Keeping track of all the latest video games coming out is an increasingly complex task, with many storefronts on PCs, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, mobile devices and more to keep track of, but don’t worry, I’m here to let me help you . Every month I will follow the games you have to watch, from the big headliners with a triple A to the intriguing indies that you would otherwise ignore.
In a few months, things will start to develop in May with the lively Resident Evil Village and the long-awaited Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. Some potentially large new IP addresses are also falling this month, including Biomutant and Hood: Outlaws and Legends. Meanwhile, on the independent front, you can look forward to the beautiful Papetura adventure game with a stoppage, the belated full start of Subnautica: Below Zero and others.
Note: Although I may have played demos or had early access to some of the games recommended in this article, in most cases I simply choose games that look promising and cannot guarantee the final product. Wait for feedback before you buy!
However, here are the games you should watch out for in May …
Resident Evil Village (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4, PS5 & Stadia, May 7)
After a few years focused on remakes, the next completely original entry in the Resident Evil franchise is almost here. Going back to the first person and continuing the story of Ethan Winters, Resident Evil Village also delivers some serious RE4 vibes with history and decor that lean heavily into Gothic horror. Forget the zombies, this time you will be dealing with werewolves, vampires, sinister dolls and much more! Add Mercenaries mode back to the mix and this may have been the tastiest evil RE titles in a while. Pre-order the game here.
Hood: Outlaws and Legends (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4 & PS5, May 10)
Hood: Outlaws and Legends is a new cooperative stealth game based on the tales of Robin Hood, although don’t expect much fun. This is definitely a grim, violent perception of the legend. Take control of classes inspired by Robin Hood, Little John, Freer Tuck and Maid Marian, pull off daring robberies and take a few of King John’s men along the way. One for all and all for one! Pre-order the game here.
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (PC, Xbox One & PS4, May 14)
In the last few years, BioWare has experienced a major problem, but is trying to win back the goodwill of fans with Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. This collection includes the original Mass Effect Trilogy (minus the multiplayer modes), increased to 4K for modern screens. BioWare also introduced a number of gameplay changes and improvements, especially the already slightly dated first record in the series. While we can’t rule out BioWare releasing the ball again, ME: Legendary Edition looks like a solid revival of an epic adventure. Pre-order the game here.
Biomutant (PC, Xbox One & PS4, May 25)
Yes, except for a new delay, Biomutant is actually coming out this month. Announced in 2017, Biomutant disappeared from view for years before appearing with a slightly different look in late 2020. The game is an open-world adventure, Zelda-esque, which throws players like a fuzzy personalized warrior , which can be further upgraded and refined as you continue. Is the long development cycle of this game a beautiful or mutant monster? We will have to wait a little longer to find out. Pre-order the game here.
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster (PC, PS4 & Switch, May 25)
Before Atlus became a world favorite with games like Persona 4 and 5, Etrian Odyssey and Catherine, there was Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. Considered one of the notable recordings in the SMT series, Nocturne includes all the demons and dungeon collecting you could wish for. The new HD Remaster not only updates original PS2-era visuals, but adds voice play, new difficulty settings and more. While not as slick as Atlus’s more modern titles, the Nocturne HD Remaster should still be a damn good moment. Pre-order the game here.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, May 27)
It can be difficult to keep track of all Warhammer games under development at any time, but Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground is definitely a must watch. A turn-based strategy game created in the fantasy universe of Warhammer Age of Sigmar, Storm Ground throws away ordinary orcs, elves and dwarves in favor of three particularly unique factions – the celestial Stormcast, the ghostly Nighthaunt and the disgusting Maggotkin. Whether its strategic mechanics will provide remains to be seen, but Storm Ground certainly seems like a unique experience. Pre-order the game here.
Papetura (PC, May 7)
I’m an offshoot of any video game that uses stop-motion animation for its visual effects (I was all about The Neverhood and ClayFighter during the day), and Papetura does something new and unique with the technique. Instead of clay, the world of Papetura is made up of intricate paper sculptures. Aside from the wonderful art style, this seems to be a fascinating, affordable wordless adventure game in the spirit of Amanita Design games like Machinarium and Creaks. Here is the Steam page for Papetura.
Subnautica: Under the Zero (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4, PS5 & Switch, May 14)
After more than two years in Early Access, Subnautica: Below Zero is finally getting its full release this month! This new game takes the alien underwater survival of the original Subnautica and moves to a cold new planet full of all sorts of new aliens and threats just waiting to kill you. The response from those playing Early Access was mostly very positive, so get your jacket on and get ready for some frosty fun. Here is the Steam page for Subnautica: Below Zero.
Strangeland (PC, May 25)
Strangeland seems to be a game that fully lives up to its name. With a unique visual style, somewhat inspired by designer Alien HR Giger, Strangeland immerses players in a strange carnival full of all sorts of grotesque creatures and enemies. In addition to the bizarre setup, the game promises a lot of player choice, with most puzzles and obstacles allowing multiple solutions. Let’s go crazy! Here is the Steam page for Strangeland.
Weaving Tides (PC & Switch, May 27)
Weaving Tides is a new Zelda style adventure in a beautiful world made of different types of textiles. Players fly around the world with a “dragon carpet” and will solve puzzles and progress in the game, actually weaving new directions in the world. If this one is as well made as it looks, it’s worth taking. Here is the Steam page for Weaving Tides.
Full list of games worth watching in May:
- Five Nations (PC, May 3)
- Farm Manager 2021 (PC, May 6)
- Papetura (PC, May 7)
- Resident Evil Village (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4, PS5 & Stadia, May 7)
- Hood: Outlaws and Legends (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4 & PS5, May 10)
- One Hundred Days – Wine Simulator (PC & Stadia, May 13)
- Lost Ruins (PC, May 13)
- Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir (Switch, May 14)
- Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Behind (Switch, May 14)
- Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (PC, Xbox One & PS4, May 14)
- Subnautica: Under the Zero (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4, PS5 & Switch, May 14)
- Aerial Knight’s Never Yield (PC, Xbox Series X / S, PS5 & Switch, May 19)
- Akiba’s Journey: Hellbound & Debriefed (PS4 & Switch, May 20)
- Just Die Already (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, May 20)
- Lacuna (PC, May 20)
- Open Country (PC, May 20)
- The Amazing American Circus (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, May 20)
- The Longest Way on Earth (PC, May 20)
- Strategic Mind: Struggle for Freedom (PC, May 21)
- Knockout City (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4, PS5 & Switch, May 21)
- Miitopia (Switch, May 21)
- Alien Airport, currently operated by dogs (PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S, May 25)
- Biomutant (PC, Xbox One & PS4, May 25)
- King of Seas (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, May 25)
- Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster (PC, PS4 & Switch, May 25)
- Strangeland (PC, May 25)
- Earth Force Force: World Brothers (PC, PS4 & Switch, May 27)
- Highrisers (PC, May 27)
- Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, May 27)
- Weaving Tides (PC & Switch, May 27)
And these are the games you need to watch next month. What games do you plan to take in May? Did I miss something you look forward to?