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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 Cool intro
NHL 97 SEGA Saturn Epic EA Sports Intro
NHL 97 Genesis Skills setup
NHL 97 Genesis Team select

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The Video Game Critic Genesis Jun 28, 2003 A- 91
GamePro (US) SEGA Saturn Jan, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
Gamezilla Windows 1996 90 out of 100 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Electric Playground Genesis May 27, 1997 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Genesis Nov, 1996 89 out of 100 89
Power Play Windows Nov, 1996 87 out of 100 87 Windows 1996 85 out of 100 85
Video Games PlayStation Nov, 1996 71 out of 100 71
PC Player (Germany) DOS Nov, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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