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Reader Discussion: What Was Your Game Of The Month For April?

I don’t mean to alarm you, but today is the first day of May. That also means that E3 2015 is next month.

Before we get to that little event, it’s time to look back. April is now behind us and, as usual, we have an important question for you: What was your game of the month?

If you can’t remember everything that was released in the past four weeks, fear not. We have you covered with our list of 2015 release dates. Let us know what won your heart and time. – The Feed

New Releases This Week: April 26 Through May 2

Get ready to turn the calendar page, as we enter the month before E3. The bad news is that the coming month has a reduced number of releases. The good news though, is that some of them look pretty darn good.

As we close out April, remember to grab your PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Games with Gold titles before they are gone. For those looking to drop some cash, here's what you can look forward to this week:

Broken Age (PS4, Vita, Act II on PC) – April 28
Magicka: Wizard Wars (PC) – April 28
Omega Quintet (PS4) – April 28
Project Root (PS4, Vita, Xbox One) – April 28
State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition (Xbox One) – April 28
Tropico 5 (PS4) – April 28
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim (PC) – April 28
The Weaponographist (PC) – April 29
Chroma Squad (PC, Mac, Linux) – April 30 
Space Hulk (Wii U) – May 2 

For more on this year's games, check out our regularly updated list of game releases. – The Feed

Destiny – Xur’s Gear And Upgrades For The Weekend Of April 24

It's Xursday once again and it's time to check out the awesome stuff we'll be able to pick up in Destiny this week!

You can find Xur next to the Crucible Quartermaster (down the central staircase on the way to the Vanguard war table).

Here's everything he's got with him this weekend:

MIDA Multi-Tool (Exotic Scout Rifle) – 23 strange coins

  • Kinetic Damage
  • Attack: 260/331
  • Third Eye (Radar stays active while aiming down the weapon's sights)
  • MIDA Multi-Tool (Boosts move speed and fires on a hair trigger)

Crest of Alpha Lupi (Hunter Chest Armor) – 13 strange coins

  • Defense: 339/488
  • Light: 21/36
  • Hand Cannon Ammo (Increases the amount of Hand Cannon ammo you can carry)
  • Special Weapon Ammo (Increases the amount of special weapon ammo you can carry)
  • Keeper of the Pack (Revive teammates faster, they revive you faster, super spawns additional orbs)

Mk. 44 Stand Asides (Titan Leg Armor) – 13 strange coins

  • Defense: 296/325
  • Light: 30/36
  • Heavy Weapon Ammo (Increases the amount of heavy weapon ammo you can carry)
  • Be Somewhere Else (increases the duration Shoulder Charge remains active)

Skull of Dire Ahamkara (Warlock Helmet) – 13 strange coins

  • Defense: 311/447
  • Light: 21/36
  • Energy Projection (Increases grenade throw distance)
  • Quintessence Transfer (Replenishes Super energy when you kill an enemy with a grenade)
  • Delusions of Grandeur (Reduces damage taken when using your Nova Bomb and improves your siphon abilities)

He also has exotic shards (7 strange coins), an Emerald Coil (23 strange coins), Plasma Drive (23 strange coins), and telemetry for auto rifles, fusion cannons, and shotguns (1 strange coin). He also has an exotic engram for 23 motes of light.

This week’s upgrade list includes the following:

  • Achlyophage Symbiote (Hunter helmet)
  • Mask of the Third Man (Hunter helmet)
  • Helm of the Saint-14 (Titan helmet)
  • Helm of the Inmost Light (Titan helmet)
  • Light Beyond Nemesis (Warlock helmet)
  • Heart of the Praxic Fire (Warlock chest armor)
  • SUROS Regime (auto rifle)
  • MIDA Multi-Tool (scout rifle)
  • Thorn (hand cannon)
  • Invective (shotgun)
  • Universal Remote (shotgun)
  • Patience and Time (sniper rifle)

[Source: Reddit, Sakred Gaming] – The Feed

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC Drops April 30 For PlayStation, PC

The timed-exclusivity period for the second Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC pack is drawing to a close. The Ascendance pack will arrive on PlayStation systems and PC at the end of this month.

Ascendance includes four new maps (Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop). It also comes with a convertible weapon, the OHM light machine gun / shotgun hybrid.

For those interested in Exo-Zombies, the second chapter of the story is included in this pack, also. It features John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, John Bernthal, and Rose McGowan.

For more on the DLC, check out our previous coverage for a trailer showing off the new maps and new weapon. PlayStation and PC players can grab it for $ 14.99 or as part of the season pass on April 30. – The Feed

New Releases This Week April 12 Through April 18

PC gamers have reason to smile this week, as Grand Theft Auto V finally arrives with some new features in tow. If you haven’t seen this morning’s Rockstar Editor trailer and might be considering a double- or triple-dip on GTA V, you should check it out.

This week also brings the first Mortal Kombat entry of the current generation. Mortal Kombat X switches things up by offering three different styles for each of the kombatants. Here’s the rest of the rundown:

Bloxiq (Vita) – April 14
Grand Theft Auto V (PC) – April 14
Mortal Kombat X (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – April 14
Titan Souls (PS4, Vita) – April 14
Telepath Tactics (PC, Mac, Linux) – April 16
Goat Simulator (Xbox One) – April 17

For more on this year's games, check out our regularly updated list of game releases. – The Feed

Hyperkin April Fool’s Day Game Boy Emulator Device May Become A Real Thing

Hyperkin, the makers of the Retron, a device which plays SNES and NES cartridges among others, posted a fake Game Boy emulator device that uses the iPhone as an April Fool's joke, but now it appears it may become a real thing.

On March 31, Hyperkin posted the images you see here on its Facebook page alongside the following description:

the Smart Boy, an upcoming Game Boy-compatible device for the iPhone 6
Plus (with more compatible smartphones to follow). This concept art
shows that it will attach to the iPhone 6 Plus, turning the phone into a
handheld gaming device compatible with Game Boy and Game Boy Color

It will also feature an eight-way D-pad; two action
buttons; a start and select button; and an included battery that can be
charged through the phone itself providing 5 hours of gameplay. The
gameplay itself will output through the iPhone 6 Plus' own screen.

As this is only a conceptual design, features may be removed or added in its current development stage.

On April 1, Hyperkin followed up the post with the same image, except is had the word "CONFIRMED" written on it in red and all caps. In the posting Hyperkin wrote the following:

A lot of you were speculating that the Smart Boy is an April Fools' Joke. Well, it sort of was. We "leaked" it with the initial intent of testing the market, seeing whether or not it should be something we'd actually make, under the guise of an April Fools' Joke.

Looks like you awesome folks ACTUALLY WANT IT, so the Smart Boy is now in development! Thank you all for your enthusiastic responses!

Hyperkin treads in dangerous territory regarding Nintendo's licensing and trademarks, so it's unclear if this will ever truly become a real product, but according to Hyperkin, the demand definitely exists.

[Source: Hyperkin on Facebook, (2), via Polygon]


Our Take
I really like this idea, a lot, and remember getting very excited about when I first saw the images start to float around the Internet. I would love to see it actually exist sometime in the near future. – The Feed

343 Details Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s April Update, Promises ODST Details Soon

The upcoming Master Chief Collection update focuses on ranking, title-specific improvements, as well as systems that address quitting, betrayals, reputation, and more.

You can find the full details of the upcoming update here, which also talks about Halo 5's somewhat mysterious Hunt the Truth initiative. There's no new information, but if you haven't been following it closely, it offers a nic refresher.

Finally, the update says, "Over the next few weeks, we’ll start talking a bit more about Relic, ODST, and future updates. We’re excited, and we hope you are too." Hopefully we'll have an ODST release date soon.

[Source: Halo Waypoint] – The Feed

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate April Free DLC Features New Quests, Weapons, And Sonic Palicos

Monster hunter 4 Ultimate's second monthly free downloadable content is now available, and it comes with Sonic and Mario stuff.

You can check out a trailer for the new content below, which was made available yesterday. This is the second DLC pack, the first of which was made available last month and included Zelda equipment.

You can read our Monster 4 Ultimate review here.

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This free pack also includes 14 New quests, two New weapons, three Complete armor sets, four Palico weapons, seven Palico armor sets, a Bonus Palico: Blue Pal, four Guild Card backgrounds, two Guild Card poses, 13 Guild Card titles, and a Poogie outfit: Vagaboar. The April DLC pack is
available to download now, but some server maintenance is happening on the game today and tomorrow, which you can find out more about here. It only affects some downloads, not online multiplayer.

[Source: Capcom Unity] – The Feed

Dragon Age Companion Book The World Of Thedas Volume 2 Coming In April

Dark Horse has announced the release date for its latest Dragon Age companion project. The World of Thedas Volume 2 is coming this month.

The second volume of Dark Horse’s compendia includes information on the heroes, villains, and culture found in BioWare’s titles. The studio crafted new art and shared lore with Dark Horse for inclusion, and the information is current through the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

List price is $ 39.99, but some retailers are already listing it at substantially lower prices. The World of Thedas Volume 2 will be out on April 29. The first volume was released in 2013 and is still available in print as of this publication.

[Source: Dark Horse] – The Feed

Destiny – Xur’s Gear And Upgrades For The Weekend Of April 3

Happy Xursday! This week, Bungie and Xur are trolling you. You see, the Agent of the Nine has a rocket launcher. It isn’t the one you want, though.

This week’s offerings are the weakest in a while, though the Hunter gauntlets on offer are useful in specific situations. Here’s the full rundown:

Location: Tower North. From the spawn point, turn left, go past Eris Morn and down the hallway. Xur is along the back against the railing by the Speaker Chamber.

Dragon's Breath (Rocket Launcher – The Dark Below) – 17 strange coins

  • Solar
  • Attack: 302/331
  • Tripod (This launcher's tube can hold three rockets)
  • Pyromancer (Rounds fired from this weapon leave a solar flare on detonation)

The Glasshouse (Titan helmet, The Dark Below) – 13 strange coins

  • Defense: 407/447
  • Light: 30/36
  • Intellect: 110/118
  • Rain Blows (Increased melee speed)
  • Quintessence Transfer (Replenish super energy when you kill an enemy with a grenade)
  • Bathed in Light (Blessing of Light and Weapons of Light last longer) 

Don't Touch Me (Hunter arms, The Dark Below) – 13 strange coins

  • Defense: 333/366
  • Light: 30/36
  • Discipline: 77/83
  • Special Weapon Loader (Increases the reload speed of all special weapons)
  • Inverse Shadow (Increased super energy gained from killing minions of the darkness)
  • Defensive Reflex (Taking damage from a melee attack makes you briefly invisible.)

Sunbreakers (Warlock arms) – 13 strange coins

  • Defense: 333/366
  • Light: 30/36
  • Intellect: 79/85
  • Special Weapon Loader (Increases the reload speed of all special weapons)
  • Serpent's Tail (Causing melee damage reduces grenade cooldown)
  • Helium Cycle (Increases duration of solar grenade)

As usual, he also has exotic shards (seven strange coins), the Urn of Sacrifice and bounty items (one strange coin), Sparrow upgrades (twenty-three strange coins), and telemetry for pulse rifles, fusion rifles, and rocket launchers (one strange coin). Exotic chest engrams will set you back 23 motes of light. Xur is carrying heavy ammo synth packs this week.

This week’s upgrade list includes the following:

  • Aclyophage Symbiote (Hunter helmet)
  • Lucky Raspberry (Hunter arms)
  • Crest of Alpha Lupi (Titan chest)
  • No Backup Plans (Titan arms)
  • Apotheosis Veil (Warlock helmet)
  • Sunbreakers (Warlock arms)
  • Bad Juju (pulse rifle)
  • MIDA Multi-Tool (scout rifle)
  • Thorn (hand cannon)
  • Patience and Time (sniper rifle)
  • Thunderlord (machine gun)
  • Super Good Advice (machine gun)

Also, as you may have heard, Nintendo has opened up DLC character requests for Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS. I present this without additional comment: – The Feed