After a busy month of March 2022, which was entirely devoted to WWE 2K22, Grand Theft Auto V Remastered and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R, players have a lot to look forward to in April. A slew of new video games are set to release throughout the month on platforms including PC PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X.
However, April will have fewer launches than the previous month. These include Nintendo Switch Sports, Lego Star Wars and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, as well as some delays due to “recent world events”. For example, Advance Wars 1+2: Reboot Camp was supposed to be deployed on April 8, but it was postponed. Its new release date has not yet been announced.
Another highly anticipated game slated for release in early 2022 but without a specific date is Dune: The Spice Wars.
An overview of video games released in April 2022 with their release dates
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Release date: April 5
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Switch
Welcoming all fans and game enthusiasts, the star wars official site mentions, “Experience fun adventures, whimsical humor and the freedom to fully immerse yourself in the Lego Star Wars universe like never before.
For the uninitiated, the game is the brick-based adaptation by game developer Traveller’s Tales and Warner Bros. Games. One of the most ambitious of all the games to come, it has hundreds of characters spread across nine main “episode” films. Classic ships and locations from the movies take center stage in the video game as stunning visual effects create open worlds using Lego blocks.
Wondering which films will be shown? Since “Skywalker Saga” generally refers to the three main trilogies, we can expect to play through Lego versions of A Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker in this game.
MLB The Show 22
Release date: April 5
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch
What if baseball was just a niche sport? Its global appeal and gaming visuals cannot be ignored. Moreover, the launch of the MLB game on such varied platforms will surely make it hard to miss.
Players can look forward to the newest installment in San Diego Studio’s annual baseball game series, which will bring new features such as cross-save and cross-play to all platforms it launches on.
The game comes with new features allowing players to create and use multiple ball players. Additionally, players can collect fantasy cards to create a collection through which they can earn rewards and points.
They can also pre-order the game from MLB website.
Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition
Release date: April 7
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
It was as recently as during the February 2022 Nintendo Direct that Square Enix and Nintendo announced the release of this game, which will be a remaster of the 1999s. Chrono-Cross.
In Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Editionplayers will be able to turn off enemy encounters and play the Radical Dreamers part of the game that connects the two Chrono-Cross and the trigger of a stopwatch.
Until now, players couldn’t play this game outside of the SNES adapter, which was only available in Japan. If that’s not a good reason to dive back into this Nintendo game, we don’t know what is.
To top it off, the new remastered version also has a really cool soundtrack, great combat moves, and tells an amazing story.
House of the Dead Remake
Release date: April 7
It will be a “remade version” of the 1997 small arms horror classic on the arcade platform. According to Nintendo’s official developer website, Forever Entertainment, the Sega classic is “an all-new environment and gameplay changes to fit modern gaming standards.” the trailer features stunning modern graphics, suggesting that the game would be quite close to its original.
House of the Dead Remake it looks like it will keep the rail-shooter gameplay, gory scenes, and overall tone mostly the same as the previous version, as players take down hordes of the undead.
Originally the two The house of the dead and House of the Dead 2 were released in arcades in 1996 and 1998, respectively. Sega later released a few versions of the game on Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, and Windows PC. In 2019, Forever Entertainment announced the launch of the remade versions.
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
Release date: April 12
This video game comes in two modes and is for teenagers in mechs – robots called Sentinels – and those in this Vanillaware game world.
As players navigate through the various paths taken by one of the game’s protagonists in the VN section’s mystery box story called Remembrance Mode, mechs are placed on a tactical map where they defend humanity against a kaiju invasion in the RTS Destruction Mode.
To push the PS4 2020 narrative forward, game developer Atlus is set to roll out the new game in a few weeks. Even if you played the PS4 version, you can still try the Switch version, as it will contain new content.
Vanillaware is the studio behind names like Odin Sphere, Muramasa: The Demonic Blade and dragon crown. Again, 13 Sentinels remains his most ambitious and graphically beautiful project. You can also pre-order this sci-fi adventure tale here.
STAR WARS: The Force Unleashed
Release date: April 20
Play as Darth Vader’s secret apprentice whose ultimate goal is to hunt down and kill the Jedi. You’ll have access to a host of Force powers and lightsaber combos.
Similar to the 2008 version of the Nintendo Wii, you can use the Nintendo Joy-Con motion controls to really unleash the destructive power of the Force or challenge a friend to one-on-one combat in the local multiplayer duel mode. In this mode, you have the option to choose from 27 characters to challenge your friend, and the winner becomes the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy.
On his websiteNintendo says players can “experience the untold story of the Secret Apprentice that takes place between STAR WARS: Revenge of the Sith and STAR WARS: A New Hope.” You can travel across different galaxies and defeat the Jedi Masters who stand in your way to carry out Darth Vader’s orders. These include Cloud City, the homeworld of Wookiee Kashyyyk, and other unique locations like the flower planet Felucia and the junk planet Raxus Prime.
Zombie Army 4: Dead War
Release date: April 26
The game, which is already available on PS4, Xbox One, Stadia and Epic Games Store or Steam for PC, is ready to launch on Switch with new features. After the successes of Elite Sniper 4 and Strange Brigade, Zombie Army 4: Dead War is the recent Rebellion title to drop on the platform.
With Gyro controls as one of the noted features, the game will have dynamic resolution so players will get a 30fps experience, at 1080p when docked and 720p in handheld mode. In addition to drop-in, drop-out, and start-to-finish co-op, the game can be played by up to four players.
The bigger and more difficult Horde mode is here to test your survival skills as you try to make your way through the canals of Venice while battling herds of zombies. The new x-ray kill cam is for the “undead” and will be equipped with traps and explosives.
Players can also purchase Season Pass Two and Season Pass Three at launch. According to Rebellion, “Completed with an in-game achievement system, players who complete the base game storyline will unlock Nightmare Mode to increase the challenge even further.”
Nintendo Switch Sports
Release date: April 26
The wait for Nintendo Switch Sports is almost over and this time the new installment of Wii sports comes with six new games – soccer, volleyball, bowling, tennis, badminton and sword sport, chambara.
The Nintendo Switch Sports will support both local multiplayer and online multiplayer. It will also recreate these real-life sports to encourage players to play fun sports at home, using the motion control capabilities of Joy-Con controllers.
Nintendo website also states, “Apart from customizing your avatar with items collected while playing online, there are all kinds of fun ways, like testing your abilities in the Pro League where you can try to increase your rank by winning in different sports.”
Fans can expect two more future updates after launch. While the first, which will arrive in the summer of 2022, will allow players to use the Joy-Con controller and the Leg Strap accessory to play football, the second, which will be released in the fall of 2022, will add golf to sports list.
Hero and Feature Image: Courtesy of Nintendo, Star Wars