I haven't played an NBA title since way back when I played Jordan Vs Bird and NBA Jam on the Sega Mega Drive back in the 90s. He's on fire!
For all of its charm and personality on-court improvements, NBA 2K14 hides a fair amount of dust under the hood. It's an outstanding package, certainly, and oozes style and substance, but the modes that have been begging for improvement for the last couple of years are still left relatively untouched, and series veterans might come away a little disappointed in spite of the on-court improvements. - NBA 2K14 Review | Still On The Path To Greatness
Assuming that up to date NBA rosters aren't a major factor for you, it's pretty hard to sniff at NBA 2K14 for only £7.85 on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and let's be honest, nobody has really cared since Michael Jordan left the scene.
I actually think NBA 2K14 plays a slightly better game on the court than this year's instalment in the NBA 2K series. If you're not too bothered by rosters, and just fancy plunging into MyCareer and throwing down some fat jams on unsuspecting fools, this is definitely worth a look. Cheers Pete1993!
NBA 2K14 is a barnstorming game, and Steam currently have a fat price cut offer on for the PC version, but there's a downside. The PC version of the game is,for all intents and purposes, the last-gen edition of NBA 2K14, which is a crying shame. It's still a cracking title, and a must for basketball fans who prefer to play on PC, but it's more like NBA 2K13.5 rather than the fully-fledged upgrade offered by the PS4 and XO versions.
Platforms: PS4 (reviewed) | Xbox One
Developers: Visual Concepts
Publishers: 2K Sports
The generation jump has, by and large, seen much of the same again in the short while since the Xbox One and PS4's releases. We've had a dearth of truly essential exclusives on both sides, coupled with generation-bridging third party extravagances that, though shinier on next-gen tech, are largely feature-complete and cheaper on old machines. What this had meant is that it feels as though we're still awaiting a number of studios to really commit to the future consoles and truly elevate their games to the next level.
Thankfully, Visual Concepts are on the ball. Sorry for the puns.
NBA 2K14 arrives on PS4 and Xbox One in markedly different form to the game that greeted PS3 and Xbox 360 owners. Instead of being a slightly tuned up version of NBA 2K13, what we have here is a title that has been resolutely overhauled both on and off of the court to striking effect. It hasn't all gone entirely swimmingly, but what we do have here is a truly next-gen title that shows great promise.
If you watched my initial impression video for NBA 2K14 on PS4, you'll no doubt have borne witness to my excited reaction to the player models and exceptionally fluid animations. Visual Concepts have always been excellent at player capture and recreating the spinning, Eurostepping balletic grace of a player such as Kobe or D-Wade. Creating a zippy point guard and giving him a devastating, Iverson-esque crossover has long been a delight. But here, on machines with more power and memory, the animations and level of physical detail on the players have been ramped up to an impressive degree. There's a solidity and physicality to proceedings that is very welcome, aided by an on-court soundscape that has been recaptured and given wider variety and impact.Click here to read more...
It's day 2 of Amazon's week-long promotion of flash deals, and while we will try to highlight anything that stands out, we felt it would be best to just give you a schedule of what will be coming throughout the day. Battlefield 4 (read out review here) has already been reduced this morning, with the Xbox 360 version's deal now expired, but you can still pick up the PC version for £22.99 until 12:15 GMT (or until stock has run out.) Want to get involved? Click here to see all the listings, although you can head over to the category and change it to show only video games for easier browsing.
Here's the rest of the schedule (with reviews where available:
Fancy taking a peak at a graphical benchmark for next-gen sports games? Of course you do, so here's some footage of swaggering NBA basketballers in 2K's upcoming next-gen version of NBA 2K14. The video shows some jaw-dropping in-game graphics, with an epic Mr-T beard on the Houston Rockets' Harden being the obvious highlight.
If genre-leading visuals are your thing, it may well be worth hanging on for the next-gen versions of the game that launch on the same days as the PS4 and Xbone. Matt reviewed the 360 version recently and gave it an 8/10, so expect big things.Click here to see the new trailer.
Platforms: PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed) - Coming to PS4/Xbox One in November
Developers: Visual Concepts
Publishers: 2K Sports
You have to hand it to Visual Concepts and 2K Sports. No sports series comes close to the consistent quality of the NBA 2K franchise. Last year's effort, though it wasn't exactly a huge step up from its predecessor, led me to fall head over heels in love with a sport and embrace the irresistible personality and depth of NBA 2K with open arms. How could this year's instalment possibly top that?
Well, it starts with the control system. Once again, Visual Concepts have overhauled their input system in the pursuit of intuitive perfection. But for anyone who spent a fair amount of time in NBA 2K13, this new system will prove a source of frustration until you realise that you'd better learn it from scratch. The right stick -- the Pro Stick -- has no need of the left trigger modifier when it comes to shooting this time around. Isomotion and post move trickery-- the crossovers, Dream Shakes, hesitations, spins -- these are conducted via little taps and precise movements, with shooting a matter of pushing and holding the stick towards the direction you desire. Should habit force you to nudge the left trigger and then flick the stick, you'll now perform a range of showy passes. Or, more likely, hurl the ball into Row Z.
It takes some getting used to, but it's customisable so can just use the stick for nifty fakes and dazzling ankle-breakers if you'd prefer to use buttons for shooting and passing. There's some crossover, too, so you'll be able to switch between control inputs on the fly and pull off Steve Nash-esque no-look passes to your heart's content, whilst still having the solidity of shooting via a face button. On top of that, there's streamlining elsewhere: now you just have to nudge the left bumper to call a play, rather than abandoning control for a split-second to fiddle with the D-pad.Click here to read more...
FIFA 14 and Grand Theft Auto V still loom large over UK retail, but there's plenty of action below. F1 2013, NBA 2K14 and Just Dance 2014 have all debuted in the top ten, while the Wii U has another relatively rare chart success in The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, clocking in at an impressive 4th place considering the low console install base. We've got all the action below.Click here to read more...
The latest NBA 2K14 trailer is all about signature skills and smooth moves, explaining how this year's basketball heavyweight plans to add even more versatility and personality to the experience. If you know what 'pick and roll' means (or indeed, know anything about basketball), you should probably give this a watch.Click here to read more...
Hip-hop, flashing lights, and absurdly tall men leaping about and smashing their balls through suspended hoops. It's basketball time again, folks, and 2K Sports have just released a new trailer for NBA 2K14.
You can find it after the jump, along with our interview with 2K Sports' Chris Snyder from Gamescom.Click here to read more...
After NBA 2K13 led me to fall head over heels in love with the sport of basketball last year, I was intrigued to see what 2K Sports and Visual Concepts are planning for this year's instalment. After getting hands-on with the game -- read our NBA 2K14 preview here -- I had a chat with Chris Snyder, the senior director of marketing at 2K Sports, to get his take on things.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (tested) | PS4 | Xbox One
Developers: Visual Concepts
Publishers: 2K Sports
When you have a sports game franchise so comprehensive in its quality that it beats the competition into hiatus for several consecutive years, how do you go about avoiding complacency? It's a question that NBA 2K13, as good as it was (and it was very good), slightly sidestepped. After all, if it ain't broke...
But NBA 2K14 is looking to deal precisely with that question. At first glance, it's clear that certain things have changed. The production team made a very big deal out of touting their new compression systems, systems that have allowed the developers to add an extra 3,000 animations onto the existing framework in the game. The results are instantly recognisable. There's a smooth fluidity to the on court action that makes player movements seem more natural and versatile than ever before. Those in-between animations mean that the player has more direct control -- instead of having to wait half a second for an animation to finish, intervention to react to the opposition is a very real prospect. Games can be won and lost in single moments, heightening the dramatic ebb and flow of a match, and making every single player decision a vital consideration.
The full mapping of all ball controls to the right stick takes advantage of the extra animations, making it easier to move from one action to the next, triggering fakes, dummies, and skill moves more naturally. The balletic build up to a shot or layup by someone like Wade, Parker, Kobe, or Wall, for example, can be more readily manipulated. The right stick feels like an extension of their hands, the controls intuitive, with spins and crossovers simple to pull off. But there's a need for precision too; wild use of the stick will surely lead to fumbles and turnovers when facing a defence of any real skill. The right stick makes sense when playing big too, making dummy movements and eventual fadeaways and hook shots easy to perform.Click here to read more...
I'm really not sure how it's taken this long to get the world's best basketball player onto the cover of the world's best basketball game series, but the time has come. King James will grace the front cover of NBA 2K14.Click here to read more...