File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

Today’s lone file addition for NBA 2K13 PC is the latest version of PatTheHead’s pack of retro season rosters, spanning from the very first BAA season to Michael Jordan’s rookie campaign. Check it out at the link below!

PatTheHead
1946/47 to 1984/85 NBA Seasons (Updated to v3.6)

Wayback Wednesday: Long-Lost NBA Live 2002 Preview Screens

Steve Francis in NBA Live 2002

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where we dig into the archives, look back at the history of basketball gaming, and indulge in 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.

The next game that I’ll be looking back at as part of our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live celebrations is NBA Live 2002. As I’ll discuss in more detail in my retrospective, NBA Live 2002 was a controversial release, as it was the first game in the series to be console exclusive and also had its fair share of issues. At the same time, it’s also a game that I managed to have a considerable amount of fun with back in the day, and I kind of have a sentimental attachment to it, as it was the first new NBA Live game that came out after I took over the NLSC in August 2001.

On a recent dig through my archives, I uncovered a collection of NBA Live 2002 preview screenshots that were posted on the NLSC all those years ago, but had since gone missing following a couple of hosting and design changes. I’d previously searched high and low for them, but I just couldn’t seem to find them anywhere. Now that they’ve turned up, I thought it might be fun to exhibit them again, especially with NBA Live 2002 being the next game I’m posting a retrospective on. It’s also a reminder that NBA Live’s graphics have indeed improved over the years.

So, what did basketball video games look like in 2001? Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #159 Mailbag Call

NLSC Podcast

We’ll be recording Episode #159 of the NLSC Podcast very soon, so this is a last call for any and all topic submissions and mailbag questions for this week’s show. I didn’t put out a mailbag call last week as we had a pretty full show with our discussion of EA Sports’ announcement regarding NBA Live 17, but we do have some room for a couple more topics in Episode #159.

Needless to say, we’ll be discussing the latest action from the 2016 Playoffs, the Draft Lottery, and a couple of other news items from the past week, but if there’s anything else you’d like to hear us talk about, please let us know ASAP. As usual, while we will consider any and all topic suggestions, we do give preference to topics that are related to our core content (NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball gaming), the community (modding and site history), and the real NBA.

With that said…do you have any suggestions for us this week? If so, post them in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum. You can also submit topic ideas and mailbag questions via our Facebook and Twitter. If you haven’t connected with us on social media yet, now’s as good a time as any!

As always, I’d like to thank everyone who tunes in to the NLSC Podcast every week, and hits us up with topic suggestions and mailbag questions whenever they have them. We really appreciate the support, and enjoy bringing you a show each week. If you haven’t caught Episode #158 of the NLSC Podcast yet, be sure to tune in here. You can also subscribe to the NLSC Podcast on iTunes, as well as find us on Stitcher if you’d like to listen to the shows on your mobile or tablet. Stay tuned for Episode #159!

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

There are three new or updated files for NBA 2K14 PC today, including a pack of fictional NCAA Ph courts, a new HD face for Carmelo Anthony, and the latest version of the FIBA 2K14 mod. Download them all at the links below.

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Fictional NCCA Ph Courts

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Carmelo Anthony Face

Medevenx
FIBA 2K14 Appdata Files (Updated to v5.0)

Monday Tip-Off: When Awesome Presentation Isn’t So Great

Shot Chart with ESPN Presentation in NBA Live 16

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.

There are a lot of ways that you can see just how much basketball video games have improved over the years. You can compare screenshots, and gameplay footage. You can read retrospectives and reviews, comparing and contrasting their critique. Best of all, you can get some firsthand impressions by playing an old favourite from many years ago; it won’t be long before you notice some outdated tech that’s come a long way since then. Not every basketball video game is better in every single way than all of the titles that came before it, but the further back you look, the more progress you will see.

Another method of seeing just how far basketball video games have come is to glance back at our old Wishlists. We have Wishlists dating back to 1997, when the community was awaiting the release of NBA Live 98. Take a look back at those articles in our content portals, and you’ll see that a lot of the things that we were asking for have since become a reality. Multi-season franchise modes, online leagues, historical teams, single player career modes, full TV-style presentation…a lot of our wishes have made their way into NBA Live and NBA 2K over the years.

When it comes to in-depth broadcast presentation, however, you may have to be careful what you wish for. Sometimes, awesome presentation isn’t so great.

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File Additions for NBA Live 96

NBA Live 96 Cover Art - PC

Yes, we’re starting out the week with some very retro file additions! As I recently mentioned in Monday Tip-Off, I’ve been tracking down some lost patches and found a collection of my old roster updates for NBA Live 96, which I’ve added to our archives. Dr B has also added some editing tools for the SEGA Genesis version of the game, which he used to create this roster. If you’re in the mood for some retro gaming, check out both files at the links below!

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NBA Live 96 Roster Update Package

Dr B
NBA Live 96 (SEGA) Editing Tools

Also, stay tuned for some more additions to the archives, as we upload more long-lost files for gamers who enjoy dusting off old favourites. Don’t forget, if you have any long-lost patches for NBA Live or NBA 2K that you’d like to share with the community, please feel free to make use of our upload facilities! They’re 100% free, and available to anyone who has an active Forum account.

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

We haven’t had a lot of uploads for NBA 2K16 lately, but we do have one new file addition today, as rjms1974 has released a fictional black jersey for the Boston Celtics. Check it out at the link below!

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Boston Celtics Fictional Black Jersey

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We have some new releases for NBA 2K14 PC today, as Medevenx has added updated versions of his 2017 logos, frontend art, and icon packs. Check out all of today’s file additions at the links below!

Medevenx
PlayStation Buttons, Headlines & Gamedata by Med (Updated to v2.0)
NBA Video Game Cover Athlete Icons (Updated to v4.0)
2016-2017 NBA Bootup by Med (Updated to v2.0)
2016-2017 NBA Logos by Med (Updated to v2.0)

The Friday Five: 5 Suggestions for MyCAREER in NBA 2K17

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as the real NBA, and other areas of interest to our community. The feature is presented as either a list of five items, or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

As we look ahead to NBA 2K17 – the only basketball game that will be hitting consoles and PC in Fall 2016 – our Wishlist discussions are in full swing. While franchise modes have traditionally been my bag, and I’ve taken a greater interest in the card collecting modes in recent years, I would like to get more involved in MyCAREER again. I had a lot of fun playing MyCAREER in NBA 2K13, so much so that I ended up maintaining a story thread about it. As I’ve discussed in previous articles and on the NLSC Podcast, however, I’ve lost interest in the mode following the new approach that was adopted in NBA 2K14.

While many of us have taken smirking shots at the story-driven approach of MyCAREER, snark does become overdone, tired, and useless after a while. I believe in the philosophy of fans, not fanboys; critics, not haters. As such, at a certain point we need to drop the snark, identify problems, and put together useful, constructive feedback. To that end, here are five suggestions for MyCAREER in NBA 2K17.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #158

NLSC Podcast Logo

Despite a couple of connection issues this week, Arcane, Kenny and I are coming at you with Episode #158 of the NLSC Podcast! In this week’s show, we give our thoughts on EA’s major announcement regarding NBA Live 17, recap our recent efforts on the virtual hardwood, discuss the 2016 NBA Playoffs, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • As the 2016 season draws nearer to its end, NBA Live 16’s rosters are finally close to being 100% accurate. We quickly recap the May 5th update.
  • Speaking of rosters, NBA 2K16 will be receiving a special update in which Stephen Curry will be rated 99 overall.
  • The big news this week is the announcement that NBA Live 17 won’t be out until 2017, while a new NBA Live Mobile game will be released later this year. We give our in-depth thoughts on the situation, and the future of the NBA Live series.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming, we all team-up for some games of 2K Pro-Am, representing the NLSC in the Joel Anthony Arena. Also, we discuss some possible plans for Dynasty Mode and/or MyLEAGUE.
  • Moving from the virtual hardwood to the real NBA, we recap the latest action from the 2016 NBA Playoffs, and revisit a few of our previous predictions.
  • Stephen Curry has repeated as MVP, in a unanimous decision. Elsewhere, R.C. Buford has won his second Executive of the Year award. We also discuss some recent comments by Hall of Famer Charles Barkley.
  • We wrap up Episode #158 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions, and a noteworthy accomplishment by Udonis Haslem.

Click Play to listen to the show!

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.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We have a couple of new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC today, as dtd has released two new fictional court updates. Check them both out at the links below!

dtd
Fictional Mahindra Enforcer Court
Fictional Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters Court

Wayback Wednesday: Thoughts on EA’s Next NBA Sim Game

LeBron James in NBA Live 13

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where we dig into the archives, look back at the history of basketball gaming, and indulge in 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.

It’s been revealed that NBA Live 17 won’t be shipping in the Fall of 2016 as expected, as a new console version of NBA Live will instead be dropping in early 2017. Naturally, this has led to disappointment and speculation that the series will be moving in a completely new direction, abandoning the AAA model in favour of being a mobile-only game. At this point, those of us who are interested in seeing NBA Live improve and succeed are anxious to hear more concrete details about the future of the series.

NBA Live’s hardships and setbacks over the past six years are well-documented. They include the cancellation of NBA Elite 11 and NBA Live 13, poor reception of NBA Live 14, and a postponed release for NBA Live 15, to say nothing of Metacritic scores. As we find ourselves in familiar territory, I’ve dug into the archives and found an article that I wrote about the future of the series back in April 2011, when we discovered the series would attempt a relaunch with a game that would eventually be the cancelled NBA Live 13. As with previous articles I’ve revisited, I’m presenting it as-is (aside from a couple of images), and following it up with some commentary.

So, what was my take back then, and have my thoughts changed? Well, let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA Live 17 Update: Coming in 2017

Jeff Teague dribbles the basketball in NBA Live 16

EA Sports has posted a major update on the future of the NBA Live series, via another open letter from Executive Producer Sean O’Brien over on the game’s official website. The announcement reveals that NBA Live 17 will not ship in the Fall of 2016 as usual, but instead the game will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in early 2017. A new version of NBA Live Mobile will be released later this year.

Hey LIVE fans:

I want to share some important updates on what’s next for NBA LIVE and give you an overview of where we’re going with the franchise over the course of this year.

It’s important that you know that we are committed to NBA LIVE in the console space.  While we won’t be shipping a product this Fall, we will be back on the courts with something new and exciting for you to experience in early 2017.

Our focus this year is to deliver an amazing, high-quality basketball game to a global audience. The best way to do that is through the fastest growing, largest, and most accessible gaming platform…mobile.  As a team, we’re really excited about taking the franchise to new places with the worldwide release of our mobile game later this year.

More details to follow in the coming months!

Sean O’Brien
Executive Producer, NBA LIVE

While the move is certainly risky, and not the news that NBA Live fans were necessarily wanting to hear, hopefully the additional development time will allow the game to finally make a strong comeback, with the depth and quality that we’ve been hoping for since the reboot. We’ll certainly be discussing our thoughts on the announcement and what it means for NBA Live 17 in more detail in this week’s Episode of the NLSC Podcast.

Got any thoughts about the NBA Live 17 announcement? Feel free to share them in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum.

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

In today’s file additions for NBA Live 08 PC, S_Brat has released his latest 2016 player face packs for the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks. Download them both at the links below!

S_Brat
2015/2016 Golden State Warriors Team Update
2015/2016 Atlanta Hawks Team Update

Incidentally, if you’re looking for updated 2016 rosters, both Freddie and Book_Gazette have released updates for this season. You can find them here in the NBA Live 08 Rosters section of our Downloads database.

Monday Tip-Off: Why Basketball Games Need Custom Rosters

LeBron James dunks the basketball in NBA Live 14

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.

In last week’s Monday Tip-Off, I talked about why basketball video games need to have robust game modes. As I explained in the article, having a variety of deep, engaging modes goes a long way in making a basketball video game feel complete, and fully featured. Combined with satisfying gameplay, appealing bonus content, and a bevy of customisation options, the end result is a well-rounded, quality release. In other words, the kind of basketball video game that we all want to see and play.

One of the customisation options that every basketball game absolutely must have is roster editing. When NBA Live and NBA 2K launched on the current generation of consoles, both games were missing the comprehensive roster editing tools that were available in previous releases. NBA 2K14 had some basic roster editing functionality, while the ability to customise rosters was completely absent in NBA Live 14. NBA 2K has since brought back roster editing, but unfortunately, it’s yet to return in NBA Live.

Moving forward, it’s absolutely essential that both games offer roster editing and that the functionality continues to expand and improve. Let’s take a look at why this is such a vital feature in basketball video games.

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