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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 DOS Instant Replay mode
NBA Live 97 Genesis One to four teams for you to control during a season
NBA Live 97 SNES Rebound off a missed shot
NBA Live 97 Genesis Nice team stats :)

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Hobby Consolas Genesis Dec, 1996 92 out of 100 92
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Consoles Plus SEGA Saturn Apr, 1997 90 out of 100 90
PC Player (Denmark) Windows 1997 90 out of 100 90
PC Gamer Windows Apr, 1997 84 out of 100 84
PC Joker Windows Feb, 1997 82 out of 100 82
IGN PlayStation Mar 21, 1997 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jun 17, 2006 B 75
Electric Playground SEGA Saturn Apr 29, 1997 7 out of 10 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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