Since I only just came back from my Japan Trip ( a seperate post will follow for that :3 ), I didn’t have the time to write a long write-up for this month’s game, but there you go! March was amazing and I doubt April can keep up with that as a whole, but since the No.1 Contender for my personal GOTY will get released, I don’t care!
I don’t think that this game needs any further introduction here since I’ve written about this game more often than I can count by now. After the very positive impressions from Japanese players and import players, Western reviewers finally got their hands on their copies and the game received critical acclaim across the board! Some even call it the best JRPG of the last decade if not of all time. I cannot wait to pick up my copy later today and to start playing and you should as well!
Platforms:PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
Developer/Publisher: Atlus / Atlus USA (NA), Deep Silver (EU)
Release Date: April 4th
After a very successful Kickstarter campaign by former developers of Rare (Banjo Kazooie) Yooka-Laylee is almost here and I know that fans of 3D platformers are hopeful that this will fill the void that the current Rare has left. Gameplay looked fine when the game was announced, but I have heard some opinions from people who got the game early that it might have some problems, so if you are still on the fence it might be worth waiting for reviews to come out. [UPDATE: Reviews seem to be very mixed thus far 😦 ]
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (Win, Mac, Linux), Nintendo Switch (no date for that yet)
Developer/Publisher: Playtonic Games / Team 17
Release Date: April 11th
Cosmic Star Heroine
Cosmic Star Heroine is the newest game from Zeboyd Games who have made small RPGs like Cathulu saves the world before. Cosmic Star Heroine seems to be their most ambitious title yet and is inspired by great JRPGs like Chrono Trigger or Phantasy Star and it definitely looks quite charming. I have been following this game for quite a while already and I am looking forward to playying it on the Vita in the future. Limited Run Games will release a limited physical version of the game at some point, so I will probably wait for that to happen until I buy the game.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC, PlayStation Vita (later release)
Developer/Publisher: Zeboyd Games
Release Date: April 11th
Dragon Quest Heroes II
After the success of the first Dragon Quest Heroes, it didn’t take long for Square to announce a sequel. The combination of RPG elements and the traditional Musou gameplay already worked very well in the first game, but according to import impressions Dragon Quest Heroes II improved nearly every weakness that the first game had as is considered one of the best Musou titles out there. Heroes II (together with I) was also released on the Nintendo Switch in Japan, but for now the game will only release on PS4 and PC in the West.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch (Western release not confirmed)
Developer/Publisher: Omega Force / Square Enix
Release Date: PC: April 25th, PS4: April 25th (NA); April 28th (EU)
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Puyo Puyo Tetris is a Cross-over game of Tetris and PuyoPuyo. The former probably needs no further introduction but the latter is probably not as well known in the West as in Japan. Puyo Puyo is a puzzle game that revolves around forming connections of at least 4 bubbles of the same color to erase them and to try to build chains for high combos. In this game the player can either play one of both games seperately or modes that combine both games. The game also features several Multiplayer Modes and is just a blast to play. The game has been out in Japan for quite a while already and I immensely enjoyed the Japanese PS4 and Vita versions and can only recommend it to all players even of you are only interested in Tetris.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Developer/Publisher: SEGA / SEGA (NA), Deep Silver (EU)
Release Date: April 25th (NA), April 28th (EU)
Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War III
The 3rd installment in the popular Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War series will try to combine elements from the first Dawn of War as well as its follow-up Dawn of War II. While 2 removed base building in order to focus on the micro-management of small squads, base-building will return in Dawn of War III while retaining the squad based gameplay that made 2 so popular. This time, 3 races will be playable in the campaign (Space Marines, Orcs and Eldar) and from what I’ve seen thus far, this could be a great RTS from Relic again. I am currently playing through the campaign of 2 with a good friend and enjoy it a lot, so I am looking forward to playing III sometime in the future.
Developer/Publisher: Relic Entertainment / SEGA
Release Date: April 27th
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
In order to fill the Switch Lineup with more games, Wii U ports are definitely a good idea and which better game to make its way to Nintendo’s new console than Mario Kart 8? The game features all DLC that has been released thus far and features a revamped Battle Mode as well playable characters from Nintendo’s smash hit Splatoon!
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: April 28th