This year is absolutely exploding with video game releases and there’s a handful of exciting ones coming for May. Here at ConsoleMonster we want to help highlight a handful of games to keep an eye on each month, particularly a few of our personal favourites.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – May 19
Reece W – This year has been particularly kind to RPG fans with a slew of lengthy high polish open world adventures that await, though few can compare to the sheer scale and scope of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This behemoth of an RPG has been quoted as being 15 times larger than Skyrim.. no easy feat. This alone would be enough to raise interest but the fact that CD Projekt are behind the wheel promises for a level of detail, storytelling and refinement that is often missed from the genre.
The Witcher 3 continues where the prior instalment left off and whilst developers have claimed that there is no need to have played the prior games there’s certainly advancements to being aware of the story to this point, its rich characters and the previously immersive world around you. Unfortunately unless you are a PC owner the first instalment is off limits, and the second is only accessible to console owners of an Xbox 360 and comes with a hefty 25hours campaign length that’ll no doubt keep you busy for the majority of the month.
Rest assured though that this isn’t one to miss, particularly to fans of RPG gaming bliss.
Project CARS (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – May 7th
Anthony B – Racing fans have had their fair share of driving titles of late; what with Forza Horizon 2, Gran Turismo 6, DriveClub and an annual dose of F1 titles to fill our racing boots. This month a new team joins the grid with Project CARS, a new community driven racing franchise from British developers, Slightly Mad Studios.
Some may think it is slightly mad to compete against some of the biggest racing franchises, but after many years of development, self funding from the community and the developers themselves, and a handle of release delays for the game, Project CARS is finally releasing onto PC and consoles this month, raising the bar in racing simulation games.
Project CARS (or Community Assisted Racing Simulator) leans towards a realistic racing simulation game, like GT6 or Forza Motorsport, than say Forza Horizon or certain Need For Speed titles – If you’ve played any Need for Speed: Shift titles, you’ll get an idea of where Project CARS sits in the vehicle handling and tyre physics spectrum.
The game has taken a sandbox approach to racing, where all vehicles and tracks are available off the bat, offering us petrol-heads the ability to choose from the various motorsport types available in the game. Project CARS packs over 110 track locations, with over 80 various cars, from racing karts to Le Mans prototypes. It features a competitive multiplayer for up to 16 players, and has an online Driver Network to connect socially with other racing fans, share replays or photos and download time-trial ghosts.
If you call yourself a racing fan, then you’d be very wise to check out Project CARS on release day.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS4) – May 12th
David W – Originally released on the PlayStation 2 back in 2001 and 2003 respectively, Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 are largely considered as two of the best games in the series.
Over a decade on from their release, Square Enix ported the titles to the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita in the shape of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, which arrives on the PlayStation 4 in May.
As the name suggests, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is a collection of the RPGs with major graphical updates. Other amendments include rearranged music and the addition of a Creature Creator system, as well as cross-platform play and full trophy support.
In terms of storylines, Final Fantasy X follows teenager Tidus, who is transported to the world of Spira after an encounter with Sin – a creature that he must defeat.
Meanwhile, X-2 is set two years after the events of its predecessor. The plot follows the summoner Yuna, who searches for spheres in order to lead her to Tidus.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is released on the PlayStation 4 on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015.
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (PS4/PS3/Xbox ONE)
Justin O – Following the critically acclaimed ‘Wolfenstein: The New Order’ a stand alone prequel DLC entitled “The Old Blood” hit digital, and some physical, shelves this month. Packed with some of the best first-person shooter mechanics in recent years, The Old Blood continues the fantastic formula that Machine Games established with The New Order; a perfect blend of old-school arcade action and modern day polish.
You find yourself once again trying to escape castle Wolfenstein. With hordes of Nazi soldiers and war-machines flooding in on you, you’ll have to shoot, sneak, and slice your way out. But this time it seems the Nazi researchers have stumbled upon something no one was ready to face; something…paranormal.
You take control of William “B.J.” Blazkowicz, a Nazi killing machine with a heart. Frequently sharing simple moments from his previous life before the war helps gives you a real sense of his character and surprisingly creates one of the best FPS protagonists in some time.
If you’re looking for a fresh, creative, and interesting FPS, then give The Old Blood a shot. With the $20 price point, you really do get your money’s worth. And if you have yet to play The New Order, snag that one as well, you won’t be disappointed.
Whilst there’s a smaller list this month there’s a few highly anticipated releases that keeps the month exciting. We’ll pick up again next month with games to keep an eye on for June and as always please let us know if you share our anticipation in the comments below along with suggestions for next months games to watch.