Top 5 RPGs of April 2017

Welcome to the next entry in a monthly Fextralife series highlighting the Top 5 RPGs for the next month. In this edition, we’re going to take a look at what we think are the best RPGs releasing in the month of April, and talk a little about each and why we think so highly of them. Hop in and discover some new games you haven’t heard of or learn a little more about ones you do know. Watch the video above and read on for the text!

5. Moonlighter

Release Date: April 30th
Platform: PC
Developer: Digital Sun Games
Publisher: Digital Sun Games

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Moonlighter is a fantasy roguelike RPG developed by Digital Sun Games, an indie Spanish studio. It takes place in a remote merchant town where the protagonist, Will, runs a store. He wants to be a hero, but to make the dream come true, he has to gather gear and master a variety of abilities first. The game combines elements of a roguelike RPG and a trading card game. The gameplay sends you on night journeys to dungeons where you will face challenging enemies and gathers valuable items and skills that bring him closer to achieving his goal. During the day, you have to manage and develop the hero’s store, improve our knowledge of the wares we sell, and make increasingly bigger profits.

4. Crawl

Release Date: April 11th
Platform: PS4, Xbox One
Developer: Powerhoof
Publisher: Powerhoof

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Crawl is a roguelike hack’n’slash game featuring pixel-art visuals. It was designed specifically for local multiplayer and developed by Powerhoof and is now making its debut on consoles. In the game, heroes exploring dungeons encounter monsters defending the place against delvers like you. Up to four players can play and one of them takes the role of the hero traversing dungeons filled with threats. The remaining players control the monsters, who will prepare traps and obstacles in order to make it more difficult for the hero. The game resembles classic roguelike RPGs, where the player gathers parts of equipment scattered throughout dungeons and levels up gradually. When the hero dies, the players swap their roles, but the new hero keeps both the items and experience gathered by the player who was previously in control. Once the hero has reached level 10, they go through a mysterious portal and the final boss fight begins.

3. Expeditions: Viking

Release Date: April 24th
Platform: PC
Developer: Logic Arts
Publisher: IMGN Pro

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Set in a historical setting, Expeditions: Viking is a classic, tactical, turn-based RPG developed by Logic Artists studio. The game is the second consecutive installment in the game series after 2013’s Expeditions: Conquistador. Set at the end of the 8th century, with the death of your father, you become the new leader of a small Viking village. Your objective is to gather power, protect your people, and make your village the strongest one in the region. You will be threatened by hostile neighbors and backstabbing members of your own clan. In addition to this village management, you will be plundering and raiding once you have gathered the necessary resources and assembling a good crew. The turn based combat is in top down and takes place on battlefields covered in a hex grid and allows you to devious a variety of clever tactics. The non-linear plot of the game can be influenced by your strategic and personal choices.

2. Portal Knights

Release Date: April 28th
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Keen Games
Publisher: 505 Games

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Portal Knights is a third-person role-playing game that combines RPG mechanics with sandbox games like Minecraft. Developed by Keen Games, the studio known for Sacred 3, the game takes us to a fantasy world constructed with blocks, which is a land of islands connected by magic portals. Centuries ago the world was torn to pieces, and your mission is to merge the pieces back together. You create your character, choosing from three available professions, and head out to explore the world, complete quests and defeat foes. Portal Knights features an extensive crafting system, which lets you collect various raw materials and use them to create a variety of items, including buildings. The game’s character progression system features a bevy of skills and equipment, that allows the characters to be customized to fit your playstyle preferences.

1. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III

Release Date: April 27th
Platform: PC
Developer: Relic Entertainment
Publisher: Sega

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Developed by Relic Entertainment, Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II is the third installment of the real-time strategy series set in a dark future world set in the popular universe created by Games Workshop. You will lead one of three races: Space Marines, Eldars, and Orks. Each has unique heroes, units, buildings, and abilities. The game takes the popular elements of the series’ history and focuses on massive battles waged on vast maps with hundreds of units. The game features RPG elements, such as customization of units and heroes that can be provided with special equipment and abilities as you increase your gained experience. Fans of this rich universe will lose themselves in this one.

Looking Ahead

This is a month full of under the radar and niche titles that may surprise you if you give them a shot. Thoughts on the list? Any other RPGs you’re looking forward to in March? Let us know what you think! Happy roleplaying!


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3 comments on “Top 5 RPGs of April 2017”

  1. Jbumi says:

    Additionally, Persona 5 is coming out in early April. It will go onto my wish list as I’ll still be playing Torment: Tides of Numenera. Just got to the Valley of Dead Heroes, so I know I’ve got a long ways to go!! I’m loving the game!!! I’m playing on PS4, & would like to warn people ahead – the only serious glitch I’ve run into is something I call "running backwards". What happens is if you try to transfer an item to another party member, it disappears. Further, if you try to sell items, they stay in your inventory but reduce the amount of money you have by whatever their value is. The only fix I’ve found is to start from an earlier save. So keep a ton of saves slots!!!

  2. Avatar EldritchImagination says:

    Portal knights looks interesting. I love sandbox style games, and enjoy pixel/basic geometry artstyles, but Minecraft’s was just too simple for me given when it was made. This looks way better, and RPG characteristics sounds like it will make it an even more engaging and immersive experience.

  3. Avatar Fallenangel700 says:

    Dawn of War 3 has a release date now? Awesome!~


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