Andrew

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Name: Andrew Begley
Date registered: August 26, 2011
URL: http://www.nba-live.com

Latest posts

  1. The Friday Five: Ranking the MyCAREER Stories — October 20, 2017
  2. File Additions for NBA Live 2005 — October 19, 2017
  3. Wayback Wednesday: The Association in NBA 2K — October 18, 2017
  4. NBA Live 18 Patch 1.05 Released; Various Fixes, New Content — October 18, 2017
  5. New Rosters for NBA Live 18; Transactions Through October 13th — October 17, 2017

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  1. 2012/2013 Rosters for NBA Live 2005-08 Released — 58 comments
  2. NBA 2K12 PC Patch Out Now — 44 comments
  3. Patch Notes for NBA Live 18 Demo Update 1.05 — 38 comments
  4. Win a copy of NBA 2K12 for PC! — 31 comments
  5. NBA Live 17 Wishlist Thread Open; Submit Your Feedback! — 28 comments

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #221

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Episode #221 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! We’re in the final countdown to the release of this year’s games from EA Sports and 2K Sports, and Arcane and I have plenty to talk about with a big update to the NBA Live 18 Demo, as well as the release of The Prelude to NBA 2K18.

On this week’s show…

  • The NBA Live 18 Demo has received another update. On top of making some further gameplay tweaks, it also added updated rosters, and two additional teams to Play Now: the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets.
  • EA Access subscribers on Xbox One are currently enjoying a ten hour trial of the full version of NBA Live 18. Their streams and impressions suggest further improvement over the demo, which is great news.
  • A Game Informer article provided us with a few details on this year’s MyCAREER story ahead of the release of The Prelude, and some further information about The Neighborhood.
  • In the wake of a somewhat flat trailer, The Prelude has been released, along with the MyNBA2K18 companion app. We tip off our impressions with a few thoughts on face scanning.
  • We’re not impressed by the lack of customisation options, nor the decision to put more content behind a VC paywall. It’s a continuation of a disheartening trend that began in NBA 2K17.
  • The story in this year’s MyCAREER mode leaves something to be desired. Although we like the general idea of being able to pick our team, the plot, acting, and characters are rather corny, with one character in particular being a bit uncomfortable.
  • Although the brevity of The Prelude was disappointing, the gameplay was a highlight, and demonstrates some pleasing improvements that have us looking forward to the full version of NBA 2K18.
  • We wrap up Episode #221 of the NLSC Podcast with Our Week in Basketball Gaming, which featured NLSC THRILLHO’s final 2K Pro-Am game for NBA 2K17, and the acquisition of a long-coveted MyPARK trophy.

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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 2K18 PC System Requirements Revealed

NBA 2K18: Damian Lillard

Steam’s store listing for the PC version of NBA 2K18 has revealed the system requirements for this year’s game. Not surprisingly, the required specs aren’t very different from last year, with the biggest change being a slightly better video card. The minimum and recommended requirements are as follows:

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 (64 bit version)
  • CPU: Intel i3-530 or AMD Phenom II x4 805
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • GPU: nVidia GT 450 or AMD HD 6770 (both 1 GB of VRAM)
  • DirectX: 11
  • Storage: 70 GB
  • Additional: Gamepad recommended

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 (64 bit version)
  • CPU: Intel i5-4430 or AMD FX-8370
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: nVidia GTX 770 or AMD R9 270 (both 2 GB of VRAM)
  • DirectX: 11
  • Storage: 70 GB

As you can see here, our community is already gearing up to do some great things with the PC version of NBA 2K18. Although the PC version misses out on content such as The Prelude, we do have the benefit of a talented and passionate modding community. Speaking of which, when the time comes, we encourage everyone to make good use of our upload facilities, to ensure that mods for NBA 2K18 don’t get lost as they unfortunately so often do on external hosts.

Thanks to Dommy73 for the heads up on the system requirements!

The Friday Five: 5 Teams to Rebuild in Franchise Modes This Year

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 teams that you might consider trying to rebuild in this year’s franchise modes.

Last week, I discussed some of the most appealing options in terms of teams to use in this year’s franchise modes. This week, I’m looking at some of the more challenging options, in the form of teams that are currently rebuilding. Admittedly a couple of the teams that I mentioned last week are in rebuilding phases themselves, but they also happen to have a bit more talent on their rosters, including players with definite superstar potential. The teams I’m focusing on this time around generally aren’t quite as talented, but still present some interesting scenarios for franchise gamers.

Assuming control of a rebuilding team in a franchise mode can be an unusual experience. Depending on your skill on the sticks, lottery-bound teams can greatly overachieve, even pulling off unlikely championship victories in year one. Of course, you’ll certainly have your work cut out for you, and the rosters of teams who are bottoming out or trying to claw their way back to respectability aren’t always fun to play with. At the same time, the challenge they present can be an enjoyable change of pace. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five teams that you can try to rebuild in the franchise modes of NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18.

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NBA 2K18 The Prelude Out Now Worldwide

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The Prelude to NBA 2K18 is out now worldwide on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As previously noted, the brief free to play preview of this year’s game from 2K Sports allows you to get a head start on MyCAREER. Similar to last year’s Prelude, it also includes 2KU, which features an interactive tutorial that teaches you the controls in a casual 5-on-5 setting.

You’ll need to download The Prelude and fire it up before you can scan your face using the MyNBA2K18 app. Note that while you’ll be able to change your face and keep playing through 2KU, you can only play through the MyCAREER portion once. After that, you’ll need to wait until NBA 2K18 comes out next week in order to continue your career, or start over fresh.

Feel free to share your impressions of The Prelude in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum. If you’ve got a great face scan to share – or a humorous one, for that matter! – feel free to post it as well. We’ll be sharing our impressions in Episode #221 of the NLSC Podcast, which will be coming out over the weekend.

NBA Live 18 Available Now On EA Access

NBA Live 18 Demo: James Harden

While PlayStation 4 users are stuck with the NBA Live 18 demo for the next week, Xbox One users can now get hold of a trial version of the full game through EA Access. If you have an EA Access subscription, you can try out the full version of NBA Live 18 for ten hours, as well as get a 10% discount off the digital version if you decide to buy it.

You can find the trial here in the Xbox Live store. For anyone who is unfamiliar with EA Access, it’s EA’s subscription service that is exclusive to Xbox One. For US $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year, you can try upcoming games, get discounts on digital purchases including in-game content, and access The Vault, which features an expanding library of EA games. More information can be found here.

With Xbox One users already getting their hands on the full version of NBA Live 18, we’re seeing some gameplay streams and impressions being posted. DBOYGAMEZ had a lengthy stream earlier today, which you can check out below, or catch here on his YouTube channel.

Whether you’re checking out the game through EA Access or watching some streams, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. As always, I also invite you to join in the discussion taking place here in the NBA Live 18 section of the NLSC Forum.

New NBA 2K18 Cover Unveiled; Prelude Out Soon

NBA 2K18 Cover

2K Sports have revealed the new cover art for NBA 2K18, featuring Kyrie Irving in a Boston Celtics jersey. Following the trade between the Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, 2K indicated that they would be issuing a new cover “at a later date”. While the digital cover art and icon for the game will be updated upon launch, physical copies won’t feature the new cover art until the initial stock is depleted.

Although it isn’t unprecedented in sports games, cover players changing teams before the game is even released is a rare occurrence. Several players have been traded the year after appearing on the cover of a basketball video game, and Ray Allen was traded halfway through the 2003 season, during which he was the cover player for NBA ShootOut 2002.

The ShootOut series also features the only other cover player for a basketball game to be traded before the game’s release, as the 2002 version featured Stephon Marbury in his New Jersey Nets uniform despite his offseason trade to the Phoenix Suns. Similar to NBA 2K18, an updated cover was later issued.

You can check out the full cover art below. We’re a week away from the release of NBA 2K18, but only a couple of hours away from the release of The Prelude! If you’re on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One and would like to get a head start on MyCAREER, be sure to check it out when it launches at 12:01 AM EST. The MyNBA2K18 app is also now available for Android and iOS devices, so pick it up to scan your face into the game, and earn extra VC through various mini-games.

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The Prelude Trailer, MyNBA2K18 Out Now

Promo for The Prelude to NBA 2K18

In less than 24 hours, we’ll be able to get our hands on The Prelude for NBA 2K18. The free to play preview for NBA 2K18 will be available globally on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will provide gamers with a head start on MyCAREER, as well as an early look at The Neighborhood. It will be released at 12:01 AM EST globally, so unlike the NBA Live 18 demo, you can’t snag it earlier by creating a New Zealand account.

To hype up the release of The Prelude, 2K has dropped a new trailer. It emphasises the general concept of working your way up from the streets to the glamour of the NBA, and features clips of The Proving Ground, which will be integral to the beginning of this year’s MyCAREER story.

Check out the trailer below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

Additionally, the MyNBA2K18 companion app is now available for Android and iOS devices. In addition to being used to scan your face for The Prelude and NBA 2K18, it includes the familiar trading card game and other features that allow you to earn Virtual Currency. If you still have the MyNBA2K17 app installed, you may want to uninstall it before installing the MyNBA2K18 app, just to avoid any potential issues.

Got any thoughts on the trailer? Feel free to share them in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion about The Prelude and other NBA 2K18-related topics here in our Forum.

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 96 Complete Update

Kobe Bryant in the Complete Update for NBA Live 96

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 Complete Update mod I made for NBA Live 96 PC.

Maybe it’s because it’s been a while since I’ve worked on a major roster project, or perhaps it’s talking about old mods in recent editions of Wayback Wednesday, but recently I’ve been feeling somewhat nostalgic about the days when I was more active in the modding community. I’ve talked about my 1996 season mod for NBA Live 2004 (which will be receiving further updates, thanks to Murat) and the NBA Live PC project for NBA Live 06 (which I’d love to update if I had the time), but this time I’m going back even further, to the Complete Update that I made for NBA Live 96.

Even though it’s obviously been far surpassed by the numerous games that have followed it, the PC version of NBA Live 96 remains one of my all-time favourite basketball games. Indeed, it was for that very reason that I was still making updates for it as late as 2001, even though it was already becoming something of a relic. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA Live 18 Demo Roster Updated; Rockets & Celtics Added

NBA Live 18 Demo: James Harden

EA Sports continues to push through updates for the NBA Live 18 demo. The latest patch adds the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics for use in Play Now, bringing the total number of NBA teams in the demo to four. The rosters have also been updated, with Isaiah Thomas now on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Kyrie Irving on the Celtics. The update should come through automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet. If you encounter any issues, try restarting your console.

The latest update also includes new faces for certain players. Notably, Derrick Rose has a new hairstyle, as he now sports short braids. Check out a screenshot of Rose with his new hairstyle below, along with a few screens of Irving and Thomas in their new jerseys, and a handful of other players. For more NBA Live 18 pre-release screenshots, be sure to check out our gallery.

There are no additional patch notes at this time, but if any are released, we’ll be sure to post them. EA has been tinkering with the gameplay in the NBA Live 18 demo based on the feedback they’ve received so far, so the “minor bug fixes” listed in the update history on PlayStation 4 probably do include a few more tweaks. As always, feel free to share your impressions in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in our NBA Live 18 Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Our community continues to keep NBA 2K14 PC fresh and up to date with fantastic mods, even four years after its release. The latest file additions include new 2018 season rosters, updated PBA 2K and FIBA 2K total conversion mods, All-Star presentation, and much more. Please see below for all the download links!

Miguel2K
Miguel2K Realism v8

Medevenx
PBA 2K v12.1 Follow Up Pack
Universal Portrait Project
Kuroko V Slam Dunk ft. Dear Boys Main Directory Files 1
Kuroko V Slam Dunk ft. Dear Boys Main Directory Files 2
Kuroko V Slam Dunk ft. Dear Boys Main Directory Files 3
Kuroko V Slam Dunk ft. Dear Boys Main Directory Files 4
Kuroko V Slam Dunk ft. Dear Boys Logos
Kuroko V Slam Dunk ft. Dear Boys Optional Files
FIBA 2K Optional Files
2015 NBA All-Star Weekend Presentation
2016 NBA All-Star Weekend Presentation
2017 NBA All-Star Weekend Presentation (Charlotte)
2017 NBA All-Star Weekend Presentation (New Orleans)
PBA 2K Optional Files
FIBA 2K Main Directory Files 13
FIBA 2K Main Directory Files 14
FIBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v14.0)
PBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v21.1)
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v12.1c)

Mackubex
Mackubex Roster Update (September 1 Update)

Seushiro
Seushiro’s Animation Mod

Monday Tip-Off: Everything’s Coming Up THRILLHO!

NLSC THRILLHO in NBA 2K17's 2K Pro-Am

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 highlight reel from NLSC THRILLHO’s season of 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K17.

When NBA 2K17 was released, the very first thing that Arcane, Kenny, The X, Valor, and I did was to play a game of 2K Pro-Am. We’d had a lot of fun with the mode in NBA 2K16, and having created our players in last year’s Prelude, we decided to jump right into the 2K Pro-Am experience. With the exception of a short break earlier this year, we’ve been enjoying some regular sessions over the past twelve months. However, as we discussed in last week’s Podcast, with this year’s Prelude and NBA 2K18 both right around the corner, we’ve been rapidly approaching the end of our season. On Saturday, we enjoyed a win that felt like a great game to end on.

Through all the ups and downs, we’ve had some really fun times running with our NLSC THRILLHO squad in 2K Pro-Am. We’re still deciding whether we’ll keep the name for NBA 2K18, but in the meantime, I’ve put together an extended highlight reel of memorable moments where everything was definitely coming up THRILLHO! Check it out below, or catch it here on our YouTube channel.

I hope you enjoyed the reel! If you’d care to check out some of our less spectacular moments, last December I put together a reel where it definitely seemed like nothing was coming up THRILLHO. Thanks to Arcane, Kenny, The X, Valor, and zzcoolj21 for being great teammates and a lot of fun to chat to and joke around with as we play. Here’s to more fun times NBA 2K18’s 2K Pro-Am, which of course is now part of The Neighborhood. Hopefully, the mode will be great from the moment we enter our name, THRILLHO or otherwise.

File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

NBA 2K18 may be right around the corner, but our modding community is still producing some great updates for NBA 2K17 PC. The latest releases include jersey updates for the 2018 season, new player faces, and a couple of mods just for fun, namely faces for Hoodie Melo and Uncle Drew. Check them all out at the links below!

LeFlop Master
New York Knicks Jersey 2017/18 by LeFlop

TGsoGood
Lauri Markannen Face
Hoodie Melo and Hooded Jerseys
Wilt Chamberlain ’63 Face
Uncle Drew Face

pinoy21
Minnesota Timberwolves Jersey
Los Angeles Clippers Jersey 2017-18 (pinoy21)
Brooklyn Nets Jersey 2017-18 (pinoy21)
Boston Celtics Jersey 2017-18 (pinoy21) (Updated to v2.0)

king jaylo
Terrance Ferguson Face
Chris Smoove Face

Details on MyCAREER Story & The Neighborhood in NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18: The Neighborhood

It’s been a big week for NBA 2K18 news to say the least. Before we wrap up the weekend, there are a few more details to report in regards to this year’s MyCAREER story, and the new Neighborhood experience.

Matt Bertz has posted a preview over on Game Informer discussing The Neighborhood and the MyCAREER story in NBA 2K18. Although there will be a narrative again this year, it will be a less linear experience. The basic plot is that your player, DJ, is a former blue chip prospect who abandoned his hoop dreams to pursue a career in music. Now eager to return to the hardwood, your character is trying to make the big time by participating in The Proving Ground, an amateur streetball event. The story begins with The Prelude, which will be released September 8th.

The article also provides a breakdown of The Neighborhood, which as previously noted, encompasses the NBA through MyCAREER, 2K Pro-Am, and The Playground (the new version of MyPARK). Park affiliations have also been done away with, as all players will be hanging around in the same Neighborhood. Matt also confirms that the old upgrade system is back, and talks about the new MyPLAYER Archetypes. As you can see from this chart, the primary and secondary archetypes that you select will determine which Badges you can upgrade. Thanks to Dommy73 for the heads up on the chart.

2K Sports has also Tweeted out a Guide to The Neighborhood. Locations include The Playground (as noted above, the new MyPARK), 2K Zone (mini-games and meet-ups), The Venue (live events), The Downtown Court (jumpshot game), Foot Locker Store (for shoes, obviously), and King of the Court (1-on-1 challenges). It also shows off some of the Road to 99 rewards, and the new phone messaging system.

With The Prelude dropping this week, and the Early Tip-Off Weekend for NBA 2K18 beginning in less than two weeks, I’m sure there’ll be more news and previews right around the corner. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on the latest details in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion in our NBA 2K18 Forum.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #220

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Episode #220 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I have plenty to talk about following a big week of NBA 2K18 news, as well as the release of a new patch for the NBA Live 18 demo. The question is, as always, now that the show has been recorded, will any further news break over the weekend?

On this week’s show…

  • Patch 1.05 has been pushed through for the NBA Live 18 demo, and this time, we have a few patch notes. Once again, we take the opportunity to offer some further impressions of the demo, and encourage everyone to keep the feedback coming.
  • Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett will be joining NBA 2K18’s broadcasting team as special guest commentators. Unfortunately for KG, the game is only rated E10+.
  • The latest NBA 2K18 developer blogs by Scott O’Gallagher and Da_Czar have delivered a lot of promising news about improvements to AI, playcalling, and gameplay in general.
  • NBA 2K18 will see the debut of The Neighborhood, a new online open world experience that encompasses MyCAREER, 2K Pro-Am, and MyPARK (now called The Playground). It’s very cool, but we do have a few questions and concerns.
  • There will be 189 MyPLAYER Archetypes this year, with primary and secondary archetypes and hybrid styles. Excellent news, in our opinion.
  • A list of Achievements for The Prelude has been leaked, hinting at this year’s story. Mild spoiler warning!
  • We wrap up Episode #220 of the NLSC Podcast with Our Week in Basketball Gaming, which included a couple of really fun sessions of 2K Pro-Am as our season in NBA 2K17 continues to draw to a close.

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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.

The Friday Five: 5 Teams To Use in Franchise Modes This Year

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 teams that are appealing prospects to play with in this year’s franchise modes.

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the release of NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18! Although I anticipate spending time with modes like MyCAREER, The One, 2K Pro-Am, MyTEAM, and Ultimate Team, I’m also looking forward to returning to my roots as a franchise gamer. Given its incredible depth, MyLEAGUE will likely be my mode of choice, but I’m still undecided as to which team I’ll use. My beloved Chicago Bulls are naturally always an option, but with the team entering a rebuilding phase, they’re not exactly the most appealing squad. I can’t help but think back to my attempts to play Franchise Mode with the Ron Mercer-led Bulls in NBA Live 2001!

MyLEAGUE does offer the flexibility of controlling multiple teams, switching control of teams, and of course, creating a brand new expansion team. However, I must admit that I’d personally prefer to take control of one franchise, and a real NBA team at that. I can’t rule out trying to make things work with the Bulls, but there are quite a few interesting possibilities heading into the 2018 season. If you’re looking for a team that can be competitive out of the gate, but also provide options in terms of wheeling and dealing, here are five teams that you may want to consider using in the franchise modes of NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18.

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