Thanks for this. Just bought my copy last night. It actually came out to about $16 for me after tax because I had $5 in promo credit that I didn't even know about (probably from buying 2k13 on Amazon as well).
Haven't had a chance to play it yet, but from the reviews I've read, I'll like it. Actually being able to play defense against superstars is huge. They were laughably OP in 2k13. Playing one-on-one defense against Kobe was a lost cause because he would shoot 90% on those mid-range contested fade-away jumpers on anything higher than Pro difficulty in 2k13
This went both ways, too. Your MyCareer player just becomes a god among men after the first season or 2. I remember 2 scenarios that just broke the game. One was if your character was a wing player with the Shot Creator and Deadeye signature skills. You literally couldn't miss if you took one-dribble pull-ups from 20 feet or closer to the rim. My point guard character shot 65% from the field and averaged 50 points a game and 15 assists a game on All-Star difficulty (12 minute quarters). The other scenario was if your character was a big man with the Bruiser signature skill. You would tire out your defender and other guys who would switch onto you midway through the 2nd quarter and every game would be a blowout. Hoping 2k14 will improve in those areas, but other than that, I've generally liked 2k13. Hoping I will get my money's worth with 2k14