With March well underway (and shaping up nicely, we might add) it’s time to turn our attention toward next month’s intriguing glut of games being released. Rather than focusing on titles which may or may not hit store shelves soon, we’re only listing those titles which we know (for sure) are to be released in April. As far as the lineup itself is concerned, we’ve got a nice and varied lot to peruse which spans everything from great action and adventure to RPG’s and racing. Without further ado, we present to you – all the PS4 games coming out in April, 2014…
“Daylight” is a survival horror game which will feature one of the more interesting mechanics ever devised for a title – procedural generation. In essence, this means that you won’t encounter the same pathway or sequence of levels twice as they are all randomly created so as to confuse the player and add to the overall suspense of the experience. Simply put, this title has the potential to be one of the scariest and strangely fulfilling games of its type / genre to come along in quite some time, the fact that it also takes place in an abandoned hospital (while armed only with a camera) certainly adds to the suspense too.
Incl. Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn (Collector’s Edition)
Seeing an opportunity to save one of their titles from a terrible critical fate while also improving on their patented formula, Square Enix’s “FF XIV Online: A Real Reborn” seems poised to be a really great game. Not only does it feature the same complex and winding storyline we’d expect to find, but it also incorporates an all-new engine, a better interface, enhanced gameplay, as well as better server structures for smoother operation. Needless to say, if you’re a Final Fantasy fan and own a PS4, you’ll definitely want to pick this one up. (Note* - the Collector’s edition is also being released in tandem with the standard version.)
Picking up where the previous “Trials” games left off, Trials Fusion is bigger and badder in every way imaginable. Don’t worry though, they didn’t mess around with the signature, yet highly addictive gameplay we all know and love, they merely enhanced it with added visuals, a track editor and multiplayer element.
Surely the strangest title on our list, “Octodad: Dadliest Catch ” is a follow-up to its predecessor from 2010. Again, the goal is to finish up a series of “chores” which one might accurately label as being rather ordinary, the kicker being that you are a disguised octopus, of course. This time, multiplayer is included – prepare to laugh your socks off as each one of four different individuals gets to control a limb.
April is going to be a great month for Marvel Comics / Spiderman fans as “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” movie and game are both being released together in tandem. Again, we’re treated to a marvelous open world environment; only this time everything looks even better thanks to newly added gameplay concepts and of course, the PS4’s enhanced graphical capabilities.
Anyone with a passing interesting in either LEGO titles or Tolkien / LOTR swag is going to love the upcoming video game adaptation (by developer Traveller’s Tales) of the “Hobbit” films (An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug). Expect the same kind of gameplay as found in previous entries, with storylines coinciding with the plot developments found in the movies themselves.
“Child of Light ” is an RPG with a very distinctive side-scrolling style that seeks to blend in some elements of co-op as well as traditional leveling / character-building. You assume the role of a girl named Aurora who, after becoming ill, falls into a slumber only to wake up in an unfamiliar environment in search of her father.
Yet another cool-looking side-scroller, “Mercenary Kings ” is a bit of a throw-back to the shoot ‘em up titles of old. But don’t get the wrong idea, it’s got plenty of modern attitude as well as online / local multiplayer and weapons / armor crafting to keep you interested.
Last, but not least, we have “Cel Damage HD ”, which is (as its name implies) a re-release of an older title featuring a very distinctive brand of cel-shaded vehicular combat. Needless to say, the action herein is more than a bit “wacky” and promises to deliver some great multiplayer opportunities for anyone looking for something different.