The NBA Live series has long-carried a reputation as an enjoyable, though fast-paced, basketball game. Last year’s NBA Live 2003 certainly lived up to that billing–and then some. It was a great game in its own right, but many criticized the game’s breakneck pace and extremely arcadelike feel. While no one will confuse this year’s edition with an ultrarealistic rendition of professional basketball, NBA Live 2004 definitely takes a couple of steps closer to being a more serious simulation, with a slower pace and more emphasis on defense and team play. With several additional features, as well as online play and improvements to the game’s graphics, sound, and overall polish, NBA Live 2004 is a great game for Live fans and general basketball fans alike.