File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Today we have some new file additions for one of my all-time favourite basketball video games, NBA Live 06 PC! magiciangirl06 has released some new courts for the New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, and the 2016 Rio Olympics, which you can download at the links below.

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2016 Rio Olympics Court
2016/2017 New York Knicks Court
2016/2017 Atlanta Hawks Court
2016/2017 Boston Celtics Court

NBA 2K17: The Prelude Coming September 9th

NBA 2K17: The Prelude

2K has announced “The Prelude”, a free downloadable experience that will allow us to get a head start on MyCAREER in NBA 2K17. The Prelude will be released on September 9th, a day after the MyNBA2K17 companion app is made available for Android and iOS devices. Unfortunately for PC users, The Prelude will only be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

With The Prelude, we’ll be able to choose from a selection of Division I colleges, and play games in an effort to boost our Draft stock. It also includes 2KU, a tutorial mode intended to familiarise both new and old gamers with this year’s controls, and basketball strategy in general. As noted in earlier previews, 2KU features Mike Krzyzewski.

It also seems that MyCAREER might be moving away from the cutscene-heavy, story-driven approach of recent years. At the very least, it seems that this year’s MyCAREER will have a different approach to last year’s story that was written and directed by Spike Lee.

You can watch a trailer for The Prelude below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

What’s your take? Sound off in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum!

The Friday Five: 20th Anniversary of the NLSC

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 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.

If you’ve connected with us on Facebook or Twitter, you might have seen that this August marks the 20th Anniversary of the NLSC. As it happens, today also marks my 15th Anniversary as the NLSC’s Webmaster/Administrator. Time certainly flies; it seems like only yesterday that I was in high school, a couple of months short of turning seventeen, and being handed control of my favourite website. I’d like to think that for the most part, I’ve done a pretty good job in the role. While there have been some tough moments, I’ve certainly enjoyed running the NLSC, from creating mods and content to all of the discussions in the Forum. Well, most of the discussions!

I take pride in the work that I and the rest of the NLSC Team put into the site, as well as what our community has been able to achieve with modding and other ventures. Even though the NLSC is not my day job, my aim is to always approach it with professionalism and dedication, because I truly believe that we are a site with a great heritage. For twenty years – beginning as an NBA Live fansite, and in time expanding to cover NBA 2K and other basketball games – we’ve always been by basketball gamers, for basketball gamers. For this week’s Friday Five, I’d like to reflect a little on that heritage, and my involvement with it.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #173

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Episode #173 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane, Kenny, and I have plenty to discuss this week with a barrage of NBA 2K17 news, some very enjoyable sessions of 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K16, and the conclusion of the basketball tournament at the 2016 Olympic Games.

On this week’s show…

  • After a very quiet preview season, the floodgates have seemingly opened on NBA 2K17 news. We begin with a few thoughts on the “Friction” trailer.
  • Hands-on impressions from various media outlets have given us some information about a few of the key changes to gameplay this year. We break down some of the key points, and give our opinions.
  • Does this year’s Achievement list tell us anything about NBA 2K17, specifically the direction of MyCAREER?
  • Player ratings are starting to be revealed, and Karl-Anthony Towns’ 88 Overall in particular has caught our eye.
  • Speaking of Towns, he’s been revealed as the cover player for the MyNBA2K17 app. As hinted at a few months ago, the app will include face scanning capabilities, but unfortunately the PC version has been left out.
  • We reflect on an incident involving basketball gamers and NBA 2K’s community managers on Twitter last week, which rubbed quite a few people the wrong way.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: a couple of very exciting sessions of 2K Pro-Am, featuring some clutch performances.
  • Following their best ever run, the Australian Boomers fell to Spain in the bronze medal game at the 2016 Olympic Games. We’re certainly proud, but also a little disappointed, not to mention miffed with the officiating.
  • We wrap up Episode #173 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.

Karl-Anthony Towns on MyNBA2K17 Cover

MyNBA2K17 Cover Art

It’s been revealed that Team 2K member and 2016 Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns will be the “cover” player for the MyNBA2K17 companion app for NBA 2K17. The app will be available for Android and iOS devices on September 8th 2016, at no cost. In addition to mini-games that allow users to earn Virtual Currency daily, MyNBA2K17 will also feature access to the Auction House, the MyPLAYER store, and 2KTV.

The app is also how we’ll be able to scan our faces into the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K17. This feature was previously hinted at during the Season 2 finale of 2KTV, and the approach worked very well in NBA Live 16 last year. Unfortunately, Operation Sports has been able to confirm that MyNBA2K17 will not support face scanning for the PC version of NBA 2K17, which is a definitely a missed opportunity.

In other NBA 2K17 news, SLAM Magazine has posted their own hands-on preview of the game. There isn’t too much in the way of new information, but it does mention that Stephen Curry will indeed be very tough to guard in this year’s title. Popular Science has also posted a preview that mentions a little more about enhancements to physics, and the removal of clipping through limbs.

Do you have any thoughts on the latest news? Feel free to have your say in the comments section below, as well as in our NBA 2K17 Forum.

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 95 Nintendo Power Articles

Anfernee Hardaway in NBA Live 95

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.

Beyond retrospective articles and videos – and of course, actually dusting off retro video games to play them – there’s another way for us gamers to get a nostalgia hit: old magazines and articles. To this day, I regret throwing out my entire collection of Nintendo Magazine System mags, as there are times when I’d love to look back on them and reminisce. With basketball video games coming as far as they have, it’s interesting to look back on old reviews and previews to see the things that once excited us, as they often seem mundane many years later.

Recently, Arcane stumbled across a couple of Nintendo Power articles on NBA Live 95, the first game in the NBA Live series and a title that’s widely considered to be a classic. For this week’s Wayback Wednesday, I thought I’d share them with everyone, and offer up a few thoughts on their contents. So, let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

With all of the NBA 2K17 news and previews that have started to come out, I’m a little behind on posting some recent file additions. I’ll be catching up on them over the next few days, so let’s start out with all of the latest uploads for NBA 2K14 PC, including faces, courts, jerseys, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

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Austin Rivers Face
Justin Anderson Face
Cody Zeller HD Face

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Mighty Sports Philippines Jerseys
Marikina Sports Compex Court
ABL Fictional Court

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Los Angeles Lakers Re-Brand Jersey Pack

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MEAC vs. SWAC Teams

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PBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v13.1)

Details on NBA 2K17 Gameplay Improvements (Polygon)

NBA 2K17: Andre Drummond

Polygon has posted some hands-on impressions of NBA 2K17, detailing some of the gameplay improvements in this year’s release. One of the first points covered is the “Curry conundrum”: representing Stephen Curry’s ability to knock down long, long threes, without giving other three-pointer bombers the same level of knock-it-down-from-anywhere ability. Apparently, this has been achieved.

Shooting controls have also been tweaked in NBA 2K17, as jumpshots will now only fly true if we pull straight back on the right stick, in addition to releasing at the optimal moment according to the Shot Meter. We’ll also need to time our release on layups as well, so scoring in the paint isn’t going to be as automated as in years past.

Every team will reportedly have freelance offenses this year, not just the New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs. On the defensive side of the ball, the AI has been enhanced so that players move with intent, and coaches make smarter decisions about the personnel out on the floor. Blocks are reportedly more realistic, while steal attempts will apparently reward good timing and punish careless dribbling.

Speaking of dribbling controls, one-to-one responsiveness has also been added. Physicality in the paint has been re-worked so that it can feel like the offensive player initiates contact, depending on left stick movement. As touched upon in the IGN preview, stamina and fatigue has been revamped, and is designed to penalise players who rely too heavily on the sprint button. Finally, the tweaked controls and gameplay mechanics can be learned through 2K U, which is narrated by Mike Krzyzewski.

Be sure to check out the Polygon article for more details and comments from Senior Producer Rob Jones. What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K17 section of the Forum.

NBA 2K17 Trailer: Friction

NBA 2K17: Kyrie Irving

2K has finally released the first extended gameplay trailer for NBA 2K17, titled “Friction”. As is traditional, it spotlights several noteworthy players from cinematic angles, and includes both highlight plays and celebration animations.

The trailer features cover athlete Paul George, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook going head to head, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo on the Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose on the New York Knicks, a glimpse of Kobe Bryant wearing number eight, Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, rookie Ben Simmons, and Chris Paul, among several others.

Interestingly, around the 1:20 mark, someone is shown performing a trampoline dunk during a timeout. This would seem to suggest that there will be more enhancements to arena atmosphere in NBA 2K17. The trailer is strictly spotlighting NBA teams and players, so no FIBA or Euroleague teams are featured. Both have been confirmed for the game however, along with retro teams.

Check out the Friction trailer below, or watch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video. What are your thoughts? Will you be pre-ordering NBA 2K17 for Early Tip-Off Weekend, or picking it up on the street date (September 20th)? Or, are you still waiting for more information and raw gameplay? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum!

Monday Tip-Off: Clickbait & Basketball Gaming

Paul George in NBA 2K17

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.

At long last, we’re on the verge of getting trailers and substantial information on NBA 2K17! It’s been a quiet preview season, with gamer frustration coming to a head on social media last week following some ill-advised trolling by 2K community representatives. Many of us have been frustrated at the lack of news and previews, but with less than a month until the Early Tip-Off Weekend, it would seem that the wait is finally over, as the first gameplay trailer is reportedly set to be released this week.

Without much in the way of news, all we’ve been able to do is wish, want, and speculate. Even in the busier preview seasons of years gone by, a significant part of covering basketball video games has been wondering what if, and talking about what we want to see. When there is news, it’s going to be posted and analysed. Should anyone that’s producing basketball gaming content secure some kind of an exclusive – a tidbit of information, a developer interview – they’re obviously going to push and promote it, us included. All content creators want to build their audience and brand, but there’s an underhanded way of doing so.

It’s the bane of the Internet, and the basketball gaming community is certainly not immune from it. Today, we’re talking about clickbait.

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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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The Friday Five: 5 Retro Teams I’d Like To See in NBA 2K

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 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.

The NBA 2K series has done some fantastic things with historical content, beginning with the Jordan Challenge in NBA 2K11. Since then, we’ve seen several noteworthy teams added to the game, including twelve new retro squads last year in NBA 2K16. As of writing, there’s been no word about any new retro teams being added in NBA 2K17, but the league expansion blog did briefly mention the presence of historical teams, so we can rest assured that most (if not all) of the existing retro teams will be in this year’s release.

Moving forward, it will be interesting to see which other historical teams will be added to NBA 2K. Needless to say, securing likeness rights for all the players – or at least the major ones – is always going to be a stumbling block that keeps certain squads out of the game. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from wanting, wishing, and wondering what if. Since I’ve previously talked about retro teams that are highly unlikely to make the cut (and for good reason), this week I’m listing five retro teams that I would actually like to see included in a future NBA 2K game.

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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.

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