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NBA Live 2004 (GameCube)

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Advertising Blurbs

www.nintendo.com – Nintendo GameCube:
    Having knocked off most of the competition, EA Sports's flagship b-ball title marks its tenth anniversary with a bevy of enhancements.

    The key here is Freestyle Control via the C-Stick, which allows for signature moves, mid-air passing, control over players away from the ball and more. But while the new 10-Man Freestyle feature offers intense realism in the way the players react to each other (double teams, screens, pick-and-roll plays), the game's overall complexity means you'll have some learnin' to do before you can move to the head of the league.



    Once you get the controls down pat, though, you'll be thoroughly impressed by the depth of the revamped Dynasty mode (drafting college players, running training camp, trading draft picks), unlockables (175 shoes, including LeBron James's Air Zoom Generation, plus 100 jerseys), 10-man motion capture (a first for sports games), and of course the free-flowing play. AI has been juiced, with a special focus on rebounding and defense. You can fine-tune AI in many different ways. You can also run team-specific sets off a single button.



    Marv Albert and Mike Fratello provide commentary, while Outkast, Jermaine Dupri, Sean Paul, Chingy, Freeway and the Black Eyed Peas offer up exclusive tracks. All NBA arenas have been faithfully recreated, including championship banners, retired jerseys and more. Referees and courtside photographers add to the you-are-there ambience.



    Bottom Line


    Casual players might prefer EA's cartoony NBA Street Vol. 2, but NBA Live 2004 is a powerhouse sim that rewards players who stick with it.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53674) on Aug 08, 2005.

www.electronic-arts.de - GameCube/PlayStation 2/Windows/Xbox:
    Das neue NBA LIVE 2004 wartet mit einer sinnvoll überarbeiteten EA SPORTS Freestyle Control, authentischem Gameplay sowie atemberaubender Grafik auf und liefert damit das ultimative Basketball-Erlebnis. Ob der Spieler Quick Plays mit einem Tastendruck ausführt, einen coolen Dunk vorbereitet oder sich mehr aufs Verteidigen konzentriert - bei NBA LIVE 2004 hat er die absolute Kontrolle. Dank des enorm verbesserten EA SPORTS Dynasty-Modus, der Möglichkeit, auf sämtlichen verfügbaren NBA-Courts zu spielen, die alle extrem detailliert dargestellt werden, sowie neuen Kommentatoren von Marv Albert und Mike Fratello bietet NBA LIVE 2004 realistischen Basketball wie noch nie.

    Features:

    Realistische Steuerung

    • Absolut genau: Mit nur einem Tastendruck können authentische Offensiv- und Defensivaktionen für jedes NBA-Team ausgeführt werden. Egal ob Lakers oder Utah Jazz, der Spieler hat immer die Kontrolle und dominiert das Spiel gemäß des Stil des jeweiligen Teams.
    • EA SPORTS Freestyle Control: Die EA SPORTS Freestyle Control bietet dem Spieler die Freiheit, sein Spiel nach eigenen Wünschen aufzubauen, und liefert ein überwältigend realistisches Basketball-Erlebnis. Die Revolution im Basketballsport-Genre!
    • Der absolute Kampf: Neue Animationen, neue KI und eine stärkere Konzentration auf Rebound-Kämpfe unter dem Korb legen stärkeres Gewicht auf die Defensive. Denn nur mit einer guten Defensive kann man die Meisterschaft gewinnen.
    • Neuer Dynasty-Modus: Der brandneue EA SPORTS Dynasty-Modus ermöglicht es dem Spieler, die besten College-Spieler ins Spiel zu importieren und einen beständigen NBA-Champion ganz nach seinen Wünschen aufzubauen.
    • Individuelle Einstellungen: Der Spieler kann individuelle Veränderungen an der KI vornehmen und damit das Spiel ganz nach eigenem Belieben gestalten.


    Authentische Präsentation

    • Atemberaubende Grafik: Die Spielermodelle wurden komplett überarbeitet, so dass NBA Live 2004 dieses Jahr zum visuell ansprechensten Basketball-Spiel wird. Der Spieler wird das Gefühl haben, dass er am Spielfeldrand sitzt - dank verbessertem Rendering, bei dem auch die kleinsten Details berücksichtigt wurden.
    • Neue Kommentatoren: Keine Stimme bringt man so sehr mit NBA-Basketball in Verbindung wie die von Marv Albert. Mike Fratello ist der zweite im Bunde - und zusammen liefern diese beiden Sprecher realistische Kommentare in jeder Situation.
    • Old School: Der Spieler kann aus klassischen Teams an klassischen Austragungsorten wählen - das ist NBA-Geschichte pur. Zur Verfügung stehen unter anderem die Bulls der 90er, die Celtics und Lakers der 80er sowie Austragungsorte wie der alte Boston Garden.
    • Authentische Austragungsorte: Alle realen NBA-Stadien sind verfügbar - und natürlich komplett gerendert und damit detailreich dargestellt, einschließlich Bandenwerbung, Trikots von zurückgetretenen Spielern, die an der Stadiondecke hängen, und vielem mehr. Und natürlich gibt es Schiedsrichter und Fotografen am Spielfeldrand, die noch zu dieser realistischen Erfahrung beitragen.
    • EA SPORTS Bio: Dank eines Bewertungssystems, bei dem Bewertungen auf Memory Cards gespeichert werden, gibt es spezielle Boni für Spieler, die mehrere Titel von EA SPORTS spielen.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66236) on Jul 16, 2005.

Electronic Arts UK website - PlayStation 2:

    Total Basketball Authenticity in AI, Gameplay Animations, Arena Graphics and Game modes.



    With expanded EA SPORTS’ Freestyle Control, authentic basketball gameplay, and stunning graphics, NBA LIVE 2004 delivers the definitive basketball experience. Whether running the point with one-button Quick Plays, spinning free in the lane for a vicious dunk, or locking down on defense, LIVE puts players in total control. With a dramatically enhanced EA SPORTS Dynasty’ mode, the ability to take the court at every NBA arena — each rendered to the deepest detail — and all-new commentary from Marv Albert and Mike Fratello, NBA LIVE 2004 is all about authenticity. Blow past your defenders with all-new moves, an even better passing game, and silky smooth control in the fine-tuned EA SPORTS Freestyle Control. Step up your game with NBA LIVE 2004.

    FEATURES

  • Play the Point: With a single button, run authentic offensive and defensives sets for every NBA team-be the point guard on the floor, responding to the flow of the game. Whether you prefer the triangle of the Lakers or the vintage Jazz pick and roll, you're in control.

  • EA SPORTS Freestyle Control: By using the right analog stick, EA SPORTS Freestyle Control provides complete freedom to express your game and makes for the ultimate authentic basketball gaming experience. It's a complete revolution in the way basketball games are played.

  • Battle Inside: New animations, new AI logic, and enhanced focus on rebounding battles in the paint make playing defense a way of life. Defense wins championships and in LIVE 2004, defense has caught up with the offense.

  • Build a Dynasty: Revamped EA SPORTS Dynasty mode allows you to import your top college players-run your franchise the way you want in order to build the perennial NBA champion.

  • Customize Your Game: Customize gameplay with a multitude of AI sliders that allow players to tune the game's feel.

  • Championship Graphics: With player models redone from the ground up, this is the most visually immersive NBA game to date. Feel like you're sitting courtside with improved player renders including details as fine as the mesh holes in your team's jerseys.

  • New Announcer Team: No voice says NBA basketball more than Marv Albert, the most recognizable announcer in the game. Mike Fratello, "The Czar of the Telestrator," teams up with his on-air partner to provide the most authentic play-by-play commentary available.

  • Old School: Play with historic teams in classic arenas to explore the NBA's history. Lace up with the Bulls of the '90s, the Celtics and Lakers of the '80s and take to the parquet floor of the old Boston Garden and other vintage NBA arenas.

  • Authentic Arenas: Take your game to any NBA arena, all of which are fully rendered to their finest detail to include championship banners, retired jerseys in the rafters and more. Referees and courtside photographers add to the genuine game-day feel.

  • EA SPORTS Bio: Memory card based tracking/rating system recognizes and rewards gamers for playing multiple EA SPORTS titles.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66236) on Jun 17, 2004.

PlayStation Holiday Catalog 2003 - Print/website:
    Join the Freestyle Revolution. Take your game to a whole new level with NBA LIVE 2004. The supercharged EA SPORTS Freestyle Control delivers all–new moves, and an even better passing game with 10 Man Freestyle. Go deep into a radically enhanced EA SPORTS Dynasty Mode.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69643) on Nov 21, 2003.

Back of Case (Xbox, Canada/U.S.):
    JOIN THE FREESTYLE REVOLUTION

    Make mid-air decisions
    An arsenal of moves at your disposal
    Battle for position
    All-new animations


    FEATURES

    • ENHANCED EA SPORTS FREESTYLE CONTROL
      Express your game with new Freestyle shooting, signature moves, mid-air shot adjustments, and more - it's a complete revolution in the way the game is played.
    • 10-MAN FREESTYLE
      Control players without the ball anywhere on the court with Off Ball Play, or play the point and run team-specific sets with a single button.
    • BUILD A POWERHOUSE DYNASTY
      Recruit free agents, import top college players, and build your team into a perennial powerhouse in all-new Dynasty Mode.
    • NEW EA SPORTS BIO
      Unlock special rewards in NBA LIVE 2004 by playing multiple titles including Madden NFL 2004, NCAA Football 2004, NASCAR Thunder 2004, and more.
    • NEW ALL-STAR ANNOUNCER TEAM
      Hall of Fame announcer Marv Albert and Mike "The Czar" Fratello provide the most authentic play-by-play commentary available.
    • PLAY IT LIVE
      Exclusive EA SPORTS TRAX from OutKast, Jermaine Dupri, Sean Paul, Chingy, Freeway, Black Eyed Peas, and more.

    Contributed by JPaterson (9147) on Nov 05, 2003.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:

    JOIN THE FREESTYLE REVOLUTION



    FEATURES

  • ENHANCED EA SPORTS FREESTYLE CONTROL
    Express your game with new Freestyle shooting, signature moves, mid-air shot adjustments, and more - it's a complete revolution in the way the game is played.

  • 10-MAN FREESTYLE
    Control players without the ball anywhere on the court with Off Ball Play, or play the point and run team-specific sets with a single button.

  • BUILD A POWERHOUSE DYNASTY
    Recruit free agents, import top college players, and build your team into a perennial powerhouse in all-new Dynasty Mode.

  • NEW EA SPORTS BIO
    Unlock special rewards in NBA LIVE 2004 by playing multiple titles including Madden NFL 2004, NCAA Football 2004, NASCAR Thunder 2004, and more.

  • ENHANCED EA SPORTS ONLINE PLAY
    Compete in One-on-One or all-new Online Tournament games, and chat in-game with EA SPORTS Talk.

  • PLAY IT LIVE
    Exclusive EA SPORTS TRAX from OutKast, Jermaine Dupri, Sean Paul, Chingy, Freeway, Black Eyed Peas, and more.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69643) on Oct 22, 2003.