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1997 edition of EA's NHL sport simulation series. Improvements in this edition come mostly in the graphical arena, with a refined version of the "virtual stadium" system that adds new camera angles (including the classical top-down one strangely missing from NHL 96), and polygonal players instead of the bitmap-based ones with motion-captured animations.

Other extras include multiplayer support for up to 8 players through network or Gravis's GrIP system, the option to create new players and trade them around, and the usual amount of EA sports licensed multimedia flair, including an interesting "Goalie Mask Viewer" which lets you observe the elaboratedly decorated helmets of 30 goalies.


NHL 97 Genesis Playoff standings
NHL 97 Genesis Title screen
NHL 97 Genesis Main menu
NHL 97 SEGA Saturn On the ice

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Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jan, 1997 91 out of 100 91
PC Gamer UK DOS Dec, 1996 91 out of 100 91
Electric Playground Genesis May 27, 1997 9 out of 10 90
Hobby Consolas Genesis Dec, 1996 89 out of 100 89
GameSpot DOS Nov 15, 1996 8.7 out of 10 87
GameStar (Germany) DOS Jun, 1998 85 out of 100 85
Mega Fun PlayStation Nov, 1996 74 out of 100 74
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 7.2 out of 10 72
Video Games PlayStation Nov, 1996 71 out of 100 71
Video Games SEGA Saturn Nov, 1996 71 out of 100 71


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