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If you’re a fan of the Persona series of RPGs from Atlus, you’re well aware that the latest entry in the series, Persona 5, has been a very long time coming. But the past six months have been a veritable treasure trove of long-awaited games finally making their debuts, and by all accounts Persona 5 is joining that club. It’s actually, finally, truly a real game that you can play right now. That means you can spend your days making friends and sowing the seeds of romance as a Japanese high school student and your nights summoning demons to change the hearts of corrupted adults. Also, there’s a Hawaiian vacation somewhere in the middle, there. Yeah, the series is a little weird, but it’s an acquired taste that’s definitely worth it.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Persona 5 (April 4th)

Available for: PS4, PS3
Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Atlus Persona Team

Why we’re excited: Persona fans have been waiting years for a follow-up to Persona 4, and the wait appears to have been worth it. The early buzz: The game currently holds down a staggeringly good 94 out of 100 average on Metacritic, and EGM’s Mollie L Patterson agreed, calling it “one of the best Japanese RPGs to exist—and a visual masterpiece whose style has no equal” in her 9.0 review. Old school: That’s not a typo up above. In addition to PS4, Persona 5 will well and truly be releasing on the PlayStation 3, making it perhaps of the final high-profile games that will launch for that system. That’s because it was originally scheduled to release way back in 2014. Needless to say, that didn’t go as planned.

Bulletstorm

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (April 7th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Gearbox Publishing
Developer: People Can Fly

Why we’re excited: Bulletstorm was a good, campy romp with some thrilling arcade shooter gameplay, and we can’t wait for a chance to revisit it on new consoles with a visual facelift. The early buzz: XXX All out of gum: One of the weirdest updates to the game is the ability to play through the entire story as Duke Nukem, complete with voice acting from Jon St. John. We’re not sure why they did it, but it appears to be an entertaining addition.

Drawn to Death

Drawn to Death (April 4th)

Available for: PS4
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency

Why we’re excited: David Jaffe, the man behind God of War and Twisted Metal, might be a little bit insane, but he always flexes solid game design chops. This imaginative shooter set in the chaotic world of an angsty teenager’s notebook looks like an interesting idea, at the very least. The early buzz: No reviews are out yet, so you’ll need to wait a bit or give the game a go for yourself to find out if it’s worth it. For reasons we’ll be sharing just below, though, that shouldn’t be too difficult for most PS4 owners to do. Free for (not quite) all: Despite the fact that Drawn to Death is just now launching, it’ll be available for free to all PlayStation Plus subscribers for the month of April. That’s a pretty confident move that should keep the player counts high in the early days.

Also releasing this week:

April 3rd

1166 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Domina (PC)
Feral Fury (PC, Mac, Linux)
Glorch’s Great Escape: Walking is for Chumps (PC)
Idle Evolution (PC, Mac, Linux)
Roots of Insanity (PC)
Spaceship Looter (PC)

April 4th

Air Conflicts: Secret Wars Ultimate Edition (PS4)
Arcane RE-Raise (PC)
ArmaGallant: Decks of Destiny (PS4)
Blackwood Crossing (PS4)
Dead Rising 4: Frank Rising DLC (Xbox One, PC)
Drawn to Death (PS4)
Lego City Undercover (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Mortal Blitz (PS4, PSVR)
PaRappa the Rapper Remastered (PS4)
Persona 5 (PS4, PS3)
Plutobi: The Dwarf Planet Tales (PS4)
Rocket League The Fate of the Furious DLC (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux)
Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter (PC, Rift, Vive)
Use Your Words (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac)
Virry VR (PS4, PSVR)

April 5th

Enter the Gungeon (Xbox One, Win 10)
Blackwood Crossing (Xbox One, PC)
Farm World (PC, Mac)
One Hit KO (PC)
Paradigm (PC, Mac)
Shovel Knight: Spectre of Torment (PC, Mac)
Talent Not Included (Xbox One)
TurretCraft (PC)

April 6th

Animal Gods (Wii U)
Dragon Sinker (3DS)
Europa Universalis IV: Mandate of Heaven (PC, Mac, Linux)
Galactic Keep (PC, Mac)
Graceful Explosion Machine (Switch)
Pinball Breakout (3DS)
The Quest for Achievements (PC)
The Secret Order 5: The Buried Kingdom (PC, Mac, Linux)
Steampunk Syndicate (PC)

April 7th

Bullet Soul (PC)
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Forestry (PC, Rift, Vive)
Missile Cards (PC)
Radiant Crusade (PC, Rift, Vive, OSVR)
Slime-san (PC, Mac, Linux)
Trickshot (PC, Rift, Vive)

April 10th

Cluckles’ Adventure (PC)
Cryptocracy (PC, Mac)
Tankout (PC, Mac, Linux)

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The biggest new games out this week: April 4th–10th

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week.

By EGM Staff | 04/4/2017 12:15 PM PT

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If you’re a fan of the Persona series of RPGs from Atlus, you’re well aware that the latest entry in the series, Persona 5, has been a very long time coming. But the past six months have been a veritable treasure trove of long-awaited games finally making their debuts, and by all accounts Persona 5 is joining that club. It’s actually, finally, truly a real game that you can play right now. That means you can spend your days making friends and sowing the seeds of romance as a Japanese high school student and your nights summoning demons to change the hearts of corrupted adults. Also, there’s a Hawaiian vacation somewhere in the middle, there. Yeah, the series is a little weird, but it’s an acquired taste that’s definitely worth it.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Persona 5 (April 4th)

Available for: PS4, PS3
Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Atlus Persona Team

Why we’re excited: Persona fans have been waiting years for a follow-up to Persona 4, and the wait appears to have been worth it. The early buzz: The game currently holds down a staggeringly good 94 out of 100 average on Metacritic, and EGM’s Mollie L Patterson agreed, calling it “one of the best Japanese RPGs to exist—and a visual masterpiece whose style has no equal” in her 9.0 review. Old school: That’s not a typo up above. In addition to PS4, Persona 5 will well and truly be releasing on the PlayStation 3, making it perhaps of the final high-profile games that will launch for that system. That’s because it was originally scheduled to release way back in 2014. Needless to say, that didn’t go as planned.

Bulletstorm

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (April 7th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Gearbox Publishing
Developer: People Can Fly

Why we’re excited: Bulletstorm was a good, campy romp with some thrilling arcade shooter gameplay, and we can’t wait for a chance to revisit it on new consoles with a visual facelift. The early buzz: XXX All out of gum: One of the weirdest updates to the game is the ability to play through the entire story as Duke Nukem, complete with voice acting from Jon St. John. We’re not sure why they did it, but it appears to be an entertaining addition.

Drawn to Death

Drawn to Death (April 4th)

Available for: PS4
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency

Why we’re excited: David Jaffe, the man behind God of War and Twisted Metal, might be a little bit insane, but he always flexes solid game design chops. This imaginative shooter set in the chaotic world of an angsty teenager’s notebook looks like an interesting idea, at the very least. The early buzz: No reviews are out yet, so you’ll need to wait a bit or give the game a go for yourself to find out if it’s worth it. For reasons we’ll be sharing just below, though, that shouldn’t be too difficult for most PS4 owners to do. Free for (not quite) all: Despite the fact that Drawn to Death is just now launching, it’ll be available for free to all PlayStation Plus subscribers for the month of April. That’s a pretty confident move that should keep the player counts high in the early days.

Also releasing this week:

April 3rd

1166 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Domina (PC)
Feral Fury (PC, Mac, Linux)
Glorch’s Great Escape: Walking is for Chumps (PC)
Idle Evolution (PC, Mac, Linux)
Roots of Insanity (PC)
Spaceship Looter (PC)

April 4th

Air Conflicts: Secret Wars Ultimate Edition (PS4)
Arcane RE-Raise (PC)
ArmaGallant: Decks of Destiny (PS4)
Blackwood Crossing (PS4)
Dead Rising 4: Frank Rising DLC (Xbox One, PC)
Drawn to Death (PS4)
Lego City Undercover (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Mortal Blitz (PS4, PSVR)
PaRappa the Rapper Remastered (PS4)
Persona 5 (PS4, PS3)
Plutobi: The Dwarf Planet Tales (PS4)
Rocket League The Fate of the Furious DLC (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux)
Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter (PC, Rift, Vive)
Use Your Words (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac)
Virry VR (PS4, PSVR)

April 5th

Enter the Gungeon (Xbox One, Win 10)
Blackwood Crossing (Xbox One, PC)
Farm World (PC, Mac)
One Hit KO (PC)
Paradigm (PC, Mac)
Shovel Knight: Spectre of Torment (PC, Mac)
Talent Not Included (Xbox One)
TurretCraft (PC)

April 6th

Animal Gods (Wii U)
Dragon Sinker (3DS)
Europa Universalis IV: Mandate of Heaven (PC, Mac, Linux)
Galactic Keep (PC, Mac)
Graceful Explosion Machine (Switch)
Pinball Breakout (3DS)
The Quest for Achievements (PC)
The Secret Order 5: The Buried Kingdom (PC, Mac, Linux)
Steampunk Syndicate (PC)

April 7th

Bullet Soul (PC)
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Forestry (PC, Rift, Vive)
Missile Cards (PC)
Radiant Crusade (PC, Rift, Vive, OSVR)
Slime-san (PC, Mac, Linux)
Trickshot (PC, Rift, Vive)

April 10th

Cluckles’ Adventure (PC)
Cryptocracy (PC, Mac)
Tankout (PC, Mac, Linux)

Read More