Modders Keep College Basketball Alive With ‘March Madness 2K14’ On PC

Modders Keep College Basketball Alive With ‘March Madness 2K14’ On PC

College basketball as a video game died long before the lawsuits that killed NCAA Football could do the job. A little more than a year ago, 2K Sports finally pulled the plug on the servers for College Hoops 2K8, the means through which most folks shared rosters reflecting the current year. But there still are ways to play.

NLSC, as dedicated a group of basketball gamers as you’ll ever find, has published an extremely detailed mod for NBA 2K14‘s PC version. It features just 30 (of more than 300) Division I NCAA basketball teams, but the lineup includes most of the college game’s noteworthy programs (and, interestingly, Albany, currently 11-11 in the Atlantic East. Maybe it was the alma mater of one of the modders.)

But the project team didn’t stop with authentic uniforms, colours and logos; they put in a CBS Sports broadcast package, marching band fight songs, “authentic courts & arenas for all teams” (which is a a huge feat, to me) and more than 400 unique faces for the players. The full version also features a fully functional season mode riding on top of NBA 2K14′s usual Association.

That’s one hell of a mod and speaks highly of the team’s commitment to keeping college hoops going as a video game. Nearly 30 guys worked on it to bring it to life. Instructions for downloading and installing the mod are available at the link below.

March Madness 2K14 Lite & Full Release v1 (30 Teams) [NLSC via Operation Sports]


    • Just guessing, but 2K probably doesn’t really care, because the modding community of 2K has been going on for a while, people have added superhero teams, filled in players that wasn’t supposed to be there (Legends in Blacktop), and more.

      Another reason might be because they went really lazy on the PC version of 2K14, which is not as next-gen (obviously), and probably don’t care either since its so lacking. 2K13 + Updated Rosters + Updated Graphics/UI + Path to Greatness mode + Signature Skills + Minor gameplay improvements = 2K14 PC. Yeah No.

    • Maybe no one cares enough to pursue legal action since when has someone been sued over a game mod?

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