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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 Genesis Title screen
NHL 97 SNES Face-Off
NHL 97 Genesis Game menu
NHL 97 Genesis Goal!

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Electric Playground PlayStation Dec 04, 1996 9.5 out of 10 95
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1996 91 out of 100 91
GamePro (US) SEGA Saturn Jan, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90 Genesis Jul 16, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Play DOS Nov, 1996 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot Windows Nov 15, 1996 8.7 out of 10 87
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jun, 1998 85 out of 100 85
Video Games Genesis Nov, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Total! (Germany) SNES Dec, 1996 3.25 out of 6 55


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