Games coming out in May 2017

I blinked, is April over already? That was fast, after March felt so long to me. Okay so time for May I guess. April had a few big releases and I did manage to get a few reviews out, and I still need to review some stuff (Persona 5 is a beast, time-wise, but I will get as close to the ending as I can before writing anything about it… I might be getting close, who knows). Thankfully, May has very little of note, so I can rest a bit easy.

The count in May: 14 multiplats,  2 3DS releases, 3 Switch releases, 1 PS4 release and 1 Vita release. I’m buying almost nothing this month.

So let’s get it over with!

Usual disclaimer: This includes either games I’m interested in, games that may be/become popular and random stuff in-between… Basically anything I feel bears mentioning. Probably missing stuff because game companies are shit about announcing release dates nowadays (and good at delaying games near release). Indies in particular are kinda random, or bad at making their games known (I get that it’s hard, but if I don’t see anything about your game before it comes out, I can’t very much highlight it). So if there’s no/few indie games here, it’s pretty normal. I won’t spend hours that I could be playing games watching videos for indie games I have no immediate interest in.

*EDITED April 28th*
*EDITED AGAIN May 2nd*

MULTIPLATFORM RELEASES

Prey 05/05 (PC, PS4, Xbone)
Prey
This looks somewhat interesting. An FPS with different powers you can get and different choices you can make to advance. I’m not sure about it. There’s a demo on PS4 and Xbone, but playing FPS game on console is terrible (I gave up pretty quickly because it was unplayable with a controller) and they haven’t released the demo on PC… weird. I dunno if I want to spend my money on this yet, I’ll wait. Should’ve released the demo on PC so we could try it with usable controls.

Birthdays the Beginning 05/09 (PC, PS4)
Birthdays the Beginning
There’s dinosaurs. And Minecraft cubes. Not completely sure what this is. I believe it’s some kind of simulator game where you build an ecosystem of sorts. Been getting lots of emails from NISA about it and I never read them.

Strafe 05/09
strafe

This looks cool, check it out, blah blah blah. I’m pretty hyped for this game, but I just want to rant about this release date BS: fucking shit. No seriously this pisses me off every time it happens. It was supposed to come out in March, and less than 2 weeks before release “oops, coming out in May instead”. Why does this keep happening? You should know WELL in advance that you’re delaying a product, and you should let people know long before it’s supposed to come out, not days away. How does this keep happening? It’s senseless, it happens on all levels of the industry too. I keep saying that game companies need to communicate with the consumers better (or at all), and this is one of the main aspects they’re bad at.
Anyways, this looks really good, check out the hilarious kickstarter trailer.
(this was originally a PC release, but today I learn about a physical PS4 version, and also a PC limited edition with floppy discs and stuff)

Akiba’s Beat 05/16 (Vita, PS4)
Akiba's Beat
We got the second Akiba’s Trip game here (but not the first that was on PSP), I think 2 years ago? It was fun and stupid. Not a must-play game or anything, but if you want a dumb game it’s fine. This is the third game in the franchise, I believe. Not sure I’m grabbing it yet, we’ll see.
Also the Akiba’s Trip anime sucked balls.

Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy 05/16 (Vita, PC)

A sequel to Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (weird how the series name is second). It was one of those first-person dungeon-crawling grid-based RPGs, it had pretty unique mechanics to it as far as leveling and powering up and buying equipment. I don’t think I got a review of it done, but it was decent. I’ll probably wait a bit before grabbing this one, if I get it at all.

Injustice 2 05/16 (PS4, Xbone)
Injustice 2
The first Injustice seemed okay. It used a fighting engine very similar to the Mortal Kombat games but it seemed a bit smoother and funner to play (which might not be saying much since Mortal Kombat has sucked for a while). So far this looks like much of the same. Could be good. I still don’t care.

The Surge 05/16 (PC, PS4, Xbone)
The Surge
Seems like a Souls-like, with robots. Made by the people who made Lords of the Fallen, a game I forgot existed.

Summon Night 6: Lost Borders 05/23 (Vita, PS4)
Summon Night 6: Lost Borders
Not a series I’m familiar with. This seems like a sort of strategy RPG with free movement (yet still grid-based). Could be good.

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception 05/23 (Vita, PS4)
Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception (japanese box because I’m lazy)
I watched the original animu, it was okay. The recent sequel seemed decent too but I stopped watching for no real reason partway through. Not sure what the game is like at all, didn’t care enough to check. There’s another one later in the year too.

Friday the 13th: The Game 05/26 (PC, PS4, Xbone)

Not even coming out on Friday the 13th. Weak. And the next Friday the 13th is in October of all months, it would be the perfect time! What’s up with that? Anyways…
The game looks pretty fun for a little bit. A sort of co-op online game where one player is Jason and the others need to get the fuck out of wherever area they are before the Jason player kills them.

RiME 05/26 (PC, PS4, Xbone) (coming out later and more expensive for Switch)
RiME
Looks like a Team Ico game but more colorful. I have no interest. We’ll see how people react to it, maybe it’ll end up being something not-boring (unlike Team Ico games).

Get Even 05/26 (PC, PS4, Xbone)
Get Even (european box this time)
Some FPS. Looks generic as fuck. Watched a 20 minutes of gameplay video, it looked really boring.

Guilty Gear Xrd Rev.2 05/26 (PS4, PS3)
Guilty Gear Xrd Rev.2  (I just put a logo this time, this is peak laziness)
Hey look another version of Guilty Gear again. Who would’ve thought? Might get this one because Baiken is in it, might not because I never have a second player to play fighting games with me 😛

Star Trek: Bridge Crew 05/30 (PC, PS4)
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
A VR game, where the multiplayer seems like it’s only online. It feels to me like a lamer version of Artemis Spaceship Simulator. I love the idea but it seems like a waste in its current form. I figure if you can somehow get 4 PS4s and 4 PSVRs and 4 copies of the game in one place at the same time (or 4 PC VR setups with Occulus or Vive) it’s probably fun once. Maybe if they made a Holodeck version I’d be more into that.

3DS RELEASES

Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop 05/16
Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop

I didn’t even know a new Cooking Mama was coming out. I played the first one on DS, it was pretty fun. Basically lots of minigames. Haven’t touched the series since. Probably won’t.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia 05/19
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

This is a remake of the second Fire Emblem game on Famicom. It seems to have some things you don’t usually see in FE games like dungeons you can run around in. It looks pretty interesting. Hopefully they didn’t fuck with the translation too much this time.

SWITCH RELEASES

Minecraft 05/11
(fuck this, not even trying to find the box for this one)
I’ll never understand the appeal of this barely-game, but hey, it could be a huge thing for Switch, getting such a popular game with the combo console/handheld form factor. People really underrate the portability aspect of the Switch. The Switch is essentially perfect for this sort of game.

Disgaea 5 Complete 05/23
Disgaea 5 Complete

It’s Disgaea, it’s great as usual, and this version has all the DLC. Portable Disgaea 5 without remote play lag and actual portability, obviously a solid release that I highly recommend.

Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers 05/26

So it’s Street Fighter 2 again, for like the millionth time. This version is on Switch but nothing else for some reason. With a weird first-person motion-controlled Hadouken mode for some reason. Street Fighter 2 remains a great fighting game that’s both playable and competitive even now (if EVO didn’t suck it would be a main event every year). This version rebalances a couple things, and features Evil Ryu and Violent Ken as new characters (would’ve been nice for the new characters to not be shoto clones, but whatever). It’s based on Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix graphic-wise (probably much the same gameplay-wise), and it features an option to switch between the classic graphics and the HD graphics. At this price though, I dunno.

VITA RELEASES

The Caligula Effect 05/02
Caligula (more japanese boxes)

Never heard about this one before, seems like an animu-style RPG. Seems your characters have to escape from hell or something. The battle menu has a shitload of options. Could be interesting. Not sure about J-Pop in battle though.
Oh, and the writers are the people who wrote the first 2 Persona games. That might bump up the interest for some.

PS4 RELEASES

Farpoint 05/16

A VR game. An FPS. With a move adapter thing. Dave says it looks really good. So let’s take his word for it.

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