Expanding The Commentary Team

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Expanding The Commentary Team

Presentation is a big part of sports games, and the NBA 2K series has historically had one of the best overall packages. Commentary is a huge part of that, and today's NBA 2K17 trailer not only goes behind the scenes with the principles, but also gives you a flavor of what's in store.

New for this year is an expanded booth. Ex-players Chris Webber, Steve Smith, and Brent Barry, and former sideline reporter and analyst Doris Burke join Kevin Harlan and Greg Anthony at times to give even more flavor and diversity to the game's commentary. Check out some of the new content – including an amusing clip from the studio show – in the trailer.

For more on the game's presentation, check out the work being done on the title's arenas.

Japanese Trailer Shows New Gameplay And Environments

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Japanese Trailer Shows New Gameplay And Environments

There are no big surprises in this new Japanese trailer for Pokémon Sun & Moon, but it does serve as a good summary of what we know for the upcoming game.

There is some speculation, however, that a tanned, "Alola form" Professor Oak appears at the 1:31 mark of the trailer. I have my doubts, but I wouldn't be surprised either way.

For more on Sun & Moon, here are all the revealed new creatures, and here are some big changes coming to the latest entry.

Watch How Driving And Talking Mix In New Trailer

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Watch How Driving And Talking Mix In New Trailer

Wheels of Aurelia, a story-based driving game set in 1970s Italy, is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U on October 4.

Developer Santa Ragione originally launched an early beta of Wheels of Aurelia for PC on their website last year. After a successful run through Steam Greenlight, the official Steam release was delayed from Spring to Summer of 2016. Yesterday Santa Ragione announced via the European PlayStation Blog that publisher MixedBag has picked up the rights to release the game on PlayStation 4, as well as other consoles. Santa Ragione will be handling the release of the Steam version, which is now set to launch on September 20.

MixedBag will also release Santa Ragione's previous titles, FOTONICA and MirrorMoon EP, for PlayStation 4 as well. You can watch the latest trailer for Wheels of Aurelia below.

The Birth Of A Superstar In NBA 2K17's MyCareer Trailer

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The Birth Of A Superstar In NBA 2K17's MyCareer Trailer

Last year's MyCareer story, written by Spike Lee, wasn't an unqualified success, and so for NBA 2K17 (coming out on September 20 for consoles new and old) developer Visual Concepts is going back to the drawing board.

Your player comes into the NBA as an up-and-coming player, and his story dovetails with that of teammate Justice Young, voiced by Creed actor Michael B. Jordan. The story mode focuses more on the action on the court this year (as well as within the locker room), and there's drama, customization features, and plenty to do as you rise to the top.

For more on the game, also take a look at the recent trailer detailing the work done on the game's arenas, as well as the 89 Things We Know About NBA 2K17.

Take A Tour Of NBA 2K17's Arenas

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Take A Tour Of NBA 2K17's Arenas

Another night, another city for the traveling pros of the NBA. But each arena is different, imbuing the game with its own spirit. NBA 2K17 takes this to heart and the development team at Visual Concepts has put a lot of work into getting each arena right.

The trailer showcases a host of arenas across the league and some of the details that make each one special.

For more on the game, be sure to check out Bertz's huge NBA 2K17 write-up featuring 89 things to know about the upcoming title.

Behold The Grandeur Of Columbia In BioShock: The Collection

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Behold The Grandeur Of Columbia In BioShock: The Collection

BioShock: The Collection aptly presents all of the series' content remastered for the current systems, and while the treatment of the first game has gotten most of the attention so far, BioShock: Infinite's Columbia looks quite striking as well.

A new trailer for The Collection (out September 13 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC) recreates the wonder of players' first steps into Columbia, now looking better than ever.

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Pokémon Sun And Moon Trailer Debuts Camera & The Ultra Beasts

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Pokémon Sun And Moon Trailer Debuts Camera & The Ultra Beasts

A new trailer for 3DS titles Pokémon Sun and Moon has been released, revealing the Ultra Beasts, a Pokémon Snap-like camera function, The Aether Foundation, and more.

Players search the Alola region for Zygarde cells and cores, and meet up with The Aether Foundation – protectors of Pokémon – and their enemies, Team Skull.

Your trainer's' Pokédex has a Poké Finder camera, recalling the infamous Pokémon Snap game from Nintendo 64.

Comparison Video Shows How Batman: Return To Arkham Stacks Up To Originals

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Comparison Video Shows How Batman: Return To Arkham Stacks Up To Originals

One of the big questions that naturally arises when a company remasters an older game is how it compares to the original. Fortunately for us, Warner anticipated that reaction and has released a side-by-side comparison trailer for its upcoming Batman: Return to Arkham collection. Take a look at this lengthy video to see footage from the original versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City running next to their PlayStation 4 and Xbox One counterparts.

The games have been rebuilt using Unreal Engine 4 by Virtuos, and as you can see from the video below, the lighting has improved dramatically. Other elements have been tweaked, too, such as the level of texture detail and clutter and effects evident in the environments. It looks like Commissioner Gordon got some serious bed head, too.

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Taking A Trip Through The First Hours Of Final Fantasy XV

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Taking A Trip Through The First Hours Of Final Fantasy XV

At PAX West 2016, I hopped in my sweet ride with Noctis and the gang from Final Fantasy XV and played for almost two hours, from the start of the adventure to some off-road exploration. While I won’t get into story aspects here as there are some that could spoil your upcoming adventure, I’ll talk about combat, collecting, and some of the other systems that come into play. I will say one thing, though. If you’re interested in the story of Final Fantasy XV, do yourself a favor and make sure you check out Kingsglaive before you dive in – it will help things make a lot more sense and provide invaluable perspective on the events of the first few hours of gameplay.

Your main crew consists of Noctis, Ignis, Gladiolus, and Prompto. While I appreciated the banter between members of the gang as we took on the first few challenges and quests, Prompto’s character is likely to make me cringe over and over when the title fully releases. Prompto is a true product of Instagram and Snapchat insanity, featuring obsessive photo-taking and mind-shattering quips like “totes adorbs” that hurt me inside. With that notable exception, the rest of the characters offer reasonable input as you drive around or set up camp.

Take On Your Friends In Divinity: Original Sin 2

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While the first Divinity: Original Sin surprised me as an awesome throwback to the glory days of PC RPGs, the upcoming Divinity: Original Sin 2 is bringing even more to the table on top of the single player experience. Players can form special groups and actually take on their friends (or enemies, or random people) in turn-based arena combat, letting players engage with the elemental combinations, knockdowns, blessings and curses in whole new ways, far from the beach critters and swarms of spiders, undead, and NPCs. At PAX West 2016, I had my first opportunity to take on another player with all of the cool skills and abilities that make up the turn-based combat of Divinity: Original  Sin.