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Games out this week: Defiance, BattleBlock Theater, Toki Tori 2

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April starts with two big downloadable releases on Xbox Live Arcade and Wii U, while retail sees the launch of an ambitious MMO that attempts to bridge the gap between TV shows and games.

Defiance

Release date: April 2 (Worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Defiance is a massively-multiplayer online shooter that will tie into the upcoming SyFy show of the same name. The show - a character-driven drama based on a post-apocalyptic Earth in 2034 - focuses on a ravaged community that was previously St Louis.

The game, however, takes a more broad-stroke approach to the world, tasking players with getting involved in free-flowing, mass scale battles on the west coast of America.

> Hands-on preview with MMO 'Defiance'


BattleBlock Theater

Release date: April 3 (worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox Live Arcade

From the creator of Castle Crashers, BattleBlock Theater is an arena-based hybrid of platformer and brawler games where players compete and co-operate through a gauntlet of challenges.

It is said to be The Behemoth's largest game yet, with players able to unlock over 200 character combinations along with a wide range of weapons to bring into the four-player online matches.



Toki Tori 2

Release date: April 4 (Worldwide)
Platforms: Wii U eShop

The sequel to the puzzle-platforming Wii launch title features more dynamic puzzles and levels than the original, with puzzle solutions based more on interacting with the environment than on using items.

On Wii U it will feature a full level editor, allowing players to build levels using the GamePad touchscreen and immediately play them on a television. It will also offer the Tokidex, using the GamePad as a camera to collect pictures of the game's various creatures and obstacles.

> Hands-on preview with 'Toki Tori 2': Platforming sequel is a new breed of puzzle game


Also out this week:

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (Xbox 360, PS3) - April 5

What games are you buying this week? Add a comment to the space below!

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