With the weather starting to warm up, so are the games. And it’s not often that we get this many games released in a single month. And with all the great games coming out within the next few weeks, one may find a hard time leaving the house. Here are 8 highly anticipated games for this May. Some of these games have been already released but are more than worthy to be on this list. These games are listed by release date:
1. StarHawk (Playstation 3)
Starhawk is a third-person shooter with busy battlefields populated by infantry soldiers, ground vehicles, airborne fighters, player-created buildings and transformable mecha.
Why should I care? – If you’re a Warhawk fan, this should be automatic for you. If not, you’ll still feel the exhilaration of soaring through space in your Hawk, and even more so when you’re transforming it. And even if the action is not enough to satisfy your trigger finger, there are real-time strategy (RTS) elements that work seamlessly with the controller – for those looking for a little more tactical flavor in their shooters.
2. MineCraft (XBox Live)
Minecraft is a sandbox type game focused on creativity and building. The game allows players to build almost anything out of textured cubes in a 3D world. Gameplay has two modes: Survival, which requires players to acquire resources themselves and maintain their health and hunger; and Creative, where the player has an unlimited supply of resources, the ability to fly, and no concept of health or hunger. NOTE: The latest press reviews note that Minecraft for XBox does not have Creative mode – at least not yet.
Why should I care? – MineCraft is one of those games that are considered in the love-em-or-hate-em group. But those who have been hesitant to give it even the slightest chance gave it one shot and now those same people still continue to play the game till this very day. Minecraft remains as one of the most conceptually impressive indie games out there on the PC. On the 360, crafting is easier. A new interface presents all available objects, and tells you exactly what materials you need to make them. And with XBL, social team-ups in the dangerous world of Minecraft is a breeze.
May 15 – Three releases
3. Diablo III (PC)
Diablo III is an upcoming dark fantasy/horror-themed action role-playing game in development by Blizzard Entertainment, making it the third installment in the Diablo franchise.
Why should I care? – Do we really need to come up with a reason for a Blizzard game? It’s one of the most anticipated games of the year since its 2008 announcement. And if you happen to be one of the poor souls who have never played a single Diablo game, know this: Amazon has declared Diablo III as its most preordered PC game ever. Diablo III has been voted by Game Trailers voters as the number one anticipated game in 2012. Still not interested? Check out our beta impressions.
4. Max Payne 3 (PS3/360)
Max Payne 3 is a third-person shooter and the third title in the Max Payne franchise set to be published by Rockstar Games. Although Remedy Entertainment (the original developers) are no longer behind the wheel, Rockstar has brought in a variety of talented teams from its Vancouver division in collaboration with the New England, London and Toronto studios.
Why should I care? James McCaffrey, the voice actor who played Max in the first two games, returns in this latest title. Also, Max Payne (the game’s obvious protagonist) still has his “Bullet Time” ability that allows him to slow time and take out groups of enemies before they can even react. It’s still vintage Max Payne but with multiplayer added to the series along with some light stealth elements, this setup is not only a game worth our curiosity but one worth owning. On top of the console releases, the PC version comes May 29.
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