The gameplay in NBA 2K14 is an excellent balance of style and substance. One of the biggest reasons for this is the use of the Pro Stick on offense. It is a descendant of the Shot Stick controls that the NBA 2K series has used in recent versions of the game, but it extends the control beyond just shooting.
Passing and dribbling are all done primarily with the right stick as well. In case you missed it, here’s the developer diary that explains it.
Those instructions are just the basics.
Leave it to hardcore members of the NBA 2K community to unleash everything the Pro Stick controls can do. Two of the community’s most-respected gamers, DManUnt2014 and Sub the Gamer, give us tutorials on how to pull off two of the most exciting moves in the game.
How to Perform Jamal Crawford’s Signature Behind-the-Back Dribble and Scoop
The Los Angeles Clippers guard is known for his crossover, hesitation moves and the sweet behind-the-back dribble maneuver that regularly ends in an equally sweet layup. NBA 2K has had this move in the game for a few years, but with all the new animations and the advent of the Pro Stick, the way to perform it has changed.
DManUnt2014 posted this easy-to-follow tutorial, which shows his My Player victimizing Alexey Shved of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Check it out.
It is great that so many things have to align properly to actually do advanced moves like this. First, you have to have a player capable of such a fancy dribble move. As DMan mentions, the appropriate direction to push the stick depends on the hand that is controlling the ball.
This is as intuitive as we’ve seen when it comes to dribble moves in a basketball video game.
How to Perform a 360 Dunk
This dunk was a little easier in NBA 2K13, as you simply twirled the right stick when approaching the basket with a player capable of the high-wire act. In NBA 2K14, it takes one extra command. Sub the Gamer breaks it down.
Doing a 360 should be hard to do. It’s a 360.
How many of these do we actually see in a real game? When I see this dunk in NBA 2K14, I want to be wowed because it is a rare occurrence. The way the dunk is performed this year almost ensures that will be the case.
I suggest practicing with the Pro-Stick in practice mode or scrimmages. You never know, you may be able to host your own tutorial soon.
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