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