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NLSC Podcast – Episode #263

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Episode #263 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! With no connection issues this week – well, fewer connection issues, anyway – Kenny and I are back on the air to provide our initial impressions of NBA Live 19 and NBA 2K19. We also discuss the latest trailer and news for NBA 2K Playgrounds 2.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip off this week’s show with our thoughts on NBA Live 19, covering everything from gameplay and game modes to face scanning and commentary. There are definitely positives, though naturally we do have a few criticisms, too.
  • IGN awarded NBA Live 19 a score of 7.9, their best score for an NBA Live title this generation. We discuss the significance of the score, the progress NBA Live has made, and the direction the game is heading in.
  • NBA 2K19 has been described as the game we should’ve received last year. We discuss whether that’s a fair assessment, and offer up our own impressions. Suffice to say we have our gripes, but there are also aspects of the game we really like. We even have some nice things to say about the MyCAREER story!
  • We wrap up Episode #263 of the NLSC Podcast with our thoughts on the latest NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 trailer, and some news about the forthcoming release.

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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.

The Friday Five: Top 5 Positives and Negatives in 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 another double countdown, this time featuring the Top 5 Positives and Top 5 Negatives in NBA 2K19.

My full reviews for NBA Live 19 and NBA 2K19 will be out shortly, but before then, I wanted to offer up some more of my initial impressions of this year’s games. This time I’m talking about the latest offering from Visual Concepts, NBA 2K19. After really enjoying NBA 2K17, I was quite disappointed with NBA 2K18. It wasn’t just the unapologetically greedy approach to microtransactions and the brutal grind, either. I just didn’t enjoy the gameplay experience, and thus shelved NBA 2K18 much earlier than previous games, firing it up only to get screenshots for articles.

In a nutshell, I felt that NBA 2K18 was a surprising regression for the NBA 2K series, uncharacteristically stumbling off course. Is NBA 2K19 heading back in the right direction? In some respects, yes, but there are some key areas of concern, and design choices that I’m disappointed in. The team at Visual Concepts clearly did learn a few lessons from last year’s game however, and took gamer feedback to heart. With that in mind, NBA 2K19 is – as quite a few people have put it – the game that we should’ve received last year. At the same time, it’s not entirely the game that I was hoping for this year. Let’s take a look at the Top 5 Positives and Negatives, at least as I see them.

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

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We already have over 60 mods and tools in the NBA 2K19 section of our Downloads database; thank you to everyone who has shared their work so far! The latest releases include updated faces, jerseys, rosters, and more. Download them all at the links below!

R4zoR
Tracy McGrady Orlando Magic Face

TwisT
Nike Arm Sleeves
Crowd Update – Atlantic Division

AC209
NBA 2K19 Cyberface Look Up Tool

pinoy21
Utah Jazz Jersey (pinoy21)

Torogi
John Wall Face
Jason Tatum Face
2003-04 Kobe Bryant Face
Russell Westbrook Face
Kawhi Leonard Face

Sitew33
Dennis Schroeder Hair Update
Gerald Green Braids

raven
LeBron James Face

Shuajota
Ultra Realistic Global Chensisi V3 Vitaminized (All in One)
Limnono Trainer (English Version)
Limnono Trainer (Español)
Shuajota’s Realistic Roster (Updated to v1.4)

Limnono
Limnono Trainer (NBA 2K19 Xiugaiqi) (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.

File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Let’s tip off a new week here at the NLSC with the latest mods for NBA 2K19 PC! Today’s new and updated releases include jerseys, crowds, and more. Please see below for all the download links.

pinoy21
Memphis Grizzlies Jersey (pinoy21)
Charlotte Hornets Jersey (pinoy21)

Shuajota
Shuajota’s Modded Files

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

trevorjpt33 (original by gregkwaste)
2K19 Blender Importer/Exporter

Sitew33
Markelle Fultz Face (Dreads) (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.

File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Here are a few more NBA 2K19 PC mods to spice up your game this weekend! The latest file additions include a new body model for Luka Doncic, a face update for Rudy Fernandez, and a referee update pack. Check them all out at the links below!

Gideon Prime
Luka Doncic Custom Body Model (Longer Arms)

Shuajota
Rudy Fernandez Face

sticky-fingers
New Referees

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 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

We’ve got another big batch of mod releases from our community today. The latest NBA 2K19 PC file additions include faces, rosters, updated tools, and more. Please see below for all the download links!

goldenstate77
Goldenstate77 Reshade (4 Settings)

Gideon Prime
Kevin Garnett Custom Body Model

Shuajota
Kevin Love Face
Official Roster Update
LeBron James Portrait
Luol Deng Portrait
Shuajota’s Realistic Roster
James Johnson Face (With Dreads)

go7denboot
Kawhi Leonard Real Body

bluejaybrandon
Charlotte Hornets Team Tattoo Update

TwisT
Crowd Update – Pacific Division

Manni Live
Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo Arena

Limnono
Limnono Trainer (NBA 2K19 Xiugaiqi) (Updated to v2.0)

The2KGamer
NBA 2K19 Cheat Table With SP and Attributes (Updated to v1.2 Bugfix)

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 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Our first batch of file additions for NBA 2K19 PC is here! Our modding community is tipping things off with twenty-five releases, including tools, faces, courts, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

Shuajota
NBA 2K19 External File Plugin (Waigua)

Limnono
Limnono Trainer (NBA 2K19 Xiugaiqi)

R4zoR
Robert Covington Face

Shuajota
J.J. Barea Face
J.J. Redick Face
T.J. McConnell Face
Brad Wanamaker Face
James Johnson Face
Nikola Mirotic Face

Sitew33
Dennis Smith Hair Update
Markelle Fultz Face (Dreads)
Pascal Siakam Face (Mini Fro)
Delon Wright Hair Update
Rodney McGruder Face

Manni Live
Boston Celtics TD Garden

The2KGamer
NBA 2K19 Cheat Table With SP and Attributes

MauMau78
Net Physics
SFX Mod

go7denboot
Giannis Antetokounmpo Real Body
Joel Embiid Real Body

SexCurryBeats
Red White and Blue Net
G-League Gym
Red White and Blue Ball
3 Blacktops
Practice Gym

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.

NBA 2K19 Early Tip-Off; Momentous Trailer Released

LeBron James on the Lakers in NBA 2K19

The 20th Anniversary Edition of NBA 2K19 drops today! Whether you ordered a physical copy or have been waiting for your pre-loaded digital copy to unlock, you’ll be able to get your hands on the game very soon, if you haven’t already. The Standard Edition will hit store shelves and unlock next week, on September 11th.

With the game’s launch, we’ve opened up our NBA 2K19 Modding section in the NLSC Forum, as well as the Tutorials & FAQs section. The appropriate categories have also been added to our Downloads database, ready for all of the great mods that our community is bound to make this year.

This year’s Momentous Trailer has also been released to celebrate the launch of NBA 2K19. Watch it below, or catch it here on YouTube.

As we look ahead to a new year of modding and other original content, we invite everyone to join in the conversation in our Forum. If you’re playing NBA 2K19, be sure to stick around and be a part of the discussion!

NBA 2K19 Gameplay Blog & MyCAREER Video

NBA 2K19 On The Fly Coaching

NBA 2K19 will be in our hands very soon, but there are still some things to learn before this year’s game drops. After what was seemingly an unintentional post yesterday, a gameplay blog by the one and only Da_Czar is now officially live.

The blog goes into great detail about enhancements to playcalling and AI in NBA 2K19. Key points on the user side of things include the new playcalling visuals, the revamped On The Fly Coaching menu, and dynamic plays for specific players. You may have already noticed some of these elements if you played through a 2KU game in The Prelude.

On the AI side of things, Da_Czar talks about improvements to play distribution/variation, recognition of mismatches, pick and roll switching, transition offense, double team logic, and freelance offense. He also includes several videos demonstrating the improvements to playcalling and AI on both sides of the ball. Be sure to give it a read for the full scoop!

Meanwhile, Chris Smoove has posted a video providing a comprehensive breakdown of MyCAREER in NBA 2K19. It offers up a wealth of information on MyPOINTS, player progression, contract negotiations, endorsements and VC earnings, career objectives, and more. Watch it below, or catch it here on YouTube.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K19 section of the NLSC Forum!

NBA 2K19 The Prelude Impressions

NBA 2K19 The Prelude

It seems that a few people already have their hands on the full version of NBA 2K19, but for most of us, we’ve still got a short wait. The 20th Anniversary Edition will be out on September 7th while the Standard Edition drops next week on the 11th, but in the meantime, we’ve been able to get a taste of this year’s game from Visual Concepts via NBA 2K19 The Prelude. I’ve already shared some impressions of The Prelude in Episode #261 of the NLSC Podcast, but for those who prefer text to audio content, I thought that I’d offer a write-up as I did for the NBA Live 19 demo.

As in previous years, the latest version of The Prelude is exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It offers a chance for us to make a head start on MyCAREER by creating a player and playing through the preliminary stages of the mode, as well as sample some 5v5 gameplay through a ten minute game in 2KU. To that end, it’s a very brief glimpse of what’s on offer in NBA 2K19, but it’s enough to give us some insight into what to expect in terms of MyPLAYER Archetypes, the tone of the story, and the gameplay in general. Read on for my impressions!

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Monday Tip-Off: Picking a Franchise Mode Team for 2019

Joel Embiid dunks the basketball in NBA Live 19

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 picking a team to use in franchise modes for the 2019 season.

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” That’s how I’m feeling about career modes, which as I noted last week, I’m somewhat burned out on. Nevertheless, those of us who have been playing as the official NLSC Pro-Am squad these last few years have been talking about giving it another run in NBA 2K19, just to see if it’s something that we can enjoy in addition to our solo gaming. Alternatively, we might shake things up and see if we can get a game of MyLEAGUE Online going, perhaps even making a story topic out of it since activity is picking up on that board.

Whatever happens in that regard, I’m keen to return to my roots as a franchise gamer, and set career modes as a lower priority in my basketball gaming activities this year. It’s been too long since I allowed myself to get caught up in the fun and excitement of running a team, playing the role of head coach, general manager, and indeed, every player on the squad. In MyLEAGUE, we’ve never had a deeper franchise mode to sink our teeth into. Even if NBA Live 19’s Franchise mode isn’t everything that I’d like it to be, it’s still something I’ll check out. There’s an important question facing me however, no matter which franchise mode I play: which team should I choose?

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #261

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Episode #261 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I for a discussion of the latest news heading into the final stretch before the release of NBA Live 19 and NBA 2K19, including our impressions of NBA 2K19 The Prelude.

  • The official NBA Live website has released some snippets about Ultimate Team in NBA Live 19. It seems as though packs will feature a lot more transparency this year.
  • Xbox One Gamers have been getting their hands on a trial of the full version of NBA Live 19 via EA Access. We discuss some of the details and impressions that have been shared with the community.
  • Once again, we reiterate our desire to see more focus on NBA content in NBA Live moving forward, and our hopes for the future in that regard.
  • NBA 2K19 The Prelude is out, along with the MyNBA2K19 app. We give our impressions on this year’s sneak peek of NBA 2K19, from face scanning to the MyCAREER story and gameplay.
  • We react to the NBA 2K19 Neighborhood trailer, as well as other info on NBA 2K19’s iteration of the MyCAREER game world/hub.
  • Episode #261 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with our thoughts on Manu Ginobili’s retirement, and his impressive NBA career.

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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.

As we mentioned in this week’s episode, our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of Elijah Clayton and Taylor Robertson, and all those affected by the tragic shooting at a Madden event in Jacksonville, Florida last week. If you would like to contribute to the Jacksonville Tribute Fund that EA has helped spearhead, please see here for more information.

NBA 2K19 The Prelude Released (PS4 & X1)

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NBA 2K19 The Prelude is now available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One! As in previous years, this early hands-on look at NBA 2K19 allows us to get a head start on MyCAREER, as well as a feel for this year’s game. It weighs in at around 17 GB on each console; find it in the PlayStation Store here, and the Xbox Live Marketplace here.

The recently released MyNBA2K19 companion app can be used to scan your face for use in The Prelude and the full version of NBA 2K19. Please note that you won’t be able to log into your console account via the app until you’ve fired up The Prelude or the retail game. Also note that while the PC version will support face scanning via MyNBA2K19, The Prelude is exclusive to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

As always, feel free to share your impressions in the comments section below. You can also join in the conversation here in the NBA 2K19 section of the NLSC Forum.

More Details on The Neighborhood in NBA 2K19

The Neighborhood in NBA 2K19

In the wake of yesterday’s trailer, a couple of previews have been posted which provide further details on The Neighborhood in NBA 2K19. Both Game Informer and Forbes have posted articles explaining some of the changes, additions, and improvements this year. As always, I recommend reading the entire articles for the full scoop, but I’ll try to summarise the key points as best I can.

  • Archetypes will be more balanced. Defensive Archetypes will have better offensive ratings than last year, and Archetypes have generally been re-worked to remove some of the disadvantages of choosing certain styles of play.
  • In the full version of NBA 2K19, we’ll be able to see the maximum rating for each attribute as we’re creating our players, and note how they change as we select the Archetype, height, weight, and so on. It was a late addition, so it won’t be featured in The Prelude.
  • MyPLAYERs still start at 60 Overall, but there will reportedly be less of a grind this year. The difficulty multiplier returns, and all Badge drills will award XP.
  • The Neighborhood has been redesigned to be more centralised and is now square-shaped, for less running around. We can also proceed directly to the practice arena following games.
  • Pro-Am Walk On has been replaced by the Jordan Rec Center. “Got Next” is still in effect in The Playground.
  • Haircuts can be previewed first, and no longer cost VC. Vehicles such as skateboards and bicycles can be purchased from a new shop (“Wheels”) as you level up.
  • A special MyTEAM store will allow you to create a MyTEAM card based on your MyPLAYER.
  • There are several more mini-games including dodgeball (which can grant a lot of VC), trampoline basketball, and a daily trivia contest. There will also be revolving live events, each with different themes. We’ll also experience transitions from day to night over six hour periods in The Neighborhood.
  • This year’s story – in which the cutscenes are skippable – will take players through the Chinese League and G-League before making it to the NBA.
  • MyCOURT is basically the same, though you don’t have to return there to change clothes, and there’s no B-Fresh this year.
  • A daily prize wheel can be spun for a chance at various prizes including shoes, VC, and XP (apparently now called MyPoints). Daily challenges have also been incorporated, with big rewards.
  • The new Crew mode will be 3v3 and allow you to team up with two friends to take on various challenges.

Once again, be sure to check out the aforementioned articles for additional details and comments from the developers! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in our NBA 2K19 Forum.

NBA 2K19 Neighborhood Trailer; MyNBA2K19 App Out Now

The Neighborhood Trailer for NBA 2K19

Ahead of the release of The Prelude on August 31st, 2K has dropped a trailer for The Neighborhood in NBA 2K19. The trailer shows off a completely re-designed Neighborhood, confirms that the Jordan Rec Center is back, and provides glimpses of new games such as Slam Ball and dodgeball. The Playground has also been revamped, and it appears as though there are shortcuts to other modes, such as MyTEAM.

The MyNBA2K19 companion app has also been released for Android and iOS devices. Please note that the face scanning functionality will not work until you’ve logged in via The Prelude or the full version of NBA 2K19, once they’re released. The familiar card collecting game also returns in MyNBA2K19, with opportunities to earn in-game rewards such as additional Virtual Currency.

Watch the trailer for The Neighborhood in NBA 2K19 below, or catch it here on YouTube.

Once again, The Prelude will be dropping on August 31st for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. What are your thoughts on the trailer? Are you a fan of The Neighborhood concept, or would you prefer a more streamlined experience? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K19 section of the NLSC Forum!