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By Tim Colwill on April 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm
Looking for something to play in May? We’ve wrapped up all the major releases for the month below, ranked in order of arrival. There’s some big names this month, from Watch Dogs to Wolfenstein, which makes a nice change from the traditionally dead month of April — but there’s some smaller releases in there as well. Take a look.
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May 1 – Child of Light
In the mood for a beautiful, hand-painted 2D platformer/turn-based-RPG from… wait, Ubisoft? That’s right: the Joint-Kings of Yearly Franchise Installments are behind this lovely little title, and according to Toby, it’s “special as hell”, and “the kind of title you swear you won’t forget when it comes time to name GOTY names at the end of the year”. Get the review here.
Child of Light is $11.99 on Green Man Gaming with the code FUSWJT-B1DU64-JBV8UY until May 2, or $14.99 afterwards.
May 6 – Outlast: Whistleblower DLC
Return to the world of Outlast with the new Whistleblower DLC, which casts you as the software engineer who first alerted the press to the horrific events taking place under Mount Massive asylum. It’s designed to conclude the original story and add the final chapter, so pick it up if you want to see how it ends.
Whistleblower currently has no price or sale information.
May 7 – Tex Murphy: Tesla Effect
Speaking of returning to worlds, if you’ve been missing the old hammy-acted FMV movies and adventure games of yesteryear then Tex Murphy: Tesla Effect should be right up your (crime) alley. It’s been 16 years since we last saw cheesey-noir detective Tex Murphy, but the fans called him back: the game was successfully Kickstarted in June of 2012 and was originally scheduled for April, but was delayed for a few weeks for bugfix and polish.
May 9 – Age of Mythology: Extended Edition
The Extended Edition of Age of Mythology overhauls the game with new graphics, full Steamworks and Workshop Integration for easy mod management, and even native Twitch support! Underneath all that it is of course the same Age of Mythology you know and love, which includes both the base game, the Titans expansion, and the Golden Gift campaign.
Age of Mythology: Extended Edition is $19.19 on Green Man Gaming with the code FUSWJT-B1DU64-JBV8UY until May 2, or $23.99 until launch (when it goes back up to $29.99).
May 9 – Bound by Flame
A new RPG from Spiders, Bound by Flame stars you as “a mercenary possessed by a flame demon”, with the central theme of the game being your choices between accepting the power (and consequences) of the demon within or fighting against it. The combat looks a lot like Dark Souls, but given that it’s a Spiders RPG chances are good it’ll play a lot like Orcs and Men or Spiders other titles, so we’ll see.
Bound by Flame is $33.99 until launch on Steam, when it goes back up to $39.99.
May 20 – Transistor
The team behind Bastion are back in May with Transistor, an action-RPG along the same lines but with a sci-fi bent, starring a young woman who accidentally gains control of a powerful weapon.
Transistor currently has no price or sale information.
May 22 – Wolfenstein: The New Order
It’s time to return to the world of BJ Blaskowicz all over again, and this time developers Machine Games are behind the Nazi-shooting adventures you’ll be experiencing. We’ve gone hands-on with this one and had a good time, complete with Naxis that explode in massive gibs of blood and non-stop scavenging. Watch our video preview below.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is $47.99 on Green Man Gaming with the code FUSWJT-B1DU64-JBV8UY until May 2, or $59.99 afterwards.
Don’t buy it on Steam – it’s been price-gouged up to $79.95 for Australians.
May 22 – The Forest Early Access
Quite possibly the most terrifying-looking survival horror game of the year, The Forest throws you onto a dark, wood-covered island following a plane crash and asks you to survive the night. It’s got a fully destructible environment so you can chop down trees and prepare food, but you’re not alone on the island — as the trailer below will show you. Check out our preview here.
The Forest has no price or sale information yet, but you can follow it on Steam Greenlight to be notified.
May 23 – The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2
As you may have guessed from the title, this is the sequel to last year’s ARPG The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, which we were quite impressed by in our review. The second one basically adds more of everything and fixes a lot of problems with the first game, so check it out if you’re keen.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 is $13.49 on Steam until launch, or $14.99 afterwards.
May 25 – Tropico 5
Continuing with the theme of sequels, Tropico 5 is due out this month and long time Tropico fans may want to jump in as Kalypso take the Tropico game all the way through from colonial times, through the World Wars and the Great Depression and beyond. El Presidente’s extended family are now also present on the island as well, and multiplayer is being added for the very first time. Excitement!
Tropico 5 is $28.79 at Green Man Gaming until May 2 with the code FUSWJT-B1DU64-JBV8UY, or $35.99 afterwards until launch.
May 28 – Watch Dogs
Probably the biggest name of this month’s bunch is Ubisoft’s blockbuster new IP Watch Dogs, their first open-world city game and one with a twist: you can use your mad hacking skills to break into any electronic device you can see, including cameras, ATMs, traffic lights — almost anything with a circuit. It’s got a lovely bit of multiplayer included as well, where other hackers insert themselves into your world and you have to hunt them down. Check out our hands-on preview, or the PC graphics demo here.
Watch Dogs is $39.99 on Green Man Gaming until May 2 with the code FUSWJT-B1DU64-JBV8UY, or $49.99 afterwards (quoted prices for Standard Edition).
May (sometime) – Titanfall: Expedition DLC
The first of what will doubtless be an impressive amount of Titanfall DLC, Expedition adds three new maps: Runoff, Swamplands, and War Games. War Games has been detailed here, and looks interesting, but other than that it seems like a pretty standard map pack. Why not check out our Titanfall tips video below, yes?
Expedition will cost $13.45 when it launches, or free to holders of the Titanfall Season Pass.