With April approaching quickly, it’s time to take a quick look over which games we have to look forward to. April will see a number of releases which we explore below.
DiRT Rally– April 5
If you’re even remotely interested in rally racing, DiRT is a franchise that you’re probably going to love. Actually, even if you have no idea what rally racing is (but the thought of racing high speed cars through a variety of off-road terrain appeals to you), this game is worth a look. DiRT Rally was released to high critical praise on the PC, so the developers are currently in the finishing stages of porting the racer to the PS4, and it looks absolutely gorgeous. Thanks to input from real world drivers and experience on real world courses, developer GGSJDUDHAB has made every detail of this title as close to reality as possible, while still keeping a little bit of arcade fun in the mix.
Battlefront “Outer Rim” DLC- April 5
If you Outer Rim DLC. The first of four planned DLCs for the Star Wars shooter, Outer Rim introduces new heroes, maps, weapons, star cards, and one new game mode. We know the heroes are Greedo (of Han-shot-first fame) and Nien Numb (the silly-putty faced pilot from the original trilogy). The maps take place in the factories of Sullust and in Jabba the Hutt’s Tatooine palace, and the new game mode is essentially Safeguard from Black Ops 3.
Dark Souls 3– April 12
The third entry in one of the most challenging video game franchises of all time drops on April 12, and it looks to be bigger and better than both of its predecessors. A new gameplay element known as “Weapon Arts” is introduced, which adds more depth and options to each class of weapon that you equip. Whether you’re a dual-wielded, archer, or sword-and-board aficionado, you’ll have your own unique moves to help you tackle the game’s many difficult enemies. Dark Souls 3 is even darker and more high fantasy than any other games in the series, and everything about that is presented exceptionally.
Ratchet & Clank– April 12 (NA), April 20 (EU)
A game franchise that many may remember from their childhood, the Ratchet & Clank series was full of creative platforming, outrageous weapons, and ultimately fun gameplay. The first-ever Ratchet & Clank is being reimagined for the PS4, so while the story and many of the stages found in the original will be back, certain weapons and gameplay elements from later titles will get to make their debut on the OG R&C stage. There is even brand-new content coming in the R&C 2016 package, including the Pixelizer (a weapon that turns enemies into 8-bit versions of themselves). The release of the game is meant to coincide with the release of an original animated movie featuring characters, weapons and enemies for the game.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (UEFA Euro Update)- April 21
If you love soccer but aren’t a fan of the FIFA series of video games, Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 may be perfect for you. The two franchises are similar in that they obviously share a common theme, but PES has been praised for doing more to change the soccer gaming experience. While PES 2016 has been out since late last year, developer Konami is re-releasing the game with a UEFA Euro update, which includes all of the teams taking place in the real-world tournament along with updated banners, player faces, profiles and more.
Tales From the Borderlands– April 22 (EU), April 26 (NA)
If you never played Telltale’s episodic Tales From the Borderlands (directly adapted from the 2K Borderlands series), there’s no better time to jump in than April 22. All five episodes of the Tales saga will finally come out in disc form, allowing you to play through the story of Rhys and Fiona in one go- no more waiting for the next episode only to have to sit through a download screen. For those unfamiliar with Tales From the Borderlands, it differs from its source material in that it’s a point-and-click, story-based adventure rather than a RNG shooter. Randomized loot does still play a part, but not nearly to the same extent. While it’s different than what you’re used to when you hear Borderlands, though, Tales is still an amazing series of games with a gripping story, fantastic art, and plenty of replay value.