It's a good thing the weather is getting nice, because this month has a lot of Switch love to go around. If you're looking to game on the go, there's Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Cuphead and Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen to pick from.
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Final Fantasy X and X-2 launched on PS2 in the early 2000s. They were given the remaster treatment for PS3 in 2013, then brought to PS4 and PC a few years after that. Now it's time for Switch and Xbox One to get their own releases of an HD remaster of these classic JRPGs. You'll get the original story of Tidus and friends fighting the evil Sin to save the world of Spira as well as the X-2 spinoff that features an all-female cast led by Yuna.
The combat in both games is turn-based, with X-2 sporting a unique costume-change feature that gives party members access to different skills. This remaster polishes up the visuals to an HD shine and delivers a remade soundtrack to give it a more orchestral feel.
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Wasteland 2: Director's Cut will land on Switch by the middle of this month, bringing along all the hardcore strategy gameplay fans have been enjoying since its original release on PC and PS4. This is a single-player, turn-based strategy game that asks players to design a team of survivors, giving them different traits and abilities for use in combat. Stat nerds will have a lot to chew on here.
The Director's Cut includes a redesigned game engine for enhanced visuals, a new precision aiming system to allow your team to disable enemy limbs and more lines of spoken dialogue.
Cuphead makes its way to Switch this month for everyone looking to take this beautiful platformer on the go. Originally released on PC and Xbox One, Cuphead is an old-school platformer adventure game that takes visual inspiration from even more old-school cartoon designs of the 1930s. The result is a very strong pairing and a very challenging game.
As with other versions of the game, you can play as a single player through the campaign or bring a friend along for local co-op. Gameplay blends platforming and shoot-'em-up concepts, offering ability upgrades and different weapons to unlock as you progress through the story.
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Mortal Kombat 11 will release for all major platforms by the end of the month. Gameplay mechanics should prove familiar to players of previous entries in this long-running series, but some new additions have been made. Among the additions are a guard counter called Flawless Block, a desperation attack only usable when you're low on health called Fatal Blow and cinematic specials called Krushing Blows.
Also added is a cosmetic gear system that lets you customize how your fighter will look in battle by picking from a list of unlockable clothing options. The usual offline and online multiplayer modes will return, and you can look forward to a brand-new, time-traveling cinematic story mode that has iconic characters face their past and future selves.
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Dragon's Dogma is another in a line of noteworthy Switch re-releases this month. Switch owners will now get to play this 2012 gem at home or on the go. Dragon's Dogma is an action game that shares some things with Dark Souls and Monster Hunter but is faster than both and uses a unique AI companion system. In Dragon's Dogma, you play as the Arisen, chosen to take down the newly arrived dragon that is now threatening the land of Gransys.
After picking from one of nine classes to start out, you'll go on to explore a dangerous world full of bandits and fantasy monsters while recruiting AI companions known as Pawns to help you along the way. The game's day and night cycles mean you need to plan your travels to avoid getting stuck out in the pitch black of night.
First teased in 2016, Days Gone will finally be playable on PS4 later this month. In this third-person survival horror game, you'll wander a wasteland three years after an outbreak has turned humans and animals into mutated "freakers." As biker Deacon St. John, you will travel using your motorcycle, defend yourself from the mutants and nonmutants alike, and loot abandoned buildings to upgrade gear and your bike throughout the remains of Oregon.
The game promises to distinguish itself from other zombie games by giving the "freakers" more animalistic traits that include behaviors like nesting and migration.
April has not one but two re-releases of classic Final Fantasy titles for players to dive back into. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is an HD remaster of the original PS2 release now available for Switch and Xbox One. This remaster includes an overhaul of the gameplay leveling systems that gives you more structure in your choices and makes it easier to build character classes. The game's job system allows your party to specialize and synergize more easily, while the original Gambit system lets you strategize ahead of battle.
New to this particular version of The Zodiac Age are presets for your Gambits that let you quickly swap between sets of orders for when you're facing a tough boss or just grinding for levels against easy enemies.
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