Replay Value: 8.4
EA's NBA Live franchise continues on the PSX, and its newest addition to the series is NBA Live 2000. It is by all means the greatest basketball simulator, but with the addition of the legendary Michael Jordan, this might be the ultimate simulator for some basketball fans. I'm sure you might have heard this before but I just wanted to confirm it. Although basketball sims rarely get changed much they are still great never the less especially if you have a multi tap and 7 other friends.
The feature that gives the games most essential feel is the graphics. In order to provide the most realistic gaming experience EA has kept their Live '99 engine and just changed the rosters. Think of a baby's diaper, why change something that doesn't need changing. If you own or owned NBA Live '99, you'll remember the great facial expressions the game had to offer, each player complete with his unique facial appearance. The motion capturing seems to be improved a lot more over the previous 'Live' title. Each player moves gently and fluidly without a single jerky animation to spoil the realism. Crowds do look awfully grainy but so do the crowds in every other sports sim. Graphics are definitely a plus in Live 2000, everything from the FMV opening to the player animations and motion capturing.
If it has the EA logo then you know what to expect from the game. We all know EA for delivering top quality sports titles with authentic realism that overcomes any other sim. Well NBA Live 2000 is no exception, it sports some of the most realistic plays, an excellent simulation mode, up-to-date rosters, wonderfully detailed players and to top it all off, his royal airness Michael Jordan. Live 2000 is still very close to Live '99 so I won't get too deep into the games average modes. But what was really the cherry on top in Live 2K was that it featured a Legends Mode where you go face to face with a legend such as Michael Jordan. And in order to receive him as a free agent you must beat him at his own game which is very hard but possible. A deeply customizable create a player feature is packed with different player variations and gives you the full control over your custom player. There isn't much more to say about the gameplay since it's still the same except with a few additions here and there, but I will say this: "use Alan Houston against Jordan".
Live 2K includes a pretty good rap soundtrack with a mix of known rappers and some miscellaneous talents behind the songs. What I'm used to seeing in all of EA sport titles is that all of them have great play by play commentary and color commentary with excellent transparency. Everything sounds nearly perfect in the sound department, hence it's high grade.
The control arrangement is still very similar to Live 99's scheme and gamers who spent a lot of their time with Live '99 will pick up EA's newest b-ball sim in a second, But those of you who are less skilled in basketball games might need a little adjusting. The game features tight dual shock and analog support, playing with the analog sticks makes your player feel as real as ever, the sensitivity that was captured by EA Sports is phenomenal.
In conclusion EA Sports delivers yet another stellar simulation title that really doesn't disappoint at all. And even with Dreamcast games like NBA 2000 and NFL 2000 on the market, NBA Live 2000 for Playstation is still selling quite nicely.