Doom getting 4K patches for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro

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Doom getting 4K patches for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro

The long-awaited patch to add Xbox One X enhancements to Doom is finally coming tomorrow, March 29. And in a pleasant surprise, developer id Software is also updating the PlayStation 4 version tomorrow with support for the PlayStation 4 Pro.

Bethesda announced way back at E3 2017 that Doom would be an “Xbox One X Enhanced” game, but never gave any indication of timing for the patch. And the company has not previously announced plans to add PS4 Pro support to the game.

April’s PlayStation Plus games include Mad Max, Trackmania

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April’s PlayStation Plus games include Mad Max, Trackmania

Sony announced its April lineup of PlayStation Plus game giveaways. Compared to this month — which features the stellar Bloodborne, worth a PS Plus membership on its own — and Xbox Games With Gold’s April lineup, this list isn’t much to write home about.

That’s not to suggest that the headlining games this month aren’t worth checking out. Despite its beautiful visuals, Mad Max for PlayStation 4 received a lukewarm response in 2015, but has found some belated appreciation since its release. Trackmania Turbo is also a decent, arcade-style racing game that’s fun for fans of the genre.

Xbox Games With Gold for April features some amazing games

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Xbox Games With Gold for April features some amazing games

April’s collection of Xbox Games With Gold titles is one of the best months for the program we’ve seen in a long, long time. Three of the best games of the past two console generations will be on offer for Xbox Live subscribers beginning April 1.

For the entire month, 2016’s fantastic (and fantastically hard) puzzle game The Witness will be free to all Xbox Live members. Two weeks later, on April 16, subscribers will be able to pick up Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, one of the most acclaimed entries in the long-running franchise. That offer is good through May 15.

How expensive are Far Cry 5’s microtransactions?

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How expensive are Far Cry 5’s microtransactions?

Far Cry 5 has one of the better economies we’ve seen in big releases lately, with items and weapons that can be purchased with in-game currency or by buying silver bars with real cash. The good news is that the economy feels perfect, bordering on generous with unlocks and cash, even if you ignore the real-money options available in the menu.

But how much will things cost if you decide to pay for some of the premium currency? We can take a closer look at the real-world prices of some of these items now that the game is live and the store has been updated with the bundles of silver bars

PlayStation VR gets another hefty price cut

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PlayStation VR gets another hefty price cut

Sony is cutting the price of the PlayStation VR headset — for the second time in the hardware’s lifespan. Starting March 29, the virtual reality gear and accompanying bundles will cost as much as $100 less.

Currently priced at $349, the PlayStation VR headset on its own will drop to $299 as of tomorrow. That’s not insignificant, but the big cuts are coming to the bundles. A package that includes the PSVR headset, a PlayStation Camera, Demo Disc 2.0 and the “VFR” version of Doom will cost $299, the same as the individual headset — 25 percent less than its original $399 price.

You can own Rainbow Road in the new Mario Kart Monopoly

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You can own Rainbow Road in the new Mario Kart Monopoly

Hasbro is following up on last year’s Monopoly Gamer Edition board game, which starred Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser and Donkey Kong, with a Mario Kart-inspired sequel. Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart Edition is coming to stores this spring, and will add a bit of speed to the property-trading game.

Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart Edition will feature iconic properties from the karting series, like Rainbow Road and Bowser’s Castle. Players will also use Mario Kart items (shells and banana peels) as they play.

PC Building Simulator is ‘basically porn, for the PC Master Race’

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PC Building Simulator is ‘basically porn, for the PC Master Race’

This right here is pure wish fulfillment: PC Building Simulator, which launched yesterday in Early Access on, well, PC, is all about building some dope rigs. It’s got official partners, benchmarking toolkits and there’s even a career mode, where you can build and service custom PCs!

Developed by Claudiu Kiss and published by The Irregular Corporation, PC Building Simulator has the kind of irony you see in other occupation simulators — but it does have some legitimately helpful features. The hardware designs in the game come from about a dozen licensed partners and are said to be fully authentic. So they’re useful in a how-to-build mode for those who might want to put a rig together in real life but aren’t sure how to get started. And for those who don’t have the funds but have always ached for a dream machine, there’s a free-build mode where money is no object.

Lego The Incredibles game coming in June

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Lego The Incredibles game coming in June

Lego The Incredibles, a game that combines Lego brick building and Pixar’s first two The Incredibles movies, is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on June 10. Lego game maker TT Games is developing the title, which lets players “conquer crime and family life” as the super-powered Parr family.

The Parrs, otherwise known as Elastigirl, Mr. Incredible, Violet and Dash, will be playable in two-player co-op alongside friend of the family Frozone. According to an announcement from publisher Warner Bros., players will “explore action-packed story levels and an epic hub world, including Municiberg and Nomanisan Island, as they use their unique super abilities to bring the city’s villains to justice” in Lego The Incredibles.

World Video Game Hall of Fame 2018 nominees include Metroid, Half-Life and Minecraft

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World Video Game Hall of Fame 2018 nominees include Metroid, Half-Life and Minecraft

This year’s finalists for induction into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, which is organized by The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, have been announced. Finalists include the original Metroid, Half-Life, Tomb Raider and Call of Duty.

Twelve games, including console, computer and arcade titles, are up for consideration this year. Here’s the full list of 2018 World Video Game Hall of Fame nominees: