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Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 2003 Soundtrack

NBA Live 2003 Soundtrack: Get Live

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 2003 soundtrack.

Music is an integral part of video games, no matter the genre. It creates atmosphere, pumps you up to play, and forges a connection with gamers. As such, it’s no surprise that a game’s soundtrack becomes a significant part of our nostalgia, leading us to seek out tracks on YouTube or Spotify, or contributing to the rush we feel when we fire up an old favourite once again. Many games have brought us original scores that have subsequently become iconic, but the inclusion of licensed songs has led to a lot of debates about the best soundtracks in video games.

That debate has naturally produced a variety of answers when it comes to basketball games, but there’s one playlist in particular that a lot of gamers mention: the NBA Live 2003 soundtrack. Many of its tracks have come to be associated with the game, and the album release was certified platinum, a first for a video game score. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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Monday Tip-Off: Music in Basketball Video Games

NBA Live 19 Mixtape

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 role that music plays in the basketball gaming experience.

One of the most recent patches for NBA Live 19 added a new song featuring Jadakiss, further demonstrating that all kinds of new content can be added post-release these days. Reactions to the new song can basically be broken up into three main responses. If you dig the track, it’s cool to see and hear it in the game. If it’s not your sound, you might grumble about the lack of “real music” among the tracks. If you don’t have any strong feelings about the song, you’ll likely be largely indifferent, except perhaps for some frustration that it didn’t constitute a more significant addition or update.

For most basketball gamers, the soundtrack ultimately doesn’t make or break a title. The action on the virtual hardwood is of much greater importance; you can always mute the soundtrack and put on your own music, but you can’t always find a way to enjoy the experience when there are significant gameplay flaws, or the modes are lacking. Nevertheless, in its own way, music has been an important part of basketball gaming over the years. It’s easy to think of it as nothing but background noise, but it does subtly influence our opinions of games, and shapes our nostalgia for them. In some cases, it can even affect us beyond our view of the games themselves.

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Additional Details On NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 (Forbes)

Players in NBA 2K Playgrounds 2

Following the release of the “Ball Without Limits” trailer, additional details on NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 have been revealed. Brian Mazique has rounded up that information, and posted it over on Forbes. As mentioned in our previous bulletin, the game will be released October 16th for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch, but here are some other key points of interest:

  • The game will cost $29.99 USD.
  • Julius Erving, Kevin Garnett, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Jayson Tatum are the cover players.
  • More than 300 players will be available at launch, including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
  • An additional 200 players will be added post-launch.
  • Ten new playgrounds have been added, among them Washington D.C., St. Louis, Seoul, and Australia. New courts will also be added post-launch.
  • Single player, local multiplayer, and online play are all supported.
  • Playgrounds Championship is a worldwide ranked league with solo and co-op ladders. Season is the equivalent offline mode.
  • Four player online co-op, Three-Point Shootouts, and co-op games against the AI are also available.
  • There are more than 100 signature moves, including Michael Jordan’s free throw line dunk and George Gervin’s finger roll.
  • NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 features an expanded soundtrack, with artists such as Run The Jewels, Oddisee and DJ Premier.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts on how NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 is shaping up in the comments section below. You can also join in the conversation here in the NLSC Forum.

 

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #260

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Episode #260 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we recap a busy week in basketball gaming news and previews, which included the release of the NBA Live 19 demo. We have our detailed impressions to share with the community, as well as our thoughts on everything that we learned about NBA Live 19 and NBA 2K19 over the past seven days.

On this week’s show…

  • We have our first hands-on experience with NBA Live 19 following the release of the game’s demo! In our impressions, we break down what we liked and disliked, as well as what’s improved and what still needs improvement.
  • Trailers and developer blogs have given us an insight into what to expect from the extended experience in The One. It’s not the traditional experience we’re still wanting the game to provide, but the additions do look and sound good.
  • The NBA Live 19 soundtrack has been revealed. We’ve given it a listen, and have a couple of thoughts to share.
  • Judging by the NBA 2K19 MyCAREER trailer, this year’s story is going to be a lot better. The ability to skip cutscenes and The Prelude is appealing too, though we still have some concerns.
  • Private matchmaking has been added to Pro-Am in NBA 2K19. We absolutely approve, even if we are a little burned out on the mode.
  • A few snippets about gameplay are being released ahead of the developer blogs, and they do sound quite promising.
  • We wrap up Episode #260 of the NLSC Podcast with our reactions to the impact of Belgian law on MyTEAM, and wonder whether we’ll continue to see changes worldwide.

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.

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NBA Live 19 Soundtrack Revealed; Companion App Coming

NBA Live 19 Soundtrack

The NBA Live 19 soundtrack has been revealed over on the game’s official website. This year’s track list includes artists such as J. Cole, Nipsey Hussle, Black Milk, and more. You can check out the full soundtrack below, as well as here over in our Wiki. Listen to the soundtrack ahead of NBA Live 19’s release here on Spotify.

Additionally, the companion app is slated for release later today. The app, which will be available for both Android and iOS devices, will allow gamers to scan their face into the game for use in The One, both in the demo and the full version.

What do you think of the NBA Live 19 soundtrack? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum. Feel free to share your face scans once the app is released!

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NBA 2K19 Soundtrack Revealed; Available on Spotify

NBA 2K19 Soundtrack

The NBA 2K19 Soundtrack has been revealed. This year’s playlist is curated by Travis Scott and features a wide selection of artists including Alison Wonderland, Ball Park Music, Fall Out Boy, Dilated Peoples, Shepta, and of course, Travis Scott himself.

You can check out the full track listing below, as well as here in our Wiki. If you’d like to listen to the soundtrack before NBA 2K19 is released, it’s available on Spotify. 2K has also posted a video featuring Travis Scott talking to 20th Anniversary Edition cover player LeBron James about music and his history with the NBA 2K series. You can catch it below, or watch it here on YouTube.

What are your thoughts on the NBA 2K19 Soundtrack? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum!

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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

ALDUB_livmore
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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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 Live 18 Soundtrack Revealed; Listen on Spotify

NBA Live 18 Soundtrack

EA Sports has officially announced the NBA Live 18 soundtrack. The track list for this year’s game includes artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Nas, Kid Cudi, and Machine Gun Kelly. Changing things up from the “underground” vibe of the past few games, this year’s soundtrack features a combination of big names and up-and-coming artists.

Check out the full track list below. If you’d like to preview the NBA Live 18 soundtrack, you can tune in on Spotify. Note that only thirteen songs are available at this time, but the full version of the soundtrack will be available to listen to on Spotify on August 11th, to coincide with the release of the demo.

I’ve added the track list to the NBA Live Soundtracks page in our Wiki. As always, I invite the community to help out in keeping our Wiki up to date with the latest information, especially with the preview season for NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18 starting to kick into high gear.

Once again, check out the soundtrack below, and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. You can also join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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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)

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NBA 2K18 Soundtrack Revealed; Includes Range of Genres

As originally reported by our friends over at Operation Sports and discussed in Episode #214 of the NLSC Podcast, the NBA 2K18 Soundtrack has been revealed. As has been the case with the past few NBA 2K soundtracks, the entire playlist is available to listen to on Spotify.

Glancing at the track list, you’ll notice that there’s a mix of genres, with recent songs and old favourites alike. Portland Trail Blazers’ star Damian Lillard (aka Dame D.O.L.L.A) notably has a couple of songs on the NBA 2K18 Soundtrack, specifically “Wasatch Front” and the hidden track “Shot Clock”.

Although the soundtrack is hardly the most important part of a basketball video game, it always tends to be a point of interest. Hopefully more substantial information about NBA 2K18 isn’t too far away, but for now, you can at least make plans to cue up your favourite songs in this year’s game, or mute the soundtrack in favour of listening to something else while you play.

Check out the full track list below or here in our Wiki, and feel free to leave any thoughts in the comments. You can also jump into the discussion here in the Forum, where members of the community have also offered their thoughts on what kind of music they’d prefer to have in the game.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We have a couple of new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC today, specifically a pack of Draft prospect faces, and a custom soundtrack. Check out both mods at the links below!

Blang
2017/18/19 Prospect Faces (8 Players)

VipeR
NBA 2K14 VipeR Trap Soundtrack

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 include retro jerseys for the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics, and a custom soundtrack. Download them all at the links below!

Mackubex
Mackubex HYPE™ Soundtrack

Pepis
1990s Denver Nuggets Uniforms
1960s Boston Celtics Uniforms

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File Additions for NBA 2K12

NBA 2K12 Cover Art - Michael Jordan

I’m a little behind in posting this, but we’ve recently had a new file addition for NBA 2K12, specifically a custom soundtrack. Check it out at the link below!

Luis Anton Imperial
Customized Soundtrack Mod

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The Friday Five: 5 Things Old School Basketball Gamers Did

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.

I’ve been playing basketball video games for a long time now, and I know that I’m far from the only person in our community with a long history on the virtual hardwood. If you go back a long way with basketball video games, chances are you have a healthy appreciation for how far they’ve come, while also harbouring a certain amount of nostalgia for the more primitive games from yesteryear. You probably remember many of their quirks, some of which you may miss, whereas others will definitely leave you feeling very grateful that they’re no longer an issue.

Of course, we gamers have plenty of quirks of our own, whether it’s some kind of superstitious ritual with the controls (“Yeah, tapping the button at that time totally works!”), or just something we do because it’s kind of fun, such as timing movements with the soundtrack. When it comes to basketball games, there are also certain things that we old school gamers did that probably seem a bit strange and amusing to younger gamers, because technology is so much better now. Just for fun, I thought I’d make a list of some of those quirky rituals and old fashioned activities that it seems many of us old school basketball gamers indulged in at one time or another.

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