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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 Transactions screen
NBA Live 97 SNES Rebound off a missed shot
NBA Live 97 SNES Instant Replay
NBA Live 97 DOS Main menu

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Electric Playground Genesis Feb 06, 1997 10 out of 10 100
High Score Windows Mar, 1997 5 out of 5 100
PC Player (Denmark) Windows 1997 90 out of 100 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS 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
PC Gamer Windows Apr, 1997 84 out of 100 84
PC Joker DOS Feb, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Video Games SEGA Saturn May, 1997 79 out of 100 79
Electric Playground SEGA Saturn Apr 29, 1997 7 out of 10 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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