File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Check out the latest file addition for NBA Live 08 from S_Brat: a new pack of face updates for the Boston Celtics, accurate as of the 2015 season. Download it at the link below, and check out more of S_Brat’s awesome work here in the NBA Live 08 section of the NLSC Forum!

2014/2015 Boston Celtics Team Update

Monday Tip-Off: Lost Forever – The Missing Trophies & Achievements

We’re at midcourt, the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Get your week started here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to basketball video games.

For some gamers, Trophies and Achievements in video games are of great importance. For the gamer who strives for 100% completion, there are few things as satisfying as the sight and sound of a notification informing them that a Trophy or Achievement has just been unlocked. It’s a concise representation that yes, you did indeed do just about everything you could with a game, and then some. And, if you’re the kind of gamer who likes to brag about such things, it’s right there in your public profile, for everyone to see.

For other gamers, Trophies and Achievements are nothing but a nuisance, a meaningless aspect of modern games that are only useful to people who want to brag about ultimately useless accomplishments. You play the games because you’re interested in them, not to get some virtual pat on the back for performing some mundane task. Simply put, Trophies and Achievements aren’t something that everyone is interested in, or obsesses over.

Personally, I find myself somewhere in the middle. I’m not obsessed with collecting every single Trophy or Achievement in every game I play, but I also find them to be fun goals to shoot for, when I’m looking to extend my gaming experience. Basketball video games have had some fun and interesting challenges in the form of their Trophies and Achievements, but in some cases, shooting for 100% completion becomes impossible sooner than you might expect. Servers are inevitably shut down at some point, at which point Achievements involving online play or timed content become lost forever.

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NBA Live 16 Ultimate Team: Launch Legends

NBA Live 16 Ultimate Team Launch Legends

EA Sports has posted a preview of the Legends that will be available in Ultimate Team at the launch of NBA Live 16. The article confirms 43 NBA Legends, spotlighting Dee Brown, Darryl Dawkins, Dave Bing, World B. Free, Robert Horry, Shawn Kemp, Chris Mullin, Charles Oakley, Vlade Divac, and Manute Bol.

For those who may be concerned that that’s a small roster of Legends, I can confirm that there are more former players than that available to collect in NBA Live 16. I’m not allowed to name them all at this time, but at the NBA Live 16 community event that I attended, I did take a look at the debug pack containing all of the Legends, and there are indeed more than the 43 that have been revealed so far. Needless to say, I should be able to put together a decent 90s team once again this year.

See below for the list of the 43 Legends that have been confirmed for NBA Live 16 Ultimate Team so far, and feel free to share any thoughts you might have in the comments, as well as in this thread in the Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up another week here at the NLSC with some new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC. Today’s new files include a couple of fictional courts, and the Phoenix Suns’ new alternate jersey. Download them all at the links below!

Fictional Outdoor Kobe “The Black Mamba” Court
Outdoor Street Court

2015 Phoenix Suns Alternate Jersey

File Additions for NBA 2K15

Here are the most recent file additions for NBA 2K15, which include updated jerseys for the Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Sacramento Kings. Download them all at the links below!

Atlanta Hawks Jersey
Philadelphia 76ers Jersey
Toronto Raptors Jersey
Milwaukee Bucks Jersey
Los Angeles Clippers Jersey
Sacramento Kings Jersey

The Friday Five: My Plans for Tip-Off Weekend

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.

I’ve been a bit caught up with a few matters this week, I’m currently in the process of setting up a brand new gaming PC, and this evening I’m catching up with a friend who’s leaving the country very soon. Arcane and I also weren’t able to get together to record a new episode of the NLSC Podcast, but we’ll be back with a new show next week. However, I did want to get a new Friday Five out today, though it’s going to be a little shorter than usual, and somewhat “last minute”.

I’m guessing most of you will be alright with that though, as chances are you’re getting ready for the NBA 2K16 Early Tip-Off Weekend. That’s certainly on my agenda, and to that end, this week’s Five is all about my plans for the next few days. Without any further ado, here’s what I’m planning to do as soon as my schedule is clear, and, to quote The Vogues, no one owns a piece of my time.

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NBA 2K16 Presents: Momentus

NBA 2K16: Stephen Curry

It’s that time of the year again. With the early tip-off weekend almost upon us, and the street date only a few days after that, 2K has released the Momentus trailer for NBA 2K16!

As you’d expect, the trailer prominently features NBA 2K16 cover players Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Anthony Davis. Other players spotlighted during the trailer include DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, Andre Wiggins, Kyrie Irving, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant. Amusingly, Chris Bosh even videobombs a Dwyane Wade interview at one point in the trailer.

As usual, it’s a well put together trailer that shows off the game in spectacular fashion. Check out the “NBA 2K16 Presents: Momentus” trailer below, or catch it here on YouTube. You can also watch it here on the official NBA 2K Twitter.

What do you think of the trailer? Are you hyped for NBA 2K16? Sound off in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K16 section of the NLSC Forum!

A Starting Guide for Being a Better Teammate in NBA Live Pro-Am

When it comes to NBA Live Pro-Am, I’m not the greatest. I shoot just over 30% from beyond the arc and I’m pretty bad at defending the perimeter. However, I take pride in the fact that I’m a low maintenance teammate. On offence, I always look for good shots and generally pass the ball when they’re not there for me, and I always run back on defence and contest shots to the best of my ability. I might not be the most skilled, but I like to think my general awareness of my surroundings makes up for that. The same cannot be said about some of the people I’ve had to share a team with.

Teammates in Pro-Am can make or break a game. Sometimes you can get a good mix of people who are both skilled and are willing to play the game in the right spirit. Then you get those who may be one, but not necessarily the other. In light of this, I’ve decided to come up with a few suggestions on how to be a better teammate in NBA Live Pro-Am.

Please note that while I’m having a rant against people who are generally bad teammates, I’m by no means perfect. I’ve been guilty of all these annoyances at least once, and it’s okay to slip up every now and then. These suggestions are directed to those who are repeat offenders.

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Details on NBA Live 16 Ultimate Team, Title Update; Available on EA Access

NBA Live 16 Ultimate Team

The full version of NBA Live 16 is out now for Xbox One gamers with an EA Access subscription. For everyone else, the game will drop on September 29th. NBA Live 16 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien has posted an open letter to the basketball gaming community discussing the impending launch of the game, mentioning that the demo will continue to be available post-launch.

Sean also addresses a couple of bugs that are in the demo, noting that the development team is well aware of them, and that they will be resolved before launch. Sean also encourages gamers to keep reporting any issues and providing feedback on the NBA Live 16 demo.

Speaking of updates, EA has posted information on the first official patch for NBA Live 16. The patch addresses some stability issues, adds the ability to pump fake on inside shots (a vital gameplay fix), and includes a few other tweaks and enhancements. See below for more patch notes.

Finally, a new developer blog has been posted, discussing Ultimate Team in NBA Live 16. In this year’s LUT, there are new Specialist cards, with boosted ratings based on the ability a player is best known for. Specialists are available in regular packs, as well as in the new Master Fantasy Challenges. There are also some significant rewards available in the harder challenges, including items worth up to 50,000 and 75,000 coins each. NBA Live 16 Ultimate Team also includes Short Term players that you can “test drive”, throwback and Legend cards, and a GM checklist. The top five shooting guards and point guards in Ultimate Team have also been revealed, and are posted below.

Any thoughts on the first title update for NBA Live 16, and the information drop on Ultimate Team? Have your say in the comments section below, and as always, feel free to join in the discussion in the NBA Live 16 section of the Forum!

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Pre-Load NBA 2K16 on Steam, Play Online Trailer, MyCAREER Colleges

PC gamers can now get a head start by pre-loading NBA 2K16 on Steam, as confirmed by the official NBA 2K Twitter account:

It’s a 39.8 GB download, so you might want to begin ASAP! When completely unpacked, NBA 2K16 will require around 50 GB of hard drive space.

The NBA 2K Twitter account also officially confirmed the ten colleges that will be available in NBA 2K16 for your MyPLAYER to choose from in MyCAREER:

And finally, another new trailer has been posted today: “NBA 2K16 Presents: Play Now Online”. The trailer talks about the different leagues that are available in Play Now Online, and reveals that as you make your way through them, you can unlock classic teams for use in the mode. Watch the trailer below, or check it out here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

Have any thoughts on the latest developments? For those of you playing on PC, how long is it going to take you to pre-load NBA 2K16 on Steam? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below, and as always, be sure to join in the discussion that’s taking place in the NBA 2K16 section of the NLSC Forum!

NBA Live 16 Offensive Tips: Score Like a Pro

EA Sports has posted an article offering up some tips on how to score like a pro in NBA Live 16. It includes videos demonstrating how to create space for jumpshots, using the step back, pro hop, and Euro step.

Additionally, EA has posted a couple of tutorial videos on the official NBA Live Facebook page: how to push off of defenders to create space, and how to perform various dribbling moves. The videos are taken from the LEARN Live in-game tutorials, which are available in the NBA Live 16 demo.

If you’ve been playing the NBA Live 16 demo, feel free to share your opinions here in the NLSC Forum. Additionally, if you haven’t caught it yet, we spoke to NBA Live 16 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien in Episode #129 of the NLSC Podcast; tune in for more insights into this year’s game, and the future of the NBA Live series.

Top 10 Players in NBA 2K16, “Be Yourself” MyCAREER Trailer, Kareem Screen

Top 10 Players in NBA 2K16

Today’s ratings reveal for NBA 2K16 is a list of the top ten (active) players in this year’s game. The players and their overall ratings are as follows:

  1. LeBron James (94 Overall)
  2. Stephen Curry (93 Overall)
  3. Anthony Davis (92 Overall)
  4. James Harden (92 Overall)
  5. Kevin Durant (91 Overall)
  6. Chris Paul (90 Overall)
  7. Russell Westbrook (89 Overall)
  8. Carmelo Anthony (88 Overall)
  9. Blake Griffin (88 Overall)
  10. LaMarcus Aldridge (88 Overall)

Interestingly, the top six players in NBA 2K16 have all graced the cover of NBA 2K, with Curry, Davis, and Harden being this year’s cover players. With Blake Griffin at #9, that makes seven of the top ten either former or current NBA 2K cover players. For the sake of trivia, Russell Westbrook is of course the cover player for NBA Live 16, and Carmelo Anthony appeared on the cover of NBA Live 2005.

If you haven’t seen it yet, a new trailer for MyCAREER titled “Be Yourself” has also been released. Watch it below, or check it out here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

Finally, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – who had previously been confirmed as returning to the historical rosters in NBA 2K16 – Tweeted out a screenshot of himself in the game. You can check that out below, as well as over in our NBA 2K16 screenshots gallery.

What are your thoughts on the latest ratings reveal, MyCAREER trailer, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s in-game likeness? Have your say in the comments, and join in the discussion in the NBA 2K16 section of the Forum!

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Top 5 Centers in NBA 2K16

Top 10 Centers in NBA 2K16

The latest ratings reveal for NBA 2K16 has provided us with a list of the top ten centers (or if you’re Australian like me, centres) in this year’s game. The players and their ratings are as follows:

  1. Marc Gasol (87 Overall)
  2. DeMarcus Cousins (87 Overall)
  3. Dwight Howard (85 Overall)
  4. DeAndre Jordan (84 Overall)
  5. Nikola Vucevic (83 Overall)
  6. Al Horford (83 Overall)
  7. Andre Drummond (83 Overall)
  8. Brook Lopez (83 Overall)
  9. Al Jefferson (83 Overall)
  10. Hassan Whiteside (81 Overall)

The top ten power forwards, small forwards, shooting guards, and point guards have already been revealed. As per the official Facebook page for NBA 2K, tomorrow’s list will be the top ten overall ratings in NBA 2K16. It’ll be interesting to see if that also includes Legends; otherwise, that’s something we could all work out for ourselves, based on the lists that have been posted so far.

In any event, what do you make of the top ten centers (or centres) in NBA 2K16? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and join in the discussion in the NBA 2K16 section of the NLSC Forum.

Monday Tip-Off: How Much Does It Cost To Get Michael Jordan In A Video Game?

We’re at midcourt, the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Get your week started here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to basketball video games.

If you’re a basketball fan, you know who Michael Jordan is, even if you weren’t around in the 80s and 90s. Likewise, even if you were around in the 80s and 90s but weren’t a fan of basketball, you still knew of him, and at least a couple of noteworthy facts about His Airness. Such was his impact upon popular culture.

I was around during that era, and a basketball fan to boot. As many of you may already be aware, I was also a big fan of Michael Jordan, and he remains my all-time favourite player. I was therefore very excited when it was announced that MJ would grace the cover of NBA 2K11, a game which also included a celebration of his career in the form of the Jordan Challenge. Visual Concepts and 2K Sports were probably pretty happy about the arrangement too, as NBA 2K11 sold over five million copies, and was very well received by critics and the basketball gaming community alike.

Michael Jordan is still featured in NBA 2K, and indeed graces the cover of the Special Edition of NBA 2K16. 2K’s partnership with MJ has obviously been very beneficial to the visibility, sales, and reception of their game, but how much does that partnership cost them? While we don’t have any specific figures, some recent reports have given us fodder to speculate.

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NBA Live 16 News: Signature Animations & Ultimate Team Ratings

NBA Live 16 Signature Animations

A couple of NBA Live 16 news stories have been posted over the weekend. EA Sports posted a blog discussing signature animations in this year’s game, specifically which animations you can select for your Rising Star/LIVE Pro-Am player. It also features a list of signature animations that are available in NBA Live 16, which you can check out below.

EA has also tipped off another ratings reveal, unveiling player ratings for Live Ultimate Team in NBA Live 16. So far, the top five centers (or if you prefer, centres), power forwards, and small forwards in LUT have been revealed, along with some of their individual ratings. You’ll notice that there are some slight differences to the versions of the players that appear in the regular rosters. Check out the blog posts for more details, and see below for the three top five lists that have been revealed so far.

Recapping a couple of other big NBA Live 16 stories from the past week, the demo is of course now available. If you check it out, be sure to leave some impressions in this thread. Also, in case you missed it, I interviewed NBA Live 16 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien in last week’s episode of the NLSC Podcast. Tune in here if you haven’t caught it yet.

As always, feel free to share your opinions in the comments section below, and join in the discussion that’s taking place in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum!

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