As the temperature begins to drop heading into the winter months, the gaming releases are only heating up. Alongside the colossal Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and the ferocious return of Doom, there are some massive gaming releases to keep your eyes out for this month.
Release date: 3 May (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
Battleborn, which comes from the team behind Borderlands 2, is an ambitious new game that once again fuses different genres to create something quite unique. The game combines highly-stylised visuals and frenetic first-person shooting, with Gearbox’s industry-leading co-operative combat, and an expansive collection of diverse heroes. Battleborn is set in the distant future of an imaginative science-fantasy universe where players experience both a narrative-driven co-operative campaign, as well as competitive multiplayer matches.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Release date: 18 March 2016 (PS4)
The Uncharted series needs little to no introduction at this point. After three best-selling games and numerous Game of the Year awards, the franchise is set to get its fourth long-awaited instalment this month. There’s not too many details at this point, but our favourite treasure hunter will be linking up with his brother to embark on his most ambitious and dangerous adventure yet, full of steep cliffs to climb, epic shootouts to partake in and a lot of massive explosions to survive. The gameplay demos have already given us a glimpse of the incredible level of detail and action we’ve come to expect from the series.
Release date: 10 May 2016 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
It’s been way too long since we’ve taken it upon ourselves to rid the virtual world of grotesque demons via gruesome chainsaw kills, but thankfully Bethesda will give us a chance to raise hell in the reimagined version of the id Software classic. This new edition comes with the same quality shooting we’ve come to love since the 90s, but with outstanding gore-filled visuals and new gameplay mechanics. Players will be able to carve up monsters a variety of ways, and the new melee finishing moves, like head-crushing and jaw-removals, will add some extra juiciness to the game.
Homefront: The Revolution
Release date: 20 May 2016 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Set four years after the original Homefront (which while having a compelling story, did leave some mixed reviews), Homefront: The Revolution follows protagonist Ethan Brady as he struggles to reclaim the city of Philadelphia from an alternate, reunified Korea, which is using the city as its central base after invading the country years ago. This first-person shooter promises a large, open world and a variety of tasks to discover and complete, along with a multiplayer component to keep gamers coming back for more.
Shadow of the Beast
Release date: 17 May 2016 (PS4)
The new Shadow of the Beast is based on the 1989 Amiga game, which many remarked was quite challenging and equally as brutal for its time. The super-slick 2.5D slash-’em-up throws players into the beastly shoes of Aarbron, who was kidnapped as a child and corrupted through magic into a monstrous warrior-servant. The result is a vicious side-scroller that iterates on the combat of the original, introducing rhythm action-esque timing challenges as you power through enemy hordes, softening them up with light attacks before getting lead character Aarbron’s claws out for more savage flurries.
Total War: Warhammer
Release date: 24 May (PC)
Total War: Warhammer delivers some much-needed strategy to gamers who’ve been seeking for a little something more than shooting terrorists in the face. Total War: Warhammer combines an addictive turn-based campaign of epic empire-building with explosive, colossal, real-time battles, all set in the vivid and incredible world of Warhammer Fantasy Battles. The game features four wholly different races: the Empire, the Dwarfs, the Vampire Counts and the Greenskins, each with their own unique characters, battlefield units and play style.
Release date: 24 May 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
From Blizzard, the guys who brought us Warcraft and Diablo, comes Overwatch – a first-person multiplayer shooter that injects elements of heroes into the formula. Before you begin a game of Overwatch, you’ll need to choose a hero to play. Maybe controlling a cannon-toting, genetically-engineered ape from the moon appeals to you. Or, you might prefer zipping around as a teleporting, time-traveling freedom fighter. Whoever you choose, players will need to use their hero’s abilities to defeat their opponents, protect their teammates and move around maps — they’re the key to winning a match.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan
Release date: 24 May 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360)
Mutants in Manhattan marks the return of those pizza-loving heroes-in-a-half-shell, as they take on aliens, mutants and the Foot Clan in order to protect The Big Apple. The game features a full single-player campaign, with the ability to team-up with up to three friends in four-player online co-op, which is what you really want to do, because each Turtle has a unique combat style that can be customised with Ninjutsu moves, combat items and special bonuses. The visuals are looking rather swish thanks to a cel-shaded art design, whilst the story comes from IDW Publishing’s acclaimed ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic-book writer, Tom Waltz. It looks to have all the ingredients for a brilliant TMNT experience, and we can’t wait to team up and throw down when it launches this month.
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