Published on April 9th, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz


5 Recent Value-Oriented Gaming & Music Picks For April 2022

Regardless of whether or not you are still quarantining to any extent, odds are that some of your favorite dining and entertainment spots are still not open like they used to be. In turn, you are likely consuming home entertainment like you were in mid and late 2020.

Fortunately, video games and music are arguably still in a “golden age” of sorts. No matter your console of choice, the games these days are amazing, including the music used in them. And even if most of the video game developers were forced to change up how they make their games as of late, there are still plenty of new and exciting things for gamers to be psyched about, no matter how much gaming you do. Below is a look at some new titles which recently hit my radar.

WRC 10 on Nintendo Switch

Following its critical and commercial success of the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series versions on September 2, NACON and KT Racing Studio recently announced that WRC 10, the official video game of the FIA World Rally Championship was coming to the Nintendo Switch, as released last month in North America and Europe.

The anniversary edition of WRC helps to celebrate 50 years of its namesake competition and is packed with new features and thrills. Its historical mode allows players to relive 23 events that have marked the history of the Championship. With more content than ever, WRC 10 is a tribute to 50 years of rallying that will delight fans. Its popular Career Mode is also present in the Switch version with the addition of a livery editor and the ability to create your own team. You can now put your colors on the championship cars, based on around 30 vehicles present in the WRC, WRC 2, WRC 3, Junior WRC categories, but also the game’s historic vehicles, alongside the 52 official teams of the 2021 season. In turn, you can take up the challenge with your personalized team.

Time Loader on Nintendo Switch

Last month, META Publishing and game developers Flazm announced the launch of Time Loader on theXbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Via the game, you get to blast yourself to the nostalgic 1990s in the form of a cleverly-designed puzzle platformer. Manoeuvre around the chunky wired technology of the past as a homemade RC robot, tasked with a momentous mission: save your creator from a life-changing accident. Notably, Time Loader has been the winner ofmultiple awards like the Indie Blast: “Best Gameplay” award in 2020 and the Unfold Games “Best Level Design” award in 2021.

Trivial Pursuit Live 2! on Stadia

Last month, Stadia revealed five games being added to Stadia Pro’s library of 50+ games as of April 1, 2022. This included World War Z: Aftermath, Deliver Us The Moon and City Legends: The Curse Of The Crimson Shadow. Also newsworthy from Stadia was the launch of Trivial Pursuit Live! 2, arguably the world’s favorite trivia game, as launched by Ubisoft to Stadia. Trivial Pursuit Live! 2 is available in English, French, German, Spanish and Russian and lets you challenge other players from all around the world and also compete against your streaming viewers on Twitch.

SNK Big Bang on Nintendo Switch

Late last month, the SNK Corporation announced that Big Bang Pro Wrestling would be available to download for the Nintendo Switch. Within the game, muscle-bound wrestlers take the stage for a bombastic all-out brawl. Its easy controls allow you to pull off sick and devastating special moves from the push of a button, as each professional wrestler comes with their own personalized finishing move. Players can change up the rules with exciting modes, like the Coffin Death Match where your goal is to toss your opponent into a coffin, or even try to steal away the reward in Reward Death Match to really stick it to their opponent. The instruction manual featured within the game is from the original NEOGEO Pocket Color version of game.

Mystique by Ekko The Strange

Last but definitely not least… Ekko The Strange is intended for fans of Joy Division, David Bowie, T-Rex, Bauhaus and The Velvet Underground. In writing, performing, and self-producing Mystique, Ekko has crafted a full set of sinewy, seething, cinematic anthems amid wet sonic wilderness. The artist originates from the dusky high desert plains of Les Bois, Idaho, and currently usually stationed in “Warszawa,” Poland. The album is self-mixed it as well, alongside J. Todd Dunnigan, and was mastered by Branden Funkhouser at Radiohouse. On April 15, 2022, Mystique will be available within the vinyl and digital formats.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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