NBA Live 2001 Reviews (PlayStation 2)

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Has its moments, but fails towards the end Kartanym (12825) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

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Continuing with its PlayStation 2 hot streak, Electronic Arts’ development of NBA Live is loaded with the technological improvements you’d expect. Unparalleled realism graces every character and arena. While the gameplay clings ever so tightly to the original PS-X formula, the movement and overall flow of the game are much smoother. Even though the entire package has been drastically improved, deep down inside, I’m actually somewhat disappointed with this offering. EA really didn’t do too much with the TV-style presentation and character interaction. The gameplay is definitely a step in the right direction, but it hasn’t made a significant jump like Sega’s NBA 2K1 has. Live is a beautiful game, but if you only choose one basketball title, Visual Concepts’ masterpiece on Dreamcast is the way to go.
PSX Extreme (Jan 28, 2001)
In the end, while I found NBA Live's visuals just barely better than NBA 2K1's, I would have to go on record and say that 2K1 had better gameplay, it just offers a whole lot more. While Live 2001 gives you up to eight players access via two-multi-taps, let's get real though, who actually invites 7 friends, has 8 controllers and two multi-taps. NBA 2K1 on the other hand will let you play via Sega Net or for those lucky ones via Sega Broadband Adapter. NBA Live really needs a major audio overhaul, the commentary is weak, Bob Costas really needs to be signed in by EA for better and quicker commentary. If you have a DC and PS2 and would choose just one hoops title, I would go with NBA 2K1, no doubt about it, Live is not a bad game, it is just time for a change, EA Sports really needs to consider one for this series.
GameSpot (Jan 16, 2001)
If you're a fan of the NBA Live series, you'll find many familiar elements in the intuitive gameplay, control scheme, comprehensive statistics tracking, and interface that have become the cornerstones of the series. But with highly impressive games such as Sega's NBA 2K1 on the next-generation hoops market, the gameplay flaws in the PS2 version of NBA Live 2001 are further magnified. Having said that, NBA Live 2001 is beautiful, and it is still a lot of fun to play. By far, it's the best basketball game - pros or otherwise - on the PlayStation 2.
I think this game is solid and probably won't be touched by any other basketball game for the PS2. However my expectations were a little too high and I came away a bit disappointed with the results.
81 (Mar 12, 2001)
Nichts Neues in der NBA. Trotz leichter grafischer Einbrüche liefert Electronic Arts mit dem PlayStation 2-Debüt der NBA Live-Serie gewohnt gute Qualität. Auch wenn die letzte Liebe zum Detail, wie sie beim Kollegen Madden 2001 mehr als deutlich spürbar wurde, bei NBA Live 2001 fehlt, werden die NBA-Fans unter den PS2-Besitzern nicht enttäuscht werden. Es wird jedoch hoch interessant sein, zu beobachten, wie sich die hauseigene Konkurrenz NBA Street und vor allem 989 Studios´ NBA Shoot Out gegen die NBA-Profis aus dem Hause Electronic Arts schlagen werden.
GamePro (US) (Jan 25, 2001)
But Live 2001 is still a first-generation game, and this shows more and more as you play the game?it?s just not as smooth and fun to play as its PSX counterpart. So look out for Live 2002, but as for this year, the best pro basketball game out there is still?hands-down?NBA 2K1 for the Dreamcast, which delivers in all the places where Live PS2 stumbles.
75 (Feb 26, 2001)
Un titre soigné mais dont le gameplay n'est malheureusement pas à la hauteur des espérances. Dommage, car les graphismes de NBA Live sont tout simplement sublimes et l'on aurait souhaité que l'ensemble du jeu reflète cet excellent niveau de réalisation.
Game Revolution (Mar, 2001)
NBA Live 2001 is a solid if unspectacular start for EA Sports' next-gen hoops. Fans of the series will be genuinely pleased. But compared to what Visual Concepts is doing with the NBA 2K games, Live has a long way to go before it makes it to the Finals.
IGN (Jan 23, 2001)
With that out of the way, I do realize that the NBA Live series has developed a strong following of supporters who have been enamored by its gameplay and attention to detail. And for those people, they'll likely enjoy NBA Live 2001 as the best basketball videogame on PlayStation 2 and one of the best that the series has ever seen. Because of the game's lack of NBA Challenges and stuff like a 3-point shootout, it's conceivable that one could find more enjoyment and get more play value out of the PlayStation version. However, I'm sure that most players will find that the improved framerate and monumental step up in the area of visuals to be reason enough to play this Live over any other version.
Power Unlimited (Feb, 2001)
NBA Live 2001 heeft mij niet weten te overtuigen. EA lijkt zich er een beetje te makkelijk van te hebben afgemaakt. De liefhebbers met een PS2 krijgen hopelijk snel meer keuze op dit gebied.
PSM (Mar, 2001)
On the downside, the game lacks the NBA Challenges that were featured in the PlayStation Live and doesn't even have a franchise mode. What's more, the developers have failed to take care of some of the AI problems that seem to plague just about all basketball videogames. NBA Live 2001 is possibly the best game of videogame hoops you can find. It's just far from perfect.
Själv är jag dock väldigt svag för realistiska sportspel, och när de är så välgjorda som NBA Live 2001 tycker jag bara att smått invecklade upplägg ökar underhållningsvärdet. Sedan innebär det ju också att det tar längre tid att bli fullärd, vilket åtminstone i det här fallet måste anses vara en positiv egenskap. Utseendemässigt är NBA Live 2001 dock ingen direkt höjdare. Det finns visserligen några schyssta detaljer - till exempel skuggorna i den gröna plasten som spelarna passerar när de lämnar planen för halvtidsvila - men på det hela taget känns grafiken inte särskilt spännande. Fast det funkar absolut. Så därför tror jag att de PlayStation2-speare som letar efter ett bra basketspel har störst chans att bli nöjda om de väljer NBA Live 2001.
Gamekult (Feb 26, 2001)
La première conversion de la série des NBA EA Sports sur PlayStation 2 n'a pas su se donner les moyens de marquer au fer rouge les simulations de Basket sur consoles. Certes le jeu est beau et assez bien réalisé mais le manque d'originalité combiné à un gameplay pas toujours au point ne parviennent pas à convaincre autant qu'un NBA 2K1 sur Dreamcast. De plus, la fluidité n'est pas vraiment au rendez-vous autant d'un point de vue technique qu'au niveau du déroulement du jeu. NBA Live 2001 reste cependant un bon jeu de basket enrichi d'une bande son de haute tenue qu'apprécieront sans aucun doute les habitués de la série.
Gameplanet (May 07, 2001)
It's a shame that with such an excellent history of making sporting games that EA Sports have taken so many short-cuts in making NBA Live 2001 (it really does seem to be a rush-job). The absence of the franchise and challenge modes do nothing to enhance the game's already lacklustre gameplay. While not a totally ruined game (and particularly gorgeous if you like eye candy), NBA 2001 certainly won't go down into history as one of EA's better efforts. If they get the gameplay right in any future NBA Live games, then they'll already be halfway to making the perfect basketball game.
Gamezone (Germany) (Apr 26, 2001)
NBA Live 2001 überzeugt durch eine sehr schöne Grafik, direkte Steuerung und auch die Präsentation ist sehr gelungen. Auch die vielzahligen Einstellmögchkeiten vermitteln Profi-Feeling. Doch nun kommt der Hacken... das Gameplay ist flüßig, jedoch kann die Grafik in keinster Weise mithalten. Es ruckelt ohne Ende... sehr schade, denn ohne diesem Manko wäre EA´s Basketball-Simulation fast pefekt gewesen.
PlanetPS2 (Feb 05, 2001)
NBA Live 2001 is a full-court buzzer beater from EA that comes up well short of the basket. If you have a Dreamcast, stick with NBA2K1.
The Video Game Critic (May 28, 2001)
This game makes me think back to the very first edition, NBA Live 95' on the Genesis. That was the first great basketball game, but in the years since, the series been uneven in quality. This first edition for the PS2 is satisfying enough, although not nearly as impressive an effort as Madden 2001 or NHL 2001.
This is by far the most dissaponting PS2 game to date. Not the worst mind you, as it's light years ahead of NCAA (and more than likely Shootout too), but it could've been so much more. Maybe next year's version will fix the myriad of flaws contained in this game, but until then, just wait for Triple Play and hope that turns out okay.