The Friday Five: 5 Goals I’ve Had for Ultimate Team in NBA Live 15

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.

As I’ve mentioned in recent episodes of the NLSC Podcast and in last week’s Friday Five, I’ve been spending a lot of time with Ultimate Team in NBA Live 15. Although I’m traditionally more interested in modes like Dynasty, Ultimate Team definitely piqued my interest last year, and this year I’ve been hooked on building my team and playing through various Fantasy Challenges. As I also said last week, while I’m hoping to play a lot of Dynasty in NBA Live 16, I expect that I’ll continue to spend a lot of time with Ultimate Team, too.

In the meantime, Ultimate Team has definitely become my mode of choice in NBA Live 15. To that end, there are a few goals that I’ve set for myself as I continue to play the game up until the release of NBA Live 16 in September. I’ve managed to achieve a couple of them during this past week, but a couple of others…well, I still have a ways to go. For your reading pleasure this Friday, I present five goals that I’ve had for Ultimate Team in NBA Live 15.

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New NBA Live 16 Screenshots, Gameplay News Tomorrow

As previously mentioned, more NBA Live 16 gameplay news is on the way. We’re set to receive some new gameplay information tomorrow, most likely by way of a developer blog. It remains to be seen whether we’ll get any new videos of NBA Live 16 in action, but I would assume that at the very least, a few new screenshots will accompany the new details on gameplay. Once again, I’m also guessing that LIVE Motion will be among the gameplay elements that are discussed.

Speaking of NBA Live 16 screenshots, a couple of new ones have been posted on social media today. The latest screens feature NBA Live 15 cover player Damian Lillard, and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Jabari Parker. Speaking of Parker, EA Sports also posted a “motion” screenshot of him yesterday, taking flight for a dunk. After his devastating ACL injury during his rookie season, I’m sure that Bucks fans – and NBA fans in general – are hoping to see him soaring to the hoop again in the not too distant future.

We’ll be posting the gameplay news after it drops, but in the meantime, check out the latest screenshots below, as well as in our NBA Live 16 gallery. What do you think we’ll be hearing about in tomorrow’s info drop about gameplay? What are some of the things that you want to hear about? Sound off in the comments section, and as always, feel free to join in the discussion in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum!

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Rumour: College Basketball in NBA 2K16?

NBA 2K16 Stephen Curry Cover

There is a rumour currently making the rounds that college basketball will appear in some form during MyCAREER in NBA 2K16. As previously mentioned, the leaked achievements for the game revealed the ability to select a college early on in the mode, confirming that the story begins well before your MyPLAYER is ready to make the jump to the NBA. The question remains however, might there also be some college basketball gameplay in NBA 2K16?

YouTuber PhreezyP has done a little research, and discovered that 2K Sports has licensing agreements with the Collegiate Licensing Company, which would allow them to include certain colleges in NBA 2K16. He also notes the photos of the cover players during their college days which appear in the background of their respective covers, pointing out that “North Carolina” has been removed from Michael Jordan’s jersey on the Special Edition. Presumably, this has been done because the North Carolina Tar Heels are not CLC licensed.

While nothing is confirmed at this time, and it may seem like a long shot given the recent lawsuits involving the NCAA, it’s certainly an interesting rumour. At this point, it’s definitely something to take with a grain of salt, but it certainly would be cool if your college career is a part of MyCAREER in NBA 2K16. We’ll be sure to post any details as they become available, but in the meantime, check out Phreezy’s video below, add your thoughts in the comments, and join in the speculation in our NBA 2K16 Forum!

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More NBA Live 16 Gameplay News Coming; Melo Screenshot

A bulletin has been posted over on the official NBA Live Facebook page, teasing that some more NBA Live 16 gameplay info will be coming our way later this week. Developer blogs tend to be released Thursday or Friday, and I’d speculate that LIVE Motion will be one of the next things that the NBA Live 16 development team will be discussing in detail.

With any luck, there’ll be some preview media (ideally more gameplay footage) accompanying gameplay info drop. In the meantime, a new screenshot featuring Carmelo Anthony has been posted on the official NBA Live social media accounts. You can check it out below, as well as over in our NBA Live 16 screenshots gallery.

You can keep tabs on all of the latest NBA Live 16 news here. As always, feel free to add your speculation and opinions in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion in our NBA Live 16 Forum.

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NBA 2K16 Achievements Reveal New Info; Digital Pre-Orders

NBA 2K16 Special Edition Cover Featuring Michael Jordan

TrueAchievements has posted a complete list of achievements for NBA 2K16, which in turn has revealed some interesting new tidbits about this year’s game that have yet to be announced. Here’s a quick list of some of the most noteworthy items:

  • Following on from 2K’s post on social media, the Summer League will be available in MyGM and MyLEAGUE.
  • A mode called Play Now Online will involve call-ups, and a feature titled “Greatest of All-Time”.
  • During MyCAREER, you will be able to pick a college and announce your decision. Presumably there’ll be no college basketball gameplay owing to the lack of an NCAA license, but more details are obviously yet to come.
  • A character named “Vic” will feature heavily in the story for MyCAREER. Apparently, the MyPLAYER character will also be put in a position where they have to admit “uncomfortable truths”.
  • Teams can be relocated in MyGM and MyLEAGUE
  • Three team trades have been added to MyGM and MyLEAGUE.
  • MyTEAM includes an unlockable mode/feature called Historic Domination. It will also feature The Gauntlet (presumably a new challenge mode), collectible “runes”, and solvable codes.

NBA 2K16 is now available to order digitally on Steam, the PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live. In addition to the pre-order bonuses for this year’s game, pre-ordering NBA 2K16 will also net you 35,000 VC to use in NBA 2K15 (assuming you have it). Interestingly, it now appears that the Special Edition featuring Michael Jordan is also available for PC users, too.

As always, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below, and join in the discussion in the NBA 2K16 section of the NLSC Forum. Thanks to keeks and jmmontoro for the heads up!

NLSC Podcast – Episode #122

NLSC Podcast Logo

After scheduling conflicts and illness caused us another undesirable delay, we’re back with Episode #122 of the NLSC Podcast! Join Arcane and myself as we chat about the latest NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 news, give our thoughts on the wild start to the 2015 NBA offseason, and talk about a couple of other things that are on our minds.

  • We catch up on the latest NBA Live 16 news, including the developer blog on visuals, new screenshots, and details on the early version of the game that was on display at E3 2015.
  • We’re sold on the Special Edition of NBA 2K16, and we’re liking the tidbits we’ve heard so far, but we want to hear more about this year’s game from Visual Concepts.
  • What are we playing at the moment? Andrew shares some recent NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team stories.
  • We both added some classic titles to our basketball video game collections recently, but unfortunately, one of us was a little unlucky with our purchase.
  • The 2015 NBA Draft saw a couple of surprise picks. We give our thoughts on how our favourite teams fared.
  • Is Joel Embiid the next Greg Oden?
  • Once again, we play fashion critics, as we discuss the new jerseys for the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers.
  • We discuss the 2015 NBA offseason, from the feud between DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl to DeAndre Jordan’s controversial (in)decision, Luke Ridnour’s wild ride, and the major player movement so far.

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. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

Ultimate Base Roster V39 for NBA 2K14 PC Released

HAWK23 has released V39 of the best roster pack around, the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC! As you may have seen on social media, HAWK23 has been releasing minor updates on a daily basis, adding all of the latest offseason transactions. V39 is a major release however, with the following key updates:

  • Added updated version of the Ultimate Base Roster, UBR Association, and UBR MyCareer Files with ALL 60 draft prospects, current transactions, signings, rotations, and coaching moves (7/14/15)
  • Updated all contracts to reflect the current numbers
  • Updated some player jersey numbers
  • Added V1 of the 2015 Vegas Summer League Roster – courtesy Suirad
  • Added/Updated 15 rookie cyberfaces – courtesy Monzki/2KBM/Hener2K
  • Added ~40 retro cyberfaces throughout retro season rosters
  • Added 2016 Raptors Jerseys (Rich) and updated 2016 Hawks Jerseys (Mythbuster)
  • Added new 2016 Bucks court/stadium – courtesy Mythbuster
  • Added updates for 2016 Clippers, Sixers, Raptors courts – courtesy Retroman/Rich
  • Kept UBRV37 Pre FA Roster for anyone who wants the file with a roster before free agency started
  • Kept UBR V36 Post Draft roster for those of you who want a file with the rosters exactly the way they were after the draft
  • Rosters accurate as of 7/14/2015

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. Keep checking back for the regular incremental updates to the rosters throughout the offseason, and stay tuned for bulletins on all the major releases!

NBA Live 16 Q&A Videos by TicoisTocory

We’re still waiting for the next NBA Live 16 info drop from EA Sports, but in the meantime, have you checked out some of the latest videos from TicoisTocory? As previously mentioned, the popular YouTuber was in attendance at E3 and spent a considerable amount of time playing NBA Live 16, in order to provide in-depth impressions, as well as offer up answers to basketball gamers with questions about this year’s offering from EA.

In addition to his initial impressions video, Tico has posted four videos that go in-depth on gameplay in NBA Live 16, and answer various questions that were submitted to him. They’re definitely a must-watch for anyone who’s interested in NBA Live 16, so check them all out below, or catch them on his YouTube channel.

We’ll have the opportunity to ask the NBA Live 16 developers some questions of our own in the near future, and we’ll certainly be taking some suggestions from the community, so stay tuned for that. More NBA Live 16 news shouldn’t be too far away – details about the brand new game mode will be revealed at Gamescom in August – and we’ll be sure to cover all of the developments as they happen.

In the meantime, check out Tico’s videos below, subscribe to him on YouTube, and of course, feel free to have your say in the comments section, as well as join in the discussion in our NBA Live 16 Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K15

Once again, we’re tipping off a new week here at the NLSC with a batch of file additions for NBA 2K15. Kevin has released four new jersey updates for the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Pelicans, and Detroit Pistons; download them all at the links below!

Houston Rockets Jerseys
Indiana Pacers Jerseys
New Orleans Pelicans Jerseys
Detroit Pistons Jerseys

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’ve got another batch of file additions for NBA 2K14 PC today, including courts, rookie faces, updated rosters, and more. Please see below for all the download links!

Staples Center – Los Angeles Lakers
FedExForum – Memphis Grizzlies

Willy Hermangomez Face
Olivier Hanlan Face
Joseph Young Face
Jarell Martin Face

Sam Dekker Face V2 by big-shot-ROB
Rashad Vaughn Face by big-shot-ROB

Paul Millsap HD Face

NBA 2K14 Realistic SweetFX [stockalone1232]

Kevin’s Realistic Roster (Updated to v7.0)

Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v2.5)

2KShiftLeader’s Real 2015 Roster (Updated to v3.4)

NBA 2K16 to Feature the NBA Summer League

NBA Summer League play has tipped off, which has led 2K Sports to drop another tidbit about NBA 2K16. According to posts made on the official NBA 2K Facebook and Twitter accounts, the Summer League will be included in NBA 2K16 in some form.

No further details have been made available at this time, but presumably it will be incorporated into MyCAREER, MyGM, and MyLEAGUE. At the very least, I would expect it to be a part of the story in this year’s MyCAREER mode, which as previously mentioned, is being produced by Spike Lee. As soon as any more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to post it.

In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the latest development? Sound off in the comments below, and join in the discussion in our NBA 2K16 Forum!

The Friday Five: 5 Modes I Enjoyed More Than I Thought I Would

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.

Well! It’s certainly shaping up to be an interesting – and somewhat controversial – offseason so far. Some big names are staying put, a few significant players are moving on, and at least one key free agent has completely changed his mind. I was considering writing about a topic related to the offseason for this week’s Friday Five, with the DeAndre Jordan situation being an obvious frontrunner. However, I can pretty much sum up my thoughts on that in ten words: it was a situation that was handled very, very badly.

Besides, as I mentioned in last week’s Five, I want to concentrate on putting out some articles about basketball video games, since that is the focus of the NLSC after all. The Finals and Playoffs offered an incentive to talk about real basketball, but as we find ourselves in the offseason and waiting for more news on both NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, I feel some game related topics are in order. To that end, this week I’m talking about five game modes in basketball video games that I ended up enjoying more than I thought I would. Let’s tip things off with a mode from NBA 2K!

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Details on NBA 2K16 Soundtrack, Other Tidbits

2K has posted some details on the soundtrack for NBA 2K16. The game is set to deliver the largest soundtrack in the history of the NBA 2K series, as it will feature six in-game playlists, curated by DJ Mustard, DJ Khaled, and DJ Premier. There will be 50 tracks in total, including six brand new exclusive songs, along with some old favourites from previous iterations of NBA 2K. The soundtrack will also span a variety of genres, from the 70s through to today’s Top 40.

In case the soundtrack isn’t a big deal for you, a couple of other tidbits about NBA 2K16 have been posted recently, which may be of more interest. 2K have been bringing NBA players and even dancers into the studio to perform body scans, for more accurate body models, skin textures, and tattoos in NBA 2K16. You can check out a couple of body scan photos from the NBA 2K social media accounts below.

Finally, producer Zach Timmerman has mentioned on Twitter that so far, 32 new backdown animations have been added to NBA 2K16. We’re yet to get a glimpse of NBA 2K16 in action, or even any screenshots, but it looks like we’ll continue to get the odd tidbit here and there in the lead up to more in-depth developer blogs. We’ll be sure to cover those developments and report on any information about NBA 2K16 as it becomes available.

In the meantime however, feel free to have your say about the NBA 2K16 soundtrack, body scans, and animations in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion in our NBA 2K16 Forum!

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Four Key Upgrades to Gameplay in NBA Live 16

EA’s Live to Play blog has posted a new article which details four key upgrades to gameplay in NBA Live 16. There is some overlap with the previous gameplay blog that was posted over on the official NBA Live site, but there are still some interesting notes about a few of the improvements that have been made in NBA Live 16.

The blog emphasies the smoothness of the gameplay, from dribbling and driving to passing and squaring up for a shot on the catch. It also mentions improvements to animations across the board, revealing that more mo-cap shoots have taken place than ever before. Furthermore, a lot of the motion capture sessions have simply involved five-on-five basketball, with the aim of achieving a more natural and realistic look in NBA Live 16.

The introduction of LIVE Motion in NBA Live 16 has also seen the addition of over 8000 new animations, and an increase in both physicality and awareness for all ten players on the court. Finally, Executive Producer Sean O’Brien mentions that the team listens to fan feedback “religiously”, reiterating the importance of constructive feedback from NBA Live gamers.

A new screenshot featuring Kyrie Irving has also been released along with the blog, which you can see below; you can also find it over in our NBA Live 16 screenshot gallery. As always, feel free to have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion in our NBA Live 16 Forum.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have some new file additions for NBA Live 08 PC today, including three packs of player face updates, a seven team court pack, and a retro roster featuring the squad from each NBA team’s best season over the past 25 years. Check them all out at the links below!

2014/2015 Cleveland Cavaliers Team Update
2014/2015 Sacramento Kings Team Update
2014/2015 Los Angeles Clippers Team Update

7 NBA Team Court Pack

Best Season Record Roster 1990-2015