NBA 2K14 on PS4 and Xbox One is basketball porn for the new generation

by Gaetano 'Xbot' Prestia 5 Comments 9 Likes 9,653 Views 04/11/2013 Back to PS4 articles NBA 2K13

When the trailers for NBA 2K6 on Xbox 360 hit in 2005, I remember being blown away by the game’s visual allure. It was a pretty outstanding leap in graphical fidelity, and even from a gameplay standpoint the franchise reached new heights in its leap from generation to generation.

And now, some eight years since NBA 2K6 first burst onto the scene, NBA 2K14 is going to set a new standard for the genre. With a host of new options, refined gameplay and some inspiring animation work, it really is best described as “basketball porn”, as the Visual Concepts team has so eloquently put it in the past.

Powered by the new eco-motion engine -- which is cheekily branded at the start of every match -- NBA 2K14 on PlayStation 4 envisions a stunning new interpretation of the virtual basketball experience. Good foot movement is kind of a big deal in basketball, and foot planting by players in the game takes a leap from the wacky teleporting and sliding from the current generation to a more refined and realistic animation. This allows for a crisper, cleaner movement from players on the court.

The engine fuels a dazzling visual treat, which also has significant bearing on how the game actually plays. Player collision animations reflect ball movement and release, and while this happens in the current generation version of NBA 2K14, my experience on PS4 showcased a gruelling and unforgiving ruthlessness that determines how the ball is released for a shot. Eco-motion is an engine made for basketball purists, and I admittedly took pleasure in missing close shots, knowing my impatience and rushing influenced my player’s efficiency.

One thing I didn’t get quite to taste was the new Points Of Emphasis coaching system. For a hardline managerial player like myself, I take pride in my player management and delegation, so an enhanced coaching system is something that gets me excited. The system provides different coaching options to address issues in the game, like perhaps trying to address a dominating opposition center, or closing down an on-fire guard. It was a short preview, but in my experience, I’d have shut down the lanes and tightened my defence to stop the low post pass to Bogut, who was kicking my arse!

It’s a system that sounds great in theory but unfortunately I didn’t quite get to try it out. It doesn’t necessarily sound like anything revolutionary, but rather just an added dimension to the coaching and playing experience NBA 2K14 offers.

NBA 2K14 on PS4 doesn’t necessarily feel like a new basketball experience, but it definitely looks like one. At its core it still retains the same old great NBA 2K gameplay, with some subtle refinements that exemplify the gruelling, unforgiving nature of the NBA even further. I think that with the new engine and spectacular detail, NBA 2K14 will help define the generation in its early days.

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New engine

This version of PS4 and Xbox One has reportedly been built from the ground up.

To make use of the new hardware, a new engine called "Eco Motion" was created and implemented.

The engine allows things like leg tattoos, player celebrations, hairstyles and facial hair to appear far more refined, detailed and realistic.

NBA Today

NBA Today is a new feature to the series.

It will feature highlights from the day's games, keeping you connected with NBA news, and updating your roster alongside real changes.

2K Sports has reportedly capture every player in the NBA.

Gameplay

Ecomotion means each player in the game actually plants their foot on the ground: there is no sliding and random phantom steps.

It will also allow the game to track the true physics of the ball and how it's being handled. This means the ball will spin when it's being dribbled, how it's being held. It's now a tangible object with its own physics.

Each player in the game actually has accurate wingspands and physical features scaled for the game.

Ecomotion also means a change in animations: the animation of a player will change based on the circumstance. A tight shot with tight defense will significantly change the physical animation of the players, for example.

AI

The AI will improve not only the players but also how coaches respond to how a game is being played out.

Coaches will mix things up and change players depending on how the team is doing.

Each coach has its own AI.

Both offense and defense provide nine different options.

MyGM

The franchise mode has been given a rework.

It now reportedly has lots of RPG elements, with every change you make influencing the game world and team.

Each GM has attributes and special abilities. Being able to assess the emotional intelligence of the player the GM is talking to, for example, will be a skill that will shape responses and how people in the game world respond.

Locker room, fan, and organizational harmony is necessary to keep your job: lose out on any of these and you might get fired.

Emotion Plus

This categorizes a player's personality. Some players will absolutely demand the ball, others will always look for the pass first.

How you service these personalities and play to their strengths will shape the experience.

MyCareer

Cutscenes will be enhance in MyCareer. It will include a cast of characters, including a best friend, an agent, and a rival.

It's all about building relationships and making deals. There will be over 40 hours of gameplay in a single season.

An open-world Park will allow you to hang out with other MyPlayers.

Are you getting NBA 2K14 on next-gen consoles?

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NBA 2K14 on PS4 and Xbox One is basketball porn for the new generation Comments

  • 1wiierdguy 8406 XP 04/11/2013
    This is the main reason I want a next gen system this year! [Derp]
  • punk 12389 XP 04/11/2013
    crotch cam! great tune on the vid

    are we at a stage yet where the crowds are awesome looking and more lifelike?
    btw my last basketball game was on the snes, i kid... sort of ;)
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  • kangle4 26808 XP 05/11/2013
    New GM stuff sounds good.
  • barters81 5300 XP 06/11/2013

    @punk said: crotch cam! great tune on the vid
    are we at a stage yet where the crowds are awesome looking and more lifelike?
    btw my last basketball game was on the snes, i kid... sort of



    If you haven't played a NBA game for a while, this will blow you away.
  • zurczner 8134 XP 09/11/2013
    Its sad to see the PC being held back by the launch of the next gen consoles. But once i get my hands on my future Xbox One or PS4, this is the first game I would get. (Or NBA Live 2014) Which one is better. :))
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