NBA Playgrounds Patch 1.41 Released

Russell Westbrook in NBA Playgrounds

On the heels of Patch 1.4 and the Hot N’ Frosty downloadable content, Saber Interactive have pushed through another new title update for NBA Playgrounds. The new patch (v1.41) addresses an issue with the previously released Roster Unlock DLC, ensuring that it will unlock the 45 new players that were added free in the previous patch. It also optimises performance when playing on the new Miami playground, which is only available if you have the Hot N’ Frosty DLC. As previously noted, the eight Class of 2017 rookies are also exclusive to the DLC.

I can confirm that the patch has been pushed through for the PlayStation 4 and PC versions of NBA Playgrounds. If the patch is not showing up, try restarting your console or Steam client. It isn’t mentioned in the notes, but it appears as though the patch may have also corrected an issue where the new tournament content was marked as being available in the main menu despite the Hot N’ Frosty DLC not being installed.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts on the latest patch and NBA Playgrounds itself in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the Other Basketball Games section of the NLSC Forum.

File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

Tip off another weekend of basketball gaming with the latest file additions for NBA 2K18 PC! The newest releases from our talented modding community include a pack of custom basketballs, updated jerseys for the 2011 Dallas Mavericks, and a 2012 season court update for the New York Knicks. Please see below for all the download links.

SexCurryBeats
13 Custom Basketballs

PeacemanNOT
2010-2011 Mavericks Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

Manni Live
New York Knicks 2012 Court

The Friday Five: My Top 5 Unluckiest Basketball Gaming Moments

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 top five countdown of my unluckiest moments in basketball gaming.

Another Friday the 13th is upon us, which is bad news for anyone who suffers from paraskevidekatriaphobia. I’m not a particularly superstitious person myself, and no Friday the 13th has given me reason to be wary of the date. In fact, given that one of my weekly features comes out every Friday, it’s conveniently provided me with a ready-made topic that can be easily tied into our interests as a community that loves basketball and basketball gaming. I’ve previously written about some of the unluckiest moments in NBA history, unlucky moments in basketball gaming, and even my favourite players who have worn number thirteen.

For this Friday the 13th, I thought that I’d revisit that second topic with a few personal anecdotes. We’ve all had our unlucky moments on the virtual hardwood, and since we tend to get somewhat invested in the video games that we play, those moments can certainly be rage-inducing. I feel as though I don’t do enough top five countdowns for the Friday Five, so I’ve decided to rank these moments according to the amount of frustration they caused me, and how unlucky they felt. Without any further ado, these are my top five unluckiest moments in basketball gaming.

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NBA 2K18 Patch 1.04 Released; Lots of Fixes

Blake Griffin in NBA 2K18

A new patch (1.04) is now available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K18. As always, the update will come through automatically as long as you have an active Internet connection. If you run into any issues, try restarting your console. Patch 1.04 will be made available for the PC and Nintendo Switch versions of NBA 2K18 soon.

The latest update is quite substantial, including new content and a variety of fixes across gameplay and game modes in NBA 2K18. Classic uniforms have been added along with new shoes, and the courts for the Magic and Pistons have been updated. Create-a-Player has also been enhanced with some new options. Various crashes and technical issues have been resolved by the latest patch, while a variety of bugs and quirks in gameplay and game modes have also been addressed.

You can check out the full patch notes below, as well as in this Forum topic, or this page in our Wiki. As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as take the discussion to the NBA 2K18 section of the Forum. I’ll update this post once the PC and Switch patches are made available.

UPDATE: The PC patch is out now. Restart your Steam client if it isn’t showing up.

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

The latest file additions for NBA 2K18 PC include custom nets, updated courts and jerseys, and a couple of new modding tools. Please see below for all the download links.

SexCurryBeats
Pack of 16 Nets

PeacemanNOT
2011-2012 Oklahoma City Thunder Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2011-2012 New York Knicks Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

Manni Live
Portland Trail Blazers Moda Center
San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center (Updated to v2.0)
Oklahoma City Thunder Chesapeake Arena Court Update (Updated to v2.0)

ksmiz
File Importer With Options File

CarolusXCI
Cheat Table – Edit Jerseys (Updated to v1.1)

Wayback Wednesday: Dynasty Mode in NBA Live

Select Dynasty Mode Team in NBA Live 2004

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, my retrospective on franchise modes continues with a look back at the history of Dynasty Mode in NBA Live.

Franchise Mode was one of the best additions in the NBA Live series, delivering a multiseason experience that gamers had been wanting for some time. By NBA Live 2003 however, it was unfortunately getting stale. Despite a few noteworthy new features and AI enhancements, the experience hadn’t become much deeper over the course of four years. Franchise gamers still enjoyed the mode and it remained popular, but there was also a certain amount of frustration, as we wanted to see more innovation. Fortunately, by the time NBA Live 2004 rolled around, EA Sports were ready to deliver.

The introduction of Dynasty Mode in NBA Live 2004 was part of an effort to rebrand Franchise Mode throughout all EA Sports titles, but thankfully, it turned out to be much more than a name change. It marked the introduction of a deeper mode that continued to evolve through the years, until it too fell on some rough times. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

Continuing to catch up on some recent additions of long-lost files, the latest batch features a bunch of mods for NBA Live 2004. From rosters to faces, to jerseys and front end artwork, enjoy these recovered patches at the links below!

EA Sports
PlayStation 2 Manual
Gamecube Manual

Jowe
2008 Atlantic Division Jerseys
2008 Central Division Jerseys
2008 Midwest Division Jerseys
2008 Pacific Division Jerseys

Karpo
And 1 Army Jersey

Tcrock
Utah Jazz 2004/2005 Jersey Patch

Lotto
Lotto’s Roster Update

Mikki
Dwyane Wade Face Patch
Udonis Haslem Face Patch
Draft Class Jerseys
Millenium All-Stars Add-On
2004 Rookie Challenge Roster
2004 All-Star Jersey Patch
Chicago Bulls Fictional Jersey Patch
Denver Nuggets Fictional Jersey Patch #1
Denver Nuggets Fictional Jersey Patch #2
Detroit Pistons Fictional Jersey Patch
Miami Heat 2004 Face Pack
Denver Nuggets 2004 Face Pack
Cartoon Front End Art

New NBA Live 18 Roster Adds Classic Uniforms

Classic Hornets Uniform in NBA Live 18

On the heels of my Monday Tip-Off article discussing rosters and roster editing in NBA Live, a new update has been pushed through for NBA Live 18. As with all roster updates, it will be downloaded automatically when you fire up the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, provided of course that your console is connected to the Internet.

At a glance, it appears as though the rosters are quite up to date in terms of the latest transactions. Aaron Brooks is notably still missing from the Minnesota Timberwolves’ roster, however this is likely due to the fact that they currently have more than fifteen players. With any luck, issues like that will be resolved very soon. I haven’t had a chance to check everyone’s uniform number as yet, but looking at a few recently traded players, it appears that a few corrections have been made since the previous roster.

Speaking of uniforms, the latest update adds new classic uniforms for the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, and Phoenix Suns. These classic uniforms will be worn for selected games during the 2018 season. No other retro jerseys are available in NBA Live 18 at this time.

As always, we’re looking to compile feedback about the rosters to send along to the development team, so feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as here in the NLSC Forum. See below for some screenshots of all the new uniforms in-game.

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Monday Tip-Off: Roster Editing & NBA Live

Kyrie Irving dribbles the basketball in NBA Live 18

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 few thoughts on the current lack of roster editing functionality in NBA Live.

With NBA Live 18, EA Sports’ long-running basketball series has taken some pleasing steps forward. While there’s still room for improvement, it’s had the best reception of any NBA Live game on the current generation, among gamers and reviewers alike. There’s more fluidity on the sticks, the controls have been expanded, and with The One, the game has a much deeper career mode along with some solid connected experiences. NBA Live appears to be on the right track, and even cracked the top twenty downloaded games on the PlayStation Network in September.

The team at EA Tiburon has to feel pleased with the more positive reaction to NBA Live 18, not to mention motivated as they begin work on next year’s game. However, there is one feature that’s conspicuous by its absence in NBA Live 18, and that’s roster editing. We haven’t seen roster editing in the series since NBA Live 10, and gamers are understandably getting impatient to see it return. While other areas of the game have rightfully been prioritised, roster editing is a staple that must return in NBA Live 19. That’s assuming, of course, that there isn’t a way for it to be implemented in this year’s game.

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File Additions for NBA Live 99

NBA Live 99 Cover Art

Today’s retro file additions include a couple of long-lost releases for NBA Live 99 PC that have been recovered and re-uploaded, specifically my 2002 season update, and Scubilete’s 2003 roster. If you feel like dusting off NBA Live 99, be sure to pick them up and give them a look!

Andrew
2001/2002 Season Roster Update

Scubilete
2002/2003 Season Roster Update

NLSC Podcast – Episode #225

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #225 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and myself as we discuss the past week in basketball gaming news, including topics related to NBA Live 18, NBA 2K18, and NBA Playgrounds. As always, we also recount our most recent experiences on the virtual hardwood.

On this week’s show…

  • Patch 1.04 has been released for NBA Live 18. In addition to addressing some key technical issues, it’s made some pleasing improvements to the feel of the game. There is, of course, still room for improvement.
  • As it turns out, NBA Live 18 was one of the most downloaded games on PSN in September, which bodes well for a strong comeback for the brand.
  • Xbox One users are facing some technical restrictions in terms of uploading media from NBA 2K18. Once again, we discuss the frustration with the lack of sound recording on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
  • It seems that player face scans are being used for AI players in 2K Pro-Am. As such, it seems like a perfect opportunity to have some fun with wacky scans.
  • NBA Playgrounds has received a new patch, and more controversially, paid DLC which adds eight Class of 2017 rookies and three new playgrounds. The move seems to lack the goodwill that Saber Interactive has previously demonstrated.
  • We wrap up Episode #225 of the NLSC Podcast with Our Week in Basketball Gaming. We’re not quite done with MyCAREER or 2K Pro-Am yet, so the grind continues. Also, we lay out some more plans for both NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18.

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.

File Additions for NBA Live 98

NBA Live 98 Cover Art

We’re flashing back twenty years or so with today’s batch of file additions. Some time back, I discovered a bunch of long-lost releases in the archives, and have set about re-uploading them to our Downloads section. Among them were several files for NBA Live 98, including faces, shoes, jerseys, and more. If you feel like dusting off a classic, be sure to spice it up with these patches!

MADMAN
Cyberface Pack

Unknown
Michael Jordan Face

Marco Dell’Edera
Michael Jordan Shooting Patch
Shoe Update

MIKEondMIC
Great Western Forum Patch

Cogger
NBA Hangtime Roster

Kovrlija
FIBA Court Patch

Donny Trimm
Home Shoe Patch

Max
Portraits Patch
Dorna Patch

Nick Venegas
Hairstyle Patch

BaTMAN
Accessories Update

Sports Dude
Alternate Jerseys Patch

File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

If you’re preparing for a weekend of basketball gaming, you’ll probably want to check out the latest file additions for NBA 2K18 PC! The new releases include more roster editing tools, face, jersey, and court updates, and a couple of other mods. Please see below for all the download links.

MauMau78
Retro New York Knicks Pack

pinoy21
Charlotte Hornets Jersey (pinoy21)

TGsoGood
Jeremy Lin Face (2017- 2018 Dreadlocks)

BattlePhenom
Nike Kyrie 3 Galaxy

goldenstate77
Goldenstate77 Reshade (Updated) (Updated to v2.0)

CarolusXCI
Cheat Table – Edit Jerseys
Cheat Table – Edit Arenas and Teams (Updated to v2.1)
Cheat Table – Edit Player Screen (Updated to v2.11)

The Friday Five: 5 More MyCAREER Story Theories

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. In this week’s Five, I’m offering up some more theories and alternative interpretations for the stories in MyCAREER.

It’s time once again to indulge in a bit of creative writing and fun speculation! Last November, I wrote a Friday Five that took the stories that NBA 2K has implemented in MyCAREER, and twisted them around with some theories and interpretations that somewhat altered their tone. It’s still one of my favourite articles that I’ve written, as reimagining the MyCAREER stories in a darker or more dramatic light turned out to be a fun exercise. NBA 2K18 has provided us with another story to pick apart, and I have a few more ideas, so it seems like an opportune time for a follow-up article.

Once again, I do have to stress that I don’t actually believe these interpretations and theories, even though I do feel that a couple of them actually fit quite well. In fact, if you told me that the first theory was indeed intentional and what’s actually going on, I wouldn’t be entirely surprised. This is all meant to be in fun though, so don’t take it too seriously. With that being said, you may find that a couple of these theories make a little too much sense. At the very least, I hope it’ll be an amusing read to take you into the weekend. Let’s once again go tumbling down the rabbit hole; tinfoil hats are of course welcome, but completely optional.

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NBA Playgrounds Receives New Patch, Hot N’ Frosty DLC

Kawhi Leonard in NBA Playgrounds

It’s been a while, but NBA Playgrounds has received a new patch, as well as some paid downloadable content. Both are currently available for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One versions of the game. If the patch does not download automatically, try restarting your Steam client or console. At this time, Saber Interactive are still working on getting all of the latest updates to Nintendo Switch users.

As well as making a few fixes, Patch 1.4 adds a total of 45 new players to the NBA Playgrounds roster, with the selection including both current and former players. Additionally, 15 more players are now playable on a second team, though as before, those cards must be collected separately. Five more YouTubers also join the Playgrounders squad, and support for voice chat has been added. Please see below for the full player listings and patch notes.

The new paid DLC, titled “Hot N’ Frosty”, is available for $9.99 USD across all platforms. It adds eight Class of 2017 rookies to packs, three new basketballs, and three new playgrounds with their own tournaments: Toronto, Miami, and Rio de Janeiro. See below for more details, as well as a trailer.

While it’s great to see NBA Playgrounds receive more content, it’s also disheartening to see that the new tournaments are being offered as paid DLC. The offline experience has been lacking in depth since launch, forcing gamers to attempt a tedious grind to unlock players once they’ve completed all the tournaments. With that in mind, Saber previously released roster unlock DLC to a mixed reaction from NBA Playgrounds gamers.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. If you’re looking to join in the discussion about NBA Playgrounds in the NLSC Forum, you’ll find the official topic here under the Other Basketball Games board.

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