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The Best Games of 2014: April Releases

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After a monstrous month full of releases, gamers everywhere will be treated to several notable titles all April long. While The Elder Scrolls Online takes center stage as the most important game out this month, several titles like Child of Light and LEGO: The Hobbit are also promising and worthy of both our time and attention. Below is a short list of 12 standout games to keep your eyes on as the weeks go by.

Full Title: MLB 14: The Show
Developers: SCE San Diego Studio
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 4
Release Date: PlayStation 3 and Vita versions out now, PlayStation 4 version out on May 6th

MLB 14: The Show is the 9th entry in Sony’s popular baseball series and easily the most recognizable sports simulation on the planet.  Fans can expect several of the same features that made MLB 13: The Show great, along with the added bonus of cross saves between games. If you absolutely can’t wait for the PS4 version, then picking up either the PS3 or Vita version is your best bet right now.

Full Title: The Elder Scrolls Online
Developers: ZeniMax Online Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platforms: PC, Mac OS X, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One
Release Date: PC and Mac OS X versions out now, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions out in June

The Elder Scrolls Online is the first open-ended multiplayer experience set within the mystical world of Tamriel. Players have their pick of four distinct character classes to choose from including Dragon Knight, Templar, Sorcerer, and Nightblade. You can get a better idea of what the MMO has to offer by checking out David Jagneaux‘s in-depth Elder Scrolls Online Preview.

Full Title: Kinect Sports Rivals
Developers: Rare
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platforms: Xbox One
Release Date: April 8th (North America and Europe)

Kinect Sports Rivals is Rare’s first fully functional Kinect game for the Xbox One. After debuting a preseason trial last November, Microsoft seems confident that Kinect Sports Rivals will be exactly what fans of the series want. Luckily for all of us, we won’t have to wait too much longer to see if it lives up to the hype.

Full Title: The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3 – A Crooked Mile
Developers: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Platforms: PC, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, and iOS
Release Date: April 8th (North America and Europe) Xbox 360 version releases on April 9th

After the shocking conclusion to Smoke and Mirrors, The Wolf Among Us: A Crooked Mile is easily the most anticipated episode in the series yet. Fans can expect many more twists and turns in the storyline as Bigby Wolf continues his investigation. If you enjoyed the first two episodes in the series, then picking this one up is an absolute no-brainer.

Full Title: LEGO: The Hobbit
Developers: Traveller’s Tales
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and 3DS
Release Date: April 8th (North America) April 11th (Europe)

LEGO: The Hobbit is an action-adventure game based on the popular series of films created by Peter Jackson. Fans of both LEGO games and the Lord of the Rings universe will find themselves right at home with this game.

Full Title: Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars
Developers: Spike Chunsoft
Publisher: Atlus
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, and PlayStation Vita
Release Date: April 15th (North America) Europe Date TBA

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is a unique JRPG with turn-based battles. Diehard fans of the Persona series will definitely be intrigued by what this game has to offer.

Full Title: Trials Fusion
Developers: RedLynx
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox 360
Release Date: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 versions out on April 16th, PC version out on April 24th

Trials Fusion is the latest entry in the popular series of  platform racing games. To coincide with the launch of this game, RedLynx will also be releasing a smartphone compatible version of the game called Trials Frontier. If you enjoyed any Trials games in the past, then you owe it to yourself to pickup both of these games later this month.

Full Title: Demon Gaze
Developers: Kadokawa Games Experience Inc.
Publisher: NIS America
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
Release Date: April 22nd (North America) April 25th (Europe)

Demon Gaze is a dungeon crawler filled with RPG elements. The game proved to be a massive success when it was released in Japan early last year. If you’re a fan of challenging games complete with a beautiful art style, then Demon Gaze may be just for you.

Full Title: Daylight
Developers: Zombie Studios
Publisher: Atlus
Platforms: PlayStation 4, and PC
Release Date: April 29th

Daylight is a procedurally generated first-person perspective survival horror title that puts players in the uncomfortable environment of an abandoned hospital. The game was written by popular IGN host Jessica Chobot and is one title that everyone will be watching out for. If you enjoyed Outlast, then you may want to check this game out too.

Full Title: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle
Developers: CyberConnect2
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Platforms: PlayStation 3
Release Date: April 29th (North America) April 25th (Europe)

JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure: All Star Battle is a fighting game that is largely based on a magna series of the same name. Players will have the ability to choose from over 40 characters taken from 8 different story arcs. If you’re anxious to play a different kind of fighting game this month, then this may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Full Title: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Developers: Beenox
Publisher: Activision
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Android, and iOS
Release Date: April 29th (North America) May 2nd (Europe)

Before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters on May 2nd, fans will have a chance to get their hands on the latest video game inspired by the movie. Traditionally, movie adapted video games turn out to be horrible 9 times out of 10. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is expected to change that dynamic and give us a game that truly makes us feel like the wisecracking web slinger himself. If you enjoyed the last Spider-man game that Beenox worked on, then you’ll absolutely love this one too.

Full Title: Child of Light
Developers: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360
Release Date: April 30th (North America and Europe)

Child of Light is a beautifully crafted platforming RPG that centers around an estranged girl who goes on a quest to bring back the sun, moon, and stars from the evil Queen of the Night. This RPG was created by Ubisoft’s new UbiArt Framework game engine and is easily one of the best looking games out this month. If you’re a fan of sidescrollers with RPG elements, then you should absolutely pick this up on day one.

This concludes my list of the best games worth picking up in April. Please note that some of these release dates are subject to change at any given time. Do any of you plan on purchasing any of the titles listed above? Please feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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