NHL Hockey '97
Reviewed by Greatest One
The last hockey game I had played on the Genesis before NHL
97 was NHL 94. That was a pretty good game, but it didn't
have too many modes or features. NHL 97 brings a bunch of
modes to the table, all of which are pretty cool.
The gameplay is pretty good. The rinks seem to be sized
properly now. The controls are still the same, but there are
a few new moves. You can now execute one timer passes as
well as one timer shots. Also, every player has a new spin
move to elude defenders. Some of the better players even
have their own special moves. NHL 97 also features the
return of fighting. Even though it is pretty primitive, this
feature is a welcome addition.
The season mode has been improved greatly. Now you can play
a whole season and also have your stats tracked. You also
get a variety of end of season awards, including the Hart
trophy and the Vezina trophy.
There is a shootout mode in NHL 97, where you pick 5 players
from a team to battle another team in a shootout. This mode
is good to practice your breakaway moves and is also a lot of fun.
NHL 97 also a features a skills challenge mode. Here you can
test your skills in a variety of categories including
hardest shot and accuracy shooting. This mode could have
been done better, but is quite interesting.
Overall, NHL 97 is a good game and the best hockey game on
Players look the same. Each team has two uniforms and their
home ice. The rinks look pretty good.
The sound effects are pretty good. The music is nice, but
needs more variety.
Playing is easy and fun. Once again there is a trick to
always score goals. If you race down the right side with a
right hander and shoot a slap shot from the end of the
faceoff circle, its a guaranteed goal.
Replay Value: 8.
Better season mode and new features increases the
replayability. Playing two player also is fun.
Even now, NHL 97 is an enjoyable game. If you are a hockey
fan and only have a genesis, this is the game to play.