Details on May 14th Roster Update for NBA Live 15

A new roster has come through for NBA Live 15, featuring lineups that have been updated through May 14th, 2015. The roster also contains more than 1400 ratings changes, and seven player accessory updates. For a full breakdown of all the changes in the May 14th roster for NBA Live 15, check out this spreadsheet.

The two players in the spotlight this week are Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies, and Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Randolph’s steady scoring for the Grizzlies has resulted in a ratings boost that brings him up to 86 overall, while Tristan Thompson’s production in place of the injured Kevin Love has bumped his overall up to 78.

As always, feel free to add your thoughts on the latest roster in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in our NBA Live 15 Forum.

The Friday Five: 5 Worst Basketball Game Cover Players

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 old saying suggests that you should save the best for last (as does a popular song by Vanessa Williams). In that respect, I’m actually working backwards with this series of Friday Five articles on basketball video game cover players; I’ve already covered the “cursed” cover players, followed by the best cover players, so this week, I’m listing my picks for the five worst basketball video game cover players that we’ve seen so far.

Now, keep in mind that this is all subjective, personal bias is certainly a factor, and when I say “worst”, it’s in comparison to other cover players. Outside of vandalised entries on Wikipedia, we’ve yet to see any benchwarmers join the list of players who have graced the covers of basketball video games. Having said that, let’s get to my list of the five worst basketball video game cover players!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #116

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Arcane is feeling better, so we’re back with Episode #116 of the NLSC Podcast! This week we’ve got a fair amount of action to catch up on with the 2015 NBA Playoffs, as well as some noteworthy tidbits on NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 to discuss.

  • Are we due for some big NBA Live 16 news in the next month? A recent Tweet from a senior animator on the game has given us cause to speculate.
  • What are our expectations of NBA Live 16 at this point? Which of our most desired improvements are we most likely to see?
  • The latest episode of 2KTV dropped a couple of hints about improvements the development team are looking to make in NBA 2K16. It was brief, but we liked what we heard.
  • E3 2015 is just over a month away. Do we expect NBA Live 16 and/or NBA 2K16 to be there?
  • In this week’s retro basketball gaming discussion, Andrew lists his latest eBay pick-ups.
  • We recap the 2015 NBA Playoffs to date, and offer up a few more predictions. We haven’t done too badly so far…by our standards, at any rate.
  • Speaking of predictions, we make a couple of picks for the NBA Finals. As always, we take no responsibility for any jinxes!
  • Do we disagree with any of this year’s regular season award winners?
  • Monty Williams’ firing, new logos and jerseys, and the upcoming NBA Draft lottery round out this week’s NBA discussion.

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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.

Big News Coming for NBA Live 16?

Big news – or at least, some news – might be coming for NBA Live 16 within the next month.

JC Delannoy, senior animator and gameplay software engineer on the NBA Live Development Team, posted a Tweet stating that “things are going to get interesting for the next month”.

While JC may simply be referring to the work that’s going into the game behind the scenes, his Tweet could certainly be hinting that information and perhaps even some previews of NBA Live 16 are coming our way in the very near future. It should be noted that E3 will be taking place from June 16th to June 18th this year, and of course, the NBA Finals always present an ideal opportunity to showcase teasers of the upcoming NBA games.

Given JC Delannoy’s role as senior animator, his hints at something “interesting” may bring good news about the animations in NBA Live 16, which would definitely be welcome in light of one of the main criticisms of NBA Live 14 and NBA Live 15. Ty Stover, a marketer at EA Sports, also posted a Tweet about “big things brewing”, but as he also handles marketing for Madden, that could easily be referring to today’s news about Madden 16, and have nothing to do with NBA Live 16.

We’ll be sure to post any details and preview media as they become available, but in the meantime, feel free to sound off in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum. Thanks to 22cedric for the heads up!

NLSC Podcast Episode #116 This Week; Topic Suggestions Wanted

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Unfortunately Arcane was a little under the weather last week, so we weren’t able to record a new episode of the NLSC Podcast. However, we anticipate getting together to record a new episode within the next couple of days, so you can expect Episode #116 to be out this week.

Naturally, we have a few things in mind to talk about, including the tidbits on NBA 2K16 in the most recent episode of 2KTV, and of course the latest results from the 2015 NBA Playoffs, but we’d also like to invite our listeners to submit some topic suggestions and mailbag questions. As I’ve said before, we want to make sure that we’re putting out an enjoyable show and not only talking about the stuff that interests us, but the stuff that you want to hear about, too.

So, feel free to post your suggestions in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Hub! You can also hit us up on Facebook or Twitter, if you’re active on those social media platforms.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Today’s new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include a HD face and tattoo update for LeBron James, and freshly updated rosters. Download both releases at the links below!

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LeBron James HD Face & Tattoos

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2KShiftLeader’s Real 2015 Roster (Updated to v2.3)

NBA 2K16 Tidbits in the Latest Episode of 2KTV

Developers Mike Wang and Scott O’Gallagher are the guests on the latest episode of 2KTV. In addition to recapping their first round simulation and discussing the second round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs, Mike and Scott also offer up a couple of tidbits on NBA 2K16.

Mike mentions that he’s working with his engineers to make chemistry a bigger aspect of the game, a point Scott reiterates in mentioning that there is a focus on making NBA 2K16 more about the team. The episode isn’t up on YouTube as of writing, but if you have the PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One version of NBA 2K15, you can fire it up and check out the episode from the main menu.

It’s a little early so we haven’t launched our NBA 2K16 section yet, but discussion of this year’s game is currently welcome in the NBA 2K15 section of the Forum, so feel free to post your thoughts there, as well as in the comments section below. Also, don’t forget to join in the Wishlist discussion taking place in this thread!

File Additions for NBA 2K14

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We’re finishing up the week with a few new file additions for NBA 2K14, including rosters, a custom title screen, and a face update for DeAndre Jordan. Please see below for all the download links.

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John Wall Title Screen

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2KShiftLeader’s Real 2015 Roster (Updated to v2.2)

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DeAndre Jordan Face

Ultimate Base Roster V32 for NBA 2K14 PC Released

HAWK23 has released V32 of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC, and it’s a substantial update with several fixes, enhancements, and new art files. An overview of the key features of V32 are as follows:

  • Added updated version of the Ultimate Base Roster & UBR Association Files with current transactions, signings, rotations, and coaching moves (5/7/15)
  • Added 2 temporary teams to the UBR Association file. These teams combine to contain 32 projected 1st round draft prospects that you can assign to teams as you wish until the NBA Draft. All rookies have real portraits and real (or look-a-like) cyberfaces)
  • Added new Bucks, Wizards, Raptors logos (did not overwrite old ones)
  • Added updated 2015 Team Stats tab to appropriate rosters
  • Increased years pro and ages for all current players in UBR Association roster
  • Adjusted player roles for 2015 Roster, Ult Base Roster, and UBR Association Roster
  • Added ~5 current-look cyberfaces for the current roster (no CFs overwritten)
  • Added ~30 retro cyberfaces throughout retro season rosters (no CFs overwritten)
  • Added 9 new sets of retro all-star jerseys (1970-1979)
  • Added 18 new retro stadiums for teams in the 80’s/early 90’s
  • Added updated 2015 Draft Class file
  • Fixed some crowd color mix-ups for teams in the 70’s/80’s retro rosters
  • Fixed some broadcast audio mix-ups for teams in the 70’s/80’s retro rosters
  • Fixed a crashing issue with creating a player or team in the UBR Association roster
  • Rosters accurate as of 5/7/2015

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.

The Friday Five: 5 Best Basketball Game Cover Players

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.

In last week’s Friday Five, I talked about five players who suffered from the proverbial “cover curse” after gracing the covers of various basketball video games. It was definitely a fun topic to talk about, and I was reminded of one or two other “cursed” players in the comments section. If you can think of any other players who were hit by misfortune after appearing on the cover of a basketball game, be sure to check out last week’s article, and let me know.

I’m looking on the bright side this week, as I’m offering up a list of who I believe to be the best basketball video game cover players that we’ve had so far. I’ve made these picks according to a few factors: magnitude of stardom, their level of success around the time they appeared on the cover, and yes, there’s some personal bias in there as well. So, without any further ado, I present my choices for the five best basketball video game cover players!

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Details on May 7th Roster Update for NBA Live 15

A new roster has come through for NBA Live 15, containing Playoff rosters updated through May 7th. The latest roster contains over 1100 ratings changes, and 11 player accessory updates. For a complete overview of all the changes, be sure to check out this spreadsheet.

The two players in the spotlight this week are LeBron James and Chris Paul. LeBron’s numbers in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first round sweep of the Boston Celtics have earned him a one point boost to his overall (now 95), though his headband hasn’t been re-added yet. Meanwhile, CP3’s gutsy performance in the Los Angeles Clippers’ epic seven game series against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs has seen him receive a boost to his clutch rating, and an increase to 94 overall.

As always, feel free to post any thoughts on the roster in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in our NBA Live 15 Forum!

File Additions for NBA 2K14

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In today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC, we have a couple of new fictional court updates from dtd. Check them out at the links below!

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Fictional Portland Trail Blazers Court
Fictional Oklahoma City Thunder Court

File Additions for NBA Live 08

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We have one new release in today’s file additions for NBA Live 08 PC, as Kevin has uploaded a new face update for Andre Drummond. Check it out at the link below!

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Andre Drummond Face

File Additions for NBA 2K13

We have one new file addition for NBA 2K13 PC today, as skoadam continues to do some great work on updating the rosters. Download the latest version of URB at the link below!

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URB Roster V32 [32 Complete Seasons Mods] WHERE SIM HAPPENS (Updated to v32.0)

File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include updated rosters, fictional courts, a face update for Kyrie Irving, and Black History Month shoes for Kevin Durant. See below for all the download links.

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2KShiftLeader’s Real 2015 Roster (Updated to v2.0)

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Fictional Denver Nuggets Court
Fictional Minnesota Timberwolves Court

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Kyrie Irving Face (Next-Gen Arms & Tattoos)
Black History Month KD Shoes