Excerpt: The graphics for NBA Live 2001 are basically the same from the year previous. Not that that's bad, but nothing really improved graphics wise. My guess would be that they were busy worrying about some other system... hmmm, PlayStation 2?!! I'm not kidding either, I think they basically copied last year's version, and updated a couple things here and there. The announcers were another part I could have done without. The play-by-play kept up, but they were so dry.
Conclusion: If you bought last year's version of NBA Live, you will for sure want to pick up this year's as well. Now you might be saying that the graphics aren't up to today's standards, and you're probably right, but the gameplay is what really sets this title apart. The game is just plain fun and I can honestly say that I would rather play Live 2001 than almost half of the PS2's line-up of launch games.
Excerpt: What may be the longest running NBA game series, the NBA Live series is still the most realistic B-ball title out there after so many games, from SNES to PSX. I really can't remember EA releasing a lacking NBA Live game at all, every single one on the PS was above average and the ones in the 16-Bit era were just as good.