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2K Sports Weekly Update on Tumblr: NBA 2K13 at E3 2012

2K Sports have launched a Weekly Update blog over on Tumblr, where they will be providing ongoing updates and information on NBA 2K13. The first entry provides a recap of the game’s demonstration at E3 2012, along with a rundown of all the details that have been released so far.

The blog also features a couple of videos of 2K Sports Community Manager Ronnie 2K chatting to NBA 2K13 developers Erick Boenisch and Rob Jones, along with a few NBA 2K13 previews posted by various media outlets. Check out the videos embedded below and have your say in the comments as well as the NBA 2K13 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC Current Roster Update v5.2 Released (NBA Live 2005-08)

I’ve released a new version (v5.2) of the current roster updates for NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07 and NBA Live 08, which you can pick up at the links below. The rosters contain a couple of rating updates and lineups accurate as of June 12th 2012.

NBA Live 08: Download | Support Thread
NBA Live 07: Download | Support Thread
NBA Live 06: Download | Support Thread
NBA Live 2005: Download | Support Thread

Please see the support threads for the “roster only” versions and supplementary add-ons. Please note that this is very likely the last update I’ll be releasing for the 2011/2012 season; as I’ve mentioned before, at this time I’m not sure if I will be continuing the updates next season but I will certainly remain open to the possibility and keep everyone posted of my decision.

Details on NBA Live 13’s Playmaker Engine (Shacknews)

A preview of NBA Live 13 has been posted over at Shacknews, providing some details on the new Playmaker Engine and Basketball IQ in this year’s game. It notably mentions the AI’s ability to adapt as the game and season progresses, with situational awareness and recognition of tendencies allowing it to make strategic adjustments. The data will come straight from real NBA games, as per EA Sports’ renewed deal with Synergy Sports.

The article also touches upon the ANT animation technology that has been borrowed from the NHL and FIFA series, responsive controls and the ability to break out of animations. Give it a read and tell us what you think of these features in the comments below, as well as this thread in the NBA Live 13 section of the Forum. Thanks to 22cedric for the heads up.

NBA 2K13 All-Star Weekend Features List Revealed

Online store listings for NBA 2K13 such as this one at GameStop.com have revealed the list of features for the All-Star Weekend pre-order bonus content. The list gives a quick rundown of the four events that are included in the pack, while also touting the ability to use legends in the dunk contest and three point shootout. It also mentions dynamic updates for the All-Star Game and Rising Stars Challenge rosters once the participants are announced.

For those who are unaware, the full All-Star Weekend content will only be available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 users, however the All-Star Game and Rising Stars Challenge will still be available in Association and My Player mode. See below for a copy of the features list, feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts and join in the discussion in this thread in the NLSC Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K12

Here are today’s file additions for NBA 2K12: a new 2012 NBA Finals startup screen, a collection of Slam Dunk jerseys and the 3DM Mod Tool for patchers. Pick them up at the links below.

Mythbuster
NBA Finals 2012 Startup Screen

3DM
3DM Mod Tool

dGenius, wilson27
Slam Dunk Jerseys

First NBA 2K13 Commercial: NBA 2K12 Accolades

For those who may have missed it, the first commercial for NBA 2K13 was shown prior to Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder. The commercial doesn’t offer us a glimpse of this year’s game at all, instead touting NBA 2K12’s accolades and featuring comments from Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose.

Check out the commercial below, or watch it here over on our YouTube channel if you can’t see the embedded video. Be sure to subscribe to us while you’re there as we’ll be posting videos throughout this year’s “preview season”. Add your thoughts in the comments below as well as in the NBA 2K13 section of the Forum.

New Official Roster for NBA 2K12 (NBA Finals Update)

A new official roster for NBA 2K12 has gone live today, containing lineups updated for the 2012 NBA Finals. The update will come through automatically as long as your PC, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 is connected to the Internet and your game is up to date with the latest official patch. To access the new rosters after they’ve been downloaded, use the Reset Roster function under the Options menu.

If you’re playing the PC version and would like to update your game manually for whatever reason, I’ve updated this pack which includes copies of the latest roster and online data files.

NBA 2K12 Finals Simulation (ESPN.com)

ESPN.com has teamed up with 2K Sports to deliver a simulation of the 2012 NBA Finals, which is set to tip off shortly with Game 1 in Oklahoma City. The simulation predicts a back and forth series, with the Thunder ultimately prevailing in an epic seventh game.

How do you think the series will go down? Comment below, cast your vote in our current poll and join in the discussion in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum!

Opening tip: NBA Live 13 vs. NBA 2K13 (Game Hunters)

USAToday.com’s Brett Molina has posted a Game Hunters feature with impressions of NBA Live 13 and NBA 2K13, taken from their demonstrations at E3 2012. The preview notably offers a more positive take on the animations in NBA Live 13 compared to some of the other reports coming out of E3, describing them as being “more natural”. It also praises the detail of player faces and provides a rundown of what we’ve been told about the game so far.

On the NBA 2K13 side of things, Molina describes the game as “looking as sharp as previous versions” and “smooth, just like its predecessors”. The preview also notes the developers’ commitment to improving the defensive game and the much talked about Guitar Hero-like controls in the new dunk contest.

Which game are you looking at getting, or will you be getting both? Or, will you be skipping this year entirely? Have your say in the comments section below and don’t forget to keep it locked to the NBA Live 13 and NBA 2K13 sections of the NLSC Forum for the latest discussion.

NBA Live 13 Preview (Worthplaying)

Continuing our round-up of NBA Live 13 previews coming out of E3 2012, Worthplaying have posted their rundown of this year’s game which you can check out here. The article doesn’t provide any impressions of the build that was on display, but does give an overview of the key points that have been announced at this time such as ANT technology, changes to post play, the renewed deal with Synergy Sports and teams adapting their playcalling to the user’s strategy.

As always, we invite you to post your thoughts in the comments below and join in the latest discussion in the NBA Live 13 section of our Forum.

ESPN.com: Sky’s the limit for NBA 2K13 (E3 Preview)

ESPN.com’s Jon Robinson has posted a preview of NBA 2K13, based on the demonstration behind closed doors at E3 2012. His first impressions of the game note that it features a quicker pace, more fluid player movement and better collisions. The preview also includes several quotes from NBA 2K13 developers, in particular noting that this year’s controls will be simpler for first-time players, without compromising depth or the simulation experience.

The article concludes with a quick overview of the new All-Star Weekend content that will be available to pre-order customers. Check it out and add your thoughts below in the comments, as well as in the NBA 2K13 section of the NLSC Forum.

NBA Live 13 Official Site Updated: Features, Platforms, Release Date

The official NBA Live 13 website has been updated with a preliminary list of features. The page currently mentions points such as the game being driven by “Basketball IQ” (possibly the evolution of the Dynamic DNA concept), an all-new Playmaker Engine and world-class animation technology under the heading of “Smart Spectacular Gameplay”. Under “Connecting Experiences”, it mentions “all-new online features that will keep players connected and competing all year long”. Finally, features such as the full ESPN broadcast package and photorealistic faces are mentioned under “Authentic NBA Presentation”.

The release date of October 2nd is also confirmed, which isn’t a surprise as the date had already been confirmed for NBA 2K13 and the games have generally hit shelves on the same day. The official site also lists the platforms that the game will be available on and unfortunately it seems we have confirmation of another console only release, as only the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are listed.

What do you make of the latest info? Sound off below in the comments and in the NBA Live 13 section of the NLSC Forum.

Video interview with NBA Live 13 producer Nick Wlodyka (KonsoleKingz)

KonsoleKingz.com have posted a video interview with NBA Live 13 producer Nick Wlodyka, conducted at E3 2012. The interview discusses the new direction of the game and the key points that the team are focusing on with NBA Live 13. It also features a few quick clips of the game in action on the screen in the background.

Watch the interview below or check it out here on KonsoleKingz’ YouTube channel if you can’t see the  embedded video. You can also check out a video of the clips from the interview here on the NLSC’s YouTube channel, put together by JaoSming and zoomed in for a better look. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below and join in the rest of the discussion in the NBA Live 13 section of the NLSC Forum.

File Additions for NBA 2K12

Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K12. Today’s additions include some new HD Nike shoe updates, along with a 1997/1998 season total conversion and the latest version of HAWK23’s Ultimate Base Roster.

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Nike Zoom KD IV HD (White/Black/Cool Grey)
Nike Zoom KD IV HD (Black/White/Varsity Red)
Nike Zoom KD IV HD (Mike Miller Pack)

HAWK23
Ultimate Base Roster V17 [10 New Teams/232 Total] (Updated to v17.0)
1997/1998 Mod (Updated to v2.0)

Heat will face Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals; New Poll

After an impressive victory in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat have punched their ticket to the NBA Finals where they will meet the Oklahoma City Thunder. Who is your pick to win the championship this year? How do you think it will go down? Cast your vote in our new poll, leave your thoughts in the comments below and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum!

Our previous poll asked whether the cover player influenced your decision to buy basketball video games. Not surprisingly, a majority of voters indicated that the cover player has no impact on their decision, though quite a few others opined that it does make a difference for them, as the final tally stood at 74% for No, 26% for yes.