May is jam-packed with some exciting gaming releases, with the arrival of a new Resident Evil, some updates to beloved titles, and a long-awaited action/RPG that’s been in the cooker for years! Here are the games to check out in May 2021:
Release date: 30 April 2021 (PS5)
If you’re a fan of vehicular combat games like Destruction Derby and Flatout, you’ll want to keep an eye on Wreckfest. Originally released for the PC before coming to PS4 and Xbox One, the game is now getting a spruced-up version for PS5. While Wreckfest features some big collisions and physics-based damage, it is a bit slower and more strategic, which makes avoiding damage (or delivering it) a whole lot more fun.
Resident Evil 8: Village
Release date: 7 May 2021 (PS5 | PS4 | Xbox One | Xbox Series X/S | PC)
As the eighth primary instalment of Resident Evil, titled Resident Evil: Village, the sequel brings back the first-person perspective, RE 7 protagonist Ethan, and shifts the action to a bizarre European village. In addition to fending off werewolves and zombies, you’ll also have to dodge new stalker enemies, namely the towering Lady Dimitrescu and her two daughters. RE 8 looks as terrifying as ever, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.
Hood: Outlaws and Legends
Release date: 10 May 2021 (PS5 | PS4 | Xbox One | Xbox Series X/S | PC)
Mixing up the usual multiplayer co-op formula is Hood: Outlaws and Legends, which is an interesting spin on the heist genre and basically a medieval Payday. Involving two teams of 4 players, you’ll compete to execute the perfect robbery in medieval environments patrolled by deadly AI guards. Each character has unique skills and abilities, so it’s up to you and your team whether you want to move in stealth to steal treasures or go in head-first for some loud and brutal combat.
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
Release date: 14 May 2021 (PS4 | Xbox One | PC)
The Mass Effect Legendary Edition includes single-player base content and over 40 DLC from the highly acclaimed Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 games, including promo weapons, armours, and packs — remastered and optimised for 4K Ultra HD. If you never got to play these games, or want to give them a do-over, there’s definitely more than enough quality to justify a purchase.
Release date: 18 May 2021 (PC | Already on PS4)
One of the PS4’s best games makes its way to PC in May, as Bend Studio’s zombie-survival adventure Days Gone gets its first release on another platform. In a market filled with zombie games, Days Gone had a lot of pressure to differentiate itself. Thankfully, it borrowed from the best out there while also carving out its own identity, to produce a game well worth your time and money, telling an interesting story of post-apocalyptic survival with some interesting mechanics and survival elements to keep you on your toes.
Release date: 21 May 2021 (PS4 | Xbox One | Switch | PC)
If you’re tired of shooting your friends in the face, Knockout City will give you the chance to throw a ball into them instead. Essentially a suped-up dodgeball battle, Knockout City sees two teams going head-to-head to eliminate one another with trick shots and coordinated teamwork while dodging and catching balls flying across the map. A variety of outlandish ball types, locations, and game modes keep it exciting. Plus, each season introduces new maps, ball types, rewards, events, and challenges.
Release date: 25 May 2021 (PS4 | Xbox One | PC)
Set in a post-apocalyptic universe filled with humanoid animal creatures, Biomutant is an open-world RPG that combines exploration and combat across a vast but dangerous setting. Described as a “kung-fu fable”, the game allows you to customise your character with different robotic attachments, mutations and weapons, ranging from samurai swords to full-blown assault rifles. It’s incredibly unique and ambitious, and could very well end up being a surprise hit in 2021.