There are a lot of good games coming out this year and I’m sure that, after E3, the list will be even longer. April brought us The Elder Scrolls Online, Dark Souls II, Kinect Sports Rivals and … Goat Simulator … to name just a few. But what do we have to look forward to in May? There aren’t quite as many games coming out this month, but there are still a few worth getting excited about!
(May 27, Microsoft Windows, P
This one’s a bit obvious really, considering that we’ve been waiting for its release for nigh on an eternity. Still, we’re really looking forward to Watch_Dogs hitting the shelves and, fingers crossed, it’s as good as they’re making it out to be. The game is set in a futuristic Chicago and the player must find their way around the city using their sneakiness / hacking abilities and trying to solve what happened to their family in the process. It looks like it could be a brilliant game, but then it could also be promising more than it can deliver. So we’ll see in the coming weeks which one it is.
(May 23, Microsoft Windows)
I’m a huge fan of the Tropico game series. It’s a series that sees you controlling the island of Tropico, somewhere off in the Caribbean. It’s kind of like Sim City, but on a more tropical scale. You get to create and customise your President and then mould the island in whatever shape you wish. Rule with an iron fist or be the leader that everyone adores, you really can play it out however you wish. I tend to go for a nice mix of social repression and sporadic freedoms. It keeps the public on their toes. It’s a difficult game to do well, but it isn’t half fun trying. I’ve played both Tropico 3 and 4 and I can’t express how disappointed I am that this game won’t be coming to the Xbox One. It’ll be hitting the 360, though, so all’s not lost! Unlike the originals, Tropico 5 will allow you to follow the history of your island from the Colonial period all the way through to the present day. That’s a tonne of scope, considering that the originals would only take you from the late 1940s. It will also have a new art style, as well as having a multiplayer mode. Exciting times.
(May 21, PS3)
Drakengard 3 has had rave reviews in Japan and the series as a whole has always been a popular one. This action RPG focuses on a lady named Zero who pairs up with a dragon to kill her five sisters. Obviously, that’s just a quick summation of the story and you’ll be working out more of the plot (along with Zero’s reasons for hating her sisters) as you progress through the game. It features a mixture of hack and slash gameplay with aerial battles on dragon back, my kind of game! It’s designed to cater for the hardcore RPG fan, so I don’t think it’ll be a walk in the park. Still, it looks quite interesting and could be worth a purchase.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
(May 20, Microsoft Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
I got to play this at EuroGamer last year, and it was most epic. I loved the look of it and the general gameplay, plus the story seemed interesting. I’ve not played a Wolfenstein title before, so this is definitely on my radar. This is probably one of the only FPS titles in the world that’s single-player only, which I like. It’s nice to see a title focusing more on the story and the campaign and paying no attention to multiplayer. You’ll be playing as B.J. once more as you attempt to remove the Nazi threat from the fictional world. A fictional world in which the Nazis won the Second World War. An interesting game world if ever there were one!
Bound by Flame
(May 9, Microsoft Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360)
Another one that’s not coming to the Xbox One. I’m starting to feel a little left out! Still, this RPG looks really interesting and we’ve been following its progress at IM PLAYIN for some time now. In this game, your character will have to choose between embracing the demonic powers that you have at your disposal, or shunning them in favour of being a goody two shoes. We’ll see which one wins, but I have a feeling that ‘demonic powers’ has the edge. If you choose the demonic powers, your character will be more powerful but physically different. Enemies become more difficult as you progress through the game, so the temptation for more power increases quite steadily, by the sounds of things. I like the look of this game, so it’s definitely one to look out for early this month!