April is upon us, which means it’s time for New Releases to take a look at the full month ahead. It’s got some exclusives like Days Gone and Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain, plus a Nintendo Switch port of the beloved Cuphead. Meanwhile, the competitive crowd can throw down in Mortal Kombat 11 and Shovel Knight: Showdown.
Shovel Knight: Showdown — April 9
Available on: PS4, PS3, Vita, Xbox One, PC, Switch, Wii U
Shovel Knight: Showdown is the latest addition to the Treasure Trove pack, bringing new multiplayer modes to let you race through stages or duke it out for gems. Yes, the entire Order of No Quarter is playable. Even better, Showdown is a totally free download if you already own Treasure Trove (on all platforms except 3DS and Vita).
Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain — April 11
Available on: PS4
The latest in the long-running bug-slaying series is meant to be a more serious take on the EDF formula. That said, you’ll still be suiting up in mechs and raining all sorts of firepower down on giant insect invaders. You can battle the big bugs with friends online or on your couch through local co-op.
Cuphead — April 18
Available on: Switch
The delightful and difficult action game is coming to a new platform–and this version actually lets you play as Mugman in single-player (he’s coming to other versions via an update). Otherwise, it’s the same adventure across three islands, where you’ll fight tough bosses and leap through tricky platforming levels.
Mortal Kombat 11 — April 23
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Mortal Kombat needs no introduction, but the latest entry in the series does have some new tricks up its sleeve. Fatal Blows are like powerful X-ray attacks you can use once per match, Krushing Blows are flashier versions of special moves, and Flawless Blocks will leave you opponents open to attack if you time your defenses perfectly. Taking cues from Injustice 2, MK 11 also lets you customize your characters with costumes and movesets.
Days Gone — April 26
Available on: PS4
The long-anticipated exclusive is finally launching this month. Protagonist Deacon St. John rides his motorcycle across a post-apocalyptic open world, battling zombies known as Freakers. You can take approach the undead horde with stealth, by laying traps, or going in guns blazing–just don’t get caught around the zombies at night.