Players’ Choice: Returnal voted April 2021’s best new game

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Players’ Choice: Returnal voted April 2021’s best new game

A new release that can be enjoyed over and over and over and over and...

PS Blog readers have spoken. Returnal blasted its way to the top of the polls, securing the April Players’ Choice crown. Congrats to Housemarque! 

May has just begun, but it’s already shaping up to be an incredible month for gaming. Share what you’ve been playing in the comments below! 




April has come and gone, and with it some incredible new releases. The Players’ Choice polls are open now for you to vote on which game made the biggest impression on you last month! 

We’ll keep the polls open until Sunday night at 11:59pm Pacific, so be sure to cast your vote before then. Then take to the comments to let us know why you think your pick is the one to beat. 


How does it work? At the end of every month, PlayStation.Blog will open a poll where you can vote for the best new game released that month. Soon thereafter, we’ll close the polls, tally your votes, and announce the winner at PlayStation.Blog. PlayStation Store will also showcase some top Players’ Choice winners throughout the year.

What is the voting criteria? That’s up to you! If you were only able to recommend one new release to a friend that month, which would it be? In keeping with our long tradition in the Game of the Year Awards, remastered or re-released games won’t qualify. Ambitious, larger-scale rebuilds and remakes like Shadow of the Colossus and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will.

How are nominees decided? The PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation Store editorial teams will gather a list of that month’s most noteworthy releases and use it to seed the poll. Write-in votes will be accepted.


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  • Returnal has this in the bag. Brand new IP that lit the community on fire!

    • iamtylerdurden1

      Returnal is game of the year, not game of the month.

      Back to back bangers with Ratchet & Clank, I feel bad for ppl who bought a Series X expecting new games.

  • Returnal easily.

  • Oddworld has oddly👀 grabbed my attention! I didn’t expect to enjoy it but it’s really good!

  • Returnal is something very special and refreshing!

  • Returnal… Hands Down!

  • Returnal is addictive. I haven’t played a game that has captured my attention like this since the first Dark Souls.

  • Returnal is showcasing god of war level game design.

  • Returnal no question.

  • Oddworld for me :P

  • Returnal all the way! With NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139 as honorable mention. 😉👌

  • Returnal is GOTY. Wow a fantastic game.
    Yestoday i finally beat the first boss, and i didnt look back! Defeated the second and third boss, got the perfect playthough and played it for 6hours and got only got 4 hours sleep!
    The controller and the sound is mindblowing!

    Wow what a game!!

  • Returnal because of the haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, beautiful atmosphere, and engaging gameplay. Such a unique experience.

  • There’s really not much to say

    Returnal is the only one i know of that has been released, that didn’t suck.

  • Thinking of playing returnal but! is it easy platinum?

  • Returnal for sure. I forget to eat and sleep when I play it 😳

  • There are a lot of good games on this list, but I have to go with Returnal.

  • Oddworld. I want to like Returnal but it just looks too dark and difficult for me (not unlike those masochistic souls games). Developers take note of Control, they added features like quicker health and ammo regen without touching the core, adding a warning that’s not how it’s supposed to be played. This way I managed to enjoy the game, whereas I wouldn’t have touched it before.

  • Definitely Returnal for me, probably the best game I’ve played so far on PS5 or any other platform for that matter.

  • While Returnal is great. Nothing beats the emotional ride that is Nier.

  • My vote is PlayStation All Stars Battle Royal.
    I hope that franchise is back

    • This isn’t a vote to bring a game back from the past. It’s a vote for the best game of the past month. Sorry you’re confused there

  • Returnal has been one of the best games I’ve ever played, I can’t even remember the last time I’ve enjoyed a game so much. Definitely just got added to my TOP 5 games of the decade. Hopefully more developers can take notes from Returnal, and focus more on gameplay to take their games to the next level. Thanks Housemarque and Sony.

  • Returnal easily until Ratchet and Clank take the throne.

  • I loved the MLB games. They always hit a homerun.

  • Returnal. love everything Housmarque makes.

  • How is returnable would like to play it if only I could get a ps5 first.

    • Easy to play a lot of it because it feels so good (especially the DualSense controller haptic feedback).

      Hard to progress far in it because there is a lot of subtle stuff to learn and get good and brutal unforgiving difficulty that can wipe you and reset you to start (i.e. roguelight).

  • If Returnal wins, does that mean that enough people now have PS5 to beat PS4 games for Players Choice?

  • Returnal
    Anything by HOUSEMARQUE is awesome

  • While it apparently came out on Playstation on March 30th, that’s still like yesterday so it counts as an April game for me …

    Disco Elysium is my game of the month 😃🤘 .

  • Returnal 100%

  • Outriders was the best game.

  • abramelin6dallas

    ALVO

  • Loving mlb the show

  • Never have I been so immersed in a game such as Returnal… Neither have I been much of a gamer but THIS is simply superb! Although its not easy and I would consider myself a novice player, my ability is growing with the game as you also acquire items that makes you last longer and stronger. Housemarque knows the ‘recipe’ for very immersive gaming!

  • Returnal is the best game in years, wife nd I have logged full time workweek it feels like, nd every time feels fresh!

  • Returnal!

  • Easily returnal

  • Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139. Got platinum yesterday ;D

  • I hardly ever do these polls & even I know Returnal is the one!

  • Oddworld: Soulstorm for me, it deserves way more respect.

  • Well deserved! It’s such a fantastic, fresh, and fun game to play (triple f alliteration!).

    I still need to beat it (just reached the 5th Biome), but it’s been an excellent experience! I’ve never doubted Housemarque, and I love that they’re getting the attention they deserve with this game. I hope there’s more Returnal in the future, because I’ve never quite played a game like it, and I’ve been gaming since the 80’s!

  • Returnal is a robbery.
    I want to be refounded.

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