Michael J. Pinckney "Antonia Pinckney, RD, CDE", Amazon
8 December 2003
Summary: I am a big b-ball fan, and every year I buy or rent the NBA Live series from EA Sports. In the past, it was quite easy to pass the ball down low to the big fella and have him slam it over the other center's head. In this installment, EA decided to give your oppenent's center an IQ as if he graduated (ha) from Harvard. I found in nearly impossible to penetrate the paint. This is not an outside shot game either.
Sweet game, but disappointed with create-a-player, ratings
Tish "Tish", Amazon
29 November 2003
Summary: I like the more realistic game player (with motion capture on all the players), and ultimately that's what most important in a sports game, the play. But what keeps me from giving 2004 a 4 star is that, first, the create-a-player models are a step below last year's game, and the player ratings seem to be on a much stricter grading system, whereas the same players seem to have approx. 10 less overall points in their ratings.
Summary: I somewhat enjoyed live 2003 last year and figured this years' version would be an improvement. Not so. It is basically the same game. The much-hyped freestyle control is weak, and the overall feel of the game is not very smooth. As for the graphics, it might as well be on the ps1. The franchise mode is not very well put together. The one bright spot is the online play.. The games run smoothly (using broadboand of course).
ESPN NBA Basketball is still king, but Live is improving
Michele D. Thomure "Michele", Amazon
25 October 2003
Summary: First of all, don't listen to the fellow who said Live has "always been better," because until last year, Live was a horrifically awful game. Last year it improved, and this year it improved even more. It still has arcadey and glitchy problems however. ESPN is the way to go, but as I said Live is improving.
A definite improvement... but still lags behind Sega
19 October 2003
Summary: First let me mention I'm not an EA versus Sega guy. I have owned titles from both sides. But EA definitely has the publishing power to sell trash. The fact that it took this long to code real arenas and better AI in it's new hoops and hockey games shows EA's ability to sell poor product with nifty commercials. Sega's competition has made EA up the ante, but as with the NHL series it still falls short. The gameplay, graphics, arenas and commentary are all improved.
Summary: Pros -Pro Hop is an excellent concept and well executed -I like the 10 man mo-cap they implemented, it definetly makes the game feel more "Live" -Nice dunk, shoot, and layup animations -Seperation of Shot and Dunk/layup button is an excellent concept and well executed Cons -Poor graphics compared to NBA 2K series.
Summary: ... zum sehr schlechten NBA Live 2003. Zwar sind die Blocks jetzt realistischer animiert aber man schaft noch immer mit einem Guard über 10 Blocks in einem Spiel. Auch die Grafik der Spieler kann noch verbessert werden, sie sind alle etwas zu rundlich. Mein Tipp: Dieses Jahr nicht wieder zum EA-Titel greifen sondern zu ESPN NBA Basketball (2k4) dem Nachfolger zu Segas NBA 2k3.