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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 Players running upcourt after a basket
NBA Live 97 DOS Team comparison in exhibition mode
NBA Live 97 DOS Choose cameras
NBA Live 97 DOS Title screen

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The Press Says

High Score DOS Mar, 1997 5 out of 5 100
Electric Playground Genesis Feb 06, 1997 10 out of 10 100
Privat Computer PC Windows 1997 94 out of 100 94
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Apr, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun Genesis Jan, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Power Play DOS Jan, 1997 85 out of 100 85
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jun 17, 2006 B 75
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Reset Windows May, 1997 7 out of 10 70


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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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