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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

The mod releases for NBA 2K19 PC have been piling up this week, so it’s time for another batch of file additions! The latest mods include face, tattoo, global, transition, and roster updates. Please see below for all the download links.

TwisT
Euroleague Transition Wipe
FIBA Transition Wipes
ESPN Transition Wipes (Updated to v3.0)

MonkeymanJSV
Rui Hachimura Face
Zion Williamson Face (Updated to v2.0)

Torogi
Muscle And Sweat Global 4.0 (Updated to v4.0)

Shuajota
Gary Clark Face
Shuajota’s Realistic Roster (Updated to v6.0)

jowaks
Willie Cauley-Stein Leg Tattoo
J.R. Smith Leg Tattoo
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
Reggie Bullock Leg Tattoo
Shawn Marion Leg Tattoo
Steve Francis Tattoo

TwistedLogic
Isiah Thomas Face (’88-’89 Detroit Pistons)
Chimezie Metu 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 Times Games Messed Up Player Appearances

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 lists five times that basketball games noticeably messed up player appearances.

Developing basketball games – or any video games, for that matter – is harder than a lot of people realise. It bears mentioning, as some gamers do go overboard in their criticism and suggest that making a flawless game is a simple task. In our modding community, we have a bad habit of denouncing the art teams in particular. It should be noted that it’s a lot easier to mod a finished game than it is to create one in the first place, and that individual modders aren’t under the same restrictions when it comes to spending a lot of time on a single player face, or other art assets.

With that being said, there are times when there have been notably unusual mistakes or unimpressive results, particularly when it comes to player appearances. I’m not just referring to player faces that don’t look as realistic as we’d like, though there certainly have been some noteworthy examples in that vein over the years. However, there are times when player appearances have been messed up in ways that go well beyond a cyberface that looks a little off. Be it an oversight in development, some kind of technical limitation, or another cause entirely, here are five times that we looked at a player in a hoops game and noticed that something definitely wasn’t quite right.

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NBA Live 19 Patch 1.15 Features Tuning, City Uniforms, More

City Uniforms in NBA Live 19

Patch 1.15 is out now for NBA Live 19! As always, the latest update should come through automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is online. If you do run into any difficulties, try restarting your console, or checking for the update manually.

The new patch includes the recently unveiled City uniforms, which are available in Play Now, Franchise, and The League. Gameplay has also been tuned, specifically the impact of contested shots. A couple of technical issues have been addressed, and new functionality that allows users to skip examining items when opening rewards has also been added.

Please see below for the full patch notes. I’ve also added them to the update history for NBA Live 19 over in our Wiki. Feel free to share your impressions in the comments section below, as well as join in the conversation here in our NBA Live 19 Forum.

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Wayback Wednesday: Trivia in Basketball Games

Trivia in NBA 2K9

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 trivia in basketball games.

Wait a minute, I hear you saying. Don’t most of my Wayback Wednesday features concern trivia about basketball games, specifically titles that are at least a few years old? Well, yes, but this time, I’m talking about the way that basketball games have literally indulged in trivia, presenting gamers with questions that they can answer as well as listing interesting NBA facts. So yes, I am getting a little meta here, presenting some trivia about trivia in basketball games! After all, it’s something that has been featured in various titles over the years, dating way back to the mid 90s.

It may seem like an unusual feature to focus upon, but I do believe that it’s part of the nostalgia for some beloved favourites. It’s also a concept that has evolved over time, and come to be used for more practical and tangible purposes. With that being said, let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA 2K19 Patch 1.06 Released; Includes Several Bug Fixes

LeBron James in NBA 2K19 (Lakers City Uniform)

Patch 1.06 (also referred to as Patch #6) is now available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K19. It should come through automatically, but if you encounter any issues, try restarting your console or checking for the update manually. The PC and Switch patches should be coming through soon.

The latest title update addresses several bugs, including the shot clock not resetting to 14 seconds in online games, VC not being earned in Ante-Up games, and Advanced Rotation settings being reset to the default. It’s also intended to resolve some crashes and hangs, fix some visual errors, and improve matchmaking and general stability.

Please see below for the full patch notes. You can also find them here in the NBA 2K19 update history in our Wiki. As always, feel free to share any thoughts in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NLSC Forum.

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Monday Tip-Off: The In-Universe Value of VC (NBA 2K19 Edition)

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 look at the in-universe value of VC in NBA 2K19’s Neighborhood.

Last year, I calculated the in-universe value of Virtual Currency in NBA 2K18’s new open world, The Neighborhood. I noted that most consumables and clothing cost as much as a single game’s base salary for your MyPLAYER (if not more), which was already stretching reality. Converting VC to real dollars via the salary that’s listed on our MyPLAYER’s bio card determined that 1 VC was equivalent to around $29. This meant that in-universe, a basic t-shirt cost over $17,000, while a headband would set you back a whopping $29,000. That’s some serious sales tax!

In NBA 2K19, VC rewards were increased slightly. It’s possible to negotiate a higher first year salary upon completing The Prelude, incentive-based bonuses come along quite early in your career, and there are other ways of earning some extra VC. The catch is that upgrades are still quite expensive, as are clothing items. In other words, it’s been more of a case of inflation rather than parity. With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to make the same conversions and determine the in-universe value of Virtual Currency in NBA 2K19 as well. Are the prices just as ridiculous when you put a real dollar value on them this year?

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Ultimate Base Roster V42 for NBA 2K14 Released

Ultimate Base Roster V42 for NBA 2K14

It’s been a while, but HAWK23 is back with a brand new version of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC! V42 features a 2019 season roster that has been updated as of November 18th, including tweaked ratings. A breakdown of the key features is as follows:

  • Added Ult Base Roster V42 Roster (current rosters as of 11/18/18)
  • Add UBR V42 Association 2018 Roster (current rosters as of 11/18/18 best in association mode)
  • Updated all transactions/signings through November 18, 2018 (many new players created)
  • Updated/tweaked some player ratings in the 2018 rosters and did a lot of work on depth charts
  • Added accurate salaries/contracts to the 2018-2019 Rosters – courtesy Spider
  • No new art files (Part 11 files) were added

You can download the latest version of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC here. Be sure to check out the release topic here in the Forum for further information and previews.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #266

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #266 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and myself as we give our thoughts on Patch 1.14 for NBA Live 19, discuss a promising development in the fight against online cheaters, and catch up with some recent NBA news. Also, it’s the return of Our Week in Basketball Gaming!

On this week’s show…

  • Patch 1.14 has come through for NBA Live 19. It’s a significant update, but does it address all of our most pressing concerns regarding gameplay and content?
  • Sony has patented technology intended to detect cheaters who are using lag switches. Needless to say, this could be very good news for online basketball gaming.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming is back! This week, we enjoyed Court Battles, LIVE Events, LIVE Run, and The League in NBA Live 19. Meanwhile, the grind is on in NBA 2K19’s MyCAREER.
  • We wrap up Episode #266 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s NBA discussion. Topics include Kemba Walker’s 60 point game, the latest development in the Carmelo Anthony saga, and Donovan Mitchell’s dubiously historical performance.

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 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Our community has been working on an assortment of updates for NBA 2K19 PC lately, which are compiled below in today’s batch of file additions. New releases include tattoo, face, dorna, transition, crowd, and jersey updates. Check them all out at the links below!

jowaks
James Johnson Leg Tattoo
Tyson Chandler Leg Tattoo
Delon Wright Tattoo
Patrick McCaw Tattoo
D.J. Augustin Tattoo
Kyle Kuzma Leg Tattoo

Torogi
John Wall Face

raven417
Tyson Chandler Face

TwisT
NBC Transition Wipe
TNT Transition Wipes
ESPN Transition Wipes (Updated to v2.0)
Crowd Update – Northwest Division (Updated to v3.0)
Los Angeles Clippers Dornas (TwisT) (Updated to v2.0)

Issy
Miami Heat Jersey
Fictional Miami Heat 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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The Friday Five: 5 Games That Felt Like Backwards Steps

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 basketball games that felt like backwards steps following their predecessors.

Ideally, each release in an annual basketball game series should improve upon the title that came before it (and indeed, all previous games in its lineage). That’s not always feasible, and missteps will happen from time to time when new ideas and technology don’t pan out as intended, so it’s always welcome when a new release is able to build upon the success of its predecessor or bounce back after a disappointing game. I feel that this is a good year for basketball games, with NBA Live 19 continuing a steady improvement for NBA Live, and NBA 2K19 addressing many of NBA 2K18’s issues.

We’re not always so lucky. As much as sports games are often criticised for seemingly releasing the same game every year with new art and rosters, there are times when a new title leaves us wishing that that was indeed the case. It’s impossible to live up to everyone’s expectations, and whether or not certain changes are for better or worse is often subjective, but there have been basketball games that were definite backwards steps for one reason or another. Let’s take a look at five prominent examples and the ways in which they can be considered backwards steps when compared to the games that came before them.

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NBA Live 19 Patch 1.14 Released; New Content, Gameplay Fixes

Jimmy Butler on the Philadelphia 76ers in NBA Live 19

A significant patch (1.14) has come through for NBA Live 19 today. As always, it will be downloaded automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is online. If you encounter any difficulties, try restarting your console, or checking for the update manually.

The latest patch includes the usual roster updates and corrections, as well as new content for The One Store. It also prepares the game for solo LIVE Events and LIVE Events with custom rules from Court Battles, both of which are coming soon.

Gameplay has also be tuned, while matchmaking and desync issues have been addressed. Passing animation logic has also been adjusted, various patches have been added to uniforms, spacing has been fixed on #11 jerseys, and a few clipping issues have been resolved. New commentary, LIVE Events players, and player hairstyles have also been added.

Please see below for the full patch notes. You can also find that information in the NBA Live 19 update history in our Wiki. As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 19 section of the Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Today’s new file additions for NBA 2K19 PC include dorna, transition, face, and court updates. Check them all out at the links below.

TwisT
Generic Team Dornas (TwisT)
ESPN Transition Wipes

Torogi
LeBron James Face

Manni Live
Miami Heat American Airlines Arena + Miami Vice 4K

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: Ultimate Team in NBA Live 14

NBA Live Ultimate Team Logo (NBA Live 14)

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 Ultimate Team in NBA Live 14.

The concept of Ultimate Team actually originated in EA Sports’ UEFA Champions League 2006-2007, released for the Xbox 360. It didn’t debut in the FIFA series until FIFA 09, launching in March 2009 as paid downloadable content. Other games in the EA Sports lineup began adopting their own versions of Ultimate Team, with Madden adding the mode as free DLC for Madden 10 in January 2010, and NHL 11 including it at launch. It has since become a staple game mode in EA Sports games, alongside the various franchise and career experiences.

However, with the NBA Live series being derailed by the attempted revamping and rebranding with NBA Elite 11, it wouldn’t be until the release of NBA Live 14 that we finally saw Live Ultimate Team. It was reasonably solid upon its debut, and while it hasn’t been greatly expanded upon in subsequent games, it remains a mode with a lot of potential. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K19 include custom presentation, and the latest face updates. Please see below for all the download links.

Wipe Animations (ESPN | FOX | NBC)

Shuajota
Billy Preston Face
J.P. Macura Face

MonkeymanJSV
Quentin Grimes Face

Torogi
Draymond Green 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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Monday Tip-Off: Juggling Multiple Basketball Games

2018 Basketball Games

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 juggling time between multiple basketball games.

Compared to other sports, we’re in an enviable position when it comes to basketball games. There are two developers working on sim-oriented titles, and while one game is in the lead, the other is steadily improving and becoming a viable option. We’ve also seen the resurrection of the arcade basketball genre, providing us with a brand new alternative to the sim experience. Throw in a wonderful retro concept in the form of Basketball Classics, and we’ve got quite a few options these days as far as the virtual hardwood is concerned.

That does present a certain problem, of course. There are only so many hours in a day, and only so many of them that we can commit to video games. With so much to do in modern basketball games, it can be difficult to spend ample time with each of them if you do decide to buy more than one. As far as problems go, this is admittedly very low stakes, and indeed a desirable one to have, but those tougher issues in life are beyond the scope of a website dedicated to basketball gaming! In any event, if you’ve invested in more than one basketball game this year and you’re trying to get the most out of each, know that you’re not alone.

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