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NBA 2K17 Screenshot: Draymond Green

NBA 2K17: Draymond Green

2K has released the latest screenshot of NBA 2K17, and as expected, it features the final member of Team 2K: Draymond Green. You can check out the screen below, as well as over in our NBA 2K17 screenshots gallery.

According to a recent Twitter exchange involving Ronnie 2K, some kind of significant preview will be coming on August 24th, so we may be getting an extended gameplay trailer, developer blog, or both, within the next few days. We’ll be sure to post whatever comes through.

Do you have any thoughts on the latest screenshot? Feel free to share them in the comments section below, as well as a join in all of the discussion that’s taking place here in the Forum!

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NBA 2K17 Screenshot: Kevin Durant

NBA 2K17: Kevin Durant

2K has released a new screenshot today, featuring Kevin Durant in a Golden State Warriors uniform. You can check it out below, as well as in our NBA 2K17 screenshot gallery. There’s one member of Team 2K left to preview with a screenshot – Draymond Green – so we can probably all guess the screen that we’ll be seeing tomorrow!

Speaking of images, with NBA 2K17 less than a month away from the Early Tip-Off Weekend release, Dommy73 has started a countdown thread in the Forum. This is a game that we’ve played in previous years, in which we post a photo of a player wearing a jersey number that corresponds to the number of days left until the release. If you’d like to join in the fun, check out the thread here.

What are your thoughts on the latest screenshot? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in all of the discussion that’s taking place in our NBA 2K17 Forum.

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NBA 2K17 Screenshot, IGN Preview & Gamescom Videos

NBA 2K17: Andre Drummond

2K has released another new NBA 2K17 screenshot today, featuring Team 2K member Andre Drummond. Check it out below, as well as over in our screenshots gallery. If a couple more screenshots are heading our way in the near future, it seems a safe bet that they’ll feature the remaining members of Team 2K, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.

IGN has also posted a preview of NBA 2K17, discussing the developers’ aim to improve authenticity in this year’s title. In additional to visual enhancements, it provides us with a few tidbits on gameplay. This year, we’ll reportedly have more control over the action, with less reliance on probability from stats. Fatigue has also been revamped to have a larger effect on player performance, while rebounding will involve more physicality and tipped balls.

The IGN preview also notes that due to the changes in the way Euroleague teams are selected, this year’s teams are all up to date, rather than being a year behind with their rosters. On top of that, we have confirmation that the 1992 Dream Team will be available as paid DLC, in addition to being a pre-order bonus. While that still may not sit well with a lot of basketball gamers, it is good news for anyone who plans on picking up the game later, and doesn’t mind shelling out a few bucks for the Dream Team. No word as yet on how much that DLC will cost.

Finally, a few gameplay videos have been coming out of Gamescom, which a couple of our members have been diligently sourcing and posting in the Forum. You can check them out below; thanks to Manni Live and PeacemanNOT for the heads up!

What are your thoughts on the latest developments with NBA 2K17? Have your say below in the comments, and join in the discussion taking place here in the NLSC Forum!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #172

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Episode #172 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, Kenny, and I as we discuss all of the NBA 2K17 news that had broken before we started recording, the 2016 Olympics in Rio (specifically the Australian Boomers), and our worst ever session of 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K16.

On this week’s show…

  • 2K has been releasing NBA 2K17 screenshots all week, which has given us all something to analyse. What do we make of the screens that have been released so far?
  • What we really want to see, however, is gameplay, and deep dive developer blogs. Once again, we discuss how quiet this preview season has been.
  • On a brighter note, NBA 2K17 will be appearing at Gamescom, which should at least mean more to talk about next week…and shaky, over-the-shoulder footage.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: We have what is easily our worst and least enjoyable session of 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K16, but we’re not ready to give up…yet. Also, more on Arcane’s MyCAREER.
  • LeBron James will remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers, with the largest per-year contract in NBA history. He’s also taken some shots at Michael Jordan.
  • The basketball tournament at the 2016 Olympics in Rio continues to be an exciting one, as the Australian Boomers are in the thick of the medal hunt.
  • We play another round of Trivia Time! This week’s segment highlights the importance of doing the proper research when devising questions.
  • Episode #172 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with a cool story about Michael Jordan and a passionate fan.

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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.

NBA 2K17 News: Screenshot, Gamescom Previews, Euroleague

NBA 2K17: Karl-Anthony Towns

2K has released another new NBA 2K17 screenshot, this time featuring Karl-Anthony Towns. You can check it out below, or over in our NBA 2K17 screenshots gallery. The remaining members of Team 2K are Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Andre Drummond, so one of those players is quite likely to be featured in the next screenshot.

Gamescom 2016 has also brought us some snippets of news about NBA 2K17. Early hands-on impressions mention a new shot meter (involving filling a semi-circle rather than stopping the bar in the middle), more fluidity, and a lot of new animations. Controls are very similar to NBA 2K16, although there are now more controls for off-ball situations and a couple of other minor changes, as outlined by these screenshots. A new score overlay is also visible in a photo that was taken of the screen.

Eurohoops has also revealed the list of Euroleague teams that will be available in NBA 2K17: ALBA Berlin, Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Brose Bamberg, Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade, CSKA Moscow, Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul, EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, FC Barcelona Lassa, FC Bayern Munich, Fenerbahce Istanbul, Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, Olympiacos Piraeus, Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens, Ratiopharm Ulm, Real Madrid, Unicaja Malaga, Unics Kazan, Valencia Basket, and Zalgiris Kaunas.

Got any thoughts on the latest developments? Feel free to share them in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum!

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NBA 2K17 Screenshot: Jimmy Butler

NBA 2K17: Jimmy Butler

Another new NBA 2K17 screenshot has been released today, and as expected, it features another member of Team 2K: Jimmy Butler. With Butler, Paul George, and Kyrie Irving’s screenshots revealed, the current trend suggests that the next few screens will feature Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Andre Drummond, and Karl-Anthony Towns.

You can check out the screenshot of Jimmy Butler in NBA 2K17 below, as well as in our screenshots gallery. Once again, a higher resolution version has also been made available, and can also be found below and in the gallery.

The lack of news on gameplay and game modes less than a month away from the release of NBA 2K17 (outside of the confirmation of league expansion in MyLEAGUE and MyGM) is causing several basketball gamers to express their frustration on social media. With any luck, the daily release of these screenshots and the game’s presence at Gamescom 2016 this week is a sign that the floodgates will soon open. We’ll be sure to post bulletins about any developments as we hear about them.

In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the latest screenshot? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum!

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NBA 2K17 Screenshot: Kyrie Irving

NBA 2K17: Kyrie Irving

Today’s NBA 2K17 screenshot has been posted over on the official NBA 2K Instagram account, and it features Kyrie Irving. So far, it looks as though my prediction may be accurate, as Irving is another member of Team 2K. If my prediction is correct, the next few screenshots will likely feature Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Andre Drummond, Jimmy Butler, and Karl-Anthony Towns.

You can check out the screenshot of Irving below, as well as in our NBA 2K17 gallery. Higher resolution screenshots of Kyrie Irving and Paul George have also been made available, so be sure to check them out as well.

Another interesting tidbit that’s come through today is 2K’s announcement that NBA 2K17 will be at this year’s Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

This likely means that we’ll be seeing some over-the-shoulder footage popping up on YouTube. Of course, there’s only so much we can glean from such footage, and there’s always a chance it will be pulled after being flagged by Visual Concepts. Nevertheless, gameplay footage (of a kind) and impressions are likely on the way this week.

Any thoughts on the latest screenshots? Feel free to share them in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum.

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NBA 2K17 Screenshot: Paul George

NBA 2K17: Paul George

2K have begun releasing screenshots for NBA 2K17 via their official Instagram account, beginning with cover player Paul George. According to this Tweet, new screenshots will be released every day this week at noon, Pacific Time.

This isn’t our first glimpse of Paul George in NBA 2K17, as he appeared in both the leaked and officially released screenshots of Team USA 2016. If I had to hazard a guess, I would suggest that the upcoming screenshots will feature the other members of Team 2K: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Andre Drummond, Jimmy Butler, and Karl-Anthony Towns.

You can check out the screenshot of Paul George below, as well as here in our NBA 2K17 screenshots gallery. Got any thoughts on the new screenshot? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum. We’ll be sure to keep posting the new screenshots as they come in, so stay tuned!

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NBA 2K17 Soundtrack Revealed

NBA 2K17 Soundtrack

We may still be waiting for details on improvements to gameplay and game modes in NBA 2K17, but there is a snippet of news about the game today, as the official soundtrack has been revealed. This year’s track list has been curated by Grimes, Imagine Dragons, and Noah “40” Shebib.

Artists featured on the NBA 2K17 soundtrack include JAY Z, Drake, Diddy, Imagine Dragons, Santigold, OutKast, Grimes, and Alison Wonderland. If you’d like to listen to the soundtrack before the game comes out, check out this Spotify playlist.

Do you have any thoughts on the soundtrack? Feel free to have your say in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum.

The Friday Five: 5 Things That Would Help Modding

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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 NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as the real NBA, and other areas of interest to our community. The feature is presented as either a list of five items, or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

In last week’s Friday Five, I discussed how our modding community could improve in terms of its attitude and practices. Having put that very important message out there, I wanted to cover more of a modder Wishlist in this week’s Five. These are the features and resources that I believe would really help facilitate modding, allowing us to create even better mods for the current generation of basketball video games.

As many of you are probably aware, many of the file formats have changed since the PC version of NBA 2K became a port of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version. On top of that, NBA 2K’s roster files have never been particularly modder-friendly compared to the DBF files that the PC versions of NBA Live utilised. Of course, NBA Live itself doesn’t support modding right now, being a console-only release. This isn’t intended to be a comprehensive list of ideas that would help out the modding community – I only have the five points to work with, after all – but they are the first that come to mind for me, and are intended to tip off the conversation.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #171

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Episode #171 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! It’s our longest episode in a while as we had a lot to talk about this week, from the first teaser trailer for NBA 2K17, to the Boomers vs. Team USA. Also, some of our favourite memories of Dynasty Mode, and our most recent sessions of 2K Pro-Am.

On this week’s show…

  • The first official teaser trailer for NBA 2K17 has been released. We react to the trailer, and some of us struggle to correctly articulate the name of the US national anthem.
  • On the subject of teasers and news, we also discuss the problem with gaming sites and YouTubers who engage in clickbait, tricking their fellow basketball gamers with fake news and completely unrelated content.
  • Will an increase in video game prices and the rise of microtransactions result in longer development cycles for sports games?
  • What are some of our favourite moments in Dynasty Mode/franchise modes over the years? Which was the best edition of the mode?
  • In our Week in Basketball Gaming: Possible burnout on 2K Pro-Am, and perspective on some of the improvements to shooting mechanics in recent years.
  • The Orlando Magic have unveiled what is perhaps our new least favourite alternate jersey. Bring on the Nike contract!
  • Australia had a fine performance against the USA in the preliminary round of the 2016 Olympic basketball tournament. We’re still picking the USA to win the gold, but are we more optimistic about the Boomers’ chances of winning a medal?
  • We wrap up Episode #171 of the NLSC Podcast with another edition of Trivia Time!

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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.

NBA 2K17 Trailer: “The Dream Lives On”

NBA 2K17: 1992 Dream Team

The first official teaser trailer for NBA 2K17 has finally been released. Titled “The Dream Lives On”, it spotlights Team USA 2016, as well as the pre-order exclusive 1992 Dream Team. The Star Spangled Banner accompanies clips of both teams during pre-game introductions and prior to tip-off, along with a few cinematic gameplay clips and celebration animations.

Notably, while Mike Krzyzewski is featured in the trailer, the late Chuck Daly is not shown on the sidelines for the Dream Team. Daly was also absent from the first official screenshots that were released whereas Coach K was included along with Team USA 2016. That would seem to confirm that Daly will not appear in NBA 2K17. Aside from that, all twelve members of the original Dream Team are accounted for.

The Australian Boomers will also be joining Team USA and the original Dream Team in NBA 2K17, along with other international squads that are yet to be announced. Check out the trailer below, or watch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

What are your thoughts on the teaser trailer? Will you be pre-ordering NBA 2K17 to play with the 1992 Dream Team? Have your say in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

Wayback Wednesday: Team USA Basketball (SEGA Genesis)

Team USA Basketball for the SEGA Genesis

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! In this feature, we dig into the archives, look back at the history of basketball gaming, and indulge in nostalgia. Check in every Wednesday for retrospectives and other features on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and old school basketball video games in general. You’ll also find old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, and other flashback content.

Whenever I’m deciding on what I want to talk about for Wayback Wednesday, it’s generally either a game I’ve been meaning to review or discuss for some time, or a topic that’s somehow related to the date or a current event. With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro underway, and Team USA seeking another gold medal in basketball, it seems like as good a time as any to talk about Team USA Basketball for the SEGA Genesis.

For those who have never heard of it, Team USA Basketball is actually a spinoff of the NBA Playoffs series – EA’s forerunner to NBA Live – and was the first game to feature the legendary Dream Team, long before NBA 2K13. Released exclusively for the SEGA Genesis in 1992, it’s obviously very primitive compared to its successors, but what was it like, and how does it hold up today? I offer up my thoughts on this arguably lesser known EA basketball game, in a new video retrospective.

Let’s take a look back…way back…

Check it out here on our YouTube channel if you can’t see the embedded video. As I’ve said before, while I can’t always find the time to work on them, I do enjoy making video retrospectives, so hopefully you enjoyed watching it as well! Be sure to check in each and every Wednesday for more videos, articles, and other retro basketball video gaming content!

Monday Tip-Off: Pre-Order Bonuses & Basketball Video Games

Final NBA 2K17 Pre-Order Bonuses

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.

By now, you’re probably aware that the 1992 Dream Team will be among the pre-order bonuses for NBA 2K17. While a lot of the pre-order bonuses are more or less cosmetic, adding the Dream Team for the first time since NBA 2K13 is offering users an enticing expansion to the game’s historical content. For at least some basketball gamers who might have been on the fence about pre-ordering the game, it’s a genuine incentive to put their money down. To that end, it’s certainly a smart business decision on the part of Visual Concepts.

However, from the point of view of the consumer, it’s also a disheartening practice that is all too common with video games these days. Whenever content is restricted to being a pre-order bonus – particularly content that feels like it should be included out of the box, and especially if it’s been featured in a previous title – there’s going to be controversy, and goodwill is going to be tested. It does lead me to ask the question: should content like the 1992 Dream Team be pre-order exclusive? For that matter, should basketball video games have pre-order exclusive content at all?

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #170

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Episode #170 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Unfortunately, we encountered some technical difficulties with the software we normally use to record the show, and its temporary replacement definitely isn’t as good. Nevertheless, we hope you’ll enjoy another episode in which we discuss the latest NBA 2K17 previews, recap our week in basketball gaming, and play our favourite podcast game.

On this week’s show…

  • Two new NBA 2K17 screenshots have officially been released, featuring Team USA 2016 and the pre-order exclusive 1992 Dream Team. The screenshots are drawing some mixed reactions to say the least, so we chime in with our own critique.
  • Once again, we lament the lack of news about NBA 2K17, which isn’t helping us get hyped for this year’s game from Visual Concepts. Who is directing the MyCAREER story this year? We need to know!
  • For anyone who is still speculating on whether EA is planning on dropping the console version of NBA Live in favour of the mobile platform, their latest investor release mentions a console release for Live in Q1 2017.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Bratty behaviour in 2K Pro-Am, and no, not by us. We’re left asking ourselves, is the mode sim enough for our tastes? Also, can’t we all just get along?
  • The basketball tournament at the 2016 Olympic Games will be tipping off soon. Team USA seems like a safe bet for the gold (what a bold prediction!), but what about our team, the Australian Boomers?
  • We wrap up Episode #170 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s edition of Trivia Time!

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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.