The Gaming Month Ahead – April 2014


 

April. Looking at the release list this month it’s quite clear that it’s going to be a quieter month than last. Most people will probably be happy picking up games they missed in the various Easter sales that will no doubt spring up around the place. The main title, going by my incredible bias towards the series, is Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete. This comes as an expansion to to the PS3 DW8 title of yesteryear. On PS4 and Vita, it comes as both titles in one, with a rather hefty visual upgrade on the PS4. There’s cross-saves across all platforms and versions. While DW8 doesn’t favour the true-to-history approach of DW7 – it does have an enormous wealth of modes and challenges to keep you occupied forever.

The rather odd Elder Scrolls Online comes out this month on PC too. It’s a game that no one really asked for, it’s certainly a game no one asked to pay a month subscription for. To be fair it has improved considerably since its first reveal, adding a more traditional TES style 1st person option in, and not looking like a WOW-Clone that just happened to be several years late.

There’s also a trio of games making late jumps across platforms. Titanfall finally (probably) lands on X360. Respawn and Bluepoint (who are handling the port) have been pretty quiet regarding the port. The extra delay was attributed to polish – and hardly any media of the game has yet to be seen. I think everyone is expecting something not all that pretty (after all, Titanfall was hardly doing much to push the XBone) but as long as the gameplay remains intact, X360 gamers should be happy. Okay, maybe not happy…but content.

Titanfall

Above is an artist’s concept of what the X360 version of Titanfall may look like…

The second port is Dark Souls 2, finally gracing PC. After the controversy surrounding the downgrade of the console versions since the game’s reveal, I think it’s quite obvious why they didn’t want the PC and Console versions releasing side-by-side. Hopefully this time From Software have learnt that PC’s don’t need to be limited to 30fps and 720p – and deliver what should be the definitive version of the title. And the third port is Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PS4. There shouldn’t be too many surprises with this one. A Realm Reborn has been hugely successful since the relaunch last year. It’s done well on console, and the PS4 port is pretty much the PC version at top end settings. While FFXIV is still a subscription based affair, the massive following that kept FFXI alive for so long is testament to the willingness of fans to pay to play in the FF worlds.

Also this month, Ubisoft’s rather pretty RPG platformer, Child of Light. It uses the Rayman Legends engine and just like that game, gives everything a wonderful painted feel. It comes to PS4, PS3 and PC at the end of the month.

2nd

  • Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate (PC/PS3/X360/WiiU)
  • Mercenary Kings (PS4)

4th

  • Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends (PS4/PS3/Vita)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online (PC)
  • Halo: Spartan Assault (PC)

8th

  • Daylight (PS4)
  • Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut (PS4)

11th

  • Don Bradman Cricket 14 (PC/PS3/X360)
  • LEGO The Hobbit (PC/PS4/PS3/X360/XBone/Vita/3DS/WiiU)
  • The Raven: :Legacy of a Master Thief (PS3)
  • Terraria (X360)
  • Titanfall (X360)
  • Kinect Rivals (XBone)
  • Warlock 2: The Exiled (PC)

16th

  • Final Fantasy XIV A Real Reborn (PS4)
  • Borderlands 2 ‘Sir Hammerlock Versus the Son of Crawmerax’ (PC/PS3/X360)
  • Trials Fusion (PC/PS4/XBone/X360)

18th

  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (PS3/X360)
  • The Sly Trilogy (Vita)
  • Nintendo Pocket Football (3DS)

23rd

  • Defense Technica (XBLA)

25th

  • Dark Souls 2 (PC)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle (PS3)
  • Short Peace: Ranko Tuskigime’s Longest Day (PS3)
  • Demon Gaze (Vita)
  • Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon (3DS)

30th

  • Child of Light (PC/PS4/PS3)
  • NASCAR ’14 (PS3/X360)
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