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NBA Live 16 Pro-Am Courts: Real Life vs. The Game

NBA Live 16 Pro-Am Courts

EA Sports has posted another blog over on the official NBA Live website, providing side-by-side comparisons of the Pro-Am courts in NBA Live 16, and their real life counterparts.

The new LIVE Pro-Am experience is about proving yourself and playing team basketball. The venues in Pro-Am are just as iconic as the players who played there. You’ll find authentic courts that were laser-scanned with the same technology used to create NBA arenas.

This attention to detail can be seen in every aspect of the game, from player likenesses, shoes, tats, and gear to these historic, real-world courts.

Take a look at side-by-side comparisons of real-life versus in-game for the venues of LIVE Pro-Am that you can enjoy in the newest mode of NBA LIVE 16.

You can check out the side-by-side comparisons below, as well as over in our NBA Live 16 screenshots gallery. If you haven’t caught my hands-on impressions of Pro-Am, featuring LIVE Run and the Summer Circuit, be sure to check them out here.

Are you looking forward to playing LIVE Pro-Am? What do you think of all the courts? Sound off in the comments below, and as always, feel free to join in the discussion in the Forum!

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Top 5 Centers in NBA Live 16

Top 5 Centers in NBA Live 16

The NBA Live 16 ratings reveals continue today, as EA Sports has posted a list of the top five centers (or if you prefer, centres) in this year’s game. They are as follows:

  1. Marc Gasol (95 Overall)
  2. DeMarcus Cousins (94 Overall)
  3. Dwight Howard (92 Overall)
  4. Andre Drummond (91 Overall)
  5. DeAndre Jordan (90 Overall)

As with the previous NBA Live 16 ratings reveals, the article goes into detail about some of their individual ratings. Marc Gasol has some of the highest post offense and post defense ratings in the game, DeMarcus Cousins’ ratings make him adept at scoring around the basket, and Dwight Howard is one of the strongest players in NBA Live 16, capable of finishing in the paint and throwing down dunks despite contact. As you would expect, Andre Drummond and DeAndre Jordan both have beastly rebounding ratings.

Screenshots of all five players have also been posted; you can check those out below, or over in our NBA Live 16 screenshots gallery. For more information on their individual ratings, be sure to read the blog post over on the official website, linked above.

What are your thoughts on the latest NBA Live 16 ratings reveals? Any noteworthy snubs? Are you concerned about the number of 90+ overall players? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion in this thread over in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 16 Raw Gameplay Videos, Arena Screenshots

EA Sports has posted three raw gameplay videos of NBA Live 16. The videos spotlight the beginning and end of a couple of games in Summer Circuit, and the opening of a Tip Off game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers.

As you’ll notice in the Tip Off gameplay video, NBA Live 16 includes new on-court playcalling diagrams, providing you with additional instructions and prompts to help you run plays. I was definitely impressed by that feature when I played NBA Live 16 back at the community event in July, and it’s a step up over the onboarding in previous games.

All in all, I would have to say that the gameplay in NBA Live 16 is looking great, and I can attest to it being a huge step up over NBA Live 15; not only in the way it looks, but in the way it feels on the sticks. Hopefully, I can go into more detail on that soon, as we’re lining up a chat with NBA Live 16 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien. Stay tuned for that interview, and more insights into this year’s game!

In the meantime, you can check out all three of the NBA Live 16 gameplay videos embedded below. Additionally, EA has posted screenshots of all 30 NBA arenas, which you can check out here. As you can probably guess from the screens, that’s what you see when gameplay is loading in NBA Live 16.

What are your thoughts on the first raw gameplay videos of NBA Live 16, and the arena screenshots? Have your say in the comments below, and as always, we invite you to join in the discussion in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum!

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Top 5 Power Forwards in NBA Live 16

Top 5 Power Forwards in NBA Live 16

The ratings reveals for NBA Live 16 continue today, as EA has posted a list of the top five power forwards in this year’s game:

  • Blake Griffin (95 Overall)
  • Anthony Davis (95 Overall)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (94 Overall)
  • Pau Gasol (91 Overall)
  • Zach Randolph (90 Overall)

Once again, EA Sports has posted some player screenshots to accompany the reveal of the five best power forwards in NBA Live 16. Check them out below, as well as over in our NBA Live 16 screenshots gallery. Since Anthony Davis is one of the NBA 2K16 cover players, there’s no screenshot of him in the article.

The next ratings reveal will be the top five centres (or if you prefer, centers) in NBA Live 16, followed by an Eastern and Western Conference ratings reveal. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the ratings for the top five power forwards in this year’s game? Sound off in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 16 Developer Blog: Defense & Playcalling

NBA Live 16: Playcalling

A new NBA Live 16 developer blog has been posted over on the official website, detailing improvements to the defense and playcalling in this year’s game.

The blog describes the new playcalling system, which takes the form of the Play Wheel, accessed by holding LB/L1. More plays have been added for each team in NBA Live 16, all of which can be accessed via the Play Wheel. Alternatively, you can tap LB/L1 as you bring the ball up court to run a quick play. An on-screen prompt will let you know which play has been selected, should you wish to run it.

Improvements on the other side of the ball in NBA Live 16 include better help defense, ball denial on the perimeter, and screen defense. Players are challenged more often at the rim, with help defense collapsing into the paint when players drive to the basket. On the perimeter, good off-ball defenders will make it tougher for you to get an open shot, or make the pass to your best shooters. You can also do this yourself by pressing LT/L2 when you get near your opponent.

Finally, the defensive AI on screens has been improved, so that you can’t just call screens and score every time down the floor. A few new screenshots have been added in the blog, demonstrating some of the new features and improvements to playcalling and defense in NBA Live 16. Check them out below, as well as here in our NBA Live 16 screenshots section.

What are your thoughts on the latest NBA Live 16 gameplay blog? Add your thoughts in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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Top 5 Small Forwards in NBA Live 16

Top 5 Small Forwards in NBA Live 16

The ratings reveal for NBA Live 16 continues, as EA Sports has posted a list of the top five small forwards in this year’s game.

  1. LeBron James (97 overall)
  2. Kevin Durant (96 overall)
  3. Carmelo Anthony (91 overall)
  4. Paul George (90 overall)
  5. Kawhi Leonard (89 overall)

As with the previous ratings reveal articles, the latest list goes into detail about some of the specific ratings for each of the five players. Notably, it mentions that LeBron James is also the highest rated player in the game, with high strength, dunking, and jumping ratings. Kevin Durant boasts some of the best shooting ratings in the game, while Kawhi Leonard is one of the strongest defenders. The individual ratings mentioned for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony also seem to be on point.

The article also provided us with a few more screenshots of all those players in action in NBA Live 16, which you can check out below, as well as in our NBA Live 16 screenshots gallery.

Any thoughts on the latest ratings reveal? Agree or disagree with the ratings these small forwards will have out of the box? Sound off in the comments below, and feel free to join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #128

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It’s back to our regularly scheduled programming this week, as Arcane and I host Episode #128 of the NLSC Podcast! An overview of this week’s show is as follows:

  • In case you missed it, last week was a big episode for the NLSC Podcast, as we welcomed Leftos and JaoSming back to the show to talk about NBA 2K16.
  • Our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content has tipped off, and we have a couple of other housekeeping announcements to make.
  • Catching up on all the NBA Live 16 news, we give our thoughts on the soundtrack, latest ratings reveals, and screenshots. Are we hyped for NBA Live 16?
  • We recap a huge amount of NBA 2K16 news, including a new trailer, and several in-depth developer blogs. Has it moved the needle on our excitement for NBA 2K16?
  • New content for NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 is slowing to a halt, and we’re finding that we’re just about ready to move on. Still, we have been spending some time with last year’s games as of late.
  • The Atlanta Hawks are retiring Dikembe Mutombo’s #55, so we reflect on some of our favourite Mutombo Moments.
  • J.R. Smith has officially re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers; Tristan Thompson has not. Once again, we reflect on the Cavs’ chances this year.
  • What do we think of Mickey Arison’s proposed Miami Vice/South Beach alternates for the Miami Heat?
  • We end Episode #128 of the NLSC Podcast with an All-Time Lineup game.

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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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Top 5 Shooting Guards in NBA Live 16

Top 5 Shooting Guards in NBA Live 16

The ratings reveals for NBA Live 16 continue, as the top five shooting guards in this year’s game have been announced. The players and their overall ratings are as follows:

  1. James Harden (95 overall)
  2. Klay Thompson (91 overall)
  3. Kobe Bryant (89 overall)
  4. Jimmy Butler (89 overall)
  5. Dwyane Wade (88 overall)

The article also goes into detail about some of their specific ratings, explaining how they came to have their overall ratings that they do. Notably, James Harden is the fastest shooting guard in the game, while Kobe Bryant unsurprisingly has the highest Clutch rating.

Screenshots of four of the top five shooting guards were also posted; check them out below, or here in our NBA Live 16 screenshots gallery. As James Harden is one of the cover players for NBA 2K16, he is the only player on the list not to have a screenshot. EA had to take similar measures last year during their ratings reveals, only showing a screenshot of Kevin Durant’s shoes in articles where he was featured.

More ratings reveals appear to be on the way, leading up to the release of the NBA Live 16 demo on September 15th, and the full game on September 29th. What do you make of the top five shooting guards? Sound off in the comments below, and feel free to join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum.

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Top 6 Point Guards in NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16: Top 6 Point Guards

On a more positive note in the wake of the GameFace HD app being delayed, EA Sports have begun their ratings reveals for NBA Live 16. They’ve tipped things off by revealing the overall ratings for the top six point guards in the game; not surprisingly, NBA Live 16 cover player Russell Westbrook is among them (and not without good reason). The top six point guards are as follows:

  • Chris Paul (95 overall)
  • Russell Westbrook (94 overall)
  • Stephen Curry (94 overall)
  • Kyrie Irving (90 overall)
  • John Wall (90 overall)
  • Damian Lillard (90 overall)

In addition to the overall ratings, a few specific ratings have been revealed for those six players. EA also posted a few new screenshots; you can check those out below, as well as in our NBA Live 16 screenshots gallery.

Presumably, there’ll be a few more ratings reveals coming our way before the NBA Live 16 demo drops on September 15th. Speaking of player ratings, we’ll be maintaining a thread in the Forum once again this year, to provide EA with feedback on the roster updates.

In the meantime, feel free to share your opinions on the first ratings reveal in the comments section below, as well as take the discussion to the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum!

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NBA Live 16 GameFace HD App Delayed

NBA Live 16 GameFace HD

The GameFace HD companion app for NBA Live 16, which was originally intended to launch today, has unfortunately been delayed by at least a few days. It doesn’t seem as though we should expect any further delays however, as EA Sports announced via the official NBA Live Twitter account that they anticipate releasing the app later this week.

For those who are unaware, the GameFace HD app will allow you to scan your face into NBA Live 16 for use in Rising Star and LIVE Pro-Am, and is set to be released for both Android and iOS devices. It will also be compatible with the NBA Live 16 demo, which is currently slated for release on September 15th. Should you pick up the full version of NBA Live 16 on September 29th, you’ll be able to make use of your scanned face, and any progress you’ve made in the demo will carry over.

We’ll be sure to post any updates on the release of the GameFace HD app for NBA Live 16 as they’re made available. As always, feel free to share any thoughts you may have on the news in the comments below, as well as in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 16 Soundtrack Revealed

NBA Live 16 Soundtrack, Curated by MICK

EA Sports has revealed the soundtrack for NBA Live 16, which has once again been curated by MICK. As with the mixtapes for NBA Live 14 and NBA Live 15, the NBA Live 16 soundtrack features a selection of underground and up-and-coming artists. Once again, users will be able to create individual playlists for each of the game modes, as well as the main menu.

You can check out the full NBA Live 16 soundtrack below, as well as here in our Wiki. If you’d like to listen to all the tracks before the game drops, tune in to this Spotify playlist. Dime Magazine has also posted an interview with MICK, which you can read here.

Incidentally, the NBA Live 16 soundtrack has been named as the latest reason to play NBA Live 16 over on the official website. Any thoughts on the soundtrack? Share them in the comments below, and as always, feel free to take the discussion to the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum!

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NBA Live 16 Achievements Revealed; 16 Reasons to Play

TrueAchievements.com has revealed the Achievements (and by extension, the PlayStation Trophies) for NBA Live 16. Some familiar Achievements return this year, such as trading for a 90+ overall player in Dynasty Mode, completing a BIG Moments challenge within 24 hours of it being posted, and levelling up your Rising Star player.

Some of the new Achievements include scoring 100 points in a game with any player, which from memory was last offered up as an Achievement in NBA Live 10. A couple of the Ultimate Team Achievements hint at new features, including a list of GM objectives.

Additionally, EA Sports have begun counting down their 16 Reasons to Play NBA Live 16, basically spotlighting key features of the game that have been announced so far. The three reasons currently listed are: Russell Westbrook on the cover, improved visuals, and Freestyle controls. A new reason will be added to the list daily.

It won’t be long before we get our hands on NBA Live 16, as the demo is set to drop on September 15th. We’ll also be able to start scanning our faces for use in the game next week, as the GameFace HD app will be released on September 8th. In the meantime, share your thoughts on the latest developments in the comments section below, and feel free to take the discussion to our NBA Live 16 Forum.

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New NBA Live 16 Screenshots: Pro-Am Courts, Damian Lillard

We’ve been looking back at the history of the NBA Live series through our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content – which will continue – but we’re turning our attention back to the upcoming game today, as a couple of new NBA Live 16 screenshots have come through recently.

The latest screens include another glimpse of the Kezar Pavilion and Brooklyn Park, LIVE Pro-Am gameplay at Seattle Pacific University, and a new shot of last year’s cover player, Damian Lillard. You can check them all out below, as well as in our NBA Live 16 screenshots gallery.

It won’t be long before we can get our hands on NBA Live 16, as the demo will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 15th. For those who are unaware, the demo will feature six playable teams in Tip Off mode, as well as LIVE Pro-Am and support for the GameFace HD app, which is due for release on September 8th. The full version will be out on September 29th.

Got any thoughts on the latest NBA Live 16 screenshots? Have your say in the comments below, and as always, be sure to join in the discussion here in the Forum!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #126

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We’re in good health, good spirits, and have some exciting stuff to talk about, so it’s time for another episode of the NLSC Podcast! In Episode #126, Arcane and I recap the week in NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 news, preview some upcoming features here at the NLSC, and discuss a couple of NBA-related topics.

On this week’s show…

  • At long last, we’re launching our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content! On a similar note, Andrew is celebrating his 14th Anniversary as NLSC Webmaster.
  • We also have interviews with Sean O’Brien, and Leftos & JaoSming coming up. Get your questions in ASAP!
  • Recapping the week in NBA Live 16 news, we give our thoughts on the latest preview media, and information on this year’s pre-order bonuses.
  • The first proper gameplay trailer for NBA 2K16 has dropped. Do we feel hyped?
  • Last week delivered us a huge amount of information on MyLEAGUE, MyLEAGUE Online, and MyGM. Naturally, it all came through after we wrapped up last week’s episode, but we’re happy to get it nevertheless.
  • We discuss a few other NBA 2K16 news and notes, including changes to ratings, and the latest retro teams to be confirmed.
  • With gamers looking forward to both NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, shots are being fired by both companies. We weigh in on the situation.
  • Metta World Peace could be returning to the Los Angeles Lakers. What do we think of that move?
  • Michael Jordan makes more in endorsements than any current NBA player. We reflect on the brand power of His Airness.
  • We wrap up Episode #126 of the NLSC Podcast with Nick Young’s desire to play for the Boomers, and Andrew Bogut’s response.

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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 Screenshots, Video Clip, & Pre-Order Bonuses

High resolution screenshots of the final two LIVE Pro-Am courts in NBA Live 16 – Venice Beach and Seattle Pacific University – have been released during the past couple of days. You can check both of them out below, as well as over in our NBA Live 16 screenshots gallery.

EA Sports has also posted another quick clip showing off some of the customisation options in Rising Star and LIVE Pro-Am, this time spotlighting one of the important aspects of basketball culture: shoes. You can check out that clip below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

Finally, listings on GameStop and the PlayStation Store have confirmed the pre-order bonuses for NBA Live 16. Gamers who pre-order this year’s release will receive a LIVE Ultimate Team Pro Pack every week for ten weeks. This is dependant on the user logging in to LUT each week and opening their pack, so unlike previous years where the pre-order packs were delivered on day one, it will be possible to miss out on your bonuses if you’re not firing up the game each week. Additionally, gamers who pre-order NBA Live 16 will receive a custom theme, according to the PSN listing.

That’s all the NBA Live 16 news we have for the moment, but more should be on the way very soon. As always, if you have any thoughts, feel free to share them in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion here in the Forum!

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