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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 SNES Offensive plays menu
NBA Live 97 DOS Create player screen
NBA Live 97 SNES Statistics screen
NBA Live 97 Genesis Suspenseful situation...

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Electric Playground Genesis Feb 06, 1997 10 out of 10 100
Hobby Consolas Genesis Dec, 1996 92 out of 100 92
PC Player (Denmark) Windows 1997 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun Genesis Jan, 1997 86 out of 100 86
PC Gamer Windows Apr, 1997 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 8.2 out of 10 82
Bravo Screenfun PlayStation Mar, 1997 2 out of 6 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Feb, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electric Playground SEGA Saturn Apr 29, 1997 7 out of 10 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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