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NBA 2K14

Stellar NBA basketball sim is slam-dunk family fun.

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

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
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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.

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'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?

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:PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Subjects:Hobbies: sports
Skills:Self-Direction: achieving goals, goal-setting, time management
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, strategy
Health & Fitness: exercise, fine motor skills, movement
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct
Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
Available online?Available online
Developer:2K Sports
Release date:October 1, 2013
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Great boy role models
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bywashington6944 December 24, 2013

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


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

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