The month of May is looking pretty awesome for the industry thanks to a good number of highly anticipated new releases that include the likes of Uncharted 4 and DOOM. There are a total of six new games coming out this month that we are particularly excited for and this time around we’ll only be looking at the big hitters. That’s not to say that May won’t feature any good indies, ports or remasters, but it’s pretty safe to say that most gamers will be mainly playing one or more of these six titles throughout May and beyond. Not sure what’s worth playing this month? Just take a look at our roundup down below and find out.
May is starting strong right off the bat with the release of Battleborn, Gearbox Software’s latest project that had a very successful Open Beta testing phase last month. Battleborn draws inspiration from multiple games and genres but ultimately I think most people will end up seeing it as a combination between Borderlands and DOTA 2 or some other MOBA. While that’s pretty accurate to some degree, the game also features a strong co-op campaign mode with boss battles à la World of Warcraft while the multiplayer component includes tower defense elements and focuses more on frantic battles than completing objectives. In spite of the fact that it may look and feel like one game or another, Battleborn is much more than the sum of its parts and offers a pretty unique experience for both competitive and cooperative gamers. Battleborn launches on May 3rd for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Next off we have one of the most highly anticipated PS4 titles in the form of Uncharted 4, the first game in the series to be developed specifically for the new generation of consoles. Unfortunately, Naughty Dog had to overcome a few unforeseen challenges with this one, including a few issues that resulted in the game being repeatedly delayed. If that wasn’t bad enough the company also had to deal with an embargo break in early April and then the cherry on the top came just a few days ago when several retailers broke the street date and started selling copies of Uncharted 4 weeks ahead of launch. The end result is that you’ll be hard pressed right now to avoid all the Uncharted 4 spoilers popping up everywhere. Having said all that, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is arguably one of the best titles in the series thus far, so it was definitely worth all the hassle and it’s definitely worth picking up when it officially launches on May 10th exclusively for the PS4.
One of the grandfathers of the FPS genre is making a comeback later this month courtesy of id Software and Bethesda Softworks. While DOOM’s Open Beta phase left more than a few old-time fans disappointed (especially on the PC), it’s worth mentioning that we only got to see the multiplayer last month, so here’s hoping that at least the campaign will be better. To be perfectly honest, a lot of the early arena shooters were also pretty bad when it comes to the multiplayer until Quake 3 came along and Doom was always more about the solo experience for most people. That said, DOOM is definitely a downgrade in many ways when compared to its predecessors, however, it’s not all bad. If the developers manage to resolve some of the technical issues and if the campaign is solid I think a lot of gamers who only saw the negative parts will end up changing their minds about DOOM. I guess we’ll only know for sure when the game launches on May 13th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
If arena shooters like DOOM aren’t your thing maybe you’d like an open world FPS instead? If that’s the case you’ll be happy to know that Homefront: The Revolution is finally launching later this month on all platforms. While not everyone liked the original Homefront developed by Kaos Studios and published by the now defunct THQ, chances are pretty tight that the sequel will appeal to a much larger audience. This time around, Dawnbuster Studios and Deepsilver are handling the game, which takes place four years after the United States was invaded by the Korean People’s Army. Unlike the original game, Homefront: The Revolution will feature an open world, enhanced weapon modding, a four-player cooperative multiplayer mode, and many other new features. Homefront: The Revolution launches on May 17 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Overwatch is Blizzard’s first new IP in over 17 years and as such, player expectations are understandably pretty high. Luckily for the fans, the company delivered once again on its promise of making a fun and easily accessible game judging by what we’ve seen so far. In fact, Overwatch is already one of the most popular titles of 2016 and it’s not even out yet. Much like it did with Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone, the company drew inspiration from multiple successful titles and genres and put a unique spin on its product by adding humor, appealing visuals, and a very smooth learning curve that allows inexperienced gamers to jump into the thick of things straight from the get-go. That said, Overwatch lacks a much-needed campaign mode so make sure you’re okay with a 100% competitive experience before picking this one up. Overwatch launches on May 24th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Last but certainly not least, the folks over at Creative Assembly are returning with another Total War title later this month and it looks to be the best one yet. The series known for its historical battles is going all out this time around with Total War: Warhammer, a game inspired by the popular Warhammer fantasy universe. Warhammer games have been pretty hit or miss for the past few years but here’s hoping that Creative Assembly can change all that and give us the strategy game we deserve. Unfortunately for Total War: Warhammer, the game will likely fall a bit under the radar due to the other big titles coming out in May, however, I’m hopeful that it will still be successful because we don’t get nearly enough strategy titles these days, especially ones that take place in the Warhammer universe. Total War: Warhammer launches on May 24th exclusively for the PC.