NBA Playgrounds Enhanced Edition Released

NBA Playgrounds Enhanced Edition

Saber Interactive has released an Enhanced Edition of NBA Playgrounds for the Nintendo Switch. Announced late last year, the new version includes all of the post-release content that the original has received, including over 100 new players, the three-point contest, additional versions of players on alternate teams, and all the various gameplay fixes and enhancements.

NBA Playgrounds Enhanced Edition is free for all users who purchased the original game on Switch. It is a standalone title, so users are advised to delete the old version after downloading the Enhanced Edition. Existing game saves will carry over to the new game however, so be sure not to delete them if you don’t want to lose your progress. Note that online functionality will remain active for the original version, but you will need to upgrade to the Enhanced Edition to play against users who have the new version of the game.

If you haven’t picked up the game yet, it’s available at half price through January 18th in the Nintendo eShop. Please note that the Enhanced Edition is not available on PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One, as those platforms have been receiving new content as intended since launch. The Enhanced Edition is ultimately a solution for the issues Saber has been having pushing through new content on the Nintendo Switch.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. You can also join in the discussion about NBA Playgrounds here in the NLSC Forum.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Here is our community’s first batch of NBA 2K14 PC mods for 2018! The latest file additions for the game include updated courts for the 2018 season, and a pack of Alab Pilipinas jerseys. Download them all at the links below.

Jumpman2K
2017-2018 Phoenix Suns 50th Anniversary Court
2017-2018 Miami Heat Official Court
2017-2018 New Orleans Pelicans Official Court

ALDUB_livmore
Alab Pilipinas Jerseys Pack

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

Wayback Wednesday: The EA Graphics Editor

EA Graphics Editor Logo

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. This week, I’m taking a look back at the EA Graphics Editor.

Although our modding community continues to produce excellent content for the most recent NBA 2K games, the process has become a little more difficult from NBA 2K15 onwards. While the decision to port the PlayStation 4/Xbox One version to the PC has allowed the platform to receive the best version of the current release, it has put a few limitations on what can be achieved through modding. At the very least, it’s made the process a little tougher. This has led to people in the community expressing their frustration with the current state of modding.

I can certainly sympathise with that point of view, and I’d love to see future versions of NBA 2K be more modder-friendly. However, I also remember the early days of modding NBA Live on PC. I’ve talked about how difficult it could be in a previous Wayback Wednesday feature, though it’s something that got better over time; not just because of changes to the games, but also thanks to the hard work and ingenuity of the people making the tools. Undoubtedly, one of the most impressive and important tools is the EA Graphics Editor. It’s a modding tool that’s served us well for a long time, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

I’m back in town, so it’s time to start getting caught up on the new and updated mods that have been released over the past few days. Let’s tip off a new year of modding releases with the latest uploads for NBA 2K18 PC, which include a selection of player faces, and a couple of 2017 season rosters. Check them all out at the links below!

RKJ
Jimmy Butler Face
Stephen Curry Face
Kemba Walker Face
DeMar DeRozan Face
Derrick Rose Face
Ricky Rubio Hair & Beard (Updated to v2.0)
Aaron Gordon Face (Updated to v2.0)

TGsoGood
2016-2017 Final Roster
2016-2017 Opening Night Roster

Ronin2K
Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot Face

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

Monday Tip-Off: Basketball Gaming Questions for 2018

James Harden Drives in 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 some basketball gaming questions that are going to be answered over the course of 2018.

It’s the beginning of a new year, which means we’re heading towards the halfway point of the NBA season, and we’re also a few months into the lifecycle of the most recently released basketball games. By the end of 2018, we’ll have at least two new releases – NBA Live 19 and NBA 2K19 – but we’ve still got several months of basketball gaming before then. Needless to say, as we compile our Wishlists for the development teams at EA Sports and Visual Concepts, we’re naturally hoping to see our most desired improvements in the new games come September.

However, it’s also fair to wonder about the current basketball games, and hope that they’ll hold up until their successors are released. Personally, I do feel a sense of optimism about the future of basketball gaming, but at the same time, I also have a few concerns. I’m sure that I’m not alone in that regard, and with that in mind, it’s crucial that we speak up when we have the opportunity to provide constructive feedback. The questions I’m posing here, I feel, cover some of the most pressing issues regarding NBA Live, NBA 2K, and NBA Playgrounds. Whatever the future holds, we’re sure to get an answer to some of these questions by the end of 2018.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, basketball gamers! I’m glad to have you back at the NLSC as we tip off 2018, and gear up for another year of hitting the virtual hardwood. In that spirit, a new Monday Tip-Off article will be out shortly, but before that, I wanted to lay out some of our plans for a new year of basketball gaming.

I’m actually currently out of town, but as soon as I’m back, I’ll start catching up on any files that have been added to our Downloads section. It’s my hope that our modding community will continue to make good use of our hosting facilities, so that we may avoid losing mods that have been uploaded to hosts that routinely delete files after a period of inactivity. In any event, I’m sure that we’ll see many great releases this year.

On a personal note, I’d like to be a bit more active in the modding community this year, if possible. I had grand plans to do that last year, but unfortunately, things kept getting in the way. I do have a list of ideas for mods that I’d love to make if I can find the time, and with a couple of them already out there as beta/demo releases, I’m eager to give that a try. I can’t make any promises, but it’s certainly my intention to try to release some work here and there.

If nothing else, I’ll continue creating original content in the form of my weekly features. In addition to Monday Tip-Off, I’ll continue to post Wayback Wednesday and The Friday Five features every week. The NLSC Podcast will be back on the air – hopefully as soon as this Sunday – and we’ll do our best not to miss weeks as we unfortunately ended up doing last year. I’m eager to get some more video content out there on a regular basis, possibly in the form of a revamped Tuesday Triple. We may also be looking to finally add a few new content creators to the NLSC Team, so stay tuned for more details.

As always, I encourage everyone to make good use of our Forum, as I’d love to see lots of great discussion taking place throughout the new year. Our Wiki could always use a few extra helping hands as well, so if you have the knowledge, the time, and the enthusiasm, please feel free to pitch in and help keep our resources up to date.

Since it’s a new year, I will mention our Patreon and GoFundMe campaign once again. As I’ve said before, I don’t want to push them too aggressively or more than a few times a year, but if you are able to help out with our hosting fund in any way, we’re grateful for any and all contributions. A big thanks to everyone who has already dug deep and lent a hand in that regard. I hope we’ll continue to justify your generosity with our content and facilities.

With all that being said, let’s get Year 22 here at the NLSC underway! Thanks for being a part of our community!

New Year’s Eve 2017

New Year's Eve Fireworks

And so, 2017 is all but in the books. I know I reflected on the year that was in my most recent Friday Five article, but I’ve generally made it a tradition to post a few final thoughts on New Year’s Eve. With that in mind, here goes!

It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to run the NLSC for another year, its 21st in operation. It’s been great to see all the talented modders sharing their work with the community, and I’ve enjoyed releasing my own work here and there when I’ve found the time. As I mentioned in my Year in Review in the Friday Five, I’ve enjoyed creating original content throughout 2017, and in particular, covering some topics that have been on my To Do list for some time.

Something that I forgot to mention in last year’s New Year’s Eve message is that we’ve managed to post a daily update of some kind every day without fail since December 31st, 2006. Our archives currently don’t go back that far as we changed to a new content management system in 2011, but I promise you, the streak is indeed intact. One of my goals with the NLSC is to bring basketball gamers something new every day, be it a round-up of the latest additions to our Downloads section, news from the preview season, one of our regular features, or other information of interest to basketball gamers. I’m proud of the fact we’ve been able to do that for over ten years running.

This was our first full year with our current host, and I would have to say that for the most part, it’s been smooth sailing. Thanks to a combination of donations, our Patreon supporters, and advertising revenue, we’ve been able to cover the monthly hosting costs, and expect to be around for a while yet. As such, I’m hoping to do more fun things as we enter our 22nd year covering basketball video games.

Thank you for your support throughout 2017, I hope to see you all back with us in 2018. Until then, as is the tradition around these parts, I’ll leave you with Lutz’s words of wisdom for the occasion: Remember the safest order of things on New Year’s Eve: 1. Fireworks, 2. Drink, and not vice versa!

See you in 2018!

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up 2017 with one last batch of file additions for NBA 2K14 PC. The latest releases include new referee uniforms, some player faces, and an updated version of the Ynares Sports Arena. Check them all out at the links below.

Pep
NBA Nike Referee Uniform

Blang
3 Players Christmas Update

ALDUB_livmore
2017 Ynares Sports Arena Court (Updated to v2.0)

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K18 PC include an update for the Memphis Grizzlies’ FedEx Forum, and new versions of an ESPN scoreboard and face update for Kawhi Leonard. Download all of the latest releases at the links below.

Manni Live
Memphis Grizzlies FedEx Forum

dirtydraw & bongo88
ESPN Scoreboard (Updated to v2.3)

RKJ
Kawhi Leonard Face (Updated to v2.0)

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

The Friday Five: 2017 Year in Review

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. This week’s Five is a recap of the year 2017 here at the NLSC, and a look ahead to 2018.

It’s the final Friday of 2017, which means we’ve also reached the final Friday Five of the year. As we’ve mused several times on the NLSC Podcast, the year seems to have just flown by, and it seems like only yesterday that I was writing the Year in Review for 2016, as well as our traditional New Year’s greetings. Either we’re all getting older, or we’ve just had a lot of fun over the past twelve months. Nevertheless, I’m going to assume that my calendar is correct, which means it’s time to look back at the year that was here at the NLSC.

2017 was another eventful year across the board, especially as we had three new games to play. Those releases had their highs and lows, with a little bit of controversy and a couple of surprising additions along the way. In our community, we saw a lot of great mods released for games new and old, and some interesting discussions take place in the NLSC Forum. We maintained our regular schedule of original content throughout the year – for the most part – and managed to cover some topics that have been on the To Do list for some time. We’re looking forward to our 22nd year in operation in 2018, but before that, let’s take a look back at what happened in 2017.

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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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File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

We have a new file addition for NBA 2K13 PC today, specifically a Nike LeBron 15 shoe mod. This was actually uploaded about a month ago, but in waiting to see if a few more NBA 2K13 mods would be added or updated before posting a bulletin, I ended up overlooking it. Nevertheless, if you missed it while browsing the Downloads section, be sure to check it out at the link below!

Alphajustice
Nike LeBron 15

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

Wayback Wednesday: The Life in NBA 08

NBA 08 Featuring The Life

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. This week, I’m taking a look back at The Life in NBA 08.

Sony’s NBA series was one of the last major competitors to the two big brands in sim-oriented basketball games, NBA Live and NBA 2K. The games are part of a lineage that includes the NBA ShootOut series, known as Total NBA in PAL regions. Being developed by divisions of Sony Computer Entertainment, the games were naturally exclusive to the PlayStation consoles, with the exception of NBA ShootOut 2000 which saw the series’ lone PC release. Generally speaking, the games did receive some positive reviews, but over the years they were unable to best NBA Live or NBA 2K in terms of sales or overall quality.

Nevertheless, the NBA series did boast some innovative features, some of which have since been adopted by NBA Live and NBA 2K in some form. A prime example is the mode known as The Life, a narrative-driven experience that predates the use of stories in MyCAREER by several years. The mode and the story changed from year to year, but in this article I’m primarily focusing on the PlayStation 2 version of NBA 08, as it’s the game I have in my collection. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

For those who may have missed the announcement, the NBA 2K16 servers are being shut down as of December 31st, 2017. As such, it would be a good idea to download any custom rosters and Draft Class files as soon as possible. To that end, TGsoGood has already downloaded some popular files for the PC version of the game and uploaded them to our Downloads section. Check them out at the links below!

TGsoGood (Reuploaded)
2002 NBA Draft (by Campcut)
2003 NBA Draft (by Campcut)
2004 NBA Draft (by yz15[ISR])
2005 NBA Draft (by Su9armummy)
2006 NBA Draft (by 651343582)
1995 NBA Draft (by 651343582)
NBA 2010 Season Roster (by Jubba910)
NBA 2015 Season Roster (unfinished by Gordon)

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

Monday Tip-Off: MyCAREER vs Reality; Bulls vs Celtics

Bulls vs Celtics in MyCAREER (NBA 2K18)

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 comparison of the Chicago Bulls’ recent game against the Boston Celtics to its virtual equivalent in my NBA 2K18 MyCAREER.

Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings, basketball gamers! I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season with friends and family, and are looking forward to a day packed with NBA action. For those of you who are playing MyCAREER, 2K Pro-Am, or The Playground in NBA 2K18, be sure to take advantage of the double experience points on offer! If you’ve made a decent amount of progress on the Road to 99 and currently find yourself inching very slowly towards the next cap breaker, it may be a good opportunity to make some further headway. That’s assuming, of course, that you can fit it in with the rest of your holiday plans.

I’ve been playing a bit of MyCAREER myself as of late. I’m not enjoying it as much as I did last year, but it’s had its moments, and it’s the best way to grind for the Badges that are essential to succeed in 2K Pro-Am. After hearing from 2K Support that there’s nothing that can be done about my dunking problem, I’m also toying with the idea of grinding up a second MyPLAYER. For now though, I’m sticking with my original MyPLAYER, especially as the real season has caught up to my game. That gave me a fun opportunity to play the Bulls’ latest game against the Celtics, the same day that I watched the real contest on TV. Here’s how they compare.

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