NBA 2K16 News Round-Up

NBA 2K16 Stephen Curry Cover

Need to get up to speed on all the latest NBA 2K16 news? Here’s an overview of everything that’s been announced and revealed so far.

  • The cover players are Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, and James Harden. Physical copies of the game will ship with inserts of all three covers, so you can choose whichever one you like best, and swap them in and out.
  • Spike Lee has been brought in to help produce MyCAREER in NBA 2K16. This year’s story will feature a player called “Frequency Vibrations”, though that is a placeholder name/nickname and you can still substitute your own. The mode will continue to be heavily storyline driven, and focus on both the on-court career and off-court life of the player.
  • The first commercial, featuring Spike Lee, made its debut shortly before Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals. You can check it out below.
  • NBA 2K16 will be released on September 29th, 2015. However, pre-order customers can get their hands on the game on September 25th, four days before the street date.
  • Pre-order customers will also receive 10,000 Virtual Currency, and a MyTEAM VIP package. New-gen (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) will receive three Emerald packs each with a guaranteed Emerald player, while prior-gen (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) will get a Gold pack with one Gold player and four additional Gold items.
  • Three new retro teams have been confirmed: the 2008 Boston Celtics, 2001 Los Angeles Lakers, and 2000 Toronto Raptors. A few more may also be included.
  • Visual Concepts are looking to sign deals to add even more shoes, including brands that have not previously been included in the game.
  • Other key improvements hinted at already include better crowd animations, continued enhancements to playcalling and strategic AI, increased significance of team chemistry, and “something big” that will make NBA 2K16 look better than any game that has come before it.

For those who may have missed it, we’ve launched our NBA 2K16 portal here on the main site, opened up a new section for NBA 2K16 in the Forum, and added a new page for NBA 2K16 in the Wiki; keep it locked to the portal for the latest content, join in the discussion in the Forum, and feel free to contribute to the Wiki page as more NBA 2K16 news comes out! The preview season is just getting started, so be sure to stay tuned to the NLSC for the latest NBA 2K16 news and developments.

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NBA Live 16 Features List Revealed

In addition to revealing Russell Westbrook as the cover player, EA Sports has also posted an early NBA Live 16 features list over on the game’s official website. The list of features drops some promising hints about some of the key areas of focus in NBA Live 16, including the game modes, animation quality, and a “new way to experience NBA Live” that is yet to be revealed. The list of NBA Live 16 features currently is as follows:

LIVE IS ALL ABOUT YOU
The ultimate form of self-expression where everything you do matters – both on and off the court.

LIVEMOTION
Free your game with our physics-based player movement system – giving you unparalleled control and best-in-class animation.

LIVE CONNECTED
The freshest way to play ball. Ultimate Team, Dynasty, Big Moment Challenges and more are back and better than ever.

DISCOVER HOW TO RISE TOGETHER THIS SUMMER
A new way to experience NBA LIVE…

Any thoughts on the NBA Live 16 features list, and what the “new way to experience NBA Live” might be? Sound off in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 16 section of the Forum!

Russell Westbrook is the NBA Live 16 Cover Player

On the heels of some strong hints in yesterday’s teaser, and his recent following of the official NBA Live Twitter account, Russell Westbrook has officially been revealed as the NBA Live 16 cover player! The announcement was accompanied by a trailer, which includes some brief in-game footage of Russell Westbrook in action, and an article that goes behind the scenes of the NBA Live 16 covershoot.

You can check out the NBA Live 16 cover art featuring Westbrook below, along with the cover announce trailer. More information on the game is right around the corner, so be sure to stay tuned.

What do you think of EA Sports’ selection of Russell Westbrook for the NBA Live 16 cover? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below, and join in the discussion in this thread in the newly launched NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum!

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NBA Live 16 Cover Player Revealed Tomorrow

After replying to zzcooolj21’s inquiry about upcoming news, EA Sports has now announced that the cover player for NBA Live 16 will be revealed tomorrow, with a post on their social media that simply states “Tomorrow. We’ve got you covered”, along with the hashtags #NBALIVE16 and #RiseTogether.

zzcoolj21 has since astutely noted that Russell Westbrook has started following the official NBA Live Twitter account, strongly hinting that he will be gracing the NBA Live 16 cover. As our own Pdub noted, the blurred-out player in the teaser image appears to be wearing a jersey with an orange trim, further suggesting Westbrook will indeed be revealed as the NBA Live 16 cover player.

We’ll be sure to post an update once the official announcement is made, and any other NBA Live 16 information comes through. In the meantime, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the Forum.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’re tipping off the week with a handful of new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC, including three new court updates and a HD face for Monta Ellis. Download all of the latest releases at the links below!

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Monta Ellis HD Face

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Outdoor Golden State Warriors Court
Outdoor Cleveland Cavaliers Court

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Golden State Warriors Arena

File Additions for NBA Live 2005

It’s been a while since we’ve had some new file additions for NBA Live 2005, but b_baller86 has recently released some outstanding retro NBA on NBC and NBA on TNT scoreboards, complete with overlays. Please note that these updates are also compatible with NBA Live 06, so whether you’re still playing NBA Live 2005 or NBA Live 06, or just feel like dusting them off, check out these fantastic releases at the links below!

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Early 90s NBA on NBC Scoreboard
Mid 90s NBA on NBC Scoreboard
Late 90s NBA on NBC Scoreboard
Early 2000s NBA on NBC Scoreboard
1995 NBA on TNT Scoreboard
Late 90s NBA on TNT Scoreboard
2000 NBA on TNT Scoreboard
Early 2000s NBA on TNT Scoreboard
2002 NBA on NBC Intro Overlays

Details on June 4th Roster Update for NBA Live 15

Draymond Green in NBA Live 15

The 2015 NBA Finals are upon us, which means the 2014-2015 season is almost at its end. Nevertheless, EA Sports continues to push through roster updates for NBA Live 15, with the latest one containing lineups accurate as of June 4th, 2015. It also includes more than 240 ratings changes; for a full breakdown, be sure to check out this spreadsheet.

Two players who will be seeing a lot of action in the NBA Finals are spotlighted in the latest NBA Live 15 roster: Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, and Timofey Mozgov of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Green’s continued brilliance at the defensive end has earned him a two point increase to his Blocks rating, and a one point improvement to his Post Defense rating. Mozgov meanwhile has received a one point increase to both his Blocks and Help Defense ratings, as he continues to be a valuable contributor for the Cavs.

Any thoughts on the latest roster? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum!

The Friday Five: 5 Thoughts on NBA League Pass Broadband

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 2015 NBA Finals are underway, and if Game 1 is any indication, we could be in for a great finish to another action-packed season. This is the first season I’ve watched on NBA League Pass Broadband, and I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed with my decision to subscribe. It made it a lot easier to catch Chicago Bulls games, and see a lot more of the action than I ever have before, either on Australian free-to-air television back in the day, or via a subscription to Foxtel in more recent years.

I’ll try not to sound too much like a commercial for the service here, and I promise that I’m not being paid to write anything about NBA League Pass Broadband, but as I offer up a few opinions after a season subscribing to it, it may be difficult not to gush a little. I really am very satisfied with League Pass – for the most part – and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get as much NBA coverage as possible. So, without any further ado, here are five thoughts on NBA League Pass Broadband!

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NBA 2K16 Covers Revealed, First Commercial

NBA 2K16 Commercial Teaser

2K Sports has posted images of the three NBA 2K16 covers, featuring Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, and James Harden. The names of all three players appear on each of the covers, along with a collage of their respective players, and two tag lines: “Featuring a Spike Lee Joint”, and “Be The Story”. Notably, Dell Curry appears in one of the photos on Stephen Curry’s cover, while James Harden’s cover interestingly features a photo from his Oklahoma City Thunder days.

Additionally, the first commercial for NBA 2K16 aired just prior to Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals tipping off. Not surprisingly, it did not include any gameplay footage, but instead featured Spike Lee, hyping his role in developing the story for this year’s MyCAREER mode. As previously noted, this year’s MyCAREER will see gamers taking control of an aspiring basketball player named Frequency Vibrations.

You can check out the artwork for all three NBA 2K16 covers below, along with the first commercial. What do you think of the NBA 2K16 covers and commercial? What do you make of this year’s MyCAREER mode? Sound off in the comments section below, and join in the discussion taking place in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #119

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With last week’s NBA 2K16 news, the 2015 NBA Finals ready to tip off, a few coaching changes, and some more topic suggestions from the community, Arcane and I have plenty to talk about in Episode #119 of the NLSC Podcast. Tune in now!

  • Last week’s episode of NBA 2KTV delivered the goods as far as NBA 2K16 tidbits are concerned. We give our thoughts on what we’ve learned so far.
  • We’ve gotten a second wind for binging on NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15, so we share a few of our recent basketball gaming experiences, including some thoughts on the value of Ultimate Team packs.
  • In some breaking news, we have new details on Spike Lee’s involvement with NBA 2K16’s MyCAREER mode. What do we make of it?
  • We give our thoughts on a topic Kenny discussed in his latest column: direct passing into the backcourt, and vision/awareness “cones”.
  • What are our experiences playing real basketball? We reminisce fondly.
  • E3 is quickly approaching, and should bring details on NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16. Oh yeah, and Fallout 4. One of us is rather excited about that.
  • It’s our last chance to change our 2015 NBA Finals predictions. Have we had a change of heart?
  • What do we think of the criteria for flagrant fouls?
  • The Chicago Bulls have fired Tom Thibodeau, and brought in Fred Hoiberg. We comment on the change, and other coaching hires around the league.
  • Is Dwyane Wade looking to move on from the Miami Heat?

Click Play to listen to the show!

Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

NBA 2K16 Cover Players Revealed; Details on Spike Lee

Some more NBA 2K16 news has dropped today, as the cover players for the game have been confirmed. It seems that three separate covers will be available, featuring Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans. A previous leak suggested that Kevin Durant would grace one of three covers, in addition to Curry and Harden.

Spike Lee’s involvement with the game has also been confirmed, and as expected, he’s had a hand in crafting the storyline for MyCAREER in NBA 2K16. This year, rather than creating your own character, you’ll assume the identity of a player called Frequency Vibrations, with the mode exploring his life on and off the court. Needless to say, contrary to much of Lee’s filmography, the story will be family friendly, owing to NBA 2K16’s E rating.

Further details are likely coming very soon, especially with E3 2015 right around the corner. What do you think of this year’s cover players, Spike Lee’s involvement, and the current direction of MyCAREER? Sound off in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the Forum!

Recording Episode #119 of the NLSC Podcast; Last Call for Topics

NLSC Podcast

We’ll be recording Episode #119 of the NLSC Podcast in a little under twelve hours, so we’re putting out a last call for any topic suggestions for this week’s show. Needless to say, we’ll be discussing the NBA 2K16 information revealed in last week’s episode of NBA 2KTV, Tom Thibodeau’s firing, a few other recent NBA news items, and a couple of basketball gaming related topics that are on our minds, but if there’s anything else you’d like to hear us talk about, please let us know ASAP.

If you do have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below, in this thread in the Forum, or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter, as we’ll be checking for them right up until we start recording. Once again, we’ve been getting some great suggestions and feedback these past few weeks, so please keep it coming! We very much appreciate it, and are glad to know that people are enjoying tuning in to the NLSC Podcast every week.

Additionally, we’re looking to introduce some new original content here on the NLSC in the near future, and will be looking to reorganise our schedule. As such, if you have any preference as to when you’d like the NLSC Podcast to come out each week, please let us know, and we’ll take all suggestions into consideration. As always, thanks for your support of the NLSC, and the NLSC Podcast!

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Here are today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC, which include faces for several upcoming Draft prospects, a new Golden State Warriors court, a custom title screen, and new shoes. Download them all at the links below!

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Fictional Golden State Warriors Court
Allen Iverson Title Screen

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Karl-Anthony Towns Face by big-shot-ROB
Jaylen Brown Face by big-shot-ROB
Ben Simmons Face by big-shot-ROB
Stanley Johnson Face by big-shot-ROB

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NBA 2K14 Version Cam Gods

Ultimate Base Roster V33 for NBA 2K14 PC Released

A new version of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC has been released by HAWK23 and company. The latest release (V33) includes the latest postseason rosters, newly hired coaches, new art assets, and much more. An overview of the key features of V33 is as follows:

  • Added updated version of the Ultimate Base Roster & UBR Association Files with current transactions, signings, rotations, and coaching moves (6/1/15)
  • Kept the 2 temporary teams in the UBR Association file that contain 32 projected 1st round draft prospects so you can assign them to teams as you wish until the NBA Draft. All rookies have real portraits and real (or look-a-like) cyberfaces)
  • Made all new coaching moves (Donovan, Skiles, Hoiberg, Gentry)
  • Added new 76ers and Hawks logos (did not overwrite old ones)
  • Added new Bucks home/away jersey concepts – courtesy Rich
  • Added updated 2015-2016 Contracts (advanced contracts by a year)
  • Added ~30+ retro portraits (many new year-specific 80’s Celtics)
  • Added 2 new current coach portraits (Billy Donovan and Fred Hoiberg)
  • Added ~5 current-look cyberfaces for the current roster (no CFs overwritten)
  • Added ~55 retro cyberfaces throughout retro season rosters (no CFs overwritten)
  • Added brand new 1958 Roster – courtesy PatTheHead
  • Added 1992 and 1993 Opening Night Retro Rosters – courtesy adiknbafan
  • Fixed the 2010 Decade Team in the Ultimate Base Roster
  • Fixed an issue with the retro Warriors stadium not showing up correctly
  • Fixed an issue with the All-Star game not working in association mode
  • Added 15 new retro Lakers/Knicks stadiums for the 80’s/early 90’s – courtesy Bird
  • Added tweaked retro courts for the Lakers/Knicks throughout the 70’s/80’s – courtesy Bird
  • Rosters accurate as of 6/1/2015

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.

 

Kenny’s Major Pet Peeve in NBA 2K Games

Over and Back calls are the bane of my existence in NBA 2K games. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not for completely abolishing the rule. It’s definitely there for a reason and sometimes it’s beneficial when you’re playing good defence. However, the annoyance comes on offence when you make that accidental pass into the backcourt.

It’s one thing to pass it to a player who is marginally behind the half-court line – I can accept that – but throwing a Hail Mary pass to a player who is almost under the opposition hoop is beyond infuriating. It’s a mistake I tend to make with great frequency and it all has to do with icon passing.

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