File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’re jumping back to NBA 2K14 PC with today’s file additions, which include a court update for the Boston Celtics, a couple of fictional courts, a handful of player faces, and updated 2016 season rosters. Download them all at the links below!

Fictional MJ Outdoor Court
Fictional Dwayne Wade Outdoor Court

Tyler Johnson Face
Sam Dekker Face
Jerian Grant Face

2016 Boston Celtics Court

Skylar Diggins Face (Facial Progression Compatible)
Andrew Wiggins (Facial Progression Compatible)
Anthony Davis (Facial Progression Compatible)

Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v3.1)

NBA 2K16 Patch V2 Now Available on PC

NBA 2K16: LeBron James

More good news, NBA 2K16 PC gamers! The latest title update is now available for NBA 2K16 PC, and will be downloaded automatically as long as you have an active Internet connection. If the patch doesn’t download for whatever reason, simply restart Steam, and you should be set.

The new patch is 4.3 GB in size, contains all of the cross-platform fixes that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K16 received, and addresses some PC-specific issues. Notably, the patch aims to improve performance and framerates, remove microstuttering, resolve some crashes, and fix details such as missing/incorrect player icons when using non-Xbox 360 controllers.

Please see below for the full PC patch notes. For more information on the official updates, and the latest discussion, please check out this thread in the NBA 2K16 section of the Forum.

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Big NBA 2K16 Modding Update: External File Plugin

NBA 2K16: LeBron James

Exciting news, NBA 2K16 PC gamers! The External File Plugin developed by Limnono has been released, which allows you to simply drop custom art files in a specified folder and have them used by the game, instead of the equivalent files stored in the archives. This means you don’t have to worry about importing mods to use them, with the exception of OGG (sound) files.

Basically, applying mods should now be as easy as it was in earlier versions of NBA 2K on PC. As an added bonus, this method is similar to the custom art folder that was utilised by NBA Live PC for many years, meaning it’s also a lot easier to remove and replace mods, as well as restore the default files.

In other news, the next version of the NBA 2K16 Explorer will include official support for the plugin. Needless to say, this is a huge development for NBA 2K16 modding, making it far easier to distribute and install mods.

Download the External File Plugin for NBA 2K16 here, and check out this thread for more information! A huge thanks to Limnono for his outstanding work in developing the plugin. Stay tuned for more great mods from our community, and if you’re working on any mods yourself, please feel free to make use of our upload facilities.

Monday Tip-Off: My Basketball Video Game Collection

Derrick Rose dribbling in NBA Live 16

We’re at midcourt, 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.

So, for the first few weeks of Monday Tip-Off, I’ve been posting my opinions on a variety of subjects. There’ll be plenty more opinion pieces coming your way in the Mondays ahead, but for this week, I wanted to do something a little different. This week, I wanted to talk a little about my basketball video game collection.

When it comes to the hobby of game collecting, I can’t imagine a lot of people are stocking up on basketball titles; after all, basketball gaming is a niche demographic to begin with. Also, as I understand it, when it comes to sports games, a lot of people trade in the previous season’s release when they pick up the current title. For the most part, however, I’ve kept my older basketball games – at least on one platform, when I’ve double-dipped – and more recently, I’ve been expanding my collection with a few bargains on eBay.

As I’ve mentioned a few times on the NLSC Podcast, I’m intending to put them to use for features here on the NLSC in the coming weeks and months. Obviously, we’ve tipped off our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content – incidentally, more of that stuff is on the way – but there have been quite a few basketball games over the years, good, bad, and just plain interesting. I’m looking forward to talking about them a little more, revealing a few old gems, as well as some not-so-fantastic releases you may have forgotten about.

For now, though, I wanted to give you all a current catalogue of my collection. I’ve been meaning to take a photo with all the boxes, discs, and cartridges, but for the moment, a simple list will have to suffice.

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up another week here at the NLSC (and tipping off November) with some more file additions for NBA 2K16 PC. Today’s additions include player faces, a graphics tweak, an Indiana Pacers jersey pack, and a court update for the Brooklyn Nets. Download them all at the links below!

Tim Duncan Face
Derrick Rose Faces

Goldenstate77’s Reshade Settings

Indiana Pacers Jersey

Manni Live
Brooklyn Nets Court

Additionally, as of this post, NBA 2K16 PC is still free to play on Steam. If you haven’t picked it up yet, and would like to try before you buy, here’s your opportunity to test it out…and of course, put updates like these to good use.

NBA 2K16 PC Free to Play on Steam This Weekend

NBA 2K16: LeBron James

The PC version of NBA 2K16 is free to play on Steam this weekend, up until Sunday at 1:00 PM EST. If you’re looking to try before you buy, here’s your opportunity!

It’s a 40+ GB download, so if you’re planning on giving it a try, I’d recommend starting the download as soon as possible…unless of course you have an ultra-fast connection, in which case, I’ll admit to being a little jealous.

If you haven’t picked up NBA 2K16 on PC yet and you do decide to give it a try, be sure to share your impressions in the NBA 2K16 section of the NLSC Forum. As I’ve mentioned before, Leftos has been very active in helping out with troubleshooting and collecting feedback, so if you do run into any technical issues, by all means post about them. We’re still waiting for the V2 patch to drop for the PC version of NBA 2K16, but it’s in the pipeline and should be coming our way very soon. As soon as we have any further information on that, we’ll be sure to post it.

The Friday Five: 5 Things NBA Live 17 Absolutely Has To Do

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.

Normally, this is the type of article that I would write after the most recent release has been out a little longer, but with NBA Live 16 selling a disappointing amount of copies, and NBA Live 17 really having to move the needle and make an impact, I figured I’d start early on some constructive feedback. While I do feel that NBA Live 16 is an improvement over NBA Live 15 and has some good elements and concepts, there is much that needs to be done with NBA Live 17, especially in terms of making it a deep and fully featured NBA sim.

Now, this is all stuff that I’ll be discussing in further detail in future editions of The Friday Five, as well as other articles and of course, the NLSC Podcast. This isn’t intended to be a comprehensive Wishlist article, covering every point in-depth, and listing absolutely every improvement that needs to be made in NBA Live 17. Rather, it’s meant to highlight some of the key improvements and additions that I believe need to be made next year. With that said, let’s take a look at the five things that in my opinion, NBA Live 17 absolutely has to do.

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Opening Night Roster Update for NBA Live 16

Opening Day Roster Update for NBA Live 16

We noted in Episode #132 of the NLSC Podcast that NBA Live 16 had not yet received a roster update for the opening night of the 2016 NBA season. Fortunately, that has now changed, as opening night rosters have been added to NBA Live 16. As with all content updates, they will be pushed through automatically upon firing up the game, as long as you’re connected to the Internet (and the servers aren’t down for maintenance).

Having combed through the rosters, I can confirm that while there are several updates and additions, 38 players are currently missing (though several of them are inactive, or benchwarmers), there are 22 recent cuts that have not been accounted for, and a total of 18 incorrect jersey numbers. I’ve compiled a list of them which you can check out below; I’ll also be forwarding that feedback on to the NBA Live 16 development team.

Speaking of roster feedback, if you have any corrections or ratings suggestions, feel free to post them in this thread in the NBA Live 16 section of the Forum. Once again, we’ll be passing along that information to the developers.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #132

NLSC Podcast Logo

It’s that time of the week again, as Arcane and I are coming at you with Episode #132 of the NLSC Podcast! We’ve got a lot to talk about this week including NBA Live 16 sales and the future of the NBA Live series, some exciting news for the NBA 2K16 modding community, opening night of the 2016 NBA season, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • NBA Live 16’s sales figures have been underwhelming. We discuss the reaction to the game so far, and the low number of sales following the optimism of the preview season.
  • What must EA Sports do with NBA Live 17 for the game to show sufficient improvement, and move the needle in sales?
  • We talk about a couple of things that were left on the cutting room floor for NBA Live 16. We also note the lack of an opening night roster update, and the presence of one for NBA 2K16.
  • There’s been another exciting development with NBA 2K16 modding, which we’re looking forward to seeing come to fruition. Hopefully, modding is even easier in NBA 2K17.
  • We pay our respects to the late Flip Saunders, who sadly lost his battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • The 2016 NBA season is underway, and it’s about time, too. We give our thoughts on the action from opening night.
  • Tristan Thompson has finally signed an extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Did they overpay for him?
  • We wrap up Episode #132 of the NLSC Podcast with a discussion of Nike’s fancy new shoe. It’s no hoverboard, but it’s still sufficiently futuristic for 2015!

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.

2015-2016 NBA Season Tips Off Today

The wait is finally over! The 2015-2016 NBA season tips off today with three games: the Chicago Bulls host the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Atlanta Hawks host the Detroit Pistons, and the defending champion Golden State Warriors host the New Orleans Pelicans. You can catch all the action on TNT, Fox Sports, and of course, NBA League Pass/NBA League Pass Broadband. Be sure to check your local listings for more details.

With the NBA back in action, I’d just like to remind everyone that in addition to all the sections in the NLSC Forum dedicated to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball gaming, we also have a long-running section for NBA & Basketball discussion, which you can find here. Be sure to join in the discussion with your fellow hoops fans all season long! We’re also giving our daily predictions game another try; if you’d like to get involved, you can find that thread here.

With a new NBA season tipping off, we’ll have plenty to talk about on the NLSC Podcast, so we invite you to tune in each week. You can also bet that we’ll be playing NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 throughout the year, so stay tuned for more content for both games. Finally, ahead of today’s games, you might be interested in checking out some of the best opening night performances in league history. Will we see any of those records broken this season? In just a little while, we’ll find out.

Let the games begin!

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K16 PC: updated jerseys for the Atlanta Hawks, and a pack of basketball updates. Download them both at the links below!

Atlanta Hawks Jersey

NBA Balls

Monday Tip-Off: Limited Locker Codes & Time Zones, An Odd Combination

Getting MyPLAYER Dunk Package via Locker Codes in NBA 2K15

We’re at midcourt, 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 2016 NBA season tips off in just a couple of days, so I’m expecting to see the official social media accounts for NBA 2K start dropping some goodies in the form of Locker Codes for NBA 2K16 very soon. While the random rewards aren’t always particularly generous, they do provide a good opportunity to stock up on Virtual Currency or MyTEAM points, snag a great MyTEAM card, or unlock an animation for your MyPLAYER. If you’ve got the game fired up when Locker Codes drop, it’s well worth punching them in.

However, there’s the rub: it’s very easy to miss out on redeeming a code, especially if you’re on the other side of the world. And even if you are in the same time zone as Visual Concepts, you have to be fast – sometimes, ridiculously so – in getting into the game, and punching in the codes. Otherwise, you’re not getting any freebies.

On one hand, this is fair enough. There’s only so much stuff that 2K can freely hand out, when grinding and microtransactions are both part of the game. However, with the size of the NBA 2K user base, and its distribution throughout the world, I do feel that 2K could stand to be a little more generous with the Locker Codes; both in giving gamers world-wide a chance to redeem them, and in the rewards that they yield.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

The latest new and updated file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include an Old Town Flyers mini park and court, updated rosters, and a new version of a HD face update for Kevin Garnett. Check them all out at the links below.

Old Town Flyers Mini Park and Court

2KShiftLeader’s (Tha2KProphet) 2016 Roster (Updated to v4.6)

Kevin Garnett HD Face (Updated to v2.0)

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

With the early progress the community has made on NBA 2K16 modding, the file additions for NBA 2K16 PC are coming in a little quicker than they did last year with NBA 2K15. Today’s new and updated files include player, court, and jersey updates, as well as a SweetFX tweak. Download them all at the links below!

Anthony Davis Tattoos
Nik Stauskas Hair Fix
Classic Kobe Bryant Face

Manni Live
Charlotte Hornets Court

K SweetFX

San Antonio Spurs Jersey (Updated to v2.0)

There’s also some exciting news to share, as it seems a new tool will make it a lot easier to use art updates in NBA 2K16. For more information, please see this thread in the Releases & Previews section of the NLSC Forum.

The Friday Five: 5 Predictions for the 2016 NBA Season

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.

Have you grown impatient waiting for the 2016 NBA season to begin? Fortunately, the wait is almost over, as we’re less than a week away from opening night! The NBA’s 70th season tips off on October 27th, with the Chicago Bulls hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers and the defending champion Golden State Warriors taking on the New Orleans Pelicans at the Oracle Arena. Another year of exciting basketball, dazzling highlights, and intriguing stories all around the league; if you’re a hoops fan, chances are you’re feeling pretty pumped right now.

With the offseason behind us and the pre-season drawing to a close, the time has come to start making some predictions about what’s going to happen in the NBA this year. Earlier this week, the GMs of all 30 teams chimed in with some of their predictions for the season, along with their ratings and rankings. Since this is the last Friday before the new season tips off, I thought I’d use this week’s Five to join in the fun, and offer up five predictions for the 2016 NBA season.

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