These Are the Games You Should Be Checking Out in April - Geek.com

I don’t know about the rest of you, but this year seems to be going by insanely fast. Maybe it has to do with the fact that so many amazing games have been released in the past three months. When you have to put games on hold in order to play other games, you know you have a good problem on your hands. “Gameageddon” wasn’t messing around during the first quarter of 2017.

After a whirlwind three months, April’s game offerings give us a bit of a reprieve. This month may not be as flashy as some of the others, but there are still a number of incredible titles begging for our attention. Whether you’re looking for engrossing JRPGs, tactical military shooters, or fun retro titles, you’ll find something great to play in April.

Persona 5

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3
Release date: April 4

It has been a long time coming, but Persona 5 has finally been released. Considering how much love fans have for Persona 4, the hype for this game is understandable. Since it is on the more powerful PS4 and PS3 systems (sorry, PS Vita), Persona 5 can add more content while looking flashier than ever (even if absurd streaming restrictions prevent non-owners from seeing it). Proving that JRPGs are alive and well, Persona 5 will be a modern classic for sure.

You can buy Persona 5 from Amazon.

Drawn to Death

Platforms: PlayStation 4
Release date: April 4

The notorious David Jaffe returns with Drawn to Death. While arena shooters aren’t anything new, they are few and far between these days. Drawn to Death has a distinct and quirky art style that will help it stand out. Multiplayer-focused games can either be huge successes or massive flops. Let’s hope Drawn to Death is the latter since it is at least offering up something new and fresh.

You can download Drawn to Death for free from the PlayStation Store.

Yooka-Laylee

Platforms: Linux, MacOS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: April 11 (Switch sometime in 2017)

Billed as the spiritual successor to the N64-era Banjo Kazooie games, Yooka-Laylee is a trip back to when mascot platformers reigned supreme. Though Yooka-Laylee’s old-school gameplay mechanics may not be for everyone, they are still enjoyable. Also, it is nice to see a game that started on Kickstarter actually get released relatively quickly.

You can pre-order Yooka-Laylee from Amazon.

Outlast 2

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: April 25

If you’ve finally recovered from the trauma inflicted by Resident Evil 7’s terrifying gameplay, you may want to give Outlast 2 a shot. Outlast was one of the scariest games released at the beginning of the generation, and has inspired similar titles since. Though not much has changed regarding gameplay mechanics, Outlast 2 will certainly satisfy fans of the original.

You can pre-order Outlast 2 (part of Outlast Trinity) from Amazon.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release date: April 28

Yes, this is a port of a Wii U game. But since it’s Mario Kart, that shouldn’t be an issue. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe features five new characters, a reworked Battle Mode, and new items to use against foes. Also, the game will look and run better than it did on Wii U. With the Nintendo Switch still being somewhat dry in the original games department, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a welcome addition.

You can pre-order Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Amazon.

Dragon Quest Heroes II

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, PlayStation Vita, Switch, Xbox One,
Release date: April 25

Because there aren’t enough Dynasty Warriors-style games on the market, we have Dragon Quest Heroes II. All kidding aside, this will be a fun game for folks who like to kill hundreds and hundreds of enemies all at once. Unlike other Omega Force titles, this series has a focus on classic RPG mechanics. Dragon Quest XI is still a long ways out, so playing DQHII might help scratch that Dragon Quest itch, if for a little while.

You can pre-order Dragon Quest Heroes II on Amazon.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III

Platforms: PC
Release date: April 27

If you’re looking for another time sink in April, look no further than Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III. This third installment offers the type of Real Time Strategy experience fans of the genre crave. The game keeps the best elements from previous titles while introducing all-new features. Get your mouse and keyboard ready for this one.

You can pre-order Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III on Amazon.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One
Release date: April 18 (PC sometime in 2017)

Those who owned a Sega Master System back in the day will no doubt have fond memories of the Wonder Boy series. Almost forgotten by time, the classic 8-bit hero returns in Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap. This game is actually a remake of Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap, only with hand-drawn sprites and updated gameplay. Best of all, you can switch back and forth between new and old graphics. This is a must-have for fans of classic platformers.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is currently unavailable to pre-order.

Syberia III

Platforms: Android, iOS, macOS, PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: April 25

Fans of classic Adventure Games will no doubt be interested in Syberia 3. This installment takes place directly after the previous title. Protagonist Kate Walker makes her way across Europe and Russia to uncover a mystery that centers around woolly mammoths. This series’ steampunk art design and captivating atmosphere have made it a consistent fan-favorite. A port for the Nintendo Switch should be released later this year.

You can pre-order Syberia 3 on Amazon.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: April 25

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is yet another game that has gone open-world. As such, players are free to engage missions and side objectives in any order they want. Despite the game’s name, users are free to employ different battle tactics — including stealth, melee, and run-and-gun. With it being the first truly AAA entry in the series, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 should be able to reach a wider audience.

You can pre-order Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 on Amazon.

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