Call of Duty has had an up and down relationship with the PC gaming community, but Activision is hoping to make some overtures for Black Ops 4 by showing off the game’s PC features.

In the trailer, which you can see below, ultrawide monitor support is confirmed by adjusting the aspect ratio on the game footage. The game also supports native 4K resolution and an uncapped framerate.

Additionally, the trailer confirms that the Blackout mode will be getting an open beta on PC on September 15. Preorders get access to the beta, which gives us the first glimpse at Call of Duty’s take on the battle royale formula. Black Ops 4 joins Destiny 2 as one of the few non-Blizzard games on Battle.net, making it more of an Activision Blizzard launcher than just Blizzard itself at this point. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 releases on October 12 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

NBA 2K has released the latest trailer for NBA 2K19, showing off some of the commentary personalities in the game, including a new introduction.

This year’s game is bringing back special guests Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett from the previous year, but also bringing in The Ringer himself Bill Simmons. Simmons has been a long time sports broadcaster and founded The Ringer network in 2016. You can check out the broadcast trailer below.

NBA 2K19 will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on September 11. Earlier this month, we took a look at five big changes coming to MyTeam and at the game’s career mode.

Old School Musical, as the name implies, is all about old school music. It’s a rhythm game about a pair of non-descript video game brother characters who must save their mother by playing through a series of old video games. And while they’re doing that, you play a chiptune rhythm game. The mechanics are simple, letting you focus on the excellent music while a bunch of referential video game action happens in the background.

Join Leo Vader and me while I do my best to play a rhythm game while talking about it. Old School Musical arrives September 13 on Switch and PC. For more on the game (and to hear its soundtrack without us jabbering on top of it) head here.

New Gameplay Today – Rage 2

A few months ago, Bethesda revealed (with some help from Canada) that it was releasing a sequel to Rage, developed by Avalanche. Reiner recently got his hands on the game, and he’s brought back footage of his antics. Balancing bottles! Bullet ballet! Big booms! Check out today’s NGT to see all this and more!

If you’re into watching players walk the razor’s edge between life and death, this video is for you. Reiner has an uncanny ability to stay one step ahead of Mr. G. Reaper, pulling off maneuvers that – if we’re being completely frank – he has no business attempting. Would it kill you to take some cover every once in a while, man? Apparently?

Look for Rage 2 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC next year.

Today it was announced that Reigns developer Nerial has teamed up with HBO for Reigns: Game of Thrones. Fo

For those not familiar with the Reigns series, Nerial turned heads with its simple yet delightful premise of allowing you to take the throne of a medieval monarch and make your decisions simply by swiping left or right. Game of Thrones seems like it fits the bill well for a collaboration. 

In Reigns: Game of Thrones, you can claim the Iron Throne as popular characters such as Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow, and Daenerys Targaryen. Each king or queen faces unique challenges and mysteries in their storylines. But you can bet no matter which character you pick, forming alliances and facing hostile factions of the Seven Kingdoms will be all in a day’s work, and a swipe or click of a button could change everything.  As a bonus, the HBO series’ score by Ramin Djawadi will be included alongside minigames where you have to joust and tavern brawl. 

Reigns: Game of Thrones will launch in October for PC, iOS, and Android. 

For more, you can watch the announcement trailer below. 

Do you have fond memories of the Pokémon TV show growing up? Did your parents take you to Mewtwo Strikes Back and you teared up when Blessid Union of Souls’ Brother, My Brother started playing? Do you wish you could see Ash take on the Orange League again? Then Twitch has a marathon for you.

Twitch and The Pokémon Company have announced that nearly the entire run of the Pokémon anime, including all 16 movies and 19 show seasons, will be streaming on Twitch starting August 27, when the first marathon airs. Yeah, that’s right, first marathon. There are 932 episodes of the TV show, broken down into differently named series, meaning that some level of delineation is necessary. 

●     Pokémon: Indigo League
●     Pokémon: Adventures on the Orange Islands
●     Pokémon: The Johto Journeys
●     Pokémon: Johto League Champions
●     Pokémon: Master Quest
●     Pokémon: Advanced
●     Pokémon: Advanced Challenge
●     Pokémon: Advanced Battle
●     Pokémon: Battle Frontier
●     Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl
●     Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Battle Dimensions
●     Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Galactic Battles
●     Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Sinnoh League Victors
●     Pokémon: Black & White
●     Pokémon: Black & White Rival Destinies
●     Pokémon: Black & White Adventures in Unova and Beyond
●     Pokémon the Series: XY
●     Pokémon the Series: XY Kalos Quest
●     Pokémon the Series: XYZ

Note that this doesn’t include the actually pretty good (and decidedly weird) current Pokémon Sun & Moon series. But that’s okay, because going through just these will, according to Twitch, take until 2019. That’s plenty of time to watch whatever else you want to watch. While Twitch hasn’t said either way, it seems likely that Pokémon’s infamous Porygon episode will probably not get re-aired during the marathon.

And because why not, here’s the full list of the movies being streamed, as well.

●     Pokémon: The First Movie
●     Pokémon: The Movie 2000
●     Pokémon 3: The Movie
●     Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
●     Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
●     Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai
●     Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior
●     Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life
●     Pokémon—Zoroark: Master of Illusions
●     Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom
●     Pokémon The Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice
●     Pokémon The Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened
●     Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
●     Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages
●     Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel

It has been roughly four and a half years since Twitch and Pokémon first became entangled with Twitch Plays Pokémon, a stream that had thousands of people watching and proxy-playing the first-generation Pokémon title through a Twitch stream. The endeavor is legendary on Twitch, so it is fascinating to see Twitch and Pokémon meet again in this form.

Is there any particular episode or moment you want to make sure you catch? Or do you plan to catch ’em all?

In just a few short weeks, Destiny 2: Forsaken hits and players will get their final moments with beloved character Cayde-6. Bungie released a trailer today that speaks to what made fans fall in love with him in the first place: an all-out badass with plenty of good quips. Here, we see Cayde-6 in all his glory as he puts everything on the line as any legendary hunter would do.  

The cinematic trailer is full of throw-down action sequences, and is an early look at Forsaken’s beginnings, letting us see Cayde-6’s final showdown. This should more than fuel your desire to avenge Cadye-6 in Forsaken. 

Destiny 2: Forsaken launches on September 4.

Focus Home Interactive and Cyanide Studios’ take on HP Lovecraft’s famous story is steadily slithering toward its October 30 release date, trickling out snippets of info as it goes. Today we got a look at some gameplay, with protagonist Edward Pierce exploring a spooky mansion.

You can watch the overview here:

For more on Lovecraft, check out Andrew Reiner’s extensive write-up on all the Lovecraftian games on the horizon.

Poor Kazuma Kiryu. Everybody’s favorite Japanese gangster with a heart of gold just can’t catch a break. A year after the explosive and tragic events of the previous game, this second entry finds him and his adopted daughter Haruka spending their days in melancholy peace. A violent clan dispute brings a retired Kiryu back into the fold to help settle things between the crime families in Kamurocho. However, events rapidly spiral out of control and our hero must confront a massive, looming threat the only way he knows how: with his fists. Kiwami 2, a remake of Yakuza 2, utilizes the standout elements of its predecessors while cutting away most of the flaws to create one of the best Yakuza games yet.

The central story of Kiwami 2 is fantastic. This series’ games can often feel like you’re navigating a flow chart as you piece together the relationships between the crime families, understand Kiryu’s connections to them, and also keep up with the breakneck pace of the storytelling. However, this entry throws most of the convolutedness to the wayside, focusing instead on an epic grudge match between Kiryu and new nemesis Ryuji Godo, a walking tower of muscle and fury.

Dismissing Ryuji as a big idiot is easy at first, but he clearly has more going on inside his head than he lets on. His backstory unfolds to reveal a surprisingly deep character with sympathetic motivations, to the point that you might occasionally root for him. The clashes between Ryuji and Kiryu are always enthralling, whether they’re throwing punches or veiled insults and threats.

By focusing on that relationship and the tragic backstories of its characters, Kiwami 2 emphasizes the thematic elements that make this series so appealing: honor among criminals, the importance of identity in our fate, and facing consequences for our actions. Most of the characters are given their due, and have understandable motivations for their choices and allegiances, creating an enthralling story that’s easy to inhabit.

Kiwami 2 falls on the aggressive side of remakes, not settling for merely giving the 2006 PS2 game a facelift. An awe-inspiring injection of new content provides plenty of things to do when you’re not following the main storyline, like the gross-but-amusing urinal arcade game Toylets. Alongside the new activities, some old favorites return imbued with new life. The cabaret club mode, which has you managing hostesses in a competition with other clubs around the city to see who can bring in the most cash, hides an in-depth tale filled with fantastic character development, a fun challenge, and some glorious payoff for series fans. Another lengthy sidequest has you helping fan-favorite Goro Majima fend off mobsters attacking his housing projects and is an entertaining strategy game diversion when you need a break from brawling in the streets.

In addition to the content additions that occur during the main game, there’s also The Truth of Goro Majima, which is a campaign set between Kiwami and Kiwami 2 where you get to play Majima and stick his knife in a bunch of people. This devilish jaunt serves as an epilogue to Majima’s story in Yakuza 0, answering a number of lingering questions about him and a certain other character, and is absolutely worth playing for fans of Yakuza 0.

Equally engrossing as the new modes and quests are the myriad tweaks Kiwami 2 has given its combat and leveling systems. It solves some issues with previous installments by packing environments with everyday objects like bikes and beer cans, giving you plenty of methods to break foes’ heads in. New combat moves feature brutal animations, and even allow you to call in backup help from NPCs you help in side quests. One of my personal favorites is having a guitar player throw me his instrument to use as a battleaxe to finish off a goon. You can unlock loads of these ally interactions, and they make completing sidequests even more rewarding. Being able to pick up weapons in battle and stow them away for future fights is also a much-appreciated addition.

All of these tweaks and additions result in a game that’s consistently fun on a moment-to-moment level. I fought over a thousand enemies during my 35 hours with Kiwami 2, and every encounter was fun thanks to the steady drip of combat-related unlocks and a growing sense of power. During a street battle I hurled a thug across the street, then turned to catch another’s knife attack, disarming and stabbing him with his own weapon before finishing off the last fellow by tripping him and smashing my fist into his temple. Eventually these sorts of battles become commonplace, offering fascinating rhythm and spectacle.  

Outside of combat, the pacing is also much improved over previous games, which had a habit of locking you up for hours with story missions before letting you out to play with the open-world activities. With Kiwami 2, you get a break between nearly every chapter, giving you more freedom to do what you want when you want.

In a time where the expectation of the video game remake is constantly changing, Kiwami 2 proves to be one of the best ones out there by imbuing its systems with new life and adding a ridiculous amount of compelling content. It speaks to the strength of both Kiwami 2 and Yakuza as a whole that despite spending endless hours in Kamurocho, I can’t wait for the next opportunity to return and backhand some delinquent scum through the glass window of a convenience store.

 

It’s a great time to be a Yakuza fan – mostly because Sega doesn’t seem interested in slowing down their steady stream of remakes and new entries in the long-running series. Speaking of steady streams… Eh, just watch today’s episode.

Javy has been playing the game for review, and he’s had a great time with what he’s played so far. Take a look at our latest NGT to see some of the fighting, singing, and other diversions that players have come to expect. Also, he forces me and Leo to watch some weirdo toilet thing even though we insisted that we didn’t need to see it. Sorry, folks!

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 on August 28.