Ones to Watch: PC Releases for April 2011
Spring is in the air, tax day is nearly upon us here in the US, and for the first time in a couple of months, a break has occurred in the PC release market. Yeah, the first three months of the year were full of quality release titles, to the point that I have not had enough time to get to a ton of releases that I have purchased. April is a bit slower, and should give gamers some time to play catch up, but there are still a few titles that you don’t want to miss.
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Magicka Vietnam (Paradox) – Magicka hit the PC scene earlier this year to rave reviews, even though it was a buggy mess at launch. So when the dev team said they had a new title to announce, everyone assumed it would be Magicka 2. Instead, we got what most thought was an early April Fools Joke. Yes, the wizards of the Magicka universe are heading into the jungles of Vietnam to dispense justice the only way they know how. Everything about this title, from the Rambo-like headbands, to the Battleifeld Bad Company 2 inspired poster art, the game looks to embrace its strange surroundings. I do hope that they take the time with this release to clean up a ton of the bugs that are still in the current release. Also, while they are taking a not too serious look at Vietnam, it is always difficult to touch on this rather sensitive period in US history, even today. Look for Magicka Vietnam on April 12th, 2011.
Portal 2 (Valve Software) – When Portal dropped as a part of The Orange Box, it quickly became the star of the compilation package. GLaDoS became a star villain, with our hero only hearing her disembodied voice throughout the Aperture Science lab. Portal 2 is now set to continue the journey, now 200 years in the future. GLaDoS is supposedly back, and after 200 years, even more bitter about her untimely disassembly by our hero. The new game also boasts cross platform multiplayer with people that own the game on Mac and PS3. I do hope that the move from smaller niche title, to grandiose full retail release does not take anything away from the charm and spirit that embodied the first Portal title. Look for Portal 2 on April 18th, 2011.
And that pretty much does it for our PC release list for April 2011. One that is not listed, if only because we do not have an exact release date is Jurassic Park The Game from Telltale Games. The first episode is set for release this month, and it looks to break from the traditional Telltale Games formula.
Let us know what you think of these choices, or if we missed anything in our monthly roundup of titles on the PC. Check back here next month for more Ones to Watch on the PC.Tags: magicka vietnam, Ones to Watch, paradox, PC, Portal 2, valve software