Put away your shamrock shakes and bring out the Easter eggs, as for it’s a new month of releases. Hello and welcome to the 21st edition of my top anticipated games of the month. I honestly cannot believe I have made twenty-one of these lists over the course of almost two years, but that’s besides the point. What isn’t besides the point are the rules.
The game has to be released on at least one of the major systems (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch). The game has to be new, so no remasters or re-releases onto new systems. One thing I do count is a game either entering or exiting early access, but that game can only be counted once. If a game does have multiple release dates like Destiny 2 or GTA 5, then I will only count the earliest release date. The exception to that is if the game has a pre-order bonus of entering the game early, in which I will count its normal release date. Finally, it has to be a game, not a DLC. With the rules out of the way, let's look at my top picks for April.
5. Mortal Kombat 11
NetherRealm’s next fighting game throws you right back into the gruesome world of Mortal Kombat, as a strange goddess tries to restore order into the world by any means necessary. I will say it time and time again: I am not a fighting game guy. Despite that, I keep meaning to try out Injustice 2 (NetherRealm’s previous fighting game) because it looks like the gateway to fighting games, and I have been getting into Smash Ultimate (I know, I know, it’s not a “real fighting game”), so I just might have a chance with this one. On top of that, the fatalities look more brutal than ever and this game offers character customization that will allow me to tailor a character to my liking. Mortal Kombat 11 is thinking up one hundred new ways to kill people in the most brutal fashion possible when it releases on the 23rd for all four systems.
4. God’s Trigger
One More Level’s next game involves playing as either an angel or a demon as they go to Heaven to stop the apocalypse, one dead person at a time. While this game isn’t stopping the world from spinning with some crazy new take on the top-down shooter formula, God’s Trigger just looks like some straight up bloody fun. Its fast-paced action looks like a lot of fun to master, its story sounds simple but neat, and playing with a friend could prove to be a lot of fun. Even if I don’t have a friend to play with, I can still switch between the two characters in solo play. God’s Trigger will be killing people in the holiest (or the most cursed) of ways when it releases on the 18th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
3. Katana ZERO
Katana ZERO, the newest game by Askiisoft, is a 2d platforming action game about an assassin doing what he does best while on a drug that allows him to predict the future and manipulate time. The game reminds me of Hotline Miami with its puzzle-like action and neo-noir style, except this game has more combat and traversal abilities. Its fast-paced gameplay that involves jumping around and killing dudes looks like a blast, and being able to restart the level in an instant means I can just keep going. On top of that, I think the style and art of this game looks fun to be around, and the story sounds intriguing enough to have me interested. Katana ZERO is slicing and dicing its way to Switch and PC on the 18th.
2. World War Z
First it was a book, then a movie, and now a third person co-op shooter by Saber Interactive. It seems like level-based co-op shooters in the same vein as Left 4 Dead are a dime-a-dozen, so what separates this game from the rest? The zombies. Unlike other games, the sheer amount of zombies and how they react to each other is unlike any other game. They trip over each other, pile onto each other, and come screaming at you in the hundreds. On top of that, the different locations are unique, the classes available sound fun to use, and there are going to be other modes in it as well. World War Z will be out on the 16th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Wait, how did another third person zombie shooter end up here? Oh right, by motorcycle. Days Gone tells the story of a biker in the Pacific Northwest as he survives against a zombie apocalypse. This game reminds of The Last of Us if it was in an open world and had a heavier emphasis on gameplay over story. Its gameplay looks fun, the environment is beautiful, and the story and characters look interesting. Sony has a solid lineup of PS4 exclusives, and while I don’t think it’s going to be at God of War levels, I think this game will still be a pretty solid edition to Sony’s list of exclusives. Days Gone will be out for the PS4 exclusively on the 26th.
Bonus: The other games
While only five games can be part of a top five list (surprisingly), there are other games also releasing this month worth mentioning that didn’t make the cut for various reasons. So, here they are:
Fade To Silence, Ghost Giant, Dangerous Driving, Labo VR Kit, Phoenix Right Trilogy, and Super Meat Boy Forever.
That is going to wrap up this list. Thank you all for stopping by, and see you next month with a new set of releases.