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NBA 2K14 PS4 Review | BALLIN'!

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
2K Sports, NBA 2K14, PS4, PS4 games, Sports Games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

NBA 2K14 PS4 Review | BALLIN'!

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.

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Amazon Black Friday 2013 Round-up for Tuesday

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Amazon, Battlefield 4, Black Friday, Games deals, NBA 2K14, Rayman Legends, Rocksmith 2014

Amazon Black Friday 2013 Round-up for Tuesday

Battlefield 3, NBA 2K14, & Rocksmith 2014

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:

  • 11:15 GMT - NBA 2K14 for PS3 & XBox 360 (Review)
  • 12:15 GMT - Rocksmith 2014 Edition for PC, PS3 & Xbox 360 (Review)
  • 17:15 GMT - Madactz F.R.E.Q 7 Headset in Black or Red for PC
  • 18:15 GMT - Rayman Legends for Wii U (Review)
  • 19:15 GMT - Playstation 3 12GB Console including Wonderbook: Book of Spells, Move Controller and Eye Camera (Review)

NBA 2K14 Next Gen Trailer Drops Jaws

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
Tags:
NBA 2K14, Next-gen, PS4 games, Sports Games, trailer, Xbox One Games

NBA 2K14 Next Gen Trailer Drops Jaws

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.

NBA 2K14 Review | Still On The Path To Greatness

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
2K Sports, Basketball games, NBA 2K14, Sports Games, Visual Concepts

NBA 2K14 Review | Still On The Path To Greatness

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.

NBA 2K14 Review | Still On The Path To Greatness

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.

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UK Games Charts | 5th October 2013

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
F1 2013, FIFA 14, GTA V, Just Dance 2014, NBA 2K14, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, UK Games Charts, UK retail

UK Games Charts | 5th October 2013

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.

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NBA 2K14 Trailer Shows Sweet Signature Skills

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
2K Games, 2K Sports, NBA 2K14, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, trailer, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

NBA 2K14 Trailer Shows Sweet Signature Skills

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.

Then head straight over to our NBA 2K14 video interview and Gamescom preview. Game's out on October 4th.

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Have A New NBA 2K14 Trailer

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
2K Sports, Basketball games, NBA 2K14, Sports Games, Trailers, Visual Concepts

Have A New NBA 2K14 Trailer

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.

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NBA 2K14 Interview | Chris Snyder Talks Features, AI, and LeBron

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
2K Sports, Chris Snyder, Gamescom 2013, Interviews, NBA 2K14, Video Interview, Visual Concepts

NBA 2K14 Interview | Chris Snyder Talks Features, AI, and LeBron

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.

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NBA 2K14 Hands-On Preview | King James' Baller Bible

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
2K Sports, Basketball games, Games previews, Gamescom 2013, LeBron James, NBA 2K14, Sports Games

NBA 2K14 Hands-On Preview | King James' Baller Bible

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.

NBA 2K14 Hands-On Preview | King James' Baller Bible

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.

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And The NBA 2K14 Cover Star Is... LeBron James

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
2K Sports, LeBron James, NBA 2K14

And The NBA 2K14 Cover Star Is... LeBron James

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.

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