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NHL 97


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Visual Concepts, EA Sports

October 31, 1996

PlayStation, Sega Saturn



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Requires Patience: The game’s pacing might be slow for those who prefer fast-paced Sport games.

High Difficulty: The steep difficulty curve in NHL 97 can be daunting for new players.

Content Gaps: Some areas of NHL 97 feel underdeveloped or lacking in content.

Why To Avoid

Beautiful World: Explore the stunning world of NHL 97, a visual treat for fans of Sport.

Compelling Storyline: The narrative in NHL 97 is deeply engaging, making it a must-play for Sport fans.

High Replay Value: NHL 97 offers numerous reasons to replay, thanks to its Sport elements.

Why To Play

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 gamers instead of the bitmap-based ones with motion-captured animations.

Other extras include multiplayer support for up to 8 gamers through network or Gravis's GrIP system, the option to create new gamers 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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