Gaming really is a year long hobby. While some of the big releases each year are saved until the fourth quarter to capitalize on holiday spending, quality titles can be found in every month throughout the year. Already 2016 has seen the release of smaller, independent titles like The Witness and Firewatch to bigger franchises like Street Fighter V and Far Cry Primal. The month of April is no exception. Here are three titles for the Nintendo Wii U, Xbox One/PC, and PlayStation 4 that should have any gamer excited.
Coinciding with the debut of Ratchet & Clank on the big screen, Ratchet & Clank on the PS4 is a re-imagining of the PS2 title with updated graphics, mixing weapons and gameplay elements from various titles throughout the series. Insomniac‘s flagship franchise has seen a number of releases over the years, but with spin-off titles like Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One failing to resonate with gamers, perhaps going back to its roots will reignite some love for the duo. The graphics for the game alone are stunning, really reaching to Pixar level quality in terms of visuals.
I’m sure Insomniac is hoping the movie will bring in new, younger fans eager to bring some of the theater experience home to the PS4. At a reduced price of $40 and avoiding competing with Nathan Drake due to the Uncharted 4 delay, Ratchet & Clank has a chance to make an impact for many PS4 gamers in April.
As the Wii U begins its journey into the night sky of console heaven, Star Fox Zero will be one of the last big titles released for the system. Star Fox has a long history going back to the SNES, but hasn’t had the greatest track record when it comes to games. For Fox McCloud’s latest adventure, Nintendo has teamed up with Platinum Games to co-develop Star Fox Zero, the 6th title in the series. When it releases April 22nd, the game will also be bundled with Star Fox Guard, a standalone tower defense game.
In many ways a throwback to the gameplay of earlier titles, Star Fox Zero brings something new as well by making use of the Wii U Gamepad features. The left control stick pilots vehicles and gyroscopic controls are used to aim weapons. Featuring the return of memorable teammates, enemies, levels, and transforming vehicles, Star Fox Zero could help the Wii U fly off in style as Nintendo prepares for the arrival of NX.
For their major follow up to Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, developer Remedy Entertainment is bringing their ambitious title Quantum Break to the Xbox One and PC. The time-travel action adventure is unique in not only being a game, but also a digital TV series. The digital series follows the antagonists of Quantum Break, and the choices made by the player can affect what happens in the game. Remedy has assembled an impressive cast of actors to bring their vision to life in Shawn Ashmore, Dominic Monaghan, Aidan Gillen, and Lance Reddick.
If nothing else, the game is visually stunning and looks to be one of the most impressive looking games on Microsoft’s system. If the complete package is able to deliver, Microsoft will have a standout title that any gamer would want to make time for.
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