File Additions for NBA Live 06

We’ve recently had a new upload for one of my all-time favourite games, NBA Live 06 PC. Cpt(K) has released a new version (v2.0) of his fictional roster patch, which you can check out at the link below!

Cpt(K)
NBA Live 06 Fictional Rosters (Updated to v2.0)

Monday Tip-Off: How Ratings Got Better in NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16: Stephen Curry

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Get your week started here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to basketball video games.

The official roster updates for NBA Live 16 haven’t exactly received universal acclaim so far. In addition to a couple of players still lacking proper faces, there have been lingering issues with missing players, incorrect jersey numbers, and other anomalies with player bio data, though subsequent updates have included several fixes on all those fronts. I do suspect that there may still be some issues with the update system that’s in place, and the lack of in-game roster editing functionality is sorely missed as a result. However, except for a couple of weeks over the holiday break, the weekly updates have been coming through consistently, and on time.

Each week, the official NBA Live website spotlights the biggest movers and shakers in the latest roster update, and there have been some significant ratings changes since NBA Live 16’s launch. Generally speaking, I feel that some really good work has been done with the ratings in the NBA Live 16 roster updates, as the season has progressed. Having made unofficial roster updates for NBA Live for many years, I appreciate the constant balancing act of not getting too carried away boosting and decreasing ratings, and the pain of getting overall ratings to look “correct”, without skewering the individual ratings to make it happen.

So, what stands out to me the most when it comes to the improved ratings in NBA Live 16?

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We’ve got some new and updated files for NBA Live 08 PC today. S_Brat has released his first 2016 face pack, with updates for the Los Angeles Lakers, while bobce has uploaded a pack of accompanying portraits. I’ve also got a new update for you today, as I’ve added a face for Tyronn Lue to my pack of converted coach faces, along with a batch file that will add him as the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Download them all at the links below!

Andrew
Converted Coach Face Pack 2016 (Updated to v1.1)

S_Brat
2015/2016 Los Angeles Lakers Team Update

bobce
Los Angeles Lakers 2015/2016 Portrait Pack

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

Ready for the latest file additions for NBA 2K16 PC? Today’s new and updated files include faces for Manu Ginobli, Carmelo Anthony, and Michael Jordan, and a couple of arena updates for the New York Knicks. Check them all out at the links below!

TBM
Manu Ginobili Face
Carmelo Anthony Face V2

Manni Live
New York Knicks Madison Square Garden HD Court

MJ23LB
New York Knicks Madison Square Garden

Fitz31
Michael Jordan Headshape + Face (Updated to v1.5)

The Friday Five: Top 5 Gameplay Improvements I Want To See in NBA Live

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 basketball video games, the real NBA, or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

Since we’re getting into Wishlist season, last week’s edition of The Friday Five covered five features that I’d like to see return in NBA Live. I’m continuing with that theme this week as I count down the top five gameplay improvements that I’d like to see, preferably beginning with NBA Live 17. While I really want to see the game modes get deeper and some more bells and whistles added, NBA Live’s gameplay still needs some polish and enhancement, as it’s obviously an important aspect of the core experience.

That’s not to say it needs a complete overhaul, or that the current tech isn’t capable of doing the job. I’ve seen some good things from the IGNITE engine, and there’s been a noticeable improvement over the past three years. However, there are definitely some much needed improvements and additions that need to be made to NBA Live’s gameplay, to get it to the level it really needs to be at. So, without any further ado, here are the top five gameplay improvements that I want to see in NBA Live, beginning with number five.

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Week 8 Roster Update for NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16: LeBron James

The Week 8 roster update for NBA Live 16 has now come through. The latest update adds Lorenzo Brown to the Phoenix Suns and Elliot Williams to the Memphis Grizzlies, while Joe Harris is now in the free agent pool. Player ratings have also been updated, and there are 32 adjustments to player accessories in the new roster. For the full breakdown, check out this spreadsheet.

As far as the biggest movers and shakers in the latest roster update are concerned, five players on the way up this week are LeBron James (+2 to 93), Chris Bosh (+2 to 82), Evan Fournier (+2 to 78), Jimmy Butler (+1 to 92), and Giannis Antetokounmpo (+1 to 79). On the other side of the ledger, five players on the way down this week are Wesley Johnson (-3 to 77), Andrew Bogut (-2 to 85), Kyrie Irving (-2 to 86), Nikola Pekovic (-2 to 74) and Kyle Korver (-2 to 76).

There are currently ten players rated 90+ overall in NBA Live 16. Stephen Curry remains the top dog at 95 overall, while the latest roster has LeBron James and Russell Westbrook tied for second at 93. Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard are third at 92 overall, with Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, and Chris Paul sitting at 91. Draymond Green and and Tony Parker are both currently 90 overall.

Any thoughts on the latest NBA Live 16 roster? Feel free to have your say in the comments section below, as well as this thread in the Forum.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #142

NLSC Podcast Logo

It’s Thursday once again, so a new episode of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are fulfilling our digital broadcasting duties this week with Episode #142, featuring more topics related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and the past week of action in the NBA.

On this week’s show…

  • We discuss the most recent NBA Live 16 roster update, including the addition of Elton Brand and the latest ratings adjustments.
  • A rumour regarding the expansion of the NBA Live development team has been brought to our attention. We don’t have any inside information, but we have a few thoughts on the possibility all the same.
  • The good news: face scanning has come to NBA 2K16 PC. The bad news: a lot of gamers probably won’t be able to take advantage of it, at least not yet.
  • We reflect on the issue of content creators getting burned out, talking about our own experiences and offering some advice.
  • Jimmy Butler became the fourth Chicago Bulls player to score 50+ points. On a less positive note, it looks like Joakim Noah is out for the season.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day saw some wild games in the NBA, including a career high 52 points by Kemba Walker.
  • A couple of players from the Class of 1999 are looking to make a comeback in the NBA.
  • Matthew Dellavedova has been voted the dirtiest player in the league. Will we still defend our fellow Aussie?
  • Andre Drummond set a new record for free throws missed in a single game. We take the opportunity to discuss the Hack-a-Whoever strategy.
  • We offer up some suggestions of players who may be traded before or at the deadline.
  • The NBA might appeal to international fans – like us – by scheduling some morning games in the future. Yes, we’re all for it.
  • This week’s Bold Predictions see…well, more bold predictions. Last week wasn’t kind to us.
  • We end Episode #142 of the NLSC Podcast with an interesting trivia note coming out of the Chicago Bulls/Golden State Warriors game.

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 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We’ve got a couple of new file additions for NBA Live 08 PC today, including the latest player face pack from S_Brat, and a 2016 season roster update by Freddie. Check them both out at the links below!

S_Brat
2014/2015 Miami Heat Team Update

Freddie
2015/2016 Freddie Roster

Wayback Wednesday: Old School Basketball Video Game Music

Definitive NBA Live 96

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where we look back on yesteryear, dig into the archives, indulge in some nostalgia, and in some cases, wonder just what we were thinking. Check in every Wednesday for features and retrospectives on old basketball video games, old NLSC editorials published as-is with added commentary, and other flashback content.

Sometimes, I’m surprised at the outrage over the soundtracks in basketball video games. Sure, not everyone has the same taste in music, but suggestions that a soundtrack completely ruins the game feel like an exaggeration. After all, if the gameplay and game modes are more than satisfactory, isn’t that what should matter the most? You might as well suggest that the colouring and details on the main menu spoil the game…and yes, we’ve done that too.

The more I think about it though, the more I realise that the music in basketball video games is significant in its own way. An appealing soundtrack clearly resonates with basketball gamers, and that’s evident by how much it’s tied into our nostalgia for older titles. Whether you’re firing up an old game to play it again, or you’re looking up old video game music on YouTube, as soon as you hear those opening bars, you’re taken back to a time when you loved that game, and played it for hours on end.

We all have our own favourites, both in terms of soundtracks and the games they’re attached to, so for this week’s Wayback Wednesday, I wanted to talk about some old school basketball game music that always make me feel nostalgic. So let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #142 Mailbag Call

NLSC Podcast

Arcane and I will be recording Episode #142 of the NLSC Podcast tomorrow, so as usual, I wanted to put out one last call for any topic suggestions and mailbag questions for this week’s episode. We want to make sure that we’re discussing the topics that interest you, our listeners and fellow enthusiastic basketball gamers.

Once again, while we’ll at least consider any and all suggestions, we do ask that you keep them related to our core content. That means topics about basketball video games (primarily NBA Live and NBA 2K, though we obviously do branch out into NBA Street, NBA Jam, and other titles from time to time), real basketball (primarily the NBA), and other related interests.

Having said that…do you have any suggestions, either in the form of a question, or simply a topic that you’d like us to talk about? If so, hit us up in the comments below, or in this thread in the Forum. Alternatively, you can submit them via our Facebook or Twitter.

Please get your suggestions in ASAP! If you haven’t caught last week’s episode of the NLSC Podcast yet, you can tune in here. As always, a huge thanks to our regular listeners who have been submitting topics, and a warm welcome to our new listeners who have recently tuned in. We greatly appreciate the support!

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Check out the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC, including a custom instrumental soundtrack, a PBA update, retro jerseys for the Grizzlies from their final year in Vancouver, updated current season rosters, and a retro arena for the Sacramento Kings. Please see below for all the download links.

stockalone1232
NBA 2K14 All Instrumentals Soundtrack

Medevenx
PBA 2K14 Appdata Files

Pepis
2000/01 Vancouver Grizzlies Uniforms

Tha2KProphet
2KShiftLeader’s (Tha2KProphet) 2016 Roster (Updated to v5.5)

retroman
1998-1999 Arco Arena II in Sacramento (Fixed Final Version)

Monday Tip-Off: Playing Old Basketball Video Games

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Get your week started here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to basketball video games.

Based on past polls, mod releases, and general discussion, a majority of basketball gamers move on to the latest game in the series they play, usually within a couple of months of its release, if not immediately. While retro gaming is a popular hobby, sports games generally aren’t an ideal genre for it. After all, most fans prefer to play with the latest rosters, and take advantage of the improvements and additions that are made year-to-year. As a result, sports games don’t move well in the second hand market, with lower trade-in prices owing to the annual releases, and less interest in playing them once they’re outdated.

Of course, sometimes we do go back and play older basketball games. I’m sure we all have some old favourites that we can dust off and nostalgically enjoy despite their age, and certain titles do become classics. Arcade-oriented basketball games such as NBA Jam and NBA Street also tend to age a little better, since they’re adopting a more casual and less realistic approach to the sport in the first place. However, some of the best sim-oriented titles in the past decade or so also hold up respectably well. As such, if you have a new roster patch or an old season save game, an older title might still hold a lot of appeal.

But then you’ve got basketball gamers who aren’t going back to older games; they haven’t stopped playing them in the first place. Whether it’s because they’re unable to upgrade, or don’t wish to upgrade, they shun the latest releases in favour of an older game. So, for this week’s Monday Tip-Off, I wanted to take a look at some of the reasons why we play old basketball video games.

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Road to the Playoffs: A Much Needed Inclusion for 2K PRO-AM

During the holiday period it was announced that there will be a Road to the Playoffs competition involving NBA 2K16’s PRO-AM mode; and this news came as a pleasant surprise to me. After the last few attempts I had to play the mode with my friends failed, due to the lack of matchups on the server, I was resigned to giving up on 2K PRO-AM altogether and focus on MyPARK in order to show off the talents of MyPLAYER. However, it is my hope that this announcement will drive more traffic to what I believe is a great mode. After all, the lack of participation in 2K PRO-AM was really the only thing that kept it from being better than MyPARK… at least in my opinion.

With every 2K PRO-AM game there’s a great sense of occasion. You’re playing for your team, in the uniforms you’ve designed, and if you’re playing at home, you’re playing on your court in front of your fans. The stadium aspect alone can give you bragging rights over your competitors, since you can have a full house or an empty stadium depending on your progress in MyCAREER. But the thing I love most about 2K PRO-AM is that it’s you and your friends against the world; the way basketball should be. Representing the different parks is fine, but it often feels like your wins are just a drop in the ocean when it comes to the overall result.

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File Additions for NBA Live 2003

It’s not often that we get any file additions for NBA Live 2003 these days, but we have had a new patch uploaded recently. Mirac has released a face update for Andre Drummond, which you can download at the link below.

Mirac
Andre Drummond 2015/2016 Face

If you’re after some recent roster updates for NBA Live 2003, Murat (aka The Real Badger) released the NBA Live 15 project last year, which you can download here.

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

Here’s a round-up of the latest file additions for NBA 2K16! Today’s new files include a handful of player faces from around the league, and a couple of arena updates. Check them all out at the links below.

TBM
Kawhi Leonard Face
Derrick Rose Face
J.R. Smith Face

PeacemanNOT
Damian Lillard Face
Jeremy Lin Face
Brandon Jennings Face

Manni Live
Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena HD Court V2

MJ23LB
Boston Celtics TD Garden