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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 SNES Scores after 1st quarter
NBA Live 97 DOS credits
NBA Live 97 SNES Dribbling at midcourt
NBA Live 97 Genesis Nice team stats :)

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PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb, 1997 93 out of 100 93
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar 03, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Power Play Windows Jan, 1997 85 out of 100 85
PC Gamer Windows Apr, 1997 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 8.2 out of 10 82
Mega Fun PlayStation Jan, 1997 81 out of 100 81
IGN PlayStation Mar 21, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Video Games PlayStation Jan, 1997 79 out of 100 79
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
The Video Game Critic SEGA Saturn Dec 24, 2000 F 0


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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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