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  • Summary: BounceTek -- Revolutionary physics-based dribbling allows for complete, organic control and authentic responsiveness. Utilize a full suite of dribble moves to unleash ankle-breaking crossovers, hesitations and more. CourtQ Delivers Real Time NBA -- Leveraging live synergy Sports Technology data, NBA LIVE 14 is driven by over 70 player ratings, tendencies, and team stats updated every NBA game, ensuring that your game is always in-sync with the real NBA. With fresh content and challenges updated on a daily basis, NBA LIVE 14 delivers a new experience each and every time you pick up the controller, delivering the pulse of the NBA 24/7/365. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 12 out of 14
  1. Dec 10, 2013
    Even without resorting the unforgiving comparison with NBA 2K14 that is enough to raise doubts on possible purchases, NBA Live 14 has many problems on its own, from the AI to the animations and so on. It could be the start of a new course for the EA Sports' basketball series, but it needs some serious overhaul.
  2. 50
    For my interest in something to be increased, it has to be entertaining. This is where NBA Live 14 ultimately falls short for me.
  3. Dec 12, 2013
    Despite the four-year break from NBA Live 10, the Electronic Arts basketball series is back in late 2013 with an awful new episode. Ugly to see and hear and flawed in artificial intelligence and gameplay, NBA Live 14 finds some interesting elements only in Scenario Mode and Ultimate Team, but NBA 2K14 does much more ten times better and even if EA Tiburon has promised patches and updates, the feeling is that the NBA Live series is now dead and buried.
  4. Nov 27, 2013
    Yes, it is playable. And some dribbling looks decent. But if you're looking for the next generation of basketball, this is not it.
  5. Dec 9, 2013
    NBA Live 14 is one of the worst sports games I played in years. It's incredible that the game shares the same engine with FIFA 14 and Madden 25, because of it's choppy gameplay, poor graphics and the lack of any ideas. 2K can sleep well.
  6. Dec 6, 2013
    It's disappointing and hard to fathom that, given how much was riding on the game, EA could have dropped the ball so completely.
  7. Dec 11, 2013
    Online play is straight-up garbage.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Feb 25, 2014
    Not a great game but I didn't feel like it was that bad either. I waited to review this once I really played alot of it. The mechanics are rough and strange but once you get the hang of them it feels very rewarding. Ultimate team was a big let down. I was hoping for the same that fifa and madden has, but got 2k14 with less legends. Even with all the problems, I feel like they could make this game survive with a working ultimate team. Fifa and madden have brought tons of gamers and money to them with ultimate team, why they didn't put the effort into it I just don't understand. Glad to see nba live back, but it needs to take a big step with the next one or could end up being gone in the future. Expand
  2. Jan 7, 2014
    This game isn't good. It's a basketball game. It has the basic modes that 2k has had for a very long time. It has franchise mode where you can take over the franchise. It has my player mode where you create a super star. It has season modes, fantasy team modes where you earn cards and all the other normal modes madden and 2k have.

    The Graphics are poor. That's been said over and over again. But what hasn't been said is the acting. I love Jeff Van Gundy as an announcer, but man. The dude can't act at all. He sounds ridiculous in this game. They just need to record some of his normal announcing and it would be loads better.

    The game mechanics are different than 2k, but they are fine for the most part. It's hard to snap to a player down low and fight in the post defensively. There are tons of bugs, especially when setting picks. I was a 7' 2' Center that weighed 280 pounds, went up to set a screen for Burke in the Under Armor game where you see where you get drafted, I was set in stone for the pick and I watched the other PG slide me all over the court. It was actually pretty funny, but a huge bug. They also walk through you mysteriously as you are trying to pick them. They also walk through you when you are trying to box out for a rebound.

    For a simulation game this game just isn't good, but you can actually play it. 2k14's servers flat out don't work and I haven't been able to play a game for VC since the first week of release. So, despite all it's flaws, I have to rank this one higher because I can actually play.

    All in all, this game is bad, go out and shoot hoops, you'll be happier than trying to play this years basketball games.
  3. Nov 29, 2013
    NBA Live 14 is a disappointment coming from an NBA Live 10 fan. The best part of the game is clearly the dribble mechanics. You can tell that the developers spent a lot of time in that area to build a solid foundation. However, passing and rebounding is frustrating.

    Passing is not as fluid as it should be and it makes fast breaks in the game almost impossible to pull off. User/AI rebounding is difficult. Some plays don't even jump when you hit the "Y" button and not many of the AI box out.

    NBA Live 14 does have a lot of nice features with dynasty mode, Ultimate Team mode and NBA Live seasons. However, online play was not as fluid as I expected after playing other EA SPORTS games like Madden and Need for Speed on Xbox One. I played a couple of games that were laggy and threw off the shooting mechanics. Also, I was very disappointing that Online Team Play was left out of this years game. I hope that makes a return in Live 15.

    Overall, the game isn't as enjoyable as I thought it would be. However, the developers did say they have the ability to patch in new animations and tweak the graphics with patches. I am interested to see how the game progresses and improves down the line.
  4. Nov 19, 2013
    I was impatient for the release of this game,
    After the first minutes of play I decided to return it. It felt like I was playing a ps2
    game, with some ps3 graphics and a very few ps4 details, this is a lack of respect to nba live fans.
    AI was weird, some player running continuously out of the field, pg playing as PF and C playing as SF or PG, there was a mess over there.
    This game needs a couple of years of development in order to reach a decent level.
    Comparing with 2k14, well thereĀ“s no comparison. No need to continue with this.. I just hope nba live survives so it can give us a good nextgen game in a couple of years, until then 2k seems untouchable

    graphics 4
    physics 3
    simulation 3
    gameplay 4
    narration 5
    halftime and EA details 6
    AI: 3
  5. Jan 20, 2014
    Wow, so sad. Played the demo, couldnt even finsh a quarter, animations and game mechanics are disgutingly bad. I love 2k, this shouldnt have been released so unfinished. Expand
  6. Jan 1, 2014
    I've been a NBA live fan since 9 and this is a diss appointment EA worst game ever nba live 14 SUCKS ASS don't get it ball handling is retarded my opinion get NBA 2K14. Expand
  7. Mar 1, 2014
    worst game i've ever played and i've played alot of **** 0 out of 10. I mean what were they thinking? Did they think people were gonna think highly of this crap??? Why don't they get some programming lessons from their rivals 2k. Another piece of crap shat out by EA. I recommend buying 2k14 this game is not worth 60 bucks Expand