After a busy first quarter, April is a month for the gaming calendar to catch its breath . Compared to February and March, April is far more subdued when it comes to notable releases, offering the perfect excuse to catch up on anything in your backlog that has been gathering dust. Either that, or no one will blame you for spending the rest of the month playing more Elden Ring.
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some exciting games to grab! Between Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Nintendo Switch Sports, and a fresh edition of Chrono Cross, there’s still some notable titles for each platform.
One of the big omissions of the month though is Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp. Originally scheduled for release on April 8, the game was delayed to an unspecified date. Nintendo announced the news in early March, attributing the move to “recent world events,” no doubt in reference to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
To see which games aren’t arriving on schedule this year–so far– prepare for disappointment by checking out our feature on every game delayed in 2022 so far.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (April 5)
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That couldn’t be further from the truth, and in the absence of a ‘proper’ video game tie-in exploring all nine films of the current Star Wars saga, this might actually be the definitive gaming experience from the galaxy far, far away.
Recent Lego games especially have been crafted with the kind of love and attention that could only come from genuine fans of the source material, and the Skywalker Saga looks to be no different.
A brand new game built from the ground up (six films were previously explored in 2007’s Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, but this is more than just a remake), The Skywalker Saga retains the series’ core gameplay mechanics while bringing in some exciting new additions.
You’ll still be engaging in platforming, light puzzle solving and combat, but levels now take place in much expansive locations, and entire planets are available to explore in a much more open-ended game.
MLB The Show 22 (April 5)
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The franchise has been around long before that, but it was only in 2021 that it jumped to other platforms having previously been a PlayStation exclusive.
That entry was one of The Show’s best, a definitive baseball sim with all the licensed real-world players, teams and stadiums you’d expect.
With deep gameplay customisation options allowing everyone from newcomers to seasoned Major League Baseball veterans to enjoy the game, The Show 22 arrives just in time for Opening Day.
Those on Xbox consoles have the added bonus of the game coming to Game Pass on day of release at no extra cost to your monthly subscription.
Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition (April 7)
At long last, the legendary PlayStation RPG Chrono Cross is getting a remaster. Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition puts a new coat of paint on the classic 1999 RPG, and also adds several quality of life changes such as the ability to skip battles and a newly refined soundtrack. The titular Radical Dreamers part of this package is a text-based adventure game that served as a supplemental title to Chrono Trigger and was originally released on Super Famicom.
The House of the Dead: Remake (April 7)
Finally, a new generation of gamers will learn that G did indeed suffer. One of the best arcade shoot-’em-ups of a bygone era, House of the Dead is getting a new lease on life on the Switch. Those of you who are looking for a workout can use the gyro mode to aim at the zombies menacingly approaching you, while a future update will add a “cowboy” mode that let’s you dual-wield Joy-Cons for added action.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (April 20)
Sure it’s an older game from the ancient era of 2008, but the original Force Unleashed is still a rock-solid Star Wars action game with great characters, gameplay, and an absurd Midichlorian count. The version headed to the Switch packs in the original game, supports button and motion controls, and has local co-op for its Duel mode.
Nintendo Switch Sports (April 29)
It’s a month for ports and sports on the Switch, as Nintendo Switch Sports gears up to deliver some cardio action. A spiritual successor to Wii Sports, you’ll be able to take part in soccer, bowling, volleyball, tennis, badminton, and a sword-fighting game called Chambara. Golf fans will need to be patient though, as that sport will only be added later in the year through a free update.
- Terrorbane (PC, Switch) – April 1
- Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch) – April 5
- MLB The Show 22 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch) – April 5
- Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – April 7
- The House of the Dead: Remake ( Switch) – April 7
- Out There: Oceans of Time (PC) – April 7
- 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (Switch) – April 12
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Switch) – April 20
- Pocky & Rocky Reshrined (Switch, PS4, PS5) – April 21
- Chernobylite (PS5, Xbox Series X|S) – April 21
- Yomawari 3 (Switch, PS4, PS5) – April 21
- The Serpent Rogue (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch) – April 26
- Zombie Army 4: Dead War (Switch) – April 26
- Tasomachi: Behind the Twilight (Switch, PS4, PS5) – April 28
- Nintendo Switch Sports (Switch) – April 29
- Exophobia (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch) – April TBC
- Curse of the Sea Rats (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch) – April TBC