After surviving the ridiculousness of April Fools, we can now take comfort in the fact that everything we read on the internet is true. Well… probably not, but one guaranteed truth is that April is looking to be a cracking month for gaming. But before we get too excited for the month ahead, here’s what’s arriving this week:
Release date: 4 April 2017 (PS4, PS3)
What is it? The Persona franchise may not be a colossal-name series, but it’s got a hearty following of dedicated fans, and for good reason. Persona 5 is a role-playing game that follows a group of troubled high school students living in a world ruled by corrupted and twisted adults (sounds familiar, right?). In order to seek freedom, liberation and justice, they live dual lives as rebellious Phantom Thieves of Hearts. Using a mysterious smartphone app, they undertake fantastical adventures by using otherworldly powers to enter the hearts of people in order to re-shape and transform them.
Why should you play it? The Persona series is an odd one – the spin-off franchise to a spin-off franchise of an obscure Japanese game about demons, but the series has always delivered. It deals with a complex and mature storyline exploring the psychology of its cast, while delivering some of the most robust JRPG gameplay on the market.
Drawn to Death
Release date: 4 April 2017 (PS4)
What is it? Drawn to Death is a stellar-looking multiplayer action game that throws players into the pages of a high school kid’s note book. David Jaffe (God of War, Twisted Metal) is the creator behind this one, and the hand-drawn art direction gives this shooter/brawler hybrid a heavily stylised look. The game was originally supposed to be a free-to-play title but has shifted to a normal pay-to-play model, and the launch levels will feature 7 unique maps including Alientown, Bloodbath, Flood, and more.The game also includes 26 weapons at launch and are designed with their own pros and cons to keep matches even. The launch modes include Organ Donor, Classic Deathmatch/Team Deathmatch, Core Deathmatch/Team Core Deathmatch, and Brawl.
Why should you play it? It looks incredibly different to anything else on the market, and the illustrated design of the game opens up a whole lot of possibilities for great unpredictable future content.
How much does it cost? Free on Playstation Plus this month. Click here for the best price on PSN vouchers.
PaRappa the Rappa: Remastered
Release date: 4 April 2017 (PS4)
What is it? It’s been 20 years since the rhyme-spitting rhythm game PaRappa The Rapper debuted on PS1. To celebrate the anniversary, a remastered version of the game is coming out. Sporting high-res graphics with smoother lines and textures, upgraded audio with CD-quality music, additional alternative audio tracks, Trophy support, and plenty of other features, PaRappa The Rapper Remastered is a great way to celebrate the iconic series.
Why should you play it? Firstly, it’s a classic game. And on top of the other upgrades, the remastered version adds in 4K support on top of 1080p resolution on PS4 Pro. It also takes advantage of the DualShock 4’s capabilities. The DualShock 4 will act as a metronome to help players feel the beat to keep better by vibrating in turn with the fast-paced musical rhythms. There is also an option to enlarge the player icon to better know when to hit the beat.
How much does it cost? R239 on the Playstation Store. Click here for the best price on PSN vouchers.
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