Releasing This Month: May 2015

Releasing This Month: May 2015
 
 

Here's what's coming to your favourite gaming platform this month

With April's big releases, like Mortal Kombat X, the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V, and Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin behind us, it's time to look at what May has in store.

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 news@nzgamer.com.

May 5th

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

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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.

May 7th

Project CARS

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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

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PC

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

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PC

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.

May 8th

Not a Hero

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PC

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.

May 9th

Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition

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3DS

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!

Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush

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Wii U

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.

May 14th

Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster

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PS4

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. 

Omega Quintet

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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.

May 15th

Galactic Civilizations III

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PC

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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Comments Comments (16)

 
Posted by Kyimo
On Sunday 3 May 2015 4:27 PM
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Omega Quintet got pushed till the 14th according to the email i got sent by Mighty Ape.

looking forward to both it and FFX ps4!
 
 
 
Posted by darklordfoamy
On Sunday 3 May 2015 4:32 PM
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Well Witcher 3 and Wolfenstein for me this month. Might get Axiom Verge will see.
 
 
 
Posted by Killjoy
On Sunday 3 May 2015 4:39 PM
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Farming Simulator, I choose you!
 
 
 
Posted by predatorhunter
On Sunday 3 May 2015 4:51 PM
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noy a heap for xbox one this month. which is good for my wallet.
 
 
 
Posted by Jonathan-OverWorld
On Sunday 3 May 2015 6:06 PM
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Weirdly quite a stacked month for Nintendo, many releases, on both consoles! Its odd how they staggered some of the dates (compared to the US etc dates) only to want to release them all together now in May.
 
 
 
Posted by KatalystaKaos
On Sunday 3 May 2015 8:45 PM
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What a month!! Two games that I've been waiting for many moons, starting next week with Project CARS followed by Witcher 3 nearly two weeks later, Also interested to see how Magicka 2, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M and Wolfestein shape up as well!

Oh yeah & May the 4th Be With You tomoz :)
 
 
 
Posted by argsy
On Monday 4 May 2015 8:14 AM
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Finally Project Cars!!!! Hope the wait has been worth it. That plus the House of Wolves for Destiny should mean a good month of gaming
 
 
 
Posted by Jono91
On Monday 4 May 2015 8:35 AM
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Project CARS! Yes please! The time has finally arrived. Been such a long wait.
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Monday 4 May 2015 2:01 PM
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A great month for all gamers - PC and all consoles.
Looking forward to The Witcher 3 most of all personally.
 
 
 
Posted by Coddfish
On Monday 4 May 2015 2:05 PM
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Looking forward to Splatoon - can't wait to see Nintendo deliver the year's best shooter the same way they dropped the 2014's best racing game with Mario Kart 8 :D

And I'll probably end up getting FFX|X-2 again...
 
 
 
Posted by theillmatic1
On Monday 4 May 2015 3:25 PM
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I feel kind of bad for Farming simulator releasing the same day as the Witcher 3, I can't see many people picking that up over the witcher
 
 
 
Posted by Bank
On Monday 4 May 2015 10:14 PM
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FFX PS4, Witcher 3, USF4 PS4, Magicka ladies and genttssss.

Oh baby. This month will overwhelm people. Splatoon will be sickly too.
 
 
 
OrkMischief
Posted by OrkMischief
On Tuesday 5 May 2015 9:40 AM
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4 May 2015, 02:05 PM Reply to Coddfish
Looking forward to Splatoon - can't wait to see Nintendo deliver the year's best shooter the same way they dropped the 2014's best racing game with Mario Kart 8 :D

And I'll probably end up getting FFX|X-2 again...
Splatoon looks seriously good. Every hands on preview I've seen suggest that it's a good well rounded and fun competitive shooter.
 
 
 
Posted by Newsboy
On Tuesday 5 May 2015 12:25 PM
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Hasn't Project S.T.E.A.M been out for some time already? Or did it get delayed?
 
 
 
Posted by Coddfish
On Wednesday 6 May 2015 1:33 AM
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5 May 2015, 12:25 PM Reply to Newsboy
Hasn't Project S.T.E.A.M been out for some time already? Or did it get delayed?
It came out a while ago in the US, but EU/ANZ release not till May for some reason. Same deal with Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush.
 
 
 
Posted by atipuss
On Sunday 10 May 2015 10:51 PM
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Must resist buying farming stimulator and any other game.. June soon!!!!