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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 animated sequence that precedes the title screen shows players performing all kinds of tricks and seemingly defying gravity
NBA Live 2005 Windows Freestyle challenge.
NBA Live 2005 Windows Dynasty Central
NBA Live 2005 PlayStation 2 The start of a practice session. Ideally the player has watched the training animation, so they know which button is the gather button,  before attempting this.

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NBA Live 2005 Screenshot
NBA Live 2005 Screenshot
NBA Live 2005 Screenshot
NBA Live 2005 Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "Live 05" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

Utterly mediocre Windows Sebastian Cardoso (51)
Best NBA Live Version for the GameCube! GameCube Thomas T (230)

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov, 2004 90 out of 100 90
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Sep 28, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameSpy Xbox Sep 28, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameZone Windows Nov 16, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87 Windows Nov 18, 2004 85 out of 100 85
XBox Front Xbox Jan 04, 2005 84 out of 100 84
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Nov, 2004 8.25 out of 10 82
GameSpot Windows Nov 08, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Xbox Oct, 2004 B 75
Diehard GameFan Xbox Oct 05, 2004 6.5 out of 10 65


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