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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 rosters screen
NBA Live 97 DOS Choose controller type before match
NBA Live 97 DOS Seattle Sonics vs. Chicago Bulls
NBA Live 97 SNES Main menu

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High Score Windows Mar, 1997 5 out of 5 100
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Dec, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Apr, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar 03, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Power Play DOS Jan, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Mega Fun PlayStation Jan, 1997 81 out of 100 81
IGN PlayStation Mar 21, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Bravo Screenfun PlayStation Mar, 1997 2 out of 6 80
Reset Windows May, 1997 7 out of 10 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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