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NLSC Podcast – Episode #230

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Episode #230 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Without any technical issues to keep us off the air, we’re back to talk about the latest updates for NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18, share our latest impressions of both games, and catch up on the past couple of weeks in basketball gaming news.

On this week’s show…

  • Patch 1.08 has added comprehensive roster editing to NBA Live 18. We’re certainly surprised, and impressed at how the game has continued to improve since launch.
  • NBA 2K18’s Patch 1.06 has addressed some bugs, but also caused a few more problems. To be honest, we’re still feeling disappointed with this year’s release from Visual Concepts.
  • The qualifying round for the NBA 2K League will be taking place in January. We share our thoughts on what the League might be like, given our experiences with 2K Pro-Am.
  • Several t-shirts have been removed from the kiosk in The Neighborhood, mostly due to trademark and copyright concerns. This has led to some issues with lost VC.
  • A teenager has spent over $17,000 AUS on microtransactions across various games, leading us to once again reflect on their intrusive nature in AAA titles.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming has seen our frustration with 2K Pro-Am reach its boiling point, an enjoyable victory in The Playground, and possible plans to change up our habits on the virtual hardwood.
  • We wrap up Episode #230 of the NLSC Podcast with some NBA discussion, including recent streaks, and the Jahlil Okafor trade.

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NBA Live 18 Patch 1.08 Released; Roster Editing, New Shoes

New Roster Management in NBA Live 18

Patch 1.08 is now available for NBA Live 18, and it’s an update that a lot of basketball gamers have been waiting for. Not only does the latest title update include a variety of new shoes, it also adds full roster editing to the game! Roster editing functionality has been absent since the series was rebooted in 2013 with NBA Live 14, and as such, it’s become a fixture on our Wishlists. It’s great to finally see it return, and in a post-release update, no less.

The new roster editing functionality includes the ability to change heights, weights, years pro, numbers, ratings, gear, traits, and playstyles; basically, all player bio data. Players can also be traded or assigned to other teams, as well as cut and signed from the Free Agent Pool. There are also 135 slots for created players, which is a pleasant surprise. Once you customise the roster, you’re able to take it into Franchise mode, just as in years past.

As always, the latest patch will 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.

This is obviously excellent news, and as we’ve mentioned on the NLSC Podcast, something we didn’t expect to see happen until NBA Live 19. We’ll have more reactions in Episode #230, but in the meantime, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as here in the NBA Live 18 section of the NLSC Forum. If any additional patch notes are released, we’ll be sure to follow up and post them. You can also find an update history for NBA Live 18 here in our Wiki.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #229

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Episode #229 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we discuss the latest updates for NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18, recap an eventful week of basketball gaming, and catch up on some NBA news.

On this week’s show…

  • Patch 1.07 provided a significant content update for NBA Live 18, including new rosters and 3v3 play in Live Run. The gameplay itself also continues to improve.
  • A handful of new players have been added to the All-Time teams and historical squads in NBA 2K18. Unfortunately, some of the biggest names are still absent.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming was full and eventful! Although we had some rough sessions of 2K Pro-Am, we did pick up a few victories (including some in The Playground), continued our respective MyCAREERs, and had fun with NBA Live 18 online and offline. We also discuss shooting mechanics in NBA 2K18.
  • We wrap up Episode #229 of the NLSC Podcast with some NBA talk, including the Celtics’ winning streak coming to an end, the Thunder/Warriors clash, and Derrick Rose’s future.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

NBA Live 18 Patch 1.07 Released; 3v3, Updated Rosters

Eric Bledsoe on the Milwaukee Bucks (NBA Live 18)

A new patch (1.07) has come through for NBA Live 18. It will be downloaded automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet; if it’s not showing up, try restarting your console.

Patch 1.07 is a substantial content update, as it not only provides an overdue roster update, but also adds a 3v3 option to Live Run. 3v3 had previously been teased by the official social media accounts, and was more or less officially confirmed yesterday.

The latest rosters are accurate as of November 15th. While this date is obviously a week behind, no significant transactions have occurred since then, so the rosters should be more or less accurate. A handful of incorrect jersey numbers have also been corrected.

Other key issues addressed by Patch 1.07 include problems with Carmelo Anthony’s jumpshot not unlocking, Reward Crates forcing players to exit online lobbies, and disconnections while navigating The One Store. The patch notes, which you can check out below in their entirety, also mention the usual “general stability fixes and improvements”.

As always, feel free to discuss the latest patch in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NBA Live 18 section of our Forum. You can also find a full update history for NBA Live 18 here in our Wiki.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #228

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Episode #228 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are back on the air after some more technical difficulties last week, but with any luck, we shouldn’t have any similar interruptions moving forward. In the meantime, join us as we catch up on the past couple of weeks in NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18 news, and share our latest basketball gaming experiences.

On this week’s show…

  • The release of Star Wars: Battlefront II has led to some crossover content in NBA Live 18. It’s not to everyone’s taste, but some of the gear is pretty cool.
  • We now know what LIVESTRIKE entails. A series of Live Events will be available for a short period of time, providing premium content drops featuring exclusive gear.
  • It seems that we’ll be getting more than just gear, as EA Sports has also teased some other new content for NBA Live 18. Will it be a 3v3 mode, as currently rumoured?
  • Roster updates seem to have taken a back seat in NBA Live 18, which is less than ideal given the lack of roster editing.
  • Patch 1.05 is out now for the PC and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K18. We also wonder whether a hotfix has come through, resolving lock-up issues in The Neighborhood.
  • Revenue from microtransactions has increased 57% in NBA 2K18. The question is, are gamers spending the money because they support the business model, or simply out of necessity?
  • NBA 2K18 has been nominated for a Sports Game of the Year award. Would it be our pick?
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming has included some very satisfying wins in 2K Pro-Am, a lot of progress in MyCAREER, and Live Events in NBA Live 18.
  • We wrap up Episode #228 of the NLSC Podcast with some NBA discussion. Apologies in advance to Boston Celtics fans for jinxing the team.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

More Content Being Teased for NBA Live 18?

NBA Live 18 Content Teaser

In the wake of the unveiling and debut of LIVESTRIKE, EA Sports are teasing more content for NBA Live 18. A Tweet by the official NBA Live Twitter account has cryptically stated that “NBA Live 18 has more than gear to offer”, with a teaser image featuring three silhouetted players standing behind the game’s logo.

Glancing at social media, it seems that a lot of gamers are speculating there may be a new mode on the way, with a 3-on-3 tournament being a popular suggestion. As always, it’s important that we don’t get too ahead of ourselves and build up our expectations for something that hasn’t been announced, but it is interesting that EA appear to be hinting at more content beyond gear and accessories.

As always, we’ll post more details when they become available. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts as to what the content might be in the comments section below! You can also join in the conversation here in the NBA Live 18 section of the NLSC Forum.

LIVESTRIKE Events Available Now in NBA Live 18

First LIVESTRIKE Event in NBA Live 18

We now know what LIVESTRIKE entails for NBA Live 18. As previously speculated, it is indeed a series of Live Events and content releases, providing gamers with an opportunity to earn new player gear and clothing to wear in The Streets. The events will be available for a limited time, and represent EA Sports’ partnerships with premium brands.

Introducing EA SPORTS NBA LIVE LIVESTRIKE, the most exclusive form of content releases in NBA LIVE. Unlike traditional content or game updates, a LIVESTRIKE is an unannounced content drop containing rare Live Event challenges, premium in-game apparel, shoes, traits, and more. A LIVESTRIKE is available for limited time and in limited quantities, so keep an eye out for news regarding the latest drops across official NBA LIVE channels.

The first event is still available, but will be expiring very soon, so get in quick if you want to earn the gear that’s currently on offer. Please note that it is just the first event that is scheduled between now and December 12th.

For the next week, Undefeated gear will be available in LIVESTRIKE events. From November 28th to December 5th, Bape streetwear will be on offer. From December 5th through to the 12th, you’ll find Pink Dolphin gear in the reward crates. Check out a trailer for the events below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as here in the NBA Live 18 section of the NLSC Forum.

Monday Tip-Off: Battlefront II Events in NBA Live 18

Star Wars: Battlefront II Challenge in NBA Live 18

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 the recent Star Wars: Battlefront II events that were available in NBA Live 18.

As you may know, EA Sports recently introduced some crossover content in its sports titles, promoting the upcoming release of Star Wars: Battlefront II. For NBA Live 18, this took the form of Live Events challenges, all of which take place on a fictional Star Wars-themed court (located in Orlando, of course), with various Battlefront II-inspired gear and accessories available in the reward crates. As it stands, there’s currently a last call for the Battlefront II Challenge, giving gamers one final chance to earn some Inferno Squad-themed gear for their players to wear in The Streets.

I must admit that with all the grinding I’ve been doing to improve my NBA 2K18 MyPLAYER for 2K Pro-Am, I haven’t taken part in as many Live Events in NBA Live 18 as I’d like. However, having caught the trailer for the Battlefront II events, I wanted to make sure that I at least played a game or two before the promotion was over. The fictional court certainly looked cool, and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to stock up on some extra gear for my player to wear in The Streets. As such, I jumped online in NBA Live 18 last week, and managed to take part in a few games.

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LIVESTRIKE Coming to NBA Live 18; Details Soon

NBA Live 18 LIVESTRIKE

You may recall that the brief notes for Patch 1.06 for NBA Live 18 mentioned something called LIVESTRIKE. At the time, there were no further details on what this feature entailed. As a result, some gamers concluded that it simply referred to the crossover content with Battlefront 2, namely the Star Wars-themed live events.

That does not appear to be the case however, as EA Sports continue to hype LIVESTRIKE through their social media channels. At this time, we still don’t have any details as to what it is. Naturally, this opens up the floor to further speculation, as it’s certainly being built up as a significant addition to NBA Live 18.

Arcane and I speculated on LIVESTRIKE in Episode #227 of the NLSC Podcast, suggesting that it could be a live event or some other kind of online content. At this time, I still feel like that’s a fairly safe bet. It’s difficult to imagine that it would be a different type of mode or gameplay mechanic, but obviously we don’t have much to go on except for the name at this time.

As such, we’re all free to speculate a little longer. Feel free to share your thoughts on what LIVESTRIKE might be in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 18 section of the NLSC Forum.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #227

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Episode #227 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! We’ve been off the air for a couple of weeks due to scheduling conflicts and other issues, but Arcane and I are back to talk about the latest news, as well as our recent basketball gaming experiences.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip things off with the revelation that Arcane took part in a community playtesting event at EA Tiburon back in May. Arcane reflects on his experiences, which included a celebrity encounter.
  • A couple of patches (1.05 and 1.06) have come through for NBA Live 18, as well as some roster updates. We’re liking some of the improvements, though we’ve also identified issues that need to be resolved in NBA Live 19 and beyond.
  • A new patch (1.05) has also been released for NBA 2K18, at least for PlayStation 4. It too has included some welcome improvements, but has unfortunately caused a couple of new problems.
  • Two NLSC T-Shirts are now available to purchase from the kiosk in NBA 2K18’s Neighborhood. Rep us in The Playground, preferably by winning more games than we’ve managed to so far!
  • In response to a mailbag question, we discuss the future of microtransactions in NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18, particularly the latter. How bad could it get, and do we foresee any changes next year?
  • We also give our thoughts on a question regarding issues with unfinished and unpolished releases.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming, or rather our past couple of weeks in basketball gaming, have included several games of 2K Pro-Am, further progress in MyCAREER, and the new DLC for NBA Playgrounds.
  • We wrap up Episode #227 of the NLSC Podcast with our thoughts on 2018 NBA season so far.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

NBA Live 18 Patch 1.06 Now Available; Stability Fixes, More

Dennis Smith Jr. dunks the basketball (NBA Live 18)

Patch 1.06 has been released for NBA Live 18. The update should come through automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet. If you encounter any difficulties, try restarting your console.

The full patch notes for the latest title update are as follows:

Xbox One Only

  • Xbox One X Support for NBA LIVE 18

Both Platforms

  • # LIVESTRIKE
  • General stability Fixes

There are no further details on what LIVESTRIKE entails as yet, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on the latest update in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NLSC Forum. You can also find a complete update history for NBA Live 18 here in our Wiki.

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.

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.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #226

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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.

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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.

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