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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K19 include the latest face, shoe, and roster updates. Check them all out at the links below!

Shuajota
LeBron James Face

YKWL
Dwyane Wade Face

seanbarkley
SB Kicksology (Injury Free) (Updated)
[seanbarkley] KICKSOLOGY (Updated)

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File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

Bring a beloved classic up to date with today’s file addition for NBA Live 2004 PC! Murat has put together an art pack for the 2018 season, which you can download at the link below. If you follow the links in the description for the art pack, you can find some other updates for NBA Live 2004, including a 2018 season roster.

Murat
2017-18 NBA Art Update

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The Friday Five: 5 Ways to Improve Franchise in NBA Live 20

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 ways to improve Franchise mode in NBA Live 20.

Our Wishlists for NBA Live 20 and NBA 2K20 have been submitted, but as we await another preview season, I feel like talking about my hopes for the upcoming titles. I’m beginning with NBA Live 20, as it needs to be a big year for the long-running hoops series from EA Sports. NBA Live 18 and NBA Live 19 have been EA’s best efforts in quite some time, but there’s plenty of room for improvement. A recurring complaint that I’ve seen is that there isn’t enough focus on the NBA in NBA Live, and that’s a sentiment that I share. One way to address that is to give more attention to Franchise.

The counterargument I’ve seen to that suggestion is that Franchise is old hat for old heads, and that no one cares about it. Considering the fact that us old heads do care about it, and that younger basketball gamers have also expressed their frustration with the lack of depth to Franchise, it’s ridiculous to suggest that no one cares, and that it’s unimportant. NBA Live must provide deep, engaging experiences across the board, and with The One and its connected modes already quite robust, it’s time that a few enhancements were made to Franchise. As a long-time franchise mode enthusiast, I believe that focusing on these five key aspects will help achieve that goal.

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Pick up a couple of face updates for Jimmer Fredette and D.J.Wilson in today’s NBA 2K19 PC file additions!

Shuajota
Jimmer Fredette Face

Torogi
D.J. Wilson Face

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Wayback Wednesday: TV Sports Basketball

TV Sports Basketball Pre-Game Intro

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 Cinemaware’s TV Sports Basketball, released in 1990.

Cinemaware is a name that may ring a bell for older gamers, but is likely unfamiliar to the younger crowd. That’s because like so many other early game developers who went bankrupt by the 90s, they only exist as a brand and library of releases that has since been purchased by another company; in this case, Swedish game developer and publisher, Starbreeze. Cinemaware made some fine games in their day, and as with many other titles from the early days of video games, it’s fortunate that they’ve been preserved and made available through another company purchasing their assets.

The Cinemaware game that I grew up playing had nothing to do with basketball. It was their first game, a medieval action strategy title called Defender of the Crown. As with many of Cinemaware’s releases, it found its way onto several platforms, with the NES version being the one I own. Until I picked up the Cinemaware Anthology on Steam at Kenny’s suggestion, I had no idea that they also released a basketball game for Amiga and MS-DOS in 1990: TV Sports Basketball. I enjoy discovering these old basketball games that I missed out on at the time and checking them out to see what they had to offer, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA 2K19 Patch 1.09; Pushing Removed, Start Today Fixed

Joe Ingles in NBA 2K19

Patch 1.09 is out now for NBA 2K19. It’s currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with the PC and Switch patches coming soon. As with all official patches, it should come through automatically; if it doesn’t, try restarting your console, or checking for it manually.

The changes in Patch 1.09 are as follows:

  • The removal of pushing in Neighborhood games.
  • A fix for the hang that some users have reported seeing in the Start Today game mode when attempting to advance past March 20th on the calendar.

You can check out the full update history for NBA 2K19 here in our Wiki. I’ll post an update once the PC patch drops, but in the meantime, feel free to share any thoughts in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NLSC Forum.

Update: As of April 18th, the PC patch is now available. It should come through automatically but if it doesn’t, try restarting your Steam client.

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NBA Live 19 Patch 1.23 Released; Minor Fixes

City Uniforms in NBA Live 19

A new patch (1.23) has come through for NBA Live 19. As with all other official patches, it will come through automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One has an active Internet connection. If you encounter any difficulties, try checking for the update manually, or restarting your console.

Patch 1.23 is a fairly small update that addresses the following issues:

  • Smaller Patch Size Improvements
  • Cream Biggums Jersey Fix
  • Bone Collector Hair Fix
  • Rokit Venue Camera Fix
  • LCU Optimizations
  • Reinserted Original Splash Screen Art
  • Shoe Updates

For a complete update history for NBA Live 19, check out this article over in our Wiki. Feel free to share any thoughts on the latest patch in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC feature a few face updates. Download them all at the links below!

Blang
N’Faly Dante Face
Jalen McDaniels Face

BBTxJoKer
Luka Doncic Face

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Monday Tip-Off: 2019 Free Agency According to MyCAREER

2019 Free Agency delivered Marcus Cousins to Indiana (NBA 2K19 MyCAREER)

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 the results of the 2019 free agency period, according to the predictions of my NBA 2K19 MyCAREER game.

Right now, the talk of the NBA is the rapidly approaching 2019 Playoffs (and the fact that LeBron James won’t be partaking in them), but it won’t be long before attention turns to the offseason. Glancing at RealGM’s list of players who will be unrestricted free agents come July, the 2019 free agency period has the potential to be a wild one. Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins, Marc Gasol, Hassan Whiteside, Julius Randle, and Tobias Harris, are just some of the many significant names who will be available.

History suggests that for every big name that changes uniforms, another will stay put. In many cases, those players will make their decision contrary to all the speculation that they were definitely out the door, or a lock to re-sign. Sheepish admissions of being completely wrong aside, the speculation is still fun while it lasts. With the rise of basketball video games, it’s become quite fashionable to use their simulated results to generate predictions for the real NBA, whether it’s award winners, champions, or free agency signings. Having reached my second year in NBA 2K19’s MyCAREER, I’ve seen some rather interesting moves take place. Let’s take a look!

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NLSC Podcast Update: Revamp & Future Plans

NLSC Podcast

Regular listeners of the NLSC Podcast will have no doubt noticed that we’ve missed posting a show these past couple of weeks. While it was our intention to be consistent in producing shows after missing several weeks last year, we’ve decided to revamp the podcast, and have taken some time off accordingly.

One reason we want to change up the format – aside from moving with the times and ensuring that we’re producing a show that’s enjoyable to listen to – is that it doesn’t lend itself well to times when news is slow, such as it is now. While I anticipate still having some form of news segments, and we’ll obviously cover the preview season in depth, we’ve found that outside of significant patches or big new content being pushed through, it gets very repetitive talking about the weekly updates. That’s not fun for us, which in turn doesn’t result in a good show for you.

To that end, we’d like to focus on talking about topics and issues that are relevant to the basketball gaming community. We have some deep dive discussions in mind, where we’d spend a majority of the episode having a roundtable discussion about a specific topic. We’re also looking to line up more special guests and interviews, in an effort to make the NLSC Podcast as fun, interesting, and informative as possible.

With that in mind, we’re interested in your suggestions for the topics that you’d like us to discuss, as well as guests you’d like us to try reaching out to. We’d like to build up a bank of topics that we can cover week in and week out, though as I noted, we’ll also devote episodes to breaking news (especially during the preview season). If you do have any suggestions, feel free to hit us up in the comments, as well as on Twitter and Facebook, and here in the NLSC Forum.

As always, a big thank you to everyone who continues to tune in to the NLSC Podcast, and has supported the show throughout the years. We’re confident that the revamp will result in a better show that we can release on a consistent schedule. Check out Episode #278 of the NLSC Podcast here if you haven’t yet caught it, and if you’re listening to us through services such as iTunes, please consider leaving us a review and helping spread the word about the show! If all goes well, Episode #279 should be out later this week.

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Our community has some new NBA 2K19 PC mods for you today. The latest file additions include player faces, fictional jerseys, updated rosters, and new shoes. Check them all out at the links below!

Issy
Ja Morant Face
Fictional Jersey Pack

Torogi
Andrew Bogut Face (Updated to v2.0)

seanbarkley
SB Kicksology (Injury Free) (Updated to v3.3)
[seanbarkley] KICKSOLOGY (Updated to v3.3)

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

The latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include a handful of player faces, and new shoes. Download all of the new releases at the links below!

Blang
Deonte Burton & Matisse Thybulle Faces
Grant Williams & Jaylen Adams Faces
Jalen Green Face
Roko Prkačin Face
Evan Mobley Face
Boris Tišma Face

anonuevokicks
Kyrie 5 UCONN

BBTxJoKer
Caris LeVert Face

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The Friday Five: 5 Ways to Improve NBA 2K’s Retro Teams

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 ways that retro teams could be improved and better utilised in future NBA 2K games.

I know I’ve talked about retro teams a lot over the past few weeks in The Friday Five, but there are just so many intriguing possibilities. I’m taking a break from suggesting specific squads that I’d like to see added, and instead taking a look at how retro teams could be put to even better use in future iterations of NBA 2K. The current approach is certainly satisfactory for the most part, and in terms of providing extra content, it’s a long way ahead of what NBA Live is offering. Nevertheless, there are ways in which the retro teams could be handled better.

Obviously, there are other priorities to consider when it comes to the quality of future NBA 2K titles. Refining player movement and physics is important. Achieving a good balance between online and offline play is an ongoing challenge. Addressing issues with the amount of grinding and fairness of recurrent revenue mechanics is something that absolutely needs to be sorted out. However, there is room to discuss ideas for the bonus content, and indeed, the prevalence of retro teams in NBA 2K has more or less established them as a key part of the experience, year in and year out. To that end, here are five ways to improve NBA 2K’s retro teams!

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File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K17 PC include a tool that can be used to swap 3D hair files between NBA 2K17 and NBA 2K18, and a 1985 CBS scoreboard and transition wipe. Download them at the links below!

trevorjpt33
Hair 3D Add-Swap

sticky-fingers
1984-85 CBS Scoreboard & Wipe

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Wayback Wednesday: Livin’ Da Dream in NBA 2K16

Livin Da Dream Title Screen (NBA 2K16)

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 Livin’ Da Dream, the MyCAREER story in NBA 2K16.

Career modes have come a long way since they were essentially franchise modes with player lock. The concept has continued to evolve this generation, with MyCAREER pioneering the use of in-depth stories to accompany the gameplay experience. This hasn’t been to everyone’s liking – indeed, I’ve been critical of the approach on more than one occasion – but there’s no denying that a tremendous amount of work has gone into the production values of MyCAREER stories. 2K has also brought big names on board to bolster both the writing and performances of the tales told in MyCAREER.

After telling the story of competing with Jackson Ellis in NBA 2K14 and enlisting the help of several NBA players to voice themselves in cutscenes mentoring your player in NBA 2K15, 2K went all out in NBA 2K16. They brought in acclaimed (and now Academy Award-winning) director Spike Lee to develop a story for the mode that allows gamers to live out their dreams of playing in the NBA. That theme gave the story its title – Livin’ Da Dream – and it was a significant milestone in the continuing evolution of MyCAREER. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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