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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.


NBA Live 97 Genesis Main menu
NBA Live 97 Genesis Playoff table
NBA Live 97 Genesis Players appear. No close-up :(
NBA Live 97 Genesis Title screen

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Electric Playground Feb 06, 1997 10 out of 10 100
Hobby Consolas Dec, 1996 92 out of 100 92
Player One Jan, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Mega Fun Jan, 1997 86 out of 100 86
The Video Game Critic Jun 17, 2006 B 75


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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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Unicorn Lynx (181697) added NBA Live 97 (Genesis) on Apr 12, 2003
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