Summary: I actually hated this game when I first bought it due to the revised game play. I absolutely HATED...I repeat HATED the hop step, and having a seperate shot and dunk/layup button. Months later near the release of Live 05, I started playing Live 04 and became accustomed to the style of play. Now I couldn't imagine it any other way. The game is dope, and the audio appeal aint bad either. Really looking forward to playing Live 05 and mastering it.
Summary: This game would have been so much better if EA had only fixed all the ridiculous problems of 2003 and left it at that, because that was still the most fun basketball game I've ever played. Instead, they revamped the franchise. The player models all look short, fat, and big-headed. What was going on inside EA when they did those graphics? The pro-hop is great, but now that's pretty much the only way to get an open shot.
Summary: Hi, I've played basketball over the years but the only NBA Live games I've played was NBA Live '95 on the PC and NBA Live 98 in the Nintendo 64 (my friends and I wore that one out). I got NBA Live 2002 for the PS2 for a brief time as well and played it but shelved it in favor of NBA 2k2. So, it was a pleasant surprise when my friend got me NBA Live 2004. It took me a while to adjust to the game but NBA Live 2004 is quite nice.
Summary: First of all, I am a HUGE basketball fan but I'm an even BIGGER fan of basketball video games. I've played dozens of b-ball titles, many of which most people have never heard of (ever hear of Fast Break by a company named Accolade or GBA Sports' 2-on-2 Basketball? I didn't think so). Anyway, the point is, in over 20 years of playing hoops games (hopefully, I'm not showing my age) I rank NBA Live 2004 as one of my top 5 EVER!
Summary: If you like real basketball instead of arcade basketball, you should get this game. I love this gameplay, but it could be better. The new hop step button is great, but if you step up to take a charge, the defender slides backwards. It also takes to long for the shoter to recover after a missed layup. And they have to many missed layups in the game.
Play it for a while and you will learn to apreciate it a lot
Michael Jenkins "jenkx00", Amazon
4 November 2003
Summary: I hope that EA reads these reviews and hears from those who actually play the games. This is one of the better basketball games I have played. When I first turned it on and started to play I was a little disappointed because the player models had changed. I like the player models from last year's game better. These models are not bad but they are small. I liked the right joystick action better in last year's game.
Summary: Against my better judgment, I went out and purchased NBA Live 2004 after swearing off the franchise after last year's debacle. Though I loved the hyped Freestyle Control, I found 2003 to be incredibly frustrating for it's emphasis on arcade-like game play that allowed the opponent to score at will. But like a battered wife, I eventually found myself coming back, hoping that things would change for the better.
Summary: Janvier 2003, je regarde les matchs de NBA tous les jours et je sens que quelque chose me manque de plus en plus dans ma vie. Les autres jeux de PS2 ne parviennent plus à limiter l'ennui. Les symptômes sont là, il faut investir dans un jeu de basket. Je discute autour de moi, j'arrive à la FNAC, ultime alternative NBA live 2004 V.S NBA 2k3.