File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

We have one new file addition for NBA 2K11 PC today, namely experiment626’s latest team add-on, the 2008 Houston Rockets. Download it at the link below!

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2007-08 Houston Rockets

NLSC Podcast – Episode #194

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Episode #194 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we discuss this week’s news and events, including the newly announced NBA 2K eSports league, problems in 2K Pro-Am, and an unfortunate incident involving Charles Oakley.

On this week’s show…

  • 2K Sports is partnering with the NBA for an official eSports league. It’s a cool concept, but will it ultimately benefit a majority of the userbase?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: We’ve had very little success getting matched up for games in 2K Pro-Am following Patch 1.10, though we did hit up MyPARK and a couple of Walk-On games. Also, Playoff success in MyCAREER, and the early stages of building a powerful MyTEAM squad.
  • New York Knicks legend Charles Oakley was thrown out of Madison Square Garden in controversial fashion. Seems most observers are on Oak’s side, and we find it hard to disagree there.

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.

The Friday Five: 5 Suggestions for Ultimate Team in NBA Live

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.

We’re coming to the end of my series of Friday Five articles on the key improvements and additions I’d like to see in NBA Live 18 and beyond. Having covered gameplay, Dynasty, Rising Star, LIVE Pro-Am, and roster editing, it’s now time to talk about Ultimate Team. Ultimate Team has been a fairly solid mode since it was introduced to the series in NBA Live 14, and reasonably popular. There’s definitely still room for improvement though, and since the card collecting/team building modes are such a big part of sports games these days, I do have a few suggestions on how it can improve.

Before I begin, I want to give an honourable mention to pack odds. Fair odds and value are always an important issue when it comes to the team building modes, and although Ultimate Team’s packs aren’t too unfair, they could stand to be a little better. Whether it’s the packs bought from the store, or reward packs that are earned by completing a challenge, I’d like to see some guaranteed rare cards, especially when Legends are up for grabs. With that being said, here’s my list of five suggestions that I believe would enhance Ultimate Team in future NBA Live games.

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File Additions for NBA 2K17

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What has our NBA 2K17 modding community been working on lately? New courts, custom shorts, Euroleague updates, and the latest version of a Cyberface ID editing tool make up the latest batch of file additions. Download all of the new releases at the links below!

Shuajota
Smoothie King Center

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exrxixxx Nets (Short/Long)

Manni Live
Los Angeles Lakers Court

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Euro Patch
Euro Patch Update 1
Euro Patch Update 2
Euroleague Spalding Ball

Jerry Gildner
NBA 2K17 Cyberface ID Edit for Patch 7/8 (Updated to v1.1)

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live PC Mod

Shaquille O'Neal dunks in NBA Live PC for NBA Live 06

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

Inspired by last week’s dig through the archives, I went rummaging again to see what else I could find. My search yielded some preview screenshots for the NBA Live PC mod, which became the NLSC’s comprehensive roster update for the PC version of NBA Live 06 for several years. Since I enjoyed looking back at my 1996 season mod for NBA Live 2004 last week, I thought that I’d do the same for a current roster update that I maintained for one of my all-time favourite games in the series. With NBA Live 06 being next up in our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live retrospectives, it also seemed fitting.

So, why did the mod bear that name, and how did it come about? Let’s take a look back…way back…

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Latest NBA 2K17 Patch Now Available on PC

LeBron James vs. Carmelo Anthony in NBA 2K17

The PC version of NBA 2K17 has received the latest official patch. It should come through automatically as long as you have an active Internet connection, but if it isn’t showing up, restart your Steam client. The patch weighs in at around 114 MB.

As yet, there’s been no announcement regarding the latest PC patch, so it’s unclear which version it is. Over the past week or so, three patches have been released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K17: Patch 1.08, Patch 1.09 (reportedly identical to Patch 1.08), and Patch 1.10. At this time, it’s unclear whether the PC received a combined update, and what its version number is.

This obviously makes it a little difficult to maintain an accurate record of the game’s update history on PC, but I’ve done the best I can in our Forum and Wiki resources, at least until further information is released. In the meantime, the good news is that the PC version of NBA 2K17 has received the latest update, which contained some key bug fixes and a couple of gameplay tweaks. The bad news is that it likely doesn’t address any PC-specific problems, such as performance issues and crashes.

In any case, feel free to add any impressions in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum. For an update history of NBA 2K17 complete with all the patch notes, check out this article in our Wiki.

Monday Tip-Off: Is the Future of Modding In-Game?

Team Designs, an example of in-game modding in NBA 2K17

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.

TGsoGood offered up an interesting question in the Forum a couple of weeks ago, concerning the current state of modding. He noted that while modding has always had its ups and downs, the hobby is not quite what it used to be, at least for the most recent releases. While modders have been a little more active so far this year, and the tools and resources at their disposal are the best they’ve been since the PC started receiving the same version of NBA 2K as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as TGsoGood alluded to, we’re not finding ourselves in a new golden era of modding.

With that being said, there are plenty of users who are customising NBA 2K17. As TGsoGood also pointed out, gamers are making great use of the team rebranding and roster customisation options to create a variety of modifications that are distributed through the in-game sharing facilities. Therefore, the question before us is this: is the future of modding in-game? Since Arcane and Kenny aren’t involved with the modding scene, I decided that I’d tackle the issue in this week’s Monday Tip-Off, rather than on the NLSC Podcast.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up another week here at the NLSC with a couple of file additions for NBA 2K14 PC. Today’s new releases include a 2017 Draft Class, and a face pack for Jerian and Jerami Grant. Download them both at the links below!

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2017 NBA Draft Class [Mackubex]

Ivan the Terrible
Jerian and Jerami Grant Faces

NBA 2K17 Patch 1.10 Released

LeBron James with the layup in NBA 2K17

Yet another patch (1.10) has come through for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K17. As usual, it should come through as long as your console is connected to the Internet, but if it isn’t showing up, a restart may be required.

Patch 1.10 is a minor update, adding 2K All-Star Tournament functionality, and addressing an exploit with the hop step move. Patch 1.08/1.09 addressed a handful of technical problems and a couple of gameplay issues; for more information, check out the patch notes here.

This is the third update that the console versions of NBA 2K17 have received this week. As Pastapadre noted, with the PlayStation 4 patches weighing in at over 7 GB, PS4 users have had to download over 22 GB of new data over the past three days alone.

As it stands, the PC version has yet to receive any of the latest patches. The PC version is generally excluded from eSports tournaments, so it’s unlikely that 2K All-Star Tournament functionality will be added on that platform. Other issues addressed in the latest patches are obviously applicable to the PC version of NBA 2K17 however, so hopefully the updates will come through soon.

In the meantime, feel free to share your impressions of the patch in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum. Don’t forget that you can also find a complete update history for NBA 2K17 here in our Wiki.

The Friday Five: 5 Suggestions for Rising Star in NBA Live

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.

So, we now know that the next NBA Live game – presumably titled NBA Live 18 – will be released later this year, and is intended to be a fully-featured title. While there is understandably some disappointment and scepticism within the NBA Live community at the moment, there is also an opportunity for the development team to go all out in enhancing game modes, and adding features such as roster customisation. As I’ve outlined in recent editions of The Friday Five, those are some very important and overdue improvements that are vital to NBA Live getting to where it needs to be.

I’ve already covered Dynasty and LIVE Pro-Am, but there’s much work to be done with Rising Star as well. Career modes are extremely popular these days, therefore it’s crucial that Rising Star is brought up to speed, and given the depth that will make it a more engaging and enjoyable experience. From the action on the court to the features that make a career mode more immersive, there are a couple of key enhancements that Rising Star should receive in forthcoming NBA Live titles. This week, I’m discussing five of them.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #193

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Episode #193 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! We’re back after taking last week off due to Australia Day, and we have some interesting topics to discuss, including the future of NBA Live, a new patch for NBA 2K17, All-Star Weekend 2017, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • It appears as though The Drive to NBA Live has been cancelled, and EA Sports will instead be focusing on developing a fully featured NBA Live 18, coming in the Fall. We give our thoughts on the situation.
  • A new patch has come through for NBA 2K17, addressing a few key problems gamers have been having. Aside from that, have we noticed any remarkable differences?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: an update on our MyCAREER games, including some All-Star Weekend disappointment, and the latest highs and lows of NLSC THRILLHO in 2K Pro-Am.
  • The 2017 All-Stars have been announced. Unfortunately for Zaza Pachulia, the league stepped in and squashed his All-Star hopes.
  • Dysfunction and drama are the common themes in the NBA right now, from the Chicago Bulls’ struggles to a war of words between LeBron James and Charles Barkley.

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 2K17

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Today’s file additions for NBA 2K17 PC include a handful of court updates, some custom basketballs, a demo version of College Hoops 2K17, and a Cyberface ID tool. Check out all of the latest releases at the links below!

Shuajota
Wells Fargo Center
BMO Harris Bradley Center
Official Molten Ball

Jerry Gildner
NBA 2K17 Cyberface ID Edit for Patch 7/8

d4ri0usgam3r
Zeus Greek Ball
Italian Pride Ball

Issy
Miami Heat Court

TBM/Manni Live/Onegreatrace/Shuajota
College Hoops 2K17 Demo

Wayback Wednesday: My 1996 Season Patch for NBA Live 2004

Shaquille O'Neal Cover Shot in the 1996 Season Roster for NBA Live 2004

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

Last week, I wrote an article talking about the lure of roster modding. As I explained in that feature, while modding in general is something I don’t do as much as I used to, there’s always the temptation to get back into it. I really did enjoy making those current roster updates for so many years, as well as the occasional special project. One such project was my 1996 season patch for NBA Live 2004, which thanks to the contributions of some of our best art modders at the time, turned out to be reasonably comprehensive…at least compared to some of my previous retro season patches.

To this day, it remains one of my favourite patches that I’ve made for NBA Live 2004, or indeed, any other game. I recently came across some old preview images of the patch in my archives, and figured it would be fun to share them, along with a few reflections on the mod. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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Next NBA Live Game Coming in the Fall

NBA Live 16: Kawhi Leonard

While we’re still waiting for detailed information regarding the future of the NBA Live series, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson has revealed during an investor call that the next game will be coming in the Fall, and not early 2017 as originally planned. While it previously appeared as though EA Sports would release some sort of preview or demo of the next game this quarter, it seems they will instead be going full steam ahead on the next game, which will presumably be titled NBA Live 18.

Acknowledging the series’ troubled history over the past decade or so, Wilson also noted great optimism about the next NBA Live title, explaining that having seen and experienced the game as it is now, the feeling was that it was a lot of fun, and that the better approach would be to “double down” and “launch it as a full beat later this year”. This lends further credibility to the rumours that “The Drive to NBA Live” would have been a stripped down release, essentially previewing the next game.

It would seem that while EA Sports does feel good about the product as it stands today, they have decided that it will be more successful if it launches as a fully featured title in the traditional release window. While another cancellation, a lack of information or previews, and the series’ shaky history in recent times are definitely cause for scepticism amongst basketball gamers, I would suggest that there is merit to that line of thinking. With the last few NBA Live releases lacking depth in their modes, it’s essential that the next game not only features vastly improved gameplay, but is also a robust and well-rounded experience.

Hopefully, it won’t be too long before specific details emerge about the future of the series, and some of the things that have been worked on. We’ll be sure to post any information as it becomes available, as well as do our best to set up some interviews with the developers as soon as possible. In the meantime, feel free to have your say in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the Forum.

NBA 2K17 Patch 1.08 Released

NBA 2K17: DeMar DeRozan

Patch 1.08 has been pushed through for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K17. As always, the update should download automatically as long as your console is connected to the Internet. Note that the PS4 version has also received a Patch 1.09 shortly after Patch 1.08, but according to LD2K, it’s basically the same update. As far as I can tell, the PC version hasn’t received the latest patch – it hasn’t come through for me after a couple of restarts of Steam, at any rate – but it should be coming through fairly soon.

The notes for Patch 1.08/1.09 are as follows:

  • Fixed an issue that would cause some users to sit on the team logo screen during startup for an extended period of time.
  • Corrected a case where users were able to upgrade their MyPLAYER outside of the constraints of their selected archetype.
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing offensive strategies from running properly during gameplay.
  • Difficulty level for MyTEAM Play With Friends games has been changed to All-Star.
  • Fixed a case where some Grand Badges were incorrectly negating the effectiveness of other Grand Badges they should not have.
  • Addressed a hang that could occur during a Park After Dark event when leaving and re-entering the event.
  • Fixed a case where certain users would not appear in a MyCOURT owner’s “In MyCOURT” list, making it impossible for the court owner to kick them from the court.
  • In MyPARK, users will now have the default camera settings for their chosen camera angle, and will still be able to select the camera of their choosing.
  • MyPLAYERs are now able to attain an overall rating of 99.

NOTE: All patch fixes will work in your existing game mode saves unless noted otherwise.

Thoughts on the patch notes and impressions of NBA 2K17 post-patch are of course welcome in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum. A history of NBA 2K17 title updates can also be found here in our Wiki.