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Xbox 360 Games to Expect in April

Note: Most quotes are taken from press releases sent out by the game’s publishers.

Michael Jackson: The Experience

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal


Publisher: Ubisoft


Release Date: April 12th

Michael Jackson: The Experience, already released on the
Wii, will now finally be arriving on your Xbox 360 (and PS3 if you’re that kind
of guy) console and will feature Kinect support. So you can kind of dance like
Michael but not really. Not at all actually. I don’t exactly see the point in
this project but maybe MJ fans will love it.

“The game is
family entertainment at its best and will provide an interactive experience
that enables players to step into the shoes of Michael Jackson himself and
re-live his most iconic performances through their own singing and dancing. The
upcoming game will include the most famous tracks from Michael Jackson’s
extensive catalogue such as Beat It and Billie Jean, as well as an array of his
awe-inspiring dance moves for players to learn and emulate within the game.
Additionally, fans will be able to sing along and test their vocal skills while
immersed in the performance.”

Oh, you can
sing some Michael Jackson? That doesn’t sound too bad. Man, do you guys
remember the Ubisoft E3 press conference where they debuted this? Where random
20-somethings ran on stage and started dancing to Beat It while there was an
image saying “Michael Jackson” on the screen behind them? No? You were asleep
because you were watching a Ubisoft Press Conference? Fair enough.

Mortal Kombat

Developer: NetherRealm Studios


Publisher: WB Games


Release Date: April 19th

MOOOOOOOOORTAL
KOMBAT

“The newest
chapter of the iconic fight franchise marks a triumphant return to the series’
mature presentation and a reinvention of its classic 2D fighting mechanic.
Driven by an all new graphics engine, the fan favourite Fatality is back and
presented in more gory detail than ever before. In addition, Mortal Kombat
introduces a number of new game-play features including tag team and the
deepest story mode of any fighting game.”

I cannot wait
for this game. I’ve replayed through that demo about 15 times now and it only
gets better. The innovations on the fighting game series such as the
(supposedly) deep story are just one of the many reasons this game is so
appealing to people that aren’t just huge fighting game fans. It also seems
much more simplistic than fighting games such as Marvel vs. Capcom 3. I was
able to pick up the demo and feel like I was doing well at it within 15
minutes.

Portal 2

Developer: Valve


Publisher: Valve/EA


Release Date: April 19th

The original Portal
was a cult classic. It featured unique puzzles and interesting puzzle solving
techniques but most famously one of the most charming antagonists this
generation in GLaDOS. Thankfully, GLaDOS has returned in the sequel. Which may
be the biggest reason to pick up the newest Valve gem; though I’m sure the much
longer campaign and co-op won’t hurt you if you pick up Portal 2.

It’s clear
Valve has put their heart into Portal 2, which we can assume is the game that
put Half Life Episode 3 (Half Life 3?) further on the backburner. In my mind,
if Valve can continue giving us incredible games like Portal and Portal 2 (Hey I
bet this new Valve game will be really good), I’m fine with waiting for the
next installment in the Half Life franchise.

 

Driver: San
Francisco


Developer: Reflections Interactive Limited


Publisher: Ubisoft


Release Date: April 30th

Apparently
this game is going to be released. In all honesty, it seems interesting? It may
be inevitable that the game will be terrible but the story is just ridiculous
enough to have caught at least a bit of my interest.

“The game takes place a few months after the events of Driv3r. It is revealed that both Tanner
and Jericho survived the shootout in Istanbul.
In the game’s trailer, it is revealed that since then, both men have recovered
and Jericho has escaped to San Francisco, while Tanner has pursued him there.
Jericho is shown escaping the police in a hijacked police truck, causing havoc
on the Golden Gate Bridge. Tanner is then heard telling the other officers to
stay clear before he and Jericho are involved in a head-on collision. While
Jericho’s fate is still unknown, Tanner is meanwhile taken to a hospital and
left in a coma. The game will take place in Tanner’s coma dream.” (Taken
from Wikipedia page)

“The game will
take place in Tanner’s coma dream.” What does that mean?! The whole game is a
lie? You’ll just wake up in the end? When did this game stop being about
driving? I’m confused yet intrigued.

Other games releasing in April:

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile (April 6th)
Man vs. Wild (April 12th)
Fantastic Pets (April 12th)DanceDanceRevolution (April 12th)
Rio (April 12th)
Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga (April 12th)
The History Channel: Great Battles – Medieval (April 19th)
Operation Flashpoint: Red River (April 26th)
The First Templar (April 26th) 

Most anticipated
April game: Mortal Kombat

 

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