Conclusion: Concept: Celebrate the current and potential future success of four-time MVP LeBron James
Graphics: Clipping animations and some ugly player faces are signs that we’re overdue for new hardware
Sound: The best commentary team in sports games returns with all-new talking points
Playability: It may take a few games to get used to, but once you learn the boundaries between dribbling moves and shooting on the right analog stick, it’s a welcome improvement
Pros: Tons of different moves that are easy to pull off, Action flows just like the real game, Ramped-up defensive intensity forces you to smartly plan your offense, LeBron's Path to Greatness offers a crazy version of the future
Excerpt: The NBA 2K series has stood at the top of the ladder for many years, even before they lost all competition. In many cases, this might lead to a lack of innovation, due to lack of pressure. For the last few years, though, developer Visual Concepts has continued to up their game and make each iteration more worthwhile than the last, but does this year bring more of the same? From the get-go, as with 2K13, you begin creating your personal player.
NBA 2K14 Review: beautiful execution with little things standing in its way
11 October 2013
Summary: NBA 2K14 rewards those willing ot learn a new way to use the right joystick and takes from still existing modes everything great that they have to offer. Though the experience may be narrow, the beautiful, immersive gameplay stands on its own among the rest of the sports gaming genre.
Pros: Joystick controls are effective and rewarding, Sports games never looked better, Gives new players immersive incentive
Cons: Limited games modes, Animation-heavy gameplay can be costly, Minimal incentive for veteran players
Conclusion: The champion stays on top for now with their strongest effort yet. NBA 2K14 combines the rock-solid gameplay of the series with a great new control scheme and a fun LeBron-centric new mode that will suck you in.
Excerpt: Aren’t there 29 other teams? Summer has come and gone. As we sit here in fall, we’re already a solid week into October, which is basically the best month of the year: football season in full bloom, hockey gearing up, baseball playoffs getting started, Halloween, a birthday for yours truly, and of course the NBA rounding out the month with its pre-season and regular seasons. Yup, best month, at least for sports fans and attendees of my birthday festivities.
Excerpt: franchise, which has typically moved in the right direction. I still maintain that the sports genre is in dire need of the new hardware on the horizon, simply because it seems developers have hit a ceiling in terms of visuals, animation, AI, etc. That being said, developer Visual Concepts continues to impress.
Excerpt: I have spent a lot of time every year running around the DC area looking for stores selling the game early or bugging fellow OS'ers about eBay auctions or Craigslist listings. I’ve travelled to different states and paid almost twice the price just to get the game early.