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‘Stellar Blade’, ‘Manor Lords’ And 12 Different Most-Anticipated Video Sport Releases In April 2024

‘Stellar Blade’, ‘Manor Lords’ And 12 Different Most-Anticipated Video Sport Releases In April 2024

With the release of powerhouse titles like Dragon’s Dogma 2 and Rise of the Rōnin in March 2024, gamers are eagerly looking forward to the following month. These video game releases for platforms like PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch in April 2024 truly offer a staggering breadth of experiences. There is something for everyone, and I do not say that lightly.

For instance, those craving stunning-looking, frenetic combat will find Stellar Blade a worthy option with its sleek visuals and energetic, action-driven gameplay. Meanwhile, Manor Lords invites meticulous strategists to raise their mediaeval settlements from the ground up and then engage in grand-scale battles to defend them in an open-world sandbox. It reminds one of Age of Empires, albeit with a more intimate perspective.

Adventure beckons to Sand Land, based on the manga series of the same name by the late Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama. Judging by the promos, it features exploration and combat across gorgeous, vast desert landscapes that seem to have sprung straight out of the manga. The game would nicely complement the anime series adaptation of the manga.

Action role-playing game No Rest for the Wicked draws inspiration from the challenging and rewarding Soulslike genre. Nostalgia gets a fresh coat of paint with the return of the 2008 puzzle platformer game Braid in the form of Braid, Anniversary Edition, reminding us how inventive puzzle design can transcend time in more ways than one. There are improved visuals and game mechanics as well as new content. The original game was something like Super Mario with puzzles and better music.

Those wanting to lose themselves in stylised, fantastical worlds will find them in Tales of Kenzera: Zau and Children of the Sun, games that blur the lines between solid world design and thrilling gameplay. Sea of Thieves invites players to embrace the freedom and chaos of the high seas and pirate life. This 2018 original release (on PC and Xbox One) will finally be available for PlayStation 5 in April.

And finally, TopSpin 2K25, marks the triumphant return of a beloved sports video franchise, offering the ultimate virtual tennis experience.

April 2024 video game releases will get every kind of gamer’s blood pumping. Get ready for serious adrenaline rushes — this month, along with the March video game releases, has ensured that this year is already a blast for gamers.

This story first appeared on Augustman Singapore

Upcoming April 2024 video game releases: A diverse selection of adventures await

Freedom Planet 2

Release date: 4 April

Platforms: PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

This platformer game brings back the high-speed thrills and retro charm that made the original 2014 game a beloved indie classic. Join Lilac, Carol and Milla, as they face a new robotic threat in a world bursting with lovely pixel art. The game features enhanced combat with expanded movesets for each heroine, deeper exploration mechanics and a story that builds on the legacy of the original.

Zip through levels with exhilarating platforming action, discover hidden areas and unleash devastating combos against a colourful assortment of foes. The game delivers the fast-paced joy of classic platforming with a modern polish and a sprinkle of nostalgia for classic Sega Genesis games.

PC gamers have already been enjoying this title since mid-September 2022. Now, the console gamers also get to join in the fun.

Image credit: GalaxyTrail


Megaton Musashi: Wired

Megaton Musashi: Wired

Release date: 4 April

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5

Get ready for explosive mecha action with Megaton Musashi: Wired. This title is an enhanced version of the game Megaton Musashi X, and the first time a title in this franchise will be available beyond Japanese shores. The stylish anime-inspired giant robot battle game brings a wealth of new content to explore. Dive deeper into the story of Earth’s desperate struggle against an alien invasion as you pilot your customised Musashi robot.

The game introduces new enemies to challenge your skills and pushes the boundaries of Musashi customisation. Experiment with fresh weapons and abilities to create your ultimate fighting machine. Online features invite you to connect with the community, perhaps forming alliances or engaging in thrilling mecha duels. If you are a fan of giant robots, fast-paced combat and anime-inspired storytelling, it promises to deliver on all fronts.

Image credit: Level-5


Children of the Sun

Children of the Sun

Release date: 9 April

Platforms: PC

This tactical third-person shooter puts you in the shoes of a woman consumed by vengeance, hunting a sinister cult that shattered her life in a psychedelic dreamscape of a world. Unlike traditional shooters, you have only a single bullet per level. However, this bullet is your ultimate tool — guide it around obstacles, ricochet it off surfaces, smash it through armour and carefully re-aim it after every impact.

Precision and strategy are your weapons as you infiltrate cult compounds and eliminate your targets. Each meticulously designed level becomes a puzzle where the solution lies in the trajectory of your bullet. Think creatively, exploit the environment and use your bullet’s unique abilities to chain kills with lethal efficiency.

Children of the Sun weaves this unique gameplay with a gripping tale of revenge. As you hunt the cult, you will unravel their heinous acts and the true motives of their enigmatic leader. A dark, twisted story that complements the satisfying, methodical gameplay awaits the gamers.

Image credit: Devolver Digital


Release date: 16 April

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PS4, PS5

Grounded shrinks you down to the size of an ant, transforming your once-familiar backyard into a colossal world chock-full of perils. In this hit survival game, now launching on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PS5, you must work together to survive the dangers of this miniature wilderness.

Craft tools and weapons from blades of grass and pebbles, build a sprawling base to shield you from dangers and battle against giant insects that were once mere annoyances. Explore, scavenge resources and unlock the secrets of how you were shrunk as you fight to regain your normal size. Grounded is filled with unexpected challenges, humour and an exhilarating sense of discovery. You can take on the dangers of its world alone or with the company of three friends in multiplayer mode.

The game has been around on PC and Xbox One in early access since July 2020. The full version was released on 22 September 2022 on those platforms as well as Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

Image credit: Xbox Game Studios


No Rest for the Wicked

No Rest for the Wicked

Release date: 18 April

Platforms: PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S

This action role-playing game thrusts you into a dark fantasy world where lines of good and evil blur, placing you in the role of a morally ambiguous anti-hero. This story-driven game, which will be released in early access, features tactical turn-based combat, forcing you to plan and strategise each battle while navigating challenging landscapes.

The story is set in 841. King Harol dies, leaving his untested son Magnus to inherit the throne as the ancient Pestilence returns. Madrigal Seline, ambitious in the church, sees the plague as a chance to prove herself. Amidst political turmoil on Isola Sacra, you, a Cerim holy warrior, are tasked with battling the Pestilence, but find yourself caught in the chaos of the land’s struggles.

The true heart of this game lies in its impactful choices. Every decision carries weight, shaping the narrative and pushing you towards unforeseen consequences. Will you embrace your ruthless side or cling to a sliver of morality in this brutal world? Carve your own path, build alliances and uncover the shadowy forces at work within a world teetering on the edge of despair.

The game was developed by Moon Studios, which is also behind BAFTA-winning Ori and the Blind Forest.

Image credit: Moon Studios


Tales of Kenzera: Zau

Tales of Kenzera: Zau

Release date: 23 April

Platforms: PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch

Tales of Kenzera: Zau is a vibrant action-adventure game steeped in the rich mythology and storytelling traditions of the Bantu cultures of Africa. Step into the role of Zau, a young shaman grieving the loss of his father. Guided by the god of death, you embark on a journey to reclaim your father’s spirit.

Explore beautiful and dangerous lands inspired by African folklore and landscapes. Battle restless ancestral spirits using rhythmic combat systems infused with elements of dance. Wield mystical powers drawn from the Sun and Moon and prove yourself as a worthy Nganga — a spiritual healer.

Image credit: Electronic Arts


Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes

Release date: 23 April

Platforms: PC, Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

This Japanese RPG (JRPG) game immerses you in Allraan, a diverse world forged by conflict and shaped by the powers of magical rune-lenses. These enchanted lenses, imbued with ancient magic, are not only instruments of war but also tools for creation and everyday life. Explore bustling port cities where merchants hawk rune-powered gadgets, traverse treacherous mountain passes echoing with the stories of fallen empires and uncover hidden villages nestled within serene bamboo forests, each community leaving its mark on Allraan’s rich tapestry.

Your adventure begins amidst this turmoil, intertwined with the fates of Seign Kesling, a skilled imperial officer, and Nowa, a spirited youth from a remote village. Their paths converge during an Empire-led expedition, forging a friendship that will be tested by the flames of war.

Prepare for a grand-scale experience as you choose your path through this war-torn world. Discover the stories behind a vast cast of characters, uncover the secrets of rune-lenses and face pivotal choices with far-reaching consequences. The game promises a captivating tale of war and friendship against a backdrop of classic JRPG charm.

Image credit: 505 Games


Another Crab’s Treasure

Another Crab's Treasure

Release date: 25 April

Platforms: PC, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch

This game offers a quirky and surprisingly poignant take on the action-adventure genre. You play as Kril, a humble hermit crab who’s had his shell cruelly repossessed. In this polluted underwater world, trash becomes your armour and toolset. Scavenge discarded cans, bottles and even menacing bobbit worms to protect yourself against the dangers lurking in the depths.

Solve environmental puzzles by utilising the unique properties of your scavenged shells. Blast away obstacles with the force of a discarded soda can, or ensnare foes with the sticky grasp of an old plastic bag. Your journey is not just about reclaiming your shell; it’s also about fighting back against the pollution that threatens the fragile underwater ecosystem. Another Crab’s Treasure delivers a playful blend of humour, heart and a timely environmental message.

Image credit: Aggro Crab

Stellar Blade

Release date: 26 April

Platforms: PS5

Previously known as Project Eve, Stellar Blade is a stylish, fast-paced action game set in a dying world. It is the debut game from Korean developer Shift Up. Set against the backdrop of a dying Earth, we play as Eve, humanity’s last hope. Her sole objective is: to liberate Earth from the clutches of the Naytiba, the malevolent force responsible for its ruin.

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She battles monstrous creatures who overran and ravaged the planet and uncovers a web of intrigue. The truths she uncovers challenge her perceptions, revealing a far more complex and treacherous reality than she had ever imagined.

We expect fluid combat, stunning visuals and a compelling science-fiction story. All in all, Stellar Blade looks like another glittering addition to PS5’s lineup of exclusives.

Image credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Manor Lords

Release date: 26 April

Platforms: PC

Deep strategy enthusiasts and lovers of mediaeval history will find their haven in Manor Lords. This game looks like a cross between city-builders like Banished and grand strategy titles like the Total War and Age of Empires games. Unlike typical city-building mechanics in similar games, it embraces organic growth, ditching the grid-based constraints for a focus on realistic village development in Middle Ages Europe. You will immerse yourself in everything from meticulously planning your village’s layout, considering terrain and existing roads, to handling the intricacies of seasonal change that dictate agricultural success.

Resource management in Manor Lords is deeply interwoven with the world around you. Build mills near flowing rivers, strategically place fields for optimal yields and keep trade routes in mind for economic prosperity. Each decision matters as you craft a living, breathing community from the ground up.

But Manor Lords isn’t just a peaceful builder. War is an ever-present reality. Train your soldiers, craft weapons and fortify your growing settlement. When the time comes, you’ll lead your armies into large-scale tactical battles where strategy and positioning will determine your victory or defeat.

Image credit: Hooded Horse

Sand Land

Release date: 26 April

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series S

Sand Land invites you into a whimsical world of boundless possibility. This open-world RPG boasts a charming aesthetic and a deep focus on player freedom and exploration. It is based on a manga series by the late Akira Toriyama, the creator of the Dragon Ball franchise and thus, visuals appear to be the most noticeable thing about this game. So far, it appears that the developer ILCA, Inc. has managed to stay faithful to the quirky, expressive style of the source material.

Forge your own unique adventure in Sand Land. Take on the role of a quirky demon, traversing a vast, procedurally generated desert filled with hidden secrets and fun, bizarre characters.

Trade with the locals, uncover ancient mysteries and battle strange creatures lurking within the shifting dunes. Storytelling takes centre stage, with player choice shaping the story. Get the hang of Beelzebub’s demonic powers, develop his fighting abilities according to your taste, and customise your vehicles — you decide how the story unfolds.

Image credit: Bandai Namco Entertainment

TopSpin 2K25

Release date: 26 April

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

TopSpin 2K25 signals the triumphant, modernised return of the beloved tennis simulation franchise. The fifth entry in the franchise features hyper-realistic gameplay that captures the intensity, the strategy and the pure thrill of professional tennis. Step onto the court as legendary players like Serena Williams and Roger Federer and engage in nail-biting matches where placement, timing and mastery of different shot types determine your success.

Beyond individual matches, the game offers a deep career mode where you will create your own rising star. Train, compete and rise through the ranks, experiencing the highs and lows of a professional tennis player’s journey.

The game is playable in both single-player and multiplayer modes. In the latter, you can challenge your friends or players around the world. Thankfully, the game supports cross-play, which means if you are a PC player, you can still play with those with PS5 or other consoles.

Image credit: 2K Games


Braid, Anniversary Edition

Braid, Anniversary Edition

Release date: 30 April

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5 Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S iOS and Android (latter two only for Netflix subscribers)

The remastered edition of the iconic puzzle platformer game offers a fresh perspective on a time-bending classic for its 15th anniversary. We will get enhanced visuals, revitalised sound, all-new puzzles and 35 new levels. Experience mind-bending challenges with a layer of modern polish, while 15 hours of insightful developer commentary guides you through the innovations and creative philosophies that shaped the game.

Whether you are a seasoned Braid player or a newcomer to its stunningly beautiful world with a painterly style, the Anniversary Edition offers something special. Live (or relive) the moments that redefined the puzzle genre and immerse yourself in its soothing music.

The game will reportedly also release on macOS and Linux, according to The Verge.

Image credit: Number None

Sea of Thieves

Release date: 30 April

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS5

This action-adventure game invites you to embrace the thrill and chaos of the pirate life. While already available on PC and Xbox One, it will set sail on PlayStation 5 in April 2024, welcoming a swathe of new buccaneers. Team up with your friends or forge your own path in a vibrant, constantly evolving world packed with buried treasure, legendary sea battles and monstrous foes like the megalodon and the Kraken lurking beneath the waves.

Sail your ship, navigate treacherous storms, sing shanties with your crewmates and explore mysteries hidden throughout the open seas. The game gets frequent updates that bring fresh adventures, from new story-driven content to seasonal challenges and cosmetics — the open seas are ripe for limitless exploits. Will you become a legendary pirate or simply enjoy the thrill of the salty air and unpredictable encounters? The choice is yours.

Image credit: Xbox Game Studios

(Hero and featured image: Courtesy of Electronic Arts)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

-Which is the best game releasing in April 2024?

While opinions may vary, thus far No Rest for the Wicked (releasing on 18 April) looks like the best game to play in the month of April 2024. It offers a thrilling blend of challenging combat, impactful choices and a dark fantasy world begging to be explored.

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