The Friday Five: 5 Thoughts You Have When Playing Old Basketball 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.

As much as I like to play new and recent video games, I also have a fondness for retro gaming. This extends to my basketball gaming habits as well, as every so often I’ll dust off an older basketball game and spend a little time with it. In fact, through writing The Friday Five and creating content for our upcoming celebration of the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live, I’ve been going back to some old basketball games fairly regularly to grab screenshots, or simply to refresh my memory.

And of course, once I’ve fired them up to do that, I find that I have to indulge my nostalgia by playing an exhibition game or two. Upon doing so, plenty of memories come rushing back, and I can’t help but make a few comparisons and observations. You can probably see where this is going, so without any further ado, here are five thoughts that come to mind when playing old basketball video games.

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Interview with Sean O’Brien: NBA Live 14 Updates

LeBron James dunks against the Indiana Pacers in NBA Live 14

FanSided has posted part four of their interview with NBA Live Executive Producer Sean O’Brien, which you can check out here. The latest installment looks back at last year’s game, as Sean talks about why it was important to push through so many content updates for NBA Live 14. In short, the team was not satisfied with the lacklustre reviews, and did not want to wait until NBA Live 15 to address some of the fans’ biggest concerns.

Sean also describes games as experiences, and expresses a belief that they can evolve through the course of the year. This would certainly appear to be promising news for this year’s game; no matter the quality of NBA Live 15 on launch day, it seems likely that we’ll be receiving significant updates and new content throughout the year, as we did with NBA Live 14.

Be sure to check out the interview in its entirety, and sound off with your thoughts in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 15 section of the NLSC Forum.

File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art Xbox 360

We have a couple of new file additions for NBA Live 06 PC today: the new Charlotte Hornets court, and a TNT Scoreboard. Check them out at the links below.

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Charlotte Hornets Court Patch

TNT 2013/2014 Scoreboard for NBA Live 06

Interview with Sean O’Brien: Release Date Insight

NBA Live 15 Logo (150x150)

FanSided has posted part three of their interview with NBA Live 15 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien, which you can check out here. In the latest installment, Sean talks about the decision to release the game on October 7th, the same date that NBA 2K15 will hit shelves. The article also provides some insight into how the annual release dates are decided by the NBA itself.

Additionally, while there was no official confirmation as such, Sean strongly hinted that a demo would be made available in advance of the game’s release, something that obviously wasn’t possible last year with the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Be sure to check out the interview for the full scoop, and add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as here in the NBA Live 15 section of the NLSC Forum.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’ve got several new files for NBA 2K14 PC today, including a roster that unlocks all players in Blacktop Mode (ideal for the latest Beat Jao challenge), several faces (both retro and current), and some fictional jerseys. Please see below for all the download links!

Blacktop Mode Players Unlocked

Dwyane Wade Realistic HD Face
Iman Shumpert Realistic Face

Allen Iverson 2006-2008 Face (Denver) V3
Allen Iverson 2000 Face V3
Allen Iverson 2001 Face V3
Allen Iverson 2002 Face V3

Ron Radi
Brooklyn Nets Fictional Jerseys

Greg Ostertag Face
Chris Webber Face

Kemba Walker Face

Pepsi Commercials CF Pack

Interview with Sean O’Brien: The Focus of NBA Live 15

NBA Live 15 - Stadium Background

FanSided has posted part two of their interview with NBA Live 15 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien, in which Sean talks about the focus of NBA Live 15. In a nutshell, the team’s focus this year is on visuals, gameplay, and onboarding (teaching the user how to play the game). Sean mentioned that the focus on these areas of the game was a direct result of user feedback.

Sean also notes that improvements to game modes such as Dynasty and Rising Star won’t be as drastic as some gamers would expect, but does state that moving forward, the team does indeed have “great plans to enhance and improve the depth modes” of NBA Live. As such, it remains to be seen what kind of new content and functionality will make the cut this year.

Check out the article over on FanSided for the full scoop, and feel free to have your say in the comments below, as well as here in the NBA Live 15 section of the NLSC Forum.

Beat Jao #2: The Blacktop Jordan Challenge

NBA 2K14 PS4 Michael Jordan Blacktop Mode

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.

It took all of two weeks, but I am going to ask you to load up Blacktop mode for this week’s Beat Jao challenge. I want you to take on 5 Michael Jordans in a game to 21 and see if you can beat them. To make things interesting (more difficult), I am asking you to play on Hall of Fame difficulty and to limit yourself to only using current NBA players, no legends. Players on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, please use Casual sliders like users on last gen versions of the game are forced to.

I was only just barely able to beat this Jordan superteam, needing an extra point to beat them 22-20. Since we will measure this through point differential, you need to beat my score of, 2 points. So basically you just need to win. You can watch my highlights and get the full breakdown on the rules in the video below. Let me know how you do in this Forum Thread or in the comments of this post, or the YouTube video.

Congratulations to T-Bo who was somehow able to wreck the Spurs with Dirk in NBA Live 2004, scoring 100 points in an amazing 4 minutes and 33 seconds. Great job to him and thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s challenge. You can see a scoreboard for last week and an overall leaderboard by hitting Read More.

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Interview with Sean O’Brien: NBA Live here for the long haul

NBA Live 15 Logo

FanSided has posted a new interview with NBA Live Executive Producer Sean O’Brien. It doesn’t provide any new information on NBA Live 15, but Sean once again acknowledges the shortcomings of NBA Live 14, while also talking a little about the team’s commitment to the series, their long-term plan, and support from the higher-ups at EA Sports.

Sean also mentions their goal of being transparent in the development of NBA Live 15 and beyond, which should hopefully mean that we’ll be getting some quality insights and previews come August, when the team begins to reveal information about the game. In the meantime, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

Face Scanning for NBA 2K15 Taking Place During Las Vegas Summer League

NBA 2K15 Cover Art

Dime Magazine has posted an article talking about the NBA 2K15 face scanning sessions that Visual Concepts are conducting at the Las Vegas Summer League. 2K are using the summer league as an opportunity to get all the rookie faces into the game, as well as scan any other players whose likeness they haven’t previously captured.

From all accounts, the process is the same as the one being used by EA Sports for NBA Live 15. EA has also been using the summer league as an opportunity to scan this year’s rookie crop.

What are your expectations for NBA 2K15? Sound off in the comments below, and add your thoughts here in the Forum.

Dumb Mondays: We Need a Generic Basketball Game

Dumb Mondays

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 rant and will be looking for and responding to your comments throughout the week.

It is never too late to publish a wishlist article and this is something I have been meaning to get off my chest. We, the basketball video game playing community, need a gameplay-focused alternative to the yearly NBA games. It can be from some other company, an indie game, or from EA or 2K themselves using their NBA engine, but we need some kind of customizable sandbox based around this sport. All that we do with the PC versions of the NBA games is great, but we need something designed to be customized, rather than something simply made more customizable than intended.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’re beginning the week with a couple of new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC: a HD jersey pack for the Charlotte Hornets, and a fixed jersey model. Check them both out at the links below!

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Charlotte Hornets HD Jersey Pack

Round Collar (Static and Smaller Arm Holes) Jersey Model

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up the weekend with the latest face pack from S_Brat, which contains more Class of 2013 rookies. You can pick it up at the link below.

2013/2014 Rookie Faces Pack 3

Countdown to NBA Live 15 & NBA 2K15 in the NLSC Forum

NLSC Forum

There’s less than 100 days until the release of NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 (October 7th 2014, for those who are unaware), so it seems like the right time to tip off our annual countdown games in the NLSC Forum. For the uninitiated, the aim of the game is simple: post photos of players wearing jersey numbers that correspond to the number of days remaining until the games are released. Creative solutions are certainly welcome for days where no jersey numbers are available, particularly this early in the countdown.

You can find the countdown threads here:

Have fun! Hopefully, more news for both games will be on the way shortly. We’ll be sure to cover any developments right here on the NLSC.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Check out the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC: a converted FIBA mod, a fictional Cavaliers jersey, and faces for Anfernee Hardaway and Gary Harris. They’re all available at the links below.


Cleveland Cavaliers Fictional Jersey

Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway Face

Gary Harris Face

VC Currently on Sale in NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 VC Sale

As per the official NBA 2K Twitter, Virtual Currency is currently on sale in the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of NBA 2K14 (the PC version of course does not utilise VC). If you’re looking to pick up some extra VC to boost your MyPLAYER, enhance MyGM, or unlock players for Blacktop mode (there you go, JaoSming!), packs are currently discounted up to 50%.

The sale is set to finish at 11 PM US PST, so if you’re interested, you have about six hours to take advantage of the deals.

UPDATE: The sale has now been extended through the weekend.