A new month brings a fresh batch of games for you to keep an eye on, then purchase, before placing on the shelf or in a digital library only to never actually find the time to play them because of life and all that… Whether you’re a PC elitist or the casual family man forced to involve the kids in your precious gaming time, here are the best and most promising titles launching in April 2018.
Extinction – 10th April 2018 – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Extinction is set in a war-torn world; only the enemies are ravenous monsters standing 150 feet tall. You play as one of the world’s last defenders, a warrior named Avil equipped with the skill, speed and strength to oppose an endless wave of creatures and prevent a fate worse than death: Extinction.
Extinction promises a deep story campaign, dynamic side missions and skill-based combat. Plus we’re expecting plenty of replay value through the online multiplayer modes Skirmish and Extinction, which pits you against endless waves of ogres and their minions.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life – 17th April 2018 – PS4
The sixth main entry in the long-running Japanese crime drama is kind of like the classic beat-em-up Streets of Rage but in 3D. Pair this with a deep, occasionally convoluted story, and distractions like Sega arcade games and Karaoke bars, and you will realise there’s plenty of fun to be had on the streets of Japan.
The reviews are already out for this one, and the consensus is that it’s great! If you’re into it, Sega recently remade the first Yakuza game for PS4 and a remake of the second entry is expected later this year. There’s plenty of Yakuza goodness to go around.
God of War – 20th April 2018 – PS4
The reboot of the long-running series finally lands this month. With a new over-the-shoulder perspective and a Norse setting, you can expect a familiar, yet original take on God of War.
It’s a new beginning for Kratos. Living as an ordinary man, outside the shadow of the gods, he has a new purpose and his son by his side. Kratos must fight for survival as powerful forces threaten to disrupt the new life he’s created. Expect a more in-depth story than the previous God of War games and combat than channels games like Dark Souls and The Last of Us.
Some fans are concerned that the new style won’t capture the cinematic feel of the previous games. Whichever way it goes, God of War will undoubtedly be a huge hit for Sony, just like all of its first-party titles. Except for Knack. That game was no good.
Nintendo Labo – 20th April 2018 – Nintendo Switch
While Sony and Microsoft pursue life-like graphics and deep and immersive experiences, Nintendo opts for cardboard robots and musical instruments.
Each Nintendo Labo kit transforms modular sheets of cardboard that interact with the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con controllers into interactive creations called Toy-Con. From a piano to a motorbike, a robot and more, you will have fun discovering how the technology works and even invent new ways to play with each creation.
Day one will see three separate kits launch: Toy-Con Robot, Variety Kit and Customisation Kit. Nintendo Labo is the perfect one to play with the kids these school holidays. Did you expect anything less from Nintendo?
Frostpunk – 24th April 2018 – PC
Frostpunk is perfect for players who fondly remember Age of Empires and Sim City. It’s set in a frozen world that relies on steam-powered technology. As the city ruler, it’s your job to manage both the inhabitants and the infrastructure.
Leader’s face challenges and must frequently question their morality and the basic foundation of what we consider an organised society. Optimisation and resource management clash with empathy and thoughtful decision-making. While city and society management consume most of the ruler’s time, at some point exploration of the outside world is necessary to understand its history and present state. Will you allow child-labour? How will you treat the sick and wounded? Yes and cast them out!
South Park: The Fractured But Whole – 24th April 2018 – Nintendo Switch
The kids are playing superheroes. Cartman is determined to turn Coon and Friends into the biggest superhero franchise of all time. However, the villainous Professor Chaos emerges with an evil plan to eliminate Coon and Friends. The heroes need to work as a team to fight the chaos and terror that that grips the town.
We played this one when it landed on PS4 late last year and loved it. Whether it’s Morgan Freeman teaching you how to use your farts as a weapon, or fighting a drunk Randy Marsh over his car keys, this game is hilarious. Now that it’s on Nintendo Switch you can offend everyone on your daily commute. A must have for South Park fans.