May started out as a rather heavy month for gaming but it seems your wallet’s managed to catch a break as quite a few titles were pushed back for various reasons. Even then, this month has something to offer everyone from RPG junkies to FPS fanatics to sports fans.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (PC)
Told her not to drink so much
The sequel to the underrated but rather excellent Polish RPG The Witcher, Assassins of Kings strives to improve upon its predecessor in every way. You have a brand new engine capable of rendering gorgeous visuals, a more streamlined combat system as well as a more non-linear approach to plot progression that culminates in multiple endings. As of now, this game is a PC exclusive but developer CD Projekt have expressed an interest in bringing this franchise to consoles.
Fable III (PC)
Kicking butt with my badass stache
If you’re in the mood for a light hearted, action RPG, Fable III could be what the doctor ordered. The game’s been out for the Xbox360 since a while but it finally makes its debut on PC this May. Head right here for our review.
L.A. Noire (PS3 Xbox360)
The scene of the crime
What looks like Grand Theft Auto in the fifties at first glance, is actually a story driven crime saga where players step into the boots of an L.A.P.D. detective to solve a spate of violent crimes assaulting America’s West coast. Using their deductive skills and a revolutionary new facial animation system, players will have to use their deductive skills and instinct to figure out who’s innocent and who’s guilty. For more on the game, head on down to our preview.
Brink (Xbox360 PS3 PC)
Where's Noah when you need him?
A class based multiplayer shooter from the makers of Quake Wars, Brink is trying to set itself apart from the crowd with its Team Fortress 2-esque, class-based gameplay fused with first person parkour movements. Besides highly competitive and customizable multiplayer, Brink’s entire single player campaign can be played co-operatively which in our opinion is always welcome.
DiRT 3 (Xbox360 PS3 PC)
You spin me right round baby
With DiRT 3, developer Codemasters is ditching the extreme sports vibe for a more old-school rally experience. Players will embark upon a lengthy world tour (boasting of 59 tracks) across a plethora of real world locales where they will be pushed to the limits by the game’s AI as well as a brand new weather system, courtesy of Codemaster’s F1 2010.
Virtua Tennis 4 (Xbox360 PS3)
Tennis + Move = WIN!
Sports games, more importantly Tennis games and the PlayStation Move seem like a match made in heaven. If that’s the kind of heaven you see yourself chilling in, then Virtua Tennis 4 should be right up your alley. In fact developer SEGA have made sure the game’s more than just swinging the Move wildly; it’s all about precision and tact over here.
MX vs. ATV Alive (Xbox360 PS3 PC)
Gettting down and dirty
It’s time to hit the dirt one again as THQ revs up another MX vs. ATV game. Besides a more “extreme” take on this sport, THQ plan on releasing this game at a lower price than a full-fledge game this time round. This will include the base game but anything beyond that (like maybe newer rides or character customization) will be bought through micro-transactions. This way players can only buy the stuff they find interesting.