Anticipated Pre-Summer Releases – Part 1 of 2: April

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Anticipated Pre-Summer Releases – Part 1 of 2: April

It’s been a crazy month for gamers.  We saw the release of Mass Effect 3, Street Fighter x Tekken, I Am Alive, Silent Hill: Downpour, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Ninja Gaiden 3…heck even Mario Party 9 for the Wii!  What is coming out to keep KitGuru gamers busy ‘till summer?

Xenoblade Chronicles – April 6 NA / August 19 EU

Have you heard the saga of how this little RPG is making its way around the world?  It’s like The Little Engine that Could! A group called Operation Rainfall garnered enough support and made enough noise that the Japanese RPG set to launch only in Japan now has a release date for North America and Europe as well.

Xenoblade Chronicles is the story of Shulk, an 18-year old boy, embarking upon a journey.  He begins his quest with the legendary sword, Monado, setting out to combat the Mechon, who attacked his colony at the onset of the game.  Xenoblade Chronicles has a real-time action-based battle system and allows players to explore a large, MMORPG environment.

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Wonderful Japanese RPG.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings – April 17 Worldwide (for 360, May 17 for PC)

Ever play The Witcher? It seems to be one of those games you can live without or get severely addicted to.  We at KitGuru are especially looking forward to the sequel, given its incredible reviews – 88 out of 100 on Metacritic and 9’s from many of the major reviewers.

Both games begin with the player as one of the last witchers (a genetically enhanced human with special powers).  The Witcher is a RPG with a mature combat style.  As you journey throughout this fantasy setting, you seek to discover the truth behind the assassination attempt of the king.

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Ready for the sequel?

Prototype 2 – April 24 NA / April 27 EU

Prototype 2’s predecessor did fairly well among reviewers, receiving an overall Metacritic score of about 80%.  Prototype has often been compared to Infamous, as they are both constructs of the open world action genre.

The premise of the game involves a plague running rampant through Manhattan.  (I gotta say – Manhattan gets its fair share of peril and destruction in movies and games!)  The protagonist, Alex, can shapeshift and has some truly impressive moves, requiring him to be close to death or the host of an excess amount of biomass and health.  If nothing else, gamers will be captivated by the damage inflicted by these “Devastators” – Tendril Barrage (fire erupting from his body), Groundspike Graveyard (spikes shooting from the ground), and Critical Pain (biomass bursting from his hands).

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Intense screenshot of this exciting new release.

Honorable mention

Devil May Cry HD Collection – Includes Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2, and Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening Special Edition. Coming to North American and European markets on April 3rd.

Keep your eye on

Risen 2: Dark Waters – Single-player fantasy RPG.  Coming to North America May 22nd and Europe April 27th.  The first installment received mixed reviews – extraordinarily high praise for the PC version and atrocious reviews for the 360 version.  Eurogamer cited this discrepancy as “something of a tragedy, since there’s clearly a really good RPG buried under all this technical mediocrity.”  Let’s see if the sequel will make a breakthrough.

KitGuru says: While we are looking forward to the hot summer releases, the final months before summer have their fair share of fantastic releases as well!

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