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Consoles Plus (Dec, 2002)
Riche, détaillée, intéressante et bien pêchue, cette nouvelle simulation est un régal pour les yeux et les mains.
Game Over Online (Nov 06, 2002)
All in all, EA Sports has a great handle on the basketball crown with NBA Live 2003. With improved graphics, better animations, and a control system that, like their commercials say, allows players to fully express themselves anyway they want, Live 2003 is unbelievably solid. Probably the hardest decision would be which one to buy if you own all three systems. The Xbox version is graphically the most polished, while the PS2 version is the only one that has online features. Gamecube owners shouldn’t be worried, as their version is one of the best basketball titles for their system. Anyone who loves the sport should run out and pick up a copy of this game.
IGN (Oct 07, 2002)
The emphasis in this game is on scoring and creating spectacular plays, a job that once belonged to the NBA Jam/Showtime series. People enjoyed watching Live 2003 as much as they enjoyed playing it. It's easy to pick up and play, making it very well suited for hours of head to head matches, the cornerstone of any sports game's value. With all of the highlight-worthy moves and action you can pull off, bragging rights for the best shake-and-bake dunk sequences will be on the line.
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.
Armchair Empire, The (Nov 30, 2002)
EA’s Madden and NHL titles have always been better than or at least no worse than its direct competition. The NBA Live series was always a tad behind the competition. Finally NBA Live 2003 pulls EA’s franchise nearer to being the complete hoops game that its competitor NBA 2K3 already is. In fact, with the solid on-court graphical presentation, fast-paced gameplay and variety of game modes, many may actually see it on even par with NBA 2K3. Regardless of how it stacks up Sega’s hoop game, NBA Live 2003 is a good basketball videogame that merits serious consideration for you to slam-dunk your money down.
GameSpot (Oct 11, 2002)
NBA Live 2003 will definitely appeal to the more casual basketball fan, simply because of the faster pace, but Live still carries enough simulation elements, which you'll see when you increase the difficulty, to prevent it from being a complete arcade-style basketball game. Ultimately, it comes down to preference, but NBA Live 2003 should provide a great experience for any basketball fan.
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 install some sort of effective defensive techniques 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 high scoring, run-and-gun play grows tiresome rather quickly.