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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 SNES Today's Game
NHL 97 SEGA Saturn Team Select
NHL 97 SNES League Menu
NHL 97 SEGA Saturn Epic EA Sports Intro

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Critic Reviews Genesis Jul 16, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Power Play DOS Nov, 1996 87 out of 100 87
Power Play Windows Nov, 1996 87 out of 100 87
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jun, 1998 85 out of 100 85 Windows 1996 85 out of 100 85
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Nov, 1996 74 out of 100 74
Video Games SEGA Saturn Nov, 1996 71 out of 100 71
PC Player (Germany) Windows Nov, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Player (Germany) DOS Nov, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Total! (Germany) SNES Dec, 1996 3.25 out of 6 55


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