It is said that April showers will bring May flowers. I’m not sure about your weather, but my April has been rather unpredictable. Some days it’s burning hot, others I need to wear a sweater, and one day it actually snowed for exactly 2.5 seconds — maybe not exactly, but my point still stands. Anyhow, we’re just now getting to these supposed “showers,” which is the perfect time to stay inside with a good game. Fortunately for us gamers, May is full (Diablo III) of big (Diablo III) named (Diablo III) titles to get (Diablo III) excited for (Diablo III).
You get my point. Let’s get this started!
Diablo III (PC)
Do I even need to go into details?
Personally, I try and not get hyped for a game that’s a long time coming, only because it can sometimes lead to heartbreak — I’m lookin’ at you, Duke Nukem, you son of a bitch. But when Blizzard grants us mere gaming mortals with something it’s hard to not get hyped for it. Their games might take years and years to come out sometimes — Diablo II was released back in the year 2000, the third one was announced in 2008 — but when they finally release a game it’s worth every day, month, year, century(?!) that we’ve spent waiting on it. I expect Diablo III to live up to every single spec of hype it’s gotten.
Max Payne 3 (360/PS3/PC — later in the month)
Max Payne is ready to make his next gen console debut. A bit older, none the wiser, Max has left New York in an attempt to start anew. If only someone told the poor guy that this is a Rockstar game and “starting anew” never seems to work out for their characters. In May Payne 3 the man’s life has gone from bad, to worse, to downright chaotic. Like Diablo, Max Payne hasn’t had a game in quite some time. The last one was released back in 2003, so if you’re a bit foggy on the story don’t worry… I am too. But who can resist a good run and gun shooter? Max Payne is sure to be another Rockstar hit, the perfect game to play while waiting for the studio to say something about GTA V.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (360/PS3/PC)
Delay after delay after delay… did I mention delays? I don’t even remember when this game was supposed to come out, but it’s coming out now! Most definitely! Hopefully? No, definitely, definitely! The plot is fairly simple: a dirty bomb has taken out a Ghost team and you’re on the team who’s tracking the source of said bomb of dirt. Insert kick ass third person shooter here. Along with good ol’ fashion Tom Clancy shooting mechanics there’s a slew of new gameplay engines to play with. I could go on and on and on and on… and on (on?), but hey, it’s Tom Clancy, it’s a shooter, not much else needs to be said. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will be an intensely good time… finally, hopefully… no, finally!
A spiritual successor to the 2007 release Warhawk. With a single player campaign and a battle system that’s a mix of a third person shooter and RTS, Starhawk seeks to take the Warhawk franchise to the next level. Taking place in a future world where humans have began to colonize on other planets, the game stars Emmett Graves, a man who’s been infected with Rift energy. This partially makes him an Outcast, a mutant race that humans don’t think too highly of. Oh, and they also attacked Emmett’s family once upon a time. Needless to say, Emmett is not a happy main character. With the help of his technical engineer, Emmett is able to use a regulator to control his new, Outcast urges. But come on, this is a video game, we all know that won’t last too long. And now that Emmett has become a hired gun I can foresee those urges coming up at the worst possible times. Welcome to Starhawk, gamers!
Batman: Arkham City GOTY (360/PS3)
Arkham City. Oh Arkham City. You make me believe that super hero games can be oh so very fantastic. I loved this game. I still love this game. I have my black and white Batman statue proudly displayed with the several comic book figures I have in a display case. It’s no surprise that it’s getting the Game of the Year treatment, so if you haven’t played this game yet… what the hell have you been doing this whole time?! Included with the GOTY edition is all of the download packs that have come out for the game thus far. Also, the recently announced “Harley Quinn’s Revenge” pack will come along with it. This pack alone adds over two hours of gameplay to the already intense story of Arkham City. Batman fans, comic book fans, good gaming fans, fans of the color red… whatever! This game is a must have.
Dragon’s Dogma (360/PS3)
What does Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, and Breath of Fire have in common? Nothing. And everything. Dragon’s Dogma is a game created by staff members from all three gaming franchises. If that doesn’t get you excited then I don’t know what will. A combination of an open world fantasy, hack and slash, and a dash of survival horror this game is definitely something to get excited for. Besides, how can you not be interested when the game starts with your heart being torn out by a dragon? Of course you don’t die, silly, you’re the “chosen one,” who needs a heart when they’re the chosen one?
Mario Tennis Open (3DS)
I’m not a fan of sports games. At all. Unless, of course, if Mario is involved. Mario Tennis is a series I have always enjoyed and the 3DS one will be no exception. It’s always fun when played alone. It’s definitely more fun when played with others. And with the inclusion of online multiplayer, well… my poor 3DS is going to run out of battery pretty quickly.
Resistance: Burning Skies (Vita)
A first person shooter. On a handheld. That uses dual analog stick controls. Such a thing has never been done before, surprisingly, and what a way to start than with the Resistance franchise. America is in trouble — as always, come on it’s a shooter — and as Tom Riley you will fight against the chimera threat and fight to save your family — er, I mean the country, the country, that’s what I meant… yeah. No, not really, Tom wants his family back, but if the country is saved in the process then… yay?
Mortal Kombat (Vita)
Mmmm, fatalities. Delicious, bloody fatalities. God how I’ve missed them. The 2011 release of Mortal Kombat proved that some games that are “a long time coming” can exceed one’s expectations. The game was everything I wanted it to be and more, and now that game is being ported to the Vita. Take your combat — sorry, kombat — anywhere you go, though I recommend not doing it in the workplace. Ripping off a coworkers head while the boss is around might not make the best impression, no matter how much said coworker might deserve it.
Sniper Elite V2 (360/PS3)
Some pages say it’s a sequel, others say it’s a revamp. I’m leaning more towards “revamp.” The game takes place in the same timeline as the original Sniper Elite — the Battle of Berlin in 1945. Still focusing on stealth rather than brute force, the gameplay is as realistic as it can get, even focusing on your soldier holding his breath before he fires. The newest edition to the game, the “X-Ray Kill Cam” isn’t meant for the faint at heart. Remember those x-ray close ups in Mortal Kombat? This is much worse as the camera gives an up close and personal view of the bullet hitting each target, from the brain all the way down to the testicles.
Tera Online (PC)
Another reason to keep your PC on at all times. A new contender in the MMORPG genre, Tera Online is what happens when great titans… go to sleep? Arun and Shara enter into a void, fall asleep, and dream of the world that, later, formed on their backs. That world? Tera. The world is full of various different beings, beginning with gods — who later started to battle, of course — and progressing down to mortals, elves, giants, and every single fantastical creature you can think of. With a handful of races, classes, and endless hours of gameplay Tera Online will surely feed that MMORPG itch in the back of your throat.
Game of Thrones (360/PS3)
Another addition to the rpg releases of this month comes Game of Thrones. While I’m usually hesitant about games based on books, series, whatever… the world of Game of Thrones is much too intriguing to not want to explore it first hand. Taking place during “A Song of Ice and Fire,” you get to choose between a member of the Night’s Watch or a Red Priest. This action RPG is a new story in the Game of Thrones saga, but fits within the canon universe. Fans of the saga will explore places and meet characters straight for the pages of George R.R. Martin’s world. In fact, the story for the game was written under the man’s supervision.
Have you always wanted to be a wizard but don’t know how to get to Hogwarts? Don’t sweat, my friend, Sorcery is here. The Nightmare Queen has broken the ancient pact with mankind and threatens to shower the world with darkness. As a young sorcerer’s apprentice, it’s up to you to set off to save the land. You’ll learn several spells and other magic tricks thanks to lots of studying… no I’m kidding, it’s all left up to your Playstation Move.
Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland (PS3)
Dying to play a JRPG? Well, did you know that there’s actually thirteen games in the Atelier series? This is your fun fact of the day, so find them and start playing! If you don’t want to hunt them down then at least give this latest release a shot. This game is the last of the Arland series and takes place right after Alchemist of Arland and Adventurer of Arland. With a strong emphasis on creation and synthesis, this game stars an adorable princess who wants nothing more than to help her country prosper — which means making a mess of her new tutor’s workshop, who just so happens to be the lead character from Atelier Totori. Nothing says “teach me alchemy” like wrecking a place!
DiRT: Showdown (360/PS3)
You can’t spell it “dirt” or “DIRT,” it’s “DiRT.” That’s how the cool kids spell it. Not to be confused with “DiRT 4,” this is more like a spinoff of the series. It’s plays like a demolition derby, only in the style of the popular DiRT franchise. Race, crash, hit jumps, and just cause general mayhem wherever you go.
XB360 Chrome Controller
They’re shiny. They’re pretty. They’re chrome. They’re controllers. XB360 Chrome Controller. The end.
In my last article I mentioned a game called “Phantom Breaker,” an… interesting looking fighter complete with a cute maid. Interesting meaning… um… interesting? Anyhow, that game did not come out last month and was pushed to this month, so you still have time to pick it up! I expect it to fly off the shelves, fly meaning… sit for a while, most likely. “Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends” is another title for racing fans, but I’m not sure if it comes out this month or not. It doesn’t seem to have a set release date besides “spring,” so you’ll have to content yourself with DiRT: Showdown. And last, but not least — well, definitely least — are two movie based games: “Battleship” and “Men in Black: Alien Crisis.” I don’t do well with movie games, but for those of you who are curious enough to try… here you go.
And that’s it for May! Lots of games to dive into, it’ll be a busy month! Stay tuned for next month, which is… E3!!!