Meta Gamer Monthly April 2017

Releases April 18

 

UPDATED: April 9th 8:20 pm Eastern

This month we got the specs on Xbox’s Project Scorpio, a release date and trailer for Telltale’s game Guardians of the Galaxy (based on the popular movie franchise), and news pertaining to game store giant GameStop.

 

GameStop

Closings

GameStop is set to close at least 150 stores this fiscal year due to declining sales, citing poor sales during the holiday season, and other retail stores “aggressive” promotional techniques. (source: Fortune).

Information Breach

According to Krebsonsecurity.com, Gamestop is investigating a possible breach of their website and customers information may have been stolen. I will give an update when more information is avaiable. (source: Krebsonsecurity.com)

 

Multi-Platform

Constructor HD

Originally released for PC in 1997, Constructor is a city simulator similar to SimCity except you have to defend against Undesirables (like the Mafia) or you can play the Undesirables themselves. It is being remastered for PC and today’s consoles. You either play against the computer or can players can compete to destroy each other’s cities.

Official game site: http://www.system3.com/games/constructor-hd/

 

 

Constructor HD is Rated ESRB: RP*
Constructor HD (MSRP) TBA releases April 28 (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)

 

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

I reported earlier this year that Telltale was making a Guardians of the Galaxy series. Telltale is famous for their The Walking Dead episodic games. The game finally has a trailer and releases later this month.

 

 

Episode 1 (MSRP) $4.99, Season Pass Disc for PS4, Xbox One (MSRP) TBA
Episode 1 comes out April 18 for Mobile (Android, iOS), PC, PS4, Xbox One

 

Mass Effect Andromeda

Mass Effect Andromeda finally released last month with a less than perfect launch, as it is more glitchy then the previous entries in the series. Bioware is addressing some of these issues with a major patch fixing some of the glitches. Among some of the fixes:

  • Lip-sync and facial acting improvements
  • Improvements to the appearance of Human and Asari eyes

Full patch notes here: http://blog.bioware.com/2017/04/04/mass-effect-andromeda-patch-1-05-notes/

Video comparison of facial improvements:

 

 

Outlast 2

Last month I reported that Outlast 2 was banned in Australia. According to Eurogamer.net the developer originally sent the wrong video to the rating board. The original video, that contained the objectionable material, is what led to the original ban. Outlast 2 will be now released in Australia with a R18+ rating. (Source: Eurogamer.net) Outlast 2 releases later this month.

Outlast 2 is rated ESRB: M*
Outlast 2 (MSRP) $39.99 comes out April 25 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

 

Nintendo

Switch

Update: Forgot to mention again that Nintendo has doubled the order of the Switch starting this month. Best Buy, Toys’R’Us and Target (at least my local Target did) should all have some in stock.

April Fool’s Prank

GameSpot (not to be confused with the store GameStop) played an elaborate April Fool’s prank by making a video to show how to commandeer a Guardian in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (I will admit to falling to the prank since it was really well done). GameSpot also made a behinds the scenes video to show how the prank was accomplished.

Prank Video:

Behind The Scenes:

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The very popular Mario Kart comes to the Switch at the end of the month. While this is a port of the WiiU version it also includes all DLC plus new characters from Splatoon among other new features.

 

 

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is rated ESRB: E*
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (MSRP) $59.99 Available April 28 (Switch)

 

PlayStation

Drawn To Death

Drawn to Death is a unique type of shooter where you play characters that look like they were drawn in a notebook. It’s a new PlayStation exclusive that is also one of this months PS Plus free games.

 

 

Drawn To Death ESRB: M*
Drawn To Death (MSRP) $19.99 (free PS Plus Membership) Released April 4

 

PS Plus Free Games

PS3

  • Alien Rage – Extended Edition
  • Invizimals: the Lost Kingdom

PS4

  • Drawn To Death
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

PS Vita, PS4 (crossbuy)

  • 10 Second Ninja
  • Curses ‘n Chaos

 

Xbox

Project Scorpio

Microsoft has announced the specs for the next Xbox codenamed Project Scorpio. Console comes out holiday 2017. Price is still to be announced.

Here are some of the Specs.

Vapor Cooling (first ever water cooling for a console)

True 4K Gaming**

1TB HDD Storage

HDR**

4K UHD Blu-ray/DVD*

**Requires compatible TV with 4K and HDR

Full list of specs: http://www.xbox.com/en-us/project-scorpio

Official Video:

 

Xbox Live Gold Gree Games

 

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Assassin’s Creed Revelations – Available April 16-30
  • Darksiders – Available April 1-15

Xbox One

  • Ryse: Son of Rome – Available April 1-30
  • The Walking Dead: Season 2 – Available April 16-May 15

 

Games Releasing In April

 

April 3

  • Domina (PC)

April 4

  • Drawn To Death (PS4)
  • Persona 5 (PS3, PS4)

April 5

  • Ira (Mac, PC)

April 7

  • Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Don’t Think Twice (Rift, Vive)

April 11

  • Aaero (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Cosmic Star Heroine (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Starblood Arena (PSVR)
  • Stardew Valley: Collector’s Edition (PS4, Xbox One)
  • The Sexy Brutale (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Yooka-Laylee (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)

April 13

  • Calm Waters (Mac, PC)

April 18

  • Full Throttle Remastered (PC, PS4, PS Vita)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (Android, iOS, PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • The Silver Case (PS4)
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (PS4, Switch, Xbox One)

April 21

  • Cities: Skylines (Xbox One)
  • Micro Machines: World Series (PS4, Xbox One)

April 25

  • Dragon Quest Heroes II (PS4)
  • Outlast 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris (PS4, Switch)
  • Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Syberia 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

April 27

  • Expeditions Viking (PC)
  • Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War III (PC)

April 28

  • Constructor HD (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • Little Nightmares (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)
  • Portal Knights (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

 

*Ratings
E – Everyone
T – Teen
M – Mature
RP – Rating Pending

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