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NBA 2K13 was a monstrous release for the world's #1 NBA video game franchise, with more than 38 Sports Game of the Year and "Best Of" mentions. NBA 2K14 will raise the bar yet again, providing the best basketball gaming experience for legions of sports fans and gamers around the world.
Release Date: Oct 1, 2013
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NBA 2K13 was a monstrous release for the world's #1 NBA video game franchise, with more than 38 Sports Game of the Year and "Best Of" mentions. NBA 2K14 will raise the bar yet again, providing the best basketball gaming experience for legions of sports fans and gamers around the world.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.4 Ghz Single Core processor or equivalent (2.8 Ghz for Vista/Win 7/Win 8)
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor or equivalent DirectX 9.0c compatible card with Shader Model 3.0 support.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor or equivalent Video: Shader Model 3.0 support with 512MB Ram (Nvidia(R) GeForce(R) 8800 GT or better)
    • Hard Drive: 9 GB available space
    • Sound Card: : 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
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1,106 of 1,271 people (87%) found this review helpful
277 products in account
1 review
1,456.6 hrs on record
I know; you're thinking "How can someone who has wasted so many hours on a game NOT recommend it?". Well, the NBA2K series is one of the better sport game titles, and I've put years into the series as it has progressed. But this really shouldn't be called NBA2K14, it is, to all intents and purposes, NBA2K13.1; just last year's game with a few bug fixes (and many more added), some roster updates and a few changes in modes. (for example) They didn't even bother replacing the value of the draft picks, you can trade a Bulls draft picks for teams who are poor/tanking, i.e; Jazz, Celtics or Lakers. This is certainly nothing like NBA2K14 on the Xbox One or PS4, not just graphically, but also game modes. They are all legacy; rehashed versions of last year's game.

Some of the commentary is new, a lot is recycled. Wierdly some of it (especially the My Career press conference answers) even reference previous game titles (going right back to NBA2K12!). But, by far the worst aspect of the game, the game servers are constantly offline. This is a problem on all formats, not just PC, if you look on metacritic you will see people on next-gen consoles having the same issue, the Steam forums are full of people (justifiably) complaining, as are the 2K forums and Twitter (where you just get told to open a ticket!). They are often down for days at a time. In fact, they are down more often than they are up.

You will start the game and day after day after day get the message that the game servers are down (then maybe they work for a day or two, rinse, repeat). This doesn't just affect online play, a lot of the game play is built around "today's" featured games, with real rosters (including injuries, and any trades that have taken place), especially the quick-start games, but even Association Mode or My Career will use the latest roster data from the 2K servers. If you can't get that data you are effectively using sqauds from months ago, without the trades having gone through, no changes in the team/player grades, no free-agent signings, etc.

This time last year there had been two patches to address the major bugs in NBA2K13. There hasn't been a single patch this year, and this game is riddilled with bugs, they have a dedicated thread on the 2K forums for PC bug reports, there are currently 187 reported problems, and not one patch to fix any of them. Some are major and will break game play (e.g., tuning on pre-draft workouts at the end of the season so you can assess rookie players in Assocation Mode. This will reset all of your game options, including ones you can't change without starting a brand new association mode game, not good as it auto-saves! Another example; asking for a trade in My Career, if you sim through to the next important game and get traded before the game occurs, you transfer to your new team, play through the first game and then it crashes to desktop at the end of the game, leaving you back at square one).

These are really the tip of the iceberg, there are hundreds of bugs (most minor to be fair, but they should still be patched!). It appears that many of the 2K staff are too busy trying to act out their ingame celebrity status in real life with real NBA players on Twitter, rather than actually bothering to fix the game. I think they are beginning to believe their own hype that they are hipster celebrities in the real world as well as on the ingame twitter feed. Maybe all of the focus has gone on the next-gen versions (which I've heard lots of bad things about! Looks nice though), whatever the reason; the PC version of this game has gone ignored by 2k. Lots of polite requests on twitter, email and the forum about when (or even IF) a patch is coming have been met with silence. It is unacceptable.

I would never suggest that people use a pirate copy, but being able to auto-patch and get live roster data are advantages exclusive to those of us who buy the game. Those of us who support game companies and devs, yet we are being ignored, treated like second class citizens (to the next-gen crowd) and being told that despite paying money, we have no entitlement to a working, up-to-date copy of the game we've paid for!

So yes, I have hundreds of hours of play time, and I will still continue to rack up hours, but I simply cannot recommend this game to other people. I think I would be doing many people (who aren't as obsessive as me) a disservice by doing so. The devs clearly don't care about the PC user base (or have chosen to prioritise next-gen users). I honestly find it disgusting, if this was any other game apart from NBA2K, and if I hadn't sunk in so many hours, I would have asked for a refund a long time ago!
Posted: December 18th, 2013
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312 of 394 people (79%) found this review helpful
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14 reviews
147.2 hrs on record

1. Best basketball game in the market.
2. Players feel amazing to play with (for the most part). Authentic animations.
3. MyCareer is a super addictive mode which is sure to keep you busy for a long time.
4. Costs $29.99.


1. Not a big improvement over NBA 2k13.
2. Graphics are sub par. Why the developers chose to keep such bad visuals for the PC version is beyond me.
3. A.I can be clunky at times.
Posted: November 24th, 2013
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142 of 183 people (78%) found this review helpful
248 products in account
13 reviews
151.1 hrs on record
I've played the PC ports of this NBA2K series since 2K11. To me, 2K12 was the peak of the series so far. This year though, it seems like they're taking advantage of no competition and are taking it easy. Why?

- Players feel much less flexible/agile than in previous years
- They changed the controls, again. 2k13 probably had the best gamepad config to date
- Players are much more sloppy with regards to ball handling. Rebounds go through their hands, silly collisions cause players to lose the ball, sometimes players will randomly animate in ways not appropriate to the situation (sometime causing out of bounds calls)
- Inexplicably consistent blowing layups and dunks, sometimes with completely clear path
- Physics sometimes act weird. Going for a steal sometimes you'll knock the ball out the other side of the court or even into the crowd. This has an unintended funny side effect of making some blocks look way more spectacular than they should be

Still, even having said that laundry list of things that bother me, I'd recommend the game (unless you want to manually patch the new rosters into 2K13). I'm hoping we get a mid-season patch like we did last year to fix these annoyances.

These opinions only cover single player mode.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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315 of 441 people (71%) found this review helpful
625 products in account
1 review
0.9 hrs on record
Small piece of information for everybody, before buying this game. It does NOT have all the next-gen features, witch presented in PS4 and XBox One versions, like new graphics, cut scenes, animations, etc. It is still good enough, but game feels just like an addon to NBA 2k13 (or maybe, like a port from PS3/Xbox 360), not a really new game for modern times. So, buy PS4 or XBox One versions, if you can.

P.S.: http://unrealitymag.com/index.php/2013/11/11/nba-2k14-current-vs-next-gen-night-and-day-comparison/ - here is good comparison of versions.
Posted: November 28th, 2013
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54 of 72 people (75%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
16.7 hrs on record
This version of NBA2K is definitely my favourite so far, if you enjoy the career mode then you will love this game. The gameplay is fantastic and all of the voice commentary is taken from actual NBA games so it makes it feel very real. However, if you are a HUGE fan of playing the NBA All-Star weekend, DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!

The dunk contest controls are absolutely awful. Guitar Hero controls make absolutely no sense whatsoever in terms of replicating the feel of someone completing a slam dunk. Further, the controls were meant to be "fun friendly", for casual gamers to pick up and succeed. In contrast, I actually found completing a dunk and winning a contest in 2K13 was much more difficult in both regards than its predecessors found in previous 2K's. And again, at no point do we ever feel we're in control of what's happening on the court. Absolutely no correlation.

The 3pt. Contest was just incredibly clunky. There was, in fact, a shooting groove to be found. But, under no circumstances do I feel a gamer's lack of ability to find a groove should be punished with complete controller unresponsiveness. In short, the mode offered virtually no fun, just frustration and confusion.

In summary I only recommend this game if you don't care about the NBA All-Star weekend, if that aspect doesn't interest you then this game is absolutely amazing, if they can fix this for future games then it would be near perfect.
Posted: December 30th, 2013
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