File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Here are a couple of file additions for NBA Live 08 PC to tip off a new week here at the NLSC. Today’s uploads include the Charlotte Hornets’ Pride jersey, and a re-upload of an old release, the ILT Mod; check them both out at the links below.

2015/2016 Charlotte Hornets Pride Jersey


File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’ve had a couple of new uploads for NBA 2K14 PC recently, namely a pack of NBA Finals courts, and a HD face update for Russell Westbrook. Check out both of the latest file additions at the links below.

NBA Finals Courts (2004-2014)

Russell Westbrook HD Face

NBA 2K17 Cover Player Announcement on June 1st

Could NBA 2K16 cover player Stephen Curry also appear on the NBA 2K17 cover?

Visual Concepts has announced that the NBA 2K17 cover player will be revealed on June 1st. The announcement will coincide with the grand final of the NBA 2K16 Road to the Finals tournament between the Drewkerbockers and GFG, and will also see the release of new Locker Codes.

Back in April, a special Legend Edition of NBA 2K17 featuring Kobe Bryant on the cover was announced, along with its pre-order bonuses. I’ve also speculated on a few future cover players in a Friday Five column back in March, and I still feel that there’s a strong possibility that Stephen Curry will be on the cover for the second year in a row. It would certainly make sense, given the Golden State Warriors’ historic season, but we’ll have to wait until next week to find out. With 2K’s Tweet promising “much more”, I would also expect that some information about further pre-order bonuses will be revealed.

In the meantime, we have a few days to speculate. Who do you think will be appearing on the NBA 2K17 cover? Stephen Curry? The Warriors’ starting five? Perhaps Russell Westbrook will be jumping ship? Have your say in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the Forum. Thanks to zzcoolj21 for the heads up!

The Friday Five: 5 Ways We Mess Up Franchise Mode Games

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.

As I’ve mentioned in recent episodes of the NLSC Podcast, I’ve just started Dynasty and MyLEAGUE games with the Charlotte Hornets in NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 respectively. I’d like to have some fun with at least one of the franchise modes while I’m waiting for the release of next season’s games, and since I haven’t been able to get my previous attempts with the Chicago Bulls off the ground, I thought I’d try again with the Hornets. With any luck, one of these new attempts will pan out.

Of course, the success of a franchise game doesn’t just come down to luck. Good fortune is a factor to some extent, but I would suggest that we create our own luck, and there are ways that we shoot ourselves in the foot when it comes to franchise gaming. I figure that if I discuss some of the ways that we mess up in those modes, I might just be able to avoid a few of those pitfalls. Without any further ado, here are five mistakes that can quickly ruin franchise games in NBA Live and NBA 2K.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #160

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #160 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join, Arcane, Kenny, and I as we recap some recent NBA Live and NBA 2K news, answer a handful of mailbag questions, and react to the latest results from the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

On this week’s show…

  • NBA Live 16 has been added to The Vault for EA Access members. Xbox One users will also be able to play NBA 2K16 for free this weekend.
  • Patch V6 has been released for the PC version of NBA 2K16, and not everyone is happy about it. We personally have no complaints.
  • A couple of tidbits about NBA 2K17 were revealed over the past week, specifically some of the talent who are mo-capping dunks for this year’s game from Visual Concepts.
  • Do we think footplanting is too exaggerated in NBA 2K16? What are our thoughts on “body blocks/steals”?
  • Will NBA 2K17 expand upon the features in MyLEAGUE Online?
  • We discuss some features that have gone missing from basketball games over the years, and out of a list of three, we pick which one we’d like to see return.
  • Similarly, we’re presented with a choice of three old basketball games to remake: NBA Fastbreak ’98, NBA In the Zone 2, and ESPN NBA 2K5. Which would we each choose?
  • How do we choose a team for franchise modes when we want a change from controlling our favourite NBA team?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Dusting off an old favourite, reviewing a very old game, and more 2K Pro-Am action.
  • Moving on to the 2016 NBA Playoffs, we talk about the Conference Finals, and share a few thoughts on Draymond Green’s controversial kick.
  • We wrap up Episode #160 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s round of Bold Predictions.

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.

NBA Live 16 Now Available in The Vault

Derrick Rose with the layup in NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16 is now available in The Vault, a library of games that is available to Xbox One users who have an EA Access subscription. If you’re on Xbox One and you have an active EA Access subscription, now is your chance to check out NBA Live 16 if you haven’t already.

For those who are unaware, EA Access is a subscription service that costs $4.99 US per month, and includes early access to games, an instant game collection as new titles are added to its library (“The Vault”), and a 10% discount on digital purchases from EA, including full games, pre-orders, and downloadable content.

There is no equivalent program for PlayStation 4 users, as EA Access is a partnership between EA and Microsoft, but the NBA Live 16 demo is still available to download from the PlayStation Store. It includes access to LIVE Pro-Am, and allows you to level your player up to an 80 Overall, which carries over to the full game if you decide to pick it up.

If you do use EA Access to give NBA Live 16 a try, we of course invite you to share your impressions and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum! We’d also welcome your contributions to the NBA Live 17 Wishlist, which you can find in this thread.

Wayback Wednesday: Double Dribble Video Retrospective

Double Dribble Title Screen

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 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.

I’m long overdue to do another video retrospective for Wayback Wednesday, and a recent incident involving Family Guy inspired me to cover a game that’s been on my list for a while: Double Dribble, for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Double Dribble is a game by Konami that a lot of you have probably heard of, and it’s a hoops title that I wanted as a kid, but never actually played until many years later. Having played the game since as an adult, I certainly have a few thoughts on it that I’d like to share with my fellow basketball gamers. Since it’s recently come up in gaming news and been thrust back into the public eye, now seems like an opportune time.

It’s a significant basketball video game in its own right, one that’s worth revisiting if only for its memorable animated dunking cutscenes. With that said, let’s take a look back…way back…

Catch the retrospective here on our YouTube channel if you can’t see the embedded video. Making another video retrospective has certainly got me in the mood to get back to creating them, so stay tuned for further video content, as well as other Wayback Wednesday features, coming your way every week here at the NLSC!

NLSC Podcast Episode #160 Mailbag Call

NLSC Podcast

It’s almost time for us to record Episode #160 of the NLSC Podcast, so get your topic suggestions and mailbag questions in as soon as possible! This week, we have a couple of recent NBA 2K16 and NBA 2K17 news items to discuss, as well as a few interesting mailbag questions, but there’s still room on the docket to touch on a few more topics.

As always, we’ll consider any and all suggestions, though we do give preference to submissions that are along the lines of our core content (NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball gaming), community-related topics (modding and site history), or the real NBA. We’ll certainly touch on other subjects from time to time, but generally speaking, we’d prefer to keep the shows focused on the content that brings most people to the NLSC in the first place.

With that said…do you have any suggestions for this week’s Podcast? If so, please let us know within the next 30 hours or so, either in the comments section below, or in this thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum. Submissions are also welcome via our Facebook and Twitter. Once again, if you haven’t connected with us on social media yet, please feel free to do so at your earliest convenience!

Thank you to everyone who continues to tune into the show every week, and send in topic suggestions on a regular basis. It seems we have some more people tuning in lately, so we hope you’re enjoying listening to the NLSC Podcast as much we enjoy recording it! If you haven’t caught Episode #159 yet, be sure to check it out here. Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to the NLSC Podcast on iTunes, as well as find us on Stitcher if you’d like to listen to the shows on your mobile or tablet. Stay tuned for Episode #160!

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Here are some more file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! Today’s new releases include the Utah Jazz’s new jerseys for the 2017 season, a pack of four face updates for Manu Ginobili, and a new face for Bismack Biyombo. Download them all at the links below!

Utah Jazz 2017 Jersey

Manu Ginobili Face (4 Versions)

Bismack Biyombo HD Face

Monday Tip-Off: The New Game Blues of MyCAREER

Dunking in NBA 2K13'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.

In the best case scenario, the release of a new NBA Live or NBA 2K title will tip off several months of enjoyable basketball gaming. Ideally, we’ll see enhancements to the gameplay and game modes, with troublesome issues being resolved and much-desired features being added. In short order, we’ll start building our Ultimate Team or MyTEAM, meet up with friends for some Pro-Am games, choose a team for Dynasty, MyLEAGUE, or MyGM, or step into the shoes of an NBA player with a new Rising Star or MyCAREER game.

Of course, even if we’re enjoying a new basketball video game as much as its predecessor – or enjoying it more, as the case may be – it’s possible to feel at least a little bit of regret about what we’ve left behind. If we spend a lot of time with a game, sinking hours upon hours into a mode that has us hooked, it can be hard to move on. The bar will be set very high for the next game, and recapturing the magic that enchanted us for close to a year is easier said than done.

That’s how I felt when I made the jump from NBA 2K13 to NBA 2K14, and tried to follow up on a memorable MyCAREER experience.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s new file addition for NBA Live 08 PC is S_Brat’s latest face pack, which updates the Oklahoma City Thunder for the 2016 season. Check it out at the link below!

2015/2016 Oklahoma City Thunder Team Update

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Check out the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! Today’s new and updated releases include a couple of player faces, and new versions of the Kuroko V Slam Dunk and PBA 2K14 mods.

Myles Turner Face

Brandon Ingram Face

Kuroko V Slam Dunk Appdata Files (Updated to v1.1)
PBA 2K14 Appdata Files (Updated to v11.0)

File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 06 feature the latest court updates from magiciangirl06. The latest releases include 2015 Summer League courts, a new version of the NBA Live 16 Melo Terminal 23 court, and 2016 season courts for the Boston Celtics and the PBA’s Smart Araneta Coliseum. Please see below for all the download links.

2015 NBA Summer League Courts
NBA Live 16 Melo Terminal 23 Courts
2015/2016 Boston Celtics TD Garden Courts
2015/2016 Smart Araneta Coliseum Court

The Friday Five: 5 Trades You Make in Franchise Modes

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.

One of the most appealing aspects of the franchise modes in NBA Live and NBA 2K is the ability to make the trades that you’d love to see happen in real life. Frustrated that your favourite team can never seem to pull off a blockbuster deal that lands them a superstar? In franchise modes, you can make it happen, and live out a few fantasy scenarios. Of course, just as in real life, you’ll need to deal with the restrictions of the salary cap, as well as convince other teams to agree to the trades that you offer. I’d suggest that a few of us have found out that building a great roster isn’t always easy.

When we don our virtual GM suits and start wheeling and dealing, there are some common types of trades that we end up making. Sometimes, we try to be realistic, while other times we’ll make unthinkable deals. Some trades are very good, some trades are very bad, and some trades work out very differently than how they looked on paper. Sometimes, they can make or break the franchise mode experience. In this week’s Friday Five, I’m looking at five types of trades we’ll make when we play through a franchise game in NBA Live or NBA 2K.

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NBA 2K16 PC Receives Patch V6

Kyle Lowry dribbles the basketball in NBA 2K16

At long last, the sixth official title update is now available for the PC version of NBA 2K16. Patch V6 was pushed through for the PlayStation 4 on May 2nd, while the Xbox One version received the update on May 5th. The PC patch weighs in at 150.5 MB, and will come through automatically as long as you’re online, and automatic updates are enabled in Steam.

If you need a reminder of the release notes for Patch V6, they are as follows:

  • Updated player portraits for a number of players.
  • Tuned the effectiveness of long outlet passes for players with the Break Starter badge.
  • Delay branching from Kobe Bryant Back size-up.
  • Re-worked size-up dribble launches to prevent unnaturally explosive first steps.
  • Tune miss chances for deep downcourt and cherry picking.
  • Dock vertical and rebounding when you go behind the basket. Don’t reset 3-in-the-key offense timer in baseline behind paint for human controlled blacktop players.

If you have any thoughts on the latest NBA 2K16 patch, feel free to share them in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the Forum. You can also find a complete history of updates for NBA 2K16, from release dates to patches, here in our Wiki.