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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 Main menu
NBA Live 97 SNES Two-handed jam!
NBA Live 97 DOS Transactions screen
NBA Live 97 SNES Going up for a floater in traffic

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The Press Says

Electric Playground Genesis Feb 06, 1997 10 out of 10 100
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb, 1997 93 out of 100 93
Hobby Consolas Genesis Dec, 1996 92 out of 100 92
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Apr, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Apr, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Consoles Plus SEGA Saturn Apr, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar, 1997 87 out of 100 87
PC Joker Windows Feb, 1997 82 out of 100 82
PC Player (Germany) Windows Feb, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
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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