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Monday Tip-Off: NBA Content in NBA Live 19

Joel Embiid in NBA Live 19

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Start your week here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games. This week, I’m tipping things off with a few thoughts on what has to happen with the NBA content in NBA Live 19, from gameplay to game modes.

The NBA Live 19 demo will be out later this week, and I for one am excited. While NBA Live 18 took many steps in the right direction, there was still a certain amount of roughness and room for improvement. From everything we’ve seen and heard so far, it seems that NBA Live 19 has made another pleasing leap forward. While I do expect that there will still be ways in which the game can get even better in the future, it’s shaping up to be a good year for NBA Live as it continues to make its way back to being a viable alternative for sim basketball gamers.

To that end, however, there is an area that is of some concern: the NBA content. So far, the previews have mostly focused on The One, with a particular emphasis on The Streets World Tour. While this is a tremendous hook for NBA Live 19 and has clearly led to some positive buzz, many of us are a little concerned about the NBA side of the game. Although NBA Live does need to have its own appeal and approach, there are certain aspects where it needs to go head to head with NBA 2K, namely in terms of being a realistic and enjoyable NBA sim. From modes to gameplay, a lot of us are hoping that NBA Live 19 is as good on the NBA hardwood as it is in The Streets.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #259

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Episode #259 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Kenny, The X, and I as we discuss the past couple of weeks in basketball gaming news, which included several impressive screenshots and details on One Court customisation in NBA Live 19, a gameplay trailer and MyTEAM developer blog for NBA 2K19, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • EA Sports has been dropping some very impressive screenshots of NBA Live 19, and revealing some player ratings. We give our thoughts on both.
  • One Court customisation has been officially announced for NBA Live 19, revealing some content that is very appealing to us.
  • Before we get to this week’s NBA 2K19 news, we revisit the developer blog for MyLEAGUE, MyGM, and MyLEAGUE Online to share some additional thoughts.
  • We have our first NBA 2K19 gameplay trailer, titled “Take the Crown”. Did it wow us the same way the OMG Trailer once did?
  • The latest developer blog for NBA 2K19 dropped a ton of information about MyTEAM. We discuss everything that we’ve gleaned from it.
  • Naturally we’re disappointed to hear that “Creator” by Santigold isn’t on the NBA 2K19 soundtrack, but we talk about it anyway.
  • We wrap up Episode #259 of the NLSC Podcast with a quick discussion of the unfortunate and somewhat controversial forfeit by the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

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Details on One Court Customisation in NBA Live 19

NBA Live 19: Custom Court

A couple of recent screenshots leaked news of the court customisation functionality in NBA Live 19, but we now have an official preview of what to expect:

For NBA Live 19, we’re introducing a brand-new feature called The One Court. Your One Court sits at the center of your NBA Live experience and allows players to express themselves in a whole new way. With a full suite of customization options, users can create something truly unique.

Some of the key features include…

  • Choose a location for your court from over 1000 real cities from around the world (with more to be added).
  • Select from a preset Theme, or individually customise all the colours of the lines, paint, and other court textures.
  • Pick different floor materials, from hardwood to polished concrete to asphalt.
  • Add full court designs, with a variety of options available right away. Floor paint options are also available.
  • Logos can be placed at five different locations. There are many to choose from, including a selection of retro NBA team logos.
  • All equipment from the basket to the ball can be customised.
  • Your One Court can be used for drills, shootarounds, and scrimmages, as well as private online games with friends.

Check out the article for more details. You can also find various screenshots of the customisation features below, as well as in our NBA Live 19 Screenshots gallery. There’s no word on whether the custom logos will also be available in Ultimate Team, but hopefully, that will be the case. We’ll certainly post more information as it becomes available, but for now, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as in this topic in the NBA Live 19 section of the NLSC Forum.

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Latest NBA Live 19 Screenshots Spotlight Several Rookies

NBA Live 19: Deandre Ayton

A few more NBA Live 19 screenshots have been released over the past couple of days. The latest batch of screenshots spotlights a few members of this year’s rookie class, and it seems that the face scans that were performed during the 2018 Summer League yielded some excellent results.

The rookies featured in the latest screenshots are first overall pick Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Michael Porter Jr, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Collin Sexton, and Trae Young. Additionally, EA Sports have posted a few ratings reveals infographics providing in-game shots of a couple of other rookies, namely Kevin Knox, and Marvin Bagley III.

Aside from the rookies, there’s also a screenshot of DeMarcus Cousins that you may have already seen, but I neglected to include it in the previous bulletin. Be sure to check out all of the latest screenshots below, as well as here in our NBA Live 19 Screenshots gallery!

What are your thoughts on the latest screenshots? Feel free to have your say in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 19 Ratings Reveals: Top Rookies

NBA Live 19: Trae Young (81 Overall)

EA Sports aren’t quite done with the ratings reveals for NBA Live 19 just yet. The latest article over on the official website lists the top-rated rookies in this year’s game, while also profiling the key members of the Class of 2018. The top rookies and their Overall Ratings are as follows:

  • DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix Suns (84 Overall)
  • Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento Kings (82 Overall)
  • Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks (81 Overall)
  • Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (81 Overall)
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies (81 Overall)
  • Mohamed Bamba, Orlando Magic (81 Overall)
  • Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets (80 Overall)
  • Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers (79 Overall)
  • Grayson Allen, Utah Jazz (79 Overall)
  • Kevin Knox, New York Knicks (78 Overall)
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Los Angeles Clippers (78 Overall)
  • Aaron Holiday, Indiana Pacers (77 Overall)

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 19 Screenshots: Embiid, Durant, DeRozan, & Westbrook

NBA Live 19: Joel Embiid

While the ratings reveals have included a couple of infographics providing a glimpse of various players as they appear in NBA Live 19, community manager Donnie G has dropped four new screenshots that give us a much better look at this year’s game.

The four players featured in the new screenshots are cover player Joel Embiid, NBA Live 16 cover player Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and DeMar DeRozan, who is sporting his new San Antonio Spurs jersey. For those who may have missed the earlier articles, those players are rated 92 Overall, 93 Overall, 95 Overall, and 90 Overall respectively.

Check out the screenshots below, as well as over in our NBA Live 19 gallery. I’ve also included the infographics from the ratings reveals articles, which provide a look at a couple of other players (as well as the aforementioned ones). Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as here in the Forum. We’re hoping to set up some developer interviews soon, and we’ll obviously post any other news that comes along, so stay tuned for more details.

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Top 5 Small Fowards, Power Forwards, & Centres in NBA Live 19

NBA Live 19: Kevin Durant (95 Overall)

The reveal of the Top 5 players at each position in NBA Live 19 continues. Officially, EA Sports are up to the small forwards, but since the articles for the power forwards and centres have already been posted, they’ve inevitably leaked the ratings ahead of time. The Top 5 players at each position are as follows:

Small Forward

  1. LeBron James (97 Overall)
  2. Kevin Durant (95 Overall)
  3. Kawhi Leonard (92 Overall)
  4. Paul George (90 Overall)
  5. Gordon Hayward (85 Overall)

Power Forwards

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (90 Overall)
  2. Draymond Green (88 Overall)
  3. LaMarcus Aldridge (87 Overall)
  4. Kevin Love (87 Overall)
  5. Kristaps Porzingas (86 Overall)

Centres

  1. Anthony Davis (94 Overall)
  2. Joel Embiid (92 Overall)
  3. Karl-Anthony Towns (91 Overall)
  4. DeMarcus Cousins (90 Overall)
  5. Rudy Gobert (89 Overall)

In case you missed it, you can check out the ratings for the shooting guards here, and the point guards here. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NBA Live 19 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 19 Ratings Reveals: Top 5 Shooting Guards

NBA Live 19: James Harden (94 Overall)

EA Sports are continuing their reveal of the Top 5 players at each position in NBA Live 19, along with their specific Overall Ratings. Next up are the Top 5 Shooting Guards in this year’s game.

  1. James Harden (94 Overall)
  2. Klay Thompson (91 Overall)
  3. DeMar DeRozan (90 Overall)
  4. Jimmy Butler (90 Overall)
  5. Victor Oladipo (89 Overall)

The 94 Overall Rating for NBA Live 18 cover player James Harden matches the rating for the best point guard in the game, Stephen Curry. My guess is that LeBron James will be the highest rated player in the game, with his rating coming tomorrow along with four other small forwards.

We’ll continue to post the ratings as they’re released. In the meantime, feel free to have your say in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NBA Live 19 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 19 Ratings Reveals: Top 5 Point Guards

NBA Live 19: Chris Paul (92 Overall)

EA Sports are revealing the Top 5 players at each position in NBA Live 19, along with their specific Overall Ratings. They’re tipping things off with the Top 5 Point Guards:

  1. Steph Curry (94 Overall)
  2. Russell Westbrook (93 Overall)
  3. Kyrie Irving (93 Overall)
  4. Chris Paul (92 Overall)
  5. John Wall (90 Overall)

More ratings should be coming through the week. In the meantime, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the Forum. For more NBA Live 19 coverage, be sure to check out our portal for the game.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #258

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Episode #258 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! We’re back on the air after taking an unexpected break last week, giving us a fortnight of news to discuss. Join Arcane and I as we chat about the recent developments in basketball gaming including female Create-a-Player in NBA Live 19, the first developer blog for NBA 2K19, and the big announcement regarding NBA 2K Playgrounds 2.

On this week’s show…

  • EA Sports has announced the addition of Female Create-a-Player in NBA Live 19. It’s a cool addition to The One, though predictably, there have been some childish reactions to the news.
  • While we still want to hear about the NBA side of things in NBA Live 19, a few other interesting tidbits have been revealed, including court customisation. A recent interview also acknowledged the possibility of NBA Live returning to the PC platform.
  • The first NBA 2K19 developer blog delivered some great news about MyLEAGUE, MyGM, and MyLEAGUE Online. While we’ve been conditioned to take developer blogs with a grain of salt, it seems that a lot of great work has gone into the franchise experience this year.
  • Looking back at last year’s preview season, we expect the flow of information to be steadier from here on out. We talk a little about some of the details we want to hear about.
  • We now know that 2K Sports will be publishing NBA Playgrounds 2, now titled NBA 2K Playgrounds 2. It remains to be seen what it’ll mean for the game, and we do have some concerns. Also, we’d like to see EA bring NBA Jam back.
  • Episode #258 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with a quick chat about some recent NBA news, including Dwyane Wade’s future and new team branding.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

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Top-Rated WNBA Players in NBA Live 19; More Screenshots

NBA Live 19: Brittney Griner

In the wake of the big announcement regarding Female Create-a-Player, an article profiling the top-rated WNBA players in NBA Live 19 has been posted over on the game’s official website. In addition to discussing the career accomplishments of their real life counterparts, it reveals the top three WNBA players at each position, which are as follows:

  • Point Guard: Sue Bird, Seattle Storm (89 OVR); Jasmine Thomas, Connecticut Sun (86 OVR); Skylar Diggins-Smith, Dallas Wings (85 OVR)
  • Shooting Guard: Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury (90 OVR); Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles Sparks (85 OVR); Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx (84 OVR)
  • Small Forward: Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx (93 OVR); Elene Delle Donne, Washington Mystics (91 OVR); Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks (88 OVR)
  • Power Forward: Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks (92 OVR); Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm (88 OVR); Chiney Ogwumike, Connecticut Sun (85 OVR)
  • Center: Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx (92 OVR); Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury (90 OVR); Tina Charles, New York Liberty (88 OVR)

The article has also provided us with some screenshots featuring a few of those players in action. Check them out below, as well as here in our NBA Live 19 Screenshots gallery.

As always, I invite you to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in all of the discussion that’s taking place in the NBA Live 19 section of the NLSC Forum.

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Custom Courts in NBA Live 19, Gameplay Footage, Other Details

NBA Live 19: WNBA

Although an official announcement has yet to be made, a few more tidbits about NBA Live 19 have been revealed. The information comes courtesy of Shacknews – who have posted an extended preview of the game complete with raw gameplay footage – and influencers including Will OS and NBA Live Girl. A few other gameplay videos, and videos discussing details that have leaked, have also been posted.

It seems that we’ll be able to create our own custom courts in The One this year, in a manner very similar to the hometown blacktop in NBA Street Homecourt, as well as the custom courts in NBA 2K’s MyTEAM and 2K Pro-Am modes. More details are no doubt forthcoming in an official announcement and preview. Speaking of courts, the video from Shacknews also provides us with as glimpse of the custom Joel Embiid court, which was listed as one of the pre-order bonuses.

The video also confirms that quarters have been added to games in The Streets, which were previously all played under the “First to 21” win condition. In addition to uncut gameplay, it also provides an overview (and naturally, spoilers) of The Rise, the story that provides the backdrop to The One in NBA Live 19. The hour long video runs from the beginning of the story at Quai 54, through the Draft Combine and concluding at the NBA Draft itself.

Also of interest, Sports Gamers Online recently had a chance to interview NBA Live 19 Creative Director, Connor Dougan. Connor was actually asked about a PC version of NBA Live, and while he confirmed it isn’t happening this year, he expressed his support for the idea, even mentioning modding. It was cool to hear, so be sure to check out the interview for his full comments!

With NBA Live 19 just six weeks away, more information should hopefully be coming through fairly steadily. We’ll certainly try to stay on top of the news, but for now, check out some of the videos below, and feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts. As always, we also invite you to join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 19 Will Feature Female Create-a-Player

NBA Live 19: WNBA

After teasing a special announcement with a short video featuring the Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker, EA Sports has revealed that NBA Live 19 will feature female Create-a-Player functionality. Although the WNBA was featured in its own Play Now mode in NBA Live 18, this marks the first time that NBA Live will allow gamers to create female players.

As explained in an article over on Game Informer, female avatars will be playable in LIVE Run, LIVE Events, and The Streets World Tour, using the same progression system as their male counterparts. They will not be playable in The League however, and at this time, there is no equivalent WNBA career mode. Creative Director Ryan Santos has confirmed that it’s something that has been discussed, and may be in the game as soon as next year.

Although there won’t be a dedicated career or season mode for the WNBA, the league’s players will still have a presence in The Streets, along with any female ballers that gamers create. Their inclusion in the mode was hinted at in the very first teaser for NBA Live 19.

EA has also released a new gameplay trailer to celebrate the announcement. Watch it below, or catch it here on YouTube. A few new screenshots have been released, which you can also find below.

What are your thoughts on the latest development regarding NBA Live 19? Would you be interested in more WNBA content, such as a career or season mode? How is the game shaping up? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion taking place here in the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #257

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Episode #257 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are back on the air this week after the combination of travel and a lack of news derailed our plans to record last Sunday. This week has given us plenty to talk about though, including an NBA Live 19 trailer, NBA 2K19 screenshots and hands-on impressions, and a few other news stories.

On this week’s show…

  • A new NBA Live 19 trailer spotlighting the authentic courts from around the globe has been released. It’s given us a further glimpse of the gameplay and confirmed Allen Iverson as a member of the NBA Live Squad, but we would like some more NBA-oriented previews.
  • What improvements would we like to see in terms of Franchise Mode and roster editing in NBA Live 19?
  • Various NBA 2K19 First Look screenshots have dropped throughout the week. If nothing else, we know some Overall Ratings!
  • Game Informer has provided us with a breakdown of eight significant gameplay improvements in NBA 2K19. They sound good, but we have heard some of it before.
  • Charles Barkley has reiterated his stance on appearing in NBA 2K, leaving us to wonder why Take Two still isn’t taking him up on his offer.
  • We wrap up Episode #257 of the NLSC Podcast with some NBA talk. Topics include free agency, trades, rumours, and how to adopt a new team as your favourite.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

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NBA Live 19 Global Courts Trailer; Allen Iverson on NBA Live Squad

Rucker Park in NBA Live 19

EA Sports has released a new NBA Live 19 trailer, spotlighting the authentic courts from around the globe that will be featured in The Streets. The trailer prominently features Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, who confirmed on Twitter that he is part of the NBA Live Squad, and will therefore have a presence in the mode. Cover player Joel Embiid also appears in the trailer.

The featured venues shown in the trailer are Quai 54, Rio De Janerio, The Tenement, The Cage, Cherashore Playground, Drew League, Venice Beach, Barry Farms, Kezar Pavilion, Hoop Dome, Margaret Hie Ding Lin Park, Dyckman Park, Seattle Pacific University, and Rucker Park. You can check out some profiles and screenshots of the venues here over on the official NBA Live 19 website.

Check out the trailer below, or catch it here on YouTube.

What are your impressions of the Global Courts trailer? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum!

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