Retrospectives: NBA Live 95 & NBA Live 95 vs. NBA Jam

The official website of the Phoenix Suns has posted a retrospective of NBA Live 95, with author Ben York remembering it fondly as “the greatest basketball video game of all-time”. He talks about playing the Super Nintendo version of the game with his brother for hours upon hours from May to August 1995, and discusses just how impressive NBA Live 95 was for its time; an assessment that I for one certainly agree with.

In another piece, York debates Greg Esposito as to which 90s basketball game was better: the sim-oriented NBA Live 95, or the arcade-oriented NBA Jam. For those who of us who remember playing both games back in the day, it’s a fun trip down memory lane. For younger basketball gamers, it will hopefully prove to be an interesting look back at a time when basketball games really started to improve.

I highly recommend checking out both retrospectives when you have a moment; feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, and join in the discussion in the NBA Live Vintage section of the NLSC Forum. Don’t forget that we’re also preparing our own 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content, in which I and other members of the NLSC Team will be giving our thoughts on the past, present, and future of the NBA Live series, as well as providing a few other surprises that you’ll hopefully enjoy.

Ultimate Jordan Roster Raw Demo for NBA Live 08

As I prepare content for our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live celebrations, I’m looking at creating a few different projects for the PC versions of NBA Live that I’ve long wanted to do, but never gotten around to doing. For the larger releases, I’m looking at releasing “demo” versions, which can be updated gradually as I have time to work on them and acquire the necessary art assets.

My latest project is an Ultimate Jordan Roster (name subject to change) for NBA Live 08, which I’d also be looking to convert for use with NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, and NBA Live 07. It contains historical teams celebrating Michael Jordan’s career (1984-2003): 15 of MJ’s teams and 15 selected opponents, one for each season he played in the NBA.

As with the Fictional Basketball League, this is something that I’ll be working on whenever I’m able to, so I’m not setting any release date. If a few people from the community would like to get involved, contributions of historical team/player art and the like would be very much appreciated!

In the meantime, you can download the very bare-bones raw demo here. If you have any comments, feel free to leave them below, or post them in my release thread.

Details on the March 18th Roster Update for NBA Live 15

A new roster update has come through for NBA Live 15 which contains more than 3800 ratings changes, as well as accessory updates for 24 players. For a complete overview of all the changes that have been made in the March 18th roster, check out this spreadsheet.

Anthony Davis and cover player Damian Lillard are two of the players who have been spotlighted in the latest roster. The Brow’s continued brilliance, including his 36 points, 14 rebounds, nine blocks and seven assists against the Denver Nuggets, have seen him rise to a 92 overall. Damian Lillard meanwhile now sits at 89 overall.

As always, please feel free to post any thoughts on the rosters in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in our NBA Live 15 Forum.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We have ten new or updated files for NBA 2K14 PC today, including rosters, fictional courts, and player faces. Download them all at the links below!

NBA 2K14 MGX MTV Jams Roster Update
2KShiftLeader’s Real 2015 Roster (Updated to v0.4)

Fictional Alaska Aces Court
Fictional Barako Bull Energy Court
Fictional Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Court
Fictional Globalport Batang Pier Court
Fictional KIA Carnival Court

Thaddeus Young HD Face (Next Gen Arms)

LeBron James Face (No Headband)

Giannis Antetokounmpo Face

NLSC Podcast – Episode #112

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Following another brief hiatus, Arcane and I are back with Episode #112 of the NLSC Podcast! In this week’s show, we catch up on all the latest NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 news, speculate a little on NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, and of course, chat about what’s going on in the NBA.

  • In addition to scanning current NBA player faces for next year’s game, EA Sports also brought Patrick Ewing into the studio. Will this mean better Legends faces in NBA Live 16?
  • We recap the latest content updates for NBA Live 15, including the third patch. Impressions to follow next week.
  • A fourth official patch has also been pushed through for NBA 2K15, along with new content. We’ll also have more thoughts on that in upcoming episodes.
  • We talk a little about some recent experiences with the games, as well as couple of feature articles on the NLSC.
  • Who do we think will be on the covers of NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16?
  • This week’s NBA discussion includes Russell Westbrook’s string of triple doubles, Kyrie Irving’s big game, the 2015 Playoffs race, and more injury talk.
  • The late Leonard Nimoy left us with a perfect sentiment to close the show on.

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. Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

File Additions for NBA Live 96

We’re tipping off this week with an old school file addition, as Dr B has uploaded a new version of his current season roster update for the SEGA Genesis version of NBA Live 96. Check it out at the link below!

Dr B
NBA Live 15 Hardwood Classic Edition (Updated to v1.1)

File Additions for NBA 2K13

Today’s new file additions for NBA 2K13 PC include an NBL mod, and the latest version of PatTheHead’s retro season pack. Download them both at the links below!

NBL 2K Mod

1946/47 to 1984/85 NBA Seasons (Updated to v2.8)

Glen Rice, World B. Free, Chuck Person Added to NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team

The latest additions to the ranks of Legends in NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team are a trio of scorers: Glen Rice, World B. Free, and Chuck Person. All three players will be randomly available in packs this weekend, and can be faced in a new Fantasy Challenge.

Free’s nickname was inspired by his massive vertical leap and athleticism. He was an All-Star in 1980 and averaged more than 20 PPG in his career.

The three-time All-Star was one of the league’s best shooters, and was a member of the dominant 1999-2000 Lakers team that won the NBA title.

The 1987 NBA Rookie of the Year averaged nearly 15 PPG in his career.

Remember that you can discuss anything and everything about Ultimate Team here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

The Friday Five: My 5 Favourite Number 13s

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.

Another Friday the 13th is upon us, and since I’ve already covered unlucky moments in a previous Friday Five, this time I thought I’d mark the occasion by listing my five favourite NBA players who have worn number thirteen. I’m sure a couple of those players will come as no surprise for anyone who knows my nationality and favourite NBA team, but a couple of my other picks may be somewhat unexpected.

Despite its reputation as an unlucky number in Western superstition, a total of 169 NBA players have worn the number thirteen jersey. Four of those players have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, including of course the great Wilt Chamberlain. Without any further ado, here are my five favourite NBA players to have worn number thirteen.

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Patch #4 for NBA 2K15 Released on PC & PS4

The fourth official patch for NBA 2K15 has been pushed through for the PC and PlayStation 4 versions of the game. It has not come through yet on Xbox One and no timetable is currently available, though Ronnie 2K previously indicated that the patch would be coming out on all platforms within 14 days, but “probably much sooner”.

Full patch notes are yet to come, but it has been noted that the latest patch addresses various issues with shoes, primarily occurring in MyCAREER. As soon as more information is made available, we’ll be sure to post it.

The PC patch is around 92.2 MB in size, while the PlayStation 4 patch checks in at 2.84 GB. If you have feedback on the patch, feel free to post it in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NBA 2K15 section of the NLSC Forum.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Our community continues to produce great mods for NBA 2K14, more than a year after the game’s release. Today’s additions include faces, a custom playlist, and updated rosters. Check them all out at the links below.

Goran Dragic Next Gen Face
Shawn Marion Next Gen Face
Tyler Ennis Face

Kevin Garnett HD Face (Next Gen Arms & Tattoos)

Crazy Serbs’s Groovy Soulful Hip Hop Playlist

2KShiftLeader’s Real 2015 Roster

March 10th Roster & Content Update for NBA Live 15

A new roster and content update has come through for NBA Live 15. Russell Westbrook’s string of triple doubles has made him one of the most noteworthy movers in the new roster, as he has increased to a 92 overall. Speaking of impressive performances, Hassan Whiteside’s play has seen him reach 80 overall in the latest update.

In total, there are over 3600 ratings changes for 436 players in the March 10 roster. Four new jerseys have also been added to the game: Thunder Pride, Phoenix Pride, Celtics St. Patrick’s Day, and Bulls St. Patrick’s Day. You can check out a spreadsheet containing all of the changes in the roster update here.

Additionally, a new content update has been pushed through. It contains various fixes and additions under the hood, some of the most noteworthy being fixes for box score errors, online usability issues, offensive coaching options, the names on the All-Star jerseys in Live Ultimate Team, and a desync issue when changing lineups.

Feel free to post any feedback on the latest roster in this thread in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum. Any feedback on the latest content update is welcome in this thread.

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 08 PC include the latest version of BAYAG’s SUPERSTAR AIACT update, and new rosters for the 2014/2015 season. Please note that I did not make these rosters and am not working on any roster updates these days, so please don’t contact me about them; be sure that you get in touch with ChicagoBulls24 with any issues you might have.

SUPERSTAR ’08 AIACT (Updated to v5.8)

2014/2015 Roster Update for NBA Live 08

File Additions for NBA 2K15

We’re tipping off the week with a couple of file additions for NBA 2K15 PC, as Tha King has released two new Air Jordan shoe updates. Download them both at the links below!

Tha King
Air Jordan 3
Air Jordan 1

The Soapbox: Five NBA Players I Like Because of NBA Video Games

The Soapbox is a feature where NLSC community members can let their voices be heard on a range of topics related to basketball and basketball video games, through feature articles here on the main site. Today’s guest contributor is Kenny.

I always find it interesting how NBA video games are able to alter my perceptions. There are often songs within the soundtracks that I end up liking, despite my best efforts not to, and the same thing can happen with NBA players. While I generally like my favourite NBA players due to their performances in real life, NBA video games have also influenced me, because of the positive in-game moments I associate with particular players.

This is a list of five players that I have come to like purely because of my experience in the NBA video games I have played.

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