The Gaming Month Ahead – May 2015


Witcher 3

It’s almost May, and this will be one of the first months where the 7th gen consoles are finally starting to feel like they’re being left behind. PS3 gets a few releases, but X360 really feels abandoned with not much besides Farming Simulator 2015 releasing for it.

Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is the big title game this month. It’s been over 8 years since Geralt began his journey, and though it started only on PC, it’s going to be finishing on PC, PS4 and XBone. A lot of people are probably asking themselves whether they can jump in at the tail end of a trilogy without having played previous games. Well, CD Project RED are going the Mass Effect route and including a detailed recap that will allow the player to set decisions from the previous games, as well as giving a good overview of the situation. I would personally suggest that Witcher 1 and 2 are totally worth playing if you can. While the gameplay in both can be hard to get a grasp on, both have terrific stories and the decisions in Witcher 2 really make you stop and think – especially when the game features two entirely different middle acts depending on your choices early on.

Witcher 3 goes open world and looks stunning, much as Witcher 2 did when it came out. As always there’s a lot of moral pondering about the nature of a monster hunter – and what indeed makes a monster. But that won’t get in they way of stylishly cleaving the head off a griffon. Also, for those wondering – your saves from Witcher 1 and 2 can be ported on PC, but not on X360 to Xbone.

Elsewhere this month, Bungie will be trying to convince players that the ‘Expansion’ Pass that players paid for wasn’t entirely a waste of money by releasing the second of two ‘expansions’. The first, the Dark Below was light on content and great at splintering the community between those who had paid and those who hadn’t. House of Wolves will be splintering that community again and hoping that an interesting new mode and higher level gear and weapons can make up for a lack of a new raid, new enemies, and possibly even art assets.

Remasters and ports still about this month too – Arcania: The Complete tale comes out on PS4. Featuring Arcania 4 and its expansion, it brings the PC version to console, aiming for 1080/60. Final Fantasy X and X-2 come out on PS4 as well. Saves are cross-compatible with the Vita and PS3 versions released last year; though its hard to argument for this kind of purchase if you already bought it on PS3. Also in the world of Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years releases on Steam. This is the fully 3D version that also came out on DS, not the ‘retro’ 2d sprite version on PSP.

Wolfenstein’s Blood-Dragon-Style spin-off, The Old Blood, also comes out on PC, PS4 and Xbone, early in the month. It’s a stand-alone experience that gives an alternate take on the New Order’s popular setting and gameplay.

Full May Release List

05/01

  • Omega Quintet (PS4)
  • Metal Slug Defence (PC)

05/05

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (PC/PS4/Xbone)

05/06

  • Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (Vita)
  • Ether One (PS4)

05/07

  • Project CARS (PC/PS4/Xbone)

05/08

  • Arcania: The Complete Tale (PS4)
  • The Last Tinker: City of Colors (PS4)
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush (WiiU)
  • Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons (3DS)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – GOTY (PC/PS4/Xbone)

05/11

  • Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (PC)

05/12 

  • Invisible Inc. (PC)

05/13

  • Mortal Kombat X ‘Ultimate Horror Pack’ DLC (05/06 for season pass)

05/15

  • Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster (PS4)
  • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (3DS)

05/19

  • Farming Simulator 15 (PS4/PS3/XBone/X360)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PC/PS4/Xbone)

05/20

  • Destiny ‘House of Wolves’ DLC (All)

05/21

  • Swords & Soldiers II (WiiU)

05/22

  • Steins;Gate (PS3/Vita)
  • Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition (Vita)
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (Vita)
  • Looney Tunes: Galactic Sports (Vita)

05/26

  • Magicka 2 (PC/PS4)
  • Ultra Street Fighter IV (PS4)

05/29

  • Space Hulk (PS3/Vita)
  • Syberia: Complete Collection (PS3)
  • Splatoon (WiiU)
  • Fossil Fighters: Frontier (3DS)
  • Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (3DS)

May

  • Warhammer 40,000: Regicide (PC)
  • Dragon Age Inquisition ‘Jaws of Hakkon’ DLC
  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (3DS)

Playstation Plus

Leaving PS Plus:

Entering PS Plus:

Xbox Games With Gold:

Entering Games with Gold:

  • CastleStorm: Definitive Edition (Xbone)
  • Pool Nation FX (Xbone – Continuing offer from previous month)
  • Mafia II (X360) May 1st to May 15th
  • F1 2013 (X360) May 16th to May 31st

Leaving Games with Gold:

  • Child of Light (Xbone)
  • Assassin’s Creed Black Flag
  • Army of Two: Devil’s Cartel
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