Here's what's coming to your favourite gaming platform this month.
After a busy March that saw Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Battlefield Hardline, Bloodborne, Mario Party 10, and others, April is a relatively quiet month, at least as far as big-budget releases go.
Mortal Kombat X, the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V, and Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Edition are all on their way this month, with a host of smaller games and an expansion pack for The Sims 4 bulking out the line-up. MLB 15 The Show is also due out this month, but we're still seeking confirmation from Sony on New Zealand release details.
Note: While this list is intended to be as comprehensive as possible, is difficult to cover everything, especially with the growing prominence of downloadable and indie games. If you notice anything that's missing, please let us know in the comments, or by emailing email@example.com.
You play as Trace, a scientist who wakes up after a lab accident in a hostile, alien world. You need to uncover the mystery of how that world came to the state it’s in and your role in it all. Similar to classic games like Super Metroid, Contra, Blaster Master and others, the gameplay incorporates a mix of exploration, hidden powerups, strange creatures to fight, and epic boss battles.
"Super Mega Baseball packs a hilarious but hardcore game of hardball. It’s unlicensed which means we’ve been able to have a ton of fun with the characters and stadiums (and throw in some parody when necessary!). Our number one goal from the beginning was to nail a set of gameplay mechanics that make for a solid solo and local coop/competitive experience. That means accessible, but with subtleties that add depth over time." - Metalhead Studios co-founder Scott Drader
PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC
Developed by renowned Japanese video game development studio FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Games Europe, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is the ultimate Dark Souls II experience, adding to the 2014’s critically acclaimed title not only its three DLC chapters, but also an array of all-new content. This includes an expanded story featuring additional in-game events and NPC characters along with new, deadlier enemies and gameplay improvements.
Experience the critically acclaimed, fan favourite RPG - originally developed for Wii and with a Metascore of 92 out of 100 - in a new dimension and on the go with Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. Delve into a deep, expansive adventure set in a world that stretches beyond the horizon. Combine strategy and action in a unique battle system, equip your heroes with a dazzling and diverse array of battle gear, and avert catastrophe with the power to see into the future. Set on the bodies of two huge titans, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D asks players to wield the Monado blade to save the world from destruction. With ordinary weapons having no effect on the machine race known as the Mechon, the power of the Monado blade is the only hope.
You rule the workplace with The Sims 4 Get to Work. Actively control your Sims while they’re on the job, and determine whether they're headed toward a big promotion or are becoming the workplace menace. Jump to the rescue and save countless lives as a Doctor, torment your neighbors with mischievous inventions as a Scientist, or investigate crime scenes and crack the big cases as a Detective. If you’d rather be your own boss, you can even create, customize, and manage your own retail businesses and become a Simoleonaire! You decide how your Sims get to work.
PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC
Ride is a unique motorcycle experience designed for bike lovers who live and breathe the world of motorcycling. The game features the most eminent manufacturers and their most famous and prestigious models. Live the Ride experience at full throttle through a wide variety of race models. Thanks to the involvement of so many manufacturers you can customise your bike to an unprecedented degree: take your pick from the abundance of parts, components and accessories available. Travel around the glove on 15 different tracks that offer a world of thrills and challenges, whatever your own riding style. Participate in unique international events on the various tracks, and take on other players from around the world in the all-new online multiplayer modes. This is Ride.
Aaru's Awakening is a hand-drawn, fast-paced 2D action platformer. The game puts players in charge of Aaru, a mythical creature with two unique abilities teleportation and charging. He uses these abilities as he travels through the dangerous world of Lumenox to defeat an evil entity. These two abilities are at the heart of every level design throughout the game, to make for a challenging and fluid experience. The levels require players to make split second decisions whilst completing fast-paced puzzles.
PS4, PS3, Xbox One
Hiding in the shadows has never been so much fun! Stealth Inc 2 is a stealth-focused puzzle platform game from the makers of Fluidity and Hydroventure, designed to test both your brain-box and your reflexes as you explore a high-tech and sinister cloning facility in search of fellow clones to rescue. Stealth Inc 2 rewards exploration and experimentation, with death – and rebirth – never more than a few moments away. There’s no loading screens and no lives to worry about, and no complicated mechanics – if you can be seen, you’re probably already dead.
MonsterBag is a kind of puzzle-platformer (if you think of people as a platform!) action game. The game is about a little blue monster called V and V’s journey to get back to his friend Nia (a charming little girl), passing through places filled with people. You’ll have to help V sneak past people, all the while being aware of where they’re looking and what particular behaviors they have. Don’t worry, he has a card up his sleeve… Well, he has no clothes, but he’s not a powerless monster, he has some telekinetic skills that surely will be useful in more than several occasions.
Ascend the Tower of Guns and return to the days of circle-strafing, rocket-jumping, and twitch-based action. Tower of Guns is a throwback first-person shooter with a healthy sprinkling of roguelike-ish-y elements. Every turn brings a surprise and around every corner lies certain death! Or a new weird item! Or a ...Hugbot? Filled with random levels, crazy bosses, bizzare powerups, and tons of unlockable weapons and items, each time you step into the Tower of Guns you'll have a fresh gaming experience.
A dying reality, a universe that’s fading away. A merciless world that gets sick and vanishes. No past, no present, no future; only the impending moment of “dead synchronicity” ahead. Will you be able to stop it? Because, otherwise... what will you do when Time dissolves itself?
Grand Theft Auto V for PC will take full advantage of the power of the platform to deliver across-the-board enhancements including increased resolution and graphical detail, denser traffic, greater draw distances, upgraded AI, new wildlife, and advanced weather and damage effects for the ultimate open world experience.
PS4, PC, Vita
Between our world and the world beyond lie the Titan Souls, the spiritual source and sum of all living things. Now scattered amongst the ruins and guarded by the idle titans charged with their care, a solitary hero armed with but a single arrow is once again assembling shards of the Titan Soul in a quest for truth and power.
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