The Tuesday Triple: 2014 Basketball Game Reviews


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.

Even though Andrew does a great job reviewing basketball games for the NLSC, I have never felt that any review of a basketball videogame would ever truly apply to me. At the same time, I’ve always felt my opinions on these games are so skewed that any recommendations I could make on my experiences with a game wouldn’t apply to anyone else. So, now that I have this lovely weekly feature to write, I figured I’d give it a shot and write quick reviews for my main 3 basketball games this year. NBA 2K14 on PC, NBA Live 14 on PS4, and NBA 2K14 on PS4.

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File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

We have a couple of new files for NBA Live 2004 today, as ModManZZZ has released an updated version of his current rosters for the 2013/2014 season. Pick up the roster and art pack at the links below!

2014 Season Roster by ModManZZZ (Updated to v2.0)
2014 Season Art & Roster Patch by ModManZZZ (Updated to v2.0)

Dumb Fact Monday: Playable Jay-Z

Jay Z in Live 07 Thumb

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

It seems like only recently that we were all complaining about the gold swirls and menu equalizers in NBA 2K13, probably because it was only last year. Executively produced by Jay-Z, NBA 2K13 gained criticism for the presentation elements that were supposedly designed by the man himself. 2K themselves claimed that Jay-Z had his fingerprints all over the game, and articles came out about Jay-Z using his star power to get Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley in last year’s game for the Team USA vs Dream Team hype. Aside from the presentation elements and his name on the box, Jay-Z was not included in the game’s celebrity team and was only shown in videogame form in the crowd of Net games.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have a few new files for NBA Live 08 today, including the 2014 All-Star court by Manni and a pack of Allen Iverson shoes by various patchers that was compiled by mtroberto. Check them out at the links below.

2014 NBA All-Star Courts
2014 NBA All-Star Practice Court

Allen Iverson Shoe Pack

NBA Live 14 Defensive Positioning Tutorial

NBA Live 14: Dwight Howard

EA Sports continues to provide hints and tips for NBA Live 14 as they’ve posted another tutorial video over on the game’s official Facebook page, this time focusing on defensive positioning. The video provides an overview of the on-ball defensive controls and also offers a few tips on how to effectively steal the ball and double team opponents.

Watch the defensive positioning tutorial below or check it out here on the official NBA Live Facebook page if you can’t see the embedded video. If you’d like to share any defensive tips or impressions of the game, feel free to have your say in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

Still playing NBA 2K11 on PC? Then be sure to check out levynagy’s latest updates for the game, including sliders, updated current rosters and a 1998 Draft Class for the 1997/1998 season mod.

Levy’s Sliders
2013-2014 Roster with Levy’s Updates
Levy’s 1998 Draft Class

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

If the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend has you fired up to play some NBA 2K14 on PC, then be sure to check out the latest releases from our modding community. Today’s new and updated files include the latest add-on pack for the High School Hoops mod, a 1995 College Hoops mod, current rosters, faces, jerseys, basketballs and more. Please see below for all the download links!

High School Hoops 2K14 (Add-On Pack 4)

College Hoops ’95 on NBA 2K14

slimmXhomicide Roster
slimmXhomicide Missing Faces Pack 1

Face Update Pack #1

Dallas Mavericks American Airlines Center – HD Arena

ESPN Scoreboard

Tha King
Christmas Day Jersey Pack (Updated to v2.0)
2014 All-Star Jersey Pack

Spalding NBA Adam Silver Game Balls

No New NBA Jam Game On The Horizon After All

NBA Jam Cover Art

Following up on our post a couple of days ago about a Tweet possibly hinting at a new NBA Jam coming out at some point in the near future, it appears as though we shouldn’t get our hopes up just yet. GameSpot reached out to EA Sports and was told that the Tweet in question was “unauthorised”, with EA further stating that they “do not have any announcements to make about NBA Jam at this time”. The Tweet has since been deleted.

While EA’s description of the Tweet as “unauthorised” does invite the suggestion that the developer is perhaps conducting internal discussions about releasing another NBA Jam and will ultimately be gauging fan interest in a new game, that is merely speculation at this point. While it wouldn’t be surprising if another Jam game was released at some point due to the series’ popularity and EA owning the rights to the name, nothing appears to be imminent. Should that change, we’ll of course post any details as they emerge.

NBA Live 14 Roster Analysis; Checklist & Feedback Thread

Shawne Williams on the Los Angeles Lakers' roster in NBA Live 14

The roster updates for NBA Live 14 have received considerable scrutiny and criticism since the game’s release, with a delay in transactions being added to the game, missing players and errors such as incorrect jersey numbers. As of the latest roster update however, the situation appears to be a little better.

In the latest roster, all players have their correct jersey numbers, which wasn’t the case as recently as earlier this week. A couple of players have also been added and no one is on a team’s roster they shouldn’t be on. Having said that, nine players are still missing from the game in the latest roster, across eight teams. A couple of those players are admittedly on 10 day contracts, but a couple of others have been on their team’s roster since September. You can check out a full list of the missing players below.

Finally, it doesn’t look as though the All-Star teams have been updated as yet, though the 2014 All-Star court and jerseys were of course added by the title update that was pushed through earlier this week. I’ve started a thread here in the NBA Live 14 section of the Forum to keep a checklist of issues with the game’s rosters, as well as collect any other feedback that we can pass along to the NBA Live development team. Feel free to post your observations, error reports, corrections and suggestions in there.

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The Friday Five: 5 Dunks From NBA Live the Real Dunk Contest Needs

Terrence Ross with the Honey Dip in NBA Live 08 PC

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 the 2014 All-Star Weekend in New Orleans is upon us, I feel it’s only right that this week’s Friday Five covers a topic related to the NBA’s midseason classic. Since I talked about the things that I believe the dunk contest needs as well as my five favourite All-Star Weekends in the lead up to last year’s All-Star Weekend, this year I thought I’d mix things up a bit with a topic that combines video games and real life.

The addition of the All-Star Weekend in NBA Live 2005 was a definite highlight in the NBA Live series, finally bringing an often requested and long awaited mode to the game. The dunk contest that was featured from NBA Live 2005 through NBA Live 09 included some crazy slams; a few of them were a little out there, but others could feasibly be pulled off in real life. This week, I’m listing five dunks from NBA Live’s Slam Dunk Contest that I’d like to see broken out in the real competition.

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February 13th Official Roster Update for NBA 2K14

Joakim Noah dunks in NBA 2K14 PC

New official rosters are now available for NBA 2K14 on all platforms, featuring lineups that have been updated through February 13th, 2014. The latest roster also includes a few updates to player ratings and injuries. Additionally, Kobe Bryant has been replaced on the West All-Stars by Anthony Davis.

As always, you can get the latest roster 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, if you’re playing the PC version and would like to manually update your game for whatever reason, pick up our offline pack which includes the latest roster and online data files.

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have some new and updated files for NBA Live 08 today, including rookie faces, court updates for all 30 teams, a new custom AIACT file, a roster/gamefix and more. Check them all out at the links below!

Philadelphia 76ers 2013/2014 Court Patch

10 2013/2014 Rookie Faces Pack


Atlwarrior’s Realistic Rosters Sliders Gamefix Demo

Cpt(K)’s Fantasy Rosters (Updated to v0.16)

2013/2014 HD 30 Team Court Patch

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include HD arena updates, the new NBA ball, an NCAA scoreboard and more. Download them all at the links below!

Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center HD Arena
2014 All-Star Game HD Arena
Oklahoma City Thunder Chesapeake Energy Arena – HD Arena

FOX NCAA Scoreboard (16:9 and 16:10 monitors)

Tha King
New NBA Ball (Adam Silver) (Updated to v2.0)

MGX Space Jam V2 2K14
MGX Justice League vs The Avengers Soundtrack

High School Ranking Spreadsheet

NLSC Podcast – Episode #66

NLSC Podcast Logo

Get your kicks with the NLSC Podcast, Episode #66! Join Arcane and myself as we talk NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, mention some upcoming modding projects and prepare to embarrass ourselves with some predictions for the 2014 All-Star Weekend.

  • The big patch is out for NBA Live 14. We’ll have some more detailed impressions in the coming weeks, but for now we encourage everyone to check out our interview with Scott O’Gallagher.
  • Unfortunately, the NBA Live 14 demo doesn’t appear to be receiving the patch. It’s a missed opportunity, but we consider the possibility it might be technically unfeasible.
  • Once again, we reflect upon the depth and accuracy of professional reviews of basketball video games.
  • Both Andrew and Arcane have some ideas for new mods that will hopefully come to fruition in the not too distant future.
  • We encourage everyone to check out JaoSming’s latest Tuesday Triple, containing some excellent advice for new and experienced modders alike.
  • The 2014 All-Star Weekend is almost upon us! We give our thoughts on the changes to this year’s events, along with our picks for all the winners.
  • We wrap up the show with a couple of other NBA related topics.

Click Play to listen to the show!

As always, feel free to hit us up with your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed, either in the comments below or here in the Forum. Topic suggestions and mailbag questions/comments are also welcome in this thread.

New NBA Jam Game Possibly In the Works?

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition Cover Art

If you follow NBA Jam on Twitter, you may have seen a Tweet asking gamers for a Re-Tweet if they are ready for a new NBA Jam, seemingly hinting at the possibility of another game coming out at some point in the not too distant future. With a new generation of consoles out, it certainly wouldn’t be too surprising if EA Sports is looking to continue the popular series started by Midway back in 1993.

The most recent game in the series is the well-received NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, released digitally through Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Android version of NBA Jam also recently received a roster update, which included audio and artwork for the Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Pelicans.

No further details are available at this time, but we’ll be sure to post them as soon as they come our way.