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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 'My NBA' option from the main menu takes the player to these rooms. Trophies and jerseys are in the Hall of Fame, The Lounge has the jukebox, TV, and other controls and the Store sells equipment
NBA Live 2005 Windows Freestyle challenge.
NBA Live 2005 Windows MVP candidates for the Season
NBA Live 2005 PlayStation 2 The animated sequence that precedes the title screen shows players performing all kinds of tricks and seemingly defying gravity

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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 GameCube Oct 27, 2004 87 out of 100 87
GameZone Windows Nov 16, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
64 Power / big.N / N Games GameCube Dec, 2004 86 out of 100 86 PlayStation 2 Nov 18, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Gamigo Windows Nov 10, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Nov, 2004 8.25 out of 10 82
Game Over Online GameCube Oct 21, 2004 80 out of 100 80
Game Revolution Xbox Oct, 2004 B 75
Game Revolution GameCube Oct, 2004 B 75


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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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