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NBA Live 2003

NBA Live 2003 by Electronic Arts NBA Live 2003
by Electronic Arts

Platform: Xbox
ESRB Rating: Everyone
ASIN: B00006ISBX

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Features:
• Basketball sim
• Freestyle Control
• Realistic rebounding
• More bumping and grinding
• Single- and multi-player modes

Amazon.com Product Description: The latest incarnation of NBA Live 2003 Live has a slew of new features, like freestyle control, which lets you use the right analog stick to express your game with the step-back move. The game also offers triple-threat moves and pass interceptions. There are significant changes to the rebounding logic so players react in a more realistic manner to missed shots. Over 30 new rebounding animations allow for a wider variety of pulls off the glass. Motion capture, which was performed with two to four athletes simultaneously, is used for specific contact situations like post moves, pick-and-roll plays, and drawing the charge.

Enhanced CPU logic and AI allow for more effective fast breaks and open players who can cut to the hoop for scoring opportunities, as well as fine-tuned turbo buttons that afford players an array of in-game strategies. There are enhanced player movements, including dribbling, player-specific signature moves, and more responsive shot blocking. In addition, real NBA coaches roam the sidelines, and there is dramatic camera coverage of in-game and out-of-play sequences. You will hear what it's like to be on the court with all-new player calls, as well as court and arena sound effects. Classic jerseys give players a chance to relive their teams' glory days in authentic gear.

From the Manufacturer: From blowing down the lane with unreal quickness, to rising high above the rim, to slamming down with unstoppable power, NBA Live 2003 lets you live your dream of NBA super-skilled superstardom. When the game's on the line, you're the one everyone's watching. Call for the ball and drain a buzzer-beating "3" and send your opponent packing. ÒDÓ up and reject a last-ditch shot and show the world you own the paint. Lead your team to victory in the biggest games imaginable, and do it year after year to create an NBA dynasty and become an NBA legend. Totally enhanced gameplay brings the physically challenging, fast-paced action of the NBA to life, and enhanced animations and audio deliver the awesome drama and emotion of the NBA experience. Without LIVE, it's just basketball.

Customer Reviews:
NBA LIVE SERIES SHOULD FOLD TO SEGA, November 1, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from IL United States
ZERO STARS! I bought NBA Live 2003 just days ago. I went home and like a little kid, I ripped it open and popped it in my XBOX. I played an exhibition game and it was just terrible from start to finish. This game is as unrealistic as it can get. No introductions, just straight to tipoff. The court seems so short it looks more like 49 feet instead of 94. The computer's fast breaks are non stop as soon as you miss your first shot. Believe me that's not the only shot you'll miss. You never catch up on those fast breaks either so don't bother trying.

You press start to substitute players and when you go back to play, your substitutes are already in!!! When the CPU substitutes players you get this animation of the coach calling the player back to talk to him. This happens EVERYTIME and becomes annoying.

Back to the game play. I bought this game so I figured I'd suck it up and start a season. There are so many blocks in this game it's unreal. Being from Chicago, I picked the Bulls as my team. I had to laugh when Fred Hoiberg had a block. As a team I think I had like 15 blocks in the game with ease. Now the shooting, well, these are NBA players, but I'm not sure 65 - 70% shooting is realistic and that's with the Bulls. By the way, the players all look the same, you can't tell who is who. Jalen Rose has hair and it's the same as Jay Williams.

I lost my first game and I shot 65 - 70% from the field! So I start the next game against the Hornets. They opened the game shooting 12 for 12 before I turned it off. They were shooting from everywhere too! Do not buy this game.

NBA LIVE SERIES SHOULD FOLD TO SEGA, November 1, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from IL United States
ZERO STARS! I bought NBA Live 2003 just days ago. I went home and like a little kid, I ripped it open and popped it in my XBOX. I played an exhibition game and it was just terrible from start to finish. This game is as unrealistic as it can get. No introductions, just straight to tipoff. The court seems so short it looks more like 49 feet instead of 94. The computer's fast breaks are non stop as soon as you miss your first shot. Believe me that's not the only shot you'll miss. You never catch up on those fast breaks either so don't bother trying.

You press start to substitute players and when you go back to play, your substitutes are already in!!! When the CPU substitutes players you get this animation of the coach calling the player back to talk to him. This happens EVERYTIME and becomes annoying.

Back to the game play. I bought this game so I figured I'd suck it up and start a season. There are so many blocks in this game it's unreal. Being from Chicago, I picked the Bulls as my team. I had to laugh when Fred Hoiberg had a block. As a team I think I had like 15 blocks in the game with ease. Now the shooting, well, these are NBA players, but I'm not sure 65 - 70% shooting is realistic and that's with the Bulls. By the way, the players all look the same, you can't tell who is who. Jalen Rose has hair and it's the same as Jay Williams.
I lost my first game and I shot 65 - 70% from the field! So I start the next game against the Hornets. They opened the game shooting 12 for 12 before I turned it off. They were shooting from everywhere too! Do not buy this game.

2003(rd) Times A Charm, November 1, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Queens, NY
Finally.. Live has topped 2k3. The players are faster, move more fluently and have better moves overall. The only drawback is the that you have to use the anolog stick instead of having the choice. But overall the game is fantastic! Great buy!!

NBA Live The Game Of The Future, October 16, 2002
Reviewer: Terrill T Hillman from Irwinton, GA
NBA Live 03 is [great.] this game is more realistic than ever before.Retro jerseys - post-up moves - killer crossovers and banging music this game has it all. No other game can compare NBA Live 03 this is a must have for basketball fans.

da best, October 10, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from LAKERS CITY
nba live 2002 was kinda disapointin but the live series has come bak. everythin is much better. da graphics, da play by play announcer. juss bout everything.

ONE AGAIN, EASPORTS TURNS THE BALL OVER!, October 10, 2002
Reviewer: generasian from San Diego, CA United States
Once again, EASPORTS had promised me a completely new game and once again, I am left wondering why I even believed the hype. NBA Live 2003 is at it's core, nothing more than the same game as its predecessors. However, one thing that is new this year is the hyped Freestyle control. Though gimmicky at first, it becomes surprisingly intuitive as you try to pull off the variety of different offensive and defensive moves it allows. For instance, by tapping the right analog stick on the controller, you can pull off a string of killer crossovers or spin moves to shake the defender. On defense, you can reach for the steal while in an intense defensive crouch and raise your hands to defend against a shot without the threat of a ticky-tack foul. Without this new feature, NBA Live has nothing really new to offer.

The graphics are clean and smooth, but are overall generic. Stadiums and crowds look the same and the players cartoonish with exaggerated body sizes and large heads and hands. Some players are hard to distinguish from each other unless you recognize their tattoos, hairstyle or playing gear. The cut scenes in-between plays are amusing at first, but quickly become tiresome as they are repeatedly played over and over. How many times do I need to see my bench react as if I had been shot and beheaded after a foul? Luckily, you can turn this feature off. Nevertheless, I did appreciate the humor and the playfulness in certain cut scenes that really captured the essence and feel of an NBA game

Regardless of the graphics, the player animations are smooth and quick. I don't think I have yet to see the same dunk twice. Seeing Iverson perform a crossover dribble is pure beauty. Watching Garnett back down an opponent felt like a battle of epic proportions. There are also a variety of shots to and from under the basket. Players will either perform a nifty lay-up or change their shots in mid-air depending on the location of a defender. Gone are the days of the two foot jump shot that clanged off the rim.

Game play is my biggest gripe. Though the CPU AI is greatly improved this year, there is such a thing as being too improved. The opposition hardly misses a shot. Three-point bombs are almost a given and there are way too many dunks as opposed to outside shots. In fact, it is common to see field goal percentages in the 70's and 80's during the course of a game. Though I love how the CPU now runs the fast break consistently as opposed to the previous games in the series, the result is almost always a score for the opposition. Transition defense is practically non-existent since the CPU seems to always make the correct passes that lead to open shots or dunks. A little humanity in the CPU could have made things more realistic and less frustrating. Steals and blocked shots are also too plentiful (Sigh.)

The franchise mode is incredibly bare bones. There is of course, the standard player retirements, re-signing, free-agent signings, team lottery and draft. Player scouting and evaluations would have added some dimensions to the draft as in Madden 2003, but they are sorely absent. (Double Sigh.) Game options are also pretty bare. There is the usual one on one game we have seen in previous games and a tutorial explained by panty-fetishist Marv Albert using grainy video game footage, but that's about it.

EASPORTS really needed to up the ante this year to compare with the mighty Sega NBA 2k series. I was pretty optimistic, but again EASPORTS resorted back to bad habits by releasing the same game with an added feature here and there. Though the Freestyle control is, dare I say, revolutionary, the problems greatly outweigh the benefits offered by the feature. Again, they have released a game that is too arcadey and not enough simulation. Though I have no problem with arcade-type game play, at least give me the option of enjoying a game with realistic shooting percentages, balanced game play, and the challenge of having to work for a score. Now excuse me while I go play NBA 2k3...

FUN FILLED!!!! Take control of T-Mac!!, October 9, 2002
Reviewer: bshaw20 from Orlando, FL USA
Live is a better version than last year's and it is somewhat NBA Jam-esque. They also had hilarious cut scenes. For example, before the opening tip, the center (in this case, Ho Grant) taps the ref on the shoulder, then steals the ball from the ref!! What...is this!!

Another cut scene is when the second quarter ends and the players walk to the locker room, one random player will stop near the stands and talk to a fan, then the coach sees it and yells at the player!!! Yet another stupid one is when the coach stands, a random player changes seats and sits on the coach's seat, then when the coach attempts to sit (without looking of course) he accidentally hits the player, and the coach gets mad!

There are no starting lineup intros, no coach intros, and no shoe editing. You can edit numbers and attributes though, which is a big plus. THUD wears 16, and in this game he still has 11, so I can just edit that.

This game has what you would call Freestyle control, which is basically the right analog stick. Using that stick results in ridiculous crossovers, dekes, spins, and other maneuvers. This game is so fast, and the computer runs the break everytime and throws alleyoops and throws down sick jams everytime. It is very arcadey.

Shots are easier to make in NBA Live, it's probably because of the arcadey style. I play simulation and it is still like an arcade.

Get this now, you won't be disappointed!!

Best B ball Game Ever?, September 14, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from new york
nba live is back with new inovative two joystick contol, and completely revamped gameplay. cruise to the nba championship in the new dynasty mode.There is also a great new soundtrack to listen to all day, live is back and better than ever!


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