So this is late. It is already May 13 so we have almost had two weeks of May games, but this has become a necessary monthly evil that I must do. Anyway, lets spare the commentary and look at the games of May.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (Xbox, PC) – The people at Ubisoft Montreal are using the Far Cry 3 Island to present the greatest ode to 80s culture in one massive downloadable game. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon has received great reviews and let’s face it, Michael Biehn is in it. We need more of him in every regard.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution: The Director’s Cut (Wii U) – Should you buy this game? This was a game that came to Xbox and PS3 more than a year ago. Certainly you can buy a new version of the game at a reduced price for one of those systems. Don’t get me wrong, if you didn’t have one of those systems and do have a Wii U, do yourself a favour and get it. But if you have either of those other two consoles, buy it for them. Either way, it is an awesome game so make sure you do get it.
Dust 514 (PS3) – The PS3 shooter meant to bridge the console space with the space PC-MMO Eve Online. I have to admit, this looks like a pretty generic shooter with rather drab environments. But the idea of your skills shooting on a PS3 impacting the crazy spacey epicness of Eve Online is pretty cool.
Metro: Last Light (Xbox, PS3, PC) – Metro 2033 was an atmospheric, yet flawed, shooter. It’s Soviet-era subway tunnel communities created a world as lived in as Bioshock’s rapture. Sadly its mechanics could not keep pace. Metro: Last Light looks to correct this. Let’s hope that is true.
Resident Evil: Revelations (Xbox, PS3, Wii U, PC) – Resident Evil: Revelations came out last year on the 3DS. Those saddened by the messiness of Resident Evil 6 were jealous of the handheld’s more purist take on the Resident Evil lore, and the reviewers seemed to agree. Well thankfully it is arriving on consoles this month for all of the non-3DS users out there.
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (Xbox, PS3, PC) – Call of Juarez is a franchise that has never had its core game. That game that made you invested in the franchise. It was always second fiddle to Rockstar’s Red Dead series. The previous outing, The Cartel, even tried to bring it into a modern setting to see if battling drug cartels would find an audience for the franchise. In turn, they created the worst of its various incarnations. So with Gunslinger, the Call of Juarez franchise is going back to basics, and on a much smaller scale. This is a download only game and it is pure old west in its story-telling.
Fuse (Xbox, PS3) – Insomniac’s first multiplatform game. The developers had previously been Sony exclusive (while not owned by Sony). It was a gentlemen’s agreement and for a long time it kept Insomniac’s creativity locked to a single console. So it was a big news event when EA acquired the license to Insomniac’s next game franchise. The game started out as Overstrike, a fun, almost cartoony approach to third-person action. That game went through an evolution of sorts, and the product is Fuse. At face value, it does not look like anything overly special, but watching the gameplay demos and Insomniac’s take on co-op, Fuse may just be one of the big surprising hits of the year.
Grid 2 (Xbox, PS3, PC) – Grid is a pretty racing game. That is all. Sorry, but I have little interest in this. Don’t get me wrong. Code Masters know how to make a pretty racing game. I am just a little fatigued with this genre of games.
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation (Xbox, PS3) – I have a soft spot for Painkiller and its style of frenetic FPS action. Don’t put too much stock in that. This style of gameplay is old. But I like it. Maybe you will as well.