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LIVESTRIKE Coming to NBA Live 18; Details Soon

NBA Live 18 LIVESTRIKE

You may recall that the brief notes for Patch 1.06 for NBA Live 18 mentioned something called LIVESTRIKE. At the time, there were no further details on what this feature entailed. As a result, some gamers concluded that it simply referred to the crossover content with Battlefront 2, namely the Star Wars-themed live events.

That does not appear to be the case however, as EA Sports continue to hype LIVESTRIKE through their social media channels. At this time, we still don’t have any details as to what it is. Naturally, this opens up the floor to further speculation, as it’s certainly being built up as a significant addition to NBA Live 18.

Arcane and I speculated on LIVESTRIKE in Episode #227 of the NLSC Podcast, suggesting that it could be a live event or some other kind of online content. At this time, I still feel like that’s a fairly safe bet. It’s difficult to imagine that it would be a different type of mode or gameplay mechanic, but obviously we don’t have much to go on except for the name at this time.

As such, we’re all free to speculate a little longer. Feel free to share your thoughts on what LIVESTRIKE might be in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 18 section of the NLSC Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Our modding community is keeping NBA 2K14 PC up to date with some great releases. The latest file additions include some new player faces, a fictional jersey for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a fixed version of URB 2K14. Check them all out at the links below!

Blang
Jaren Jackson Jr. Face
Romeo Langford Face
Alfonzo McKinnie Face
Rowan Barrett Jr. Face

S-Jectacular
Cleveland Cavaliers Fictional Nike “City” Jersey

skoadam
2K14 U R Basketball V52 [34 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 17-18 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 07/11/17] (Updated)

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

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We have another batch of file additions for NBA 2K13 PC today. In addition to a pack of new Nike jerseys and adidas shoes, there’s another updated version of URB 2K13 which resolves a couple of issues from the previous release. Download all of the latest mod releases at the links below!

Alphajustice
Wolves, Jazz & Pacers Nike Jersey Pack
Adidas Harden RGB

skoadam
2K13 U R Basketball V52 [34 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 17-18 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 07.11.17] (Updated)

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The Friday Five: 5 Players & Their Forgotten Final Seasons

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 NBA players whose careers petered out, with their final seasons being somewhat forgotten.

Not all NBA players get a big send-off, or season-long retirement tour. Even if they were big stars at one point, some players end up spending their latter part of their careers in relative obscurity. There are many causes of that phenomenon, from injuries and basketball-related reasons to unfortunate personal problems. Whatever the case may be, for some fallen stars, it’s easy to forget the brief stints they had with certain teams towards the end of their careers. Indeed, it sometimes comes as a surprise when you look back and realise how long their careers lasted, or how recently they retired.

You’ll often come to those realisations when you fire up old basketball video games. When I cover those older titles for features such as Wayback Wednesday, I’m not only reminded of the experiences I had with those games, but of what the league looked like at the time. Old games serve as a time capsule for seasons gone by, making them effective reminders of the often overlooked later seasons of many players’ careers. For this week’s Friday Five, I’m taking a look back at the forgotten final seasons of five players who were big names at one point, but became somewhat overlooked as their careers wound down.

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File Additions for NBA Live 2003

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Since I discussed the game in yesterday’s Wayback Wednesday, it seems like a good time to share some long-lost files for NBA Live 2003. The recovered releases include my final roster update for the game (accurate as of the 2004 season), courts for the 2008 season, and a few other roster mods. Check them all out at the links below!

Andrew
2003/2004 Season Roster Update

Eytan
Israel League Patch

Cous
2008 Court Pack

Thahitman
Current Roster & Dream Team Patch

Zaxis
Z’s Roster Patch

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Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 2003’s Elusive Post Move

Karl Malone Posts Up (NBA Live 2003)

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 a post move that I’ve never been able to perform in NBA Live 2003.

There’s a distinct satisfaction that comes with mastering advanced moves in basketball video games. Whether it’s pulling off the Dream Shake, or performing a beautiful combination of dribbling moves that leaves a defender stumbling, developing superior skills on the sticks is supremely satisfying. Sometimes, however, there’s that one move that you’re just never able to perform. You’ve seen it in trailers and other people’s gameplay footage, but for whatever reason, you just can’t perform the move yourself. Alternatively, it may be a contextual animation that very rarely triggers, even when you appear to do everything correctly.

For me, my white whale of basketball gaming is a post move that can be seen in the introduction video of NBA Live 2003. Try as I might, I’ve never been able to perform it in all the years that I’ve had the game (which is to say, since late 2002). What is this elusive post move? Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

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Our NBA 2K18 PC modding community has been very productive as of late. The latest file additions include tattoos, faces, dornas, jerseys, and courts. Check them all out at the links below!

Daemon
Chris McCullough Tattoo
DJ Augustin Tattoo
Jonathan Simmons Tattoo
Terrence Ross Tattoo
Evan Fournier Tattoo
Austin Rivers Tattoo (Updated to v2.0)
Sindarius Thornwell Tattoo (Updated to v2.0)
Sheldon Mac Tattoo (Updated to v2.0)

Shuajota
Luka Doncic Face
Furkan Korkmaz Face
Dwyane Bacon Face
Ike Anigbogu Face
Wesley Iwundu Face
Minnesota Timberwolves Dornas 2017-2018 (Updated to v1.1)
Cleveland Cavaliers Dornas 2017-2018 (Updated to v1.1)

Issy
Houston Rockets Court
Chicago Bulls Jersey

PeacemanNOT
2007-2008 Hornets Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

Manni Live
New York Knicks Madison Square Garden Arena (Updated to v2.0)

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

A flurry of recent releases for NBA 2K14 PC are keeping the game up to date for the 2018 season. The latest file additions include a new version of skoadam’s U R Basketball mod, jerseys, title screens, and more. Download all of the latest releases at the links below.

DaCrispy
Frank Mason III Kansas Title Screen
Vander Blue G-League Title Screen
Boston University Title Screen
West Point Army Knights Title Screen

S-Jectacular
Utah Jazz Nike Statement Jersey
Oklahoma City Thunder Association & Icon Jersey
Oklahoma City Thunder Nike Statement Jersey
Orlando Magic Nike Association & Icon Jersey
Orlando Magic Nike Statement Jersey

Blang
Mike James Face

skoadam
2K14 U R Basketball V52 [34 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 17-18 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 05/11/17] (Updated to V52)
URB 2K13 & 2K14 CF ID (Updated)

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Monday Tip-Off: The Value of Virtual Currency in The Neighborhood

2K Pro-Am Player of the Game (NBA 2K18)

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 breakdown of the in-universe value of Virtual Currency in The Neighborhood in NBA 2K18.

Yes, I’m writing about Virtual Currency and NBA 2K18 again. I guess I’m a hater, a biased NBA Live fanboy looking to bash 2K at every turn. According to at least one disgruntled former reader, that’s exactly what I am. Or maybe, just maybe, I’m simply a dissatisfied consumer who believes that all of us who play NBA 2K18 deserve to be treated more fairly. Whether it’s NBA 2K, NBA Live, NBA Playgrounds, or any other game that we play, we do ourselves a disservice by not speaking up when there are issues. There’s no guarantee that we’ll get the result we want, but if we don’t speak up, we can pretty much guarantee that we won’t see the changes we desire.

Frankly, I’m still talking about Virtual Currency because it’s an on-going issue. After dropping the prices of hairstyles, facial hair, and hair colours in an early patch, Visual Concepts haven’t made further adjustments to VC earnings and in-game prices. Well, that’s not entirely true. They’ve reduced the reward for Player of the Half and Player of the Game in 2K Pro-Am. What they haven’t done is increase the VC rewards, bring back the difficulty multiplier, or reduce the prices of clothing and consumables. This is particularly infuriating when you consider the actual in-universe value of Virtual Currency. Thanks to our MyPLAYER card, that’s something we can easily figure out.

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

Great news for gamers still playing NBA 2K13 PC! skoadam has released a new version of the U R Basketball mod, featuring updated rosters from the 2017 season and much more. He’s also updated the cyberface reference for the mod. Pick up both new releases at the links below.

skoadam
2K13 U R Basketball V52 [34 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 17-18 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 05.11.17] (Updated to V52)
URB 2K13 & 2K14 CF ID (Updated)

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #227

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Episode #227 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! We’ve been off the air for a couple of weeks due to scheduling conflicts and other issues, but Arcane and I are back to talk about the latest news, as well as our recent basketball gaming experiences.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip things off with the revelation that Arcane took part in a community playtesting event at EA Tiburon back in May. Arcane reflects on his experiences, which included a celebrity encounter.
  • A couple of patches (1.05 and 1.06) have come through for NBA Live 18, as well as some roster updates. We’re liking some of the improvements, though we’ve also identified issues that need to be resolved in NBA Live 19 and beyond.
  • A new patch (1.05) has also been released for NBA 2K18, at least for PlayStation 4. It too has included some welcome improvements, but has unfortunately caused a couple of new problems.
  • Two NLSC T-Shirts are now available to purchase from the kiosk in NBA 2K18’s Neighborhood. Rep us in The Playground, preferably by winning more games than we’ve managed to so far!
  • In response to a mailbag question, we discuss the future of microtransactions in NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18, particularly the latter. How bad could it get, and do we foresee any changes next year?
  • We also give our thoughts on a question regarding issues with unfinished and unpolished releases.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming, or rather our past couple of weeks in basketball gaming, have included several games of 2K Pro-Am, further progress in MyCAREER, and the new DLC for NBA Playgrounds.
  • We wrap up Episode #227 of the NLSC Podcast with our thoughts on 2018 NBA season so far.

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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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

As we wrap up another week here at the NLSC, we’ve got a big batch of file additions for NBA 2K18 PC. The latest releases include retro jerseys, faces, tattoos, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

PeacemanNOT
1996-1997 Sixers Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1996-1997 Suns Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1996-1997 Pistons Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2007-2008 Nuggets Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

Shuajota
Jacob Pullen Face
Cleveland Cavaliers Dornas 2017-2018
Yakuba Outtara Face
Chris Boucher Face
Minnesota Timberwolves Dornas 2017-2018 (Updated to v1.1)

Manni Live
Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center

Daemon
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Tattoo
Brandon Ingram Tattoo
Kyle Kuzma Hair and Tattoo
DeAndre Jordan Tattoo
Sindarius Thornwell Tattoo
Austin Rivers Tattoo
Sheldon Mac Tattoo
Kelly Oubre Jr. Tattoo

advinXcola
Lauri Markkanen Hair Update

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NBA Live 18 Patch 1.06 Now Available; Stability Fixes, More

Dennis Smith Jr. dunks the basketball (NBA Live 18)

Patch 1.06 has been released for NBA Live 18. The update should come through automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet. If you encounter any difficulties, try restarting your console.

The full patch notes for the latest title update are as follows:

Xbox One Only

  • Xbox One X Support for NBA LIVE 18

Both Platforms

  • # LIVESTRIKE
  • General stability Fixes

There are no further details on what LIVESTRIKE entails as yet, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on the latest update in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NLSC Forum. You can also find a complete update history for NBA Live 18 here in our Wiki.

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The Friday Five: 5 Players Still Active in Games After Their Careers Ended

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 players who remained active in basketball video games after their careers ended in real life.

The rosters in basketball video games are, quite obviously, affected by events that occur in the real NBA. With strange and unfortunate twists of fate, as well as other unusual circumstances, video game rosters can quickly become outdated, or contain other oddities. I discussed the unusual situation with Michael Redd in NBA Live 2003 in last week’s Wayback Wednesday, as it was a particularly rare curiosity. A more common phenomenon is the continued appearance of players in the active rosters of basketball games, a year or more after they’ve played their final game. That’s what I’m taking a look at today.

Keep in mind that I’m not talking about players who have simply remained playable in video games after their retirement. With all the historical content in Ultimate Team and MyTEAM, as well as the extensive roster of retro teams in NBA 2K, there are obviously a lot of retired players who are still in the games. I’m also not counting appearances on the previous season’s All-Star squads in the default rosters. This is a list of players who, for one reason or another, remained in the active rosters of video games after their careers came to an end in real life. These players facilitated a few “What If?” scenarios, and at times, made maintaining roster updates a little tricky.

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Patch 1.05 for NBA 2K18 Released; Includes Fixes & New Content

Aaron Gordon dunks the basketball (NBA 2K18)

Patch 1.05 has come through for the PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K18. It will be downloaded automatically as long as you have an active Internet connection, so if it isn’t showing up, try restarting your console. The patches for the PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch versions of NBA 2K18 are slated to be coming through “soon”. I’ll update this post as those patches are released; please see below for further bulletins.

The patch includes some authenticity updates, including fixed jerseys for the Clippers, Spurs, Magic, and 2008 Hornets, and new player action photos. Various bugs and issues have been addressed across gameplay and game modes, including problematic layups for tall players, shooting foul frequency, an assortment of hangs in specific situations, incorrect VC balances, missing accessories, free agency logic, and more.

Please see below for the full patch notes. Additionally, as per Mike Wang, one fix that was apparently left out of the patch notes is an adjustment to shooter fatigue. This has been done to combat the infamous zig-zag exploit, penalising players for over-dribbling. This is certainly welcome news in terms of balancing the online experience in NBA 2K18.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts on the latest patch in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum. You can also find a complete update history for NBA 2K18 here in our Wiki.

UPDATE #1: The patch is now available for the Xbox One version of NBA 2K18.

UPDATE #2: The patch is now available for the PC version of NBA 2K18.

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