As we enter April and leave the March Madness behind us, there are still a few games coming our way to look forward to.
The much anticipated MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online launches this month, the Wii U finally gets a new game in the form of the beautiful Child of Light, and PC gamers will be able to go beyond death when Dark Souls 2 launches.
Here are some of the best-looking games dropping in April:
Mercenary Kings (PS4 Digital) – 1 April 2014
Mercenary Kings is a side-scrolling shoot ’em up/run ‘n gun similar to games such as Metal Slug, in which players fight against hordes of enemies and rescue hostages.
Players have the ability to craft their arsenal and upgrade their armour, and can play alongside three others locally or online.
The Elder Scrolls Online (PC, Mac) – 4 April 2014
It is a time of strife and unrest. Armies of revenants and dark spirits manifest in every corner of Tamriel. Winters grow colder and crops fail. Mystics are plagued by nightmares and portents of doom.
Four years ago, in 2E 578, an arcane explosion of energy in the Imperial City set off mystical aftershocks that swept across Nirn. Mages died or went mad. Supernatural abominations from the plane of Oblivion, the Daedra, appeared in greater numbers than ever before. The constellation of the Serpent grew so large that it dominated the night sky.
So began the grand scheme of Molag Bal, Daedric Prince of domination and enslavement. His Dark Anchors, vortexes of evil magic, weaken the barrier between worlds, threatening to merge Nirn and Oblivion into a single, nightmarish hellscape.
In the midst of this chaos, three alliances vie for control of the Imperial City and the White-Gold Tower. High Rock, Sentinel, and Orsinium stand as one, united under the rule of the High King in Wayrest. Valenwood and Elsweyr have forged an alliance of their own with Summerset, while Black Marsh, Morrowind, and Skyrim have formed a third, uneasy pact.
Daylight (PC, PS4) – 8 April 2014
Daylight is a survival horror video game played from a first-person perspective. The player does not have access to weapons; their only tool is their phone, which is also their sole light source.
The game features procedurally generated levels so that no two environments are the same. The plot is centred around a woman who regains consciousness in an abandoned hospital with no memory of how she got there.
With her cell phone, she must explore the haunted hospital and its criminal past in order to escape.
Lego: The Hobbit (PC, 3DS, Wii U, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – 11 April 2014
LEGO The Hobbit will be based on the first two films of The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the upcoming The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. Players will quest throughout Middle-earth, joining Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and Thorin Oakenshield and Company in their exciting adventures toward the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4) – 14 April 2014
The MMO role-playing game Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn invites you to explore the world of Eorzea with friends from across the world. Forge friendships, mount up on a Chocobo, board an airship with your friends and create your own unique stories within the Final Fantasy Universe.
Undertake epic quests and battle with familiar Final Fantasy monsters alone or enlist the help of your friends. Each player will have their own unique abilities and equipment that they have acquired during their adventures. Work together to help forge the fate of Eorzea.
Trials Fusion (PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – 16 April 2014
Trials Fusion is the latest platform racing game from RedLynx, and they have come a long way. The game features a bunch of new stuff: quad bikes, in-depth customization options, and for the first time, head-to-head multiplayer.
Along with all the additions comes a whole new take on user generated levels, for that extra replayability.
Sly Trilogy (PS Vita) – 16 April 2014
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus Storyline: Born into a family of the world’s greatest thieves, Sly Cooper was given the Thievius Raccoonus, a family heirloom that is passed down from generation to generation containing all of their best-kept secrets.
When a gang of ruthless villains steal the Thievius Raccoonus it’s up to Sly and his mischievous friends, Bentley and Murray, to reclaim the heirloom and restore honour to the family name.
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (PS3, Xbox 360) – 18 April 2014 –
Players will be able to choose from 203 national teams, 7,469 players, 19 officially licensed managers, and 21 new stadiums including all 12 authentic stadiums from Brazil.
Crowd scenes have be reworked with banners, flags, and seat cards in the stadium, and from Live City events recorded across the globe. So, when you score a goal with England you’ll see fans react “live” from the centre of London.
EA claims that 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil features “multiple innovations and improvements” to the gameplay of FIFA 14.
Dark Souls 2 (PC) – 25 April 2014
Developed by From Software, Dark Souls 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the punishing 2011 hit Dark Souls.
The unique old-school action RPG experience captivated imaginations of gamers worldwide with incredible challenge and intense emotional reward.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PC, 3DS, Wii U, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – 30 April 2014
The gameplay trailer below shows off snippets of Spider-Man web-swinging through New York and some brawling combat mechanics. We are also introduced to one of the central baddies, Kraven the Hunter (aka Sergei Kravinoff).
The infamous Russian strongman – equal parts charismatic and dangerous – will play a critical role throughout the game’s narrative, challenging Spider-Man’s code of justice as he traverses the criminal underworld. It also highlights the man beneath the mask, Peter Parker, who will play an important part of his own in the journey to come.
Child of Light (Wii U, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)- 30 April 2014
Child of Light is a platforming role-playing video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. The game puts players in the shoes of Aurora, a child stolen from her home, who, in her quest to return, must bring back the sun, the moon and the stars held captive by the mysterious Queen of the Night.
Helped by her playable companion Igniculus the firefly and several unlikely allies, Aurora will face her darkest fears in this modern take on a coming-of-age story.