The hype is over. On Tuesday, gamers all over the country had an opportunity to get their hands on the newest release from the NBA 2K series. I've been putting the game through the paces for almost two weeks. I reviewed it and answered questions about the game on every platform of social media.
The gameplay is exceptional in my eyes, but this is just my opinion. With its release in stores, gamers can judge for themselves. So far, many of the testimonies have been good.
Chris Manning and Ronnie Singh, the social media and community managers for 2K Sports, have been retweeting fan reactions Tuesday morning.
Take a look at what some of them are saying:
No product will please everyone, but thus far the reaction on Twitter and other social media outlets seems to be predominantly positive. These good vibrations from fans would appear to support the positive reviews from those of us that gave our opinions prior to Tuesday's release.
IGN's Ryan McCaffrey gave the game a higher score than I did. He rated it a 9.3 (I scored it a 9.2). McCaffrey says, "NBA 2K14 is simply the best hoops sim I’ve ever played."
I must concur. The realism is easily the game's biggest and best achievement. Never before has there been so much rhyme and reason to successes and failures on the virtual court.
David Hinkle of Joystiq.com lauds the enhancements to the Pro-Stick controls. He says:
By simplifying the pro stick, Visual Concepts has created a more responsive experience that feels smooth. The awkward animations and start-and-stop nature of past games is non-existent here, replaced by a more thoroughly engrossing representation of the sport.
And, at times, NBA 2K14 looks so good that it's easy to mistake it for the real thing.
What would you rate NBA 2K14?
The Pro-Stick is just another aspect of the game that enhances the realism. While it is a more intuitive way to control the ball-handler, it also helps to limit overdribbling. If you get too crazy with it, you're liable to get the ball stolen or pick up your dribble before you want to.
All of these potential events are realistic consequences for overdribbling in real life.
Meanwhile, Richard Grisham of GamesRadar.com praises the crisp gameplay. However, he also wonders about changes to controls for the third consecutive year in the series, which makes learning the basics more tedious.
With the next-generation version of NBA 2K14 due for both Playstation 4 and Xbox One in November, the current-gen version seems suitable as an option to tide you over until then, or to keep you happy in the event you're not ready to upgrade to the new consoles.
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