The Friday Five: 5 Best Power-ups in Basketball Video Games

On Fire in the original NBA Jam on Super Nintendo

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.

Since I’ve previously looked at some of the most unstoppable moves in basketball video games, this week I thought I’d take a look at some of the best power-ups that we’ve seen in virtual hoops. Generally speaking, power-ups are probably not a concept that most people associate with basketball video games. However, they do have a presence in the genre, mostly in arcade-oriented titles but also in more subdued forms in certain sim releases.

As I’ve mentioned before, while I want to get a sim experience out of the NBA Live and NBA 2K series, I also enjoy arcade style basketball games for a change of pace. Having some fun and crazy power-ups certainly adds to the arcade experience, and special abilities in general make games more interesting and varied. So, without any further ado, here are my picks for the five best power-ups in basketball video games.

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The Soapbox: Is the 2014 MVP Race Over?

LeBron James & Kevin Durant in the 2012 NBA Finals

The Soapbox is a feature where NLSC community members can let their voices be heard on a range of topics related to basketball and basketball video games, through feature articles here on the main site. Today’s guest contributor is HoopsGaming23.

With all of the NBA teams well past the 70-game mark and the Playoffs a couple of weeks away, the time and the world-wide hype couldn’t be more appropriate for a discussion about who deserves the NBA Most Valuable Player award. Although according to the NBA MVP ladder, there are officially ten active candidates for the highest single player accolade, the real battle is fought between two major forces in today’s NBA world: Kevin Durant and LeBron James.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s new and updated files for NBA 2K14 PC include the latest version of March Madness 2K14, a couple of Sweet-FX mods, four new retro All-Star courts and more. Download them all at the links below!


Kevin Parker
KP13’S Lava Sweet-FX
KP13’S Calm Sweet-FX

1998 NBA All-Star Court in New York
1997 NBA All-Star Court in Cleveland
1992 NBA All-Star Court in Orlando
1993 NBA All-Star Court in Salt Lake City

2014/2015 Fictional Charlotte Hornets Court (Updated to v1.5)

NLSC Podcast – Episode #73

NLSC Podcast Logo

With JaoSming hitting the books this week, Episode #73 of the NLSC Podcast is a two man show featuring Arcane and myself. Tune in for a discussion of legends in NBA Live, the latest news and results from around the NBA, and some other gaming topics.

  • We open the show by recounting some of our favourite April Fools’ Day gags from around the web this year.
  • A new BIG Moment in NBA Live 14 goes old school with Magic Johnson. Could we see legends having a bigger presence in NBA Live 15?
  • Some news and notes from the latest installment of Coach’s Corner are also discussed.
  • The NBA 2K13 servers have now been shut down. This sets us thinking: will next year’s server shutdowns render NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 next gen unplayable?
  • We mention a couple of housekeeping matters, including details on some forthcoming features.
  • The Miami Heat are on top of the East for the first time this season, while the San Antonio Spurs set a team record with their current winning streak. Will we see a rematch in this year’s NBA Finals?
  • Brooklyn has won fourteen straight at home and seem to be in good form at the right time. Can the Nets make some noise in the Playoffs?
  • We discuss an interesting comparison between Kwame Brown and Roy Hibbert.
  • Kyrie Irving may possibly return to action for the final few games of the season, which prompts another discussion about Aussies in the NBA.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers’ losing streak is over at 26. Our condolences to the Detroit Pistons and their fans.
  • Who’s making the eighth and final seed in both Conferences?
  • We wrap up the show with some talk about other video games.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. You can hit us up in the comments below, as well as here in the Forum. We also invite you to send in your mailbag submissions and topic suggestions here.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Check out the latest new and updated files for NBA 2K14 PC! Today’s additions include more retro All-Star courts, a Saint Patrick’s Day jersey pack, new shoes, NCAA courts and more. Please see below for all the download links.

2000 NBA All-Star Court in Oakland
2001 NBA All-Star Court in Washington
2002 NBA All-Star Court in Philadelphia
1996 NBA All-Star Court in San Antonio
1994 NBA All-Star Court in Minneapolis

Tha King
Saint Patrick’s Day Jersey Pack

Jordan DB III
Jordan HEAT Pack
KD IV Weatherman

NCAA Court Pack

Showtime Mod (UPDATED 3/31/14! The Professer ADDED!) (Updated to v1.3)

SPORTSNET Scoreboard (Updated to v3.0)

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s new files for NBA Live 08 feature updated versions of looyh’s realistic basketball patch and Manni’s 2013/2014 Denver Nuggets court. Download them both at the links below!

Real Basketball Patch (Updated to v5.0)

Denver Nuggets 2013/2014 Court Patch (Updated to v2.0)

The Tuesday Triple: Silly NBA 2K14 Follies

NBA 2K14 Next Gen: MyCAREER - Gaming with your agent

This is The Tuesday Triple, where I attempt to break down random topics into three points, and maybe an “and one” if I need it. Similar to the established Friday Five by Andrew, the topics will be related to basketball video games and their communities as a whole.

I am never going to expect a ‘perfect’ video game from EA or 2K when it comes to the annual NBA games. Looking beyond the relied upon Day 1 patches for all modern video games, and the implied expectation that a game should be bug free across at least 5 different platforms, the real cause of the many issues us early adopters run into year after year is a side effect of the annual release schedule for these games. NBA 2K14 has its fair share of expected minor bugs on current gen and growing pains on next gen, but there are 3 major follies in this year’s game that leave me absolutely dumbfounded.

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Ultimate Base Roster V10 for NBA 2K14 PC Released

Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC V2

V10 of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC by HAWK23 and company is now available! The key features of the latest release are as follows:

  • Added updated version of the Ultimate Base Roster (UBR)
  • Added an updated UBR Association file for those who only want to use current teams
  • Fixed white coaches who had black hands along with fixing headless coaches
  • Added updated retro all-star courts – courtesy Retroman
  • Added ~85 new retro cyberfaces, many of which were added to supplement the 1990’s with year specific/younger versions of players. Special thanks to RayHoops, as many of these new CFs are from his 1995 College Hoops Mod!
  • Every player in every roster should now have a cyberface (no headless players)
  • Rosters accurate as of 3/30/2014 (compatible/based off Meds)

Download the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 here. Be sure to check out the release thread for more information, previews and support, as well as Like the official UBR Facebook page.

Dumb Fact Monday: Extra Year of Roster Updates

NBA Live 09: Kobe Bryant #3

This is Dumb Fact Monday, serving up random facts about basketball video games that you may or may not find interesting.

I think we can all agree that the biggest downfall of not only basketball video games, but all sport video games, is that they become obsolete after only one year of relevance. Usually the game’s users will get one final roster update after the NBA Finals are finished to remove any injuries in the roster, but if you want to play with the newest rookies a community created roster is normally your only choice. However, there were two simulation basketball video games that did receive official roster updates one full year after their release year.

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March 30th Official Roster Update for NBA 2K14

Mike Dunleavy fires up a three in NBA 2K14 PC

New official rosters are available for NBA 2K14 on all platforms, featuring lineups that have been updated through March 30th, 2014. The new rosters contain some ratings updates and reflect the latest injuries, while also activating a few players who have recently returned from injury.

As always, the latest update will come through automatically as long as your PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet when you fire up NBA 2K14. However, PC users may also opt to update their game manually with our offline pack, which contains the latest roster and online data files.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Here are the latest new and updated files for NBA 2K14 PC from our talented modding community. Today’s additions include the latest version of the March Madness 2K14 mod, a couple of new basketballs, another retro All-Star court and Jordan shoes. Pick them up at the links below.


Kevin Parker
NBA 2K14 Spalding Recycle Ball
NBA 2K14 Wilson NCAA Wave Phenom Ball

1995 NBA All-Star Court in Phoenix

Jordan III Black Cement OG

File Additions for NBA 2K12

NBA 2K12 Cover Art

We have just one new file for NBA 2K12 PC today, an old school custom soundtrack by Erchamion. Download it at the link below.

Old School Jukebox

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include a handful of retro All-Star courts, an NCAA court and a new version of the Sportsnet Scoreboard. Pick them all up at the links below.

2008 NBA All-Star Court in New Orleans
2007 NBA All-Star court in Las Vegas
2004 NBA All-Star Court in Los Angeles
2003 NBA All-Star Court in Atlanta
2005 NBA All-Star Court in Denver
2006 NBA All-Star Court in Houston

Dayton Flyers Home Court

SPORTSNET Scoreboard (Updated to v2.0)

All Packs Available in NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team This Weekend

NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team Packapalooza

EA Sports have announced that all of the special packs in NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team will be available from March 28th-30th, in a promotion that they’ve dubbed “Packapalooza”. If you’re looking to boost your Ultimate Team, here are the packs that are on offer:

  • Ultra Gold Premium (50 Items, 35,000 Coins or 900 Points)
  • XL Gold Premium (35 Items, 20,000 Coins or 600 Points)
  • Legends and Alumni (4 Items, 12,500 Coins or 400 Points)
  • Spotlight (4 Items, 10,000 Coins or 300 Points)
  • Hardwood Classics (3 Items, 4000 Coins or 125 Points)

This will apparently be your last chance to grab all of the packs, so act fast if you want to build up your collection. For more information on each of the packs, check out the post on the official NBA Live website and as always, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as in the NBA Live 14 Forum.

Coach’s Corner 2: Star Players in NBA Live

Coach's Corner 2: Reunion

A new installment of Coach’s Corner has been posted over on the official NBA Live website, focusing on the Oklahoma City Thunder. While showing some behind-the-scenes photographs of the Thunder players getting their faces scanned for NBA Live 15, the article notes the reunion between gameplay designer Scott O’Gallagher and rookie centre Steven Adams, who both played professionally in New Zealand.

Thunder head coach Scott Brooks also spent some time providing the NBA Live developers with an insight into game-planning and strategy, acknowledging the benefits of the talented roster at his disposal and the freedom that it allows. The article notes that this is something the developers are looking to utilise in NBA Live moving forward, in terms of set plays versus freelance motion.

As always, it’s an interesting read to get an insight into the further development of the series, so give it a look and feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.