NBA 2K14 does away with a couple of well known game modes but replaces them with some new ones. Players will likely spend a large amount of time in the all new MyGM mode that replaces the franchise running Association mode. In MyGM, players will take full control of a team as the acting owner and will perform every task from managing player salaries and hiring coaching staffs to talking to the press and other league owners and GMs. The game mode definitely requires plenty of time and dedication, though a less convoluted version of the mode is available for players looking to run a team without all of the extra content. It is disappointing to not be allowed to go online and play franchise modes with friends in NBA 2K14, but MyGM mostly satisfies those needs.
Once they've had their fill of MyGM mode, players can head over to the MyCareer game mode to experience life in the NBA from the player's perspective. The mode takes players from the ranks of a nobody, through the draft or free agency period, and into a rising star in the league. Players will earn experience for completing tasks and training and can gain boosted statistics to help perform better during games. Players will also experience plenty of cutscenes and other additional content on the next generation versions of NBA 2K14, as the created player interacts with coaches and other players in the league. Some of the scenes sound a bit silly, but it's an overall entertaining experience that fans of NBA 2K14 should greatly enjoy.
Presentation is where NBA 2K14 shines on next generation consoles. We've already noted how realistic the game looks, but screenshots and words hardly do the game justice; you really need to play the game yourself to appreciate how good it really looks. Most player models are deadly accurate including some realistic recreations of some of the biggest stars in the sport such as Ray Allen and LeBron James. The game's controls are still just as fluid as ever with most of the action controlled with tilts and spins of the two controller joysticks. The game's soundtrack is also top notch and features some of the most popular songs of today that NBA fans will definitely appreciate.
NBA 2K14 is the best next generation sports title currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and sports fans and NBA lovers shouldn't hesitate to pick up the new release. The game is one of the best looking on next generation from any genre or platform, and it's a lot of fun to play in the new MyGM, MyCareer and MyTeam Modes, or players can simply play offline or online with real NBA teams. No matter how you like to enjoy your basketball, NBA 2K14 has you covered. Look for NBA 2K14 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One today!
NBA 2K14 is now available from all major retailers for the MSRP of $59.99 and can be purchased for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. NBA 2K14 is rated E by the ESRB. For more information on the game, check out the official NBA 2K14 website.
- Online Multiplayer 2-10
- MyGM, MyCareer and MyTeam Modes
- Online Leaderboards
- DLC Support
- Trophy/Achievement Support
Developer & Publisher: 2K Sports
Platforms: PlayStation 4 (reviewed), PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 & PC
Release Date: October 1, 2013