We’re well into the ninth console generation now, and so the big hitters are starting to emerge for each platform. Traditionally, April tends to be a solid month for games, too, so there’s plenty to enjoy on your PS5 as spring gets underway. Whether you like base-building games, traditional single-player action-adventure titles, or classic RPG remasters, April has lots to offer, so fire up your PS5, head over to the PlayStation Store, and check out some of the best PS5 games coming in April 2023!
Atari Mania (April 4th)
If you like retro gaming, then there’s no better way to experience it than with this classic collection of Atari-inspired microgames. Atari Mania was created to help celebrate Atari’s 50th anniversary, and as such, it contains lots of games based on the company’s classics. You’ll have just as much fun identifying the games on offer as you will experiencing Atari Mania’s larger-than-life storyline and characters, so make sure to give this one a download if you have any Atari nostalgia whatsoever.
Creed: Rise to Glory – Championship Edition (April 4th)
This extended re-release of the excellent VR boxing sim Creed: Rise to Glory is a PSVR 2 exclusive, so if you don’t have the headset, you won’t be able to play it, unfortunately. Still, if you do own a PSVR 2, this is a great boxing game that will only benefit from Sony’s new headset’s increased visual fidelity and processing power. You’ll take on a range of iconic opponents as Adonis Creed and get training from none other than boxing legend Rocky Balboa as you ascend the ranks.
GrimGrimoire OnceMore (April 4th)
April 4th is shaping up to be a busy date, isn’t it? GrimGrimoire OnceMore remasters the cult classic PS2 strategy RPG, upgrading its visuals and adding a host of quality-of-life improvements to make the experience a little smoother. Otherwise, though, it’s the same quirky magical adventure through the Tower of Silver Star, so if you didn’t get the chance to check this one out the first time around or you’re looking for an old-school RPG experience to challenge your brain, this is one you’re going to want to play.
Meet Your Maker (April 4th)
If you can imagine the infinite potential of Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker crossed with the post-apocalyptic aesthetics of Fallout or Mad Max, then you’re somewhere near Meet Your Maker. Developed by Dead by Daylight studio Behaviour, Meet Your Maker is a game of two halves: building bases and raiding them. You can do both alongside friends, too, so you can build devious outposts for players to take on with your friends, or you can recruit fellow raiders to take outposts down. This’ll be a day one PS Plus game, too.
EA Sports PGA Tour 2023 (April 7th)
EA is finally making a triumphant return to the golfing sim with EA Sports PGA Tour 2023, which is the first EA-created golf sim since 2015’s Rory McIlroy PGA Tour. As such, expect an up-to-date roster of golfers and courses, as well as sharp graphics that take full advantage of the PS5’s advanced hardware. New features include integration with PGA Tour stats tool ShotLink, as well as a return for the Augusta National Golf Club, which hasn’t been seen in an EA PGA Tour game since 2014.
God of Rock (April 18th)
Marrying rhythm-action gameplay with one-on-one fighting systems, God of Rock pits players against one another in a Guitar Hero-style combative musical experience. You must nail button inputs on-beat in order to deal damage to your opponent and add complexity to their board, which increases the chance that they’ll make mistakes. With a roster of original characters and over 40 all-new songs to take on, this promises to be a must-play for music aficionados.
Minecraft Legends (April 18th)
Like Minecraft Dungeons before it, Minecraft Legends is an attempt to take the Minecraft aesthetic and translate it to a different gameplay genre. This time, Mojang is training its eye on real-time strategy, but don’t worry; if you’re not much of an RTS buff, you should still find plenty to love in this approachable version of the genre, which also incorporates action elements. Multiplayer is also supported, so you can work together with your friends or battle against them for supremacy.
Stray Blade (April 20th)
Stray Blade looks to be a classic action-RPG in the vein of games like Fable or Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. It takes place in the valley of Acrea, which teems with varied biomes and secrets to uncover. Together with your wolf companion, Boji, you must explore this valley and reveal the truth behind its descent into war. Both you and Boji have a skill tree to manage, so you can customise and alter your approach to combat however you like.
Dead Island 2 (April 21st)
We’ll be honest: we were starting to lose faith that Dead Island 2 would ever see the light of day. This game was originally announced in 2014, with Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager helming its creation, but several studio changes and delays to its release date meant Dead Island 2’s future was uncertain. Now, it’s finally coming to PS5 on April 21st, bringing over-the-top zombie-killing action, ridiculous weaponry, and a huge open-world environment to explore.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (April 28th)
2019’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was much better than it had any right to be. The game incorporated elements of Metroid Prime in its exploration and world design, as well as Souls-esque combat and checkpoint placement, leading to a solid action-adventure that was a joy to play amongst a landscape of microtransaction-riddled live-service games. Survivor promises to continue that legacy, offering new Force powers, lightsaber styles, and skills to get to grips with.