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The Friday Five: 5 Worst Things in 5 of My Favourite Games

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 the five worst things in five of my favourite basketball video games.

I’ve been playing basketball video games for many years now, and there are several titles that stand out as my favourites. I’m probably overdue to write an article where I rank them, either in Monday Tip-Off or as a multi-part Friday Five series. With over two decades’ worth of games, the arcade and sim subgenres, and more than one series among my favourites, a Top 5 wouldn’t be sufficient. I feel I’d end up making some very contrived selections in order to make the list of five as varied and interesting as possible, which wouldn’t necessarily allow it to be completely accurate and honest.

Obviously, games become our favourites because of their strong points. The titles we love the most are the ones that offer the best combinations of quality gameplay, deep modes, and memorable features. They’re the ones that we’ve spent hours upon hours with, creating many fond memories on the virtual hardwood. However, even the best games and the ones that rank as our personal favourites have their problems. It’s rare that there isn’t one thing that bugs us, one thing we can point to as being the worst aspect of a game that we otherwise hold dear. With that in mind, here are five of the worst things in five games that I’d rank among my personal all-time favourites.

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Primacy Ratings Fixes for NBA Live 06-08 (Default Rosters)

Kobe Bryant often suffered from Primacy Rating Recalculation (NBA Live 06)

I recently whipped up a few fixes for the Primacy ratings in the default rosters of NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07, and NBA Live 08. These fixes are intended to address the issue of Primacy ratings being recalculated whenever there are trades or injuries in Dynasty mode, a problem that unfortunately occurred in all three of those titles. The fixes are simple, consisting of a batch file that will restore all of the original Primacy ratings.

For those who are unaware, a player’s Primacy rating is what determines his place in the pecking order in terms of shot attempts, both in gameplay and simulation. The recalculation is intended to adjust shot distribution following trades and injuries, but the results aren’t always desirable, nor are the original ratings restored when players are fully healed and back in the lineup. This generally resulted in prominent scorers putting up far less points than they should have.

While the current roster updates that I used to release for NBA Live included their own fixes for Primacy ratings, I never bothered to release a version that was intended for use with the original rosters. It wasn’t until Breems reminded me of the issue in his story topic – which uses default rosters for NBA Live 06 – that it occurred to me that it would be useful to have fixes based on the original files. As such, here they are:

Once again, please note that these fixes are only intended to be used with the default rosters. If you are using one of the old NLSC roster updates, please use the included fix to ensure that all of the newly added players are updated accordingly. Hopefully, the retro gamers in our community can put these overdue fixes to good use! Thanks again to Breems for the heads up, and for testing the NBA Live 06 version.