At gamescom, we also watched a new episode of the basketball game, in which Euroleague teams were already included this year.
At the 2K booth, not only XCOM: Enemy Within was on display, but also the sports games belonging to the publisher. Of these, we sat down for the NBA 2K14 presentation. The series has a multi-year history and has been left uncompetitive lately (as EA has been freezing its NBA Live series for a while).
For this year’s episode, the developers prioritize the content update, so the visuals are broadly the same as in the latest release. However, there is nothing wrong with this, as the whole thing is still very convincing: the players are lifelike (practically everyone is recognizable) and the halls are full of life thanks to the audience. In terms of content, two major innovations were discussed in more detail in the presentation: the first is a game mode based on Lebron James, which can actually be called a kind of campaign. The point is that we can play through James ’future career, and our goal can’t be to become the biggest basketball player, to win as many titles as possible. Another innovation is the emergence of European club teams. Euroleauge is represented in the game by fourteen teams, but for the time being, these will only be available in challenge mode. In response to a question, the developers revealed that in a later section, it could not be ruled out that European teams could also be given a more serious role.
The NBA 2K14 will also be ready for the next generation of consoles, i.e. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, when they are released, but will be available for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 as early as October 1st.