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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 DOS Line-up selection
NHL 97 Genesis Game menu
NHL 97 SEGA Saturn Main Menu
NHL 97 DOS Anthem

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PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov, 1996 93 out of 100 93
PC Action (Germany) Windows Oct, 1996 93 out of 100 93
PC Gamer UK DOS Dec, 1996 91 out of 100 91
Gamezilla DOS 1996 90 out of 100 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows 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
Hobby Consolas Genesis Dec, 1996 89 out of 100 89
Gamesmania.de Windows 1996 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) DOS Jun, 1998 85 out of 100 85
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Nov, 1996 74 out of 100 74


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