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Week 11 Roster Update for NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16: Kawhi Leonard

This week’s roster update has come through for NBA Live 16. While it is a post-All-Star Weekend update, it appears as though it was finalised before the trade deadline, which means none of the deadline deals are included. Chris Bosh is also still active on the East All-Stars squad, while Al Horford hasn’t been added as yet.

Five players on the way up in this week’s roster are Kawhi Leonard (+2 to 95), Carmelo Anthony (+2 to 89), C.J. McCollum (+2 to 82), Kyle Korver (+2 to 77), and Draymond Green (+1 to 91). Conversely, five players on the way down this week are Willie Cauley-Stein (-3 to 75), Kevin Garnett (-2 to 75), Luis Scola (-2 to 74), Ryan Anderson (-2 to 73), and Brandon Bass (-2 to 71). At 95 overall, Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Curry are the highest rated players in NBA Live 16, and there are nine players rated 90+ overall, as of the latest roster.

The latest roster also includes gear updates for twelve players. For more information on the changes that have been made in the newest update, check out this spreadsheet. If you’ve got any thoughts on the rosters, any feedback that you’d like to share with the development team, feel free to post it in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in our NBA Live 16 Forum. Don’t forget that we’ve also started our NBA Live 17 Wishlist, which you can find here.

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The Friday Five: 5 Worst AI Problems in Basketball Video Games

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five 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.

We’ve tipped off our Wishlists for both basketball games, and as I do every year, I’ve been making sure to put out a few reminders about the best way to provide feedback. The most common mistake when posting suggestions for NBA Live or NBA 2K is failing to provide relevant details: saying things like “deeper modes”, “better gameplay”, or “improved AI”. While these are certainly things that we do want to see, they don’t describe what we specifically want to see improve, or the problems that need to be addressed. It’s like going to a restaurant and ordering “tasty food”; there isn’t nearly enough information to work from.

Basketball has a lot finicky nuances that we want to see realistically portrayed in NBA Live and NBA 2K, and when our expectations aren’t being met, we need to be able to identify all those annoying quirks in the AI. Those moments of frustration we have when we’re playing a game, because the CPU is doing something that’s not quite right? Those are the issues that we need to bring up. To demonstrate what I’m talking about, here are five of what I feel are the worst problems with AI in basketball video games, along with some relevant examples.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #146

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Tune in to Episode #146 of the NLSC Podcast! This week, Arcane and I discuss some NBA Live 17 news, react to the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend, speculate on this year’s trade deadline, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • NBA Live 16 received a new patch last week, including the All-Star court and jerseys, and new Ultimate Team challenges. BIG Moments have also finally been updated!
  • A few more people seem to be playing LIVE Pro-Am, which is promising.
  • NBA Live is returning to the mobile platform with a free game. Since the list of platforms is expanding, can we get a PC version, please?
  • NBA Live 17 will reportedly add venues for the Goodman League, Drew League, and Dyckman Basketball Tournament. Sounds good to us.
  • What do we think NBA Live 17 needs to do to grab attention and generate interest among basketball gamers?
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming includes more Ultimate Team stories, and some MyCAREER advice.
  • The 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend is in the books. We loved the Slam Dunk Contest; the All-Star Game, not so much.
  • We list our top three favourite All-Star Weekends of all-time. Yes, there are some old school picks in there.
  • Chris Bosh is reportedly facing another health scare, though the Miami Heat are insisting otherwise.
  • Who’s changing address at the trade deadline? We run down some of the rumours making the rounds.
  • We wrap up Episode #146 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions. One of us really, really needs to turn things around.

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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 Mobile Available in Canada

NBA Live Mobile Screenshot

A new mobile version of NBA Live – not to be confused with the NBA Live companion app, which allows you to scan your face into NBA Live 16 – is now available for iOS and Android devices. The game is free, but is currently only available in Canada. Details on the game are as follows:

STAY FRESH IN DAILY LIVE EVENTS
NBA LIVE Mobile connects you to the NBA every day, all year long. Instantly tap into brand new challenges and incredible rewards every day with live events, evolving matchups, Head-to-Head and Seasons modes, and more – all based on the real NBA!

ASSEMBLE YOUR TEAM*
Select your favorite NBA franchise and become GM. Acquire real NBA players from the past and present by opening packs, or by working the auction house. Collect blockbuster legends and current stars like Russell Westbrook. Upgrade your roster your own way, then take your team out on the court to compete against friends.

FIND EDGES TO DOMINATE*
Play through fast-paced NBA seasons to build your powerhouse franchise. Unlock special abilities for your team members, dominate friends, and take your franchise to the next level.

NBA LIVE Mobile brings real NBA events and next-generation hardwood action straight to your fingertips. Are you ready to rise to the top?

This app: requires a persistent Internet connection (network fees may apply); requires acceptance of EA’s Privacy & Cookie Policy, TOS and EULA; includes in-game advertising; collects data through third party analytics technology (see Privacy & Cookie Policy for details); contains direct links to the Internet and social networking sites intended for an audience over 13.

*Facebook login required. Must be 13 years or older.

If any further information on a wider release is made available, we’ll be sure to post it.

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Monday Tip-Off: A Tale of Two Franchise Games

Chicago Bulls Dynasty in NBA Live 16

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Get your week started here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to basketball video games.

In the last couple of episodes of the NLSC Podcast, Arcane and I have gotten back to discussing what we’re doing with basketball video games each week, be it NBA Live 16, NBA 2K16, or both. If you’ve listened to Episode #145, you may recall that I mentioned that I’ve started both a Dynasty game in NBA Live 16, and a MyLEAGUE game in NBA 2K16. In each game’s franchise mode, I’ve elected to take control of the Chicago Bulls, and make one offseason move: signing Ben Gordon.

On the surface, the more logical course of action would seem to be opting for completely different experiences in each game’s franchise mode. However, I thought that it would be interesting to see how the same approach would play out in each game, and how the results of each franchise game would ultimately compare to one another. Aside from differences in gameplay, MyLEAGUE is also a much deeper mode than Dynasty, which is likely to be a big factor in changing up the experience.

So, as I look to tip off both franchise games, what are my expectations?

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NBA Live 16 All-Star Weekend Roster Update & Ultimate Team Content

NBA Live 16: All-Star LeBron James vs. Kobe Bryant

In addition to a new title update which includes the 2016 All-Star court and jerseys, NBA Live 16 has received another new roster update. As mentioned in the previous post, the rosters for the East and West All-Stars have been updated, including Pau Gasol replacing Jimmy Butler. Chris Bosh’s last minute scratch will obviously have to wait until next week’s roster update at the earliest.

Five players on the way up in this week’s roster are Kyrie Irving (+3 to 87), Aaron Gordon (+4 to 80), Kyle Lowry (+4 to 87), John Wall (+3 to 90), and Gordon Hayward (+2 to 82). Conversely, five players on the way down this week are Jusuf Nurkic (-3 to 76), Andre Drummond (-2 to 88), Tony Parker (-2 to 84), Chris Bosh (-2 to 85), and Channing Frye (-2 to 74). Eleven active players are currently rated 90+ overall, headed up by Stephen Curry at 96 overall. The roster also includes recent player movement, and 45 accessory updates; check out this spreadsheet for more details.

NBA Live 16 has also received new All-Star Weekend content in Ultimate Team: over 50 new player cards (including boosted versions of the All-Star participants), 12 Solo Challenges, and one new Master Challenge. All the latest content will be there once you fire up the game, so if you’re playing a little NBA Live 16 over the All-Star Weekend, feel free to discuss your experiences in the comments below, as well as in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 16 Update v1.06 Released

NBA Live 16: All-Star Court in Toronto

A new title update (v1.06) for NBA Live 16 has come through on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The patch updates the game for the 2016 All-Star Weekend, adds new content for BIG Moments, and includes a few fixes. Per the update history on PlayStation 4, a quick overview of the patch is as follows:

  • New All-Star court and jerseys
  • New Live Season content
  • Bug and stability fixes

The blog on the official website also mentions that the patch includes various improvements to presentation and online head-to-head play. From the looks of things, there are some new player face scans in the game, as New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingas now has a proper face.

A new roster update has also come through for NBA Live 16 today. The latest roster includes updated All-Star lineups, right down to Pau Gasol replacing the injured Jimmy Butler on the East All-Stars. Notably, a couple of recent coaching changes are also reflected, as Tyronn Lue is coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers (and the East All-Stars), and J.B. Bickerstaff is now coaching the Houston Rockets. Jeff Hornacek, Derek Fisher, and Lionel Hollins are yet to be replaced.

Feel free to add your thoughts on the latest NBA Live 16 patch in the comments section, as well as in this thread in the Forum. Also see below for some screenshots of the new All-Star court and jerseys in-game, and don’t forget to join us in compiling this year’s Wishlist for NBA Live 17.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #145

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We’re back to our usual timeslot this week, with Episode #145 of the NLSC Podcast! This week, Arcane and I are talking Wishlists, our recent experiences with NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • Our official Wishlist threads for NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17 are now open, so start posting your constructive feedback!
  • We reflect on All-Star Weekend in NBA Live, and fantasise about its return.
  • A list of players missing from NBA 2K16’s historical teams has been posted over on Reddit, leading us to wonder about the future of retro teams.
  • What have we been doing in NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 this past week? We recap our latest adventures on the virtual hardwood.
  • How did we originally find the NLSC and get involved with it? We answer a mailbag question about our history with the site.
  • Who are some our favourite fringe NBA players? Have we ended up acquiring any of them in our franchise games?
  • Derek Fisher is the latest head coach to get the axe. The circus continues in New York.
  • ESPN has named Michael Jordan the greatest NBA player of all-time in a recent feature. We don’t disagree.
  • The NBA is considering changing the Hack-a-Whoever rules. We’re not heartbroken.
  • Blake Griffin has been suspended for his altercation with an assistant equipment manager. Meanwhile, Markieff Morris is still trying to force his way out of Phoenix.
  • The 2016 All-Star Weekend is almost upon us. We run down our official predictions.
  • After double-checking the date for our next show, we also give our Bold Predictions for this week.
  • We wrap up Episode #145 of the NLSC Podcast with another trivia game, and an interesting note regarding LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

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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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Monday Tip-Off: Sportsmanship & Online Basketball Gaming

Kevin Durant dunking in NBA Live 16

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Get your week started here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to basketball video games.

If you caught Episode #144 of the NLSC Podcast, you’ll know that I went on a bit of a rant about a recent experience I had while playing NBA Live 16 online. In a nutshell, I had an opponent who was losing quit with a couple of seconds left in the fourth quarter, to avoid the loss and rob me of the win. Needless to say, I wasn’t exactly pleased by that turn of events. The word I used on the Podcast was “scumbag”, and I stand by that description. It was not the sporting thing to do, plain and simple.

The matter of sportsmanship in online basketball gaming is an important one, and since podcasts aren’t everyone’s favourite medium, I’ve decided to write about it in this week’s Monday Tip-Off. Of course, the issue isn’t exclusive to basketball games, but when it comes to both major hoops titles, unfortunately there aren’t really any measures in place to prevent or at least discourage it. Don’t like the way things are going? Want to avoid picking up a loss? Then just quit, or cause a disconnection. Or preferably, don’t. To put it bluntly, it’s incredibly poor form, and shouldn’t be allowed.

You may feel that it isn’t a big deal, that it’s just the way it goes with online play. I would strongly disagree with that assertion, however. This is something that both EA Sports and 2K Sports need to find a way to address, and behaviour that certain basketball gamers need to cut out.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #144

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We’re a little late again this week, but our streak is alive as Episode #144 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week, Arcane and I discuss recent news and events in basketball gaming, bring back a couple of segments, and talk about a few NBA topics including the upcoming 2016 All-Star Weekend.

On this week’s show…

  • The NBA Live 16 rosters have been updated, but do not include this year’s All-Star teams, jerseys, or court. We also touch on the continued lack of updates to BIG Moments and NBA Rewind.
  • Following our speculation last week, the NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals Pro-Am tournament has tipped off with pre-season play. Unfortunately for PC gamers, it appears to be console only.
  • Take Two is being sued over the unauthorised use of certain players’ tattoos in NBA 2K16. Fair or foul?
  • Returning in this week’s NLSC Podcast, Our Week in Basketball Gaming! This week, it’s all about Ultimate Team, MyCAREER, and a rant about sore losers online.
  • What are some of the biggest mistakes we’ve made in franchise modes over the years?
  • Do we have any plans to get into some NBA 2K16 modding?
  • Jeff Hornacek has been fired by the Phoenix Suns, and replaced by Earl Watson. Not altogether surprising.
  • With the trade deadline looming, we look at some rumours making the rounds, and consider who might be changing teams. Will any big names be wearing new jerseys after the deadline?
  • We give our thoughts on the suggestion that Kobe Bryant will shut it down after All-Star Weekend.
  • The participants for the Slam Dunk Contest and Three-Point Shootout have been announced, so we throw out some early predictions.
  • Could Kevin Durant end up with the Golden State Warriors next season?
  • In this week’s Bold Predictions…more of the same. The slump has to end sometime, right?
  • We wrap up Episode #144 of the NLSC Podcast with the return of Trivia Question, featuring a tidbit from beyond the arc.

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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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Week 9 Roster Update for NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16: Nikola Vucevic

A new roster has been pushed through for NBA Live 16, and EA has now published a blog detailing the latest updates over on the official website. A couple of recent transactions are accounted for, though as discussed in Episode #143 of the NLSC Podcast, Josh Smith is still on the Los Angeles Clippers’ roster. In addition to adjusted ratings, the latest roster also includes 37 accessory updates.

Five players on the way up in the latest roster are Nikola Vucevic (+3 to 86), LaMarcus Aldridge (+2 to 86), Carmelo Anthony (+2 to 89), Bobby Portis (+2 to 74), and Dwyane Wade (+2 to 85). Five players on the way down this week are Matthew Dellavedova (-3 to 79), Derrick Rose (-2 to 80), Patrick Beverley (-2 to 80), Avery Bradley (-2 to 80), and Evan Fournier (-2 to 76).

For a full breakdown of all the changes in the latest roster, be sure to check out this spreadsheet. If you’ve got any thoughts you’d like to share on the latest roster, or feedback you’d like to send along to the development team, feel free to have your say in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #143

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We’re coming at you a little later this week, but Episode #143 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we discuss recent updates for NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, give our thoughts on the 2016 All-Star selections, answer a few mailbag questions, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip things off with a look at recent NBA Live 16 updates, including thoughts on the latest rosters, and the lack of content for BIG Moments.
  • EA are dropping out of E3, in favour of hosting their own event, EA Play. The event will be open to the public, and will feature hands-on game demos.
  • Speaking of EA, we also touch on some recent comments Andrew Wilson made about changing the company’s image.
  • Patch #5 has been released for NBA 2K16. Its focus suggests that the Pro-Am Road To The Finals tournament isn’t too far away.
  • The starters and reserves for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game have been announced. We recap the selections, and give our thoughts.
  • We reflect on the selections for the Rising Stars Challenge, which were also recently announced.
  • David Blatt’s unexpected and virtually unprecedented firing got a lot of people talking in the past week, so it’s our turn to weigh in on the situation.
  • Last week, we discussed players who might be traded. One of them has been, as Josh Smith has been sent back to the Houston Rockets.
  • We compare the 1996 Chicago Bulls to the 2016 Golden State Warriors. Who would win, what would the match-ups be like, and how close would it be?
  • Who are some of the biggest Draft busts that come immediately to mind? Unfortunately, MJ has picked a couple of them.
  • We’ve both come up empty in Bold Predictions the last couple of weeks, which means Andrew is still yet to get on the scoreboard. Surely, this is the week it all turns around!
  • We wrap up Episode #143 of the NLSC Podcast with a bizarre incident involving Blake Griffin.

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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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Monday Tip-Off: How Ratings Got Better in NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16: Stephen Curry

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Get your week started here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to basketball video games.

The official roster updates for NBA Live 16 haven’t exactly received universal acclaim so far. In addition to a couple of players still lacking proper faces, there have been lingering issues with missing players, incorrect jersey numbers, and other anomalies with player bio data, though subsequent updates have included several fixes on all those fronts. I do suspect that there may still be some issues with the update system that’s in place, and the lack of in-game roster editing functionality is sorely missed as a result. However, except for a couple of weeks over the holiday break, the weekly updates have been coming through consistently, and on time.

Each week, the official NBA Live website spotlights the biggest movers and shakers in the latest roster update, and there have been some significant ratings changes since NBA Live 16’s launch. Generally speaking, I feel that some really good work has been done with the ratings in the NBA Live 16 roster updates, as the season has progressed. Having made unofficial roster updates for NBA Live for many years, I appreciate the constant balancing act of not getting too carried away boosting and decreasing ratings, and the pain of getting overall ratings to look “correct”, without skewering the individual ratings to make it happen.

So, what stands out to me the most when it comes to the improved ratings in NBA Live 16?

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The Friday Five: Top 5 Gameplay Improvements I Want To See in NBA Live

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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five 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.

Since we’re getting into Wishlist season, last week’s edition of The Friday Five covered five features that I’d like to see return in NBA Live. I’m continuing with that theme this week as I count down the top five gameplay improvements that I’d like to see, preferably beginning with NBA Live 17. While I really want to see the game modes get deeper and some more bells and whistles added, NBA Live’s gameplay still needs some polish and enhancement, as it’s obviously an important aspect of the core experience.

That’s not to say it needs a complete overhaul, or that the current tech isn’t capable of doing the job. I’ve seen some good things from the IGNITE engine, and there’s been a noticeable improvement over the past three years. However, there are definitely some much needed improvements and additions that need to be made to NBA Live’s gameplay, to get it to the level it really needs to be at. So, without any further ado, here are the top five gameplay improvements that I want to see in NBA Live, beginning with number five.

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Week 8 Roster Update for NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16: LeBron James

The Week 8 roster update for NBA Live 16 has now come through. The latest update adds Lorenzo Brown to the Phoenix Suns and Elliot Williams to the Memphis Grizzlies, while Joe Harris is now in the free agent pool. Player ratings have also been updated, and there are 32 adjustments to player accessories in the new roster. For the full breakdown, check out this spreadsheet.

As far as the biggest movers and shakers in the latest roster update are concerned, five players on the way up this week are LeBron James (+2 to 93), Chris Bosh (+2 to 82), Evan Fournier (+2 to 78), Jimmy Butler (+1 to 92), and Giannis Antetokounmpo (+1 to 79). On the other side of the ledger, five players on the way down this week are Wesley Johnson (-3 to 77), Andrew Bogut (-2 to 85), Kyrie Irving (-2 to 86), Nikola Pekovic (-2 to 74) and Kyle Korver (-2 to 76).

There are currently ten players rated 90+ overall in NBA Live 16. Stephen Curry remains the top dog at 95 overall, while the latest roster has LeBron James and Russell Westbrook tied for second at 93. Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard are third at 92 overall, with Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, and Chris Paul sitting at 91. Draymond Green and and Tony Parker are both currently 90 overall.

Any thoughts on the latest NBA Live 16 roster? Feel free to have your say in the comments section below, as well as this thread in the Forum.

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