The Good NBA 2K14 for iOS has good-looking graphics, plenty of game modes, and you can play as your favorite teams and players.
The Bad Announcers don't know the player names. Controls are simple and lack precision. Lack of plays or skill buttons make the games boring and one-dimensional.
The Bottom Line Sadly, NBA 2K14 is better left on consoles, offering only simple controls for iOS, poorly programmed announcers, and repetitive gameplay.
Too expensive for what you get
NBA 2K14 is a mobile port of probably the best NBA basketball game on consoles. But unfortunately, just like last year's game, the iOS version of NBA 2K14 looks great on its surface, but fails at nearly everything that makes the console versions great. This is especially insulting when the game goes for the premium price of $7.99 at the time of this review.
The game has some good qualities
There are a few positive things about NBA 2K14 for iOS, and before I get to the negatives, I'll talk about them here. One is the overall look. While you're not going to get the smooth graphics found on consoles, 2K Sports has done a good job of making the arenas and teams look pretty good. As you play, the game has cool graphical details like reflections on the hardwood floors, there are great player animations with signature moves for star players, and the faces are pretty recognizable for most of the players. In other words, at least it looks good while you're playing.
The other redeeming quality of this game is that it's probably the most authentic basketball simulation on mobile devices. Unfortunately, that isn't saying much. There simply are no other games in the App Store that can compare with the visual realism, sounds, and NBA action in NBA 2K14. It's pretty much the only show in town, and while I admit that it's cool to be able to play a game with my favorite team on my iPad or iPhone, it's the gameplay and other features that make the $7.99 price tag seem way too high.