It’s the fifth month of the year. That’s just crazy. Some days it feels like it took entirely too long to get here and on other days that it came on too fast. Today it kinda feels like both. Because we live in a land where time is a mere social construct, dates may have taken on less meaning. I know they have for me. Breakfast is eaten whenever you wake up not just in the morning. Fight me for this. But at least one thing that’s kinda sticking to plan is video game release dates. The month of May has a slew of Nintendo Switch titles promised from March’s Direct Mini. As well as a number of amazing indies, horror and anime-style games. If you’ve been following this page for a while you know I’m all about finding gorgeous indie titles. I guess there’s still a reason to keep your calendar app around for now.
Someday You’ll Return by CBE Software – May 5th
This two-man horror indie title is a psychological horror with some great mechanics. Someday You’ll Return is about a father’s desperate search for his missing daughter in the woods. The Moravian woods is a place he’s sworn never to return to, but she’s dragged him back in. The forest is full of nightmares some physical and other internal. Get ready to deal with your fears, lies and letting go of your past. More than just the story Someday You’ll Return is fitted with elaborate crafting and alchemy systems, tracking, puzzle and climbing mechanics. That will set it apart from its genre contemporaries.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC – Steam
Song of Horror: Episode 5 by Protocol Games – May 14th
Song of Horror isn’t necessarily a new game but the finale in its series of episodes is happening and it’s worth mentioning in case you missed it. For those of you that enjoy paranormal adventure and unpredictable terror Song of Horror will offer you some truly dynamic frightening tales. The story revolves around a nameless, dark entity known only as The Presence. The Presence is controlled by an advanced AI that adapts to your actions and decisions. Experience unbearable fear as this otherworldly being responds to your way of playing and hunts you down in unexpected ways, offering a unique experience to every player and gameplay where tension builds up naturally instead of coming from scripted sequences. I won’t spoil the story here but if you’re at all intrigued it’s worth checking out.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC – Steam, Mac, Linux
Signs of the Sojourner by Echodog Games – May 14th
Signs of the Sojourner is a narrative card game about relationships and connecting with people. Your deck is your character, reflecting your experiences and shaping your relationships. Make decisions about who your character is in this world, pushing forward with the cards you’re dealt. Your journey begins when your mother passes leaving you and your brother to inherit her store. While he stays at home it’s your duty to go out, meet people and gather items to stock upon your return. Along the way, you’ll meet lots and lots of people. Play cards to match the tone and perspective of your partner or disregard their feelings to sell your own point of view. The consequences shape your character’s deck and every conversation that follows, en route to many possible endings.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam, Mac
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix by SEGA – May 15th
What better way to entertain your kids or take a musical break than with the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix. Despite the large mouthful of a title, this rhythm action game is a bright colourful whirlwind of music fun! There are more than 100 sounds with bright anime graphics. As well as 10 new songs never-before-seen in the Project DIVA series. You can preview the full song list on the game’s website. The game is currently available for demo on the Nintendo Switch eShop so you can check it out before you buy. Pre-ordering the game will also get you four theme songs from previous Hatsune Miku Project DIVA games, pushing the total song list to 140 tracks.
Platform: Nintendo Switch
The Wonderful 101: Remastered by PlatinumGames – May 19th
A remake of 2013s popular Wii U title, The Wonderful 101 is an action-adventure game directed by the legendary Hideki Kamiya-san. In this game, players take control of the Wonderful Ones, heroes from all over the world chosen to defend the Earth from all manner extraterrestrial threats! When the peaceful Blossom City comes under attack by alien invaders, Wonder-Red, Wonder-Blue, and the rest of the Wonderful Ones suit up and unite to save the world! If you liked the action style of games such as Viewtiful Joe and Okami then you’ll like this.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam