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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

We’ve got another big batch of mod releases from our community today. The latest NBA 2K19 PC file additions include faces, rosters, updated tools, and more. Please see below for all the download links!

goldenstate77
Goldenstate77 Reshade (4 Settings)

Gideon Prime
Kevin Garnett Custom Body Model

Shuajota
Kevin Love Face
Official Roster Update
LeBron James Portrait
Luol Deng Portrait
Shuajota’s Realistic Roster
James Johnson Face (With Dreads)

go7denboot
Kawhi Leonard Real Body

bluejaybrandon
Charlotte Hornets Team Tattoo Update

TwisT
Crowd Update – Pacific Division

Manni Live
Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo Arena

Limnono
Limnono Trainer (NBA 2K19 Xiugaiqi) (Updated to v2.0)

The2KGamer
NBA 2K19 Cheat Table With SP and Attributes (Updated to v1.2 Bugfix)

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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Wayback Wednesday: The Legend of Jackson Ellis

Jackson Ellis in NBA 2K19

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, I’m taking a look back at the virtual career of Jackson Ellis in NBA 2K, and the legend that it has spawned over six games.

Minor spoiler alert: in NBA 2K19’s MyCAREER mode, Jackson Ellis makes a return to the virtual hardwood. One of the most memorable characters in basketball video games, this year he enjoyed his most prominent role since NBA 2K14, when he was introduced as the rival of your MyPLAYER. Not only has Ellis resonated with NBA 2K gamers, he’s clearly a favourite of the development team as well. Even though he’s only stepped onto the court in a couple of titles, he’s appeared or been referenced in every MyCAREER mode on the current generation.

So what’s the story behind the infamously brash and outspoken Jackson Ellis? Well, the exact story differs for each of us, but in broad strokes, Visual Concepts has been weaving a subplot with Ellis over the past six years. To appreciate the Legend of Jackson Ellis, we need to return to where it all began in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of NBA 2K14. To that end, let’s go back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA Live 2005

NBA Live 2005 Cover Art

Ahead of this week’s Wayback Wednesday, we have a Wayback File Addition! Add a touch of the current league to NBA Live 2005 with Kelly_E’s Nike Statement Jersey patch for the Atlanta Hawks, available at the link below!

Kelly_E
Atlanta Hawks Nike Statement Jersey

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Our first batch of file additions for NBA 2K19 PC is here! Our modding community is tipping things off with twenty-five releases, including tools, faces, courts, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

Shuajota
NBA 2K19 External File Plugin (Waigua)

Limnono
Limnono Trainer (NBA 2K19 Xiugaiqi)

R4zoR
Robert Covington Face

Shuajota
J.J. Barea Face
J.J. Redick Face
T.J. McConnell Face
Brad Wanamaker Face
James Johnson Face
Nikola Mirotic Face

Sitew33
Dennis Smith Hair Update
Markelle Fultz Face (Dreads)
Pascal Siakam Face (Mini Fro)
Delon Wright Hair Update
Rodney McGruder Face

Manni Live
Boston Celtics TD Garden

The2KGamer
NBA 2K19 Cheat Table With SP and Attributes

MauMau78
Net Physics
SFX Mod

go7denboot
Giannis Antetokounmpo Real Body
Joel Embiid Real Body

SexCurryBeats
Red White and Blue Net
G-League Gym
Red White and Blue Ball
3 Blacktops
Practice Gym

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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Monday Tip-Off: Are Some Basketball Games Too Old To Mod?

1996 Mod for NBA Live 2004: Michael Jordan

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 whether or not some basketball video games are too old to mod.

As our regular File Additions bulletins no doubt indicate, we mod basketball games both new and old in our community. I’ve discussed the appeal of modding older games in a previous article, likening it to the pastime of retro gaming itself. It’s fun to dust off an old favourite, not only to enjoy its familiar modes and gameplay, but also to tinker with it. There’s a lot of creative satisfaction in breathing new life into old games, and a certain novelty in seeing current NBA players in a title from many years ago. I would never discourage retro modding, much as I would never discourage retro gaming.

At the same time, modding older titles can present certain challenges and drawbacks. As a basketball game gets older, it can become more difficult to mod, both in terms of performing the required actions and justifying the time spent doing so. Hardware and software moves on, and so do basketball gamers themselves. Even though it’s still fun to tinker and do some cool things with your favourites, it may feel like less and less of a worthwhile exercise as the years go by. I’m currently working on some updates for old games, but there are obviously limits as to what I’d be willing to sink time into. At some point, we do have to ask ourselves: are some basketball games simply too old to mod?

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #262 (Namo Gamo Interview)

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #262 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week, I’m presenting my interview with Josh and Dave from Namo Gamo, in which we talk about their fantastic retro-oriented PC game, Basketball Classics! We also talk about the process and difficulty of video game design, some of our favourite NBA memories, and a lot more.

It was a really fun interview, and I very much enjoyed getting some insight into an awesome game that already feels very polished, even in Early Access on Steam. We’ve discussed Basketball Classics in previous episodes of the NLSC Podcast, and will definitely have more coverage of the game moving forward. In the meantime, I’m sure you’ll enjoy my chat with Josh and Dave.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Here’s a recent file addition for NBA Live 08 PC that’ll bring your game up to date. yummybear has released another pack of 2018 season jersey updates, and you can pick it up at the link below!

yummybear
10 NBA Team 2018 Jersey Update Part 2

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

With the release of NBA 2K19, we should start seeing some releases for this year’s game from Visual Concepts very soon. In the meantime however, we do have a few file additions for NBA 2K18 to catch up on. Check out the latest mods, including a new retro jersey fix and player faces, at the links below!

PeacemanNOT
1964-1965 Celtics Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

ED2K
Klay Thompson Face by ED2K
Ricky Rubio Face by ED2K

Torogi
Brandon Knight Face

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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The Friday Five: 5 Reasons to Keep Saved Game Files

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 list of five reasons why it’s a good idea to keep your saved game files for basketball video games.

Another preview season is over, which means that NBA Live 19 and NBA 2K19 are upon us! If you’re picking up this year’s games, be sure to share your impressions with the rest of the community in the Forum, and stay tuned for the original content that we’ll be producing for them. Hopefully this year’s releases will meet most of your expectations (if not all of them), and it won’t be long before you’re starting new games and getting stuck into your favourite modes. Once that happens, you might be tempted to delete your saved game files from last year, as well as saves from other older titles.

Not so fast! While you may be about to move on to a new basketball video game, you shouldn’t be too hasty to delete your old saved game files. We’re well beyond the days of 8 megabyte memory cards and other storage devices with very limited capacity, so it shouldn’t be an issue to hang onto your saves. You should have the room to keep files for several games in your collection, not just last year’s release. It’s a good idea to do just that, as losing your old saves is something that you can easily come to regret. To that end, here are five reasons to consider keeping your saved game files, even as you move on to the latest releases from EA Sports and Visual Concepts.

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NBA Live 19 Out Now; Join in the Fun & Discussion!

NBA Live 19: Joel Embiid

The time has come! NBA Live 19 is out today worldwide, and many gamers (myself included) are finally getting hands-on experience with the full version of the game. For those who are still on the fence, the demo is still available, and it appears that it will continue to receive updates alongside the retail version.

For those who’d like a chance to get their hands on a free copy of NBA Live 19, various content creators are currently holding giveaways on Twitter. Our own Arcane has a code up for grabs, for anyone who buys some NLSC merch from his Arcane Team Apparel label. You can find more details about the giveaway here.

We’re looking forward to providing a variety of what we hope will be fun, interesting, and informative original content for NBA Live 19 this year, so stay tuned! With the game now being released, we invite everyone to join in the discussion taking place here in the NLSC Forum. We’ll of course be compiling feedback to send along to the development team at EA Tiburon, so if you have any constructive feedback, please join us in those efforts.

In short, stick around for more great post-release coverage of NBA Live 19, right here at the NLSC!

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NBA 2K19 Early Tip-Off; Momentous Trailer Released

LeBron James on the Lakers in NBA 2K19

The 20th Anniversary Edition of NBA 2K19 drops today! Whether you ordered a physical copy or have been waiting for your pre-loaded digital copy to unlock, you’ll be able to get your hands on the game very soon, if you haven’t already. The Standard Edition will hit store shelves and unlock next week, on September 11th.

With the game’s launch, we’ve opened up our NBA 2K19 Modding section in the NLSC Forum, as well as the Tutorials & FAQs section. The appropriate categories have also been added to our Downloads database, ready for all of the great mods that our community is bound to make this year.

This year’s Momentous Trailer has also been released to celebrate the launch of NBA 2K19. Watch it below, or catch it here on YouTube.

As we look ahead to a new year of modding and other original content, we invite everyone to join in the conversation in our Forum. If you’re playing NBA 2K19, be sure to stick around and be a part of the discussion!

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Primacy Ratings Fixes for NBA Live 06-08 (Default Rosters)

Kobe Bryant often suffered from Primacy Rating Recalculation (NBA Live 06)

I recently whipped up a few fixes for the Primacy ratings in the default rosters of NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07, and NBA Live 08. These fixes are intended to address the issue of Primacy ratings being recalculated whenever there are trades or injuries in Dynasty mode, a problem that unfortunately occurred in all three of those titles. The fixes are simple, consisting of a batch file that will restore all of the original Primacy ratings.

For those who are unaware, a player’s Primacy rating is what determines his place in the pecking order in terms of shot attempts, both in gameplay and simulation. The recalculation is intended to adjust shot distribution following trades and injuries, but the results aren’t always desirable, nor are the original ratings restored when players are fully healed and back in the lineup. This generally resulted in prominent scorers putting up far less points than they should have.

While the current roster updates that I used to release for NBA Live included their own fixes for Primacy ratings, I never bothered to release a version that was intended for use with the original rosters. It wasn’t until Breems reminded me of the issue in his story topic – which uses default rosters for NBA Live 06 – that it occurred to me that it would be useful to have fixes based on the original files. As such, here they are:

Once again, please note that these fixes are only intended to be used with the default rosters. If you are using one of the old NLSC roster updates, please use the included fix to ensure that all of the newly added players are updated accordingly. Hopefully, the retro gamers in our community can put these overdue fixes to good use! Thanks again to Breems for the heads up, and for testing the NBA Live 06 version.

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Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 99 & NBA Live 09 Trivia

Pau Gasol in NBA Live 09

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, I’m taking a look back at some NBA Live 99 and NBA Live 09 trivia, ahead of the release of NBA Live 19.

We’re just a couple of days away from the launch of NBA Live 19. It’s shaping up to be a good year for NBA Live, as the series continues its comeback after many years of rebuilding. Hopefully NBA Live will continue to go from strength to strength from here on out, as it did during its glory years of the mid 90s to around 2005. Back then, EA Sports were doing some very innovative things with the series, and it felt like every year brought something new to the table. As I said in my retrospective, that was certainly the case with NBA Live 99.

NBA Live 09 was also a good bounce back year for the series, and remains one of its best releases during the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 generation. With the series having been around for over two decades, it’s interesting to look back at the game that came out ten years before the current one, and the one that was released ten years before that. With that in mind, I’ve compiled some NBA Live 99 and NBA Live 09 trivia, similar to what I did last year with NBA Live 98 and NBA Live 08. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA 2K19 Gameplay Blog & MyCAREER Video

NBA 2K19 On The Fly Coaching

NBA 2K19 will be in our hands very soon, but there are still some things to learn before this year’s game drops. After what was seemingly an unintentional post yesterday, a gameplay blog by the one and only Da_Czar is now officially live.

The blog goes into great detail about enhancements to playcalling and AI in NBA 2K19. Key points on the user side of things include the new playcalling visuals, the revamped On The Fly Coaching menu, and dynamic plays for specific players. You may have already noticed some of these elements if you played through a 2KU game in The Prelude.

On the AI side of things, Da_Czar talks about improvements to play distribution/variation, recognition of mismatches, pick and roll switching, transition offense, double team logic, and freelance offense. He also includes several videos demonstrating the improvements to playcalling and AI on both sides of the ball. Be sure to give it a read for the full scoop!

Meanwhile, Chris Smoove has posted a video providing a comprehensive breakdown of MyCAREER in NBA 2K19. It offers up a wealth of information on MyPOINTS, player progression, contract negotiations, endorsements and VC earnings, career objectives, and more. Watch it below, or catch it here on YouTube.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K19 section of the NLSC Forum!

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NBA 2K19 The Prelude Impressions

NBA 2K19 The Prelude

It seems that a few people already have their hands on the full version of NBA 2K19, but for most of us, we’ve still got a short wait. The 20th Anniversary Edition will be out on September 7th while the Standard Edition drops next week on the 11th, but in the meantime, we’ve been able to get a taste of this year’s game from Visual Concepts via NBA 2K19 The Prelude. I’ve already shared some impressions of The Prelude in Episode #261 of the NLSC Podcast, but for those who prefer text to audio content, I thought that I’d offer a write-up as I did for the NBA Live 19 demo.

As in previous years, the latest version of The Prelude is exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It offers a chance for us to make a head start on MyCAREER by creating a player and playing through the preliminary stages of the mode, as well as sample some 5v5 gameplay through a ten minute game in 2KU. To that end, it’s a very brief glimpse of what’s on offer in NBA 2K19, but it’s enough to give us some insight into what to expect in terms of MyPLAYER Archetypes, the tone of the story, and the gameplay in general. Read on for my impressions!

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