There are some pretty massive video games coming throughout April 2021, so we’ve compiled a list of the six most important.

With hidden gems like It Takes Two and Monster Hunter Rise now in the rear-view mirror, let’s switch our focus to the video games that are inbound for April 2021.

There’s a lot of variety this month, including shooters, platformers and even a new Pokémon Snap!

So here are six games worth your time and your money.

 

Outriders

This one might be cheating a little, because Outriders actually came out a few days ago, and is already proving to be a surprise hit around the web.

A co-op RPG shooter in the style of games like The Division, Outriders sees humanity try to colonise a new planet, only to be devastated by all sorts of fantastical badness. As one of the titular Outriders, you’ll go about your business fighting with various factions and deadly creatures. Oh, and you have superpowers.

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You can either play solo or with two friends, and we’ve been enjoying our early time with the game. Just be prepared for a few tech issues as the devs try to stablise online play.

It’s out on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, XBO and PC. And if you have Xbox Game Pass it’s currently completely free, which is an absolutely great deal you should take advantage of.

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Oddworld: Soulstorm

Oddworld has always been a bit of an odd franchise, and this latest entry doesn’t look set to change that.

You will once again control Abe, a slow-witted, kind of awkward alien hero as he attempts to free his race from slavery and lead an uprising. Expect traditional platforming gameplay in a pretty neat 2.9D visual style that is said to take up to 15 hours in length.

The good news for PS5 owners is that if you’re on the fence you’ll be able to pick it up for free from Tuesday April 6 if you’re a PlayStation Plus member. PS4 and PC players unfortunately will have to pay full fare.

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MLB The Show 21

Traditionally a PlayStation exclusive, the MLB series is now making its way to both Xbox and PC. Widely regarded as one of the best annual sports games around, this year’s iteration looks set to help cater towards a wider audience.

There are now three gameplay styles to choose from (casual, simulation and competitive) as well as more of a focus on on-boarding and tutorials.

If you love baseball, you’ll want to look into this one come Tuesday April 20.

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Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139

One for the more hardcore audience, this very wordy action RPG is actually an updated version of NieR Replicant. This is important because up until now, the game was only available in Japan.

The story follows a young man in search of a cure for an illness known as the Black Scrawl in order to save his dying sister. From there things are said to get a little bit silly and a lot more confusing.

Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139 will be available from Friday April 23 on PS4, XBO and PC.

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New Pokémon Snap

Nintendo fans have always wanted an excuse to return to Pokémon Snap, and this sequel is destined to revel in the nostalgia.

The ingeniously titled New Pokémon Snap will this time transport you to the Lental region. With Professor Mirror as your guide, it’s your job to observe, and photograph, all sorts of new pocket monster.

The on-rails gameplay from the N64 original remains, and honestly, we’re not ready for how freaking cute this whole experience is going to be.

Nintendo Switch owners can try it out for themselves on Friday April 30.

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Returnal

The PS5 might still be stupidly hard to get a hold of, but in reality, the system is still lacking exclusive titles. Returnal hopes to change all that.

You’ll play as Selene, who after crash-landing on a strange planet, must fight for survival. It’s being pitched as roguelike that will allow you to grow stronger through each defeat.

Early gameplay looks promising, and the game is incredibly pretty to look at.

Returnal is set for release on Friday April 30 for PS5.

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