NBA Live 97

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NBA Live 97 is a basketball game with an emphasis on realism. You can choose from all of the NBA teams, create a team with players you create yourself, or choose a team formed by the All-Star players of the east or West coasts. When you create a player yourself you can customize the player to a high degree. There are over 60 offensive and 10 defensive set-ups. Match options include an exhibition match, a whole season or the playoffs.


NBA Live 97 SNES 1st quarter statistics
NBA Live 97 SNES Going up for a floater in traffic
NBA Live 97 DOS Choose cameras
NBA Live 97 SNES Rebound off a missed shot

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Hobby Consolas Genesis Dec, 1996 92 out of 100 92
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Apr, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Dec, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun Genesis Jan, 1997 86 out of 100 86
PC Gamer Windows Apr, 1997 84 out of 100 84
PC Joker Windows Feb, 1997 82 out of 100 82
PC Player (Germany) DOS Feb, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electric Playground SEGA Saturn Apr 29, 1997 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic SEGA Saturn Dec 24, 2000 F 0


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The cover features shooting guard Mitch Richmond, at the time playing for the Sacramento Kings.

Cut content

The "shot control" feature detailed on page 10 of the manual is not featured in the game. It was stated by Electronic Arts that this was removed from the final version but the reason remains unknown.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • May 1997 (Issue #154) – Sports Game of the Year
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