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Saintel Daily’s List of the Best Games to Play in April

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Gaming has become increasingly popular in the last few years.  So much so, that it’s hard to keep up with the release of new games.  Not only that, but there are so many different options for how to play the games including consoles, PCs, and even mobile devices.  Which means, it’s easy to overlook some pretty incredible game releases because they get buried in the pile.  Which is why we are bringing you some of the best games to watch for this month.  Some have already been released, so if you haven’t already – you should check them out.  These games are definitely worth both your time and your money.

Crisis on the Planet of the Apes

First up is the most recent Planet of the Apes game.  This, along with recent Planet of the Apes film has been a welcomed surprise, and now you’ll be able to experience the world in virtual reality thanks to Crisis on the Planet of the Apes.  The game has a really interesting storyline: Five years since its outbreak, the “Simian Flu” has wiped out half of humanity and left other primates changed. You are an ape with advanced intelligence, captured and held prisoner in a heavily guarded scientific facility as mankind desperately searches for a cure. Your mission is to climb, jump and shoot through the chaos of an apocalyptical world to escape with your fellow apes and return home at the crossroads of two species’ destinies.  Crisis on the Planet of the Apes is available on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PSVR, and was released on April 3.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

Sega’s Yakuza series has been a huge hit in Japan from the start, but now it’s starting to gain more traction in the international markets as well.  Yakuza 6: The Song of Life introduces the one thing that’s going to make the game more appealing.  In fact, this is likely to make any video game more appealing.  In Yakuza 6, the developers have introduced a digital baby.  The lead character Kazuma Kiryu has run an orphanage in past games, but now he finds himself taking care of an infant as he tries to discover what happened to the mother.  That said, it’s still a huge open-world action game with a ton of action, and some mini-games built in throughout.  Yakuza 6: The Song of Life will be available on April 17, and you can enjoy it on your PS4 or Xbox One.

God of War

God of War is easily one of the biggest releases this spring.  Not only that, but this franchise is getting a bit of a refresh.  It is still about Kratos, his rage, and how he funnels that anger into attacks on his enemies, but some things have changed significantly.  To start, Kratos has a son. Who is awfully close, even during battles.  The game shifts to more of a Norse mythology vibe, which gives it a completely different tone.  That’s on top of all the dad stuff.  It looks incredible and exciting.  God of War is available starting April 20th, and you can only play it on your PlayStation 4 console.

Swords of Ditto

Swords of Ditto has a really weird name, but if you’re a fan of the old-school Legend of Zelda, then you’re going to like this game. It does come with many twists, of course.  In Swords of Ditto, you have three days to save the world from the evil Mormo, and if you fail, a new hero will rise to try again – but not for 100 years.  Each quest is pretty compact, but the sword carries your experience and upgrades across the ages.  Each new hero is different though.  And the world changes over time, making ever quest unique.  The bright, hand-drawn style looks amazing and the addition of a LocoRoco cameo is kind of just the cherry on top.  Swords of Ditto will be available for PC and PS4, starting on April 24.

Nintendo Labo

I’m not sure how I feel about this game.  On one hand, it is kind of genius, but on the other hand, it seems overly simple.  That said, this is wildly creative on the part of Nintendo, so I will give them credit there.  Nintendo Labo is a prime example of how they can take something boring – like a box of cardboard and make it a fun game.  Which is literally what this is – a box full of cardboard sheets.  You can fold the sheets into more recognizable shapes.  But that isn’t all it is.  Nintendo Labo is a working piano, a remote-control car, a fishing game, and a wearable robot simulator.  It’s creative, it’s customizable, and it imparts some coding skills to you.  I’m not sold on this like I am the other games, but I have yet to meet a Nintendo game that I didn’t like, which is why it made our list.  Nintendo Labo is going to be available on April 27 and you can play it on your Nintendo Switch.