NBA 2K3 (GameCube)

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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.4
Overall User Score (5 votes) 4.3

Critic Reviews

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GamePro (US) (Oct 07, 2002)
Once again facing off against its toughest opponent, the GameCube controller, 2K3 looks to try to dominate. NBA 2K3 doesn’t break a sweat getting past the competition and scoring a repeat championship. 2K3 is unmatched in its field thanks to major improvements in every category combined with a deeply rewarding simulation experience.
89 (Apr 02, 2003)
NBA 2K3 ist eine waschechte Simulation, an der sich Arcadefans die Zähne ausbeißen würden. Zwar bietet das Spiel auch einen Arcade Modus doch damit würde es seinen eigentlichen Reiz verlieren. Es lebt von der realistischen Darstellung des Sports und fordert eine Kombination aus kontrollierter Fingerakrobatik und taktischem Verständnis. Wer bereit ist, sich dieser Herausforderung zu stellen, muss zugreifen.
GameZone (Nov 07, 2002)
The audio of NBA 2K3 is excellent. The crowd roars with home team baskets, have custom chants, and even count down the shot clock as it is winding down. The commentary is pretty solid, but does occasionally repeat itself. The soundtrack is pretty basic, and nothing to write home about, but the crowd and on-court sounds make up for it.
IGN (Oct 04, 2002)
NBA 2K3 is the game to get if you want as realistic an NBA experience as possible. This is by far the best basketball sim out there. However, if you are looking for an experience closer to old-school b-ball games like NBA Jam, then you don't want to go here. There are other solid basketball games that offer a more arcadey experience. There's nothing wrong with any of those games, but none of them manage the intelligent AI, the amazingly realistic graphics, or as real a hoops experience as NBA 2K3.
85 (Apr 24, 2003)
Un titre attendu de pied ferme par les fans. Ces derniers ne seront pas déçus de cette attente et découvriront enfin ce titre qui tient ses promesses et offre une expérience de basketball intense et quasi inoubliable grâce à sa réalisation technique et son gameplay très abouti.
83 (Sep 07, 2003)
Sin lugar a dudas, estamos ante el mejor simulador de baloncesto que existe; no es perfecto, pero es capaz de reproducir todas las sensaciones, todo el sabor y todo el fervor que conlleva la mejor liga de baloncesto del planeta. Existen múltiples aspectos mejorables, más aun si pensamos en las capacidades técnicas de las nuevas máquinas; y muchos aspectos de la jugabilidad que requieren un calibrado fino para hacerlo, más aun si cabe, cercano a la perfección, pero si de verdad eres aficionado al deporte de la canasta, debes tener este juego, en cuanto juegues con él y lo domines mínimamente no querrás otro.
GameSpot (Oct 08, 2002)
Without question, NBA 2K3 is one of the most accurate representations of professional basketball to date. From posting up on the block to driving through the lane for a layup or a monstrous dunk, nearly every facet of the sport is executed very well, though that's not to say that there aren't some chinks in NBA 2K3's armor. There's still a lingering problem with the inconsistency in shot percentages and in the passing game, as well as a few nagging issues with basic dribbling movement when you're trying to navigate through a crowd of defenders. Still, in the grand scheme of things, these problems will largely go unnoticed by all but the hardest of the hard-core basketball fans, making NBA 2K3 a worthwhile purchase for anyone interested in the sport.
Gamekult (Feb 26, 2003)
Sans surprise, NBA 2K3 s'impose comme le meilleur jeu de basket-ball de la machine par ses qualités sportives incontestables et son contenu très riche. Pourtant, il faut savoir le jeu n'est pas parfait puisque certains réglages par défaut nécessiteront quelques retouches avant de pouvoir profiter pleinement de ce titre plutôt axé vers la simulation. Toutefois, ne faisons pas la fine bouche car cet opus est a priori le dernier de la série à voir le jour sur GameCube et il va sans dire que les puristes du genre seraient inconscients de le laisser passer.
Darkstation (May 06, 2003)
The NBA 2K series has genuinely hit its point of refinement and maturity. Given that even the earliest versions were great, it's no surprise that NBA 2K3 is really one of the best basketball games on the market. The lack of online play and memory card issues specific to this version of the game are unfortunate, but ultimately do not hinder the great experience it provides. If you are looking for an interactive hoops simulation to ease the tensions between playoff games this season, look no further than NBA 2K3.
70 Games (May 31, 2003)
Ein gutes Spiel mit viel Spannung, besonders im Multiplayermodus. Mein erster Eindruck vom Gameplay war nicht sehr gut, aber das lag nur daran, dass die Spielgeschwindigkeit auf "Normal" noch zu langsam ist. Nach der Umstellung auf "Fast" gefiel es mir gleich viel besser. Und auch mit der Grafik war ich ziemlich zufrieden. Die coolen Dunks und Dribblings versetzen einen immer wieder in eine Spiellaune. Wären da nicht die Bugs, wie zum Beispiel, dass die Spieler abwechselnd Probleme beim Aufheben des Balles haben (und das kann bis zu 20 Sekunden dauern), dann wäre es ein noch viel besseres Spiel. Doch Gott sei dank kommen diese nicht allzu oft vor. NBA 2K3 ist es also durchaus wert gekauft zu werden.