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Name: Andrew Begley
Date registered: August 26, 2011

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  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

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  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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NBA Live 18 Digital Giveaway (PlayStation 4 & Xbox One)

NBA Live 18: James Harden vs. Russell Westbrook

EA Sports has hooked us up with a few digital copies of NBA Live 18 to give away, so we’re tipping off our first contest for this basketball gaming season. For our first giveaway, there are two codes for PlayStation 4 and two codes for Xbox One up for grabs. Please note that the codes for PS4 are US region locked, while the codes for X1 are global. Our apologies for any inconvenience; we’ll try to sort out a global giveaway for PS4 at some point in the future.

To win, simply tell us about your favourite NBA Live game in 200 words or less, and let us know whether you’re after a PS4 or X1 version of NBA Live 18. There are two ways to enter:

  1. Register an NLSC Forum account and reply to this topic.
  2. Register an account and reply in the comments section of this news post (guest posts are not eligible).

I’ll pick four winners (two PS4, two X1) out of the entries that I like the best, and hook them up with a copy. Please note that it’s one entry per person, NLSC staff members are not eligible, and all decisions are final. If you miss out this time, we’ll be giving away a few more codes in the near future, so there will be another opportunity to snag a free copy of NBA Live 18. Once again, please also note that the codes we’ve been given for PlayStation 4 are US region locked, but the codes we have for Xbox One are global.

Entries close midnight October 1st, US Eastern time. Good luck, and get your entries in ASAP!

The winners have been drawn. Congratulations to shinron15deihateinJarmonity. and Shuajota! Thanks to everyone who entered, stay tuned for more giveaways.

NBA Live 18 Patch 1.03 Out Now; More Content

James Harden wearing the Rockets' Statement Jersey in NBA Live 18

Patch 1.03 has come through for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA Live 18. A new in-game update is also available, adding new content and Live Event challenges. All of the latest updates should download automatically as long as your PS4 or X1 is connected to the Internet. If you encounter any problems, try restarting your console.

The most significant additions in these updates are probably the new Nike Statement jerseys (formerly known as alternate or secondary uniforms) for all 30 NBA teams. At launch, NBA Live 18 only featured the Association and Icon jerseys, formerly designated as the home and away uniforms respectively. Notably, a few home/away uniform assignments are actually incorrect in NBA Live 18, as not every team has chosen to wear their white Association jerseys for home games this season.

A new Celebrations Crate has also been added to The One. As the name suggests, it includes a selection of ten celebration animations for your player. The Crate will cost 12,500 Reward Points, which are earned through playing The One, LIVE Run, and the Pro-Am Tour. New Live Events have been added, including “Fear the Beard” and “What If: Melo Traded”. Finally, new rosters have also been pushed through, however a lot of recent signings are still unaccounted for at this time. We’ll be looking to compile some roster feedback in the Forum, to send along to the development team.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. I’ve also set up a discussion and information topic for the NBA Live 18 title updates here in our Forum, as well as an update history resource here in our Wiki. If you’d like to check out some screenshots of a few of the new Statement jerseys in NBA Live 18, see below.

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The Friday Five: 5 Favourite Basketball Games to Mod

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 my favourite games to mod over the years.

A combination of burnout, different priorities, and less free time has seen my modding efforts dwindle over the years. I do like to release some kind of mod every now and again when I can find the time though, because it’s something I’ve really enjoyed doing for the basketball gaming community. Although modding can be time-consuming and sometimes a chore – that is one of the reasons I became burned out on the hobby, after all – there is a lot of creative satisfaction in it. Whether it’s been the current rosters for NBA Live, dabbling in making some art updates, or finding other things to mod, it’s been great messing around with several different games.

Of course, when it comes to modding, not all games are alike. While the process may remain largely unchanged from game to game, and sometimes we’ve been fortunate enough to have a large amount of file compatibility to work with, each release has its own idiosyncrasies. Sometimes the files are easier to modify, other times there are limitations on what can be done with texture sizes or the roster databases. Just how much you enjoy modding a game can also depend on how much you like playing it in the first place. Looking back on all the games I’ve created mods for over the years, these five are the ones I’ve enjoyed tinkering with the most, in chronological order.

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File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

With the release of NBA 2K18, modding for NBA 2K17 is naturally beginning to slow down. However, there is a recent addition to catch up on, as pinoy21 released a new 2018 season jersey update for the Phoenix Suns. Check it out below!

Phoenix Suns Jersey 2017-18 (pinoy21)

Incidentally, pinoy21 is already creating some great jersey updates for NBA 2K18, so be sure to stay tuned for the upcoming releases!

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC feature the latest updates for Medevenx’s PBA 2K mod. Pick them up at the links below.

PBA 2K v21.2 Follow Up Pack
PBA 2K Main Directory Files 20
PBA 2K Main Directory Files 21 (Updated to v12.2)
PBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v21.2)

Wayback Wednesday: GM Mode in NBA Live 98

Fantasy Draft Order in GM Mode

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 GM Mode in NBA Live 98.

Although I’ve gravitated towards MyCAREER and 2K Pro-Am in recent years, I’ve traditionally been a franchise gamer. For those of us who remember playing basketball games with a single season mode, the ability to play multiple seasons while managing our roster through the Draft, free agency, and salary cap-restricted trades was something that we eagerly wanted to see. As basketball gaming approached the turn of the millennium, the demand for an in-depth, multi-season mode – what we would now refer to as a franchise mode – was steadily rising. Although we’ve come to see fantastic franchise modes, it’s been a long road to get to that point.

Since I’m looking to get back into some franchise gaming this year, it seems as good a time as any to tip off a multi-part feature I’ve been wanting to do for some time: a look back at the history and evolution of franchise modes. First up is NBA Live 98’s GM Mode. While not strictly an in-depth franchise mode, it stands as one of the forerunners to the concept. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

The number NBA 2K18 mods in our Downloads database has already hit double digits, thanks to the latest file additions. New releases include court updates, retro jerseys, and another new SFX tweak. Check them all out at the links below!

Los Angeles Lakers Court
4 Courts Pack (NBA 2K17 Re-Upload)

2007 New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets Valentine’s Day Jersey

SFX MOD 2.0 NBA 2K18

2015-2016 Golden State Warriors Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2013-2014 Indiana Pacers Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

NBA 2K18 Patch 1.02 Released (PC, PS4 & X1)

NBA 2K18: Damian Lillard

Patch 1.02 has come through for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K18. The PS4 patch is 4.397 GB in size, while the X1 update is 2.39 GB. It should start downloading automatically as long as you have an active Internet connection, but if you do run into any issues, try restarting your console.

At this time, there’s no word on a release date for the PC patch, or indeed, any details on what the patch addresses. It seems likely that one of the key fixes will be for a troubling issue which has seen gamers lose their MyPLAYER data, along with any VC that they’ve purchased. Note that if the issues addressed in Patch 1.02 are console-specific, then we might not see the first patch for the PC version just yet.

I’ll update this post with the patch notes once they’re made available. For now, feel free to discuss the update in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NBA 2K18 section of the Forum. I’ve also created a resource in our Wiki for NBA 2K18’s update history, which we’ll keep updated through the next twelve months. As always, any help in keeping our Wiki resources up to date with the latest information would be greatly appreciated!

UPDATE: Patch 1.02 is now available for the PC version of NBA 2K18, and weighs in at 81.4 MB. Still no patch notes as yet.

Monday Tip-Off: Is It MyCAREER, or The Shammy Wells Show?

Shammy Wells in NBA 2K18'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 a look at how Shammy Wells is shaping up to be the real protagonist in NBA 2K18’s MyCAREER, at least in my game.

Early on in NBA 2K17’s MyCAREER, I remember feeling like Justice Young was the real star of the story. He was getting more shots, he was levelling up a lot quicker than I was, and in terms of the narrative, he was the one driving the action. As the year progressed, I surpassed him in Overall Rating and on-court performance, and by the time we hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy, it was clear that The President of Basketball was indeed the protagonist of the story, and the star of the team. Despite my usual aversion to the story-driven approach in MyCAREER, I did enjoy last year’s tale. In terms of gameplay, I also liked having Justice as my teammate.

My reactions to the MyCAREER story in NBA 2K18 are…well, not so positive. I’ll go into that in greater detail at a later time, but suffice to say, I’m not a fan of the writing, characters, or the plot in general. As for the gameplay, I knew that I’d have to grind my way up again – it’s always the way – but I wasn’t counting on being outshone by a fictional player once again, and even more so than before. Through the early stages of MyCAREER in NBA 2K18, I have to admit that it doesn’t really feel like the story is actually about my career, at least on the court. Instead, it feels like D.J. is merely providing the soundtrack to The Shammy Wells Show.

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

Our modding community isn’t messing around, as we already have a few more releases for NBA 2K18 PC today. The latest files included court updates for the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, and Cleveland Cavaliers, and the External File Importer, an essential tool for installing art mods. Pick them up at the links below!

Los Angeles Clippers Court
Miami Heat Court

NBA 2K18 External File Importer (With Modded Folder)

Manni Live
Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena

NLSC Podcast – Episode #222

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #222 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, Kenny, and myself as we offer up our initial impressions of NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18, and look ahead to the 2018 season of basketball gaming.

On this week’s show…

  • After spending quite a bit of time with the demo, we finally have our hands on the full version of NBA Live 18. Pleasingly, the game is feeling like a significant step forward.
  • Interestingly, WNBA Play Now has been a lot of fun, changing up the experience. It definitely feels like something to build upon.
  • Ultimate Team could stand to be deeper, but there are a couple of nice features with the starter packs, based on your favourite team.
  • Franchise needs some work, but may be worth checking out as well. All in all, NBA Live 18 is shaping up to be a good comeback for the series.
  • Our initial impression of NBA 2K18 is that the NBA gameplay is a bit more fun than MyCAREER on the sticks, but it’s mostly some of the concepts that bug us. Starting from scratch again has us a little shook (sorry).
  • The biggest gripes with NBA 2K18 so far? The VC gouging, and a bewildering change to free throw shooting for MyPLAYERs.
  • Despite our complaints, there are some noticeable improvements to the gameplay, and other modes are looking good as well.
  • There’s still a lot to sink our teeth into, but on the whole, we are looking forward to the next year of basketball gaming, in both NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18.

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 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

As I mentioned yesterday, it didn’t take long for our modding community to start releasing updates for NBA 2K18 PC. The very first batch of mods for this year’s game includes court and jersey updates, as well as an SFX tweak and new net physics. Congratulations to Maumau78 for uploading the very first release!

SFX MOD 2.0 NBA 2K18
Net Physics Mod 2K18

Golden State Warriors Home Jersey [Rakuten Badge]

Manni Live
Boston Celtics TD Garden Court

Golden State Warriors Jersey (pinoy21)

NBA 2K18 Momentous Trailer Released

Kyrie Irving in NBA 2K18

The Early Tip-Off Weekend for NBA 2K18 is underway, and as you can see, a lot of people in our community are already getting their hands on the game. In fact, our modding community is already hard at work and uploading new releases which are available in our Downloads section. Stay tuned for the first batch of NBA 2K18 File Additions, coming very soon!

To celebrate the release of this year’s game, 2K Sports has unveiled the traditional Momentous trailer. As with all trailers, it features gameplay from cinematic angles, and spotlights several of the league’s top players. Notably, it features quite a few players who changed teams, including cover player Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Paul Millsap, and Isaiah Thomas. Other spotlighted players include LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, and Canadian cover player DeMar DeRozan. The new Nike jerseys are also on display, including the “Statement” uniforms (formerly known as alternates).

Check it out below, or catch it here over on YouTube.

Got any thoughts on the Momentous trailer? Feel free to share them in the comments section below, and be sure to join in all the discussion taking place here in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum.

The Friday Five: 5 Hopes for the 2018 Basketball Gaming Season

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 discusses five hopes that I have for the 2018 basketball gaming season.

As I noted earlier today, with the release of NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18, a brand new season of basketball gaming is now underway! My pre-order of NBA Live 18 downloaded a couple of days ago and then unlocked at midnight Australian Eastern Time, so I stayed up quite late playing the game and sharing some initial impressions on Twitter. As of this writing, the day one patch for the PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K18 has just finished installing, and I’ve almost finished downloading the PC version on Steam as well. I anticipate that I have a big weekend of basketball gaming ahead of me.

With any luck, we’re all in for twelve months filled with fun basketball gaming experiences. I’ve felt optimistic about this year’s releases through most of the preview season, and I came away from both the NBA Live 18 demo and The Prelude to NBA 2K18 with some positive impressions. I’d like to spend more time with the full versions of both games before I offer up some in-depth impressions (and eventually, comprehensive reviews), but as I look ahead to the 2018 season of basketball gaming, I do have a few hopes for the experiences that will be on offer in this year’s releases.

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NBA Live 18 & NBA 2K18 Released Today

NBA Live 18 Demo: James Harden

The wait is over! The preview season is officially done, and a new season of basketball gaming has begun, with the official release of NBA Live 18 and the Early Tip-Off Weekend pre-order release of NBA 2K18. As I mentioned in yesterday’s bulletin, our modding community is already gearing up to do some great things with the PC version of NBA 2K18, and we’ll also be looking to create other fun original content based around both games.

Whether you’re playing NBA Live 18, NBA 2K18, or both games, I invite everyone to join us for what will hopefully be a fun season of basketball gaming over the next twelve months. In the wake of both games being released, I’d just like to spotlight a couple of key discussion topics in the NLSC Forum:

NBA Live 18

NBA 2K18

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve added new sections for NBA 2K18 to our Downloads database, so if you want to get a head start on modding, there’s already a place to upload your work. Once again, I hope that our community makes good use of our upload facilities this year.

Speaking of making good use of our facilities, I’m also hoping to see lots of great discussion about NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18 in the Forum. Whether it’s mods, impressions, sliders, gameplay tips and advice, tales about the mode you’re playing, reactions to the in-game stories, or anything else about the games, don’t be shy. Join in the conversation today!

Rest assured that plenty of great mods and engaging original content are in the pipeline, so be sure to keep it locked to the NLSC throughout the 2018 basketball gaming season!