The best May game releases for PlayStation, Xbox, PC and Switch
by Brian Bencomo
If you’re looking for fun new games to play this month, you’ve come to the right place! From recently released games coming to next-gen consoles to classic games coming to new ports and everything in between, here are the top games coming to PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC this month.
Resident Evil Village
PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia -- May 7
One of the most highly anticipated games of the year headlines the slate of games releasing in May. Village is the first main series Resident Evil game in four years, and fans have gotten a taste of the game already through multiple demos. It seems like everybody has fallen in love with Lady Dimitrescu ever since Capcom first revealed her to the world. The exceptionally tall vampire lady has become the fan-favorite focal point of the game, and Twitter, Reddit, Twitch and YouTube are sure to be filled with Resident Evil and Lady Dimitrescu content all month.
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Mass Effect Legendary Edition
PC, PS4, Xbox One -- May 14
This is a collection featuring remastered versions of all three of the games in the Mass Effect trilogy. Mass Effect takes place in space and revolves around Commander Shepard as he tries to save the galaxy from The Reapers and their agents. If you only have time to play one of the games, Mass Effect 2 is particularly beloved. This collection was announced to much fanfare on Nov. 7, a date of significance for the franchise known as “N7 Day.” Bioware also announced that another Mass Effect game was in development, so this might be the perfect time to jump into the series if you haven’t played it.
Subnautica: Below Zero
PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, Switch -- May 14
Subnautica, an open world survival game, is an indie darling that’s getting a sequel this month. The first Subnautica has a 10/10 rating on Steam and got a 9.1 out of 10 rating on IGN. Just like the first game, Below Zero takes place on an alien planet, 4546B. The sequel takes place a year after the events of the first game and the action primarily happens underwater. You can already take a peek at the game on Steam, where it has been available in early access since January 2019.
Bonus: Subnautica has slowly been released on different platforms since it was first released in early access for PC in 2014. In 2015 it became available for Mac and in 2018 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It’ll finally be released for the Nintendo Switch on May 14.
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PC -- May 19
Days Gone is an open-world survival-horror game set a couple years after the start of a global pandemic. You control Deacon St. John, a former outlaw biker, who finds out that his wife might still be alive in this post-apocalyptic world. The game released for PlayStation 4 originally in 2018. Now, it’s coming to PC. It’s a rare game that was originally a PlayStation-exclusive that later comes to PC. Horizon Zero Dawn was a former PlayStation-exclusive that Sony made available for PC last year.
PS4, Xbox One -- May 21
Rust is a multiplayer survival game that fully released for PC and Mac in 2018. It briefly became a popular game that many big-name streamers, including Felix “xQc” Lengyel, Michael “shroud” Grzesiek and Imane “Pokimane” Anys, were playing on Twitch in late December and into January. It’s finally coming to PS4 and Xbox One this month, so it’s possible it gets another bump in popularity on Twitch this month.
Switch -- May 27
The Oddworld franchise includes a series of games that have been released across several platforms over the past two decades. The games generally revolve around the Mudokons’ attempts to break free from their oppressors. The first game in the series, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee came out in 1997, and the latest, Oddworld: Soulstorm, released just last month. This month, Oddworld: Collection -- a bundle of three previously released games -- comes out for the Nintendo Switch. The collection includes Munch’s Oddysee, Stranger’s Wrath and New ‘n’ Tasty.
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