20th Anniversary of NBA Live: NBA Live 2004 Retrospective

NBA Live 2004 Retrospective

To mark the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live, we’re posting content for every game in the series, including retrospectives, patches, countdowns, and more. Whether you’re a long-time basketball gamer who grew up with the NBA Live series and would like to take a drip down memory lane, or you’ve only recently started playing basketball games and would like to learn a little about what they used to be like, we hope that you enjoy the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content here on the NLSC!

After NBA Live 2003 was skewed too much towards an arcade style of gameplay, NBA Live 2004 was a very welcome course correction towards being a far more realistic sim game. It was also the beginning of a very solid three year run for NBA Live on the PC, PlayStation 2, and Xbox, before the series began to struggle with its transition to the next generation. NBA Live 2004 was generally well-received in its day, and remains a favourite for many long-time basketball gamers. Read on to find out how the game was a return to form for the NBA Live series.

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

I’m a bit late in posting this file addition for NBA Live 06 PC, but magiciangirl06 has recently released a new Milwaukee Bucks court update (v2.0), accurate as of the 2017 season. Check it out at the link below!

2016/2017 Milwaukee Bucks Court (Updated to v2.0)

Wayback Wednesday: 1000 People Online in NBA Live 07

Allen Iverson in NBA Live 07 (Xbox 360)

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.

NBA Live 07 is ten years old now. If you’ve been around the community for a long time and remember playing it back in the day, don’t worry; I feel old too. As I’ll be discussing in some upcoming features for our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content, whether you’re talking about the PC/PlayStation 2 or Xbox 360 version, NBA Live 07 was a release that had quite a lot of issues. It was around this time that the NBA Live series really began to falter, allowing the NBA 2K series to not only establish itself as a superior product, but also close the gap in sales across all platforms. But that’s something I’ll cover in those upcoming articles.

Today, I’m talking about something that I feel is an interesting footnote about the Xbox 360 version of NBA Live 07. One of NBA Live 07’s Xbox Live Achievements was awarded for being one of at least a thousand people online and in the game at the same time. It’s a somewhat unique idea for an Achievement or Trophy in a basketball video game, and it’s safe to say that there weren’t a lot of gamers who ended up attaining it.

What was the deal with this somewhat unusual Achievement? Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 08 PC include a roster pack, and the latest version of LASquared’s Historical Roster. Check them both out at the links below!

LASquared Roster Pack for NBA Live 08
Historical Roster (Updated to v0.8)

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include a handful of player faces, a new hair texture, and the latest version of PBA 2K. Check out all of the new releases at the links below!

Jae Crowder Face
Brandon Knight Face
2D Fade Afro Texture

Jaylen Brown Face

PBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v14.0)

Monday Tip-Off: Nothing’s Coming Up THRILLHO

NLSC Thrillho in a 2K Pro-Am game 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.

Yes, I’m going to talk about 2K Pro-Am again, and the ongoing attempts of NLSC THRILLHO to unlock logo importing. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles and on the NLSC Podcast, we’ve been enjoying the mode enough to get online for several sessions per week, but we’ve also had our fair share of frustrating moments. While we have to take responsibility for some of them – we’ve definitely made our fair share of mistakes, after all – there have been times when it’s felt like the game is out to get us. Maybe it’s the “NBA Live Series Center” text on our court; perhaps we should change that, if we want fairer treatment?

In all seriousness, I’ve made a point of saving clips of many of those moments, usually for the purposes of bug reports and Wishlist feedback. However, it’s gotten to the point where I can put together a “Shaqtin’ a Fool” type of reel, showcasing the times where NBA 2K17 made our jaws drop for all the wrong reasons. Since THRILLHO is a blatant reference to The Simpsons, it only made sense to title it after another memorable Milhouse quote. Without any further ado, please enjoy a highlight reel of the best of our worst, from bloopers to bugs, and several other frustrating and bizarre moments in between!

For some of the more positive moments we’ve had with NLSC THRILLHO, be sure to check out this thread in the NBA 2K17 section of the Forum. We’ll be posting more highlights there as soon as possible. Stay tuned for other video content as well, including Wayback Wednesday retrospectives, commentary in Monday Tip-Off, and a few other features that I hope you’ll enjoy.

File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

Check out the latest file additions for NBA 2K17 PC, featuring a selection of NBA court updates and custom courts, and a pack of television watermarks. Download them all at the links below.

SexCurry Beats
Space Jam Court
School Street Court

ESPN-FOX-NBA TV Watermarks

Manni Live
Chicago Bulls United Center HD Arena

Indiana Pacers Bankers Life Fieldhouse

File Additions for NBA 2K12

NBA 2K12 Cover Art - Michael Jordan

I’m a little behind in posting this, but we’ve recently had a new file addition for NBA 2K12, specifically a custom soundtrack. Check it out at the link below!

Luis Anton Imperial
Customized Soundtrack Mod

NLSC Podcast – Episode #188

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #188 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we discuss Patch 1.07 for NBA 2K17, drama in the NBA 2K YouTube community, a tidbit about NBA Live 17, and our basketball gaming experiences from the past week.

On this week’s show…

  • In response to a question on Twitter, EA Sports has reiterated that NBA Live 17 will be released in the first quarter of 2017, and that more news will be released closer to the game coming out.
  • Patch 1.07 has come through for NBA 2K17, and seems to primarily be an update for the upcoming eSports tournaments. Still, we wonder why it took 24 hours to post three whole patch notes.
  • We react to some drama in the NBA 2K YouTube community, and compare it to some of the issues we’ve seen in our modding community over the years.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Some more enjoyable wins for NLSC THRILLHO in 2K Pro-Am, an epic quadruple-double in MyCAREER, and chasing records.
  • We wrap up Episode #188 of the NLSC Podcast with some NBA discussion, including Klay Thompson’s incredible 60 points in 29 minutes, and Dwyane Wade’s performance with the Chicago Bulls so far.

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: Best Sim Basketball Game of Each Generation

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.

When we look back to rank and rate basketball video games throughout the years, it’s important that we keep a few things in perspective, such as the technology of the time, and a game’s improvement over its immediate predecessors. With the way that basketball titles and other sports video games have improved, it’s not always a fair comparison once a few years have passed, to say nothing of a generation or two. Even though they’ve been surpassed, certain basketball games definitely deserve to be recognised as the best sim title of their day. As such, today I’m picking the best sim basketball games in five distinct generations, or eras if you prefer.

I must emphasise that these are my personal picks, and that I’m not presenting this list as infallible, definitive, or above question. There are several worthy candidates that you might prefer, and I obviously reserve the right to change my opinion in the future as well. However, as it stands today, these are my selections for the best sim-oriented basketball video games in each generation, starting from the early days of basketball gaming and going right through until today. Without any further ado, let’s tip things off with basketball games from the 16-Bit era and earlier.

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NBA 2K17 Patch 1.07 Notes Revealed

Cover player Paul George dunks the basketball in NBA 2K17

2K Sports have finally posted the patch notes for Patch 1.07 for NBA 2K17, which was released yesterday on PlayStation 4. In a stark contrast to the usual laundry list of fixes, only three major changes to the game are noted:

  • Support for the NBA 2K17 European All-Star Tournament as well as the forthcoming NBA 2K17 All-Star Tournament.
  • Performance increase for users playing in the Old Town, Sunset Beach, and Ante-Up parks.
  • Reduced the effectiveness of shooting after excessive dribbling to achieve better game balance.

It remains to be seen whether the patch notes will be updated with further details, as it seems strange that it would take over 24 hours for 2K to post such a small amount of information on the patch. Of course, it could just be that Patch 1.07 is primarily about updating the game for the upcoming eSports tournaments.

In any event, I’ve added the patch notes to this thread in the NLSC Forum, as well as our resource on NBA 2K17 patches here in the Wiki. There’s still no word on when the patch will come through on PC and Xbox One, but once again, we’ll post any information once it becomes available. If you have any thoughts on the patch, or notice any other under-the-hood tweaks that seem to have been made, feel free to share your impressions with us.

NBA 2K17 Patch 1.07 Released on PlayStation 4

LeBron James vs. Carmelo Anthony in NBA 2K17

Patch 1.07 is now available for the PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K17. It will come through automatically as long as your console is connected to the Internet; if you run into any problems, try restarting your PS4. Patch 1.07 weighs in at 7.5 GB, so also make sure that you have enough hard drive space available.

There’s no word on when the patch will hit PC and Xbox One, but based on the last couple of title updates for NBA 2K17, it hopefully won’t be too much longer. Patches 1.05 and 1.06 were both released on all three platforms within 24 hours, so with any luck, the same will hold true for Patch 1.07.

At this time, we’re still waiting for 2K to release detailed patch notes. Gameplay Director Mike Wang (aka Beluba) has mentioned a couple of tweaks in a Tweet however, noting that over-dribbling will result in lower field goal percentages, and that contested three-pointers will also be nerfed in the latest tuning update.

We’ll be sure to post more information as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, feel free to share your observations and opinions on Patch 1.07 in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum.

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Legends in NBA Live 2000

Michael Jordan in One-on-One in NBA Live 2000

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.

Today, December 7th 2016, is Larry Bird’s 60th birthday; Happy Birthday, Larry Legend! To mark the occasion, I’ve been trying to think of basketball video gaming topics that are related to the Boston Celtics great. Since I’ve already talked about Bird’s presence in NBA Jam Tournament Edition as a secret player, that idea is out. Glancing at the list of topics that I’ve compiled for future Wayback Wednesday features, I noticed one that’s probably overdue, and certainly has ties to Bird: NBA Legends in NBA Live 2000.

I remember that many of us were very excited to hear that a selection of NBA Legends from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s would be featured in NBA Live 2000. The long-awaited addition of Michael Jordan was obviously a huge selling point, but the inclusion of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Isiah Thomas, and other all-time greats, also came as very welcome news for basketball gamers who wanted to see some historical content in NBA Live.

It’s the kind of content in basketball video games that helps us reminisce, so it’s only appropriate that we take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #188 Mailbag Call

NLSC Podcast

This is a last call for any and all topic suggestions and mailbag questions for Episode #188 of the NLSC Podcast. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we’ll be recording this week’s show within the next couple of days. Therefore, if there’s something you’d like to hear us talk about, please let us know ASAP!

As usual, we do ask that you keep suggestions along the lines of our core content (NBA Live, NBA 2K, basketball gaming, and modding), as well as related subjects (such as the real NBA), and site/community history. It’s been a reasonably slow news week, so there’s definitely room on the docket for a few extra topics.

Having said that, do you have any suggestions for us this week? If so, post them in the comments below, or in this thread in the Forum. Topic suggestions and mailbag questions are also welcome via our social media, so feel free to hit us up on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to connect with us there if you haven’t already.

A big thanks as always to everyone who continues to tune in every week, and send in topic suggestions when they come to mind. If you haven’t caught Episode #187 of the NLSC Podcast yet, you can listen to it here. You can also subscribe to the NLSC Podcast on iTunes, or find us on Stitcher if you’d like to listen in on your mobile or tablet devices. Stay tuned for Episode #188!

File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

We’ve got another batch of great file additions for NBA 2K17 PC today. The latest new and updated releases include up to date versions of gregkwaste’s invaluable modding tools, custom courts and basketballs, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

NBA 2K17 Explorer
NBA 2K17 Importer/Exporter

SexCurry Beats
$$$ Ball
Galaxy Ball
Nike Galaxy Court
Super Splash Bros GSW Court
Super Mario Bros 3 Ball
Jordan Bulls Court

Detroit Pistons Court

Tyronn Lue (Coach) Face

Manni Live
Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans HD Arena V3 (Updated to v3.0)