We are nearly halfway through May, and games are dropping left right and centre. With Uncharted 4 releasing today, it's time to look forward to what is coming up next, and what to play when you have finished it.
DOOM (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – May 13
I am so fricken excited for this game. As a Doom player from way back, the nostalgia is sucking me into this purchase. While the beta feedback has not been the best about the multiplayer mode, I am not too worried. I prefer single player campaigns anyway, and with 13 hours of gameplay this will keep me nice and happy. The weapons look great (chainsawing demons in half?! Yes please!), the killing is amazingly gory and it is published by Bethesda, who can do no wrong in my eyes.
Homefront: The Revolution (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – May 17
Homefront: The Revolution is the upcoming sequel to 2011's Homefront. By reading the synopsis alone I noticed some winning phrases in my book; open world, alternate reality and scavenging. I have never played Homefront, it never really appealed to me, but this does! I love an underdog overthrowing the big guys and this is what Homefront: The Revolution promises us. Play as a member of the resistance as you try and overthrow the KPA (who have overtaken Philadelphia). Similar to one of my all time favourite games, The Saboteur, you will have the opportunity to liberate areas of the map, weakening the KPAs hold in areas and strengthening the resistance!
"It's not pretty and a lot of the stuff you're using to fight with is very DIY and raw. You're scavenging the world to construct items and objects that are mashed together. You just use whatever is at your disposal in a way that allows you to do maximum damage before getting out as fast as possible.” - Fasahat ‘Faz’ Salim. Homefront:The Revolution Designer
Shadow of the Beast (PS4) – May 17
A Playstation exclusive, Shadow of the Beast is based on the 1989 Amiga game of the same name. This side scrolling platform features good-old button-mashing combat and alien killing. The combat is also timing based so the more accurate your attacks are, the better reward you receive. Improvements have been made to make the game easier than it's predecessor which seems to have been incredibly hard and to top it all off the it will include the original game as a bonus feature. Definitely worth checking out.
"Our game has quite a few different facets to the experience; from platforming and puzzles through to the intricacies of combat. We want players to have a varied challenge – after all, learning and mastering the skills to beat the game are a large part of the fun" - Matt Birch Heavy Spectrum CEO
Shadwen – (PC, PS4) – May 17
For all stealth lovers out there, Shadwen offers the ultimate stealth challenge. Playing as a female assassin in a Victorian era city the aim of the game is not to be seen. Along the way an innocent orphan becomes your companion, and you must decide what actions you will take knowing she will be in the midst, watching.
The moral consequences of your actions will leave ripples within the game, so you have to think hard about your actions. To top it all off, the game includes some sci-fi elements, giving you the ability to manipulate time in order to complete your missions.
Overwatch (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - May 24
While not the type of game I would like to play, Overwatch is definitely worth a mention. This FPS is multiplayer only but has great potential. Focussing on cooperative gameplay, players create a team made up of characters with different specialties. Teams of 6 face off against each other in a range of different game modes. People are excited about it. The game focuses heavily on ensuring you use the correct tactics against enemies, and making use of yours, and your team's unique skills.
"Full of colour and jam-packed with character in every sense of the word, this new take on the multiplayer shooter has the potential to completely reinvigorate the genre." - Trusted Reviews
Dead Island: Definitive Collection (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – May 31
While not a new game, I personally love a remaster. I am incredibly excited for the next-gen remaster of some of my favourite games; Dead Island and Dead Island Riptide as well as all of the DLC! If you haven't played these games this is the time to try them out. It has been a while since we had a good zombie slashing game on next gen, and with Dead Island 2 not due out until later this year, this will easily make the wait less insufferable. With improved graphics and a new set of trophies to obtain this game is going to keep me going for a few months.