The Gaming Month Ahead – May 2014


UPDATE 06/05:

I wasn’t quite sure if this was confirmed – it certainly hasn’t popped up on Steam yet – but Dynasty Warriors 9 Xtreme Legends Complete is coming to PC this month. It releases on the 13th on Steam. I’ve also added a few XBLA and PSN titles to the release list.

Hey, it’s May! Easter’s gone, spring is most certainly here and summer is somewhere up ahead. The 8th gen consoles are both about half a year old and still slowly drip-feeding games to the eager masses. So what do we think of this month? I don’t know, but I know what I think of this month. I’m tentatively excited about this month. Drakengard 3 is out this month and returns us to one of the darkest game worlds of the 6th gen. Drakengard has always been a strange marriage of Dynasty Warriors style big battle action, Panzer Dragoon aerial combat and a story that leaves you shivering in a corner, muttering to yourself. The closest we’ve come to this world in the last few years has been Nier. Made by the creators of Drakengard, Nier was set after the 4th ending of Drakengard 1, but had little else to do with it. Drakengard 3 ups the freaky and gives us a heroine with a flower in place of her left eye, called Zero. Her other sisters also bear numbers instead of names. The game is a prequel rather than sequel – but is still helmed by cavia veterans, including Keiichi Okabe, who composed the soundtrack for Nier. I’m expecting fairly bad graphics, good gameplay, a riveting story and a top soundtrack – hopefully I won’t be too disappointed.

Another RPG which I’m pinning some hopes to is Bound By Flame. The game looks great, and offers a wealth of customisation to the main character, including the option of playing as a female lead. It’s coming out on PS3, X360, PC and PS4, strangely not for the XBone. While everything about it looks right, the developers Spider Studios, haven’t exactly had a stellar run of titles. Of Orcs and Men was met by a rather muted reception, and Mars: War Logs looked fantastic from the trailers, but proved to be a messy, rather bad, short game.

Everyone else on the planet though is going to belooking forward to either Watch Dogs or Mario Kart 8. First off, kudos to Nintendo for not calling it Mario Kart ate you, or something equally silly and platform related. While everyone else who doesn’t have a Nintendo platform is quite happy racing round to Sonic All-Stars Transformed, Nintendo Wii-U owners get treated to ‘The reason to own the console’. Is it any good? Previews seem fairly positive, though Edge calls it ‘a little by the numbers’ but then who trusts Edge anyway? I don’t think it can be bad, at worst, people will just say the older ones were better.

I mentioned Watch Dogs didn’t I? Yeah, Watch Dogs is out this month. Delayed from launch of the 8th gen, Watch Dogs finally makes an appearance. The mood wave with Watch Dogs is hard to guage. At times the media loves it and hails it as the next big thing, the next moment, it’s getting trash talked for supposed drops in quality and not living up to everyone’s expectations. Well Ubisoft’s open world, hack-everything game is out just before the end of the month.Seeing as there’s not much to look forward to in the summer, a nice big open world title might be just the thing for you. Assuming you’re not playing Mario Kart 8 or Drakengard 3, obviously.
Borderlands 2 and God of War 1 and 2 are ported over to Vita sometime this month. For every non-existent port like Bioshock Infinite or Oblivion on PSP, there’s the one’s that make it. Borderlands on the go is actually pretty cool – hopefully they nail the mulitplayer so that people can jump into your game with minimal effort and loading.
And that’s it…apart from all these others in the list that I haven’t mentioned. Go play hard!

Full release list: May 2014
02

  • Blood Bath (PS3/X360)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PC/PS4/PS3/X360/3DS/WiiU)
  • Anna Extended (X360)
  • HomeTown Story (3DS)
  • Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS)
  • Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (3DS)

08

  • Age of Mythology: Extended Edition (PC)
  • Peggle 2 (XBLA)
  • Outlast ‘Whistleblower’ DLC (PS4)
  • Last of Us ‘Grounded Bundle’ DLC (PS3)

09

  • Bound by Flame (PC/PS4/PS3/X360)
  • God of War Collection (Vita)
  • Global ATC (PC)

13

  • Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends Complete (PC)

14

  • Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition (PS3)
  • Borderlands 2 (Vita) unconfirmed release date
  • Super Time Force (XBLA)

16

  • Kick-Ass 2 (PS3/X360)
  • NASCAR ’14 (PS3)
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)

20

  • Transistor (PS4)
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC/PS4/XBONE/PS3/X360)

21

  • Drakengard 3 (PS3)

22

  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II (PC)

23

  • F1 2013 – Complete Edition (PC/PS3/X360)
  • Mugen Souls Z (PS3)
  • Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (3DS)
  • Killer is Dead: Nightmare Edition (PC)
  • Lifeless Planet (PC)
  • Planetary Annihilation (PC)
  • Tropico 5 (PC)

27

  • Watch Dogs (PC/PS4/XBONE/PS3/X360)
  • Mind Zero (Vita)
  • Ace Combat Infinity (PSN)

30

  • Mario Kart 8 (WiiU)

Playstation Plus Update 30th April

Leaving PS Plus:

  • 30th April: Mercenary Kings
  • 30th April: Pro Evolution Soccer 2014
  • 30th April: Bioshock Infinite
  • 30th April: Hotline Miami (Cross Buy)
  • 30th April: MotoGP13

Entering PS Plus:

  • 30th April: Stick it to the Man
  • 30th April: Payday 2
  • 30th April: Puppeteer
  • 30th April: Muramasa Rebirth
  • 30th April: Everybody’s Golf

 

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