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All in all, NFL '97 is a good game. With all the players, the teams, and the plays, it is a lot of fun for sports lovers everywhere. The playmaker was an excellent addition and the perfect gimmick to draw in coaching enthusiasts, or get regular sports fans to replace their previous football game.
NFL takes a decent crack at football gameplay, but with so many serious flaws, the game's just no fun to play. The Saturn's already rumbling with the solid action of Madden '97, so stay far away from this substandard field.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
If it weren't for the nifty Playbook Editor that I wish every football game would contain, this game would have been a total waste. NFL '97 has nice features, but they fall way short in adding up to a good game worth playing.
All Game Guide
There is no excuse for such a lackluster effort by Sega Sports. This is one of the games that can be pointed to as the reason the Saturn never reached star status.
The Video Game Critic
While playing the computer, time automatically runs off the clock before each play, and while this is intended to speed up the game, it makes controlling the clock impossible. The crowd sounds like a steady faucet, and there's no voice commentary at all. Sega released some fine football games 5 years earlier on the Genesis, so how they could release this piece of garbage is a mystery. This was supposed to compete against the Sony Playstation's NFL Gameday? I think not!