14 Games to Play This May

Don’t miss these releases that deserve attention this month: punks and blood in Rage 2, Three Kingdoms in Total War, philosophical reflections in the remake of Pathologic, and much more

In April, we enjoyed nasty fatalities in Mortal Kombat 11 and battled hordes of freaks in Days Gone. In May, at least three horror games are upon us: the thriller Draugen from the authors of Dreamfall, the game Close to the Sun, visually resembling the first BioShock, the opportunity to be in the place of HAL 9000 on the destroyed space station in Observation — horror fans should be delighted.

Strategy fans will also have their share — in May, two major releases will be waiting for them. First, the new historical Total War, in which action will unfold in ancient China. And second, — Conan Unconquered — RTS from people who had a hand in C&C and Dune.

Shooter lovers should pay attention to Rage 2. It is interesting that two teams are engaged in the development of the game: id Software make sure the guns feel great, like in Doom, and Avalanche Studios, creators of Mad Max and Just Cause, ensure that players have something to do in the open world.

The remake of Pathologic looks like the most intriguing release of May. We will know soon if the concept of the 2005 game remains in demand today. If you have long wanted to familiarize yourself with the main project of Ice-Pick Lodge, but didn’t have a suitable excuse, pay attention to Pathologic 2. Despite the number in the name, this is a remake, not a full-fledged sequel.

Close to the Sun

14 Games to Play This May-1

Release date: May 2

Platforms: PC. Later: PS4, Xbox One

Price: $29.99

A retro-futuristic horror that combines the style of the first BioShock and the gameplay of modern walking simulators with the need to run away from opponents (hi there, SOMA). The plot of Close to the Sun tells about the alternative reality of the 1920s, in which the famous scientist Nikola Tesla achieved incredible success — his unmanned ships and wireless electricity are used all over the world. The game takes place in the floating city of Helios, where we learn the cruel truth about the Serbian inventor.

Yakuza Kiwami 2

14 Games to Play This May-2

Release date: May 9

Platforms: PC

Price: $29.99

A remake of Yakuza 2 on the engine of the sixth part. Like previous games in the series, Kiwami 2 immerses us into the world of the Japanese mafia, with its code of honor, betrayals and clan wars. The gameplay between different part of the series basically does not change — it’s still spectacular beat'em up with a small open world and a lot of fun mini-games. The PS4 version of the remake has 85 points out of 100 on Metacritic.

Sniper Elite V2 Remastered

14 Games to Play This May-3

Release date: May 14

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

Price: $34.99. Steam owners of the original game can upgrade to the remaster for $9.99

A remaster of the 2012 game with improved graphics and all DLCs for modern consoles and PCs. Remaster is suitable for those who missed the setting of World War II. Scriptwriters take their liberties — in particular, one can arrange a hunt for Hitler here. Unlike other games of the series, Sniper Elite V2 has more time devoted to direct battles with the enemy than stealth and sniper gameplay. Many people remember the game for its "X-Ray Killсam". In this mode, like in Mortal Kombat, the player can see in full detail what happens to the internal organs of the enemy when a bullet hits him.

A Plague Tale: Innocence

14 Games to Play This May-4

Release date: May 14

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Price: $44.99

An adventure game from the creators ReCore and The Crew, which takes place in medieval Europe. We play as a fifteen-year-old girl and her younger brother, who will face a powerful inquisition, hunting for the boy, the plague and cruelty of ordinary people. The developers promise a dramatic story in the entourage of France during the Hundred Years War, difficult puzzles to manage the hordes of rats and non-linear playthrough.

Rage 2

14 Games to Play This May-5

Release date: May 14

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Price: $59.99

A sequel of the 2011 game from id Software. The second Rage incorporated the best of what happened to the genre in eight years since the original release: fun shooting, like in Doom, a lot of different guns like in Borderlands and general madness in the spirit of Mad Max. How well the developers have managed to implement these ideas, we will be able to find out mid-May.

Team Sonic Racing

14 Games to Play This May-6

Release date: May 21

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

Price: $39.99

An arcade racing with the heroes of the Sonic the Hedgehog series is a peculiar analogue of Mario Kart for those who do not have a Nintendo console. The game can be considered a spiritual heir of Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing. We are offered three modes with shared progress and full customization of cars. Players can change different parts to improve the characteristics of the car or paint it and decorate with stickers. It supports online and couch multiplayer for up to four people on one console.

Observation

14 Games to Play This May-7

Release date: May 21

Platforms: PS4, PC

Price: $22.49 (10% pre-order discount)

A sci-fi horror, in which the player controls the artificial intelligence at the destroyed space station. If you remembered eXperience 112 — it’s for good reason. In this game, you will also need to control the individual functions of the complex through surveillance cameras. You have to understand the disaster and help the only survivor. If you have always wanted switch places with GLaDOS or SHODAN, pay attention to Observation.

Total War: Three Kingdoms

14 Games to Play This May-8

Release date: May 23

Platforms: PC

Price: $59.99

A long-awaited return of the Total War series to the historical setting. The game takes place in China, 190 AD, shortly before the beginning of the Three Kingdoms era. In Three Kingdoms, the military actions alone will not allow you to win — you will have to make alliances with your neighbors and spy on both enemies and friends. The game has increased the role of upgrading generals, and the commander can leave you if he does not like your political or military decisions. Otherwise, we face the classic Total War with thoughtful turn-based gameplay and large-scale real-time battles.

Pathologic 2

14 Games to Play This May-9

Release date: May 23

Platforms: PC. Later: PS4, Xbox One

A remake and rethinking of one of the most controversial games of the past decade. We are once again offered complete freedom of action within a small city, in which an epidemic broke out. To survive and save the city from the plague, you need to look for food, water and medicine, as well as communicate with the locals a lot, gaining their trust. If necessary, you can go to extreme measures, such as robbery or murder. Moreover, the player has only 12 days to understand what is actually happening, who is to blame and what to do about it. On May 23, the first episode will be released, where one of the three characters will be given under our control — the Haruspex. We will be able to learn the story of the Bachelor and the Changeling in further episodes. Pathologic 2 is worth it for lovers of unique games and all who appreciate intricate stories and a lively game world.

Etherian

14 Games to Play This May-10

Releasedate: May 27

Platforms: PC

Price: $19.99

A first-person adventure for virtual reality headsets. The player will travel across different worlds, resembling the XEN dimension from the first Half-Life, and solve puzzles tied to the environment and terrain properties. The main advantages of Etherian are beautiful environment design and a variety of locations, which is rare among VR projects. You will be able to learn the secrets of the ancient civilization in a Myst-like experience for VR at the end of the month.

Blood & Truth

14 Games to Play This May-11

Release date: May 28

Platforms: PSVR (PS4)

Price: $39.99

A PSVR exclusive from Sony’s London Studio — the developers behind the fan-favorite The London Heist demo. Play as elite soldier Ryan Marks and try to save your family from a ruthless criminal empire. The shooter has a node-based movement system that allows players to aim freely while moving. Blood & Truth has detailed graphics, cinematic set pieces and highly interactive environments. It will support both PS Move and DualShock 4 controllers.

Conan Unconquered

14 Games to Play This May-12

Release date: May 30

Platforms: PC

Price: $29.99

A real-time fantasy cooperative strategy based on the Conan the Barbarian universe. The player’s task is to defend the fortress from superior enemy forces. Maps will be procedurally generated, and we will face not only enemies but diseases and sandstorms. You can complete objectives with friends, but the difficulty will increase accordingly. The developers from Petroglyph Studios, the authors of Star Wars: Empire at War, really liked Frostpunk, and they want the players to also feel the same atmosphere of survival in their game.

Plutocracy

14 Games to Play This May-13

Release date: May

Platforms: PC

An indie game that offers players to be one of the first billionaires in the United States. Your goal is to create the most powerful financial empire in the world. The gameplay of Plutocracy combines the features of an economic strategy and a business simulator in the spirit of the old Capitalism game. To win, you have to buy companies of your competitors, put your people in key places in the government and lobby your interests in the Senate. You can play alone or over the internet.

Draugen

14 Games to Play This May-14

Release date: May

Platforms: PC. Later: PS4, Xbox One

An adventure with horror elements from the developers of The Longest Journey. Responsible for the plot is Ragnar Tornqvist, screenwriter for the Dreamfall series. We play as an American traveler, who arrived in Norway to find his missing sister. We are promised a noir detective story, in which reality is intertwined with the Scandinavian myths of draugen - the living dead, guarding the burial mounds.