NBA Live 99

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NBA Live 99
NBA Live 99
Antoine Walker on the cover of NBA Live 99
Developer(s) EA Canada
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts, EA Sports
Series NBA Live
Platform(s) PlayStation, Windows, Nintendo 64
Release date(s) Windows
  • NA October 31, 1998
  • EU 1998
PlayStation
  • NA October 31, 1998
  • EU 1998
  • JP April 28, 1999
Nintendo 64
  • NA November 4, 1998
  • EU December 1998
Genre(s) Sports (Basketball)
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

NBA Live 99 is the 1999 installment of the NBA Live video games series. The cover features Antoine Walker of the Boston Celtics. The game was developed by EA Sports and released on October 31, 1998 for the Windows and PlayStation, then in November 4, 1998 for the Nintendo 64. Don Poier is the play-by-play announcer. It was the first NBA Live game released for Nintendo 64. NBA Live 99 is followed by NBA Live 2000.

Summary[edit]

NBA Live 99 is EA Sports' NBA release for the 1998–99 NBA season. Some of the major additions in Live 99 include Practice Mode and multi-season play featuring player development between seasons. Although it did not feature free agency or generated rookies, it would turn out to be the forerunner to Franchise Mode. Live 99 shipped with 1997-98 season rosters due to the NBA lockout of 1998–99 putting a hold on player movements and rookie signings during the summer of 1998. Some prominent bugs led to the NBA Live Series Center fan site submitting a patch petition to EA Sports which resulted in two official patches which included roster update for the 98–99 season.

As Live 99 kept the same file formats as Live 98, patchers were able to produce the same wide variety of patches using an updated version of the EA Graphics Editor and the NBA Live 99 Toolkit.[citation needed]

Features[edit]

LIVE Hoops

  • Fresh new moves, including jab steps, fake passes and aggressive rebounding, plus high-flying new dunks.
  • Real NBA stats, real NBA players, real NBA moves.
  • Create a dynasty with new multiple seasons - players evolve over time.
  • Enhanced GM mode with full NBA draft and realistic computer trading.

LIVE Technology

  • New Sports Ticker via the Internet - check NBA scores as you play.
  • Unreal 3D graphics with real-time lighting and hundreds of animations.
  • Unbelievable player detail, including fully modeled heads and facial animations.

LIVE Style

  • New Pro-Action AI includes smarter, more realistic player reactions.
  • TV presentation - moving cameras focus on player highlights.
  • New enhanced Play-by-Play and Color Commentary.

Music[edit]

The game featured five main menu songs composed by Traz Damji.

  • Track 1 - "The Big Ticket"
  • Track 2 - "From Downtown"
  • Track 3 - "1999 Funk St."
  • Track 4 - "Keep'n It Real"
  • Track 5 - "Shakin' 'N' Bakin'"

Platform differences[edit]

The Nintendo 64 version is actually an updated port of NBA Live 98, and not the same as the PC and PlayStation. The PC and PlayStation versions also featured a bug, out of the box, where players did not fatigue properly. While the PC version received a patch, it is unknown if, but highly unlikely, the PlayStation version was fixed in later production versions.[citation needed]

Notes[edit]

  • Due to the NBA lockout, Live 99 featured final 1997-98 rosters accurate as of July 1, 1998 rather than early 1998-99 rosters featuring the draft class of 1998. EA Sports released two official patches, the first updating the rosters, adding the 50 game schedule and addressing several gameplay issues, while the second served as a midseason roster update.
  • Prior to the official roster update, Michael Jordan was once again represented by a "Roster Player".
  • Multi-season play and Practice Mode were introduced in Live 99.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS) 88.39%[1]
(PC) 86.37%[2]
(N64) 77.55%[3]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 4/5 stars[4]
EGM (PS) 8.67/10[5]
(N64) 7.5/10[6]
GameFan (PS) 91%[7]
(N64) 72%[8]
Game Informer (PS) 7.75/10[9]
(N64) 7.25/10[10]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[11][12][13]
Game Revolution (PC) A−[14]
(PS) B+[15]
GameSpot (PC) 8.9/10[16]
(PS) 8/10[17]
(N64) 7.2/10[18]
IGN (PS) 9/10[19]
(PC) 8.6/10[20]
(N64) 8/10[21]
Nintendo Power 7.1/10[22]
OPM (US) 4/5 stars[23]
PC Gamer (US) 92%[24]
The Cincinnati Enquirer 4/4 stars[25]

The game was met with positive reception; GameRankings gave it a score of 88.39% for the PlayStation version;[1] 86.37% for the PC version;[2] and 77.55% for the Nintendo 64 version.[3]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "NBA Live 99 for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "NBA Live 99 for Nintendo 64". GameRankings. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ Sutyak, Jonathan. "NBA Live 99 (PC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ EGM staff (January 1999). "NBA Live 99". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 
  6. ^ "NBA Live 99 (N64)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 1998. 
  7. ^ "REVIEW for NBA Live 99 (PS)". GameFan. November 20, 1998. 
  8. ^ "REVIEW for NBA Live 99 (N64)". GameFan. November 16, 1998. 
  9. ^ McNamara, Andy; Anderson, Paul; Reiner, Andrew (January 1999). "NBA Live 99 (PS)". Game Informer (69): 47. Archived from the original on May 23, 2000. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ "NBA Live 99 - Nintendo 64". Game Informer (68). December 1998. Archived from the original on September 8, 1999. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  11. ^ Air Hendrix (1998). "NBA Live 99 Review for PlayStation on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on December 25, 2004. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  12. ^ "NBA Live '99 Review fof N64 on GamePro.com". GamePro. 1998. 
  13. ^ The GamePros (1998). "NBA Live 99 Review for PC on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on December 13, 2004. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  14. ^ Cooke, Mark (December 1998). "NBA Live 99 Review (PC)". Game Revolution. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  15. ^ Dr. Moo (November 1998). "NBA Live 99 - PS". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on July 24, 2008. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  16. ^ Chin, Elliott (December 9, 1998). "NBA Live 99 Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  17. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (November 20, 1998). "NBA Live 99 Review (PS)". GameSpot. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  18. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (November 10, 1998). "NBA Live 99 Review (N64)". GameSpot. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  19. ^ Harris, Chris (November 6, 1998). "NBA Live 99 (PS)". IGN. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  20. ^ Blevins, Tal (November 10, 1998). "NBA Live '99 [sic] (PC)". IGN. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  21. ^ Schneider, Peer (November 5, 1998). "NBA Live 99 (N64)". IGN. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  22. ^ "NBA Live 99". Nintendo Power 115. December 1998. 
  23. ^ "NBA Live 99". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. January 1999. 
  24. ^ Smolka, Rob (February 1999). "NBA Live 99". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on March 11, 2000. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  25. ^ Hopper, D. Ian (1998). "Another swoosh for EA Sports". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on April 28, 2001. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 

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