Andrew

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

Latest posts

  1. File Additions for NBA Live 2004 — December 12, 2017
  2. Monday Tip-Off: The Worst Pass in Playground History — December 11, 2017
  3. NLSC Podcast – Episode #230 — December 10, 2017
  4. File Additions for NBA 2K14 — December 10, 2017
  5. File Additions for NBA 2K18 — December 9, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. 2012/2013 Rosters for NBA Live 2005-08 Released — 59 comments
  2. NBA 2K12 PC Patch Out Now — 44 comments
  3. Patch Notes for NBA Live 18 Demo Update 1.05 — 40 comments
  4. Win a copy of NBA 2K12 for PC! — 32 comments
  5. NBA Live 17 Wishlist Thread Open; Submit Your Feedback! — 28 comments

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

Our talented modding community has a varied selection of NBA 2K18 PC mods for you today, including courts, jerseys, dornas, portraits, and scoreboards. Check out all of the latest file additions at the links below!

Manni Live
Phoenix Suns Talking Stick Arena

PeacemanNOT
1996-1997 Bucks Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

Shuajota
Minnesota Timberwolves Dornas 2017-2018
Derrick Rose Portrait 2017-2018
Giannis Antetokounmpo Portrait 2017-2018

bongo88
ESPN Scoreboard
NBA on NBC Scoreboard

Issy
Charlotte Hornets Court

Wayback Wednesday: Michael Redd’s What If in NBA Live 2003

Michael Redd in Dallas (NBA Live 2003)

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 an oddity with Michael Redd in the default rosters of NBA Live 2003 PC.

There are a lot of reasons why it’s fun to go back and play an old basketball video game. Even though our old favourites tend to be far surpassed by new titles, we can usually still find nostalgic enjoyment in the familiarity of the gameplay. It can be satisfying to dust off an old save file, and pick it up again for a while. Sometimes, it’s interesting to just go through the rosters and be reminded of when a certain player was playing for a particular team. If you do that in NBA Live 2003 PC, you’ll be reminded of when Michael Redd played for the Dallas Mavericks. Only, that never actually happened. Yet there he is, on the bench for the 2003 Mavs.

Did EA Sports mess up here? Was someone paying too much attention to those infamous Courtside Comedy cutscenes, and not enough to the default roster as it was being finalised? In truth, there’s no error here; not at the time of the roster’s creation, at any rate. Confused? Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA Live 18 Receives Opening Night Roster Update

John Wall Reverse Dunk (NBA Live 18)

NBA Live 18 has received a new roster and data update, adding opening night lineups to the game. As always, the update will come through in-game, and will be downloaded automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One has an active Internet connection.

At a glance, it appears that the rosters are generally accurate in terms of all the players being on the correct teams. However, the lineups themselves appear to ignore injuries and the current rotations. Projected regular starters who are currently out of action (such as Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker in San Antonio) are active and in the starting lineup in NBA Live 18. Oddly, Bogdan Bogdanovic’s appearance is also still completely wrong.

On a more positive note, as of the patch that was pushed through last week, the Los Angeles Lakers now have their correct classic uniform. It is indeed the Minneapolis-era jersey, rather than the uniform they had been wearing from 2000 to 2017.

As previously noted, we’re compiling feedback on the rosters to send along to the development team over in this topic in the NBA Live 18 section of the Forum. Feel free to report any issues with the rosters there, as well as share any impressions you may have in the comments section below.

Monday Tip-Off: Planning a Return to Franchise Modes

Starting a new Franchise Game (NBA 2K18)

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 few thoughts on making a return to franchise gaming this year.

My recent Wayback Wednesday series on franchise modes in NBA Live and NBA 2K served to remind me of just how much fun I’ve had with them over the years. I’ve wanted to return to franchise gaming for a while now, and writing those articles only added to my enthusiasm. I’ve gravitated towards MyCAREER and other modes in recent years, which is funny given that in MyLEAGUE and MyGM, we now have some of the deepest franchise experiences in the history of basketball video games. There are reasons why my habits have changed, of course, but I do feel like it’s time to make a return to franchise modes.

Now that NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18 have been out for over a month, receiving multiple official patches and roster updates, it’s an opportune time to dive into the franchise experience. With the 2018 season tipping off, my interest in creating a fictional reality on the virtual hardwood has also been piqued. I do still have an interest in the card collecting modes, online team play experience, and MyCAREER, so I’ll have to ration my basketball gaming time accordingly. Beyond that, however, I do have a few other matters to consider as I plan a return to the franchise experience that I enjoyed so much as a younger basketball gamer.

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File Additions for NBA Live 07

NBA Live 07 Cover Art

I’ve almost caught up on the backlog of recovered file additions for various NBA Live games. Today’s batch is for NBA Live 07 PC, and includes JaoSming’s NBA Street 07, a couple of roster updates, and a retro jersey pack. Check them all out at the links below!

JaoSming
NBA Street 07

Unknown
Retro Jersey Pack

JB
JB Roster Update

Killbugnba
2007 Playoffs Rosters

File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

Tip off another weekend of playing NBA 2K18 PC with the latest releases from our talented modding community! Today’s file additions include court updates for the 76ers and Kings, and new jerseys for the Celtics and 2008 Rockets. Please see below for all the download links.

pinoy21
Boston Celtics Jersey (pinoy21)

Manni Live
Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo Center

Issy
Sacramento Kings Court

PeacemanNOT
2007-2008 Rockets Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

The Friday Five: Ranking the MyCAREER Stories

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 another countdown, as I rank the MyCAREER stories from worst to best.

Through the course of many previous articles and episodes of the NLSC Podcast, I believe that I’ve made my stance on MyCAREER stories very clear. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with my view on the matter, while I can appreciate the effort that goes into them, I’m not a fan of the concept. To me, it’s felt more intrusive and annoying, rather than enhancing the experience. It’s obviously not going anywhere, so hopefully the approach can be improved upon in future games. To get an idea of how Visual Concepts may achieve that, it’s worth reflecting upon the approach they’ve taken to previous MyCAREER stories, and determining which has been the best.

We’ve had five MyCAREER stories in NBA 2K at this point, enough to rate and rank in a Friday Five countdown. In ranking the stories, I’m taking into account the overall quality of the narrative, the likeability of the characters (including the MyPLAYER protagonist), the impact on the gameplay experience, and how well the approach fits with the RPG elements of MyCAREER. As always, please keep in mind that this is just my take, and I certainly invite you to share your rankings in the comments section below. With that being said, let’s tip off the countdown with number five.

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File Additions for NBA Live 2005

NBA Live 2005 Cover Art

Here’s another batch of recovered mods, this time for NBA Live 2005 PC. The files I dug up include a fictional court and jerseys for the Pistons, an old roster update, all-time rosters, a jersey editing tutorial, faces, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

c0nr4d
Detroit Pistons Fictional Court & Jerseys

Sonicmage
Sonicmage NBA Live 2005 Rosters

payaso25us
Solar Sports Network Branding

Bassman58
All-Time Franchise Rosters
Adding New Jerseys (Tutorial)

Sibo
Ron Artest Face Patch
Qyntel Woods Face Patch

Wayback Wednesday: The Association in NBA 2K

Headlines in The Association (NBA 2K14)

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 concluding my retrospective on franchise modes with a look back at The Association in NBA 2K.

While NBA Live was offering multiseason management modes in the form of Franchise and Dynasty, NBA 2K was also providing basketball gamers with its own take on the franchise experience. The franchise modes in both games have had their ups and downs, but the 2K series has done a very commendable job from year to year, in many cases implementing features that have yet to be seen in EA’s game. For those of us who were mostly playing NBA Live back in the day, we looked on in envy as 2K implemented several of those much-desired features in its modes.

As of now, NBA 2K has featured the deepest and most advanced franchise modes in basketball gaming. For many years, that franchise experience went by the name of The Association, and it admirably paved the way for MyLEAGUE and MyGM in recent games. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA Live 18 Patch 1.05 Released; Various Fixes, New Content

2018 NBA Tip-Off (NBA Live 18)

With the 2018 NBA season tipping off today, EA Sports has pushed through Patch 1.05 for NBA Live 18. As always, the latest update will be downloaded automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One has an active Internet connection. If you encounter any issues with the patch not showing up, try restarting your console. The following patch notes have been released:

Gameplay

  • Tuned Slider impact for shot contest
  • Tuned Slider impact for off-dribble shooting
  • Restricted some on-the-run Dribble Moves for lower skilled players

The League

  • Added new pre-game lobby in the League
  • Goals are now available in Pause Menu in the League
  • Fixed exploit where you could complete goals and gain stats when simming games in the League
  • New First Take videos are now seen in the League near the All-Star game and Playoffs
  • Updated signings and draft pick trades to match the NBA.
  • Tuned Playoff simulation
  • Adjusted wording of various goals.

Audio

  • Updated Commentary
  • Fixed commentary for overtime games
  • Minor bug fixes

General stability improvements

Feel free to discuss the new patch in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NBA Live 18 section of the Forum. A full update history for NBA Live 18 can also be found here in our Wiki.

 

New Rosters for NBA Live 18; Transactions Through October 13th

Aaron Brooks dribbling the basketball (NBA Live 18)

A new roster update has come through for NBA Live 18. As always, it will be downloaded when you next fire up your game, as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet.

The new rosters are accurate as of October 13th, and account for the wave of cuts taking place as teams trim down their rosters following the preseason. Notably, Aaron Brooks finally appears on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Unfortunately, with the cut-off being last Friday, the latest roster doesn’t include a couple of transactions that occurred over the weekend, such as Richard Jefferson being released by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It also seems that the Los Angeles Lakers’ retro jersey hasn’t been updated yet. There has been speculation that the Lakers will be wearing a Minneapolis throwback this season, but the classic uniform added in last week’s update is from the much more recent past. It remains to be seen what will happen there, but since new artwork can obviously be pushed through, I would assume a fix will be coming at some point if necessary.

Just a reminder that we’re collecting feedback on the NBA Live 18 rosters to send along to the development team, so if you do encounter any issues or notice information that needs to be corrected, be sure to share it in this topic in the NLSC Forum.

Monday Tip-Off: Late 90s Basketball in NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18: Michael Jordan Dunk

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 handful of screenshots from a game between the ’98 Chicago Bulls and ’97 Miami Heat in NBA 2K18.

Today, I turned 33. It’s funny to think that I’ve now been running the NLSC for around half my life! As I’ve said in previous articles, it’s hard to say just how long I’ll keep doing this, but I’m not intending on giving it up anytime soon. I still have a great deal of passion for basketball video games, as well as creating content based on them. After all, I’ve been playing basketball games and watching the NBA for a long time now. It’s a little overwhelming to think that it’s been twenty years since I was getting ready to watch the 1998 season, the last year that the Chicago Bulls were champions. Unfortunately, I don’t think that they’ll be anywhere close to that this season!

It’s important that we keep moving forward, and as I said in Episode #226 of the NLSC Podcast, it’s my intention to try to enjoy this season a little more than I have in recent years. There’s nothing wrong with reminiscing from time to time however, and thanks to the historical content in NBA 2K18, I can indulge in that nostalgia on the virtual hardwood. For this week’s Tip-Off, I’d like to share some screenshots that I took during a game of NBA 2K18 PC, using the 1998 Chicago Bulls against the 1997 Miami Heat. It was a fun game to play, and I’m looking forward to using the historical squads a little more often this year. Without further ado, here are the screenshots!

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K18 PC include updated jerseys for the 2011 Chicago Bulls, a new court for the Washington Wizards, and the latest Cheat Engine tables for modifying arenas, teams, players, and jerseys. Check them all out at the links below!

PeacemanNOT
2010-2011 Bulls Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

Manni Live
Washington Wizards Capital One Arena

CarolusXCI
Cheat Table – Edit Arenas and Teams (Updated to v3.0)
Cheat Table – Edit Player Screen (Updated to v3.0)
Cheat Table – Edit Jerseys (Updated to v3.0)

NLSC Podcast – Episode #226

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #226 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, Kenny, and myself as we discuss the latest updates for NBA Live 18, NBA 2K18, and NBA Playgrounds, recount our recent basketball gaming experiences, and look ahead to the 2018 NBA season.

On this week’s show…

  • New rosters have been released for NBA Live 18, accounting for recent transactions and adding new classic uniforms for eight teams. With the 2018 season right around the corner, we hope that EA will remain on the ball with forthcoming updates.
  • Patch 1.04 has been released for NBA 2K18. It’s a substantial update and addresses a lot of issues, but unfortunately, it’s caused a lot of problems as well. Bewilderingly, it’s also nerfed certain VC rewards even further.
  • NBA Playgrounds has received a hotfix that addresses an issue with the previously released Roster Unlock DLC. Once again, we reflect on how the game has evolved since launch, and whether paid DLC is a wise approach given the circumstances.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming included our best session of 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K18 so far, further progress in MyCAREER and The One, and a bit of Ultimate Team.
  • The 2018 NBA season tips off next week! We’ve felt a bit jaded and disillusioned in recent years, so we’re hoping that the upcoming campaign will be a fun and exciting one that we can really get into.

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.

NBA Playgrounds Patch 1.41 Released

Russell Westbrook in NBA Playgrounds

On the heels of Patch 1.4 and the Hot N’ Frosty downloadable content, Saber Interactive have pushed through another new title update for NBA Playgrounds. The new patch (v1.41) addresses an issue with the previously released Roster Unlock DLC, ensuring that it will unlock the 45 new players that were added free in the previous patch. It also optimises performance when playing on the new Miami playground, which is only available if you have the Hot N’ Frosty DLC. As previously noted, the eight Class of 2017 rookies are also exclusive to the DLC.

I can confirm that the patch has been pushed through for the PlayStation 4 and PC versions of NBA Playgrounds. If the patch is not showing up, try restarting your console or Steam client. It isn’t mentioned in the notes, but it appears as though the patch may have also corrected an issue where the new tournament content was marked as being available in the main menu despite the Hot N’ Frosty DLC not being installed.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts on the latest patch and NBA Playgrounds itself in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the Other Basketball Games section of the NLSC Forum.