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GamePro (US) (Oct 07, 2002)
With all this gravy, there?s still plenty of room for improvement. Maximum passing is still in its infancy for the NBA line, and hopefully we?ll see it become as indispensable as it has in the NFL 2K series. As you?ll notice in replays, animation transitions also need work in order to make things flow in a realistic fashion. It would be great get to get some sort of training camp mode and perhaps an assistant to help navigate the insane franchise mode, too.
Netjak (Oct 30, 2002)
An excellent game, one of the best basketball games I've played in a while. NBA Live 2003 sure has a tall order to fill.
Game Revolution (Oct, 2002)
At the end of the day, most of NBA 2K3 is filled with ups. Despite its random flaws, the game's gorgeous graphics, solid gameplay and top-notch Franchise mode make it an easy All-Star.
Consoles Plus (Dec, 2002)
Une jolie simulation à la jouabilité très satisfaisante. Des statistiques pour tous les mordus de basket et du spectacle pour tous les types de joueurs.
GameZone (Oct 22, 2002)
Basketball doesn’t get any better than this and with plenty of game modes, including online play, Sega Sports NBA 2K3 is sure to be a favorite among sports gamers everywhere. Be sure to pick this one up, you won’t regret it.
Gaming Target (Jul 18, 2002)
With NBA Live 2003, it’s apparent that EA Sports is back on the right track with the series. The game plays well and is a blast, and the Freestyle control is the shot in the arm basketball games have needed for years. The inclusion of online play in the PS2 version also makes for some more replay value along with the solid Franchise mode. With Sega Sports breathing down their neck, it was only a matter of time before EA got their act together – and Live 2003 does just that. It’s definitely a surprise that Live is such a well-done game; so check it out.
IGN (Oct 07, 2002)
NBA 2K3 is the game to get if you want as realistic an NBA experience as possible. This is by far one of the best sports simulations out there. However, if you are looking for an experience closer to old-school b-ball games like NBA Jams, then you don't want to come here. There are other solid basketball games that offer a more arcade 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.
PSX Extreme (Nov 01, 2002)
The Live series has finally redeemed itself and is once again a worthy competitor in the basketball genre. EA's attempts dominantly usurp anything they did last year. The game isn't for everyone, though. The end result is something to the likes of a hybrid of NBA Street and NBA 2K3, with NBA 2K3 having more of an influence. It's a fast-paced basketball game with tons of crazy dunks, equally outrageous stops on defense, and a great replay system -- a well-crafted game overall that most any sports fan will enjoy.
85 (Dec 07, 2002)
Spaß am Ball, Spaß unterm Korb - EA hat mit NBA Live 2003 auf eine klasse Präsentation und ungezwungenen Spielspaß gesetzt. Das Konzept ist voll aufgegangen, denn Basketball-Fans dürfen sich auf eine rasante Korbjagd freuen. Dank der intuitiven Steuerung sind spektakuläre Dunks und abgefahrene Moves garantiert. Offensive und Arcade-Feeling sind allerdings Trumpf: Viele Bewegungen führen immer zum Erfolg, die Ballphysik zeigt Schwächen und die KI ist leicht zu beherrschen. Man kommt zwar auch taktisch, aber noch viel besser draufgängerisch zum Erfolg. Realismus-Fans werden daher viel Toleranz mitbringen müssen. Arcade- und Multiplayer-Fans, die einen schnellen Einstieg und spektakuläres Basketball wollen, können allerdings bedenkenlos zugreifen.
85 (Nov 27, 2002)
NBA Live 2003 réaffirme toute la puissance de la série légèrement en perte de vitesse l'année dernière. Les principales nouveautés telles que le Freestyle Control et les décisions stratégiques en temps réel sont des plus non négligeables qui apportent une dimension supplémentaire à chaque match.
Game Chronicles (Oct 07, 2002)
If you like realistic basketball titles with sharp graphics and a plethora of options then pick up NBA 2K3. Just don’t forget that you can turn off the commentary. This game rocks the virtual arena and no basketball fan should be without it.
GameSpot (Oct 09, 2002)
NBA 2K3 comes the closest of any current game to mimicking the flow of NBA basketball--you'll get a few fast breaks here and there, but most of the emphasis is placed on the half-court set and setting up plays to get an open shot. Even the game's flaws seem like shortcuts that the development team took to make sure your opponents make you pay for playing sloppy basketball. Simply put, NBA 2K3's great gameplay, in-depth franchise mode, and functional (albeit shoddy) online play make it a must-have for fans of the sport.
GameSpy (Nov 03, 2002)
After the first few days of playing NBA Live 2003, some may be inclined to believe it's the best basketball game available. And in truth, if EA can bring the game's speed back down to earth and institute some form of defense it could be hot next year. But this year it steers closer to the NBA Jam side of things and is a decent alternative to simulations, but its constant barrage of scoring and insanely high shooting percentages grow tiresome rather quickly.