With April’s Fools Day out of the way, its now time to look forward to the rest of the month, as well as all of the brilliant games that are coming out for the PS4 this month. From some incredible indie releases to one of the biggest releases of the year, April’s line up for PS4 looks set to make some serious waves.
So open your wallet, take a look at these 9 PS4 games coming out in April, and get ready to splurge out on some awesome new games.
Every now and then, a game comes along that has a unique and (initially) confusing premise to either the story or the gameplay. Sometimes that odd game design choice works and sometimes it falls flat on its face. That’s the beauty of experimentation. Minit is one of those games.
Minit is an adventure game from a group of indie developers, some of who previously worked on games like Horizon Zero Dawn. Therefore, the game has some serious heritage behind it already. This twist in gameplay for Minit, however, is that each character you play as will only stay alive for 60 seconds. Within each minute-long interval, you are tasked with exploring more of the world and figuring out more of the mystery behind a curse.
This creates a huge sense of accomplishment and challenge, as well as high levels of adrenalin as you try to make as much progress as possible in each set of 60 seconds. Minit is coming to the PS4 this April and is definitely one of the most intriguing games to come out this month.
8. Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs – Royal Edition
Tactical RPGs appear to be making a comeback, which can only be a wonderful thing. This is especially true in the indie gaming scene, with the likes of Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs – Royal Edition comes out on the PS4, along with other platforms.
The game, itself, is colourful and vibrant. The graphical style plays on the heritage of the genre, with old-school style of the cell shaded graphics reminding us of the older games like Final Fantasy Tactics and Disgaea. On top of this, the gameplay looks outstanding with a simple UI, building sim influences and gorgeous attack animations.
If you are a fan of tactical RPGs or games that make you think, then Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs – Royal Edition is definitely something you need to look into. It looks set to be a return to form for the genre, which you won’t want to miss out on. Therefore, it is definitely one of the best PS4 releases this April.
7. Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR
Virtual Reality gaming is really starting to hit its stride now, with new games coming out all the time. The quality of the games has also improved considerably from when PlayStation VR was first released. Now we get to add a brand new story in the ongoing franchise Planet of the Apes to the list of VR games to play.
In Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR, you actually get to take on the role of one of the hyper-intelligent apes. The game begins with you being captured and held as a prisoner within a research facility run by humans. From here, you have to run, think and shoot your way through the facility and the rest of the game. With puzzle and platformer elements thrown in as well, such as crawling through vents and up piping, Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR makes full use of the VR controllers.
You’ll find yourself lost in the world of the Apes as soon as you start playing Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR, which is releasing for PlayStation VR this April.
6. Metal Max Xeno
The Metal Max series has been going for 27 years, with the original game being released all the way back in 1991. If a series can last that long, you know that there is something special about it. Part of that, for Metal Max, comes from how hard it is to define – it basically makes its own genre. You see, the games are classified as turn-based, nonlinear, open world, post-apocalyptic, vehicle combat, role-playing video games.
That puts the Metal Max games firmly in a world of their own, and Metal Max Xeno is the first time they have come to the PlayStation consoles. You’ll find yourself thrown into the ruins of the world, left to choose how you want to progress through the missions in the latest in one of the series that helped shape the open-world gameplay style. Of course, as Metal Max Xeno is an RPG, character customisation and levelling up is a huge part of the game, as is the incredible combat system.
But if that wasn’t enough the whet your appetite, you can also build and customise your own tanks, which you can then take out into the post-apocalyptic world. This adds a completely different layer to the gameplay, making Metal Max Xeno one of the best PS4 releases in April this year.
5. Project Nimbus: Code Mirai
With recent anime releases such as Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, as well as last year’s live-action remake of Ghost in the Shell, interest in mecha has seen a rise once again. That’s why the timely release of Project Nimbus: Code Mirai is perfect. Taking inspiration from the aforementioned Gundam, as well as games like Ace Combat, Project Nimbus is a high-octane third-person shooter where you pilot a mecha (giant robot) is a beautifully realised futurist world.
Think of Project Nimbus: Code Mirai as Armored Core with an engine overhaul. You’ll be darting through the skies, shooting left and right as you avoid incoming missiles and try to take out your opponents. The game comes with 16 levels as well as a Survival mode, meaning that you’ll get a great amount of challenge out of it.
Whether you are a fan of mecha anime and games or have never really been that interested in the genre before, you really should give Project Nimbus a go! It is releasing on PS4 this April, so try it out and see what you think.
The indie gaming community often comes up with some of the most original games out there. Since they aren’t stuck following the path that investors and shareholders push them down, they are free to experiment far more. It is this experimentation that has brought us Owlboy.
This 2D side-scrolling platformer, set in a world within the skies, allows you to run, jump and fly through the levels. The graphics are absolutely beautiful, and the soundtrack looks set to be just as good. If there was going to be a game that could make 2D side-scrolling cool again, it would definitely be Owlboy.
Releasing this month, this is one indie game you really need to get your hands on. Not only does it offer a unique take on the genre, but it also manages to capture the feeling that you got when playing older games like Super Mario World or Sonic The Hedgehog. You don’t want to miss out on one of the best PS4 releases this April, if not this year.
3. King of Fighters ’97 Global Match
Nostalgia is a huge part of the gaming industry at the moment, especially with the rise in popularity of retro gaming. That’s why having King of Fighters ’97 come out on the PS4 after all these years, retaining the original graphics and gameplay, is such a huge deal. The King of Fighters series has a huge following due to its great fighting mechanics, despite generally being overshadowed by the biggest name fighting games like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.
The addition of modern gameplay styles such as online multiplayer help revitalises the game, bringing it in line with the current generation of fighting games without damaging the nostalgia it provides. The highly polished pixel art and smooth animation still look amazing, even today!
So that’s why King of Fighters ’97 Global Match punches and kicks its way to the third spot in this list of PS4 games releasing in April. It was a great game all those years ago, and now it looks to have been improved upon immensely.
2. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
The Yakuza series is a long-running, hilarious crime franchise set in the criminal underworld of Japan. The storyline itself spans over 6 games if you include all of the spin-off games (there are 6 main games already, after all). Therefore, you can easily understand just how big the overarching plot has become. Well, it is all set to reach its explosive climax in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, coming to PS4 this April.
Expect over the top fight scenes where you can use anything from your fists to a motorcycle as a weapon, as well as outrageous side missions that make GTA look far too serious. Make sure you give karaoke a try! It’ll leave you in stitches before you have to take on the next mission.
Fans of the series have been waiting for Yakuza 6 for a long time, and it is finally going to hit the shelves this month. Don’t miss this great opportunity to play what is potentially one of the best crime games on the PS4!
1. God of War
God of War is easily one of the most desirable games for the PS4, with everyone going crazy for it when it was first revealed at E3 2016. The shift away from tearing Greek gods into bloody pieces and scattering them across the land is a huge change for the series, but it looks like the developers have done a brilliant job with it.
The addition of Kratos’ son as a follower also sparked concern that God of War would feel much like Resident Evil 4, in that it could turn out to basically be one long escort mission. However, these fears were soon dropped once gameplay footage started to appear, showing Kratos’ son helping out in the various battles against the creatures from Norse mythology. Therefore, this is going to add a whole new way to play God of War, and the world couldn’t be more excited.
Now that we’re in April, Kratos is finally going to grace us with his presence on the PlayStation 4. Time to get your weapons, strap on your armour, and take it to a new lineup of mythological creatures in the biggest release for the PS4 this April.
What PS4 games are you most looking forward to this April? Let us know in the comments below!