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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 season menu
NBA Live 2005 PlayStation 2 This screen is displayed as the game loads. It is followed by an animated sequence.

Played via an emulator
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 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 Name

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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

IGN Xbox Sep 27, 2004 8.9 out of 10 89 Windows Oct 27, 2004 87 out of 100 87 GameCube Oct 27, 2004 87 out of 100 87 Windows Nov 18, 2004 85 out of 100 85 GameCube Oct 27, 2004 16 out of 20 80
GameSpy GameCube Sep 28, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Xbox Oct 27, 2004 16 out of 20 80
Game Over Online GameCube Oct 21, 2004 80 out of 100 80
Joystick (French) Windows Dec, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Mar, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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In early August 2006, EA closed their servers for multiplayer games, for the PS2, PC and Xbox versions.

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