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The 2005 edition of the NBA Live Basketball series has a new graphics engine, and adds new moves and signature moves to personalize the players. Another feature is Freestyle Air, with more control of players in the air, and the option to specify 10 different freestyle configurations. You can build your team over multiple seasons, and additional management in the Dynasty Mode is introduced through rookie scouting, along with a calendar to mark all the important dates. Management is based on dynasty points. By progressing, you earn points that can be spent on training sessions, new equipment, or to send out scouts all over the world.

Different multiplayer options are offered, and events include a NBA all-star weekend with a Slam Dunk contest, a Rookie/Sophomore game and a 3-Point shootout, next to the regular game modes. You can also go freestyle anywhere in North America. The game has become quicker than the 2004 version, and the game strategies have been balanced by creating more emphasis on the mid-range jumper.


NBA Live 2005 Windows MVP candidates for the Season
NBA Live 2005 PlayStation 2 The start of a practice session. Ideally the player has watched the training animation, so they know which button is the gather button,  before attempting this.
NBA Live 2005 Windows The different game modes
NBA Live 2005 PlayStation 2 This screen is displayed as the game loads. It is followed by an animated sequence.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Live 05" -- Informal Name

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User Reviews

Utterly mediocre Windows Sebastian Cardoso (45)
Best NBA Live Version for the GameCube! GameCube Thomas T (217)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) GameCube Nov 29, 2004 4.5 out of 5 90 PlayStation 2 Oct 27, 2004 87 out of 100 87
Gamigo Windows Nov 10, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85 PlayStation 2 Nov 18, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Game Informer Magazine GameCube Nov 01, 2004 8.25 out of 10 82
GameSpot Xbox Sep 28, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Over Online GameCube Oct 21, 2004 80 out of 100 80
Game Revolution Xbox Oct, 2004 B 75
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Mar, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Joystick (French) Windows Dec, 2004 7 out of 10 70


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