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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 Comparing two players
NBA Live 97 SNES Strategy menu
NBA Live 97 SNES Scores after 1st quarter
NBA Live 97 DOS Wide attack with three players

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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
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Apr, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Player One Genesis Jan, 1997 89 out of 100 89
PC Joker DOS 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
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
Game Players PlayStation Dec, 1996 6.5 out of 10 65


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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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