Welcome to volume twenty-two of this monthly series. This series inches closer to being two years old, which also means my first piece of writing is soon going to turn three. But enough about that, let’s get into the list…rules.
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. The exception to that is if the game has a pre-order bonus of entering the game early, in which I will count its normal 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. American Fugitive
American Fugitive is a top-down action game by Fallen Tree Games about a recently-escaped fugitive trying to get to the bottom of his framed murder. This feels like the setting of A Way Out but in a top-down, open world. I have been fascinated with that setting ever since that game, so taking that and adding more action-packed gameplay and an open world seems like a recipe for a fun twin-stick shooter. American Fugitive will be out for all four systems starting the 21st.
4. Close to the Sun
Storm in a Teacup’s next game is Close to the Sun, a first-person horror game about an alternate universe where Nikola Tesla made a ship out in the ocean for scientists to research in peace, and a journalist trying to get her sister off of the boat. The similarities to Bioshock are uncanny, but that is part of the reason why I am interested in the game. This is the first time in a while where I am actually interested in what happened in a horror game because of how cool the setting is. Close to the Sun will be out for PC on the 2nd and PS4 and Xbox One at a later date.
3. Pandemic Express
Tallboy’s next game is Pandemic Express, a first-person multiplayer shooter that is based on the zombie escape mods found in Counter Strike. The mode is about survivors trying to escape an area, but if they die they turn into a zombie and hunt down the remaining humans. As someone who used to play this mode a bit, having a fully fleshed out version of it sounds like a lot of fun. On top of that, I really like the art style of the game, with zombies oozing a black fluid and humans looking like weird mimes from a painting. It’s either kill or be killed only to kill again when the game releases on the 2nd for PC.
2. Rage 2
Id and Avalanche team up for Rage 2, a first-person open-world sequel to Rage that is all about going around the wasteland and killing baddies. Despite its mediocre reception, I still enjoyed Rage, so needless to say I am excited for Rage 2. The combat looks fun, the open world looks great, I really like the emphasis on pink, and more. If all goes well, I could see the open-world design of Avalanche mixing with the shooting of Id games being blended into a great game.Rage 2 will be out for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on the 14th.
1. A Plague Tale: Innocence
A Plague Tale: Innocence is an Asobo Studio game about a brother and a sister surviving the Inquisition and plague rats in 1300s France. Ever since its first trailer back at E3 2017, I have been interested in trying out this game. I really like the drab setting, and I think the stealth gameplay mixed with the rat mechanic looks really interesting. At the end of the day though, telling a tightly-packed, single player story is what really makes this game a number one game. A Plague Tale: Innocence will be out on the 14th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Bonus: the other games
Here are the other games releasing this month that didn’t make the cut for various reasons:
Blood and Truth, Castlevania Anniversary Collection, Dollhouse, Layers of Fear 2, Observation, Shakedown Hawaii, and Yakuza Kiwami 2.
That is going to wrap up this list. Thank you for reading, and tune in next month for another set of releases.