NLSC Podcast – Episode #100

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Well, we made it: one hundred episodes of the NLSC Podcast! We’ve lined up some special guests to mark the occasion, in addition to our usual chatter about NBA Live, NBA 2K, and the real NBA. It’s a longer show than usual this week, but we hope that you enjoy it!

  • NBA Live 15 is out this week. Don’t forget to check out our latest interview with Sean O’Brien in Episode #99!
  • The past week has brought us some more details on Ultimate Team, as well as a video on defensive improvements.
  • Xbox One users have been able to preview NBA Live 15 via EA Access, and there have been some positive and promising impressions so far.
  • We chat about some other NBA Live 15 content, including the Tips & Tricks videos, some screenshots we received from EA, and the raw gameplay footage that has been posted.
  • The first patch for NBA 2K15 is out on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The PC has also received a second patch, addressing some technical issues. More updates are in the pipeline.
  • Leftos has been going above and beyond with support in the NLSC Forum, as 2K have been working hard on addressing issues with the PC version. We certainly appreciate the efforts!
  • We cover the latest modding developments for NBA 2K15 PC, as a couple of people in our community have been making great progress.
  • Arcane provides his initial impressions of NBA 2K15 on PlayStation 4.
  • In our first pre-recorded interview, we welcome JaoSming and Leftos back to the show. We discuss the Podcast, give JaoSming a proper send-off, and naturally, rib one another.
  • Andrew chats to NLSC co-founder Tim Tschirner, who reflects on the early days of the site, and talks about his time as a developer on NBA Live.
  • There’s an obligatory NBL reference, as we discuss the Josh Childress incident.
  • The NBA season is about to tip off! We discuss Kawhi Leonard’s future with the San Antonio Spurs, injury woes for Steve Nash and Jason Richardson, and a couple of Aussies who have been waived.
  • We end the show with some reflections on 100 episodes, and this week’s Cool Fact.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. Have your say in the comments below, or here in the Forum! Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread. Thanks for your support through the first one hundred episodes!

NBA Live 15 Tips & Tricks Section (Official Website)

For those who may have missed it, the Tips & Tricks section over on the official NBA Live website has been updated for NBA Live 15. It now contains a rundown of the controls for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as tutorial videos that explain the basics, dribbling moves, passing, post play, and more.

The section also includes a video demonstrating the adidas Learn LIVE tutorials, featuring cover player Damian Lillard. adidas Learn LIVE represents the development team’s aim to provide better onboarding in NBA Live 15, as Lillard walks the user through all the controls in a 1-on-1 lesson.

NBA Live 15 is set to hit store shelves tomorrow. As always, we invite you to discuss the game here in the NLSC Forum!

File Additions for NBA Live 2005

We’re tipping off the week with a new file addition for NBA Live 2005, as Cpt(K) has uploaded an ENB tweak for the game. Check out a preview and download it at the link below!

NBA Live 2005 ENB

File Additions for NBA 2K11

For those who are still playing NBA 2K11 PC, or would like to check it out again, levynagy has updated his set of sliders. You can check them out at the link below!

Levy’s Sliders (Updated to v3.0)

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Here are the latest file additions for NBA Live 08: a gear update for Kevin Durant, a new ENB tweak, and the latest version of the SUPERSTAR AIACT. Check them all out at the links below!

Realistic Kevin Durant Patch (With Full Gear)

NBA Live 08 ENB

SUPERSTAR ’08 AIACT (Updated to v5.5)

File Additions for NBA 2K15

We’re still figuring out all the file formats for NBA 2K15 PC, but nesa24 has made some great progress in that regard, to the point of being able to release a beta version of a file manager tool. KevinParker13 has also released a new SweetFX tweak for the game. You can pick up both releases at the links below!

Blue SweetFX

NBA 2K15 FileManager

New Official Court Updates for NBA 2K15

2K Sports have pushed through some official court updates for NBA 2K15 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, featuring the new designs for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, and Sacramento Kings.

The new courts will come through automatically as long as your PC or console is connected to the Internet. You can check out some screenshots of the six updated courts below.

Which of these new court designs for the 2014/2015 season is your favourite? Have your say in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NBA 2K15 section of the Forum.

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NBA 2K15 Patch Now Out on PlayStation 4 & Xbox One

The first official patch is now available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K15. The PC version received the patch a couple of days ago, as well as a second PC-only patch yesterday.

As long as you’re connected to the Internet, the patch will be pushed through automatically. 2K Sports has released a complete list of patch notes, which you can check out below.

If you’re still encountering technical issues with the PC version, please be advised that Leftos is taking notes and offering suggestions here. Detailed bug reports are also welcome in this thread. For more troubleshooting and patch information, please check out the stickied threads in the NBA 2K15 section of the NLSC Forum.

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The Friday Five: My To Do List for NBA Live 15

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! This is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

Putting aside the EA Access trial on Xbox One, NBA Live 15 is finally out next week: October 28th in North America, and October 30th here in Australia. Just as I compiled a To Do list for NBA 2K15 shortly before it was released, I also have a few things in mind to do as soon as I get my hands on this year’s instalment of NBA Live. So – just in case you were still wondering where I’m going with this – that’s what I’m talking about in this week’s Friday Five.

I expect that there’ll be some overlap with my list for NBA 2K15, as the key points of interest are fairly similar, and I have something of a routine that I follow when I’m playing a new basketball game for the first time. So, without any further ado, here is my To Do List for NBA Live 15!

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Second Patch Released for NBA 2K15 PC

As you may have noticed, a second patch has been pushed through for the PC version of NBA 2K15. It should start downloading automatically, but if all else fails, restart your Steam client. Leftos has posted some details on the patch here in the Forum, confirming that this is a PC-only update that is intended to address some issues that are specific to the PC version, such as crashes, stuttering, and glitched hair textures.

Another large patch will be coming through at some point, which will also be available for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of NBA 2K15. There’s no ETA on that update at this time, but we’ll keep you informed as soon as Leftos can pass along some more information. A huge thanks to Leftos once again for all his help in troubleshooting problems, and helping get PC users these fixes!

Since it’s come up a few times in the past week or so, I’d also like to remind everyone that we have a strict rule against piracy in the NLSC Forum. Any requests for cracked copies of NBA 2K15, or patches for a “non-Steam” version of the game will result in a permanent ban without warning. If you need to familiarise yourself with our Forum Rules, you can find them posted here. Please contact us if you have any additional questions about our rules and policies.

Full Details on Ultimate Team in NBA Live 15

Last week, EA Sports revealed details on all of the game modes in NBA Live 15…all except Ultimate Team. Details on Ultimate Team are now available however, courtesy of the latest developer blog over on the official website.

The blog talks about the new Auctions feature, which allows you to search out a card that you need to complete your collection, as well as sell unwanted cards for in-game currency. Collections have also been expanded to a maximum of 400 cards, Fantasy Challenges return from last season (and will be updated throughout the year), new Legends will be available, and the starter packs will include better players.

There will also be a promotion running for the first week that the game is out. If you log in to Ultimate Team between October 28th and November 6th, you’ll be rewarded with $30 worth of Ultimate Team content (ie 10 Gold Premium Packs). The promotion will be available to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users.

Will you be giving Ultimate Team a look this year? If so, what do you make of the improvements and additions? Sound off in the comments below, and join in the discussion in the NBA Live 15 section of the NLSC Forum.

Three New NBA Live 15 Screenshots

EA Sports has sent us three new screenshots of NBA Live 15, featuring a few players that we requested: LeBron James, Jabari Parker, and Derrick Rose. You can check them all out below, as well as over in our NBA Live 15 Screenshots gallery.

Of course, at this point in time, it’s all about gameplay footage. With Xbox One users getting an early look at the game via EA Access subscriptions, quite a few videos and livestreams are making the rounds. You can check out a collection of NBA Live 15 gameplay videos here in the Forum; thanks to chicagoRAW for compiling them!

And, once again, we invite you to tune in to Episode #99 of the NLSC Podcast to hear our chat with NBA Live 15 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien! If you missed our first interview with Sean in Episode #90, be sure to listen to it here.

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NBA Live 15 Now Available Via EA Access

The trial version of NBA Live 15 is now available for Xbox One users who are EA Access subscribers. As previously mentioned, the trial version consists of six hours of access to the full version of the game, and any progress made in the trial version will carry over to the retail game if you do decide to purchase it. Xbox One users who are not EA Access subscribers will be able to check out the trial version on release day, October 28th.

PlayStation 4 users will also be able to try out the game on October 28th, however the PS4 will be receiving a more traditional demo. The PS4 demo will consist of a full game of five minute quarters between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder, as well as the adidas Learn LIVE tutorial mode featuring cover player Damian Lillard.

Gamers are already beginning to post their impressions of the game, as well as videos and screenshots. If you’re on Xbox One and have gotten your hands on the trial version, we invite you to share your impressions in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NBA Live 15 section of the NLSC Forum!

NBA Live 15 Raw Gameplay Footage

Earlier today, EA Sports livestreamed raw gameplay footage of NBA Live 15 on Twitch, as producers Connor Dougan and Ryan Santos went head to head. The broadcast, which featured a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers, and another between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors, is available to view here.

The developers also answered some questions about the game, and mentioned that more details on Ultimate Team will be coming soon. For more information on NBA Live 15, be sure to tune in to our latest chat with Executive Producer Sean O’Brien in Episode #99 of the NLSC Podcast, as well as our lengthy interview in Episode #90.

As always, feel free to have your say in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

General File Additions – 2014/2015 Player Headshots Pack

Looking to create face or portrait updates for NBA Live or NBA 2K, accurate as of the upcoming 2014/2015 season? Check out this pack of player headshots, compiled by fdlk0501!

2014/2015 Player Headshots Pack