January 25, 2001
NBA Live 2001 - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Rating Players Price
16/2/2001Electronic ArtsIn-House1-4$99.95

Click To Enlarge ImageThe NBA Live series has been one of the most respected basketball games' series in years. Electronic Arts continue to improve the game and with this Playstation 2 version they look set to push the boundaries much further. This is definitely the best looking version of the game so far but EA are also promising a host of new moves, new commentary and much more atmosphere. With only a couple more weeks until the game is released here in Australia I thought it was time to see what the game can offer.

Click To Enlarge ImageElectronic Arts' NBA Live series is one of the best when it comes to gameplay. Playing the game is one of the most enjoyable experiences ever and if the gameplay can be translated perfectly to the PS2 there is no reason why this game can't be a winner. EA are also expanding the gameplay. For the first time, you have complete control in the low post allowing you will experience what it is like to play amongst the giants in the paint - Users are able to back their defender down and then select from a number of different post moves such as an up and under, jump hook, turn around and fade away jump shots.

Perhaps the best news for gamers is that NBA Live 2001 will include the greatest player in history, Michael Jordan. You can actually play with many of the greatest players of all time in either 1-on-1 or 5-on-5. Players include Magic, Bird, Cousy, Chamberlain and more.

Click To Enlarge ImageGraphics in NBA Live 2001 look significantly improved over previous versions of the game, and why shouldn't they be. The Playstation 2 has much more power then the PSOne. The game now includes facial animations and a lot more activity on the sidelines. The benches are now fully animated and react to what is happening on court. The developers are also promising multiple post-game celebrations, if you manage to win. EA have also promised an improved commentary from Bob Elliott who adds new in-depth play analysis. The music in the game is being provided by none other then Montell Jordan.

NBA Live 2001 will hopefully be up to the fine standards set by NHL 2001 and Madden NFL 2001. The graphics look sharp and the gameplay, if it is a good as past games, should be impressive. Pencil in a visit to your local game retailer on February 16th.