The WNBA has a history in NBA 2K and TGH takes a moment to highlight its growth over the years. Since the first NBA 2K, the series has long been known as the best basketball simulation game on the market. With a rise recognized by the NBA, the WNBA was finally included in the game in 2020. Although NBA Live 18 featured WNBA teams/players for the first time, fan feedback from the WNBA and NBA 2K community was positive because the options to use WNBA teams/players have grown over the past three years.
First appearing in NBA 2K20, all WNBA teams and players were available in two game modes. Entering “Play Now” mode allowed players to play both online and offline and compete locally with their favorite team. For a more in-depth experience, the “Season” mode allowed players to use their favorite team and compete for a WNBA championship. In order to create an experience faithful to the replication of elite WNBA players including Parker (then of the Las Angeles Sparks), A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces) and Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm) had their facial expressions and movements scanned in-game.
New features have been added for the WNBA in NBA 2K21, headlined by a new game mode: “The W”. Available on next-gen systems, “The W” allowed players to create a custom WNBA player and compete in multiple game modes. Features included in “The W Online” were 3v3 matches “MyPLAYER” and “MyWNBA” (a mode similar to MyGM); allowing players to fully control the GM/Commissar roles. The WNBA Player Expansion (along with a new game mode) has given fans the ability to use their favorite teams and players in the best game modes available in NBA 2K.
Perhaps the biggest update in WNBA history in NBA 2K happened in NBA 2K22, headlined by one of the greatest WNBA players of all time: Candace Parker (Chicago Sky). Honoring the WNBA’s 25th season, Parker serves as the cover athlete; two-time WNBA champion (2016, 2021) and MVP (2008, 2013). With career averages of 16.6 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game, and 4 assists per game, Parker has consistently performed at an elite level and holds one of the highest ratings in NBA 2K (94 in total). With the WNBA season set to begin soon, expect Parker’s rating to increase based on his expected performance on the court.
As EA Sports continues to expand the WNBA in NBA 2K, stay tuned for more coverage from TGH.
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