Gaming Roundup: April 2017

April provides an assortment of titles for players to enjoy from a new survival-horror title to a nostalgic trip back to the golden age of 3D platformers.

| April 7, 2017

“Lego City Undercover” – April 4 for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC

Screenshot courtesy of Traveller’s Tales

Lego’s take on the “GTA” series, “Lego City Undercover” gives an open city to explore with surprising depth for a “Lego” game. The game originally launched as a “Wii U” exclusive, though this new version will release for all current-gen consoles and brings along co-op play, as well as improved load times, one of the few complaints of the game when it first released. It’s also worth noting that the Nintendo Switch version of the game will still contain the Nintendo easter eggs featured in the “Wii U” version. You can also expect the same slapstick humor that is prevalent in most “Lego” games, helping to make this game enjoyable for all ages. Players will be able to get their hands on “Lego City Undercover” when it releases on April 4 for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

“Yooka-Laylee” – April 11 for PS4, Xbox One and PC

Screenshot courtesy of Playtonic Games

From some of the developers of “Banjo-Kazooie,” this indie game makes a return to the Nintendo 64 style platformer. “Yooka-Laylee” draws heavy inspiration from the aforementioned game, bringing a large sense of nostalgia for the fans who have been longing for a new entry in the genre. There are five worlds to play in, much bigger than the levels from the 64 era, as well as a variety of abilities to gain that help to unlock more areas in each world. While the Nintendo Switch version is slated for later in the year, players looking for a trip down memory lane will have their chance when the game releases on April 11 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

“Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series” – April 18 for PS4, Xbox One and PC

Screenshot courtesy of Telltale Games

After wrapping up a series focused around “Batman,” Telltale Games takes a crack at a Marvel property with the “Guardians of the Galaxy.” While it will not be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the series looks to be taking a lot of cues from the films, such as its music and the group’s appearance. The series will follow the traditional five episode format and based off of the studios past work on “Tales from the Borderlands,” it will likely be strong in the comedic area. Marvel fans will have their chance to mold their own story when the first episode of “Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series” releases on April 18 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

“Outlast 2” – April 25 for PS4, Xbox One and PC

Screenshot courtesy of Red Barrels

A sequel to what is probably my favorite survival-horror game, “Outlast 2” leaves behind the asylum and takes the series to a much more open setting. The story follows a couple’s search for clues on the murder of a young woman in the Sonoran Desert, only to be separated when their helicopter crashes. After coming across a crazed cult, the only tool you have is the night vision on your camera, which means your only chance to survive is to run or flee. Gamers looking to not sleep for weeks will have their chance when the game releases on April 25 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

“Mario Kart  8 Deluxe” – April 28 for Nintendo Switch

Screenshot courtesy of Nintendo

Topping off the month is a port of “Mario Kart 8” to the Switch, which brings new features to an already excellent game. “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” comes with all of the DLC from the original game including the “Animal Crossing” and “Zelda” themed packs. As opposed to playing battle mode on regular tracks, all new courses have been added specifically for the mode itself as well. Fans can finally take the kart racer on the go when it releases on April 28, exclusively for Nintendo Switch.

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