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Patch 1.03 Released for NBA 2K18 (PC, PS4 & X1)

Kyrie Irving in NBA 2K18

Patch 1.03 has been pushed through for the PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K18. As usual, it should come through automatically as long as you have an active Internet connection, but if you do encounter any issues, try restarting your console. The Xbox one patch should be dropping within the next 24 hours, while the PC and Nintendo Switch patches will be coming later.

While we’re yet to receive any notes for Patch 1.02, released last week, this time around we do have some information on what the title update includes. Some of the key fixes include resolutions to framerate problems, free agent logic for veteran players in MyLEAGUE and MyGM, and global settings being reset. Additions include grey indicators beneath your teammates in The Playground, and the ability to view attributes when upgrading your MyPLAYER. Please see below for the full patch notes.

I’ve updated the patch history here in our Wiki, as well as in this topic in the NBA 2K18 section of our Forum. As always, feel free to share your impressions in that Forum topic, as well as in the comments section below. I’ll update this post as the patches for PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch are released.

UPDATE: The patch is now available on Xbox One.

UPDATE #2: The patch is now available on PC.

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Monday Tip-Off: Goodwill, Greed, and NBA 2K18

The Neighborhood in 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 some thoughts on the current controversies surrounding NBA 2K18, and the goodwill that Visual Concepts has lost.

I’ll admit that there’s a part of me that doesn’t want to write this column. I’ve already discussed the matter in Episode #223 of the NLSC Podcast and in the NLSC Forum, and I’d rather not sound like a broken record. Furthermore, it’s all too easy to come across like a hater, gleefully indulging in some opportunistic bashing simply because there’s a controversial issue that’s a hot topic at the moment. However, it is a big deal, and it’s something that we basketball gamers shouldn’t let slide. I am of course referring to the aggressive implementation of Virtual Currency in NBA 2K18.

By now, if you haven’t played NBA 2K18 and felt the sting of VC gouging, you’ve no doubt heard other basketball gamers expressing their outrage. Perhaps you’ve even read about 2K reaching out to a site that published a negative review, asking them to reconsider their score. These are disturbing and disheartening practices for a company that is the brand leader, with a vast majority of the market share. As a game, NBA 2K has gone from strength to strength in many aspects, stepping up to deliver great experiences on the virtual hardwood as the NBA Live series has faltered. That’s earned them the adoration of gamers, but right now, that goodwill lies in ruins.

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

We’re starting off a new week with a sizeable batch of file additions for NBA 2K18 PC. The latest releases include a new Spalding basketball, a selection of court and jersey updates, Cheat Engine tables for editing teams and arenas, and more. Please see below for all the download links.

Sith
Sith Spalding Official Game Ball

MauMau78
Net Cloth Physics
99 MSG Stadium & Floor

pinoy21
San Antonio Spurs Jersey (pinoy21)
Miami Heat Jersey (pinoy21)
Golden State Warriors Jersey (pinoy21) (Updated to v2.0)

Manni Live
New York Knicks Madison Square Garden Arena

PeacemanNOT
2012-2013 Heat Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

goldenstate77
Goldenstate77 Reshade (Plus All Old Settings)

YgTrece
Aron Baynes Face

Issy
Memphis Grizzlies Court

bongo88/exrxixxx
Scoreboards – NBA TV/TNT 3/ROOT Preview (Sample Removed)

CarolusXCI
Cheat Table – Edit Arenas and Teams

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #223

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Episode #223 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, Kenny, and myself as we offer up further impressions on NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18, discuss some recent controversies, and comment on the Carmelo Anthony trade.

On this week’s show…

  • Following on from our initial positive impressions, we continue to enjoy our experiences in NBA Live 18. There is still room for improvement however, and we’ve identified some issues that we definitely hope can be patched.
  • We’re glad to see the new Nike Statement jerseys added to NBA Live 18, but the latest roster update leaves something to be desired. Hopefully, post-release support will be on point this year, once the season begins.
  • Moving on to NBA 2K18, while we’re still liking the 5v5 gameplay and looking forward to MyLEAGUE, we’ve really soured on MyCAREER. 2K Pro-Am meanwhile proved to be a disaster last week, which is a shame given how much we enjoyed the mode in NBA 2K17.
  • A lot of users has been losing their MyPLAYERs in NBA 2K18, which has been a tremendous pain for anyone who happened to purchase VC to upgrade them. A nasty bug has also caused problems with pre-order bonuses disappearing when creating new MyPLAYERs.
  • Although NBA 2K18 has been receiving high scores from several publications as usual, some reviewers – and a lot of gamers – aren’t so enthusiastic. One review in particular has attracted controversy.
  • We wrap up Episode #223 of the NLSC Podcast with a few thoughts on the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Is Melo a little underrated?

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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.

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NBA Live 18 Digital Giveaway (PlayStation 4 & Xbox One)

NBA Live 18: James Harden vs. Russell Westbrook

EA Sports has hooked us up with a few digital copies of NBA Live 18 to give away, so we’re tipping off our first contest for this basketball gaming season. For our first giveaway, there are two codes for PlayStation 4 and two codes for Xbox One up for grabs. Please note that the codes for PS4 are US region locked, while the codes for X1 are global. Our apologies for any inconvenience; we’ll try to sort out a global giveaway for PS4 at some point in the future.

To win, simply tell us about your favourite NBA Live game in 200 words or less, and let us know whether you’re after a PS4 or X1 version of NBA Live 18. There are two ways to enter:

  1. Register an NLSC Forum account and reply to this topic.
  2. Register an account and reply in the comments section of this news post (guest posts are not eligible).

I’ll pick four winners (two PS4, two X1) out of the entries that I like the best, and hook them up with a copy. Please note that it’s one entry per person, NLSC staff members are not eligible, and all decisions are final. If you miss out this time, we’ll be giving away a few more codes in the near future, so there will be another opportunity to snag a free copy of NBA Live 18. Once again, please also note that the codes we’ve been given for PlayStation 4 are US region locked, but the codes we have for Xbox One are global.

Entries close midnight October 1st, US Eastern time. Good luck, and get your entries in ASAP!

The winners have been drawn. Congratulations to shinron15deihateinJarmonity. and Shuajota! Thanks to everyone who entered, stay tuned for more giveaways.

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NBA Live 18 Patch 1.03 Out Now; More Content

James Harden wearing the Rockets' Statement Jersey in NBA Live 18

Patch 1.03 has come through for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA Live 18. A new in-game update is also available, adding new content and Live Event challenges. All of the latest updates should download automatically as long as your PS4 or X1 is connected to the Internet. If you encounter any problems, try restarting your console.

The most significant additions in these updates are probably the new Nike Statement jerseys (formerly known as alternate or secondary uniforms) for all 30 NBA teams. At launch, NBA Live 18 only featured the Association and Icon jerseys, formerly designated as the home and away uniforms respectively. Notably, a few home/away uniform assignments are actually incorrect in NBA Live 18, as not every team has chosen to wear their white Association jerseys for home games this season.

A new Celebrations Crate has also been added to The One. As the name suggests, it includes a selection of ten celebration animations for your player. The Crate will cost 12,500 Reward Points, which are earned through playing The One, LIVE Run, and the Pro-Am Tour. New Live Events have been added, including “Fear the Beard” and “What If: Melo Traded”. Finally, new rosters have also been pushed through, however a lot of recent signings are still unaccounted for at this time. We’ll be looking to compile some roster feedback in the Forum, to send along to the development team.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. I’ve also set up a discussion and information topic for the NBA Live 18 title updates here in our Forum, as well as an update history resource here in our Wiki. If you’d like to check out some screenshots of a few of the new Statement jerseys in NBA Live 18, see below.

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The Friday Five: 5 Favourite Basketball Games to Mod

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 list of my favourite games to mod over the years.

A combination of burnout, different priorities, and less free time has seen my modding efforts dwindle over the years. I do like to release some kind of mod every now and again when I can find the time though, because it’s something I’ve really enjoyed doing for the basketball gaming community. Although modding can be time-consuming and sometimes a chore – that is one of the reasons I became burned out on the hobby, after all – there is a lot of creative satisfaction in it. Whether it’s been the current rosters for NBA Live, dabbling in making some art updates, or finding other things to mod, it’s been great messing around with several different games.

Of course, when it comes to modding, not all games are alike. While the process may remain largely unchanged from game to game, and sometimes we’ve been fortunate enough to have a large amount of file compatibility to work with, each release has its own idiosyncrasies. Sometimes the files are easier to modify, other times there are limitations on what can be done with texture sizes or the roster databases. Just how much you enjoy modding a game can also depend on how much you like playing it in the first place. Looking back on all the games I’ve created mods for over the years, these five are the ones I’ve enjoyed tinkering with the most, in chronological order.

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File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

With the release of NBA 2K18, modding for NBA 2K17 is naturally beginning to slow down. However, there is a recent addition to catch up on, as pinoy21 released a new 2018 season jersey update for the Phoenix Suns. Check it out below!

pinoy21
Phoenix Suns Jersey 2017-18 (pinoy21)

Incidentally, pinoy21 is already creating some great jersey updates for NBA 2K18, so be sure to stay tuned for the upcoming releases!

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC feature the latest updates for Medevenx’s PBA 2K mod. Pick them up at the links below.

Medevenx
PBA 2K v21.2 Follow Up Pack
PBA 2K Main Directory Files 20
PBA 2K Main Directory Files 21 (Updated to v12.2)
PBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v21.2)

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Wayback Wednesday: GM Mode in NBA Live 98

Fantasy Draft Order in GM Mode

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 GM Mode in NBA Live 98.

Although I’ve gravitated towards MyCAREER and 2K Pro-Am in recent years, I’ve traditionally been a franchise gamer. For those of us who remember playing basketball games with a single season mode, the ability to play multiple seasons while managing our roster through the Draft, free agency, and salary cap-restricted trades was something that we eagerly wanted to see. As basketball gaming approached the turn of the millennium, the demand for an in-depth, multi-season mode – what we would now refer to as a franchise mode – was steadily rising. Although we’ve come to see fantastic franchise modes, it’s been a long road to get to that point.

Since I’m looking to get back into some franchise gaming this year, it seems as good a time as any to tip off a multi-part feature I’ve been wanting to do for some time: a look back at the history and evolution of franchise modes. First up is NBA Live 98’s GM Mode. While not strictly an in-depth franchise mode, it stands as one of the forerunners to the concept. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

The number NBA 2K18 mods in our Downloads database has already hit double digits, thanks to the latest file additions. New releases include court updates, retro jerseys, and another new SFX tweak. Check them all out at the links below!

Issy
Los Angeles Lakers Court
4 Courts Pack (NBA 2K17 Re-Upload)

Jonny2K
2007 New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets Valentine’s Day Jersey

MauMau78
SFX MOD 2.0 NBA 2K18

PeacemanNOT
2015-2016 Golden State Warriors Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2013-2014 Indiana Pacers Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

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NBA 2K18 Patch 1.02 Released (PC, PS4 & X1)

NBA 2K18: Damian Lillard

Patch 1.02 has come through for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K18. The PS4 patch is 4.397 GB in size, while the X1 update is 2.39 GB. It should start downloading automatically as long as you have an active Internet connection, but if you do run into any issues, try restarting your console.

At this time, there’s no word on a release date for the PC patch, or indeed, any details on what the patch addresses. It seems likely that one of the key fixes will be for a troubling issue which has seen gamers lose their MyPLAYER data, along with any VC that they’ve purchased. Note that if the issues addressed in Patch 1.02 are console-specific, then we might not see the first patch for the PC version just yet.

I’ll update this post with the patch notes once they’re made available. For now, feel free to discuss the update in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NBA 2K18 section of the Forum. I’ve also created a resource in our Wiki for NBA 2K18’s update history, which we’ll keep updated through the next twelve months. As always, any help in keeping our Wiki resources up to date with the latest information would be greatly appreciated!

UPDATE: Patch 1.02 is now available for the PC version of NBA 2K18, and weighs in at 81.4 MB. Still no patch notes as yet.

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Monday Tip-Off: Is It MyCAREER, or The Shammy Wells Show?

Shammy Wells in NBA 2K18's MyCAREER

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 look at how Shammy Wells is shaping up to be the real protagonist in NBA 2K18’s MyCAREER, at least in my game.

Early on in NBA 2K17’s MyCAREER, I remember feeling like Justice Young was the real star of the story. He was getting more shots, he was levelling up a lot quicker than I was, and in terms of the narrative, he was the one driving the action. As the year progressed, I surpassed him in Overall Rating and on-court performance, and by the time we hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy, it was clear that The President of Basketball was indeed the protagonist of the story, and the star of the team. Despite my usual aversion to the story-driven approach in MyCAREER, I did enjoy last year’s tale. In terms of gameplay, I also liked having Justice as my teammate.

My reactions to the MyCAREER story in NBA 2K18 are…well, not so positive. I’ll go into that in greater detail at a later time, but suffice to say, I’m not a fan of the writing, characters, or the plot in general. As for the gameplay, I knew that I’d have to grind my way up again – it’s always the way – but I wasn’t counting on being outshone by a fictional player once again, and even more so than before. Through the early stages of MyCAREER in NBA 2K18, I have to admit that it doesn’t really feel like the story is actually about my career, at least on the court. Instead, it feels like D.J. is merely providing the soundtrack to The Shammy Wells Show.

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

Our modding community isn’t messing around, as we already have a few more releases for NBA 2K18 PC today. The latest files included court updates for the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, and Cleveland Cavaliers, and the External File Importer, an essential tool for installing art mods. Pick them up at the links below!

Issy
Los Angeles Clippers Court
Miami Heat Court

TGsoGood
NBA 2K18 External File Importer (With Modded Folder)

Manni Live
Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #222

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Episode #222 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, Kenny, and myself as we offer up our initial impressions of NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18, and look ahead to the 2018 season of basketball gaming.

On this week’s show…

  • After spending quite a bit of time with the demo, we finally have our hands on the full version of NBA Live 18. Pleasingly, the game is feeling like a significant step forward.
  • Interestingly, WNBA Play Now has been a lot of fun, changing up the experience. It definitely feels like something to build upon.
  • Ultimate Team could stand to be deeper, but there are a couple of nice features with the starter packs, based on your favourite team.
  • Franchise needs some work, but may be worth checking out as well. All in all, NBA Live 18 is shaping up to be a good comeback for the series.
  • Our initial impression of NBA 2K18 is that the NBA gameplay is a bit more fun than MyCAREER on the sticks, but it’s mostly some of the concepts that bug us. Starting from scratch again has us a little shook (sorry).
  • The biggest gripes with NBA 2K18 so far? The VC gouging, and a bewildering change to free throw shooting for MyPLAYERs.
  • Despite our complaints, there are some noticeable improvements to the gameplay, and other modes are looking good as well.
  • There’s still a lot to sink our teeth into, but on the whole, we are looking forward to the next year of basketball gaming, in both NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18.

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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.

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