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Monday Tip-Off: Should 99 Overall Ratings Be Possible To Attain?

Road to 99 Loading Screen in 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 discussion of whether 99 Overall ratings should be possible to attain in NBA Live and NBA 2K.

Few aspects of the core gameplay experience in basketball video games cause quite as much controversy as overall ratings. They cause heated debates and much frustration when a player’s overall appears to be too high or too low, or otherwise incorrect when compared to other players. It’s all too easy to place too much emphasis on them, even though the individual ratings are more important, and the formula for calculating the overalls often makes it difficult to get every player’s rating to be “perfect”. However, although they can be problematic and even unclear, they are an important mechanic.

A debate that I’ve seen come up more than a few times over the years is whether or not any player deserves the maximum rating of 99 Overall. Not counting some of the boosted cards in Ultimate Team and MyTEAM, only a few players have reached that level in NBA Live and NBA 2K over the years, including Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Magic Johnson. It’s also become a prominent goal to reach in NBA 2K’s MyCAREER, emphasised by NBA 2K18’s Road to 99. Few things make a player stand out in a video game quite like boasting a maxed out overall rating, but the question remains: should 99 Overall be possible in the first place?

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #257

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #257 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are back on the air this week after the combination of travel and a lack of news derailed our plans to record last Sunday. This week has given us plenty to talk about though, including an NBA Live 19 trailer, NBA 2K19 screenshots and hands-on impressions, and a few other news stories.

On this week’s show…

  • A new NBA Live 19 trailer spotlighting the authentic courts from around the globe has been released. It’s given us a further glimpse of the gameplay and confirmed Allen Iverson as a member of the NBA Live Squad, but we would like some more NBA-oriented previews.
  • What improvements would we like to see in terms of Franchise Mode and roster editing in NBA Live 19?
  • Various NBA 2K19 First Look screenshots have dropped throughout the week. If nothing else, we know some Overall Ratings!
  • Game Informer has provided us with a breakdown of eight significant gameplay improvements in NBA 2K19. They sound good, but we have heard some of it before.
  • Charles Barkley has reiterated his stance on appearing in NBA 2K, leaving us to wonder why Take Two still isn’t taking him up on his offer.
  • We wrap up Episode #257 of the NLSC Podcast with some NBA talk. Topics include free agency, trades, rumours, and how to adopt a new team as your favourite.

Click Play to listen to the show!

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.

2002 Season Mod for NBA 2K18 PC by seaboh13 (Work-in-Progress)

2002 Season Mod by seaboh13 (NBA 2K18 PC)

If you feel like reliving the days of NBA Live 2002 and NBA 2K2, when Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant were leading the Los Angeles Lakers to their third consecutive championship, seaboh13 has a mod for you! The 2002 Season Mod is available now for NBA 2K18 PC, and although it’s still a Work-in-Progress, it’s already in a playable state.

As of now, each team has at least 12 players with correct ages, experience, and other bio data. Teams have been renamed accordingly, and retro art has been provided. Ratings are about 60% complete as of this post, but the mod is already MyLEAGUE compatible, with contracts updated ahead of the 2002 offseason.

Want to see the mod in action? Shady00018 has put together an awesome preview trailer, which you can check out below!

To download the roster, find it in 2K Share under the name 2001-02 In Progress, username seaboh. For the additional artwork, as well as further previews and information, please see this topic in the NLSC Forum. Stay tuned for further updates to the mod!

Ultimate Base Roster V41 for NBA 2K14 Released

NBA 2K14 Ultimate Base Roster V41 Preview

On the heels of the comeback releaseHAWK23 and company have completed another new update for the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14! Here are some of the key changes in V41:

  • Added Ult Base Roster V41 Roster (current rosters as of 7/17/18)
  • Added UBR V41 Assoc July 17 Roster (current rosters as of 7/17/18 best in Association mode)
  • Updated all transactions/signings through July 17th
  • Added realistic contracts to the current rosters through July 17th – courtesy vinicius
  • Added updated version of 2019 Roster V1 (mirror image of the UBR V41 Assoc file)
  • Added Version 2 of the 2018 Roster

New logos, jerseys, and faces have also been added. You can check out a complete overview of the key features of V41 here. Download the latest version of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC here, and be sure to check out the release topic here in the Forum for further information and previews.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

The latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include player faces, a 2018 season roster update and real Draft Class, and a court pack. Check them all out at the links below!

Blang
Luka Dončić Face

Jumpman2K
Brad Wanamaker Face

Mackubex
Mackubex 2017-2018 NBA Season Roster
Mackubex 2017 NBA Draft Class

Sastre Matulin
Philippine Arena Court Pack (Updated to v2.0)

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.

Monday Tip-Off: Previewing Offseason Modding Projects

NBA 2K11 Modding Preview: LeBron James Chalk Toss

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 preview of some modding projects that I’m looking to work on during the offseason.

I’ve been creating content for basketball video games since 1997, and needless to say, a few things have changed since then. The games have come a long way, and I have different responsibilities and interests within the hobby. Over the years, I’ve become less involved with modding. As I’ve discussed in previous articles, that’s mainly due to a combination of burnout, and having to ration my free time accordingly. Not as many people are playing the old games that I have more experience editing, and there’s a lot to learn in terms of modding NBA 2K, so I’ve felt less motivated.

However, having enjoyed the hobby for many years, it’s hard to resist the lure of making updates for games; especially old favourites. While I don’t want to set any dates or make any concrete promises, I am looking at getting involved with some bigger projects during this offseason. I’ve been tinkering here and there and mulling the possibility of getting more involved in modding again for a couple of years now, and the recent release of the new version of the Ultimate Base Roster has provided me with some added inspiration to dust off those modding tools. I’m also inclined to try out some new things. Here’s what I’m looking at working on in the coming weeks.

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U R Basketball V55 Has Been Released for NBA 2K14

U R Basketball 2K19 Title Screen

It’s been a big week for NBA 2K14 modding, and it continues with a new version of U R Basketball by skoadam and slimm44! V55 of URB 2K14 has been updated as of the 2018 offseason, and some of its key features are as follows:

  • Transactions updated through 5th July
  • Rotations updated through 5th July
  • 1st and 2nd Round Draftees
  • Coaches updated
  • New 2019 Denver logo update
  • New 2019 season screens update
  • Age & years pro correct for 2019 season
  • 2019 Rookies portraits

You can download V55 of U R Basketball here. Check out the release topic here for support, previews, and more information. At this time, there is no further update for the NBA 2K13 version of URB, but you can keep tabs on the status of that mod in its own release topic.

Ultimate Base Roster V40 for NBA 2K14 Released

Ultimate Base Roster V40 (NBA 2K14)

The comeback is complete! After a three year hiatus, HAWK23 and company have released V40 of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14. The new version adds rosters for the last few seasons, and includes an update for the current offseason, accurate as of July 4th 2018. Some of the key features include:

  • Added Ult Base Roster V40 Roster (current rosters as of 7/4/18)
  • Added UBR V40 Assoc July 4 Roster (current rosters as of 7/4/18 best in association mode)
  • Added UBR V40 Post Draft Roster (rosters as they were immediately after the draft)
  • Added 2019 Roster V1 (mirror image of the UBR V40 Assoc file)
  • Added 2018 Roster V1 (end of the year 2017-2018 rosters) [with real game calendar]
  • Added 2017 Roster V2 (end of the year 2016-2017 rosters) [with real game calendar]
  • Added 2016 Roster V1 (end of the year 2015-2016 rosters) [with real game calendar]
  • Added updated Association News Stories/Pictures/Captions

V40 of the Ultimate Base Roster also features several art updates including faces, portraits, and much more. The news stories at the beginning of the first year in Association mode have even been updated to reflect the results of the 2018 season, and LeBron James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers. Download it here, and check out the release topic here.

While there are no further updates for the NBA 2K12 version of the Ultimate Base Roster at this time, it is readily available once again as HAWK23 has updated the download links. Please see our earlier bulletin for more information.

Ultimate Base Roster Website Back Online; July Update Coming

Ultimate Base Roster July 2018 Preview (NBA 2K14)

Outstanding news for everyone still playing NBA 2K12 or NBA 2K14: the official website for the Ultimate Base Roster is back online! HAWK23 has restored working download links for the NBA 2K12 version of UBR, so head on over if you haven’t previously downloaded the massive mod pack.

The links for the NBA 2K14 version of UBR will be back online soon, after the completion of a July 2018 update. This is obviously fantastic news, as not only will the previous season mods be available, but there’ll be brand new rosters for NBA 2K14 as well. It’s been some time since the last UBR update, and from the reaction in our Forum, gamers are really looking forward to the forthcoming one.

You can find the topic for UBR 2K12 here, and the UBR 2K14 topic here in the NLSC Forum. Be sure to check them out for download links, previews, status updates, and support. You can also connect with HAWK23 here on Twitter, where he’s posting updates about the Ultimate Base Roster.

File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

We have one new file addition for NBA 2K13 PC today. PatTheHead has uploaded a new version of his retro roster pack, which you can download at the links below!

PatTheHead
1946/47 to 1984/85 ABA + NBA Seasons (Updated to v4.8)

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.

File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

We have some more great updates for an old classic today. The latest releases for NBA 2K11 PC include a new Decade All-Stars team add-on, and updates to some Draft Classes along with a couple of their accompanying face packs. Check them all out at the links below!

JuicyShaqMeat
Decade All-Stars
2011 Draft Class Cyberfaces (Updated to v1.1)
2017 Draft Class Cyberfaces (Updated to v1.1)
2011-2017 Draft Classes (Updated to v1.1)

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.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Let’s catch up on the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! The newest releases include a bunch of retro player faces, a throwback court, and a roster update for the 2018 season. Check them all out at the links below!

IceCr
Steve Francis Face
Stephon Marbury Face
Walt Frazier Face
Ben Gordon Face
Dominique Wilkins Face
Charles Oakley Face
Trent Tucker Face
Andrew Bynum Face
Lamar Odom Face
Larry Johnson Face
Joe Dumars Face (Updated to v2.0)
Willis Reed Face (Updated to v2.0)

ALDUB_livmore
1984-1985 Joe Louis Arena Court
2017-2018 NBA Roster Final Update (Medevenx Tribute)

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.

The Friday Five: 5 Options That Would Be Handy

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 options that would be handy to have in NBA Live and NBA 2K.

When we’re compiling our Wishlists and sending feedback to EA Sports and Visual Concepts, it’s important that we prioritise. For example, a major gameplay flaw is far more important to address than a largely inconsequential cosmetic feature. Likewise, the functionality and user-friendliness of the menus is more important than the colour (though legibility and presentation obviously counts for something). Nevertheless, it’s also a good idea to point out features and options that aren’t necessarily vital, but in their own way, add something to the overall experience.

After all, sometimes it’s the little things that really make a game enjoyable. Some options are essential, such as difficulty settings, gameplay sliders, and controller configurations, but features such as atmosphere settings, an accelerated clock, stats normalisation, and other such options can really enhance the experience. We can still enjoy the games without them, and in the grand scheme of things, they probably don’t have a huge effect on Metacritic scores and general reception, but they’d nevertheless be welcome additions. Future versions of NBA Live and NBA 2K could be enhanced with the addition of handy options such as these.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

The latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include an NCAA mod featuring the best teams from 2010 to 2018, and a handful of player faces. Check them all out at the links below!

Fifedawg
Ultimate NCAA Roster & CPU vs CPU Settings

IceCr
Jamal Crawford Face
Eric Bledsoe Face
Gary Payton Face (Updated to v2.0)
Baron Davis Face (Updated to v2.0)
Karl Malone Face (Updated to v2.0)
Xavier McDaniel Face (Updated to v2.0)
Elton Brand Face (Updated to v2.0)
Brad Daugherty Face (Updated to v2.0)
Terry Cummings Face (Updated to v2.0)

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.

File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

We’ve got some more file additions for an old favourite today, as DaCrispy has released two new mods for NBA 2K11 PC: updated 2017 season rosters, and an NBA Live 18 logo mod. Download them both at the links below!

DaCrispy
NBA Live 18 Logo Update
Updated 2016-17 Roster

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.