The Games of April

The Elder Scrolls Online

We’re one week into April, and gamers are already seeing a number of great releases, with plenty more to look forward to in this first month of Q2 2014. From an unlikely parody hit, to a beloved franchise’s online re-imagining, to a pair of AAA ports, April is showering us with games. And if none of the following work for you, there are always online casino games to play.

Goat Simulator – What started as a game-jam joke — a parody of so-called “simulator” games — has gained incredible traction among snark-loving gamers, and even some critics, too. The game comes with a warning that it’s broken and actually not so great, but if you want to run around causing damage and dragging objects stuck to a goat’s tongue, this is the game for you.

The Elder Scrolls Online – Gamers have long called for a multiplayer version of the Elder Scrolls games, so when The Elder Scrolls Online was announced, it was of course met half with joy and half with rage by fans. In the midst of the free-to-play era, this MMORPG from Zenimax Online Studios is sticking with a subscription-based model, though analysts predict the fee will drop in time. Until then, players will be paying to explore Tamriel and complete quests as Dragon Knights, Templars, Sorcerers, or Nightblades.

LEGO The Hobbit – Traveller’s Tales has built a mini-interlocking-plastic-brick empire out of its pop-culture themed LEGO games. Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Batman, Marvel, and now J.R.R. Tolkien books have all made the small screen, with this month’s release focusing on the Hobbit films of 2012 and 2013. April is action, adventure, LEGOs, and hobbits.

Titanfall (Xbox 360) – Respawn Entertainment’s massively anticipated first-person shooter that’s already made a splash on Xbox One is coming to Xbox 360 this month, opening up a world of free-running and mech combat to a new segment of the gaming populace. Xbox 360 players can expect a high-octane, action-packed collision of mechs and pilots this month on Microsoft’s “last gen” console.

Trials Fusion – Trials Fusion is a continuation of the breakout motorcycle racing series that started in 2009 with Trials HD on Xbox Live Arcade. This time, all the big air, high speed, stunts, and physics come to a new, high-tech, and futuristic world, with track editor and social features to up the ante.

Dark Souls II (PC) – From Software has done it yet again, combining elements of previous masterpieces Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls to create a new beast of an action RPG for gamers to punish themselves with. Now, PC gamers can explore Drangleic to the soothing sounds of clashing steel, dragons, and Grand Souls. Prepare to die in April.

Daylight – Glow sticks, flares, and a cell phone: those things are all that players have to guide them in this procedurally generated horror game built on Unreal Engine 4. Developer Zombie Studios takes players into an abandoned hospital that aims to give them a new experience filled with new scares every single time they play. Is this a revolution in modern horror gaming?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Releasing in close proximity with film of the same name, Beenox’s fourth Spider-Man game opens up New York City to a web-slinging Peter Parker as he hunts Uncle Ben’s killer. Kraven the Hunter, Electro, Kingpin, Black Cat, Green Goblin, and Carnage all make appearances, and a new morality system aims to inject a little Infamous into the mix. We’ll see how it works out for Beenox this month.

Child of Light – This platform RPG built on the UbiART Framework is a coming-of-age story from the minds of the talented team at Ubisoft Montreal. Mixing classic RPG gameplay with hand-drawn art in a fairy tale setting, Child of Light promises to bring something new and exciting to a semi-dormant genre. Just looking at this game is exciting.


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