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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 SEGA Saturn Main Menu
NHL 97 Genesis Skills setup
NHL 97 SEGA Saturn Epic EA Sports Intro
NHL 97 SEGA Saturn Getting away with the puck

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GamePro (US) PlayStation Jan, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
PC Player (Denmark) DOS 1996 89 out of 100 89
Hobby Consolas Genesis Dec, 1996 89 out of 100 89
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jun, 1998 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) DOS Jun, 1998 85 out of 100 85
High Score DOS Nov, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Game Players PlayStation Dec, 1996 8 out of 10 80
PC Games Windows Dec, 1996 B 75
Mega Fun PlayStation Nov, 1996 74 out of 100 74
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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