Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Dec 19, 2013
    87
    A genuine step-up for the NBA 2K series, and a great showcase for next-gen visuals. [Jan 2014, p.71]
  2. Dec 11, 2013
    60
    The inclusion of microtransactions and the need for an internet connection have a major impact on how easy it is to recommend this game. Still, it’s the best basketball game on the market.
  3. Dec 6, 2013
    90
    In this next gen' era filled with crappy ports, NBA 2K14 is an exception, a great example with brand new graphics engine allowing impressive graphics. Visual Concepts's Basketball sim delivers graphics never seen in a sport games, and gives a meaning to the term next gen' on par with Killzone : Shadow fall and Battlefield 4. But beyond impressive graphics NBA 2K14 keeps touching perfection in terms of gameplay, still as precise as ever, with a game experience still more satisfying due to the very well done AI. You still don't know what game to buy for your PS4 or your Xbox One? Think again.
  4. Dec 6, 2013
    88
    While EAs next gen basketball is embarrassing, 2K shows them how it’s done. It plays authentic, it looks fantastic, which makes watching the games a lot of fun. If you like Basketball you’ll be entertained for months – even if the online games are a little bumpy and you don’t get all the modes you are used to.
  5. Dec 6, 2013
    85
    NBA 2K14 has the ‘wow’ factor. With dribbling and scoring three pointers, NBA promises and delivers. Still, 2K promised us a complete new game on the next-gen consoles, but it can’t keep its promise, because the next-gen version is literally the same on the current-gen.
  6. 90
    2K manages to impress the 14th time in a row. That's not an easy feat to accomplish.
  7. Dec 5, 2013
    80
    Even if you already bought the last-gen edition, the stunning visuals and accompanying glimpse into where this series is headed are worth the upgrade.
  8. Dec 4, 2013
    80
    NBA 2K14 on the PS4 is a stunning digital facsimile of basketball.
  9. Needless to say, NBA 2K14 has set the bar extremely high for sports games on PS4. It plays just as well as its PS3 underling, and even if you’re not a super hardcore sports fan we’d recommend a purchase simply to use it as a visual showcase for your new PS4. It never fails to put a jaw on the floor. [Christmas 2013, p83]
  10. Nov 24, 2013
    80
    Even with what it's missing, the wide swath of visual improvements to NBA 2K14 alone make it worth consideration for anyone looking for a great looking sports game to go along with their new console purchase.
  11. Nov 22, 2013
    90
    NBA 2K14 on the PlayStation 4 is more than just a polished up version of the game. It's something new. The EcoMotion engine gives an intense basketball experience and new modes could easily keep you busy for a year.
  12. Nov 22, 2013
    90
    NBA 2K14 plays big on emotion on the PlayStation 4. From Lebron's frown to the friendships of your own player; a basketball experience has never been implemented in a game this well before. This realistic environments make the actual playing of basketball flourish. The result is not only a prettier NBA 2K14, but a better one at that.
  13. From the first bounce, it feels like a genuinely new generation of sports game has arrived. All the depth, drama and longevity you take for granted by now, and even some new ideas to match its next-gen looks.
  14. Nov 22, 2013
    91
    Quotation forthcoming.
  15. Nov 19, 2013
    85
    Rather than simply port the current generation version of NBA 2K14, Visual Concepts deserves praise for drastically renovating its two most popular modes for its next-generation console debut.
  16. Nov 15, 2013
    91
    Instead of improving the visuals, 2K Sports creates a completely new game that you cannot miss if you like basketball and you're getting a next-gen console.
  17. Nov 15, 2013
    89
    Quotation forthcoming.
  18. Nov 15, 2013
    80
    On court, this is probably the best-looking launch game on PS4, and a real step forward for the 2K series. The new story mode is novel, but far from perfect.
  19. Nov 15, 2013
    80
    What's so remarkable is how the upgraded visuals enhance the overall experience. Smooth animations and lifelike faces aren't just eye candy; they affect you on an emotional level. By chipping away at that barrier between digital players and real life, you feel even closer to what's transpiring, which makes it difficult to pull yourself away.
  20. Nov 11, 2013
    89
    This edition is not only a smooth-flowing piece of pro basketball simulation, it’s also one of the few games that makes a true next-generation leap in visual fidelity.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 305 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 62
  2. Negative: 27 out of 62
  1. Dec 6, 2013
    1
    Always on-line game except for "Quick Game" option. Servers down for days, can't play the game. No words from 2K about this issue. Who cares about next gen graphics if you just can't play Full Review »
  2. Nov 23, 2013
    2
    Pros: Amazing Graphics, My GM mode is fun, and Myplayer is better than last year (kinda)

    Cons:

    -VC system is in every aspect of this
    game. Why pay $60 tax for a game when you have to pay, or play at an incredibly slow pace. On average im earning 150-200 vc per myplayer game when alot of things cost in the thousands
    -My GM mode while its great, is missing so many features from the mode, association, it replaces.
    -Myplayer is fun and all but its scripted. This year you have this computer created "rival" who will most likely get drafted ahead of you, regardless of stats. Plus random event kill this game mode for me
    Full Review »
  3. Dec 9, 2013
    0
    Added a patch to include always online DRM. How low can this company go. Avoid as the plague now.
    A good game gone very bad. Why kill this
    game with online DRM!! Full Review »