Wow this looks awesome the next installment to the Dark Souls series is here. Get ready for the spam of ‘You Have Died’ Screens. Top Game Picks for April 2016
Quantum Break: Xbox One / PC – Monday 4 April
Remedy’s twisty-turny temporal title Quantum Break has been eagerly anticipated since it was revealed back in the heady summer of 2013 alongside the Xbox One.
The developers of noir shooter Max Payne and psychological horror Alan Wake have turned their hand to time travel in a third-person action game that’ll have you bending the fourth dimension to your will with some awesome looking powers.
There’s also a companion live action TV show included with the game that fleshes out the universe, starring the likes of X-Men star Shawn Ashmore, Aidan Gillen AKA Littlefinger from Game of Thrones and Lost’s Dominic Monaghan
I got to play a decent chunk of it back in March, and it looks like we could be in for yet more of Remedy’s typically engaging storycraft.
If you’re unfamiliar with their particular brand of pop culture reverence, picking up the game on Xbox One also nets you a code for a digital copy of Alan Wake, the closest we’ve ever gotten to a Twin Peaks/Twilight Zone video game. Can’t say fairer than that.
Dark Souls 3: Xbox One / PS4 / PC – Tuesday 12 April
I only dabbled briefly with Dark Souls 2, but it was enough to teach me that From Software’s unforgiving Souls franchise truly isn’t for the faint of heart. This latest installment of the hardcore action RPG series looks to be no different.
Expect yet another obscure plot, punishing boss fights and endless ‘You Died’ screens.
This time around, movement and combat have apparently been made more fluid, and players will be given more tactical options when it comes to hacking and slashing their way through whichever presumably oppressive yet beautifully detailed world this chapter is undoubtedly set in.
Having grown spoiled and lazy thanks to the regenerating health and generous checkpoints of modern games, a good old-fashioned challenge like this could be quite a tonic.
Ratchet & Clank: PS4 – Friday April 22
If graphics were indeed all that mattered for video games, Ratchet & Clank would already be lined up for a potential Game of the Year award.
Standing as one of the most visually spectacular games I’ve seen this generation – alongside the same developer’s Xbox One title Sunset Overdrive – this game manages to escape the dreary bland colour palette of more mainstream games. Instead it goes for bright oranges, deep blues, characters bursting with life and all-round stunning visuals that this generation of powerful game consoles really deserves.
Thankfully, visuals are in no way all that this game has going for it. Acting as a re-imagining of the 2002 PlayStation 2 classic, this platformer-shooter is looking to be one of the best reboots we’ve ever received.
Although 3D platformers are definitely past their prime in the mainstream market, this game’s pure action, comedy, charm and passion deems it worthy of being a big seller.
Ratchet & Clank always felt like a playable Pixar movie, and that resounds even more strongly with this re-imagining – even more-so that it actually is a tie-in for the movie of the same name releasing in April.
These are great choices for the next upcoming games, the month of April will be a good one for gamers all across. I don’t know about you guys but my pick is on Dark Souls 3, let the slaughter begin. Top Game Picks for April 2016