NBA Live 98
|NBA Live 98|
PlayStation Cover art featuring Tim Hardaway playing for the Miami Heat
Sega Genesis: NuFX
Super NES: Tiertex Design Studios
Sega Saturn: Realtime Associates
|Release date(s)||Super Nintendo Entertainment System
NBA Live 98 is a basketball video game based on the National Basketball Association and the fourth installment of the NBA Live series. The cover features Tim Hardaway of the Miami Heat. The game was developed by EA Sports and released on November 30, 1997 for the PlayStation, October 31, 1997 for the PC and December 31, 1997 for the Sega Saturn. It was the final version of NBA Live released for the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis and Sega Saturn.
The game introduced various innovations to the series, including the now standard feature of passing to any teammate with a single button press. The game also made various graphical improvements, with new player models and faces modeled after actual player photographs. The PC version introduced support for 3D acceleration, utilizing 3dfx's Glide API. The PlayStation, PC and Saturn versions have Ernie Johnson as studio announcer and TNT/TBS color analyst Verne Lundquist doing play-by-play commentary, (the Saturn version does not include play-by-play commentary). NBA Live 98 is followed by NBA Live 99.
Gameplay and Features
The game features 1997-98 NBA Rosters accurate as of October 1, 1997. New features include the "Total Control" system, that allows players to choose between a dunk or layup or pass to any teammate with the press of a button. "Tight" player moves allow players to spin, crossover, back down, ball fake and more on command. Player lock lets players always control a specified player on court.
Various new modes were introduced. A new GM Mode lets players choose franchises, draft players and play custom seasons. The game also features the Three-Point Shootout, which could be played using full or split screen. Four difficulty levels are available, including new Superstar difficulty level, along with improved AI with smarter players and more accurate stats.
With the introduction of 3D players, courts, and jerseys came an opportunity to patch and update these aspects of the game. Programs such as the EA Graphics Editor allowed patchers to update almost every visual aspect of the game with ease.
The game featured four main menu songs composed by Traz Damji.
- Track 1 - "Down To The Wire"
- Track 2 - "Fresh Trip"
- Track 3 - "Order In The Court"
- Track 4 - "Paint Dance"