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NBA Live 2005

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
81
1.8
PlayStation 2
85
...
GameCube
83
4.2
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Description

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.

Screenshots

NBA Live 2005 PlayStation 2 The game's title screen
NBA Live 2005 Windows Roster Management
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 PlayStation 2 The animated sequence that precedes the title screen shows players performing all kinds of tricks and seemingly defying gravity

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)

The Press Says

GameSpy PlayStation 2 Sep 28, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GamePro (US) GameCube Nov 29, 2004 4.5 out of 5 90
1UP GameCube Sep 28, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Xbox Nov, 2004 8.25 out of 10 82
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec, 2004 82 out of 100 82
X-Power Xbox Nov 13, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Over Online GameCube Oct 21, 2004 80 out of 100 80
Fragland.net PlayStation 2 Nov 22, 2004 79.5 out of 100 80
Jeuxvideo.com GameCube Oct 27, 2004 16 out of 20 80
GameSpot GameCube Sep 28, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77

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Trivia

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

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Contributed to by Kabushi (121621) and Ian Badeer (77)