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Last Call For NLSC Podcast Episode #51 Listener Mailbag Submissions

I’m putting out a last call for listener mailbag submissions for Episode #51 of the NLSC Podcast, which we’ll be recording in about 24 hours. Last week, we invited you to send in your reactions to NBA 2K14 current gen, in addition to any other comments or questions you had. This week, we’re looking to read out some of your reactions to the trailers for NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 next gen, as well as your suggestions for any other topics you’d like to hear us talk about, questions you’d like us to answer or predictions you’d like us to make.

Post your submissions in this thread in the NLSC Hub or in the comments below. You can also hit us up via our Facebook page and Twitter.

NBA Live 14 Twitter Chat Recap

NBA Live 14 executive producer Sean O’Brien took part in a chat via the official NBA Live Twitter earlier today, answering questions about the controls, the feel of the game, player tendencies and dynamic crowd reactions. Sean also acknowledged the presence of Ultimate Team, stating that more information would be coming shortly. More details on the commentary team and some raw gameplay footage will also be coming our way soon.

You can check out a recap of the chat below. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments, as well as take the discussion to this thread in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 14 Twitter Chat with Sean O’Brien Right Now

The official EA Sports NBA Live Twitter is conducting a chat with NBA Live 14 executive producer Sean O’Brien right now. Click that link to send in your questions; we will have a recap of the event later today.

NBA Live 14 Official Gameplay Trailer

EA Sports have uploaded the official gameplay trailer for the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launch title, NBA Live 14. The trailer mashes together many different players’ moves in a 5 on 5 gameplay setting with the only real editing done to the video being camera cuts. Kyrie Irving, Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams, Steve Nash and Dwyane Wade, among others, all make appearances.

The trailer does a good job showing off dribbling moves, basic player movement, and the overall art style for the game. You can check it out below; if you can’t see the embedded video, you can catch it here on YouTube. After watching, share your thoughts in the comments and in our NBA Live 14 Forum. Thanks to PeoplesChamp for the heads up!

Another NBA Live 14 Screenshot

EA Sports have posted another NBA Live 14 screenshot on the game’s official Facebook page, this time featuring Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls taking on the Miami Heat. They also reiterated that a video would be coming tomorrow, featuring legitimate 5-on-5 gameplay.

In the meantime, you can check out the latest screenshot in our NBA Live 14 gallery, or by clicking the thumbnail below.

Add your thoughts in the comments below or take the discussion to this thread in the Forum.

NBA Live 14 Gameplay Teaser, 5-on-5 Trailer Coming Friday

EA Sports will finally be showing some 5-on-5 gameplay from NBA Live 14 in a trailer coming this Friday. In the meantime, a 15 second teaser video featuring Steve Nash putting up a floater has been posted here over on the game’s official Facebook page.

With the game’s release a little over a month away, it seems that news and previews are finally picking up this week after a couple of false starts. What impressions does the teaser video give you? What are you hoping to see in the full gameplay trailer? Sound off in the comments below and join in the discussion that’s taking place here in the NBA Live 14 section of the Forum. Thanks to ThaLiveKing for the heads up!

NLSC Podcast – Episode #50

We’ve hit another milestone as the NLSC Podcast has reached its 50th episode! Join Arcane, JaoSming, Lean and myself as we celebrate my birthday with our discussion of the latest NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 next gen news, more impressions of NBA 2K14 current gen and a few NBA related odds and ends.

  • Before we begin, we take a moment to reflect on the NLSC Podcast, 50 episodes on. As you might expect, JaoSming misses Leftos.
  • Ultimate Team has been confirmed for NBA Live 14, with pre-order bonus packs. We expect we’ll give it a look.
  • The soundtrack for NBA Live 14 is being revealed, one song at a time. What do we think of the tracks that have been unveiled so far?
  • The athlete lineup for NBA Live 14 has been announced and some new screenshots have been posted, so naturally we have to analyse them in minute detail.
  • Speaking of screenshots, the first proper screenshot for NBA 2K14 next gen has come out. Is the ball texture as impressive as NBA Live 14?
  • The big social media feature of NBA 2K14 has been announced: Locker Codes. The panel goes mild.
  • Andrew finally has NBA 2K14 on PC, so he can offer some initial impressions. We also finally have closure on the Saga of the Pre-Order & NBA 2K13 CD Key (sort of).
  • A few NBA topics are discussed including the Celtics’ new gameplan and some other preseason impressions.
  • We wrap up with a listener mailbag, in which you give us your thoughts on NBA 2K14 so far.

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As always, we hope that you enjoy the latest episode and invite you to give us your feedback, as well as your thoughts on anything that we discussed, either in the comments below or in this thread in the NLSC Forum. Please also keep the mailbag submissions coming!

Another NBA Live 14 Soundtrack Reveal, John Wall Screenshot

EA Sports have revealed another song from the NBA Live 14 soundtrack as part of their Tracklist Tuesdays campaign: “DDFH” by Run The Jewels. You can check out an uncensored version of the song here over on YouTube.

Another in-game screenshot has also been released, featuring John Wall taking on cover player Kyrie Irving. Check it out in our NBA Live 14 Screenshots gallery or by clicking the thumbnail below.

Be sure to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as in the NBA Live 14 section of the Forum.

Athlete Lineup Announced For NBA Live 14; New Screenshot

EA Sports have announced their athlete lineup for NBA Live 14: Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, John Wall, Kemba Walker, Ricky Rubio and Victor Oladipo. The article mentions that all six players have provided the development team with input and feedback, in addition to taking part in motion capture sessions to get their signature moves into the game.

The in-game likenesses of all six players are also featured in an image with the tagline “Nothing but Next”, along with an in-game screenshot of Victor Oladipo dunking. Check them out by clicking the thumbnails below or see them here in our NBA Live 14 Screenshots gallery.

Add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

First Song Revealed For NBA Live 14’s Soundtrack; More To Come

The first song from NBA Live 14’s soundtrack has been revealed on Twitter by developer Ryan Santos: “Numbers on the Boards”, by Pusha T. You can listen to an uncensored version of the song here over on YouTube.

According to this Tweet from Ryan, further soundtrack reveals will be coming every Tuesday via the official NBA Live Twitter, leading up to a full reveal on November 5th. What do you think of the first song that’s been revealed for NBA Live 14’s soundtrack? Have your say in the comments below and join in the discussion that’s taking place here in the NLSC Forum. Thanks to hiteshom for the heads up.

Ultimate Team in NBA Live 14, Countdown Thread

As noted by Pastapadre, the pre-order listings for NBA Live 14 on retailers such as Amazon and Gamestop have confirmed the inclusion of Ultimate Team in NBA Live 14. Ultimate Team’s presence in the game was expected given the feature’s popularity in Madden, FIFA and NHL, along with a mention of it in the LinkedIn profile of an EA Sports developer discovered by Douglas Veney of

Customers who pre-order NBA Live 14 for the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will receive seven Ultimate Team Premium Gold Packs with which to start building their ultimate fantasy team, with a limit of one pre-order bonus per customer order. The offer is also being extended to all existing pre-orders, so gamers who put their order in early won’t be missing out.

An official announcement on Ultimate Team and more information on NBA Live 14 is likely right around the corner, as we aren’t too far away from the advertised release date of November 19th. In the meantime, feel free to add your comments below and join in the discussion that’s taking place in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum. While you’re there, be sure to join in the fun with our Countdown to NBA Live 14 game, in which we post pictures of players whose jersey numbers correspond to the number of days left until the game is released.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #49

NBA Live 14 news, NBA 2K14 impressions, modding talk, the NBA preseason and some other fun stuff. It’s Episode #49 of the NLSC Podcast featuring Arcane, JaoSming and myself, available to listen to now!

  • One of our eagle-eyed Forum members discovered an NBA Live 14 article that leaked via EA Sports’ UK website, providing info on on player motion. It’s since been taken down, but we react to it anyway.
  • An interview with GamingBolt has revealed that FIBA teams will not be making an appearance in NBA Live 14. Are we upset?
  • Why is Andrew still playing NBA 2K13 PC? Why did he buy it again off Steam when he already has the disc version?
  • JaoSming, on the other hand, does have NBA 2K14 PC. After a week with the game, he has more impressions to share.
  • A whole lot of modding plans are discussed, with JaoSming outlining the projects he’s got lined up.
  • The NBA preseason is getting us excited for another year of basketball. There’s been quite a few highlight plays so far, plus the long-awaited return of Derrick Rose.
  • We wrap up the show with some other NBA thoughts, including the supposed end of Lob City for Doc Rivers’ Los Angeles Clippers.

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As always, we’d love to hear your feedback on this week’s episode, along with your thoughts on everything we discussed, either in the comments below or in this thread. Once again, we didn’t have a listener mailbag segment this week but we invite you to send in your questions, comments and NBA 2K14 impressions for next week’s show.

NBA Live 14 Interview (GamingBolt)

GamingBolt have posted a new interview with NBA Live 14 Senior Creative Director Gary Paterson. Gary talks about the new IGNITE engine, once again touching on bounceTek and mentioning that the game features close to 1000 new animations. He also reiterates their desire to move away from subjective ratings with their continued partnership with Synergy Sports, touts the new challenges and content coming near-daily and stresses that a next gen only release has allowed the development team to better focus their time and resources.

Gary also confirms that international teams will not be in the game, so it appears as though the FIBA license has not been renewed. He briefly mentioned Rising Star and teased that more info on game modes would be made available closer to launch, while info on the soundtrack will also be coming soon. Finally, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game will be identical in terms of features, though the PS4 version will support some “basic functionality” on the touchpad in regards to team management. Check out the full interview at the link above and feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as in this thread. Thanks to hiteshom for the heads up.

Details on Player Motion in NBA Live 14

NLSC Forum user hiteshom has discovered an article on the EA Sports UK website for NBA Live 14, which reveals more details on player motion in this year’s game. The article is dated September 24th 2013 but curiously does not appear on the US website and has not yet been promoted by EA Sports themselves through their social media channels.

In the article, Senior Creative Director Gary Paterson talks about the use of momentum in sports games and player motion in NBA Live 14. He notes that bounceTek strives for balance between the ballhandler and defender, while accounting for differing player momentum such as low speed turns, jogging turns, aggressive defense and so on. He also mentions that players will be penalised for unrealistic movements, such as trying to stop and immediately run in the opposite direction from a full sprint.

It’s not clear why the article hasn’t been promoted before now but in any case, it contains some good information on the tech in NBA Live 14 and its approach to player movement and momentum. Check it out and post your thoughts in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the Forum. Thanks again to hiteshom for the heads up.

UPDATE: It appears as though the article has now been taken down.

The Friday Five: 5 Wishes for Next Gen Basketball Games

The week has flown by and we find ourselves at another Friday here at the NLSC, which means it’s time for a new edition of The Friday Five. If you’re unfamiliar with The Friday Five and are wondering what it’s all about, 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.

NBA 2K14 current gen hit stores earlier this week and as such, our community is spending a lot of time checking out the game, delving into the various modes and of course, getting a start on modding. My bargain hunting efforts mean that I’m still waiting for my copy of the PC version to arrive from overseas, so I thought I’d momentarily turn my attention to the next gen games, which we’ll be seeing a lot more of very soon. This week’s Friday Five is all about what I’m hoping to see in the next generation of basketball gaming, this year and in the future, as I present to you 5 Wishes for Next Gen Basketball Games.

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