Wayback Wednesday: Finishing The Jordan Challenge (Part 1)

Michael Jordan in NBA 2K11's Jordan Challenge

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.

Going back to NBA 2K12 and completing the games of NBA’s Greatest that I never finished has inspired me to revisit NBA 2K11, and take care of some unfinished business in the Jordan Challenge. I’d actually made a couple of attempts to play the Jordan Challenge games before going back to NBA 2K12, but found the gameplay too frustrating. Having spent a little more time with both games and reacquainted myself with the controls – while also avoiding doing the things that only work in more recent NBA 2K titles – I’m finding that I’m far better on the sticks, and the games are less frustrating…for the most part.

When I first bought NBA 2K11, I was still making the transition from NBA Live, and NBA 2K’s controls felt very foreign. As such, I only completed three out of the ten challenges back in the day. Clearing the remaining challenges by hitting all of the necessary statistical marks was beyond my abilities as a relative newcomer to the series, and after some frustrating attempts, I ended up leaving them uncompleted. Now that I have some more experience with the series, and I’ve brushed up on NBA 2K11’s controls, I’m giving the Jordan Challenge another try. In Part 1 of this challenge, I’m attempting The Shrug and the 1991 NBA Finals.

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NBA 2K17 MyTEAM Pack Opening Trailer; Developer Blog

NBA 2K17: MyTEAM Domination

With the release of NBA 2K17 only a few days away, 2K Sports has released another trailer for the game, this time spotlighting MyTEAM. The trailer features members of the NBA 2K community opening MyTEAM packs, with the promise that they could keep any of the cards they pull once the full game drops.

As you would expect, the trailer provides us with a glimpse of the redesigned cards in NBA 2K17, as well as the new pack opening animations. Several of the gamers pull high cards including LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis, and Blake Griffin.

Watch the trailer below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

Further information on MyTEAM in NBA 2K17 has been revealed in the latest developer blog by Associate Producer Peter Cornforth. Highlights of the blog are as follows:

  • “Moments” cards will come through much quicker, and we’ll be able to re-live moments in MyTEAM.
  • Legends cards are now based on specific moments or eras, rather than a particular season.
  • There are new gem levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Emerald, Sapphire, Ruby, Amethyst, Diamond, and Pink Diamond), and overall ratings have been tweaked.
  • Dynamic Duos provide a performance boost, and are not just based on current teammates.
  • Free Agent trial cards provide an opportunity to play with the best players for a few games. We’ll get to pick one upon starting MyTEAM, out of a choice of five players: Russell Westbrook, Kristaps Porzingis, Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard, and LeBron James.
  • Quick Challenges have been added, for anyone who doesn’t have time for a full game.
  • Completing collections results in player cards, not team balls or anything else superficial.
  • Gauntlet is now MyTEAM Blacktop. No more Bronze or Silver players on the wheel this year, and the pick board has been re-worked.
  • Road to the Playoffs has been re-named MyTEAM Online. It includes nine leagues corresponding to the gem levels.
  • Stat tracking has been added.
  • New rewards with The Diamond Board.
  • MT rewards for defensive plays, as well as offensive plays.
  • There’s a new lineup management screen, making it easier to adjust your lineup.
  • Certain players will have Hall of Fame badges.

Got any thoughts, MyTEAM gamers? Have your say in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

NBA 2K17 is almost upon us, but today we have a couple of new file additions for NBA 2K16 PC. Check out the links below for pinoy21’s latest jersey update packa for the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks.

Indiana Pacers Jersey (Updated to v2.0)
New York Knicks Jersey

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 06 PC feature more courts by magiciangirl06. Check out the links below to download updated courts for the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Golden State Warriors, as well as a new Under Armour Elite court based on the one in NBA Live 14.

2016/2017 Chicago Bulls Court
2016/2017 Golden State Warriors Court
NBA Live 14 EA Sports Under Armour Elite Court
2016/2017 Cleveland Cavaliers Court

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Monday Tip-Off: Why We Don’t Charge For Mods

Modding the 2016 NCAA Tournament into NBA 2K14

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.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. We have a good thing going here at the NLSC, especially when it comes to our modding community. Although the changes to the file formats beginning with NBA 2K15 PC have presented some challenges, our community remains dedicated to creating some outstanding mods. Fantastic work is also being done to keep old favourites up to date, and breathe new life into the retro basketball gaming experience. We can be proud of the work we do here.

Of course, every hobby or “scene” has its issues, and modding is no different. I’ve written about some of those issues in previous Monday Tip-Off and Friday Five articles, because I do want to see our community continue to get better and better. With the release of NBA 2K17 and a brand new season of modding looming on the horizon, I thought that I’d dive deeper into the reasons behind some of the rules and procedures in our modding community. This week, I’d like to discuss an issue that came up just the other day, which I realised we’ve never really explained in detail: why we don’t charge for mods.

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File Additions for NBA Live 2000

NBA Live 2000 Cover Art

We’re tipping off a new week with some new file additions for a classic game: NBA Live 2000 PC! Rodzilla91 has recently gotten into the retro modding scene, and has released some great face and shoe updates for various Legends. Check them out at the links below!

Dennis Rodman 89/90 Face
Larry Bird 1992 Face
Michael Jordan Rookie Face
New Balance P740 Shoes (8 Recolors)
Magic Johnson 1987 Face
Dennis Rodman 3 Hair Colors Pack
Dennis Rodman 4 Hair Colors Pack

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s new file addition for NBA Live 08 is an updated current roster, complete with faces for the Class of 2016 rookies. Download it at the link below!

2016-17 Roster Update + Faces (Updated to v1.0.6)

Please note that this roster is created and maintained by Book_Gazette. I have no involvement with the project, so I can’t provide any support for it. For further information, support, and feedback, please see this thread.

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Face Scanning Coming to NBA 2K17 PC

NBA 2K17: A Cutscene in MyCAREER

Good news, PC gamers! After it appeared as though the PC version of NBA 2K17 would miss out on the ability to scan in MyPLAYER faces through the MyNBA2K17 app, it appears as though that functionality will not be restricted to the consoles after all.

Chris Manning (aka LD2K) has confirmed that PC users will be able to use the MyNBA2K17 app to scan their faces into NBA 2K17 come the Early Tip-Off Weekend, September 16th.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users can already scan their faces and make use of them in The Prelude, the free downloadable experience that offers a head start on MyCAREER and some early hands-on time with the game. The Prelude is not available for PC, but it’s great to hear that the PC will not be left out in the cold in terms of face scanning.

Last year, a patch added face scanning functionality to NBA 2K16 PC, however it only supported devices with Intel RealSense cameras. Until today’s announcement, it seemed as though that would be the only face scanning option in NBA 2K17 PC, but fortunately for gamers who aren’t looking to buy a new laptop or all-in-one PC, that won’t be the case.

Thanks to LD2K for the good news, and to zzcoolj21 for the heads up in the Forum!

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NBA 2K17 MyLEAGUE, MyLEAGUE Online & MyGM Blog

NBA 2K17: Season Starting Option in MyGM & MyLEAGUE

Erick Boenisch has posted a deep-dive developer blog on MyLEAGUE, MyLEAGUE Online, and MyGM in NBA 2K17. Needless to say, it’s a must-read for franchise gamers! If you missed his earlier blog on league expansion, you should also check that out here.

In the newest blog, Erick talks about building on the foundation they established with MyLEAGUE Online in NBA 2K16. This year’s mode takes more of fantasy league approach, rather than utilising contracts and salaries. Players instead have a number of “Keeper years”, and GMs are able to keep a set number of players, as long as the players have one Keeper year left. The Draft allows GMs to either choose incoming rookies, or free agent players. Admins also have more control over the league, from unretiring players and customising Keeper settings to importing Draft Classes.

Erick also runs down the different mode options, including returning features such as Playoffs, Season, and Start Today, and the new option of redoing the 2016 offseason. Any uniform updates that are pushed through will also be available in existing MyLEAGUE and MyGM saves, so there’ll be no need to start over to make use of those assets.

In regards to the rule changes between seasons, few are likely to get approved, and it is possible to override and disable them. Examples of rule changes include the number of players selected for the All-Star Game, shot clock length, number of seconds the offense has to advance past halfcourt, and foul limits. Draft pick protections and the ability to swap picks in Draft Day trades are also confirmed, along with jersey retirements.

Trades can now happen throughout the offseason, though the rule that newly signed players can’t be traded before December 15th is in effect. Improvements have also been made to the offseason trade logic, with more factors going into whether or not a trade is accepted. It’s now also easier to swap or assume control of multiple teams, even after starting a MyLEAGUE game. However, MyGM is still restricted to one team. Roster editing is easier, with the ability to edit all player ratings from a single screen, rather than having to edit players individually. Staff editing is also available outside of MyLEAGUE and MyGM.

Team Rivals have been implemented, tracking overall win-loss records and affecting atmosphere during gameplay. Record tracking has been expanded, and Draft Classes can be imported while a season is on-going. Scouting logic and trade rumours have been improved, and several new rules and free agency clauses have been added, such as the veteran’s minimum, “Derrick Rose Rule”, re-trading rule, and so on. A lot of additions have been made and tweaking done in the name of, as Erick puts it, “Innovation. Authenticity. Engagement.”, which is great news.

Be sure to check out the blog for the full scoop. Got any thoughts, franchise gamers? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K17 section of the Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Check out the latest new and updated files for NBA 2K14 PC, including player faces, a custom soundtrack with songs from NBA 2K17, and current rosters. Download them all at the links below!

3 Player Face Pack

NBA 2K17 Soundtrack for NBA 2K14

3 Players Face Pack
Iman Shumpert Face (Updated to v2.0)

Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v4.3)

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The Friday Five: 5 Memorable Basketball Game Characters

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.

As revealed in the deep-dive developer blog and subsequent trailer, we’ll be introduced to a new cast of characters in NBA 2K17’s MyCAREER mode. Of course, the presence of fictional characters in basketball video games is nothing new, and goes back a long way before NBA 2K began taking a story-driven approach to MyCAREER. While we obviously remember and are familiar with the real players featured in basketball video games, new and old, those fictional players and other characters we encounter also have a tendency to stick in our minds.

For this week’s Friday Five, I’m compiling a list of some of the most memorable characters we’ve seen in basketball video games. Please note that I don’t necessarily mean memorable in a positive sense; just that we do remember them. Please also note that I’m excluding secret players in NBA Jam who are actors, politicians, or developers, as well as NBA mascots (who are obviously characters, but not ones created specifically for basketball video games). These are five fictional basketball video game characters that are all memorable for one reason or another.

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NBA 2K17: The Prelude Available Worldwide

NBA 2K17: Gaming Cutscene in MyCAREER

The Prelude, the free downloadable preview of MyCAREER in NBA 2K17, is now available worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

For those who are unaware, The Prelude will allows us to select from a Division I college, play a few games, and raise our Draft stock. It will essentially provide a head start on MyCAREER before NBA 2K17 is released, and reportedly can only be played through once. It also includes the revamped 2KU tutorial mode, featuring Coach K. The newly released MyNBA2K17 app can be used to scan our faces, and immediately start using them for the player we create.

Note that PC gamers will not be able to play The Prelude (unless they also own a PS4 and X1, of course), as it’s a console exclusive. However, the PC version will not be missing out on any of the content that’s in The Prelude, as everything in the downloadable experience is also available in the main game. It’s simply an opportunity to get an early look at the game, and a head start on MyCAREER.

If you’re giving The Prelude a look, feel free to share your impressions in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA 2K17 Dynamic Commentary Trailer; MyNBA2K17 Out Now

NBA 2K17: Paul George

The latest trailer for NBA 2K17 spotlights the dynamic commentary in this year’s game. This year, Kevin Harlan and lead analyst Greg Anthony will be joined by a rotation of second analysts, including Chris Webber, Steve Smith, Brent Barry, Doris Burke, and Clark Kellogg. David Aldridge has also been added to the broadcast team, as he takes over sideline reporting duties. There will be eleven national broadcasters in total, with over 400 hours of new commentary.

Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal return with their studio show, and will now conduct interviews with your MyPLAYER. The trailer also showcases some of the new dialogue recorded by real NBA coaches, and includes a few impressive highlights in the form of gameplay snippets. Check out the trailer below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

Additionally, the MyNBA2K17 app is now available for Android and iOS devices. At present, we can play MyTEAM Mobile and scan our faces, however we won’t be able to see the scans until The Prelude is released. Nevertheless, if you’d like to take a peek at how face scanning works this year, you can go ahead and install the app.

Got any thoughts on dynamic commentary in NBA 2K17, or impressions of MyNBA2K17 so far? Feel free to share them in the comments below, and join in all of the discussion that’s taking place in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #175

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #175 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! We’re in the final countdown to NBA 2K17, so it’s been another busy week with several previews. Join us as we react to the latest news, share our recent basketball gaming experiences, and talk about a couple of other topics that caught our attention.

On this week’s show…

  • We now know a lot more about what to expect from MyCAREER in NBA 2K17, by way of a developer blog and a trailer. What do we think of this year’s approach?
  • The MyNBA2K17 app is out now, but as of recording, it isn’t much use yet.
  • A couple of new tidbits about MyLEAGUE and MyCAREER have given us some ideas for league expansion. We’re also really glad that there’ll be no four point line.
  • The Arena Authenticity trailer spotlighted some cool presentation elements, but are we particularly hyped about them?
  • We discuss what certainly appears to be a hoax about a PC version of NBA Live 17, and recap what we know so far about the next game from EA Sports.
  • In another social media gaffe, Ronnie 2K continues to alienate basketball gamers who dare to express legitimate complaints about NBA 2K.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming includes some of our final sessions of 2K Pro-Am – though there might be a couple more – and a return to NBA 2K11 for the Jordan Challenge. Also, a bit of talk about NBA Live 16 (yes, it’s been a while).
  • We wrap up Episode #175 of the NLSC Podcast with another game of Trivia Time!

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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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NBA 2K17 MyCAREER Trailer Released

NBA 2K17: MyPLAYER Archetypes

2K Sports has released the official trailer for MyCAREER in NBA 2K17. As previously noted, this year’s story focuses on a dynamic duo: our MyPLAYER and a player called Justice Young, played by Michael B. Jordan. We’ll be able to assume control of both players out on the court, with the goal of becoming the NBA’s next great tandem.

The trailer gives us a few quick glimpses of various cutscenes, as well as some gameplay from cinematic camera angles, and another look at the player archetypes that will be available in NBA 2K17. It doesn’t give away too much of the story, which will apparently have some more branching options, with choices that matter. For those of us who expressed frustration with the linear nature of “Livin’ Da Dream” in NBA 2K16, this certainly comes as good news.

Check out the MyCAREER trailer below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

The Prelude is set to drop in a couple of days, so PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gamers will be able to get a head start on (and early look at) MyCAREER in NBA 2K17. Unfortunately, the experience will not be available on PC. The MyNBA2K17 app will also be available this week for Android and iOS devices, so we’ll be able to get our faces into the game ahead of the Early Tip-Off Weekend on September 16th. Once again, its face scanning functionality will not be available for the PC version.

Got any thoughts on the trailer? Share them in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K17 section of the NLSC Forum!

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