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  • Summary: Low-post controls let you move, shoot and dunk with more versatility than ever before. Franchise mode allows you to build the next great NBA dynasty over several seasons. New cut scenes focus on player-to-player and player-to-referee interaction. Legendary players bring their skills toLow-post controls let you move, shoot and dunk with more versatility than ever before. Franchise mode allows you to build the next great NBA dynasty over several seasons. New cut scenes focus on player-to-player and player-to-referee interaction. Legendary players bring their skills to today's NBA for some classic matchups. [EA Sports] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. 90
    The gameplay finally matches the graphics, and the result is what basketball fans want and need in a PS2 game.
  2. The real gem of the post game is that as your player nears the basket, the AI team eventually double teams him. When it does, you find the open man for a mid- or long-range jumper. This is basketball 101, and I love it.
  3. The game has not taken any new leaps and bounds towards improvement in the way that Sega Sports "NBA 2K2" has, scoring this game just a little lower in the overall fun factor.
  4. One, why are the replays so dark? And two, why do they just give an overall ranking for the teams, why not also have it broken down by offence and defense?
  5. NBA Live 2002 takes a step backwards in our minds with less of a focus on strict, simulation style play and too much emphasis on flashy, easy broad based play.
  6. 50
    One part of the game that had me screaming at my players like Bobby Knight, and wanting to choke them out a la Latrell Sprewell, was that they would box out effectively maybe one out of forty times, and have no opposing player near the ball as it drops from hitting the rim.
  7. Look up the definition of 'weak-sauce' in Lewinson's Dictionary and you'll find the following: sloppy control, inconsistent player physics, cheating AI, incorrect play mechanics...you can see where this is leading, can't you?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. AnthonyM.
    Jan 6, 2002
    10
    NBA Live 2002 is unbelievable! The rosters most of all. The 40 new dunks and new lay-ups are so real. I'm tellin' ya if you like NBA Live 2002 is unbelievable! The rosters most of all. The 40 new dunks and new lay-ups are so real. I'm tellin' ya if you like basketball and have good taste and you haven't bought NBA Live 2002 yet you better buy it before it's sold out. Plus it will probably be worth a lot of money 'cause there was never a palindrome (a number that looks the same if you look at it backwords) basketball game. And 'cause there's Michael Jordan. Not one NBA Live game has ever had Michael Jordan on the regular roster 'till now. Expand
  2. OsamaJr.
    Nov 8, 2001
    10
    This game is design for all NBA lovers. The players and game play are very realistic. And the SHOES!! Ya, they thought about everything.
  3. ErosD.
    Nov 25, 2001
    4
    This game looks great and plays terrible. This once great franchise is sinking. Fast.
  4. DanaL.
    Jun 11, 2002
    3
    I have been playing ea basketball games since NBA 98 and besides graphics improvements the games have been getting worse. The rebounding, I have been playing ea basketball games since NBA 98 and besides graphics improvements the games have been getting worse. The rebounding, shooting, player speed and post moves are so unrealistic that it hurts me to play. If these thigs were fixed then they would have a great game! Expand

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