File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Wrap up your weekend with the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! Today’s new and updated files include arena updates for the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors, and the latest current rosters. Check out all three releases at the links below.

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BMO Harris Bradley Center 2015
Air Canada Centre 2015

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2KShiftLeader’s Real 2015 Roster (Updated to v2.7)

NBA 2KTV Reveals Details on NBA 2K16: Animations, Shoes, New Retro Teams

As previously teased, this week’s episode of NBA 2KTV Postseason has provided us with some details on NBA 2K16. After re-capping the announcement of the release date and pre-order bonuses, Rachel “crashes” the development team’s headquarters to chat to Scott O’Gallagher. Scott talks about watching the Playoffs, liaising with players and coaches, and meeting with his engineer to work on implementing realistic strategies in the AI.

Notably, three new retro teams have been confirmed at this juncture: the 2000 Toronto Raptors featuring Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady, the 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics, and the 2001 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers, who went 15-1 in the postseason that year. From the sounds of it, a few more new retro teams may be revealed in time.

Rachel also chats to Rob Jones about the shoes. Shoes in NBA 2K16 will be 3D scanned, and 2K are working on getting some additional brands and signature shoes into the game. Meanwhile, Asif Chaudhri talks about improvements to the crowd, which includes brand new animations this year.

Mike Wang also makes an appearance, offering up some information on player movement and animations, and the goal of achieving authenticity. Mike mentions they’re working on “something big” that they’re not ready to talk about yet, but they’re expecting it to make NBA 2K16 look better than any previous basketball game. You can also catch a glimpse of a few work-in-progress animations in the background. Finally, we got a new Locker Code for NBA 2K15 (#2K16NEWSon2KTV), for those interested in another freebie.

What do you think of the details that have been revealed so far? Sound off in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the Forum! If you’d like to catch the episode yourself, you can watch it in the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K15, or embedded below.

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The Friday Five: 5 Thoughts Ahead of the 2015 NBA Finals

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.

And then, there were two. After a rather uncompetitive Eastern Conference Finals, and a Western Conference Finals series that was only marginally more exciting and hard-fought, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will take on Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals. The stage has been set for a fun and exciting championship series between an all-time great who has returned home, and a rising star who has led his team to their best season in decades.

As it stands, we have a little under a week to speculate, make our predictions, and consider all of the questions surrounding the 2015 NBA Finals. Who will win? Will the Warriors run out of steam? How banged up are the Cavaliers? Can LeBron do it by himself? What are some of the other interesting subplots this year? Like every other NBA fan, I have a few thoughts on the matter, which I’m sharing with you in this week’s edition of The Friday Five. Without any further ado, here are five thoughts ahead of the 2015 NBA Finals.

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NBA 2K16 News Coming in This Week’s NBA 2KTV

A couple of days ago, the release date and pre-order bonuses for NBA 2K16 were revealed. It appears that more news is on the way, as the official NBA 2K Twitter account has posted a teaser for this week’s episode of NBA 2KTV, promising information on NBA 2K16 that we “don’t want to miss out on”.

Which “exclusive NBA 2K16 features” do you think will be revealed in tomorrow’s episode? Feel free to speculate in the comments section below, as well as take the discussion to this thread in the Forum.

Details on May 28th Roster Update for NBA Live 15

A new roster has come through for NBA Live 15, containing line-ups that have been updated through May 28th, 2015. It also contains around 500 ratings changes, and seven player accessory updates. You can check out a full breakdown of all the changes in the May 28th roster in this spreadsheet.

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith has been spotlighted again this week, along with James Harden of the Houston Rockets. Smith’s fine play off the bench has continued through the Eastern Conference Finals, and as such, he’s now rated 82 overall in NBA Live 15. Despite a couple of stinkers in Game 3 and Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, Harden’s play throughout the rest of the series including his stellar performance in Game 4 has also earned him a boost, and he now sits at 90 overall.

As always, feel free to add any thoughts on the rosters in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NBA Live 15 section of the NLSC Forum.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #118

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Tune in to Episode #118 of the NLSC Podcast, hosted by Arcane and myself! The NBA Finals are upon us, the first real piece of NBA 2K16 news has come out, and we received some more great topic suggestions from the community, so we’ve got some fun stuff to talk about this week.

  • The release date and pre-order bonuses for NBA 2K16 have been revealed. What do we think?
  • We give our thoughts on a couple of suggested features for NBA Live 16.
  • With FIFA 16 adding female players, might we see WNBA players in NBA Live 16 or beyond?
  • We revisit the topic of what would be included in our ultimate NBA video game. Spoiler: lace physics alone are not enough.
  • Has the NBA 2K15 modding season been comparable to what happened when NBA 2K9 came out? We also make a few comparisons between modding tools for NBA Live and NBA 2K.
  • Were this year’s Conference Finals boring? What should we make of the Hawks, Rockets, and James Harden?
  • Because we do so well with predictions, we make our picks for the 2015 NBA Finals. Of course, on paper there’s a safe pick, but never underestimate our ability to jinx teams.
  • Putting all of our Australian bias aside…do we think Matthew Dellavedova is a dirty player, or just scrappy?
  • Should Paul Pierce hang it up? We discuss the possibility of a farewell tour with the Boston Celtics.
  • We end the show by recapping some outstanding trolling by the Nike Shop Twitter account.

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.

NLSC Podcast Episode #118 Topic Suggestions: Last Call

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This is a last call for any and all topic suggestions for Episode #118 of the NLSC Podcast, which Arcane and I will be recording in about 12 hours time. We’ve had some great suggestions the past couple of weeks, and although we do have some news and topics of interest to talk about in Episode #118, we’re still keen to get a few more ideas for this week’s show, as well as future episodes of the NLSC Podcast.

If you have any suggestions, feel free to post them in the comments section below, this thread in the Forum, or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter. We’re also looking to post segments from each week’s show over on our YouTube channel to spotlight certain discussions, and give everyone a taste of what they can expect from the NLSC Podcast. Check out a snippet from last week’s show, in which we paid tribute to the retiring David Letterman!

If you haven’t caught Episode #117 of the NLSC Podcast yet, check it out here. Thanks again for all the feedback and topic suggestions so far, and please keep them coming!

Release Date & Pre-Order Bonuses for NBA 2K16 Announced

After teasing some NBA 2K16 news yesterday on Twitter, 2K has announced today via their social media pages that NBA 2K16 will be released on September 29th, 2015. However, customers who pre-order the game will be able to play it on September 25th – four days early – with 2K dubbing it an “Early Tip-Off Weekend”.

Gamers who pre-order NBA 2K16 will also receive in-game bonuses in the form of 10,000 Virtual Currency, and MyTEAM VIP. According to Chris Smoove, MyTEAM VIP is comprised of bonus packs for MyTEAM, such as gold and emerald booster packs. Thanks to samardzicnba for the heads up on that.

What are your thoughts on NBA 2K16’s pre-order bonuses? Are they enough to encourage you to pre-order NBA 2K16? Sound off in the comments below, and join in the discussion in this thread in our Forum!

File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Today’s new files for NBA 2K14 PC include a handful of fictional courts, an authentic arena update for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a new face for Jae Crowder. Download them all at the links below!

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Jae Crowder Face

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Fictional Cleveland Cavaliers Court
Fictional Detroit Pistons Court
Fictional Indiana Pacers Court
Fictional Milwaukee Bucks Court

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Cleveland Cavaliers Arena

Poll: How long do you play basketball video games?

We’re way, way overdue for a new poll here on the main page, so I’ve just added one which asks “How long do you play basketball video games?” When you get a basketball video game, do you play it all season long, or do you burn out on it sooner? Cast your vote now, and if you have any additional thoughts you’d like to share about your habits when it comes to playing basketball video games, feel free to post them in the comments section below!

Our previous poll asked “How often do you win championships in basketball video games?” It seems most people are winning virtual championships fairly often, as 34% indicated they win every season they play, while a further 29% are winning in most of the seasons that they finish. 14% of voters win championships after a few seasons of rebuilding, 9% rarely win championships, and a final 14% said that they never finish seasons in basketball video games.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

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We’re wrapping up the week with one more file addition for NBA 2K14 PC, which came in after yesterday’s batch of additions was posted: a fictional court update for the Chicago Bulls, by dtd. Check it out at the link below.

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Fictional Chicago Bulls Court

File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC, including player faces updates, current season rosters, and some custom title screens. Check them all out at the links below!

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James Harden Title Screen
Alternate Logos Bootup Screen

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Karl Anthony Towns Face
Stanley Johnson Face
Kevon Looney Face

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LeBron James Title Screen
2KShiftLeader Andrew Wiggins Title Screen
2KShiftLeader’s Real 2015 Roster (Updated to v2.5)

The Friday Five: Revisiting My 2015 NBA Playoffs Predictions

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.

So, here we are at the 2015 NBA Conference Finals. The Golden State Warriors have just gone up 2-0 on the Houston Rockets, the Cleveland Cavaliers will look to go up 2-0 on the Atlanta Hawks today, and most people seem to be expecting to see the Warriors take on the Cavs in the NBA Finals. This year’s NBA Playoffs haven’t been without controversy or criticism – when are they ever? – but on the whole, I feel it’s been a fairly entertaining postseason.

Since we’re down to the final four and inching closer and closer to finding out who will be the 2015 NBA Champions, I thought I’d take a look back at the predictions I made in The Friday Five at the beginning of the Playoffs, and see how I fared. Getting predictions wrong has become something of a running gag for us on the NLSC Podcast, but did I do a better job in written format? Read on to join me in revisiting my 2015 NBA Playoffs predictions!

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Details on May 21st Roster Update for NBA Live 15

A new roster has come through for NBA Live 15, with line-ups that have been updated through May 21st, 2015. The latest roster contains more than 1200 ratings changes, along with 11 player accessory updates. For a full breakdown of all the changes, be sure to check out this spreadsheet.

J.R. Smith is in the spotlight this week, as his performance in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ second round series with the Chicago Bulls earned him a one point improvement to 81 overall. If his play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals is any indication of the groove that he’s in, it’s likely that he’ll be receiving another boost in next week’s roster.

Speaking of the Chicago Bulls, six of their players dropped one point overall, after struggling in their season ending series with the Cavaliers. Joakim Noah was singled out in EA’s bulletin, noting that he averaged just five points per game on 33% shooting.

As teams have been eliminated from the Playoffs, their rosters have been reset to their “prime” line-ups, ignoring any injuries. While this is certainly a welcome decision, we do sorely need the ability to customise rosters and reset injury flags in NBA Live 16.

If you have any thoughts on the latest update, feel free to post them in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #117

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With no interruptions in sight this week, we’re sticking to our regular schedule with the release of Episode #117 of the NLSC Podcast! Join Arcane and I as we discuss a couple of recent issues in the world of NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15, the latest results from the 2015 NBA Playoffs, and open up our mailbag to talk about some more of your suggested topics.

  • In honour of David Letterman’s impending retirement, we present the Top 10 Things Every Basketball Gamer Does!
  • We cover some of the recent content updates for NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15, and revisit the issue of difficult jumpshots in NBA Live 15, post-patch.
  • No new retro games in Andrew’s collection this week, but a happy ending as far as getting the problematic copy of NBA Street Vol. 2 to work.
  • The Chicago Bulls have gone fishing. Has Tom Thibodeau’s tenure in the Windy City come to an end?
  • A spectacular collapse saw the Los Angeles Clippers give up a 3-1 series lead to the Houston Rockets. What’s next for them?
  • We catch up on the rest of the NBA Playoffs to date, give our predictions for both Conference Finals series, and discuss Game 1 of Warriors vs. Rockets.
  • After almost forgetting all about it, we talk about this year’s NBA Draft Lottery. We don’t buy into any conspiracy theories, but we do feel sorry for New York Knicks fans.
  • We chat about the future of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Story Threads section of the Forum, and Kevin Garnett.
  • Episode #117 closes with a Tweet from a less-than-impressed Kobe Bryant.

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.