The Friday Five: 5 Early Impressions of NBA 2K15

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, I finally have my hands on NBA 2K15, albeit a little later than expected. My copy for PlayStation 4 is still in the mail, and the PC version didn’t unlock until earlier today, which was a day later than originally advertised for Aussie gamers. Nevertheless, I do have it now, and I was able to spend some time playing it today. As such, I thought that I’d offer up some of my early impressions.

As I mentioned in last week’s Friday Five, I had a “To Do” list in mind for when NBA 2K15 arrived. I’ve more or less ticked off everything on that list, though I’ll naturally be diving deeper into each of those areas in the coming days and weeks. For now though, here are my thoughts on NBA 2K15, after the first few hours of playing the game.

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Top 5 Duos in NBA Live 15 Revealed

Top 5 Duos in NBA Live 15

Today’s ratings drop has revealed the Top 5 duos in NBA Live 15. The duos and their overall ratings are as follows:

  • Chris Paul (94) & Blake Griffin (91)
  • Kevin Durant (94) & Russell Westbrook (91)
  • LeBron James (95) & Kevin Love (90)
  • James Harden (90) & Dwight Howard (90)
  • Derrick Rose (89) & Joakim Noah (90)

You can check out screenshots of all five duos below, as well as in our NBA Live 15 Screenshots gallery.

Tomorrow we’ll find out the Top 5 sixth men in the game; see below for the full ratings reveal schedule. What do you think of the latest ratings and screenshots? Will you be taking control of any of these duos online or in Dynasty Mode? Have your say in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

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File Additions for NBA Live 96

NBA Live 96 Cover Art

Yes, in the midst of all the excitement following the release of NBA 2K15, we’ve got a file addition for a very old NBA Live game indeed: a current roster update for the Genesis version of NBA Live 96, by Dr B. If you’re in the mood for some retro gaming, check it out at the link below!

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NBA Live 15 Hardwood Classic Edition

NBA Live 15 Interview, Hands-On Impressions (PlayStation LifeStyle)

NBA Live 15: Dwyane Wade

PlayStation LifeStyle has posted an “Ask Me Anything” style interview with NBA Live 15 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien. The interview, conducted last month, runs for a little over an hour and covers a variety of topics relating to NBA Live 14 and NBA Live 15. As always, Sean is very candid with his answers, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

You can also check out some hands-on impressions of the game by PlayStation LifeStyle’s Louis Edwards. Louis mentions improvements in several areas, from the animations and visuals to ease of making jumpshots and the effects of fatigue.

We’ll also be looking to record our interview with Sean O’Brien and Connor Dougan this week, so stay tuned for more NBA Live 15 information in the near future! In the meantime, feel free to add your thoughts on PlayStation LifeStyle’s interview and hands-on preview in the comments below, as well as in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

Top 5 Fastest Players in NBA Live 15 Revealed

Top 5 Fastest Players in NBA Live 15

The Top 5 fastest players in NBA Live 15 have been revealed in today’s ratings drop. The players and their speed ratings are as follows:

  • Russell Westbrook (97)
  • John Wall (96)
  • Eric Bledsoe (96)
  • Derrick Rose (96)
  • Ty Lawson (95)

You can check out screenshots of all five players below, as well as in our NBA Live 15 Screenshots gallery.

Tomorrow’s ratings drop will reveal the Top 5 dynamic duos in NBA Live 15; see below for the full ratings reveal schedule. In the meantime, sound off with your thoughts on the latest ratings and screenshots in the comments section, as well as in this thread in our NBA Live 15 Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC. I’m a little behind in posting them as I was out of town this past weekend, but I’m now up to date.

Today’s new and updated files include faces, courts, jerseys, and the latest version of the 90s NBA Season mod. Check them all out at the links below!

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Deron Williams Face
Evan Turner Face
Matt Barnes Face
Kevin Love Face
Kenneth Faried Face
Blake Griffin Face
Carlos Boozer Face
Dirk Nowitzki Face

R4zoR
Steven Adams Face
Markel Brown Face
Cory Jefferson Face
Austin Rivers Face
David Blatt Face
Seth Curry Face

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Time Warner Cable Arena – “THE HIVE”
AT&T Center – San Antonio Spurs 2014
US Airways Center – Phoenix Suns
Moda Center – Portland Trail Blazers 2014
Air Canada Centre – Toronto Raptors 2014
Sleep Train Arena – Sacramento Kings 2014
Verizon Center – Washington Wizards 2014
Philips Arena – Atlanta Hawks 2014
Smoothie King Center – New Orleans Pelicans 2014
Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland Cavaliers 2014

Stoeck (Compiled by Dwadeflash03)
2013-14 30 NBA Teams + ASG HD Floors by Stoeck

Tha King & IamLillard (Compiled by Dwadeflash03)
30 NBA Teams + ASG HD Jerseys by Tha King and IamLillard for Albys Roster

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RayHoops1 90s NBA Season Mod (Updated to v2.0)

Top 5 Stealers in NBA Live 15 Revealed

Top 5 Stealers in NBA Live 15

Today’s ratings drop for NBA Live 15 has revealed the Top 5 stealers in this year’s game. The players and their stealing ratings are as follows:

  • Ricky Rubio (96)
  • Chris Paul (95)
  • Tony Allen (95)
  • Rajon Rondo (92)
  • Kawhi Leonard (91)

Check out screenshots of all five players below, as well as in our NBA Live 15 Screenshots gallery.

We’ll be getting some athletic ratings tomorrow, as the next ratings drop will reveal the Top 5 fastest players in NBA Live 15. For the full ratings reveal schedule, please see below. In the meantime, feel free to have your say on the latest screenshots and ratings in the comments section, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

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IGN’s Hands-On Preview of NBA Live 15

NBA Live 15: Ty Lawson

IGN’s Ryan McCaffrey has posted a hands-on preview of NBA Live 15, and on the whole, it’s much more positive and optimistic than his review of NBA Live 14 last year. Ryan specifically mentions improvements to the visual effects, player faces, camera angles, and most crucially, animations and control responsiveness.

He also praised the improvements to physics, but expressed some disappointment in the variety of passing animations. In summing up his impressions, Ryan notes that NBA Live still has a long way to go, but appears to be back on the right track, with NBA Live 15 likely to be a fun basketball game to play.

Check out the article for the full breakdown, and add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

NBA 2K15 Out Today, Update on Modding

NBA 2K15: Kevin Durant

If you’re in North America, then the wait is over! NBA 2K15 is now on store shelves, and digital pre-orders have been unlocked on all platforms. If you already have the game, feel free to post your impressions in the comments below, as well as join in all the discussion that’s taking place in the NBA 2K15 section of the Forum!

We can confirm that the file formats are very different for the PC version of NBA 2K15, so as of now, most of our existing tools unfortunately won’t be of any use. Since our talented community is still figuring out how everything works and what we’ll be able to do, it might be a little while before modding really gets started for this year’s game. Having said that, we’ll be preparing the usual Forum subsections and upload facilities in due course, and keeping everyone informed of any modding developments.

Top 5 Rebounders in NBA Live 15 Revealed

Top 5 Rebounders in NBA Live 15

The Top 5 rebounders in NBA Live 15 have been revealed in today’s ratings drop. The players and their rebounding ratings are as follows:

  • Kevin Love (95)
  • DeAndre Jordan (94)
  • Andre Drummond (94)
  • Dwight Howard (92)
  • Joakim Noah (91)

You can check out screenshots of all five players below, as well as in our NBA Live 15 Screenshots gallery.

Tomorrow’s ratings drop will reveal the Top 5 steal threats in the game; for the full ratings release schedule, please see below. In the meantime, feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts on the latest ratings and screenshots, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

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NBA 2K15 Pre-Release Notes, New Trailer

NBA 2K15: John Wall

NBA 2K15 will be available in a matter of hours, but there are a few pre-release news and notes to cover before we get our hands on the game:

  • A couple of articles have been posted over on the 2K Support website, providing details on the pre-order packs and how to redeem them in-game. In a nutshell, digital pre-orders will provide users with a Locker Code to obtain their pre-order bonuses, which will be available once the game is unlocked.
  • NBA 2K15 PC can currently be pre-loaded on Steam, and according to Ronnie 2K, it will be unlocked in North America at 9 PM PST/12 AM EST. If you live elsewhere in the world, you’ll have to wait a couple more days for the unlock.
  • Some tips on how to properly scan your face for use in MyCAREER have been posted here over on the official PlayStation blog. The feature is also available in the Xbox One version of the game.
  • A humorous new trailer featuring Shaquille O’Neal and Ernie Johnson has been released, which you can watch below, or here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

Once you get your hands on the game, be sure to share your impressions with the rest of the community in the NBA 2K15 section of the Forum. A fun year of basketball gaming awaits us!

File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

ModManZZZ has released a new version of his offseason roster update for NBA Live 2004 PC. Download it at the link below!

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ModManZZZ NBA Live 2014/2015 Offseason Roster Update (Updated to v4.0)

Top 5 Passers in NBA Live 15 Revealed

Top 5 Passers in NBA Live 15

Today’s ratings drop has revealed the Top 5 passers in NBA Live 15. The players and their passing ratings are as follows:

  • Chris Paul (97)
  • Rajon Rondo (93)
  • Ricky Rubio (91)
  • Kendall Marshall (91)
  • Tony Parker (88)

Screenshots of all five players can be found below, as well as in our NBA Live 15 Screenshots gallery.

Tomorrow’s ratings drop will reveal the Top 5 rebounders in NBA Live 15; see below for the full ratings release schedule. In the meantime, feel free to comment on the latest ratings and screenshots, and join in the discussion here in the Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

We have one new file addition for NBA 2K13 PC today, namely the latest version of skoadam’s URB Roster pack. Pick it up at the link below!

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URB Roster V22 [24 Complete Seasons Mods] (Updated to v22.0)

Top 5 Rookies in NBA Live 15 Revealed

Top 5 Rookies in NBA Live 15

The Top 5 rookies in NBA Live 15 have been revealed in today’s ratings drop. The players and their overall ratings are as follows:

  • Jabari Parker (82)
  • Andrew Wiggins (80)
  • Joel Embiid (79)
  • Dante Exum (78)
  • Marcus Smart (76)

Screenshots of all five players can be found below, as well as over in our NBA Live 15 Screenshots gallery.

Tomorrow’s ratings drop will show us who the top 5 passers are in NBA Live 15. For the full ratings release schedule, please see below. In the meantime, add your thoughts on the latest ratings and screenshots in the comments section, and feel free to join in the conversation here in the Forum.

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