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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 42
  2. Negative: 8 out of 42
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  1. Kairow
    Dec 15, 2003
    7
    It is not a sim. It is an arcade style game with sim graphics. EA brings what they have for years: good music, a play by play that only gets on your nerves if you play seasons, and an 'idea' of what basketball is. Defense is much improved, and offense feels very clunky. What they've added for more contol ends up giving you more ways to not do exactly what you want.
  2. limit0_dot_com
    Nov 4, 2003
    6
    Better than last year but with new faults... Even the "big men" have to adjust their shot if any 6 footers are defending them. Shaq, Dirk, Duncan all get blocked during slams 60% of the time if anyone is nearby... The training mode in dynasty is just gay... You have to play full length games in order to get the most dynasty points but games go to 200+ points if you play full time... You Better than last year but with new faults... Even the "big men" have to adjust their shot if any 6 footers are defending them. Shaq, Dirk, Duncan all get blocked during slams 60% of the time if anyone is nearby... The training mode in dynasty is just gay... You have to play full length games in order to get the most dynasty points but games go to 200+ points if you play full time... You can just sit in front of a player screwing with the freestyle controls and pop up to shoot and that increases the chance of your shot going in a hell of a lot, no matter who is defending... And worst of all, it turns into monkey ball in the 4th quarter no matter what the game pace is or what the score is. If I hit 70% of the 3 pointers in the 3rd quarter with the Mavs, they will hit 5% in the 4th no matter who they play. Collapse
  3. DayoA.
    Oct 21, 2003
    6
    I think it is little better than last year but, it is still too much of an arcade game, thats why they have Nba Street. The graphics are better but nothing compared to the 2k series and the Franchise(dynasty) looks good but in all reality is weak. Im looking foward to Espn Nba Basketball. p.s. to all those who want to play a real basketball simulation do youself a favor and dont buy Nba Live 04.
  4. Oct 3, 2015
    6
    Buenos recuerdos de este juego . Aquellos años de mi infancia con mis amigos viciándose a ver quien era el mejor con los peores equipos del juego jajaja

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#50 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Play Magazine
    100
    EA has done it again, implementing expanded Freestyle control, improved defensive AI, superior graphics and a brand-new announce team...Looking for the best basketball game? NBA Live 2004 is nothing but net. [Nov 2003, p.105]
  2. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    90
    The gameplay has been dramatically tweaked, but the changes haven't detracted from the quick and responsive pace of the previous game. [Dec 2003, p.182]
  3. The perfect purchase for simulation basketball fans that want a little of arcade-like freedom.