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NBA Live 2003 GameCube

NBA Live 2003

Developer: EA Canada

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Players: 1 - 4

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ESRB Rating: EveryoneESRB Information

Overall Rating8.4 / 10

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. The game's innovative Freestyle control scheme allows for crossovers behind, through the legs, and around your man, stutter-step, palm the ball, back down in the paint, fade away, protect the ball and toy with your opponent. Reach, steal or block with either hand. The possibilities are are impressive and fun.





Significant changes to the rebounding logic so players react in a more realistic manner to missed shots. Over 30 new rebounding animations allow for a wider variety of pulls off the glass.

Motion capture performed with two to four athletes simultaneously is used for specific contact situations like post moves, pick and roll plays and drawing the charge.

Enhanced CPU logic and AI allow for more effective fast breaks, open players cut to the hoop for scoring opportunities and the turbo buttons are fine-tuned affording players a wider array of in-game strategies.

All new motion captured celebration animations, dribble moves, and dunks attributed to selected players (varies depending on the individual players' skills and attributes). Also, all new dribbling, walking and running animations for all players.

New shot blocking mechanism allows players greater responsiveness and quickness to shots creating a greater chance of blocks. NBA Live 2003 features a wide variety of all-new shot blocking animations such as blocking the ball off the backboard and rejections into the stands.

Player specific pass animations all dependant on skills and attributes.

Enhanced lighting for players and arenas, new crowd animations, real NBA coaches on the sidelines, as well as dramatic camera coverage of in-game and out of play sequences all culminate in an authentic NBA experience.

Hear what it's like to be on the court with all-new audio. Player calls, as well as court and arena sound effects deliver a gameplay experience that fully immerses the player in the action.

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Fast & Fun Gameplay, Great Graphics, Incredible and Innovative Freestyle Controls
Character Models a Little Weak

IGN Cube:

"As Aaron noted, NBA Live is quite the different offering compared to NBA 2K3. It's a run-and-gun style game, with a big emphasis on multiplayer and the more arcadey elements. It's certainly chock full of plenty of NBA goodness, but it's definitely the fastest moving basketball title on GameCube..."


"Among the newest innovations you can't help but love are the new freestyle moves that you can execute with the right analog. Push left then right for a crossover, or up for a spin. There are lots of moves in store if you rehearse, and discovering them is half the fun. But there aren't enough signature moves."



"While it may not totally realistic, it still retains enough of simulation style elements (especially in the harder difficulty settings) to appease even the most hardcore basketball fan. Its up-tempo gameplay along with the great passing and control make NBA Live 2003 a truly enjoyable basketball game..."


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