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The 2005 edition of the NBA Live Basketball series has a new graphics engine, and adds new moves and signature moves to personalize the players. Another feature is Freestyle Air, with more control of players in the air, and the option to specify 10 different freestyle configurations. You can build your team over multiple seasons, and additional management in the Dynasty Mode is introduced through rookie scouting, along with a calendar to mark all the important dates. Management is based on dynasty points. By progressing, you earn points that can be spent on training sessions, new equipment, or to send out scouts all over the world.

Different multiplayer options are offered, and events include a NBA all-star weekend with a Slam Dunk contest, a Rookie/Sophomore game and a 3-Point shootout, next to the regular game modes. You can also go freestyle anywhere in North America. The game has become quicker than the 2004 version, and the game strategies have been balanced by creating more emphasis on the mid-range jumper.


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NBA Live 2005 Screenshot
NBA Live 2005 Screenshot
NBA Live 2005 Screenshot
NBA Live 2005 Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "Live 05" -- Informal title

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Critic Reviews

1UP Sep 28, 2004 9 out of 10 90 Oct 27, 2004 87 out of 100 87
GameZone Oct 22, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85 Nov 18, 2004 85 out of 100 85
XBox Front Jan 04, 2005 84 out of 100 84 Oct 27, 2004 16 out of 20 80
X-Power Nov 13, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Sep 28, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Oct, 2004 B 75
Diehard GameFan Oct 05, 2004 6.5 out of 10 65


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Kabushi (232155) added NBA Live 2005 (Xbox) on Apr 19, 2006
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