Verfasst: 13. Oktober
Now, before I get on with the "bashing" of this game, I want to say that I think steam really needs to put in maybe scores instead of just straight up "YES" and "NO's". This review would be a maybe, but I just can't recommend it with a "YES", because the game would disappoint anyone that expects the player behavior on the court to be even remotely realistic. Also, the controls really stink. :]
You know what basketball is, right? Well, this game tries to emulate it and sell it as a simulation, but I've never seen a real basketball game situation where 3 players are guarding the same guy... often, 2 of my computer controlled teammates will leave their defensive positions and start obstructing me while I'm guarding my own target, which leaves the area around my basket and 2 opposition players totally unguarded.
The player switching mechanic is just primitive, press A (360 control scheme) to switch/scroll! through your players, and maybe the game will pick a player you want to control in time to prevent the other team from scoring (right stick, 2K! Have you heard of it motherfu... well, yes you have, but I mean outside of your ridiculous menu). There is another way to switch players, but it's even harder to navigate, press RB (360 controls) and then press the button displayed above the head of the player you want to control (there is no way to do it in time to prevent the other team from scoring, and some of your players will often be out of view, along with the button prompt above their head, so it's worse than the A button solution).
The player physics feel really stiff, for example when you want to go for a quick counter-attack after stealing the ball, when you pass the ball to the player that's in front, the ball passing player first completely stops and then passes the ball, usually giving the opposition enough time to set up their defense. Another example (my favorite) is when you knock the ball out of the opposition player's hands, and it falls behind him, your player will often not pick up the ball, even though you are holding that direction with your controller (he just won't move for 1 - 2 seconds), and the same opposition player that lost the ball will recover, turn around and take the ball before you are able to. You can usually expect delayed response from your players from any directional inputs you give them, and I think it's because of the motion capture, this game takes it's physics and animations seriously, or at least it tries to, I had a few situations where the opposition players would go through me with their ball dribbling hand and score.
The game's menu is probably the worst menu I've ever had to navigate in any game, ever! I don't even know how to explain the way it works.
You can't turn off auto subs, the game's coach decides to take out LeBron "motherflippin" James and put in Andersen and there's nothing you can do to prevent it, the best you can do is wait till you have the ball again and reverse the stupid decisions made by the coach.
That would be all that's bad and horrible and inexcusable about this game, I think... (haven't touched the online modes, but I've read that you can't play against your friends unless the game graciously pits you against your friend while you both search for an online game at the same time).
The game can be fun when it's working, and it's a shame that so many issues are plaguing it (I'm not risking buying NBA 2K15 because of this, I don't care about the graphics, 2K14 still looks fine graphically IMO, so I don't feel the need to upgrade/update), and it's probably worth the money on a 75% off sale if you like arcadey sports games and don't care about NBA roster updates (or slightly, yes, just slightly worse graphics than the new game).