NBA 2K14 Review - Feel the Heat
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Out of all the sports events I’ve been too, nothing seems to quite hit the level of palpable excitement that basketball does. Think about it, it combines the fast paced and frantic movement of soccer with the complexity of a ball that is not only in constant motion, but also constantly bouncing! That’s a lot to keep track of and even though my eyes are still adjusting by the time the game ends, you can’t beat that level of intensity on the court. To say nothing of the fact that the players in these games are giants, which brings an even more intense presence to the game.
Of course, we’re not here to review the game of basketball. We’re here to review a basketball game, or at least, I am. So, now that NBA 2K14 is out on the PS4, let’s see how they have managed to capture the sport in this latest release.
Graphics and Presentation
The NBA 2K series has always had nice graphics, but on the next generation of consoles, the view is spectacular. Running at a full 1080p resolution and at sixty frames per second, this game already has a lot going for it. Once you get into the game though, the level of detail in the players is a major step up from the PS3 version of the game. This detail even extends outside the court, to the audience and the coaches. The fact that everything in the game looks equally stunning and it still runs at such a smooth framerate is a testament to the power of the PS4.
Going past the simple looks, the animations for the players and the coaches are more convincing than ever. Everything from a massive dunk, to the look on a player’s face when he nails it is perfect to gaze upon. What is truly impressive though is the fact that these players look alive. The deadpan gaze of older sports titles is gone, this people look like there is something going on behind their eyes. It’s a marvel to behold and a great step forward for graphics.
The presentation is spot on this year as always. With Kevin Harlan on commentary, the contextual input is always well said. A new feature that is even more exciting is the addition of Doris Burke’s sideline interviews, where players and coaches will be interviewed at half-time and at the end of the game. In these interviews, the discussion is relevant and accurate each time.
Not all is perfect here though. This rock solid presentation and phenomenal graphics can occasionally be marred by a glitch or bug where the players clip into the court of a nearby player. These moments are not consistent, but they can happen and are distracting when they do. With such an amazing presentation, these moments hurt the overall feel.
Features and Gameplay
The next-gen version of NBA 2K14 has some noticeable changes to the feature list and menu layout. The menus have been simplified, which is nice, and the Path to Greatness and Crews mode have been replaced. The first of these new modes is called MyCareer, and lets you create a player to guide all the way from pre-draft to the draft itself, and into the game. This mode is filled with cutscenes to show your climb to greatness, but everything is so cheesy that it’s hard to take it seriously. Still, the effort is appreciated.
The second new mode, MyGM, is a new take on the old Franchise mode. Here, you’ll be able to control every aspect of your team. From rosters, to coaches, and even setting merchandising prices. Everything is yours to decide. This mode is deep, and requires you to keep everyone happy through proper management. To really see the benefits of this mode, you have to go in and play the game yourself which makes this mode a great way to extend the game’s longevity.
Finally, the latest updated mode is And Park, which evolved from the Blacktop mode on the current gen consoles. This mode is interesting because it involves up to a hundred players who can play and wait for the next game to start. There are various options here, and you can use your custom created players from MyCareer as well. The only downside to this mode is that you can’t create your own leagues and meet up unless your party chatting with the people you want to play with.
The Final Verdict:
NBA 2K14 is a very well made basketball game. On top of that, it looks incredible on the next generation of consoles. If you haven’t already played it, then you must get this game on the PS4. If you have, it still may be worth the upgrade, if only to have something that showcases your console’s raw power. With great features, smooth gameplay, and lots of engrossing modes, you really can’t go wrong with this one.
Tips for playing NBA 2K14
We called it out, you passed the ball (unlike Kobe) and we took the shot. Nothing but net here at PS4 experts and now we’ve brought you the best tips for NBA 2K14. Whether you’re a basketball god or a mere mortal who just so happens to be really tall, we’ve got something for everyone. So, let’s see what separates a shooter from a dribbler, shall we?
Tip #1 - Before Starting Career game or any game at all, jump into the practice mode.
It’s common knowledge that if any game provides you with an option to practice before the actual game begins, you should probably take it. I don’t care how many times you’ve gotten that three point shot, practice mode will let you brush up your skills, re-familiarize yourself with the controls, and get your head in the game. It’s like a videogame version of the water from Space Jam (there had to be at least one Space Jam joke in this review).
Tip #2 - Master the Shooting and Dribbling controls first.
I am aware that shooting and dribbling are essentially basketball itself, minus the feet movement, but that makes them all the more important. The shooting and dribbling in the game is one of the hardest nuances to master, and it matters the most that these two become your bread and butter. As mentioned above, practice mode is a great way to get some time in with these elements of the game.
Tip #3 - Know thyself, know thy team.
A little high and mighty for a basketball game, I know, but Lebron has tattoos on his arms about how things we do in this life echo in eternity, so clearly someone is allowing more and more philosophical ideals to squeeze their way into the sport. When you’re going into a game, don’t just pick a team because you like the name. That’s what I do, and it never works out. Each team has their strengths and weaknesses. They have star players, and benchwarmers. Know them inside and out when you pick them so you can play to their strengths and prepare to account for their weaknesses.
Tip #4 - Download and use the NBA 2k14 companion app called MyNBA2k14.
The companion apps that accompany games nowadays are becoming more and more useful. With the MyNBA2K14 app, you can track your MyCareer stats, your leaderboards and online multiplayer records. It also has a NBA Pick-em mini game that allows you earn additional VC points for use in your game. On top of all this, you can even play a virtual card game on the app. Needless to say, you need this.
Tip #5 - Check Facebook for locker codes that give you additional VC
An easy way to keep up with the virtual currency aspect of the game is to check out this Facebook app: facebook.com/ronnie2k/app_599028523505914. The buzz around it is that you can check daily for locker codes and other rewards to redeem in NBA 2K14. This is a great way to speed up your progression and keep the game fresh for the long haul.
Final Score: 9/10
Game Category: Sports
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert Date: 12/23/2013
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