Guess what. It’s gonna be May. Sing it with me guys! Every little thing I do never seems enough for you… I have to tell you guys my favourite part of May is getting to see this meme. Now you know that about me let’s get back the video games. It’s not a super hot month this year but there are a couple of titles to spend your monies on. Including a couple of pretty intense suspense horror games that I did not see coming.
Rage 2 by Avalanche Studios, id Software – May 14th
It’s the end of the world and we’re having a party! After a giant asteroid kills most of humanity, society, law and order have ceased to exist. The remaining survivors have been left to be picked off by bandits and mutants. Enter Walker, the last Ranger who’s there to blow up everything that can be blown up. Taking place 30 years after the original story or Rage 1, a group called the Authority have taken over as the new military power. Not on your watch.
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
A Plague Tale: Innocence by Asobo Studio – May 14th
Set in the 14th century in Bordeaux, France, Amica and her little brother Hugo are in a living nightmare. They’re orphans, having lost their parents to the Inquisition and are forced to make their own way in the world. There are ravenous rodents all across the country, eating whatever is in their path. And poor little Hugo is suffering from a strange and mysterious illness. You play as Amica and you have to defend yourself against the rats, as the two of you sneak your way around France. A Plague Tale: Innocence is an emotional character-focused game inspired by The Last of Us and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Team Sonic Racing by Sumo Digital – May 21st
It’s a Mario Kart game set in the Sonic the Hedgehog universe. Although why Sonic needs a car when he can run around doesn’t really make sense. Anyway, Sumo Digital is running this show, they’re the developers of the Sonic All-Star Racing games. Team Sonic Racing will follow in that vein but better. Unlike Mario Kart where you’ll all competing against each other, Team Sonic Racing puts the drivers in teams so that races are based on a combined store. It’s a bit different from your traditional racing games but I think it might work better at keeping friendships intact. It looks like a bright colourful family fun game.
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland by Gust, Koei Tecmo – May 21st
The Atelier series is a long-running one spanning over 20 years now. I played some of the earliest editions Atelier Iris and I loved it. A solid JRPG that focuses on alchemy. Atelier Lulua is the 21st release in the series and it follows the games Atelier Totri and Atelier Meruru. It’s set in the same world but some time has passed so you’ll be able to see how the characters and locations have changed over time. You won’t need to know the history of the game to play, but knowing just adds to the overall depth of the game. In this series, we follow Lulua, the daughter of a famous alchemist.
Platform: PS4, PC, Switch
Total War: Three Kingdoms by Creative Assembly – May 23rd
Total War is back but it’s set in ancient China circa the Dynasty Warriors period – The War of the Three Kingdoms. I think we all know the story by now but maybe it’s time to play the game from a different perspective. Instead of being a musou-ing foot soldier you are now the tactician. Like all the Total War games it’s going to be real-time strategy combat. There will be 11 factions for you to choose from, unique items specific to your generals. Collect, manage and attack the rest to claim and unify China piece by piece.
Platform: PC, Mac, Linux
Trover Saves The Universe by Squanch Games – May 31st
Trover Saves The Universe is one of our Top 10 Upcoming PSVR Games to play this year. It’s made from the co-creators of the hilarious sci-fi parody cartoon Rick & Morty. As usual, you’re going to be introduced to some very un-politically correct characters. The game begins with your dogs being dognapped by a lunatic named Glorkon who stuffed them into his eye holes and is using their life essence to destroy the universe. You’re partnered with Trover who’s not that big a fan of you quite frankly and he isn’t happy about being forced to save the world. Expect hilarity and hijinks.
Platform: PSVR, PC
Draugen by Red Thread Games – May 2019
Draugen is a first-person psychological Fjord Noir mystery set in 1920s Norway. It comes from the studio that brought you Dreamfall Chapters, and the creative team behind The Longest Journey and The Secret World. You play as Edward Charles Harden, an American traveller who’s come to Norway to find his missing sister. But you’re not alone: at every step of the way, Edward’s accompanied by his ward, Lissie; a gregarious, independent and enigmatic young woman. Together, you must explore this scenic coastal community — nestled amongst the fjords and mountains of rural Norway — in your search for Edward’s sister, and unearth the darkness that lies beneath the picturesque surface. It looks like a gorgeous atmospherical experience.