After a crazy few months of releases, review season as some may have coined it, you’d be excused for expecting the well to be rather dry, but there are a few games of note on the horizon to whet your whistle.
Trek to Yomi
Xbox Series S|X, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC – May 5
When announced in the summer of 2021, it was immediately apparent that this side-scrolling cinematic action game was one to watch, and everything we’ve seen since has only added to that.
Trek to Yomi tells a story of vengeance and tragedy, as young swordsman Hiroki sets off on a voyage beyond life and death to confront himself and decide his path for forward.
The game also launches day 1 on Xbox Game Pass, so no excuse not to give the samurai life a try!
Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising
Xbox Series S|X, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC – May 10
Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising was announced at E3 (remember that?!) in 2021 and is a prequel to the Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes which releases in 2023 and is widely regarded as the spiritual Suikoden successor.
I’m not going to pretend I know what most of that means, but for those who enjoy an action RPG in the Suikoden style this one is for you.
And again, a day 1 Xbox Game Pass release, it really is the best deal in gaming!
Salt and Sacrifice
PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC – May 10
The long awaited successor to the belove Salt and Sanctuary is finally upon us. Salt and Sacrifice was a well-received side-scrolling soulslike with masochistic gameplay, so it may fall perfectly to fill that huge void left by Elden Ring.
Salt and Sacrifice takes you to the kingdom of Alterstone to hunt for everything that is evil and harass the inhabitants of the land. With eight character classes to choose from, and a grapple launcher thrown in for good measure, there is a lot to keep PlayStation and PC gamers happy at launch – but maybe not too happy as the developers have announced that the difficulty level will be increased.
Sniper Elite 5
Xbox Series S|X, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC – May 26
In the words of the devs, Sniper Elite 5 is “the latest instalment in the award-winning series” and offers “unparalleled sniping, tactical third-person combat and an enhanced kill cam.”
It features the most immersive maps of the series yet, with many real-world locations captured in stunning detail, and also boasts “an improved traversal system that lets you explore more of them than ever before.”
Players can decide for themselves whether it hits its mark when it launches at the end of the month, and once again this shoots straight on to Xbox Game Pass.
Pac Man Museum +
Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch – May 27
What better way to round out the month than with Mr Waka-Waka himself! Pac-Man Museum+ features 14 of the classics over the 40 year history of the little yellow puck with a big appetite.
Featuring classic gameplay, online play, leaderboards and unlockable customisation options, what more could we ask for when it releases as well as eats its way on to Xbox Game Pass at the end of the month.
Best of the rest
Other titles of note releasing in May include:
- Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters (PC – May 5)
- Evil Dead: The Game (PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch – May 13)
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong (PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch – May 19)
- MX vs ATV Legends (PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO – May 24)
- Kao the Kangaroo (PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch – May 27)
- Microsoft Flight Simulator: Top Gun Maverick DLC (PC, XSX – May 27)
Let us know what’s on your playlist in the comments below.