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 Player information screen
NBA Live 97 DOS Create player screen
NBA Live 97 DOS Team matchups
NBA Live 97 DOS Choose cameras

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PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb, 1997 93 out of 100 93
Consoles Plus SEGA Saturn Apr, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Play DOS Jan, 1997 85 out of 100 85
PC Joker DOS Feb, 1997 82 out of 100 82
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 8.2 out of 10 82
Mega Fun PlayStation Jan, 1997 81 out of 100 81
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
Total! (Germany) SNES Jan, 1997 2.75 out of 6 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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