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1UP (Sep 28, 2004)
The obvious challenge with sports titles is finding a way to reinvent how we experience the same game each year. Some years have been more innovative than others. But when titles find those new wrinkles, new elements that seize our attention, those instances are true successes. NBA Live 2005 accomplishes this truth with its addition of the All-Star Weekend. By taking what could be considered the most exciting event that the NBA has going for it these days, EA hands us the opportunity to dunk to our hearts delight.
GameSpy (Sep 28, 2004)
For the last few NBA seasons, Electronic Arts has been in a unique position: looking up at a competitor. ESPN's NBA 2K series has been tearing up the parquet for 4 seasons now, slowly distancing itself from its closest rival. EA's not about to go quietly, though, and the latest iteration of their pro hoop series, NBA Live 2005, has enough new additions and upgrades to close the gap considerably. It's also got something that no other basketball game before it has featured: a freestyle dunk contest that lets you soar through the air like your hardwood heroes.
IGN (Sep 27, 2004)
Spud Webb steps out onto the floor for his first dunk. Dr. J just scored a 49 with an alley-oop off of the backboard, between the legs jam, and now the pressure falls on the smallest man in the contest. At 5-6, nobody ever expected Webb to be in the competition in 1986, and now, almost twenty years later, the virtual Spud is ready to fly again.
4Players.de (Oct 27, 2004)
ESPN NBA 2K5 wird zwar erst im Januar unser Testlabor erreichen, aber es muss ich warm anziehen: Im spielerischen Kern bietet NBA Live 2005 zwar nur Feintuning, aber das an den richtigen Stellen. Die Fastbreaks sind effizienter, unter dem Krob herrscht dank der Tip-Ins mehr Spannung, die Alley-Oop-Flut wurde eingedÀmmt und wilden Blocks kann man mit eleganten Korblegern begegnen. Insgesamt hat die Korbjagd damit erneut an Spieltiefe und Simulationscharakter gewonnen. Dass EA trotzdem kein Platin erobert und immer noch nicht an die AuthentizitÀt der ESPN-Konkurrenz herankommt, liegt vor allem an den bösen Aussetzern der Kollisionsabfrage und daran, dass den Spielern die physikalische Schwere zu fehlen scheint - sie lassen sich zu leicht ins Aus drÀngen und ziehen manchmal noch zu automatisiert Richtung Korb.
Gamesmania.de (Nov 18, 2004)
Mit NBA Live 2005 werden Arcade Fans mal wieder vorzĂŒglich abgefertigt. Der interessante und durchaus fordernde Dunking-Wettbewerb sorgt fĂŒr Abwechslung und macht das Spiel insgesamt noch einen Tick vielseitiger. Simulationsfans dĂŒrfen diesmal zum Gamepad greifen, auch wenn die Konkurrenz aus dem Hause Sega hier noch immer die Nase vorn hat. Konsolenspieler, die sich einen Onlinemodus wĂŒnschen, sind mit NBA Live 2005 jedoch leider schlecht bedient.
GameZone (Oct 22, 2004)
In the ongoing war between ESPN Videogames (formerly Sega Sports) and EA Sports, one battleground that remains a hotspot of contention is the hardcourt. Basketball videogames have been notoriously lackluster when compared to the authenticity and real-life representation of their gridiron counterparts, but both the NBA 2K and NBA Live franchises have come a long way, baby. These two combatants add a bit more firepower to the war in the way of new features, improved graphics, and tweaked gameplay, but when the smoke has dissipated and the casualties tallied, which one of these games will be waving the white flag?
XBox Front (Jan 04, 2005)
Die Tage werden wieder kĂŒrzer, draußen wird es kĂ€lter. Kurz gesagt: Es ist wieder Herbstzeit. Wie jedes Jahr zu dieser Zeit bringt EA seine von vielen geschĂ€tzten Sportspielupdates und somit auch die 2005er Version Ihrer NBA Live Reihe.....
It may look too good to be true, but Live is still a bit rough around the edges. It's a great multiplayer title (online is available for both Xbox and PS2), but if you're not in the market for a pick-up game or two, ESPN's authentication of the sport remains far superior.
X-Power (Nov 13, 2004)
Qua geluid en graphics is er geen enkele reden om NBA Live 2005 te negeren, en ook de gameplay stijgt boven de competitie uit, dus ik mag dit spel best wel aanraden. Jammer van het ontbreken van Xbox Live ondersteuning, anders had dit spel zeker een 9 gehaald. Maar beschouw die 8 maar al als een 8.5, want NBA Live zal basketbalfans zonder enige twijfel doen watertanden en wekenlang plezier verschaffen ! Go get it !
Jeuxvideo.com (Oct 27, 2004)
Tout comme l'était déjà la version 2004, l'édition 2005 de NBA Live se montre plutÎt avare en nouveautés. Heureusement, la base est toujours aussi attirante et question basket, on ne peut pas lui reprocher grand-chose. Un excellent jeu, donc, pour ceux qui veulent tùter du ballon orange sur le parquet de leur console.
GameSpot (Sep 28, 2004)
NBA Live 2005 plays a solid game of basketball, but even the flashy new features can't hide the fact that it isn't a huge step up from last year's edition. NBA training camps haven't even opened yet, but that hasn't stopped Electronic Arts from shipping the latest iteration of its NBA basketball franchise, NBA Live 2005. Live 2005 offers a number of new features, such as a full implementation of all-star weekend, complete with the slam-dunk contest and three-point shootout. There's also been a revamp of the franchise mode and some tweaks made to the basic gameplay. But, as with an NBA team, a game is not just the sum of its parts.
Game Revolution (Oct, 2004)
Rarely has an NBA off-season seen as much change as what went down this past summer. Shaq moved to Florida, T-Mac moved to Texas, the Nuggets suddenly look terrifying and the Lakers suddenly look like the Clippers. My fantasy team is a mess.
Diehard GameFan (Oct 05, 2004)
If you can get into the All-Star Mode, the franchise mode, or online play ‘ you’ll likely be able to enjoy it for most of the NBA season. The variety of modes will allow those who still enjoy the series plenty to try and master ‘ but those who may not enjoy the controls, or want solid 5-on-5 action without the Xbox Live, may stray long before the All-Star break or even the season’s opening tip later this month. It all depends on your taste.

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