Why NBA 2K14 is Overrated
Chad Whitney / Dec 31st, 2013 5 Comments
That being said, the fun factor should not overshadow the fact that NBA 2K14 (and recent predecessors dating back to NBA 2K12) are bad games. The player and coach I.Q., along with mechanics flaws and inaccuracies in the shooting system, leave no room for NBA 2K14 to be called a good game.
NBA 2K is a video game simulation of NBA basketball. Players and coaches are expected to make high-quality decisions and play as if they are the best in the world. There is no reason for a top-tier point guard to sail a pass over the head of a teammate that is less than two feet away. There is no reason for a pass to a seven-foot center to go to the chest of a six-foot point guard during a mismatch in the post. When a player has position underneath the basket, there is no reason for that player to expose the ball by reaching around for a weak layup, resulting in a block. All of these things and more happen consistently in NBA 2K.
However, players are not the only ones diseased with low basketball I.Q. The most experienced mind on the bench, the coach, handles game situations poorly. It is understandable that each team has a set rotation and philosophy and the player does have the option of manually adjusting the Point of Emphasis and substitutions. However, if teams truly have their own identity and style, the coach should have no problem understanding how to handle certain situations. Riding the hot hand is not the most radical idea. Nor is it tough to understand when it’s appropriate to call a timeout. The person playing the game has the option to call timeouts, but much like the actual NBA players in real life, it can be tough to drop pride and call a timeout.
The head coach should make the NBA decisions that a video game player, who would easily fail as an NBA coach is not capable of making. Teams should not be able to go on huge runs without attention from the coach. Furthermore, a coach should not be calling a timeout immediately after the opposition has called a timeout. It destroys the flow of the game and gives the opposition confidence and additional rest.
While the player and coach I.Q. is considerably frustrating, the majority of issues are in the actual gameplay. Shot timing and grades have been inaccurate for years, and 2K Sports did absolutely nothing to fix it. As a matter of fact, one can make the argument that it consistently gets worse. There was a time that achieving an excellent release on an A-quality shot was a guaranteed basket. That alone could be frustrating because it makes defense irrelevant at times. However, in NBA 2K14 there have been a number of times where the credentials of the shot simply did not make sense. Kevin Love and practically every top-tier shooters manage to turn A-quality, excellent release, wide open mid-range jumpers and three-pointers into air-balls.
Issues that cannot be ignored are passing and rebounding. The inaccurate passes could quite possibly be the most frustrating and unacceptable trait of NBA 2K14. Players struggle to make the simplest of passes. NBA 2K14 often punishes the offense in order to make up for the A.I.’s defensive deficiencies. Because the defense doesn’t get down court after a possession change, the game doesn’t allow the offensive player to successfully take advantage. Passes across halfcourt on fast breaks are consistently and unrealistically inaccurate and almost always result in a turnover. From a pass sailing over the head of an open player to players receiving the pass, only to bobble it directly out of bounds, NBA 2K14 does not like players creating fast breaks with long passes… unless it’s the Miami Heat. The game has a soft spot for the Heat. Thanks, Lebron.
The last great game in the NBA 2K series was NBA 2K11. Since then, the game has suffered from a number of changes. Improved physics and presentation have taken the series to a new level, and the unique style of star players makes NBA 2K14 an extremely fun experience. It is the many flaws and deficiencies in the gameplay that take away from what could be an outstanding experience. Take-Two and 2K Sports seems to have gotten complacen, and continue to neglect extremely noticeable flaws that have existed for the past three years.
It is time for 2K Sports to listen to the critics and take NBA 2K to the next level of gameplay. Until then, it will remain a fun bad game that reaps the benefits of a monopoly.
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