On PS4 and Xbox One, NBA 2K14 beats Madden as top-selling US sports game

2K reveals that their basketball title ranks fourth overall on next-gen and sold more than any other other sports title on PS4 and Xbox One in the US.

The November 2013 NPD list of top-selling games in the US came out yesterday, and while Call of Duty and Battlefield 4 topped the overall lists, NBA 2K14 "was the best-selling sports video game on next generation consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and was the number four best-selling next-gen game overall," according to the NPD.

Factoring in Xbox 360 and PS3, Madden NFL 25 has the edge, but 2K's basketball game beat it out on next-gen platforms. Neither specific sales numbers nor worldwide sales numbers were made available for either title.

In response to the sales numbers, SVP of basketball operations for 2K, Jason Argent, wrote "Earlier this year we promised that NBA 2K14 would be our biggest and best NBA 2K experience yet, and today we’re thrilled to see fans agree, as NBA 2K14 is now the number one selling sports game on next-gen consoles."

“NBA 2K14 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One distinguished itself by providing an entirely new experience designed specifically for next-gen platforms, featuring all-new game modes distinct from the current-gen version of NBA 2K14. We partnered with the King of Basketball, LeBron James, as our cover athlete and delivered an unprecedented level of realism, making NBA 2K14 a showcase for the potential of next-gen gaming."

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Ensabuhnur
Ensabuhnur

Too bad Rodger Gaddell and the rest of the NFL VPs do not read this stuff.  I am so tired of EA exclusivity on Football and producing crappy games year after year.  Really love how they make DBS miss assignments to allow the AI to score EASY on you and then claim this is the best game they ever made.  whatever.  2K shows them how it should be done time and time again - they never listen though :(

snacky_smorez
snacky_smorez

I just want an NCAA football game with the FCS schools included like they used to be.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Incoming EA buying NBA exclusivity for 10 years...

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

I'm really not surprised. NBA 2K14 looks like a real new gen sports game

leoben0207
leoben0207

2ksports should do football and soccer


they've shown time and again that they have attention to detail and that they're always pushing the boundaries of sports video games


they may not always have the best sales but they will always bring out the best product in the market


damn EA and their "partnerships", they're forcing people to buy obsolete games


fifa 2k14 will still be better than whatever fifa ea releases 10 years from now

CTR360
CTR360

NBA 2K14  deserve it

camverge
camverge

Please lord let the NFL see this and realize it's time for the EA competitors to show you what they're capable of doing with football. You'd think they'd see why the NCAA did with their agreement and follow suit.

robbiejones
robbiejones

NFL is boring, they spend most the time just standing around than actually playing the game, and don't get me started on penalty's.. way to many 

ltsJoeMama
ltsJoeMama

Good. Madden has been trash the last couple of years. Gamers are getting a bit smarter.

ZOD777
ZOD777

Of course we all know that FIFA will crush everything else worldwide when it comes out again.  That is why they are careful to use "top-selling US sports game"

DrChocolatte
DrChocolatte

Agreed. The day competition was eliminated by the NFL was a sad day indeed.

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

2K sports games have always been the better choice.

mcautoman1
mcautoman1

I would love to see an NFL game from 2K they would CRUSH EA as you can see with NBA 2K14! Please come back and give us real football 2K I like Madden but I remember how I loved your games on my DREAMCAST 9/9/99 was a great day like 11/15/2013 was this year help us NFL fans enjoy our dreams of playing and coaching. And yes I am a bit older but gaming is great for all ages I still beat my son at 21 in Madden.

deathrow3883
deathrow3883

The screenshot for the video comparison...lol. Wow.

Martyr77
Martyr77

Kind of surprised considering how boring basketball is.

ColdFirewmj
ColdFirewmj

There will be no NFL 2K,and if there really is a NFL 2K 15,trust me ,it will be just another NBA LIVE 14


Why?


because 2K have not produce a NFL game for many years ,that is why EA fail

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

Makes sense since NBA2K at least tries to improve things. Haven't played Madden in years since it's been the same shit for a while thanks to EA

DrKill09
DrKill09

I'll admit, Madden was shit from about 02 to 11, but they actually play more like the classics now days.  I hate the 2k sports games.  They look and play like shit, and are full of bugs.  Their baseball series is a bad joke compared to MLB the Show.


That said, I don't like either the seldom released NBA Live series nor the 2K series.  Both of them play like garbage.  I'd rather play NBA Jam On Fire Edition.


NBA 2K14 doesn't even look good.  What's with the giant white smears on the court?  Are those supposed to be reflections?  YUCK!

EPaul
EPaul

Normally i would be happy cause i love 2k but the always online bs they pull will only be continued with those sales numbers

kgallis21
kgallis21

Look at the two LeBron's. One looks like PlayStation 2(NBA Live) vs PlayStation 4 (PS4)... Pathetic.

kgallis21
kgallis21

Good. After the mockery they put out called NBA Live .EA should stop making sports games every Madden is the same to me. Give Back 2K the NFL license please.What ever happen to the EA that made the best sports games in the 16 Bit era.....

triznane
triznane

That is great and all but 2K14 does not work on the Xbox One or PS4!  The game crashes and is just a paper weight!

soda128
soda128

@leoben0207 2K deserves the great sales.  When I went to buy it in the store they said they had no more copies in store on day one. I've actually considered Madden on next gen just to finally scratch my sim football itch after not playing for years

bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

@leoben0207Except in baseball. It was there that EA back in the day was better at than 2KSports.

DirkXXVI
DirkXXVI

@DrChocolatte Unfortunately the NFL owners are all about the guaranteed money not whats best for the game.  If Viacom paid the NFL a ridiculous sum of money to broadcast the Super Bowl only on MTV2 they would probably take the deal.  It's a big part of the reason Sunday Ticket is only on DirectTV, and to think they have the gall to complain about streaming sites.


So yeah when EA said we'll give you millions of dollars to be the only game in town the owners couldn't resist.  It also didn't help that apparently the league didn't like 2K sports market penetration strategy of selling the game for $20 believing that it was 'devaluing the shield.'  Personally I think the EA NFL exclusivity deal is an nothing more then an abuse of the NFL's antitrust exemption.  

Ivora
Ivora

@mcautoman1We're in the last year of the NFL license with EA, hopefully they won't renew it so we can get a new 2K NFL game next year :)

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@mcautoman1 Couldn't agree more with you that 2k should make a new NFL game, but unfortunately EA do their patented "monopolise the licenses" so that other companies can't use the images and names of the NFL. 


It's cheaper for EA to pay the NFL for an exclusivity deal than it is to innovate and actually try to give the fans an improved game. 2K is just a much better company for sports games and I would buy their football game over EAs even if it didn't include the authentic names and logos.

MOBS
MOBS

Are you stupid? Basketball is boring to you? You must be a Eurotrash rump-ranger.

Loshead
Loshead

@sethschroeder07 that would be freaking awesome!!! espn nfl 2k5 best football game ever. EA has dropped the ball with madden. 

ohara1974
ohara1974

If madden 06 had to go head to head with a 2K6 NFL game.......madden would cease to exist........the only reason madden still exists is the exclusive license.......ive already stopped playing madden no matter what i do its still far to easy........2K5 was and still is the deepest most enjoyable and challenging football game ever made........

Loshead
Loshead

@DrKill09 WTF are you talking about. Did you even play 2k14 on any system, especially nextgen. Go play call of duty, stop trolling. 

Jacen22
Jacen22

@DrKill09 2k14 in the next gen is the best sports game out across the boards. The graphics and, movement, shooting forms and AI feels as authentic as it get to playing in the NBA. And all the players actually look like the players in real life. If you are comparing it to NBA Jam which was fun in its own right for an arcade-ish old school nostalgic type game, then your chief concern and what you're looking for is not real basketball simulation (which is what NBA 2K is). It is deeper and moves and play-calling is complex compared to NBA Jam. 


NBA Live sucks right now, but they just started back up and will take a couple years to even compete againts 2K series.


I agree with you on the 2K baseball series, it is terrible compared to MLB The Show.

Jacen22
Jacen22

@kgallis21 I'm actually glad NBA Live is back and hope it sticks around. 2K without any competition might have gone the route of Madden and become stagnant with no real improvements. Even though Live is no where near 2K in terms of real basketball simulation right now, it might get there one day and each game will have to one up each other to get the fans money and that's a huge win for us gamers.

Loshead
Loshead

@triznane I play this game every day, since the system came out, hasn't crashed on me. 

kgallis21
kgallis21

@triznane you must not be playing the same NBA2K ive been playing.Never experienced that

tmorri603
tmorri603

@Ayato_Kamina_1 @mcautoman1 That why they signed that exclusive deal. NFL 2k was fast becoming the number 1 pro football video game on the market and EA had to do something so they got the exclusive deal instead of trying to improve their game to be in first place. This also shows that people are getting tired of sub par Madden games. You can only shovel trash at people so many times before they will do without instead of accepting it.

Martyr77
Martyr77

@MOBS I am American you moron. Yes, basketball is INCREDIBLY boring. It is probably THE most boring sport to watch. Period.

MattyTheButcher
MattyTheButcher

@MOBS I'm an american, and I hate the living hell outta basketball. The only sport I actually enjoy is soccer. So ya. America is big, not everyone thinks like you champ.

ColdFirewmj
ColdFirewmj

@ohara1974 Yes in your opinion but business is not such thing ,someone like madden ,someone like 2K,who know the answer that never happen?

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@Jacen22@kgallis21The thing with EA is they only ever try and do JUST enough. Look at the Fifa series vs PES. PES was coming out on top in terms of gameplay and engine, so EA revolutionised their engine, did a whole host of improvements all around, and became the better game. Think that was Fifa 08. Now since then all they've done is mediocre improvements and in some cases even regressed the game to a worse state than the previous release. 


They don't care about the product so long as it makes a lot of money unfortunately.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@Jacen22@kgallis21 But NBA2K hasn't really had any good competition in a while yet they still improve their game.  I think if anyone needs to make a competitor to NBA2K, it certainly shouldn't be EA.  Live has always looked inferior from the moment 2K was first released on the Dreamcast.

triznane
triznane

@Loshead @triznane I am jealous then! Try to google "NBA 2K14 crashing" because I have had a $60 decoration for the past 2 weeks.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@kgallis21@triznane For real...I've been playing it all night on my brother's PS4 and tried it out on my brother in law's X1 the other day. They played real smooth on both consoles

leoben0207
leoben0207

@Martyr77 @MOBS 


that is your opinion. thank you for sharing your opinion. there are many who think the same way as you. there also many who think the opposite way as you. thank you for sharing your opinion. you offended a lot of people, but still, thank you for sharing your opinion.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@MattyTheButcher@MOBS I used to think basketball was boring (I'm from England) but then I played a bit of 2k13 NBA and I found when watching the games now I'm more interested and understand it better. 

So what looked like a game where one team scores and then the other  team goes and scores and they keep going until one team wins 98-95 is actually a much more interesting ordeal than I thought :p 

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@PosiTVEMinD355@Jacen22@kgallis21 Agree completely. EA don't want to improve their games. They just want to find new ways to include microtransactions and disguise the game enough to make the sheep buy the same product year after year. 

Disgraceful company.