Damian Lillard Announced as NBA Live 15′s Cover Athlete

Damian Lillard NBA Live 15 Cover Announcement

Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard has announced via his Instagram that he will be NBA Live 15’s cover athlete. In the announcement video, he shows off a generic Xbox One game case with the game’s cover inside. In the description, he also mentions that he has been playing EA basketball games since the 16-bit days, so it is definitely nice to have an athlete on the cover of an NBA Live game that has played them since nearly the beginning. Lillard has also been involved and featured in many of the previews for both NBA Live 14 and NBA Live 15.

Big thanks to [Ricoy] for letting us know in the NLSC Forum. Feel free to join the discussion in the comments below or in our NBA Live 15 Forum.

UPDATE: Check out the official cover art below!

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Dumb Monday: Feeling Forced to Patch

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

We are only getting closer to NBA 2K15’s release. October 7th will bring many of us primarily PC-based users into the ‘next generation’ of basketball video games and will undoubtedly change the landscape of PC modding for NBA 2K games. I still foresee only two major directions modding and NBA 2K15 can go. Either modding will be possible with some new (or maybe old!) tools, or impossible because of VC being a part of the picture. So with this imminent shift coming to our community I have been feeling a bit forced to clear out my patching bucket list. As I have said many times before, we should only patch if it is fun for ourselves, but lately I have been making an exception to that rule.

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New NBA Live 15 Arena Screenshots, Cover Announcement Soon?

NBA Live 15 Cover Announcement Teaser

A couple of new NBA Live 15 arena screenshots were released over the weekend. The first was a double shot of the Brooklyn Nets’ Barclays Center and the New York Knicks’ Madison Square Garden, while the second screen spotlighted the Milwaukee Bucks’ Bradley Center. You can check them both out below, as well as in our NBA Live 15 Screenshots gallery.

We’re also tipping off the week with some NBA Live 15 news, as it seems the cover player will be announced very soon. EA Sports has posted a teaser image via the official NBA Live Facebook and Twitter accounts, inviting players to start tossing out some guesses.

The announcement is coming later than usual, as the cover player is often revealed in June or July. 2K were quite early with their announcement this year, revealing Kevin Durant as the NBA 2K15 cover player back in May.

Who do you think will be on the cover of NBA Live 15? Post your guesses in the comments below, and join in the discussion in this thread in the Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

Bring your NBA 2K13 PC rosters up to date with the latest version of skoadam’s URB roster pack, available at the link below.

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URB Roster V21 [24 Complete Seasons Mods] (Updated to v21.0)

Da_Czar joins the NBA 2K Dev Team

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In case you missed the announcement, it’s been revealed that community member and longtime host of SimNation Radio Da_Czar has joined the NBA 2K Development Team at Visual Concepts!

Czar certainly knows his hoops and is very passionate about basketball gaming, so this should mean great things for NBA 2K15 and beyond. For those who are unaware, we’ve actually had Czar on the NLSC Podcast a couple of times, once for an interview, and again for a special episode in which we had an in-depth discussion on simulation basketball. If you’ve listened to those shows or to SimNation Radio, or if you’ve seen his playcalling tutorial videos, I’m sure you’ll agree that he’s the right man for the job.

Congrats again, Czar! I know you’ll make us all proud.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Here are the weekend file additions for NBA 2K14 PC, which include jerseys, faces, FIBA updates, and more. Pick them all up at the links below!

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Sacramento Kings Jersey Update

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Ultimate FIBA 2K14 Roster

FIBA Baller
FIBA Cyberfaces 2K14/13 – Finland Complete Faces Pack
FIBA Cyberfaces 2K14/13 – Ukraine Complete Face Pack

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2014 USA Basketball at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan

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Fictional 2015 NBA All-Star Court

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Pick up the latest version of BAYAG’s SUPERSTAR ’08 AIACT in today’s file additions for NBA Live 08! For more information on the latest release, and to provide feedback, please check out his thread here in the Forum.

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SUPERSTAR ’08 AIACT (Updated to v5.4)

The Friday Five: Top 5 Favourite Experiences Running the NLSC

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.

On August 26th, it will be thirteen years since Tim handed me the reins of the NLSC. Since then, we’ve certainly had our fair share of ups and downs. While I’ve greatly enjoyed running the site, there have been times when I’ve come close to resigning my position. Gaming communities all have their own politics and run the gamut of personalities, so naturally there have been moments where the fuss and drama has left me thinking “Do I really want to keep doing this?”

I’m very glad, and admittedly just a little proud, that my answer has always remained “yes”. The tough times have been valuable learning experiences, while the good times have been very rewarding and a lot of fun. I’m not planning on going anywhere, but since another anniversary has come around, I thought that I’d take some time to reflect on my Top 5 favourite experiences running the NLSC. Let’s begin with number five…

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NBA 2K15 PC System Requirements Revealed

NBA 2K15: Kevin Durant

The system requirements for NBA 2K15 PC have been added to the game’s page on Steam. They are as follows:

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 7 64 bit or higher
  • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or better
  • Memory: 2 or more GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 10.1 compatible (512 MB) or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 50 or more GB available space
  • Sound Card: 9.0c compatible
  • Additional Notes: Keyboard or dual-analog gamepad

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 7 64 bit or higher
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 or better
  • Memory: 4 or more GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 11.0 compatible (2 GB) or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 50 or more GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • Additional Notes: Dual-analog gamepad

Will your PC handle the game, or will you need to upgrade? Have your say in the comments below, as well as in the NBA 2K15 section of the Forum.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

The release of NBA 2K15 may be less than 50 days away, but in the meantime, our talented modding community is still producing some excellent stuff for NBA 2K14 PC. Today’s file additions include faces, jerseys, the 2014/2015 schedule, arenas, and more. Please see below for all the download links!

As we mentioned in Episode #91 of the NLSC Podcast, the number of files in the NBA 2K14 section of our Downloads database is getting closer and closer to the number of files in the NBA 2K13 section. We’d love to be able to top the previous year’s modding output for the second year in a row, so be sure to make use of our upload facilities! As always, I encourage you to check out this video tutorial by JaoSming if you encounter any difficulties with the upload form, and by all means get in touch with us if you have any further questions.

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San Antonio Spurs’ AT&T Center in NBA Live 15

NBA Live 15: AT&T Center

Another day, another NBA Live 15 arena screenshot! Today’s screenshot spotlights the defending champion San Antonio Spurs’ AT&T Center; check out the full-size image below, as well as in our NBA Live 15 Screenshots gallery.

Once again, it remains to be seen whether or not EA Sports will be releasing screenshots of all 30 NBA arenas, or simply spotlight a few of the teams. Further player screenshots and gameplay footage hopefully aren’t too far away either, as we find ourselves less than 50 days away from the game’s October 7th release.

While we’re waiting for more news, don’t forget to check out our interview with Sean O’Brien, join in our countdown game, and of course, have your say in the comments section and NBA Live 15 Forum.

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NBA 2K15 PC Now Available to Pre-Order on Steam

Kevin Durant NBA 2K15 Cover Announcement

The PC version of NBA 2K15 – which if you don’t know by now, is confirmed to be the same as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of the game – is now available to pre-order on Steam. Steam keys are also available through sites such as Green Man Gaming, which frequently offers discount vouchers. The GMG listing also appears to have revealed a couple of new screenshots.

For what it’s worth, NBA 2K15 on PC includes the same pre-order bonuses as the console versions: 5000 VC, a Kevin Durant Throwback MyTEAM Card, two additional MyTEAM Card Packs, and custom MyPLAYER leg sleeves, inspired by cover player Kevin Durant.

Unfortunately, the system requirements are still unknown, but we’ll be sure to post that information as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below, and join in all the speculation and discussion in the NBA 2K15 section of the Forum.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #91

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We’re back to our regular show this week, with Episode #91 of the NLSC Podcast! JaoSming and I catch up on all the latest NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 news, and chat about a few other topics.

  • We reflect on last week’s interview with NBA Live 15 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien, recapping some of the highlights.
  • New NBA Live 15 screenshots are being released, showing off the arenas. They’re nice, but we’re holding out for more player close-ups and gameplay footage.
  • It happened! NBA 2K15 PC will be a port of the PlayStation 4/Xbox One version! So…what does that mean for us?
  • Speaking of NBA 2K15, MyLEAGUE sounds awesome, even if a few cynical people don’t think so. A rant ensues.
  • JaoSming provides us with this week’s update on the latest modding developments.
  • In NBA news, Kevin Love is headed to Cleveland, as is Shawn Marion. Apart from that, we’re at a very slow point of the offseason, but we find a couple of other interesting topics to chat about.
  • We close this week’s show with a great quote from Swaggy P.

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.

The Chicago Bulls’ United Center in NBA Live 15

NBA Live 15: United Center

EA Sports are continuing to release screenshots of the arenas in NBA Live 15. The latest screenshot features the Chicago Bulls’ United Center; check out the full-size image below, or over in our NBA Live 15 Screenshots gallery.

Needless to say, we’re all waiting for more player screenshots, as well as gameplay videos, but those are likely on the way as we get closer and closer to September. In the meantime, I’ll once again shamelessly promote our interview with Sean O’Brien, in which we learned a lot about this year’s game.

As always, feel free to post your thoughts in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

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NBA 2K15 May Feature Inside the NBA Crew

NBA 2K15: Kevin Durant

According to SLAM Magazine, Ernie Johnson appears to have confirmed that the Inside the NBA studio will be featured in NBA 2K15, which would naturally suggest that Ernie himself will be appearing in the game with at least one of his co-hosts. Shaquille O’Neal’s visit to Visual Concepts earlier this year would seemingly suggest that he’ll be the one to join Ernie in the virtual studio.

No further details are available at this time, but no doubt 2K will be revealing more information soon. In the meantime, what do you think we’ll see of Inside the NBA in NBA 2K15? Sound off in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K15 section of the Forum.

UPDATE: Steve from Operation Sports has confirmed that Ernie and Shaq will be in the game, but it won’t feature Inside the NBA itself.