Gameplay is the most important aspect of any video game. The NBA 2K series has always been strong in this area, but not necessarily perfect. NBA 2K13 was a bit too slanted toward the offense, in my opinion. Apparently, I'm not the only one who felt that way as defense seems to have been a major focus of the developers at 2K Sports with NBA 2K14.
The game doesn't release until Oct. 1, but 2K Sports released a developer diary video on Wednesday that highlights many of the new gameplay enhancements.
Take a look at the video.
You’ll notice Rob Jones mention in the video that the team worked to create more of a balance between offense and defense. In the live streamed game between community managers Ronnie Singh and Chris Manning, you could see elements of that. While superstar offensive players should be a handful for defenses to corral, it shouldn’t feel as if they are literally scoring at will every game.
A major step toward eliminating that is increasing the physicality near the rim. As great as LeBron James is, things became more difficult for him against the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs. Indiana’s Roy Hibbert was a presence close to the basket that helped to curtail the Heat’s offense. Ultimately, the Heat and James prevailed, but it wasn’t easy. Bringing in physicality on defense in the paint will help to create the balance Jones talked about.
Which new enhancement is most appealing?
Another enhancement to gameplay that will potentially improve the realism is the new blocking system. Mike Wang mentioned in the video that the ball would be more live in all situations. This is refreshing to hear.
In the past, there were situations where players would go into animations and it was almost as if the ball was off limits to the defender until the animation concluded and the ball was released.
Making it possible to swipe the ball away from a player, or at least deflect it, is a key on defense. This is just the latest piece of information regarding NBA 2K14 that should have gamers excited about the simulation aspect of the game.
LeBron James is the best all-around player in the league. In many ways, his defense is as potent as his offense. With King James on the cover, it is good to see that NBA 2K14 will follow its cover athlete’s lead.
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