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 Genesis Suspenseful situation...
NBA Live 97 Genesis Check out this dunk!
NBA Live 97 SNES Pause menu
NBA Live 97 DOS Computer is trying to take the ball away from player

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High Score Windows Mar, 1997 5 out of 5 100
Privat Computer PC Windows 1997 94 out of 100 94
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Dec, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Power Play DOS Jan, 1997 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 8.2 out of 10 82
PC Joker Windows Feb, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Video Games SEGA Saturn May, 1997 79 out of 100 79
Reset Windows May, 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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