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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 Seattle Sonics vs. Chicago Bulls
NBA Live 97 Genesis Check out this dunk!
NBA Live 97 DOS Trade menu
NBA Live 97 DOS Team matchups

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Privat Computer PC Windows 1997 94 out of 100 94
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb, 1997 93 out of 100 93
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
PC Player (Denmark) Windows 1997 90 out of 100 90
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Mar, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar, 1997 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 8.2 out of 10 82
PC Player (Germany) DOS Feb, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
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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