April is here, and there’s no time for fooling around on the gaming front! From returning mythological badasses to cardboard creations, there’s a lot to be excited about this month; and we’ve rounded up the 5 biggest releases you need to keep on your radar.
Release date: 10 April 2018 (Xbox One | PS4 |PC)
Killer Instinct studio Iron Galaxy’s upcoming release is a giant-slaying fantasy action game called Extinction. Playing as one of the world’s last Sentinels, you must defend humanity’s cities from rampaging, 10-storey-tall ogres and the armies that trail in their wake. It doesn’t look like much of a fair fight from the get-go, but you’ll have to chop the ogres down to size (literally) by removing their armour and limbs to expose their weak points. It looks like a great combination between a colouful hack-‘n-slash and Shadow of the Colossus, and that’s not a bad thing at all.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Release date: 11 April 2018 (Xbox One | previously released on PS4)
After a successful exclusive period on PS4, Ninja Theory’s brilliant action-adventure game, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, comes to Microsoft’s console, and Xbox gamers should take note of this one, given that it comes from the team who developed the underrated Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and the incredibly under-appreciated Devil May Cry reboot. The game is set in the Viking age whereby players take control of a character named Senua, a broken Celtic warrior who embarks on a haunting vision quest into Viking Hell to fight for the soul of her dead lover. It’s trippy, gorgeous, and features some strategic yet brutal melee combat.
Yakuza 6: Song of Life
Release date: 17 April 2018 (PS4)
This month, we’re getting Yakuza 6: Song of Life, which is the the first proper Yakuza game of this console generation, built from the ground up on a brand-new engine. The main storylines in Yakuza games are dense, mature, and operatic, with themes of revenge, atonement, betrayal, and family (you know, exactly the sort of the thing the word “Yakuza” conjures up). The new title picks up after the events of Yakuza 5, which fans will be brushed up on upon starting Song of Life. However, while everything is ‘new’ in Yakuza 6, the fan-beloved gameplay formula remains – and for the initiated, that’s insane beat-’em-up scenarios mixed with bizarre side-quests and tons of mini-games.
God of War
Release date: 20 April 2018 (PS4)
Kratos is back… and he has a son. God of War reboot arrives this month, and although this time the game is wrapped up in some intriguing Norse lore rather than Greek mythology, you can still expect the brutal-as-ever Kratos… although sporting a beard and brutal war axe. The game will revolve around Kratos’ relationship with his son, Atreus, who players will also be able to take control of. The gameplay demo gave us a look at the game, which is similar to past God of War games but refreshingly different too. Of course, the giant creature battles return and look better than ever.
Release date: 20 April 2018 (Switch)
Nintendo’s weird little experiment in cardboard, Nintendo Labo is a series of kits that you build into various contraptions and then equip with the Nintendo Switch. There’s a piano, for instance, that you can actually play with the little keys setting off censors that send the proper note to the Switch. There’s a robot pack and a fishing pole and it all looks quite clever and fun. Families should have a blast building these together. It’s a very new take on the ‘toys to life’ genre.
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