My Top Five Anticipated Releases of May 2018

Ten lists, ten months, but only five selections. Welcome to my monthly series where I talk about my top five anticipated games of the upcoming month. What is the month? Why, it's May of 2018. and what's that coming up? Why, it's the rules I put upon myself.

The game has to be released on at least one of the major systems (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch). The game has to be new, so no remasters or re-releases onto new systems. One thing I do count is a game either entering or exiting early access, but that game can only be counted once. If a game does have multiple release dates like Destiny 2 or GTA 5, then I will only count the earliest release date. Finally, it has to be a game, not a DLC. With the rules out of the way, let's look at my top picks for May.

5. Detroit: Become Human

This upcoming narrative-driven game by developer Quantum Dream has us in future Detroit where androids exist and are there to serve, until now. Detroit: Become Human is a game I am still skeptical about, but I still have hope in. I actually got to try the game back at Gamestop Expo back in August, and I think if I hadn't played it then, then it wouldn't be on the list. I'm not the biggest fan of narrative-driven games, but I find this game to be surprisingly enjoyable to play. The piece I played involving a hostage situation was actually quite a bit of fun, as for the narrative aspects were great and the gameplay was surprisingly engaging (you can read some more on it if you click on the Gamestop Expo link). Despite that, I still have some gripes with the game. Despite my game session with it, I still don't know if the gameplay will be engaging enough for me, and I personally think the future-robot-slaves-trying-to-be-free is a bit dry by now and may make the story uninteresting. Still, I hold hope for this game and I hope I am proven wrong on my gripes when the game releases on the 25th for the PS4.

4. State of Decay 2

State of Decay 2 is the sequel to Undead Lab's first game in which you are tasked with surviving in a zombie-infested world. While I didn't play the first game, I can tell that State of Decay 2 is a big improvement upon the first game. A bigger world, up to four player co-op, more diverse characters, and more shows how improved the second game is over the first. What holds me back on the game is the survival mechanics, as for I am not the biggest fan on survival games like DayZ. Still, I would like to give this game a shot because unlike DayZ, I think this game has more focus on surviving against zombies than fighting other players. State of Decay 2 will release for Xbox One and PC on the 22nd.

3. Garage

A drug dealer protagonist and zombies....on my clean Nintendo Switch?! Garage is a top down zombie shooter with a b-movie vibe that tasks you, an ex-drug dealer, with exploring parking garages with a secret while slaying hordes of zombies (and maybe some others). Like I said, I love a good zombie game, and I think this will be a fun one. It's VHS style with fun zombie gameplay looks like a lot of fun to play. I'm not expecting a Last of Us 2.0 from this game, but I do see a fun mindless zombie game that could eat up my time. I'm ready to shoot, stab, and mutilate zombies when the game releases on the 10th for the Nintendo Switch.

2. Trailblazers

Blazing trails and raising Hell is what I'm good at. Or, maybe just the blazing trails part. Trailblazers is an upcoming racing game by Supergonk that combines the fast-paced racing of F-Zero with the painting mechanic of Splatoon. How does that work? Simple. In this game, their are actually two teams, and each team has a color. What happens is that players apply paint to the track as they drive and when they hit their color paint, they get a boost. So the game is both about winning and controlling the track with your color to gain boosts to win. By combining the two, I see a whole lot of potential in the game, and that is what got it to be on this list. I love the upbeat style, fast gameplay, and the potential strategy I can see with this game has me pumped for the game. I can't wait to blaze trails and raise...paint when the game releases on the 8th for all four systems.

1. Moonlighter

When a portal opens up to another realm, what do you do? Why, sell stuff of course! Moonlighter is an action RPG by Digital Sun that tasks you with visiting these other worlds and fighting the deadly monsters, then bringing back the loot and selling it. Ever since I played Slime Rancher, a game that combines exploration and farming, I have been trying to find a game that scratches that itch. The combination of excitement and mundane feel like a perfect match for me, so trying to find a game that combines fun gameplay elements with something like upgrading a city or selling wares has been something that's been on my mind for awhile. I know their are some games out there that will scratch that itch, and I also know Moonlighter is one of them. It's a game I have been watching for awhile, and I am really excited to get my hands on it. Both the gameplay and the shopkeeping mechanics look like a lot of fun to play, and that is all I need. Moonlighter releases on Xbox One, PS4, and PC on the 29th, with a Switch launch sometime after.

Special: More games to check out.

Every time I have done these lists, I usually pick out ten-to-thirty games that I have some sort of interest in, but don't make it to the list because it either doesn't meet my rules or I just don't have as much interest in the game as the top five. This month (and maybe more in the future), I wanted to list the games I had some sort of interest in because I think these games are worth mentioning and exposing. So, here are some more games worth checking out (in alphabetical order, not in order of interest): Agony, Beat Saber, City of Brass (I put it on a previous list), FAR: Lone Sails, Hyper Sentinel, Laser League, Omensight, Pixeljunk Monsters 2, Pixelripped 1989, Raft, Soulfire, Wild West Online, and Wizard of Legend. Again, these games aren't part of the top five, but are still games releasing in May and still worth checking out.

Well, that about sums it up for this month. I might not be able to make a list for next month because of moving complications, but I'll still try to make the list. What is your top five? Put 'em in the comments below. As for now, I am done. Thank you for checking out my list and I hope to see you another month for another list (hopefully).