Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 90
    EA did their homework and pulled together a solid basketball game this year. There isn't much to complain about in NBA Live 2005. And with the addition of the Slam Dunk Contest, the replay value is huge.
  2. 89
    In one year, Live has really transformed its 5-on-5 game into more of a sim without losing the fun and flash of previous seasons, Dynasty mode has been revamped completely, and the AI across the board, from the trade scenarios to how players behave on the court, is far superior to any basketball game EA Canada has ever put out.
  3. Adds the necessary graphical and control tweaks to make it recommendable over last year’s game, and even goes the extra mile with the All-Star Weekend game modes.
  4. The biggest problem with online play is that it's far too easy to dominate with a single player. [Feb 2005, p.52]
  5. 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.
  6. It's impossible to ignore all of the changes and the improvements made in this version. It looks as if this formerly stagnant series has finally turned a corner. [Feb 2005, p.63]
  7. 70
    Improved graphics, a deeper dynasty mode, and an All-Star weekend simulator that's genuinely fun to play.
  8. The humbling slam-dunk competition attempts to cement EA's street credibility but fails. It's just too unforgiving to be considered anything other than a flashy extra. [March 2005, p.77]
  9. Come on EA, give us something new to write about with your next release. [Jan 2005, p.90]

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