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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 49
  2. Negative: 9 out of 49
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  1. M.Calcagno
    Jan 4, 2003
    5
    EA has gone arcade crazy with NBA Live 2003! There are far too many dunks, blocks, steals and fast breaks! The AI is totally unrealistic! Everyone seems to be flying around like Vince Carter, dunking on almost every possession! This is more like a highlight reel or commercial than a game and it certainly is not a simulation anymore! NBA Live has turned into Triple Play Baseball! The EA has gone arcade crazy with NBA Live 2003! There are far too many dunks, blocks, steals and fast breaks! The AI is totally unrealistic! Everyone seems to be flying around like Vince Carter, dunking on almost every possession! This is more like a highlight reel or commercial than a game and it certainly is not a simulation anymore! NBA Live has turned into Triple Play Baseball! The entire game seems to revolve around never-ending dunks and animations. People that never dunk or block shots are doing it repeatedly! This looks more like NBA Jam than NBA Live. This is all on so called, exhibition mode. I suppose that on arcade, everyone fly?s around non-stop like superman! PC users had to wait two years for EA to turn a simulation into a slam-dunk contest! I think the programmers at EA Sports need to cut down on their sugar intake! The graphics are pretty good but the coaches look very weird especially Byron Scott of the Nets. Again, too many dunks, blocks, steals, fast breaks and repetitive animations and no real AI and no realism! When a 6-foot guards block 7-foot centers, that is really totally out of touch with reality. It's fun to you like a too fast-exaggerated arcade game but forget about it as a simulation. Since I want realistic AI in a simulation that reflects reality on planet earth, I am very disappointed! Manuel Calcagno. Expand
  2. May 24, 2012
    7
    There are some flaws with the player ratings and some actions that are too easy to do. But it is better than '06, '07 and '08. Though, it is a good game overall.
  3. Jan 3, 2018
    7
    Hikaye = 0
    Oynanış = 7
    Grafikler = 7
    Sesler = 7
    Keyif = 8
    Atmosfer = 7
    Süre = 7
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Play Magazine
    100
    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. Computer Games Magazine
    50
    The game plays as if it's on a cocaine buzz... It's packed with non stop dunks, supersonic fast breaks, and point guards that block three-pointers with relative ease. [Feb 2003, p.84]
  3. A complete game. It looks good and it plays great. A few AI drawbacks aside, this is hands down the best basketball simulation on the market.