Although one of the most anticipated releases of 2016 ended up being delayed (as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has been pushed to May 10th), the month of April is still jam-packed with notable videogame releases. Below, you can find our list of the top 10 April 2016 videogame releases that should end up being worth buying.
10. Mini-Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge
Mini-Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge, which was previously available via an early access program, officially launches in April of 2016. In this puzzle game, you can guide various characters through obstacles by using your stylus. By scanning a compatible Amiibo (which are figures from the Donkey Kong and Mario franchises), you can also unlock characters with special abilities.
Mini-Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge will be made available for the 3DS and Wii U on the 28th of April.
9. DiRT Rally
The latest DiRT installment is a rally racing game that features over 70 stages with various track conditions. It will also come with officially licensed content from the FIA World Rally Cross, including cars and race courses. DiRT Rally has already gotten great reviews with the PC version (which came out late last year), so racing simulation fans should definitely check out the upcoming PS4 and Xbox One ports.
DiRT Rally will be made available for the two console on April 5th. You can preorder the racer with this link on Amazon.
8. Star Fox Guard
Star Fox Guard started out life as Project Guard, which is designed to take advantage of underutilized Wii U GamePad. The upcoming game is a Tower Defense title where you can switch between cameras to take down invading enemies. If that wasn’t enough, you can also create your own wave of enemies and share it with friends online.
Releasing on April 22nd, Star Fox Guard will be included with the physical version of Star Fox Zero, which you can purchase here. The game is also available as a standalone digital title.
7. Enter the Gungeon
Enter the Gungeon combines dungeon exploration (similar to the classic 2D Legend of Zelda games) with bullet hell elements as many attacks often fill up a majority of the screen. With hundreds of weapons available at your disposal, along with the ability to team up via co-op, the indie game is shaping up to be a blast to play.
Enter the Gungeon is releasing on April 5th for the PlayStation 4 and PC.
6. Bravely Second: End Layer
The sequel to one of the better Japanese role-playing games that came out in recent years, Bravely Default, is finally coming out in the North American region. In the upcoming title, you can change the flow of combat where you can sacrifice or reserve future actions during battles. Not to mention that you can also start another, more difficult battle, after being triumphant. With over 30 character classes to boot, Bravely Second: End Layer is shaping up to be a great follow-up to the first game.
You can preorder the sequel, which is releasing on April 15th, with this page.
Alienation is the newest project from Housemarque, the studio behind the acclaimed Super Stardust HD, Dead Nation and Resogun. The studio’s latest is similar to Dead Nation in that it is a top-down shooter. Along with multiple classes, you can also team up online with friends to take on the invading aliens. Based on Housemarque’s pedigree, gamers are in for another treat when it comes to playing a pure action game.
Alienation will be released on the 26th of April.
4. Star Fox Zero
Star Fox Zero brings back the fan favorite on-rails shooter franchise for modern day audiences. This time, the development team (which includes Platinum Games) is taking advantage of the Wii U GamePad so that you can move and shoot independently. Not to mention that there are multiple alternate paths in the stages, which increases replay value. Although the first and second impressions weren’t too great for Star Fox Zero, it appears that the delay has helped the game greatly based on the most recent footage.
You can preorder the physical version of Star Fox Zero, which launches on April 22nd along with Star Fox Guard, with this link.
3. Quantum Break
Quantum Break is the latest game from Remedy Entertainment, the creators behind Max Payne and Alan Wake. In the upcoming title, you will be able to manipulate time is creative ways in order to defeat enemies as well as maneuver around the environment. Reviews for the game has been great so far. Thus, if you are looking for a third-person shooter, especially one with a strong story, you should give Remedy’s latest title a shot.
Quantum Break will be made available starting on the 5th of April for the PC and Xbox One. You can preorder the Xbox One/Windows 10 exclusive here.
2. Ratchet and Clank
With a new generation, Insomniac Games and Sony decided to reboot the Ratchet and Clank series with not only a movie, but also a brand new game. In addition to the incredible visuals, the upcoming title also incorporates the new and refined elements from the more recent titles. So, if you missed out the platforming franchise so far, you should definitely check out the upcoming reboot as you will most likely won’t be disappointed.
Ratchet and Clank is releasing for the PS4 on April 12th. You can preorder the reboot via this page.
1. Dark Souls III
From Software became one of the most recognizable development studios on the planet thanks to the Souls series. Their latest project, Dark Souls 3, appears to be the best yet as it combines the faster movement from Bloodborne with the depth of Demon’s Souls as well as the first two Dark Souls videogames. Early impressions of the game, which is already out in Japan, has been overwhelmingly positive so far. So, if you can only get one game in April of 2016, make sure you check out Dark Souls 3.
The third mainline Dark Souls will be released on the 12th of April in North America for the PS4, Xbox One and PC platforms. You can preorder the action RPG with this link.Aside from the ten above-mentioned games, the following notable titles are also coming out in April of 2016: Battle Worlds: Kronos, Dungeons 2, Langrisser: Re:Incarnation Tensei, Lichdom: Battlemage, Lost Reavers, Pokemon Rumble World, R.B.I. Baseball 16 and Sega 3D Classics Collection.
As you can see above, you have plenty of games to choose from, in terms of new releases, in April 2016.