Conclusion: NBA Live 2002 does some things right, like graphics (to an extent), dunking, and the extras, but it does so many things wrong that detract heavily from the overall experience. The goal of a basketball game, especially a simulation, is to capture the fun, excitement, realism and strategy that is involved in a real-life basketball game, but NBA Live 2002 fails to do so in many respects.
Excerpt: In many minds, NBA Live 2002 is the demon spawn of the basketball world. Don't ask me why, maybe it's because EA Sports develops it. Maybe it's because Inside Drive and NBA 2k2 (PS2) capture a better feel then Live. If you were to ask many gamers what game they prefer it wouldn't be NBA Live. While I'll concede that Live isn't a perfect title, it's been given a bad rap this year that it doesn't deserve.
Conclusion: Is this game worth the purchase if you have NBA Live 2002 for PS2 already? Definitely no. By no means would I consider NBA Live 2002 a simulation. A simulation is supposed to accurately simulate a sport. NBA Live 2002 does not do this too well. Too many quirks in the AI to be considered an accurate simulation of basketball. However, NBA Live 2002 does give you an enjoyable multiplayer game with friends.
Conclusion: Was unter dem Strich bleibt, ist eine mittelmäßige Konvertierung eines Playstation2-Spiels, welches schon auf der Ursprungskonsole nicht wirklich überzeugen konnte. Wer unbedingt nach einem NBA-Spiel Ausschau hält, sollte den Release von NBA 2k2 von SEGA oder NBA Inside Drive von Microsoft abwarten.