Your rundown of the top video games for April 2021 is here! Can you believe that the PlayStation 5 has been out since November and is only receiving its first Sony-developed exclusive game this month? It seems as though the gaming gods have listened to your prayers, and Returnal will finally give early adopters a reason to have splurged $750 on a new console – Astro’s Playroom was free, so it doesn’t count.
Elsewhere, Outriders is a new co-op looter shooter for you and the mates to get lost in, and MotoGP 21 is promising the most authentic racing on two wheels.
For the younger crowd, or at least the young at heart, New Pokémon Snap is coming to Nintendo Switch, and, well, it’s a Pokémon game, so expect it to sell several million copies. We’re also keen to get our hands on Oddworld: Soulstorm – a new sequel starring the hero of the PS1 classic Abe’s Oddysee.
April 2021 is shaping up to be a big month of gaming indeed. Find all of this and more in our top video games of the month column, along with release dates for everything that could be worthy of your time.
Grab some mates and jump on board for the co-op looter shooter that is Outriders. As humankind bleeds out in the trenches of a hostile alien world, it’s up to you to survive the bloody combat and scour the planet in search of a mysterious signal. Supported by rich storytelling, you’ll leave behind the slums and shantytowns of the First City and traverse forests, mountains and desert on your journey into the unknown.
The action combines intense gunplay with violent powers and an arsenal of increasingly twisted weaponry and gear-sets. Create and customise your own Outrider and choose from four unique classes, each with its own skill tree to define your playstyle.
Outriders offers countless hours of gameplay for 1 to 3 players. And if still unsure, check out the free demo available on your platform of choice.
Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1
Release date: April 1
The first PlayStation exclusive of 2021 is finally upon us! Crash landing on a shape shifting world, isolated and alone, you must explore and fight through a hostile alien landscape. However, death comes often, and the planet changes with each new cycle.
Returnal is an AAA rogue-like from Housemarque, the studio behind indie gems like Resogun and Super Stardust Ultra. Equipped with a bigger budget, Returnal is brought to life with stunning visual effects showcasing the decaying world and complementing the bullet-hell gameplay.
Each new gameplay loop offers new combinations of terrain and items, forcing you to approach combat differently on each run and continuously rethink your strategy. Designed for extreme replayability, you’re invited to dust yourself off in the face of defeat and face new challenges with every rebirth.
Release date: April 30
3. Oddworld: Soulstorm
The star of Abe’s Oddysee returns in a new adventure inspired by the PS One classics and acting as a sequel to 2014’s Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty! Harnessing the power of the latest hardware, Abe’s latest adventure receives a huge cinematic step up with intelligent new mechanics and plenty of twisted devices enabling highly explosive deviousness.
It’s a dark parable that tells an epic tale of a volatile society pushed to its limits. Purchase Oddworld: Soulstorn from April 6 or download it for free as part of the PlayStation Plus lineup for April 2021.
Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1
Release date: April 6
4. MotoGP 21
Every second counts in the most authentic MotoGP experience to date. Race every motorcycle class of the 2021 season with 20 official circuits and over 120 riders, including 40 legends from the past.
This time, take the racing further with real word aspects like fuel management, brake temperature and the wear on tyres. You’ll even have to chase down the moto on foot if you come off.
Off the track, build a crew, hire engineers, join an official team, or create your own, sign contracts to develop new technologies and make crucial decisions to shape your racing future.
Dynamic resolution up to 4K, 60FPS, improved graphic quality, shorter loading times, and an increased number of online players per race are just some of the improvements that await you if you get on board with a next-gen version of MotoGP 21.
Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1, Switch
Release date: April 22
5. New Pokémon Snap
Twenty-two years after the original was released on Nintendo 64, Pokémon Snap finally scores a sequel; so you better believe it makes our top video games list. In this long-awaited follow-up, you seek out and take in-game photographs of Pokémon in their native environments to discover never before seen behaviours of the lively, wild creatures.
Hop in your trusty travel pod, the NEO-ONE, and journey through various environments, including beaches, jungles, and deserts. You can even toss Pokémon delicious fluffruit to catch their attention. Photos you take can be used to fill out your very own Pokémon Photodex!
Release date: April 30
6. NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…
A black scrawl disease and strange beasts threaten the world. A young boy makes a promise to his terminally ill sister. He, along with a strange talking tome set out to save her. NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is an updated version of NieR Replicant, a game previously only released in Japan. It’s the prequel to 2017’s critically-acclaimed NieR: Automata. Now enhanced with modern visuals, the rest of the world can experience this game for the first time.
Gameplay features a uniquely customisable blend of visceral swordplay and magic essential for fighting back against the monstrous enemies. Challenge your perspectives and unlock the multiple endings for increased replayability.
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release date: April 23
April 2021 Video Game Release Dates
- Outriders (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX, XB1) – April 1
- Breathedge (PS4, XB1, Switch) – April 6
- Lost Words: Beyond the Page (PC, PS4) – April 6
- Oddworld: Soulstorm (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1) – April 6
- Star Wars Republic Commando (PS4, Switch) – April 6
- Borderlands 3: Director’s Cut (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX, XB1) – April 8
- Cozy Grove (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1, Switch) – April 8
- Ashwalkers: A Survival Journey (PC) – April 16
- SaGa Frontier Remastered (PC, PS4, Switch) – April 15
- Shadow Man Remastered (PC) – April 15
- MLB The Show 21 (PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1) – April 20
- Maskmaker (PC) – April 20
- Judgment (PS5, XSX) – April 23
- NieR Replicant ver1.22474487139… (PC, PS4, XB1) – April 23
- Second Extinction (XBX, XB1) – April 28
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1) – April 29
- Total War: Rome Remastered (PC) – April 29
- New Pokémon Snap (Switch) – April 30
- Returnal (PS5) – April 30
- R-Type Final 2 (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1 Switch) – April 30
- Terminator: Resistance (PS5) – April 30
What video games are releasing in April 2021?
Some of the best games releasing in April 2021 include Outriders, New Pokémon Snap, Returnal for PS5, MotoGP 21 and the star of Abe's Oddysee returns for Oddworld: Soulstorm.
When does New Pokémon Snap come out?
New Pokémon Snap releases April 30 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. It's the follow up to the N64 classic, and in Australia, the game will carry a pricetag of RRP $79.95.
When does Resident Evil Village come out?
Resident Evil Village or Resident Evil 8 has a release date of May 7, 2021. It's set to launch on PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4 and Xbox Series S. A free demo is available to download right now.