As we move into April, things are looking a little lighter in comparison to last week’s deluge. With heavy hitters like Bloodborne, Pillars of Eternity, and the Borderlands remasters threatening to devour what precious free time we have, let’s hope there’s still enough room for this week’s round-up.
- Axiom Verge [PS4]
- Doodle Kingdom [PSV]
- Paperbound [PS4]
- Rack N Ruin [PS4]
- Dark Souls II: Scholars of the First Sin [PS4 | PS3 | XB1 | X360 | PC]
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3D [3DS]
- Kami [3DS]
- MLB The Show 15 [PS4 | PS3 | PSV]
- Hyperdimension Neptunia Hypercollection [PS3]
At the top of the pecking order we have yet another re-release for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This time it’s the punishingly pleasant Dark Souls II, courtesy of From Software. This version of the game, dubbed Scholars of the First Sin, will include all post-launch DLC as well as improved visuals and game features. For those who own the regular, vanilla Dark Souls II, From Software has promised a patch with improved matchmaking, story elements and other updates. Admittedly, it’s a bizarre move from publisher Namco Bandai. With Bloodborne fresh in everyone’s minds, Scholars may be able to capitalise on its success. That, or it will immediately fade to irrelevance.
Elsewhere, Nintendo will be launching its first exclusive title for the New 3DS. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, as the name implies, is a new iteration on the underrated 2010 RPG built specifically for on-the-go. It’s easy to see why Nintendo was eager to revisit Xenoblade Chronicles, especially with a sequel in the pipeline. The game is set on a world made from the corpses of two warring titans with lead hero Shulk and his friends looking to repel a series of robotic invasions. Dom recently scored the game a staggering 9/10:
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is an excellent port of one of the best RPGs of the last generation. It features an emotive story, strong characterisation and an engaging battle system, which combine with an approach to the genre that still feels fresh and innovative.
Unless you happen to be a fan of baseball and Sony’s MLB The Show, that’s about it for big releases this week. Looking at PlayStation Network, however, we should be expecting news of what’s to come for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Meanwhile, players should keep an eye out for the much-anticipated, Metroidvania-esque Axiom Verge as well as other titles including Doodle Kingdom and Paperbound.