Here's what's coming to your favourite gaming platform this month
One of this year's most highly anticipated games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on May 19, while Nintendo's colourful take on the multiplayer third-person shooter, Splatoon, comes to Wii U on May 30.
Other noteworthy games include Wolfenstein: The Old Order (May 5), Project CARS (May 7), Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush (May 9), and Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster for PS4 (May 14).
Note: While this list is intended to be as comprehensive as possible, is difficult to cover everything, especially with the growing prominence of downloadable and indie games. If you notice anything that's missing, please let us know in the comments, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
PS4, Xbox One, PC
The year is 1946 and the Nazis are on the brink of winning World War II. In an effort to turn the tide in the Allies’ favour, B.J. Blazkowicz must embark on an epic, two-part mission deep within Bavaria. Part one of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood - Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves - pits BJ Blazkowicz against a maniacal prison warden as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead’s compound. In part two – The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs – our hero's search for the coordinates leads him to the city of Wulfburg where an obsessed Nazi archaeologist is exhuming mysterious artefacts that threaten to unleash a dark and ancient power.
PS4, Xbox One, PC
Project CARS is the ultimate driver journey! Guided, tested, and approved by a passionate community of racing fans and real-life drivers, Project CARS represents the next-generation of racing simulation as the ultimate combination of fan desire and developer expertise. Discover an unrivaled immersion fuelled by world-class graphics and handling that allows you to truly feel the road. Create a driver, pick from a huge variety of motorsports in a dynamic career mode and write your own tale in an intense online multiplayer. Featuring the largest track roster of any recent racing game with a ground-breaking dynamic time of day & weather system, deep tuning & pit stop functionality, and support for Oculus Rift and 12K ultra HD resolution, Project CARS leaves the competition behind in the dust.
Vertiginous Golf is the spiritual sequel to the Vertigolf game series by Kinelco. It's set in an alternate industrially revolutionised future where life on the ground is hampered by a permanent smog which plunges its inhabitants into constant darkness and never ending rain. So what to do? Play steampunk golf, of course!
High Strangeness is a hybrid of 8 and 16 bit games - a 12 bit adventure. The inspiration of the game comes from many Action-Adventure and RPG games of yesteryear. The game's core ability is to switch between 8 and 16 bit worlds and the player uses their generational differences to solve puzzles and explore the universe. Throughout the game your pixel art perspective of the world will be interrupted by visions of watercolor illustrations that shed some light on your mysterious surroundings. The chiptune soundtrack by Dino Lionetti and Rich Vreeland backs up the aesthetic of the world and sets the mood for strange happenings.
Professional assassin turned amateur campaign manager Steve is charged with cleaning up the city by an anthropomorphic rabbit and mayoral candidate from the future named BunnyLord. Now Steve and his expanding roster of dubious heroes must wield their unique skills to shoot, slide, dive, and take cover behind a political platform built on ethics, accountability, and an inordinate amount of gunfire. Eliminate the criminal underworld of the city’s three major districts and persuade undecided voters to your cause, tackling the issues that matter by putting a gun in the mouth of those issues.
Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition is a two-games-in-one package and both games feature an exciting mix of role-playing battle action and match-three puzzle fun. Battles play out with the player’s team of characters and monsters engaging with the enemy team by matching three or more elemental Orbs of the same type. By matching fire Orbs for instance, the player unleashes a fiery attack that is devastating to Wood-elemental enemies, but of limited use against a Water type. What’s more, the way Orbs are re-organised as the player manipulates them enables deep strategies to be employed. As the player moves their chosen Orb around the screen the Orbs it passes through are also rearranged in sequence, allowing for strategic formulation of combo chains. Players aren’t simply swapping the position of two Orbs, but rather the entire sequence of Orbs from the start to the finish of the move, and longer combo chains mean greater damage against the enemy!
In a control style moulded after the ground-breaking touch controls introduced in Kirby: Canvas Curse for Nintendo DS, players guide and guard Kirby by drawing lines on the Wii U GamePad touch screen using the stylus. These lines become Rainbow Ropes that Kirby rolls along, navigating obstacles and defeating enemies. Drawing Rainbow Ropes in creative ways like a loop will give Kirby a quick speed boost and they can also be used to protect Kirby from enemies and hazards, as well as to solve puzzles. For instance, using a well-drawn rope can block a waterfall or uncover a hidden area. Re-modelling the traditional Kirby format further, Kirby’s transformations into a tank, submarine and rocket in this game all come with their own distinct twist on the touch screen controls.
After releasing on PlayStation 3 and PS Vita last year, Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster comes to PlayStation 4 with further enhance graphics, a choice between original or rearranged soundtracks, and full Cross-Save compatibility across all platforms.
Developed by Galapagos RPG, a subsidiary of Compile Heart (Hyperdimension Neptunia, Fair Fencer F), Omega Quintet is a hybrid of two genres that are popular in Japan - role-playing games, and idol simulation. The titular Omega Quintet is a world-famous idol group who double as monster hunters called Verse Maidens, thanks to microphones that transform into weapons. They're the only thing stopping a force known as "Blare" from destroying humanity.
The latest installment of one of the highest-rated strategy series of all time, created by the original developers at Stardock, Galactic Civilizations III challenges players to build an empire that dominates the galaxy through conquest, diplomacy, cultural hegemony, or scientific research. The stars are yours, if you can balance the demands of expansion, exploration, diplomacy, and all-but-inevitable galactic warfare. Careful strategy, not twitch reflexes, lead to victory in this turn-based strategy epic. Online multiplayer comes to Galactic Civilizations for the first time in Galactic Civilizations III. Conquer the galaxy alongside your friends or battle for supremacy in titanic clashes.
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