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Monday Tip-Off: Overtime for NBA 2K17 & NBA 2K18 Online

No one online in Old Town (NBA 2K17, MyPARK)

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 by firing up NBA 2K17 and NBA 2K18 to see if anyone is still playing them online.

Unless 2K plans on extending their support for NBA 2K17 beyond the 27 months the company pledged following the controversy surrounding NBA 2K14, the game’s servers will be shut off at the end of this year. That gives anyone who is still playing the 2016 release a couple of months to get as much out of it as they can before online support finishes. Anyone still playing NBA 2K18 will have a little longer, as its servers aren’t due to be shut down until the end of 2019. This approach essentially affords each game two seasons worth of online support, plus three months.

While that won’t appease everyone, it’s a reasonable assumption that most gamers will have moved on to a new release in that time. Indeed, we can assume that a bulk of the fanbase has already moved on to NBA 2K19, but how many people are holding out and still playing NBA 2K18? For that matter, how many people have stuck with NBA 2K17 for the past couple of years, or picked it up again? I recently booted up both games on PlayStation 4 to see if I’d find many people still active in MyPARK and Pro-Am Walk-On, rather than hooping it up in NBA 2K19. The results were certainly interesting, at least on the Australasian servers.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Still playing NBA 2K14 PC? Our modding community still has you covered! The newest mod releases for the game include Blang’s latest face updates, as well as a jersey sponsors mod by Pep. Check them out at the links below!

Pep
NBA Nike 2018/2019 Sponsors Update

Blang
Johnathan Williams Face
Daniel Hamilton Face
2019/2020 Prospects by Blang

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K19 PC include court, dorna, and portrait mods. Check them all out at the links below!

Manni Live
Houston Rockets Toyota Center 4K

TwisT
Cleveland Cavaliers Dornas (TwisT)
Miami Heat Dornas (TwisT)
Sacramento Kings Dornas (TwisT)

keepkarlm
Toronto Raptors Full Body Portraits

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The Friday Five: 5 Outmoded Features in Basketball Games

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 takes a look at five features in basketball video games that have become outmoded.

Something I’ve really enjoyed doing with my Wayback Wednesday articles this year is to look at specific features in old basketball games. I do want to get back to doing some full retrospectives on older titles, but I feel that it’s interesting to look back on older features, options, and gameplay mechanics that hoops games used to have. As I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion, there are certain aspects of those older games that I’d love to see implemented once again in future titles. In some cases of course, the basic concept would have to be updated and reworked a little.

On the other hand, there are certain features and functions that can definitely stay in the past. They aren’t necessarily bad or beyond being reworked into a newer concept, but they’ve become outmoded. There simply isn’t the need for them that there used to be; either another feature or function does the job better, or advances in technology and game design have rendered them largely useless. They are nevertheless important parts of basketball gaming history though, and it’s interesting to see how some of them have evolved or been replaced over time. To that end, let’s take a look at five outmoded features that no longer need to be staples of basketball games.

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Time for another round of file additions for NBA 2K19 PC! The latest releases include another pack of custom basketballs, crowd and dorna updates, and an updated face for Juancho Hernangomez. Download them all at the links below!

TwisT
Extra Basketballs 3
Toronto Raptors Dornas (TwisT)
Detroit Pistons Dornas (TwisT)
Crowd Update – Home Opener Shirts (Updated to v4.0)

Shuajota
Juancho Hernangomez Face

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Wayback Wednesday: Bonus Teams in NBA Live

RBK Bonus Teams in NBA Live 06

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 bonus teams that have been featured in various NBA Live games.

In the years following Lakers vs Celtics, it was a big deal when NBA games finally included the entire league. Once that became standard, we eventually reached a point where some sort of additional content was expected. NBA 2K has set the bar here with its historical teams, but there was a time when EA’s series was also going above and beyond simply featuring the current NBA rosters. These efforts include the Decade All-Star teams, which I talked about last week, as well as the FIBA squads that would be added in later NBA Live games.

Those weren’t the only playable squads outside of the NBA teams, though. I discussed the unlockable developer teams in a previous Wayback Wednesday, but in the years that followed that era, NBA Live featured a number of other bonus teams. While they weren’t necessarily as unique as the developer teams, or as exciting as the Decade All-Stars and FIBA squads, they were still noteworthy additions to NBA Live’s rosters. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA Live 19 Patch 1.11 Released; New Content

Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks in NBA Live 19

A new patch (1.11) has come through for NBA Live 19. It will be downloaded automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One has an active Internet connection, but if you encounter any difficulties, trying restarting your console or checking for the update manually.

Although it’s a patch released via the dashboard, EA Sports are referring to it as a content update rather than a title update. Indeed, this is reflected in the release notes:

  • Live Events data
  • Store Update
    • New BAPE items in store
    • New Halloween items in store
    • New Generic items in store
  • Roster Updates

Full details on the roster updates can be found here. The notes for NBA Live 19 Patch 1.11 have also been added to the game’s update history over in our Wiki. As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as here in the NLSC Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Catch up on all the latest mod releases in today’s NBA 2K19 PC file additions! Check out rosters, portraits, faces, and more at the links below!

TwisT
Crowd Update – Home Opener Shirts
Crowd Update – Opening Night Shirts (Updated to v2.0)

keepkarlm
Los Angeles Lakers Full Body Portraits
Golden State Warriors Full Body Portraits

Torogi
Tim Thomas Face
Kevin Ollie Face
Rajon Rondo Face & Model
No Injuries Roster (With New Retro Teams) (Updated to v1.2)

Shuajota
Jose Calderón Face

Manni Live
Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo Arena 4K (Updated to v2.0)

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Monday Tip-Off: When Good Intentions Become Gatekeeping

Jordan Rec Center in NBA 2K19

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 NBA 2K19’s approach to Pro-Am and the Jordan Rec Center, and how good intentions have turned into gatekeeping.

For the past couple of weeks, our official NLSC squad – the one that has gone by the names of both THRILLHO and GrindTime – have brought back our Friday night tradition of getting together to play online. We’ve been playing a few games in the Jordan Rec Center in NBA 2K19, and while the experience has had its usual ups and downs, it’s been more fun than Pro-Am in NBA 2K18. Even at a measly 64 Overall – I’m currently refusing to buy VC to upgrade quicker – it’s been fairly enjoyable. The fact that the rest of the guys have been grinding more frequently certainly helps.

However, the experience could be a lot better and more appealing; not just for us, but for NBA 2K gamers in general. The problem is that in NBA 2K19, there’s a barrier to enjoying Pro-Am games, and getting to play at all for that matter, which wasn’t there in years past. This year, five users per side are required to start a game of Pro-Am, or a walk-on game in the Jordan Rec Center. Previously, three users per team was the minimum required to get a game going. 2K is obviously aiming for a particular type of experience with this decision, but the approach has resulted in those modes being far less accessible, essentially gatekeeping and promoting a sense of elitism.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC feature the latest future prospect face updates by Blang. Download them at the links below!

Blang
Josh Green Face
Antonio Vranković Face

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Our modding community has a handful of new and updated releases for NBA 2K19 PC today. Check them all out at the links below!

Torogi
Russell Westbrook Face & Model

TwisT
Crowd Update – Opening Night Shirts

ksmiz
UV Maps

Shuajota
Shuajota’s Realistic Roster (Updated to 5.0)

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The Friday Five: 5 Teams to Play With in NBA Live 19 & NBA 2K19

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 teams that rank among the most appealing to play with in NBA Live 19 and NBA 2K19.

A new season is upon us! If you’ve been holding off on starting your main Franchise, MyLEAGUE, or MyGM game until opening night rosters are finalised, the time has come. Many of you probably have the perfect team in mind already, but if you’re like me, you may be mulling over a few possibilities. One of the most frustrating moments you can have in basketball gaming is to get about ten games into a franchise game, and realise that you don’t enjoy playing with the team you selected. That’s not too far in to start over, but it’s better to pick a suitable team the first time around if possible.

So, who to pick? I’m sure that the Golden State Warriors will be a popular choice once again, especially online. Their new starting lineup of five All-Stars – at least once DeMarcus Cousins is healthy again – will be quite a quintet to run with. They are a little cheap on the virtual hardwood though, and a stacked team isn’t to everyone’s liking when it comes to franchise modes. A few teams have shaken up their rosters and made big acquisitions this offseason, and while it remains to be seen how well they’ll fare in real life, they should be a lot of fun to guide to victory in NBA Live 19 and NBA 2K19. Here are five teams to consider this year.

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NBA Live 19 Patch 1.10 Released; Fixes, Store Updated

The One Store Updated in NBA Live 19

Patch 1.10 has come through for NBA Live 19. It should download automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is online; if it doesn’t, try restarting your console, or checking for the update manually. The release notes for the patch are as follows:

  • The One Store update
  • Resolved issue where practice jerseys in ultimate team weren’t appearing correctly.
  • Stability fixes

I’ve added the release notes to our Wiki page containing NBA Live 19’s update history. As always, feel free to share your impressions of Patch 1.10 in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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Wayback Wednesday: Decade All-Stars in NBA Live

Michael Jordan Dunk (Decade All-Stars, NBA Live 2004)

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 Decade All-Stars in older NBA Live games.

I’ve mentioned the Decade All-Stars in several previous articles, including my first look back at Legends in Wayback Wednesday, my NBA Live 2000 retrospective, and as an example of content that I’d like to see return. However, apart from a profile of the 50s All-Stars on the anniversary of the BAA-NBL merger to form the NBA in 1949, I haven’t yet dedicated an entire feature to talking about those squads. Given how popular they were, and how much I personally enjoyed having them, it’s time to rectify that with a long overdue retrospective.

A lot of older basketball gamers who played NBA Live back in the day no doubt remember the Decade All-Stars quite fondly. It’s interesting that many of us do feel nostalgic for them now, considering how they were the original attempt to capitalise on nostalgia in basketball video games. For those who remember them, and for those who don’t know what all the fuss is about, let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

The latest file additions for NBA 2K19 PC include faces, jerseys, custom basketballs, and more. Please see below for all the download links!

Torogi
Otto Porter Face & Model
DeMarcus Cousins Face
Andre Roberson Face
John Wall Face (Dreads) (Updated to v2.0)
Muscle And Sweat Global 3.0 (Updated to v3.0)
Jeff Green Face & Model (Updated to v2.0)

Shuajota
FOX Sports TV Logo
Shuajota’s Realistic Roster (Updated to v4.1)

TwisT
Extra Basketballs 2

Manni Live
Portland Trail Blazers Moda Center

pinoy21
Los Angeles Clippers Jersey (pinoy21)

Limnono
Limnono Trainer (NBA 2K19 Xiugaiqi) (Updated to v3.0)

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