NBA 2K14 [Online Game Code] Review

NBA 2K14 [Online Game Code]

  • Requires Steam Client to activate. Steam key only valid in North America.
  • Crews - The single-most requested game mode is back! Face off against opposing crews online using your MyPLAYER. Create your logo and face off in 5v5 battles with other crews featuring leaderboards and stats. (PS3 & Xbox 360 only)
  • Dynamic Living Rosters® powered by Stats, Inc. - Player attributes and tendencies automatically update daily to reflect true life hot and cold streaks. Now, each game played in the NBA can have an effect on your game
  • King James Soundtrack - Featuring artists and tracks hand-picked by LeBron James, including JAY Z, Eminem, The Black Keys, Daft Punk, and many more
  • MyTEAM - Back and better than ever, with new player modes, multi and single player tournaments, and much more. (PS3 & Xbox 360 only)
  • Pro Stick? ? Throw down show-stopping moves, pull off intricate shots, and toss flashy no-look passes with deadly accuracy with Pro Stick control. Easily the most intuitive basketball controls ever implemented, Signature Skills ? Six new Signature Skills, ensuring each NBA player?s unique abilities are represented in the most authentic way possible. New jump shots, dunk and layup packages, dribble moves, free throws, pre-game intros, getbacks, celebrations and more

NBA 2K14 marks the return of the world's biggest and best NBA video game franchise. Following more than 38 Sports Game of the Year and "Best Of" mentions last year, 2K14 is set to rule the virtual hardwood once again. This year, 2K joins forces with the league's most dominant force: LeBron James. With a soundtrack hand-picked by the King, refined controls featuring the new Pro Stick™, the return of Crews, new Signature Skills, enhanced defense including blocked dunks, and more, NBA 2K14 will raise the bar yet again.

System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: Win Vista, 7, and 8
Processor: Pentium 4 2.4 Ghz Single Core processor or equivalent (2.8 Ghz for Vista/Win 7/Win 8)
RAM: 512 MB or more (1 GB for Vista/Win 7/Win 8)
Hard Drive: 8 GB
Video Card: Video card with 128 MB or more memory and one of the following chipsets is required: Radeon HD 2400 or greater; NVIDIA 6800 GT or greater; DirectX 9.0c compatible card with Shader Model 3.0 support.
Additional Info: Video: DirectX 9.0c compatible (see below)
Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible

  Recommended Specifications:
OS: Win Vista, 7, and 8
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo processor or equivalent
Hard Drive: 9 GB
Video Card: Shader Model 3.0 support with 512MB Ram (Nvidia(R) GeForce(R) 8800 GT or better)
Additional Info: Video: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

System Requirements:
Supported OS:  Windows XP,Windows 7,Windows Vista,Windows
Processor:  none specified
RAM:  none specified
Hard Disk:  none specified
Video Card:  none specified

List Price: $ 29.99 Price:

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars 1 star or 5?, May 26, 2014
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This is a tricky review. Do you own NBA2K12 or NBA2K13? If so, don't buy this game. The graphics haven't made that huge of a leap forward. The game mechanics and modes are the same. What you're really buying is "updated rosters" that put players on the appropriate team. If you own the previous versions this is a 1 star rating for you.

If you don't own the previous versions, this is almost a 5 star game. The biggest complaint is the game caps your max skill at 90, or in a few cases 92. Meanwhile the NPC players in the league can go up to 99. The only way around this is to buy temporary (1, 3, or 5 games) stat boosts. This is a thin veiled attempt to suck up more money. Assuming you're cool occasionally spending 5 bucks here and there the other players won't be "running circles around you." However, you should know the temporary stat boost option is NOT AVAILIBLE for the PC version. You needed to buy this game for Xbox or Playstation.

LeBron's story line is kind of interesting. Block shots now have a better animation which actually makes it look like you're blocking a shot. If you jump early you can now land on and knock down other players which is more realistic than previous games. "Stealing" the ball has been overhauled and it's now possible to do so w/o fouling out of the game.
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4.0 out of 5 stars NBA 2K Series Still Rules, AI Still Needs More Rules, November 14, 2013
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As with 2k13, the gameplay has improved from the previous iteration, and continues to be the best NBA simulation I have played. I only play MyPlayer and Association, so the PC version, which has less options than the console versions, is more than ok for me. What keeps me from rating the game with 5 stars is the fact that the AI is still very questionable. I'm not sure if this was "improved" from the previous year, but the AI definitely needs work.

A few examples of what I've encountered in my MyPlayer mode:

AI trades made puts one team with 5 point guards and 1 center (Nets)
Chemistry is very slow in going up, but very quick in going down--even with the best record in the league and a 12-game win streak, there was only a 1% gain in chemistry
While in game, the AI controlling the point guard changes play every few seconds in offense, resulting in last second shots far outside the 3-point line
AI controlling ball-handler will not pass the ball when I am running to the basket with an open lane, but will pass the ball when I'm running to the basket (without calling for the ball), with defenders around, resulting in a turn-over
AI will randomly pass inbound to no one resulting in a turn-over
And plenty more...

All in all, it's still a great experience, only if not for those small snags.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Close to great, June 5, 2014
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This game has everything I wanted for a basketball franchise game, and is the leader in the market, however many aspects of the game are difficult to execute, rebounding is nearly impossible even it seems like when you have position rebounds never come and the one or two times you are out of position your man gets the board every time. Open layups are missed and players aren't intuitive to game situations, For example in career mode on the shot with 2 seconds to go on the shot clock my player decided to do an up and under giving a shot clock violation. There is little to know coaching, even on the bench at the end of the game players take full court shots when a timeout is appropriate. This game is close and I am eager for future releases but has some flaws that make playing annoying at times.
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