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Wayback Wednesday: All-Time College DLC for NBA 2K17

All-Time College DLC in NBA 2K17

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 All-Time College DLC for NBA 2K17.

Downloadable content hasn’t been too common for basketball video games over the years. Compared to RPGs with their expansion packs and fighting games with their myriad of DLC characters, NBA Live and NBA 2K have generally stuck with the “recurrent revenue” model to earn additional income from their annual releases. There has been some DLC for hoops titles though, from the free Oklahoma City logo update for NBA Live 09 to NBA 2K12’s Legends Showcase that cost $10 (or 800 Microsoft Points).

The NBA 2K series has featured some DLC as recently as NBA 2K17, however. In addition to offering up the 1992 Dream Team as a pre-order bonus, 2K also released an All-Time College DLC pack. The pack, which was available around launch and exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, expanded the roster of bonus teams with some college content; a rarity in the wake of the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit. I realise that NBA 2K17 is still a fairly recent game, but let’s take a look back…a little way back…

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NBA Live 19 Update; PS4 Version On Sale Through October 16th

October 2nd Update for NBA Live 19

A new content update is available for NBA Live 19. The October 2nd update will come through automatically when you fire up the game, as long as you have an active Internet connection. According to the details provided by the update screen, it contains the following:

  • Updated Rosters
  • Updated Live Events data
  • Various bug fixes

No additional release notes are available at this time.

PlayStation 4 users can currently get the digital version of NBA Live 19 at a generous discount. The game is on sale for $29.99 USD through October 16th, while PlayStation Plus subscribers can get a further discount, bringing the price down to $23.99 USD.

As always, we invite you to join in the discussion that’s taking place in the NBA Live 19 section of the NLSC Forum! My full review will be out soon, but in the meantime, I’ve posted some initial impressions in a recent Friday Five.

UPDATE: It appears as though the sale ended early or there was some mistake, as the price has returned to normal in the PlayStation Store.

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

We have an assortment of new file additions for NBA 2K19 today. The community’s latest releases include jersey, faces, rosters, portraits, and more. Download them all at the links below!

pinoy21
Los Angeles Lakers Jersey (pinoy21)

Torogi
Lance Stephenson Face
Tyreke Evans Face & Model
No Injuries Roster (With New Retro Teams)
Muscle And Sweat Global 2.0 (Updated to v2.0)

Shuajota
Shuajota’s NBA Portrait Update Pack (2018-2019)
Shuajota’s Realistic Roster (Updated to v2.3)

spacecake
Milos Teodosic Face

ksmiz
2K19 Roster Editing Cheat Engine Table (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: Toxicity in the Basketball Gaming Community

LeBron James dribbles 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 the toxicity that we unfortunately so often encounter in the basketball gaming community.

Yes, cranky old Andrew has something else to complain about today! I mean, the last four Monday Tip-Off articles were all about having fun with basketball video games, so it’s about time I grumble again, right? In all seriousness, this is a topic that I feel needs to be addressed, because I believe it’s an area where collectively, we can do a lot better: toxicity among basketball gamers. Now, there is a certain amount of irony in discussing the matter in that it’s being negative about negativity, but it’s important that we do take a look at what’s happening, and aim for a constructive solution.

Before we begin, let’s address the obvious point: the situation is hardly unique to the basketball gaming community, or the World Wide Web at large. Many blogs, videos, comics, and social media posts have been made about the toxicity that all too often permeates online culture. That in itself doesn’t make it right or a desirable state of affairs however, and it certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t take steps to change our attitudes and behaviour. I’ve been a content creator and part of the online basketball gaming community for over twenty years now, and I’ve noticed an increased amount of toxicity in that time. Worst of all, in some ways, developers are pandering to it.

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Arcane Team Apparel NBA Live 19 Contest

Joel Embiid dunks the basketball in NBA Live 19

Arcane has a digital copy of NBA Live 19 for PlayStation 4 to give away, so he’s holding a contest for anyone who purchases any NLSC apparel from his sports clothing label, Arcane Team Apparel. First prize is the game plus an Arcane Team Apparel t-shirt in your size, while one runner-up will also receive a t-shirt.

A percentage of all NLSC apparel sales goes towards funding our hosting costs, so all entries will be helping to support the site. Obviously, you also get some great merch to represent your favourite website dedicated to basketball gaming, and a chance at a free copy of NBA Live 19 as well!

Entries close October 14th. Please see this topic in the Forum for more details, and check out a few photos of the available NLSC apparel below.

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Mod releases for NBA 2K19 PC have been building up this week, and as such, we have a big batch of file additions today. The latest releases include player faces and body models, updated tools, jerseys, tattoos, courts, and more. Download them all at the links below!

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 Alternatives to Overall Ratings

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 explores five possible alternatives to having Overall Ratings in basketball video games.

If you play basketball video games – and in particular, if you maintain the rosters for them – then Overall Ratings often cause a lot of hassle. I’ve written not one but two articles on the matter, and since then, the situation sadly hasn’t gotten any better. During this past preview season, there was plenty of grumbling when an Overall Rating was revealed and it didn’t seem quite right. For their part, players themselves have strong opinions as to what their ratings should be. Of course, many of them feel they should be 90+ Overall; even rookies who still have everything to prove!

Overall Ratings remain a point of contention in basketball games (and sports games in general), but unfortunately, they are a necessary evil. They provide us with a succinct overview of a player’s value and standing in the league compared to his peers, which is important when trying to put together trades in the franchise modes. The concept of 99 Overall Ratings also gives us a lofty goal to shoot for in the career modes. As such, Overall Ratings aren’t going anywhere. I do think we need them, but what if we were to replace them with a less controversial system? Does such a solution exist? Well, here are five possibilities that I can think of, that might be viable alternatives.

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NBA 2K19 Patch 1.03 Now Available; Fixes For Various Modes

NBA 2K19: LeBron James

A new patch (1.03, or alternatively Patch 3) has come through for NBA 2K19 on all platforms, and will be downloaded automatically as long as you have an active Internet connection. If you encounter any problems, try restarting your console or Steam client, or checking for the update manually.

According to the patch notes, the new update fixes a variety of issues across several game modes. It also includes the Denver Nuggets’ new alternate court, which will be available in-game in the next roster update.

Please see below for full details on Patch 1.03. You can find a complete update history for NBA 2K19 here in our Wiki. As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion here in the Forum.

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Details on the September 26th Update for NBA Live 19

NBA Live 19 September 26th Update

As evident from both of last week’s title updates, the NBA Live 19 development team is committed to pushing through new content and fixes on a regular basis. To that end, a new update has come through, and is available to download now.

Although EA are calling it a title update, the latest update does come through in-game, and NBA Live 19’s update history is still at version 1.05. The new update does contain bug fixes though, addressing issues with records in Head 2 Head, create-a-player clothing, gear conflicts, and NBA combine ratings.

The latest transactions are also included in the update, along with shoe and gear updates, WNBA ratings updates, and jersey number corrections. Anklebreakers and shooting Traits have also been tuned. Check out the full changelog below, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section, and join in the discussion here in our NBA Live 19 Forum.

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Wayback Wednesday: The NBA Live Academy

Dunking in the NBA Live Academy (NBA Live 09)

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 NBA Live Academy.

I’ve discussed my desire to see NBA Live’s Franchise mode get better and deeper on more than one occasion, and it’s something that I still hope will happen in the future. Something that we really need to see with the mode is the return of several useful and innovative features that flesh out the experience and make it more engaging. I’ve mentioned a few of these features in previous articles, but one that deserves a more in-depth look is the NBA Live Academy. Having recently gone back and taken a few screenshots, it feels like a good time for a retrospective!

Also known simply as the Academy, it was both an aesthetic enhancement, and an improvement in the way that player development was handled. It was only featured in a couple of NBA Live games, but that was enough to make its mark, and establish it as a concept that I for one would love to see reintroduced in Franchise mode in the not too distant future. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 Closed Beta Taking Place This Friday

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 Title With Cover Players

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 is set to launch on October 16th, but if you’re in North America, you might be able to get an early hands-on look at the game. Saber Interactive and 2K Sports will be launching a Closed Beta test that tips off this Friday, September 28th, and runs through Sunday, September 30th.

In addition to only being available to users in North America, the only platforms involved in the Closed Beta are PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 will of course also be available on PC and Switch, but they won’t be involved in this beta testing. Participants will take part in the new Championship mode, and be able to play on all ten of the new playgrounds that are featured in the game.

Please note that there are limited spots available, so signing up won’t guarantee a place in the Closed Beta. For your chance to take part, register here over on the official website as soon as possible.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

The NBA 2K14 PC modding community is still going strong! Today’s file additions feature the latest player and court mods, including faces for future prospects and new courts for the 2019 season. Download them all at the links below.

Sastre Matulin
2018 Smart Araneta Coliseum Court (2019 World Cup Qualifiers)
2017 Smart Araneta Coliseum Court (2019 World Cup Qualifiers) (Updated to v3.0)

Pep
2018 United Center (Chicago Bulls Court)
2018 TD Garden (Boston Celtics Court)
2018 Madison Square Garden (New York Knicks Court)
2018 Scotiabank Arena (Toronto Raptors Court)
2018 AT&T Center (San Antonio Spurs Court)

Blang
Jaylen Hoard Face
Charles Bassey Face
Quentin Grimes 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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Monday Tip-Off: Making Peace with Simulated Games

Options for Simulated Games in MyLEAGUE (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 making peace with the prospect of simulated games in franchise modes.

While there have been changes in my life since I started running the NLSC as a 17 year old back in 2001, I can still make ample time to play video games, basketball or otherwise. I don’t have a family, so in that regard, I do have fewer responsibilities than other members of our community. However, like anyone with a day job and a social life, I do have to ration my time accordingly. Video games are something that I have to fit in between being a sole trader, exercising, catching up with friends, and of course, my responsibilities both running and creating content for the NLSC.

To that end, as I look to make a return to franchise gaming this year, I must get used to the idea of simulating games. Should I back off a little on my intention to take a break from career modes, I’ll have to further ration my time, and that means a decent portion of games – possibly in both modes – will need to be simulated. On the surface, it may seem odd that this is something I need to get accustomed to. The simulation function has been available in season modes for over two decades, so it’s hardly a concept that I’m unfamiliar with. However, it is an approach that would mark a change in the way that I play basketball video games.

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Before it gets too much bigger, let’s get caught up on the latest batch of File Additions for NBA 2K19 PC. The latest mod releases include faces, jerseys, courts, rosters, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

pinoy21
Boston Celtics Jersey (pinoy21)
Denver Nuggets Jersey (pinoy21)

Torogi
Stephen Curry Face
Kevin Love Face
Bradley Beal Face
Jordan Clarkson Face with Tattoos
C.J. McCollum Face
Muscle And Sweat Global
Seth Curry Face
Justice Winslow Face
Derrick Favors Face & Body
Jimmy Butler Face

TwisT
Crowd Update – Northwest Division

Shuajota
Anthony Randolph Face
Shuajota’s Realistic Roster (Updated to v2.1)
Shuajota’s Modded Files (Updated to v2.0)

MauMau78
Classic Shorts Update
Classic Shorts Update V1.1

SexCurryBeats
Triple Threat Full Court
Animation Lab Full Court
Blacktops Without Floor
Pro-Am Arena
Full Size High School 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.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #263

NLSC Podcast Logo

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.

Click Play to listen to the show!

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.

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