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Games out this month: 10 biggest releases for April

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Star Trek: The Game is out this month.


After a very hectic March comes a much more subdued April, but not one without some interesting releases. The 3DS gets another essential release in Fire Emblem: Awakening, DC Comics characters feature in fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us and Star Trek gets its own game, plus there are several downloadable and DLC releases on console platforms.

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



Dr Kawashima's Devilish Brain Training: Can You Stay Focused?

Release date: April 12 (Europe), February 10 (North America)
Platforms: 3DS

Known as Brain Age: Concentration Training in North America, the third game in the Brain Training series features 30 exercises and mini-games - 18 of which are brand new - aimed at focusing and training working memory.

'Devilish Calculations', for example, challenges players to recall the answer to a previous mathematical problem while paying attention to a new one. Games feature a dynamic difficulty setting, adjusting the challenge based on performance.



Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall DLC

Release date: April 16 (Worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

The story-driven DLC to the BAFTA 'Best Game'-winning Dishonored sees players assume the role of Daud, the assassin who killed the Empress at the beginning of the main campaign.

In addition to new weapons, powers and gadgets, players will be able to explore new areas such as the Rothwild Slaughterhouse, which is filled with whale carcasses and hulking butchers.

> Hands-on preview of 'Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall'


Fire Emblem: Awakening

Release date: April 19 (Europe), February 4 (North America)
Platforms: 3DS

Fire Emblem: Awakening allows players to recruit an extensive team of soldiers including knights, mages, archers and more, and bring them into strategic turn-based battles.

Each of the recruited characters will have a distinct backstory, and can build relationships with other characters in the team for powerful new attacks. Players will also be able to create their own custom character to join the battle for the first time in the series.

> Our five-star review of 'Fire Emblem: Awakening'


Injustice: Gods Among Us

Release date: April 19 (Europe), April 16 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U

From Mortal Kombat developer NeverRealm, Injustice: Gods Among Us is said to have a deep, original story, taking place in "a world where the lines between good and evil are blurred".

It features a growing list of heroes and villains from the DC Universe, including Harley Quinn, Superman, The Flash, Catwoman, Solomon Grundy, Nightwing, Cyborg, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Bane, Deathstroke and The Joker.

> Hands-on preview with 'Injustice: Gods Among Us': DC Comics characters do battle


Dead Island Riptide

Release date: April 26 (Europe), April 23 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Dead Island Riptide will continue directly where the original Dead Island left off, and adds a new playable character and a new island under siege by a monsoon.

> Digital Spy's preview of 'Dead Island Riptide'


Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut

Release date: April 26 (Europe), April 23 (North America)
Platforms: PS3

Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut will feature a number of enhancements over the Xbox 360 original, including updated HD graphics, improved controls, a new scenario and the promise of future updates through DLC.

The original game had just as many fans as detractors when it released in 2011 thanks to its unique narrative, oddball characters and Twin Peaks-style world.



Star Trek: The Game

Release date: April 26 (Europe), April 23 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Set between the 2009 Star Trek movie reboot and the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness, the co-operative shooter sees players work together as Kirk and Spock to defeat an enemy threat from humanoid reptile race the Gorn.

> 'Star Trek: The Game' preview: Going where no game has gone before?


Also out this month:

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (Xbox 360, PS3) - April 5
Halo 4 Castle Map Pack DLC (Xbox 360) - April 8
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (Xbox 360, PS3) - April 26
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins (3DS) - April 26
Thomas Was Alone (PS3, Vita) - April 24

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