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Wayback Wednesday: Dev Console in NBA Live 2003 PC

Dev Console in NBA Live 2003

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 dev console that was featured in NBA Live 2003.

During what I’m unofficially dubbing the Golden Age of NBA Live, the PC release was often the definitive version of the game. If nothing else, there was so much that our modding community could do with it. Even when certain games fell short of our expectations, we’d do all we could to enhance them with mods. In the process, we discovered a lot of hidden content and features. One interesting feature that we found but didn’t really utilise all that often was the dev console in NBA Live 2003.

While the presence of a developer/debug console isn’t unusual in other types of video games, they don’t appear all that often in basketball titles. One might argue that there’s less use for the functionality when it comes to the virtual hardwood, but there are still a couple of nifty things that were possible with the dev console in NBA Live 2003. I had some fun with it in a Dumb Mondays feature around four years ago, but I feel that it deserves a Wayback Wednesday profile as well. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Roster, face, and court updates make up today’s file additions for NBA 2K19 PC. Catch up on all of the latest mod releases at the links below!

MonkeymanJSV
Romeo Langford Face
Nassir Little Face

Manni Live
Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center 4K
Detroit Pistons Little Caesars Arena 4K

TwistedLogic
Jaylen Adams Face

Torogi
2010-2011 Shaquille O’Neal Face (Updated to v2.0)
RKJ No Injuries Roster (With New Retro Teams) (Updated to v1.6)
Jarrett Allen Face (Updated to v2.0)
Jeff Green Face & Model (Updated to v3.0)
LeBron James Face (Updated to v2.0)
Tyson Chandler Face & Model (Updated to v2.0)

Shuajota
Shuajota’s Realistic Roster (Updated to v6.7)
Official Roster Update (Updated)

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: The Joy of Dunking Once Again

Dunking on Lonzo Ball (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 a few reflections on how fun it is to be dunking once again in MyCAREER.

It’s funny how things work out. A few months ago, I mentioned that I was burned out on career modes and looking to take a break. While I have indeed set up a game in MyLEAGUE with the Chicago Bulls, I have actually found myself primarily playing MyCAREER so far in NBA 2K19. The experience has been a lot better than in NBA 2K18, from the story to the gameplay. I’ve also been determined to grind my Badges and increase my ratings without paying for any Virtual Currency, so that when we finally get to play some squad games of 2K Pro-Am in the new year, I’ll be ready.

Something that’s made MyCAREER a lot more enjoyable in NBA 2K19 is that I’m actually dunking again. I’ve ended up going with the same Archetype as last year – Sharpshooting Playmaker – and while inside scoring obviously isn’t the forte of that build, my dunking rating is high enough to throw down a few slams every now and again. It seemed that should’ve been the case in NBA 2K18 as well, but as I noted around this time last year, I was left with a serious case of dunk envy. I’m pleased to report that the issue seems to have been resolved this year, which has made racking up points a much more fun and diverse experience.

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NBA Live 19 Patch 1.17 Now Available

Russell Westbrook wearing an Earned jersey in NBA Live 19

On the heels of Patch 1.16, another update has come through for NBA Live 19. As with all other title updates, Patch 1.17 should download automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One has an active Internet connection. If you encounter any difficulties, try restarting your console.

No patch notes have been released as yet, and checking the update history through the PS4 dashboard only yields the generic message about “minor bug fixes”. For the moment, we can assume it’s likely that Patch 1.17 is a hotfix for issues caused by the previous update. There was apparently an issue with the announcer audio not being played during intros when the Earned jerseys were selected, which does appear to have been resolved.

If any further information is provided, I’ll be sure to update this post, as well as the patch history for NBA Live 19 in our Wiki. For now, feel free to share any observations in the comments below, as well as in this topic in the Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

We have a couple more updates for a classic today, specifically NBA 2K11 PC. Check out DaCrispy’s 2019 season court and arena updates for the Los Angeles Clippers at the links below!

DaCrispy
Los Angeles Clippers 2018-19 Court
Los Angeles Clippers 2018-19 Arena

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 Worst Parts of Playing With Randoms

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, I’m breaking down what I feel are the five worst parts of playing with randoms online.

One of the best parts of modern basketball games is that we’re able to meet up with a bunch of other people we don’t know to play online. Likewise, one of the worst parts of modern basketball games is that we’re able to meet up with a bunch of other people we don’t know to play online. Snarky echoes aside, online gaming will always be a mixed bag, no matter what the genre. Not everyone is about playing fair, or being cooperative. The experience is usually better if you’re teaming up with people that you know, but that isn’t always feasible.

That’s when you end up teaming with randoms. Again, this isn’t unique to basketball games, but hoops games present some unique drawbacks. Since there’s only one ball, not everyone can take an active role at all times as they might in other genres, such as a shooter. Everyone is used to being Player One, and is therefore unwilling to defer to teammates they don’t know. In all fairness it isn’t always a nightmare, and it’s better than not being able to play at all, especially with the new restrictions on team Pro-Am. Nevertheless, it’s often a less than ideal basketball gaming experience. Here are, in my opinion, the five worst parts of being in that situation.

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NBA Live 19 Patch 1.16 Now Available; New Jerseys, Adjustments

Earned Jerseys in NBA Live 19 Patch 1.16

NBA Live 19 Patch 1.16 is now available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As always, it will come through automatically as long as your console has an active Internet connection. If you encounter any issues, try restarting your console, or checking for the update manually.

The latest update adds the newly unveiled Earned jerseys to all 5v5 modes. 3v3 now has 15 points as the win condition, and hitting Level 100 will allow you to start a new player at Level 50. Reward tiers for Court Battles have also been adjusted (with a new fourth tier added), new rosters and audio have been pushed through, and some gameplay tweaks have been made.

Please see below for the full release notes for NBA Live 19 Patch 1.16. You can also find a complete update history for NBA Live 19 over in our Wiki. Feel free to share your impressions of the 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 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Let’s get caught up on the latest mods for NBA 2K19 PC! Today’s new and updated files include player faces and current rosters. Check them out at the links below!

MonkeymanJSV
Zach LaVine Face
Josh Smith Face
Dedric Lawson Face
Cam Reddish Face

Torogi
Jarrett Allen Face

Shuajota
Shuajota’s Realistic Roster (Updated to v6.6)

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: Mentors in NBA 2K15’s MyCAREER

Channing Frye, one of the mentors in NBA 2K15's MyCAREER

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 mentors in NBA 2K15’s MyCAREER.

NBA 2K15 stands out as quite a noteworthy game in the NBA 2K series. It was the first time that the PlayStation 4/Xbox One version was ported to PC, and the first PC release to be available exclusively through Steam with no disc-based physical copies. The game also continued the story-driven MyCAREER concept, becoming the first game in which you didn’t start your rookie season on opening night. The story of how you make it to the league featured cameos from NBA players who acted as mentors, with the real players voicing their virtual counterparts in cutscenes.

On one hand, this was an improvement over similar cutscenes in NBA 2K14, in which the MyPLAYER character was voiced while the NBA players’ dialogue was just text. On the other hand, many of their performances were notoriously and hilariously bad, as discussed in an article over on Cracked a couple of years ago. Nevertheless, it was an idea that had merit, influencing presentation and features in subsequent games. At the very least, there’s some humour to be found with the mentors in NBA 2K15, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 Patch 1.04 Now Available

Christmas Playground in NBA 2K Playgrounds 2

Aside from offering up some impressions on the NLSC Podcast, we haven’t really been covering NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 since its release. As such, I haven’t been posting any bulletins regarding the official patches, but I’d like to remedy that today by noting that Patch 1.04 is now available for the game. It includes:

  • New Christmas Playground
  • 10 new Christmas themed outfits
  • 35 Players unlocked
  • 29 new Vanity items
  • Fixes for minor issues and Stability improvements

Dennis Rodman and Karl Malone are among the new players unlocked in the new update. As is generally the case, the patch will come through automatically as long as you have an active Internet connection. If you encounter any difficulties, try restarting or checking for the update manually.

Feel free to leave any impressions or thoughts about NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 in the comments section below. If you’d like to take the discussion to the NLSC Forum, we have a topic for the game here in our Other Basketball Games board.

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File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K11 PC feature more court and arena updates from DaCrispy. Download them all at the links below!

DaCrispy
Washington Wizards 2018-19 Court
Washington Wizards 2018-19 Arena
New Orleans Pelicans 2018-19 Court
New Orleans Pelicans 2018-19 Arena
Memphis Grizzlies 2018-19 Court (Updated to v3.0)

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: Crafting a MyCAREER Story

NBA 2K19 MyCAREER Story Scene

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 how future NBA 2K games could craft a better MyCAREER story.

As much as I’ve criticised the approach, I am somewhat fascinated by the concept of the MyCAREER story. It’s been done rather badly in a couple of games, be it the way it’s affected the gameplay experience, the narrative, or both. As such, it would be nice to have the option of a straightforward career mode. At the same time, a lot of effort has gone into the approach over the years, and it’s paid off with a couple of rather good and enjoyable tales. Since the concept doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, it’s vital that Visual Concepts does the best job possible with it.

When it comes to the MyCAREER story approach – in particular, the times it hasn’t been done well – there have been a few common drawbacks since its debut in NBA 2K14. Ill-fitting back stories and unlikeable personalities for the player character, annoying NPCs and cringe-worthy cutscenes, a lack of story branching, meaningless decisions, and general intrusiveness, are among the most prominent issues. The good news is that these problems can be remedied, and if backed by a well-written narrative with characters that aren’t annoying in a bad way, a story can enhance MyCAREER. To that end, this is how I’d like to see the MyCAREER story crafted in future games.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #268

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #268 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week, Kenny and I have new content and title updates for NBA Live 19 and NBA 2K19 to discuss, some NBA news to catch up on, and as always, some stories about what we’ve been doing on the virtual hardwood.

On this week’s show…

  • The December 4th content update for NBA Live 19 features some worthwhile fixes and additions. However, we’re still left wanting a little more out of the game.
  • Patch 1.07 for NBA 2K19 likewise provides a few welcome fixes and new content. It also includes a gameplay adjustment that should cut down on some online cheese.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming saw some fantastic performances, a determined grind for more VC, and a few less-than-stellar random online teammates (except for one).
  • We wrap up Episode #268 of the NLSC Podcast with the usual NBA discussion. This week’s topics include recent trades and signings, parity in the West, and the continuation of an unofficial Melo Watch segment.

Click Play to listen to the show!

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 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Many people are still playing NBA 2K14 PC, and so our community is still pumping out some great mods for a prior gen favourite. In addition to another big update to skoadam’s U R Basketball mod, today’s file additions include a few more future prospect faces, and an updated Mall of Asia Arena court. Check them all out at the links below!

Blang
Ja Morant Face
Ignas Brazdeikis Face
Shamorie Ponds Face

Sastre Matulin
2018 Mall of Asia Arena Court (2019 World Cup Qualifiers) (Updated to v4.0)

skoadam
2K14 U R Basketball V62 [35 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 18-19 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 13th December 2018] (Updated to V62)

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 modding community has provided a variety of updates in today’s batch of file additions for NBA 2K19 PC. Check out all of the new and updated releases at the links below!

MonkeymanJSV
Udoka Azubuike Face

bluejaybrandon
Terrance Ferguson Face & Tattoo Update

TwisT
Crowd Update – Southwest Division (Updated to v2.0)

Shuajota
Ding Yanyuhang Face (Updated to v2.0)
Shuajota’s Realistic Roster (Updated to v6.4)
Official Roster Update (Updated)

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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