NLSC Podcast – Post-Patch Chat with NBA Live 14 Dev Scott O’Gallagher

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NBA Live 14 Gameplay Designer Scott O’Gallagher returns in another special edition of the NLSC Podcast, in which he chats to Arcane and myself about the new title update that’s just come out for NBA Live 14 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We talk about the various fixes and enhancements included in the patch, the reactions to NBA Live 14 so far, the face scans for NBA Live 15 and much more.

Click the Play button below to listen to the episode! As always, feel free to share your thoughts on this special edition of the NLSC Podcast in the comments below, as well as here in the NLSC Forum. For those who may have missed it the first time around, you can check out our pre-release interview with Scott here.

The Tuesday Triple: Tips for PC Patchers

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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.

It is amazing for me to look back on my almost 9 years of being active here in the NLSC community and see how much, and how little, has changed. When I first found the NLSC, I was looking for updates for my friend’s PC copy of NBA Live 2000. When I was forced to make an account that I never used in 2003, it was to learn more about the recently released NBA Live 2004. Finally, in 2005 I posted for the first time, sharing a mod I created for NBA Live 2005. While the technology, tools and games have changed over the years, I am genuinely surprised how the patching culture has evolved, but still deals with the same issues. Here are some tips I have for patchers releasing patches for the current or past NBA games.

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NBA Live 14 Patch Out Now; Details

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The big patch for NBA Live 14 is out now on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It addresses a variety of issues from the lighting and textures to animations, control responsiveness and passing speeds. It also adds a new Shootaround mode, additional Hardwood Classics jerseys and the 2014 All-Star jerseys and court.

You can check out the full patch notes and some screenshots over on the official NBA Live 14 website, as well as below or after the jump. Feel free to share your impressions of the new title update in the comments below, as well as here in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC 2013/2014 Open Source Roster for NBA 2K14

LeBron James with the reverse dunk against the Clippers in NBA 2K14 PC

I’ve been meaning to get into some NBA 2K modding for the past couple of years, so I’ve finally bitten the bullet and released something. What I’ve come up with is an open source 2013/2014 season roster update for NBA 2K14 PC. In a nutshell, I don’t know how often I’ll be able to update the rosters, but I’d like to get an open source roster out there that other modders can take and use as a base for their own current season updates.

The current release is quite basic, featuring lineups and rotations that have been updated as of February 9th, 2014. I’ve also corrected a couple of jersey numbers from the February 9th official roster update, removed all injuries and added Anthony Davis to the West All-Stars in place of Kobe Bryant, who has been ruled out of this year’s game due to his knee injury.

In the long run, I’d like to make adjustments to player ratings, add missing historic players and include other enhancements to not only provide a solid roster update, but also provide a quality base roster to provide a leg up for anyone who wants to maintain a regular roster update for NBA 2K14 PC. It’s an open source community project however, so even if I can’t spend much time on it myself, it’s my hope that others in the community will be able to contribute. As such, I encourage anyone to take it and immediately start working on their own update if they wish.

Pick it up here in our Downloads section! For more information, please see this thread.

Dumb Fact Monday: Alcatraz in NBA 2K14

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This is Dumb Fact Monday, serving up random facts about basketball video games that you may or may not find interesting.

When poking around the NBA 2K14 files on PC, you might come across references that only apply to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game, and of course the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version which the PC port is based upon. While many of these are expected, there has been one specific reference that I have yet to understand or fully explain within the files of NBA 2K14.

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Ultimate Base Roster V4 for NBA 2K14 PC Released

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It’s only been a couple of days since the last release, but HAWK23 and company have released V4 of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC. The new version contains a few updates and fixes, which are as follows:

  • Added updated version of the Ultimate Base Roster (UBR) (fixed some portraits and coaches)
  • Added 275+ CFs across all mods (new and updated retro cyberfaces)
  • Added Version 2 of the 2014 Draft Class (CFs courtesy byronray14)
  • 31 new portraits were added (Rookie Prospects)
  • Added updated 1980’s and 1990’s Sliders
  • Added approx. 50 courts (courtesy UTP) – these are currently unassigned
  • Rosters accurate as of 2/7/2014 (compatible/based off Meds)

Pick up the Ultimate Base Roster here in our Downloads section! For more previews, information and support, please see the UBR release thread.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Our modding community has some more new and updated files for NBA 2K14 PC coming your way today, including fictional Draft Classes, HD arena updates and more. Check out all of the latest additions at the links below.

Zidus’ Fictional Draft Class 1st Gen
Fictional Draft Class by Zidus411 Year 7 and 8

Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena – HD Update
Basketballs Pack
Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center – HD Arenas

1976-2015 Draft Classes

High School Hoops 2K14 (Add-On Pack 3)

High School Recruiting Spreadsheet

February 8th Official Roster Update for NBA 2K14

The new Adam Silver basketball in NBA 2K14 PC

New official rosters are now available for NBA 2K14 on all platforms, featuring lineups that have been updated through February 8th, 2014. In addition to accounting for the latest transactions, injuries and players returning to action, the latest update also includes the 2014 All-Star court and jerseys, along with the new basketball featuring Adam Silver’s signature.

As always, the update will come through 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. However, if you’re playing the PC version and would like to update your game manually for whatever reason, be sure to pick up our offline pack which contains the latest roster and online data files.

NBA Live 14 Patch Notes

NBA Live 14: Kyrie Irving

EA Sports has published another open letter from NBA Live 14 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien, discussing the upcoming patch for the game which is expected to be pushed through next week. The letter goes into detail about some of the additions and enhancements that we can expect to see in the patch, including:

  • New Shootaround mode, as seen in the recent tutorial videos.
  • Visual upgrades including tuned lighting, with enhancements to players and uniforms.
  • Gameplay improvements including improved responsiveness, ball and passing physics, momentum and animations.
  • The 2014 All-Star court and jerseys.
  • Additional Hardwood Classics jerseys
  • The new basketball with Adam Silver’s signature.
  • Some changes and fixes for the camera in LIVE Season games; the default camera is now the broadcast view, rather than the player lock camera.
  • Various bug fixes in LIVE Season and Ultimate Team.

Sean also mentions that the game has seen over 13,000 updates from Synergy Sports, while confirming that the recent player face scans that have been mentioned on the game’s official Twitter are actually being done for NBA Live 15. On that note, Sean stresses that the work the team has been doing on the update for NBA Live 14 has not been at the expense of NBA Live 15, as all of their efforts are geared towards building for the future, while also providing some fixes for the current product.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the upcoming patch in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

NBA Live 14 Offensive Playcalling Tutorial

NBA Live 14: Damian Lillard vs. Ricky Rubio

As they’ve been doing for the past few weeks, EA Sports have posted another quick tutorial video for NBA Live 14, this time covering offensive playcalling. Similar to the defensive playcalling tutorial that was posted last week, the video provides an overview of the playcalling controls and a succinct rundown of how to call the advanced team specific plays, as well as run the four different types of quick motion plays.

You can watch the latest tutorial below, or check it out here over on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video. If you’ve got any tips for offensive playcalling and strategies in NBA Live 14, feel free to share them in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion taking place in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

NBA Live 14’s Big Patch Coming Next Week

NBA Live 14: Kyrie Irving in the First Look Trailer

EA Sports’ Marketer Ty Stover has Tweeted out some details regarding the oft-mentioned patch for NBA Live 14. He mentions that the patch, and a video explaining it, will be coming as early as Monday. The patch will include updates to lighting and gameplay, as well as add the practice mode we’ve been seeing in recent official NBA Live videos. No other details have been provided regarding the contents of the patch, or any other specific changes outside of adding the practice mode.

You can tell us your hype level for the upcoming update in the comments below or in the NBA Live 14 Forum. Thanks to TOMBA over at Operation Sports for the Tweet that brought the information out, and reporting on it.

The Friday Five: 5 Great Things David Stern Did For The NBA

David Stern with Hakeem Olajuwon at the 1984 NBA Draft

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.

After 30 years, David Stern’s tenure as the commissioner of the NBA came to an end last Saturday, February 1st. For those of us who grew up watching the NBA in the 80s and 90s, he’s the only NBA commissioner we’ve ever known, so it feels a little strange to see someone else in the role. For the first year or so, I’m guessing it’ll be a bit weird to see Adam Silver presenting trophies, not to mention his signature on the basketball.

Last week, Yahoo! NBA posted a slideshow spotlighting five of David Stern’s missteps, a well-chosen selection of some of his most noteworthy blunders on the job. It’s certainly fair to acknowledge failure along with success, but with Stern bashing being such a popular pastime for NBA fans, it’s easy to forget all of the good things that he’s done for the league. Therefore, this week I’m taking a look at five great things that David Stern did during his time as commissioner of the NBA.

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Ultimate Base Roster V3 for NBA 2K14 PC Released

Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC V2

HAWK23 and company have released V3 of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC. The latest release includes updated 2013/2014 season rosters, Draft Classes from 1976 to 2015, new player faces and team artwork, and other enhancements. A rundown of the key features of V3 is as follows:

  • Added updated version of the Ultimate Base Roster (UBR)
  • Added all Draft Classes (1976-2015 [excluding the 1977 Draft Class])
  • Added the 70’s Ult Basketball V1 Roster
  • Added improved animations for players in the UBR
  • Enabled 14, 29, and 58 game seasons in Association mode
  • Added enhanced logos for retro teams by UTP (tweaked by me)
  • Added approximately 125+ CFs added/fixed that were missing
  • A few jerseys were added
  • A few new portraits were added
  • All of the Season Mods from 1980 – 1999 now have Sig Skills
  • Rosters accurate as of 2/6/2014 (compatible/based off Meds)

The Ultimate Base Roster is available to download here. Be sure to check out the release thread in the Forum for more previews, information and support.

February 5th Official Roster Update for NBA 2K14

LeBron James with the reverse dunk against the Clippers in NBA 2K14 PC

A new official roster is now available for NBA 2K14 on all platforms, featuring lineups that have been updated through February 5th, 2014. The transactions that were missing in yesterday’s update for the PC version are now accounted for, as the rosters are fairly accurate and up to date aside from Royal Ivey still being on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s roster.

As always, the new rosters will come through automatically as long as your PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet when you start up NBA 2K14. PC users can also update their game manually using our offline pack, which contains the latest roster and online data files.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #65

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Episode #65 of the NLSC Podcast is out now, featuring a three man panel of Arcane, JaoSming and myself. Join us as we discuss the latest community projects, a couple of new features here on the NLSC, our latest thoughts on and experiences with NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, David Stern’s retirement and more.

  • JaoSming has launched a couple of new weekly features, Dumb Fact Monday and The Tuesday Triple. We talk a little about the first week’s topics.
  • bigh0rt and company have released the initial full version of the March Madness 2K14 mod for NBA 2K14 PC, a tremendous project that even garnered some attention from Kotaku.
  • Millertime2325’s NBA Jam 2K14 project for the Super Nintendo version of NBA Jam Tournament Edition is shaping up quite nicely. Bring on MJ!
  • We’re still having fun with NBA Live 14, but server issues with Ultimate Team raise some concerns about the new generation of gaming.
  • Andrew received a ’92-’93 Michael Jordan card in NBA 2K14’s MyTEAM mode and was instantly transported back to his youth.
  • JaoSming shares some further impressions of MyGM in NBA 2K14, along with a few tips on how to best utilise Virtual Currency.
  • We follow up on a couple of topics from last week including 2K’s official roster updates and Locker Codes.
  • The Saga of Andrew’s NBA 2K13 CD Key finally has a resolution, bringing about a happy ending to a tumultuous journey.
  • We offer a few thoughts on David Stern, who has retired his post as NBA commissioner after 30 years.
  • This week’s episode wraps up with a discussion of the All-Star reserves and a couple of other NBA topics.

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We’re always keen to hear your thoughts on the Podcast as well as any of the topics that we discussed, so feel free to have your say in the comments below or here in the Forum. If you’ve got any topic suggestions or mailbag questions, be sure to post them in this thread.