NBA 2K14

Common Sense Media says

Stellar NBA basketball sim is slam-dunk family fun.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

NBA 2K14 is a family-friendly basketball simulation that mirrors the real NBA league. Gamers can play as their favorite basketball stars, on their favorite teams, in a number of modes. The game suggests playing pro sports is fun. 

Positive role models

The game features all the NBA's top stars, including some of the greats from history. 

Ease of play

In the PlayStation 3 version tested for this review, NBA 2K14 is very easy to play. Of course it helps if you're familiar with the rules of basketball, but a tutorial mode will familiarize you with the controls.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Just like in the real NBA, many brands can be seen on the courts, in the stands, and on the players themselves. Brands include Kia, Spalding, Adidas, and State Farm.

Privacy & safety

Serious privacy and safety concerns. In all versions of the game, NBA 2K14 can be played online and with full voice support. Since the chat isn't moderated, it's possible to hear inappropriate language or to correspond with strangers. Even though the game is rated "Everyone," this is something to note.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that NBA 2K14 is a family-friendly, professional-basketball simulation. Players can play as or against their favorite players and teams. There isn't any controversial content to worry about, but be aware plenty of consumer brands can be seen, and online players can talk in an unmoderated and unfiltered environment.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • goal-setting
  • time management
  • achieving goals

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • meeting challenges together

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills
  • movement
  • exercise

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The game is engaging and fun as kids learn to play basketball virtually.

Learning Approach

Gamers can learn the rules of basketball, soak up the fun rivalries among teams and players, tweak hand-eye coordination and strategic thinking skills, and follow codes of conduct.

Support

The game has simplified its controls over the years, and there's a tutorial mode. Players will get data but not direct help.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • goal-setting
  • time management
  • achieving goals

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • meeting challenges together

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills
  • movement
  • exercise

Kids can learn about the sport of basketball and that exercising can be fun. They also can be exposed to healthy competition and city pride and learn that it's important to follow codes of conduct or be penalized for abusing them. NBA 2K14 lets kids become part of professional basketball as they dribble and shoot their way to victory.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

2K Sports' NBA 2K14 is the latest sports simulation that drops players in the National Basketball Association, allowing gamers to hit the court as their favorite team and players. This time partnering with LeBron James (and including his soundtrack picks), the game now delivers easier analog stick controls (called \"Pro Stick\" technology), new moves and signature skills, about 3,000 new animations, enhanced defense maneuvers, and multiple solo and multiplayer game modes and tournaments. Provided by Stats, Inc., dynamic rosters let virtual players closely mimic their real counterparts' games -- including hot streaks -- all managed through your console's (or PC's) Internet connection.

Is it any good?

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Yes, the critically acclaimed NBA 2K series is back with a near-slam-dunk hit on its hands. For one, the game feels great. The tweaked controls make your offensive game and defensive moves much easier to master. Each player now has a half-dozen signature skills, with new animations that make the players look and act even more lifelike (the artificial intelligence, however, needs a bit of tweaking when you're playing computer-controlled opponents). Back again is the online Crews mode, in which you can face off in five-on-five battles with other crews (PS3 and Xbox 360 only). From the enhanced controls and vast number of modes to the slick presentation, NBA 2K14 is a highly recommended basketball game for fans of the sport.

Families can talk about...

  • Do you buy sports games every year? Do you spend $60 on a new disc every 12 months, or do you wait every few years to truly see a difference over last year's version?

  • Did playing this virtual game make you want to shoot some hoops?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:2K Sports
Release date:October 1, 2013
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Great boy role models
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byMovie Nerd October 7, 2013
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8
QUALITY
 

ok!

Not a lot of change from the previous version.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old December 5, 2013
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8
QUALITY
 

Same as Last Year's Game...

with few changes. The bad language is only online.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written bywashington6944 December 24, 2013
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

NBA 2K14 review

Is NBA 2K14 ok for kids? of course, it's a sports game. Is it any good? NBA 2K14 is a good game, but it is very similar to 2K13. The only difference is the new Lebron mode and the ability to make flashy passes and to block dunks. However, if you have Xbox Live or PSN, you will find out that if you play 2K13, the servers will be very slow, and that starts to get really annoying. There is online play, and you can chat freely while playing the game, so be careful about giving your kids a headset. Buy this game when its on sale.
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