This month’s console releases are highlighted by Persona 5 and its near perfect review scores, the sequel to one of the first-person survival horror games that started it all and so much more. Anyone lucky enough to own a Nintendo Switch is in for a treat this month with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Nintendo has added in a number of goodies from new racers and gameplay modes, to new carts and items. All this and more in this month’s best console releases…

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Persona 5 PS3/PS4 – April 4th

Anyone familiar with JRPGs, will know the Persona series and all of its anime craziness. It has been racking in near perfect review scores for years, so it was no surprise the latest entry in the series experienced the same fate when critics got their hands on it. An interesting battle system and massively improved dungeons has Persona 5 as one of the hottest releases of the year thus far.

Persona 5 is a game about the internal and external conflicts of a group of troubled high school students – the protagonist and a collection of compatriots he meets in the game’s story – who live dual lives as Phantom Thieves. They have the typically ordinary day-to-day of a Tokyo high schooler – attending class, after school activities and part-time jobs. But they also undertake fantastical adventures by using otherworldly powers to enter the hearts of people.

Persona 5 $60 or $48 for Prime

Outlast 2 PS4/Xbox One/PC – April 25th

Journalist Blake Langermann is separated from his wife Lynn in a helicopter crash while investigating the murder of a pregnant women in the Arizona desert. Are you scared yet? This is Outlast 2. If you’re into murder mysteries or any of those first-person survival horror games out there like Resident Evil 7, Outlast 2 is definitely something you’ll want to try out.

This one is a digital release and there does not appear to be any pre-order listings up just yet. In the mean time hit the PlayStation Store or Xbox Live and give the orignal Outlast a go.

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 PS4/PC/Xbox One – April 25th

The Sniper Ghost Warrior series is getting a much bigger budget for the third entry. It is a tactical first-person shooter that takes place in a fictional modern-day version of Georgia. Players are sent in as American Marine Captain Jonathan “Jon” North to eliminate key figures of hostile factions in the area to prevent another Cold War. Not unlike what Ubisoft did what Ghost Recon: Wildlands, this time around players are set free into an open-world where they can freely choose how to tackle missions spread throughout the map.

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 pre-order $60 or $48 for Prime

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo Switch – April 28th

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is set for release come the end the month. Previously released on Wii U, the Switch version of the game includes a whole bunch of new goodies including characters, carts, gameplay modes, items and much more. It will also mark the release of the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con steering wheel add-ons.

First up, we will see Inkling Boy and Girl from Splatoon, along with Dry Bones, Bowser Jr. and King Boo to raise the total count to over 40 racers. Along with the return of the feather item that allows players to jump over attacks and obstacles, you’ll now be able to carry two items at once. The Battle mode is completely overhauled with a number new and interesting gameplay options including Bob-omb, Renegade Roundup, the classic balloon battle and more spread across eight courses.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe pre-order $60 or $48 for Prime

2-Pack Joy-Con Wheel pre-order $15

Honorable mentions got to Yooka-Laylee, which drops on April 11th, Dragon Quest Heroes 2 on the 25th, Little Nightmares on the 28th and Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition releases today.

As always, you’ll find the best deals across every platform in our daily Games/Apps roundup.

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