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The 2K team released this list, highlighting all of the features in the upcoming NBA 2K14. Here we go:

Highlight Features:

  • Crews: The single-most requested game mode is back! Face off against opposing crews online using your MyPLAYER. Create your logo and face off in 5v5 battles with other crews featuring leaderboards and stats. (PS3 & Xbox 360 only)
  • Euroleague: Exclusive to NBA 2K14 – play with 14 of the top European teams, featuring authentic uniforms and players.
  • Dynamic Living Rosters® powered by Stats, Inc.: Player attributes and tendencies automatically update daily to reflect true life hot and cold streaks. Now, each game played in the NBA can have an effect on your game.
  • King James Soundtrack: Featuring artists and tracks hand-picked by LeBron James, including JAY Z, Eminem, The Black Keys, Daft Punk, and many more.
  • MyTEAM: Back and better than ever, with new player modes, multi and single player tournaments, and much more. (PS3 & Xbox 360 only)

Key Gameplay Features:

  • Pro Stick™: Throw down show-stopping moves, pull off intricate shots, and toss flashy no-look passes with deadly accuracy with Pro Stick control. Easily the most intuitive basketball controls ever implemented.
  • 2K Smart Play Button: Quickly call the most suitable play for the context of the game by simply holding a single button.
  • Improved Player Motion System: With an all new motion system, player movement is much smoother on both ends of the floor, while also allowing for much more explosive cuts and tighter control.
  • Depth of Content: With significant upgrades in nearly every aspect of the game, both on and off the court, NBA 2K14 boasts more animation content than any previous basketball title, and includes more than 3000 new animations.

General Gameplay Improvements:

  • Signature Skills: Six new Signature Skills, ensuring each NBA player’s unique abilities are represented in the most authentic way possible.
  • Playbook and Play System enhancements: The deepest and most authentic playbook gets even deeper. Execute new half-court sets, experience improved spacing logic, and run updated team specific plays.
  • More Signature Styles: New jump shots, dunk and layup packages, dribble moves, free throws, pre-game intros, getbacks, celebrations and more.

Offensive Control Improvements:

  • Shot System Upgrades: More realistic footwork on jump shots, improved awareness in shot selection, and a variety of new shot types. Whether you use the new intuitive Pro Stick™ or the enhanced Smart Shot Button, attacking the rim is now more exciting than ever.
  • Dribbling Advancements: Upgraded dribble movement and new branching technology give you much greater 1-to-1 control over the ball handler.
  • Enhanced Passing: More accurate pass targeting, new give and go mechanics, better handoffs, and an entire arsenal of new flashy passes.

Defensive Improvements:

  • Learning Defensive A.I.: Test your skills even further with new defensive AI that sees where the offense is being successful and adjusts strategy to take those advantages away.
  • Block Improvements: The block system has been completely revamped for NBA 2K14 with improved ball targeting and awareness, more realistic physics, and more responsive control. All new player collisions, the ability to block dunks, and more appropriate shot contests make playing defense much more fun and rewarding.
  • All New Ball Denial: No more getting stuck during off ball bumps and ball denial, allowing for complete freedom of control over your players away from the ball.
  • Enhanced dribbler vs. on-ball defender contact: Defenders can now initiate steals, hard bumps, and charges out of defensive rides, making locking up players on defense a much more engaging experience.
  • Expanded Defensive Commands: New commands using the right stick: including contesting shots, contesting passes, and denying or pressuring the ball.

Returning Features Include:
MyCAREER, The Association, The Association: Online, Training Camp, Season, Playoffs, Practice, NBA Blacktop, MyPLAYER Blacktop, Team Up

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The Madden 25 demo came out on Tuesday, but if you’re on the Playstation 3, you might have a bit of a problem: players are invisible. Not sure how this got through testing, but EA Sports is apparently aware of the issue, and it should be fixed before the game gets to stores on August 27th.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy the ghosts:

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Remember Crew Mode from the NBA 2K series? If not, it was a mode that allowed you to team up with other players online and create a team controlling only your player or an already existing player in the NBA. It was a great idea at the time, but there were way too many issues: the servers were consistently lagging, and there were plenty of glitches which made the experience frustrating.

Yesterday, the achievement list for the upcoming NBA 2K14 was released, and lo and behold this is one of the achievements:

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Here’s hoping they can get it functioning properly this time.

UPDATE: Official vid from NBA 2K:

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If you haven’t heard, the NCAA is currently in a lawsuit for current and former student athletes over the alleged use of player likenesses in EA Sports video games without receiving  compensation. Last month, the NCAA announced that they’ll no longer license their trademarks in EA Sports video games, and today the Southeastern Conference is doing the same.

“Each school makes its own individual decision regarding whether or not to license their trademarks for use in the EA Sports game(s),” the SEC said in a statement. “The Southeastern Conference has chosen not to do so moving forward. Neither the SEC, its member universities, nor the NCAA have ever licensed the right to use the name or likeness of any student to EA Sports.”

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Today’s the day, if you’re a Madden fan, the demo is out today for both the XBOX 360 and the PS3. Right now, it’s currently available for the XBOX 360 (download link), but it’ll be ready for the PS3 sometime this afternoon. Some info about the demo:

  • You’ll be able to play as the 49ers, Ravens, Seahawks or Packers. Full games with 5 minute quarters
  • You’ll be able to check out the Skills Trainer to practice 4 skills (Precision Modified Running, Total Control Passing, The Option and Ball Hawk). You’ll only be able to use the 49ers for this mode.
  • You’ll be able to watch 2 videos, one featuring Patriots owner Robert Kraft talking about Owner Mode, and a new features vid.
  • Difficulty levels will be adjustable.
  • Sliders will be adjustable
  • Only one camera angle can be used (standard view)
  • Commentary is in

As we get set for the upcoming NHL 14, the EA Sports team put out another developer blog, this time focusing on goalies and incidental contact with their new Collision Physics engine. Here’s the video of the improvements:

And some more promo copy from EA Sports that you may be interested in.

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Improved Goalie Collisions

  • Goalie Reactions to Contact: Goalies will be live in all areas of the ice and their reactions to contact  are much more realistic, utilizing the improved ragdoll physics models introduced with NHL® Collision Physics.
  • Goalie Interference: Improved logic ensures that big collisions with the goalie will result in penalty calls. Additionally, goals that come as a result of goalie interference will be called back more consistently.

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More Realistic Incidental Contact

  • Speed and Momentum Matter: Not only will incidental contact occur more frequently, but speed and momentum will determine whether players colliding incidentally will trip and stumble or remain in control. Player balance attributes will also play a significant role in the outcome.

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Penalty Calls

  • Interference: Expect stricter calls. Defenders won’t be able to hit attacking players as late after they release the puck.
  • Boarding/Hitting from Behind: Enhanced penalty logic judges the appropriate circumstances of a hit (angle, speed and result of the hit) and ensures the right call is made in each situation.
  • Charging: Additional logic has been added to understand the variables of each hit, such as the hitter’s speed and line taken.

MkEliteWorksX somehow built Chris Bosh as a dinosaur in NBA 2K13, and the results are pretty damn amazing.