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  • Summary: Live your dream of NBA superstardom in NBA Live 2003. This year's installment in the NBA Live series features a new control system that lets you make quick steals, monster shot blocks, and smooth crossover dribbles. New animations show everything from power dunks and rebounds to signature moves and coaches' reactions. The game also features old NBA uniforms from basketball legends, such as Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, and Dr. J. Add to the mix fresh commentary and dialogue between player and coach, and you have a complete NBA experience. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 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]
  2. Freestyle control allows unparalleled dribbling and defensive control.
  3. 85
    The emphasis in this game is on scoring and creating spectacular plays, a job that once belonged to the NBA Jam/Showtime series. People enjoyed watching Live 2003 as much as they enjoyed playing it.
  4. Focuses on the up-tempo aspects of the sport of basketball as opposed to the half-court set, and the result is plenty of fast breaks, quick passes, and few shot clock violations.
  5. I still wholly recommend "NBA 2K3," but Live looks like it's back on the upswing. [Dec 2002, p.258]
  6. The Gameplay reminded me more of a charity All-Star game than an actual NBA game.
  7. It’s hard to diss a game that looks so realistic (Iverson’s still rocking ’rows), but there’s just something wrong when the only way to stop anyone from driving to the bucket is by taking away their keys to the stadium.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4