aint the month virtually every Q1&2 Triple A game shocks your noggin like a thunderbolt of electric fun!
But exactly that happened...April
was never going to keep pace!
So, as opposed to spectacular reboots, polished prequels
and ambitious spiritual successors,
we have a movie-tie in, a bundle package and a B-Team comic book fighter to look forward to.
: Let’s give it a whirl...4.Title: Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
Developer: Team Ninja
Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Released: April 5th
2013 - Year of Hack/Slash.
While last month’s God of War
signalled the series’ stagnation, DMC
enjoyed something of a divine reinvention. Elsewhere, Platinum
once again revitalized and redefined the genre with the phenomenal Revengeance
, the all in content disk for Ninja Gaiden 3
, continues this trend of stylish bloodletting. Released last year for the Wii U
(it still exists folks, we checked) Razor’s Edge
boasts four playable characters, online modes and Team Ninja’s
patented brand of showy, blood drenched animation.
Finally launching on PS3
, if Kratos, Dante
failed to satiate your bloodlust, we at clickonline.com officially recommend two courses of action... 1) A mental health evaluation or 2) Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
(our preference).Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge Review!!!3.Title: Star Trek
Developer: Digital Extremes
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Released: April 26th
If I’m being honest, and I like to think I’m entitled to an occasional spell of candour, this only earns its recommendation on the strength of Into Darkness
’ promo material and the following Shatner V Gorn
But then again, a slouch Digital Extremes
is not.The Darkness II
was one of the least loved belters of 2012! If they can hypospray Star Trek 2013
with but half that dynamism and warped ingenuity, it could buck the notorious movie tie-in trend i.e. it might not be an unplayable mess.
2.Title: Dead Island: Riptide
Publisher: Deep Silver
Released: April 26th
Despite a rushed and troubled development, Dead Island
secured a solid fan base. Apparently welding RPG progression and expanded melee options onto Left4Dead’s
winning formula of “Sh*t! Zombies! Arg! Shoot! Arg! Witch! Arg! Heal Me! Arg! Zombies! Pipebomb! Sh*t! Arg!”
Eighteen months on, Dead Island
returns with much the same mantra – Kill, Quest, Level, Rinse, Repeat. Still, with fresh faces, military environs, deeper narrative and an expanded villains roster, Riptide
offers the same visceral thrills its predecessor did. But more different this time...1.Title: Injustice: Gods Among Us
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment
Released: April 17th
2011’s Mortal Kombat
made no small stir.
Its core mechanics couldn’t challenge reigning champion SSFIV
, but it bolstered a flagging franchise with polish, extras and innovation to spare. Coupled with a genre busting Story Mode which wove its playable characters through a suitably epic yarn, it became abundantly clear where NetherRealm’s
looks of similar quality.
Perhaps understanding the base combat won’t upset tourney listings anytime soon, Injustice
quite rightly opts for *ahem* FLASH
Hovercars, lamp-posts and miscellaneous makeshift weaponry is there for the taking/whacking.
Levels are bookended by gratuitous, glorious, city smashing animations.
Each character enjoys launchers, breakers and physics bending specials.
Couple this with a substantial campaign penned by DC
veterans and, assuming there’s any justice in the world*, we’ll have a unique, insane and legitimately excellent Beat’Em’Up!
*Though the title explicitly states there is not...