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  • Summary: Step up your game with NBA Live 2004. With brand-new 10-Man Freestyle, authentic gameplay and stunning graphics, NBA Live 2004 delivers a complete basketball experience. Whether running the point with one-button Quick Plays, spinning free in the lane for a vicious dunk or locking down onStep up your game with NBA Live 2004. With brand-new 10-Man Freestyle, authentic gameplay and stunning graphics, NBA Live 2004 delivers a complete basketball experience. Whether running the point with one-button Quick Plays, spinning free in the lane for a vicious dunk or locking down on "D," the revamped EA Sports Freestyle Controller puts you in total control. With a dramatically enhanced Dynasty Mode, the ability to take the court at all NBA arenas and all-new commentary from Marv Albert and Mike Fratello, NBA Live 2004 looks to step up the authenticity. Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 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. Live is quite simply the best-controlling basketball game ever. Player control is unprecedented. [Dec 2003, p.152]
  3. If there's ever been a better basketball videogame than NBA Live 2004, it resides on the Planet Degloop, yet unavailable for human pleasure. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.84]
  4. 85
    Thanks to revolutionary ten-man motion captures, the look of 2004 will impress you. This is the first hoops game I've played where everyone on the court acts the way they're supposed to.
  5. Hardcore players will appreciate the added control brought by the new features, like off-the-ball control and the jump stop. The separation of the dunk and shoot buttons is an especially great move.
  6. The bevy of new moves and increased difficulty will surely please fans, though more work could have been done polishing the graphics and smoothing out some of the gameplay quirks. As it is, this is a solid drive to the basket.
  7. 80
    Strengthening the improvements to gameplay is the addition of sliders to help customize the action, from the computer's shot block ability to foul frequency, game speed, and more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. JoeS.
    Oct 10, 2003
    10
    The Best Game ever...forget the rest, I played this early, and it's simply incredible. WOW.
  2. JasonB.
    Oct 28, 2003
    10
    Best hoops game I've ever played. Period.
  3. TomL.
    Jan 28, 2004
    10
    This is the best bball game goin around man. Forget about inside drive and espn, they are no comparison ya know what im sayin. NBA live rocks This is the best bball game goin around man. Forget about inside drive and espn, they are no comparison ya know what im sayin. NBA live rocks mate, the graphics are unbelieveably true to life. I have started a season with the Rockets and am averaging 15 blocks a game with Yao Ming. Made some awesome trades and have already one 2 championships in my first 2 seasons. Expand
  4. C.Fish
    Oct 14, 2003
    8
    Good game but why in the world is Vince Carter on the cover? Put Dirk on the cover!
  5. AnthonyH.
    Oct 17, 2003
    7
    This game is a lot better than last year's but it's extremely hard to get used to if your used to playing 03. This game was This game is a lot better than last year's but it's extremely hard to get used to if your used to playing 03. This game was everything I expected, and thats the problem. There wasn't anything extraordinarily good about it. Expand
  6. ChrisC.
    Jul 28, 2004
    6
    While the gameplay was certainly enjoyable in Live, the bad graphics (ie black jerseys look gray) and inaccurate player ratings (Iverson While the gameplay was certainly enjoyable in Live, the bad graphics (ie black jerseys look gray) and inaccurate player ratings (Iverson couldn't make a bucket to save his life in this game) really bogged down the game, and made it, overall, a poor gaming experience. Next year, I?ll be buying ESPN. Expand
  7. Mr.BT
    Nov 25, 2003
    5
    Nice graphics and gameplay. You'd think, in this day and age of computer rendering software, that ONE of these damn companies would be Nice graphics and gameplay. You'd think, in this day and age of computer rendering software, that ONE of these damn companies would be able to make a net swish and have accurate rim physics for dunks and three-pointers. Nope. Until they get those things right, keep renting games like this and ESPN and hope that basketball is taken to the next level like Madden has taken football. Expand

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