NBA 2K3 PlayStation 2

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  • Summary: Imagine jump shots so real players actually adjust their movement in mid-air based on distance from the hoop and defensive pressure; a passing touch that gives you the control to skirt a defender or start a fast break; and dribble moves that let you jab left, rock right, crossover, spin andImagine jump shots so real players actually adjust their movement in mid-air based on distance from the hoop and defensive pressure; a passing touch that gives you the control to skirt a defender or start a fast break; and dribble moves that let you jab left, rock right, crossover, spin and much more. It's all happening in NBA 2K3. No other game delivers the physical element of basketball like this. Accurate impact from collisions, especially hard fouls and authoritative dunks; shot blocking with emphasis on precise hand-to-ball contact; and the ability to lunge for the loose ball, even if it means ending up on some celebrity's lap. With commentators that analyze strategy, cutscenes portraying lifelike player interaction, uniforms that move like real fabric, and a brand new ESPN broadcast system that wraps it all together, NBA 2K3 provides the complete NBA experience. [Sega] Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    100
    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]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. PSM Magazine
    90
    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]
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    90
    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]
  6. Improves upon NBA 2k2 in almost every single way.
  7. If you love hoops, then this is a great simulation that will last until the next iteration, but Gamestyle feels that the real fun is to be had out on the blacktop and not in the comfort of your La-Z-Boy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. BillB.
    Feb 14, 2003
    10
    Ain't no ball game better than this game.
  2. MukanzakiniG.
    Apr 4, 2003
    10
    IIIITTT IIISSS GGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!
  3. ChrisM.
    Oct 25, 2002
    9
    This game is great. I hated how hard it was to play on pro on 2k2, but the AI sliders make that a non issue in 2k3. The graphics are great, This game is great. I hated how hard it was to play on pro on 2k2, but the AI sliders make that a non issue in 2k3. The graphics are great, all the court names are here except for Boston and New Orleans, and the passing isnt so hard this time. Just turn the maximum passing on and put the cpu steals rating down. I play 10 min qtrs and score about 98 pts and shoot at .520. Expand
  4. Jdezonia
    Apr 2, 2003
    9
    i like this game alot u have created players and created teams but one thing i think u should have u should be able to be 7'10 i i like this game alot u have created players and created teams but one thing i think u should have u should be able to be 7'10 i don't like only being able to be 7'6 it sucks. and make some more games on it like 3 point contest and dunking contest u need thoughs things to make it interesting for your not always play just the regular game or street. Expand
  5. AnthonyC.
    Dec 29, 2002
    8
    The game looks and plays great, but it could be a lot faster.
  6. Patrick
    Jul 11, 2003
    8
    Is a good game but nba live 2003 is in every aspect better.There are some things who can mush better.the created players section,rosters Is a good game but nba live 2003 is in every aspect better.There are some things who can mush better.the created players section,rosters walktru and so much others things..... Expand
  7. JustinG.
    Jun 9, 2003
    0
    Thiz gam needz som help dude it is on the hook! Word up my brother!

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Awards & Rankings

#62 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002