April’s slate of Xbox One releases won’t make players wait long to start digging in. One of the most front-loaded months in recent memory, April will deal out just about all the most hyped titles within the first few days. At the top of the list is the long-awaited Quantum Break, the TV show/adventure game hybrid with branching story paths. There’s also Dark Souls III, the latest in the brutally series of punishing gothic RPGs that started back on the PS3 with Demon’s Souls in 2009.
Here’s a look at the best Xbox One games coming out in April:
Release date: April 7
Originally announced as a Wii U exclusive, indie developer RCMADIAX dropped Nintendo’s struggling platform to focus on the more vibrant Xbox One scene. The crew behind the game has been showing off their work at various game conferences for the past year or so, tantalizing gamers with the hzard-laden labyrinths that players have to guide robotic mouses through. This one looks to bring the old school challenge at the level of Super Meat Boy, VVVVVV and N+.
4. The Walking Dead: Michonne — Episode 3
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Release date: TBA April
Subtitled “What We Deserve,” the finale to the episodic miniseries will wrap up sometime in April. The point-and-click undead adventure follows the exploits of Michonne, the secretive character from the comic books who left the group led by Rick Grimes in the Robert Kirkman comics. If the finale is anything like the first episode and the previous Walking Dead games, expect some difficult choices, grisly situations and stirring emotional moments that stick with you long after the credits.
3. Dirt Rally
Release date: April 5
After wowing PC speed fanatics, the rally racer brings its skull-rattling thrills to the console scene. With 17 vehicles that let you kick up mud in 36 real-world FIA World Rallycross Championship tracks, the arcade-style racer takes on a hint of authenticity. You can romp your way through career Rallycross mode or take your game online to grind against opponents worldwide.
2. Dark Souls III
Publisher: From Software
Developer: From Software, Bandai Namco
Release date: April 12
Expect to die early, often and throughout your despair-ridden venture into the underworld from the dark recesses of director Hidetaka Miyazaki’s gloriously demented mind. The nightmare-inducing series looks to hit some of its darkest moments yet, plunging you into a harsh, unforgiving netherworld governed by dark magic and despair. We saw a hint of the graphics, sound and gameplay From Software was capable of with last year’s Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Xbox One remaster, and expect more of the same here.
1. Quantum Break
Developer: Remedy Entertainment
Release date: April 5
In what could be a breakthrough in the convergence of TV and gaming, developers filmed a season of an action/drama TV series, complete with varied endings and different storylines that pop up or fade away depending on the choices you make while playing the game portions. The story is about a time-manipulating technology gone awry — doesn’t it always? — and your efforts to restore order to the universe while making sure not do accidentally wipe away all of existence.