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NBA Live 16 Twitter Q&A Recap

In the wake of his presentation at EA’s press conference at E3, NBA Live 16 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien took part in a Q&A on Twitter, using the hashtag #AskObes. Sean answered several questions from fans about NBA Live 16, and although there’s still much to learn about this year’s game from EA Sports, he did offer up several juicy tidbits that are very encouraging.

Sean answered a couple of our queries, and several enthusiastic fans also hit him up with some great questions about NBA Live 16. Sean will be taking part in another NBA Live 16 Q&A on Twitter tomorrow, so be sure to get involved! Some of the key points coming out of the first Q&A are as follows:

  • In terms of gameplay, control and animation are two of the most noticeable improvements that we’ll see in NBA Live 16.
  • Generally speaking, gameplay and animations are a lot smoother this year.
  • Create-a-Player has been confirmed for the game, which more or less confirms custom rosters as well. Not only that, but the new GameFaceHD can be used across all modes including Create-a-Player, not just Rising Star.
  • There is a limit to how many faces you can scan in at once, but we can have five in the game at once.
  • Gameplay sliders have been confirmed!
  • Community feedback has been really important to the NBA Live 16 development team. It appears we’ll see some Wishlist items come to fruition.
  • There will be differentiation in player explosiveness, for players with a quick first step. It will be governed by ratings, and signature dribbling packages.
  • Commentary and atmosphere have also received attention. Regular Season, Playoffs, and NBA Finals settings are also still available.
  • Noticeable improvements have been made to the catch-and-go, and catch-and-shoot game. Sean described the difference between NBA Live 15 and NBA Live 16 as “night and day” in that regard.
  • Dunks can be blocked, and the paint is now a “cheese free zone”
  • NBA Live 16 will feature improved player likenesses, AI, and animations.
  • GameFaceHD will only be available through mobile devices, not the PlayStation 4 camera or Kinect.
  • Defensively, there’s been a huge jump in AI, on-ball control, and some improvements away from the ball.
  • Signature jumpshots and other customisation options will be available in Rising Star.
  • The new online game mode will be revealed at Gamescom.
  • In-depth blogs on LIVEmotion and other aspects of gameplay are coming soon.

You can check the Tweets embedded below. Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section, as well as join in the discussion in our NBA Live 16 Forum!

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NBA Live 16 Gameplay Trailer, Details from E3

We got our first glimpse of NBA Live 16 gameplay during EA’s press conference at E3 2015, by way of the first official gameplay trailer, and some additional clips that were shown during Executive Producer Sean O’Brien’s presentation. You can check out the NBA Live 16 gameplay trailer below, as well as here on our YouTube channel. Suffice to say, the game is looking quite a lot better than last year.

While we still have much to learn about NBA Live 16’s gameplay and game modes, Sean did provide us with some interesting (and promising) tidbits. There are new pass and catch animations to improve the smoothness and responsiveness of the passing game, new dribbling moves that preserve momentum, physics based animations that have been in the pipeline for a couple of years, a new shooting meter/system, new signature animations, revamped off-ball movement AI, new moves, and enhanced pick and roll controls. A full breakdown can be found here on the official website.

Additionally, players will be able to scan their faces into the game via an app, GameFaceHD. While it remains to be seen just how well it will work for the end user, the demonstration certainly made it look easy. Sean also hinted at the new online game mode being teased by the #RiseTogether hashtag, which seemingly made an appearance at the end of the NBA Live 16 gameplay trailer. Finally, the release date for NBA Live 16 has been revealed as September 29th 2015, the same date as NBA 2K16.

Once again, you can check out the trailer below, along with some new screenshots. What are your thoughts on the NBA Live 16 gameplay trailer, screenshots, and other news? Sound off in the comments section below, and join in the discussion in the NBA Live 16 section of the Forum!

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New NBA Live 16 Screenshots; Gameplay at E3

A couple of new NBA Live 16 screenshots have been released. The first features cover player Russell Westbrook dribbling at midcourt on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s home floor. The second, released during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, features J.R. Smith mid-celebration.

You can check out both screenshots below, as well as in our NBA Live 16 screenshots gallery. Additionally, see below for a side-by-side comparison of J.R. Smith in NBA Live 15 and NBA Live 16.

EA Sports has continued to hype up NBA Live 16’s presence at E3 via the official NBA Live Twitter, promising new information and a glimpse of gameplay footage during their demonstration at the event. We’ll be sure to cover all the details that are revealed, but if you’d like to tune in to EA’s press conference, which begins at 1 PM PDT, you can do so here.

Any thoughts on the latest NBA Live 16 screenshots, or NBA Live 16 in general? Sound off in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the Forum.

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NBA Live 16 Details Coming At E3; OTP Returning?

NBA Live 16 will be featured at E3 2015, giving us some more insight into this year’s basketball title from EA Sports. EA has been hyping the game and its appearance at E3 via the official NBA Live Twitter account, referring to “big things” and answering a few questions. Notably, physics will continue to play a key role in player movement and interactions in NBA Live 16, via technology that has been dubbed LIVEmotion.

LIVEmotion has already been mentioned in the preliminary features list for NBA Live 16. As mentioned in our previous bulletin, the features list also currently teases “a new way to experience NBA Live”. Douglas Veney of GoodGameBro.com has speculated that we may be seeing the return of Online Team Play, as well as a mode that challenges NBA 2K’s MyPARK. Check out his analysis in this video.

Finally, ThaLiveKing hit up the official Twitter about customisation in NBA Live 16. While nothing is confirmed, the response was certainly promising.

More information will be coming on Monday, during EA’s press conference at E3. We’ll be sure to post any new details right here on the NLSC, but in the meantime, feel free to join in the discussion and speculation in the NBA Live 16 section of the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #120

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In the middle of the 2015 NBA Finals, and just a few days before E3, it’s Episode #120 of the NLSC Podcast! Join Arcane and I as we discuss the NBA Live 16 cover announcement, everything we know so far about NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, the on-going clash between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2015 NBA Championship, and more.

  • We didn’t have to wait long to find out that Russell Westbrook is gracing the NBA Live 16 cover. What do we think of that choice?
  • With the release of a screenshot and a preliminary features list, we note that there’s more optimism surrounding NBA Live 16 compared to recent years, especially with the game’s presence at E3.
  • After breaking down this week’s NBA Live 16 news, we get up to speed with some NBA 2K16 information, including clarification on a couple of matters that we’re glad to see.
  • We comment on three areas where NBA Live 16 needs to show improvement: off-ball movement, animations, and the addition of a shot meter.
  • Kotaku recently published an article describing a lengthy Association experience using skoadam’s URB roster for NBA 2K13. Unfortunately, it got our name wrong.
  • We answer some mailbag questions about community spirit and Forum participation…and possibly get a little sentimental in thanking the people who support us in doing what we do.
  • It’s been an interesting NBA Finals so far: scrappy, and at times ugly, but not boring. What do we think will happen next?
  • If LeBron James leads the Cavaliers to the title, what does it mean for his standing amongst the greats? We discuss some recent proclamations about The King, and address the issue of “haters”. (Caution: Rant Warning)
  • Two Nike fanboys are quite pleased to hear about the company’s new deal with the NBA, beginning in 2017. Yes, that would be us.
  • We end with a Tweet by Brandon Jennings, which suggests that he’s not a fan of NBA Live.

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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.

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NBA Live 16 News Round-Up

Want to catch up on all the latest NBA Live 16 news? Here’s everything that’s been announced and revealed so far.

  • The cover player is Russell Westbrook. You can check out a couple of behind the scenes features on Westbrook’s cover shoot and face scanning sessions here on the official NBA Live website, as well as here on UPROXX Sports.
  • The cover announce trailer also featured some quick snippets of Russell Westbrook in action in NBA Live 16. You can check it out below.
  • A new screenshot featuring Russell Westbrook has been released, which you can check out below, as well as in our NBA Live 16 screenshot gallery.
  • A preliminary features list has been added to the official website. It touts significant improvements to game modes including Dynasty, Rising Star and BIG Moments, a physics-based player movement system, and teases “a new way to experience NBA Live”.
  • The press release announcing Russell Westbrook as the cover player mentions that NBA Live 16 will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. No PC version is scheduled, and that likely won’t happen until NBA Live 17 at the earliest. No release date has been given as yet; some online stores are listing October 6th, 2015, though that may be a placeholder date. It’s worth noting that NBA 2K16 will be out on September 29th, 2015.
  • Back in March, EA Sports revealed that Patrick Ewing had been brought into the studio for a face scan. This would seem to suggest improvements will be made to Legend faces in Ultimate Team, and perhaps an expanded role for Legends in NBA Live 16.
  • We can expect some more NBA Live 16 news, and probably some preview media, to come out of E3 2015.

Want to keep up with all the latest NBA Live 16 news and developments? Keep it locked to our NBA Live 16 portal, which we’ve just launched here on the main site. You can also discuss the news, previews, and eventually the game itself in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum. A page for NBA Live 16 has also been added to our Wiki; feel free to use it as a source of information, and keep it updated as more NBA Live 16 news comes out. The preview season is just starting, so stay tuned to the NLSC for more information, coming very soon!

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NBA Live 16 Features List Revealed

In addition to revealing Russell Westbrook as the cover player, EA Sports has also posted an early NBA Live 16 features list over on the game’s official website. The list of features drops some promising hints about some of the key areas of focus in NBA Live 16, including the game modes, animation quality, and a “new way to experience NBA Live” that is yet to be revealed. The list of NBA Live 16 features currently is as follows:

LIVE IS ALL ABOUT YOU
The ultimate form of self-expression where everything you do matters – both on and off the court.

LIVEMOTION
Free your game with our physics-based player movement system – giving you unparalleled control and best-in-class animation.

LIVE CONNECTED
The freshest way to play ball. Ultimate Team, Dynasty, Big Moment Challenges and more are back and better than ever.

DISCOVER HOW TO RISE TOGETHER THIS SUMMER
A new way to experience NBA LIVE…

Any thoughts on the NBA Live 16 features list, and what the “new way to experience NBA Live” might be? Sound off in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 16 section of the Forum!

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Russell Westbrook is the NBA Live 16 Cover Player

On the heels of some strong hints in yesterday’s teaser, and his recent following of the official NBA Live Twitter account, Russell Westbrook has officially been revealed as the NBA Live 16 cover player! The announcement was accompanied by a trailer, which includes some brief in-game footage of Russell Westbrook in action, and an article that goes behind the scenes of the NBA Live 16 covershoot.

You can check out the NBA Live 16 cover art featuring Westbrook below, along with the cover announce trailer. More information on the game is right around the corner, so be sure to stay tuned.

What do you think of EA Sports’ selection of Russell Westbrook for the NBA Live 16 cover? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below, and join in the discussion in this thread in the newly launched NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum!

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NBA Live 16 Cover Player Revealed Tomorrow

After replying to zzcooolj21’s inquiry about upcoming news, EA Sports has now announced that the cover player for NBA Live 16 will be revealed tomorrow, with a post on their social media that simply states “Tomorrow. We’ve got you covered”, along with the hashtags #NBALIVE16 and #RiseTogether.

zzcoolj21 has since astutely noted that Russell Westbrook has started following the official NBA Live Twitter account, strongly hinting that he will be gracing the NBA Live 16 cover. As our own Pdub noted, the blurred-out player in the teaser image appears to be wearing a jersey with an orange trim, further suggesting Westbrook will indeed be revealed as the NBA Live 16 cover player.

We’ll be sure to post an update once the official announcement is made, and any other NBA Live 16 information comes through. In the meantime, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #119

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With last week’s NBA 2K16 news, the 2015 NBA Finals ready to tip off, a few coaching changes, and some more topic suggestions from the community, Arcane and I have plenty to talk about in Episode #119 of the NLSC Podcast. Tune in now!

  • Last week’s episode of NBA 2KTV delivered the goods as far as NBA 2K16 tidbits are concerned. We give our thoughts on what we’ve learned so far.
  • We’ve gotten a second wind for binging on NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15, so we share a few of our recent basketball gaming experiences, including some thoughts on the value of Ultimate Team packs.
  • In some breaking news, we have new details on Spike Lee’s involvement with NBA 2K16’s MyCAREER mode. What do we make of it?
  • We give our thoughts on a topic Kenny discussed in his latest column: direct passing into the backcourt, and vision/awareness “cones”.
  • What are our experiences playing real basketball? We reminisce fondly.
  • E3 is quickly approaching, and should bring details on NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16. Oh yeah, and Fallout 4. One of us is rather excited about that.
  • It’s our last chance to change our 2015 NBA Finals predictions. Have we had a change of heart?
  • What do we think of the criteria for flagrant fouls?
  • The Chicago Bulls have fired Tom Thibodeau, and brought in Fred Hoiberg. We comment on the change, and other coaching hires around the league.
  • Is Dwyane Wade looking to move on from the Miami Heat?

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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.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #118

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Tune in to Episode #118 of the NLSC Podcast, hosted by Arcane and myself! The NBA Finals are upon us, the first real piece of NBA 2K16 news has come out, and we received some more great topic suggestions from the community, so we’ve got some fun stuff to talk about this week.

  • The release date and pre-order bonuses for NBA 2K16 have been revealed. What do we think?
  • We give our thoughts on a couple of suggested features for NBA Live 16.
  • With FIFA 16 adding female players, might we see WNBA players in NBA Live 16 or beyond?
  • We revisit the topic of what would be included in our ultimate NBA video game. Spoiler: lace physics alone are not enough.
  • Has the NBA 2K15 modding season been comparable to what happened when NBA 2K9 came out? We also make a few comparisons between modding tools for NBA Live and NBA 2K.
  • Were this year’s Conference Finals boring? What should we make of the Hawks, Rockets, and James Harden?
  • Because we do so well with predictions, we make our picks for the 2015 NBA Finals. Of course, on paper there’s a safe pick, but never underestimate our ability to jinx teams.
  • Putting all of our Australian bias aside…do we think Matthew Dellavedova is a dirty player, or just scrappy?
  • Should Paul Pierce hang it up? We discuss the possibility of a farewell tour with the Boston Celtics.
  • We end the show by recapping some outstanding trolling by the Nike Shop Twitter account.

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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.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #116

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Arcane is feeling better, so we’re back with Episode #116 of the NLSC Podcast! This week we’ve got a fair amount of action to catch up on with the 2015 NBA Playoffs, as well as some noteworthy tidbits on NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 to discuss.

  • Are we due for some big NBA Live 16 news in the next month? A recent Tweet from a senior animator on the game has given us cause to speculate.
  • What are our expectations of NBA Live 16 at this point? Which of our most desired improvements are we most likely to see?
  • The latest episode of 2KTV dropped a couple of hints about improvements the development team are looking to make in NBA 2K16. It was brief, but we liked what we heard.
  • E3 2015 is just over a month away. Do we expect NBA Live 16 and/or NBA 2K16 to be there?
  • In this week’s retro basketball gaming discussion, Andrew lists his latest eBay pick-ups.
  • We recap the 2015 NBA Playoffs to date, and offer up a few more predictions. We haven’t done too badly so far…by our standards, at any rate.
  • Speaking of predictions, we make a couple of picks for the NBA Finals. As always, we take no responsibility for any jinxes!
  • Do we disagree with any of this year’s regular season award winners?
  • Monty Williams’ firing, new logos and jerseys, and the upcoming NBA Draft lottery round out this week’s NBA discussion.

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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.

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Big News Coming for NBA Live 16?

Big news – or at least, some news – might be coming for NBA Live 16 within the next month.

JC Delannoy, senior animator and gameplay software engineer on the NBA Live Development Team, posted a Tweet stating that “things are going to get interesting for the next month”.

While JC may simply be referring to the work that’s going into the game behind the scenes, his Tweet could certainly be hinting that information and perhaps even some previews of NBA Live 16 are coming our way in the very near future. It should be noted that E3 will be taking place from June 16th to June 18th this year, and of course, the NBA Finals always present an ideal opportunity to showcase teasers of the upcoming NBA games.

Given JC Delannoy’s role as senior animator, his hints at something “interesting” may bring good news about the animations in NBA Live 16, which would definitely be welcome in light of one of the main criticisms of NBA Live 14 and NBA Live 15. Ty Stover, a marketer at EA Sports, also posted a Tweet about “big things brewing”, but as he also handles marketing for Madden, that could easily be referring to today’s news about Madden 16, and have nothing to do with NBA Live 16.

We’ll be sure to post any details and preview media as they become available, but in the meantime, feel free to sound off in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum. Thanks to 22cedric for the heads up!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #115

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I’m back in the 21st Century with a working broadband connection, so Arcane and I were able to record Episode #115 of the NLSC Podcast, which we’re presenting to you today. This week’s topics include the NBA Live 16 Wishlist, NBA 2K16 rumours, the latest action from the 2015 NBA Playoffs, and more.

  • We’re still collecting some great feedback for our NBA Live 16 Wishlist. A recent Tweet from the official NBA Live Twitter account also demonstrates that our ideas are not going unnoticed.
  • Have the NBA 2K16 cover players been leaked? Last week’s Polygon report has provided us with a few rumours to discuss.
  • The Playoffs are bringing new content for NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15, mostly for Ultimate Team and MyTEAM.
  • We recap some recent releases in the NBA Live and NBA 2K patching community.
  • Speaking of patching, we once again discuss the notion that 2K has done wrong by the modding community with NBA 2K15’s restrictions.
  • Retro Basketball Video Game Talk is seemingly becoming a weekly segment. In the spotlight this week: Total NBA ’96 for the original PlayStation.
  • Moving on to the 2015 NBA Playoffs, we recap and give our thoughts on all the action so far.
  • Rajon Rondo certainly doesn’t appear likely to return to the Mavericks next year. We discuss where he might end up.
  • The Houston Rockets fired their social media manager following a controversial Tweet. Fair or foul?
  • Billy Donovan is close to replacing Scott Brooks as the Oklahoma City Thunder’s coach.
  • We wrap up Episode #115 with promising news for Nike fanboys…which would include us.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #114

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Episode #114 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and myself as we discuss the latest NBA Live and NBA 2K news, a Top 10 Basketball Video Games list, the forthcoming 2015 NBA Playoffs, and much more.

  • Some vague tidbits about NBA Live 16 were posted in response to a question posed to the official NBA Live Twitter. Not much to go on, but we’re looking forward to more information.
  • A new beta version of the Ultimate Jordan Roster for NBA Live 08 PC is available for the community to try out. Help is wanted with some of the art updates, for anyone willing and able.
  • gregkwaste has released a new version of the NBA 2K15 Explorer, which is very welcome news for the 2K modding community.
  • We reflect on last week’s controversy following the NBA 2K14 server shutdown, and 2K’s subsequent new policy regarding online support.
  • Hypun.com posted an article naming the ten best basketball video games of all time. Do we agree with it?
  • Moving on to some real NBA discussion…is Stephen Curry the greatest three point shooter of all time?
  • Derek Fisher has made a bold prediction about the Knicks’ fortunes next season. We’re not so sure.
  • We touch upon the recent incidents involving Chris Copeland, Pero Antic, and Thabo Sefolosha.
  • Derrick Rose and Paul George are back in action, and contributing.
  • The looming postseason means a couple of Playoff predictions. Which teams are grabbing the eighth seeds in each conference?

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

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