New Poll: Next Gen Consoles

NBA 2K14 Next Gen: James Harden & Dwight Howard

The PlayStation 4 has already sold over one million units following the North American launch on November 15th, while the Xbox One will be making its debut this coming Friday, November 22nd. Have you picked up, or will you be picking up, one of the next generation consoles? Will you be buying both? Or are you a PC-only gamer? Cast your vote in our new poll!

Our last poll asked for your impressions of NBA 2K14 current gen. The response was mostly positive with 33% stating that they love NBA 2K14 on PC, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, while a further 31% feel it’s a good game. 22% weren’t so enthused however, deeming it just alright. 9% of voters do not feel that it’s a great game, while a final 5% went so far as to say they hate it.

Basketball Video Game Story of the Year 2013 – Voting Now Open

NLSC Dynasty & Association Story of the Year Trophy

Martti. is once again coordinating the efforts to pick a Story of the Year in our recently renamed Basketball Video Game Stories section of the NLSC Forum. Voting for the 2013 award is now open and has been simplified from last year, as you need only vote for your top five story threads.

You can find a list of the most active threads from the past year in this post, though you can vote for other stories as long as they have been updated within the past six months. Please note that you can’t vote for your own story thread. Be sure to get your votes in to Martti. via private messaging before November 20th!

November 15th Official Roster Update for NBA 2K14

LeBron James dunks in NBA 2K14 PC

NBA 2K14 has received another official roster update, with lineups that have been updated through November 15th, 2013. As always, you can check out a detailed overview and analysis of the latest roster over on Rashidi’s blog.

The latest rosters will come through automatically as long as your PC, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 is connected to the Internet. I’ve also added the latest roster and online data files to our offline pack, for PC users who wish to update their game manually.

NBA Live 14 Demo Details, Early Release

NBA Live 14: Kyrie Irving makes the pass

As previously announced, a demo for NBA Live 14 will be coming out on November 19th, the same day that the full game launches. IGN has posted some more details on the demo, revealing that it features full games in Tip-Off mode and a handful of challenges to show off LIVE Season’s BIG Moments. The demo supports both online and offline play, with the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers being the only selectable teams.

The demo also gives gamers a taste of Ultimate Team, which is making its debut in the NBA Live series. Interestingly, IGN also notes that the demo will receive roster and synergy updates for the included teams, so that anyone who checks out the demo after launch will get a taste of the most recent NBA Live 14 experience.

It appears as though some gamers have been able to get their hands on the game before the street date of November 19th however, as several livestreams have been popping up in the past 24 hours. You can check out some of them in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum, as well as join in all of the latest discussion. Please also feel free to leave any thoughts you have on the demo or the livestreams in the comments below.

NBA 2K14 Next Gen Out Today, Uber Trailer

NBA 2K14 Next Gen: Kobe Bryant

The wait for NBA 2K14 next gen is over, at least in North America. The game has launched along with the PlayStation 4 and several members of the community have gotten their hands on the game including our own JaoSmin, who has been livestreaming his experiences with the game so far. If you’ve got a question about the game for JaoSming, by all means hit him up in the Forum, or on his TwitchTV and YouTube channels.

2K Sports have also released a new “Uber Trailer” in celebration of the game’s release. Watch it below or check it out here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video. If you’ve got NBA 2K14 on PlayStation 4, what do you think of it so far? If you haven’t got the game but have been checking out all the livestreams, what impressions have they given you? Leave a comment below with your thoughts and join in the discussion in the NBA 2K14 section of the Forum.

The Friday Five: 5 Things I’m Doing While Waiting For The PS4

Paul Pierce & Kevin Garnett on the Brooklyn Nets in NBA Live 08

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five 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.

As many of you may already be aware, I’m Australian and do currently reside in the Land Down Under. There’s a lot of things I love about my country, but the later release dates for DVDs, video games and consoles isn’t one of them. I’m getting a PlayStation 4 on launch day along with NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, but for my fellow Aussies and I, launch day is November 29th. If you live in North America and are getting your hands on the PS4 today, the rest of us around the world are certainly envious right about now.

However, my two week wait until the PlayStation 4 and its launch titles arrive in Australia has handed me an obvious topic for this week’s Friday Five: five things I’m doing while waiting for the PS4, at least in terms of my gaming habits. What’s going to fill the void while I wait to indulge in some next generation gaming? Read on to find out.

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ESPN Presentation Trailer & Developer Blog for NBA Live 14

NBA Live 14: ESPN NBA Special Edition

EA Sports have posted a new developer blog and trailer, spotlighting ESPN presentation in NBA Live 14. Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy will finally make their debut as the series’ new broadcast team on commentary, while Jalen Rose will host pre-game, halftime and post-game shows. Rose will also provide dynamic weekly commentary on league news and top in-game performances, updated all season long.

NBA Live 14 will also aim to completely replicate an NBA on ESPN broadcast, with authentic wipes and other ESPN artwork, as well as accurate camera locations for each arena. Check out the blog and watch the trailer below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video. Add your thoughts in the comments below and join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

NBA 2K14 Next Gen MyCAREER Notes: Personality Badges, Decisions

NBA 2K14 Next Gen: MyCAREER - Gaming with your agent

The next gen version of NBA 2K14 is almost here but in the meantime, 2K Sports have provided us with a few more screenshots and snippets on MyCAREER. The choices we make will earn Personality Badges, which will in turn have an effect on our MyPLAYER, teammates and opponents alike. The mode will throw some tough decisions our way, allowing us to take a different path in the pursuit of money, fame and success.

2K has also mentioned that the agent you begin your career with is a childhood friend who always has your back, but doesn’t necessarily have a lot of industry experience. It sounds as though we’ll be able to change agents during a career, which will have a ripple effect on the experience. Check out the latest screenshots below, leave a comment with your thoughts and join in the discussion in this thread in the NBA 2K14 section.

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November 14th Official Roster Update for NBA 2K14

Julius Erving on the 1985 Philadelphia 76ers in NBA 2K14 PC

2K Sports have pushed through a new official roster update for NBA 2K14, featuring lineups that have been updated through November 14th, 2013. The new rosters contain four new players, namely Luigi Datome, Nick Calathes, Dionte Christmas and Ian Clark, in addition to a few rating and injury updates. The new update also adds Julius Erving to the 1985 Philadelphia 76ers. As always, you can check out Rashidi’s blog for more analysis.

The new rosters should come through automatically as long as your PC, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 is connected to the Internet. However, if you’re playing on PC and would like to update your game manually, you can get the latest roster and online data files in our offline pack.

A few updates to the NLSC Forum

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As previously announced in this thread, we’ve made a few changes to the NLSC Forum. In a nutshell, we’ve merged some of our lesser used off-topic sections back into our NBA & Basketball Talk and General Talk sections, while moving a couple of other sections around for better organisation. Additionally, our stories section is now simply called Basketball Video Game Stories, which welcomes all story threads for basketball video games without having to name several game modes in its title.

We’ve also slightly changed the name and focus of the former Patching Help & Requests sections, which are now simply titled Help & Requests. In addition to asking for assistance in creating mods or requesting a particular mod be made, you can also ask for technical help and post other such queries in those sections. Gameplay questions and other general discussion topics still belong in the main sections for their respective game.

Finally, we’ve changed the custom title limits. You now only need to be registered for a month and have at least 100 posts to get a custom title, so register an account and join in the discussion! We’ll be making a few amendments to our rules in the near future to clear up some ambiguity and eliminate “unwritten rules” as much as possible. We may also be splitting the NBA 2K14 section into Current Gen and Next Gen, but we’ll be evaluating that after the next gen version comes out.

We hope that you don’t find the changes too confusing or inconvenient. If you have any questions about the changes, our rules or the NLSC Forum in general, please don’t hesitate to ask.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #54

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It’s our last show before we get our hands on the PlayStation 4! Well, for one of us, anyway. Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself for Episode #54 of the NLSC Podcast, in which we cover the latest NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 news, chat about the NBA and more.

  • As we get closer to the release of NBA Live 14, we’re getting some encouraging news by way of various hands-on previews. We react to the latest information.
  • A demo has also been confirmed, but it’s coming out the same day that the game is launched. Can that still work in EA Sports’ favour?
  • The latest developer blog gives us more information on LIVE Season and BIG Moments. JaoSming makes a startling confession.
  • JaoSming and Arcane provide a few thoughts on the latest screenshots.
  • The past week has delivered a lot of details on MyGM in NBA 2K14 next gen. Do we still have any reservations about the mode?
  • Next gen MyCAREER tidbits have also been coming our way. Jackson Ellis awaits us all.
  • Over 600 player and coach interviews are included in NBA 2K14 next gen, with real voices. We can’t wait to hear what virtual Gregg Popovich has to say.
  • You may be surprised to learn that JaoSming is excited for The Park. We also have a few creative ideas for the mode.
  • We give our thoughts on some other NBA 2K14 next gen news including IGN’s review, the PS4 trophies and the latest videos.
  • Larry Sanders’ blunder, the Celtics’ winning streak and other early season surprises make up this week’s NBA discussion.
  • We wrap up the show with our thoughts on some recent PlayStation 4 news.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on the latest episode, as well as anything we discussed. Have your say in the comments below or in the Podcast discussion thread! We also invite you to send in your listener mailbag questions and topic suggestions for future episodes.

A couple more NBA Live 14 Previews

Damian Lillard vs Kyrie Irving in NBA Live 14

Two new NBA Live 14 previews have been posted by GamesRadar and Polygon within the past 24 hours or so. The GamesRadar preview refers to NBA Live 14 as a “true contender” and “solid foundation” after the series’ struggles in recent years, mentioning that the game has some rough edges but also shows some “flashes of brilliance”. It also provides a good rundown of the layered controls in the game and mentions that there will be tutorial videos demonstrating how to use them, though unfortunately there will be no practice mode. Interestingly, it also confirms a day one patch for the game.

Meanwhile, Polygon’s preview provides some more insight into the connected experience on offer in NBA Live 14, namely LIVE Season, BIG Moments, NBA Rewind and evolving player data through EA Sports’ partnership with Synergy Sports. It also describes EA Sports HoopsNet as an in-game social network, with a real-time feed of your friends’ activity in every game mode.

Check out the latest previews and feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as take the discussion to the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

More on MyCAREER in NBA 2K14 Next Gen: Relationships, Travel, LeBron

NBA 2K14 Next Gen: - MyCAREER - Travel Scene

The latest details on MyCAREER in NBA 2K14 next gen have been posted on the game’s official Facebook page, along with some new screenshots which you can check out below. Plane and car travel scenes will apparently act as backdrops between games, providing an opportunity to make changes and upgrades to your player, as well as check on social media, stats, standings and other news from around the league.

Building upon the teammate chemistry grade seen in previous iterations of MyCAREER, your relationships with your teammates are important and will be determined by your style of play, as well as how you interact with them in cutscenes. Whether or not you have a cordial relationship with your teammates will affect the path of your career, both on and off the court.

Finally, a new video reveals that cover player LeBron James will interact with your player, offering advice. What do you think of the latest details on MyCAREER? Are you hyped for the mode? Let us know in the comments below and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K14 Forum.

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NBA 2K14 Next Gen Live Stream

NBA 2K14 Next Gen: Close-up of the basket & backboard

Earlier today, Ronnie 2K and LD2k played a game of NBA 2K14 next gen featuring the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks, which was streamed live on TwitchTV. The presentation naturally featured raw NBA 2K14 gameplay, as well as commentary and other tidbits from Ronnie and Chris.

If you missed the live stream, you can catch it archived here on Twitch. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NBA 2K14 section of the NLSC Forum.

Latest NBA 2K14 Next Gen MyCAREER Snippets

NBA 2K14 Next Gen: MyCAREER - Jackson Ellis

Three more screenshots from MyCAREER in NBA 2K14 next gen have been posted over on the game’s official Facebook page, along with some brief captions that offer more insight into the mode. The latest snippets mention your rival, Jackson Ellis, who will introduce himself early on with some trash talk and then pop up throughout your career, with your interactions influencing a myriad of things from fans to endorsement opportunities.

You’ll also have to contend with Ellis on Draft night, though your agent will be by your side to offer words of encouragement. Your team’s GM will also be a central figure in the mode and the choices you make will have an effect on his willingness to help you out and accommodate your requests.

Check out the latest screenshots below after the jump, leave a comment with your thoughts and join in the discussion taking place in this thread in the NBA 2K14 Forum.

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