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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.


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PC Joker Dec, 1996 91 out of 100 91
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec 27, 1996 91 out of 100 91
Gamezilla 1996 90 out of 100 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Player (Denmark) 1996 89 out of 100 89
GameSpot Nov 15, 1996 8.7 out of 10 87
Power Play Nov, 1996 87 out of 100 87 1996 85 out of 100 85
High Score Nov, 1996 4 out of 5 80
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Zovni (10648) added NHL 97 (DOS) on Aug 13, 2001
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