NBA Live 2003 PlayStation 2

User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
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  1. MichaelR.
    Oct 13, 2002
    6
    While EA has fixed many of the problems of the past few years, a whole new crop has appeared, and this time the problems are just annoying. The game has the added feature of a "Draw Charge" button, which is a great idea, but it also means that if you are quick you can draw a call ever play. Players will fall down constantly, whether or not a call is made on the play. These guys are great While EA has fixed many of the problems of the past few years, a whole new crop has appeared, and this time the problems are just annoying. The game has the added feature of a "Draw Charge" button, which is a great idea, but it also means that if you are quick you can draw a call ever play. Players will fall down constantly, whether or not a call is made on the play. These guys are great actors, but unfortunately that doesn't translate to a fun basketball game experience. If a player is hit while in a shooting animation, the animation will stop, so you have to hit the shoot button repeatedly. On defense there is little more than drawing charges. You can get upwards of 8 to 10 blocks a game with just your center, but the opposing team will still shoot 75% for the game. The freestyle control is a wonderful addition, but the collision detection of the game is horrible. Players will fall over when the ball carrier runs by. You can spin move into someone and just stay in one place, or you can go through three men for a two hand dunk. In all it is just an extremely frustrating game, which is why I am returning my copy and trading in for NBA 2K3. Expand
  2. CaseyI.
    Dec 30, 2002
    6
    This game is fun but it is in no way realistic i mean getting 12 blocks in a game every game with 4 minute quarters is just gay. Players don't even look like they should. Shaq has skinny legs for goodness sakes. EA has the lockdown on football games but Sega deff. has the edge when it comes to basketball.

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#42 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. GameNow
    75
    Simple, straightforward fun. [Dec 2002, p.70]
  2. The bottom line is that EA has made nothing but vast improvements with this version of the NBA Live series.
  3. Live 2003’s identity crisis and average-at-best graphics are inexcusable. It belongs next to “ShootOut 2003” in the rental bin while “NBA 2K3” spins happily ever after.