Between shapeshifting aliens, superhero feuds, and giant insect infestations, May has a lot in store for gamers.
So in anticipation of what’s to keep our consoles and PCs busy, here are our picks for the games releasing in May 2017:
5 May 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Prey is an undoubted headliner for May, a re-imaging of the 2006 shooter of the same name. This time, however, everything has been thrown out the window for a completely new story and setting to the original.
Developed by Arkane Studios, the team behind the Dishonored games, Prey has you confined on a space station that’s been overrun by shape-shifting, shadow-like aliens.
Protagonist Morgan Yu will have to fight back against these invaders in a struggle to survive, even as his sanity seems to deteriorate bit by bit.
9 May 2017 (PC, PS4)
If you’re craving a bit of mid-90s nostalgia, and one heck of a bloody romp, Strafe is the much-needed throwback to the first-person shooters of yesteryear.
Complete with polygonal graphics and questionable physics, Strafe is the sci-fi infused middle-finger to “realistic” military shooters of today, bringing a shoot-first-ask-questions-later attitude to modern gamers.
Despite the crazy aesthetic, the game actually features an impressive technical feature: randomly generated levels. Every time you die, the level changes, meaning you won’t be fighting the same monsters in the same room every time you respawn.
16 May 2017 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
2014’s Lords of the Fallen was a pretty enjoyable Dark Souls-clone that came quite close to doing something special. Developer Deck 13 Interactive are back with their next game, The Surge, which once again takes some inspiration from the Dark Souls series, but mixes it up with some high-tech exoskeletons.
The Surge is set in the future after plans to stop global warming backfired and the only survivors are outfitted with slick exo-suits.
In addition to an interesting and socially-relevant story, the game will feature a “unique limb targeting mechanics’, which allows you to not only highlight weak spots on enemies, but remove items from their armour that you can then use yourself.
You’ll then be able to customise your own exo-suit with protective gear and weaponry from fallen foes.
16 May 2017 (PS4, Xbox One)
NeatherRealm Studios’ superhero fighting game, Injustice, was a smash hit with fans of the genre and DC enthusiasts, and a sequel is arriving this month.
Injustice 2 not only picks up the incredibly-interesting alternate timeline story-arc, but it also ups the roster of fighters, throws in new costumes and upgradable gear (which can help players boost their fighters ala RPG-style), and it also delivers some gorgeous visuals to boot.
17 May 2017 (PS4)
Built from the ground-up for the Playstation VR and Playstation VR Aim controller, Farpoint is the kind of game you invest in the peripherals for.
The game throws you (and a buddy via co-op) onto an alien planet, forcing you to master an arsenal of primary and secondary weapons as you freely explore your surroundings, uncovering secrets of the strange anomaly which marooned you.
It’s like the VR FPS Starship Troopers game you’ve been desperate for: working through a strange planet and shooting giant insects in the face with cool weapons, yelling “Hoo-Rah!” to your heart’s content.