Sadly, all good things must come to an end. April is now done and dusted, bringing down the curtains on a two months amazing run of big Triple-A game releases. From Doom Eternal to the out of this world Final Fantasy 7 Remake, the next few months -which are traditional gaming's slow period- will almost feel lethargic in comparison. But, the show must go on, and although May may not have its own FF7 Remake, it does have some great games that get a much deserved second chance in the spotlight. Here are the best games releasing this month:
The Wonderful 101 Remastered (May 19)
Acclaimed action game expert developers Platinum Games, took to the popular funding platform Kickstarter early this year in hopes of reviving of their most overlooked gems. The Wonderful 101 may not have had amazing critical success when it was first released back in 2013, but it definitely deserved way more commercially (it is one of my all-time favourite games). Released on the poorly received Nintendo WiiU, the game was destined to sell poorly. But now, thanks to this brand new Remastered Edition on PS4, Switch and PC, the game is getting a much-deserved chance on redemption.
Minecraft Dungeons (May 26)
If you are a gamer and never heard of Minecraft, then you must have been lost in a parallel universe. This blocky building game has soared in commercial success and cultural relevance since it's debut in 2009. Today it is one of the highest-grossing titles in gaming history that still have a huge player base with regular content updates. So, it is no surprise Microsoft has held off from the temptation of creating a Minecraft 2 but instead looked to broaden the brand with spin-offs. The latest, Minecraft Dungeons, is 'an all-new action-adventure game, inspired by classic dungeon crawlers and set in the Minecraft universe'.
ninjala (May 27)
What do you get when you mix Naruto, Splatoon and a whole lot of bubble gum? Normally, a huge mess, but somehow, the folks at Gungho Online Entertainment managed to produced Ninjala. The game is an upcoming free-to-play multiplayer action game where players take part in Battle Royale-style matches of up to 8 players and vie for supremacy with ninja around the world. This weird mash-up of genres and aesthetics, made its debut at E3 a couple years ago to little fanfare, but have already amassed a decent following since it was revealed the game would be free to play. Honestly, it looks fun, but its recent horrid Beta showing will have many approaching this one with caution.
Bioshock, Xcom and Borderlands Collections (May 29)
This is kinda cheating as next up on our list is not 1 or 2 games, but a whole smorgasbord of gaming classics that is heading to the Nintendo Switch. Via the latest Nintendo mini direct, 2K Games announced that they would be bringing collections of some their biggest IPs to a Nintendo console for the first time ever. These include critically acclaimed gaming series Bioshock, Borderlands and XCOM, and in even better news, they all will be arriving on the same day!
XENOBLADE CHRONICLES Definite Edition (May 29)
I loved loved LOVED the original release of the RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles when it was released all the way back on the Wii so, it warms my heart that it is getting another chance in the spotlight with this 'Definitive Edition' remaster. For those of you that have never played this gem, especially if you are a fan of jrpgs, I can't recommend this game high enough. With the graphics being redone and a tonne of numerous gameplay/UI tweaks, this is definitely the best time jump in.
It was always going to be a tall order for May to match the quality of the previous two months, but what we got here, ain't looking too bad. Again, I can't recommend The Wonderful 101 and Xenoblade highly enough, but I am most intrigued and excited for Ninjala. If they sort out there server hoodoos at launch, it may just end up being a surprise hit.
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