Monday Tip-Off: When EA Sports & Visual Concepts Can’t Win

John Wall dunks in NBA Live 16

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.

When it comes to basketball video games, we have a responsibility to ourselves as consumers to be honest in our feedback. While it’s important to be constructive and refrain from childish insults, we don’t do ourselves any favours if we hold back on all negative criticism. Visual Concepts has a quality product in NBA 2K, but there are still areas in which the game can improve. With NBA Live, EA Sports still has a long road ahead of them. In both cases, our suggestions and criticisms can help in the development of future games.

In a previous Monday Tip-Off article, I discussed what it means to give constructive feedback. It’s important to keep that in mind when we’re talking about what we want out of future releases from EA Sports and Visual Concepts, and I believe that for the most part, we do a great job of compiling useful feedback for both developers. Unfortunately, when it comes to certain issues, it’s hard for us to have a unified voice and reach a consensus, due to polarised opinions on certain features. When that happens, it’s tough for EA Sports or Visual Concepts to win with basketball gamers.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

The modders in our community are still making some fine updates for NBA 2K14 PC. We have a couple of new releases today, including a retro Seattle Supersonics cheerleaders update by Retroswald13, and the latest version of PBA 2K by Medevenx. Download them both at the links below!

Retro 2000s Seattle Supersonics Cheerleaders

PBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v13.3b)

File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

We have a couple of new file additions for NBA Live 06 PC today, as magiciangirl06 has released a couple of PBA courts, and a new version of a fictional Sacramento Kings court. Download both releases at the links below.

2016/2017 Smart Araneta Coliseum Court & Mall of Asia Court
2016/2017 Fictional Sacramento Kings Court (Updated to v2.0)

File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

Check it out: it’s our first batch of file additions for NBA 2K17 PC! These initial releases include modding tools, a Sweetfx tweak, a MyCAREER characters mod, and a court update for the Los Angeles Clippers. Download them all at the links below!

Goldenstate77’s 2K17 Reshade (Sweetfx)

Limnono Trainer English Version
Limnono Mod Importing Tool for NBA 2K17

MyCAREER Mod | Jackson Ellis and Alabaster

NBA 2K17 Editor by guoyao168

Manni Live
Los Angeles Clippers Court Update

The Friday Five: 5 Things Old School Basketball Gamers Did

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.

I’ve been playing basketball video games for a long time now, and I know that I’m far from the only person in our community with a long history on the virtual hardwood. If you go back a long way with basketball video games, chances are you have a healthy appreciation for how far they’ve come, while also harbouring a certain amount of nostalgia for the more primitive games from yesteryear. You probably remember many of their quirks, some of which you may miss, whereas others will definitely leave you feeling very grateful that they’re no longer an issue.

Of course, we gamers have plenty of quirks of our own, whether it’s some kind of superstitious ritual with the controls (“Yeah, tapping the button at that time totally works!”), or just something we do because it’s kind of fun, such as timing movements with the soundtrack. When it comes to basketball games, there are also certain things that we old school gamers did that probably seem a bit strange and amusing to younger gamers, because technology is so much better now. Just for fun, I thought I’d make a list of some of those quirky rituals and old fashioned activities that it seems many of us old school basketball gamers indulged in at one time or another.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #177

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #177 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! As you might expect, this week’s episode is basically the NBA 2K17 Show, as Arcane, Kenny, and I talk about our first week with this year’s game from Visual Concepts.

On this week’s show…

  • Before we get into our initial impressions of NBA 2K17, we note that our community is already hard at work figuring out how to mod the game. In fact, some of the first mods have already been released!
  • We tip off our NBA 2K17 impressions with our take on gameplay, including our opinions on the new shooting mechanics, the responsiveness of the controls, and more.
  • After “Livin’ Da Dream” left us feeling underwhelmed last year, we’re actually not too down on the story in this year’s MyCAREER. There are a few other things we’re liking about this year’s mode, too.
  • Unfortunately, 2K Pro-Am has been somewhat of a frustrating experience so far. We comment on the new features we like, the removal of customisation out of the gate (which we don’t), and some annoying moments with the mode’s gameplay.
  • On a more positive note, we have a lot of good things to say about MyLEAGUE, MyGM, and MyLEAGUE Online. We’re all looking forward to getting into some more franchise gaming in NBA 2K17.
  • We wrap up Episode #177 of the NLSC Podcast with a few final first impressions of NBA 2K17, with the disclaimer that we’ll be playing this game for a while, and some of our opinions may be subject to change the more we play.

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.

20th Anniversary of NBA Live: NBA Live 2003 Retrospective

NBA Live 2003 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!

NBA Live 2003 is neither one of my all-time favourites, nor one of the best games in the NBA Live series. It is, however, a very significant game in the series for a few reasons; some good, some bad. In certain aspects, it made some very important steps forward that ultimately benefitted the series, even to this day. At the same time, it made several missteps, providing a clear lesson in what not to do with a five-on-five, sim-oriented basketball title that most gamers wanted to be as realistic as possible. Having said all that, let’s take a look back at NBA Live 2003.

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NBA 2K17 MyPARK Blog

NBA 2K17: MyPARK Select

Developer blogs generally end with the release of a new game, but even though NBA 2K17 is out now, 2K clearly has a few more details that they’d like to spotlight. Online producer Shane Coffin has written a blog on MyPARK in this year’s game, which you can check out here over on the official NBA 2K Facebook page.

Highlights of the blog include:

  • MyPARK in NBA 2K17 will be “event” driven, with five different types of events: a Mountain Dew-sponsored 3v3 tournament, Rival Day, Ante-Up, House Rules, and Double Rep Weekends. Another event type is yet to be announced.
  • Several new MyPARK-exclusive animations have been added, including squad animations, hanging out animations, gameplay animations, and celebrations.
  • Park Cards have been revamped, and good teammates can earn the ability to use more than one card per game.
  • Park-specific badges have been added: Game Point, Road Dog, 7 Oh’s, Iron Man, Legend Takeover, Park Bully, Winners Only, and Streak Breaker.
  • It’s now possible to earn player upgrades while playing in MyPARK.
  • Double alley-oops have been added.

If you’ve already gotten into MyPARK in NBA 2K17, chances are you’re already aware of these additions and changes, but if you’d like the full scoop, be sure to check out the blog for more information. Once again, I encourage everyone to head over to our NBA 2K17 board if you’d like to share your thoughts, or your recent experiences with the game.

Wayback Wednesday: Finishing The Jordan Challenge (Part 2)

Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird in NBA 2K11's Jordan Challenge

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 2K17 is out now, so my retro gaming is temporarily on hold. However, before I got my hands on this year’s release, I did manage to complete another couple of games in NBA 2K11’s Jordan Challenge. I expect that I’ll mostly be playing NBA 2K17 over the next couple of weeks, but my inner completionist is definitely eager to once again pick up NBA 2K11 in the not too distant future, so that I may continue taking care of my unfinished business.

In Part 2 of this feature, I’m tackling the challenges from Michael Jordan’s second year in the league, and second-to-last year with the Chicago Bulls: The Arrival, and The Flu Game. Both contests were defining moments in the career of His Airness, with statistical marks that are tough to match. Needless to say, the eight minute quarters of the Jordan Challenge make them even tougher, especially The Arrival. Join me as I continue my quest to finally complete the Jordan Challenge, and unlock MJ: Creating a Legend without the cheat code!

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Catching up on another file addition I’m a little late in posting, magiciangirl06 has released a new Oklahoma City Thunder court update for NBA Live 06. Check it out at the link below!

2016/2017 Oklahoma City Thunder Court

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Our community is already working on modding NBA 2K17, but in the meantime, we have a new batch of file additions for NBA 2K14. Today’s new and updated files include player faces, Memphis Grizzlies jerseys, new cheerleaders, NBA 2K17-style presentation, and more. Download all of the latest releases at the links below!

Manu Ginobili Face [Bald Edition]
PBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v13.3)
NBA 2K17 Presentation for NBA 2K14 (Updated to v1.0)

Tyson Chandler Face

Memphis Grizzlies MLK50 Pride Uniform

Real Cheerleaders 2016

Monday Tip-Off: Realism in Franchise Modes

MyLEAGUE & MyGM, NBA 2K17's Franchise Modes

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.

As I mentioned in last week’s Friday Five, one of my goals for NBA 2K17 is to return to my roots as a franchise gamer, and spend a lot more time in MyLEAGUE. I’m still deciding which team (or teams) I’ll control, what kind of moves I might make, and whether or not I’ll experiment with league expansion and relocation in my primary MyLEAGUE game. As I mentioned in this thread, I generally prefer to maintain a certain level of realism when I play franchise modes, as I’ve discovered that making too many trades or using the fantasy draft options quickly leads to boredom, due to the more rapid departure from reality.

Of course, the very nature of franchise modes means that there will generally be some deviation from reality. Whether it’s a player’s stats, a team’s record, or the odd trade here and there, most of our franchise games are not going to be one hundred percent realistic. For many of us, it’s those small changes – or if we so choose, big changes – that make franchise modes so fun and enjoyable. At the same time, however, many of us do believe that franchise modes should be as realistic as possible, and are frustrated when our desired level of realism isn’t achieved. The question is: what actually constitutes realism in a franchise mode?

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

With most basketball gamers seemingly moving on to NBA 2K17, we have what may be our last batch of NBA 2K16 file additions, at least for a little while. pinoy21 has uploaded new versions of his Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors jersey packs, as well as a new update featuring the Hawks’ mix and match jersey concept. Check them all out at the links below!

Atlanta Hawks Mix & Match Jersey
Atlanta Hawks Jersey (Updated to v2.0)
Golden State Warriors Jersey (Updated to v2.0)

NBA 2K17 Forum Subsections & Download Sections Added

NBA 2K17: Paul George

We’re in the midst of the Early Tip-Off Weekend for NBA 2K17, and as you can see in the game’s main discussion area in the NLSC Forum, a lot of people already have it. We’ve also been discussing plans and techniques for modding – before the game was even released, in fact – and now that we have our hands on NBA 2K17, I’ve added a new section in our Downloads database for it. As always, we encourage you to make use of our upload facilities!

Please note that I have not created a section for NBA 2K17 roster updates. At this time, the only way to share rosters in the legal version of the game is through the in-game Roster Creator’s sharing functions, so there’s no call for a Rosters section in our Downloads database. Please note that our rules regarding pirated games remain unchanged: no discussing them, no sharing files for them, no requesting download links or any help with them. It’s grounds for a permanent ban, as clearly stated in our Forum Rules. Be advised that we will enforce our rules whether or not you take the time to read them, so we suggest that you give them a look!

If you’re looking for a place to preview and release any mods for NBA 2K17, then the newly created Releases & Previews section is for you. We also have a Tutorials & FAQs section, which we’ll fill with resources as they’re created. As usual, the ability to create new threads in that section is restricted to NLSC staff, to avoid clutter and off-topic posts. If you want to contribute a resource, please post it in the main discussion area, or the Releases & Previews section, and one of us will move it to the Tutorials & FAQs section as soon as possible.

Be sure to join in all of the discussion that’s taking place in the NBA 2K17 section of the Forum! We’re hoping to see everyone sharing their experiences and knowledge this year, as we continue striving to be the definitive resource and destination for basketball gaming. We’re also looking to create some fun and informative original content for NBA 2K17 over the next year, so stay tuned for that, and all the great works from our modding community!

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

Most of us are obviously excited about the release of NBA 2K17 (myself included), but we do have a couple of new file additions for NBA 2K16 PC today. TGsoGood has released a mod that adds new appearances for your family in MyCAREER, while pinoy21 has released a Golden State Warriors jersey update pack. Check out both releases at the links below!

Alternate Family for MyCAREER

Golden State Warriors Jersey