NHL 97

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NHL 97
Basic Information
Type(s)
Video Game
High Score Productions, EA Canada, Visual Concepts
EA Sports
Sports, Ice Hockey
CD
Game controller, Keyboard
PlayStation, DOS, Microsoft Windows, SNES, Mega Drive/Genesis and Saturn
Retail Features
Gameplay-Single-player.pngGameplay-Multi-player.png
Ratings
This title has been rated KA by the ESRB
European Union European Release Date(s)
November 1996
CanadaUnited StatesMexico North American Release Date(s)
October 311996
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NHL 97 is a ice hockey video game by EA Sports. It was released on October 31, 1996 and was the successor to NHL 96.

Features[edit | edit source]

NHL 97 took the graphics even further ahead, using a full 3D engine, with motion captured polygonal players (PlayStation/Saturn versions only, the Mega Drive and SNES versions retained similar graphical values to previous games, but with further enhanced animations). Each goaltender has his own custom-painted mask and the original artwork can be seen inside the game with a special "Goalie Mask Viewer". NHL 97 also introduces play-by-play commentary, provided by well-known announcer Jim Hughson.

For the first time since EA Hockey, national teams were added, but only Canada, the United States, and Russia have their own teams while the other two are selections of the best European players. NHL 97 introduced a skills competition, allowing the user to pick players to compete in drills such as hardest shot, goalie 2 on 0, and accuracy shooting, among others.

In addition, each team in the game had one player with a special skill. Examples are Joe Sakic's (Colorado Avalanche) "wrong-footed wrist shot" and Rob Ray's (Buffalo Sabres) ability to check an opposing player while still controlling the puck. A major flaw in the game was the glitch that allowed players to score 100% of the time when shooting down by taking a shot against the boards at the hash marks of the left circle in the bottom zone.

Along with the PC, Mega Drive/Genesis and SNES versions, both the Sega Saturn and PlayStation version made their debut, although they were rushed and buggy. For instance, the shot speed in the PlayStation and Saturn versions was so slow that some skaters could beat a slapshot down the ice. The cover of the game features Florida Panthers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck.

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Review scores
Publication Score
GamePro 90%