Keeping up with the latest video games coming out is becoming an increasingly complex task, with multiple PC storefronts, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, mobile and more to keep track of, but don’t worry I’m here to help. Each month I’ll be reviewing the games to keep an eye out for, from the big triple-A headliners to the intriguing indies you might otherwise overlook.
After a few somewhat short months, things are getting better again in May with the much-hyped Resident Evil Village and the long-awaited Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. Some potentially big new IPs are also coming out this month, including Biomutant and Hood: Outlaws and Legends. Meanwhile, on the indie front, you can look forward to the gorgeous stop-motion adventure game Papetura, the anticipated full launch of Subnautica: Below Zero, and more.
Note: While I may have played demos or gotten early access to some of the games recommended in this article, in most cases I just choose games that look promising and can’t vouch for the final product. Wait for reviews before buying!
That said, here are the games to watch out for in May …
Resident Evil Village (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4, PS5 and Stadia, May 7)
After focusing on remakes for a few years, the next all-original entry in the Resident Evil franchise is almost here. Going back to the first person and continuing Ethan Winters’ story, Resident Evil Village also delivers some serious RE4 vibes with a story and setting that draws heavily on gothic horror. Forget about zombies, this time you’re dealing with werewolves, vampires, scary dolls and more! Add the return of Mercenaries mode to the mix, and these could be the most deliciously evil RE titles in a while. Pre-order the game here.
Hood: Outlaws and Legends (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4 and PS5, May 10)
Hood: Outlaws and Legends is a new co-op stealth game loosely based on Robin Hood’s stories, but don’t expect much glee. This is certainly a dark, violent take on the legend. Take control of lessons inspired by Robin Hood, Little John, Friar Tuck and Maid Marian, perform daring robberies and take out some of King John’s men along the way. One for all and all for one! Pre-order the game here.
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (PC, Xbox One and PS4, May 14)
BioWare has been through a rough patch in recent years, but they want to reclaim some goodwill from fans with Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. This collection features the original Mass Effect Trilogy (minus the multiplayer modes) upscaled to 4K for modern screens. BioWare has also made a number of gameplay tweaks and improvements, most notably for the now somewhat dated first entry in the series. While we can’t rule out BioWare dropping the ball again, ME: Legendary Edition looks like a solid revival of an epic adventure. Pre-order the game here.
Biomutant (PC, Xbox One and PS4, May 25)
Yes, except for another delay, Biomutant is actually coming out this month. Announced in 2017, Biomutant disappeared from view for years, before resurfacing in late 2020 with a slightly different look. as you go along. Did the long development cycle of this game produce anything beautiful or a mutated monster? We’ll have to wait a little longer to find out. Pre-order the game here.
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster (PC, PS4 & Switch, May 25)
Before Atlus became a worldwide cult favorite with games like Persona 4 and 5, Etrian Odyssey and Catherine, there was Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. Considered one of the most important items in the SMT series, Nocturne offers all the demon collecting and dungeon hacking you could wish for. The new HD Remaster not only updates the game’s original PS2 visuals, but also adds voice acting, new difficulty levels and other features. While not as slick as more modern Atlus titles, Nocturne HD Remaster should be a devilishly good time nonetheless. Pre-order the game here.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, May 27)
It can be hard to keep up with all the Warhammer games in development at any given time, but Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground is definitely one to keep an eye on. A turn-based strategy game set in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar universe with fantasy flavor, Storm Ground casts aside the regular orcs, elves and dwarfs in favor of three particularly unique factions: the celestial Stormcast, the creepy Nighthaunt and the downright disgusting Maggotkin. Whether the strategy mechanics will deliver results remains to be seen, but Storm Ground looks like a one-of-a-kind experience. Pre-order the game here.
Papetura (PC, May 7)
I’m a sucker for any video game that uses stop motion animation for its visuals (I used to be all about The Neverhood and ClayFighter) and Papetura is doing something new and unique with the technique. Instead of clay, Papetura’s world consists of intricate paper sculptures. Besides the beautiful drawing style, this seems like a charming, accessible wordless adventure game along the lines of Amanita Design games such as Machinarium and Creaks. Here is the Steam page for Papetura.
Subnautica: Below Zero (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4, PS5 & Switch, May 14)
After more than two years in Early Access, Subnautica: Below Zero is finally getting its full release this month! This new game takes the underwater alien survival of the original Subnautica and moves to a chilly new planet filled with all kinds of new aliens and threats waiting to kill you. The response from those who played Early Access was generally very positive, so grab your jacket and get ready for some icy fun. Here is the Steam page for Subnautica: Below Zero.
Strangeland (PC, May 25)
Strangeland appears to be a game that lives up to its name. With a unique visual style somewhat inspired by Alien designer HR Giger, Strangeland immerses players in a bizarre carnival filled with all kinds of grotesque creatures and enemies. In addition to the freaky setting, the game promises a lot of player choice, with most puzzles and obstacles allowing for multiple solutions. Let’s Get Ridiculous! Here is the Steam page for Strangeland.
Weaving Tides (PC & Switch, May 27)
Weaving Tides is a new Zelda-style adventure set in a beautiful world made of different textiles. Flying around the world on a “carpet dragon”, players will solve puzzles and progress in the game by actually weaving new threads around the world. When this one is made as good as it looks, it’s worth picking up. Here is the Steam page for Weaving Tides.
Full list of games worth checking out in May:
- Five Nations (PC, May 3)
- Farm Manager 2021 (PC, May 6)
- Papetura (PC, May 7)
- Resident Evil Village (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4, PS5 and Stadia, May 7)
- Hood: Outlaws and Legends (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4 and PS5, May 10)
- Hundred Days – Winemaking Simulator (PC and Stadia, May 13)
- Lost Ruins (PC, May 13)
- Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir (Switch, May 14)
- Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind (Switch, May 14)
- Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (PC, Xbox One and PS4, May 14)
- Subnautica: Below Zero (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4, PS5 & Switch, May 14)
- Aerial Knight’s Never Yield (PC, Xbox Series X / S, PS5 & Switch, May 19)
- Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed (PS4 & Switch, May 20)
- Just Die Al (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, May 20)
- Lacuna (PC, May 20)
- Open Country (PC, May 20)
- The Amazing American Circus (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, May 20)
- The Longest Road In The World (PC, May 20)
- Strategic Mind: Fight for Freedom (PC, May 21)
- Knockout City (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4, PS5 & Switch, May 21)
- Miitopia (Switch, May 21)
- An alien airport currently run by dogs (PC, Xbox One and Xbox series X / S, May 25)
- Biomutant (PC, Xbox One and PS4, May 25)
- King of Seas (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, May 25)
- Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster (PC, PS4 & Switch, May 25)
- Strangeland (PC, May 25)
- Earth Defense Force: World Brothers (PC, PS4 & Switch, May 27)
- Highrisers (PC, May 27)
- Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, May 27)
- Weaving Tides (PC & Switch, May 27)
And those are the games you should keep an eye on for the next month. Which games are you planning to pick up in May? Did I miss something you are looking forward to?
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