A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that NBA Live 14 is a family-friendly simulation of the National Basketball Association. The game is a real-world depiction of pro basketball, as players compete to win a championship as a team or guide an individual athlete toward a superstar career. Aside from some advertizing in the stadiums, parents biggest concern will be the open chat available when kids are playing online; families can avoid exploring this option.
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What's it about?
For the first time since 2009, the pro basketball franchise NBA Live returns with a renewed commitment to delivering authentic pro basketball action. Players can choose to run a team in Franchise mode, or focus on one athlete in Rising Stars mode. There are also smaller challenges linked to the current NBA season that players can attempt to match, such as reliving a buzzer-beating shot. The game's touted feature is BounceTek, a physics-based dribble system built to accurately replicate ball-handling. Players can perform basic dribbles with the thumbstick or signature moves by pressing a modifier button.
Is it any good?
NBA LIVE 14 is a difficult game to recommend, especially when the more stellar NBA 2K14 is available. Although developers smartly incorporate real-world NBA moments through mini-games, it's the on-court action that suffers most. Players are stiff, moving awkwardly around the court. There's an overall lack of natural body movement, whether a player is shooting, rebounding, or running a fast break. Certain moves such as the hop step are easy to exploit for scoring easy baskets. If you must buy a pro hoops game, consider NBA 2K14 instead; NBA Live 14 requires a lot more practice time.
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- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Subjects: Hobbies: sports
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Electronic Arts
- Release date: November 19, 2013
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
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