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Spring Breaks: The big game releases of April and May

CVG picks out the most promising titles from its complete multiplatform games release list

Got a backlog of games you need to finish? Hoping the next couple of months will be quiet enough provide some sort of respite? Sorry, but there's an unseasonably large platoon of great games on the way between now and the end of May.

So you can keep on top of things, we've put together a helpful list of release dates (UK and US) for all the key titles coming out over the next couple of months. A disclaimer - these dates are correct at the time of compiling the list. Naturally, they can change. We've also highlighted some of the most promising games coming soon to each platform.

Xbox 360 game release dates

  • Army Of Two: Devil's Cartel - 28 March (UK), out now (US)
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 - 28 March (UK), out now (US)
  • Defiance - 2 April (UK, US)
  • Battleblock Theater (XBLA) - 3 April (UK, US)
  • Double Dragon II: Wander Of The Dragons (XBLA) - 5 April (UK, US)
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge - 5 April (UK), 2 April (US)
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us - 19 April (UK), 16 April (US)
  • Star Trek - 26 April (UK), 23 April (US)
  • Dark - 26 April (UK), 11 June (US)
  • Dead Island Riptide - 26 April (UK), 23 April (US)
  • Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen - 26 April (UK), 23 April (US)
  • Metro: Last Light - 17 May (UK), 14 May (US)
  • Resident Evil Revelations - 24 May (UK), 21 May (US)
  • Fuse - 31 May (UK), 20 April (US)
  • Grid 2 - 31 May (UK), 28 May (US)
  • Painkiller: Hell & Damnation - 31 May (UK, US)
  • Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons (XBLA) - TBC Spring

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Injustice: Gods Among Us

Warner Bros / NetherRealm - 19 April (UK), 16 April (US)
Also on - PS3, Wii U

The development team at Chicago studio NetherRealm recently overcame the odds and made Mortal Kombat relevant again. Now it's putting the finishing touches to Injustice, which uses the same engine but ditches Sub Zero, Scorpion and the like in favour of Batman, Superman and a host of other DC Comics superheroes and villains. This game is bursting with potential and, guided by the hand of NetherRealm's fighting veterans, this could be a last hurrah of the current generation of fighting titles.



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Metro: Last Light

Deep Silver / 4A Games - 17 May (UK), 14 May (US)
Also on - PS3, PC

Originally due to be released last summer, then delayed until early 2013, and then put up for auction as part of publisher THQ's bankruptcy sale, there has always been a risk that this much-anticipated sequel to Metro 2034 would not see light of day. thankfully, European publisher Deep Silver snapped up the title and declared it would be released by May. It's just as well, because it's a gritty post-apocalyptic shooter with the odd hint of survival horror and - especially on PC - looks fantastic.



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Fuse

EA / Insomniac Games - 31 May (UK), 20 April (US)
Also on - PS3

Looking like a cross between Mass Effect and Gears Of War and developed by Insomniac Games, Fuse (formerly known as Overstrike before its art style was overhauled) may not be the game on everyone's lips right now but it has the potential to be a sleeper hit. Insomniac and publisher EA are both still keeping cards close to their chests about the finer details of Fuse, but we do at least know two things - it's a four-player co-op shooter and the developer's pedigree (Resistance, Ratchet & Clank) means it could be the best thing you'll play over the next few months.



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Grid 2

Codemasters - 31 May (UK), 28 May (US)
Also on - PS3, PC

Five years ago Race Driver: Grid roared onto screens, offering brilliant racing action and the once-controversial Flashback feature. Its sequel introduces an interesting World Series Racing story mode, where players are put in charge of forming their own entire racing franchise.

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