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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 On the ice
NHL 97 SEGA Saturn First Person Helmet Cam
NHL 97 Genesis Cool intro
NHL 97 Genesis Skills setup

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PC Joker Windows Dec, 1996 91 out of 100 91
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jan, 1997 91 out of 100 91
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1996 91 out of 100 91
Gamezilla Windows 1996 90 out of 100 90
Joypad SEGA Saturn Dec, 1996 90 out of 100 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Dec, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GamePro (US) PlayStation Jan, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
Mega Fun Genesis Nov, 1996 89 out of 100 89
Coming Soon Magazine Windows Feb, 1997 88 out of 100 88
PC Games Windows Dec, 1996 B 75


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