The Friday Five: Previewing Our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live Content

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.

If you’ve been listening to the NLSC Podcast for a while, you may have heard me mention that we’re looking to do some content for the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live. We originally intended to run these features last year – which was indeed the 20th anniversary of the game’s original release – but a few things ultimately got in the way, not the least of which was covering the latest games (which of course remains our priority). However, this year marks the 20th anniversary of NBA Live 95’s PC release, and seeing how PC coverage has been a big part of what we do here at the NLSC, the timing still feels right.

The content, which will start rolling out pretty soon, will be running for a few months alongside our other updates, including coverage of the NBA Live 16 (and NBA 2K16) preview season. While the NBA Live series has fallen on hard times in recent years, a lot of us did grow up playing the games and have fond memories of them, so I’m looking forward to reflecting on the good times, as well as exploring the mishaps, and discussing what the series needs to do moving forward. So, what kind of content can you expect to see? Read on to find out!

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Details on the March 26th Roster Update for NBA Live 15

A new roster has been pushed through for NBA Live 15, featuring updated line-ups and over 2700 ratings changes throughout the league. It also includes 15 accessory changes, and an update to the shoe colour for the Golden State Warriors’ road jersey. For a full breakdown of the changes in the latest roster, check out this spreadsheet.

The San Antonio Spurs’ Tiago Splitter and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo are the two players being spotlighted in this week’s roster update. Splitter’s recent play has seen him rise to a 78 overall, while The Greek Freak’s performance in March has resulted in an increase to 76 overall.

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

File Additions for NBA Live 2003

Cpt(K) has recently uploaded some long lost gems for NBA Live 2003 PC – original authors currently unknown – which you can check out in today’s file additions. Please see below for all the download links!

Player Indicator Icons
Crescent Player Indicator
Alternate Player Indicator

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include player faces, fictional courts, and some NCAA updates for the March Madness 2K14 mod. Download them all at the links below!

Enes Kanter Face
March Madness Fixed Title Screen
March Madness Fixed Elite Basketball
March Madness Global
March Madness Global V2
Kelly Oubre Jr. Face
Stanley Johnson Face

Fictional Blackwater Elite Court
Fictional NLEX Road Warriors Court
Fictional Purefoods Hotshots Court
Fictional Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Court

Blake Griffin Face

Ultimate Base Roster V30 for NBA 2K14 PC Released

HAWK23 and company have completed V30 of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC, and it is available to download now. Key features of the latest release include:

  • Added updated version of the Ultimate Base Roster & UBR Association Files with current transactions, signings, rotations, and coaching moves (3/23/15)
  • Added ~15 new portraits (~10 current and ~5 retro)
  • Added ~25 year-specific retro cyberfaces throughout retro season rosters
  • Added ~30 new current-look cyberfaces to the current rosters
  • Added 3 new draft prospect cyberfaces to the 2015 Draft Class
  • Added hundreds of new and updated jerseys by DwadeFlash
  • Added 5 new retro stadium files (88, 89, 90, 91, 92-93 Lakers) – courtesy Bird
  • Accurate schedules were added to every retro roster from 1952-2014
  • A ton of new additions were made to Scheduling options in association/season for UBR Retro Rosters including 95% and 100% accurate 82 game scheduling options for all Retro Rosters from 1952-2014 thanks to Armon Gilliam.

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.

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We’re tipping off a new week with a variety of releases for an older game. Today’s file additions for NBA Live 08 PC include fictional rosters, S_Brat’s latest player face pack, a long-lost custom player indicator, and a new version of BAYAG’s SUPERSTAR ’08 AIACT update. Download them all at the links below!

Cpt(K)’s Fictional Rosters (Updated to v0.2)

Half-Circle Player Indicator

SUPERSTAR ’08 AIACT (Updated to v5.9)

2014/2015 Oklahoma City Thunder Team Update

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include some fictional PBA courts, a court update for the Chicago Bulls, and a couple of player faces. Check them all out at the links below.

Fictional Meralco Bolts Court
Fictional San Miguel Beermen Court
Fictional Talk n Text Tropang Texters Court

2015 Chicago Bulls Court

Jarelle Benimon Face
Willie Reed Face

File Additions for NBA 2K15

We’ve got a bunch of new files for NBA 2K15 today, including player faces and jersey updates. Download them all at the links below!

LeBron James Face
Kevin Durant Face

Kyle Korver Face
Andre Iguodala Face
Serge Ibaka Face
Danny Green Face
Kenneth Faried Face
Chicago Bulls Jerseys
Golden State Warriors Jerseys
Portland Trail Blazers Jerseys

The Friday Five: Michael Jordan 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.

This week marked the 20th Anniversary of Michael Jordan’s first comeback, one of the most significant events for basketball fans like myself who grew up watching the NBA in the 90s. There was no hour long special, no social media and thus no hashtags, and no lengthy speeches. No, His Airness’ return to the hardwood was simply announced in two words: “I’m Back”.

Michael Jordan’s history with basketball video games is kind of interesting to look back upon, as it’s a situation that must seem very foreign to younger gamers. The idea that the league’s best player and one of its marquee attractions would not be featured in an NBA licensed game is quite unusual, and thankfully no longer an issue we have to deal with. So, in honour of a milestone that makes me feel old, and in the interest of indulging my nostalgia for both Michael Jordan and basketball video games, this week’s Friday Five is taking a look back at MJ’s presence on the virtual hardwood.

Read More Retrospectives: NBA Live 95 & NBA Live 95 vs. NBA Jam

The official website of the Phoenix Suns has posted a retrospective of NBA Live 95, with author Ben York remembering it fondly as “the greatest basketball video game of all-time”. He talks about playing the Super Nintendo version of the game with his brother for hours upon hours from May to August 1995, and discusses just how impressive NBA Live 95 was for its time; an assessment that I for one certainly agree with.

In another piece, York debates Greg Esposito as to which 90s basketball game was better: the sim-oriented NBA Live 95, or the arcade-oriented NBA Jam. For those who of us who remember playing both games back in the day, it’s a fun trip down memory lane. For younger basketball gamers, it will hopefully prove to be an interesting look back at a time when basketball games really started to improve.

I highly recommend checking out both retrospectives when you have a moment; feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, and join in the discussion in the NBA Live Vintage section of the NLSC Forum. Don’t forget that we’re also preparing our own 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content, in which I and other members of the NLSC Team will be giving our thoughts on the past, present, and future of the NBA Live series, as well as providing a few other surprises that you’ll hopefully enjoy.

Ultimate Jordan Roster Raw Demo for NBA Live 08

As I prepare content for our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live celebrations, I’m looking at creating a few different projects for the PC versions of NBA Live that I’ve long wanted to do, but never gotten around to doing. For the larger releases, I’m looking at releasing “demo” versions, which can be updated gradually as I have time to work on them and acquire the necessary art assets.

My latest project is an Ultimate Jordan Roster (name subject to change) for NBA Live 08, which I’d also be looking to convert for use with NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, and NBA Live 07. It contains historical teams celebrating Michael Jordan’s career (1984-2003): 15 of MJ’s teams and 15 selected opponents, one for each season he played in the NBA.

As with the Fictional Basketball League, this is something that I’ll be working on whenever I’m able to, so I’m not setting any release date. If a few people from the community would like to get involved, contributions of historical team/player art and the like would be very much appreciated!

In the meantime, you can download the very bare-bones raw demo here. If you have any comments, feel free to leave them below, or post them in my release thread.

Details on the March 18th Roster Update for NBA Live 15

A new roster update has come through for NBA Live 15 which contains more than 3800 ratings changes, as well as accessory updates for 24 players. For a complete overview of all the changes that have been made in the March 18th roster, check out this spreadsheet.

Anthony Davis and cover player Damian Lillard are two of the players who have been spotlighted in the latest roster. The Brow’s continued brilliance, including his 36 points, 14 rebounds, nine blocks and seven assists against the Denver Nuggets, have seen him rise to a 92 overall. Damian Lillard meanwhile now sits at 89 overall.

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

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We have ten new or updated files for NBA 2K14 PC today, including rosters, fictional courts, and player faces. Download them all at the links below!

NBA 2K14 MGX MTV Jams Roster Update
2KShiftLeader’s Real 2015 Roster (Updated to v0.4)

Fictional Alaska Aces Court
Fictional Barako Bull Energy Court
Fictional Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Court
Fictional Globalport Batang Pier Court
Fictional KIA Carnival Court

Thaddeus Young HD Face (Next Gen Arms)

LeBron James Face (No Headband)

Giannis Antetokounmpo Face

NLSC Podcast – Episode #112

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Following another brief hiatus, Arcane and I are back with Episode #112 of the NLSC Podcast! In this week’s show, we catch up on all the latest NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 news, speculate a little on NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, and of course, chat about what’s going on in the NBA.

  • In addition to scanning current NBA player faces for next year’s game, EA Sports also brought Patrick Ewing into the studio. Will this mean better Legends faces in NBA Live 16?
  • We recap the latest content updates for NBA Live 15, including the third patch. Impressions to follow next week.
  • A fourth official patch has also been pushed through for NBA 2K15, along with new content. We’ll also have more thoughts on that in upcoming episodes.
  • We talk a little about some recent experiences with the games, as well as couple of feature articles on the NLSC.
  • Who do we think will be on the covers of NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16?
  • This week’s NBA discussion includes Russell Westbrook’s string of triple doubles, Kyrie Irving’s big game, the 2015 Playoffs race, and more injury talk.
  • The late Leonard Nimoy left us with a perfect sentiment to close the show on.

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. Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

File Additions for NBA Live 96

We’re tipping off this week with an old school file addition, as Dr B has uploaded a new version of his current season roster update for the SEGA Genesis version of NBA Live 96. Check it out at the link below!

Dr B
NBA Live 15 Hardwood Classic Edition (Updated to v1.1)