Spring is usually a quiet period for game releases, but the month ahead is proving anything but. Perhaps the most-anticipated Kinect title ever kicks off April, and is followed by an incredibly strong digital showing; look out for award-winning indie title Fez, Xbox Live Arcade sequel Trials Evolution and massive FIFA 12 add-on UEFA Euro 2012.
Kinect Star Wars
Release date: April 3 (worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox 360
Kinect Star Wars features a number of game modes, including podracing, rampaging around like a Rancor, a dancing mode and wielding a lightsaber in a Jedi adventure, complete with duels against iconic Star Wars villains.
> Kinect Star Wars Xbox 360 console hands-on preview - video
> Read our preview of Kinect Star Wars
I Am Alive
Release date: April 4 (Europe), April 3 (North America)
Platforms: PSN (already available on Xbox Live)
I Am Alive is a post-apocalyptic title that sees a father make his way through a devastated US city in search of his family. An adventure game with a survival twist, climbing and exploration uses up stamina, while combat has you take on enemies with limited ammo, relying on surprise attacks and bluffing your way past with an empty chamber.
> Read our review of I Am Alive
Devil May Cry HD Collection
Release date: April 6 (Europe), April 3 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
Launching ahead of the anticipated Ninja Theory-developed reboot later this year, this collection compiles the original Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2 and Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening Special Edition onto a single disc for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Each of the games will be enhanced with high-definition visuals and bonuses such as achievement and trophy support.
Rhythm Thief & The Emperor's Treasure
Release date: April 5 (Europe), March 31 (North America)
Honourable thief Raphael searches the Parisian streets for a treasure known as the Wristlet of Tiamat to solve the mystery behind his father's disappearance. This handheld rhythm game has players deploy stylus taps, swipes and gyroscope movements to manoeuvre through Paris, pulling off various heists.
Release date: April 13 (worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox Live Arcade
This indie platformer has players shift between 2D perspectives to reach far-reaching platforms. The title, which adopts a pixel art style and chip-tune music, won the 'Excellence In Visual Art' award at the Independent Games Festival in 2008, as well as the 'Seumas McNally Grand Prize' at this year's ceremony in San Francisco.
Release date: April 13 (Europe)
The game sees players control a soldier named Aeron, and follows his attempts to contain a curse which threatens to turn his friend Elena into a demonic beast. The action takes place across 13 themed environments within the central tower setting, and sees players wield bladed weapons and a magical chain. Multiple endings will be available based on Aeron's interactions with Elena as the action progresses.
Release date: April 18 (worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox Live Arcade
Kicking off the Arcade Next promotion, Trials Evolution is the sequel to 2009's Trials HD, featuring bigger jumps, curving tracks and enhanced multiplayer features. It also offers a more robust level editor, which will enable users to create and share everything from custom tracks to whole new genres such as top-down racing and first-person shooting levels.
> Read our preview of Trials Evolution
> Trials Evolution interview: RedLynx on bettering Trials HD
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition
Release date: April 17 (worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PC
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was released last year to unanimous praise on PC, winning multiple awards and gaining countless new fans in the process. Now re-releasing on PC and coming to Xbox 360 for the first time, it adds previously-unseen gameplay sections and cinematics and a whole new level of polish.
> Read our preview of The Witcher 2: Assassin's of Kings
UEFA Euro 2012
Release date: April 24 (worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC (FIFA 12 required)
A first for a tournament release, UEFA Euro 2012 is to be a digital expansion to FIFA 12 rather than a standalone retail release. It features all 53 UEFA national teams and the tournament's eight official stadiums, as well as the all-new Expedition Mode, enabling fans to build and manage a customised team, potentially captained by a user's Virtual Pro player.
Release date: April 27 (Europe), April 24 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Prototype was a bloody, action-filled open-world title that was acclaimed for its fun and open approach to combat. The sequel looks like it will deliver more of the same, and as well as the customary tweaks to make a better sequel, it brings a major twist in making previous lead Alex Mercer the sequel's antagonist.
> Prototype 2 interview: Fans were offended by Alex Mercer change
Also available this month:
Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention (Vita) - April 20
Bloodforge (Xbox Live Arcade) - April 25
Back to the Future (PS3, Wii, PC) - April 27
Risen 2: Dark Waters (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) - April 27
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