We Got Hoodwinked!
Attention NBA 2K14 and 2K Sports Fans – October 1st is approaching, but for some reason I’m not excited at all about it. 2K Sports has dropped the ball with the details of the NBA 2K14 Crew Mode. Many die hard fans are disappointed and feel down right hoodwinked with what 2K Sports has taken so long to bring back into the series. As a fan of the franchise, I am also feeling slightly uneasy about the huge changes they have made to the most requested mode in 2K Sports history. 2K Sports excited its fans about a highly anticipated game mode, but deflated all of the possibilities most had hoped for in one fell swoop.
In NBA 2K11, players could use their MyPlayers character, characters that are completely customized by you, the player, to play full court games with 4 other players online in a 5 vs 5 setting with four quarters and official NBA rules. You could also pick your teams logos and team colors. I used to watch guys on YouTube, for example, user Kspadetheprospect, play this mode extensively and with good reason – it was much more competitive than MyPlayers as you could play with other players and gain chemistry with your allies. Because you were under the confines of official NBA rules, a feeling of immersiveness and realism captivated you. The ability to use your very own MyPlayers made the experience that much more authentic. Although this mode harnessed some of my fondest memories, it did have its problems like any other game. The main problem being that 2K Sports didn’t have responsive enough servers at the level that they should have, like, for instance, with EA’s veteran NBA Live series, which in my opinion, has fantastic servers. Hackers, which added another issue that ran prevalent, were present, giving their players the ability to make 7’10″ centers make jump shots like Kobe Bryant and have handles like Allen Iverson. Something that, realistically, should not be possible in a game of professional basketball. Consequently, because of issues such as the above, 2K Sports decided to remove the mode from the 2K series in NBA 2K12 and later decided they would bring it back when they had an opportunity to fix the problems with this mode.
The moment to bring back the mode has arrived and 2K fans had finally gotten what they were hoping for; a rebirth of Crew mode for 2K14. When the time came to present the mode, it was nothing but a glorified BlackTop Mode. Before some of you comment on my opinion about the mode and rip me a new one, let me explain. After learning about some of the features from the Crew Mode on NBA 2K14, myself, select commentators on Youtuber, and gamers from other multiplatform versions of the game started to question the mode also. Chris Manning, @LD2K on Twitter, who is the Community and Social Media Manager for NBA 2K 14, gave fans the rundown on 2K Sports’ Facebook Page with details about the multiplatform versions:
NBA 2K14 Crew Details: Key Points
- Games will be played to 21. You can either play match of 3 vs 3 on half court or play 5 vs 5 on full court matches
- Games will not be in an arena this year, they have chosen to play the games on Blacktop which was in NBA 2K13′s Blacktop Mode.
- You can invite friends into your Crew. Losing a lot? The Crew Manager can drop members of the Crew or disband the Crew entirely so assemble accordingly.
- Focus of BALANCE this time around was a major emphasis. This year, in NBA 2K14, the gameplay is both smooth and the team did a phenomenal job of improving defense in every way.
- You can take your MyPLAYER through his career, build him up in the MyCAREER mode, and prep him for online battles. Your gameday attire will be reflected on your MyPLAYER during matches. Games can be either 3v3 on half-court, or 5v5 on full-court. These will be played on a blacktop court to reflect the pick-up game style of basketball. The games will be to 21. This allows us to focus on the sport of basketball in a unique way leveraging the street-style basketball in a competitive way.
-You can claim your Crew’s team name, crew abbreviation and represent your city. Jerseys can be customized in a myriad of ways including colors, home and away jerseys, logos and even different jersey designs.
- Once you get your Crew created, You can invite friends into your Crew. Losing a lot? The Crew Manager can drop members of the Crew or disband the Crew entirely so assemble accordingly.
- The introduction of leaderboards will also help identify the top Crews in the world tracking a number of stats and results.- The settings for Crew games will be played on Superstar Sim.- FATIGUE will be incorporated
The Travesty That 2K Sports Served On A Silver Platter
To some sports gamers, this game mode seems really fun. To 2K Sports fans that were loyal from the beginning – this is a travesty. They have fully abandoned the NBA simulation experience that 2K11′s Crew Mode had. Full court was a must for 5 v 5 and for games to be played in an actual arena like 2K11. With no official NBA rules or foul shots, the mode seems unauthentic and appears to be more of a glorified BlackTop Mode. Fatigue character status is another issue I have with Crew Mode since you are only playing to 21 points. In this mode you can’t make substitutions. Your teammates are going to either get tired very quickly or each time they will do what they did in 2K13′s BlackTop Mode which is to throw up three pointers during most of the game since they are worth 2 points.
With no demo yet for NBA 2K14 (which should have dropped by now), and mediocre news for its other popular mode MyTeam it seems 2K14 is ending 7th generation on a low note. What we have this year with the Crew Mode is not what fans wanted from 2K Sports. We wanted NBA 2K11 Crew Mode x10. I have faith and hopefully the rest of the 2K games community does as well that this is just a smokescreen for what’s to come for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game. Only time will tell; 2K Sports, Please get it together!