Top games of April 2013

Games of April 2013

April has arrived, and with it comes a bunch of games you can play while recovering from your Easter egg coma.

Star Trek (26 April 2013)

Fight side-by-side with Kirk and Spock in Digital Extremes upcoming Star Trek adventure.

The rebooted third-person shooter is set to launch on PS3 and Xbox 360, prior to the May release of the next Star Trek movie from director and producer, J.J. Abrams.

“The game is based on a stand-alone storyline that continues the adventure of iconic characters, Kirk and Spock as they work together to stop an enemy race bent on conquering the galaxy,” explained Namco.

The game does look a lot like Mass Effect, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Star Trek

Injustice: God’s Among Us (19 April 2013)

If you’ve ever wondered who would win between Batman and Superman, Injustice should answer that question.

Developed by Netherealm Studios, the game features many of DC Comics’ greatest heroes in a no-holds barred fighting experience. Think Mortal Kombat meets DC, except, not that one.

Injustice: Gods Among Us will boast a strong character roster, with familiar faces such as Batman, Superman, Harley Quinn, Flash, Wonder Woman, and Solomon Grundy to name a few.

The game will integrate the environment into the fights, allowing players to smash one another through walls and objects, while also using each character’s unique abilities .

Injustice Gods Among Us

Star Wars The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel (14 April 2013)

For those of you who are still travelling the galaxy wielding light-sabres, the Old Republic will be getting its first expansion pack this April.

The expansion pack revolves around the rise of the Hutt Cartel, who are threatening the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire.

The battle with the Hutts is centred around the planet Makeb, which hides a “powerful secret”. Much like the main game, the campaign on Makeb is fully voiced.

The level cap will be raised to 55, with the levelling from 50 onwards centred around quests in Makeb.

Star Wars The Old Republic Rise of the Hutt Cartel

Dead Island: Riptide (26 April 2013)

If you still haven’t got your zombie fix just yet, you’ll be glad to know that Dead Island: Riptide will rise from the grave this month.

The sequel, which will also be developed by Techland, promises to add a significant amount of content over its predecessor.

The game features the same protagonists from the original (and you’ll be able to import your characters if you’ve played it), as well as an as yet unidentified fifth person. And everything is about to go from really, really, really bad to so much worse – the whole place has been hit by a monsoon, and everything is now covered in zombies and water. Worst holiday ever.

Dead Island Riptide

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (April 2013)

It’s important to know that Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen isn’t just a content pack, but essentially a special edition of the original game.

Dragon’s Dogma was touted as the sleeper hit of 2012, and Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen will be released via physical disc and digital download.

The new features included alongside the colossal original game are a huge new area, missions, enemies, easier travel system and a revamped menu.

There is also a massive new underground realm to explore featuring over 25 terrifying new enemies, along with over 100 pieces of new equipment.

Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen

Other notable April releases:  Cities in Motion 2, Defiance, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, Age of Empires II HD, Guacamelee!, ShootMania Storm, Zeno Clash II, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Soul Sacrifice

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