Last month, Xbox One and PS4 both enjoyed their first major console exclusives since launch. Xbox One saw the release of Titanfall, while PS4 saw inFamous: Second Son. Both games were extremely successful for their respective console, but now it's time to look ahead. And April promises more goodies for both Xbox One and PS4. Below are some of the noteworthy releases for Microsoft's and Sony's next-gen systems:
Mercenary Kings – PS4 – April 1, 2014
Free for PlayStation Plus members, Mercenary Kings is a 2D action game in which you — a member of the Mercenary Kings (a skilled team of warriors-for-hire) — are dopped on to Mandragora Island where you must rescue the brilliant Dr. James Neil from the forces of C.L.A.W. (Cyber Loyalist Active Weapons) and prevent them from using the Mandrake Formula for global domination. In addition to the action, materials you gather during missions can be used to create powerful weapons.
King Oddball – PS4 – April 1, 2014
Formerly a Vita title, King Oddball is a skill-based physics puzzle game that sees you play as King Oddball, a flaoting rock head with a long tongue. Your goal is to destroy the world by flinging rocks and other objects at enemies — similar to Angry Birds.
Daylight – PS4 – April 8, 2014
Daylight is a horror game that wants to scare the crap out of you. Though each playthrough is only 25-30 minutes in length, the catch is that the world in which you play is procedurally generated, meaning no two playthroughs will be the same. It will be a different hospital layout with unique scares. In the game, you play as Sarah Gwynn who awakes in the lobby of Mid Island Bay Hospital — a hospital that was turned into a makeshift morgue following a horrific steamboat accident. Adding to the game's fright is the fact that viewers — should you choose to stream your playthrough — can impact your game with "scare" commands.
Kinect Sports Rivals – Xbox One – April 8, 2014
Exclusive to Xbox One, Kinect Sports Rivals is a motion-based sports game. As the name suggests, it makes full use of hte Xbox One's Kinect peripheral, placing you in virtual sports competitions such as rock climbing, wave racing and target shooting. Classic Kinect Sports games like soccer, bowling, and tennis are also included. Using Kinect technology, you can scan your face into the game so that your likeness is used as a champion, creating a truly immersive experience.
LEGO: The Hobbit – PS4, Xbox One – April 11, 2014
LEGO THE Hobbit is based on the first two films of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Trilogy; this includes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the upcoming The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. In the game, you traverse through Middle-earth, joining Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and Thorin Oakenshield and more as they head toward the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor. In typical LEGOgame fashion, you can expect to play as familiar characters and visit key locations from the films.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – PS4 – April 14, 2014
Already available on PC and PS3, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – Square Enix's latest MMO — will finally make its way to the PS4 this month. On the fence? Check out our review.
Trials Fusion – PS4, Xbox One – April 16, 2014
Trials Fusion is the return of Red Lynx's addicting 2D stunt bike franchise — back with a full map-editor and tons of physics-based challenges to test your skills. The game builds off the same addictive physics-based gameplay of its predecessors while incorporating brand-new features, including the FMX tricks system.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – PS4, Xbox One – April 29, 2014
Although its release coincides with that of the new film, the story of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 won't actually follow the movie's events. In the game, you will play as both Spider-Man and Peter Parker, allowing for a wardrobe system that allows you to pick your costume (each with a different bonus that caters to your individual playstyle). Additionally, developer Beenox has completely revamped Spider-Man's web-swinging mechanics, which you can read more about here.
Child of Light – PS4, Xbox One – April 30, 2014