June 2020

The 15 Best Games on PC

20 hours 7 minutes ago

PC gamers have got a pretty great thing going. Interesting, experimental indie games? Yup. Complex strategy simulations? Totally. The shiniest, prettiest versions of big-budget console games? They get a lot of those, too. Let’s say you’ve recently joined the ranks of the PC elite. Which games should you install? Start…

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Four Games That Resonate (And One I Hate) As I Celebrate Juneteenth

2 months 4 weeks ago

Juneteenth, once an obscure, informal holiday celebrating Black freedom, is now bigger than it’s ever been. It commemorates when the last enslaved people in Texas, the final Confederate state, were set free on June 19th, 1865. Today, on this year’s Juneteenth, countries around the world are reckoning with anti-Black…

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On the trail of the odd one out in the Virtua Fighter series

3 months 2 weeks ago

Editor's note: After an outrageously long hiatus, Sega's Virtua Fighter is back with the release of Ultimate Showdown on PlayStation this coming week. To celebrate, we're republishing some older pieces on the series, including this piece from June last year.

SEGA has just celebrated its 60th anniversary - happy birthday you mad, beautiful bastards - which seems as good a time as any to reflect on the company's finest. Maybe it's OutRun, in all its iconic glory, Super Monkey Ball with its minimalist brilliance or perhaps you could even look a little closer to the modern day and put Yakuza 0 forward as the best of the bunch. For reasons entirely my own, it's Virtua Fighter 3 that's my personal pick.

It's not the best in AM2's series - Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown easily takes that crown, providing a crisp take on the no-frills pugilism that's as close to perfection as we'll get while we endure the indefinite wait for a follow-up - nor is it the most groundbreaking. The original takes that title, shaking up the industry as it did with its military-spec hardware and the move into muscular 3D. You could argue that Virtua Fighter 2 was the series at its most iconic, too, capturing the series at the height of its mainstream appeal.

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Biomutant: Here's What Comes in Each Edition

4 months 1 week ago
After what seemed like an eternity, Biomutant finally has a concrete release date: May 25, 2021. If you're on board with this game's particular brand of apocalyptic zaniness, you can preorder a copy for yourself now. And if you're interested in the Atomic edition, you may want to do so sooner than later, because it's sold out everywhere but GameStop. And as for the collector's edition? It's sold out everywhere. At any rate, here's what comes in each edition, how much it costs, and where you can preorder it now.

Preorder Biomutant Atomic Edition

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The most expensive and, dare I say, classiest version of the game is the Atomic Edition. It's not cheap by any stretch, but it comes with some awesome extras.
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Chris Reed

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New Pokemon Snap Is Out Soon - Here's Where to Preorder It

4 months 2 weeks ago
Fans have been asking for it for over 20 years, and it's finally happening: New Pokemon Snap is coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch April 30, 2021 (see it at Amazon). A fresh take on the 1999 Nintendo 64 original, New Pokemon Snap brings players to the Lental region, where you'll explore areas like deserts, beaches, and jungles that are filled with Pokemon. Your job is to observe and snap photos of these creatures in their natural habitats, filling out your Pokemon Photodex in the process. You can preorder the game now from a variety of retailers. Read on for the details.

Preorder New Pokemon Snap

new-pokemon-snap-2 Since there are no special editions or preorder bonuses for New Pokemon Snap (at least that they've announced so far) these links are all you need to secure a copy of the game for yourself. You're accompanied on this scientific expedition by Professor Mirror and his research assistants Rita and Phil.
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Chris Reed

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Everything We Know About The Xbox Series X And Series S

10 months 2 weeks ago

Over the summer, information about Microsoft’s next-gen console came out slower than self-serve frozen yogurt. We knew the name (Xbox Series X), broad release date (“Holiday 2020”), and some specs. Then Labor Day weekend happened, and the floodgates opened. Now, we have a release date, a price tag, some detailed…

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Ari Notis

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XIII Remastered: Here's What Comes in Each Edition

10 months 3 weeks ago
The XIII remake is set to release for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on November 10 (see it on Amazon). A souped-up version of the 2003 original, this new XIII will maintain the comic book-inspired art style, but present it in HD. The soundtrack and audio work, including voice acting by the likes of David Duchovny, will also be remastered. Something of a cult classic, XIII tells the tale of an amnesiac military operative who wakes up to discover he's being hunted by a pair of villainous organizations. Thankfully, he's a weapons expert, so let the shooting begin. This 2020 version is being released in two editions and comes with a preorder bonus.
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Chris Reed

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Out Friday: Preorder Star Wars: Squadrons

11 months 2 weeks ago
Star Wars: Squadrons is set to release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 2, but it's available for preorder right now (see it on Amazon). This is a first-person game of space combat that takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi. The campaign mode of Star Wars: Squadrons puts you in the space boots of two characters from opposing sides of the conflict: the New Republic's Vanguard Squadron and the Galactic Empire's Titan Squadron. The game also has a multiplayer mode, in which you can take part in 5-on-5 battles. Notably, the game will support cross-play, so you can battle with your buddies on all three platforms.
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Chris Reed

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Out Friday: Here's Where to Preorder Crash Bandicoot 4

11 months 2 weeks ago
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is coming to PS4 and Xbox One on October 2. Unlike the other recent Crash releases, this is no remake of previous marsupial exploits. This is a totally new game, a full sequel to Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. It's developed by Toys for Bob, the same company behind Spyro Reignited Trilogy. This time around, Crash and his sister Coco are once again trying to stop Dr. Neo Cortex from his current dastardly plans. The sequel promises to maintain the franchise's high level of challenge, while introducing new play mechanics like swapping masks to use various abilities. You can check out our Crash 4 hands-on preview for more information.
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Chris Reed

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Out Tomorrow: Madden NFL 21 - Here's What Comes in Each Edition

1 year ago
Madden NFL 21 is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC on August 28. This year's installment offers a new Face the Franchise playable documentary career mode, a new season of Madden Ultimate Team, and team playbooks that are updated based on new plays from the NFL season (assuming there is one). It also adds a new way to control your player using the Skill Stick, which lets you link together skill-move combos. Buying the game for PS4 or Xbox One will get you a free upgrade to the PS5 or Xbox Series X version once the next-gen consoles arrive this fall. The game will be available in standard, deluxe, and MVP editions, and it's up for preorder now.
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Chris Reed

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Xbox Series S Rumors: Why A Cheaper Version Makes Sense For Microsoft

1 year 1 month ago

Recently, a white Xbox controller emerged in the wild containing references to an Xbox One S console. This provides further proof that Microsoft is indeed going to announce the console. It's rumored that Microsoft will formally unveil the system during an event in August, but we're still waiting to hear from the company regarding its plans for a second next-gen Xbox.

New consoles are always expensive, and this trend is expected to continue with the release of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 this year. But it might not be the only next-gen system Microsoft will offer. A popular and enduring rumor is that Microsoft will also release a lower-spec, less-expensive model aimed at the more mass-market audience known by the codename Lockhart. This is a great idea--and it's a much more interesting topic to consider now that Sony has revealed its own second, presumably less expensive digital-only PS5.

In fact, the name of Microsoft's next-gen console strategy is officially just called "Xbox," and the "Series X" label is the specific model name. You can think of this like the iPhone--there's the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone SE, and iPhone XR that all live under the iPhone umbrella.

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Eddie Makuch

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Cyberpunk 2077: New Night City Wire Stream Airs Next Week

1 year 1 month ago
Update 08/06: CD Projekt Red has announced that the next episode of Night City Wire - the  stream that deep-dives new details about Cyberpunk 2077 - will air next week.
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Jonathon Dornbush

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The Best Xbox Deals Happening Right Now: Far Cry 6 Preorders 17% Off

1 year 1 month ago
Every day we draw closer to Xbox Series X preorder news, but with neither Xbox nor PS5 preorder details, it's getting a little frustrating. We know Series X is coming this year, and we know preorders are coming eventually, but each passing day brings us closer to a date no one but those at Microsoft actually know. Because of the upcoming release of the Xbox Series X, deals on Xbox One consoles are hard to come by. In fact, Microsoft even announced it's no longer making the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. It will, however, continue manufacturing the Xbox One S. At the moment, though, good luck finding one. With Xbox Series X backwards compatibility, there's nothing to stop you from loading up on current Xbox game deals, since they'll carry over to your next-gen system. Here are the latest chances to save on Xbox.

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Right now, there basically aren't any deals on Xbox One X or Xbox One S.
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Seth G. Macy

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Out Today: Skater XL Is on Sale for 18% Off

1 year 1 month ago
Skater XL is now available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. A Nintendo Switch version is scheduled to follow later in the year. Unlike most skating games, developer Easy Day Studios says, no tricks are pre-programmed into Skater XL. Instead, all the tricks you pull off are the result of your control inputs interacting with the game's physics. Each thumbstick controls one of your character's feet, so you'll have to twiddle them just right to pull off the tricks you want to do. The developers say this control scheme takes some getting used to, but it's fun once you get the hang of it. If you're ready to go all-in on Skater XL, you can pick it up now at a number of retailers.
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Chris Reed

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Bandai Namco is streaming an anime game showcase on July 22

1 year 1 month ago

[Update: Bandai Namco's Play Anime Live stream is about to start and if you link up your Twitch account, you'll get a free Steam copy of Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker for tuning into the show.

I nearly let this one slip through the cracks. It's... it's been a long summer.]

[Update 2: The stream was, in a word, uneventful. You literally didn't miss anything!]

Are you ready? Here's another streaming event to catch in this endless summer of no-E3 gaming.

Bandai Namco is organizing a Play Anime Live showcase on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook with fresh looks at the publisher's "lineup of console, PC, and mobile anime titles" alongside developer Q&As.

The event is weeks away – it's scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Pacific on July 22 – so there's plenty of time for speculation and leaks. There might even be enough time for me to come to terms with that odd name.

I'm expecting localization news, Switch ports, and a cool game or two.

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Jordan Devore

(Update) Zoids just refuses to die: another Switch game is on the way

1 year 2 months ago

[Update: Tomy has confirmed to Destructoid that Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed is coming to Switch this October. It'll feature 3D 1v1 combat with story and versus mode support. You can catch the new trailer above.]

Zoids has survived for nearly four decades now. Can you believe it?

While so many other major toy-cross-media franchises have come and gone, or went on hiatuses then thrown as a bone to Michael Bay, Zoids has remained an enduring series in Japan and in many parts of the world. It still actively hosts video game adaptations too, including a newly announced Switch game.

Revealed in Japan's Weekly Jump magazine, it will be part of the Zoids Wild universe, and will launch later this year in Japan. Apparently one huge aspect of the game is customization, including ways to alter Zoids (the titular robots that resemble animals) to the player's liking. Like the most recent Switch iteration, Zoids Wild: King of Blast, you'll probably have to import this one. Good thing Switch carts will work cross-region!

As a refresher, Zoids Wild is the newest anime series (the fifth incarnation total) and toy line. Here's a bonus bit of nostalgia for you: a Zoids Chaotic Century trailer in 4K!

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Chris Carter

Azur Lane: Crosswave Giveaway – Win One of 10 Steam Copies by Sharing Your Comments [UPDATED]

1 year 2 months ago

Azur Lane: Crosswave has brought the popular shipgirls from the mobile game to our home screens, and now you have a chance to win a copy courtesy of Idea Factory International.

With this giveaway, you can win one of ten PC Steam digital codes for the game. The way to get involved is really, really easy.

All you have to do is to comment on our articles, everywhere on the site. The more you comment, the better your chances. We want to hear your opinions and insight, and there is no better way for that to happen than sharing your comments with us.

An important caveat is that comments on this post are not eligible for the giveaway. Of course, you’re welcome to comment here, but in order to participate, you need to comment at least on one other article.

On  July 8 at 11:59 EDT we’ll randomly select ten comments made after this post has been published, and the authors of these comments will win one of the codes.

Incidentally, the codes require a Steam account to be redeemed, so do keep that in mind.

If you’re interested in the PS4 version, at the moment of this writing and until June 30 at  12:00 pm PDT, both the standard edition and the limited edition are discounted on Idea Factory’s own store.

Of course, spam comments and throwaway one-liners will be disqualified, as we’d like to promote interesting commentary and conversations among our readers.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Supermassive drops 8-minute gameplay trailer of Dark Pictures' Little Hope

1 year 2 months ago

UPDATE 8/7/20: Little Hope, the second game in Supermassive's Dark Pictures Anthology, now has a new release date of 30th October.

This new slice of choice-based horror storytelling moves the action to the era of the Salem Witch Trials in New England, along with sections set in the present day. Here's a new trailer:

UPDATE 28/6/20: Until Dawn developer, Supermassive Games, has released a new trailer showcasing almost eight minutes of gameplay from the next instalment of its Dark Pictures Anthology, Little Hope.

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Retro Digital Timex x Pac-Man Watches Now Available

1 year 2 months ago
UPDATE 7/7/2020: The Timex T80 x PAC-MAN watches are now available to order from Timex' website. In the age of smartphones and Apple Watch, a classic digital watch is retro without even trying. Timex has combined two great retro flavors together in a limited-edition run of its classic T80 line by combining it with the 1980s gaming goodness that is Pac-Man. The Timex T80 x PACMAN line comes in three different styles, each with stainless steel watchbands and water resistance up to 50m. Originally introduced at ComplexCon in Long Beach, CA last November, the watches go back on sale July 7 in the US, with global distribution coming sometime in August. Check out the gallery below to see this doubly-retro watch. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=timex-t80-x-pacman-limited-edition-watch&captions=true"] The watch comes in three different colors: black, silver, and gold, and the face is decorated to celebrate 40 years of Pac-Man. There's a pixelated Pac-Man chasing a ghost monster embossed in the clasp of the stainless steel band. In addition to all the normal features you find in the Timex T80 watch, like stopwatch, Indiglo lighting, and an alarm, this special-edition watch plays the "iconic PAC-MAN melody" too. You'll be able to order your own from Timex on July 7 for $79 in the US. If you're curious: yes, I am setting a reminder on my phone so I can order one for myself. I just can't decide which color. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Seth Macy is Executive Editor, IGN Commerce, and just wants to be your friend. Find him on Twitter @sethmacy.
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Every Trading Card Location in The Last of Us 2

1 year 2 months ago
The Last of Us 2 features several types of collectibles, including Trading Cards that can be collected by Ellie over the course of her adventure. This Trading Card Collectibles Guide includes locations for every trading card that you can find in the game, in the order that they appear. These are broken down by chapter and chapter section, and may include slight location-based spoilers!

Chapter 1 - Waking Up Trading Cards

  • Trading Cards: 2

Trading Card: Seismicayla

The Last of Us™ Part II_20200604165503 Once you first reach the main street after exiting the greenhouses with Jesse, hang a quick left when you reach the intersection to go around the Main Street Gallery, and look for a Help Wanted bulletin along the wall where the trading card has been pinned to.

Trading Card: The Keene Twins

A1. The Keene Twins Location Tipsy Bison - After Maria After talking to Maria, venture further into the Tipsy Bison Bar - going left instead of right towards the door. There’s a trading card on the barrel to the left of the dart board.

Chapter 1 - Patrol Trading Cards

  • Trading Cards: 2

Trading Card: Tessracter

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After riding with Dina to the abandoned town, where she suggests you look for some supplies, head forward (past the trailer).

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Podtoid gets deathly serious with Deadly Premonition and Danganronpa

1 year 2 months ago

Thank the heavens June is almost over. This month has been a whirlwind of emotions, though it probably isn't helping that some of the Podtoid team are diving into more morose experiences than the others.

In this episode, CJ, Dan, Charlotte, and Chris talk Deadly Premonition, Danganronpa, Cyberpunk 2077, Top of the Pops circa-1989, and the ridiculous ways virtual reality renders our movements. All that, plus Charlotte details two great games you own if you bought the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality, on Podtoid Episode 449.

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CJ Andriessen

The Last of Us 2 Safe Combinations and Codes

1 year 2 months ago
The Last of Us 2 is a grim world in which around a dozen people all owned the same model of safe. They're long gone so go ahead and crack open every safe with this full list of safe locations and their safe codes and combinations. These are divided by chapter and section. To avoid spoilers, some chapter names and subsections do not include full names.

Chapter 1: Jackson Safe Codes

Grocery Store Safe Code (Goodboy Combo) - The Patrol

The spore infected part of the grocery store, check the back office. The hint is "when my good boy was employee of the month." Safe Code: 07-20-13.

Chapter 2: Seattle Day 1 Safe Codes

Courthouse Safe Code (White Board) - Downtown

Enter the courthouse and before going down the elevator to get to the garage break the window to enter the locked room. The hint is to check the white board writing. Safe Code: 86-07-22.

Bank Vault Safe Code - Downtown

Enter the bank located in the downtown area and find the safe code in the heist plans, an artifact that can be found in a bag on the floor in the Safe Deposit Room.
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Top New Game Releases On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Month -- July 2020

1 year 2 months ago

If this episode of New Releases is any indication, you won't run out of new video games to play anytime soon. We're taking a look at the month of July, which kicks off with Marvel's Iron Man VR. You can also take to the skies in Rocket Arena just over a week after that. July is also time to protect your land, whether it's an occupied island in Ghost of Tsushima or the Mushroom Kingdom in Paper Mario: The Origami King. Finally, the month wraps up with the Destroy All Humans remake.

Marvel's Iron Man VR -- July 3

Available on: PS4

After a few delays, Iron Man VR is finally giving us a chance to step into Tony Stark's suit. As you'd expect, the HUD inside the PSVR headset resembles Stark's FRIDAY technology, and you can use the Move Controllers to aim and fire your various weapons. Expect to see other Marvel staples like Nick Fury in the story too.

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Pokemon Sword & Shield Expansion Pass Giveaway – Win One of Two DLC Codes by Sharing Your Comments [UPDATED]

1 year 2 months ago

The first DLC of the expansion pass of Pokemon Sword & Shield The Isle of Armor has been released recently and The Crown Tundra is coming this fall.

With this giveaway, you can win one of two expansion pass codes for the North American version of the game. Specifically, one is for Sword and the other is for Shield. The way to get involved is really, really easy.

All you have to do is to comment on our articles, everywhere on the site. The more you comment, the better your chances. We want to hear your opinions and insight, and there is no better way for that to happen than sharing your comments with us.

IMPORTANT: Given the nature of the giveaway and the fact that the expansion pass is specific to the Sword or Shield version of the game, only comments with the word “Sword” or “Shield” at the end will be eligible for the giveaway.

Basically, write “Sword” or “Shield” at the end of your comment to tell us which version of the game you have. You can include only one, and obviously comments that say nothing else than Sword or Shield will be disqualified.

Another important caveat is that comments on this post are not eligible for the giveaway. Of course, you’re welcome to comment here, but in order to participate, you need to comment at least on one other article.

On  July 2 at 11:59 EDT we’ll randomly select two comments made after this post has been published (one for Sword and one for Shield), and the authors of these comments will win the related code.

Of course, spam comments and throwaway one-liners will be disqualified, as we’d like to promote interesting commentary and conversations among our readers.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Animal Crossing's First Summer Update Is Out Now

1 year 2 months ago

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has received the first part of its free summer content update on July 3, including the ability to swim and hunt for new marine life. You'll now be able to explore more of the world and see new creatures in this update. It isn't even the only summer update coming to the game, as the "Wave 2" update will arrive further down the road. But for now, you can start having fun in the sun. Go check out what it has to offer!

Wave 1 of the Summer Update lets you dive into the ocean from any edge of your island, swimming around in search of new marine life that you can donate to museum curator Blathers. This includes star fish (or sea stars), anemone, and garden eels, as seen in the trailer below. Blathers will have plenty of facts to tell you about your new finds, in addition to simply having new items to donate.

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Update: Kobe Bryant Added As NBA 2K21's Final Cover Star

1 year 2 months ago

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Final Update:

The late Kobe Bryant is the cover star for NBA 2K21's Mamba Forever edition, which includes various extras through the game's modes, including 100,000 VC, 60 MyCareer skill boosts, and more.

This version, which comes out this holiday for $99.99, is available for both the current and next-gen consoles, and buying it is the only way that fans can play on both generations (within the same console family such as PS4 and PS5) with a single purchase.

Microsoft has started its own Smart Delivery system which ensures that you only have to buy a game once no matter which generation you play the game on, but so far the list of third-party titles using this feature is selective.

For more information on this edition, head over to the official site.

Update:

Pelicans' forward Zion Williamson has been added as NBA 2K21's cover star for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of this year's game.

2K says that more information on the game comes tomorrow when the release date, third and final cover star, and pre-order campaign are announced.

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Matthew Kato