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Multiplayer Gaming Picks for April 2019

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Multiplayer Picks for April 2019

Our focus may have changed, but we remain as dedicated as ever to bringing you the best and brightest from around the gaming world, just with a multiplayer slant. Without further ado, April’s most intriguing prospects are as follows.

Skyworld: Kingdom Brawl

Release Date: April 2, 2019
Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality

Skyworld: Kingdom Brawl launches for PC-based VR platforms this week. The project is the latest from Vertigo Games, which previously drew acclaim for Arizona Sunshine.

However, Skyworld: Kingdom Brawl is a world away from the first-person zombie survival game. Instead, the game is a fantasy RTS, pitting two players against each other in battles to destroy the opposing tower. To help increase the player pool, Vertigo has enabled cross-platform play.

The conflicts are conducted by playing cards to summon creatures or cast spells, with reportedly more than 50 units to choose from.

VR fans may already be aware of the Skyworld brand, as Kingdom Brawl is a spin-off of the more slow-paced strategy title of that name, which, incidentally, released on PlayStation VR last week.

Shovel Knight Showdown

Release Date: April 9, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One

The local-only nature of Shovel Knight Showdown’s multiplayer component no doubt makes it a contentious inclusion on this list. Nevertheless, the game is notable for reportedly being the final piece of the Shovel Knight saga (alongside the ‘King of Cards’ campaign).

Whereas the remainder of the games have been 2D platformers, Showdown is a multiplayer brawler for up to four players. Competition will take centre stage, but a cooperative mode allowing battles against the AI will also be available.

Players will choose from 16 characters, including the primary villains and heroes from the previous Shovel Knight games, some of which have never been playable before.

Shovel Knight Showdown will be free for existing owners of the Treasure Trove compilation or as a standalone purchase.

World War Z

Release Date: April 16, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Saber Interactive may not be the best-known development team, but it has shouldered the burden of the Halo Anniversary games, as well as contributing to Quake Champions. Now, the studio is creating its first in-house shooter since 2013’s abortive tie-in R.I.P.D. The Game.

World War Z is another adaptation, this time of the 2013 film starring Brad Pitt, but eschews any semblance to that storyline. Instead, players drop into locations from around the world—Moscow, New York, Tokyo, and Jerusalem—to battle cooperatively against the zombie hordes.

Each location offers unique layouts and storylines, while players will have access to a massive array of weaponry. Procedural enemy and item spawns are advertised as some of the features further contributing to the replayability of the title.

However, perhaps the most enticing aspect is the huge numbers of zombies and the challenges they will present.

Honourable Mentions

The multiplayer world receives relatively slim pickings this month, though the range is nevertheless notable.

PlayStation owners get slightly belated access to Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid on April 2. Meanwhile, platformer fans on the Switch have OVERWHELM, Cuphead, and BoxBoy and BoxGirl to look forward to on April 4, 18, and 26, respectively. Finally, THQ Nordic’s co-op-inclusive survival game Fade to Silence leaves Early Access alongside a console launch on April 30.

Have we missed anything you’re looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments below.

Damien Lawardorn is an aspiring novelist, journalist, and essayist. His goal in writing is to inspire readers to engage and think, rather than simply consume and enjoy. With broad interests ranging from literature and video games to fringe science and social movements, his work tends to touch on the unexpected. Damien is the former Editor-in-Chief of OnlySP. More of his work can be found at https://open.abc.net.au/people/21767

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April Fools' Day

Single-Player Games are Dying (to be Played)

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Single Player is Dead

Single-player is dead and multiplayer killed it.

This is a topic that we have avoided for a long time. However, with OnlySP’s recent upgrade to OnlyMP, now is the best time to do so.

As stated in our announcement post, the advent of games such as FortnitePlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Apex Legends prove that the industry has evolved to multiplayer gaming, and single-player games have become obsolete. In fact, Fortnite—which OnlySP’s Michael Cripe recently described as “straight up the best game ever made” in his review—was recently announced to have reached around 250 million players. I can’t even count that high!

Of course, a statement as obvious as the opening of this article requires proof, so I would like to recount some of the single-player games that killed the industry in 2018.

God of War

For starters: God of War. As OnlySP’s Ben Newman stated in his review, “God of War is a surprise.” By that statement, he likely means that the game was surprisingly dull because you cannot play it with other people, like you can with Fortnite or Apex Legends. Ben ultimately awarded the game High Distinction (5/5), demonstrating how terrible it truly is.

Another game to receive such an awful score in 2018 was Red Dead Redemption 2. OnlySP’s Rhain Radford-Burns described the game’s narrative as “extensive and interweaving,” stating that it “surpasses the original”—which probably means that it is more confusing than the original (I’m not sure. I didn’t read the article; I was busy playing Fortnite). If that does not demonstrate how awful the game is, get this: it won eight awards at OnlySP’s Best of 2018 ceremony, including Best Game! If that does not demonstrate how overrated the game is, I am not sure what will.

Of course, two other games were also awarded with High Distinction in 2018: The Red Strings Club, which OnlySP’s Damien Lawardorn said “will not—can not—appeal to everyone,” so why would you even try?; and GRIS, which Rhain Radford-Burns stated “[presents] a narrative experience unlike any other,” which does not sound very appealing because if it is unlike Fortnite, I need not bother.

Single-player is dead and multiplayer killed it.

OnlySP Best of 2018 - Red Dead Redemption 2

April Fools’! If you were yet to guess: of course this is a joke. As much as we enjoy playing multiplayer games every now and then, we are very well aware that single-player gaming is not dead. If this article proves anything, it is that single-player gaming is alive and well. 2018 offered some of the strongest single-player experiences in recent memory, and 2019 is already set to do the same.

Single-player gaming is far from dead, and we would see the site die before admitting otherwise.

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