First Details on MyTEAM in NBA 2K16

At last! We have some officially confirmed information on NBA 2K16 that isn’t (solely) about pre-order bonuses and special editions! During yesterday’s live stream, 2K revealed the first details on MyTEAM in NBA 2K16, which they also summarised in a post on the game’s official Facebook page.

This year, MyTEAM will feature five card classes: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Amethyst, and Diamond. Additionally, NBA 2K16 will introduce Dynamic Rating cards, which as their name suggests, have ratings that will fluctuate as roster updates occur. That way, if you pull the Dynamic Rating card for a player who’s having a breakout season, like Hassan Whiteside last year, you won’t have to wait until a new card is released (and then acquire it) to benefit from their improved ratings. On the flip side, cards for struggling players will obviously become less valuable.

Also new to MyTEAM in NBA 2K16 are Moment Cards. These cards will represent big moments and memorable performances for current players during the 2016 season, however it appears as though a few historical ones might be available too. Gamers who pre-order the Special Edition of NBA 2K16 will receive a Michael Jordan Moment Card, celebrating his very first NBA game way back in 1984.

You can check out a full size image of the Michael Jordan Moment Card below, as well as in our NBA 2K16 screenshots gallery. As always, feel free to have your say in the comments below, as well as in the NBA 2K16 section of the NLSC Forum!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #123

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The 2015 NBA offseason is slowing down a little, but news about this year’s NBA video games is just starting to heat up. Arcane and I are your hosts for Episode #123 of the NLSC Podcast, in which we react to the latest NBA Live 16 news, discuss some NBA 2K16 leaks and rumours, and find a few other things to talk about, too.

  • This past week has brought us some new NBA Live 16 screenshots, and a healthy info drop by way of a developer blog. What do we make of the latest details?
  • We also received some interesting tidbits by way of DualShockers’ video interview with NBA Live 16 designer Ryan Santos.
  • We’ll have the opportunity to conduct some interviews of our own with the NBA Live 16 development team in the near future, so we invite everyone to get their suggestions for questions in ASAP!
  • The NBA 2K16 achievements list has revealed some pleasing details about this year’s game, and also provided some minor spoilers about the MyCAREER story.
  • Rumours about the presence of college basketball in NBA 2K16 remain unconfirmed, but they’re too juicy not to report on and discuss. Do we think it will be a reality?
  • What have we been doing with basketball games this past week? We may have a couple of surprises here.
  • Player movement is slowing down, but there’s still some interesting signings worth talking about, including Josh Smith joining the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Will Becky Hammon become the first female head coach in the history of the NBA?
  • We end Episode #123 of the NLSC Podcast with a mention of a once-in-a-lifetime event.

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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.

Upcoming NBA Live 16 Interviews; New Screenshot

I’m pleased and excited to announce that we’ll have an opportunity in the coming weeks to conduct some interviews/Q&As with the NBA Live 16 Development Team! Needless to say, we do have a lot of questions in mind already, and I do feel that we have a good grasp of what the community wants to hear about, but to make sure that we’re asking about the things that you’re interested in, we are taking your suggestions!

Please note that we won’t be able to ask every question that’s submitted, and answers are at EA’s discretion – there is a timeframe for when certain features will be discussed, after all – but we’ll certainly take all (serious) suggestions into account. Obviously, we won’t be asking anything that’s rude or disrespectful; these are opportunities that we take seriously, and always intend to approach professionally.

With that said…if you have any questions that you’d like us to ask the NBA Live 16 developers, please feel free to post them in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the Forum. Stay tuned for those interviews in the not too distant future!

In the meantime, a new NBA Live 16 screenshot has been released, showing off the Atlanta Hawks’ new jerseys in this year’s game. You can check it out below, as well as in our NBA Live 16 screenshots gallery. As always, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section, and join in all the NBA Live 16 discussion taking place here in the Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K15

We’ve got a couple of new file additions for NBA 2K15 PC today, as Kevin has released jersey updates for the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns. Download them both at the links below!

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San Antonio Spurs Jerseys
Phoenix Suns Jerseys

File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Once again, we’re tipping off a new week here at the NLSC with a big batch of file additions for NBA 2K14 PC. Today’s new and updated files include player faces, offseason rosters, courts, and more. Download them all at the links below!

2KBM
Richaun Holmes Face

Monzki15
Dimitrios Agravanis Face
Tyler Harvey Face
Cady Lalanne Face

PrinceJohn
Matthew Dellavedova Face

Mythbuster
Staples Center – Los Angeles Clippers 2015

RamBu
Face Pack #1
Face Pack #2
NBA 2K16 Title Screen

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James Harden HD Face

retroman
2012-2013 New Orleans Arena in New Orleans
EUROBASKET 2015 Courts

Kevin
Kevin’s Realistic Roster (Updated to v7.6)

Medevenx
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v2.5c)

2KShiftLeader
2KShiftLeader’s Real 2015 Roster (Updated to v3.6)

Interview with NBA Live 16 Designer Ryan Santos (DualShockers)

DualShockers has posted a new video interview with NBA Live 16 designer Ryan Santos. It doesn’t feature any new gameplay footage (just clips of the first look trailer and some recently released screenshots), but Ryan does talk about the improvements to the gameplay and visuals in this year’s release.

While talking about the player movement, Ryan mentions that the team wanted “the game to come to (the user)”, with players making cuts and getting open, and teams running their real life offenses, without the user needing to call a play every time down the floor. The on-boarding in NBA Live 16 is also touched upon, including the new defensive guideline that you may have seen in some of the E3 gameplay videos. For those who don’t like the look of it, or feel they don’t need it, Ryan does mention that it can be toggled on and off.

Other elements discussed include the AI, on-court chatter related to the current action, the shot meter, dribble handoffs, playcalling, sliders, and the progression in responsiveness and animation quality. Interestingly, Ryan also mentions that new animations will be added to NBA Live 16 post-launch. Check out the full interview below, or watch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video. As always, feel free to have your say in the comments, as well as in the NBA Live 16 section of the Forum.

NBA Live 16 Gameplay Blog: Freestyle Control & Movement

As promised, today we received a new blog providing us with the latest details on the gameplay in NBA Live 16. The blog doesn’t contain any new in-game footage of NBA Live 16 (just the first look gameplay trailer), but it does include some new screenshots, and provides some in-depth information about Freestyle Control and player movement in this year’s game. The key points of the latest developer blog are as follows:

  • In addition to improved dribbling animations, there is a greater sense of control and responsiveness when performing crossovers and other dribbling moves, as well as chaining moves together.
  • Signature moves and size-ups are no longer automated with the right stick; instead, the user can perform the moves as desired by moving the right stick with one-to-one control. In other words, the user has a choice of moves and the speed at which they are performed.
  • Users no longer have to wait for a shot animation to play out before releasing a jumpshot, so early releases to beat the defense are possible. The new shot meter will provide more information on the quality of the release, teaching you how to shoot the perfect jumper.
  • New inside shots have also been added, including signature dunks and layups. Signature moves such as Jamal Crawford’s stepback jumper are also in NBA Live 16.
  • We can select which teammate comes over for dribble handoffs, which are performed by the B/Circle button. It’s also possible to queue up touch passes to move the ball around more quickly, by pressing the pass button again before a player catches a pass.
  • A new “Catch to Score” system increases responsiveness in NBA Live 16, allowing users to get off shots quicker after receiving the pass, as well as go to the hoop more swiftly and in stride after a catch or cut.
  • Passing animations have been added and improved upon (notably alley-oops). More contextually appropriate passes are also in the game, along with better passes on pick-and-rolls.
  • Speaking of the pick-and-roll, when you call for a pick, screeners actively set themselves up to screen defenders, and adjust themselves to any pre-screen movement. Continuing to hold the LT/L2 button calls for a re-screen, and quickly releasing LT/L2 and pressing it again gets your teammate to set their pick on the other side.
  • Users can also easily switch between a roll and a pop by pressing down on the left stick.

It’s certainly a big info drop, with some pleasing details about control and movement in NBA Live 16. Check out the blog for the full scoop, and take a look at the latest screenshots below, as well as in our NBA Live 16 screenshots gallery. What are your thoughts on the latest details on gameplay in NBA Live 16? Have your say in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion here in the Forum!

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The Friday Five: 5 Goals I’ve Had for Ultimate Team in NBA Live 15

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.

As I’ve mentioned in recent episodes of the NLSC Podcast and in last week’s Friday Five, I’ve been spending a lot of time with Ultimate Team in NBA Live 15. Although I’m traditionally more interested in modes like Dynasty, Ultimate Team definitely piqued my interest last year, and this year I’ve been hooked on building my team and playing through various Fantasy Challenges. As I also said last week, while I’m hoping to play a lot of Dynasty in NBA Live 16, I expect that I’ll continue to spend a lot of time with Ultimate Team, too.

In the meantime, Ultimate Team has definitely become my mode of choice in NBA Live 15. To that end, there are a few goals that I’ve set for myself as I continue to play the game up until the release of NBA Live 16 in September. I’ve managed to achieve a couple of them during this past week, but a couple of others…well, I still have a ways to go. For your reading pleasure this Friday, I present five goals that I’ve had for Ultimate Team in NBA Live 15.

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New NBA Live 16 Screenshots, Gameplay News Tomorrow

As previously mentioned, more NBA Live 16 gameplay news is on the way. We’re set to receive some new gameplay information tomorrow, most likely by way of a developer blog. It remains to be seen whether we’ll get any new videos of NBA Live 16 in action, but I would assume that at the very least, a few new screenshots will accompany the new details on gameplay. Once again, I’m also guessing that LIVE Motion will be among the gameplay elements that are discussed.

Speaking of NBA Live 16 screenshots, a couple of new ones have been posted on social media today. The latest screens feature NBA Live 15 cover player Damian Lillard, and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Jabari Parker. Speaking of Parker, EA Sports also posted a “motion” screenshot of him yesterday, taking flight for a dunk. After his devastating ACL injury during his rookie season, I’m sure that Bucks fans – and NBA fans in general – are hoping to see him soaring to the hoop again in the not too distant future.

We’ll be posting the gameplay news after it drops, but in the meantime, check out the latest screenshots below, as well as in our NBA Live 16 gallery. What do you think we’ll be hearing about in tomorrow’s info drop about gameplay? What are some of the things that you want to hear about? Sound off in the comments section, and as always, feel free to join in the discussion in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum!

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Rumour: College Basketball in NBA 2K16?

NBA 2K16 Stephen Curry Cover

There is a rumour currently making the rounds that college basketball will appear in some form during MyCAREER in NBA 2K16. As previously mentioned, the leaked achievements for the game revealed the ability to select a college early on in the mode, confirming that the story begins well before your MyPLAYER is ready to make the jump to the NBA. The question remains however, might there also be some college basketball gameplay in NBA 2K16?

YouTuber PhreezyP has done a little research, and discovered that 2K Sports has licensing agreements with the Collegiate Licensing Company, which would allow them to include certain colleges in NBA 2K16. He also notes the photos of the cover players during their college days which appear in the background of their respective covers, pointing out that “North Carolina” has been removed from Michael Jordan’s jersey on the Special Edition. Presumably, this has been done because the North Carolina Tar Heels are not CLC licensed.

While nothing is confirmed at this time, and it may seem like a long shot given the recent lawsuits involving the NCAA, it’s certainly an interesting rumour. At this point, it’s definitely something to take with a grain of salt, but it certainly would be cool if your college career is a part of MyCAREER in NBA 2K16. We’ll be sure to post any details as they become available, but in the meantime, check out Phreezy’s video below, add your thoughts in the comments, and join in the speculation in our NBA 2K16 Forum!

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More NBA Live 16 Gameplay News Coming; Melo Screenshot

A bulletin has been posted over on the official NBA Live Facebook page, teasing that some more NBA Live 16 gameplay info will be coming our way later this week. Developer blogs tend to be released Thursday or Friday, and I’d speculate that LIVE Motion will be one of the next things that the NBA Live 16 development team will be discussing in detail.

With any luck, there’ll be some preview media (ideally more gameplay footage) accompanying gameplay info drop. In the meantime, a new screenshot featuring Carmelo Anthony has been posted on the official NBA Live social media accounts. You can check it out below, as well as over in our NBA Live 16 screenshots gallery.

You can keep tabs on all of the latest NBA Live 16 news here. As always, feel free to add your speculation and opinions in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion in our NBA Live 16 Forum.

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NBA 2K16 Achievements Reveal New Info; Digital Pre-Orders

NBA 2K16 Special Edition Cover Featuring Michael Jordan

TrueAchievements has posted a complete list of achievements for NBA 2K16, which in turn has revealed some interesting new tidbits about this year’s game that have yet to be announced. Here’s a quick list of some of the most noteworthy items:

  • Following on from 2K’s post on social media, the Summer League will be available in MyGM and MyLEAGUE.
  • A mode called Play Now Online will involve call-ups, and a feature titled “Greatest of All-Time”.
  • During MyCAREER, you will be able to pick a college and announce your decision. Presumably there’ll be no college basketball gameplay owing to the lack of an NCAA license, but more details are obviously yet to come.
  • A character named “Vic” will feature heavily in the story for MyCAREER. Apparently, the MyPLAYER character will also be put in a position where they have to admit “uncomfortable truths”.
  • Teams can be relocated in MyGM and MyLEAGUE
  • Three team trades have been added to MyGM and MyLEAGUE.
  • MyTEAM includes an unlockable mode/feature called Historic Domination. It will also feature The Gauntlet (presumably a new challenge mode), collectible “runes”, and solvable codes.

NBA 2K16 is now available to order digitally on Steam, the PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live. In addition to the pre-order bonuses for this year’s game, pre-ordering NBA 2K16 will also net you 35,000 VC to use in NBA 2K15 (assuming you have it). Interestingly, it now appears that the Special Edition featuring Michael Jordan is also available for PC users, too.

As always, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below, and join in the discussion in the NBA 2K16 section of the NLSC Forum. Thanks to keeks and jmmontoro for the heads up!

NLSC Podcast – Episode #122

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After scheduling conflicts and illness caused us another undesirable delay, we’re back with Episode #122 of the NLSC Podcast! Join Arcane and myself as we chat about the latest NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 news, give our thoughts on the wild start to the 2015 NBA offseason, and talk about a couple of other things that are on our minds.

  • We catch up on the latest NBA Live 16 news, including the developer blog on visuals, new screenshots, and details on the early version of the game that was on display at E3 2015.
  • We’re sold on the Special Edition of NBA 2K16, and we’re liking the tidbits we’ve heard so far, but we want to hear more about this year’s game from Visual Concepts.
  • What are we playing at the moment? Andrew shares some recent NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team stories.
  • We both added some classic titles to our basketball video game collections recently, but unfortunately, one of us was a little unlucky with our purchase.
  • The 2015 NBA Draft saw a couple of surprise picks. We give our thoughts on how our favourite teams fared.
  • Is Joel Embiid the next Greg Oden?
  • Once again, we play fashion critics, as we discuss the new jerseys for the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers.
  • We discuss the 2015 NBA offseason, from the feud between DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl to DeAndre Jordan’s controversial (in)decision, Luke Ridnour’s wild ride, and the major player movement so far.

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.

Ultimate Base Roster V39 for NBA 2K14 PC Released

HAWK23 has released V39 of the best roster pack around, the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC! As you may have seen on social media, HAWK23 has been releasing minor updates on a daily basis, adding all of the latest offseason transactions. V39 is a major release however, with the following key updates:

  • Added updated version of the Ultimate Base Roster, UBR Association, and UBR MyCareer Files with ALL 60 draft prospects, current transactions, signings, rotations, and coaching moves (7/14/15)
  • Updated all contracts to reflect the current numbers
  • Updated some player jersey numbers
  • Added V1 of the 2015 Vegas Summer League Roster – courtesy Suirad
  • Added/Updated 15 rookie cyberfaces – courtesy Monzki/2KBM/Hener2K
  • Added ~40 retro cyberfaces throughout retro season rosters
  • Added 2016 Raptors Jerseys (Rich) and updated 2016 Hawks Jerseys (Mythbuster)
  • Added new 2016 Bucks court/stadium – courtesy Mythbuster
  • Added updates for 2016 Clippers, Sixers, Raptors courts – courtesy Retroman/Rich
  • Kept UBRV37 Pre FA Roster for anyone who wants the file with a roster before free agency started
  • Kept UBR V36 Post Draft roster for those of you who want a file with the rosters exactly the way they were after the draft
  • Rosters accurate as of 7/14/2015

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. Keep checking back for the regular incremental updates to the rosters throughout the offseason, and stay tuned for bulletins on all the major releases!

NBA Live 16 Q&A Videos by TicoisTocory

We’re still waiting for the next NBA Live 16 info drop from EA Sports, but in the meantime, have you checked out some of the latest videos from TicoisTocory? As previously mentioned, the popular YouTuber was in attendance at E3 and spent a considerable amount of time playing NBA Live 16, in order to provide in-depth impressions, as well as offer up answers to basketball gamers with questions about this year’s offering from EA.

In addition to his initial impressions video, Tico has posted four videos that go in-depth on gameplay in NBA Live 16, and answer various questions that were submitted to him. They’re definitely a must-watch for anyone who’s interested in NBA Live 16, so check them all out below, or catch them on his YouTube channel.

We’ll have the opportunity to ask the NBA Live 16 developers some questions of our own in the near future, and we’ll certainly be taking some suggestions from the community, so stay tuned for that. More NBA Live 16 news shouldn’t be too far away – details about the brand new game mode will be revealed at Gamescom in August – and we’ll be sure to cover all of the developments as they happen.

In the meantime, check out Tico’s videos below, subscribe to him on YouTube, and of course, feel free to have your say in the comments section, as well as join in the discussion in our NBA Live 16 Forum.

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