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GamePro (US) (Nov 24, 2000)
If you’re making your very first football purchase, GameDay ?97 is the team to bet on. For those who purchased madden early and were hoping for more, get out the greenback and line up for GameDay. Its scores - bit time!
Sony has really surprised me with one of the best sports game sequels in a long time. After the first GameDay, I had a mental laundry list of everything I wanted Sony to correct. Not only did they fix just about every flaw marred the original without breaking anything, but they also added some innovative features such as the "Total Control Passing" and some nifty advanced jukes. Sharp graphics, brisk gameplay and a healthy dose of realism and fun make this title the best football game ever.
Gamezilla (1996)
NFL Gameday '97 took what was believed by many to be the best football game of all time and made it better. This game should be part of any sports fan's collection. This is one of the most entertaining games of the year and I mean in any category. With all the improvements over last year's version, I don't know what to expect from Gameday '98. Somehow, the developers at Sony have hit the mark and continue to make what is believed to be the best even better. For now, I am more than happy with this version, and I know you will be too.
Game Revolution (Jun 04, 2004)
With only a few exceptions, this is a great game. Although not for everyone, it definitely sticks out above Madden '97, which, although making the Superbowl, like the AFC does every year, it comes up short, like the AFC does every year. The commercials don't lie — this is a must-buy.
The Video Game Critic (Oct 11, 2000)
This sequel to Sony's first GameDay is effectively the same game, albeit with some minor new additions like team management and improved AI. Gameday 97's pixilated 2D graphics look pretty outdated by today's standards, but its straightforward style of play is remarkably fun. The running controls are solid, and kicking field goals is always a challenge. Gameday 97 is bittersweet, as it was the last in the series to use sprite graphics, before switching over to 3D polygons.
About the only thing that Sony needs to focus on for Gameday '98 is improving the player graphics, everything else is indeed top notch! With the innovative passing meter and advanced defense and offensive plays you can execute, this game truly has it all...The stadiums are gorgeous, the animation is top notch and the games sounds are all incredibly realistic. You want a true football gaming experience, go pick up Gameday '97, you won't be sorry.
Despite these criticisms, it's hard to argue against NFL GameDay '97 being the best playing football game (at the time of its release) for the Playstation. The flaws are not serious enough to undermine the enjoyment of the game, which says a lot about it's fun factor. If the developers address the aforementioned problems, along with creating a more TV styled atmosphere, the game will have no peer. Kudos to the Sony team who have raised the bar once again for future football titles.
GameSpot (Jan 07, 1997)
Overall, there are enough differences to justify purchasing Gameday 97, even if you already own the original. Even if you don't like some of the new features, there is enough solid gameplay to make this the best football game around, on any system.
IGN (Jan 06, 1997)
It's all here. You and seven others can huddle up, order pizza and buffalo wings and play NFL Game Day '97 all night. What do you think we've been doing?