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New NBA Live 18 Roster; Includes Additional City Jerseys

New City Edition Jerseys in NBA Live 18

A new roster has come through for NBA Live 18, featuring updated lineups, adjusted ratings, and the newly unveiled City Edition jerseys for the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat. As with all roster updates, it will come through automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One has an active Internet connection when you fire up the game.

This time around, the development team has returned to posting a spreadsheet listing all of the ratings changes, roster moves, and other updates. A few recent transactions are unaccounted for, but likely happened after the roster was finalised. Seeing as though we have roster editing functionality, we are able to manually make those moves ourselves. Check out the changelog spreadsheet here.

As always, if you have any thoughts on the latest rosters, feel free to share them in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 18 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #233

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Episode #233 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! It’s kind of an experimental episode this week as I’m actually hosting solo, as Arcane and Kenny unfortunately weren’t available to record. So, join me as I share my thoughts on some recent basketball gaming topics, including the latest NBA Live 18 patch, an interesting Reddit post regarding NBA 2K18, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • We’ve tipped off our Wishlist topics for NBA Live 19 and NBA 2K19. Get your constructive feedback in ASAP, so that we can send it along to the development teams at EA Sports and Visual Concepts!
  • Patch 1.10 has been released for NBA Live 18. It’s mostly a bug and stability fix, though that’s still most welcome a few months into a game’s life cycle.
  • A Reddit post from a former EVE Online developer has highlighted some of the problems in NBA 2K18’s approach to player retention. Will 2K take note of these concerning issues?
  • Following up on last week’s discussion of a new NBA Jam game, it doesn’t sound like a new title is all that close after all. However, there’s hopefully still cause for optimism.
  • My Week in Basketball Gaming included dusting off NBA Playgrounds, and a great pull from a Legends pack in NBA Live 18 Ultimate Team. Also, some modding talk.
  • Episode #233 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with some thoughts on the 2018 All-Star starters. Fingers crossed this year’s game turns out better than it has over the past few seasons.

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NBA Live 18 Patch 1.10 Available Now; New Rosters

Lauri Markkanen in NBA Live 18

Patch 1.10 is now available for NBA Live 18. The latest title update includes various technical fixes for the online experiences, and also addresses an issue when changing lineups in Play Now. Please see below for the full patch notes.

New rosters have also been pushed through. A couple of recent transactions are unaccounted for, though in some cases that’s a result of NBA Live 18 not reflecting the new expanded rosters with Two-Way players. Of course, with the roster editing capabilities we now have in the game, players like DeAndre Liggins and Trey Burke can be signed to their new teams.

As always, the latest patch will come through automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One has an active Internet connection. If you encounter any difficulties, try restarting your console. Feel free to add your thoughts on the latest update in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 18 section of the Forum. You can also find a complete update history for NBA Live 18 here in our Wiki.

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Monday Tip-Off: Returning to Ultimate Team in NBA Live 18

LeBron James on the Bulls in Ultimate Team (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 as I finally get stuck into Ultimate Team in NBA Live 18.

Since the reboot of the series with NBA Live 14, Ultimate Team has arguably been my favourite game mode. There are a couple of reasons for that. First of all, the franchise modes in the last few NBA Live games haven’t been as deep as I’d like, which limits their appeal. Having dedicated a lot of time to MyCAREER and 2K Pro-Am in recent NBA 2K games, I also haven’t felt inclined to double up with the career modes in NBA Live. Second, upon trying out Ultimate Team, I found the concept more appealing than I ever thought I would. As someone who collected basketball trading cards back in the 90s, it’s felt quite nostalgic, and has been fun to play.

So far, I’ve spent most of my time with NBA Live 18 playing through the early stages of The One, several LIVE Events, and some Play Now games here and there. I’ve wanted to get back into Ultimate Team though, and looking at some of the lineups that my fellow gamers have been sharing here in the Forum, my eagerness to put together my own super squad has been growing. Since everyone on the NLSC 2K Pro-Am squad has lost their enthusiasm for the mode, I instead chose to spend a few hours last Friday evening playing Ultimate Team. I’ve got a long way to go in terms of building my lineup, but I’m already reminded of what drew me to the mode.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #232

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Episode #232 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we discuss some promising news regarding NBA Jam, the appeal of playing and modding old games, our past week in basketball gaming, and recent events in the real NBA.

On this week’s show…

  • Legendary NBA Jam announcer Tim Kitzrow posted a Tweet suggesting that a new NBA Jam game might be on the horizon. With the game celebrating its 25th Anniversary, a rare version may also be made available (licensing issues permitting).
  • If there is a new NBA Jam game, what features and improvements would we like to see?
  • When it comes to video games, it’s fun to revisit old favourites. It’s something many of us have done from time to time, but what is the appeal of playing – and indeed, modding – old basketball games?
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming has been all about NBA Live 18, from LIVE Events and The League to Ultimate Team. We also talk about whether we need a bit of an extended break from NBA 2K18.
  • We wrap up Episode #232 of the NLSC Podcast with some NBA chatter, including the Cleveland Cavaliers’ recent struggles, some thoughts on a few other teams, and the latest All-Star voting results.

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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.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #231

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Episode #231 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, Kenny, and myself as we tip off a new season of the NLSC Podcast by catching up on all of the NBA Live 18, NBA 2K18, and NBA Playgrounds news from the holiday season, and look ahead to another year of basketball gaming.

On this week’s show…

  • LIVESTRIKE events have been keeping gamers busy in NBA Live 18 over the holidays. They’ve even offered the opportunity to win some real swag!
  • The new City Edition uniforms have been unveiled, and are now available in NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18. What do we think of Nike’s new secondary alternate jerseys?
  • Patches 1.07 and 1.08 have resolved a handful of issues in NBA 2K18. Some new historical players have also been added to the roster.
  • Game Informer has named NBA 2K18 as the Sports Game of the Year for the second year running. The response from the community has been…less enthusiastic.
  • With the NBA 2K League qualifiers underway, we talk about the controversy regarding the number of spots that are actually open to members of the community.
  • An Enhanced Edition of NBA Playgrounds has been released for the Nintendo Switch, alleviating the problems Saber Interactive has been having in pushing through new content on the platform.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming included what may be our last session of 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K18, online Head-to-Head in NBA Live 18, and an assortment of LIVE Events. We also talk about our basketball gaming plans for 2018.
  • We wrap up Episode #231 of the NLSC Podcast with a discussion of some recent achievements by our fellow Australians in the NBA.

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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.

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City Edition Uniforms Added to NBA Live 18

LeBron James wearing The Land jersey in NBA Live 18

As you may have seen by now, the City edition NBA uniforms have been officially revealed. With the unveiling of the fourth set of new NBA team jerseys by Nike, the uniforms are now available to be worn in NBA Live 18. As long as your game is up to date, you’ll find the new City uniforms on the jersey selection screen.

With the Association and Icon uniforms replacing the traditional home and away jerseys, and the new Statement uniforms serving the same purpose as the old alternate jerseys, the City uniforms are basically a second alternate jersey with a design that is inspired by some aspect of a team’s local area. This has led to some creative and unusual designs, as you can see from the Utah Jazz’s City jersey in particular.

At launch, NBA Live 18 only featured the Association and Icon uniforms for all 30 teams. Previous updates added the Statement uniforms when they were officially unveiled, as well as the retro jerseys that eight teams will be wearing in selected games this season. Now that we have our first proper look at the City uniforms, it’s great to see that they’ve been added to NBA Live 18 so quickly.

See below for screenshots of all the City edition uniforms in NBA Live 18. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, as well as take the discussion to the Forum.

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New NBA Live 18 Roster; PlayStation Store Sale

NBA Live 18 Roster December 19th

New rosters and player data are now available for NBA Live 18. The latest roster includes the Jahlil Okafor trade, and appears to be mostly up to date. There are a few errors with the rotations, but they can of course now be manually corrected using the new roster editing functionality. As always, the latest update will come through automatically when you fire up the game, as long as you have an active Internet connection.

The new LIVESTRIKE Events are already underway, along with the Outfit of the Day Sweepstakes. If you’re on PlayStation 4 and would like to check out NBA Live 18, now’s a great time, as the game is currently on sale for $9.89 USD in the PlayStation Store. The deal is currently slated to end early in the new year.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the latest roster update in the comments section below, and help us compile feedback on the rosters here in the NBA Live 18 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 18 Patch 1.09 Released; LIVESTRIKE Sweepstakes

LIVESTRIKE Sweepstakes in NBA Live 18

A new patch (1.09) has come through for NBA Live 18. The relatively small update is available for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and should download automatically as long as you have an active Internet connection. If you encounter any issues, try restarting your console.

There aren’t any official patch notes as yet, but it’s quite likely that the update simply adds compatibility for the forthcoming LIVESTRIKE Events. From December 19th-25th, gamers will have an opportunity to earn in-game gear that they may have missed during the previous LIVESTRIKE events.

Furthermore, by earning the in-game clothing from Undefeated, BAPE, and Pink Dolphin, and submitting a screenshot of your player wearing it, you can enter the Outfit of the Day Sweepstakes to win some real gear. Please note that the sweepstakes are only open to US residents. Full terms and conditions can be found here.

If any further patch notes are provided, we’ll be sure to post them as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can check out a full update history for NBA Live 18 here in our Wiki. Feel free to discuss the patch and the LIVESTRIKE events in the comments section below, as well as in our NBA Live 18 Forum.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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