New NBA 2K18 Developer Blog: Gameplay

NBA 2K18: Kyrie Irving Shoots

It’s always exciting to get a new trailer and see an upcoming game in action, but what we really want to know is, what kind of improvements have actually been made to the gameplay? Fortunately, we don’t have to wait very long for answers in regards to NBA 2K18, as Gameplay Director Mike Wang (aka Beluba) has posted a developer blog detailing the work that has gone into improving this year’s gameplay experience.

As you might expect, it’s a lengthy read, and therefore somewhat difficult to succinctly summarise. However, here are some of the key points:

  • The animation and motion engine has been reworked, in order to remove canned moments and a lack of responsiveness. Stick input and attributes govern how players move around the court, so no more getting stuck with an unfavourable animation.
  • Shot aiming has been removed this year, with the goal of balancing stick skills and basketball IQ, as well as making sure that a player’s ratings and shooting form are properly factored in. It also sounds as though green releases won’t be as easy or cheesy in NBA 2K18, as they won’t be based solely on release timing.
  • The Shot Meter has been positioned beside players for better visibility. Expanded shot feedback informs the user about the quality of their release timing, and how tightly they were covered (Smothered, Heavily Contested, Lightly Contested, Open, or Wide Open).
  • There are quicker “load ups” for jumpshot attempts, and some new, explosive hop jumpers. Layup packages have been reworked along the lines of different player styles, such as Euro Specialist, Floater Specialist, Crafty, and so on.
  • Weight and strength plays a bigger role in the post game. Multiple moves can also be chained together.
  • Tapping or double-tapping the Post Up button will perform triple threat, dribble, and post moves. This is intended as an alternative for users still coming to grips with the Pro Stick moves. There are also more dribbling moves in general.
  • Receiver Control will allow users to take control of the pass recipient, to better position them to receive the pass. It’s also possible to choose between a short pass and long skip pass, for more precision.
  • Collisions between offensive and defensive players have been improved. There’s more “hip riding” and less “stonewalling”, the logic for ball vulnerability has been enhanced, and foul calls have been revamped. Closeouts are also less cheesy, especially when using Intense D. Attention has also been paid to loose ball situations.

All in all, Beluba describes some very promising improvements to the gameplay in NBA 2K18. Be sure to check out the developer blog for the full details, and share your impressions in the comments section below, as well as here in the Forum.

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NBA 2K18 Trailer: “Get Shook”; New Screens, Classic Team Info

LeBron James in the Get Shook NBA 2K18 Trailer

2K Sports has dropped a new NBA 2K18 Trailer, which is titled “Get Shook”. Featuring the usual gameplay clips from cinematic angles, the trailer is backed by Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones”, which is included on the game’s soundtrack.

As you might expect, “Get Shook” features several big names, some of whom are also members of Team 2K. Featured players include Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, LeBron James, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, and many more. The trailer also hypes this year’s version of The Prelude, which will be available September 8th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Check out the latest NBA 2K18 trailer below, or watch it here on the official NBA 2K YouTube channel if you can’t see the embedded video.

A few more screens have been released recently, including our first look at the Los Angeles Lakers All-Time team. Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, James Worthy, and Pau Gasol have been confirmed for the squad. LeBron James has also been confirmed as being rated 97 Overall in this year’s game, while Dwyane Wade is rated 84 Overall. Check out all of the latest screenshots below for more overall ratings.

This Tweet by the official NBA 2K Twitter account also seems to have confirmed that the 1996-97 Miami Heat and 1998-99 New York Knicks will be among the sixteen new classic teams added in NBA 2K18. A full reveal of all the new retro squads is coming on August 25th.

Do you have any thoughts on the latest NBA 2K18 trailer, or speculation as to which other classic teams will be added this year? Which players do you think will be included on the All-Time teams? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion taking place here in the NLSC Forum!

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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 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 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 08 PC include a couple of new releases, and some old ones that I’ve recently been able to recover and re-upload. The new updates include the 2018 logos for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and a face pack for the Washington Wizards. The recovered files include JaoSming’s NBA Street 08, a Fantasy Injury Generator, and an And 1 beach court. Check them all out at the links below!

Minnesota Timberwolves 2017/2018 Logo

2015/2016 Washington Wizards Team Update

NBA Street 08

Fantasy Injury Generator

And 1 Beach Court

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Pre-Order Bonuses for NBA Live 18: The One Edition

NBA Live 18 Pre-Order Bonuses

EA Sports has revealed the pre-order bonuses for “The One Edition” of NBA Live 18. It’s quite likely that this is the “Deluxe” edition of the game that was previously revealed by Amazon UK. As seen in a promotional graphic shared by the official NBA Live Twitter account, pre-order customers will receive:

  • A 33% discount (at participating retailers).
  • A James Harden gear crate, including shoes, tops, accessories, and his celebration animation.
  • A Gold James Harden Ultimate Team card, usable for ten games.

Considering the aforementioned Amazon UK listing and cross-checking with the Australian PlayStation Store, it would seem that this deal is indeed available outside of North America, so international pre-order customers will be able to take advantage of the offer, at least digitally.

If you’d like to try NBA Live 18 before you buy or pre-order it, a reminder that the demo was released last week. A new patch for the demo has also come through on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There are no patch notes at this time, and checking the Update History on PS4, only the generic “minor bug fixes” note is listed.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion that’s taking place in our NBA Live 18 Forum! If you’ve got any impressions of the demo that you’d like to share, be sure to post them in this topic.

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Monday Tip-Off: How My Basketball Gaming Habits Changed

Ben Gordon in NBA Live 06

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 how my basketball gaming habits have changed over the years.

I’ve been playing basketball games for quite a while now. It’s an interest that began as I was entering my teenage years, intensified in my mid-to-late teens when I created the NBA Live Domain and then subsequently took over running the NLSC, and has since continued into adulthood. Now that I’m in my early thirties, I’m finding that I’m approaching the hobby differently. I’m still passionate about it, but with different priorities and responsibilities, I’ve had to ration my time and make a few adjustments to the way that I play. Of course, there have been gradual changes to my habits ever since the very beginning of my interest in basketball gaming.

The evolution of basketball gaming, as well as my own changing tastes, have both played a role here. Picking up two annual releases rather than just the one is a major factor as well. With NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18 coming out next month, I’ll once again be faced with the prospect of dividing my time between two current games. Just how much I enjoy those games will also depend on my expectations and tolerance for legacy issues, which have been shaped by all my years of basketball gaming. As I prepare for the next batch of previews, and the new games themselves, I thought that I’d reflect on how my habits have changed over time.

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File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

Let’s wrap up another week here at the NLSC with a new batch of file additions for NBA 2K17 PC. The latest mods include a new face for D’Angelo Russell, and several 2018 season jersey updates. Check them all out at the links below!

D’Angelo Russell Face

Cleveland Cavaliers Jersey 2017-18 (pinoy21)
Philadelphia 76ers Jersey 2017-2018 (Updated to v2.0)

Shuajota & Edudu_10
Minnesota Timberwolves Jerseys 2017-2018
Philadelphia 76ers Jerseys 2017-2018
Chicago Bulls Jerseys 2017-2018
Houston Rockets Jerseys 2017-2018

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New Classic & All-Time Teams in NBA 2K18; Latest Screens

NBA 2K18 All-Time Teams

If you love the historical content in NBA 2K – as I’m sure most of us do – then 2K has revealed some fantastic news. NBA 2K18 is going to feature All-Time Teams for all 30 NBA teams, comprised of the best players in each team’s history. Not only that, but sixteen new classic teams are also set to be added in this year’s game. At this time, the new historical squads and the all-time rosters have yet to be announced.

All-Time Teams mods have been very popular over the years, dating back to the early days of NBA Live patching. As such, it’s very cool to hear that they’ll be in the game by default. Similarly, it’s been a few years since any new classic NBA teams have been added to the selection in NBA 2K, so that also comes as very welcome news. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long to find out which teams have been added, and which players made the cut for the all-time squads.

NBA 2K17 did include the Dream Team as a pre-order bonus last year, and a selection of All-Time College Teams were also released as paid downloadable content. It remains to be seen whether that content – or at the very least, the Dream Team – will be available in NBA 2K18. It also remains to be seen whether 2K will take Charles Barkley up on his offer, in order to get him into the classic and all-time teams. If nothing else, it’s great to see new content being added that isn’t a pre-order exclusive, or paid DLC.

In other news, 2K has been posting a bunch of player screenshots, revealing their overall ratings and several new uniforms in the process. You can check out the latest batch of screens below, as well as in our NBA 2K18 gallery.

Which teams are you hoping to see in NBA 2K18? Which players do you expect will make up the all-time roster for your favourite team? Any thoughts on the latest screenshots and player ratings? Have your say in the comments section below, and feel free to join in the discussion taking place in our NBA 2K18 Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #217

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Episode #217 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we provide our impressions of the NBA Live 18 Demo and Companion App, share our thoughts on some other NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18 news items from the past week, and talk about our recent activities on the virtual hardwood.

On this week’s show…

  • Shortly after we finished recording last week’s NLSC Podcast, the Companion App for NBA Live 18 was released. How does it compare to the NBA Live 16 app, and how did our face scans turn out?
  • The NBA Live 18 Demo is out now. In one of our longest segments to date, we provide some in-depth initial impressions of our first hands-on look at this year’s game from EA Sports.
  • NBA Live 18 is now available to pre-order, with a 33% discount on offer. There also appears to be a Deluxe edition of the game, though no further details are available at this time.
  • Wrapping up the NBA Live 18 news, the full soundtrack has been released. Notably, some big names have contributed tracks this year.
  • The second Developer Diary for NBA 2K18 provided us with a look at the gameplay, as well as an insight into the aesthetic improvements in this year’s game. We also have some hands-on impressions from the community, more screenshots, and mention of amiibo compatibility.
  • We’ll be getting another edition of The Prelude before the release of NBA 2K18, but it’s reportedly different to last year’s demo. Naturally, that news invites speculation.
  • Episode #217 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with Our Week in Basketball Gaming, which included a troubleshooting fail (albeit with a happy ending), a brewing rivalry for NLSC THRILLHO, and an elusive PlayStation Trophy.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

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The Friday Five: 5 Basketball Games I’m Oddly Nostalgic For

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 a list of five basketball games that I’m oddly nostalgic for.

We each have our all-time favourite basketball games. Even when they’ve been surpassed by new titles, it’s natural to feel nostalgic towards old favourites. In the best case scenario, some of them may still hold up reasonably well, and be fun to play years later. As far as the sim-oriented basketball games are concerned, my list would include NBA Live 95, NBA Live 96, NBA Live 2000, NBA Live 2004, NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, and now that a few years have passed, NBA 2K11, NBA 2K12, and NBA 2K13. In terms of arcade basketball games, there’s NBA Jam Tournament Edition, NBA Street Homecourt, and more recently, NBA Jam: On Fire Edition.

I’m nostalgic for those titles because they rank among my all-time favourites, but then there are also basketball games that I feel an affinity for, even though they wouldn’t make my personal top five or ten. Some of those games are quite flawed, or at the very least haven’t aged too well, yet there’s something that draws me to them. Sometimes it’s the general atmosphere, sometimes it’s an ultimately inconsequential detail such as the soundtrack, and sometimes it has more to do with when they came out and where I was at in my life at the time. Whatever the case may be, these are five basketball games that I’m oddly nostalgic for, given the circumstances.

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NBA Live 18 Cover Player is James Harden; Demo Out Today

James Harden in NBA Live 18

The speculation is over! Houston Rockets All-Star guard James Harden has been officially announced as the cover player for NBA Live 18. Originally, the news was inadvertently leaked in a since-deleted video by YouTuber iMav3riq, but we now have official confirmation. Harden was previously one of four different cover players for NBA 2K16, along with Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, and Michael Jordan (Special Edition only). Check out the cover art below!

Notably, Harden was among the players who appeared in the first reveal screenshots, as well as the early gameplay trailers for NBA Live 18. While this obviously seems like a strong hint in retrospect, it’s also worth noting that a couple of screenshots of DeMar DeRozan were also released at the same time, despite him being signed to appear on the Canadian cover of NBA 2K18.

EA Sports has released a trailer to coincide with the official announcement. As you would expect, it focuses on James Harden himself, playing in both The League and The Streets. Check it out below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

The NBA Live 18 demo is also out today. Depending on your timezone – or indeed, the timezone of the account you’re currently using – it’s already available to download. The game’s release date has been confirmed for September 15th, which sees it going head to head with NBA 2K18’s Early Tip-Off Weekend. EA Sports are also offering a 33% discount for pre-orders. No further word on the Deluxe edition as yet.

We’ll have demo impressions and further thoughts to share in this week’s NLSC Podcast, but in the meantime, what’s your take on the choice of James Harden for NBA Live 18’s cover? Are you trying out the demo? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum. You can also share your impressions of the demo in this topic.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Time to get caught up on the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! We have a lot of new files today, including the latest version of URB 2K14 and Med’s Roster, as well as custom frontend art, new hairstyles, and more.

Today’s batch of NBA 2K14 file additions is considerably larger than usual, as it includes the art packs for Med’s Roster and the PBA 2K mod. As such, I’ve trimmed the front page post, as I do with feature articles and lengthier news bulletins. Click Read More to check out all the download links below, after the jump.

A big thank you to everyone who continues to upload their work to our Downloads database, not just for NBA 2K14, but for several other games in the NBA 2K and NBA Live series. We greatly appreciate your contributions! If you’re not sure how to use our upload facilities, check out this video tutorial.

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Wayback Wednesday: NBA 2K12 Promotional Copy Opening

Promotional Copy of NBA 2K12

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 opening up a sealed promotional copy of NBA 2K12 for Xbox 360 that I found on eBay.

In recent years I’ve continued to expand my collection of basketball video games, not only buying the latest releases, but also picking up older games that I’ve found on eBay at an affordable price. Some of those games I’ve previously owned and sold, while others I’ve never owned or even played before. I’ve also bought different versions of games that I already own, in order to experience them on other platforms. While browsing eBay looking for deals, I found a sealed, promotional copy of NBA 2K12 for the Xbox 360. Intrigued as to what might be in the box – perhaps a code for the 2002 Sacramento Kings and 1991 Golden State Warriors? – I decided to pick it up.

Since I was going to have to tear open the seal anyway in order to check it out, I figured that I might as well make a sort of unboxing video feature out of it. For your entertainment, let’s open up this sealed promotional copy of NBA 2K12 for Xbox 360, and take a look back…way back…

Check it out here on the NLSC’s YouTube channel if you can’t see the embedded video. I’ll be looking to create video content a bit more often moving forward, so be sure to subscribe! If you’d like to check out more Wayback Wednesday content related to NBA 2K12, be sure to read this retrospective of NBA’s Greatest.

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NBA Live 18 Soundtrack Revealed; Listen on Spotify

NBA Live 18 Soundtrack

EA Sports has officially announced the NBA Live 18 soundtrack. The track list for this year’s game includes artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Nas, Kid Cudi, and Machine Gun Kelly. Changing things up from the “underground” vibe of the past few games, this year’s soundtrack features a combination of big names and up-and-coming artists.

Check out the full track list below. If you’d like to preview the NBA Live 18 soundtrack, you can tune in on Spotify. Note that only thirteen songs are available at this time, but the full version of the soundtrack will be available to listen to on Spotify on August 11th, to coincide with the release of the demo.

I’ve added the track list to the NBA Live Soundtracks page in our Wiki. As always, I invite the community to help out in keeping our Wiki up to date with the latest information, especially with the preview season for NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18 starting to kick into high gear.

Once again, check out the soundtrack below, and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. You can also join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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Developer Diary: The Art Behind NBA 2K18

LeBron James in NBA 2K18

2K have posted a new developer diary for NBA 2K18, and this time, it’s a video. It talks about the development team’s goal of achieving photo-realism in the aesthetics of this year’s game. Some of the key points include:

  • There has been a great deal of focus on accurately representing active players, including more realistic physiques. Player faces have been completely rebuilt, while scars, stretch marks, and faded tattoos are also represented.
  • A lot of attention has been paid to how the new Nike uniforms fit, compared to the old uniforms. 2K’s artists went to the NBA offices in New York to scan the jerseys to ensure true-to-life colours and other details. Player accessories have also been scanned, and there are improved cloth physics.
  • Face scanning for MyPLAYERs has been improved. Facial editing has been revamped, and there are new hairstyles available. We’ll also have more control over the body models of our MyPLAYERs, based on height, weight, shoulder width, and so on.

The blog also serves as an official announcement for The Prelude to NBA 2K18, which as previously mentioned, will be released September 8th. It features gameplay from cinematic angles, so it also provides us with our first glimpse of several players in action. Watch it below, or check it out here on the official NBA 2K YouTube channel.

Your thoughts? Do you like what you see? Post your thoughts in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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