If You Combined Battlefield and Forza's Outrages, You'd Have NBA 2K14

Earlier this afternoon, 2K Sports' Ronnie Singh—Ronnie2K on Twitter—gave everyone playing NBA 2K14 a code for a special pre-game player animation as a make-good for the online troubles that paralyzed the game this weekend. Naturally, when I went to enter the code on my PlayStation 4, 2K's servers were down. » 12/31/13 6:01pm 12/31/13 6:01pm

The PS4 Makes Madden, FIFA and NBA 2K Better, But Not Essential

Heading into this console transition my opinion was that, of all the genres that could possibly sell a new Xbox or PlayStation, sports would come in last. Despite the richer visuals and refined experiences I've seen so far, that opinion still stands. » 11/17/13 5:51pm 11/17/13 5:51pm

WWE 2K14: The Kotaku Review

Twenty-five years ago my best friend and I set up a wrestling ring in my basement—four barstools for the turnbuckles, some old mattresses for the canvas. The actual wrestling we did was hesitant, unplanned and uncompelling. But man, the stuff we did out of the ring makes me smile to this day. » 11/04/13 6:05pm 11/04/13 6:05pm

It's Official: The Ultimate Warrior is Gonna Tear Up WWE 2K14

Rumored last week when an ad appeared in WWE magazine, it's now official: The Ultimate Warrior will be making his first-ever appearance in the 13-year run of what is now called WWE 2K14. The catch is he's only being offered—for now one guesses—as a preorder incentive. » 7/15/13 1:15pm 7/15/13 1:15pm

International Hoops Returns to Video Games with Euroleague in NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 will add Euroleague teams to the series for the first time, reintroducing international basketball to console gaming after a three-year hiatus brought on by NBA Live's absence. » 7/02/13 3:27pm 7/02/13 3:27pm

Again, NBA Live Quietly Distances Itself From Past Failures

Reading between the lines of an open letter by NBA Live's new executive producer, one understands that whatever comes next in that franchise is really no continuation of last year's effort, which, like its 2010 predecessor, was aborted a few weeks before its assumed date of release. » 6/23/13 2:16pm 6/23/13 2:16pm

A Pair of Kings: NBA 2K14 Gets LeBron James for Its Cover

Solidly established as professional basketball's best player and a mortal lock for the hall of fame, LeBron James, after 10 years as an A-list superstar, will finally appear on the cover of a video game when NBA 2K14 hits shelves this autumn. » 6/06/13 8:59pm 6/06/13 8:59pm

The Wii U has Nothing to Offer a Sports Fan. Does It Even Matter Now?

If it wasn't obvious at its launch in November, then this past week should have made it clear: The Wii U is functionally irrelevant to sports video games, and there is no reason for any sports fan to buy the console. The only question now is how much that will really matter to the fate of the machine. » 5/19/13 8:08pm 5/19/13 8:08pm

Sports Video Gaming Must Face Its Own Era Of Excess

Wednesday was supposed to be a day of no news in Major League Baseball. There are no league games in January, of course; pitchers and catchers report to spring training in 29 days. And exit polling had long foreseen the shutout ballot, for the first time since 1996, that the Baseball Writers Association of America… » 1/13/13 8:46pm 1/13/13 8:46pm

Four Stories To Follow In A Pivotal New Year For Sports Video Gaming

2K Sports hasn't said specifically when its infamous exclusive pact with Major League Baseball ends, but it's a good bet that day comes on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

If someone picks up that license, it'll be the first big story of the year for sports video gaming. If no one picks up that license, it'll be even bigger. » 12/30/12 7:15pm 12/30/12 7:15pm

NBA 2K13 Leaks The New OKC Jersey, And It's Spelled "Thudner"

Video games seem to be the new way to leak NBA jerseys, and it's probably not intentional. The league has to share the designs with 2K Sports so they can be in the game and ready for its release date, long before the "official" unveiling. We've seen it with Brooklyn, we've seen it with the tweaked Knicks unis, and… » 10/10/12 9:25am 10/10/12 9:25am

Sports at E3: A Postgame Report

Gameplay impressions are difficult to form under the lights, sights and cacophony of E3 in full swing, where you never have enough time to see all of what you want, and there's always an appointment five minutes from now. It's… [ Kotaku » 6/18/11 5:00pm 6/18/11 5:00pm]

You Can Have Any Sports Video Game You Want, But There's Only One

About this time last year, at E3, I was chewing the fat with a 2K Sports representative about NBA 2K11 which already looked to be the monster it would become. Long dominant in the pro basketball genre, the game with… [ Kotaku » 5/28/11 8:00pm 5/28/11 8:00pm]

This Gaming Geek Shall Inherit MLB 2K11's Million-Dollar Prize

Before setting off to claim a million-dollar bounty offered by MLB 2K11, Brian Kingrey did an analysis. He pored over batting averages, compared pitcher strengths and tendencies, examined the probable starters for the contest's opening day and the batting orders… [ Kotaku » 5/26/11 6:00pm 5/26/11 6:00pm]

No Strikes, but One Out as Labor Unrest Hovers Over Video Games

For a brief moment Tuesday, I wasn't sure we'd be seeing any basketball video game this year, even though I'd taken for granted that NBA 2K12 would release, a death-and-taxes sure thing in October for more than 10 years.… [ Kotaku » 4/09/11 4:00pm 4/09/11 4:00pm]

Nickels, Dimes, Pennants, Pennies or Points, Sports Gamers Still Get…

Typically, these were unlockable items - prototypes of avatar awards, you might say. You earned them by accumulating points in gameplay, or found a cheat code that handed over all of it. Either way, there was some means of getting… [ Kotaku » 3/12/11 6:00pm 3/12/11 6:00pm]

Baseball Rivals Play Dueling Cameras

Kotaku may have kicked off a fad last year, with our post on how to make your video game baseball presentation conform to real life broadcasting angles. MLB 2K11 directly cited the work as an inspiration behind its new broadcast… [ Kotaku » 3/10/11 6:00pm 3/10/11 6:00pm]

A Million Dollars and No Change for a Perfectly Humble Gamer

You can do a lot of crazy stuff when you win a million bucks. When he did, Wade McGilberry was approached by a long-lost relative with a pitch for buying into a pineapple farm. No thanks, Wade said. What he really wanted was a Harley. And with the dough he won from MLB 2K10, you're damn right he bought one. » 3/09/11 4:00pm 3/09/11 4:00pm