Metascore
43

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 25
  2. Negative: 15 out of 25
  1. Jan 14, 2014
    46
    While other sports games have slam dunked new-gen, this can't stop dribbling. [Feb 2014, p.74]
  2. Dec 5, 2013
    45
    Some decent game mechanics are ruined by very poor AI that has little to no idea of what to do most of the time. The audio is poorly put together, and the visuals are decent for the middle of the current generation, not at the beginning of a new one. The ESPN license feels largely wasted in the bare-bones presentation. A few modes are too tedious to be fun.
  3. Nov 19, 2013
    43
    NBA Live’s flaccid return is made all the more disappointing because we waited three years for it. After all that time, NBA Live 14 in no way advances the basketball sim genre and, worse, leaves little to be optimistic about for next year.
  4. Dec 10, 2013
    42
    NBA Live is a colossal disappointment in more ways then one; the technical aspects are well below average, the physics and animations are some of the worst we’ve seen this year, the AI is mentally deficient, and worst of all, nothing about this feels real.
  5. Bland, lacklustre and devoid of excitement. Expect it to hit nothing but net as it lands in your local bargain bin. [January 2014, p77]
  6. There's simply nothing here to justify you buying it ahead of 2K's b-ball champ. [Jan 2014, p.84]
  7. 40
    As it stands, Live 14 feels like something they cobbled together in about a year. Not for one second do you get the impression EA has harnessed the three-year time-out in any meaningful way. No wonder Kyrie Irving is making a grumpy face on the box of this.
  8. Dec 4, 2013
    40
    NBA Live 14 is a bungled attempt to produce a viable basketball simulation, and its failures are likely to linger in the minds of players for years to come.
  9. Nov 20, 2013
    40
    The on-court action is so sloppy and unsatisfying that even rubbing defeat in Carmelo Anthony's face loses its appeal. NBA Live needs serious work in just about every aspect in order to raise its game to a respectable level.
  10. Nov 20, 2013
    40
    Like an old player attempting a comeback after multiple knee reconstructions and several years away from the game, NBA Live 14 doesn't have enough skill or composure to keep up with the competition.
  11. Nov 19, 2013
    40
    Its a shame that the core basketball game still feels like it needs another couple of years of polish to even come close to its competitors. For now we are left with a solid lineup of features and a game of basketball thats just not worth anyones time.
  12. Feb 7, 2014
    30
    After a four year hiatus this is definitely not the NBA game we've been expecting from EA.
  13. Dec 30, 2013
    30
    Don’t even consider giving this a shot unless you find it very, very cheap.
  14. Dec 17, 2013
    30
    NBA Live 14 bring some ideas, but that's all. Everything here is disappointing, from gameplay to graphics, animations, AI... Forget about it take back NBA 2K.
  15. Dec 11, 2013
    20
    This game is not very much fun in any facet of its execution, and the supporting modes don't make the crappy basketball-playing any better.
User Score
2.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 158 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 17 out of 29
  1. Nov 19, 2013
    8
    I just played this game for about 2 hours.... Unlike the so called reviewers, if you know how to play basketball you can appreciate the game. I really like it. I wish there could be more, and there are a lot of areas it needs to get better... but dont listen to all the haters on EA. its a good game and so far the one that comes closet to actual basketball. Its worthy. Nice to have competition again. Full Review »
  2. Nov 21, 2013
    1
    Don't waste your money. This should actually be a free to play game! That's how awful it is. Even then it would seem like EA is trying to All it's got going for it is Ultimate Team but Next Gen 2k has already taken care of that with MyTeam upgrades. Should had been scrapped just like there last effort. The low reviews are dead on. Don't get me wrong I am one of the people who play Live '95, '96, '97, '99, & 2000. In a way wanted a 2nd great basketball sim, but Live is a thing of the past. EA trading garbage for cash again. Thought they'd learn there lesson. Full Review »
  3. Nov 19, 2013
    1
    This game is garbage. EA at it's best, no effort making this game, just finish it fast and sell to the parents who are buying this game for their kids, because none of gamers will buy this garbage itself.
    Ugly graphics. Ehm...EA did you know that it's a next gen game? Looks like you don't. Just stopo releasing such garbage.
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