Excerpt: NBA Live 2003 offers players a lot more this year than roster updates. New play modes, including online play, animations and motion captures, and a new "Freestyle Control" to give you access to wide array of player moves are all included in this year's incarnation of the game. The result is a very fast-paced game of basketball, but one that tends more towards arcade style play than a true basketball simulation.
Excerpt: What can be said that hasn't been said before; another year of experience, another solid year in the graphics department for NBA Live 2003 . This year's player models look incredible with every action. The high-flying dunks make you want to get out of your chair, while the big swats sit you back down. EA Sports tried using cut shots of players on the bench, following breaks in the action, but I found them to be useless and repetitive.
Excerpt: One of the longest-running sports series around, Live has certainly paved new ways and opened new doors in the sport of basketball. However, EA's last couple of tries have come up a bit short, with sloppy attempts at a solid basketball simulation. Somewhere or another, EA has gotten back in the right direction with a fully-functional and rather enjoyable basketball game, but calling it a "simulation" may be going out on a limb.
Excerpt: The latest in a long line, EA Sports' NBA Live 2003 plays much faster than any of its 3D predecessors, almost to the point that it seems to mimic the 16-bit installments in the series, which were some of the most entertaining basketball games of that era. You won't find an incredibly realistic half-court game in this latest NBA Live, but you will find a lot of run-and-gun-style offense with plenty of fast breaks, dunks, fancy passing, and cuts through the lane.
Excerpt: Tout le basket de la NBA avec un contrôle total Le freestyle control : un système révolutionnaire De magnifiques dribles croisés, des mouvements de triple menace, des interceptions éclairs et des contres monstrueux… Enchaînez tous vos mouvements et réalisez ceux que vous voulez, avec une...
Conclusion: Den diesjährigen Titeln der EA Sports Reihe konnte man nicht gerade Innovationslosigkeit vorwerfen. Genauso verhält es sich auch bei „NBA Live 2003“. Durch die neue Freestylesteuerung kommt ein absolut flüssiges und zudem spektakuläres Spiel zustande. Da stört es mich auch nicht, dass der Simulationsanspruch dieses Jahr nur noch sporadisch vorhanden ist.