The Friday Five: 5 More Basketball Games You May Have Forgotten

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.

The NLSC was founded as a fansite for NBA Live, a series that we still cover to this day. In recent years, we’ve also expanded our coverage to the NBA 2K series, as well as NBA Jam (primarily the recent releases from EA Sports). However, there have been several other NBA and basketball video games released over the years, some of which I covered in a previous Friday Five.

This week, I’m taking a look at five more basketball video games that you may have forgotten, or indeed never knew about. If nothing else, they haven’t been talked about in a while, so let’s go back through basketball gaming history and reflect on some titles that aren’t quite as well-known or popular as NBA Live, NBA 2K, or NBA Jam, but are interesting to look back on nevertheless.

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NBA Live 15 Open Letter from Sean O’Brien

NBA Live Executive Producer Sean O’Brien has posted another open letter to the community over on the game’s official website, in which he talks about NBA Live 15. In the letter, Sean acknowledges some of the shortcomings of NBA Live 14, specifically naming the visuals and the depth of gameplay, and reiterates that the team has been working hard to make progress in both of those areas.

He also mentions the head scans that have been taking place in recent months, the development team’s meeting with coaches to get their insight into strategy, and the goal of improving the flow and responsiveness of the gameplay in NBA Live 15. Further details on gameplay will be coming in July, with in-depth insights being posted through August and September.

Finally, the letter confirms the release date for NBA Live 15 is October 7th (the same as NBA 2K15), on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Add your thoughts in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the Forum.

NBA 2K15 “Most Valuable Players” Spot

It was announced during the latest NBA 2K14 live stream with Ronnie 2K and LD2K that some NBA 2K15 content would be shown at some point during Game 1 of the NBA Finals. We speculated on what that content might be in Episode #81 of the NLSC Podcast; would it be the “OMG Trailer”, Part Two?

It turns out that we were wide of the mark however, as the content turned out to be a “Most Valuable Players” spot, in which some of the top gamers in the NBA 2K community echoed parts of Kevin Durant’s MVP acceptance speech, accompanied by footage of NBA 2K14 next gen. The spot also mentioned the pre-order bonuses for NBA 2K15: 5000 VC, a throwback Kevin Durant MyTEAM card, two MyTEAM card packs, and custom MyPLAYER leg sleeves inspired by Durant.

While it may not be the glimpse of NBA 2K15 that a lot of people were no doubt hoping for, the preview season has certainly tipped off. Check out the spot below or watch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video. Have your say in the comments below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum.

Ultimate Base Roster V11 for NBA 2K14 PC Released

It’s been a couple of months since the last update, but HAWK23 and company are back with a new version of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC! The key features of the latest release (V11) are as follows:

  • Added updated version of the Ultimate Base Roster (UBR)
  • Added an updated UBR Association file for those who only want to use current teams
  • Added an end of the year 2014 Roster reflecting accurate end of year transactions
  • Increased the ages and years pro for all players in UBR & UBR Association Rosters
  • Added updated 2014, 2015, and 2016 Draft Classes – courtesy KingMellow and Mauroth
  • Added new 2014-2015 Charlotte Hornets art and added it to the UBR & UBR Association Rosters
  • Added 4 temporary teams to the UBR Association file. These teams combine to contain 76 NBA Draft Prospects that you can assign to teams as you wish until the NBA Draft
  • Added more updated retro all-star courts containing more detail – courtesy Retroman
  • Added ~15 new retro cyberfaces courtesy ShawnKemp
  • Rosters accurate as of 6/4/2014 (compatible/based off Meds)

Download the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 here! Be sure to check out the release thread for more information, previews and support, as well as Like the official UBR Facebook page.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #81

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With the NBA Finals upon us and E3 right around the corner, we’ve certainly got a few things to talk about in Episode #81 of the NLSC Podcast. Join Arcane and I as we speculate on NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15, cover a couple of other news items from the past week, and make our predictions for the rematch between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.

  • We open with a couple of housekeeping notes regarding future episodes of the Podcast, the Wiki, and a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live.
  • A few more issues have arisen with the NBA Live 14 rosters, but a new update will apparently be coming through at some point. We’ve also been told that these issues should be ironed out for NBA Live 15.
  • Neither NBA Live 15 or NBA 2K15 have been officially announced for E3, but we expect there’ll be some news coming out of the event. We speculate on what we might see.
  • We’ll be getting a look at NBA 2K15 during Game 1 of the NBA Finals. “OMG Trailer” Part Two, perhaps?
  • We’re holding our last NBA 2K14 Steam key giveaway. Get your entries in before next Wednesday!
  • Moving on to this week’s NBA discussion, we recap and react to the end of the Conference Finals. What’s next for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers?
  • Because we’re so good at predictions, we make our picks for the rematch between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.
  • The Los Angeles Clippers could soon be sold for $2 billion, but Donald Sterling is looking to sue the NBA. We take another look at the controversy and the “freedom of speech” arguments that are being made.
  • On that note, we discuss some comments by Mark Jackson that have recently come to light, which may have ultimately cost him his coaching job with the Golden State Warriors.
  • Looking ahead to the offseason for a moment, we consider some of the big moves that might happen. Yes, we make some more predictions!
  • We wrap up the show with some talk about a few other games that we’re interested in at the moment.

Click Play to listen to the show!

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.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We have an assortment of new file additions from our community for NBA 2K14 PC today, including faces, a custom title screen, and a new soundtrack. We also have a new version of the NBAE League 2K14 roster for the Xbox 360 version of the game. Check them all out at the links below!

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Stephen Curry Title Screen
My Custom Soundtrack

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Robert Covington Face

Bieberkinz
NBAE League 2K14 (Updated to v2.0)

FIBA Baller
FIBA Cyberfaces 2K14/13 – Jermaine Anderson (Canada PG)
FIBA Cyberfaces 2K14/13 – Oscar Torres (Venezuela SF/SG)

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s new file addition for NBA Live 08 PC is the latest version of the Real Arena Experience by ChicagoBulls24. Download both parts at the links below!

ChicagoBulls24
Real Arena Experience 2014 V3 (Main Arena)
Real Arena Experience 2014 V3 (Team Arena)

The Tuesday Triple x3: More NBA Video Game Commercials

This is The Tuesday Triple, where I attempt to break down random topics into three points, and maybe an “and one” if I need it. Similar to the established Friday Five by Andrew, the topics will be related to basketball video games and their communities as a whole.

Andrew featured his favorite non-gameplay NBA video game commercials in his latest Friday Five, I was a bit disappointed. I liked three of the seven he linked in his article, specifically the 2K14 next gen commercial with LeBron, and 2K11’s MJ’s Greatest Moments and Signature Moves. The rest, including Jordan showing off his many rings, just, I don’t know, didn’t resonate with me. So in response, I am going to triple the content of this Tuesday Triple with the following 9 great NBA video game commercials.

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Further Update on NBA Live 14 Rosters

NBA Live Developer Fernando has posted an update on the status of the rosters for NBA Live 14 here in the Forum. It appears as though further issues have arisen, which have prevented the previously mentioned update from being pushed through. Although there is currently no timetable for a new roster update, the team is apparently working on those issues and are hoping to get a new update pushed through as soon as they possibly can.

In the meantime, NBA Live 14 has still been receiving other content updates, including new BIG Moments and LIVE Season games, as well as new packs and player cards in Ultimate Team. According to Fernando, the update system will be configured differently for NBA Live 15, so they don’t anticipate having similar issues with the game when it is released later this year.

Dumb Mondays: Free to Wait in NBA Games?

This is Dumb Mondays, starting the workweek off with silly facts or some of my opinions and predictions that you may or may not find interesting. This week I am sharing a dumb opinion and will be looking for and responding to your comments throughout the week.

If you haven’t heard of Jim Sterling’s webshow the Jimquisition, I would highly recommend checking it out for his comments on the video game industry. A few months ago he covered the topic of what he dubbed ‘Free to Wait‘ games. These are the games we see a lot of on mobile platforms, where gameplay is halted due to a timer that you can pay real or virtual currencies to speed up. These mechanics have been legitimized simply because the base game is free, but what if this terrible thing started showing up in our annual NBA games?

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New Poll: Who will win the 2014 NBA Finals?

It’s that time of the year again. The Eastern and Western Conference Champions have been decided, and for the second year in a row, it’s the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs meeting in the NBA Finals. Who will win the Larry O’Brien trophy this year? Cast your vote in our latest poll, and be sure to join in the discussion here in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum!

Our previous poll asked How important is it to you that basketball video games feature historical content? Not surprisingly, most basketball gamers are very much in favour of historical content, as 39% said it was “vital” while a further 22% felt it was “very” important. 23% of voters felt that historical content is moderately important, 10% don’t feel that it’s very important, and a final 6% opined that it isn’t important at all.

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week #12

Welcome to the twelfth installment of the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week! This is a weekly feature in which we invite the community to submit their best highlight videos from NBA Live and NBA 2K, for a chance to have them featured in a Top 10 countdown compiled by Lean.

Once again, we’ve received a great collection of highlights from our community, making for another entertaining Top 10 countdown. Check it out below, or watch here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

For your chance to be featured in future installments of the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week, please see this thread for more information and start posting your videos ASAP!

June 1st Official Roster Update for NBA 2K14

I haven’t been keeping up with the official roster updates for NBA 2K14 for the past month or so, so I felt a bulletin and an update to our offline pack was overdue. The official roster updates have indeed continued throughout the 2014 NBA Playoffs, and new rosters are available featuring lineups that are current as of June 1st.

As always, you’ll get the latest rosters automatically as long as your PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet when you fire up NBA 2K14. Once again, I have updated our offline pack for PC users who wish to update their game manually for whatever reason.

File Additions for NBA 2K13

Today’s new addition for NBA 2K13 PC is an add-on for the previously released FIBA 2K13 mod, which includes various fixes and updates. Check it out at the link below!

FIBA Baller
FIBA 2014 My Career Fix Mod

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Looking for some new updates for NBA 2K14 PC this weekend? Check out the latest file additions from our community, which include a new version of the AAU Basketball 2K14 mod, and several face updates. Download them all at the links below!

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AAU Basketball 2K14 [v8] (Updated to v8.0)

Kevin Parker
Derrick Rose Face

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Arinze Onuaku Face
Jarvis Varnado Face
Julyan Stone Face
Cole Aldrich Face
Timofey Mozgov Face
Luigi Datome Face
Troy Daniels Face
Phil Pressey Face
Chris Babb Face
Chris Copeland Face
C.J. Watson Face
D.J. Augustin Face
Luol Deng Face
Robert Sacre Face