The month of March was…let’s say, relatively light in terms of big game releases. However, April seems to have a different plan altogether. From the first DLC of Horizon: Forbidden West to the much-delayed Dead Island 2 and ending the month with hotly awaited Star Wars: Jedi Survivor, there’s plenty to play this month.
Here are all the best games that are releasing in the month of April for the PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.
Top games you should play in April 2023
Genre: Action-Adventure | Release Date: April 4, 2023 | Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch | PEGI: 12
Smashing all expectations, Hogwarts Legacy became one of the biggest game releases of this year, far surpassing even Elden Rings in sales in the first few months. The game is finally releasing for old-gen consoles on the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. But, we would be remiss not to throw up a buyers’ beware warning: the game was delayed for a reason, and that’s because when it was released for PC and next-gen consoles back in February, it was a hot mess and extremely unoptimized. We hope Avalanche Studios has optimized it well enough to run on older hardware, but we wouldn’t place our bets just yet before watching some performance analysis.
Meet Your Maker
Genre: Base-building strategy | Release Date: April 4, 2023 | Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S | PEGI: N/A
This exciting base-building strategy game from Behavior Interactive seems to tick all the right boxes for the fans of the genre. In Meet Your Maker, you are an experiment created by the Chimera to protect and save lives on Earth, but more importantly, to preserve a key resource called Genetic Material. You must fortify brutal outposts, create devious mazes, and kill trespassing players who take your efforts lightly.
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened – Remake
Genre: Action-Adventure, Puzzle | Release Date: April 11, 2023 | Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch | PEGI: 12
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened was released in 2008, so Frogwares has wisely thought to bring the experience to modern hardware and a whole new generation of gamers to play. The remake is built from the ground up for next-gen consoles. It presents a unique Lovecraftian adventure with the renowned detective, Sherlock Holmes, coming face to face with terrifying Cthulhu Mythos as he investigates a series of mysterious disappearances in Europe and the USA.
Genre: Action-Adventure | Release Date: April 12, 2023 | Xbox Series X/S | PEGI: 12
Considering Microsoft purchased Bethesda Softworks and, in turn, developer Tango Gameworks, the exclusive release of Ghostwire: Tokyo on the PlayStation 5 last year was a bit awkward for all parties involved. However, as the one-year exclusivity deal ends, Tango’s weird, odd, and excellent action-adventure title is finally releasing for Xbox Series X/S. This version will include the Spider’s Thread update, new story cutscenes, additional areas to explore, a bonus game mode, and several quality-of-life improvements.
Genre: Action-Strategy | Release Date: April 18, 2023 | Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch | PEGI: 7
Minecraft remains as popular as ever, and Microsoft is wise enough to keep releasing new updates and game modes to keep the game ticking along nicely. Minecraft Legends is a brand new game where the piglins’ Nether corruption is spreading across the Overworld. And it seems only you – the player – can stop it. Players can explore lush biomes filled with precarious dangers but also rewarding treasures, meet new friends, reunite with old ones, and take on the piglins in an epic battle.
Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores
Genre: Action-adventure | Release Date: April 19, 2023 | Platforms: PS5 | PEGI: 16
Burning Shores is the first DLC for the critically acclaimed Horizon Forbidden West. Guerrilla Games calls it an ambitious expansion that will take Aloy to Los Angeles (minus the casinos, we suppose) and is based right after the events of the base game. A massive machine threat awaits Aloy there – but of course – and she must use all her wits and abilities to overcome the mechanical problem. Burning Shores will release exclusively for the PS5, so if you experienced the original game on the PS4 and have yet to make the jump to next-gen consoles, you are out of luck!
Dead Island 2
Genre: Action-RPG | Release Date: April 21, 2023 | Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S | PEGI: 18
The long-delayed sequel to 2011’s popular zombie fest is finally upon us. Published by Deep Silver and developed by Dambuster Studios, Dead Island 2 promises a stylish, vibrant, gore-drenched Los Angeles to explore and cut through hordes of zombies with unique weapons and abilities.
The Last Case of Benedict Fox
Genre: Side-scrolling action RPG | Release Date: April 27, 2023 | Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X/S | PEGI: N/A
This visually enticing indie title immediately caught everyone’s attention when it was first announced, and judging from the trailers and first impressions, it seems ready to provide a good time. In The Last Case of Benedict Fox, you play the titular character, a self-proclaimed detective bound to a demon companion. The dynamic duo will descend into an expertly crafted Metroidvania world, fight demons, explore the subconscious, and solve elaborate puzzles in a world deeply inspired by Lovecraft’s best nightmares.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Genre: Action-Adventure | Release Date: April 28, 2023 | Platform: PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S | PEGI: 12
The hotly anticipated sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is finally releasing after a short delay. With the original game garnering high praise and equally good sales, Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Survivor has tremendous hype, and expectations, behind it as it promises yet another galaxy-spanning action-adventure starring our good ol buddy Cal, his mini robot companion, BD-1, and the numerous characters that he will meet.
Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.