The Friday Five: 5 Basketball Video Game Surprises

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! This is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

If you’re relatively new to basketball video games, or at least the basketball gaming community, you may not have much of an idea of how things used to be when it came to previews and interactions with the developers. With all the tidbits on social media, developer blogs, in-depth interviews here at the NLSC and around the web, live streams, and so on these days, we get to learn a lot about the upcoming editions of NBA Live and NBA 2K before they come out. This allows us to be well-informed, and in turn, savvy consumers.

Of course, the downside of such in-depth coverage is that some of the mystery is taken out of basketball gaming. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – with games coming out every year, we want to know whether the latest iteration is worth spending money on – but it also means that we don’t often get to be surprised by something really cool in basketball video games. Every so often though, EA Sports or 2K Sports will announce something that catches us off guard, and that’s what I’m talking about today: five times that I was surprised by basketball video games. Let’s get to the Five!

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NBA 2K Cyberface Tutorial by R4zoR

If you’ve been wondering how to make high quality face updates for the NBA 2K series, wonder no longer! R4zoR has posted an in-depth tutorial explaining the process, along with a resource pack for Blender and Photoshop. You can check out the tutorial here and download the pack here; a huge thanks once again to R4zoR for his efforts, and willingness to share his knowledge with the modding community!

As a general reminder, we’re always keen to expand our resources for new people who wish to try their hand at patching NBA Live and NBA 2K, so if you’re an experienced modder we would greatly appreciate your assistance in creating tutorials and resources. Feel free to post any guides in the Forum, upload any template and resource packs to the Downloads section, and of course, create articles in our Wiki.

File Additions for NBA 2K9

We don’t get a lot of new files for NBA 2K9 PC these days, but ZZCOOLJ21 has released a couple of new updates recently, namely conversions of JaoSming’s next gen ball for NBA 2K14 and a LeBron James face by -scarface-. Check them out at the links below.

ZZCOOLJ21 & JaoSming
Next Gen-Like Ball

ZZCOOLJ21 & -scarface-
LeBron James Next Gen Face

File Additions for NBA 2K9

RedPhazon8 has dusted off NBA 2K9 and put together a roster that adds classic players to the Free Agent pool, similar to the rosters he created for NBA 2K11 and NBA 2K13. If you’re still playing NBA 2K9 or feel like dusting it off yourself, download the roster at the link below!

Classic Players to Free Agency Roster

File Additions for NBA 2K9

Author: Showfom
IFF Editor

Please note that this is an older release that has been uploaded for archive purposes.