The Evolution of Basketball Video Games

NBA Live 95 (1994)

The debut of the NBA Live name signaled the switch over from EA's [Eastern Conference Finals team] vs. [Western Conference Finals team] format and brought a new, isometric perspective to the court, along with arenas that look increasingly like their real-life counterparts. Live 95's other major new feature was a (comparatively) in-depth roster manager that would let you look at team lineups, compare players' abilities and even trade them. It can be a bit shocking to play it now, though, and realize that NBA Live's trademark skating player motion was already in place. Momentum carries your players all over the court, making defense difficult for the modern gamer at first.

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