Menu
Home | NBA Live 14 (page 4)

NBA Live 14

NLSC Podcast – Episode #74

We’ve recorded Episode #74 of the NLSC Podcast and it’s out now for your listening enjoyment (sorry, Leftos). Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself as we discuss our favourite basketball video games, ideas for future releases from EA and 2K, modding, the race to the 2014 NBA Playoffs, and more…even wrasslin’!

  • We tip things off with a couple of housekeeping matters, specifically the forthcoming mobile design for the Forum and the future of the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week.
  • Once again, we remind everyone to add their feedback to the NBA Live 15 Wishlist ASAP. We also speculate on when we think we’ll start seeing information and previews for NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15. Spoiler: Probably not next week.
  • 2K Sports partnered with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to do something pretty cool for a young man who loves NBA 2K.
  • JaoSming takes us through some exciting developments in modding…exciting enough to get him out of bed in the middle of the night, in fact.
  • The subject of highlight plays in basketball video games is brought up. How can they be implemented without being gamebreakers?
  • We also discuss the feasibility and likelihood of career games being carried over to the next year’s release. Could it be done without cheapening the experience?
  • Kevin Durant has surpassed a scoring mark set by Michael Jordan, leading us to once again quickly revisit this year’s MVP race.
  • Speaking of milestones, Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash moved up on the career leaderboards. We comment on their place in NBA history.
  • Joe Dumars is reportedly on his way out in Detroit, but is Isiah Thomas on the way in? Meanwhile, Mitch Kupchak looks to remain with the Lakers.
  • We make a few more predictions as the NBA regular season winds down, as well as weigh in on the Nets’ season sweep of the defending champion Heat. Foul or not a foul by Plums?
  • You’ll never guess what recent gaming announcement has Arcane excited! (A new Fallout game?)
  • Wrasslin’ fans JaoSming and Andrew reflect on Wrestlemania 30, the Undertaker and other events from the world of the squared circle.

Click Play to listen to the show!

As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. We also invite you to send in your mailbag submissions and topic suggestions here.

Share Button

NLSC Podcast – Episode #73

With JaoSming hitting the books this week, Episode #73 of the NLSC Podcast is a two man show featuring Arcane and myself. Tune in for a discussion of legends in NBA Live, the latest news and results from around the NBA, and some other gaming topics.

  • We open the show by recounting some of our favourite April Fools’ Day gags from around the web this year.
  • A new BIG Moment in NBA Live 14 goes old school with Magic Johnson. Could we see legends having a bigger presence in NBA Live 15?
  • Some news and notes from the latest installment of Coach’s Corner are also discussed.
  • The NBA 2K13 servers have now been shut down. This sets us thinking: will next year’s server shutdowns render NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 next gen unplayable?
  • We mention a couple of housekeeping matters, including details on some forthcoming features.
  • The Miami Heat are on top of the East for the first time this season, while the San Antonio Spurs set a team record with their current winning streak. Will we see a rematch in this year’s NBA Finals?
  • Brooklyn has won fourteen straight at home and seem to be in good form at the right time. Can the Nets make some noise in the Playoffs?
  • We discuss an interesting comparison between Kwame Brown and Roy Hibbert.
  • Kyrie Irving may possibly return to action for the final few games of the season, which prompts another discussion about Aussies in the NBA.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers’ losing streak is over at 26. Our condolences to the Detroit Pistons and their fans.
  • Who’s making the eighth and final seed in both Conferences?
  • We wrap up the show with some talk about other video games.

Click Play to listen to the show!

As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. You can hit us up in the comments below, as well as here in the Forum. We also invite you to send in your mailbag submissions and topic suggestions here.

Share Button

All Packs Available in NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team This Weekend

EA Sports have announced that all of the special packs in NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team will be available from March 28th-30th, in a promotion that they’ve dubbed “Packapalooza”. If you’re looking to boost your Ultimate Team, here are the packs that are on offer:

  • Ultra Gold Premium (50 Items, 35,000 Coins or 900 Points)
  • XL Gold Premium (35 Items, 20,000 Coins or 600 Points)
  • Legends and Alumni (4 Items, 12,500 Coins or 400 Points)
  • Spotlight (4 Items, 10,000 Coins or 300 Points)
  • Hardwood Classics (3 Items, 4000 Coins or 125 Points)

This will apparently be your last chance to grab all of the packs, so act fast if you want to build up your collection. For more information on each of the packs, check out the post on the official NBA Live website and as always, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as in the NBA Live 14 Forum.

Share Button

Coach’s Corner 2: Star Players in NBA Live

A new installment of Coach’s Corner has been posted over on the official NBA Live website, focusing on the Oklahoma City Thunder. While showing some behind-the-scenes photographs of the Thunder players getting their faces scanned for NBA Live 15, the article notes the reunion between gameplay designer Scott O’Gallagher and rookie centre Steven Adams, who both played professionally in New Zealand.

Thunder head coach Scott Brooks also spent some time providing the NBA Live developers with an insight into game-planning and strategy, acknowledging the benefits of the talented roster at his disposal and the freedom that it allows. The article notes that this is something the developers are looking to utilise in NBA Live moving forward, in terms of set plays versus freelance motion.

As always, it’s an interesting read to get an insight into the further development of the series, so give it a look and feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

Share Button

NLSC Podcast – Episode #72

Episode #72 of the NLSC Podcast provides a perfect opportunity for one of us to fondly recollect the Chicago Bulls’ 1996 season. No prizes for guessing who! Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself as we cover the latest basketball gaming news, talk about how we stay interested in basketball gaming at this time of year, and mention a couple of recent events in the NBA.

  • We’ve quietly launched a new design in the past week. A couple more additions and changes are coming, which are quickly rundown in some housekeeping notes.
  • EA Sports gave away a free legend in NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team. Which player did we get?
  • Once again, we reflect on NBA Live’s comeback and look to the future.
  • Virtual Currency continues to be an issue in NBA 2K14 next gen, as rewards seemingly have been nerfed in MyGM. We wring our hands a little in frustration.
  • On a happier note, JaoSming received some excellent technical support for the MyNBA2K14 app.
  • We discuss some ideas for keeping basketball gaming fresh and interesting after a few months.
  • Thanks to everyone who entered our NBA 2K14 PC giveaway last week! A winner has been chosen, but more giveaways are coming shortly.
  • If you dislike sleeved jerseys as much as we do, there may be light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to LeBron James.
  • It’s a quick NBA discussion this week as a couple of us are pressed for time. We mention the recent performance of a couple of players and some amusing stories from the past week.
  • We wrap up the show with a brief mention of some other games we’re playing, along with some recent gaming news.

Click Play to listen to the show!

As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. You can hit us up in the comments below, as well as here in the Forum. We also invite you to send in your mailbag submissions and topic suggestions here.

Share Button

NBA Live 14 Tips & Tricks Hub

EA Sports has added a Tips & Tricks Hub to the official NBA Live 14 website, featuring all of the videos and articles demonstrating strategies and the game’s controls that they’ve posted in recent weeks. Whether you need help with shooting, dribbling, post play or defense, the Tips & Tricks Hub has you covered.

As always, we invite you to join in the discussion in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum, as well as add your thoughts in the comments below. Don’t forget that we’re also compiling our Wishlist for NBA Live 15, which the NBA Live Development Team at EA Tiburon is keeping an eye on. Be sure to post your constructive feedback ASAP!

Share Button

NLSC Podcast – Episode #71

A couple of us are feeling a bit under the weather this week, but we were still eager to get together to talk basketball and basketball video games. Tune in to Episode #71 of the NLSC Podcast, featuring Arcane, JaoSming and myself, along with special guest Vl@d Zola Jr.

  • Vl@d and JaoSming take us through the latest developments for RED MC. Some awesome stuff is in the works!
  • EA Sports continues their face scanning for NBA Live 15, while also meeting with NBA coaches to gain more insight into their strategies to better hone the game’s AI.
  • A quick glimpse at some dunks being motion captured for NBA 2K15 leads to a discussion on dunking in basketball video games.
  • The full roster of NBA Legends is now available in NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team. We talk a little about what we want to see in the future as far as Legends in NBA Live are concerned.
  • We can honestly say, JaoSming had the worst luck when it came to the random gift Locker Code that’s currently available for NBA 2K14.
  • We’re giving away some digital copies of NBA 2K14 PC. Listen to the show for full details on how to win the first Steam code, and get your entries in ASAP!
  • Phil Jackson is now officially president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks. Michael Jordan thinks he’ll do a great job…do we?
  • Kyrie Irving is injured again and may be done for the season. Let’s hope there’s no NBA Live equivalent of the Madden curse.
  • We recap the last week in the NBA, including teams that are hot, teams that we jinxed, and teams whose losing streaks we’re definitely not taking responsibility for.
  • The Miami Heat have hit a bit of a rough patch, though it made for an exciting finish against the Brooklyn Nets last week. On a side note, ESPN fails at trivia.
  • We touch briefly on March Madness. Our brackets will surely be busted.
  • Episode #71 closes with some talk about Sony’s new virtual reality endeavour, Project Morpheus.

Click Play to listen to the show!

As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. You can hit us up in the comments below, as well as here in the Forum. We also invite you to send in your mailbag submissions and topic suggestions here.

Share Button

Full Legends Roster Now Available in NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team

As of yesterday, Ultimate Team in NBA Live 14 now has a full roster of NBA Legends. 51 former NBA players in total are now randomly available to collect in Ultimate Team packs, from George Mikan to Allen Iverson. Check out a complete list of legends below.

Unfortunately, a lack of likeness rights prevents players such as Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley being included, with Michael Jordan notably having an exclusive deal with 2K Sports since 2010. Hopefully, we’ll see more legends added to Ultimate Team in the coming years, as well as the return of the All-Decade teams and Legends Pool.

In the meantime, which NBA Legends do you have on your Ultimate Team in NBA Live 14? Sound off in the comments below and join in the discussion in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

Read More »

Share Button

Coach’s Corner 1: Face Scanning in NBA Live

EA Sports has debuted a new series of articles over on the official NBA Live website, titled Coach’s Corner. In the first installment, we get a behind-the-scenes look at face scanning, something they’ve been doing throughout the season in anticipation of adding better faces to NBA Live 15.

The article also mentions that Gameplay Designer Scott O’Gallagher has had the opportunity to sit down with coaches such as Frank Vogel of the Indiana Pacers, where he’s been able to get an insight into their team’s offensive and defensive strategies and philosophy. This information, along with feedback from players during the face scanning sessions, allows the NBA Live development team to tweak and fine tune the game’s AI.

Give it a look and feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as here in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

Share Button

NLSC Podcast – Episode #70

Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself for Episode #70 of the NLSC Podcast! Despite being a few months past the release of NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, and a few months out from the preview season of NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15, we find ourselves with a fair bit to talk about this week.

  • NBA Live 14 received a major roster update last week. A bulletin was also posted, addressing the lack of updates so far and providing us with the inside scoop on Synergy data.
  • How important is it that we compile the NBA Live 15 Wishlist? What impact can we expect to have?
  • We talk a little about our week in basketball gaming, consisting mostly of BIG Moments in NBA Live 14, The Park in NBA 2K14 on PS4 and JaoSming’s Street Career mod for NBA 2K14 PC.
  • JaoSming takes us through some recent modding developments, including Vl@d’s upcoming tool, an unexpected development for NBA Live 2004, and a couple of other projects.
  • Moving on to the NBA, we take a look at some teams that have been struggling, as well as some teams that have been on fire.
  • Phil Jackson has reportedly agreed to join the New York Knicks’ front office. Can he make a difference?
  • Should fights be allowed in the NBA? Marcin Gortat thinks so.
  • Games can now actually be streamed without problems on the NBA Australia portal…well, it’s worked once, at least. Last week’s offering was Gerald Green’s career night in the Phoenix Suns’ win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • We wrap up the show with some talk of other stuff we’ve been playing, as well as non-basketball games that we’re looking forward to.

Click Play to listen to the show!

Please feel free to give us your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. You can hit us up in the comments below, as well as here in the Forum. We also invite you to send in your mailbag submissions and topic suggestions here.

Share Button

Details on latest roster update for NBA Live 14

EA Sports has posted a new bulletin over on the official NBA Live website, providing details on the latest roster update for NBA Live 14. The rosters are now current as of this week and include over 500 changes to player ratings. LeBron James is also now wearing his facemask and new alternates have been added to the game, including St. Patrick’s Day jerseys for the Bulls and Celtics and Latin Night jerseys for the Bulls, Lakers, Heat, Knicks, Suns and Spurs.

The bulletin also acknowledges that roster and rating updates have not been as frequent as originally planned, but states that more regular updates will be coming in the wake of the second title update and the launch of the Live Update system. The development team’s aim is to stay on top of the changes moving forward.

Finally, the bulletin provides some further details on the Live Update system, as it explains the difference between Synergy data and ratings (Synergy covers tendencies, ratings are still updated manually) and talks about what Synergy does in NBA Live 14. Check it out for the full scoop and feel free to have your say in the comments below, as well as in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

Share Button

The Friday Five: My Top 5 BIG Moments in NBA Live 14 (So Far)

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.

One of my favourite features in NBA Live 14 is LIVE Season’s BIG Moments. For the uninitiated, BIG Moments allows you to replay significant moments from the 2013/2014 NBA season, ranging from just a few seconds to an entire half of gameplay. As gamewinning shots and memorable performances occur in real life, we see them appear as challenges in NBA Live 14.

As I noted on the NLSC’s Facebook and Twitter, Gerald Green’s career game in the Phoenix Suns’ big win over the Oklahoma City Thunder yesterday seems like a good candidate to appear as a BIG Moment in NBA Live 14. That got me thinking about some of my favourite BIG Moments thus far, which ultimately resulted in a countdown for this week’s Friday Five. So, without any further ado, here are my Top 5 BIG Moments in NBA Live 14…at least to this point.

Read More »

Share Button

NLSC Podcast – Episode #69

We’re a little light on basketball video game news this week, but there’s plenty going on in the NBA to talk about. Join Arcane and myself for Episode #69 of the NLSC Podcast!

  • NBA Live 14 has received a post-trade deadline roster update, but it’s a few days out of date.
  • We’re collecting feedback for our NBA Live 15 Wishlist. Start posting your ideas and suggestions ASAP!
  • A few noteworthy players have been bought out and subsequently picked up by other teams. We give our thoughts on those late season signings.
  • We also take a quick glance at some recent winning and losing streaks, while expressing our support for former Australian Boomers head coach Brett Brown in his current gig with the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • LeBron James had a big night with 61 points, though Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins wasn’t as impressed as others were by the performance. Do we agree with the Human Highlight Film?
  • Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash may be done for the season. Should they even consider returning at this point?
  • New NBA commissioner Adam Silver had some interesting things to say at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. We comment on some of his ideas.
  • We wrap up this week’s show with some talk about the games we’ve been playing lately, basketball or otherwise.

Click Play to listen to the show!

As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics we discussed. Feel free to hit us up in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum. We also invite you to send in your mailbag submissions and topic suggestions here.

Share Button

The Friday Five: 5 Best Things in NBA Live 14’s Dynasty Mode

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 several times before, I’m a huge fan of Dynasty Mode, as it’s been my game mode of choice in NBA Live since it was implemented as Franchise Mode way back in NBA Live 2000. Before the game came out last year, I talked about the things that I wanted to see in NBA Live 14’s Dynasty Mode, though I did temper my expectations somewhat as I knew there was much to focus on as the development team looked to relaunch the series.

As it turns out however, I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised by what Dynasty Mode has on offer in NBA Live 14. While there are still improvements to be made, features to be added and elements to be tweaked, the mode has returned fairly well-rounded and with some pleasing additions. As such, this week I’m listing the five best things in NBA Live 14’s Dynasty Mode.

Read More »

Share Button

NLSC Podcast – Episode #68

It’s that time of the week again. Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself for Episode #68 of the NLSC Podcast, where we recap the 2014 NBA trade deadline, discuss its impact on this year’s video games, talk about a new(ish) modding breakthrough and more.

  • The trade deadline has come and gone. NBA 2K14’s rosters have been updated, but NBA Live 14’s have not. We talk about the issues with NBA Live 14’s roster updates and reflect on EA’s good track record with NBA Live 09 and NBA Live 10.
  • What are some of the  features that we miss from previous NBA Live and NBA 2K titles? When do we think we’ll see some of them again, if ever?
  • On a similar note, today’s games are fully featured, but are they truly deep, well-rounded and varied experiences?
  • JaoSming talks a little about a new update for NBA 2K14 that actually modifies the game’s animations.
  • We run down all of the deadline trades and commiserate our ill-fated predictions. Also, is being bought out the new “dealt at the deadline”?
  • Raymond Felton adds to the New York Knicks’ embarrassment this season.
  • Bill Simmons was allowed to call last week’s Boston Celtics/Los Angeles Lakers game. It was far more entertaining than the game itself.
  • We wrap up the episode with a couple of other news items from around the NBA.

Click Play to listen to the show!

Let us know what you thought of this week’s show along with your take on any of the topics that we discussed, either in the comments below or here in the Forum. Topic suggestions and mailbag questions/comments are also welcome in this thread.

Share Button