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NBA Live 2005

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews) 84 / 100

Price: $9.99
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  • Amazing new Freestyle controls let players create their own dribble moves, highlight-reel dunks and unstoppable defensive plays
  • Powerful graphics engine bring new heights of realism to your game - improved body types with higher-resolution textures used for faces, uniforms, tattoos and accessories
  • Exciting new player animations give you more realistic player movement and crazy new in-air stunts
  • Deeper Dyansty Mode makes General Manager/player interactions more realistic than ever
  • Go online and compete with the best players from around the country

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  • ASIN: B0002I9RP4
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,165 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Product Description

NBA Live 2005 delivers lightning-quick steals, monster shot blocks, and crossover dribbles that make NBA basketball great. It's definitive basketball gaming, for hardcore fans who want action from the second you hit the court!

From the Manufacturer

The Freestyle Revolution is back with NBA Live 2005. Create new ankle-breaking dribble moves, gravity-defying highlight-reel dunks, and tenacious defensive plays that express your individual style-all with a touch of the right-analog stick.


  • EA Sports Freestyle Control: EA Sports Freestyle Control continues to revolutionize your ability to play simulation basketball - and, now more than ever, it's about expressing your game in flight. Become an offensive star with sweet new moves that you'll only see on the NBA hardwood, including all-new dunks, jaw-dropping alley-oops, and adjustable jump shots in mid-air. Think the Pro Hop took hoops to a new level last year? New user-controlled put-back and tip-in technologies reward players who box out, wipe the glass, and go back up for a quick bucket. On defense, take more control over shot blocking to own the paint.
  • 10-man Freestyle: NBA LIVE's new iteration of revolutionary 10-man motion capture technology yields authentic plant-and-cut animations, off-ball animations that offer new spacing and eliminate on-court crowding, backdoor cut scenarios, and new in-air collisions and box out scenarios.
  • All-Star Graphics: With increased resolution on player faces, jerseys, shorts, skins and tattoos, NBA Live 2005 raises the bar and offers the most visually immersive NBA game to date.
  • Ball Against the Nation: EA Sports Online allows users to play online* against opponents from anywhere in North America. An online lobby area allows gamers to meet, greet, chat, set up tournaments, download roster updates, and play NBA Live 2005 head to head. Make it to the top, and then try to maintain your place as the best gamer any where, any time, any place.
  • Comprehensive Dynasty Mode: Be the architect of your own unstoppable dynasty, and watch your franchise flourish for 25 seasons. Jump into games with simulation intervention, enjoy all-new free agency logic that puts your skills at negotiating contracts and managing the salary cap to the test, and use the customizable PDA to stay up to date with important league news, team information, special announcements, and more.
  • Announcers: No voice says NBA basketball like Marv Albert. Teamed with on-air TV partner Mike Fratello, these two hoops veterans pair dish out the most authentic commentary available.
*Online play requires Internet Connection, Network Adaptor and Memory Card (8MB) (each sold separately).

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
By D.L.
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
As an annual purchaser (some may say sucker) of the NBA Live and ESPN 2K series, I've found it interesting over the years how both franchises have gradually switched sides on the gaming spectrum. Once known for it's focus on arcade-like game play, NBA Live 2005 is now even more in tuned with an actual NBA game in which defense wins championships. On the other hand, ESPN 2K5 is now all about flash where highlight-reel dunks and high-scoring games are the norm. But that's for another review... However, if I'd have to choose between the two (geez, it's like choosing between Jessica Alba or Jessica Biel), I'd have to go with NBA Live 2005 over the other.

New to this year's edition is the All-Star Weekend mode which includes the Slam Dunk contest, 3-Point Shootout and the Rookie vs. Sophomores game. The Slam Dunk contest by itself is highly addicting. I have the blisters on my thumbs to prove it. Though it's quite difficult to pull off at first (thankfully there is a tutorial), once mastered, the different combination of dunks at your disposal are enormous. Some, obviously, are physically impossible such as banking the ball off the scoreboard, doing a cartwheel and catching the rock for a 360 between-the-legs jam. But it sure does looks neat. Alley-oops are by far the most difficult to accomplish because of the precise timing involved for it took me about an hour to finally pull one off.

What really sets NBA Live 2005 apart from ESPN 2K5 is it's "meat and potatoes" realism. Some prefer a more arcade-like approach where scoring is rampant, but I believe it's refreshing to have to work for a bucket. And boy do you have to work... I wouldn't say that the experience was outright frustrating, however, the AI will do you no favors.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summary of the game October 2, 2004
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a summary and my opinion of this game.

1. All-Star Weekend can be played in its entirety. The rookie game is fun, lots of freelance hoops. The dunk contest is hard to get used to, but there is a practice section in the game. This is a fun addition to the middle of the season and is very worthwhile to add.

2. Dynasty: Been revamped to be more like Madden. I especially like the rookie scouting on this. While not as comprehensive, it is an improvement. The only flaw I see is the PDA on trades. It is fun to see power rankings, e-mails, etc., but why do you have to wait for a response? Seems unnecessary.

3. The gameplay is improved. The graphics are tighter, and facial features can be made out. The "EA hands" are still there. The excessive bumping from last year is out of the game, but you need to adjust the foul settings to your liking. Also, there is some more realism involved. A player on the break will NOT get caught this year. Tony Parker will never get caught by Oostertag on the break like in 2004. I played, and he blew by Kirk Hinrich for an open layup. The quickness differential is emphasized more. Post moves are more difficult, because for some reason you can't zoom in as far, or else it could be just that the players are smaller. But, can't have everyting.

Summary: This is an improvement over previous versions of the game. I think the PDA thing should get fixed, it's a pain, but the rest lives up to NBA Live's high standards
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary October 11, 2004
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Five stars doesn't do this game justice. The gameplay is awesome as usual, and they went even further to make it realistic when you drive into traffic, when you get bumped and have to force up a prayer, and so on. The motion is a little choppy at times, but you won't even notice it with all the detail put into the rest. I haven't really played full games yet, partly because now you can sim games quarter by quarter and only play the second half if you see your team getting beaten too bad. Also, the bulk of my time has been spent on the dunk contest feature. This is what I mean by revolutionary. There are more types of dunks to do than you can begin to count. This isn't Jordan vs. Bird. Pretty much any dunk you can think of is possible in this game. And they did a good job actually making it look good, and the controls get easy fast. Kenny Smith doing the commentary is icing on the cake. The dunk contest by itself would get 5 stars. I swear it's better than the real thing. I could go on for days, but you get the idea. If you really appreciate the art that goes into a good dunk, you'll appreciate the hell our of this game.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NBA Live 2005 vs. ESPN NBA 2K5 October 9, 2004
Every year, I rent the latest installments in both the NBA Live and ESPN 2K series to help me decide which one to buy. Both are great games and the competition between them is hotter than every! Although ESPN 2K5 is a high quality game, NBA Live 2005 comes out ahead in the areas that really matter.

First of all, 2K5 wins in the graphics department hands down. As a matter of fact, the overall presentation in 2K5 is outstanding! From the detailed faces of the players to the way they move on the court, no game gives you the feeling of being courtside at a real NBA game like 2K5. However, NBA Live 2005 gives you a much more complete feeling of what it's like to actually play basketball. Unfortunately, the most innovative feature that 2K5 has is also the most frustrating: the Isomotion Control. The Isomotion control of 2K5 is not NEARLY as responsive as the far superior Freestyle Control of NBA Live 2005, which allows you to control just about every move your player performs. Using 2K5's control scheme is a frustrating experience that often gets in the way of the action on the court. For example, with Live's Freestyle control, tapping the right analog stick to one side will allow you to perform a very rapid crossover dribble move, allowing you to quickly change direction or execute another move if you so desire. Tapping in the same direction using the Isomotion Control forces you to execute an entire series of crossover dribble moves that you literally have to wait several seconds for them to complete before executing your next move. By the time the entire move is finished, the defender has already recovered from whatever effect it had on him, forcing you to lose the advantage of quickness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
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This game added some awesome features, that are now fairly common (2011). The use of the right stick as a "trick stick" is pretty awesome. Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars NBA Live 2005...when Live was good!
PS2 versions of NBA Live are better than their PS3 counterparts. This is one of those examples.
Published on April 25, 2009 by Anthony E. Lorenzo III
5.0 out of 5 stars Macaroni is so good when playing this game!
To my current response to the title, the macaroni tastes good.... and its homemade. About NBA Live 05 here's the scoop...
Graphics- Perfectly normal. Read more
Published on March 7, 2008 by umlriverhawk555
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!
This game is basically a regular NBA game like before.The grapics are alittle on the bad side. But i was always a fan of NBA Live so i give this game a 5.
Published on December 16, 2006 by C. Lenker
4.0 out of 5 stars A block party....
Generally, i didnt have any issues with the game other than the over abundance of block shots in the game. Not only the CPU but on my team as well. Read more
Published on June 21, 2006 by Derrick Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars High Five for Live '05
This was the best sports game ever when it was released. The dunks in this game are amazing. The dynasty mode is sensational. The freestyle innovations are great. Read more
Published on June 20, 2006 by J. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars great game not realistic
you can barely hit 100 points in a real game and you can hit 200 easy realistic 1/5 game play 3/5 season\ 5/5 extra feautures 5/5. Read more
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