Apr 032013

After a pretty heavy hitting March, a dry April has finally arrived. A dry spell might not be the worst thing however as I know I’m not the only one needing time to catch up on some of the releases in the past few months. That and I just want to keep playing more MLB The Show 2013, that combined with the start of baseball season only means more late nights that involve me cursing at my television. Despite the lack of heavy hitters in April, there are still a few titles that deserve your attention.

Defiance Box Art SmallDefiance
Release Date: April 2nd
Developer: Trion Worlds

Let’s be honest here, I don’t think anyone has any particularly “high” hopes regarding Defiance. It’s an MMO, it’s on a console, and it’s based on an upcoming SyFy television show. These three combinations make for what sounds like an awful experience. But I say forget your assumptions, Defiance introduces you to an alien infested San Francisco. Your character, which is entirely customizable, is enlisted by a man named Karl Van Bach as an “Ark Hunter.”

Ark Hunters scour the Bay Area looking for Alien technology. The invasion began when a major terraforming event took place on Earth. Once this happened, animal and plant life was destroyed and aliens began to take the Earth for their own. That led to a war between humans and aliens which further hurt the planet. Eventually, aliens and humans began to live together. Does it sound like a whole bunch of SyFy nonsense? Yes it does. Is it a whole bunch of SyFy nonsense that at least hold a little bit of promise? Yes it is.

Injustice_Gods_Among_Us_Cover_ArtInjustice: Gods Among Us
Release Date: April 16th
Developer: NetherRealm Studios

Ah, Injustice, I’m so indifferent to your existence. On one hand, I’ve never been a big fighting game guy and I didn’t enjoy Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe upon its release back when NetherRealm was still Midway. Then again, I loved the newest Mortal Kombat as NetherRealm simplified many of the characters combos which increased accessibility immensely. On top of that, they created one of, if not the best, single player story in a fighting game.

NetherRealm obviously hopes to recapture that magic in a bottle with Injustice and they seem to be heading in the right direction. The roster spans from the obvious Superman and Batman inclusions all the way to lesser known superheroes/villains such as Solomon Grundy. It’s going to be incredibly interesting to see what their writers do with this diverse array of characters that both DC and Nether have put together. Hopefully the accessibility of Mortal Kombat will enter Injustice and help make it one of those rare fighting games that I love.

deadisland-riptide-all-all-packshot-xbox360-esrbDead Island: Riptide
Release Date: April 23rd
Developer: Techland

With the recent release of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, I began craving a good zombie survival game. Obviously Walking Dead was not going to be that experience, so I began turning my eyes to Riptide. Techland’s original Dead Island had its problems, there’s no arguing that, but it succeeded at what it set out to accomplish: Establish a zombie infested world and make it fun to tear through. Who do you voodoo?

Since Riptide’s originally unveiling, it’s been fairly clear that no drastic were coming to the original Dead Island formula. That has only been further lamented by the fact that there has been more talk about the game’s pre order bonuses as opposed to new features within the game. Don’t get me wrong, I remain fairly excited for Riptide, but I’m far from convinced that it will receive the same love that the original held so highly.

Star_Trek_Front_of_Box_-_XBoxStar Trek: The Video Game
Release Date: April 23rd
Developer: Digital Extremes

Oh hey, this game is finally coming out. It’s a tad odd that it isn’t releasing the same week as the new Star Trek: Into Darkness movie but hey, what do I know about marketing. The story for this upcoming Star Trek game will take place between JJ Abram’s 2009 Star Trek adventure and the aforementioned Into Darkness sequel. I may be speaking solely for myself but as much as I loved Star Trek (2009), I felt fairly fulfilled with the story and how it transitioned into the possible sequel.

As I’m sure many of you can guess, you will play as either Spock or Kirk in this co-op heavy third person shooter. I’m incredibly excited for the new movie, but I, like many others, remain very skeptical to the quality of this bridge between the two recent Star Trek movies. Hopefully it’s great, hopefully it gives us everything we wanted that the Star Trek MMO couldn’t achieve, hopefully, hopefully, hopefully. Time will tell, but Star Trek: The Video Game looks as bland as the entire month of April.

Other Releases:
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge (April 2nd)
Painkiller Hell & Damnation (April 15th)
We Sing: UK Hits (April 19th)
Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen (April 23rd)

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