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All the amazing new game releases and DLC for May 2017

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May not only has an exciting lineup of new game releases, but also a good mix of genres. Fighters get a big treat with Injustice 2, then there's Prey, one of 2017's most anticipated releases, puzzle fans get the beautifully crafted RIME, thriller junkies get two exceptional games; Perception (from the ex-BioShock devs), and Get Even. First-person shooter fans can finally play STRAFE, and those who enjoy brutal ARPG's can try their luck in The Surge. May also sees a few Switch releases, DLC's and a wide variety of titles for every gaming platform.


Release date: 05/05 WW

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Genre: Action-adventure

Mode: Single-player

Age restriction: M for mature 17+

Rated for: Blood, Language, Use of Alcohol, Violence

Game info: There are many reasons to be excited about Prey, and its unique mimic feature is at the top of that list. It’s the next step in stealth gameplay mechanics as players can morph into a banana, toilet roll, turret gun, into any solid object – and so can your enemies. But I’m getting ahead of myself. “You awaken aboard Talos I, an immense space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032, you find yourself as the key subject of an experiment meant to alter humanity forever – but things have gone terribly wrong.”

The intro sounds like many other space games we’ve played before, but it’s in the sum of its parts that Prey aims to offer an incredibly exciting experience. There's exploration and environment, and from what I've seen so far, 2017's Prey will outdo anything we've seen so far in sci-fi shooters. The neo-deco interior of the Talos 1 is in stark contrast with the biotech theme, and to add another layer of exploration; there's "the cold vacuum of space." The player has a multi-layered playground, each with a unique 'feel.'

I think we might find different aliens lurking in particular environments - each resembling some kind of symbiosis. The gameplay experience will definitely be different depending on your location. Space with its zero-gravity vs. inside the space station. I also find it fascinating how Morgan acquires and applies the super powers - you'll need to "harvest" it from the aliens, and inject it into your eyes. Prey will also have some unusual guns alongside the standard shotgun and so on. Lastly, the game will offer some role-playing game elements alongside the action-adventure, as well as multiple endings.

Recommended reading: Why you should take notice of Prey

Developer: Arkane Studios  

Publisher: Bethesda

SA Distributor: SKE


Release date: 09/05 WW

Platforms: PC & PS4

Genre: First-person shooter

Mode: Single-player

Age restriction: TBA

Game info: According to the devs, “STRAFE is the fastest, bloodiest, deadliest, most adjective-abusing, action-packed first-person shooter of 1996! Auto-generating levels of pure mayhem constantly change up the carnage.” The game made a big noise with the release of its first trailer in 2015. Polygon described it as the “best game trailer ever, everyone else can go home.” Impressive trailer aside, STRAFE’s most impressive feature is definitely the procedurally generated levels, which gives players countless gameplay possibilities - therefore, one can never truly master the game. It’s a retro style first-person shooter with a procedurally generated twist, and pays homage to the greatest shooters ever made – Doom and Quake.

Developer: Pixel Titans  

Publisher: Devolver Digital

Injustice 2

Release dates:  11/05 Mobile, 16/05 NA, 17/05 AUS, 19/05 EU & RSA

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, mobile

Genre: Fighting

Modes: Single-player & multiplayer

Age restriction: T for Teen

Rated for: Alcohol Reference, Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence. Online not rated

Game info: "Transgressions of the past, shape actions to come ..." and there are no clear divide between villain and hero in Injustice 2. What happens when loss turns a god into a tyrant? When lines that were once clear become murky? Only one thing is certain - power enslaves all. Injustice 2 celebrates some of DC Universe’s most iconic female Super Heroes and Super-Villains. You'll get to try out 38 super heroes and villains in Injustice 2, each with unique abilities and weaknesses.

Developer: NetherRealm Studios

Publisher: Warner Bros.  

SA Distributor: SKE

The Surge

Release date: 16/05 WW

Platforms: PC, PS4 & Xbox One

Genre: Action role-playing

Mode: Single-player

Age restriction: TBA

Game info: The Surge is an upcoming action-RPG from Deck13 Interactive and boasts hardcore combat "Souls-style." It remains to be seen if that claim by Deck13 Interactive is accurate. The player will have to make use of "vertical and horizontal attacks, as well as strike power" if they want to be the last man standing. The Surge also includes looting and upgrade features for the exo-suit. “Throughout your journey you’ll be assisted by your industrial drone, with abilities once used for CREO’s industrial needs now manipulated into a fighting machine. Shield yourself, or Burn, knock down, pull, and blast enemies at your will as you continue to fight in melee,” press release.

Developer: Deck13 Interactive

Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

SA distributor: Apex Interactive

Get Even

Release date: 26/05 WW

Platforms: PC, PS4 & Xbox One

Genre: first-person perspective thriller

Mode: Single-player

Age restriction: TBA

Game info: Get Even from The Farm 51 will have you traverse between different minds, using their memories as your personal playground. In Get Even you play as Agent Black, an investigator on a murder case. Black uses memories as his ultimate investigative tool, weapon and ally - but memories are fluid and everything will not be as it seems...

Developer: The Farm 51

Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment

SA distributor: Megarom


Release date: 26/05 WW

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Genre: Puzzle

Mode: Single-player

Age restriction: TBA

Game info: RIME is about a boy who must use his wits and ingenuity to survive – and ultimately escape from – a mysterious island and a terrible curse. Rime is set in a unique ancient world of mystery, intrigue and adventure. Set on a beautiful island, a boy wakes on the shore to find he’s lost, with the only the island and the animals to accompany him “Players must navigate the island’s secrets by making use of light, sound, perspective and even time. Inspired by the rugged, sunbaked terrain of the Mediterranean coast, RiME paints its breathtaking world with a fusion of vibrant colours and moving musical undertones to set the stage for the deeply personal journey that awaits within." Press release

Developer: Tequila Works

Publisher: Grey Box Six Foot


Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Release date: 30/05 WW

Platforms: PS4VR & PC with HTC & Oculus Rift

Genre: VR Action-adventure

Modes: Single-player & multiplayer

Age restriction: E for Everyone 10+

Rated for: Fantasy Violence. Online not rated

Game info: Ascend to the stars, where no one has gone before in virtual reality, with Star Trek: Bridge Crew. Developed by Red Storm Entertainment, a Ubisoft Studio, players will be beamed right into the action as a member of the Federation serving aboard a Starfleet ship, exploring space with a crew or solo as the Captain. Star Trek: Bridge Crew was designed exclusively for VR, capitalising on the powerful sense of social presence possible through virtual reality. Up to four people can play the game, with each one taking on a different role; captain, tactical officer, engineer or helm officer.

Developer: Red Storm Entertainment

Publisher: Ubisoft

SA distributor: Megarom


Release date: 30/05 WW

Platforms: PC, Switch, PS4 & Xbox One

Genre: Survival horror, Adventure game

Mode: Single-player

Age restriction: TBA

Game info: Perception is a psychological horror game from ex-BioShock devs, and tells the story of a blind girl, Cassie. She uses a cane and, like Daredevil, creates a mental image of her surroundings with a kind of echo-location. "Then there is the mansion of Echo Bluff, which has grown to almost be a character unto itself as it shifts through the different time periods and messes with the player," explained Bill Gardner, head of The Deep End Games. "We’re proud of Perception’s echolocation feature, which allows us to bring an innovative new perspective to a genre we hold near and dear to our hearts."

Further reading: First-person horror “Perception” focuses on living with blindness

Developer: The Deep End Games

Publisher: Feardemic

More games releasing in May 2017

  • The Caligula Effect: PSVita on 02/05 NA & 09/05 EU
  • TumbleSeed: Switch, PS4 & PC on 02/05 WW
  • Dreamfall Chapters 5/Final Cut: PC, PS4 & Xbox One on 05/05 WW
  • World to the West: PC & PS4 on 05/05 WW
  • Birthdays: The Beginning: PC & PS4 on 09/05 WW
  • LocoRoco Remastered: PS4 on 09/05 WW
  • BA Playgrounds: PC, PS4, Xbox One & Switch on 09/05 WW
  • Minecraft: Switch Edition on 11/05 WW
  • Farpoint: PSVR on 16/05 WW
  • Akiba’s Beat: PS4 on 06/05 NA & 19/05 EU
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia: 3DS on 19/05 WW
  • Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance: Switch on 23/05 NA & 26/05 PAL
  • Impact Winter: PC on 23/05 WW
  • Steel Division: Normandy 44: PC on 23/05 WW
  • Mirage: Arcane Warfare: PC on 23/05 WW
  • Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada: PS4 & PC on 23/05 NA & 26/05 EU
  • Friday the 13th: The Game: PC, PS4 & Xbox One on 26/05 WW
  • Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers” Switch on 26/05 WW
  • Ys Origin: PS Vita on 30/05 WW  

DLC releasing in May 2017

  • NieR: Automata ‘3C3C1D119440927’ DLC: PC & PS4 on 02/05 WW
  • Nioh ‘Dragon of the North’ DLC: PS4 on 02/05 WW
  • Steep ‘Winterfest’ DLC: PS4, Xbox One & PC on 03/05 WW
  • Mafia III ‘Stones Unturned’ DLC: PC, PS4 & Xbox One in May

Last, but not least, your free games with Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus. What will you be playing in May? I plan to review Get Even and maybe Perception as well. Prey I'll grab when it becomes available on a sale.

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