Games to Watch for April 2015

This year is absolutely exploding with video game releases and that’s especially true for April. Here at ConsoleMonster we want to help highlight a handful of games to keep an eye on each month, particularly a few of our personal favourites.

Dark Souls II: Scholar of.. (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – April 7

Reece W– Dark Souls II: Scoholar of the First Sin is a special edition of Dark Souls II for both current and last generation hardware. Whilst the three highly praised DLC packs are bundled in with the core game there’s more additional perks that set this apart from a mere ‘Game of the Year’ edition;

  • Additional NPCs added for an enhanced story experience.
  • Parameter adjustments for improved game balance.
  • Expanded item descriptions.
  • Improved online matchmaking functionality.

And if you’re looking to purchase for the Xbox One, PS4 or upgrade to the new DX11 PC version you’ll also get;

  • Additional upgrades to graphics, sound, performance.
  • Increase in maximum online players in single session (6 total)

Whilst it’s not entirely apparent just how much impact these changes will have to returning players, it’s very likely that newcomers will certainly be best to pick up this version over the original release.

Those who already own the original release will have a harder decision to determine if it’s worth the investment. A good slew of the content above will be provided free in an update patch to owners of the original release, which somewhat devalues the package particularly if you’ve already purchased the DLC or a season pack. This coupled with the disclaimer that you’ll need to restart with a fresh character can be both a sizable time and value sink compared to newcomers.

Regardless of your choice it’s an exciting prospect to return to the world of Dark Souls II with tweaks and changes to hopefully provide an even more immersive, traumatic, beloved and tortured experience. May your controllers endure the bouts of rage.

Mortal Kombat “MK” X (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – April 14

Craig A – Not many games join the “ten game release” club; there is a club right? But come 14 April Mortal Kombat joins that club with the release of Mortal Kombat X. This next-gen version of MK is bringing a lot of new material to the table. Here’s some interesting facts to help whet your appetite.

  • Variations: MK will for the first time ever feature three different variations of the same character, outwith the traditional costume changes you’ll already be familiar with. For example if you choose to kick ass with Scorpion, and choose his “Ninjutsu” variation you get to use swords, however if you chose Scorpions “Inferno” variation you get the ability to summon demons to attack the opponent from all angles. I like the sound of that.

  • Over 20 playable characters. Gamers who have been regular MK players will recognise a lot of the characters. Johnny Cage, Jax, Raiden and Kung Lao are all amongst the returning combatants but there’s also new characters too. Cassie Cage, the daughter of Johnny Cage, is one of the new characters who I certainly wouldn’t want to mess with. Former mercenary Erron Black also becomes a playable character after featuring in the MKX comic series.

  • Plot. MKX is expected to have a new, non-linear storyline which should take you on a journey showcasing some of MK’s oldest characters. It’s already been announced that the story would begin at the end of the previous game (MK 2011) and end around twenty five years into the future.

Mortal Kombat X arrives on Xbox ONE, 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC on 14 April 2015.

State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition (Xbox One) – April 28

David – Remasters are no rarity on the latest generation of consoles. Within a year of its release, the Xbox One was already home to a large number of rereleases, boasting Saints Row IV, Grand Theft Auto V and the entire Halo series. The latest addition to the list is Undead Labs’ State of Decay.

Initially released on the Xbox 360, State of Decay proved to be one of the gaming highlights in 2013. The open-world zombie survival game received high praise from critics and recorded over two million sales as of October 2014.

The plot follows Marcus Campbell who, after returning from a fishing trip, finds that the world has degenerated into a zombie apocalypse. Players are able to focus on the story or survival, based on their preference.

Developer Undead Labs has already said that State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition (as it will be known) will contain some sparkling new content, including new mission types, weapons, vehicles and characters. The bundle will also feature the Breakdown and Lifeline downloadable content.

Unsurprisingly, State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition will also contain visual enhancements. Undead Labs has already confirmed the port will feature 1080p graphics, sharper textures, a refined user interface and improved environmental details.

State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition is exclusive to the Xbox One and is priced at $29.99 (approximately £25). Those who own State of Decay for Xbox 360 are eligible for a 33% discount.

There’s certainly slimmer pickings this month than last but that’s almost desirablegiven the sheer amount of games added to our backlogs in the last month. We’ll pick up again next month with games to keep an eye on for May and as always please letus know if you share our anticipation in the comments below along with suggestions for next months games to watch.

Reece Warrender

Reece is an obsessed gaming fanatic that finds enjoyment from any console. He began to enjoy games from a very young age but the addiction did not consume him till the days of Zelda – Link to the Past. Currently he is himself trying hard to break into the gaming industry, as a young programmer whilst also forcing his opinions onto the gaming population.

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