Hype Train: Mod Aria’s Most Anticipated April Releases!

It’s only April, and we’ve seen the release of some great titles already this year. But just because some blockbusters have come and gone doesn’t mean there isn’t anything left to look forward to. There are three titles in April that I’m on the edge of my seat, foaming at the mouth waiting to get my hands on, so let’s get hyped together!

Persona 5

Persona 5’s hype is through the roof for multiple reasons. Firstly, the game looks gorgeous. It has been stylized in such a colorful and unique way that even casual fans like me are more than intrigued by it (Persona 3 is the only experience I’ve got with the series). The character designs are smart and sexy. The music is quirky and catchy. Plus, the focus on phantom thieves is right up my alley. It’s got some stellar reviews so far, so I have lots of high hopes for it.

But the reason why so many Persona fans are chomping at the bit to play the game is because of how often this S.O.B has been delayed. It was first announced that the game would release in 2015, but was delayed to 2016. The game was then launched in Japan September of 2016, but was intended to be released in the West on Valentine’s Day of 2017. Sadly, the game was delayed yet again to early April 2017. The game was delayed so much that Atlus is still selling copies for the PS3!

Is Persona 5 worth the wait? I’m hoping so, as I’ll be playing the game with my husband tomorrow.

Persona 5 drops for the PS4 and PS3 on April 4th, 2017!

Period: Cube ~Shackles of Amadeus~

If you are a dating sim fan, particularly an otome game fan, this is definitely a game you’re going to want to check out. Period: Cube was released in Japan in May of 2016, and the premise of the game sounds quite familiar to fans of the .hack or Sword Art Online franchises.

The player controls Kazuha, a girl whose brother is missing. To find him, she plays one of his favorite MMOs to find any clues about where he might be. She meets some interesting young men along the way, and even has a chance to fall in love with some of them. I’m especially excited for this game as it is only recently that big name otome games have seen a release on the western market; the rising popularity of mobile and indie otome games have a hand in it for sure!

Regardless, the game’s art is beautifully colored, the character models are appealing, and retains Japanese audio. Not much is known about what kind of gameplay elements are in the game itself, only that the main component is a visual novel. As I am purchasing it, I plan do to a full report on the game when it comes out.

Period: Cube launches on April 28th, 2017!

Yooka-Laylee

Yooka-Laylee is not only one of the most anticipated games of April, but of the year itself.

The concept was first introduced to the public in May 2015 when a Kickstarter released asking for donations to help make the game a reality. Former employees of the once great game developer Rare came together to make a spiritual successor to a beloved classic, Banjo-Kazooie. Since the team was familiar, the music would be made by the same composer and that beloved Banjo-Kazooie had and has been deeply disrespected by Microsoft, it’s no wonder that the game met the original goal in just over half an hour!

The game is stylized much like the original B-K games, but obviously more handsomely due to the advancement of video game graphics. It’s got a cartoon element, but is also a 3D platformer and will have the collection element of the B-K games as well. B-K fans, like my husband and myself, are so excited to see this happen, but we are guarding our hearts for fear of our expectations being too high.

There have been a few bumps in the road, however. The game was originally slated for a 2016 release date, but was delayed to April 2017. Yooka-Laylee was planned on being released for the Wii U, but due to complications, Playtonic games had to transfer that version over to Nintendo’s new console, the Nintendo Switch. The Switch version of the game will be released at a later date then the other console and PC versions. It’s sad for those who wanted to experience the game first on a Nintendo console because of nostalgia, but the fact that the game is coming out at all helps us stay complacent. I’m eager to see if Yooka-Laylee can beat Breath of the Wild as the new contender for game of the year!

Yooka-Laylee launches on PC, Linux, Mac, PS4 and Xbox One on April 11th, 2017.


Thanks for reading this guys.Hope you’re excited for this month’s games. Are there any that you’re excited for that I didn’t mention? I’d love to hear it!

–Mod Aria/Sam

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