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Wayback Wednesday: Signature Skills in NBA 2K

Wayback Wednesday: Signature Skills in NBA 2K

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! From retrospectives of basketball games and their interesting features, to republished articles and looking at NBA history through the lens of the virtual hardwood, Wednesdays at the NLSC are for going back in time. This week, I’m taking a look back at Signature Skills in NBA 2K.

A key improvement as basketball video games have evolved is the way in which different player abilities are represented. Indeed, the difference between an old basketball video game that shows its age and a title that holds up extremely well is that in the former, every player tends to play the same. Whether it’s their speed, shooting ability, or another part of their game, they might as well be generic. Of course, in games like Double Dribble, they were! It worked there, but NBA games that utilised real players needed to accurately represent their skills and athleticism.

This led to the implementation of player ratings, many of which became standard across basketball video games. As games became more sophisticated, ratings alone weren’t enough. Player-specific moves and animations, as well as tendencies, helped games take the next step. There needed to be a mechanic that went beyond ratings, though; something that represented an uncanny knack or specialised skill. These days, NBA 2K achieves this through the use of Badges. Before Badges however, we had Signature Skills. In some ways, they were better than their successors. If nothing else, they paved the way for them. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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U R Basketball 2K13 & 2K14 V90 Released

U R Basketball 2K13 & 2K14 V90 Released

Right on the heels of V89, V90 of U R Basketball by skoadam and slimm44 is now available for NBA 2K13 and NBA 2K14 PC! Key features of V90 are as follows:

  • Trades/signings/extensions/buyouts accurate as of February 20th
  • Added All-Star court courtesy of Pandagraphic
  • Added All-Star and Rising Star jerseys courtesy of Makoy
  • Added 2022 LBJ and KD teams
  • Added Isiah/Payton/Barry/Worthy teams
  • Updated coaches for All-Star teams
  • Added portraits for Rising Star coaches
  • Added 4 G League players to Rising Stars teams (portraits included)
  • All-Star and Rising Stars replacements added
  • Rising Stars accessories color updated
  • Rising Stars rotations updated (after the game)
  • Accessories colors updated
  • Around 50+ new portraits
  • All contracts and extensions updated
  • All jersey numbers updated
  • All rotations/minutes updated
  • Updated 50+ faces
  • Implemented a few changes for 2022 Roster (start of the season)

U R Basketball for NBA 2K14 can be downloaded here; please see the release topic here for more information and support. The NBA 2K13 mod is available here, while the release and support topic can be found here. Further updates to the retro rosters are in the pipeline, so stay tuned to the release topics for more information.

Monday Tip-Off: Hacking MyCAREER in Older Games

Monday Tip-Off: Hacking MyCAREER in Older Games

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Join me as I begin the week here at the NLSC with my opinions and commentary on basketball gaming topics, as well as tales of the fun I’ve been having on the virtual hardwood. This week, I’m tipping things off by recounting the fun I’ve recently had with hacking MyCAREER in older games.

Here at the NLSC, our stance on hacking modes such as MyCAREER and MyTEAM has been the same as our policy on piracy: we don’t support it. Since we already walk a fine line with modding, we try to stay on the right side of both the law and our host’s terms of service, in order to avoid any unwanted repercussions. On top of that, there’s also the matter of fairness. While we can understand wanting to stick it to a Triple-A publisher by hacking MyCAREER or MyTEAM for content and in-game currencies, it’s also upsetting the competitive balance, and ruining things for your fellow gamers.

To that end, recounting my experiences hacking a MyCAREER save probably seems quite hypocritical. Here I am preaching fairness, while going against our own rules and community philosophy; talk about double standards! If you’re grumbling, I can appreciate where you’re coming from. However, there is a distinct difference between hacking to gain advantages in the connected modes of MyCAREER while the servers are still online, and messing around with an offline save years later. In fact, that’s a distinction that we can perhaps draw in our rules moving forward, because at a certain point, hacking MyCAREER for your own enjoyment does become fair game.

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U R Basketball 2K13 & 2K14 V89 Released

U R Basketball 2K13 & 2K14 V89 Released

A new version of U R Basketball by skoadam and slimm44 is now available for both NBA 2K13 and NBA 2K14! The latest release includes 2022 season rosters accurate as of January 24th, along with other updates and enhancements. A breakdown of the key features of URB V89 is as follows:

  • Trades/signings accurate as of January 24th
  • Added 3 new missing accurate arenas for New Orleans/Indiana/Minnesota
  • Added all missing 75th editions courts
  • Added all missing retro courts
  • Added all missing 75th edition jerseys
  • Around 30+ new portraits
  • All contracts and extensions updated
  • All jersey numbers updated
  • All rotations/minutes updated
  • Fixed 2021/22 schedule
  • Updated 30+ faces
  • Implemented few changes for 2022 Roster (start of the season)

U R Basketball for NBA 2K14 can be downloaded here; please see the release topic here for more information and support. The NBA 2K13 mod is available here, while the release and support topic can be found here. As per the previous bulletin, updates to shoes, Draft Classes, and other aspects of this massive mod pack are still in the pipeline. A new roster featuring the trade deadline deals is also coming soon, so stay tuned to skoadam’s topics in the Modding sections for further updates!

U R Basketball 2K13 & 2K14 V88 Released

U R Basketball V88

skoadam and slimm44 have recently released V88 of U R Basketball for NBA 2K13 and NBA 2K14 PC! The latest release features 2022 season rosters that are accurate as of January 6th. Key features of V88 are as follows:

  • All teams with full 2021/2022 rosters
  • All teams with new accurate arenas
  • All teams with new accurate courts
  • All teams with new accurate dornas
  • Added new jerseys
  • Around +150 new portraits
  • All contracts and extensions updated
  • All jersey numbers updated
  • All rotations/minutes updated
  • 2021/22 schedule implemented

U R Basketball for NBA 2K14 can be downloaded here; please see the release topic here for more information and support. The NBA 2K13 mod is available here, while the release and support topic can be found here. As per the previous bulletin, updates to shoes, Draft Classes, and other aspects of this massive mod pack are still in the pipeline. Stay tuned to skoadam’s topics in the Modding sections for further updates!

NLSC Podcast #408: The Worst Basketball Video Game Ever

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From courtside of the virtual hardwood, it’s Episode #408 of the NLSC Podcast!

The NLSC NBA Live 10 Tournament has drawn to a close, and we must say, it was a success! We’re looking forward to future tournaments with games such as NBA Jam and NCAA Basketball 09. However, one game that we definitely won’t be using is Kidz Sports Basketball. After playing it together, we’re inclined to call it the worst basketball game ever made. Thankfully, we’ve also played some much better games as of late, including NBA 2K13, NBA in the Zone, and Basketball Classics. There’s also some modding news to recap, and a few teasers of our own to drop! In this week’s mailbag, we’re talking about fighting with friends and family over disagreements on the virtual hardwood.

To get involved with the mailbag or to provide any feedback on the show, hit us up in the comments, reach out on social media, or post here in the NLSC Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki. You can also find the show on our YouTube channel, along with the rest of our video content. As always, thanks for tuning in, and go get buckets!

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC feature Pep’s pack of City uniform updates for the 2022 season, and bongo88’s updated ESPN scoreboard and scoreboard modding resources. Notably, Pep’s jerseys are also compatible with NBA 2K13. Download all of today’s NBA 2K14 file additions at the links below!

Pep
NBA Nike City Uniforms 21/22

bongo88/karinge
ESPN 75th Scoreboard (Association Automatic Weekday) (Updated to v1.5)

bongo88 & exrxixxx
NBA 2K14 Scoreboard Tutorial & Hex Bookmarks (Updated to v7.0)

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.

File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K13 PC feature some re-uploads of lost mods, courtesy of nba2kiraq. This is definitely something we encourage alongside new releases, so if you’re able to help us expand our archives, please feel free to make use of our hosting facilities. In the meantime, check out all of these NBA 2K13 file additions – or re-additions, as the case may be – at the links below!

SJ1414
Real Sweat Skin Patch V3

michaelvlutz49
30 Teams Real Court Reflections Pack

JackBauerxu
National Teams Roster Add-On

ModdingWay
28 Missing Players Roster

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.

File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

Download fictional jerseys for the Houston Rockets in today’s file additions for NBA 2K13 PC!

Pyromania1983 & iamLillard
Pyromania1983’s Fictional Houston Rockets Uniform Concepts

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.

U R Basketball 2K13 & 2K14 V87 Released

U R Basketball 2K13 & 2K14 V87 Released

Thanks to the NBA 2K22 preview season earlier in September, I’ve once again fallen behind in posting a bulletin about the release of a new version of U R Basketball by skoadam and slimm44. V87 of URB is now available for NBA 2K13 and NBA 2K14 PC, with offseason rosters updated as of August 25th, 2021. A full breakdown of the key features is as follows:

  • 250 new portraits
  • All trades and free agent signings as of August 25th, 2021
  • Updated contracts and extensions
  • Updated faces
  • Updated MyCAREER Draft picks
  • Updated MyCAREER courts and stadium
  • Updated MyCareer jerseys
  • Updated schedule for 2021/2022 season (fictional)
  • 2022 & 2023 Draft Class
  • New coaches
  • Trades (new portraits)
  • Seasons screens
  • Title screen and menu with 2K22 logo
  • Age and contracts corrected for next season

U R Basketball for NBA 2K14 can be downloaded here; please see the release topic here for more information and support. The NBA 2K13 mod is available here, while the release and support topic can be found here. As previously noted, fixes for retro shoes, Draft Classes, and other enhancements are still in the pipeline, along with further 2022 season updates. Stay tuned to skoadam’s topics for further information and previews of all future releases!

U R Basketball 2K13 & 2K14 V86 Released

U R Basketball V86

I’m a little behind in posting this, but in case you weren’t aware, a new version of U R Basketball by skoadam and slimm44 is now available! V86 of URB includes final 2021 Playoffs rosters, updated through July 18th. A full breakdown of the key features is as follows:

  • Newest 2021 Playoff Roster
  • New updated rotations/minutes
  • Playoffs teams with crowd (new arenas)

U R Basketball for NBA 2K14 can be downloaded here; please see the release topic here for more information and support. The NBA 2K13 mod is available here, while the release and support topic can be found here. As previously noted, updates for retro shoes, Draft Classes, and other enhancements are also still in the pipline. Stay tuned to skoadam’s topics for further information and previews of all future releases.

File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K13! Today’s releases include Pyromania1983’s fictional jerseys for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics, and Dallas Mavericks, and the latest version of PatTheHead’s retro roster pack featuring hundreds of new face updates by Oldstyle2k. Download all of today’s NBA 2K13 file additions at the links below!

Pyromania1983
Pyromania1983’s Fictional Oklahoma City Thunder Uniform Concepts
Pyromania1983’s Fictional Boston Celtics Uniform Concepts
Pyromania1983’s Fictional Dallas Mavericks Uniform Concepts

PatTheHead
1946/47 to 1989/90 ABA + NBA Seasons (Updated to v5.6)

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.

U R Basketball 2K13 & 2K14 V85 Released

U R Basketball V85

Following on from the trade deadline update, V85 of U R Basketball by skoadam and slimm44 is now available! The latest release includes final 2021 season rosters, and various team and player art updates. A breakdown of what’s new in V85 for both games is as follows:

  • Newest 2021EOS (end of the season) Roster
  • New signings
  • Updated rotations/minutes
  • 19 new arenas  (more space for crowd) by Zk3O
  • All traded players have new portraits

U R Basketball for NBA 2K14 can be downloaded here; please see the release topic here for more information and support. The NBA 2K13 mod is available here, while the release and support topic can be found here. As previously noted, updates for retro shoes, Draft Classes, and other enhancements are also still in the pipline. Stay tuned to skoadam’s topics for further information and previews of all future releases.

U R Basketball 2K13 & 2K14 V84 Released

U R Basketball V84

I missed posting a bulletin for V83, but please be advised that V84 of U R Basketball by skoadam and slimm44 is now available! Following on from the mid-March update, V84 includes trade deadline deals, recent signings, and new art updates. Key features of the latest release are as follows:

  • Newest 2021EOS (End of the Season) Roster
  • New trades
  • New updated rotations/minutes
  • New Earned jerseys made by Pep
  • New All-Star jerseys made by Pep
  • Traded players with new portraits.

U R Basketball for NBA 2K14 can be downloaded here; please see the release topic here for more information and support. The NBA 2K13 mod is available here, while the release and support topic can be found here. As previously noted, updates for retro shoes, Draft Classes, and other enhancements are also still in the pipline. Stay tuned to skoadam’s topics for further information and previews of all future releases.

U R Basketball 2K13 & 2K14 V82 Released

U R Basketball V82 Released

Following on from the release in January, skoadam and slimm44 have released a new version of U R Basketball for NBA 2K13 and NBA 2K14 PC! V82 of the mod includes updated rosters with further ratings adjustments, the real 2021 All-Star court, new team art updates, and more. Please see below for the full features list.

U R Basketball for NBA 2K14 can be downloaded here; please see the release topic here for more information and support. The NBA 2K13 mod is available here, while the release and support topic can be found here. Updates for retro shoes, Draft Classes, and other enhancements are also still in the pipline. Stay tuned to skoadam’s topics for further information and previews of all future releases.

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