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  • Summary: Hit the hardwood with nonstop action and intense competition with ESPN NBA Basketball. Complete with all the detailed visuals, eye-catching callouts, and commentary, ESPN NBA Basketball presents all the excitement and quickness from a real NBA game. Not only can you unleash the most skilled crossovers and unbelievable jukes with Isomotion control, but you can also completely lock down opponents with rock-solid D. Challenge current and legendary NBA players in real time--24 hours a day, seven days a week--with your own created player in 24/7 mode. Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    A basketball technician’s dream. Games against the CPU realistically mimic a real game, while scrimmages against friends received a boost of energy thanks to sped-up gameplay and better shot blocking. ESPN NBA Basketball 2K4 retains the top slot by just a hair.
  2. Minor gripes aside, Visual Concepts has elevanted its game to an untouchable level. "Live" really has nothing on it. [Nov 2003, p.170]
  3. When you face a player, it's almost like a fighting game: who will execute the proper move first? [Nov 2003, p.104]
  4. It’s clear that they designed this game to play more like “Live” did last year out of the box. While that will probably help them sell more copies of the game, I feel Visual Concepts should have focused on other more important problems; like off the ball movement and in game AI, before adding other modes and removing key features.
  5. 85
    I rarely start off a review talking about how a game looks or sounds, but the presentation of this game can't be understated. It looks and sounds spectacular.
  6. An absolute must buy for basketball enthusiasts (football fans think of "Pro Evoultion Soccer 3," with a license and Live capabilities). For anyone else: this is as good as console basketball gets, so try it.
  7. It's the bugs, the lousy camera, the lack of online leagues for Xbox and absolute necessity to adjust all of the gameplay sliders to find that decent game that shoots the overall score way down.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20