• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 8, 2002
Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 87
    This is by far one of the best sports simulations out there. However, if you are looking for an experience closer to old-school b-ball games like NBA Jams, then you don't want to come here.
  2. Basketball doesn’t get any better than this.
  3. Accuracy reigns over adrenaline, and NBA 2K is the king of video hoops yet again. [Nov 2002, p.118]
  4. 100
    Unmatched in its field thanks to major improvements in every category combined with a deeply rewarding simulation experience.
  5. Despite its random flaws, the game's gorgeous graphics, solid gameplay and top-notch Franchise mode make it an easy All-Star.
  6. 100
    A great basketball engine with improved physics and new moves, finely detailed and rich graphics, and modes both diverse and immersive all combine to make NBA 2K3 the best true representation of basketball out there.
  7. Online play, a much-improved franchise mode, and the integration of the ESPN license dot the i's in an already great series. [Dec 2002, p.204]
  8. When it comes to games for sports lovers, this one leads the list. It's my early favorite [yes, over "Madden" and "NCAA 2003"] for sports game of the year. [Dec 2002, p.170]
  9. When played head to head [with "Live 2003"], 2K3 feels a little slow, a tad unexciting and a touch old school, but it still looks and plays the closest to real NBA basketball. For hardcore hoops fans, that's what really matters. [Dec 2002, p.59]
  10. From its robust Franchise mode to its peerless graphics engine, and from the intimidating control options (I’m still finding new stuff to do as I write this!) to its mostly lag-free online playability, NBA 2K3 redefines and expands the genre to new heights.
  11. 93
    One fantastic looking game, and it plays like a dream. The controls are logical and simple, but at the same time can be very complex.
  12. 100
    It's 2K3 or bust if you're a serious hoop head. [Dec 2002, p.70]
  13. 100
    Without a doubt the most realistic basketball game ever to hit the market. It’s got everything a fan could want: franchise mode, online mode, create a player, and the best gameplay around.
  14. Simply put, NBA 2k3 is the best basketball game ever made.
  15. The key is the gameplay. While there are some nagging issues, the game is balanced overall and will appeal to fans of the game.
  16. Improves upon NBA 2k2 in almost every single way.

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