Is it the end of the great gaming binge in February and March? At least in part yes, and your wallet will surely thank you for that. However, April remains a very interesting month with some names that may surprise and excite.
For example, Star Wars and the beloved LEGO come together in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which seems to all intents and purposes an unmissable collection, is a must have this month. The return from the past of Chrono Cross is also another name difficult to ignore for nostalgics and fans of Japanese-style productions.
End of the month then hits the mark with two extremely different projects in terms of background, genre and ambitions. The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is the expanded and revised edition of a metavideoludic work that in many ways made history while what about Nintendo Switch Sports?
These and many more big names and potential gems in our article on video games coming out in April.
- Chinatown Detective Agency (PC, Switch, Xbox One) Get it on Steam here
- Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox) Get it on Steam here
- Godfall: Ultimate Edition (PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One) Get it on Steam here
- The House of the Dead Remake (Switch)
Chinatown Detective Agency
It is 2037 and the pouring rain and neon lights that are the backdrop to our adventure are those of Singapore. A city in which we will move in the shoes of Amira Darma, a rising star of Interpol who is now a penniless private investigator trying to make ends meet. Chinatown Detective Agency does not just want us to play as a detective but to make us become a full-fledged private investigator who must use time and money in the right way and without ending up on the street.
Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition
The spiritual sequel to Chrono Trigger returns with a remaster that gives new life to a classic that is also enriched with certainly interesting content for new and old fans. Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition includes enhanced 3D models in HD, new illustrations and tons of new features. Also included in this edition is RADICAL DREAMERS – Le Trésor Interdit -, the game that laid the foundation for the story and originally came out in 1996.
Godfall: Ultimate Edition
Presented as the first game explicitly for PS5 and with the ambition to give life to a real genre called the looter slasher, it certainly cannot be said that Godfall has managed to leave its mark, at least not in its very first release. Godfall: Ultimate Edition also marks the game’s debut on the Xbox platform and on Steam and does so with a definitive edition that contains all the balances, updates and expansions released since launch.
The House of the Dead Remake
The classic arcade track-based shooter returns in a new guise and with exciting new gameplay. In The House of the Dead Remake , you and another player play as two government agents sent to shed light on a series of disappearances, only to discover hordes of monstrous creatures ready to skin you.
- 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (Switch)
- Hearthstone: The Sunken City Route (PC, Mobile)
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
Vanillaware, the creators of the acclaimed Odin Sphere and Dragon’s Crown, are ready to bring to life an epic sci-fi mystery spanning thirteen intertwined stories on Switch. In 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim we will have the difficult task of getting to the truth by immersing ourselves in a 2D side-scrolling adventure with a strong artistic imprint and a strong attention to settings, made with truly commendable care. Everything will be seasoned with many fights and the ability to customize the characters with a vast and lethal arsenal of weapons. It will be up to us to save humanity in a game that in the first PlayStation release was able to thrill many.
Heartstone: The Sunken City Route
Hearthstone’s first expansion for 2022 is here. In Hearthstone: The Sunken City Route , players will be able to use 135 new cards as they explore the secrets of the Sunken City and discover what’s lurking beneath the surface: sea creatures Colossus and territorial Naga. Players will join an intrepid group of explorers on an expedition to the ancient city of Zin-Azshari, lost in the waves over 10,000 years ago. New adventurers and veterans alike will experience a beautiful but terrifying world as they utilize deck-changing abilities and powerful new cards to use in battle against fearsome new minions. Everything to survive in the Sunken City.
- Road 96 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One)
The father of Valiant Hearts and 11-11 Memories Retold returns with a narrative game that after the debut on PC and Switch also arrives on the home consoles PlayStation and Microsoft. Road 96 is a procedural narrative adventure in which we must escape from a country on the brink of collapse and reach the border, thousands of kilometers away in the middle of the mountains. And as the hot summer of ’96 will accompany us on our journey on the back roads, we will come across the troubled inhabitants of the nation and beyond. Each decision made will influence the entire adventure and make it unique for each player, with a path generated in a procedural and deeply personal way.
- Sociable Soccer 22 (PC, PS5, PS4, Switch, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One)
In reality, the release date is not yet 100% confirmed but it is definitely worth talking about because in a year in which PES has turned into eFootball, disappointing almost all fans and not everyone is able to appreciate the FIFA “style”, we it could be space for a different football player, capable of seriously marrying the past. Sociable Soccer 22 , on the other hand, is the spiritual successor of Sensible Soccer and as such is all about gameplay and pure fun. Fingers crossed.
- Winter Ember (PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One)
Following in the footsteps of great stealth games like the purist Thief or the more hybrid Dishonored is already very complicated and doing it from an unusual perspective for the genre could be even more so. Winter Ember allows us to live our adventure as the faceless man Arthur Artorias, in the most contrasting ways. We are the sole survivor of the massacre that devastated our family’s legacy and made it disappear from the history books. Given for dead, we emerge from exile 8 years later, the faceless man seeking revenge.
- Postal 4: No Regerts (PC)
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Switch)
Postal 4: No Regerts
It’s time to say goodbye to early access for the new chapter of a saga that continues on its own path made of madness, violence and grotesque nonsense. Here we are in front of the sequel to the “worst game ever” Postal 2! Satirical, scandalous and politically incorrect, Postal 4: No Regerts is an action FPS full of action and really absurd situations.
Many years have passed since the events that devastated the once proud city called Paradise. The only two to emerge unscathed from the cataclysm, the hapless ordinary man known as the POSTAL Dude and his faithful companion Champ, drive aimlessly into the scorching Arizona desert in search of a new place to call home. After a stop at a gas station ends up stealing their car, trailer and the rest of their earthly possessions, all that appears to remain at the POSTAL Dude is his canine companion and his dressing gown. But on the horizon the duo glimpses an unknown and dazzling city calling them. What unspeakable prospects will they find? Fame? Fortune? Edensin awaits us.
Star Wars: The Force
The sense of reviewing a game like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on Switch remains a mystery, it must be said. Why re-release a revised and improved version of a 2008 game that, despite some interesting elements, was certainly not a masterpiece? Honestly, we don’t have an answer but today Switch owners will be able to relive the adventures of Starkiller, the mysterious apprentice of Darth Vader struggling with a third-person action that wants to convey all the power of the dark side of the Force to us.
- Chernobylite (PS5, Xbox Series X / S)
- MotoGP 22 (PC, PS5, PS4, Switch, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One) Get it on Steam here
From the developers of the inspired and flawed Get Even it’s time to dive once again into a “sea” of radiation in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Chernobylite is a mix of influences between first-person action / FPS, survival and story-driven experience that puts us in front of an adventure full of intrigues and supernatural and non-supernatural mysteries. Our beloved has mysteriously disappeared but there still seems to be hope, as long as we can survive. The game finally arrives also on next-gen with different graphic options that favor frame rate, resolution or ray tracing but also with support for DualSense and its features much appreciated by PS5 owners.
Milestone as per tradition immerses us in the world of two wheels with its new MotoGP, MotoGP 22, the official video game of the next MotoGP season.
One of the novelties of the 2022 title will be the 2009 Season mode, where you can relive one of the best seasons ever. In this mode, you’ll be able to watch a film narrated by Mark Neale, director of the best MotoGP documentaries, including over 50 minutes of footage from the 2009 season. Other additions to MotoGP 22 include a revised tutorial mode and the new MotoGP Academy.
In the new tutorial, players will experience short sessions with customized rules, in order to better understand the fundamentals of the game, while in the MotoGP Academy they will learn to improve their driving style, in order to be faster on each track. The game will also have a dynamic difficulty system, through which it will suggest decreasing or increasing the difficulty based on the challenges completed, the falls, the aids activated, and other parameters.
- Ganryu 2 (PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One)
A sequel after 23 years is certainly not something you see every day but this is also the magic of video games. Ganryu 2 is the sequel to Ganryu, the video game released in 1999 by VISCO for NEOGEO. The story, set in an imaginary feudal Japan, is strongly inspired by the life of Takezo Musashi, whose adventures are documented in a series of books (especially in “Musashi”). We will take on the role of Miyamoto Musashi as he travels through fictional 17th-century Japan from north to south, up to the island of Ganryū-jima, where it all began between Musashi and Kojirō. An inspired hack’n’slash with an old school soul and a not indifferent visual style.
- King Arthur: Knight’s Tale (PC) Get it on Steam here
- The Serpent Rogue (PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X / S) Get it on Steam here
- Zombie Army 4: Dead War (Switch)
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale
The Arthurian myth takes a decidedly different guise in King Arthur: Knight’s Tale, a new project by Neocore Games (The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing) which after Kickstarter and Early Access is finally ready for its official debut for now only on PC with the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S versions that will arrive later in the year.
King Arthur and his nemesis Mordred fight between boundless battlefields, black magic and the undead in an extremely dark scenario that leaves room for a duel to the death from which he emerges victorious … none. Death comes to both of them, two knights who succumb to lethal adversary attacks but who mysteriously live once again. Arthur is back in life different and with a thirst for blood that pushes the Lady of the Lake to recall Mordred from the afterlife, absolute protagonist of the game and central character of this adventure between management phases, RPG and turn-based strategy.
The Serpent Rogue
In this mysterious world, dark and ravaged by calamities and dangerous creatures, we will take on the role of the Warden, an enigmatic alchemist who has the task of protecting the world from lethal and apparently unstoppable corruption. Our choices, our ability to create potions and why not to transform ourselves into other creatures will be fundamental to shape our history in this fascinating universe to be explored that artistically exudes a lot of style.
Zombie Army 4: Dead War
Zombie Army 4: Dead War also debuts on Switch to transport us from the Venetian canals to a Croatian zoo now home to deadly terror asking us to face bloodthirsty Creepers but also grotesque and zombified tanks, demonically possessed and able to generate undead at will. . This is not the usual Second World War seen in a flood of video games and having defeated Hitler by sending him to hell was not enough to win the battle with the forces of evil.
- Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodhunt (PC, PS5) Get it on Steam here
- The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe (PC, PS5, PS4, Switch, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One) Get it on Steam here
Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodhunt
With the hope that Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 does not come to a bad end after the many postponements and development problems, the franchise is preparing to launch a project that is certainly different and that despite the very inflated genre of belonging seems to offer that pinch of capable uniqueness to intrigue. Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodhunt is a PvPvE battle royale in which clans of vampires compete on the streets of Prague using firearms, melee and of course various supernatural powers. All taking care not to be discovered by the human population. To spice things up a bit, there will also be room for hunters of the Second Inquisition, determined to clean up the streets of the Czech capital.
The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe
It was one of the most original and unique experiences of recent years, a game to be discovered able to sow a myriad of secrets and goodies in a seemingly banal and bare setting, demonstrating how those that are often scornfully labeled as silly walking simulators can be really unsettling and sought after. The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is the revised and expanded version of an adventure that is as engaging as it is clever and delightfully ironic. When a simpleton employee named Stanley discovers that his colleagues have mysteriously disappeared, he decides to go in search of answers. This is just the beginning of an unmissable video game.
- Nintendo Switch Sports (Switch)
Of course, the scenario is very different and the fact that it was often included in a bundle with the console greatly helped its sales but seeing the big N propose the successor to one of its most successful titles can only attract attention.
In Nintendo Switch Sports we will fight for victory in a collection of sports that takes us in the middle of the action with friends and family locally or online, challenging other players near and far in a new chapter of the Wii Sports series. Six different sports: football, volleyball, bowling, tennis, badminton and chanbara that use Joy-Con controllers to reproduce real-world movements in the game.
We will also be able to connect the leg strap, included with the on-board version of the game, to a Joy-Con controller to kick the ball in Penalty Mode. Additionally, a seventh sport will be added with a free update this fall: golf. It is difficult if not impossible to repeat the impressive impact of Wii Sports but we are curious to observe the reception of critics and audiences.