NBA 2K17: The Prelude Available Worldwide

NBA 2K17: Gaming Cutscene in MyCAREER

The Prelude, the free downloadable preview of MyCAREER in NBA 2K17, is now available worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

For those who are unaware, The Prelude will allows us to select from a Division I college, play a few games, and raise our Draft stock. It will essentially provide a head start on MyCAREER before NBA 2K17 is released, and reportedly can only be played through once. It also includes the revamped 2KU tutorial mode, featuring Coach K. The newly released MyNBA2K17 app can be used to scan our faces, and immediately start using them for the player we create.

Note that PC gamers will not be able to play The Prelude (unless they also own a PS4 and X1, of course), as it’s a console exclusive. However, the PC version will not be missing out on any of the content that’s in The Prelude, as everything in the downloadable experience is also available in the main game. It’s simply an opportunity to get an early look at the game, and a head start on MyCAREER.

If you’re giving The Prelude a look, feel free to share your impressions in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum.

NBA 2K17 Dynamic Commentary Trailer; MyNBA2K17 Out Now

NBA 2K17: Paul George

The latest trailer for NBA 2K17 spotlights the dynamic commentary in this year’s game. This year, Kevin Harlan and lead analyst Greg Anthony will be joined by a rotation of second analysts, including Chris Webber, Steve Smith, Brent Barry, Doris Burke, and Clark Kellogg. David Aldridge has also been added to the broadcast team, as he takes over sideline reporting duties. There will be eleven national broadcasters in total, with over 400 hours of new commentary.

Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal return with their studio show, and will now conduct interviews with your MyPLAYER. The trailer also showcases some of the new dialogue recorded by real NBA coaches, and includes a few impressive highlights in the form of gameplay snippets. Check out the trailer below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

Additionally, the MyNBA2K17 app is now available for Android and iOS devices. At present, we can play MyTEAM Mobile and scan our faces, however we won’t be able to see the scans until The Prelude is released. Nevertheless, if you’d like to take a peek at how face scanning works this year, you can go ahead and install the app.

Got any thoughts on dynamic commentary in NBA 2K17, or impressions of MyNBA2K17 so far? Feel free to share them in the comments below, and join in all of the discussion that’s taking place in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #175

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Episode #175 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! We’re in the final countdown to NBA 2K17, so it’s been another busy week with several previews. Join us as we react to the latest news, share our recent basketball gaming experiences, and talk about a couple of other topics that caught our attention.

On this week’s show…

  • We now know a lot more about what to expect from MyCAREER in NBA 2K17, by way of a developer blog and a trailer. What do we think of this year’s approach?
  • The MyNBA2K17 app is out now, but as of recording, it isn’t much use yet.
  • A couple of new tidbits about MyLEAGUE and MyCAREER have given us some ideas for league expansion. We’re also really glad that there’ll be no four point line.
  • The Arena Authenticity trailer spotlighted some cool presentation elements, but are we particularly hyped about them?
  • We discuss what certainly appears to be a hoax about a PC version of NBA Live 17, and recap what we know so far about the next game from EA Sports.
  • In another social media gaffe, Ronnie 2K continues to alienate basketball gamers who dare to express legitimate complaints about NBA 2K.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming includes some of our final sessions of 2K Pro-Am – though there might be a couple more – and a return to NBA 2K11 for the Jordan Challenge. Also, a bit of talk about NBA Live 16 (yes, it’s been a while).
  • We wrap up Episode #175 of the NLSC Podcast with another game of Trivia Time!

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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.

NBA 2K17 MyCAREER Trailer Released

NBA 2K17: MyCAREER Player Archetypes

2K Sports has released the official trailer for MyCAREER in NBA 2K17. As previously noted, this year’s story focuses on a dynamic duo: our MyPLAYER and a player called Justice Young, played by Michael B. Jordan. We’ll be able to assume control of both players out on the court, with the goal of becoming the NBA’s next great tandem.

The trailer gives us a few quick glimpses of various cutscenes, as well as some gameplay from cinematic camera angles, and another look at the player archetypes that will be available in NBA 2K17. It doesn’t give away too much of the story, which will apparently have some more branching options, with choices that matter. For those of us who expressed frustration with the linear nature of “Livin’ Da Dream” in NBA 2K16, this certainly comes as good news.

Check out the MyCAREER trailer below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

The Prelude is set to drop in a couple of days, so PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gamers will be able to get a head start on (and early look at) MyCAREER in NBA 2K17. Unfortunately, the experience will not be available on PC. The MyNBA2K17 app will also be available this week for Android and iOS devices, so we’ll be able to get our faces into the game ahead of the Early Tip-Off Weekend on September 16th. Once again, its face scanning functionality will not be available for the PC version.

Got any thoughts on the trailer? Share them in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum!

Wayback Wednesday: Courtside Comedy in NBA Live 2003

Rasheed Wallace argues with a referee in NBA Live 2003

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.

Our (belated) 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content is on-going, and next up will be a retrospective of NBA Live 2003. Before we get to that, however, I wanted to profile one of the game’s most notorious features: its “Courtside Comedy” cutscenes. On top of gameplay that wasn’t quite as sim as most basketball gamers would’ve liked, NBA Live 2003 also took a more light-hearted approach to its atmosphere, with several cutscenes involving players joking around and goofing off.

While the comedic cutscenes weren’t universally disliked, I think it’s fair to say that most gamers were not sorry to see them gone in NBA Live 2004. For my part, I can see the humour, and I do have a certain amount of nostalgia for the sheer oddity of them, but they definitely didn’t create the atmosphere that I wanted for NBA Live. Nevertheless, they are fun to look back on, especially because some of them could be truly ridiculous. Ahead of my detailed retrospective of NBA Live 2003, here are some of the most memorable courtside comedy cutscenes.

Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA 2K17 Arena Authenticity Trailer

NBA 2K17: John Wall

The countdown to the Early Tip-Off Weekend for NBA 2K17 is approaching single digits, but it seems there’s still a couple of things that we’ll get a glimpse of before the game comes out. 2K has released a new “Arena Authenticity” trailer, demonstrating the sounds of all the different NBA arenas.

As mentioned in some of the hands-on previews, and reiterated in the trailer, members of the NBA 2K development team travelled over 16,000 miles to capture authentic arena sounds for all 30 NBA teams. Not only does this include crowd reactions and arena-specific effects, but even the sound that the basketball makes bouncing on each team’s hardwood. The 2K PA Announcer has also recorded lines that are specific to each team, though the game retains the same announcer in each arena.

Check out the trailer below, or catch it here over on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

What are your thoughts? Is this something you’re excited to see – or rather, hear – or are details like this largely unimportant to you? Sound off with your opinion in the comments section below, and feel free to join in the discussion in this thread in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum.

New Details on MyLEAGUE & MyGM in NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17: Expansion Teams in MyGM & MyLEAGUE

Brian Mazique has been posting his hands-on impressions of NBA 2K17 over on, providing a detailed insight into this year’s game. He’s also posted a few new tidbits about MyLEAGUE and MyGM, providing some clarification on rule changes and the names of the pre-made expansion teams.

The rules committee will apparently meet after every season to determine whether there will be any changes, just as in real life. Changes must also be approved by the requisite percentage of team owners. Unfortunately we can’t disable rule changes, but in MyLEAGUE, we will be able to override them. Changes to the shot clock are one example of the new rules that we can experience in NBA 2K17.

As previously mentioned when league expansion was first announced for MyLEAGUE and MyGM, the game will ship with ten pre-made expansion teams. These teams will include primary and secondary logos, as well as audio assets. The ten pre-made teams in NBA 2K17 are the Nashville Stars, Pittsburgh Force, Kansas City Knights, Virginia Storm, Vancouver Ravens, San Diego Surf, Cincinnati Lions, Baltimore Barons, Louisville Liberty, and St. Louis Sound.

What’s your take on the latest information, franchise gamers? Have your say in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion in this thread in the Forum. We’re now less than two weeks away from the Early Tip-Off Weekend for NBA 2K17, and The Prelude is scheduled to drop this week on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, so stay tuned for more tidbits and impressions!

Monday Tip-Off: Pro Stick vs. Shoot Button in NBA 2K

Dirk Nowitzki shoots the basketball in NBA 2K16

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.

By now, you’ve probably heard that NBA 2K17 will feature revamped shooting controls on the Pro Stick, with the angle of the stick now determining whether or not your attempt is on target. While many of the early impressions suggest that it’s not as complex as it may sound, it’s something that basketball gamers will ultimately decide for themselves upon getting their hands on the game. Fortunately, for gamers who prefer to use the Shoot button, Mike Wang made it clear in his developer blog that it’s still going to be a viable option in NBA 2K17.

One of the things that made it difficult for me to get into the NBA 2K series all those years ago was its controls. I was accustomed to dribbling controls on the right stick, I didn’t care for the original approach to Isomotion, and I felt like the Shot Stick was overkill. With the Shot Stick becoming the Pro Stick in recent editions of NBA 2K, combining dribbling and shooting controls, I’ve definitely warmed up to the concept. However, when it comes down to it, I still prefer using the Shoot Button. With the changes in NBA 2K17, I now find myself wondering if I’ll change my approach.

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

I’m still a little behind in posting some recent file additions, as they’ve fallen by the wayside while I’ve focused on keeping up to date with NBA 2K17 news bulletins. My apologies to the users who have been releasing great updates! In any event, we have a new addition for NBA 2K13 today, as PatTheHead has uploaded a new version of his retro season roster pack. Check it out at the link below!

1946/47 to 1984/85 ABA + NBA Seasons (Updated to v3.9)

Closure: The Unfinished NBA Live 2002 Franchise

Chris Webber in NBA Live 2002

As I said in my retrospective of NBA Live 2002, it’s a game that holds up a little better than I remembered. For all its flaws, for all the controversy that surrounded it as the first game in the NBA Live series not to be released on PC, it’s a game that I spent a lot of time with. Despite its problems, I can definitely say that I enjoyed playing it back in the day.

In fact, NBA Live 2002 actually produced one of my favourite basketball gaming experiences to date: a Franchise game with the Sacramento Kings. Unfortunately, as much fun as I was having playing through that first season – 82 games, twelve minutes quarters, of course – I never actually completed it. Needless to say, that save file is long gone, so there’s no chance of ever picking it up again. It’s a shame, because I was pretty close to the end of the regular season; close enough that it wouldn’t have hurt too much to sim through to the end, and then just play through the Playoffs.

When I went back and reflected upon my most memorable failed basketball gaming endeavours in The Friday Five, I mentioned that if I still had that save file for NBA Live 2002, I’d probably make some time to finish it off with a combination of simming and playing the remaining games. Well, the save file might be gone, but I still have NBA Live 2002, and an urge to do some fun stuff for the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live. You can probably see where this is going, so let’s not beat around the bush any longer. Join me as I gain some closure and finish what I started, with a helping hand from the simulation function!

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File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

Today we have some new file additions for NBA Live 2004, a fine game for its era and a title I’ll soon be taking a look back at for our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content. In the meantime, GNGGRIZZ27 has released some 2016-2017 season court updates, which you can download at the links below.

2016 Los Angeles Clippers Court
2016-2017 Courts

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Here are the latest new and updated files for NBA 2K14 PC! Today’s additions include updated 2016 offseason rosters, a new version of PBA 2K, player faces, shoes, and the 2017 season schedule. Download them all at the links below!

Derrick Rose HD and SD Update
Al-Farouq Aminu HD and SD Update
Marcus Smart HD and SD Face
5 Players Face Pack

2016-17 NBA Schedule

NLSC Shoe Vault (Updated to v3.1)

Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v4.2)
PBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v13.2)

NBA 2K17 MyCAREER Blog; Shoes Matter Trailer

NBA 2K17: Press Conference in MyCAREER

We’re not quite done with the NBA 2K17 developer blogs this week, as Ben Bishop has posted an in-depth look at MyCAREER in this year’s game. He outlines the player archetypes that we’ll be able to select for our MyPLAYERs, revealing that the archetypes and physical attributes will matter in terms of starting ratings and rating caps. From the sounds of things, it will no longer be possible to make a 7’3″ centre with the skills of a point guard, which is also great news for 2K Pro-Am.

This year’s story is focused on a dynamic duo: our MyPLAYER, and a player called Justice Young. The duo’s nickname is “Orange Juice”, and the story itself will be less linear, with choices that result in story branching. We’ll also be able to direct Justice Young to make cuts to the basket or take a shot, or even assume complete control over him. Young is portrayed by actor Michael B. Jordan, while Aaron Covington (Creed) is the story’s writer/director.

Off-day events return from NBA 2K16, and there will be more communication with other players and sponsors through text messages. Players can also stop by your MyCOURT, and MyCOURT is more connected to the story and overall MyCAREER experience. Endorsements will also be available earlier on in your career, and there are exclusive deals. Training has been revamped with new drills, and a “Doin’ Work” meter that earns progress towards levelling up.

Be sure to check out the developer blog for the full scoop on MyCAREER in NBA 2K17. Additionally, a new trailer has been released today, spotlighting the shoes in NBA 2K17. Check it out below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

As always, feel free to share your impressions in the comments below, as well as in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum.

The Friday Five: Top 5 Teams of Interest 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.

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the release of NBA 2K17, at least in terms of the Early Tip-Off Weekend. I’ve been planning on spending more time with MyLEAGUE this year, so needless to say, I was glad to read about some of the various additions and improvements that we can expect to see in the mode. Although I’m traditionally a franchise gamer, my attention has been drawn to other modes in recent years. From the sounds of things, NBA 2K17 will be a good year to get back into the franchise experience, offline and online.

Before starting a franchise game, it’s important to decide which team you’re going to use. Unless you decide to control all thirty teams in MyLEAGUE, you’ll need to choose carefully, as picking a team that you don’t enjoy playing with is a good way of putting a quick end to a franchise game. Each year, offseason player movement results in new lineups that not only seem like they’ll be fun to watch in real life, but also fun to play with in basketball video games. For this week’s Friday Five, I thought I’d pick my top five teams of interest in NBA 2K17; in other words, the most interesting and appealing teams to choose for a MyLEAGUE or MyGM game.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #174

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Episode #174 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! The release of NBA 2K17 is getting closer and closer, and once again we’ve got a significant amount of news to cover. We also have some stories to share about the latest exploits of the NLSC squad in 2K Pro-Am, and a trip down memory lane with NBA 2K12.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip things off with a discussion about The Prelude, the downloadable experience for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K17 that will preview MyCAREER.
  • A recent 2K media day has given us quite a bit of information about NBA 2K17, and a lot of it is very good news. A lot of positive impressions are also coming out of the recent community event.
  • At last, we have our first deep-dive developer blog, courtesy of Gameplay Director Mike Wang! The man they call Beluba has given us some very promising information about this year’s game.
  • How optimistic and hyped are we for NBA 2K17, just a couple of weeks away from the Early Tip-Off Weekend?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: a goal is achieved by the NLSC squad in 2K Pro-Am. Also, some unfinished business is finally completed in NBA 2K12.
  • We wrap up another episode with our new favourite game, Trivia Time! The score is close, and we have a fresh new batch of questions for at least the next six weeks.

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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.