 1997, and is part of the Links video game series.

Reception[edit]

Sales[edit]

Links LS 1998 debuted at #4 on PC Data's computer game sales chart for the month of July 1997.[1] It secured ninth and tenth place in its following two months, respectively,[2][3] but was absent from October's top 20.[4] For December, it returned to PC Data's charts with a 19th-place finish.[5]

During 1998, Links LS 1998 claimed positions in PC Data's monthly top 20 from January through March.[6][7] After two months' absence,[8][9] it returned to #17 in June.[9] During the first six months of 1998, Links LS 1998 was the United States' 16th-best-selling computer game, with an average retail price of $43 for the period.[10] It exited the monthly charts again after holding positions 13 in July and 16 in August.[11][12][13] Excluding hunting and fishing games, Links LS 1998 was the United States' best-selling computer sports game of the year, with sales of 193,434 units and revenues of almost $8 million for 1998 alone.[14] It was the 16th-best-selling computer game across all genres in the United States between January and November,[15] and ranked 34th for the year overall.[16]

Critical reviews[edit]

Reception
Review score
PublicationScore
PC Magazine5/5 stars[17]

Computer Gaming World, GameSpot and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences all nominated Links LS 1998 as their pick for the best computer sports title of 1997, but these awards went variously to Baseball Mogul, CART Precision Racing, FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 and NHL 98.[18][19][20][21] The editors of Computer Gaming World wrote that it "made the world's best golf simulation even better",[21] while those of GameSpot remarked, "Each time Access Software releases a new version [of Links], it gets harder and harder to fathom how this game could get any better - yet it does."[20]

In 1998, PC Gamer declared it the 11th-best computer game ever released, and the editors called it "an enhanced color palette, quicker screen re-draws, more camera angles, and built-in TCP/IP support nudged this series a few inches closer to perfection".[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (August 26, 1997). "Top Selling PC Titles". GameSpot. Archived from the original on March 11, 2000.
  2. ^ Staff (December 1997). "READ.ME; PC Data Best-Sellers". Computer Gaming World (161): 56.
  3. ^ Staff (January 1998). "READ.ME; PC Data Best-Sellers". Computer Gaming World (162): 56.
  4. ^ GamerX (November 26, 1997). "October's Best-Sellers". CNET Gamecenter. Archived from the original on February 20, 1999.
  5. ^ Ocampo, Jason (January 20, 1998). "December's hottest games". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on May 2, 2005.
  6. ^ Ocampo, Jason (March 18, 1998). "Re-release rides movie's coattails on PC Data charts". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on March 17, 2005.
  7. ^ Ocampo, Jason (April 21, 1998). "Do the PC Data figures prove lower is better?". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on April 6, 2005.
  8. ^ Ocampo, Jason (May 13, 1998). "The top selling games of April, according to PC Data". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on February 8, 2005.
  9. ^ a b Ocampo, Jason (July 21, 1998). "StarCraft scores a hat trick with its third month at No. 1". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on May 2, 2005.
  10. ^ Ocampo, Jason (August 17, 1998). "Sales rankings for the first six months of 1998". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on April 6, 2005.
  11. ^ Ocampo, Jason (August 18, 1998). "SWAT 2 debuts at No. 5". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on April 6, 2005.
  12. ^ GamerX (September 25, 1998). "August's PC Best-Sellers". CNET Gamecenter. Archived from the original on August 17, 2000.
  13. ^ Staff (October 27, 1998). "PC Data Hit List for September". GameSpot. Archived from the original on March 9, 2000.
  14. ^ Rosano, Paul (February 28, 1999). "Reviews Matter Little In Sales". Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on April 2, 2018.
  15. ^ IGN Staff (January 4, 1999). "Best Selling Games of 1998". IGN. Archived from the original on September 1, 2000.
  16. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20180519230326/https://www.deseretnews.com/article/692434/Microsoft-buying-Access-Software.html
  17. ^ McDonald, T. Liam (September 23, 1997). "After Hours; Click and Putt". PC Magazine. 16 (16): 321, 322, 324.
  18. ^ "The Award; Award Updates". Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on June 15, 1998.
  19. ^ "The Award; Award Updates". Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on June 15, 1998.
  20. ^ a b Staff. "GameSpot's Best & Worst Awards for 1997". GameSpot. Archived from the original on August 16, 2000.
  21. ^ a b Staff (March 1998). "CGW Presents The Best & Worst of 1997". Computer Gaming World (164): 74–77, 80, 84, 88, 89.
  22. ^ The PC Gamer Editors (October 1998). "The 50 Best Games Ever". PC Gamer US. 5 (10): 86, 87, 89, 90, 92, 98, 101, 102, 109, 110, 113, 114, 117, 118, 125, 126, 129, 130.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)