MLB’s ‘Home Run Derby VR’ is coming to PSVR and Vive this spring

Major League Baseball has gotten into VR lately with a host of initiatives, including partnerships with Google for At Bat VR, Intel for "Game of the Week" live streams and Samsung for immersive highlights of the 2017 season. Now MLB is bringing a VR…
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Crowdfunded ‘Shaq-Fu’ revival game finally comes out this spring

The early '90s made a bad habit out of terrible action games cashing in on brands and celebrities. One of the latter was Shaq Fu, which has become a punchline in Worst Games of All Time lists for franchising out NBA star Shaquille O'Neil into a bad f…
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‘Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration’ Coming to Mac This Spring

Just over two years after “Rise of the Tomb Raider” first launched as an Xbox console exclusive in late 2015, Feral Interactive today announced that it will bring the definitive edition of the game to macOS and Linux this spring. Called “Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration,” the Mac game will be a port of the same title that launched for PS4 in late 2016, bundling the base game with all special add-on and DLC pack content.

“Rise of the Tomb Raider” is a sequel to the series reboot “Tomb Raider” from 2013, letting players control Lara Croft in a new adventure as she seeks an artifact rumored to grant immortality and believed to be located in the lost city of Kitezh. Players control Lara through what developer Crystal Dynamics refers to as “guerrilla combat,” configuring Lara’s loadout with new tools and weapons, including customizable items like poisoned arrows and explosive shotgun shells.


Downloadable content found in the 20 Year Celebration edition includes add-ons like Blood Ties and Baba Yaga, two standalone stories that place Lara at home in Croft Manor and in the Siberian wilderness, respectively. There are also a pair of horde mode levels set in the same locations, called Lara’s Nightmare and Cold Darkness Awakened, where players fight off waves of infected enemies.


Other modes and add-on content includes:

Endurance Mode: Two players team up to survive the dangerous forest while plundering crypts for relics.
Extreme Survivor Challenge: In the hardest difficulty setting for the main campaign, players overcome difficult limits of save points, resources, ammunition, and health.
5 Classic Skins: Nostalgic skins from Tomb Raider history: Croft Manor, Tomb Raider II, Tomb Raider II Bomber Jacket, Chronicles Catsuit, and Angel of Darkness.
12 Outfits: Ancient Vanguard (Byzantine-era chain mail), Apex Predator (bear fur, animal claws, and warpaint), Shadowrunner (tactical vest and watch cap), and the reimagined Antarctica outfit inspired by Tomb Raider III.
Expedition Cards: Players use cards in Expedition Mode to boost their score, modify their abilities, and apply cosmetic effects like Big Head Enemies.

Feral Interactive has not yet announced specific Mac system requirements, a launch date, or how much the game will be, but said this information “will be revealed closer to release” in the spring. Currently, the PS4 version of “Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration” is priced around $30.

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Verizon will temporarily lock phones to its network starting this spring

Verizon has historically been one of the best carriers when it comes to selling unlocked phones — every major smartphone it offers comes unlocked out of the box — but that generous policy is changing, according to a report from CNET. Verizon is now set to revert to selling carrier-locked phones in what it claims is an attempt to combat theft.

The new policy will roll out in steps. First, Verizon will lock phones initially, unlocking them once customers finish the activation process, which would be in line with the company’s explanation of preventing thieves from stealing phones from retail stores.

Sometime this spring, Verizon will be instituting a wait period, where new phones will be locked to Verizon for an unspecified amount of…

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ESPN Plus streaming service launching this spring for $4.99 per month

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We’ve seen a lot of video streaming services emerge in recent years, including some that aggregate many channels and some that come from a single channel or network. This week, details on another major single network service came to light.

Disney CEO Bob Iger has spilled some details on ESPN Plus, the first dedicated streaming service from ESPN. ESPN Plus will cost $ 4.99 per month, Iger has revealed, and it’ll be part of a redesigned ESPN app.

ESPN Plus will offer live programming that’s not normally available on any of its channels. It’s expected that the service will show around 10,000 events every year and will include content from the MLB, NHL, MLS, college sports, and tennis’ Grand Slam events.

Unfortunately for big fans of live sports, ESPN Plus won’t include traditional ESPN channels, so you’ll need to be a traditional ESPN subscriber if you want to get all of the sporting events that it shows on channels like ESPN and ESPN2. If you’re a huge sports addict and want even more events than what you can find on traditional ESPN channels, though, ESPN Plus may be worth checking out this spring.

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