File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up the week with a couple more file additions for NBA 2K14 PC, as monzki15 has released two new face updates. Get them into your game by downloading them at the link below!

Frank Kaminsky Face
Chris Wood Face

D-League Digest Interview with JAWSFreelao

D-League Mod for NBA 2K14 PC

D-League Digest recently conducted an interview with NLSC Forum member JAWSFreelao, who has been working on a D-League mod for NBA 2K14 PC. The interview discusses his enthusiasm for and interest in the D-League, noting that he relates to the players’ struggle in striving for success and working their way up to the big time. He also discusses some of the recent challenges that the community has faced in developing mods for NBA 2K15 (and now NBA 2K16), and his favourite D-League team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Several screenshots of the D-League mod can also be found in the article.

It’s always awesome when the hard work of one of our members gets recognition outside of our community, and fantastic modding efforts are given the spotlight. Hats off to Nathan for scoring the interview, and my thanks for the kind words about the NLSC. The contributions of our talented modding community are always greatly appreciated!

Incidentally, if you’d like to see the latest previews of the D-League mod, or lend a hand in its creation, be sure to check out this thread and let Nathan know ASAP. If you’re a modder whose work is spotlighted elsewhere on the Internet, be sure to let us know!

The Friday Five: 5 Aspects of Online Culture I Dislike

The Friday Five

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.

NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 are in stores now, and to that end, it would make sense to discuss one or both of them in this week’s Friday Five. However, I’d like to spend a bit more time with both games before I offer up any impressions, and discuss certain elements of them in detail. Furthermore, this week’s topic – five aspects of online culture that I dislike – is one that I’ve been meaning to talk about for a while. The timing isn’t completely inappropriate either, as we see a lot of this stuff pop up whenever new games are released.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I maintain that we have a good thing going here at the NLSC, and I do like being a part of an online community. I also believe that the World Wide Web in general is a fantastic invention that continues to innovate, and it’s done a lot to make video games a bigger business, and an even more enjoyable hobby. However, there are some negative traits that permeate online culture, especially in gaming communities. When it comes to the five things I’m about to discuss, I think we need to either grow up, or get over ourselves…or maybe both.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Yes, a couple of new games are out in stores, but we’re tipping off October with some new file additions for an older title: NBA 2K14 PC. Today’s new files are the latest rookie faces from monzki15, specifically Tyus Jones, and Cameron Payne. Download them both at the links below!

Tyus Jones Face
Cameron Payne Face

NBA Live 16 & NBA 2K16 Out Now; Join in the Discussion!

NLSC Forum

NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 are both officially in stores as of today. If you’re picking up one of the games, or indeed both of them, we invite you to join in the discussion that’s taking place in the NBA Live 16 section and NBA 2K16 section of the NLSC Forum.

As a general reminder, while the last thing we want to do is stifle opinions or encroach on freedom of speech, we do ask that all of our members follow our rules, and be respectful towards one another. We also ask that you keep things constructive in any thread that’s dedicated to collecting feedback, such as bug and crash report threads. You can find the bug report thread for NBA Live 16 here, and the NBA 2K16 thread here. You can also find the impressions threads for NBA Live 16 here, and the thread for NBA 2K16 here.

With the release of NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, the NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 boards have now been moved to the Older Games section of the Forum. I’ve also added new sections in our Downloads database for NBA 2K16, which you can find here. For more info on the latest modding progress, please see this thread.

We’ll have more original content for NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 on the way very soon, so stay tuned.

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Check out the latest file addition for NBA Live 08 from S_Brat: a new pack of face updates for the Boston Celtics, accurate as of the 2015 season. Download it at the link below, and check out more of S_Brat’s awesome work here in the NBA Live 08 section of the NLSC Forum!

2014/2015 Boston Celtics Team Update

Monday Tip-Off: Lost Forever – The Missing Trophies & Achievements

We’re at midcourt, the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Get your week started here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to basketball video games.

For some gamers, Trophies and Achievements in video games are of great importance. For the gamer who strives for 100% completion, there are few things as satisfying as the sight and sound of a notification informing them that a Trophy or Achievement has just been unlocked. It’s a concise representation that yes, you did indeed do just about everything you could with a game, and then some. And, if you’re the kind of gamer who likes to brag about such things, it’s right there in your public profile, for everyone to see.

For other gamers, Trophies and Achievements are nothing but a nuisance, a meaningless aspect of modern games that are only useful to people who want to brag about ultimately useless accomplishments. You play the games because you’re interested in them, not to get some virtual pat on the back for performing some mundane task. Simply put, Trophies and Achievements aren’t something that everyone is interested in, or obsesses over.

Personally, I find myself somewhere in the middle. I’m not obsessed with collecting every single Trophy or Achievement in every game I play, but I also find them to be fun goals to shoot for, when I’m looking to extend my gaming experience. Basketball video games have had some fun and interesting challenges in the form of their Trophies and Achievements, but in some cases, shooting for 100% completion becomes impossible sooner than you might expect. Servers are inevitably shut down at some point, at which point Achievements involving online play or timed content become lost forever.

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NBA Live 16 Ultimate Team: Launch Legends

NBA Live 16 Ultimate Team Launch Legends

EA Sports has posted a preview of the Legends that will be available in Ultimate Team at the launch of NBA Live 16. The article confirms 43 NBA Legends, spotlighting Dee Brown, Darryl Dawkins, Dave Bing, World B. Free, Robert Horry, Shawn Kemp, Chris Mullin, Charles Oakley, Vlade Divac, and Manute Bol.

For those who may be concerned that that’s a small roster of Legends, I can confirm that there are more former players than that available to collect in NBA Live 16. I’m not allowed to name them all at this time, but at the NBA Live 16 community event that I attended, I did take a look at the debug pack containing all of the Legends, and there are indeed more than the 43 that have been revealed so far. Needless to say, I should be able to put together a decent 90s team once again this year.

See below for the list of the 43 Legends that have been confirmed for NBA Live 16 Ultimate Team so far, and feel free to share any thoughts you might have in the comments, as well as in this thread in the Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up another week here at the NLSC with some new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC. Today’s new files include a couple of fictional courts, and the Phoenix Suns’ new alternate jersey. Download them all at the links below!

Fictional Outdoor Kobe “The Black Mamba” Court
Outdoor Street Court

2015 Phoenix Suns Alternate Jersey

File Additions for NBA 2K15

Here are the most recent file additions for NBA 2K15, which include updated jerseys for the Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Sacramento Kings. Download them all at the links below!

Atlanta Hawks Jersey
Philadelphia 76ers Jersey
Toronto Raptors Jersey
Milwaukee Bucks Jersey
Los Angeles Clippers Jersey
Sacramento Kings Jersey

The Friday Five: My Plans for Tip-Off Weekend

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.

I’ve been a bit caught up with a few matters this week, I’m currently in the process of setting up a brand new gaming PC, and this evening I’m catching up with a friend who’s leaving the country very soon. Arcane and I also weren’t able to get together to record a new episode of the NLSC Podcast, but we’ll be back with a new show next week. However, I did want to get a new Friday Five out today, though it’s going to be a little shorter than usual, and somewhat “last minute”.

I’m guessing most of you will be alright with that though, as chances are you’re getting ready for the NBA 2K16 Early Tip-Off Weekend. That’s certainly on my agenda, and to that end, this week’s Five is all about my plans for the next few days. Without any further ado, here’s what I’m planning to do as soon as my schedule is clear, and, to quote The Vogues, no one owns a piece of my time.

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NBA 2K16 Presents: Momentus

NBA 2K16: Stephen Curry

It’s that time of the year again. With the early tip-off weekend almost upon us, and the street date only a few days after that, 2K has released the Momentus trailer for NBA 2K16!

As you’d expect, the trailer prominently features NBA 2K16 cover players Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Anthony Davis. Other players spotlighted during the trailer include DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, Andre Wiggins, Kyrie Irving, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant. Amusingly, Chris Bosh even videobombs a Dwyane Wade interview at one point in the trailer.

As usual, it’s a well put together trailer that shows off the game in spectacular fashion. Check out the “NBA 2K16 Presents: Momentus” trailer below, or catch it here on YouTube. You can also watch it here on the official NBA 2K Twitter.

What do you think of the trailer? Are you hyped for NBA 2K16? Sound off in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K16 section of the NLSC Forum!

A Starting Guide for Being a Better Teammate in NBA Live Pro-Am

When it comes to NBA Live Pro-Am, I’m not the greatest. I shoot just over 30% from beyond the arc and I’m pretty bad at defending the perimeter. However, I take pride in the fact that I’m a low maintenance teammate. On offence, I always look for good shots and generally pass the ball when they’re not there for me, and I always run back on defence and contest shots to the best of my ability. I might not be the most skilled, but I like to think my general awareness of my surroundings makes up for that. The same cannot be said about some of the people I’ve had to share a team with.

Teammates in Pro-Am can make or break a game. Sometimes you can get a good mix of people who are both skilled and are willing to play the game in the right spirit. Then you get those who may be one, but not necessarily the other. In light of this, I’ve decided to come up with a few suggestions on how to be a better teammate in NBA Live Pro-Am.

Please note that while I’m having a rant against people who are generally bad teammates, I’m by no means perfect. I’ve been guilty of all these annoyances at least once, and it’s okay to slip up every now and then. These suggestions are directed to those who are repeat offenders.

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Details on NBA Live 16 Ultimate Team, Title Update; Available on EA Access

NBA Live 16 Ultimate Team

The full version of NBA Live 16 is out now for Xbox One gamers with an EA Access subscription. For everyone else, the game will drop on September 29th. NBA Live 16 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien has posted an open letter to the basketball gaming community discussing the impending launch of the game, mentioning that the demo will continue to be available post-launch.

Sean also addresses a couple of bugs that are in the demo, noting that the development team is well aware of them, and that they will be resolved before launch. Sean also encourages gamers to keep reporting any issues and providing feedback on the NBA Live 16 demo.

Speaking of updates, EA has posted information on the first official patch for NBA Live 16. The patch addresses some stability issues, adds the ability to pump fake on inside shots (a vital gameplay fix), and includes a few other tweaks and enhancements. See below for more patch notes.

Finally, a new developer blog has been posted, discussing Ultimate Team in NBA Live 16. In this year’s LUT, there are new Specialist cards, with boosted ratings based on the ability a player is best known for. Specialists are available in regular packs, as well as in the new Master Fantasy Challenges. There are also some significant rewards available in the harder challenges, including items worth up to 50,000 and 75,000 coins each. NBA Live 16 Ultimate Team also includes Short Term players that you can “test drive”, throwback and Legend cards, and a GM checklist. The top five shooting guards and point guards in Ultimate Team have also been revealed, and are posted below.

Any thoughts on the first title update for NBA Live 16, and the information drop on Ultimate Team? Have your say in the comments section below, and as always, feel free to join in the discussion in the NBA Live 16 section of the Forum!

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Pre-Load NBA 2K16 on Steam, Play Online Trailer, MyCAREER Colleges

PC gamers can now get a head start by pre-loading NBA 2K16 on Steam, as confirmed by the official NBA 2K Twitter account:

It’s a 39.8 GB download, so you might want to begin ASAP! When completely unpacked, NBA 2K16 will require around 50 GB of hard drive space.

The NBA 2K Twitter account also officially confirmed the ten colleges that will be available in NBA 2K16 for your MyPLAYER to choose from in MyCAREER:

And finally, another new trailer has been posted today: “NBA 2K16 Presents: Play Now Online”. The trailer talks about the different leagues that are available in Play Now Online, and reveals that as you make your way through them, you can unlock classic teams for use in the mode. Watch the trailer below, or check it out here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

Have any thoughts on the latest developments? For those of you playing on PC, how long is it going to take you to pre-load NBA 2K16 on Steam? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below, and as always, be sure to join in the discussion that’s taking place in the NBA 2K16 section of the NLSC Forum!