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Single-Player Gaming Picks For April 2019



Single Player Games April 2019 SteamWorld Falcon Age Days Gone

Our apologies for trying to mislead you yesterday about where you should spend your money this month. The time has come to address that wrong and deliver what truly are the most eye-catching games of the coming month.

Falcon Age

Release Date: April 9, 2019
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR

Despite appearing briefly during PlayStation’s debut State of Play presentation, Falcon Age continues to fly under the radar for many gamers because of that VR connection. However, developer Outerloop Games is maintaining maximum accessibility by ensuring that the game can also be played without PSVR.

Falcon Age begins on a world strip-mined and culturally devastated by the uncaring actions of robotic colonial invaders. Enter Ara, a young woman who, while in prison for a minor crime, befriends a baby falcon. The pair escape together, and so begins an adventure of rebellion and resistance.

As players explore the desolate landscape, they will have to raise, train, and take care of their avian companion. Players will also engage in first person combat, with the falcon taking the traditional role of a ranged option. The gameplay trailer embedded below also points to the inclusion of some light survival mechanics.

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech

Release Date: April 25, 2019
Platforms: Switch

The SteamWorld series continues late this month, with developer Image & Form Games once again shifting gears to deliver a card-based RPG.

As may be expected from that brief description, a core gameplay loop is the collection of cards to increase the offensive capabilities of the party. Alongside that progression mechanic, however, is an XP system more traditionally associated with RPGs.

Anyone who has played one of the developer’s previous games will be familiar with SteamWorld Quest’s humorous tone and penchant for robot-oriented puns. Also returning is the eye-catching cartoon aesthetic that has aged so well, even from the low-res series debut SteamWorld Tower Defense on the 3DS.

Early impressions of the project have led to rapturous enthusiasm, with Hardcore Gamer claiming that “[i]t will not only be fun, but it might also be a turning point for games.” While SteamWorld Quest is only scheduled to launch on the Switch for the time being, most previous series entries have eventually made their way to a multitude of platforms.

Days Gone

Release Date: April 26, 2019
Platforms: PlayStation 4

Lacklustre early showings of Days Gone raised concerns that it would be an awkward, less interesting cousin to Sony’s more invigorating projects, such as God of War and The Last of Us, though Bend Studio has turned that impression around.

More than 12 years have passed since Bend Studio last worked on a console project, with the intervening period being filled with portable spin-offs to the Resistance and Uncharted franchises.

Days Gone is far more ambitious than those titles, though. Indeed, a key point of difference from most of Sony’s first-party offerings is the systemic nature of Days Gone’s design. Melee, gunplay, crafting, dynamic weather, vehicle customisation, fuel management, spatially aware AI, and stealth comprise just some of the multitudinous moving parts of the experience. Coupled with those elements are a massive open world and an estimated playtime in excess of 30 hours.

However, fans of the narrative-driven approach are not left out, as the game will also include around six hours of cutscenes, as biker protagonist Deacon St. John tries to survive in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombie analogues called Freakers.


Outside of these three headliners, April is chock full of single-player-pleasing games. Strategy fans have the espionage thriller Sigma Theory: Global Cold War on April 18 and Imperator: Rome, the latest grand strategy project from the team behind Stellaris and Crusader Kings II, on April 26.

Meanwhile, Vambrace: Cold Soul and Zanki Zero: Last Beginning hold down the RPG fort, the former without a specific date yet, but the latter on April 9.

Platformer sequel Super Meat Boy Forever is also expected out this month, fans of campy action have Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain to look forward to on April 11, and anyone still anxiously waiting for a Burnout sequel should look to Dangerous Driving on April 9.

Finally, story gamers get the choice of Victorian-era mystery Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey on April 5 or archaeology adventure Heaven’s Vault on April 16.

Have we forgotten anything that you’re excited for? Let us know down below or on our shiny new Discord server.

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

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E3 2019

The Winners of E3, According to OnlySP



E3 2019

The OnlySP team has been rather negative about E3 2019 as a whole, sharing undisguised disappointment about Ninja Theory, Microsoft, and Ubisoft in particular. However, we are gamers first, and the show had plenty to excite, so we wanted to share at least a small ray of positivity by rounding up some of our winners from the past week.

Best AAA Trailer

Cyberpunk 2077

Two of the most anticipated games of 2020 topped the list, with Cyberpunk 2077 just pipping Final Fantasy VII Remake. The trailer was exactly what you want from a major production with the insane amount of hype that Cyberpunk 2077 is enjoying: mystery, emotional story moments, and heart-pounding action.

As if all that is not enough, one of the hottest stars of the moment, Keanu Reeves, was revealed as a cast member.

Doubters were all but silenced, and everyone else was gratified. Even better, we got a release date: April 16, 2020. Could anyone possibly lust for more?

Best Indie Trailer

Tie: Spiritfarer and Way to the Woods

As usual, Microsoft brought the ID@Xbox goods to its E3 stage, and we just could not pick between these two.

On the one hand, the team at Thunder Lotus Games finally unveiled its new project, Spiritfarer. The game brings back the glorious hand-drawn art style that had us falling in love with Jotun and Sundered, marrying to a unique take on the Charon myth. Furthermore, Spiritfarer’s low-key charm and gorgeous watercolour was a perfect counterpoint to Cyberpunk 2077, which preceded it.

On the other hand, Way to the Woods got a sparkling new trailer. The two deer are simply gorgeous, and the bright colours and mellifluous music make the game seems a journey befitting the glory days of thatgamecompany. Simple puzzles, a moving story, an entrancing atmosphere… We just want Way to the Woods on its way to our homes.

Favourite New Game Announcement

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel

E3 2019 had no shortage of enticing new announcements, but nothing was quite so enticing as Nintendo’s “one more thing.” After Breath of the Wild set the world on fire in 2017, a sequel was basically a foregone conclusion. Even so, that brief tease set our hopes alight.

In truth, we know next to nothing about this new project—other than that it is set in the same version of Hyrule as its predecessor and Zelda is rocking a slick new hairstyle—but its mere existence is enough.

Biggest Surprise

Keanu Reeves is in Cyberpunk 2077

I may have already mentioned this, but Keanu Reeves is going to be in Cyberpunk 2077.

If we need to explain more, the world of gaming is familiar with seeing TV and film stars cross over—Kit Harington in Call of Duty, Emma Stone in Sleeping Dogs—but Reeves is a particularly hot property right now.

Moreover, the word is that this is more than just a brief cameo. Reeve’s character, Johnny Silverhand, has been a big part of Cyberpunk lore, and CD Projekt RED reportedly spent 15 days capturing his performance.

Even Watch Dogs: Legion looking as though it is finally going to deliver on the promises of the first game is not enough to beat Keanu.

Favourite Stage Personality

Ikumi Nakamura

Full disclosure: the team picked Keanu, but Keanu can’t win everything, damn it!

Therefore, this award goes to Ikumi Nakamura, protégé of Shinji Mikami, who took the stage during Bethesda’s press conference to reveal Ghostwire: Tokyo. Where most presenters—even developers—are reserved, sharing the soundbites that make the games sound appealing, Nakamura radiated enthusiasm for her project.

Put simply, Nakamura was a ray of sunshine to remind us all that game development is not always about cynicism and monetisation; sometimes, it is about genuine love and passion.

Biggest Winners


With “gamers” one of the options on the list, I thought this category would be a foregone conclusion. However, the outcome proved that adage about what happens when we assume things…

The team voted for Nintendo, and the why is easy enough to understand. A new Legend of Zelda game will always be an event. The addition of Banjo-Kazooie to Super Smash Bros. is a long-overdue coup. Luigi’s Mansion 3 looks better than it has any right to. Meanwhile, Daemon X Machina, Astral Chain, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order all got great new showings, and we officially learned of the arrival of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt and Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (among other, slightly less exciting titles) on the Switch.

These winners were all decided by those of us who stayed at home. However, you may have noticed that we had Mike Cripe and Dimitric Edwards on the show floor, so they went hands-on with a bunch of games the rest of us could only gawp at.

Over the coming days and weeks, Mike and Dimitric will be delivering previews of Final Fantasy VII Remake, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, and Biomutant, as well as a few interesting interviews, so we’ll have plenty of fresh details for you all to pore over.

First, though, coming tomorrow will be Mike’s hands-off preview of one of the show’s most contentious games: Marvel’s Avengers.

For all those previews and much more from the world of single-player gaming, be sure to bookmark OnlySP and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube. You can also join the discussion in our community Discord server.

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