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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 Title screen
NBA Live 97 DOS credits
NBA Live 97 SNES Backing down the defender
NBA Live 97 DOS Trade menu

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Electric Playground Genesis Feb 06, 1997 10 out of 10 100
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Dec, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Player One Genesis Jan, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Power Play DOS Jan, 1997 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Germany) Windows Feb, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games PlayStation Jan, 1997 79 out of 100 79
Video Games SEGA Saturn May, 1997 79 out of 100 79
Reset Windows May, 1997 7 out of 10 70
Game Players PlayStation Dec, 1996 6.5 out of 10 65
Total! (Germany) SNES Jan, 1997 2.75 out of 6 65


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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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