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Xenoblade Chronicles confirmed for US release in April

What a bunch of jokers! Nintendo confirmed during its January Nintendo Direct presentation that the New Nintendo 3DS port of Xenoblade is coming to the the US in April 2015. Nintendo also confirmed that it will be available on April 2 in Japan.

Anno…
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Bravely Default sequel lights up Japan in April 2015

Bravely Second is flying fairly to Japan on April 23, 2015, though there still isn’t word on a Western release. The Bravely Default sequel was due on Japan’s retail shelves this winter, but perhaps the publisher thought releasing it prematurely was u…
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Dark Souls II Comes To Xbox One And PlayStation 4 In April

Souls fans have been eagerly anticipating this announcement. Bandai Namco has confirmed that the most recent entry in the franchise, Dark Souls II, will be headed to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, bundled with all of the existing DLC.

The Scholar of the First Sin edition will include the Crown of the  Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the Ivory King add-ons. It will also come bundled with the version 1.10 update that adds new features (enhanced item descriptions, better balancing) and new NPCs that augment the story and serve to guide players.

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The new iteration will also be arriving for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC (in both DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 varieties). Those that already own Dark Souls II will receive the version 1.10 update at no cost.

The new-gen and DirectX 11 versions include upgraded visuals, audio, and lighting, along with higher resolution textures and better performance. Those platforms will also see an increase in maximum online players.

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will be out on April 7, 2015. For more, check out our review of the original release.

 

Our Take
Dark Souls II is looking mighty fine in the new trailer (above). I need to try one more time to get into this series, as most people who have gotten over the hump seem to enjoy it. Perhaps 2015 will be my year.

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Bohemia Follows Through With April Fool’s Day Joke With Arma Karts

Bohemia has put a spin on the tired tradition of video game April Fool's Day jokes by doing the unexpected – it actually created the joke game.

This April, Bohemia had one of the more amusing game April Fool's Day jokes with Arma Karts, a fictional kart racing game based on its ultra-hardcore military shooter Arma 3.

Well, it's no longer fictional. Bohemia has released Arma Karts on Steam, and it's on sale for $ 1.99. All proceeds go to the Czech Red Cross.

Source: Destructoid

 

Our Take:
Okay, this is pretty awesome – and I'm a big grump about April Fool's Day. Also, it's benefiting the Red Cross, which is no joke.

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April NPD: PS4, Titanfall lead sales again

The PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US in April, NPD reported. This was the fourth month in a row that PS4 sales out-performed Xbox One sales. Xbox One was the second-highest-selling piece of gaming hardware on the market for the month, and total…
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Stiq Figures, April 21 – 27: Games ruined by lost saves edition

Welcome to Stiq Figures, where the sales data is after the break and the posts don’t matter.

Video games are great and all, but it’s amazing how many hours some of them can drain from your life. It isn’t tough to get interested in a well-developed…
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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star launches in Europe and Australia today, coming to North America April 29

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle, quite possibly the most fabulous fighting game of all time, is now available in Europe and Australia exclusively for the PlayStation 3 via retail and download on the PlayStation Store, and will be seeing a North American release on the 29th of this month. Based on the manga of the same name, the 3D fighting game is brought to you by CyberConnect2, who is perhaps best known for developing the Naruto fighting games, as well as Asura’s Wrath. If nothing else, this is certainly a developer who can nail aesthetics, and this game most certainly delivers, with each frame of animation playing out like a panel in the original manga.

Next, you’re gonna say “what features are there?” Good question. There are multiple modes for you to muda and ora your way through. In addition to the standard versus mode, the game comes with an eight chapter story mode, an exclusive arcade mode, a customisation mode where you can customise your own flamboyant character to your liking, and a highly challenging campaign mode. The game features a cast of thirty-two characters (forty-one in total with DLC included) from the eight parts of the ongoing manga, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, with fourteen being playable from the start. In addition to the above mentioned modes, you can also beat your friends with horse combos and steam roller special attacks. Though it may not be the first game to feature such an attack, it may be the most stylish.

Yare yare daze.

Japanese players got their hands on this Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure: All Star Battle last August, and European and Australian fans can now purchase it via PlayStation 3 retail or download it from the PlayStation Store. North American players will have to wait a few more days until launch, but if you want to check out the game before launch, you can download the demo right now, which gives you access to a limited three match arcade mode with three playable characters: Jotaro Kujo, Caesar Zepelli, and the villain himself, Dio Brando.


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The Games Of April: Comparing Five Years Of Releases

April isn’t typically a hotbed of big game releases, but there are usually a couple diamonds in the rough each year. We were curious about how this month’s offerings stacked up to Aprils from the past, so we’ve assembled the most notable releases from 2011 to 2014 to find out. In addition, we’ve also included NPD rankings on the 2010-2013 pages (these rankings are based solely on physical US sales).

2014

April Releases

4/1
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition (Wii U, PS3, 360, PC)
Mercenary Kings (PS4)
MLB 14 The Show (PS3, Vita)
Ragnarok Odyssey ACE (PS3, Vita)

4/3
FTL: Advanced Edition (iOS, PC)

4/4
The Elder Scrolls Online (PC)

4/8
Kinect Sports Rivals (Xbox One)
Lego The Hobbit (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 360, 3DS, Vita, PC)
Titanfall (360)
Strike Suit Zero (PS4, Xbox One)
The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3 (PS3, 360, PC)

4/14
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4)

4/15
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (PS3, 360)
War of the Vikings (PC) 

4/16
Trials Fusion (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC)

4/25
Dark Souls II (PC)
NES Remix 2 (Wii U)

4/29
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, Wii U, PS3, 360, PC)
Daylight (PS4, PC) 

4/30
Child of Light (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 360, PC)

For a full list of 2014 releases, check out our story here. To move onto past Aprils, head to the next page.


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PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD free to PS+ members on April 22

PlayStation Plus subscribers with Vitas in hand, tomorrow is going to be Ultimate. Beginning April 22, PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD for the Vita will be added to the PlayStation Instant Game Collection.

From developer Q-Games, PixelJunk Monsters…
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Stiq Figures, April 7 – 13: Best opening numbers edition

Welcome to Stiq Figures, where the sales data is after the break and the posts don’t matter.

If you’re going to send me on a 30-plus hour adventure, you’ve gotta sell me on the time investment first. Creating an opening that compels players to…
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