NBA Live 95

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The first of the NBA Live titles on the PC, NBA Live 95 includes all of the basketball players from the '94 - '95 season as well as the All-Star teams from the East and West.

Manage over 300 players using the General Manager feature, new in this edition. Statistics for each player and team are saved. View players and teams side-by-side to compare stats and other information. You can trade any player in the league.

Multiple in-game settings let you choose the mode of play, the style, and even the length of a quarter or session. Full motion videos bring your plays to life onscreen. Listen to the crowd roar, the noises of the court and hoop, and voices of the players. There is also a soundtrack of modern music.

The DOS version includes support for 2 graphics resolutions: Normal mode (low res) 320x200 or Wide Angle (high res) 640x480. Gameplay can be controlled using the keyboard, mouse or joystick.

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  • NBA 라이브 농구 '95 - Korean spelling
  • NBAライブ95 - Japanese spelling

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Average score: 88% (based on 28 ratings)

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Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 26 ratings with 1 reviews)

Best in the Series!

The Good
The first NBA Live game is incredible. The graphics look good for the SNES. It's fast paced and the players move realistically. There are also League Leaders stats for major categories such as assists and points per game. The music in this game rocks. Unlike the later NBA Live games for the SNES where the computer controlled team can easily get blown out by a human controlled team, the CPU in this game is very smart. It will pass to the open man! It's also very good on defense. They will strip the ball when they have the opportunity. In the later NBA Live games it seems like there are no differences between the three difficulty settings. The CPU can be beat easily by 20+ points on all-star level just as they can be beat easily on rookie level. However, it does matter in NBA Live '95. In this game winning by double digits is very hard on all-star level. In this game, no lead is safe. The CPU can often make a come back. It's very easy to get blown out by the CPU if one's not taking good shots! The competitiveness of the CPU in this game helps make it more enjoyable and realistic. I have played all the other NBA Live games on the SNES, and NBA Live '95 has, by far, the most intelligent CPU. In NBA Live '96 I beat the San Antonio Spurs 119-60 on 5-minute quarters with the Los Angeles Lakers playing in all-star level. Similarly, I beat the Orlando Magic in NBA Live '97 by a score of 114-53. I haven't been able to do that in NBA Live '95. I have been playing NBA Live '95 since 1998 and the the best game I had so far was a 102-81 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on starter level with the Lakers on 5-minute quarters. I haven't been able to win by 20 points on all-star level in this game!

The Bad
There's nothing bad about this game except for some minor problems. Every game has problems, especially if it's the first one made in the series. For once, the CPU never calls timeouts. There is no Auto Sub feature in this game. In addition, this game has no spin move and the fans never chant DEFENSE! in close games.

The Bottom Line
NBA Live '95 is the one that started it all. It is the first game ever made by EA Sports in the long standing NBA Live series. This excellent game set the foundation for the later NBA Live games and it's been growing ever since. NBA Live '95 is an awesome game that is fun and exciting to play. In my opinion, it is the best basketball game ever made considering the fact that it's almost a perfect game for being the first in the series. EA did a superb job in making their first NBA Live game. NBA Live '95 definitely belongs in the EA Sports Hall-of-Fame.

SNES · by Thomas T (180) · 2007

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Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #57 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • GameFan
    • Vol. 3, Iss. 1 - Sports Game of the Year 1994 (SNES version)
    • Vol. 3, Iss. 1 - Basketball Game of the Year 1994 (SNES version)
  • Game Players
    • January 1995 - Best SNES Sports Game in 1994
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #77 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking

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Game added by Kartanym.

SNES, Genesis added by PCGamer77.

Additional contributors: PCGamer77, Patrick Bregger, Rik Hideto.

Game added October 14, 2000. Last modified February 1, 2024.