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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 PlayStation 2 The camera moves automatically to follow the action
NBA Live 2005 Windows The Manager's PDA
NBA Live 2005 PlayStation 2 A match starts with each player being announced and making their trademark moves in the spotlight
NBA Live 2005 PlayStation 2 The Team Management option on the main menu allows the player to manage rosters, and view statistics as shown here, and create a new player

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

IGN Xbox Sep 27, 2004 8.9 out of 10 89
IGN Windows Nov 10, 2004 8.9 out of 10 89
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Gamigo Windows Nov 10, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamesmania.de Xbox Nov 18, 2004 85 out of 100 85
PC Powerplay Windows Nov, 2004 83 out of 100 83
GameSpot Windows Nov 08, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox Oct 27, 2004 16 out of 20 80
GameSpy GameCube Sep 28, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot GameCube Sep 28, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77


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In early August 2006, EA closed their servers for multiplayer games, for the PS2, PC and Xbox versions.

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