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NBA Live 2005

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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 Player Stats for the season
NBA Live 2005 Windows Dynasty Central
NBA Live 2005 Windows The season menu
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

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 Xbox 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
4Players.de Xbox Oct 27, 2004 87 out of 100 87
4Players.de PlayStation 2 Oct 27, 2004 87 out of 100 87
Gamesmania Xbox Nov 18, 2004 85 out of 100 85
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec, 2004 82 out of 100 82
Jeuxvideo.com GameCube Oct 27, 2004 16 out of 20 80
Fragland.net PlayStation 2 Nov 22, 2004 79.5 out of 100 80
X-Power Xbox Nov 13, 2004 8 out of 10 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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