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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Overall User Score (5 votes) 3.5

Critic Reviews

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GameZone (Oct 22, 2003)
It feels like it was only a few weeks ago when Basketball season ended. It is now Autumn and the new basketball season is about to start up again, with hopes that the Mavericks will make it into the finals this year. Just as a new sports season starts, EA is waiting with keen anticipation to release the latest game using updated technology, AI, and other goodies. Will NBA Live 2004 live up to EA’s other sports franchise this year? Read on to find out!
Overall, this is such a monumental improvement in what had been a ignored and dieing franchise that not only did EA stymie SEGA’s growth into the market, but they may have slapped them back a few years. Now after having played SEGA’s offering this year, SEGA probably did enough of that themselves…
GamePro (US) (Oct 13, 2003)
Want to play NBA Live 2004 online? PS2 owners only, please. NBA Live 2004 ramps up the defense and piles on the features for an impressive all-around game, but some game-balance issues remain.
IGN (Oct 14, 2003)
NBA Live is about taking it to the hoop and ramming the rock down your opponent's throat. It's about coming up big on D, elevating your game to the next level, and batting that dunk back into the stands. It's about freestyle, ankle-breaking moves, where all the defender can do is sit and marvel at your Air Force Ones as you rise toward the rim.
86 (Nov 16, 2003)
Letztes Jahr war NBA Live schnell, spektakulär und fackelte ein Dunkfestival nach dem anderen ab – das war klasse für Arcadefans, aber weniger befriedigend für Simulationsfreunde. Dieses Jahr hat EA eine gehörige Portion Taktik und Fehleranfälligkeit eingebaut. Zwar nicht auf NBA2k3-Niveau, aber der gesamte Spielablauf ist jetzt langsamer und wirkt authentischer. Eine gute Defense und kluges Freispielen werden belohnt, während all zu schnelles Vorpreschen mit Fehlpässen und Steals bestraft wird. Selbst die Offensive hat durch neue Moves und Dribblings an Klasse gewonnen. Auch das nervige Freiwurfsystem des Vorgängers wurde durch ein intuitiveres ersetzt. Zwar fehlt den Animationen trotz cooler Moves noch immer der letzte Schliff, und auch so manche Clipping- und Kollisionsfehler rauben Atmosphärepunkte, aber insgesamt ist das Spiel fordernd und packend inszeniert. Und gerade Einzelspieler werden sich über den kompletten Dynasty-Modus freuen, der wochenlanges Team-Management garantiert.
Diehard GameFan (Oct 20, 2003)
The Playstation 2 has the added bonus of Online Mode, which adds to the replay value big time if you own a Network Adapter and are a fan of online play. Online mode features roster updates as well as a tournament option and headset capabilities. For those who aren’t big into online play, the deep Dynasty mode should keep your attention for at least a couple of seasons before it begins to wear thin. The added one-on-one mode is recommended when wanting to battle it out with one of your friends. In all, Live has a little something for everybody, and should keep you busy well through playoff time this NBA season.
85 (Nov 06, 2003)
Pas beaucoup de nouveaux choux à déguster, mais une pièce montée toujours aussi bonne. L'ajout d'un mode online pour la prochaine édition serait quand même le bienvenu.
PSX Extreme (Nov 24, 2003)
All in all, NBA Live 2004 is a very solid game and one worthy of resurrecting the argument of which franchise is better, EA's or Sega's. This time around the nod goes to Sega, but Live isn't too far behind anymore. Perhaps if the developers spent a little less time implementing real shoes into the game, and more time refining the online play mode things would have been a little better, but I guess that's what next year is for.
Next Level Gaming (Nov 05, 2003)
You know that the basketball season is getting close when you start to see games like NBA Live being released. EA has been doing basketball games for a while now, dating back to the "vs." games on the Genesis and SNES to the current NBA Live series. The series has always been a blast to play, and it has provided one of the best basketball experiences in a video game. Lately the Live series has faltered some, and EA has started to feel the pressure from Sega Sports' NBA 2k series. Last year’s game looked to help pick the series up out of its slump. Does NBA Live 2004 continue that progress?
83 (Nov 20, 2003)
NBA Live 2004 ist ein gutes Sportspiel für Arcade Sympathisanten. Wer ohne große Einarbeitungszeit ein paar sehenswerte Aktionen aufs Parkett zaubern will, liegt hier goldrichtig. Den Kauf der Neuauflage für Besitzer des Vorgängers zu begründen, fällt allerdings sehr schwer. Simulationsfanatiker freuen sich ohnehin auf ESPN Basketball (NBA 2K4), während Besitzer des Vorgängers ruhig noch auf die nächste NBA Live Saison warten können. Alle anderen erwerben mit NBA Live 2004 eine gelungene Komposition aus Spielspaß und NBA Atmosphäre!
Gaming Age (Nov 25, 2003)
Overall NBA Live 2004 does a fantastic job of representing the professional basketball game. Despite its flaws NBA Live 2004 is a great basketball game that should be enjoy by anyone that is a basketball fan. Everything from the pacing of an NBA basketball game to the simple mannerism of a NBA event, NBA Live has it. For the first time EA's slogan just about fits the game that it is selling, if it's in the game, then it's in the game. Besides a few animation problems and stupid passing controls NBA Live 2004 is a great title for basketball fans that want to live out their dreams of making it to the pro ranks. Just forget that the other NBA Lives came out (expect for last year's) and pick up this season's version, you will be glad you did.
Game Revolution (Oct, 2003)
It isn't easy being an ex-athlete-turned-game-reviewer. Where once I had dreams of fadeaway jumpers and no-look passes, I now suffer from nightmares of hiccupping framerates and long load times. Damn you, stunted gene pool, damn you!
GameSpot (Oct 16, 2003)
The NBA Live series has long-carried a reputation as an enjoyable, though fast-paced, basketball game. Last year's NBA Live 2003 certainly lived up to that billing--and then some. It was a great game in its own right, but many criticized the game's breakneck pace and extremely arcadelike feel. While no one will confuse this year's edition with an ultrarealistic rendition of professional basketball, NBA Live 2004 definitely takes a couple of steps closer to being a more serious simulation, with a slower pace and more emphasis on defense and team play. With several additional features, as well as online play and improvements to the game's graphics, sound, and overall polish, NBA Live 2004 is a great game for Live fans and general basketball fans alike.
82 (Dec 11, 2003)
NBA Live 2004 does his job when it comes to new additions. The all new “off the ball play” together with the seperate dunk/shoot button make for a fresh gameplay. The passing system on the other hand often results in a turnover (= frustration). Graphically it’s good enough, especially the animations look great. For now NBA Live 2004 is the best B-ball game out there but Sega’s ESPN Basketball could turn the tide as it has some promising new game modes. If you’re just looking for a fun sports game NBA Live 2004 delivers!
GameSpy (Oct 23, 2003)
Wilt Chamberlain versus Bill Russell. Bird versus Magic. Kobe versus the State of Colorado. Basketball has always been about great rivalries -- and you can add another one to the list. While EA Sports once owned the court, Sega Sports has been matching them shot for shot since it went multiplatform with its 2K -- now ESPN -- series two years ago. It's now year three of the rivalry, and EA Sports has cranked up the intensity. NBA Live 2004 picks up where 2003 left off and makes a strong argument for reclaiming the title.