‘Persona 5,’ ‘Bulletstorm’ – new video games releases

San Francisco, April 3, 2017 — Given international reach after an immense Japanese debut, “Persona 5” is already a contender for end-of-year awards; releasing the same week of April 4, 2017, is the bombastic “Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition” remaster, a youngster-friendly, branded riff on the popular open world genre in “Lego City Undercover,” luciously drawn dream-like journey “Blackwood Crossing” and super-weird point and click “Paradigm.”

Persona 5

Play it on PlayStation 4

Date: April 4

Rave reviews greeted this epic, high-school-era adventure upon its Japanese, September 2016 release, hence sky-high levels of excitement for the international launch. Blending action adventure and a neat graphical style with psychoanalytic concepts from Carl Jung, it’s a story of self-discovery and surprise and, like its predecessors, is unique in concept, excellent in execution.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition

Play it on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC

From April 7

Before Polish studio People Can Fly created “Gears of War: Judgement” for the Xbox One, it was more boldly experimenting with the form and function of chunky first-person shooters in 2011’s “Bulletstorm,” which gave players kneeslides, lassos and all manner of environmental dangers on which to dispose of their enemies, rewarding them for creative combinations while the main character swore his mouth off.

PCF partners with “Borderlands,” “Battleborn” and “Duke Nukem Forever” studio Gearbox for the remaster.

Lego City Undercover

Play it on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC, Nintendo Switch

From April 4 

Debuting in 2013 for the Wii U, this family friendly, Lego-themed riff on the go-anywhere, do-anything open world style of “Grand Theft Auto” has players step into the shoes of undercover policeman Chase McCain, in pursuit of crime boss Rex Fury.

Already very well appreciated as a Wii U release, and now with a co-operative mode for two players.

Blackwood Crossing

Play it on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC

From April 4 (PS4) and April 5 (XBO, WinPC)

Orphan girl Scarlett wakes up to a very unusual train ride (look, there’s a tree sprouting up from that carriage) with her younger brother Finn aboard — though they’re close, Finn blames Scarlett for abandoning him in the past.

Can she fix it? And who’s this weird rabbit-man that keeps turning up? A change in direction for new studio PaperSeven, whose core staff previously worked for racing studio Black Rock (“Split/Second,” “Pure”).


Play it on Windows PC, Mac OS X

From April 5

Inspired by point and click adventures from the 1990s yet looking decidedly weirder than most, “Paradigm” is named after its main character, a mutant lab-grown child prodigy who didn’t make the grade, was thrown out onto the streets of a derelict Neo-Soviet town, and here meets all manner of characters including an evil sloth, secretary knight and glam metal cult leader pug.

Successfully crowdfunded in 2014 and a debut game for its developer, Australian 2D artist Jacob Janerka.