Game releases to look out for in May 2019
The summer dry season has begun! Major game releases are going to slow down as we head to the big announcements of E3.
But maybe that’s the wrong way to look at it. With major American publishers taking a break, we now have an opportunity for Japanese publishers and indie publishers to push out pretty amazing titles. Maybe we aren’t seeing dry season as much as we are seeing a shift in genre. If we look outside the standard AAA sphere, we actually can find a treasure trove of interesting titles to check out in May. Not everything has to be a AAA blockbuster after-all.
So here are the games that we think you should look out for in May 2019. The month seems to be filled with adventure and puzzle games, and the subtle theme this month seems to be the apocalypse. What a fun and happy topic to start the summer with.
Precipice (May 1 – PC, Linux)
Precipice is a strategy game themed around the Cold War and anthropomorphized animals. You control the United States or the Soviet Union and work to slowly push your interests without making the Cold War go hot. You’ll be safeguarding allies, interfering with enemy territories, and investing in new technologies, all while keeping your plans from your opponent. It’s a one-on-one grand strategy game, two genres that you rarely see done together.
Guard Duty (May 2 – PC, Mac, Linux)
Are you a fan of old-school Sierra point-and-click adventures like Kings Quest and Space Quest? Guard Duty is like both of them rolled into one. You take control of two protagonists, Tondbert guard in the medieval kingdom of Wrinklewood, and Agent Starborn, the leader of an intergalactic resistance group in the far future of 2074. The evil conquering earth in Starborn’s era has its roots far in the past, and Tondbert might be the only one who can stop it.
It looks to be a brilliantly animated sprite game with full voice acting that is sure to be a blast of nostalgia for old point-and-click fans.
Ghost Giant (May 6 – PSVR)
In this puzzle adventure game, you play as a giant invisible protector to a young boy named Louis. You can view Lous’s world from up above using the PSVR headset, and reach in to interact with it. It’s a neat little fairytale with a Moss vibe, from the makers of Fe, and is sure to be one of the most interesting VR titles of this year.
Puyo Puyo Champions (May 7 – PC)
Built off what appears to be the Puyo Puyo Tetris engine, Puyo Puyo Champions ditches the dropping blocks and focuses on the blobs. Featuring tons of gameplay modes from throughout Puyo Puyo’s history, including the fan-favorite Fever mode, Puyo Puyo Champions is built for the pure competitive puzzle challenge. There’s no story mode this time around, but there are plenty of features meant specifically for tournaments and online competitions.
The best part of this whole package? It only costs ten bucks.
Life is Strange 2 – Episode 3: Wastelands (May 9 – PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Episode 3 of this ongoing cinematic adventure game sees our protagonist brothers, Sean and Daniel, buddy up with a community of drifters. Few details have been revealed about the story of this episode, but you can be sure that Daniel’s strange abilities will somehow throw a wrench into the otherwise pleasing serenity we saw in the teaser trailer.
A Plague Tale: Innocence (May 14 – PC, PS4, Xbox One)
A Plague Tale: Innocence is more of a spot-on title than you’d think. It takes place during the black plague, when the world was overrun with death and pestilence. The gameplay is largely stealth focused, and is centered on either avoiding or using just the biggest swarms of rats you have ever seen. It’s not a game for the faint of heart, but it is a game for someone looking for an interesting and gruesome spin on standard stealth gameplay.
RAGE 2 (May 14 – PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Amidst a month of puzzle games, strategy games, and visual novels, RAGE 2 is a reminder that the video game world can never fully shake the alluring nature of Big @#$% Guns. It’s an open world shooter filled with tons of interesting weapons to wield and vehicles to drive set in a Mad Max style apocalypse. What’s amusing is that id Studios seems to embrace the fact that few people played RAGE 1 and have almost made it a feature of RAGE 2’s story.
World End Syndrome (May 14 – PS4, Switch)
Cute anime girls, romantic sub-plots, horrible murder mysteries possibly involving the undead, what more do you want out of a visual novel? It’s a mixture of dating sim and horror murder mystery, two genres that seem to go hand in hand. What’s particularly notable about World End Syndrome is that its production values are through the roof. It’s being brought to you by Arc System Works, the same company that brought you amazing looking fighting games like Dragon Ball FighterZ and Guilty Gear Xrd. Together with developers PQube, they might just raise the bar for visual novel production standards.
Bubsy: Paws on Fire! (May 16 – PC, PS4)
I don’t know why Bubsy refuses to die, but he’s a part of videogame history so I guess he is here to stay. Bubsy: Paws on Fire! at the very least seems like a passable 2D action platformer. So if you are really dedicated to following all the exploits of this cartoon bobcat, I suppose May is your month.
Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland (May 21 – PC, PS4, Switch)
Here’s an interesting release. You have probably not heard of the Atelier series, but it’s actually one of the longest running RPG series in existence, dating all the way back to 1997. Atelier Lulua continues a plotline that was originally started in 2009, marking the tenth anniversary of this particular series of Atelier games. It’s a must get for fans of the series, but it’s also a perfect jumping off point for anyone who hasn’t played this interesting alchemy based RPG series before, since it’s been so long since we visited the world of Arland.
Observation (May 21 – PC, PS4)
Observation is a sci-fi thriller that tasks you with uncovering the grim fates of the crew of a space station. The catch? You are that space station. You will take control of the space stations systems, cameras, and tools to assist Dr. Emma Fisher in uncovering this mystery.
Team Sonic Racing (May 21 – PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
Sega is releasing this new kart racer with a twist: It’s not just about number one this time. You are racing on a team, and even if you get first place, the rest of your team also needs to place high in order to clinch the win. Aside from this neat twist on the format, there is a ton of customization options to unlock, characters to play as, and beautiful tracks to race through. Why does Sonic need a car to race when he’s the fastest thing alive? Don’t think about it too much.
Total War: Three Kingdoms (May 23 – PC)
This is another game that does what it says on the tin. It’s a Total War game in the setting of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Unless you are knowledgeable about Chinese history and literature, you probably know this setting from the Dynasty Warriors. Now is your chance to play through the real large scale army battles and political intrigue of the era, rather than just mashing buttons to kill nameless peons.
Dollhouse (May 24 – PC, PS4)
No month would be complete without some good old fashioned horror. Dollhouse puts you in the first person shoes of Marie, a detective trying to unravel the secrets of her shattered memory. There are a couple catches, though. First, Marie isn’t alone. Someone is pursuing her. Second, she seems to have the ability to see through the eyes of her pursuer in order to track him. Finally, the game is procedurally generated but heavily focused on story, meaning no two playthroughs will be the same.
Blood and Truth (May 28 – PSVR)
On one hand, Blood and Truth is a James Bond style spy thriller. On the other hand, it’s a VR game that focuses on hardcore twitch style shooting. Both of those genres sound good to me. We still live in an era where most VR games feel like glorified tech demos, but Blood and Truth feels like the real deal, a fully fleshed out AAA shooter in VR.
Our World is Ended (May 28 – PC, PS4, Switch)
In Our World is Ended you play as a team of young game developers working on an Augmented Reality game. Unfortunately, your game starts glitching out, and begins giving you glimpses of a ruined world whenever you turn it on. When events in this ruined game world start becoming real, you find yourself caught between fiction and reality as you try to figure out, what’s happening and why the world appears to be ending. Meta.
Trover Saves the Universe (May 31 – PS4 )
From the creator of Rick and Morty comes, well, a comedy adventure game that can only be penned by the creator of Rick and Morty. You are an alien, and your dogs have gone missing, and an evil overlord has shoved your dogs into his eye sockets, and he’s going to destroy the universe… or something. Look it’s a surreal, partially ad-libbed, space adventure. If you are a fan of the work of Justin Roiland, you know what you are getting yourself into.
What May game releases are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments.