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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 Players appear. No close-up :(
NBA Live 97 DOS 1st quarter starts
NBA Live 97 DOS Loading screen
NBA Live 97 SNES Pause menu

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High Score DOS Mar, 1997 5 out of 5 100
Electric Playground Genesis Feb 06, 1997 10 out of 10 100
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Apr, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Player One Genesis Jan, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar, 1997 87 out of 100 87
IGN PlayStation Mar 21, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Video Games SEGA Saturn May, 1997 79 out of 100 79
Electric Playground SEGA Saturn Apr 29, 1997 7 out of 10 70
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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