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.

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FIBA 2K14

CrazySerbs
Cleveland Cavaliers Fictional Jersey

R4zoR
Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway Face

GNO322
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.

The Friday Five: My All-Time Starting Five

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.

Here’s a topic that I’ve somehow overlooked in a little over a year and a half of writing The Friday Five: My All-Time Starting Five. I’m not sure why it hasn’t come to mind sooner, as “Who’s in your all-time starting five?” is a very common fantasy related question among basketball fans, and one that lends itself quite well to an article in which I’m talking about five items.

For a long time, my answer to that question hasn’t changed: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen, Larry Bird, and Bill Russell. While I still believe that to be a tremendous lineup, and a few of those players are still in my all-time starting five, I’ve decided to swap out a couple of others upon further reflection. Read on to find out my current selections for my all-time starting lineup.

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File Additions for NBA Live 2001

NBA Live 2001 Cover Art

Following on from yesterday’s file additions, we’ve also been able to recover some long lost files for NBA Live 2001. Once again, I’ve packaged them up into one download and added the pack to our Downloads section; check it out at the link below!

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NBA Live 2001 Old Patches Pack

File Additions for NBA Live 2000

NBA Live 2000 Cover Art

As I mentioned in this week’s Podcast, we recently came across some long lost updates for NBA Live 2000, as well as an old cyberface tutorial. In the interest of preserving them, I’ve packaged up the individual patches, and uploaded them to our Downloads section along with the tutorial. You can find both uploads at the links below.

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Patman’s NBA Live 2000 Cyberface Tutorial

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NBA Live 2000 Old Patches Pack

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

You can pick up a pack of Class of 2014 rookie faces by Devilish in today’s file additions for NBA Live 08. Check it out at the link below!

Devilish
2014/2015 Rookie Pack

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC feature a bunch of HD face updates. Pick them all up at the links below!

IronMike
Derrick Rose Face with Mini Fro
Shabazz Napier Face
Lance Stephenson Face
Nick Young Face
Kevin Durant + Thaddeus Young HD Faces
Jordan Clarkson HD Face
Bruno Caboclo HD Face

FROWARDAXL83
Marcin Gortat Face (Updated to v2.0)

Ultimate Base Roster V18 for NBA 2K14 PC Released

New Retro Faces in UBR V18 for NBA 2K14 PC

The offseason updates continue for the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC, as HAWK23 and company have just released V18, which features the latest player movement, new artwork, and more. An overview of the key features of V18 is as follows:

  • Added updated version of the Ultimate Base Roster & UBR Association Files with current transactions (7/15/14)
  • Added 2014 Summer League Roster with current SL rosters (7/15/14) – courtesy Suirad
  • Added a UBR Assoc Post Draft roster with team transactions reflecting post-draft (6/30/14)
  • Added a UBR Assoc July 1st FA roster with team transactions reflecting the start of free agency (7/1/14)
  • All recently signed free agents have correct salary/contract information (including all rookies)
  • Rolled the Association Calendar forward 1 year (year 1 now starts 2014-2015)
  • Added a couple of new stadiums (88, 89, 90 Chicago) – courtesy Bird
  • Added a few year-specific cyberfaces
  • Added 1 new logo (Chicago Zephyrs)
  • Fixed shoes that were showing up all white or all black
  • Added real 2014 Team Stats from this past year
  • Added V1 of the 1963 Mod (Courtesy Reddwarf)
  • Added V3 of the 1952 Mod (Courtesy Chops)
  • Rosters accurate as of 7/15/2014

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.

NBA 2K15 Cover Art Revealed, Info on Soundtrack

NBA 2K15 Cover Art

Back in May, 2K Sports revealed that Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant would be featured on the NBA 2K15 cover. Today, they have revealed the game’s official cover art; check it out below!

It also appears as though hip-hop artist and producer Pharrell will be responsible for putting together NBA 2K15’s soundtrack, as the cover art mentions “Music Curated by Pharrell Williams”. Cover player LeBron James was put in charge of the soundtrack for NBA 2K14, while Jay Z was infamously an executive producer on NBA 2K13.

What do you think of the cover art, and the announcement that Pharrell is involved with the soundtrack? Sound off in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K15 section of the Forum! Thanks to KevinParker13 for the heads up.

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Beat Jao #1: Score 100 Points Quickly in Any Game

BJ1 100 Pts

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.

So for week one I am challenging you to score 100 points with any player, in any game, using any settings, as quickly as you can. With 12 minute quarters, I completed this challenge in the 2nd quarter with 2:53 remaining in the half. Meaning I scored 100 points in 19 minutes 7 seconds.

I used Antoine Walker from the 2002 Celtics with the NBA Jam: He’s On Fire mod created by bigh0rt for NBA 2K14 PC with rookie difficulty and casual sliders. In the Podcast Andrew suggested NBA Live 2003 might be a good game to complete this challenge, and really any arcade game or mod would give you the best chance at beating my time. You can get additional information on the mod and see sped up footage of my attempt in the video below.

If you want to share your time please comment below, reply to this Forum Thread, or comment on the YouTube video above. If we end up doing a contest or prizes for the winners, please provide some kind of proof with your time, like my image below. Remember this is just for fun, so I hope you enjoy this week’s Beat Jao challenge, good luck!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #86

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #86 of the NLSC Podcast is out now, as Arcane, JaoSming and I return to the virtual booth after taking last week off. As a result, we have far more signings to talk about, and far fewer predictions to potentially embarrass ourselves with.

  • We still find ourselves in the calm before the storm as far as NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 news is concerned, but we do have a couple of tidbits to mention, including a giveaway, more player face scans, and a couple of rumours that have been making the rounds.
  • JaoSming will be debuting a new Tuesday feature, which should be fun for us all as we wait for the new games to come out…or indeed, news on them to come along.
  • In this week’s modding discussion, we talk about the speedy updates to the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC, R4zoR’s outstanding cyberface tutorial, upcoming projects by JaoSming, and some RED MC notes.
  • We tip off the NBA discussion with the biggest story of the offseason: LeBron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. What do we make of the situation, and how good will the Cavaliers be this season?
  • Can Chris Bosh now be The Man in Miami? Will Dwyane Wade stick around?
  • Carmelo Anthony has re-signed with the New York Knicks, leading JaoSming to make a bold prediction.
  • As we discuss the other player movement that’s taken place so far, we question the criticism of bandwagoning, and wonder whether it’s acceptable to follow players rather than teams.
  • Several noteworthy role players are still free agents, so yes, we go ahead and make some predictions.
  • We wrap up the show on another amusing Tweet, thanks to Skip Bayless.

Click Play to listen to the show!

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.

Dumb Mondays: Dumb Mod Ideas from the Past

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 pet peeve of mine and will be looking for and responding to your comments throughout the week.

If you have watched any of my modding tutorial videos on YouTube, you may have noticed some txt files on my desktop that never seem to ever get deleted. In a desperate move to try and stay organized, I decided txt files would be the method of choice for me to keep track of things I needed to get done. I also keep a few for different mod ideas for the PC NBA games that we all play and enjoy for hours on end. So allow me to share with you the many many mods that never got made (and remember, everything I do is ‘open source’ so if you see an idea you like, by all means make it).

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File Additions for NBA Live 2003

NBA Live 2003 Cover Art

We’re tipping off the week with new file additions for NBA Live 2003 PC. Murat has released a couple more retro updates, which you can download at the links below!

Murat
Retro Jersey Pack 3
A Decade of Rosters (1997/1998)

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up the weekend with a variety of updates for NBA 2K14 PC. Check them all out at the links below!

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Proof of Concept Street Multi-Court

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Jordan Clarkson Face

R4zoR
Danny Green Face

Jaidev
International Teams (Comprising NBA Players)

TGsoGood
Custom Gymnasium

KevinParker13
Jose Calderon Face