NBA Live 18 To Be Featured At EA Play 2017

Current Washington Wizards jerseys, as seen on John Wall in NBA Live 16

As many of you may be aware, Electronic Arts has withdrawn from E3 in favour of hosting their own event, EA Play. Open to the public, EA Play provides gamers with an opportunity to get an early look at forthcoming releases, both in person at the event and through previews released online. The lineup for this year’s event has been announced, and NBA Live 18 is listed as one of the games that will be on display and playable.

This obviously confirms a couple of details. First of all, EA Sports are indeed intending to proceed with the NBA Live series following the cancellation of the first quarter release (the rumoured demo titled The Drive to NBA Live). Second, the game will be called NBA Live 18, retaining the familiar title format. It also suggests confidence in the game on EA’s part, given that it will be playable at the event.

There’ll probably still be much to learn about NBA Live 18 coming out of EA Play 2017, which will be held from June 10th-12th, but hopefully the game impresses, and good news is in the pipeline. As I’ve mentioned before, we’ll be doing our best to set up some developer interviews, and bring you details on the game as they emerge. If you’re interested in attending EA Play yourself, tickets will be going on sale on April 20th, 2017.

File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K17 PC include faces, tattoos, scoreboards, and a 90s shorts mod. Check them all out at the links below!

Daemon
Tyler Johnson Tattoo
Derrick Jones Jr. Face and Tattoo
Nick Young Tattoo

advinXcola
Jusuf Nurkic Face
Jason Kidd Face

TGsoGood
90s Shorts for Current Teams

exrxixxx
NBA TV 6/TNT 3 Scoreboard Pack (Updated to v2.0)

Wayback Wednesday: Path to Greatness in NBA 2K14

LeBron James in NBA 2K14's LeBron: Path to Greatness

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. This week, I’m taking a look back at LeBron: Path to Greatness in NBA 2K14.

Being a launch title, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of NBA 2K14 was obviously the priority for Visual Concepts back in 2013. However, 2K did try to keep the prior gen version of the game relevant, by way of some new bonus content. Since adding features celebrating the cover player was in vogue, in NBA 2K14 we received LeBron: Path to Greatness, a story-driven challenge mode starring LeBron James. With two distinct storylines to follow and creative challenges along the way, it was certainly an interesting concept.

In fact, LeBron: Path to Greatness was arguably one of the most creative things that NBA 2K had done, prior to the implementation of the story-driven approach to MyCAREER on the current generation. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! skoadam and Medevenx have both released new versions of their respective roster projects, while kahoona has uploaded a new face for Stephen Curry. Check them all out at the links below.

kahoona
Stephen Curry Face

Medevenx
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v4.6c)
FIBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v6.1)
PBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v15.0)

skoadam
2K14 U R Basketball V50 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 16-17 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 09/03/17] (Updated)

Monday Tip-Off: Year One Done in NBA 2K17’s MyCAREER

With the Larry O'Brien Trophy in NBA 2K17's MyCAREER

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 an update on my first season of MyCAREER in NBA 2K17.

Over the weekend, I finally wrapped up my first season of MyCAREER in NBA 2K17. As much as I’ve been enjoying it, I was ready for it to be over and done with, mostly because I was really looking forward to my plans for the second season and beyond. Playing through every game on twelve minute quarters, only occasionally simulating to the end as the regular season reached its final weeks, turned out to be quite a grind. The postseason freshened up the experience a bit, but I was still eager to start the next chapter.

Playing through the Western Conference Finals and NBA Finals over the course of Saturday evening and afternoon, I was able to bring my rookie campaign to a fitting conclusion, and start looking ahead to new challenges. All in all, it’s been the most positive experience I’ve had in MyCAREER since NBA 2K13, so as I begin my sophomore campaign, I thought that I’d reflect on my rookie season and first foray into virtual free agency in this year’s game.

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File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up the week with the latest file additions for NBA 2K17 PC. Today’s releases from our talented modding community including tattoo textures, dornas, arena updates, and several player faces. Check them all out at the links below!

Daemon
Derrick Jones Jr Tattoo (DDS File Only)
Okaro White Tattoo (DDS File Only)

Shuajota
Sacramento Kings Dornas
Denver Nuggets Dornas

Manni Live
Phoenix Suns Talking Stick HD Arena

TGsoGood
Alternate Design Arena Courts

advinXcola
Georges Niang Face
Lonzo Ball Face
Alex Abrines Face
Davis Bertans Face
Ron Baker Face

File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

I’m a little behind in posting these, but we’ve recently had three uploads for NBA Live 06 PC. Victor M. Flores has uploaded a 2017 season roster update, as well as a 1990 season roster, and magiciangirl06 has released a new 2017 court update for the San Antonio Spurs. Check out all of the latest file additions at the links below!

Victor M. Flores
2016-2017 Rosters
1989-1990 Rosters

magiciangirl06
2016/2017 San Antonio Spurs

As with the other recently released NBA Live roster updates, please note that I am not involved in their creation. If you have any issues or feedback, please contact the individuals who made them.

The Friday Five: 5 Roster Oddities in Basketball Games

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. This week’s Five is a list of five oddities found in the rosters of various basketball games.

Whether you’re updating a basketball video game or simply playing it, the accuracy of the roster is probably going to be of great importance to you. Sometimes, that authenticity is limited or compromised by factors such as the roster cut-off date, lockouts, and a lack of licensing rights for specific players. Official roster updates have ultimately counteracted those first two issues, and unofficial updates can provide workarounds for the third. Furthermore, through consistent official updates and user customisation, questionable ratings don’t have to remain a problem for long, either.

Of course, even if certain issues can be easily resolved by official or unofficial means, basketball games have presented some unusual oddities in their default rosters over the years. Sometimes, unusual real life circumstances lead to inaccuracies, or create other interesting situations. In other cases, the game’s roster management functionality itself is cumbersome, or otherwise strange. Whatever the case may be, there have been a number of roster oddities in basketball video games over the years, and today I’m talking about what I feel are five of the most interesting and noteworthy examples.

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

Today’s lone file addition for NBA 2K13 PC is the latest version of skoadam and slimm44’s fantastic multiseason roster project, U R Basketball. The new release includes the latest transactions and lineups, updated ratings, 2017 All-Star content, and much, much more. Download it at the link below!

skoadam
2K13 U R Basketball V50 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 16-17 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 09.03.17] (Updated to v50)

Wayback Wednesday: The Dream Team in NBA 2K13

Michael Jordan on the Dream Team in NBA 2K13

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. This week, I’m taking a look back at the Dream Team in NBA 2K13.

There have been several interesting (and heated) debates on the subject over the years, but for my money, the greatest squad of basketball players ever assembled was the 1992 United States men’s Olympic team, better known as the Dream Team. Featuring some of the greatest players to ever play the sport, the Dream Team breezed through the tournament, putting on a show as they won each game convincingly, never once calling a timeout. Their scrimmages are the stuff of legend, and it’s no surprise that they were enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a team in 2010.

With 2012 marking the 20th Anniversary of the Dream Team’s dominant showing in Barcelona, and Visual Concepts looking to expand the amount of historical content in NBA 2K13, adding the Dream Team was a no-brainer. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K17 PC include the latest faces, tattoos, courts, and a couple of other great releases. Check them out at the links below!

Manni Live
Sacramento Kings Golden 1 Center HD
Miami Heat American Airlines Arena

The Daemon
Fred VanVleet Tattoo (DDS File Only)
Rodney McGruder Tattoo (DDS File Only)
Malcolm Delaney Real Tattoo (Updated to v2.0)

advinXcola
Derrick Jones Jr. Face
Nicolas Brussino Face
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Face
Rodney McGruder Face
Fred VanVleet Face (Updated to v2.0)

Shuajota
Dallas Mavericks Dornas
Rising Stars Challenge 2017 Mod (Updated to v1.1)

File Additions for NBA Live 2005

NBA Live 2005 Cover Art

In addition to his 2017 season update for NBA Live 08, Book_Gazette has also released a new roster for NBA Live 2005 PC, accurate as of the trade deadline. Check it out at the link below!

Book_Gazette
2016-17 Trade Deadline Roster

As mentioned above, this is Book_Gazette’s roster update and not mine, so please get in touch with him regarding any issues with the release.

Monday Tip-Off: Pro Stick vs. Shoot Button in NBA 2K (Part 3)

Shooting with the Pro Stick 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. This week, I’m tipping things off with another follow up to my previous commentary on the usage of the Pro Stick vs. the Shoot Button in NBA 2K.

It’s only been a few weeks since I revisited this topic, but there’s been a change in my approach, and a noticeable difference in the results. As you may recall from my previous articles, I’ve tended to stick to using the Shoot Button for jumpshots, while using the Pro Stick for dunks and layups, as well as free throw shooting and moves such as floaters. Given my long history with the NBA Live series, I’ve always felt more comfortable using the right stick for dribbling moves, and sliding my thumb across to the face buttons when it comes time to attempt a shot.

As I said though, my habits have changed over the course of the past month. After spending more time using the Pro Stick, I’ve found that I’m using it almost exclusively. Apart from the odd moment where old habits will break through, or when I trust the game to pick a contextually appropriate dunk or layup animation, I’m using the Pro Stick for almost all of my shot attempts. And you know something? Jumpshots in particular have never felt easier.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s lone file addition for NBA Live 08 PC is the latest version of Book_Gazette’s 2017 season roster update. Lineups have been updated through the trade deadline, and jersey numbers have also been fixed accordingly. Download it at the link below!

Book_Gazette
2016-17 Roster Update – Trade Deadline (Updated to v1.2)

Once again, please note that this update is Book_Gazette and not me, so be sure to direct any and all feedback to him.

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