NBA Live '07

Game review by
Andrew Bub, Common Sense Media
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For aspiring ballers, superstars dominate court.
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Positive Messages

Players perform well, no egos in the virtual NBA.

Violence & Scariness

Far less than a real NBA game.

Language

No bad words, unlike the real NBA.

Consumerism

Advertising is present in the arena on billboards. Of course the game also promotes the NBA and their top players, who in turn promote even more products in real life.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this kind of sports simulation game can bring out everyone's competitive nature so they may need to remind kids (and adults) that it's only a game and sportsmanship should trump trash-talking, especially at home. Also, parents should know that the controls for this game are difficult to master. Parents should also be aware that this game lets kids play online against strangers, which Common Sense Media doesn't recommend for children under age 12. There's nothing policing what strangers can say to your kids while playing online.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byAnAdult April 9, 2008

you said it

yes it does suck definitely dont get it
Adult Written bysafa977 April 9, 2008

Great fun

Language: no bad words to worry about like you su-k, shut up, a--, you stink, but maybe some trash talk like miss, boo, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, brick ect. all... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byNinetailedfox123 April 9, 2008

Was ok

The game was good and all but it wasent as good as NBA 2k7 which is realy bad cuase you need to get the best if you want to be happy but still it is a good game... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

What's it about?

NBA LIVE '07 brings NBA action to your television with all the glitz and glory of televised basketball. Just move your players around with the right stick and use the buttons to switch players, pass, shoot, block, pick, dunk, and more (every button is used, some even have different uses for each action). What's new to the series is a focus on the big boys of basketball. Players can take control of a Kobe, Iverson, or some other high-topped phenomenon, and using their superior skills, they can dominate the court and run up the score.

Live '07 offers all the standard modes found in sports games: practice, exhibition, multiplayer options, season, and dynasty. It also provides the player with tools to let you draft players and scout prospects. It features all the NBA teams, stadiums, and uniforms.

Is it any good?

Players experience that "me-first" attitude that tells these giants to take the glory themselves. Players will have better control, faster response, and much better accuracy while controlling superstars. Fortunately, the game reflects real life -- while Shaq is great at rebounding, he still can't make a free-throw to save his life. While superstar dominance is fun to watch and control (and the players' animations look terrific), it turns contests between teams that seem evenly matched into routs, simply because one team might have more stars than the other.

The only other problem with the game is the controls. There's a button to dunk, a button to make a jump shot, and another button to lay it up. Wouldn't a single button that reacts to how the character is moving make more sense? NBA Live '07 foregoes a bit of basketball fidelity in favor of glitz, glam, and slam-dunks; but again, it's a terrific way to simulate the highlight nature of the sport in your own living room.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether this game is similar to real NBA games. How do you feel about playing as a superstar? What about the other players on the floor? Is this a game that you like playing with friends and/or family? If so, why?

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