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Re: Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 2003’s Settings Myth

Postby dwayne2005 on Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:07 am

Andrew wrote:And fortunately, they were added the following year in NBA Live 2004.


Which is odd, because the 2003 NCAA game was virtually identical to the 2003 NBA game otherwise. I don't remember what the 2004 games interface looked like, though, but I am under the impression it wasn't the equivalent of the 2004 NBA game released a year sooner. It felt like the same game as NBA Live 2003 with different teams and sliders.
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 2003’s Settings Myth

Postby Andrew on Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:29 am

It came out between NBA Live 2003 and NBA Live 2004.
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 2003's Three-Point Exploit

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:47 pm

April 4th, 2018: NBA Live 2003's Three-Point Exploit

Ensuring that a basketball video game is completely free of cheesy moves and other exploits is much easier said than done. As such, even today gamers will find tricks that aren't realistic basketball strategy, but certainly effective against the CPU and other users alike. In older basketball video games, with their far more primitive AI and mechanics, simple strategies and reliable exploits tended to be the most effective means of picking up win after win. From the corner three in Double Dribble to the Outside Scorer moves in NBA Live 06, most games had at least one exploitable tactic.

As I noted in my retrospective of NBA Live 2003, the game strayed rather noticeably from the usual sim approach in most areas, and the overpowering nature of the new Freestyle Control turned gameplay into a wild shootout. One of the most powerful exploits allowed gamers to knock down three after three following a step-back, a trick that was effective even on higher difficulty levels. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: The NBA Live 96 Editor

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:31 pm

April 11th, 2018: The NBA Live 96 Editor

Although obviously far surpassed by its successors, NBA Live 96 is still one of my all-time favourite games in the NBA Live series. It was the first NBA Live title that I owned on PC, having played NBA Live 95 on the Super Nintendo (although I would later pick up the PC version of NBA Live 95 as well). It's also the game that led me to discover the NLSC when my family finally got connected to the Internet, and in turn, the hobby of modding (usually called patching at the time). As such, in addition to the fun I had with the game, it's a sentimental favourite because of its connection to my history in discovering and joining the online basketball gaming community.

The hard work of Tim, Lutz, and Brien had made it possible to mod NBA Live 95, but as I discussed in a previous article, the process could be quite fiddly, even with the tools that they created. When it came time to develop tools for NBA Live 96, they made some advances that greatly simplified the process, which delighted my teenage self and set me on a path to join the original NLSC trio and many others in the hobby of patching. One of the key tools that I soon became very familiar with was Tim's NBA Live 96 Editor. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Arch Rivals Retrospective

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:06 pm

April 18th, 2018: Arch Rivals Retrospective

When you think of arcade basketball video games by Midway, the titles that will most likely spring to mind are the original NBA Jam, its follow-up NBA Jam Tournament Edition, and NBA Hangtime. That stands to reason as they are some of the best games of their genre, but NBA Jam wasn't actually Midway's first attempt at making a foray onto the virtual hardwood. In 1989, four years before the debut of the original NBA Jam, Midway released Arch Rivals: a two-on-two basketball game with up-tempo gameplay, and a very casual approach to the rules of the sport.

Although not an official part of the NBA Jam lineage, Arch Rivals can certainly be considered a forerunner to Midway's more famous hoops game. Indeed, while NBA Jam is usually (and rightfully) credited as defining many of the aspects which we've come to associate with the genre of arcade basketball games, Arch Rivals is arguably the game that pioneered them. After all, while relatively subdued compared to the games that followed, Arch Rivals stands as their obvious inspiration. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Arch Rivals Retrospective

Postby [Q] on Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:26 am

I remember first playing that game at 5 or 6 at the mall in a store where they had a bunch of nes consoles hooked up for people to play and demo different games. It was actually an interesting setup where there were 5 cartridges loaded up and you just hit a button to switch games.

I liked basketball but this was before I followed the NBA and due to my age I just found it really funny that you could punch other players. It was pretty fun for me back then
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Arch Rivals Retrospective

Postby Andrew on Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:52 am

Ah, I remember stuff like that. The NES version definitely wasn't the best, but it's an admirable conversion of the arcade game.
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Michael Jordan in 1-on-1

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:42 pm

April 25th, 2018: Michael Jordan in 1-on-1

Today is Tim Duncan's 42nd birthday. Not only is the future Hall of Famer one of the greatest players in NBA history, he also graced the cover of one of the best games in the NBA Live series: NBA Live 2000. Of course, he shared the cover with an insert of Michael Jordan, who made his first official appearance in the series as a member of the newly added roster of Legends. April 25th also marked a milestone in Michael Jordan's career, as on this date twenty-five years ago he captured his seventh straight scoring title, tying a record set by Wilt Chamberlain.

With those themes in mind, it seems logical to take another look back at NBA Live 2000. I've already posted an in-depth retrospective of the game, but I thought that I'd take a closer look at one of its featured attractions: Michael Jordan in 1-on-1. Making its debut in NBA Live 2000, it made sense to brand the mode with Michael Jordan's name in order to help it stand out to gamers. It certainly did just that, so let's take a look back...way back...
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