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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 SEGA Saturn Goalie from behind
NHL 97 SNES Title
NHL 97 SNES Face-off for a foul
NHL 97 Genesis Throw-in

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Electric Playground PlayStation Dec 04, 1996 9.5 out of 10 95
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Dec 27, 1996 91 out of 100 91
PC Player (Denmark) DOS 1996 89 out of 100 89
Power Play DOS Nov, 1996 87 out of 100 87
Power Play Windows Nov, 1996 87 out of 100 87 DOS 1996 85 out of 100 85
Video Games Genesis Nov, 1996 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 7.2 out of 10 72
PC Player (Germany) Windows Nov, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Total! (Germany) SNES Dec, 1996 3.25 out of 6 55


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