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NBA 2k14 Game Review

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Hey Guys,

Not a lot of schoolwork got done this week for one main reason: THE NEW NBA 2K CAME OUT ON MONDAY. This date has been circled on my calendar for quite some time, and I’m too stoked that it’s finally out. Many stores were sold out, but I was fortunate enough to snag the last one at the Target in B-Town. Get this game ASAP if you can guys.

A few new additions to NBA 2k14:

Its incredibly Realistic

It’s actually pretty scary how much more this video game is turning into real life hoops. One thing for example is that you can’t just hold RT, put your head down, and expect to get to the basket. You will actually lose the ball, which obviously makes the game harder for the guys that don’t know how to score.

Another great new addition is the improved game play around the rim. The blocking is unreal, making it a lot harder for smaller guards to take it into the trees. This year’s game also lets you meet opposing dunkers at the rim, as well as chasing opponents down on fast breaks (So Bron Bron).

One part that I really like is how well some of the players absorb contact. And 1’s happen on a consistent basis, which allows the stars to take over a game. This years video game is way more realistic and the flow of the game has improved drastically. The guys at 2k did a great job.

Be Careful of LT

The first time I played the new 2k, I  blew a ton of layups and did a fancy pass instead. Although it looked really cool, it definitely made me lose about 10 points.  The left Trigger is no longer needed while you shoot, so make sure you are aware of this is you haven’t played yet. Personally, I feel like once you can stray away from pressing LT, it makes it easier to shoot the ball. It may take a few games and it may be frustrating, but you’ll get used to it don’t worry.

Your Teammates aren’t Idiots

In last year’s game, the other players on your team often wouldn’t make the right cuts or wouldn’t slide over to the right position on defense. These guys are NBA players; they should know where to be at all times! This was a key improvement to 2k14. You shouldn’t be frustrated with your other teammates for not being in the proper spots or helping you out off the ball on the offensive side. Good slight adjustment.

Teams I like to play with

The following teams are some of the squads I have enjoyed playing with thus far. These aren’t necessarily the powerhouses of the game (Clippers, Thunder, Heat, etc.), but you can definitely get a W against your boys with them. By the way, in my previous article I said the Pelicans would be a fun team to play with. I WAS COMPLETELY WRONG! NO ONE CAN SHOOT AND ERIC GORDONS SHOT IS NUTS!

Minnesota Timberwolves

Kevin Loves finally back, and with the addition of Kevin Martin this team is lights out. Rubio drops the sickest dimes, getting you to actually jump out of your seat mid game. (Cool Passes=LT+Right Stick) Pek holds it down in the paint and K-Loves stroke is so easy anyone can do it. Try them out.

Sacramento Kings

I know this might sound crazy, but they actually aren’t a bad team to run with. Marcus Thornton is an offensive stud(JR Smith Type, bangs treys and takes it hard to the rack) and obviously Stav’s boy the Boogie man is very good. Ben Mclemore is great for a rookie, and make sure you put Isiah Thomas in for Greivis for some extra three point shooting.

Washington Wizards

This team obviously goes as John Wall goes, but with this size and strength along with the shooters around him (Porter and Beal), this team is actually pretty solid. Pair all of that with the superb rebounding of Okafor and Nene, and you have yourself a very well rounded team. Wall is incredibly fast  with the ball and finishes nearly everything at the rim.

So go out there and buy the game. Trust me, it’s worth the money.

-G-

2K14: It’s Almost Here

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TWO MORE WEEKS UNTIL THE NEW 2K

In case you missed it, the makers of NBA 2k14 released a bunch of player ratings yesterday.  This basically means we are that much closer to putting off all of our schoolwork and running our friends in the new game. 2K14 is set to come out in about two weeks, so make sure you put that 60 dollars aside now.

As anticipated, some of the players were pretty underrated. It seems like they don’t give a lot of love to the big men, which breaks my heart because I’m such a low post force at the Rec. Come on, 2K sports!

Below are a few players who I thought weren’t rated properly. The rest of the ratings that were released are below.

The Underrated

Brook Lopez (81) The most consistent player on a solid Nets squad last season, also seemed to play unreal against the Bulls in the playoffs.

Marc Gasol (83) Won Defensive player of the year last season and is arguably one of the best centers in the game.

Roy Hibbert (81) Killed the Heat in the playoffs and the anchor for a defensive squad.

Harrison Barnes (76) Thought his coming out party in the playoffs would have bumped him up to the low 80s.

Steven Adams (58)  Kidding, just thought this rating was so low I had to mention it.

Hey guys, it’s Jake now. I’ll look at the overrated.

The Overrated

LeBron James (99) I know, I know, it’s LeBron. But the next highest rating on the list is Kevin Durant at 94! In real life or NBA 2K, I don’t think LeBron is that much better than KD. While he’s obviously the best in the league, LeBron should probably be closer to 97 if the other elites are in the low 90s.

Derrick Rose (92) I’m not making any friends today. All I’m sayin’ is that 92 is pretty damn high for a guy we haven’t seen play in over a year. 

Rajon Rondo (90) This is even crazier. Rondo is not two points better than Steph Curry (88) or one point worse than Russell Westbrook (91). He’s a great passer, but struggles to score unless he has a lane to the basket. Curry and Westbrook are far more dominant 2K players. Oh, by the way, Rondo is rehabbing a torn ACL with no timetable for a return. WTF, 2K sports?

Kobe Bryant (93) Maybe I’m wrong and Kobe will have the greatest return from an Achilles tear ever, but it’s a big jump for 2K sports to assume that. A healthy Kobe is maybe a 93.

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DON’T FORGET 2 WEEKS!!! 

-G

NBA 2K…It’s a Lifestyle

Every time a crazy trade or big free agent signing happens, I ask myself, “is this team going to be fun to play with in 2K?” Along with my obsession of the NBA as a whole, I am an NBA 2K fiend. There’s nothing better then playing with all your boys and getting into those crazy competitive match-ups. Ask the Chode, he won’t even talk to me throughout the game because he’s so focused (and I still beat him 70% of the time LOL). But that’s besides the point.

Below I will give a few teams that I think will be very fun to play with in next years video game, but not necessarily at the top of the NBA this season. Something to keep in mind: I purposely kept the Knicks, Clippers, Bulls, Thunder, and of course the Heat off this list. These teams are obviously the best in the game and easiest to play with.

*The lineups below may not be the starters in the actual NBA, just the lineups I would go with. Obviously, everyone has their own style of play and is entitled to their own opinion.

Detroit Pistons

Brandon Jennings

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Josh Smith

Greg Monroe

Andre Drummond

Three lefty’s in a starting lineup is pretty crazy, but this new look Pistons squad should be a very good team in 2K14. It may lack in the shooting department, but how is an opponent supposed to get any type of rebound when you have these three bigs on the court. Not only that, but Detroit also has two of the premier shot blockers in today’s game with Drummond and Smith. If you’re able to get the shot down for KCP and the lefty slinger Brandon Jennings, this could be a great team to run with. It might be difficult to spread the floor with only two shooters, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t dominate the paint.

New Orleans Pelicans (Pellies)

Jrue Holiday

Eric Gordon

Tyreke Evans

Ryan Anderson

Anthony Davis

This Pellies squad is an extremely interesting team. It’s not always the best move to go with a three guard line up, but how could you put one of those three on the bench to start the game. This isn’t real life hoops, it’s a video game! This type of team is one that I suggest you constantly run the floor with. With a quick center and three guards along with a spot up shooter, there’s really no reason to play any sort of half-court basketball. Get Eric Gordon’s shot down, and he instantly turns into one of the better scorers in this game. Size might end up being a factor in some of the games you play, but you should be able to counter that with the overall speed of this team.

Houston Rockets

Patrick Beverly

James Harden

Chandler Parsons

Omer Asik

Dwight Howard

Like many have been saying already, this team is very similar to the 2009 Orlando Magic. You have a premier center surrounded by shooters and an incredible back up center in Asik (in ’09 it was Marcin Gortat). As you can see above, I tweaked the starting line up a bit; personally, I have never been a big fan of Lin in 2K. He’s not a great shooter and he’s too small to drive with. Get Patrick Beverly’s shot down and he can drain. And someone please explain to me how your opponent will be able to get a clean look at the basket? Asik and Howard are basically the two best rim protectors in the game, making your opponent launch up threes and jump shots. You’ll also grab every single board! And we all know how great Harden is (euro steps on euro steps) This team has size and shooters, which should definitely equal wins.

Golden State Warriors

Steph Curry

Klay Thompson

Harrison Barnes

Andre Iguodala

Andrew Bogut

The Golden State Warriors were my team in NBA 2K13. I loved having the three guard offense, inserting Jack into the lineup, and then sliding Harrison Barnes over to the PF spot. But I must say, I don’t have an issue swapping Iggy for Jack. For some reason, Andre Iguodala is a stud in 2K. He’s so strong and can dunk the shit out of the ball; he’s incredible in transition and creates havoc on the defensive side of the ball. Oh, and don’t forget you have the best shooting back court in the game by far. Leave Curry or Thompson open for a second and they’ll drill the trey bomb. I like this team a lot, having two extremely good shooters, two very good big wing players who can run the floor and also a defensive anchor/rebounder in Bogut. If I get this team in my three randoms, I find it tough to pass them up.

Brooklyn Nets

Deron Williams

Joe Johnson

Paul Pierce

Kevin Garnett

Brook Lopez

Ahh, the Brooklyn Nets. So old, yet so good on paper. This translates into a great video game team. With this starting lineup, you might just have a top seven player at each position. And don’t forget their bench is very good, so when the old guys run out of gas at the end of the first quarter, you can put in some pretty solid players. With this squad, you have three very good three point shooters, a defensive anchor in Garnett, and two seven footers for rebounding and clogging the paint. Although Lopez can’t rebound for shit in real life, you shouldn’t have a big issue grabbing boards with him in a video game. This Brooklyn Nets team may not make it out of the second round in the playoffs, but they are sure as hell a good video game team.

And now a word from Jake Weiner…

If you’re a big NBA 2K junkie like Geo and me, you’ve probably heard that EA Sports’ NBA Live franchise is being rebooted, releasing a new game for the first time since NBA Elite 11, which was obviously horrible. Although I see no reason to switch from 2K and can’t imagine Live topping it, it’s worth looking into. Kyrie Irving will cover the game, and EA Sports released a trailer for it last week:

The graphics look pretty sweet, but all we’re seeing is Kyrie dribbling the ball and making weird facial expressions. Let’s be real. The Live franchise is dead. Its last two attempts didn’t even make the shelf and 2K gains more momentum every year. I’ll withhold final judgment until we see more of the game, but EA Sports should probably just give up and focus on Madden from now on. Although recent developments in the “College Football” franchise don’t bode well….

NBA 2K14, with LeBron James on the cover, comes out October 25th!