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NLSC Podcast – Episode #215

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Episode #215 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I have plenty to talk about this week with the first proper previews for NBA 2K18 coming out, along with the latest content update for NBA Playgrounds. There’s also Kyrie Irving’s trade demand, a short article on shoes in NBA Live 18, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • The first NBA 2K18 screenshots have been released. What do we think of this year’s aesthetics?
  • We received a ton of information about MyLEAGUE and MyGM by way of the first developer blog. This year’s franchise modes sound awesome!
  • Did the 2K TV finale drop a hint about additional retro teams in NBA 2K18? We believe it’s a possibility.
  • Sole Collector published a short article about shoes in NBA Live 18, which also went into the history of EA Sports getting authentic shoes into their game.
  • The next big content update for NBA Playgrounds has come through. While there are still a few issues with the game, it continues to get better and better.
  • Not surprisingly, the five copies of NBA Elite 11 listed on eBay for $30,000 USD didn’t sell. They haven’t been re-listed, but another copy is still available…for $4,000 USD.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming included some of the most enjoyable sessions of online play we’ve ever had, in both 2K Pro-Am and MyPARK. Also, grinding for packs in NBA Playgrounds, MyTEAM Domination, and fantasy exhibitions.
  • Kyrie Irving has surprisingly demanded a trade. We wonder where he’ll end up, and whether Visual Concepts will do anything about the NBA 2K18 cover if he’s dealt.
  • We wrap up Episode #215 of the NLSC Podcast with some information on the latest NLSC merch by Arcane Apparel.

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Monday Tip-Off: What Happened To The Preview Season?

The NBA Live 18 Preview Season is Underway

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Start your week here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games. This week, I’m tipping things off with a few thoughts on another underwhelming start to the preview season.

In recent episodes of the NLSC Podcast, as well as bulletins covering tidbits about NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18, I’ve talked about this year’s preview season being a little slow to get underway. It’s frustrating, as I found myself discussing the same issue around this time last year. I had hoped that with the return of NBA Live, we might also see a return to the days where there was a constant stream of preview media and information about the upcoming games. Instead, it’s been the same trickle of info, and relative radio silence from both EA Sports and Visual Concepts.

We obviously know that NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18 are coming out, and we’ve seen glimpses and heard a detail or two here and there, but that’s it. We know what NBA 2K18’s pre-order bonuses are, but we haven’t heard anything about new features or improvements. We do know a little more about NBA Live 18 coming out of EA Play, but the hype train stopped rolling shortly afterwards. With the way info is held back until it’s almost too late, it’s difficult not to ask the question: what happened to the preview season?

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #213

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Episode #213 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! The initial flurry of offseason movement is over, and we’re still waiting for the preview season to get into gear, but Arcane and I do have a few things to talk about this week. Join us as we discuss the latest NBA Live 18 rumours, catch up on what’s going on in our modding community, and reminisce about a fun week of basketball gaming.

On this week’s show…

  • It seems that we can mark August 11th on our calendars as being a significant date in the preview season for NBA Live 18. Current speculation is that it’s when the demo will drop, but we also discuss a couple of other possibilities.
  • The modding community has been doing some great work with final 2017 season and 2017 offseason rosters for NBA 2K17 (both on PC and PS4), as well as NBA 2K13 and NBA 2K14. We recap some of the latest releases, and works in progress.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming included a very satisfying session of 2K Pro-Am, a couple of MyCAREER games, some online head-to-head with an old friend, and grinding for packs in NBA Playgrounds.
  • We wrap up Episode #213 of the NLSC Podcast with a reminder about some NLSC merch, available through Arcane Apparel!

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #210

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Episode #210 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! We’re coming at you a little later this week as we wanted to talk about the results of the 2017 NBA Draft, as well as the most recent NBA Live 18 gameplay videos, and a couple of other recent news stories.

On this week’s show…

  • EA Play attendees have released new gameplay videos of NBA Live 18, while offering up further hands-on impressions. We share our thoughts on what we’ve been shown, from the animations to the new Shot Meter.
  • Oddly, NBA 2K18 Legend Edition cover player Shaquille O’Neal was photographed wearing an NBA Live 18 barber’s smock. Probably not the promotion that Visual Concepts wanted.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming included a somewhat backwards session of 2K Pro-Am, a very brief trip to MyPARK, and some great card pulls in NBA Playgrounds.
  • We wrap up Episode #210 of the NLSC Podcast with some thoughts on the 2017 NBA Draft, and a couple of big trades. #FireGarPax

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New NBA Live 18 Videos From EA Play 2017

NBA Live 18: DeMar DeRozan

Various YouTubers have been posting gameplay footage of NBA Live 18 from EA Play 2017, as well as further hands-on impressions and insights into the game. The videos show off gameplay from the playable NBA Finals match-up between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as The One, the new career mode that will be making its debut in this year’s release from EA.

Some of the videos also spotlight The Drew League, which as previously mentioned, will have a presence in NBA Live 18. Hall of Famer Allen Iverson and the famous Rucker Park also make an appearance, along with some of the other real venues that will be available in The One and LIVE Pro-Am.

Check out the videos below, and feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum. With the preview season more or less underway, we’ll be setting up our interviews with the NBA Live 18 developers as soon as we possibly can, so stay tuned. We’ll also be sure to share any more videos that come through from EA Play 2017 attendees, so check back for any updates!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #209

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Episode #209 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we give our thoughts on all the NBA Live 18 news coming out of EA Play, discuss a couple of other basketball gaming tidbits from the past week, and share a few final thoughts on the 2017 NBA season.

On this week’s show…

  • Coming out of EA Play 2017, we now know about The One, the new single player career mode in NBA Live 18. From the basic concept to the approach to Playstyles, it’s definitely sounding good.
  • A lot of the hands-on impressions of NBA Live 18 have also been very positive, which has us feeling quite optimistic. A couple of other details are also potentially quite promising.
  • Opponents quitting on you in online games of NBA 2K? 2K Support has some…interesting advice.
  • The latest patch for NBA Playgrounds has continued the trend of adding more content and making some very welcome fixes and adjustments.
  • We answer a listener question: would we like to see a story-driven career mode in NBA Live, similar to what we’ve seen in MyCAREER?
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming included our most enjoyable 2K Pro-Am game in a while…after some more frustrating contests, of course.
  • With the Golden State Warriors’ victory in Game 5, the 2017 NBA Finals are over…of course, the MJ vs. LeBron debate is not.
  • We wrap up Episode #209 of the NLSC Podcast with a short discussion of Jerry West’s new role with the Los Angeles Clippers, and the announcement regarding 3-on-3 basketball at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Details on The One in NBA Live 18; Trailers, Demo, Other News

NBA Live 18: The One

With EA Play 2017 upon us, EA Sports has taken the opportunity to officially announce The One, the new game mode that will be making its debut in NBA Live 18. The One is NBA Live’s new career mode, encompassing both the NBA and streetball. Rising up the ranks in both the league and on the streets earns ratings upgrades, gear, and other perks. You’re also able to hone your game by taking part in the Drew League, and challenge other gamers to online showdowns at authentic Pro-Am venues.

Your player will also be able to earn Traits, which appear to be similar to the Player Badges in NBA 2K’s MyCAREER. There are also several Playstyles for each position, which are similar to the MyPlayer Archetypes. Your choice of Playstyle determines primary and secondary skills, as well as Traits. Signature abilities and skills are also available to unlock for your player. LIVE Events will provide new challenges and rewards, with solo, co-op, and multiplayer gameplay.

A few videos featuring gameplay footage from The One (again taken from cinematic angles) and explanations of the concept and features have also been released; you can check those out below. We also have confirmation that an NBA Live 18 demo will be released in August. It will provide basketball gamers with an opportunity to get an early look at The One, with progress carrying over to the full game.

A preliminary features list can also be found over on the official NBA Live website. In addition to hyping up the enhancements to gameplay, it also mentions a Franchise experience (possibly confirming a return to the original Franchise Mode branding, before the rename to Dynasty Mode in NBA Live 2004 onward), and shows off the new designs for Ultimate Team cards.

Gamers have been getting their hands on NBA Live 18 at EA Play, and based on the impressions being shared on social media, the improvements to gameplay are quite pleasing. For some detailed impressions, be sure to follow TicoisTocory and ThaLiveKing on Twitter! More detailed impressions should be coming through in the near future, and we’re looking to set up a chat with ThaLiveKing to get more of his candid thoughts on the game.

Once again, check out the videos below, and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum. Stay tuned to the NLSC throughout the NBA Live 18 preview season for more news, as in addition to posting details from around the web, we’ll be looking to arrange some developer interviews (and hopefully a few exclusives) as soon we possibly can.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #208

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Episode #208 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, Kenny, and I for a discussion of all the recent NBA Live 18 news, previews, and rumours, a look ahead to EA Play, thoughts on the latest action from the 2017 NBA Finals, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • A listing on Game Informer led to rumours of a PC release for NBA Live 18, which unfortunately isn’t going to happen. Nevertheless, an eventual return to the PC platform is something we’d like to see for NBA Live.
  • New gameplay footage, screenshots, and a couple of tidbits of information about NBA Live 18 have come out of a recent event in New York. We’re liking what we’re seeing, and intrigued by what we’ve read.
  • What kind of information and previews are we hoping to see at EA Play? We talk a little about our expectations for the event.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming has seen further progress in NBA Playgrounds, a dubious record almost set in 2K Pro-Am, and the triumphant return of Kiki Vandeweghe in MyTEAM.
  • We wrap up Episode #208 of the NLSC Podcast with a few thoughts on the NBA Finals. Even if we’re not exactly hating the results so far, it’s hardly a contender for Best Finals Ever…in our humble opinion, anyway. At least Game 3 was close, right?

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New Gameplay Footage & Screenshots from NBA Live 18 Event

NBA Live 18: Hoop Dome

Although we’re still waiting on confirmation about the rumours surrounding a possible PC release of NBA Live 18 – again, I’d recommend taking those rumours with a grain of salt – we do have some new preview media and a couple of snippets of information about the game. EA Sports held an event in New York last week, with several YouTubers and SLAM Magazine getting a look at NBA Live 18.

The screenshots, which you can check out below or here over on the SLAM Magazine website, show off what appears to be a selection of the LIVE Pro-Am arenas in NBA Live 18, as well as some of the shoes that will be in the game. SLAM also had an opportunity to chat with producer Mike Mahar. Mike indicated that improving core gameplay technologies such as animations and fluidity was one of the main priorities this year, and also briefly touched upon the new mode, The One. The One will be a new way of playing NBA Live, and although Mike didn’t offer up much in the way of details, he did mention that the game modes have been re-designed around the new experience, with a lot of the usual staples being represented.

Some new gameplay footage has also been revealed, once again showing off NBA Live 18 from cinematic camera angles. The YouTubers in attendance also had their faces scanned for the game, and have been given clearance to talk about their experiences at the event. You can check out the gameplay footage, as well as their vlogs of the event, embedded below.

With EA Play 2017 tipping off this weekend, it seems we’ll be seeing more of NBA Live 18 very soon, and perhaps learning more about The One in the not too distant future. A couple of people from our community (including Eric) will be attending EA Play, so we’re looking forward to getting some reports back from them. Until then, feel free to add your thoughts on the latest previews and information in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 18 section of the NLSC Forum.

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Rumours of a PC Release for NBA Live 18 (Update: PS4 & X1 Only)

NBA Live 18: Stephen Curry

UPDATE: The official website only lists PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as the platforms, so it appears as though the rumours are false. We may look to start up another PC petition in the near future.

There are some very interesting rumours regarding NBA Live 18 making the rounds at the moment. According to Game Informer, both NBA Live 18 and Madden 18 are slated for release on PC, in addition to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If true, it would be the first time in ten years that either game has been released on the PC platform.

Before we all get too excited, it wouldn’t be the first time that a PC version has been erroneously listed for NBA Live following the game’s last appearance on the platform. It should be noted that EA Sports have yet to officially confirm any platforms for NBA Live 18, aside from the current generation consoles. As such, this could simply be a copy and paste error, as the platform listings for the upcoming NBA Live and Madden releases are identical to FIFA 18, a series that is currently available on PC.

Nevertheless, this is a rumour that we’ll obviously be keeping an eye on. A return to PC would definitely be welcomed by our community, especially if the game turned out to be anywhere near as moddable as the series’ previous releases for the platform. That’s obviously something we’d look into, if indeed NBA Live 18 comes out on PC.

For now, it’s probably best to take the rumour with a grain of salt, as it’s a move that seems somewhat unlikely as the NBA Live series tries to reestablish itself with the significantly larger console demographic. We’ll obviously discuss the rumour in this week’s NLSC Podcast though, and if we can get any more information on the situation, we’ll naturally be sure to pass it along. In the meantime, feel free to speculate in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum. Incidentally, if you missed the first official look at NBA Live 18, you can check it out here.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #207

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Episode #207 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we discuss the NBA 2K18 cover reveal, our hopes and expectations for NBA Live 18 following the first trailer, Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals, and a couple of other topics.

On this week’s show…

  • Kyrie Irving has been revealed as the cover player for NBA 2K18. We give our thoughts on the choice, and reflect on some past cover players.
  • Now that we’ve seen the first trailer for NBA Live 18, what are our hopes and expectations for this year’s game from EA Sports?
  • Having played a few games of NBA Playgrounds with the new patch, we’ve got some further impressions to share.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming included one of the most frustrating 2K Pro-Am sessions to date, and a couple of MyCAREER games.
  • The 2017 NBA Finals is underway, and the Golden State Warriors certainly made a statement in Game 1.
  • We wrap up Episode #207 of the NLSC Podcast with news on some merch!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #206

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Episode #206 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! We’re a little late this week due to some technical difficulties, but everything has been sorted out, so Arcane and I are coming at you with our thoughts on the latest news in basketball gaming, some tales from our basketball gaming experiences over the past week, and a few thoughts on the forthcoming 2017 NBA Finals.

On this week’s show…

  • We’ve received our first proper glimpse at NBA Live 18, including a bunch of screenshots and some cinematic gameplay clips. We reflect on some of the community’s reactions, and provide our own take.
  • The PC versions of NBA 2K14 and NBA 2K15 are no longer available on Steam, which is potentially bad news for completionists and retro basketball gamers.
  • NBA Playgrounds has received a big patch on PC and PlayStation 4, containing several tweaks and additions demonstrating that Saber Interactive are paying close attention to gamer feedback.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming includes a long-awaited cutscene in MyCAREER, and another decent session of 2K Pro-Am.
  • We wrap up Episode #206 of the NLSC Podcast with some NBA talk. Topics include LeBron James’ new milestone, predictions for the 2017 NBA Finals, and Chris Bosh’s future.

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First NBA Live 18 Screenshots & Videos Revealed

NBA Live 18: LeBron James

It would seem that we’re not going to have to wait until EA Play 2017 to get our first proper look at NBA Live 18. While there’s obviously still a lot yet to learn about the game, we’ve got our first glimpse of what it will look like, by way of the first official screenshots and some gameplay videos posted by prominent YouTubers.

The first NBA Live 18 screenshots feature LeBron James, James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, and Russell Westbrook, and they all seem to be pretty on-point. A lot of advertising for NBA Live at EA Play features Westbrook, so for what it’s worth, it seems there’s a good chance that he’ll be the cover player once again. If so, it would be the first time in the history of the NBA Live series that a cover player is repeated.

Gameplay clips are from cinematic angles, but they do obviously show the players in motion and the new animations that the team has been working on. There’s also some behind the scenes footage from the recent EA Sports event that produced the previously posted off-screen screenshot.

Check out all of the screenshots and videos below after the jump; more will be added as they’re released. I’ve also gone ahead and launched an NBA Live 18 section in the NLSC Forum, so head on over there to join in the discussion, in addition to sharing your thoughts in the comments below. A couple of people in our community will be heading to EA Play 2017 in June, so be sure to post any questions you’d like them to ask, or things you’d like them to look out for, over in this thread. More NBA Live 18 news should be coming soon and we’ll be doing our best to keep on top of it, so stay tuned!

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NBA Live 18 Off-Screen Screenshot featuring LeBron James

Off-Screen Screenshot of LeBron James in NBA Live 18

A new off-screen screenshot of NBA Live 18 has given us our first proper peek at the game. Taken by Chris Denker at an EA Sports event this past weekend, it features LeBron James in the foreground, with Avery Bradley a little out of focus in the background.

NBA Live 18 was shown to a select few gamers at the event, so depending on the nature of any Non-Disclosure Agreements that were signed, we might start hearing a few tidbits and impressions of the game very soon. As previously noted, NBA Live 18 will be playable at EA Play 2017, so at this point, it seems that news is right around the corner.

Being that it is an off-screen screenshot, it’s obviously not the best quality, but the detail on LeBron James is certainy noticeable. Click the thumbnail below for a closer look:

Off-Screen Screenshot of LeBron James in NBA Live 18

ThaLiveKing has posted a solid breakdown of the screenshot here in our Forum, comparing it to a screenshot of LeBron James in NBA Live 16. Feel free to join in the discussion there, as well as share your impressions in the comments section below. With the preview season just about ready to tip off, we’ll certainly be looking to stay on top of all the NBA Live 18 news and set up a few interviews with the development team, so stay tuned.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #203

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Episode #203 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Kenny and I are your hosts this week, and our conversation covers the latest NBA Playgrounds news, Beluba’s plans for NBA 2K’s shooting mechanics, NBA Live 18’s direction, and the latest from the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

On this week’s show…

  • NBA Playgrounds has a confirmed release date of May 9th. Polygon’s preview provided us with some new info on the game, and we’re still very much looking forward to it.
  • Mike Wang (aka Beluba) posted an insight into his plans for shooting mechanics in future NBA 2K games, specifically his desire to wean gamers off automatic makes on Green releases. We give our thoughts on the matter.
  • Following on from this week’s Monday Tip-Off article, we discuss whether it would be a good idea for NBA Live 18 to take a more traditional approach, in order to capitalise on the dissatisfaction some gamers have with certain aspects of NBA 2K’s direction.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming includes a head-to-head showdown in MyTEAM, expanding collections, and a refreshingly enjoyable run in both 2K Pro-Am and MyPARK.
  • The 2017 NBA Playoffs roll on into the second round. LeBron reaches a milestone, prompting thoughts from the (alleged) resident bitter insecure hater. Also, Paul Pierce’s retirement, Tony Parker’s injury, Isaiah Thomas’ big night, and some predictions.
  • We wrap up Episode #203 of the NLSC Podcast with some quick thoughts on the new BIG3 league, which recently completed its draft.

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