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Wayback Wednesday: The EA Sports Bio in NBA Live 2004

My NBA Live featuring the EA Sports Bio in 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 EA Sports Bio in NBA Live 2004.

In these days of microtransactions for ratings boosts and cosmetic items alike, the notion of receiving rewards for simply playing a game seems rather quaint. Likewise, the idea of having to unlock additional content rather than it being openly promoted as a selling point, either by having it readily available out of the box or perhaps as a pre-order exclusive, seems delightfully retro. That’s how it used to be though, with most content either being unlocked by completing some objective, earning points for an in-game shop, or in some cases, punching in a code.

For their range of 2004 season games, EA Sports introduced a new initiative that was intended to reward gamers, as well as provide an incentive to buy more than one title. That initiative was the EA Sports Bio, a feature that was exclusive to consoles. Even though it was intended to drive sales and put the squeeze on the competition, it was an initiative that benefited gamers even if you only purchased one title, as I did with NBA Live 2004. It’s an interesting concept that inspired features in later games, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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Wayback Wednesday: The Hidden Rookies in NBA Live 2004

Kyle Korver was one of the hidden rookies in 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 hidden rookies that were available in NBA Live 2004.

The Draft Class of 2003 is considered one of the best in NBA history. It boasts an impressive list of names, including LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade. Plenty of other noteworthy players such as David West, Kirk Hinrich, Josh Howard, Mo Williams, Jason Kapono, James Jones, Luke Walton, Steve Blake, and Kendrick Perkins were also in that class. Four of the top five picks have been All-NBA selections, and nine players have been All-Stars, including two second rounders. It’s a strong class with a handful of future Hall of Famers in its ranks.

Obviously, those players made their video game debut in the titles released for the 2004 season, such as NBA Live 2004, and ESPN NBA Basketball 2K4. Interestingly, quite a few of them were hidden by default in NBA Live 2004, and unlockable via codes. I’ve mentioned them before in articles discussing the game’s hidden content, but I thought I’d take a closer look at how their careers turned out, and also provide a few in-game screenshots, especially since not all of them made it to the NBA. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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Wayback Wednesday: The Charlotte Bobcats in NBA Live 2004

Charlotte Bobcats in 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 presence of the Charlotte Bobcats in NBA Live 2004.

The Charlotte Bobcats are no more. Well, the team is still around, but they are now of course the new version of the Charlotte Hornets, following the purchase of the name after New Orleans became the Pelicans. It’s probably safe to say that most NBA fans, both in North Carolina and elsewhere, were happy to see the familiar branding return. The Bobcats name was often criticised, with many fans feeling that it was a poor fit for an NBA team. With the team set to celebrate its 30th Anniversary this year, it’s great to have the Hornets back in the league.

Of course, the Charlotte Bobcats era remains a part of the club’s history, too. While the official lineage of the Hornets and Pelicans has been retconned to consider the Hornets inactive from 2002 to 2004 and the Pelicans to be an expansion team that joined the league in 2002, in reality the resurrected Hornets are the league’s newest team in terms of their operations, becoming the 30th franchise as the Bobcats in 2004. They would actually make their video game debut a year earlier however, as they were included in NBA Live 2004. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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Wayback Wednesday: Gameplay Sliders in NBA Live 2004

Global Sliders in 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 gameplay sliders in NBA Live 2004.

Although basketball gamers who play sim-oriented titles are generally seeking the same kind of experience, it’s tough to please everyone. Not everyone has the same skill level, and not everyone wants to go out of their way to play a realistic style of virtual basketball. No matter how much attention is paid to the gameplay, it’s tough for developers to meet everyone’s expectations. In the early 2000s, we wanted to see an increase in realism, so that basketball games more accurately reflected what we saw on TV. The games of the era had their moments, but they still had a ways to go.

NBA Live 2003 had felt like a step in the wrong direction, with an almost arcade-like style. Although we tried to make the game more realistic through modding, we didn’t have a lot of success. NBA Live 2004 put the series back on track, not only in terms of implementing a more realistic style, but also through the introduction of gameplay sliders. These new settings allowed us to tinker with the gameplay without messing around with player ratings, in turn providing us with an opportunity to improve the experience from what was on offer out of the box. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

Our modding community has already produced a few great 2018 season updates for NBA Live 2004 this year, and today we have another new release for one of the best games in the NBA Live series. Download a new current season shoe pack at the link below!

xshane
2018 Real Shoe Patch

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File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

We have a new release from the community for NBA Live 2004 PC today. Following on from Murat’s 2018 season updates, xshane has released a portrait pack for the current year. Check it out at the link below!

xshane
2017-18 Player Portraits

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File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

While you’re waiting for this week’s Wayback Wednesday, we have a new file addition for another old favourite. Murat has been doing some excellent work with NBA Live 2004, and recently released a pack that includes updated 2018 season rosters, complete with player faces. Check it out at the link below, and be sure to browse the NBA Live 2004 section of our Downloads database for more 2018 season updates!

Murat
2017-18 NBA Rosters & Faces

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March Modness: 1995/1996 Mod for NBA Live 2004 v3.0 Released

95/96 Season Mod for NBA Live 2004 Cover

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to March Modness so far! I’ve been working on a few more things myself, and to that end, have put the finishing touches on v3.0 of my 1995/1996 Season Mod for NBA Live 2004. Key features of the new release are as follows:

  • Final 1996 Season Rosters
  • Updated Logos
  • Updated Jerseys
  • Updated Courts & Stadiums
  • Over 100 New Player Faces
  • Fixed Bodytypes
  • Some Birth Years Updated for Dynasty Mode

A big thanks to Murat and pksts for the new logos, faces, jerseys, and courts that can be found in v3.0! Thanks to their contributions, this release is the most complete version of the 1996 Season Mod for NBA Live 2004 so far. I may make some further adjustments here and there at some point, but the mod is now more or less how I envisioned it all those years ago.

Download the 1996 Season Mod here! You can also find the support topic for all of my NBA Live 2004 releases here in the Forum. If any bugs are discovered with v3.0, I’ll try to get a hotfix out as soon as I possibly can. If I do get around to doing anything else with the mod as far as further additions or enhancements, I’ll include them in a potential v4.0 release. For now, I hope you enjoy a new release for an old favourite!

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File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

A comprehensive 2018 season update for NBA Live 2004 is shaping up, thanks to the efforts of Murat and Roseblade13. Check out their latest releases at the links below!

Murat
2017-18 NBA Courts

Roseblade13
2017-2018 Logo Update
2017-2018 Rosters (Updated to v0.5)

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File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

We still have a few people working on some excellent updates for NBA Live 2004 PC, as you may have seen in the Forum. The latest release is from Murat, and it’s a new version of his 2018 season jersey update pack, which now includes City and Classic uniforms. Check it out at the link below!

Murat
#NBAxNike 2018 Edition Jerseys (Updated to v2.0)

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File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

Today, we have a couple of great new releases for a classic: NBA Live 2004 PC. The latest file additions include a 2018 season court update for the Golden State Warriors, and a pack of Association, Icon, and Statement jerseys for all 30 teams. Check them out at the links below!

Roseblade13
2017-2018 Golden State Warriors Court

Murat
#NBAxNike 2018 Edition Jerseys

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File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

We have a new release for NBA Live 2004 PC today, as Roseblade13 has uploaded a 2018 season roster. It’s currently a beta release that uses default art files, but is intended to be the base for a full update project. If you feel like dusting off a classic, check it out at the link below!

Roseblade13
2017-2018 Rosters

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File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

Continuing to catch up on some recent additions of long-lost files, the latest batch features a bunch of mods for NBA Live 2004. From rosters to faces, to jerseys and front end artwork, enjoy these recovered patches at the links below!

EA Sports
PlayStation 2 Manual
Gamecube Manual

Jowe
2008 Atlantic Division Jerseys
2008 Central Division Jerseys
2008 Midwest Division Jerseys
2008 Pacific Division Jerseys

Karpo
And 1 Army Jersey

Tcrock
Utah Jazz 2004/2005 Jersey Patch

Lotto
Lotto’s Roster Update

Mikki
Dwyane Wade Face Patch
Udonis Haslem Face Patch
Draft Class Jerseys
Millenium All-Stars Add-On
2004 Rookie Challenge Roster
2004 All-Star Jersey Patch
Chicago Bulls Fictional Jersey Patch
Denver Nuggets Fictional Jersey Patch #1
Denver Nuggets Fictional Jersey Patch #2
Detroit Pistons Fictional Jersey Patch
Miami Heat 2004 Face Pack
Denver Nuggets 2004 Face Pack
Cartoon Front End Art

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Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 2004 Print Ad & Trailer

Vince Carter dunks the basketball in 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 an old print ad and trailer for NBA Live 2004.

A few weeks ago, I was using the Wayback Machine at Archive.org to try and find a downloadable version of the official patch for NBA Live 2003. As I mentioned in a recent Friday Five feature, it’s a file that’s no longer available, and I was hoping that I could retrieve it via an archived copy of the game’s official website. Unfortunately I didn’t have any luck in that regard, but I did manage to find some old preview media for NBA Live 2004 and NBA Live 2005. Among them was a print ad featuring cover player Vince Carter, and a gameplay trailer.

NBA Live 2004 is definitely a classic, and I’m sure that long-time members of our community have many fond memories of it. Since we’re also in the thick of the preview seasons for NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18, I thought it’d be fun to take a look back at how games used to be promoted in the lead up to their release. With that in mind, let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 2004 feature a re-upload of a classic release: Repole’s NBA Live Street mod! Download all the parts at the links below; a big thanks to ehlomint for uploading the files.

Repole
NBA Live Street Mod (Part 1)
NBA Live Street Mod (Part 2)
NBA Live Street Mod (Part 3)
NBA Live Street Mod (Jerseys)

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