The Friday Five: Best Sim Basketball Game of Each Generation

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.

When we look back to rank and rate basketball video games throughout the years, it’s important that we keep a few things in perspective, such as the technology of the time, and a game’s improvement over its immediate predecessors. With the way that basketball titles and other sports video games have improved, it’s not always a fair comparison once a few years have passed, to say nothing of a generation or two. Even though they’ve been surpassed, certain basketball games definitely deserve to be recognised as the best sim title of their day. As such, today I’m picking the best sim basketball games in five distinct generations, or eras if you prefer.

I must emphasise that these are my personal picks, and that I’m not presenting this list as infallible, definitive, or above question. There are several worthy candidates that you might prefer, and I obviously reserve the right to change my opinion in the future as well. However, as it stands today, these are my selections for the best sim-oriented basketball video games in each generation, starting from the early days of basketball gaming and going right through until today. Without any further ado, let’s tip things off with basketball games from the 16-Bit era and earlier.

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NBA 2K17 Patch 1.07 Notes Revealed

Cover player Paul George dunks the basketball in NBA 2K17

2K Sports have finally posted the patch notes for Patch 1.07 for NBA 2K17, which was released yesterday on PlayStation 4. In a stark contrast to the usual laundry list of fixes, only three major changes to the game are noted:

  • Support for the NBA 2K17 European All-Star Tournament as well as the forthcoming NBA 2K17 All-Star Tournament.
  • Performance increase for users playing in the Old Town, Sunset Beach, and Ante-Up parks.
  • Reduced the effectiveness of shooting after excessive dribbling to achieve better game balance.

It remains to be seen whether the patch notes will be updated with further details, as it seems strange that it would take over 24 hours for 2K to post such a small amount of information on the patch. Of course, it could just be that Patch 1.07 is primarily about updating the game for the upcoming eSports tournaments.

In any event, I’ve added the patch notes to this thread in the NLSC Forum, as well as our resource on NBA 2K17 patches here in the Wiki. There’s still no word on when the patch will come through on PC and Xbox One, but once again, we’ll post any information once it becomes available. If you have any thoughts on the patch, or notice any other under-the-hood tweaks that seem to have been made, feel free to share your impressions with us.

NBA 2K17 Patch 1.07 Released on PlayStation 4

LeBron James vs. Carmelo Anthony in NBA 2K17

Patch 1.07 is now available for the PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K17. It will come through automatically as long as your console is connected to the Internet; if you run into any problems, try restarting your PS4. Patch 1.07 weighs in at 7.5 GB, so also make sure that you have enough hard drive space available.

There’s no word on when the patch will hit PC and Xbox One, but based on the last couple of title updates for NBA 2K17, it hopefully won’t be too much longer. Patches 1.05 and 1.06 were both released on all three platforms within 24 hours, so with any luck, the same will hold true for Patch 1.07.

At this time, we’re still waiting for 2K to release detailed patch notes. Gameplay Director Mike Wang (aka Beluba) has mentioned a couple of tweaks in a Tweet however, noting that over-dribbling will result in lower field goal percentages, and that contested three-pointers will also be nerfed in the latest tuning update.

We’ll be sure to post more information as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, feel free to share your observations and opinions on Patch 1.07 in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum.

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Legends in NBA Live 2000

Michael Jordan in One-on-One in NBA Live 2000

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 some 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.

Today, December 7th 2016, is Larry Bird’s 60th birthday; Happy Birthday, Larry Legend! To mark the occasion, I’ve been trying to think of basketball video gaming topics that are related to the Boston Celtics great. Since I’ve already talked about Bird’s presence in NBA Jam Tournament Edition as a secret player, that idea is out. Glancing at the list of topics that I’ve compiled for future Wayback Wednesday features, I noticed one that’s probably overdue, and certainly has ties to Bird: NBA Legends in NBA Live 2000.

I remember that many of us were very excited to hear that a selection of NBA Legends from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s would be featured in NBA Live 2000. The long-awaited addition of Michael Jordan was obviously a huge selling point, but the inclusion of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Isiah Thomas, and other all-time greats, also came as very welcome news for basketball gamers who wanted to see some historical content in NBA Live.

It’s the kind of content in basketball video games that helps us reminisce, so it’s only appropriate that we take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #188 Mailbag Call

NLSC Podcast

This is a last call for any and all topic suggestions and mailbag questions for Episode #188 of the NLSC Podcast. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we’ll be recording this week’s show within the next couple of days. Therefore, if there’s something you’d like to hear us talk about, please let us know ASAP!

As usual, we do ask that you keep suggestions along the lines of our core content (NBA Live, NBA 2K, basketball gaming, and modding), as well as related subjects (such as the real NBA), and site/community history. It’s been a reasonably slow news week, so there’s definitely room on the docket for a few extra topics.

Having said that, do you have any suggestions for us this week? If so, post them in the comments below, or in this thread in the Forum. Topic suggestions and mailbag questions are also welcome via our social media, so feel free to hit us up on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to connect with us there if you haven’t already.

A big thanks as always to everyone who continues to tune in every week, and send in topic suggestions when they come to mind. If you haven’t caught Episode #187 of the NLSC Podcast yet, you can listen to it here. You can also subscribe to the NLSC Podcast on iTunes, or find us on Stitcher if you’d like to listen in on your mobile or tablet devices. Stay tuned for Episode #187!

File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

We’ve got another batch of great file additions for NBA 2K17 PC today. The latest new and updated releases include up to date versions of gregkwaste’s invaluable modding tools, custom courts and basketballs, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

gregkwaste
NBA 2K17 Explorer
NBA 2K17 Importer/Exporter

SexCurry Beats
$$$ Ball
Galaxy Ball
Nike Galaxy Court
Super Splash Bros GSW Court
Super Mario Bros 3 Ball
Jordan Bulls Court

Issy
Detroit Pistons Court

TNeckDME
Tyronn Lue (Coach) Face

Manni Live
Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans HD Arena V3 (Updated to v3.0)

Monday Tip-Off: Fixing NBA 2K’s MyPLAYER Archetypes

Choosing MyPLAYER Archetypes 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.

When the concept of MyPLAYER Archetypes was first announced for NBA 2K17, it struck me as being a very good idea. It seemed like a great solution to the issue of gamers creating maxed out 7’3″ players, a practice that frequently upset the competitive balance in modes such as MyPARK and 2K Pro-Am. On top of injecting a little more realism into MyCAREER, MyPLAYER Archetypes seemed to be a logical answer to egregious min-maxing and gaming of the upgrade system in order to create overpowered players.

I maintain that it was a very good idea in theory, and something that should remain in future NBA 2K games. However, MyPLAYER Archetypes haven’t been quite as effective in preserving competitive balance as I would have hoped, as some gamers are still creating cheesy players. Conversely, in other ways they’re too restrictive, allowing for little variation between certain playing styles. Since we’re in the thick of Wishlist season, I thought that I’d throw out a few ideas that could possibly improve MyPLAYER Archetypes in NBA 2K18 and beyond.

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

Keep NBA 2K13 PC up to date with skoadam’s U R Basketball mod! Download the latest version, featuring 2017 season rosters updated through November 30th, at the link below.

skoadam
2K13 U R Basketball V49 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 16-17 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 30/11/16] (Updated)

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include the latest version of URB and a complete cyberface ID list for the mod, the Houston Rockets’ black alternate jersey, and a new 3D mohawk hairstyle. Check them all out at the links below!

skoadam
CFs ID List for URB 2017 Roster
2K14 U R Basketball V49 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 16-17 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 30/11/16] (Updated)

UNTAMEDBEAST
Houston Rockets Black Alternate Jersey

big-shot-ROB
3D Mohawk Hair

File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

Tip off your weekend with the latest file additions for NBA 2K17 PC! Today’s new and updated files include a golden NBA basketball, custom body models, and more. Download them all at the links below!

Andrew Rodriguez
Gold NBA Ball

go7denboot
DeAndre Jordan Body & Hair Update
LeBron James Body Edit (Updated to 2.0)

pinoy21
Chicago Bulls Jersey

mariosk1
Fan Night Watermark

exrxixxx
NBA TV Scoreboard (Updated to v5.0)

The Friday Five: 5 More Patches I Always Wanted to Make

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.

A little over two years ago, I wrote a Friday Five column about five patches that I always wanted to make, but never did. Since then, I’ve given a couple of them a try, releasing beta/demo versions of an Ultimate Jordan Roster, and a fictional league roster inspired by World League Basketball. They’re a couple of projects that I’d like to return to when I have the opportunity, as I do like to get back to my roots and make some patches from time to time. It’s been a while since my last release, so I must admit that I am getting the itch to work on something beyond my regular columns and other features (although I certainly do enjoy creating that content, too).

Because I don’t have as much free time as I used to, these days I prefer to focus on making smaller patches that fill a particular need, or works that are creatively satisfying, rather than the regular roster updates that I used to create. When I’m trying to come up with some fun ideas for patches, I still tend to think back to projects that I’ve envisioned in the past, but never got around to making. Following on from my previous Five, here are some more patches that I didn’t end up creating, some of which I might take a shot at sometime in the future.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #187

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #187 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, Kenny, and myself as we react to the fallout of Park After Dark, offer up further thoughts on the recent NBA 2K17 patches, discuss NBA Live’s social media presence, and catch up on Our Week in Basketball Gaming.

On this week’s show…

  • Park After Dark wasn’t quite as successful as 2K Sports and MyPARK enthusiasts were hoping it would be, with many prominent YouTubers harshly criticising it. We react to the fallout, and offer up a couple of thoughts on the event.
  • There’s been some discontent in our community regarding the recent patches for NBA 2K17. Are the patches messing up the game more than they’re fixing and improving it?
  • Do NBA Live’s social media accounts offer any indication as to what’s happening with NBA Live 17? What will happen with NBA Live Mobile as we get closer to the game’s console comeback?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Struggles for NLSC THRILLO, success in MyCAREER, and the best trade in the history of franchise modes in MyLEAGUE.
  • We wrap up Episode #187 of the NLSC Podcast with some good news about Isaiah Austin.

Click Play to listen to the show!

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.

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have one new file addition today, namely an updated version of LASquared’s Historical Roster, which features several classic teams. Check it out at the link below!

LASquared
Historical Roster (Updated to v0.6)

Wayback Wednesday: The Original NLSC Roster Updates

1998 Bulls in the NLSC Roster Updates for NBA Live 97

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 some 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.

Years before I was maintaining the NLSC roster updates for NBA Live, Tim and Lutz were creating the site’s original patches. We’ve seen a lot of fantastic roster updates over the years that have brought attention to the NLSC and been very popular in the community, and that great work certainly continues to this day. However, when you’re talking about the roster updates that made this site what it’s become and inspired so many other people to get into the hobby, you can’t go past those original releases by Tim and Lutz.

Those roster updates are still available in our Downloads section, and if you’re ever in the mood for some retro basketball gaming, I’d definitely recommend downloading them. If you’re newer to the NLSC community though – and especially if you’ve mostly been involved with the NBA 2K modding scene – it might be difficult to appreciate how important and influential those original NLSC rosters were. While I do encourage you to experience them for yourself if you can, I feel it’s important that those early roster updates get their due, especially in light of 2016 marking our 20th Anniversary.

Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #187 Mailbag Call

NLSC Podcast

Episode #187 of the NLSC Podcast will be recorded within the next couple of days, so this is a last call for any and all topic suggestions and mailbag questions. There are already a couple of items on the docket this week, but at this point, there’s definitely room for a few more.

We do ask that you keep any suggestions along the lines of our core content of NBA Live, NBA 2K, basketball gaming, and modding, as well as related subjects such as the real NBA and site/community history. Also, if you do have any suggestions, please make them as specific as possible as certain topics are very broad, so we need to know exactly what it is that you’re interested in hearing us talk about.

Having said that, if you do have some suggestions for us this week, let us know in the comments section below, or post them in this thread in the Forum. You can also submit them via Facebook and Twitter. If you haven’t connected with us on social media yet, please be sure to do so!

If you haven’t caught Episode #186 of the NLSC Podcast yet, you can tune in here. We also invite you to subscribe to the NLSC Podcast on iTunes, or find us on Stitcher if you’d like to listen in on your mobile or tablet devices. Thank you for the continued support of the NLSC Podcast, and please stay tuned for Episode #187!

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