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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 Team Select
NHL 97 SNES Face-off for a foul
NHL 97 Genesis Team select
NHL 97 Genesis Dramatic situation...

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PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov, 1996 93 out of 100 93
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jan, 1997 91 out of 100 91
Gamezilla DOS 1996 90 out of 100 90
Gamezilla Windows 1996 90 out of 100 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Dec, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Hobby Consolas Genesis Dec, 1996 89 out of 100 89
Power Play Windows Nov, 1996 87 out of 100 87
Video Games PlayStation Nov, 1996 71 out of 100 71
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Player (Germany) DOS Nov, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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