The latest in a long line, EA Sports’ NBA Live 2003 plays much faster than any of its 3D predecessors, almost to the point that it seems to mimic the 16-bit installments in the series, which were some of the most entertaining basketball games of that era. You won’t find an incredibly realistic half-court game in this latest NBA Live, but you will find a lot of run-and-gun-style offense with plenty of fast breaks, dunks, fancy passing, and cuts through the lane. Even the post-up game has received a boost in speed, as it only takes a split second to back a defender down underneath the basket. This new style of gameplay is topped off with a new ballhandling control scheme that lets you perform some NBA Street-like moves by using the right analog stick to control the direction of your dribble. It works very well and ultimately helps make NBA Live 2003 a highly enjoyable but slightly unrealistic simulation of NBA basketball.