As the start of May draws ever nearer, we take a look at the games you should keep an eye out for.
Fez (Windows) – May 1st
The popular puzzle/platformer is finally making its way from Xbox to your computer, over a year after initial release. You play as cute creature Gomez who must make his way through his new-found 3D world in order to save the day. Now everybody say “aww”.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut (WiiU) – May 7th
That’s right; Nintendo fans can now experience the highly rated Human Revolution. Although you may feel behind the times (don’t’ worry, you most definitely are), prepare yourself to follow Jensen through his journey (though we all know how it ends by now). Aren’t you excited?!
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS) – May 9th
Although this is only available via download, you should still keep enough in your bank account to check it out. Why? Because everyone loves the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. This time, you’re greeted with 180 levels to puzzle your way through, as well as custom created levels through Streetpass. Bonus points go to the first person to find a rudely shaped custom level! I mean, ahem, of course we’re all too mature for that, right?
Eve: Dust 514 (PS3) – May 14th
Announce in 2009, it’s been a long wait for fans, but this game is finally on the horizon. Since its initial announcement, it’s gone from being set in the same universe as Eve Online to being fully connected, with your actions in one strongly affecting the other. Fans of the original game should start planning their sick days now. Did I really say that out loud?
Metro: Last Light (PS3, Xbox 360, Windows) – May 14th
Once again, players can traverse through the post-apocalyptic world, fighting for survival as they go. We were supposed to see this last year, but we can only hope that such a long delay has made the game even better, just without THQ’s name on the box. This sequel looks even darker than its predecessor with plenty more story to get your teeth into. However, it’s not advisable that you kill the creatures you come across.
Megaman 5 (3DS) – May 16th
This one requires no real explanation as I’m sure you’re more than aware of the huge platforming series. Now people outside of Japan will be able to take this game on long journeys, making them just that little bit brighter. Until you remember that you’re still hours away from your destination. And in the driver’s seat.
Fast and Furious: Showdown (PS3, Xbox 360, WiiU, 3DS, Windows) – May 21st
Tying in with the film franchise, this game offers hours of co-op racing and a story that answers any questions surrounding the links between the past two films. But then again, who really cares about Fast and Furious for its story? As long as it’s action-packed, fans will come flocking.
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (WiiU) – May 21st
One of my favourite games of 2012 is making its way onto the WiiU this May, despite already being available for the previous Nintendo console in a perfectly good condition. However, as nothing needs changing, we can hope that it can only get better. Now you can swing a large plate around to smash your way through the city! (note: this isn’t true. I hope.)
Resident Evil: Revelations (PS3, Xbox 360, WiiU, Windows) – May 21st
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (PS Network, Xbox Live Arcade, Windows) – May 22nd
Alright, so the last addition to this series didn’t go down to well with… anybody really, but this one promises to be different. This year, we get back down to the real western feel of the first two games. Let’s hope it makes a better mark then The Cartel did.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (Xbox Live Arcade, Windows) – May 22nd
Fans have been a large part in the creation of this title, which sets it up to be enjoyable and loved by many. You play as the son of Abraham Van Helsing, set with the task of following your father’s lead and eliminating the threat of monsters from your city.
Fuse (PS3, Xbox 360) – May 28th
Not too far in the future, four agents use teamwork to fight their way through enemies in order to save the world. There’s a lot of world saving going on this month isn’t there? Each player has cool sounding gadgets to help them through their battles, as well as the help of each other. Although help may not necessarily be true, especially if your online friends are anything like mine.
Grid 2 (PS3, Xbox 360, Windows) – May 28th
Another racing game to feed your speed addiction (by which, I most definitely mean the speed you get from acceleration). The previous game scored very well among gamers, so our fingers are crossed for this one doing just as well. But whatever happens, we can bet it’ll be better than some other racers this month.
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages (3DS) – May 30th
It was the Game Boy Colour that first saw these two games and they were both huge successes. Now, at the end of May, you can relive your childhood once again, controlling Link through another quest filled with exploration.
Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded (PS Network, Xbox Live Arcade, Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android) – May 31st
Our perenially sexless anti-hero returns to the Land of the Lounge Lizards in this anniversary remake of the original game from 1987. Still a graphic adventure, players will this time be greeted with voice acting and HD graphics.
Painkiller: Hell and Damnation (PS3, Xbox 360) – May 31st
The sequel to the classic, very violent shooter rises from the crypt this month and will transition from PC over to the consoles, letting ever more players experience what it’s like to shoot an entire tree through somebody.
Dust: An Elysian Tail (Windows) – May 31st
You might not have heard of this one but it’s an action-RPG that was released on the Xbox 360 back in August, and after a delay (it was originally intended to be ported in April) it will be appearing on PC this month. It’s a side-scrolling adventure featuring magic and was designed by one person, so give it a look!
Kinetic Void (Windows, Mac, Linux) – May 31st
After receiving $66,000 in funding through Kickstarter and being Greenlit on Steam, this space trading and combat simulator is starting to look very promising. If you like your gratification deferred, putting in the hours with Kinetic Void ought to reward you handsomely.
So, there you have it. Buy what you like (we’ll review some of them!) and happy gaming!