April Showers bring May Game Releases! With summer and E3 2018 just around the corner, May is loaded with a ton of new titles, remasters, sequels, and more! Here’s a look at the games releases we’re looking forward to this month.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

From Obsidian Entertainment comes the sequel to 2015’s Pillars of Eternity. In Deadfire, set 5 years after Pillars of Eternity, you find yourself making a pact with Berath, the God of Death. In exchange for your soul, you and your must hunt down the newly resurrected God of Light, Eothas. Throughout the game, you’ll explore the world of Eora alongside your companions aboard the Defiant. Both new and returning companions appear throughout the game. Moreover, companion relationships have a major impact on the story, on other characters, and on the game as a whole. Your ship not only serves as a mobile base, but also as a weapon against other ships. You can customize your vessel, purchase new ships, or simply steal them from your enemies! Obsidian Entertainment announced the title and began a crowdfunding page for the game in January 2017. It quickly raised over 4 million, similar to it’s predecessor. The excitement and support for this game speaks volumes, and it makes me want to get my hands on a copy today! Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire was released on May 8, and is now available for PC and Mac.  

 Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

A Wii U favorite is headed to the Nintendo Switch! Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition was announced at the beginning of the year, during the January Nintendo Direct Mini. In this title, you can fight alongside all of your favorite Legend of Zelda characters in a Dynasty Warriors inspired hack-and-slash game! Every character, mission, map, and DLC  from the Wii U and DS titles will be available in one single game. Fans can now enjoy Linkle, My Fairy Mode, Ganon’s Fury, and more on the Nintendo Switch. Additionally, the Definitive Edition features Link and Zelda’s outfits from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And of course, you can play with two players in Joycon mode, or save Hyrule from Cia, the dark sorceress, all by yourself! Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition will be available on May 18. 

 PERSONA Series

After the success of Person 4: Dancing All Night for the PS Vita in 2015, its no surprise that other dancing Persona games were in the works. However, Atlus surprised all of us when they announced that Persona 3 AND Persona 5 would both receive their own rhythm games at the same time! Join all of your favorite characters from Persona 3 and Persona 5, as they fight the Shadows using the power of dance. Both titles are improvements on Persona 4: Dancing All Night, specifically in the dancing-area. Each character now has a specific dance style that was rendered off of individual dance models for the game. Each character’s dance style will be a reflection of their personality. Additionally, fans of Persona 3 will love the new realistic character models for the characters in Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night! This is the first time the in-game models of Persona 3 will match the artistic design created by Shigenori Soejima. 

Content 

Both games will feature 20+ songs from their respective games, along with remixes of several songs as well. And of course, they will both feature DLC content.  Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night will both be released on the PlayStation 4 and PSVita. Each system will have their own Special Edition Game Pack! The PS4 Triple Pack features both games, a digital port of beloved Persona 4: Dancing All Night, and complete soundtracks for all games. The PSVita Twin Pack contains the two previously mentioned games, soundtracks, and bonus downloadable costumes of Atlus characters from other Shin Megami Tensei games. With Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night, the fun (and dancing) will never stop! Both games are to be released on May 24.

Dark Souls: Remastered

Everyone’s favorite incredibly-difficult medieval horror adventure is back and better than ever!  Travel back to Age of Fire to fight and acquire the Lord Souls in Dark Souls: Remastered. Visually this remastered title boasts 60fps, 4k resolution and updated textures. In addition, the multiplayer mode has been raised from 4 to 6, players can now select and use multiple items (rather than one at a time), there will be Password Matchmaking in multiplayer, and much more! The successful gameplay elements found in the sequels (Dark Souls 2 and Dark Souls 3) have made their way into Dark Souls: Remastered. And for all you Nintendo fans, a Solaire of Astora amiibo is headed to the Nintendo Switch. I know I’m curious to see what he unlocks in other Nintendo titles! Unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch version has been delayed until “Summer 2018,” but Dark Souls: Remastered will be available for the PC, PS4, Xbox One on May 25. 

 Detroit: Become Human

Finally, the most anticipated game release of the month is Quantic Dream’s Detroit: Become Human. From the makers of Heavy Rain  and Beyond: Two Soulscomes another choice-based adventure game. Set in the futuristic world of Detroit City in 2038, the game follows the lives of three different Androids whose choices will ultimately impact the world around them. Kara is a domestic assistant Android who is tasked with caring for a little girl named Alice. Markus, a caretaker Android, will find himself leading the Android revolution. And Connor, an investigative prototype Android, is sent to the Detroit Police to investigate a string of bizarre Android incidents. Since every character’s choice will impact some aspect of the game, players will be able to access a handy flow-chart that allows them to track their choices. Furthermore, all characters can die under the player’s control and the story will continue without them. With so many impactful and detailed elements, Detroit: Become Human might be the strongest choice-based game of the year. If you’re curious about the title, you can download the free demo from the PlayStation Store. Personally, I cannot wait to explore the Androids of Detroit City! Detroit: Become Human will be available on May 25.

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In Conclusion

This remains one of the most diverse month of game releases we’ve seen! From popular rhythm games, to remastered classics, and highly anticipated choice-based narratives! Alongside these titles there’s a number of other games coming out this month as well. We’re at the peak before the Summer. As I mentioned earlier, we’re quickly approaching E3 2018 and the end of Q2. This means we’ll be hearing a lot more game announcements during the next month; fleshing out the second half of 2018, and titles to look forward to in the future. We’ll be back next month, with our top games for June, as well as a ton of E3 2018 news! 

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