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.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #159

NLSC Podcast Logo

Join Arcane, Kenny, and I for Episode #159 of the NLSC Podcast! Tune in for this week’s discussion on future content and title updates for NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, tales of our latest exploits on the virtual hardwood, thoughts on the 2016 NBA Playoffs, and a mailbag question that really made us think outside the box.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip things off with an update on the latest NBA Live 16 roster patches, and Patch #6 for the PC version of NBA 2K16.
  • With NBA Live 17 being delayed until early 2017, do we expect post-release support and content updates to be extended for NBA Live 16?
  • In response to one of the most creative topic suggestions we’ve received, we compare the Golden State Warriors in NBA Live 16/NBA 2K16 to the Chicago Bulls in NBA Live 96. Yes, really!
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming includes triumph and tragedy in 2K Pro-Am, Dynasty and MyLEAGUE plans, and some further reflections on the future of the NBA Live series.
  • Moving on to our NBA discussion, we ponder the futures of Chris Bosh and Tim Duncan.
  • The 2016 Conference Finals are upon us. Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals hasn’t made us fans of a certain Warriors player.
  • It’s time for another NBA Fashion Critique, as the Philadelphia 76ers get a jersey sponsor for the 2018 season, and the Utah Jazz unveil their new branding.
  • We give a couple of thoughts on some recent coaching changes, including one that really seemed to come out of left field.
  • As is the norm, Episode #159 of the NLSC Podcast ends with another 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.

File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

Today’s lone file addition for NBA 2K13 PC is the latest version of PatTheHead’s pack of retro season rosters, spanning from the very first BAA season to Michael Jordan’s rookie campaign. Check it out at the link below!

1946/47 to 1984/85 NBA Seasons (Updated to v3.6)

Wayback Wednesday: Long-Lost NBA Live 2002 Preview Screens

Steve Francis in NBA Live 2002

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where 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.

The next game that I’ll be looking back at as part of our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live celebrations is NBA Live 2002. As I’ll discuss in more detail in my retrospective, NBA Live 2002 was a controversial release, as it was the first game in the series to be console exclusive and also had its fair share of issues. At the same time, it’s also a game that I managed to have a considerable amount of fun with back in the day, and I kind of have a sentimental attachment to it, as it was the first new NBA Live game that came out after I took over the NLSC in August 2001.

On a recent dig through my archives, I uncovered a collection of NBA Live 2002 preview screenshots that were posted on the NLSC all those years ago, but had since gone missing following a couple of hosting and design changes. I’d previously searched high and low for them, but I just couldn’t seem to find them anywhere. Now that they’ve turned up, I thought it might be fun to exhibit them again, especially with NBA Live 2002 being the next game I’m posting a retrospective on. It’s also a reminder that NBA Live’s graphics have indeed improved over the years.

So, what did basketball video games look like in 2001? Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #159 Mailbag Call

NLSC Podcast

We’ll be recording Episode #159 of the NLSC Podcast very soon, so this is a last call for any and all topic submissions and mailbag questions for this week’s show. I didn’t put out a mailbag call last week as we had a pretty full show with our discussion of EA Sports’ announcement regarding NBA Live 17, but we do have some room for a couple more topics in Episode #159.

Needless to say, we’ll be discussing the latest action from the 2016 Playoffs, the Draft Lottery, and a couple of other news items from the past week, but if there’s anything else you’d like to hear us talk about, please let us know ASAP. As usual, while we will consider any and all topic suggestions, we do give preference to topics that are related to our core content (NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball gaming), the community (modding and site history), and the real NBA.

With that said…do you have any suggestions for us this week? If so, post them in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum. You can also submit topic ideas and mailbag questions via our Facebook and Twitter. If you haven’t connected with us on social media yet, now’s as good a time as any!

As always, I’d like to thank everyone who tunes in to the NLSC Podcast every week, and hits us up with topic suggestions and mailbag questions whenever they have them. We really appreciate the support, and enjoy bringing you a show each week. If you haven’t caught Episode #158 of the NLSC Podcast yet, be sure to tune in here. 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 #159!

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

There are three new or updated files for NBA 2K14 PC today, including a pack of fictional NCAA Ph courts, a new HD face for Carmelo Anthony, and the latest version of the FIBA 2K14 mod. Download them all at the links below.

Fictional NCCA Ph Courts

Carmelo Anthony Face

FIBA 2K14 Appdata Files (Updated to v5.0)

Monday Tip-Off: When Awesome Presentation Isn’t So Great

Shot Chart with ESPN Presentation 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.

There are a lot of ways that you can see just how much basketball video games have improved over the years. You can compare screenshots, and gameplay footage. You can read retrospectives and reviews, comparing and contrasting their critique. Best of all, you can get some firsthand impressions by playing an old favourite from many years ago; it won’t be long before you notice some outdated tech that’s come a long way since then. Not every basketball video game is better in every single way than all of the titles that came before it, but the further back you look, the more progress you will see.

Another method of seeing just how far basketball video games have come is to glance back at our old Wishlists. We have Wishlists dating back to 1997, when the community was awaiting the release of NBA Live 98. Take a look back at those articles in our content portals, and you’ll see that a lot of the things that we were asking for have since become a reality. Multi-season franchise modes, online leagues, historical teams, single player career modes, full TV-style presentation…a lot of our wishes have made their way into NBA Live and NBA 2K over the years.

When it comes to in-depth broadcast presentation, however, you may have to be careful what you wish for. Sometimes, awesome presentation isn’t so great.

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File Additions for NBA Live 96

NBA Live 96 Cover Art - PC

Yes, we’re starting out the week with some very retro file additions! As I recently mentioned in Monday Tip-Off, I’ve been tracking down some lost patches and found a collection of my old roster updates for NBA Live 96, which I’ve added to our archives. Dr B has also added some editing tools for the SEGA Genesis version of the game, which he used to create this roster. If you’re in the mood for some retro gaming, check out both files at the links below!

NBA Live 96 Roster Update Package

Dr B
NBA Live 96 (SEGA) Editing Tools

Also, stay tuned for some more additions to the archives, as we upload more long-lost files for gamers who enjoy dusting off old favourites. Don’t forget, if you have any long-lost patches for NBA Live or NBA 2K that you’d like to share with the community, please feel free to make use of our upload facilities! They’re 100% free, and available to anyone who has an active Forum account.

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

We haven’t had a lot of uploads for NBA 2K16 lately, but we do have one new file addition today, as rjms1974 has released a fictional black jersey for the Boston Celtics. Check it out at the link below!

Boston Celtics Fictional Black Jersey

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We have some new releases for NBA 2K14 PC today, as Medevenx has added updated versions of his 2017 logos, frontend art, and icon packs. Check out all of today’s file additions at the links below!

PlayStation Buttons, Headlines & Gamedata by Med (Updated to v2.0)
NBA Video Game Cover Athlete Icons (Updated to v4.0)
2016-2017 NBA Bootup by Med (Updated to v2.0)
2016-2017 NBA Logos by Med (Updated to v2.0)

The Friday Five: 5 Suggestions for MyCAREER in NBA 2K17

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 we look ahead to NBA 2K17 – the only basketball game that will be hitting consoles and PC in Fall 2016 – our Wishlist discussions are in full swing. While franchise modes have traditionally been my bag, and I’ve taken a greater interest in the card collecting modes in recent years, I would like to get more involved in MyCAREER again. I had a lot of fun playing MyCAREER in NBA 2K13, so much so that I ended up maintaining a story thread about it. As I’ve discussed in previous articles and on the NLSC Podcast, however, I’ve lost interest in the mode following the new approach that was adopted in NBA 2K14.

While many of us have taken smirking shots at the story-driven approach of MyCAREER, snark does become overdone, tired, and useless after a while. I believe in the philosophy of fans, not fanboys; critics, not haters. As such, at a certain point we need to drop the snark, identify problems, and put together useful, constructive feedback. To that end, here are five suggestions for MyCAREER in NBA 2K17.

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