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Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 08 Draft Camp & Summer Camp

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 08 Draft Camp & Summer Camp

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 NBA Live 08 Draft Camp and Summer Camp.

With NBA Live’s struggles over the past decade, it’s easy to forget – or indeed, not be aware of – just how popular the brand once was. Although NBA 2K received positive reviews since its inception, NBA Live remained the best-selling NBA sim up until the 2009 season, when NBA 2K9 edged out NBA Live 09 in sales. Even then, NBA Live remained competitive and popular among basketball gamers, until the cancellation of NBA Elite 11 changed the course of the series. As such, these days it’s NBA 2K that’s prominent in pop culture and the cool brand among NBA players and gamers alike.

Around the time of NBA Live 08 however, it was EA Sports that was touting their relationship with NBA players, and bringing them in for events. In fact, during the development of NBA Live 08, EA held two events that served as mo-cap sessions and a source of promotional materials: the Draft Camp, and the Summer Camp. A quick Google search reveals that there isn’t much in the way of information about or media from those events, so I thought it’d be fun to chronicle them for Wayback Wednesday. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 2004’s Unusual Ratings

Wayback Wednesday: Unusual Ratings in NBA Live 2004

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 unusual ratings in NBA Live 2004.

As I noted in my in-depth retrospective of NBA Live 2004 for our 25th Anniversary of NBA Live celebrations, the game was a strong return to form after NBA Live 2003 was skewed in more of an arcade direction. It revamped the franchise experience into Dynasty mode, saw the addition of gameplay sliders, and introduced new player animations and physics with 10-Man Freestyle. It’s a fantastic game for its era, and tipped off a strong three year run for the series. I’d still rate it as one of my favourite games, and rank it among the best all-around NBA Live titles.

Of course, it does have a handful of issues. I’ve talked about some of the problems that occurred in the offseason of the new Dynasty mode, and mentioned a couple of other quirks in my retrospective. Something that a lot of gamers who played NBA Live 2004 will no doubt remember is the unusual ratings – specifically the Overall Ratings – for many of the players, past and present. As usual, there’s a story behind the oddity, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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Latest NBA Live 19 Screenshots Spotlight Several Rookies

NBA Live 19: Deandre Ayton

A few more NBA Live 19 screenshots have been released over the past couple of days. The latest batch of screenshots spotlights a few members of this year’s rookie class, and it seems that the face scans that were performed during the 2018 Summer League yielded some excellent results.

The rookies featured in the latest screenshots are first overall pick Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Michael Porter Jr, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Collin Sexton, and Trae Young. Additionally, EA Sports have posted a few ratings reveals infographics providing in-game shots of a couple of other rookies, namely Kevin Knox, and Marvin Bagley III.

Aside from the rookies, there’s also a screenshot of DeMarcus Cousins that you may have already seen, but I neglected to include it in the previous bulletin. Be sure to check out all of the latest screenshots below, as well as here in our NBA Live 19 Screenshots gallery!

What are your thoughts on the latest screenshots? Feel free to have your say in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 19 Ratings Reveals: Top Rookies

NBA Live 19: Trae Young (81 Overall)

EA Sports aren’t quite done with the ratings reveals for NBA Live 19 just yet. The latest article over on the official website lists the top-rated rookies in this year’s game, while also profiling the key members of the Class of 2018. The top rookies and their Overall Ratings are as follows:

  • DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix Suns (84 Overall)
  • Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento Kings (82 Overall)
  • Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks (81 Overall)
  • Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (81 Overall)
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies (81 Overall)
  • Mohamed Bamba, Orlando Magic (81 Overall)
  • Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets (80 Overall)
  • Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers (79 Overall)
  • Grayson Allen, Utah Jazz (79 Overall)
  • Kevin Knox, New York Knicks (78 Overall)
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Los Angeles Clippers (78 Overall)
  • Aaron Holiday, Indiana Pacers (77 Overall)

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NLSC Forum.

Wayback Wednesday: The Hidden Rookies in NBA Live 2004

Kyle Korver was one of the hidden rookies in NBA Live 2004

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 hidden rookies that were available in NBA Live 2004.

The Draft Class of 2003 is considered one of the best in NBA history. It boasts an impressive list of names, including LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade. Plenty of other noteworthy players such as David West, Kirk Hinrich, Josh Howard, Mo Williams, Jason Kapono, James Jones, Luke Walton, Steve Blake, and Kendrick Perkins were also in that class. Four of the top five picks have been All-NBA selections, and nine players have been All-Stars, including two second rounders. It’s a strong class with a handful of future Hall of Famers in its ranks.

Obviously, those players made their video game debut in the titles released for the 2004 season, such as NBA Live 2004, and ESPN NBA Basketball 2K4. Interestingly, quite a few of them were hidden by default in NBA Live 2004, and unlockable via codes. I’ve mentioned them before in articles discussing the game’s hidden content, but I thought I’d take a closer look at how their careers turned out, and also provide a few in-game screenshots, especially since not all of them made it to the NBA. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA Live 19 Quai 54 Trailer & Screenshots; Rookies Scanned

NBA Live 19: Quai 54 Court

EA Sports has posted a new trailer spotlighting Quai 54 in NBA Live 19. Although brief, it does a good job showing off the Paris-based court, and spotlights some of the further improvements to animations. Check it out below, along with some screenshots of the court and various player shoes.

As revealed by the official NBA Live Instagram and other sources including the Houston Rockets’ Twitter, EA also has a presence at the NBA Summer League where they are scanning the faces of the new rookies. While face scanning isn’t mandatory, most players do sit for scans at some point. In recent years, NBA Live has also received new face scans during the season via the official roster updates.

For those who are unaware, NBA Live 19 is currently available to pre-order at a 33% discount through NBA Live 18. Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription can get an even larger discount, picking up the game at a cost of $36 USD. Pre-order bonuses include several in-game items related to cover player Joel Embiid.

Once again, check out the latest preview media spotlighting Quai 54 below. What are your thoughts on NBA Live 19 so far? Have your say in the comments section below, and feel free to join in the discussion in the Forum!

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Our Downloads section appears to be working properly again following the server move, so here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! They include draftee faces, courts for the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, and updated 2016 offseason rosters. Download them all at the links below!

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Buddy Hield Face [SS47]
Ben Simmons Face [SS47]

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Golden State Warriors 2015/2016 HD Court
Sacramento Kings 2015/2016 Alternative Court

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2K14 U R Basketball V47 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 16-17 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 06/07/16] (Updated to v47.0)

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Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v4.0)