March 2017 was a veritable storm of non-stop releases. What with the new Zelda, the new Mass Effect and Nier: Automata, you'd be right in thinking April has a tall order to stand out against such a stellar list of titles. So what does it look like?
First off is the obvious: there's one particular JRPG on everyone's mind, it's scoring an incredible 94 on Metacritic right now, and you've either never heard of it, or you're probably already sinking your teeth in.
Elephant in the room aside, there's also a bit more coming down the pipeline in April to look forward too: A kickstarted revival of the 3D collect-a-thon platformer is finally hitting the finish line this month, alongside the next spin-off of the storied Dragon Quest franchise.
Although it's otherwise a bit of a dry month for Nintendo exclusives, those of you looking for a game to pop into your Switch could be revving your engines - that is, if you haven't already played the bejeezus out of it on Wii U. Perhaps the biggest thing to look towards this month isn't the big name games, but the smaller ones.
There's a particular Tetris game from a few years back that's finally crossing over from Japanese shores, along with... a Micro Machines game?
10. Persona 5
What is it: After years of delays (originally announced for a Winter 2014 release date!), the newest title in the Persona franchise is finally here. Persona 5 is the fifth in the Persona franchise, a JRPG that mixes the trials of high school social life, monster capturing and dungeon crawling into a sleek and incredibly stylish 120-hour package.
The protagonist (nameless until named by the player) is transferred to Shujin Academy and meets fellow problem students Ryuji Sakamoto and Ann Takamaki.
Upon the protagonists awakening their Personas (manifestations of their true inner self) they form the Phantom Thieves of Hearts and use their abilities to attempt to free themselves from the world they view as a prison, going to any lengths to enact justice on acts of corruption and crime.
The Persona franchise has become an absolute phenomenon in Japan, and although it's not quite reached the same heights in the US, that could all change with the newest release in the franchise. With an amazing 94 on Metacritic and launching in a slightly dry month for the PS4, there's not much competition to be had.
When's it coming out: It's already out. Persona 5 launched the 4th of April for PS3 and PS4.