NBA Live 97 (PlayStation)

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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.


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There are 73 other screenshots on file for other versions of this game.

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Absolute Playstation Dec, 1996 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Dec 01, 1996 8.2 out of 10 82
Mega Fun Jan, 1997 81 out of 100 81
IGN Mar 21, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Jan, 1997 79 out of 100 79
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Game Players Dec, 1996 6.5 out of 10 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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Adam Baratz (1344) added NBA Live 97 (PlayStation) on Apr 16, 2001
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