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Wayback Wednesday: Reimagining NBA’s Greatest

Wayback Wednesday: Reimagining NBA's Greatest

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 reimagining NBA’s Greatest in NBA 2K12.

I had a lot of fun reimagining The Jordan Challenge back in June, so I thought I’d give the same treatment to NBA’s Greatest. As I remarked in my retrospective on NBA’s Greatest, it was a fantastic follow-up to The Jordan Challenge, and added new content to NBA 2K12 with the lockout of 2011 delaying the inclusion of the new rookies and updated rosters. The level of detail with the retro presentation was very impressive, and it’s a feature that would be really fun to have when playing with historical teams in future NBA 2K games.

However, as with The Jordan Challenge, NBA’s Greatest wasn’t perfect. Looking back, there are a few ways it could’ve been better, and teams that would’ve been preferable. As with my previous reimagining, this isn’t intended to disparage the work that Visual Concepts put into NBA’s Greatest, but rather consider what might have been if not for a few legal barriers, and how an already fantastic mode could be made even better. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K20

NBA 2K20 Cover Art

The latest file additions for NBA 2K20 PC include updated jerseys, scoreboards, and game balls, as well as a new modding tool. Check them all out at the links below!

pinoy21
Golden State Warriors 2020 City Edition Jersey (pinoy21)
Portland Trail Blazers Jersey (pinoy21)
Indiana Pacers Jersey (pinoy21)
Brooklyn Nets 2018 City Edition Jersey (pinoy21)
New Orleans Pelicans Jersey (pinoy21)
Los Angeles Lakers Jersey (pinoy21)

SITH
Spalding Official NBA Game Ball HD [SITH]
Spalding Official WNBA Game Ball HD [SITH]

trevorjpt33
Auto-Shrinkwrap 2K20

sticky-fingers
1998 TNT Scoreboard

Issy
Chicago Bulls Jersey
San Antonio Spurs Jersey

CujoMatty
Raptors on TSN Scoreboard, Watermark & Transition (Updated to v3.0)
Rogers Sportsnet Scoreboard, Wipe & Transition (Updated to v2.0)

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: When The Idea Is More Fun

Monday Tip-Off: When The Idea Is More Fun

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 how an idea for a franchise mode game can turn out to be less fun than it originally seemed.

As I’ve mentioned before, this year I’m intending to move away from MyCAREER and return to my roots as a franchise gamer. A generation ago, I was unsatisfied with NBA Live’s Dynasty mode as it lagged behind NBA 2K’s offering, an issue that I still have with EA’s game. I ended up missing out on the quality franchise experience that Association provided as by the time I got into the NBA 2K series, career modes felt fresher, and vital for online team play. I’m ready to return to franchise gaming though, and with the depth of MyLEAGUE, my previous complaints shouldn’t be an issue.

However, there’s a hurdle beyond the depth and quality of a franchise mode: your idea for your game, the scenario you want to create for yourself. If you’re invested in the team you’ve chosen and the situation you find yourself in, you’ll be hooked on your franchise game. Conversely, if the appeal of the scenario quickly wears off, you’ll be far more likely to abandon your franchise within the first five to ten games. On the surface, the solution is to carefully consider all aspects of your franchise game as you set it up, and avoid an unappealing scenario. Unfortunately, all that foresight goes out the window when a seemingly fun idea turns out to be less appealing than expected.

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NLSC Podcast #297: Our NBA 2K20 Impressions

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We’re back on the air, as Episode #297 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Kenny and I as we talk about our initial impressions of NBA 2K20. Please keep in mind that we recorded this week’s show before the release of Patch 1.03, so we’ll definitely be following up with further thoughts.

NBA 2K20 is out now, and it’s proven to be one of the more controversial releases in the series. We discuss the backlash, including some brutal user reviews on Metacritic, and the pre-release misinformation that has only fuelled the fire. That leads into our own impressions of NBA 2K20 which tend to be positive, though we do have a few gripes. From gameplay to game modes, from the MyCAREER grind to the changes in MyTEAM, we share our thoughts on NBA 2K20 after our first week with the game.

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What are your thoughts on NBA 2K20 so far? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! Additionally, feel free to hit us up with any feedback on the episode, as well as suggestions for topics that you’d like to hear us discuss in future episodes. 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

Pick up some updated courts mods in today’s file additions for NBA 2K14! Check them all out at the links below.

Sastre Matulin
Fictional Flint Tropics Court (Updated to v2.1)
2017 Smart Araneta Coliseum Court (2019 World Cup Qualifiers) (Updated to v6.0)
2018 Mall of Asia Arena Court (2019 World Cup Qualifiers) (Updated to v5.0)
2018 Philippine Arena Court (2019 World Cup Qualifiers) (Updated to v2.0)
2018 Smart Araneta Coliseum Court (2019 World Cup Qualifiers) (Updated to v6.0)

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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NBA 2K20 Patch 1.03 Includes Bug Fixes, Various Enhancements

NBA 2K20 Patch 1.03

Patch 1.03 for NBA 2K20 is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It should come through automatically as long as you have an active Internet connection; if it doesn’t, try restarting your console or Steam client, or checking for new updates manually. The patch notes are as follows:

  • Fixed a major issue that was causing the game to hang at intermittent times (e.g. when accessing the VIP Stats menu, when completing games in Domination, when playing Play Now Online games, and more).
  • Addressed a number of issues in MyCAREER to greatly improve the user experience in that mode.
  • Fixed an issue where some MyPLAYER names would disappear (may need to create a new build to correct existing saves).
  • Numerous Gameplay improvements & fixes including: support for standing stepback escapes and finishing alley-oops with Pro Stick, out of bounds awareness improvements, more reliable interior shot defense contact detection, logic fixes for certain badges, and much more.
  • Addressed an exploit that allowed users to play players out of position in MyTEAM.
  • Fixed an issue where some users were reporting they were not receiving the correct reward cards from Domination games in MyTEAM.
  • Fixed an issue where some users were not receiving their awards when achieving new Collector Levels in MyTEAM.
  • Many, many more fixes included to improve the overall experience of NBA 2K20!

The notes for NBA 2K20 Patch 1.03 have also been added to the game’s update history in our Wiki. Feel free to share your thoughts 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

While the NBA 2K20 modding scene has taken off, there have been a few new file additions for NBA 2K19 recently. Check out a handful of jersey and face updates at the links below!

pinoy21
Philadelphia 76ers Jersey (pinoy21)
Atlanta Hawks Jersey (pinoy21)
Washington Wizards Jersey (pinoy21)

Torogi
2001-2002 Michael Jordan Face
Jordan Clarkson Face with Tattoos (Updated to v3.0)
Alfonso McKinnie 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 Hot Takes on Basketball Gaming in 2019

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 features five of my hot takes on basketball gaming in 2019.

Another Friday the 13th is upon us, and I’ll be honest: I’m drawing a blank on fresh ideas related to good luck, bad luck, and the number thirteen. I suppose I could talk about having terrible luck with disconnections in NBA 2K, or how I lost my progress in my NBA 2K17 MyCAREER when I accidentally overwrote it with an old backup from the cloud, and then access to the save file entirely because the server was shut down during a time when I’d uninstalled the game. I could look back at NBA 2K13, or even the ill-fated NBA Live 13, but that’s more suited to Wayback Wednesday.

Instead, I’m going to take us into the weekend by sharing five hot takes about hoops gaming in 2019. After all, does anyone want a fair and measured take anymore? I’d like to think so as that’s my preferred approach, but there’s no denying the popularity of hot takes. If you agree with them, they make you feel clever and self-righteous. If you disagree with them, you can enjoy getting fired up and firing back at the person tossing them out. I can’t quite bring myself to abandon all reason and give you some hot takes on the level of an obnoxious talking head on a panel show, but I’ll share a few thoughts regarding our beloved hobby that you may or may not agree with.

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File Additions for NBA 2K20

NBA 2K20 Cover Art

Modding for NBA 2K20 PC is picking up, as you can see from today’s file additions. Check out scoreboards, courts, jerseys, and more at the links below!

CujoMatty
Rogers Sportsnet Scoreboard, Wipe & Transition
Raptors on TSN Scoreboard, Watermark & Transition

Manni Live
Boston Celtics TD Garden
Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center

Ayston
Practice Jerseys Pack

MauMau78
SFX Mod
Net Physics

pinoy21
Philadelphia 76ers Jersey (pinoy21)
Golden State Warriors Jersey (pinoy21)

TwisT
WNBA Game Ball

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: How We Used to Create Rosters

1996 Mod for NBA Live 2004: Michael Jordan

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 way we used to create current and retro rosters for NBA Live.

Back when we were the NBA Live Series Center, our founders described the site as “the official home of the Roster Patches and the NBA Live Editors for Windows”. In those days, there were no official rosters pushed through by EA Sports, and limited in-game editing facilities. Modding existed before the NLSC, and the PC versions of NBA Live for that matter, but it’s fair to say that the efforts of Tim, Lutz, and Brien were instrumental in bringing the hobby to the virtual hardwood. It certainly blew my mind when I discovered the NLSC, and I was inspired to make my own rosters.

Of course, even with the editors that our founders created, it wasn’t always easy. I’ve talked about the technical aspects of editing those early games, and some of the tools that made it possible. In this week’s Wayback Wednesday, I’d like to reflect on the process of making rosters; in other words, how we found the necessary information that made those projects possible. It’s a process that’s become a lot easier as online resources have expanded, but back then, we had to hunt around a little more. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA 2K20 Patch 1.02 Features Speed Adjustments

NBA 2K20 Patch 1.02

Patch 1.02 has come through for NBA 2K20 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and should be hitting the Nintendo Switch sometime soon. As with all official patches, it will come through automatically as long as you have an active Internet connection. If it doesn’t, try restarting your console or Steam client, or checking for the update manually.

There aren’t any detailed patch notes at this time, but Mike Wang has revealed that it features a slight stamina buff, and an increase to player speed in The Playground. Beluba has also noted that speed was boosted more than intended, and said that this will be addressed in another patch that’s coming soon.

I’ve created an article over in our Wiki to keep track of all the updates for NBA 2K20. I’ll be updating it throughout the year, but as always, any help in keeping it current and accurate would be most appreciated. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on Patch 1.02 for NBA 2K20 in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum. For those who missed it, I posted my initial impressions of the game in this week’s Monday Tip-Off, and will have a full review out soon.

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Monday Tip-Off: Initial NBA 2K20 Impressions

Monday Tip-Off: Initial NBA 2K20 Impressions

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 my initial impressions of NBA 2K20.

If you’re an avid basketball gamer, then you know that NBA 2K20 was released last week, and have probably been playing it over the weekend. That’s what I spent quite a few hours doing, on both PC and PlayStation 4. I must admit that while I did remain optimistic throughout the preview season, I wasn’t all that hyped for NBA 2K20. It may be that I’m getting old and have gone through too many preview seasons and launches, but for all the hoopla on social media about 2K Day, I wasn’t that pumped. Looking forward to checking out the new game, sure, but as I said, not overly hyped.

With this seemingly being the last release before a new generation launches, I’d say that my expectations were quite low. I expected some news bells and whistles, and I liked a few of the things I read during the preview season, but I’ve grown a tad cynical when it comes to developer blogs. As such, I wasn’t expecting a huge jump from NBA 2K19. After a weekend with NBA 2K20, my impressions are that it was wise to set the bar at that level. I’d like to spend more time with the game and see what happens as far as any early updates before I deliver a full review, but to tip this week off, I will share my impressions of NBA 2K20 so far.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Still prefer NBA 2K14 PC to newer releases? Not to worry, as people in our community are still updating this older favourite! Check out the latest player faces and updated rosters at the links below.

IceCr
DeMarcus Cousins Face
Zach Randolph Face
Julius Erving Face (Updated to v2.0)

BBTxJoKer
Rui Hachimura Face
Zion Williamson Face
Cam Reddish Face
Bol Bol Face

ModManZZZ
ModManZZZ NBA 2KZ UPDATED ROSTERS (Updated to v14.0)

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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File Additions for NBA 2K20

NBA 2K20 Cover Art

It’s been 24 hours since NBA 2K20 PC came out, but we already have our first file additions! These early releases include modding tools, this year’s External File Plugin, and some updates for Blacktop. Check them all out at the links below!

Limnono
NBA 2K20 External File Plugin (Waigua)
NBA 2K20 Limnono Tool
Limnono Tool English Patch

SpliffCurryBeats
Sack Wern Houses Court
2K14 Blacktop for NBA 2K20

trevorjpt33
Blender Importer-Exporter Script

Shuajota
NBA 2K20 Official Roster Update

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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NBA 2K20 Momentous Trailer Celebrates Launch

NBA 2K20 Cover Player Anthony Davis

2K Day 2019 is upon us! The NBA 2K20 Momentous Trailer has also been released, to celebrate the launch of this year’s game. You can check it out below, or catch it here over on YouTube.

As I mentioned yesterday, all of our facilities for NBA 2K20 here at the NLSC are now open. In addition to the main discussion board for the game, our Modding and Resources boards have also been added. There are also sections for NBA 2K20 in our Downloads database, and you can already find a few early releases there.

Once again, I’d like to encourage everyone to make use of the facilities here at the NLSC this year. With all of the great mods that our community creates, we can provide stable, permanent hosting for files under 100 MB in size. I’m also hoping that we can get some great discussion going for NBA 2K20, so I encourage everyone to share your impressions, gameplay tips, slider tweaks, stories about what you’re playing, and whatever else you’d like to talk about.

I’ve already spent time with the game (both on PC and PlayStation 4), and I’ll be posting some impressions and a full review in the near future. In the meantime, be sure to check out a bunch of screenshots that I took during a game between the 90s All-Stars and 2010s All-Stars. Here’s to a fun year of basketball gaming, and stay tuned for more content here at the NLSC!

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