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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.


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Electric Playground Dec 04, 1996 9.5 out of 10 95
GamePro (US) Jan, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Dec, 1996 17.5 out of 20 88
Game Players Dec, 1996 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun Nov, 1996 74 out of 100 74
GameSpot Dec 01, 1996 7.2 out of 10 72
Video Games Nov, 1996 71 out of 100 71
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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ClydeFrog (10541) added NHL 97 (PlayStation) on Aug 12, 2002
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