NBA Live 99 - N64

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NBA Live 99 (N64)
Also for: PlayStation
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Sport: Basketball
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Electronic Arts Soft. Co.: Electronic Arts
Publishers: Electronic Arts (GB)
Released: 1998 (GB)
Ratings: No rating
Accessories: Controller Pak


EA Sports’ basketball games may be huge in America, but they also manage to sell very well over on European shores, particularly in the UK. Their long running NBA Live series is one of the players’ favourites, and NBA Live 99 is the most comprehensive of the bunch, featuring a plethora of updates and improvements.

First and foremost, NBA Live 99 offers a good selection of game modes that will suit any fan of the genre. Arcade mode is the best option for light-hearted quick games, while a full on season is ideal for the hardcore gamer. Players looking to perfect their skills can participate in the game’s 3-point shoot out. Here, your challenge is to basket as many balls as possible within the one-minute time limit.

When playing a full game, you have the option to choose from a variety of real-life major league basketball teams that include the Chicago Bulls and the Dallas Mavericks. Game times are customisable, as are the characters, and games take place in true-to-life basketball arenas. Also, EA has incorporated intelligent cameras that capture key moments of the game brilliantly. Such skill can be replayed and viewed in a truly dramatic fashion. The real icing on the cake is the game’s analogue support, courtesy of Nintendo themselves. This feature alone enhances the gameplay considerably.

As a complete game, NBA Live 99 offers plenty over its predecessors. It’s easy to get to grips with, not too complex, and is a pleasure to play.