File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

With the release of gregkwaste‘s NBA 2K16 Explorer, we also have our first mod releases for NBA 2K16 PC! TBM has uploaded three face updates – Russell Westbrook, Anderson Varejao, and a retro Vince Carter – all of which you can download at the links below.

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Russell Westbrook Face
Anderson Varejao Face
Vince Carter Face

Remember, if you’re creating any updates for NBA 2K16, or indeed any game in the NBA 2K or NBA Live series, we encourage you to make use of the upload facilities in our Downloads section; all you need is an active Forum account! Our aim is to provide free, stable hosting to our modding community, so that we can preserve releases and avoid losing great updates, which is a problem that we’ve unfortunately run into in years gone by. If you’re not quite sure how the upload form works, be sure to check out this video tutorial, and feel free to drop me a line with any further questions that you may have.

NBA 2K16 Explorer v0.40 Released

NBA 2K16 Explorer v0.40

Exciting news, NBA 2K16 gamers! grekwaste has released v0.40 of the NBA 2K16 Explorer, facilitating modding of the PC version of this year’s game from 2K Sports. The current version of the Explorer allows you to preview, import, and export textures, as well as .ogg audio files. A list of the key features is as follows:

  • Full Texture, Model and Sound Previewing Capabilities
  • Tons of stability fixes
  • Implemented correct filenames for all archives
  • Export capabilities for iffs and subfiles
  • Import capabilities for audio oggs and all texture types
  • Separate Iff Editor
  • Implemented a Commenting System for personal notes on each archive

Download v0.40 of the NBA 2K16 Explorer here! If you need help getting started with the Explorer, be sure to check out TBM‘s FAQ here in the NBA 2K16 Tutorials & FAQs section. For the latest previews, information, and support, keep it locked to the Explorer’s release thread.

With the release of the first modding tool for NBA 2K16, don’t forget that our upload facilities are free, and available to anyone with an active Forum account! You can find the NBA 2K16 section here in our Downloads database; if you run into any issues with the upload form, check out this video tutorial, and feel free to drop me a line with any further questions you may have.

Monday Tip-Off: Head in the Cloud – Basketball Video Games & Always-On

Gaming in NBA 2K14's MyCAREER

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.

Always-on remains a controversial issue in video gaming, right up there with downloadable content, microtransactions, and third party developers producing platform exclusives. So strong is the backlash against it, Microsoft even had to change its approach with the Xbox One, and is arguably still feeling the effects of its initial stance as the console continues to be out-sold by the PlayStation 4. The message is clear: gamers do not like always-on.

As the online component of basketball video games has become a bigger part of the experience, our community has started to feel the sting of always-on and cloud saves. Key game modes require a constant connection to the Internet, and while a couple of them can also be played offline, issues can arise when there are temporary connection or server issues. But what happens when the server is shut down for good?

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up the week with a new file addition for NBA Live 08, as BAYAG has released a new version of his SUPERSTAR ’08 AIACT mod for the game. Download it at the link below!

BAYAG
SUPERSTAR ’08 AIACT (Updated to v6.0)

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include updated courts for the Milwaukee Bucks, a custom soundtrack, and a new offseason roster. Download them all at the links below!

Pepis
2016 Milwaukee Bucks Courts

2K – Macedonia
NBA 2K14 All Around the World Soundtrack

Tha2KProphet
2KShiftLeader’s (Tha2KProphet) Real 2016 Roster (Updated to v4.3)

The Friday Five: 5 Silly Things I’ve Done in Basketball 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 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.

When it comes to basketball games, I like to think of myself as a member of Sim Nation…shout out to Da_Czar. Although some of the improvements to basketball games in recent years have challenged my perception of how realistically I play, and what realism truly means, on the whole I would say that I do indeed prefer a true to life style of play, and want to see NBA Live and NBA 2K reflect the real NBA as closely as possible. Of course, I also believe there’s a need for more casual, or “arcade style” gameplay settings, too.

I also have to admit that my approach to basketball games hasn’t always been so sim. When I first started playing NBA Live 95 on Super Nintendo, my approach was definitely more casual, and less focused on realism. However, even after I took an interest in playing basketball games more realistically, I’d occasionally take a break from that style, in the name of doing something fun. Not that I don’t consider playing realistically to be fun, but sometimes, a break from the norm and a bit of silliness is refreshing. And, as you’ll soon find out, I’ve done some quite silly things with basketball games from time to time.

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Hotfixes Released for NBA 2K16 PC

NBA 2K16: Stephen Curry

For those who may be unaware, a couple of hotfixes have been pushed through for the PC version of NBA 2K16. If the latest update hasn’t come through for you, be sure to restart your Steam client.

There aren’t any detailed patch notes at this time, but the hotfixes are intended to address some of the performance issues (such as stuttering and low framerates) that gamers have been experiencing with NBA 2K16 PC. As per Leftos’ post, the development team is working on a fix for issues with commentary disappearing, but it wasn’t quite ready to include in the most recent hotfix.

As he was last year, Leftos has been quite active in the NBA 2K16 section of the NLSC Forum, collecting feedback from PC gamers including crash reports. If you’re having problems with NBA 2K16 crashing, be sure to follow the instructions in this thread, and post your crash report for analysis.

Leftos has also mentioned that the development team is indeed keeping track of the general NBA 2K16 bug reports across all platforms. While there’s no ETA at this time, a cross-platform patch that addresses those issues will be released at some point in the near future. In the meantime, we are invited to continue posting any and all bug reports and constructive feedback regarding NBA 2K16, so be sure to post about any issues you’re having.

File Additions for NBA Live 06

We have some new file additions for NBA Live 06 PC today, as yunicorn has uploaded some fantastic jersey updates for the 2016 season. As I’ve mentioned in some of our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content thus far, NBA Live 06 PC is my all-time favourite game in the NBA Live series (and is obviously celebrating its 10th anniversary this year), so it’s great to see some updates coming out for it. If you’re in the mood to play some NBA Live 06 with current jerseys, be sure to download all of the latest releases at the links below!

yunicorn
2015/2016 Los Angeles Clippers Jersey Patch
2015/2016 Toronto Raptors Jersey Patch
2015/2016 Denver Nuggets Jersey Patch
2015/2016 Atlanta Hawks Jersey Patch
2015/2016 Milwaukee Bucks Jersey Patch
2015/2016 Philadelphia 76ers Jersey Patch

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

It’s been a while since we’ve had a complete court update for NBA Live 08, but ChocoNaGatas has released a 30 team court pack for the 2016 season in today’s file additions. Note that court updates for NBA Live 08 are also completely compatible with NBA Live 07, and that the *crt.ebo, *crt.fsh, and *crt_vram.fsh files are compatible with NBA Live 2005 and NBA Live 06, if extracted from the .viv file using the EA Graphics Editor.

Download the pack at the link below!

ChocoNaGatas
2015/2016 30 Team Court Pack

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include a couple more Class of 2015 rookie faces from monzki15: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Lamar Patterson. Download them both at the links below!

monzki15
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Face
Lamar Patterson Face

Monday Tip-Off: Fanboys, Haters, and the Basketball Gaming Community

Fanboys, Haters, and the Basketball Gaming Community

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.

In last week’s Friday Five, I talked about aspects of online culture that I dislike. While I’d rather not spend too much time dwelling on the negative – incidentally, that would be another pet peeve of mine when it comes to online culture – I did touch on something that I’d like to talk a little bit more about today for Monday Tip-Off: fanboys and haters within the basketball gaming community.

I don’t want to make a sweeping, generalised, melodramatic statement such as “Fanboys and haters are ruining the basketball gaming community”, because that’s not exactly true. Unfortunately, such a statement isn’t completely without merit, either. At the very least, it’s reaching some incredibly silly levels, with severe tunnel vision and an almost complete lack of perspective. Granted, this is often the case in any fandom, but since this is our community we’re talking about, I’d like to see us do better.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up the week with a couple more file additions for NBA 2K14 PC, as monzki15 has released two new face updates. Get them into your game by downloading them at the link below!

monzki15
Frank Kaminsky Face
Chris Wood Face

D-League Digest Interview with JAWSFreelao

D-League Mod for NBA 2K14 PC

D-League Digest recently conducted an interview with NLSC Forum member JAWSFreelao, who has been working on a D-League mod for NBA 2K14 PC. The interview discusses his enthusiasm for and interest in the D-League, noting that he relates to the players’ struggle in striving for success and working their way up to the big time. He also discusses some of the recent challenges that the community has faced in developing mods for NBA 2K15 (and now NBA 2K16), and his favourite D-League team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Several screenshots of the D-League mod can also be found in the article.

It’s always awesome when the hard work of one of our members gets recognition outside of our community, and fantastic modding efforts are given the spotlight. Hats off to Nathan for scoring the interview, and my thanks for the kind words about the NLSC. The contributions of our talented modding community are always greatly appreciated!

Incidentally, if you’d like to see the latest previews of the D-League mod, or lend a hand in its creation, be sure to check out this thread and let Nathan know ASAP. If you’re a modder whose work is spotlighted elsewhere on the Internet, be sure to let us know!

The Friday Five: 5 Aspects of Online Culture I Dislike

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.

NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 are in stores now, and to that end, it would make sense to discuss one or both of them in this week’s Friday Five. However, I’d like to spend a bit more time with both games before I offer up any impressions, and discuss certain elements of them in detail. Furthermore, this week’s topic – five aspects of online culture that I dislike – is one that I’ve been meaning to talk about for a while. The timing isn’t completely inappropriate either, as we see a lot of this stuff pop up whenever new games are released.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I maintain that we have a good thing going here at the NLSC, and I do like being a part of an online community. I also believe that the World Wide Web in general is a fantastic invention that continues to innovate, and it’s done a lot to make video games a bigger business, and an even more enjoyable hobby. However, there are some negative traits that permeate online culture, especially in gaming communities. When it comes to the five things I’m about to discuss, I think we need to either grow up, or get over ourselves…or maybe both.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Yes, a couple of new games are out in stores, but we’re tipping off October with some new file additions for an older title: NBA 2K14 PC. Today’s new files are the latest rookie faces from monzki15, specifically Tyus Jones, and Cameron Payne. Download them both at the links below!

monzki15
Tyus Jones Face
Cameron Payne Face