Reviews for NBA 2K14
It's a basketball game on your computerDooleh | Oct. 13, 2014 | See all Dooleh's reviews »
You know what basketball is, right? Well, this game tries to emulate it and sell it as a simulation, but I've never seen a real basketball game situation where 3 players are guarding the same guy... often, 2 of my computer controlled teammates will leave their positions and start obstructing me while I'm guarding my own target, which leaves the area around my basket and 2 opposition players totally unguarded.
The player switching mechanic is just primitive, press A (360 control scheme) to switch/scroll! through your players, and maybe the game will pick a player you want to control in time to prevent the other team from scoring. There is another way to switch players, but it's even harder to navigate, press RB (360 controls) and then press the button displayed above the head of the player you want to control (there is no way to do it in time to prevent the other team from scoring, and some of your players will often be out of view, along with the button prompt above their head, so it's worse than the A button solution).
The player physics feel really stiff, for example when you want to go for a quick counter-attack after stealing the ball, when you pass the ball to the player that's in front, the ball passing player first completely stops and then passes the ball, usually giving the opposition enough time to set up their defense. Another example (my favorite) is when you knock the ball out of the opposition player's hands, and it falls behind him, your player will often not pick up the ball, even though you are holding that direction with your controller (he just won't move for 1 - 2 seconds), and the same opposition player that lost the ball will recover, turn around and take the ball before you are able to. You can usually expect delayed response from your players from any directional inputs you give them, and I think it's because of the motion capture, this game takes it's physics and animations seriously, or at least it tries to, I had a few situations where the opposition players would go through me with their ball dribbling hand and score.
The game's menu is probably the worst menu I've ever had to navigate in any game, I don't even know how to explain the way it works.
You can't turn off auto subs, the game's coach decides to take out LeBron James and put in Andersen and there's nothing you can do to prevent it, the best you can do is wait till you have the ball again and reverse the decisions made by the coach.
That would be all that's bad and horrible and inexcusable about this game, I think... (haven't touched the online modes, but I've read that you can't play against your friends unless the game graciously pits you against your friend while you both search for an online game at the same time).
The game can be fun when it's working as intended on the court, and it's a shame that so many issues (not bugs necessarily) are plaguing it, and it's probably worth the money when on sale, if you like arcadey sports games and don't care about NBA roster updates (or slightly worse graphics than the new game).
My score might be a bit strict, since I had some fun while playing the game (and I'm going to keep playing it), but I feel the game could have been a lot better without much effort from the devs, they only needed to fix a few of their own mistakes without adding a thing. Score 6.5/10.
Nothing new, still perfectGosen | June 10, 2014 | See all Gosen's reviews »
Best sport game series ever comes every year and also this year it dominates. There are minor improvements, so if someone has already 13 edition except new rooster there is nothing worth buying. Those kind of games should be made every 2-3 years, 2k14 should be more like DLC to 13 than a new game. Without older versions it's definitely worth buying, it's perfect in almost every possible way. Smooth gameplay, great atmosphere, great commentary, great realism, good physics, lot of options to make it even more realistic, just everything is in the right place. This year even few European teams arrived. You don't even have to like baseball, it's that great. Maybe only flaw is lack of national teams, but for now we have few European clubs and that number will grow in the next edition.
Pretty much the same old19th | June 7, 2014 | See all 19th's reviews »
2K14 shares most of its assets with last years release, the game definitely has been tweaked for the better, new animations are great and the game feels a bit more fluid. Not quite sure about the controller changes though, I think they should have left them be, overall a good basketball title, just lacking from the console counterparts.
great gameAssorted_sp | May 11, 2014 | See all Assorted_sp's reviews »
I've played the PC ports of this NBA2K series since 2K11. To me, 2K12 was the peak of the series so far. This year though, it seems like they're taking advantage of no competition and are taking it easy. Why?
- Players feel much less flexible/agile than in previous years
- They changed the controls, again. 2k13 probably had the best gamepad config to date
- Players are much more sloppy with regards to ball handling. Rebounds go through their hands, silly collisions cause players to lose the ball, sometimes players will randomly animate in ways not appropriate to the situation (sometime causing out of bounds calls)
- Inexplicably consistent blowing layups and dunks, sometimes with completely clear path
- Physics sometimes act weird. Going for a steal sometimes you'll knock the ball out the other side of the court or even into the crowd. This has an unintended funny side effect of making some blocks look way more spectacular than they should be
Still, even having said that laundry list of things that bother me, I'd recommend the game (unless you want to manually patch the new rosters into 2K13). I'm hoping we get a mid-season patch like we did last year to fix these annoyances.
These opinions only cover single player mode.
Even a small step towards the ultimate simulationAlbys66 | Feb. 8, 2014 | See all Albys66's reviews »
I buy NBA2K for 6 years, and every time I say it will be the last. Because I know it is a powerful drug, and I get angry for all the little things that in the vanilla game have not been implemented. Then, as always, I fall into temptation, I buy it, and then I'm going to improve it (my Albys Realistic Roster and Gameplay is famous ) wasting a lot of time. Also this year , the step taken by 2Ksport in gameplay is minimal: a better ease of stopping the opponent ( too easy, now ), better fastbreak , some settings in more defensive . All in all, nothing earth-shattering . Best are the innovations in the movements, with a game in the post that has become very interesting and realistic. Also some excellent reproductions of the most famous players, and in general, such as playing sports are always at significant levels of simulation. But there are so many things that could be done better: 1 ) The roster lacks regular players under NBA contract 2 ) The Association mode is always the same , without the slightest innovation. 3 ) My player mode always has a few bugs. 4) Many players overall and tendencies are ridiculous. 5 ) the graphics are outdated. Luckily, the game is highly modifiable thanks to amateur patch , and if you know where to look you can create a terrific game for visual impact as well as to the realism.
The king is backbourdoulas | Dec. 26, 2013 | See all bourdoulas's reviews »
The game may seem the same as the previous installment but the gameplay has been tweaked to be more realistic. The soundtrack is great but the new LeBron mode i think is bit of a let down. For some strange reason 2k chose to change the control scheme once again.
A great addition to the game are the Euroleague team like Olympiakos, Barcelona, Panathinaikos, Real etc.
Overall is a great game and should on every sports' fan library.
Same, but nothing wrong with thatthezayel | Dec. 23, 2013 | See all thezayel's reviews »
Although it'd be easy to brand every year's sports games as the exact same, there has undoubtedly been a few additions and fine-tuning done to this game. While I'm not a particular fan of LeBron James, his game mode is surprisingly fun and it's difficult not to get swept up in the overall feeling of the game as you manage your merry band of globetrotters in career mode.
More of the same, but packaged well.
Even more realistic animations..XGpredator | Nov. 23, 2013 | See all XGpredator's reviews »
NBA 2k14 is clearly not the richest in news of the series, but it remains an interesting title with its new animations that contribute to the more fluid and realistic gameplay. The arrival of Euroleague teams is also significant, but it is a pity not to use them during the fast parts. However, the whole is advisable to fans as curious pending next-gen versions still hoped for a more generous coat.
One of the best ever.Alveio | Oct. 25, 2013 | See all Alveio's reviews »
I played a lot of NBA 2K12, I loved that game, it was really amazing. I skipped 2k13 to play 2K14 and I was really impressed by everything. A better career when you play with "My Player", like you're living a real life. Same graphics (for me) as in 2K13, but an improved gameplay, funnier to play, easier to play with friends who don't know much about basketball (or basketball video games). LeBron career mode isn't that great, but it's a great thing added in a huge game ! Maybe the best NBA 2K ever.
Not next gen graphics, but it is well polished!kuo | Oct. 25, 2013 | See all kuo's reviews »
2k13 was a beast! while 2k14 didn't try to drastically change the working recipe, it did however improved on the gameplay. The biggest change you will find is the emphasis on the defense side of things, blocking shots and loose bay occur much more and realistically when player dribble into crowded zone.
But the new controls are rather annoying if you are used to using LT to shoot. Dribble stick also is the new shooting button when you hold it. Sadly it is not in next gen graphics for the PC version, that is probably my biggest gripe.
Overall it is still a great basketball game like it's predecessors. Maybe it will put EA live out of commission again this year!
The "LeBron James" of sports games.el_pelado95 | Oct. 23, 2013 | See all el_pelado95's reviews »
Long live the king Nba 2K14. The best at the moment.
Graphically looks the same as 2K13, but it have some pretty cool new effects. The gameplay has been modified and now looks more realistic. The soundtrack of the game is outstanding (it haves "Get Lucky") and LeBron in the cover makes the game better.
The new and old modes (now better) are exellent too. And now you can play with some Euroleague teams (like Barcelona or Olympiakos). Only for that feature i bought this game.
Best NBA 2kSirEagle | Oct. 10, 2013 | See all SirEagle's reviews »
NBA 2k14 is the best basketball game i have ever played. The graphics are stunning, very detailed and beautiful. Gameplay is very addicting i spend half of the day the first time i turned in this game. LeBron James mode is exelent and career mode is more than you ever wanted in game of basketball. Game Controls are very simple and user-friendly, even those who haven't ever played any game with a controller will quickly get use to it and play like a real NBA star.
Reinventing perfectionkalil | Oct. 6, 2013 | See all kalil's reviews »
Very pleasantly surprised with the new installment of the series 2k . With an initial sensation of this year , if they care to detail. Although improvements have been made in a separate graph ( which in any case , as already ocurrión in 2k13 , it is sensational ) , if they have fixed the issue of appearances on the players. In addition to the factor of mean players also seem much better prepared , with emphasis on the issue of the Rookies .
GAMEPLAY : No doubt the biggest asset this year. Big changes , which at first, to which we are to play more installments of the series , we adapt causes serious difficulties , but certainly worth it, because it raises more game options . A much more fluid pace , more physical presence on the contacts, a defense that requires much more in attack, and vice versa.
GRAPHICS : No remarkable progress , with the base of 2k13 . If attention to detail is . At last we see Danny Green with their heaters , or short-sleeved shirts , or all players with branded shoes . In addition to the novelty of the Pelicans and changes in the Suns.
SOUND: I do not notice a big change in the pavilions in relation to the previous release . The Soundtrack of the game if I feel very well prepared .
INNOVATION : Year after year , I think I set the bar high for his next delivery , and year after year , come and invent something new with what they manage to surprise and convince. This year we have given a twist to the gameplay , changing many controls , in order to improve the game options . Although in graphics may seem that this is a 2k13 update , when to play, we have a completely different version .
This is the king of sports video games . The best series that has given this generation of consoles , and a role model for any other developer of sports video games .
Cleaned up and improvedvirulent0o | Oct. 5, 2013 | See all virulent0o's reviews »
The first noticeable thing in 2k14 is the sleek menu. It's less less clustered and only shows the options when you flick the Right stick. Quick menus get added to the main screen as you start a mode. A small, but sweet improvement over 2k13.
The addition of collision physics makes a rather big impact (excuse the pun) on gameplay. You can really feel the difference when dribbling or posting up a player. The ball is no longer "glued" to a player.
A minor irk that's still present is the inability to skip dialogues during myPlayer mode.
The above mentioned improvements with the goodness of the previous NBA2k series, 2k14 is a solid experience for any basketball fan out there. Or in the case of any one being a LBJ fan, there's a LBJ career mode added too.
The way to go!mahon | Oct. 4, 2013 | See all mahon's reviews »
Even if I haven't yet played enough of NBA 2K13, there's the brand new NBA 2k14. Even better and even shinier, especially if you have a powerful machine which allows you to maximize the graphical effects and admire the game. It is fast, furious and full of action! You can not only play matches, but also lead your player throughout his career in a RPG-like way. And the game also has excellent multiplayer mode, which allows you to compete with humans instead of computer's AI. It's worth mentioning that it's unavoidable that the NBA 2k13 players switch to NBA 2k14 soon, as most servers for the previous game are likely to be shut down soon. So if you want to play on online servers, NBA 2k14 is the way to go.