The Gaming Month Ahead – April


Easing a little off our wallets, or likely preparing us for the Easter Sales, game releases are running a little thinner than last month. Headlining this month is Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Witcher 2 was already released last year on PC to great commercial and critical success, and now comes across to the console world on X360 (Sadly no PS3 version yet) If you like RPG’s Witcher 2 is a must buy – the game is simply fantastic and were it not for the marginalisation of PC gaming I think it would (and should) have won a ton of awards last year. The graphics and art direction are simply sublime and the X360 holds up well enough to deliver the art in an appreciable manner. While it doesn’t have Skyrim’s wandering and exploration, it offers a far deeper story, fleshed out characters and setting and choices that really impact the world. One playthrough is not sufficient to see all that Witcher 2 has to offer. With that in mind PC players may want to check out Witcher 2 again as all the extra content made for the X360 version is added into the PC via a free update. There’s tons of new content, quests and that awesome CG intro movie above.  For those that didn’t buy it on PC first time around, it’s being released in a new Enhanced Edition with all the new bells and whistles already included.

Elsewhere this month we have Prototype 2 delivering more open mass murder. While I enjoyed the first one, I’m not entirely sold on the story premise of this sequel. Hopefully the protagonists motivation evolves than just dumb revenge. Warriors Orochi 3 returns with a roster of around 130 characters! this time hailing not only from Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors, but also from Ninja Gaiden, Bladestorm and Trinity. Vita gets a couple of new releases including ports of Disgaea 3 and Mortal Kombat – though naturally spruced up with extras.

Release List April:

6th

  • Kinect: Star Wars (X360)
  • Devil May Cry: HD Collection (PS3/X360)
  • Warriors Orochi 3 (PS3/X360)
  • Top Gun Hard Lock (PC/PS3/X360)
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (X360/Wii/DS)

13th

  • Pandora’s Tower (Wii)
  • Supremacy MMA (Vita)

17th

  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (X360)
  • Blades of Time (PC)

20th

  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (Vita)
  • Battleships (PS3/X360/Wii/DS/3DS)
  • Cats and Dogs (3DS)

27th

  • Prototype 2 (PC/PS3/X360)
  • Risen 2: Dark Waters (PS3/X360)
  • Back to the Future: The Game (PC/PS3/Wii)
  • Mortal Kombat (Vita)
  • Crash Time 4: The Syndicate (PC/PS3/X360)
  • Port Royale 3 (PS3/X360)
  • Men of War: Condemned Heroes (PC)

The DMC HD collection is also out, but I’d be careful before shelling out on it. HD Collections are coming out in two distinct flavours. Sony on the whole have done really well with them – Jak and Daxter, Sly Trilogy and ICO have all been treated really well and while Konami did a great job with the MGS collection others haven’t been quite so outstanding. Silent Hill HD was notable inferior to the originals (how did that happen?) while others like Resident Evil 4 have been left untreated. Capcom aren’t known for their care in remastering old games, so DMC at the moment looks like RE4, with no work done whatsoever to remaster it.

Also for those few interested Blades of Time, which was released last month on consoles, comes out this month on PC with a few extras thrown in.

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