Believe it or not, it’s May, and that means that we’re getting some massive game releases this month, including a massive monster-hunting adventure, the most ambitious racing game to date, and the return of a pink inhaling hero.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
19 May (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Easily the biggest release of the month, and quite possibly the year, The Witcher 3 is set to bring the epic journey of the legendary monster hunter Geralt of Riviato a climactic close.
The game is said to contain 200 hours’ worth of content, as Geralt of Rivia becomes embroiled in the goings on of the mysterious and otherworldly Wild Hunt.
The world of The Witcher 3 will be full of distractions, giving players the chance to race horses, play cards, get into fights, hunt treasure and even join in ancient rituals.
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Digital release: 5 May (PS4, Xbox One, PC); physical release: 15 May (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
In this prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, the Nazis are on the brink of winning WWII, so series regular BJ Blazkowicz embarks in a two-part mission to stop them.
Part one sees Blazkowicz attempt to infiltrate Castle Wolfenstein and steal the co-ordinates to General Deathshead’s compound, while part two pits our hero against a Nazi archaeologist in Wulfburg. And if that’s not enough, it’s also got a Nazi Zombies mode.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
15 May (PS4)
An updated version of last year’s Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, this latest edition brings the popular role-playing game to the PS4, complete with save transfers from the PS3 and Vita versions, as well as original and remastered soundtrack options.
The first game follows Tidus, a young man who finds himself in a mysterious world ravaged by a monster called Sin. The follow-up featured only three playable characters, and introduced an innovative variation on the job system.
21 May (PC)
After an initial delay, 90s gamers will be ecstatic to know that Max is back – as Carmageddon lifts itself from the gaming grave for a new generation of vehicular carnage.
Funded by an uber-successful Kickstarter campaign, Reincarnation reunites the original developers to bring another driving carpocalypse where pedestrians (and cows) equal points and your opponents are a bunch of crazies in a twisted mix of automotive killing machines. It’s the antidote to racing games.
Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush
8 May (Wii U)
The spiritual successor to Kirby: Canvas Curse features a clay-based visual style and is played exclusively on the GamePad using the stylus, with the player drawing paths on the screen to guide a rolling Kirby.
Kirby can once again transform into a variety of states – including a submarine, rocket and tank – while amiibo support lets players power-up their special abilities once a day per stage.
8 May (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
If Project Cars lives up to the hype, then we could be looking at one of the greatest racing games in some time. The simulation has been described as “THE ultimate racing experience” and is said to have the “largest track roster of any recent racing game” – 110 different courses across 30 locations, to be exact.
The upcoming release will be 60 frames per second on both PS4 and Xbox One, but the Sony console will run at 1080p compared to 900p on Xbox One. PC users have it even better, as the game supports 12K resolution and the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
13 May (Xbox One)
Lifeless Planet is a third-person action-adventure that features an old-school sci-fi story and spectacular environments in the spirit of classic action-adventures.
After a hard landing on the planet, the astronaut discovers the planet that was reported to be rich with life is instead a barren wasteland. When he goes searching for his crew, he makes a more startling discovery: evidence that humans have already been to this planet years ago! When he comes upon a deserted Soviet-era Russian town, he struggles to make sense of his mission. Did his light-speed travel to the planet send him back in time? Or is this all some strange Cold War hoax?
29 May (Wii U)
Nintendo’s take on the multiplayer shooter sees players fight for control of maps by spraying ink and blotting out opponents. Each character can also turn into a squid and swim though ink to navigate hard-to-reach platforms.
The colourful paint-based shooter also features a single-player campaign that allows players to use the game’s mechanics to explore the underground base of the game’s army of octopi antagonists in stages that test their ability to shoot, jump and splatter ink.
Other games out in May:
Shadow of Mordor GOTY Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC – 8 May)
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (PC – 12 May)
Axiom Verge (PC – 14 May)
Code Name S.T.E.A.M – (3DS – 15 May)
Farming Simulator 15 (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 – 19 May)
Sunset (PC – 21 May)
The Last of Us: Left Behind standalone edition (PS4, PS3 – 12 May)
Ultra Street Fighter 4 – (PS4 – 26 May)
Life is Strange Episode 3 (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC – TBA)
Final Fantasy XV ‘Episode Duscae 2.0’ (Xbox One, PS4 – TBA)
No Time To Explain (Xbox One – TBA)