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  • Summary: Revolutionary Hand Control: Unprecedented control over both hands lets you make lightning-quick steals, monster shot blocks, and crossover dribbles. NBA Speed, NBA Power: Hundreds of new animations, including new signature moves. "D Up": Amazing control and new shot blocking animations bringRevolutionary Hand Control: Unprecedented control over both hands lets you make lightning-quick steals, monster shot blocks, and crossover dribbles. NBA Speed, NBA Power: Hundreds of new animations, including new signature moves. "D Up": Amazing control and new shot blocking animations bring defense to life. Real NBA Coaches: All the NBA head coaches are courtside in full 3D, reacting to the on-court action. Brand-new Commentary: Over 5,000 new lines keep the commentary fresh throughout the entire LIVE season. [EA Sports] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  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. PSM Magazine
    90
    These are the coolest and most rewarding dunk-fests we've ever played - and NBA Live 2003 is the most entertaining basketball game on the market because of it. [Dec 2002, p.54]
  3. The controls were thoughtfully kept simple and easy to memorize for one specific reason: to allow gamers to focus on the new EA Sports Freestyle Control function.
  4. Is it better than NBA 2K3? Well, no, not really, though some of you will find the faster-paced gameplay to be more enticing, and even doubters should check it out for the Freestyle control alone.
  5. TotalGames.net
    82
    Another criticism levelled at last year’s release was the dodgy AI. This time round the CPU players are much more intelligent making for a more challenging, yet rewarding game.
  6. 80
    The combination of Freestyle Control, improved AI, and super graphics have elevated this veteran's game by leaps and bounds.
  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: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. JoshL.
    Nov 30, 2002
    10
    It is just great.
  2. Mar 14, 2021
    10
    Best game with the best players and the best soundtrack. The best basketball video game of all time
  3. DonovanR.
    Jan 15, 2003
    10
    It is very very good, but I cannot wait for the next one to come out.
  4. DougP.
    Apr 12, 2003
    10
    This game is on the hook!
  5. [Anonymous]
    Apr 18, 2003
    10
    This game is so awesome dudes and dudets.
  6. Flex
    Jan 10, 2003
    9
    Amazing game to play. once had found time limit and difficulty to get realistic scores found the gameplay to be the best ive seen. Freestyle Amazing game to play. once had found time limit and difficulty to get realistic scores found the gameplay to be the best ive seen. Freestyle play is dope, adds a whole new playing style to the game. D still needs some work, but ovcrall top quality. Expand
  7. JustinH.
    Mar 25, 2003
    0
    This game sucks, I hate it so much.

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#58 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002