NBA Live 2004

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NBA Live 2004
NBA Live 2004
Cover art (PlayStation 2)
Developer(s) EA Sports
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Series NBA Live
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Windows
Release date(s) PlayStation 2 & Xbox
  • NA October 14, 2003
  • EU November 7, 2003
  • JP November 13, 2003 (PS2)
GameCube
  • NA October 15, 2003
  • EU November 7, 2003
Windows
  • NA November 11, 2003
  • EU November 28, 2003
Genre(s) Sports (Basketball)
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

NBA Live 2004 is the 2004 installment of the NBA Live video games series. The cover features Vince Carter as a member of the Toronto Raptors and in Spain copies of NBA Live 2004, it features Raul Lopez. The game was developed by EA Sports and released in 2003. The game is similar graphically to NCAA March Madness 2004 and has the same create-a-player models.

Game modes[edit]

Season[edit]

Season mode play allows the player to choose an NBA team to compete for the season trophy. Players can also choose how many games there are during the season. A custom player option also allows game players to create their own team of NBA players. There is also a Roster management where game players can buy and sell players from various teams in the NBA.

Dynasty[edit]

Dynasty mode is similar to season mode but instead teams compete for the Dynasty trophy. In this mode however, points earned from gameplay in games can be spent on individual and team training sessions to improve the skill level of the player's team. Points can also be spent in the 'NBA store' on shoes, jerseys, headbands and socks. These clothing items can then be applied to the players of the team and are seen during gameplay. The thrill of Dynasty mode is the process of drafting and developing new players. Playing with game-generated rookies is fun; however, on the whole they are slow to develop, especially second-round draft picks.

One on one[edit]

In this mode players go one on one with an opponent in either a gym or street court; they can edit the number of baskets to win the game.

Training[edit]

In this mode the game player can practice and improve court skills.

Features[edit]

The new button layout now allows the player to choose when to shoot and when to dunk/layup. The new system improves on previous frustrations with 3 foot jumpers and losing possessions because of unnecessary dunk attempts. The "pro hop" has finally been introduced into the game, and with it the ability to split defenders, or throw an opposing defender off rhythm. Not to be outdone, big men were given the ability to "power dribble," which creates space into the lane for an easier basket. Yet, with the newly improved defense and AI, coming by points is that much more difficult. In addition, freestyle dribbling is no longer an end- all to improving the game, and handling stats actually affect the player's ability to freestyle. Along with the game's new freestyle improvements, the game is bound to grab their attention.

This was also the first game to feature the Charlotte Bobcats, they are the worst team in the game with a rating of 50. Since the game's rosters were finalized before the expansion draft, the Bobcats' lineup consisted of players named after their specific positions, for example, the point guard was named "Point Guard".

Soundtrack[edit]

- Jermaine Dupri is an unlockable character by using his nickname, "SOSODEF"

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS2) 83.83%[1]
(Xbox) 82.86%[2]
(GC) 82.75%[3]
(PC) 79.38%[4]
Metacritic (PS2) 86/100[5]
(Xbox) 85/100[6]
(GC) 84/100[7]
(PC) 80/100[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
EGM 8.5/10[9]
Game Informer (PS2) 8.5/10[10]
8.25/10[11][12]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[13]
(Xbox) 4/5 stars[14]
Game Revolution B+[15]
GameSpot 8.3/10[16][17]
(GC) 8/10[18]
(PC) 7.8/10[19]
GameSpy 4/5 stars[20][21][22]
(PC) 3/5 stars[23]
GameZone (PS2) 9.3/10[24]
8.6/10[25][26]
(GC) 8.4/10[27]
IGN (PS2) 8.8/10[28]
8.7/10[29][30]
(PC) 8.5/10[31]
Nintendo Power 3.4/5[32]
OPM (US) 4.5/5 stars[33]
OXM 9.1/10[34]
PC Gamer (US) 84%[35]
Entertainment Weekly A−[36]

The game was met with positive reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 83.83% and 86 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version;[1][5] 82.86% and 85 out of 100 for the Xbox version;[2][6] 82.75% and 84 out of 100 for the GameCube version;[3][7] and 79.38% and 80 out of 100 for the PC version.[4][8]

References[edit]

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  25. ^ Surette, Tim (October 26, 2003). "NBA Live 2004 - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  26. ^ Lafferty, Michael (December 7, 2003). "NBA Live 2004 - PC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on June 4, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  27. ^ Hollingshead, Anise (October 28, 2003). "NBA Live 2004 - GC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on June 4, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
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  31. ^ Robinson, Jon (December 2, 2003). "NBA Live 2004 Review (PC)". IGN. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
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  34. ^ "NBA Live 2004". Official Xbox Magazine: 152. December 2003. 
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  36. ^ Walk, Gary Eng (October 17, 2003). "NBA Live 2004 (GC, PS2, Xbox)". Entertainment Weekly (733): L2T 21. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 

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