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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 Windows Dynasty Central
NBA Live 2005 Windows Freestyle challenge.
NBA Live 2005 Windows Bird vs
NBA Live 2005 Windows Playoff tree

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Alternate Titles

  • "Live 05" -- Informal Name

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Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Nov, 2004 90 out of 100 90
GameZone Nov 16, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
PC Action Dec 07, 2004 86 out of 100 86 Nov 18, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Gamigo Nov 10, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Powerplay Nov, 2004 83 out of 100 83
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 2004 82 out of 100 82
GameSpy Nov 09, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Joystick (French) Dec, 2004 7 out of 10 70


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Ian Badeer (79) added NBA Live 2005 (Windows) on Apr 14, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (196063)