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Here are the biggest video game releases of April 2017

In the first quarter of 2017 we saw the release of a lot of amazing games such as Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Yakuza 0, Horizon Zero Dawn, Nioh, For Honor, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and NieR: Automata—just to name a few. As we enter the second quarter of 2017, the hits keep on rolling in with some of the biggest video game releases this year.

Spring is here and Atlus brings its first numbered title in the Persona franchise to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. LEGO fans are in for a treat with LEGO City Undercover coming out for the first time on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Bulletstorm Full Clip is a remaster of the 2011 title that is distinguished by its sense of style and crass humour. Rounding out the first half of April is the much anticipated Yooka-Laylee developed by former Rare employees.

The second half of April is just as exciting as the first. Puzzle fans get a dose of Puyo Puyo and Tetris action in Puyo Puyo Tetris. Square Enix is back with Dragon Quest Heroes II, now featuring online multiplayer features allowing you to form a party of up to four. April goes out with a bang via Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch. Mario Kart fans will not want to miss out on this definitive version of the game.

[Note: The below release dates are subject to change at the sole discretion of the game publisher at any time.]

Persona 5

Release Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Role-playing, social simulation
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3
ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)

Persona fans rejoice! After years of development, the first numbered title in the award-winning franchise has arrived on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Persona 5 follows the story of a band of teenagers who live dual lives and their day-to-day problems they face. Filled with vibrantly stylized characters, enemies, and environments complete with stylish anime-style cut-scenes—there really is no other game series like Persona.

As the rebellious Phantom Thieves of Hearts, the group of troubled youth go on fantastical adventures. By using otherworldly powers, they enter the hearts of corrupt people in positions of power in order to re-shape and transform them. If you have yet to play a game in the series, there is no need to worry. You don’t need to have played them to under Persona 5’s plot.

LEGO City Undercover

Release Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Action-adventure
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone 10+)

LEGO fans are in for a treat! LEGO CITY Undercover comes to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One for the first time. You’ll play as super-cop Chase McCain with more than 20 unique districts to investigate. Each district is filled with car thieves to bust, vehicles to navigate, mischievous aliens to capture, hilarious movie references to discover, lost pigs to rescue and hundreds of collectibles.

Bringing together witty, original storytelling, with signature LEGO humour in true TT Games fashion—this open-world adventure creates a fun-filled experience for players of all ages.

Bulletstorm Full Clip Edition

Release Date: April 7, 2017
Genre: First-person shooter
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One
ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)

Step into the boots of Grayson Hunt, an exiled member of an elite assassin group. After crash landing on an abandoned resort planet you must decide between survival or revenge. Will you confront the commander behind his betrayal or get your team off the planet alive?

Bulletstorm Full Clip Edition is a remaster of the 2011 title Bulletstorm and offers the definitive experience of the action-packed, critically-acclaimed first-person shooter. With updated hi-res textures, increased polygon counts, smoother framerates, and up to 4K resolution on PlayStation 4 Pro— People Can Fly and Gearbox Publishing didn’t hold back on making this one heck of a remaster. Additionally, there are six new maps a new Overkill Mode, and all previous released DLC.

Yooka-Laylee

Release Date: April 11, 2017
Genre: Platform
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone 10+)

Announced as the spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie franchise, Yooka-Laylee is a fresh take on an open-world platformer that includes many classic features that fans will love. Developed by former Rare employees, this Kickstarter funded title allows you to explore the world at your own pace.

You won’t find a mini-map or waypoint arrows telling you which way to go. Yooka-Laylee is all about exploration, and with a cast of unforgettable characters like the buddy-duo Yooka (the green one) and Laylee (the wisecracking bat with the big nose)—this is an epic adventure you wont soon forget.

Could Yooka-Laylee be the game to introduce a whole new generation of players to the platformer genre? From what I have seen so far, it looks like Yooka-Laylee could very well be one of the biggest video game releases this year.

Puyo Puyo Tetris

Release Date: April 25, 2017
Genre: Puzzle
Platform(s): PlayStation 4Nintendo Switch
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone 10+)

Get ready to dive into a colourful puzzle cocktail blend with a variety of addictive Puyo Puyo and Tetris games modes in Puyo Puyo Tetris. If you are a puzzle fan who has been looking for a game that combines characters from the Puyo Puyo/Tetris universe and tons of unique challenges—you are in luck.

Looking to sharpen your skills? Then Solo Arcade mode is right up your alley. If the thrill of competing against other players is more your style, there are so many Multiplayer modes that’ll Puyo Puyo Tetris will tickle your jickle. Puyo Puyo Tetris is a puzzle party game that will test the bonds of friendships and bring new meaning to “competitive gaming”.

Dragon Quest Heroes II Explorer’s Edition

Release Date: April 25, 2017
Genre: Role-playing
Platform(s): PlayStation 4
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

Set in an all-new world with new heroes and story, Dragon Quest Heroes II is an action-RPG that sends you on a grand adventure to restore order to the world, with thrilling battles of epic proportions along the way. With the addition of multiplayer functionality, you can form a party of up to four online to conquer swarms of enemies and defeat gigantic monsters.

Dragon Quest Heroes II brings together a cast of various unique characters each with distinctive moves and abilities including two new characters—cousins Teresa and Lazarel.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Release Date: April 28, 2017
Genre: Racing
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone 10+)

Nintendo is taking Mario Kart to the next level on the Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the definitive version of Mario Kart 8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes every character, track and kart from the Wii U—including all DLC.

In addition to everything from the Wii U version, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is filled with new content such as new characters, new karts, new items, new modes, and enhanced visuals, which makes this a must have game—even if you owned the original on the Wii U.

More games releasing in April 2017

April 4

April 11

April 18

April 25

April 28

So there you have it, the biggest video game releases of April 2017! Let me know in the comments section below what video games you are looking forward to playing this month.

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Jon Scarr
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