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Wayback Wednesday: Swapping Files in NBA Live 95 & NBA Live 96 PC

Switched Sonics & Rockets Logos in NBA Live 96

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 dusting off NBA Live 95 and NBA Live 96 PC, and swapping some files around.

Let’s do something a little different for this week’s Wayback Wednesday; let’s tinker with the PC versions of NBA Live 95 and NBA Live 96! Specifically, we’re going to swap some art files between the games, just to see what works. The idea of swapping compatible files between games didn’t take off until much later, mostly because we generally didn’t create much in the way of custom art mods for the early games in the series. My complete update for NBA Live 96 featured updated logos and jerseys that another member contributed, but generally speaking, rosters didn’t include art updates.

With dial-up Internet connections, comprehensive updates simply weren’t the done thing. It’s a shame we didn’t look into it though, because there are assets that can be swapped between NBA Live 95 and NBA Live 96. There’s not a wide variety of mods that can benefit from this technique, but if nothing else, it could’ve enhanced roster updates with some season-specific artwork. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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U R Basketball V56 Has Been Released for NBA 2K14

U R Basketball 2K14 Preview

NBA 2K14 continues to receive updates for the upcoming NBA season as skoadam has released V56 of the U R Basketball mod! The latest version of URB 2K14 features updated 2018 offseason rosters, as well as some other enhancements. Key features of the new release include:

  • Transactions updated through August 1st.
  • Rotations updated through August 1st.
  • New player contracts added.

You can download V56 of U R Basketball here! Check out the release topic here for support, previews, and more information. Further updates for the offseason roster will be coming in future updates, along with an All-Time roster. Keep it locked to the URB 2K14 topic for more news.

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NBA 2K19 Screenshots: LeBron, Antetokounmpo & Russell

NBA 2K19: LeBron James

The latest First Look screenshots for NBA 2K19 reveal the final two members of Team 2K. Standard Edition cover player Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and D’Angelo Russell of the Brooklyn Nets are the featured players this time around.

As with all of the other First Look screenshots, their initial Overall Ratings have been revealed. The Greek Freak will be rated 94 Overall, the same as in the final roster for NBA 2K18. Conversely, Russell has had a small jump, increasing from 82 to 83 Overall.

2K has also posted a high resolution screenshot of LeBron James in the newly unveiled Los Angeles Lakers uniform. Check out all of the latest screenshots below, as well as here in our NBA 2K19 Screenshots gallery. Another D’Angelo Russell screenshot with updated tattoos is apparently also forthcoming.

The preview season is about to kick into high gear, as Operation Sports will have some developer blogs on MyLEAGUE, MyGM, MyLEAGUE Online, and more later in the week. Stay tuned for more information, and in the meantime, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

We’ve got a really big batch of file additions for NBA 2K18 PC today. The latest releases include current and retro player updates, an updated global, a huge collection of enhanced retro jerseys, and some fictional concept jerseys. Check out all of the latest releases for NBA 2K18 at the links below, which you can find after the jump.

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: Time to Light the Fire on a New NBA Jam

A roster update added Kyrie Irving to NBA Jam: On Fire Edition

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 why it’s time EA Sports brought out another NBA Jam game.

Although I’m a long-time fan of sim-oriented basketball games, I’m also a big fan of NBA Jam from back in the day. It’s something that I’ve mentioned several times on the NLSC Podcast, and it’s likely quite evident from all the times that I’ve covered a topic related to NBA Jam in Wayback Wednesday features. When the possibility of a brand new entry in the series was seemingly hinted at earlier in the year, I compiled a list of things that I believe a new NBA Jam game should have. As much as a new NBA Street game would be great to have, I’m still partial to seeing another Jam title.

Not only do I believe there is still a market for the game, but it feels like the time is ripe to bring back NBA Jam. The success of the original NBA Playgrounds last year has rejuvenated interest in the genre, though it arguably never went out of vogue in the first place. More importantly, we now know that its sequel – freshly renamed NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 – will be published by 2K Sports. With NBA Playgrounds joining the “2K family“, I’d love to see EA Sports resurrect the classic arcade property that it owns the rights to. With 2K going all in on an arcade hoops title in addition to their long-running sim game, it’s time for EA to light the fire on a new NBA Jam.

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Top-Rated WNBA Players in NBA Live 19; More Screenshots

NBA Live 19: Brittney Griner

In the wake of the big announcement regarding Female Create-a-Player, an article profiling the top-rated WNBA players in NBA Live 19 has been posted over on the game’s official website. In addition to discussing the career accomplishments of their real life counterparts, it reveals the top three WNBA players at each position, which are as follows:

  • Point Guard: Sue Bird, Seattle Storm (89 OVR); Jasmine Thomas, Connecticut Sun (86 OVR); Skylar Diggins-Smith, Dallas Wings (85 OVR)
  • Shooting Guard: Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury (90 OVR); Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles Sparks (85 OVR); Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx (84 OVR)
  • Small Forward: Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx (93 OVR); Elene Delle Donne, Washington Mystics (91 OVR); Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks (88 OVR)
  • Power Forward: Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks (92 OVR); Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm (88 OVR); Chiney Ogwumike, Connecticut Sun (85 OVR)
  • Center: Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx (92 OVR); Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury (90 OVR); Tina Charles, New York Liberty (88 OVR)

The article has also provided us with some screenshots featuring a few of those players in action. Check them out below, as well as here in our NBA Live 19 Screenshots gallery.

As always, I invite you to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in all of the discussion that’s taking place in the NBA Live 19 section of the NLSC Forum.

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Custom Courts in NBA Live 19, Gameplay Footage, Other Details

NBA Live 19: WNBA

Although an official announcement has yet to be made, a few more tidbits about NBA Live 19 have been revealed. The information comes courtesy of Shacknews – who have posted an extended preview of the game complete with raw gameplay footage – and influencers including Will OS and NBA Live Girl. A few other gameplay videos, and videos discussing details that have leaked, have also been posted.

It seems that we’ll be able to create our own custom courts in The One this year, in a manner very similar to the hometown blacktop in NBA Street Homecourt, as well as the custom courts in NBA 2K’s MyTEAM and 2K Pro-Am modes. More details are no doubt forthcoming in an official announcement and preview. Speaking of courts, the video from Shacknews also provides us with as glimpse of the custom Joel Embiid court, which was listed as one of the pre-order bonuses.

The video also confirms that quarters have been added to games in The Streets, which were previously all played under the “First to 21” win condition. In addition to uncut gameplay, it also provides an overview (and naturally, spoilers) of The Rise, the story that provides the backdrop to The One in NBA Live 19. The hour long video runs from the beginning of the story at Quai 54, through the Draft Combine and concluding at the NBA Draft itself.

Also of interest, Sports Gamers Online recently had a chance to interview NBA Live 19 Creative Director, Connor Dougan. Connor was actually asked about a PC version of NBA Live, and while he confirmed it isn’t happening this year, he expressed his support for the idea, even mentioning modding. It was cool to hear, so be sure to check out the interview for his full comments!

With NBA Live 19 just six weeks away, more information should hopefully be coming through fairly steadily. We’ll certainly try to stay on top of the news, but for now, check out some of the videos below, and feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts. As always, we also invite you to join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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Latest NBA 2K19 First Look Screenshot: Damian Lillard

NBA 2K19: Damian Lillard First Look

The official NBA 2K Twitter account has released another NBA 2K19 First Look screenshot, this time featuring Damian Lillard. The man they call Dame previously appeared on the cover of NBA Live 15, but has since become a member of Team 2K, voicing himself in various cutscenes in NBA 2K18’s MyCAREER mode.

As with the other First Look screenshots, Lillard’s Overall Rating in the initial NBA 2K19 roster has been revealed. We now know that Lillard will be rated 90, matching the Overall Rating he had in the final official roster update for NBA 2K18, where he was one of fourteen active players to be rated 90 or more.

Check out the full screenshot below, as well as here in our NBA 2K19 gallery. Got any thoughts on how the game is looking, or the Overall Ratings that have been revealed? Have your say in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 19 Will Feature Female Create-a-Player

NBA Live 19: WNBA

After teasing a special announcement with a short video featuring the Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker, EA Sports has revealed that NBA Live 19 will feature female Create-a-Player functionality. Although the WNBA was featured in its own Play Now mode in NBA Live 18, this marks the first time that NBA Live will allow gamers to create female players.

As explained in an article over on Game Informer, female avatars will be playable in LIVE Run, LIVE Events, and The Streets World Tour, using the same progression system as their male counterparts. They will not be playable in The League however, and at this time, there is no equivalent WNBA career mode. Creative Director Ryan Santos has confirmed that it’s something that has been discussed, and may be in the game as soon as next year.

Although there won’t be a dedicated career or season mode for the WNBA, the league’s players will still have a presence in The Streets, along with any female ballers that gamers create. Their inclusion in the mode was hinted at in the very first teaser for NBA Live 19.

EA has also released a new gameplay trailer to celebrate the announcement. Watch it below, or catch it here on YouTube. A few new screenshots have been released, which you can also find below.

What are your thoughts on the latest development regarding NBA Live 19? Would you be interested in more WNBA content, such as a career or season mode? How is the game shaping up? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion taking place here in the NLSC Forum.

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The Friday Five: 5 Retro Teams I’d Like To See in NBA 2K (Part 6)

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 part six in a series of lists of retro teams that I’d like to see added to NBA 2K.

Did you think that twenty-five suggestions for new retro teams would be all that I’d be able to come up with? Let’s make it an even thirty! Yes, there are plenty more retro teams that could be added outside of the champions, NBA Finalists, and perennial contenders that originally made up most of the squads from yesteryear available in NBA 2K. As long as Visual Concepts are willing to add some other interesting teams, there are several that we can come up with that were noteworthy for one reason or another, even if they weren’t among the most successful squads in history.

As usual, a reminder that these suggestions don’t cancel out my previous picks, as I’d still like to see those retro teams added to the game at some point. These are just five more that would also be fun additions. Likewise, not all of the players are currently licensed and there’s no guarantee that 2K would be able to secure their likeness rights, but these suggestions are operating under the assumption that they can sign most of (if not all of) the significant players. After all, there’d be no point including the teams if all of the big names won’t sign on. Without any further ado, here are the next five retro teams that I believe would be great to have in future NBA 2K games.

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Three New NBA 2K19 First Look Screenshots; Control Information

NBA 2K19: Anthony Davis First Look

Three more NBA 2K19 First Look screenshots have been released. This time, the featured players are Team 2K members Anthony Davis, Paul George, and Kemba Walker. Davis and George are of course former NBA 2K cover players, appearing on the covers of NBA 2K16 and NBA 2K17 respectively.

As is the case with the other First Look screenshots so far, their initial Overall Ratings in NBA 2K19 have been revealed. Anthony Davis will be rated 94 Overall, as he was in the final official roster for NBA 2K18, while Paul George’s Overall has increased from 88 to 89. Kemba Walker has also increased from an 85 to 86 Overall.

While we’re still waiting for the usual preview season fare such as a full gameplay trailer, developer insights, and so forth, an interesting discovery was made over at Operation Sports. It seems the controls for NBA 2K19 have already been published on Xbox Live’s online help site, providing us with an overview of what to expect on the sticks. They are mostly similar to NBA 2K18, however there are some new stealing and shot contest controls.

Check out the screenshots below, as well as in our gallery. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion in the NBA 2K19 section of the NLSC Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K11 PC feature scoreboard logos for three TV networks, a fictional 2019 season court update for the Denver Nuggets, and a pack of G-League jerseys. Download them all at the links below!

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Denver Nuggets 2018-19 Fictional Court
NBA TV 2018-19 Scoreboard
ESPN 2018-19 Scoreboard
TNT 2018-19 Scoreboard

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2017-18 Selected G-League Jerseys

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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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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File Additions for NBA Live 2003

NBA Live 2003 Cover Art

There’s a certain novelty in seeing current players and team branding in much older basketball games, as today’s file additions for NBA Live 2003 demonstrate. Download a couple of 2018 City Edition jerseys for the Miami Heat and New York Knicks at the links below!

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2017/2018 Miami Heat City Edition Jersey Patch
2017/2018 New York Knicks City Edition Jersey Patch

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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NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 Announced; Releasing in Fall

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 Logo

We now know the reason for the delay of NBA Playgrounds 2. Saber Interactive SEO Matthew Karch has revealed via Forbes that Take-Two will be publishing the game, which has been rebranded as NBA 2K Playgrounds 2. The game itself will still be developed by Saber.

In a recent Monday Tip-Off article, I speculated about the future of Playgrounds 2, and suggested that the silence was damaging the brand. Glancing at social media, the reception to the news appears to be mixed. While there is excitement about the possibility of seeing players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant in NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, there is also concern given the prevalence of microtransactions in recent NBA 2K titles, in particular NBA 2K18.

It remains to be seen what changes (if any) will be made with 2K publishing Saber’s forthcoming arcade basketball game, but more news is apparently forthcoming. While no release date has been set, the game will be coming out in the Fall, alongside NBA 2K19 and NBA Live 19. In a comment posted in the official NBA Playgrounds Facebook group, Matthew Karch hinted at an increase in content, as well as a slight increase in price. We’ll be sure to post any details as they’re made available.

We’ll also have more to say about NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 in Episode #258 of the NLSC Podcast, but in the meantime, what’s your take on the news? Will it ultimately benefit the franchise, or will it set it on the wrong path? Was the partnership worth delaying the game back in May? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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