The pre-E3 is always exciting, especially because of the games that release before the coveted expo. Unlike last year, which saw the release of the over-hyped Watch Dogs, May looks to be full of several top-tier releases. Heck, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt alone will have us set for the next several months.
Nonetheless, there’s plenty to look forward to in May, whether you’re gaming the PC or consoles, interested in a little space murder or some ol’ fashioned World War II era murder. Can every game on this list deliver? Maybe they will and maybe they won’t but they’re well worth looking forward to. Here are our picks for the top 5 games releasing in May 2015.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
CD Projekt RED’s open world action RPG is easily the biggest release of May, if not the entire year. And we don’t mean that in terms of just hype – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt boasts a huge, expansive world filled with roughly 100 hours of content. You can bed several women, enter relationships, take up monster bounties, hunt bandits, slaughter bar patrons over a verbal slight, take part in blood rituals, race horses, sail on the wide open sea and maybe play the story too if you’re in the mood.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will also feature some of the prettiest visuals we’ve seen in a medieval fantasy game with zero loading times while travelling the continent of the Northern Realms. Whether you’ve played the previous games or not, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will easily demand your attention when it releases on May 19th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Destiny: House of Wolves
House of Wolves isn’t a full retail release for Destiny. In fact, some would strain to even call it an expansion. Nonetheless, it brings a wide range of changes and new additions to the world of Destiny. Aside from a new Social Space, new story missions and new bounties, the launch of House of Wolves will serve to make all equipment relevant. Vault of Glass, Crota’s End and even starting Legendary gear from the game’s release in September can now be levelled to the new damage and light cap. But that’s not all.
There will be plenty of new Exotics, new Vendor gear, new Crucible Legendaries, a new daily objective system for PvP, the Prison of Elders mode, Trials of Osiris and much more. Sure, the unique content won’t rival the likes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, much less Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep for Borderlands 2 but it should easily add a few months of playtime to Destiny’s end game. House of Wolves is out on May 19th for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4.
Finally, after delay upon delay upon delay, Slightly Mad Studios’ Project CARS is finally releasing for current gen consoles. It’s amazing to think the racing simulator has been delayed so many times, especially when you consider how the previous gen versions had been cancelled in the process. Now that we can look forward to its release on May 7th, we can focus on the features being offered.
Project CARS will have an impressive 52 tracks and 67 cars in the initial release (or at least in the first DLC after launch). There will be a variety of different paths to take and tons of events of events including some that can stretch for multiple days. Physics simulation also looks to be top-tier with Slightly Mad enlisting the help of Ben Collins, who worked as the “Stig” on the popular Top Gear show. There’s a lot of hope riding on Project CARS and we can’t wait to see what it offers in this era of Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport.
Co-op wizarding hijinks return in Magicka 2, except this time you’ll be in a world without magic and have to work from the ground up to wipe out evil. Be careful though – all the other remaining wizards have pretty much lost their minds and begun attacking each other. Luckily, there will be a dynamic spell casting system to allow you and your allies to take on any opposition while cracking appropriate wisecracks.
Though Magicka 2 may not seem like the biggest game of May, especially compared to some of the other heavy-hitters, it looks to be a strong follow-up to its surprisingly successful predecessor. If you had even a smidgeon of fun smiting enemies in the original, then Magicka 2 warrants a look when it releases on May 26th for PC.
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
MachineGames’ Wolfentein: The New Order wasn’t meant to overwhelm us with its quality. However, if you let it, the intense dual-wielding and murdering of alternate World War II history was a fun exercise in first person shooting. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will be going backward in several ways, focusing on two episodes leading up to the events of the first game and explaining how Wilhelm “Deathshead” Strasse acquired the technology needed to rule the world in The New Order.
The second episode focuses on a Nazi archaeologist and several different artifacts that could possibly contain dark and ancient powers. Various teasers have indicated that this includes Nazi zombies. And how can you say no to Nazi zombies? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is out on May 5th digitally for Xbox One, PS4 and PC with a retail release on May 15th onwards Europe.