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NBA Live 2005 (PlayStation 2)

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The 2005 edition of the NBA Live Basketball series has a new graphics engine, and adds new moves and signature moves to personalize the players. Another feature is Freestyle Air, with more control of players in the air, and the option to specify 10 different freestyle configurations. You can build your team over multiple seasons, and additional management in the Dynasty Mode is introduced through rookie scouting, along with a calendar to mark all the important dates. Management is based on dynasty points. By progressing, you earn points that can be spent on training sessions, new equipment, or to send out scouts all over the world.

Different multiplayer options are offered, and events include a NBA all-star weekend with a Slam Dunk contest, a Rookie/Sophomore game and a 3-Point shootout, next to the regular game modes. You can also go freestyle anywhere in North America. The game has become quicker than the 2004 version, and the game strategies have been balanced by creating more emphasis on the mid-range jumper.


NBA Live 2005 PlayStation 2 The game's main menu. The player picture is constantly changing
NBA Live 2005 PlayStation 2 The game's title screen
NBA Live 2005 PlayStation 2 The camera moves automatically to follow the action
NBA Live 2005 PlayStation 2 These are some of the player objectives. Points are used in the NBA Store that's part of the 'My NBA' option

Alternate Titles

  • "Live 05" -- Informal Name

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic May 01, 2005 A- 91
GameSpy Sep 28, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
4Players.de Oct 27, 2004 87 out of 100 87
Gamesmania Nov 18, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2004 8.25 out of 10 82
Fragland.net Nov 22, 2004 79.5 out of 100 80
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 27, 2004 16 out of 20 80


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In early August 2006, EA closed their servers for multiplayer games, for the PS2, PC and Xbox versions.

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Kabushi (130146) added NBA Live 2005 (PlayStation 2) on Apr 19, 2006
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