NBA Live 08

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 98 & 08 Trivia

Roster Player dunks the basketball in NBA Live 98

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 offering up some trivia about NBA Live 98 and NBA 2K18.

NBA Live’s hiatus officially ends this week with the release of NBA Live 18. From playing the demo and reading a couple of the early reviews, I would have to say that the game definitely still has room for improvement, but has also made some pleasing strides since its reboot in 2013. I’m quite looking forward to playing NBA Live 18, but the title does make me reflect on how long I’ve been a part of the community. Before I took over the NLSC, I remember visiting it and checking out the news when NBA Live 98 was the upcoming game. By the time the preview season for NBA Live 08 rolled around, I was covering it myself here on the NLSC.

Since NBA Live 18 will be out in a couple of days, I thought it might be fun to look back at the previous two NBA Live games that were set in a season ending in eight. I’ve already posted an in-depth retrospective of NBA Live 98, and one is in the pipeline for NBA Live 08 as well, but these are some quick trivia notes about both games that I hope you will enjoy. With that being said, let’s take a look back…way back…

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Wayback Wednesday: Quick Pick Play in NBA Live 08

Quick Pick Play Menu Option in NBA Live 08

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 Quick Pick Play in NBA Live 08.

Custom teams were once a staple of both NBA Live and NBA 2K, from the original four squads in NBA Live to the fully customisable teams in later games. Unfortunately, neither game currently features custom teams, at least in the traditional sense. NBA 2K has expansion team creation and team relocation and rebranding in MyLEAGUE and MyGM, but the old method of adding a new team to a roster is no longer available. NBA Live 2000 was the last Live to feature custom teams, and as such, they became a popular Wishlist item. In NBA Live 08 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, EA Sports tried to grant that wish by way of a new mode: Quick Pick Play.

It’s another mode that probably isn’t too well-remembered, even among hardcore NBA Live gamers. However, like a lot of long-forgotten features in basketball video games, it’s worth another glance all these years later. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Catching up on the latest file additions for NBA Live 08 PC, we have one new upload from Book_Gazette, namely 2017 offseason rosters. Check out the update at the link below!

Book_Gazette
2017 Offseason Rosters

As with Book_Gazette’s other roster releases, I must reiterate that I’m not involved with them, so I can’t take any credit or offer any support. If you have any issues with or feedback about the roster, please contact him directly.

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Download a new face and portrait for James Harden, accurate as of the 2017 season, in today’s lone file addition for NBA Live 08 PC. Check it out at the link below!

-Rosedz
James Harden Face & Portrait

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have a couple of new file additions for NBA Live 08 PC today, as S_Brat has returned with a couple of face update packs for the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors. Check them out at the links below!

S_Brat
2015/2016 Toronto Raptors Team Update
2015/2016 Chicago Bulls Team Update

Wayback Wednesday: FIBA Teams in NBA Live 08

Team USA, one of the FIBA Teams in NBA Live 08

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 FIBA teams in NBA Live 08.

Bonus teams and content are something that we arguably take for granted in basketball video games these days. Both NBA Live and NBA 2K used to feature Decade All-Star teams, and of course, 2K has boasted an impressive selection of historical teams in recent years. Euroleague teams have also been featured in NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, as well as the past few NBA 2K titles. However, the interest in bonus teams really picked up after a selection of national squads was added in NBA Live 08, along with a mode representing the FIBA World Championship (now the FIBA World Cup).

The FIBA teams were a popular choice for bonus content in a few NBA Live titles, and I’m sure that many gamers would like to see them return. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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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.

Wayback Wednesday: Online Team Play in NBA Live 08

Gilbert Arenas dribbles the basketball in NBA Live 08

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 Online Team Play.

As the years have gone by, the online experience has become more and more significant in basketball video games. I personally didn’t have a lot of interest in online modes for many years; a slower connection didn’t help matters, and for the most part, I was simply more interested in the offline experience. That’s changed somewhat over the past couple of years, as I’ve come to enjoy regular games of 2K Pro-Am. However, there was another online mode that caught my attention almost a decade ago, and appropriately enough, it was the forerunner to the Pro-Am concept: Online Team Play in the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of NBA Live 08.

At the time, it was something of a groundbreaking addition for basketball video games, and a concept that both EA Sports and Visual Concepts should perhaps think about implementing once more. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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Next Gen Title Screens for NBA Live 06-08

Next Gen Title Screen for NBA Live 08 PC

You may have noticed that I’ve been using a few more screenshots from the Xbox 360 versions of NBA Live in some of my recent articles. That’s because I picked up an Elgato capture card not too long ago, and I’ve been keen to put it to use to grab some media for both written articles and video features.

The thought occurred that I could take screenshots of the title screens from the Xbox 360 releases, and create some custom title screens for their PC equivalents. It’s taken some careful and creative cropping, and in the case of NBA Live 07, I’ve had to use the pre-boot screen as the main title screen didn’t really suit the 512×512 file that the PC version uses. In any case, I’ve come up with some “next gen” title screens – well, next generation for the time the games came out, anyway – for NBA Live 06-08. Download them here:

A few previews:

As I’ve said before, I don’t have as much time to mod these days, especially when it comes to committing to creating any current roster updates. However, I do still like to dabble here and there when an idea comes to mind, so whenever I can set aside the time, I’ll be sure to upload the occasional release every now and again.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 08 will help keep your game up to date, almost ten years after its release! Book_Gazette has uploaded a new version of his 2017 season roster update, as well as a pack of faces for the first round rookies. Download both files at the links below!

Book_Gazette
2016-17 First Round Rookies
2016-17 Roster Update (Updated to v1.1.2)

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have a couple of new file additions for NBA Live 08 PC for you today. Book_Gazette has updated his current 2017 season roster as of January 7th, and also released a pack of player faces. Download both releases at the links below!

Book_Gazette
2016-17 Roster Update (Updated to v1.1.1)
2016-17 Book Gazette CF Pack

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Let’s wrap up the year with the latest file addition for NBA Live 08! Book_Gazette has released a new version of his roster update for the 2017 season, which you can download at the link below.

Book_Gazette
2016-17 Roster Update (Updated to v1.1)

A big thank you to everyone who has contributed to our Downloads section throughout 2016. Our modding community has done some fantastic work for NBA Live and NBA 2K alike, and I’m sure that the great releases will continue in 2017. Keep it locked to the front page for the file additions bulletins, and be sure to keep tabs on the Forum for the latest previews and releases.

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

As it happens, I have a new file addition for NBA Live 08 PC to share with you today. Last week, I whipped up a practice court for Arcane’s birthday, using artwork from his Arcane Apparel clothing line. If you’d like to change up your practice court with something new, check it out at the link below!

Andrew
Arcane Practice Court Patch

While I’m not as active in the modding community as I used to be, I still like to try my hand at making the odd patch here and there, so stay tuned for some other releases every now and again.

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 08 PC include a roster pack, and the latest version of LASquared’s Historical Roster. Check them both out at the links below!

LASquared
LASquared Roster Pack for NBA Live 08
Historical Roster (Updated to v0.8)

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