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NBA Live 2003 (PlayStation)

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Advertising Blurbs

www.xbox.com:
    NBA LIVE 2003 allows players to get into the action and live their dreams of NBA superstardom. Totally enhanced gameplay brings the physical, fast-paced action of the NBA to life, while all-new animations and audio deliver the awesome drama and emotion of the NBA experience. In NBA LIVE 2003 players feel the action like never before and make their hoop dreams come true.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (12851) on Sep 23, 2010.

"Nintendo Winter 2002" promotional booklet - GameCube:
    The NBA Live series is back, delivering a two-handed dunk straight to the Nintendo GameCube in the form of NBA Live 2003.

    NBA Live 2003 offers true-to-life NBA speed and power with hundreds of new animations, including new signature moves. And if that weren't enough, over 5,000 new quips and quotes keep the commentary fresh throughout the entire LIVE season. When it comes to the feel of a real NBA season, NBA Live 2003 brings it to the house with authority.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on Feb 26, 2006.

www.nintendo.com.au – GameCube:
    NBA Live 2003 puts all the pro players and pro moves at your fingertips. Basketball fans can cruise up and down authentic NBA arenas while coaches gesture from courtside. Updated rosters for the 2003 season reflect all the off-season roster moves. The commentary has also been spruced up to include over 5,000 lines of fresh phrases.

    The series that pioneered high-flying basketball action arrives on the Nintendo GameCube with an innovative new freestyle control that uses the C-Stick to perform crossovers, steals, and step-back moves.

    Publisher Electronic Arts touts its fresh new control scheme as a "right-hand revolution," and in fact, using your right thumb for snazzy dribbles and defensive moves is intuitive and fun. When driving to the hoop, you can cross over left or right. You can also post up to take advantage of your big man in the key.

    All the high-flying slams and lightning-fast dribbles are animated nicely in NBA Live 2003. Players drive past defenders in one fluid movement. Defenders reject shots with authority. Lighting effects are also impressive, with realistic shadows and reflections.

    For the ultimate test of raw b-ball ability, you can face off any two NBA players in 1 on 1 mode. The new freestyle control method makes this mode the perfect opportunity to showcase your play-control talents.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53678) on Oct 03, 2005.

www.nintendo.com – Nintendo GameCube:
    The series that pioneered high-flying basketball action arrives on the Nintendo GameCube with an innovative new freestyle control that uses the C-Stick to perform crossovers, steals, and step-back moves.

    Freestyle

    Publisher Electronic Arts touts its fresh new control scheme as a "right-hand revolution," and in fact, using your right thumb for snazzy dribbles and defensive moves is intuitive and fun. When driving to the hoop, you can cross over left or right. You can also post up to take advantage of your big man in the key.

    Defense is a snap too. Just press Left or Right on the C-Stick to swat at the ball or press Up to block a shot.

    NBA Live 2003 puts all the pro players and pro moves at your fingertips. Basketball fans can cruise up and down authentic NBA arenas while coaches gesture from courtside. Updated rosters for the 2003 season reflect all the off-season roster moves. The commentary has also been spruced up to include over 5,000 lines of fresh banter.

    Game Modes

    The Exhibition Game mode will satisfy your need to start a quick game. Up to four players can compete using any NBA teams. Playoffs mode lets you set up an eight-team tournament ladder using both human and CPU-controlled opponents.

    For a more in-depth simulation, a single player can start a Season with any team. You can choose to build your own team using Fantasy Draft. Seasons are Short, Medium, or Long. Franchise mode lets you guide your team through several seasons.

    For the ultimate test of raw b-ball ability, you can face off any two NBA players in 1 on 1 mode. The new freestyle control method makes this mode the perfect opportunity to showcase your play-control talents. Test your moves in Practice mode before showing up your friends.

    You can play commissioner, altering the rules to OK goaltending or stays longer than three seconds in the key. Foul sensitivity can also be tweaked to suit your taste.

    Graphics

    All the high-flying slams and lightning-fast dribbles are animated nicely in NBA Live 2003. Players drive past defenders in one fluid movement. Defenders reject shots with authority. Lighting effects are also impressive, with realistic shadows and reflections.

    Vintage jerseys have been included so you can give your team a historic look. However, the player models could use more detail.

    NBA Live 2003 is a fun basketball game with an innovative control scheme. The freestyle controls give you new freedom without compromising the rules of the game. The Franchise mode might disappoint b-ball geeks, but a great 1 on 1 mode and multiplayer support will make NBA Live 2003 a hit.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53678) on Aug 08, 2005.

www.electronic-arts.de - GC/PSX/PS2/Windows/Xbox:
    NBA LIVE 2003 ermöglicht es dem Spieler, in die Action einzutauchen und selbst zum Superstar der NBA zu werden. Das komplett verbesserte Gameplay ermöglicht eine authentische Darstellung der NBA mit absolut neuartigen Animationen und packendem Audio, durch die die Emotionen auf dem Spielfeld absolut realistisch wiedergegeben werden. Der Spieler wird von NBA LIVE 2003 in den Bann gezogen, denn seine kühnsten Träume können hier wahr werden.

    Features:

    • Flüssige Bewegungen - 60 Frames pro Sekunde ermöglichen ein wesentlich flüssigeres Gameplay und damit die absolute Action.
    • Realistische Rebounds - Das Rebound-System wurde erheblich verbessert. Spieler reagieren viel realistischer auf verpatzte Chancen. Über 30 neuartige Rebound-Animationen bieten vielfältige Darstellungen von Rebounds.
    • Mehr Körperkontakt - Durch Motion Capturing-Aufnahmen mit zwei bis vier Spielern gleichzeitig können verschiedene Situationen, in denen es zu Rempeleien kommt, besser dargestellt werden.
    • Mitreißende Aktionen - Verbesserte CPU- und KI-Logik ermöglichen schnelle Aktionen. So prescht ein freier Spieler zum Beispiel auf einmal zum Korb vor, um eine gute Chance zu nutzen. Die Turbo-Tasten ermöglichen es dem Spieler, unterschiedlichste Strategien im Spiel anzuwenden.
    • Verbessertes Dribbling, Spielerbewegungen und Spezialbewegungen - Neue Jubelszenen im Motion Capturing-Aufnahmen, Dribbling-Bewegungen, Dunks für spezielle Spieler (je nach Fähigkeiten und Eigenschaften der Spieler). Darüber hinaus gibt es ein neues Dribbling- und Laufanimationen für alle Spieler.
    • Effektivere Blocks - Dank des neuen Blockmechanismus können effektivere und schnellere Blocks ausgeführt werden. In NBA LIVE 2003 sind zahlreiche neue Blockanimationen enthalten.
    • Individuelle Passstile - Jeder Spieler verfügt über einen eigenen Passstil je nach seinen Fähigkeiten und Eigenschaften.
    • NBA-Atmosphäre - Verbesserte Lichtverhältnisse, neue Zuschaueranimationen, realistische NBA-Trainer am Spielfeldrand sowie packende neue Kamerawinkel ermöglichen ein authentisches NBA-Erlebnis.
    • Authentische NBA-Geräuschkulisse - Der Spieler erlebt, wie es wirklich ist, in der NBA auf dem Spielfeld zu stehen, dank des komplett neuen Audios. Kommentare der Spieler sowie realistische Soundeffekt bieten ein Gameplay, das den Spieler direkt in seinen Bann zieht.
    • Klassische Trikots - Klassische Trikots geben dem Spieler Gelegenheit, die Höhepunkte der Geschichte seiner Lieblingsmannschaft in authentischer Kleidung noch einmal zu erleben.
    • Controller-Vibration je nach Situation - Lässt den Spieler wichtige Moment noch intensiver erleben.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66242) on Jul 16, 2005.

de.playstation.com (German):
    Mit einer neuen Runde Action voller Slam-Dunks, kehrt NBA 2003 mit vielen neuen Schritten auf die Basketballcourts zurück.

    Das Gameplay wurde fein abgestimmt, um ein flüssigeres und ansprechenderes Spielerlebnis zu schaffen. Die eindringliche Atmosphäre der NBA-Arenen wurde realistisch nachgestellt, bis hin zu perfekter Zuschaueranimation und guter Beleuchtung. Die Freudentänze der echten Spieler wurde mit Hilfe von Motion-Capturing festgehalten und eingebracht, was NBA Live 2003 eine Menge Tiefgang und Spielgefühl verleiht, denn individuelle Fähigkeiten und Fertigkeiten wurden akkurat ins Spiel integriert. Ausserdem haben Sie die Möglichkeit, Ihr eigenes NBA-Team zu managen und können über eine Reihe von authentischen Merchandisingartikeln verfügen, mit denen Sie Ihre Spieler ausstaffieren können.

    Die Bewegungen der Spieler wurden überarbeitet und sind nun viel intuitiver als jemals zuvor. Sie werden also in kürzester Zeit dribbeln, Pässe werfen und den Ball bearbeiten wie ein Profi!

  • Individuelle Spieltechniken, Stärken und Schwächen wurden akkurat ins Spiel integriert

  • Brandneue Dribbling-, Bewegungs- und Laufanimationen bei allen Spielern

  • Klassische Trikots - rüsten Sie Ihre Spieler mit Sportoutfits aus den ruhmreichen Tagen aus

    Contributed by Xoleras (66242) on Sep 23, 2004.

Press Release:

    EA GETS A JUMP ON SHIP DATE – RELEASING NBA LIVE 2003 TODAY
    Best-selling basketball series showcases new EA SPORTS Freestyle Control



    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – October 7, 2002 – Get off the bench and onto the court with EA SPORTS’ NBA LIVE 2003, released today by Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox’ video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube’. The game was originally slated to ship in late October. The ninth installment of the best-selling basketball franchise, NBA LIVE 2003 allows players to get into the action and live their dreams of NBA superstardom.

    NBA LIVE 2003 features the revolutionary EA SPORTS Freestyle Control, letting players express their game through the use of the right analog. With the Freestyle Control, players can execute over 100 true-to-life moves such as the crossover dribble, step-back move, Triple-threat moves and pass interceptions, giving them total player control and making them feel like they are truly part of the action.

    Gamers will also have the chance to compete in head-to-head online play with NBA LIVE 2003 for the PlayStation 2. Featuring an on-line lobby, gamers can meet, greet and chat with other gamers around the country and will be able to download current rosters throughout the NBA season. More information on the EA SPORTS Online Service can be found at www.easportsonline.com.

    In NBA LIVE 2003, the new Quick Play feature gives gamers the ability to make offensive and defensive set adjustments with one press of a button. Whether it’s an isolation or pick and roll on offense or man-to-man or zone coverage on defense, gamers now have control of what their teammates do on the court. Players can also use the new Take Charge button in order to draw the offensive foul.

    Gameplay enhancements made to NBA LIVE 2003 include over 30 new rebounding animations that make for better looking, more responsive and more accurate rebounding. A new shot blocking mechanism also allows players greater responsiveness and quickness to shots creating a greater chance of blocks. With a wider variety of shot blocking animations, players can find themselves blocking a ball off the backboard or rejecting a ball into the stands.

    The atmosphere of the NBA comes to life with new crowd animations, enhanced lighting for players and arenas, all 29 NBA coaches on the sidelines, as well as dramatic camera coverage of in-game and out of play sequences. Players can also relive the glory days of their favorite teams by choosing from a selection of Hardwood Classics’ jerseys for all 29 teams.

    NBA LIVE 2003 will also feature EA SPORTS TRAX, showcasing exclusive songs from some of today’s hottest hip-hop artists including Flipmode Squad featuring Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg and Fabolous. Included with every copy of NBA LIVE 2003 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox will be a CD soundtrack containing seven songs featured in the game. NBA LIVE 2003 is rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB. Consumers may purchase the game directly at the EA Store (http://www.eastore.ea.com), or by calling EA Direct Sales at 1.877.324.2637, for a suggested retail price of $49.99. NBA LIVE 2003 will be available for the PlayStation® console in mid-October and the PC-CD in November.



    About Electronic Arts Electronic Arts (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of more than $1.7 billion for fiscal 2002. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for the Internet, personal computers and video game systems. EA markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS’, EA GAMES’, EA SPORTS BIG’ and EA.COM. More information about EA’s products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

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    Contributed by skl (1142) on Feb 28, 2004.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:
    TOTAL PLAYER CONTROL

    FEATURES
  • REVOLUTIONARY EA SPORTS FREESTYLE CONTROL
    Sweet crossovers, triple threat moves, post moves, and strip steals. String your moves together using the right analog stick. Pull off what you want, when you want it - all with unprecedented two-handed control.

  • QUICK PLAYS FOR QUICK SCROES AND STOPS
    Call plays on the fly to control the game - run the pick-n-roll or isolation on offense, zone or double team on "D", and much more.

  • DOMINATE WITH ONE-BUTTON CONTROL
    Turn the momentum with the all-new Charge button and clean the glass with one-button rebounding.

  • TAKE YOUR GAME ONLINE**
    Access a community where you can meet, chat, and play against NBA Live 2003 gamers across the country.

  • NEW EA SPORTS TRAX
    Featuring hot music releases from Fabolous, Flipmode Squad featuring Busta Rhymes, Just Blaze, Snoop Dogg, and more.

    OWN THE BOARDS

    BE THE ULTIMATE PLAYMAKER

    AUTHENTIC CLASSIC UNIFORMS

    TAKE THE COURT IN STYLE

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69577) on May 20, 2003.