NBA Live 97 (PlayStation)

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Absolute Playstation
This game is pure genius. I can't wait to have yet another game. Tekken2, Madden 97, and Triple Play'97 must feel jealous and neglected since the new kid on the block entered my life. I say, get this game if you like basketball, In The Zone 2 is cool but I think the overall playability and full season stat tracking dominates the appearance of ITZ2.
The graphics, sound, gameplay, and numerous features are enough to satisfy hoop fans and die-hard sports gamers. Perhaps the "official" 'net association tag best sums it up: "NBA Live 97 - You'll Love This Game!"
Mega Fun
Im Gegensatz zu NHL ‘97 hat das Basketball-Pendant die technische Generalüberholung recht gut überstanden. Die Spielbarkeit befindet sich erfreulicherweise auf einem sehr guten Niveau und ist vor allem sehr einsteigerfreundlich. Kritikpunkte gibt es dennoch genug. So wirkt die Polygongrafik noch lange nicht ausgereift. Die Gliedmaßen sehen zum Beispiel nicht nur kantig, sondern auch merkwürdig unproportional aus. Sobald ein Akteur stehenbleibt, wurde zudem keine coole Standanimation programmiert, wodurch sie leblosen Robotern gleichen. Beim Gameplay gibt vor allem das teilweise merkwürdige Spielerverhalten der CPU-Basketballer Anlaß zur Kritik. Manchmal laufen sie beispielsweise unter den Korb durch und werfen stattdessen aus weiter Entfernung. Die Herausforderung gegen computergesteuerte Teams hält sich überhaupt selbst auf der höchsten Spielstufe in Grenzen. Fazit: Beileibe keine schlechte Simulation, doch die hochkarätige Konkurrenz drückt die Funwertung deutlich.
EA has definitely poured its love of the game into this one. From shooting alley-oops to Patrick Ewing, to the commentary of announcer Ernie Johnson Jr., this game has it all. I can't wait for '98.
All Game Guide
Overall, NBA Live 97 is a decent basketball game. You are not going to miss much if you wait for the later editions of the NBA Live series.
Game Players
The basic fact is that NBA Live '97 has lost it's playability. The two-player game can't even compare to In the Zone 2 and the one-player game, while deep, is just too slow. I've personally been a long-time fan of the NBA Live series, because of their commitment to being a simulation, but this game needs to get back the fun it once had.