Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. A huge improvement over the past few versions of the game. The game has a good balance between realism and fast arcade style action.
  2. 87
    I haven't had this much fun with a basketball game since "NBA Showdown" on my Super Nintendo nearly 10 years ago. Innovative, fast, and possessing the most fluid control of any basketball game on the market.
  3. These are the coolest and most rewarding dunk-fests we've ever played - and NBA Live 2003 is the most entertaining basketball game on the market because of it. [Dec 2002, p.54]
  4. With improved graphics, better animations, and a control system that, like their commercials say, allows players to fully express themselves anyway they want, Live 2003 is unbelievably solid.
  5. The controls were thoughtfully kept simple and easy to memorize for one specific reason: to allow gamers to focus on the new EA Sports Freestyle Control function.
  6. A game for those who don't mind sacrificing some realism for a more exciting experience. [Nov 2002, p.119]
  7. Debuting in this '03 renewal is the EA Sports "freestyle" control. Wihout question, it WILL change the way you play basketball games...forever. [Nov 2002, p.88]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. [Anonymous]
    Apr 18, 2003
    This game is so awesome dudes and dudets.
  2. DougP.
    Apr 12, 2003
    This game is on the hook!
  3. JustinH.
    Mar 25, 2003
    This game sucks, I hate it so much.