NLSC Podcast – Episode #90 (Sean O’Brien Interview)

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We’re pleased to present a special episode of the NLSC Podcast this week, as JaoSming and I had the opportunity to chat with NBA Live 15 Executive Producer, Sean O’Brien. Sean very kindly gave us a little over two hours of his time, in which he spoke very honestly about the return of the series with NBA Live 14, the team’s goals with future releases, and of course, some of the things that we can expect in NBA Live 15.

On that note, Sean gave us a lot of great info on this year’s game, including details on controls and responsiveness, physics, locomotion and animation quality, AI improvements, and enhancements to the shooting mechanics. Sean also clarified a few points about the future of game modes such as Dynasty and Rising Star, while also answering our questions about this year’s practice facilities, content updates, and even the possibility of NBA Live 14 getting further roster updates before NBA Live 15 comes out.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, so don’t delay any longer: click Play to listen to the show!

A huge thanks to Sean once again for coming on the Podcast! As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, either in the comments below, or here in the Forum. We also invite you to join in the discussion taking place in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

NBA 2K15 PC Next Gen Confirmed!

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On their weekly livestream, 2K just announced that NBA 2K15, and every game in the future, will be in line with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the game! They mentioned mixmaker shady, and of course our own Leftos! Everything next gen is going be on PC…it has finally happened!

Join in the discussion/celebrations that are taking place here in the NBA 2K15 section of the Forum.

Beat Jao #5: One Man Takeover

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Do you think you can beat me? Each week I am going to challenge the community to do something that I have already done. It could be taking a better screenshot, getting a better play, doing something with a specific player or team, or even make a better mod. I have no plan for this series, but I am going to try and make sure that these challenges shouldn’t take more than a half hour to complete.

We are going back to the roots of Beat Jao, well at least in terms of being terrible for those who are lactose intolerant. This week I want you to go out and score as many points with one player in a 2 minute quarter game. No overtime, you must win, and no one else on your team may score any points. So if you get into a late game situation, you must miss those free throws with other players. Difficulty and other settings are up to you.

After a few issues with NBA Live 14 and the PlayStation 4’s recording ‘feature’ (read: headache), I ended up going back to the cheesiest of cheese for PC mods, NBA Jam 2K14: He’s On Fire. In 8 minutes of gameplay I scored 40 points with Steve Francis from the ’02-’03 Rockets. I chose them because there are no restrictions on playing defense, so Yao Ming plus no goaltending was helpful for getting me extra possessions, fast. For all the details on the challenge check the video below, and remember to submit your scores in this Forum Thread, in the comments of this post, or on the YouTube video.

Congratulations to cool1324 who claimed to shut out LeBron James with his MyCAREER player last week. Hit Read More to see the rest of the leaderboard for last week and the overall standings.

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

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In today’s file additions for NBA Live 06, we have an NBA TV scoreboard update by yunicorn. Get it into your game by downloading it at the link below!

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NBA TV 2013/2014 Scoreboard

Dumb Monday: MyDREAM

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This is Dumb Mondays, starting the workweek off with silly facts or some of my opinions and predictions that you may or may not find interesting. This week I am sharing a dumb opinion of mine and will be looking for and responding to your comments throughout the week.

In case you missed it, MyLEAGUE for the next gen versions of NBA 2K15 was detailed this week. I think Steve over at OperationSports summed it up best by calling it Association “on steroids”. Essentially MyLEAGUE is an NBA sandbox. We can customize many aspects to our liking with no VC to spend or objectives to meet other than our own. On top of the customization features we, for the first time, get to change core AI aspects of mode with trades and other logic. And on top of that we get new features like the detailed “injuries 2.0” and gameplans, which will also affect MyGM. But at its core there is that customization. That customization is why I may as well call this mode MyDREAM.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Download the latest new and updated files for NBA 2K14 PC, including logos, retro arenas, faces, and more!

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Team Logos Corrected

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1992 Pavello Olimpic in Barcelona
1988 Jamsil Gymnasium in Seoul
1984 The Olympiad at the Forum in Los Angeles
2008 Beijing Wukesong Arena in Beijing
2004 Helliniko Olympic Indoor Arena in Athens
2000 The Dome in Sydney
1996 Olympics at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta

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Rajon Rondo Face [AmaroWaade]
LeBron James Update [AmaroWaade]

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High Resolution Rim Texture For Court Patchers
New NBA Ball (4x Resolution)

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San Antonio Spurs Jersey (Updated to v2.0)

File Additions for NBA 2K13

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We’re wrapping up the week with a new file addition for NBA 2K13 PC, namely the latest version of PatTheHead’s retro roster pack. Check it out at the link below!

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1951/52 to 1984/85 NBA Seasons (Updated to v2.1)

File Additions for NBA 2K11

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Still playing NBA 2K11 on PC and want to enhance your game? Check out the latest version of Levy’s Sliders, available at the link below!

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Levy’s Sliders (Updated to v2.0)

File Additions for NBA 2K14

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If NBA 2K14 PC is in your gaming rotation this weekend, then our community has some new releases for you to check out. See below for the latest HD faces from AmaroWaade, old school arenas by retroman, and more.

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LeBron James Face
Michael Jordan Face

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2005-2006 United Center in Chicago
2006-2010 United Center in Chicago
2000-2001 The Arena in Oakland
2002-2004 The Arena in Oakland
2000-2004 Compaq Center in Houston
1999-2001 Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis
2002-2005 Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis
1999-2001 Staples Center in Los Angeles
2002-2004 Staples Center in Los Angeles
2004-2007 Staples Center in Los Angeles
2007-2010 Staples Center in Los Angeles
2001-2003 The Pyramid in Memphis
2003-2004 The Pyramid in Memphis
1990-1992 Miami Arena in Miami
1992-1997 Miami Arena in Miami
1997-2000 Miami Arena in Miami
2004-2006 Bradley Center in Milwaukee
2006-2011 Bradley Center in Milwaukee
2010-2011 United Center in Chicago
2012 North Greenwich Arena in London
2013 Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas

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O.J Mayo Face

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MyPLAYER Face 2 (Facial Progression Compatible)

File Additions for NBA Live 2004

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Pick up another offseason roster update by ModManZZZ in today’s file additions for NBA Live 2004 PC!

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ModManZZZ NBA Live 2014/2015 Offseason Roster Update (Updated to v2.0)

The Friday Five: 5 Biggest Leaps in Basketball Video Game Sequels

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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.

Like any enthusiastic gaming community, we sink a considerable amount of time into the basketball video games that we play, to the point where we know them inside and out. We know what we like, we know what we don’t like, and we ultimately know what kind of experience we want to get out of them. As consumers, we understandably want to see constant improvement, as well as get value for our money.

Of course, while it’s important that we maintain a critical eye, at times we can be too cynical to see some of the genuine improvements in basketball video games. Despite the challenge that all annual sports games face in the form of a compressed development cycle, we’ve seen basketball titles that have shown considerable improvement over their immediate predecessors. To that end, I’m counting down what I feel are some of the biggest year-to-year leaps in basketball gaming. Let’s get started with number five.

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NBA 2K15’s MyLEAGUE Detailed

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Franchise modes are the only modes I generally play that aren’t exhibition modes. Seeing the details listed in OperationSports‘ reveal of NBA 2K15’s next-gen league sandbox mode made my mouth drop. We got the return of missing features from NBA 2K14 like create-a-player and local saves, along with brand new sliders and customization options to either help the authenticity of your MyLEAGUE or turn it into a mad house. Difficulty options galore from trades to salary caps to various A.I. settings that aren’t even modable on PC.

The biggest addition has to be the “Injuries 2.0” system, splitting players into 16 parts that can be independently fatigued, injured, and recovered from. Detailed to the point where a slightly injured or worn out player may wear accessories to help an injured body part. Even rookies can have these injuries, and have them scoutable, making the risks of Embiid and Noel something to consider in NBA 2K15.

Best of all, some of these features will transfer to the completely separate MyGM mode. Worst of all, OS stated this is only for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K15. At least there are no VC purchases to be made in this mode. Check out the full details by checking the article on OS. Discuss in the Forums or in the comments below.

NBA 2K15 PS4/X1 Teaser Video

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As promised earlier in the week, NBA 2K15 cover player Kevin Durant has Tweeted out an Instagram video, providing a glimpse of NBA 2K15. In the video, Durant is shown performing a between the legs dribble, before taking the ball to the hoop and dunking on Andre Iguodala.

This is our first look at the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of NBA 2K15, following the earlier announcement of Crew Mode for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version of the game, which was also accompanied by a few screenshots. As yet, we don’t know which version the PC platform will be receiving.

A full trailer is expected to be out soon, so be on the lookout. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below, as well as here in the NBA 2K15 section of the NLSC Forum.

Game Informer: 20 Things We Know About NBA Live 15

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Game Informer has posted an article titled 20 Things We Know About NBA Live 15, which as you might expect, offers 20 facts about this year’s game. It covers the previously mentioned areas of focus (gameplay, visuals and on-boarding), as well as specific improvements such as enhanced commentary and presentation, facial animations, transitional animations, player physics, and an overhaul to the passing game.

On the subject of game modes, Live Season and BIG Moments will be returning. Dynasty Mode unfortunately isn’t a priority, but will still be receiving some enhancements, as will Ultimate Team and Rising Star. The article also mentions that a couple of other modes, such as the EA Sports Basketball League, won’t be returning just yet.

It’s a good overview of a few things we already knew, plus a few tidbits of new information, so be sure to check it out. Game Informer also posted a candid interview with NBA Live 15 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien which you can check out here. Sean also chatted with EGM, in a piece that you can read here.

As always, we invite you to sound off with your opinions in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion in the NBA Live 15 section of the NLSC Forum.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #89

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It’s that time of the week again, so I invite you to join JaoSming and myself for Episode #89 of the NLSC Podcast! Tune in for discussion of the latest NBA Live 15 screenshot, the return of Crew Mode in NBA 2K15, a few new modding developments, and some NBA offseason tidbits.

  • We got a glimpse of the new official NBA basketball in NBA Live 15. Does JaoSming like it more than NBA Live 14’s rock?
  • The actual Crew Mode that gamers loved and missed will be returning in NBA 2K15 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Are we excited about that?
  • Footage of NBA 2K15 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One might be coming by the end of the week. With it being an Instagram video, we’re trying to keep our expectations low.
  • In modding news this week: JaoSming’s latest project, a new development by TGsoGood, and more good stuff with the Ultimate Base Roster.
  • We reflect on the latest Beat Jao challenge and last week’s Friday Five.
  • Former WNBA star Becky Hammon has been hired by the San Antonio Spurs as a full-time assistant coach, breaking down another barrier in the NBA.
  • Derrick Rose has had a fine showing in the Team USA scrimmages. The big news coming out last week however is Paul George’s gruesome injury…yikes.
  • We discuss the possibility of stars no longer competing in non-NBA events, and get nostalgic for days gone by.
  • It seems that Kevin Love is heading to Cleveland, which is making interviews for Andrew Wiggins somewhat awkward.
  • Free agent talk, the retirement of Dick Bavetta, and a few other offseason topics are covered.
  • We close with a short discussion of Brian Scalabrine’s essay. Admittedly, our words cannot do it justice.

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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.