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Monday Tip-Off: Fans, Not Fanboys; Critics, Not Haters

Dwight Howard Dunks (NBA Live 18)

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 we can be better fans and critics, and avoid being haters and fanboys.

In one of the earliest Monday Tip-Off features that I posted, I discussed the issue of fanboys and haters in the basketball gaming community. Glancing back at a couple of the comments, I perhaps didn’t explain my point clearly enough. Needless to say, it’s virtually impossible for anyone to be completely impartial. We’re all going to have our own preferences, and a bias that’s tough to completely put aside. To a certain extent, a strong devotion or aversion to a brand is a justified reaction to continued enjoyment or disappointment. Taken to the extreme, however, we just end up getting on each other’s nerves, and ultimately doing ourselves a disservice.

The motto I’ve adopted in regards to the NLSC is “fans, not fanboys; critics, not haters”. In other words, we should look to enjoy basketball gaming and celebrate our hobby, but at the same time, we shouldn’t shut down criticism and pretend that there aren’t any problems. Similarly, we should point out the things that we dislike and make constructive criticisms, but we shouldn’t blindly bash the games, nor tell our fellow gamers that they shouldn’t enjoy themselves. It’s easy to forget that enjoyment and criticism aren’t mutually exclusive, and that we’re not all divided into fanboys and haters. At least, we certainly shouldn’t be aiming to be in one of those two groups.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #229

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Episode #229 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we discuss the latest updates for NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18, recap an eventful week of basketball gaming, and catch up on some NBA news.

On this week’s show…

  • Patch 1.07 provided a significant content update for NBA Live 18, including new rosters and 3v3 play in Live Run. The gameplay itself also continues to improve.
  • A handful of new players have been added to the All-Time teams and historical squads in NBA 2K18. Unfortunately, some of the biggest names are still absent.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming was full and eventful! Although we had some rough sessions of 2K Pro-Am, we did pick up a few victories (including some in The Playground), continued our respective MyCAREERs, and had fun with NBA Live 18 online and offline. We also discuss shooting mechanics in NBA 2K18.
  • We wrap up Episode #229 of the NLSC Podcast with some NBA talk, including the Celtics’ winning streak coming to an end, the Thunder/Warriors clash, and Derrick Rose’s future.

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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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NBA Live 18 Patch 1.07 Released; 3v3, Updated Rosters

Eric Bledsoe on the Milwaukee Bucks (NBA Live 18)

A new patch (1.07) has come through for NBA Live 18. It will be downloaded automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet; if it’s not showing up, try restarting your console.

Patch 1.07 is a substantial content update, as it not only provides an overdue roster update, but also adds a 3v3 option to Live Run. 3v3 had previously been teased by the official social media accounts, and was more or less officially confirmed yesterday.

The latest rosters are accurate as of November 15th. While this date is obviously a week behind, no significant transactions have occurred since then, so the rosters should be more or less accurate. A handful of incorrect jersey numbers have also been corrected.

Other key issues addressed by Patch 1.07 include problems with Carmelo Anthony’s jumpshot not unlocking, Reward Crates forcing players to exit online lobbies, and disconnections while navigating The One Store. The patch notes, which you can check out below in their entirety, also mention the usual “general stability fixes and improvements”.

As always, feel free to discuss the latest patch in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NBA Live 18 section of our Forum. You can also find a full update history for NBA Live 18 here in our Wiki.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #228

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Episode #228 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are back on the air after some more technical difficulties last week, but with any luck, we shouldn’t have any similar interruptions moving forward. In the meantime, join us as we catch up on the past couple of weeks in NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18 news, and share our latest basketball gaming experiences.

On this week’s show…

  • The release of Star Wars: Battlefront II has led to some crossover content in NBA Live 18. It’s not to everyone’s taste, but some of the gear is pretty cool.
  • We now know what LIVESTRIKE entails. A series of Live Events will be available for a short period of time, providing premium content drops featuring exclusive gear.
  • It seems that we’ll be getting more than just gear, as EA Sports has also teased some other new content for NBA Live 18. Will it be a 3v3 mode, as currently rumoured?
  • Roster updates seem to have taken a back seat in NBA Live 18, which is less than ideal given the lack of roster editing.
  • Patch 1.05 is out now for the PC and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K18. We also wonder whether a hotfix has come through, resolving lock-up issues in The Neighborhood.
  • Revenue from microtransactions has increased 57% in NBA 2K18. The question is, are gamers spending the money because they support the business model, or simply out of necessity?
  • NBA 2K18 has been nominated for a Sports Game of the Year award. Would it be our pick?
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming has included some very satisfying wins in 2K Pro-Am, a lot of progress in MyCAREER, and Live Events in NBA Live 18.
  • We wrap up Episode #228 of the NLSC Podcast with some NBA discussion. Apologies in advance to Boston Celtics fans for jinxing the team.

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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 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Outside of NBA 2K18, NBA 2K14 still has the most active modding community. Today’s new releases include faces, fictional courts, and a custom soundtrack. Please see below for all the download links.

Blang
Luka Šamanić Face
John Petty Face
Bruce Brown Face

JUMPMAN2K
NBA Live 18 Custom Soundtrack for NBA 2K14

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Philippine Arena Court Pack
Fictional Space Jam Court
Fictional Flint Tropics Court

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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More Content Being Teased for NBA Live 18?

NBA Live 18 Content Teaser

In the wake of the unveiling and debut of LIVESTRIKE, EA Sports are teasing more content for NBA Live 18. A Tweet by the official NBA Live Twitter account has cryptically stated that “NBA Live 18 has more than gear to offer”, with a teaser image featuring three silhouetted players standing behind the game’s logo.

Glancing at social media, it seems that a lot of gamers are speculating there may be a new mode on the way, with a 3-on-3 tournament being a popular suggestion. As always, it’s important that we don’t get too ahead of ourselves and build up our expectations for something that hasn’t been announced, but it is interesting that EA appear to be hinting at more content beyond gear and accessories.

As always, we’ll post more details when they become available. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts as to what the content might be in the comments section below! You can also join in the conversation here in the NBA Live 18 section of the NLSC Forum.

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LIVESTRIKE Events Available Now in NBA Live 18

First LIVESTRIKE Event in NBA Live 18

We now know what LIVESTRIKE entails for NBA Live 18. As previously speculated, it is indeed a series of Live Events and content releases, providing gamers with an opportunity to earn new player gear and clothing to wear in The Streets. The events will be available for a limited time, and represent EA Sports’ partnerships with premium brands.

Introducing EA SPORTS NBA LIVE LIVESTRIKE, the most exclusive form of content releases in NBA LIVE. Unlike traditional content or game updates, a LIVESTRIKE is an unannounced content drop containing rare Live Event challenges, premium in-game apparel, shoes, traits, and more. A LIVESTRIKE is available for limited time and in limited quantities, so keep an eye out for news regarding the latest drops across official NBA LIVE channels.

The first event is still available, but will be expiring very soon, so get in quick if you want to earn the gear that’s currently on offer. Please note that it is just the first event that is scheduled between now and December 12th.

For the next week, Undefeated gear will be available in LIVESTRIKE events. From November 28th to December 5th, Bape streetwear will be on offer. From December 5th through to the 12th, you’ll find Pink Dolphin gear in the reward crates. Check out a trailer for the events below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as here in the NBA Live 18 section of the NLSC Forum.

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Monday Tip-Off: Battlefront II Events in NBA Live 18

Star Wars: Battlefront II Challenge in NBA Live 18

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 the recent Star Wars: Battlefront II events that were available in NBA Live 18.

As you may know, EA Sports recently introduced some crossover content in its sports titles, promoting the upcoming release of Star Wars: Battlefront II. For NBA Live 18, this took the form of Live Events challenges, all of which take place on a fictional Star Wars-themed court (located in Orlando, of course), with various Battlefront II-inspired gear and accessories available in the reward crates. As it stands, there’s currently a last call for the Battlefront II Challenge, giving gamers one final chance to earn some Inferno Squad-themed gear for their players to wear in The Streets.

I must admit that with all the grinding I’ve been doing to improve my NBA 2K18 MyPLAYER for 2K Pro-Am, I haven’t taken part in as many Live Events in NBA Live 18 as I’d like. However, having caught the trailer for the Battlefront II events, I wanted to make sure that I at least played a game or two before the promotion was over. The fictional court certainly looked cool, and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to stock up on some extra gear for my player to wear in The Streets. As such, I jumped online in NBA Live 18 last week, and managed to take part in a few games.

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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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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.

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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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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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Monday Tip-Off: A Call For More Nicknames

2K Magazine in MyCAREER (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 few thoughts on nicknames in NBA 2K.

When I finally succeeded in getting my face scanned into NBA 2K18 – or more specifically, The Prelude – it didn’t turn out anywhere near as good as my NBA Live 18 scan. As I noted on my Twitter at the time, it ended up looking a little like a combination of young Adam Sandler circa Billy Madison, and young Alan Ruck from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Once the full game came out and I was able to visit Doc’s barbershop – expensive haircuts and all – I was able to add a beard. While it still isn’t a great likeness, at least it looks a little less like a Sandler-Ruck mash-up.

A few weeks back, I ended up giving my MyPLAYER longish hair, in the process making him look a little like Jaime Lannister from the early seasons of Game of Thrones. I briefly reconsidered renaming him, and even went so far as to outfit him with some yellow wrist tape, in an effort to imitate Jaime’s golden hand (uh, spoilers for anyone who still hasn’t gotten into GoT yet). I also looked at changing the audio nickname, but the most appropriate choice was probably “Cold Hands”. It got me thinking that the selection of nicknames for MyPLAYERs in NBA 2K could definitely stand to be much larger, and more varied.

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NBA Live 18 Receives Opening Night Roster Update

John Wall Reverse Dunk (NBA Live 18)

NBA Live 18 has received a new roster and data update, adding opening night lineups to the game. As always, the update will come through in-game, and will be downloaded automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One has an active Internet connection.

At a glance, it appears that the rosters are generally accurate in terms of all the players being on the correct teams. However, the lineups themselves appear to ignore injuries and the current rotations. Projected regular starters who are currently out of action (such as Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker in San Antonio) are active and in the starting lineup in NBA Live 18. Oddly, Bogdan Bogdanovic’s appearance is also still completely wrong.

On a more positive note, as of the patch that was pushed through last week, the Los Angeles Lakers now have their correct classic uniform. It is indeed the Minneapolis-era jersey, rather than the uniform they had been wearing from 2000 to 2017.

As previously noted, we’re compiling feedback on the rosters to send along to the development team over in this topic in the NBA Live 18 section of the Forum. Feel free to report any issues with the rosters there, as well as share any impressions you may have in the comments section below.

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Monday Tip-Off: Planning a Return to Franchise Modes

Starting a new Franchise 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 few thoughts on making a return to franchise gaming this year.

My recent Wayback Wednesday series on franchise modes in NBA Live and NBA 2K served to remind me of just how much fun I’ve had with them over the years. I’ve wanted to return to franchise gaming for a while now, and writing those articles only added to my enthusiasm. I’ve gravitated towards MyCAREER and other modes in recent years, which is funny given that in MyLEAGUE and MyGM, we now have some of the deepest franchise experiences in the history of basketball video games. There are reasons why my habits have changed, of course, but I do feel like it’s time to make a return to franchise modes.

Now that NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18 have been out for over a month, receiving multiple official patches and roster updates, it’s an opportune time to dive into the franchise experience. With the 2018 season tipping off, my interest in creating a fictional reality on the virtual hardwood has also been piqued. I do still have an interest in the card collecting modes, online team play experience, and MyCAREER, so I’ll have to ration my basketball gaming time accordingly. Beyond that, however, I do have a few other matters to consider as I plan a return to the franchise experience that I enjoyed so much as a younger basketball gamer.

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NBA Live 18 Patch 1.05 Released; Various Fixes, New Content

2018 NBA Tip-Off (NBA Live 18)

With the 2018 NBA season tipping off today, EA Sports has pushed through Patch 1.05 for NBA Live 18. As always, the latest update will be downloaded automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One has an active Internet connection. If you encounter any issues with the patch not showing up, try restarting your console. The following patch notes have been released:

Gameplay

  • Tuned Slider impact for shot contest
  • Tuned Slider impact for off-dribble shooting
  • Restricted some on-the-run Dribble Moves for lower skilled players

The League

  • Added new pre-game lobby in the League
  • Goals are now available in Pause Menu in the League
  • Fixed exploit where you could complete goals and gain stats when simming games in the League
  • New First Take videos are now seen in the League near the All-Star game and Playoffs
  • Updated signings and draft pick trades to match the NBA.
  • Tuned Playoff simulation
  • Adjusted wording of various goals.

Audio

  • Updated Commentary
  • Fixed commentary for overtime games
  • Minor bug fixes

General stability improvements

Feel free to discuss the new patch in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NBA Live 18 section of the Forum. A full update history for NBA Live 18 can also be found here in our Wiki.

 

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