With a new calendar year now firmly in place, we’re slowly starting to see game releases pick up. With its sales lead cemented, you might assume that what there’d be more PS4 games than Xbox One games arriving on store shelves. That doesn’t seem to be the case though. April 2015, is filled with smaller titles, remakes and light games for both the Xbox One and the PS4. In fact, the only really big high-profile launch is Mortal Kombat X for the Xbox One and PS4.
Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin
Coming Tuesday, April 7th is Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. The game isn’t new in the traditional sense. Dark Souls 2 is a role playing game with single player and multiplayer elements that originally arrived on the PS3, Xbox 360 and more in March of 2014. Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin is an upgraded version of that original game. It’s meant for those who didn’t get a chance to experience it the first time. Scholar of the First Sin includes new enemies and locations that were included in the original game’s downloadable content. The entire game has been remastered on the PC, PS4 an Xbox One.
Dark Souls 2 is sort of like any RPG in that players are tasked with building out their character and dealing with the inherent dangers of an unfamiliar world. Players will take on the role of an Undead human, who still has unfinished business in the caporal world and is afflicted by a curse. Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin is available for pre-order at GameStop now for $59.99 on all platforms.
Mortal Kombat X
The Mortal Kombat name has been synonymous with violent fighting games for years. That reputation is well-deserved. For those that are into fighting games, there’s nothing better than Mortal Kombat X. No amount of button mashing, no novice can beat a true master of the game.
Mortal Kombat X is the latest refresh of the long running series that’ll cost $60 and arrive on the Xbox One, PC and Xbox 360. Besides upgraded graphics and refreshed environments, players can expect upgraded attacks, quick moves, new X-ray abilities and some new Fatalities. Additionally, Brutality moves are making their way back from Mortal Kombat 3.
Among the modes being included in Mortal Kombat X is Faction Wars. In a Faction War, players choose a side and then face off against others in an opposing faction. What’s more, players are competing against others on every other console Mortal Kombat X is available on. Mortal Kombat X arrives on April 14th. Mortal Kombat X will cost $59.99. Jason, the character from a series of horror movies, is confirmed as a character in the game.
Grand Theft Auto 5
Also launching on April 14th is another remake. Grand Theft Auto 5 launched for the Xbox 360 and PS3 back in 2013 just as the Xbox One and PS4 arrived. Last year developer Rockstar Studios introduced an upgraded version with better graphics and a first-person mode that lets players experience the beloved campaign as if they’re looking through the eyes of the characters.
Grand Theft Auto 5 for the PC includes all of the feature additions that made it into the versions available on the Xbox One and PS3. Additionally, there’s some extra in-game cash for purchasing hideouts and vehicles in the online multiplayer included with the game at no additional charge.
Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC will cost $59.99.
Strict simulation and management games don’t often make it to video game consoles. Every once in a while users get a watered down version of a simulation game with many of its complicated elements toned down so that users will have an easier time getting everything done with a controller.
Tropico 5 is a complete island management simulation game. Gamers take on the role of a dictator, running an islands entire operations and ruling with an iron fist. Users can relieve history in the game too, from founding the country to deciding which side to be on during the Cold War. Trade and constitutional governance are all in the game.
Tropico 5 is only coming to Sony’s PS4 on April 28th in the United States for $60. An Xbox One version of the game hasn’t been confirmed.
State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition
State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition is another one of those remakes that have become so popular with developers and gamers. Originally, the game launched on the Xbox 360 back in 2013 though. That means the case for State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition is easier to make. Enough time has passed that those who just picked up an Xbox One may not have experienced it.
State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition is all about using the things around you to survive a zombie apocalypse. The game isn’t nearly as forgiving as other titles in the genre though. You need to carefully ration the resources you find in the game world. There’s base building too.
State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition will cost $29.99 when it launches on April 28th.