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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 ...And off they go!
NHL 97 SEGA Saturn Main Menu
NHL 97 Genesis Game menu
NHL 97 Genesis Team select

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PC Action (Germany) DOS Oct, 1996 93 out of 100 93
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1996 91 out of 100 91
Electric Playground Genesis May 27, 1997 9 out of 10 90 DOS 1996 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) DOS Jun, 1998 85 out of 100 85
Game Players PlayStation Dec, 1996 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun PlayStation Nov, 1996 74 out of 100 74
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Nov, 1996 74 out of 100 74
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
The Video Game Critic SEGA Saturn Feb 13, 2005 D- 16


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