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File Additions for NBA Live 97

NBA Live 97 Cover Art

A while back, a dig through some old backups yielded several long-lost files for NBA Live 96 through NBA Live 08. I uploaded them all to our Downloads section not long ago, but for those who may have missed them, I’ve got some file additions bulletins lined up. Today’s batch of recovered treasures include draftee and international rosters for NBA Live 97 PC. Check them all out at the links below!

Andrew Stoeten
Draft Picks Roster

karnaf
Israeli League Patch

Mickael Leopold
French Pro A League 1996/97 Patch

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC feature a selection of updated releases, including logo and scoreboard packs, the FIBA 2K mod, and the retro NCAA seasons mod. Check them all out at the links below!

Medevenx
FIBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v14.0)
2017-2018 NBA Logos (Updated)
Kuroko V Slam Dunk ft. Dear Boys Logos (Updated)
FIBA 2K Logos & Scoreboards (Updated)
PBA 2K Logos & Scoreboards (Updated)

NEW YORK KID
NCAA 1984 and 1995 College Basketball Seasons (Updated to v2.0)

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 96 Complete Update

Kobe Bryant in the Complete Update Patch for NBA Live 96

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 Complete Update mod I made for NBA Live 96 PC.

Maybe it’s because it’s been a while since I’ve worked on a major roster project, or perhaps it’s talking about old mods in recent editions of Wayback Wednesday, but recently I’ve been feeling somewhat nostalgic about the days when I was more active in the modding community. I’ve talked about my 1996 season mod for NBA Live 2004 (which will be receiving further updates, thanks to Murat) and the NBA Live PC project for NBA Live 06 (which I’d love to update if I had the time), but this time I’m going back even further, to the Complete Update that I made for NBA Live 96.

Even though it’s obviously been far surpassed by the numerous games that have followed it, the PC version of NBA Live 96 remains one of my all-time favourite basketball games. Indeed, it was for that very reason that I was still making updates for it as late as 2001, even though it was already becoming something of a relic. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA Live 18 Demo Roster Updated; Rockets & Celtics Added

NBA Live 18 Demo: James Harden

EA Sports continues to push through updates for the NBA Live 18 demo. The latest patch adds the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics for use in Play Now, bringing the total number of NBA teams in the demo to four. The rosters have also been updated, with Isaiah Thomas now on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Kyrie Irving on the Celtics. The update should come through automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet. If you encounter any issues, try restarting your console.

The latest update also includes new faces for certain players. Notably, Derrick Rose has a new hairstyle, as he now sports short braids. Check out a screenshot of Rose with his new hairstyle below, along with a few screens of Irving and Thomas in their new jerseys, and a handful of other players. For more NBA Live 18 pre-release screenshots, be sure to check out our gallery.

There are no additional patch notes at this time, but if any are released, we’ll be sure to post them. EA has been tinkering with the gameplay in the NBA Live 18 demo based on the feedback they’ve received so far, so the “minor bug fixes” listed in the update history on PlayStation 4 probably do include a few more tweaks. As always, feel free to share your impressions in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in our NBA Live 18 Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Our community continues to keep NBA 2K14 PC fresh and up to date with fantastic mods, even four years after its release. The latest file additions include new 2018 season rosters, updated PBA 2K and FIBA 2K total conversion mods, All-Star presentation, and much more. Please see below for all the download links!

Miguel2K
Miguel2K Realism v8

Medevenx
PBA 2K v12.1 Follow Up Pack
Universal Portrait Project
Kuroko V Slam Dunk ft. Dear Boys Main Directory Files 1
Kuroko V Slam Dunk ft. Dear Boys Main Directory Files 2
Kuroko V Slam Dunk ft. Dear Boys Main Directory Files 3
Kuroko V Slam Dunk ft. Dear Boys Main Directory Files 4
Kuroko V Slam Dunk ft. Dear Boys Logos
Kuroko V Slam Dunk ft. Dear Boys Optional Files
FIBA 2K Optional Files
2015 NBA All-Star Weekend Presentation
2016 NBA All-Star Weekend Presentation
2017 NBA All-Star Weekend Presentation (Charlotte)
2017 NBA All-Star Weekend Presentation (New Orleans)
PBA 2K Optional Files
FIBA 2K Main Directory Files 13
FIBA 2K Main Directory Files 14
FIBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v14.0)
PBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v21.1)
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v12.1c)

Mackubex
Mackubex Roster Update (September 1 Update)

Seushiro
Seushiro’s Animation Mod

Wayback Wednesday: Legends & Champs Rosters for NBA Live

Isiah Thomas in the Legends Roster for NBA Live 2000

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 Legends and Champs rosters for NBA Live on PC.

The announcement that NBA 2K18 will be receiving new historical content, not only in the form of additional classic teams but also All-Time squads, drew a lot of excitement from gamers who are also enthusiastic NBA history buffs. While there have been omissions and other issues, historical content is something that the 2K series has generally done a great job with since NBA 2K11. Of course, as more than a couple of people have pointed out here and on social media, All-Time Teams are not a completely original concept, as many fan-made rosters featuring such squads have been created in recent years.

However, the concept goes back a lot further than that. Rosters comprised of All-Time squads date all the way back to the early days of patching NBA Live on PC, as Lutz’s Legends rosters demonstrate. For that matter, the concept of classic teams was also utilised by his Champs rosters. It’s been a while and a lot of newer basketball gamers probably aren’t aware of those influential mods, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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Full All-Time Team Rosters Revealed for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18: All-Time Los Angeles Lakers

In the wake of the All-Time Teams trailer, the full rosters for all of the new All-Time Squads in NBA 2K18 have been revealed. 2K posted the roster listings over on the game’s official Facebook page, indicating the starters and revealing all of the players’ overall ratings.

As many gamers and a few publications covering NBA 2K18 have noted, there are some glaring omissions. Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller are two of the most noticeable absentees, as it would seem that 2K Sports were still unable to secure their likeness rights. The 1992 Dream Team is reportedly in the game again this year, so presumably Barkley will at least be included on that squad. Other noteworthy absentees include Moses Malone, Rasheed Wallace, Brandon Roy, and Gilbert Arenas. Of course, the new content still gives our modding community a tremendous head start this year.

See below for the full roster listings, and don’t forget to check out the trailer if you haven’t already seen it. What are your thoughts on the All-Time Teams? Have your say in the comments section below, and feel free to join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum.

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The Friday Five: 5 More Basketball Game Features Ahead of Their Time

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 takes a look at five basketball game features that were ahead of their time.

I guess I’m in the mood for sequels at the moment. After following up an older Friday Five with another list of random basketball game facts a couple of weeks ago, I’ve got another Part 2 column for you today. Back in October of last year, I talked about five basketball game features that were ahead of their time. Since the list is obviously much longer than just those five, and we’re in the midst of learning about the new additions and innovations in this year’s games, I thought I’d take the opportunity to discuss five more basketball game features that were ahead of their time when they made their debut.

Like I said in my previous column, it can be surprising to see how long ago it was that certain features made their basketball game debut. Conversely, it’s also somewhat disheartening when you remember that some of them can’t be found in more recent titles. On a more positive note, some features and gameplay mechanics have definitely been enhanced since they were first implemented, or paved the way for similar and ultimately superior concepts. With that in mind, here are five basketball game features that demonstrated great foresight and technological achievement.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 08 PC include a couple of new releases, and some old ones that I’ve recently been able to recover and re-upload. The new updates include the 2018 logos for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and a face pack for the Washington Wizards. The recovered files include JaoSming’s NBA Street 08, a Fantasy Injury Generator, and an And 1 beach court. Check them all out at the links below!

YellowLion
Minnesota Timberwolves 2017/2018 Logo

S_Brat
2015/2016 Washington Wizards Team Update

JaoSming
NBA Street 08

Leander
Fantasy Injury Generator

m@rcus83
And 1 Beach Court

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Time to get caught up on the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! We have a lot of new files today, including the latest version of URB 2K14 and Med’s Roster, as well as custom frontend art, new hairstyles, and more.

Today’s batch of NBA 2K14 file additions is considerably larger than usual, as it includes the art packs for Med’s Roster and the PBA 2K mod. As such, I’ve trimmed the front page post, as I do with feature articles and lengthier news bulletins. Click Read More to check out all the download links below, after the jump.

A big thank you to everyone who continues to upload their work to our Downloads database, not just for NBA 2K14, but for several other games in the NBA 2K and NBA Live series. We greatly appreciate your contributions! If you’re not sure how to use our upload facilities, check out this video tutorial.

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NBA Playgrounds Roster Unlock Now Available

Saber Interactive has released a Roster Unlock add-on for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One versions of NBA Playgrounds. The add-on allows gamers to automatically unlock all current players, as well as every free player that will be added to the game in the future. It’s available at a cost of $9.99 USD.

In a previous interview, Matthew Karch indicated that a pay-to-unlock add-on was a heavily requested feature, and mentioned that it would be something they would be exploring, despite his general aversion to such an approach. However, several gamers have expressed their displeasure with the move on social media, blasting the decision on the game’s official Facebook and Twitter.

If I may offer my own take on the matter, while I am leery of microtransactions and pay-to-win mechanics, I do feel there is merit to offering the Roster Unlock add-on. One of NBA Playgrounds’ biggest weaknesses is its lack of offline content. If you’re chiefly an offline gamer, it becomes a massive grind to level up and earn packs once you’ve completed the Tournaments. Naturally, if you’ve already gone through the tough grind, you may feel a bit cheated by the release of the add-on, and there are always going to be concerns about online balance. A move like this is always going to be controversial, but the sparse amount of offline content almost makes it a necessity.

An important point to remember here is that a lot of NBA Playgrounds gamers did ask for this, despite Saber’s initial reluctance to adopt microtransactions. While the move is not going to be to everyone’s liking, I personally feel that NBA Playgrounds is a game that’s still worth supporting, especially if new content can continue to be added. Whichever decision they made on this issue, one side of the fanbase was not going to be happy. It’s a problematic approach in some respects, but arguably a necessary evil, and something that was indeed heavily requested.

What’s your take on add-ons such as this? Is it appropriate here, given the lack of modes and offline content in NBA Playgrounds? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion of the game here in the Forum!

File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

Catching up on a recent file addition for NBA 2K13 PC, slimm44 has uploaded a new roster pack for use with U R Basketball 2K13. Check it out at the link below!

Skoadam & Slimm44 & PatTheHead
URB 2K13 Roster Files 1960-2017 (Updated to v3.4)

For the full mod, as well as previews of forthcoming updates, be sure to check out this topic in the Forum.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

There are still some talented modders updating NBA 2K14 PC, so let’s get caught up on the latest file additions. The most recent uploads include updated 2017 offseason rosters, rookie faces, and a custom soundtrack featuring the track list from NBA 2K18. Download them all at the links below!

Retroswald13
NBA 2K18 Soundtrack

Blang
Damyean Dotson Face
Wesley Iwundu Face
Abdel Nader Face (Updated to v2.0)

Mackubex
Mackubex Roster Update (July 25 Update)

Medevenx
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated, July 25th)

Wayback Wednesday: Tweaked Roster Updates

Cover player Jason Kidd dribbles the basketball in NBA Live 2003

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 tweaked roster updates for NBA Live.

One of the key elements of roster updates, be they official updates or community-made rosters, is tweaking player ratings for more realistic performance. Whether it’s correcting the guesswork that’s originally needed when assigning ratings for a rookie player, or accounting for a drastic change in performance compared to the previous season, adjusting player attributes is an important part of creating a desirable gameplay experience. In some cases, gamers have ended up making major adjustments to all players, in order to counteract gameplay quirks and try to inject a little more realism into the game. These were known as tweaked roster updates.

It’s an outdated practice now, but many years ago, creating a tweaked version of a roster was considered a necessity if you wanted to try and enhance the experience for your fellow NBA Live gamers. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K13 PC feature a collection of roster updates, including 2017 season offseason rosters and retro season mods. In addition to the latest version of U R Basketball, PatTheHead’s pack has been updated with Slimm44’s rosters from 1960-2017. Check out all of the latest releases at the links below!

PatTheHead
1946/47 to 1984/85 ABA + NBA Seasons (Updated to v4.5)

Skoadam & Slimm44 & PatTheHead
URB 2K13 Roster Files (Updated to v3.3)
2K13 U R Basketball V51 [34 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 17-18 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 16.07.17] (Updated, July 16th)