If you’re looking for some murderous conundrums, alien invasions, and conmen, this week’s game releases will deliver on all those things, and a little more.
Here are our picks for the games releasing 25-30 April 2016:
Hitman – Episode 2: Sapienza
Release date: 26 April (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
If you’ve been waiting for the next episode of Hitman on the edge of your seat, you don’t have much longer to wait. The latest instalment, Episode 2: Sapienza, is officially releasing this week for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
You’re tasked with assassinating bioengineer Silvio Caruso, who’s allegedly working on a virus that could potentially infect anyone anywhere in the world, and of course, it’s up to that bard-coded badass to take him out. If you’ve played all the rest of what Hitman in its original, current inception, this new episode should open up plenty of new opportunities to solve the macabre situation that awaits Agent 47.
The Walking Dead: Michonne: Episode 3
Release date: 26 April (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mobile)
Telltale Game’s mini-series The Walking Dead: Michonne comes to an end with episode 3, “What We Deserve”. The side-adventure dives into what made Michonne leave Rick, Carl, and the rest of the group and what brought her back. Samira Wiley of Orange is the New Black brought Michonne to life in the game.
“What We Deserve” picks up the threads of the series thus far. In it, Michonne feels the weight of the choices she made recently and in her past. She does her best to protect an innocent family, but Norma and the Monroe crew are right on her heels. It’ll be hard going to keep herself and this family safe. With everything on the line, Michonne’s mental state deteriorates and begins seeing the ghosts of her abandoned daughters.
Release date: 26 April (PS4)
Alienation, the top-down shooter from the team behind Dead Nation, pits you and three other teammates against an army of Xenos. To face the threat of these fierce enemies, you’ll have to work together and coordinate strategies.
The four-player co-op experience gives players a choice of three roles: bio-specialist, exo-skeleton or saboteur. It’ll be important to configure your four man squad with a variety of classes and utilise each class’ skill to gain the advantage over the enemy, along with using the destructible environments. Brute forcing your way through maps will only get you so far. Players will need to cooperate to complete various mission objectives and campaign goals, all the while gathering sweet loot to outfit and upgrade their soldiers.
Tales from the Borderlands
Release date: 29 April (Xbox One, PS4)
Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series, the Telltale adventure game set in the Borderlands universe, releases this week on physical disc, so those who missed out on the downloadable episodes can enjoy the full experience in all its glory.
Split into 5 episodes, Tales from the Borderlands tells the story of a power struggle among corporations, con artists, bandits and other nefarious individuals for a Vault Key, an item that is said to provide access to untold riches for whoever possesses it. The game goes back and forth between its two playable protagonists, grifter Fiona (Laura Bailey) and ambitious Hyperion Corporation employee Rhys (Troy Baker), and also switches between different time periods, although all of it takes place after Borderlands 2.
Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim
Release date: 26 April (PC)
One of the most unique-looking games releasing this week is the indie-developed Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim. The gameplay features a combination of action role-playing, puzzle solving, and crafting in a sprawling open-world island. With a heavy emphasis on physics-based puzzles and environment, Cornerstone is filled with tricks and traps that you’ll have to use your smarts to overcome. It’s basically Zelda meets Dark Souls, so if that tickles your fancy, check out Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim.
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