The definitive annual basketball simulation makes its Xbox One debut with ultra-realistic character models and animations, updated controls, the debut of Euroleague basketball, a soundtrack hand-picked by LeBron James, and the resurrection of the Crews mode in NBA 2K14. Pro Stick controls offer gamers command over their dribbling, defense, and shot type, with players now executing no-look passes and circus shots, and defenders blocking dunks and diving on the floor for loose balls, while the MyPlayer career mode offers improved teammate AI and rewards for playing stout defense.
NBA 2K14 makes use of Dynamic Living Rosters, which adjusts rosters to reflect real-world injuries, and updates ratings based on the tendencies and performance of real players. The Signature Skills player modification feature returns, with six options that let gamers turn their MyPlayer character into a One Man Fastbreak, Flashy Passer, Pick & Roll Maestro, Screen Outlet, Pick Dodger, or Tenacious Rebounder. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions of NBA 2K14 do not include the Path to Greatness mode, instead they feature a new MyGM mode where players step into the role of general manager.
Fans of European basketball can now take control of 14 different Euroleague teams, complete with real rosters, logos, and stadiums, while fans of classic NBA action can once again assume the role of legends like Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, and Magic Johnson. Local and online multiplayer action remains key to the NBA 2K14 experience, with the return of the Crews mode once again letting gamers join friends and act as an individual player during five-on-five action.