The Friday Five: 5 Historical BIG Moments I’d Like To See In NBA Live

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.

BIG Moments have only been in two iterations of NBA Live to date, but I’m definitely hoping that the mode becomes a staple of the series, as it’s quickly become one of my favourite aspects of the game. I’m liking the improvements and additions that have been made in NBA Live 15, such as the hot spot challenges, scenarios where we’re invited to re-write history, and the wider variety of game situations. If there’s another element I’d like to see added to BIG Moments however, it would be historical challenges.

Now, this would be tricky to pull off, as it would require EA Sports to secure the likeness rights of various retired players. Additionally, the player that I’d most like to see represented in historical BIG Moments – Michael Jordan – is currently signed to an exclusive deal with Visual Concepts, which makes his inclusion in NBA Live impossible. However, let’s put all of that aside for a moment, and pretend that anything and everything is possible. With that in mind, here are the five historical BIG Moments that I’d like to see in NBA Live.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We have one new file addition for NBA 2K14 PC today, as martosonic has uploaded a new face update for LeBron James. Check it out at the link below!

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LeBron James Face

NLSC Podcast – Episode #104

NLSC Podcast Logo

Following a two week hiatus, the NLSC Podcast is back with Episode #104! Arcane and I are your hosts this week, as we discuss the latest NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 news, what we’ve been playing lately, and the latest happenings around the NBA.

  • We’re back! We tip things off with some NBA Live 15 news, including the latest roster updates and a touching gesture.
  • Patch #3 is out for NBA 2K15 on PC and PlayStation 4. A lot of work has certainly gone into it.
  • Modding is beginning to pick up for NBA 2K15 PC, thanks to the hard work of gregkwaste.
  • We talk about our recent gaming experiences. Obviously, NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 have been in the rotation.
  • NBA 2K15 face scanning follies are discussed, along with some tips on how to get a good looking scan.
  • NBA Live 06 is still getting some love, almost ten years after its release.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers have finally won a game! Two games, in fact.
  • Golden State is red hot at the moment. How far can the Warriors go?
  • A Tweet from the NBA Meme Team provides us with some interesting fantasy lineup choices.
  • We briefly touch on MJ vs. Kobe, Part Infinity.
  • Ending as always on a lighter note, LeBron James recently violated royal protocol. We aren’t exactly mortified at the faux pas.

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.

Patch #3 Out Now For NBA 2K15 PC

NBA 2K15: Kevin Durant

The third patch is now available for the PC version of NBA 2K15, and is around 4 GB in size. It should be pushed through automatically, but if it isn’t, be sure to restart Steam. The new update contains a few PC specific fixes, including some new config file settings to experiment with. For a complete list of patch notes, please see this bulletin.

Patch #3 has already been released for the PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K15, and is expected to be pushed through on Xbox One very soon.

Feel free to post your thoughts on the patch, along with any issues you may be experiencing, in this thread in the NBA 2K15 section of the NLSC Forum.

File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

PatTheHead has released another update for his retro roster pack for NBA 2K13 PC. Download the latest version at the link below!

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1946/47 to 1984/85 NBA Seasons (Updated to v2.7)

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We have one new file addition for NBA 2K14 PC today, as stockalone1232 has released an NBA on NBC Presentation mod. Pick it up at the link below!

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NBA on NBC Presentation Mod [stockalone1232]

This week’s LUT Fantasy Challenge in NBA Live 15: Denver Nuggets

Denver Nuggets NBA Live 15 LUT Fantasy Challenge

The Denver Nuggets are the featured team in this week’s Fantasy Challenge in NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team. Gamers are invited to play a three game series against the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, and San Antonio Spurs, with a Premium Coin Pack featuring Nuggets items up for grabs.

DENVER NUGGETS

Play out a three-game series with the Denver Nuggets for a chance at 15,000 Coins.

Players must have one current Nugget in their lineup.

Rewards:

Defeat the Heat: 600 Coins
Defeat the Rockets: 700 Coins
Defeat the Spurs: Premium Coin Pack

FEATURED TEAM PACK

Denver Nuggets: A three-item Pack guaranteeing a Player and Team Item from the Nuggets.

Don’t forget that you can discuss your latest experiences with Ultimate Team here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

Patch #3 for NBA 2K15 Out Now on PS4; PC & X1 Soon

NBA 2K15: Ricky Rubio

The third official patch is now available for the PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K15. The PC and Xbox One versions of the game should also be receiving it shortly.

Patch #3 updates artwork (including faces, jerseys, and referee uniforms), addresses some crashing issues and other bugs, adds support for vibration and 21:9 resolutions to the PC version, removes various exploits and gameplay quirks, improves responsiveness, and tweaks a few aspects of the AI. The patch also addresses a variety of issues in MyGM, MyLEAGUE, and MyCAREER.

Please see below for the full list of patch notes. Feel free to add your thoughts on the latest patch in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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Dumb Mondays: NBA Live 2003 PC Dev Console Fun

Dumb Mondays

This is Dumb Mondays, tipping off the workweek with silly facts, opinions, or predictions that you may or may not find interesting. This was originally JaoSming’s feature, but since he’s now at Visual Concepts and hard at work on 2KTV, I’ll be writing a few articles in his place. A new Monday feature may also be coming soon, so stay tuned!

Did you know? The PC versions of NBA Live 2003, NBA Live 2004, and a few other games in the series featured a developer console that was disabled by default. It’s true; with a quick modification of a configuration file, the console can be re-enabled and used to mess around with the game. It has limited uses compared to, say, a first person shooter, and to that end, some people might be inclined to call the whole thing dumb. But hey, this is Dumb Mondays, so let’s have some fun!

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Ultimate Base Roster V25 for NBA 2K14 PC Released

UBR 2K14 V25

HAWK23 and company have released V25 of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC, containing up to date 2014/2015 season rosters and other enhancements. An overview of the key features of the latest release is as follows:

  • Added updated version of the Ultimate Base Roster & UBR Association Files with current transactions, signings, rotations, and coaching moves (12/7/14)
  • Improved the structure file of the UBR Association Roster so that you can sim/play association mode through the year 2051 and beyond
  • Added the new 2015 Brooklyn All-Star logo
  • Added all of Retroman’s updated 2015 courts for current NBA teams
  • Added a fictional 2015 All-Star court and fictional All-Star jerseys (courtesy JohnWest)
  • Added all of the new 2015 jerseys for current NBA teams (including a tweaked jersey tab that will include the sleeved jerseys in UBR – courtesy Dwadeflash)
  • Added ~130 retro player portraits (1980-2010) throughout applicable rosters – courtesy Jspurg
  • Added ~15 retro player cyberfaces to applicable rosters – courtesy ShawnKemp and liuguangyi1981
  • Added new versions of the 2000-2013 Rosters with real historical stats for players – courtesy Redd
  • Added tweaked versions of the 1990-1999 rosters with more historical stats and player awards for players
  • Rosters accurate as of 12/7/2014

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.

Details on the December 6th Roster Update for NBA Live 15

December 6th Roster Update for NBA Live 15

An article discussing some of the key changes in the December 6th roster update for NBA Live 15 has been posted over on the game’s official website. Kobe Bryant is in the spotlight this week, as the Black Mamba has been bumped up to a 92 overall, tying him with James Harden as the top rated shooting guard in the game.

Once again, you can check out a full overview of all the changes that have been made in this Excel file, from ratings changes to accessory updates. If you’ve got any feedback on the NBA Live 15 rosters that you’d like to send in to the development team, producer Fernando Rodriguez is keeping tabs on this thread in the NLSC Forum, so be sure to post any suggestions or corrections there!

General File Additions – More 2014/2015 Headshot Packs

Shannon Brown 2014/2015 Headshot

Dc311 has uploaded a couple more 2014/2015 Headshot Packs, this time featuring players who are currently free agents. Check them out at the links below, and don’t forget that you can find other patching resources here in our Downloads section.

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2014/2015 Player Headshots Pack 7 (Free Agents Part 1)</>
2014/2015 Player Headshots Pack 8 (Free Agents Part 2)

NLSC Forum Story Thread Interviews: Andrew

Chicago Bulls winning the championship in NBA Live 06

We certainly love our basketball games here at the NLSC, so when it comes to modes like Dynasty, Association, and MyCAREER, some of us like to share the experience with our fellow gamers. In the Basketball Video Game Stories section of the NLSC Forum, several gamers maintain story threads chronicling their adventures and achievements in the virtual NBA. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be running a series of interviews with some of our most prominent storytellers, to get an insight into their experiences and discover why they enjoy maintaining story threads.

This time, I’m talking to myself…well, not really, but as someone who’s maintained a few story threads over the years, I thought that I’d offer my own answers to the questions that I’ve been posing to other story thread enthusiasts. I hope that you enjoy the insight into my experiences creating story threads for some of my favourite basketball video games!

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File Additions for NBA 2K15

NBA 2K15 Cover Art

With the progress currently being made on tools for NBA 2K15, a wave of new mods hopefully isn’t too far away. In the meantime, I’ve packaged up the game manuals from the official site and uploaded them to our Downloads section for easy access and safekeeping. Pick them up at the links below!

Incidentally, you can find the latest information on gregkwaste’s 2K15 Explorer here, while the release and support thread for Vlad’s RED MC can be found here.

The Friday Five: Weird Player Ratings in Basketball Video Games

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.

From the moment that basketball video games began getting deeper and more sophisticated, properly representing a player’s abilities, skill level, and playing style through their ratings and other attributes became an important area of focus. Both EA and 2K invest a lot of time and effort – and in the case of EA’s partnership with Synergy Sports, money – in making sure that their official updates are detailed, and that player ratings are kept up to date and accurate throughout the entire league.

In years gone by however, and especially before regular official roster updates became a thing, it wasn’t uncommon to see some unusual ratings in the default rosters. Even games like NBA Jam, with its simplified and boosted player ratings, produced some noteworthy oddities. So, for this week’s Friday Five, I’m taking a look at some of the weirdest player ratings that I can recall in various basketball video games.

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