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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 DOS Team matchups
NBA Live 97 SNES Grabbing an offensive board in traffic
NBA Live 97 SNES 1st quarter statistics
NBA Live 97 DOS Title screen (from intro)

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High Score Windows Mar, 1997 5 out of 5 100
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb, 1997 93 out of 100 93
PC Player (Denmark) Windows 1997 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun Genesis Jan, 1997 86 out of 100 86
PC Joker Windows Feb, 1997 82 out of 100 82
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 8.2 out of 10 82
Bravo Screenfun PlayStation Mar, 1997 2 out of 6 80
Bravo Screenfun DOS Mar, 1997 2 out of 6 80
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
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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