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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 The different game modes
NBA Live 2005 PlayStation 2 Whenever the game has to do some serious work such as loading the next section, the player sees a screen like this. Progress is shown by the changing colour of the balls at the bottom of the screen
NBA Live 2005 PlayStation 2 A match starts with each player being announced and making their trademark moves in the spotlight
NBA Live 2005 Windows Roster Management

Promo Images

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

GamePro (US) GameCube Nov 29, 2004 4.5 out of 5 90
GameZone Windows Nov 16, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87 PlayStation 2 Nov 18, 2004 85 out of 100 85
XBox Front Xbox Jan 04, 2005 84 out of 100 84
Game Informer Magazine GameCube Nov 01, 2004 8.25 out of 10 82
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Nov, 2004 8.25 out of 10 82
GameSpot Windows Nov 08, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Lawrence GameCube Oct 05, 2004 B 75
GameSpy Windows Nov 09, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Diehard GameFan Xbox Oct 05, 2004 6.5 out of 10 65


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