NFL '97 (SEGA Saturn)

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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Overall User Score (2 votes) 3.1

Critic Reviews

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Game Revolution
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.
Video Games
Football-Simulationen häufen sich erfahrungsgemäß am Ende des Jahres. NFL ‘97 ist ebenfalls ein Football-Spiel, das auf authentische Daten von aktuellen Profi-Spielern basiert. Dadurch ist es möglich, realitätsnahe Spiele auf dem Monitor auszutragen. Doch NFL ‘97 kommt auch denen entgegen, die zwar Football mögen, aber noch nicht so versiert auf diesem Gebiet sind. Die optischen Markierungen auf dem Spielfeld sind ein gutes Beispiel dafür. Dadurch erleichtert es auch für den Anfänger den Einstieg in die virtuelle NFL-Welt. Die First Down-Markierung beispielsweise ist eine solche nützliche Hilfe, da man immer im Bilde ist, wohin der Ball bewegt werden muß bzw. wohin er nicht gelangen darf. Auch der relativ niedrige Schwierigkeitsgrad beweist, daß Sega mit NFL ‘97 die Football-Muffel aus der Reserve locken will. Wer sich vogenommen hat, sich dieses Jahr mit dieser Sportart anzufreunden, wird einen leichten Einstieg haben.
GamePro (US)
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!