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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 credits
NBA Live 97 Genesis One to four teams for you to control during a season
NBA Live 97 DOS Title screen (from intro)
NBA Live 97 DOS Ball is out of bounds

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Alternate Titles

  • "篮球九七" -- Simplified Chinese spelling

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Critic Reviews

High Score DOS Mar, 1997 5 out of 5 100
PC Action (Germany) Windows Jan, 1997 93 out of 100 93
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb, 1997 93 out of 100 93
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Apr, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Mega Fun Genesis Jan, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Bravo Screenfun PlayStation Mar, 1997 2 out of 6 80
IGN PlayStation Mar 21, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Video Games SEGA Saturn May, 1997 79 out of 100 79
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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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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