6 Video Games Launching Next Week: ‘Dark Souls 3’ and More

Are you looking for a new game to play? Let’s say you’re ready to move past other recent releases like the first episode of Hitman and the post-apocalyptic shooter The Division. (If you haven’t played them yet, here are some tips for Hitman and tips for The Division). Next week, gamers will have access to a whole new crop of great-looking games. To help you sort through them, we’ve gathered all the information you need right here, with descriptions, trailers, and release dates. Read on to find out about all the biggest games launching the week of April 11, 2016.

1. Dark Souls III

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC
Release date: April 12, 2016

Seeing as this is the fourth entry in the “Soulsborne” series (which includes Demon’s Souls, the first two Dark Souls games, and last year’s PS4 exclusive Bloodborne), you probably already know if you’re interested in entering the brutally challenging world of Lothric. This whole series fits in the category of brutally challenging games. Regular enemies can drain your health in seconds. Bosses can extinguish your life with a single swipe. Every inch of progress is hard won, but well earned.

I’ve been playing this game for about a week and have been completely absorbed by it (begrudgingly, so has my editor). There’s nothing so frustrating as failing over and over. Then again, there’s nothing so rewarding as slaying a seemingly impossible boss and lighting a bonfire where it fell. If that sounds like your kind of game, don’t miss Dark Souls III.

2. Fallout 4: Wasteland Workshop DLC

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC
Release date: April 12, 2016

As you may already know, Fallout 4 is amazing. It’s a huge game that offers up a post-apocalyptic version of Boston for you to explore in any way you want. But since it came out months ago, you might have blasted through every inch of it, completing all the quests on offer. If so, you may be interested in the game’s second piece of downloadable content, Wasteland Workshop. This chunk of DLC expands the game’s crafting and settlement building options. You can set up new booby traps to slaughter invaders. You can assemble cages to catch and tame enemies, and then sic them on unsuspecting victims. Check out the trailer above to see what else this add-on brings.

3. Ratchet & Clank

Platforms: PlayStation 4
Release date: April 12, 2016

You wouldn’t think something this cartoonish would be one of the best-looking games ever made, but just look at it. This reboot of a PlayStation 2 classic has sharper graphics than just about anything else on the market. What it is, exactly, is kind of complicated. A Ratchet & Clank movie is set to hit theaters on April 29 (here’s the trailer). The movie is based on the original game that came out in 2005, but naturally a few plot points have been changed to make it more Hollywood-friendly. This game is based on the movie, which makes it a game based on a movie based on a game. Even if that concept sounds like a hall of mirrors, don’t worry: the game looks just as charming and action-packed as fans expect.

4. Stories: The Path of Destinies

Platforms: PlayStation 4
Release date: April 12, 2016

This action role-playing game comes straight out of the colorful pages of a storybook. It tells the age-old tale of a deranged emperor and a rising rebellion. You play as Reynardo the fox, hacking and slashing your way through the minions of the empire, while making decisions that could turn the tide of battle. There’s not much early press for this one, but if you enjoy games like Diablo and Bastion, look for reviews on April 12.

5. Bravely Second: End Layer

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Release date: April 15, 2016

Bravely Default was a surprise hit in the U.S. when it launched in 2014 and ranked among the best 3DS exclusive games. Made by Square Enix, it was a pretty standard Japanese role-playing game that harked back to the early Final Fantasy games. It stood out for its deep gameplay mechanics and fantastic art design, even if the story was a little lacking.

This sequel picks up two and a half years after the original left off, with a few familiar faces being accompanied by a new crew of fighters. The game sports some refreshing combat ideas to spice things up, like stacking encounters to accelerate level grinding. Check this one out if you’re into old-school style RPGs.

6. Doom open beta

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC
Release date: April 15 – April 17

One of the best-looking shooters coming this year is Doom, the fourth installment in the long-running franchise that pits space marines against the forces of hell. The full game won’t launch until May 13, but you can get a taste of the multiplayer mode during this open beta. If you’re on the fence about downloading the demo, check out our impressions of the Doom closed beta from last week. The open beta will cover the same content, and it’s free for everyone.

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