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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 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 A game in progress. The crowd don't look so good but the player's move really well
NBA Live 2005 PlayStation 2 These are some of the player objectives. Points are used in the NBA Store that's part of the 'My NBA' option
NBA Live 2005 Windows Main menu

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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 Windows Oct 27, 2004 87 out of 100 87 PlayStation 2 Oct 27, 2004 87 out of 100 87 Windows Nov 18, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Gamigo Windows Nov 10, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Lawrence GameCube Oct 05, 2004 B 75 Windows Nov 15, 2004 15 out of 20 75
Joystick (French) Windows Dec, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Windows Nov 09, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Diehard GameFan Xbox Oct 05, 2004 6.5 out of 10 65


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