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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.


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Consoles Plus Apr, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Video Games May, 1997 79 out of 100 79
Electric Playground Apr 29, 1997 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Dec 24, 2000 F 0


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The cover features shooting guard Mitch Richmond, at the time playing for the Sacramento Kings.

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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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Kohler 86 (7967) added NBA Live 97 (SEGA Saturn) on Nov 16, 2003
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