This Week's Video Game Releases: Full Schedule For April 20-24 Includes 'Shovel Knight', 'Assassin's Creed Chronicles', 'Dungeons 2', & More

By Steve Buja , Updated Apr 20, 2015 09:49 AM EDT
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We hope by now you have managed to navigate through the DLC/pre-order hullabaloo that is Mortal Kombat X. If, however, you're looking for something that's new but maybe a little less well known, this week's new releases should be right up your alley.

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Shovel Knight (PS4, PS3, PS Vita) - April 21 - one of the very best entries in the burgeoning retro platformer genre, Shovel Knight made the list of our must haves for 2014 - no small feat, considering the pedigree last year brought to the table. The PlayStation port comes with the previously announced DLC (The Plague of Shadows expansion), plus an exclusive new boss battle: Kratos, from the God of War series.

Trine 3: Artifacts Of Power (Steam) - April 21 - Amadeus, Pontius and Zoya return in the next chapter of the beloved fantasy adventure game. "The heroes try to return their extraordinary gifts to the Artifact called Trine, and so they meddle with powers beyond their understanding. Trine shatters. With a literally heartless ancient sorcerer on the loose, and only a broken artifact to guide them, the heroes must try and repair the damage they've caused... or the damage that might yet be done." The game features on-line co-op, new challenges and the same wonderful gameplay as its predecessors.

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Will Fight For Food: Super Actual Sell Out: Game Of The Hour (Steam) - April 22 - the trailer for this game is just one of the best things on the internet, a funny, tongue in cheek sendup of the 'dramatic' teaser many games possess. But when you have a guy in a luchador mask, how serious can you really be? "Kill, steal, and tread the tender fields of diplomacy in this RPG Brawler with a ridiculously complicated conversation system - or you can just beat up everyone you meet, you psycho." There will be side-quests. So very, very many side-quests.

Assassin's Creed Chronicles (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - April 22 - the first chapter of this just announced trilogy, 'China' parkours its way onto systems. The game may appear to be a step-backward towards its Prince of Persia days, but after the debacle that was Unity, it's actually the best move Ubisoft can make. The first installment takes you to the end of the Ming Dynasty in medieval China, where a female assassin must restore honor to the Brotherhood. Episodes in both India and Russia (right after the October Revolution) are scheduled for release as well. Pre-orders are available today. Check out the announcement trailer.

Pinball FX2: Marvel's Avengers - Age of Ultron (Steam) - April 22 - because there will be Avengers everything this week (the movie hits European theaters on Friday). The beloved pinball game adds dedicated boards for each Avenger, including a first person shooter minigame for Hawkeye; plus all the over-the-top 'battles' between the heroes and their latest nemesis, Ultron.

Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities (iOS) - April 23 - the long in development horror title, announced when the App store was first introduced arrives with great anticipation. The Silent Hill-esque title has you searching for a missing girl and, as is expected, things start going wrong from almost the beginning. Five bucks nets you everything in the game, no in-app purchases required.

Dungeons 2 (Steam) - April 24 - the classic tower defense/RPG has gotten a sequel, complete with two new factions and loads of new units to command and enemies to destroy. Create your own cyclopean labyrinths in the Dungeon Manager mode, or battle it out in real time in the main game scenario. For the twisted and corrupt Dungeon Master in all of us. Oh wait, sorry, that's a redundant term, isn't it?

But there are tons of game out there. Did we miss one that really deserves a shoutout? Let us know in the comments!

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