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  • Summary: The dominant hoops franchise returns live, delivering high-flyin', fast-paced NBA action plus a whole lot more. With all-new player reactions and bench sequences, redesigned commentary, and crowd animations, NBA Live 2001 comes alive, bringing more emotion and atmosphere to the court thanThe dominant hoops franchise returns live, delivering high-flyin', fast-paced NBA action plus a whole lot more. With all-new player reactions and bench sequences, redesigned commentary, and crowd animations, NBA Live 2001 comes alive, bringing more emotion and atmosphere to the court than ever before. [EA Sports] Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. The fact remains that if you want to own the best possible basketball game for the PC, this is the one to get. The graphics are, as usual, simply spectacular, and the production values, from the snappy menu system to the hip-hop timeouts, are the best in the business.
  2. At this point, NBA Live 2001 should be the only basketball game you need for some time to come. It offers a little of everything, and although it's certainly not perfect, you have to appreciate that EA didn't skimp on the details or merely repackage last year's edition.
  3. We reloaded NBA Live 2000 for comparison, and there's no question that this is a leaps-and-bounds improvement.
  4. Like a breakaway that results in a lay-up. Where's the slammah jammah? As usual, the overall presentation, variety of game modes, and new additions are fantastic, but there are a handful of issues that hurt the game.
  5. Personally, the game started out enjoyable and still is, but I have a feeling I will start to get frustarted with the rebounding and missing short shots too often in the near future.
  6. Certainly a feast for the eyes, but questionable AI and control issues keep it from instant-classic status.
  7. It's pretty good. I'm just waiting for EA to revamp all their games and give sports fans something new. Until then, you guys might want to change your catch phrase to... "EA sports, it's still the same."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. TravisB.
    Dec 21, 2007
    10
    This was one of my favorite PC games of all-time. Along with the NHL game where you could pick your own all-star team, this was hands down a This was one of my favorite PC games of all-time. Along with the NHL game where you could pick your own all-star team, this was hands down a great game. Sure there were the occasional stat glitches of not matching the ratings for existing players, but you could create hundreds of players and keep building current rosters for years. Game play was stellar, and it had a groundbreaking franchise mode which allowed you to read scouting reports, draft players, make trades, and go all the way to 2025, and the best part is that you could play the franchise mode or the actual head-to-head game with a friend. And the best part was that you could hear Rahzel's song in the background, which was absolutely classic. KG rules, and so does this game. Expand
  2. TravisB.
    Dec 21, 2007
    10
    This was one of my favorite PC games of all-time. Along with the NHL game where you could pick your own all-star team, this was hands down a This was one of my favorite PC games of all-time. Along with the NHL game where you could pick your own all-star team, this was hands down a great game. Sure there were the occasional stat glitches of not matching the ratings for existing players, but you could create hundreds of players and keep building current rosters for years. Game play was stellar, and it had a groundbreaking franchise mode which allowed you to read scouting reports, draft players, make trades, and go all the way to 2025, and the best part is that you could play the franchise mode or the actual head-to-head game with a friend. And the best part was that you could hear Rahzel's song in the background, which was absolutely classic. KG rules, and so does this game. Expand
  3. MattR.
    Jul 30, 2001
    6
    A huge disappointment. Live 2000 was, and still is, miles ahead of this turd in terms of gameplay. The only thing that's improved are A huge disappointment. Live 2000 was, and still is, miles ahead of this turd in terms of gameplay. The only thing that's improved are the graphics and animations. Everything else not only didn't improve, but actually took a step back! Expand