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Monday Tip-Off: Crafting a MyCAREER Story

NBA 2K19 MyCAREER Story Scene

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 future NBA 2K games could craft a better MyCAREER story.

As much as I’ve criticised the approach, I am somewhat fascinated by the concept of the MyCAREER story. It’s been done rather badly in a couple of games, be it the way it’s affected the gameplay experience, the narrative, or both. As such, it would be nice to have the option of a straightforward career mode. At the same time, a lot of effort has gone into the approach over the years, and it’s paid off with a couple of rather good and enjoyable tales. Since the concept doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, it’s vital that Visual Concepts does the best job possible with it.

When it comes to the MyCAREER story approach – in particular, the times it hasn’t been done well – there have been a few common drawbacks since its debut in NBA 2K14. Ill-fitting back stories and unlikeable personalities for the player character, annoying NPCs and cringe-worthy cutscenes, a lack of story branching, meaningless decisions, and general intrusiveness, are among the most prominent issues. The good news is that these problems can be remedied, and if backed by a well-written narrative with characters that aren’t annoying in a bad way, a story can enhance MyCAREER. To that end, this is how I’d like to see the MyCAREER story crafted in future games.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Many people are still playing NBA 2K14 PC, and so our community is still pumping out some great mods for a prior gen favourite. In addition to another big update to skoadam’s U R Basketball mod, today’s file additions include a few more future prospect faces, and an updated Mall of Asia Arena court. Check them all out at the links below!

Blang
Ja Morant Face
Ignas Brazdeikis Face
Shamorie Ponds Face

Sastre Matulin
2018 Mall of Asia Arena Court (2019 World Cup Qualifiers) (Updated to v4.0)

skoadam
2K14 U R Basketball V62 [35 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 18-19 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 13th December 2018] (Updated to V62)

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Ultimate Base Roster V43 for NBA 2K14 Released

Ultimate Base Roster V43 for NBA 2K14

On the heels of the last release a couple of weeks ago, HAWK23 has released V43 of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC! Key features of the new version include:

  • Added Ult Base Roster V43 Roster (current rosters as of 12/1/18)
  • Added UBR V43 Association 2018 Roster (current rosters as of 12/1/18 best in association mode)
  • Updated all transactions/signings through December 1, 2018
  • Updated and improved coaching tendencies
  • Fixed some player shooting forms/animations in 2000’s retro rosters
  • Added accurate salaries/contracts to the 2018-2019 Rosters – courtesy Spider
  • Added a few year-specific cyberfaces to the 2016-Current Rosters
  • Fixed an issue with Mark Madsen’s CF (got overwritten at some point)
  • Added real jerseys for the 1952 Indianapolis Olympians – courtesy Shinron
  • Added real jerseys for the 1952 St. Louis Hawks – courtesy Shinron
  • Added real jerseys for the 1952 & 1958 Minneapolis Lakers – Courtesy Shinron
  • Added real jerseys for the 1960 & 1961 Minneapolis Lakers – Courtesy Shinron
  • Fixed an issue with the 2002 Draft Class from loading

You can download the latest version of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC here! Be sure to check out the release topic here in the Forum for further information and previews.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Our community is still producing current season updates for NBA 2K14 PC, as you can see from the latest file addition. Sastre Matulin has released a new bootup logo mod, which you can download at the link below.

Sastre Matulin
2018-2019 NBA Bootup Logos

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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Ultimate Base Roster V42 for NBA 2K14 Released

Ultimate Base Roster V42 for NBA 2K14

It’s been a while, but HAWK23 is back with a brand new version of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC! V42 features a 2019 season roster that has been updated as of November 18th, including tweaked ratings. A breakdown of the key features is as follows:

  • Added Ult Base Roster V42 Roster (current rosters as of 11/18/18)
  • Add UBR V42 Association 2018 Roster (current rosters as of 11/18/18 best in association mode)
  • Updated all transactions/signings through November 18, 2018 (many new players created)
  • Updated/tweaked some player ratings in the 2018 rosters and did a lot of work on depth charts
  • Added accurate salaries/contracts to the 2018-2019 Rosters – courtesy Spider
  • No new art files (Part 11 files) were added

You can download the latest version of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC here. Be sure to check out the release topic here in the Forum for further information and previews.

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The Friday Five: 5 Games That Felt Like Backwards Steps

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 felt like backwards steps following their predecessors.

Ideally, each release in an annual basketball game series should improve upon the title that came before it (and indeed, all previous games in its lineage). That’s not always feasible, and missteps will happen from time to time when new ideas and technology don’t pan out as intended, so it’s always welcome when a new release is able to build upon the success of its predecessor or bounce back after a disappointing game. I feel that this is a good year for basketball games, with NBA Live 19 continuing a steady improvement for NBA Live, and NBA 2K19 addressing many of NBA 2K18’s issues.

We’re not always so lucky. As much as sports games are often criticised for seemingly releasing the same game every year with new art and rosters, there are times when a new title leaves us wishing that that was indeed the case. It’s impossible to live up to everyone’s expectations, and whether or not certain changes are for better or worse is often subjective, but there have been basketball games that were definite backwards steps for one reason or another. Let’s take a look at five prominent examples and the ways in which they can be considered backwards steps when compared to the games that came before them.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Download the latest prospect faces from Blang, and the latest jersey updates from Pep, in today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC!

Blang
2 Prospect Faces by Blang (October 2018)
Kevin Porter Jr. Face

Pep
NBA Nike Classic Uniforms 18/19
NBA Nike 2018/2019 Sponsors Update (Updated)

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Still playing NBA 2K14 PC? Our modding community still has you covered! The newest mod releases for the game include Blang’s latest face updates, as well as a jersey sponsors mod by Pep. Check them out at the links below!

Pep
NBA Nike 2018/2019 Sponsors Update

Blang
Johnathan Williams Face
Daniel Hamilton Face
2019/2020 Prospects by Blang

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC feature the latest future prospect face updates by Blang. Download them at the links below!

Blang
Josh Green Face
Antonio Vranković 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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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC feature Blang’s latest future prospect face mods. Download them at the links below!

Blang
Vernon Carey Jr. Face
Jaden McDaniels Face
Bruno Fernando Face
Kahlil Whitney 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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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

The latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC feature a couple of new face updates by Blang. Check them out at the links below!

Blang
Michael Beasley Face
RJ Barrett Face

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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

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Modding for NBA 2K14 PC has been a little slow the past couple of weeks, but Pep recently uploaded a new pack of Nike practice uniforms. Download this new release at the link below!

Pep
NBA Nike Practice Uniforms

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Monday Tip-Off: The MyCAREER Cinematic Universe

Marcus Young in The Prelude (NBA 2K19 MyCAREER)

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 look at the plots and characters that keep appearing in MyCAREER stories.

Writing about Jackson Ellis for Wayback Wednesday got me thinking about recurring characters and call backs in MyCAREER stories. While I’d like to see MyCAREER move away from the story-driven approach, or at least evolve into a fresher, more dynamic experience, I do find that I can still have fun with the concept. Whether it’s suggesting new scenarios or coming up with a handful of off-the-wall theories and alternative interpretations, the subject doesn’t have to be something I only grumble about over and over again.

Some of the MyCAREER stories have definitely turned out better than others, both in terms of their narrative and the way in which they affected the gameplay experience. From a gameplay perspective, each story is self-contained. Nothing that we do with our individual MyPLAYERs will carry over to the next game, at which point league history – all stats, awards, and championships – reverts back to reality. However, there are references to previous stories, recurring characters, and even a few subplots with NPCs. Just for fun, let’s try to piece together some kind of canon for MyCAREER’s stories. We’ll call it the MyCAREER Cinematic Universe.

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Wayback Wednesday: The Legend of Jackson Ellis

Jackson Ellis in NBA 2K19

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 virtual career of Jackson Ellis in NBA 2K, and the legend that it has spawned over six games.

Minor spoiler alert: in NBA 2K19’s MyCAREER mode, Jackson Ellis makes a return to the virtual hardwood. One of the most memorable characters in basketball video games, this year he enjoyed his most prominent role since NBA 2K14, when he was introduced as the rival of your MyPLAYER. Not only has Ellis resonated with NBA 2K gamers, he’s clearly a favourite of the development team as well. Even though he’s only stepped onto the court in a couple of titles, he’s appeared or been referenced in every MyCAREER mode on the current generation.

So what’s the story behind the infamously brash and outspoken Jackson Ellis? Well, the exact story differs for each of us, but in broad strokes, Visual Concepts has been weaving a subplot with Ellis over the past six years. To appreciate the Legend of Jackson Ellis, we need to return to where it all began in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of NBA 2K14. To that end, let’s go back…way back…

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