Between shapeshifting aliens, superhero feuds, and hockey-masked maniacs, May has a lot in store for gamers. We’ve got everything from big-name sequels to interesting-looking indie titles on the horizon, so in anticipation of what’s to keep our consoles and PCs busy, here are our picks for the games releasing in May 2017:
Release date: 5 May 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Prey is an interesting-looking sci-fi FPS and a re-imaging of the 2006 shooter of the same name. This time, however, everything has been thrown out the window for a completely new story and setting to the original. Developed by Arkane Studios, the team behind the Dishonored games, Prey has you confined on a space station that’s been overrun by shape-shifting, shadow-like aliens. Protagonist Morgan Yu will have to fight back against these invaders in a struggle to survive, even as his sanity seems to deteriorate bit by bit.
World to the West
Release date: 5 May 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
World to the West is a pulpy, cartoony top down action adventure inspired by European adventure comics. Take control of four unique characters — Lumina the Teslamancer, Knaus the orphan, Miss Teri the mind bender and the gloriously mustachioed strongman, Lord Clonington — each with their their own motivations, skills and interweaving storylines, as they seek to escape the dark shadow of an ancient prophecy. Travel trough corrupt colonies, lush jungles and frozen tundras, as you snoop through the secrets of a forgotten civilisation.
World to the West features seamless transition between combat and puzzle solving to keep the gameplay dynamic. Enemies can be dealt with by force, cunning or avoided all together. Deal with them how you want as exploration is up to you.
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series – Retail release
Release date: 5 May 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC, mobile)
After the first digital episode to Telltale Games’ Guardians of the Galaxy game released last month (and was well-received), the retail edition of the full 5-episode season arrives this month. In the past, Telltale Games have done a stellar job bringing the likes of The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Batman into concise, episodic video game formats, and their attention to Marvel’s beloved, intergalactic misfits, the Guardians of the Galaxy, is a perfect fit. The point-and-click inspired game gives fans the chance to play play as and interact with Star-Lord, Drax, Rocket, Groot and Gamora, The voice acting, as usual, is top-notch, and the fact it ties directly into the overarching Marvel canon makes it a must-have for any Marvel fan.
Release date: 9 May 2017 (PS4, Xbox One)
One of the best handheld games around is LocoRoco. The PSP rhythm game was a fun, colourful, and intriguing puzzle-platformer when it first released back in 2006, and now it’s making its way to the PS4 with remastered visuals, sounds, and enhanced gameplay. More specifically, the game utilises the additional capabilities offered by the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller to control the LocoRoco via “tilting or bumping” the landscape in order to help them navigate through the level and keep them out of harm’s way.
How much does it cost? R239 on the Playstation Network
Release date: 9 May 2017 (PC, PS4)
If you’re craving a bit of mid-90s nostalgia, and one heck of a bloody romp, Strafe is the much-needed throwback to the first-person shooters of yesteryear. Complete with polygonal graphics and questionable physics, Strafe is the sci-fi infused middle-finger to “realistic” military shooters of today, bringing a shoot-first-ask-questions-later attitude to modern gamers. Despite the crazy aesthetic, the game actually features an impressive technical feature: randomly generated levels. Every time you die, the level changes, meaning you won’t be fighting the same monsters in the same room every time you respawn.
How much does it cost? R219 on Steam (PC) | PS4 version not yet listed.
Release date: 16 May 2017 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
2014’s Lords of the Fallen was a pretty enjoyable Dark Souls-clone that came quite close to doing something special. Developer Deck 13 Interactive are back with their next game, The Surge, which once again takes some inspiration from the Dark Souls series, but mixes it up with some high-tech exoskeletons. The Surge is set in the future after plans to stop global warming backfired and the only survivors are outfitted with slick exo-suits. In addition to an interesting and socially-relevant story, the game will feature a “unique limb targeting mechanics’, which allows you to not only highlight weak spots on enemies, but remove items from their armour that you can then use yourself. You’ll then be able to customise your own exo-suit with protective gear and weaponry from fallen foes.
Release date: 16 May 2017 (PS4, Xbox One)
NeatherRealm Studios’ superhero fighting game, Injustice, was a smash hit with fans of the genre and DC enthusiasts, and a sequel is on the way. Injustice 2 not only picks up the incredibly-interesting alternate timeline story-arc, but it also ups the roster of fighters, throws in new costumes and upgradable gear (which can help players boost their fighters ala RPG-style), and it also delivers some gorgeous visuals to boot.
Release date: 17 May 2017 (PS4)
Built from the ground-up for the Playstation VR and Playstation VR Aim controller, Farpoint is the kind of game you invest in the peripherals for. The game throws you (and a buddy via co-op) onto an alien planet, forcing you to master an arsenal of primary and secondary weapons as you freely explore your surroundings, uncovering secrets of the strange Anomaly which marooned you. It’s like the VR FPS Starship Troopers game you’ve been desperate for: working through a strange planet and shooting giant spiders in the face with cool weapons, yelling “Hoo-Rah!” to your heart’s content.
How much does it cost? Not yet listed. Estimated: R799 base game | R1,299 game & PS VR Aim bundle.
Friday the 13th
Release date: 26 May 2017 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Friday the 13th: The Game is a third-person horror, survival game where players take on the role of a teen counsellor, or for the first time ever, the masked-lunatic himself, Jason Voorhees. You and six other unlucky souls will do everything possible to escape and survive while the most well-known killer in the world tracks you down and brutally slaughters you. Friday the 13th will strive to give every single player the tools to survive, escape or even try to take down the man who cannot be killed. Each and every gameplay session will give you an entirely new chance to prove if you have what it takes not only to survive, but to best the most prolific killer in cinema history, a slasher with more kills than any of his rivals. However, if you’re playing as Jason, you’ll have an array of abilities to track, hunt and kill your prey.
How much does it cost? R409 on Steam.
Release date: 26 May 2017 (PS4, Xbox One)
Bandai Namco’s new game is not your normal kind of indie title, but a tense psychological thriller in which nothing is real. Get Even sees you playing as Cole Black, a mercenary and hired gun, who wakes up in a mysterious asylum with no memory. Under the guidance of his anonymous captor, ‘Red’, Black embarks on a form of treatment, facilitated by a unique technology – a headset that allows the user to relive their memories and experience them again in the present. It sounds like an intriguing concept, and if it manages to blend the psychological aspect with some solid shooting mechanics, we could have a sleeper hit on our hands.
Release date: 26 May 2017 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
The beautiful, cell-shaded adventure game, which was originally revealed back in 2013, has somewhat fallen off the map. But the promising-looking title is arriving this month. The mysterious puzzle-filled island, which the entirety of the game takes place on, along with the gameplay mechanics, take inspiration from the likes of Legend of Zelda, ICO, and Shadow of the Colossus, requiring players to explore, climb, and solve physical puzzles in order to discover the secrets of the cryptic island.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Release date: 30 May 2017 (PS4, PC)
Developed specifically for VR, Star Trek: Bridge Crew will immerse you in the Star Trek universe, allowing players to explore a largely uncharted sector of space known as The Trench with your friends on board of the USS Aegis. In co-op, you can form a crew of four players to serve in the roles of Captain, Helm, Tactical or Engineer in the Star Trek universe.
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