Howdy folks and welcome to May! It’s not May you say? Well, if I may, can I just say that there is a public holiday on the 1st of May and we won’t be here. Also, this may just be the shortest game release post I will ever write because this month we have a grand total of two games to talk about. Yes, two. My rule for not talking about remasters and ports made this very difficult as those two things are all that’s going on this month. Any other game that was new was either a low budget indie release or something in the PSVR world which doesn’t go in this post either because about two people own a PSVR and I’m one of them. Let’s see what we got though.
Rage 2 – PS4, Xbox One, PC – May 14
The original Rage made a splash, but its legacy didn’t hold for very long afterwards. While the game was an impressive graphical and mechanical showcase at the time, it was also devoid of personality, very brown and pretty boring. I played through the whole thing and I can’t even tell you what the story was about. Rage 2 takes those lessons that were learned and turns it all up to eleven.
We’re once more in the post-apocalypse, but instead of destroyed buildings and an influx of brown, things are colourful, things are wacky and things are dangerous. The gameplay of Rage 2 is completely over the top and looks like a strategic exercise in just taking random bandits to town. It joins the innumerable horde of open-world titles so we’ll have to see what the game does to make itself stand out. However, from the pre-release footage we’ve seen, it just looks like a fun, violent time.
Prediction: I’m not too sure about Rage 2. It looks like great fun, but its other aspects still seem a little too generic. We might have a case where gameplay trumps everything else and we’re left with a fun 7/10 experience.
Team Sonic Racing – PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC – May 21
During a normal month this game might have only appeared on the other releases list, but since it’s the only other game for the month, let’s talk about it a little. Team Sonic Racing is Sonic’s answer to Mario Kart and while nothing has ever beat Mario Kart in terms of being the king of the genre, you still should probably pay attention to this. The game features the full Sonic crew and will have you race them in karts across various Sonic locations.
There’s not much you can say about a kart racer. It’ll be fast, frantic and will have many power ups that you can use to ruin the day of your opponents. The question will be, is it fun? We’ll only know that when it comes out, now don’t we?
Prediction: I don’t think this will be a huge competitor to Mario Kart, but you never know. The last two Sonic kart games have been pretty good even if they were rudimentary, so this new venture might make a difference.
Here are some other games in May:
The Legend of Heroes: Trials of Cold Steel II – PS4 – May 7
Yakuza Kiwami 2 – PC – May 9
Life is Strange 2: Episode 3 – PS4, Xbox One, Switch – May 9
A Plague Tale: Innocence – PS4, Xbox One, PC – May 14
Cytus Alpha – Switch – May 14
Bubsy: Paws of Fire! – PS4, Switch, PC – May 16
Steven Universe: Save the Light & OK K.O.! Bundle – PS4, Xbox One, Switch – May 17
Assassin’s Creed III Remastered/Liberation Remastered – Switch – May 21
Observation – PS4, PC – May 21
Resident Evil – Switch – May 21
Resident Evil 4 – Switch – May 21
Resident Evil Zero – Switch – May 21
Everybody’s Golf VR – PS4 – May 21
Total War: Three Kingdoms – PC – May 23
Blood + Truth – PSVR – May 28
International Edition of Cricket 19 – 28 May
Little Friends: Dogs & Cats – Switch – May 28
Labis x Labyrinth XL Limited Edition – PS4, Switch – May 31
Trover Saves The Universe – PS4, PSVR – May 31
And yeah, that’s it. I think I’ve had June releases that were more plentiful than this, but this is what happens during this time anyway. The financial year is over and all the other big releases are slated for the end of the year. We’ve got E3 looming over the horizon too. Some of you may also be excited about the ports and remasters this month such as Resident Evil making its way to the Switch and Yakuza Kiwami 2 for the PC. But other than that, let’s take May as a month to catch up with all the stuff that released earlier this year. There’s quite a lot to get through. See you next month and remember…