May’s Most Anticipated Game Releases: What to Play Next

Author: Greg Lozano

It’s May and while there aren’t a large number of titles releasing, there are a handful that are definitely worth picking up and investing time into. In this month’s list, I will give the titles that I believe should garner attention from players for their unique properties and experiences.

Endless Ocean Luminous (Switch) May 2th

The third installment in the Endless Ocean series, players are now given a chance to dive into the oceans and explore and document sealife with 30 other players. Exploring the fictional seas of the Veiled Sea, players are tasked with recording and documenting the vast array of over 500 different marine species with the possibility of discovering species that may have been thought to be extinct. This is quite a different game th an Subnautica if individuals are familiar with that. While that particular title is structured more as a survival game in the depths, Endless Ocean is geared more toward a simulation of exploration. This would be a fun game for those that have an interest in Marine Biology and just want to see a world of wonder from under the sea.

V Rising (PC / PS5) May 8th

This is a difficult one for me as it takes vampire lore into a very strange direction of being a survival game. All reviewers for the early access have given it high praise for its fun gameplay, great amounts of content, but it just feels strange that the character in play is supposed to be Dracula and you start with nothing and slowly build your castle while gathering resources like other survival games. Those petty issues aside, players have hailed the multiplayer in early access as well as many of its features, and from the looks of it, the DLC that has been included really looks to give the game many more hours of enjoyment. Personally, I am curious to hear its reception after its release, but this has been on my radar for quite some time.

Homeworld 3 (PC) May 13th

Homeworld 3 is a sequel to an already established and award winning franchise. This Real Time Strategy continues to expand its ever expansive lore in a jaw-dropping visual feast. Admittedly for myself, the last RTS that I played was Starcraft II upon its release back in 2010. There was always a level of satisfaction in organizing battalions in order to win against opposing forces, so I’m certain that fans of the genre will get an incredible thrill with the newest title of this series. 

The Rogue Prince of Persia (PC Early Access) May 14th

Not to be confused with Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown that just released earlier this year. The Rogue Prince of Persia is a roguelite made by the same company that created Dead Cells. This title was worked on in collaboration with the team that did The Lost Crown to ensure that gameplay had similarities, but ultimately played as a completely different game. If you’re a fan of Dead Cells or new to the concept of Roguelite’s, these are generally fun games that start off as a challenge, and become easier as you gain permanent power-ups.

Braid Anniversary Edition (PC, PS4/5, XSX/S, Xbox One, Switch)

Probably one of the most famous Indie games to ever come out and wow gamers of all generations. With its interesting time mechanics and surprising story, the game is reimagined with brushstroke art that gives it a vibrant world. Something that isn’t common to games and a real treat for people that are interested in game development is that this anniversary edition will feature over 15 hours of developer commentary on game development. So if making games is a passion of yours and you don’t exactly know where to start, this is an incredible step in learning how to improve your skills and assets.

Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut (PC) May 16th

While this game has been available on PS4/5 for some time now, it is finally making its debut to PC with several features not available to PlayStation players. Unlocked framerate, Ultra-Wide Triple Monitor Support, Boost performance and upscaling, this game is going to be an overhauled treat for graphics enthusiasts. This game was already visually incredible, but to be able to take it a step further and allow graphical customizations to this level, this will be nothing short of a treat. While I have not played the original, there have been countless expressions on just how incredible it is, and for that, I would also recommend it.

Lorelei and The Laser Eyes (PC,  Switch) May 16th

If you were someone that played Trace Memory on the DS or Another Code on the Switch, this looks to be a title that may carry quite a bit of interest to you as a gamer. The little detail of the story involves a woman that was summoned to a hotel in central Europe where they must partake in solving riddles and puzzles. Enjoy this non-linear mystery as you solve puzzles to uncover what lies in store. 

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 (PC, XSX/S) May 21st

I don’t exactly know how to describe this title other than an absolute must play. A friend gifted me the first game, and what I experienced, I can honestly say, I was not prepared. During the first game’s development, there was a lot of research and consultation regarding psychosis. This is because players take control of Senua, a celtic warrior that experiences psychosis. This is one of those titles that is meant to be played with headphones to get the full immersive experience that works to emulate that experience. To say that this sequel was one of the most anticipated games of the year is quite an understatement. It was and has been an anticipated game since its initial unveiling back in 2019. This is probably the game that I will be talking about for quite some time once I get to play it. 

System Shock (PS4/5, Xbox One, XSX/S) May 21st

Composed of game developers from acclaimed games such as Bioshock, Fallout: New Vegas, and Mass Effect, the team worked together with the original developers to try to make this game enjoyable for the current generation. While this has many quality of life improvements to make it enjoyable for modern gamers, it still is rooted in its origins by being a game of its time. Such meaning that waymakers that are generally found in current games are not found in this. This was the franchise that brought beloved titles such as Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite. If you want to play a game of the past with a touch of modern controls, this is a highly recommended title. 

World of Goo 2 (Switch) May 23rd

15 years after the initial release, the sequel to this unique physics based puzzle game arrives. Yet another game that I don’t exactly know how to explain except that it is fun and worth playing. It is incredibly satisfying building structures and completing each level using your unique methods. The original team is responsible for the development of the sequel. If anything else, support a team that cares on expanding knowledge to others. 

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Switch) May 23rd

My brother bought this game for me when it was originally released on the Gamecube. While I never played the first Paper Mario, I did love Super Mario RPG. Upon playing this game I was beyond impressed with how great the writing was and just how solid the gameplay was. The Switch release looks to be improving on the visuals substantially, and retaining much of the same quirkiness and fun the original offered. If you enjoyed the remake of Super Mario RPG last year, this is another remake that I recommend picking up. 

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (PS5, XSX/S) May 24th

While the game was initially released back in 2016 and is currently on sale on Steam for 20 dollars, the game will be finding its way onto the current gen systems. Players have stated that it is difficult to find other players after almost 8 years of the game’s release. Hopefully with the release on the newer consoles there will be a resurgence of the player base as this game was highly rated upon its release and would be an enjoyable experience for fans of the Dragon Ball series and hadn’t gotten into the game yet.

MultiVersus (PC, PS4/5, Xbox One, XSX/S) May 28th

Initially released in its open access back in 2022, the game was a success and praised by many players. It is free-to-play with an opening roster that is quite expansive. Unfortunately during its initial launch, there weren’t very many options and modes to keep players coming back for more, but hopefully with its full release happening in May, there will be more content that will be having players returning on a regular basis to the point where there is a flourishing tournament scene. 

F1 24 (PC, PS4/5, Xbox One, XSX/S) May 31st

Closing the month is an annual release from EA. F1 is a graphical powerhouse, as many racing simulators are. There are several aspects that F1 has done to improve from its previous year, such as a brand new overhauled career mode, a new “Dynamic Grip” handling system, and of course, new teams that have been signed for the sports year. Annual release games have always been something that I believed should never hit a sale price of over 40 dollars, but for the die-hard fan, I’m sure it isn’t about price, but supporting the sport in a way one can interact with. 

With all the games releasing this year, I am honestly proud to say that I am most excited for Hellblade II, and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. While I know one of them is a remake, I can’t help but hunger for that delicious nostalgia, especially when it originally came as a surprise in the form of a birthday gift I didn’t know I wanted, The other is just a wonderful experience that I hope excels far beyond what the first in the franchise offered. 

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