Now with the first gaming Quarter of 2018 over, it’s time to move into Quarter 2!  With the whirlwind that was March, it’s understandable for there to be a slight dip in releases. However, April is not without a few notable titles. Here’s a look at some of the games you can look forward to this month!

Extinction

Extinction is a new hack-and-slash game from developer Iron Galaxy. Extinction is set a realm where giant monsters have ransacked the world. The final kingdom that exists is Dolorum, and it’s up to you to take down the Ravenii and save the world! This game feels like a fusion between Shadow of the Colossus and the Attack on Titan games. Players must take down huge monsters (the Ravenii) while utilizing their environment in the battle. A fight will be different if players are fighting in an open field, versus fighting in a city where you can use the buildings to your advantage. Extinction features a strong story campaign, numerous side missions, and a variety of battle scenarios that are never the same. Extinction will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 10. 

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

Yakuza 6 will soon be released to the Western world! It’s been two years since the game’s release, and now it is finally heading to US shelves. The series began in 2005 and has steadily become a beloved franchise. Yakuza 6 takes place immediately after Yakuza 5 and continues the story of Kazuma Kiryu. Due to a series of tragic events, Kiryu is now in charge of baby Haruto. Together, they will travel to Hiroshima to discover the truth behind Haruka’s (Haruto’s mother) accident and Kiryu must fight to protect the family he loves. The game will feature seamless transitions between cutscenes, an enhanced battle system, and a rich emotional family narrative. 

Additionally, there are two unique ways to enjoy the game! Players can purchase the After Hours Premium Edition of the game that comes with a hardcover art book (containing pieces of art from the Yakuza fan community), two coasters, two bar glasses, and two ice stones all in a collectible Yakuza outer box. Or you can purchase the Essence of Art Premium Edition which includes just the hardcover art book. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life will be available for the PS4 on April 17.

 

God of War

Kratos is back and is ready to take on the Norse Gods in the new God of War. This is a game that has sparked interest ever since it’s announcement and demo at E3 2016. This game is not so much of a reboot, but a refresh of the series. We now join Kratos in the Northern Wilds, as he and his son Atreus must venture out to scatter the ashes of Atreus’ mother. And along with this new locale comes a new playing style. The game is one full single shot. This means it won’t be broken up with cutscenes. Instead, these scenes will seamlessly happen as you play throughout the game. Additionally, the game features a new morality system in the storyline, and new combat mechanics as well. And finally, players do not need to worry about Atreus being a liability. Similar to games like Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us, your companion character is able to take care of themselves. Atreus will assist in combat, puzzles, and can even be equipped with new gear and weapons. 

God of War remains one of Sony’s biggest releases of 2018, and they’re pulling out all the stops. Players can purchase a Limited Edition PS4 Pro that is detailed in the aesthetic of the game. Furthermore, there is a ton of other God of War merch available for purchase as well. Personally, I’m really excited about this game. The fresh new updated take on this series is exciting, and I cannot wait to explore the Nordic Wilds with Father and Son. God of War will be available on the PS4 on April 20.  

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 Nintendo Labo

Nintendo’s most unique project debuts this month! Earlier this year, Nintendo announced the Nintendo Labo, a fusion of Switch gaming and DIY projects.These kits utilize the Joy Cons and cardboard constructables to create fun interactive games. Now, you can jam out on the piano, go fishing, or even turn your Switch into a VR-Robot suit experience!  The Nintendo Labo has continued to receive a mix of positive and negative reactions since it’s announcement. Many see the Labo as “too childish” to the wide adult audience that the Switch has. I honestly praise Nintendo for this leap of faith. And as an adult, I’m interested and inspired by the Nintendo Labo kits myself! The Nintendo Labo Variety Kit and the Nintendo Labo Robot Kit will be available on April 20.

RELATED: Coming April 2018: Nintendo Labo

 In Conclusion

Overall, it’s a pretty small month of releases compared to the explosion of games that was March. But, these are still some awesome titles to get excited about. And as I mentioned earlier, this dip in releases is understandable. At the end of Quarters is when we’ll see the biggest push for games. Additionally, we’ll be seeing a boom of game releases in May, before E3 2018 in June. This is in part due to school ending, and developers pushing out games for Summer Break. But before we get excited about May and E3, let’s take time to enjoy April. So kick back, pick up a controller, and enjoy this month’s releases!

 

Emily Rose Jacobson
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