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April 2017 new game releases: Month of the bizarre

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April includes an impressive list of some of the most bizarre and scary games you'll play this year. If that's not your thing, then you can always play it safe with Guardians of the Galaxy, Siberia, or any of the host of other titles also releasing in April.

Persona 5

Release date: 4/04 WW

Platforms: PS4 & PS3 Genre: Role-playing, social simulation

Mode: Single-player

Age restriction: M 17+

Rated for: Blood, Drug Reference, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence. Online not rated.

Game info: Persona 5 will be a role-playing game, much the same as its predecessors, but with new characters and a richer story. "The story of Persona 5 will discuss the hardships of modern-day society and feature characters that are restrained by the rules set by this society. As a result, players will be confronted with trials and chains that they will have to overcome. Much like the previous installments of the series the game is set in a high school - however, the mood and tone will be different.  Persona 5 is about a kind of freedom that is different from the other games in the series. This freedom is meant to liberate those who "are bored and discontent with their lives". Despite this, Atlus expects and wants players of Persona 3 and Persona 4 to feel at home with this game. Persona 5 is meant to be an emotional experience that stirs up its audience and finally lets them go with a strong message of catharsis after everything is said and done" explained Atlus in the 2014 reveal.

Developer & Publisher: Atlus

The Franz Kafka Videogame

Release date: 6/04 WW

Platforms: PC & iOS

Genre: Adventure, puzzle

Mode: Single-player

Age restriction: TBA

Game info: "The Franz Kafka Videogame is an original puzzle/adventure game inspired by the writings of Franz Kafka. The protagonist named K. gets a sudden offer of employment. And this event changes his life, forcing him to make a distant voyage. To his surprise, the world beyond his homeland appears to be not as normal as he would think. Together with K. you will experience an atmosphere of absurdity, surrealism, and total uncertainty," reads the official description.

Read more: The Franz Kafka Videogame - Where adventure meets absurdity

Developer: mif2000

Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition

Release date: 07/04 WW

Platforms: PC, Xbox One & PS4

Genre: First-person shooter

Modes: Single-player & multiplayer

Age restriction: M 17 +

Rated for: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol. Online not rated

Game info: "Updated with hi-res textures, increased polygon counts, sterling audio, smoother framerates, and running in up to 4K resolution on PC and PS4 Pro, this upgraded version of the critically-acclaimed shooter comes with all of the previously-released DLC along with brand-new content. In addition to six new maps for the score-based Echo Mode, players will enjoy the new Overkill Mode, which enables all weapons and Skillshots from the get-go once the initial campaign has been completed. "In Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, players step into the boots of Grayson Hunt after a crash landing on an abandoned resort planet forces him to make a hard choice: survival or revenge.

An exiled member of the elite assassin group Dead Echo, Grayson’s blind desire for vengeance finds his crew stranded on Stygia where he can finally confront the commander behind his betrayal — or get his team off the planet alive. Decimate throngs of Stygia’s mutated inhabitants, performing masterful kills throughout the single-player campaign — or one of 30 competitive score-challenge and 12 co-operative multiplayer maps — using the game’s unique “Skillshot” system, which rewards players for executing the most creative and deadly kills imaginable."

Developers: People Can Fly & Epic Games

Publisher: Gearbox

Yooka-Laylee

Release date: 11/04 WW

Platforms: PC, Xbox One & PS4

Genre: Platformer

Modes: Single-player & multiplayer

Age restriction: TBA

Game info: Yooka-Laylee seems to be a mixture of all our favorite long-lost platforming games, all mixed into one colourful and vibrant adventure. Yooka-Laylee seems to draw inspiration from games like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro The Dragon, and Banjo and Kazooie. From what I see of the game, it has platforming, power ups, epic bosses, and various worlds to explore. This game actually started off as a kickstarter, and is now headed to a handful of platforms. It just proves that we really want more games like this. 

Developer: Playtonic Games

Publisher: Team 17

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

Release date: 18/04 WW

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, iOS & Android

Genre: Graphic adventure

Mode: Single-player

Age restriction: TBA

Game info: "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is a brand new story of the universe's unlikeliest heroes: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. In the wake of an epic battle, the Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power. Each of them has a reason to desire this relic, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind, and who will stop at nothing to tear it from their hands. From Earth to the Milano to Knowhere and beyond, and set to the beat of awesome music, you wear the rocket-powered boots of Star-Lord in an original Guardians adventure, where your decisions and actions drive the story you experience."

Read more: Telltale reveals first screenshots and cast for Guardians of the Galaxy

Developer & Publisher: Telltale Games

Outlast II

Release date: 25/04 WW

Platforms: PC, Xbox One & PS4

Genre: Survival horror

Mode: Single-player

Age restriction: TBA

Game info: My impressions of this horrible game from the demo tells you everything you need to know.

I am soaked in fear.  It has imprisoned me. Locked me inside a small room in my mind. And I cannot escape. Madness crawls these invisible walls, and across my mind flickers imagery that I know is driving me insane. Fear has possessed me, and I cannot rid myself of its incessant pressure. Death would be a pleasant escape if only its master wasn't THIS. This thing that brings to life unimaginable horror. I stopped playing the Outlast 2 demo a few hours ago, but still, it continues to haunt me. A fear that is stronger than fiction.

Read more: Outlast 2 demo impressions: Going mad is theonly sane thing to do

Developer & Publisher: Red Barrels

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

Release date: 25/04 WW

Platforms: PC, Xbox One & PS4

Genre: First-person, tactical shooter

Modes: Single-player, multiplayer

Age restriction: M 17+

Rated for: Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language. Online not rated.

Game info: Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 features three main characters, and a bunch of side characters that will aid the Ghosts in their mission to neutralize Georgian Separatists. Each main character has his or her strengths, weaknesses, back story, goals and reasons for taking on missions. The combination of those character traits either compliment or conflict a mission. As you improve the Sniper, Ghost, and Warrior skills, you unlock perks where you can, for example, repair the drone while in the field. Specific actions during a mission (like interrogate or take down), adds points to the three sections. When the point limit is reached to unlock a new perk for Sniper, Ghost, or Warrior, it becomes available at the end of the mission.

I love how CI Games made it so easy, yet effective to expand in those three areas. Players have three distinct approaches to how they want to play the game - or in a combination of the three. It's a great synergy of stealth, action, and tactical first-person action. Another big plus for Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is the map and fast travel system. Both are again - simple yet very effective. It provides exactly what you want from those two features - detailed information that you can quickly add or remove from the world map - and fast travel over long distances. 

Read more: Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Open Beta Impressions

Developer & Publisher: CI Games

Syberia 3

Release dates: 20/04 EU & SA, 25/04 NA

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, iOS & Android

Genre: Adventure

Mode: Single-player

Age restriction: T for Teen

Rated for: Mild Language, Mild Violence, Use of Alcohol

Game info: You play as Kate Walker who wakes up with her memory "all mixed up" after a terrible blizzard. She teams up with the Youkol tribe “for a journey in the heart of Siberia to join the snow ostriches to their sacred lands and breeding site. An adventure punctuated by surprises, epic moments and encounters with strange characters, during which players become acquainted with Kate's fellow travellers, such as Ayawaska - the shaman of the Youkol tribe, always tag teaming with her owl - Kurk - The spiritual guide of the Youkol - or Captain Obo - proud captain of the Krystal. Impersonating Kate Walker, players will benefit from a brand new way to freely explore striking landscapes and circumvent their mysteries and puzzles in ways they have not experienced before.”

Developer & Publisher: Microïds

Little Nightmares

Release date: 28/04 WW

Platforms: PC, Xbox One & PS4

Genre: Puzzle-platformer

Mode: Single-player

Age restriction: T for Teen

Rated for: Blood, Violence

Game info: Little Nightmares is an indie title developed by Tarsier Studios and published by Bandai Namco. The game is as eerie as they come, blurring the "lines between dreams and nightmares as they explore The Maw in an effort to escape its nightmarish confines." What can possibly be creepier than playing with your childhood fears?

Developer: Tarsier Studios

Publisher: Bandai Namco

More games releasing in April

  • Domina: PC on 03/04 WW
  • The Sexy Brutale: PC, PS4 & Xbox One on 11/04 WW
  • Calm Waters: PC on 13/04 WW
  • Full Throttle Remastered: PS4/Vita & PC on 18/04 WW
  • Dragon Quest Heroes II: PC (25/04 WW) & PS4 (25/04 NA & 28/04 EU)
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris: PS4 & Switch on 25/04 NA & 28/04 PAL
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Switch on 28/04 WW

Don't forget to download the Mafia 3 free demo, as well as your free games for April's Games with Gold (which is a thing of beauty), and PlayStation Plus (TBA) subscribers. What will you be playing in April? I can't wait to review The Franz Kafka Videogame.

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