It’s around this time of year that the new releases well starts to dry up. Don’t panic, though, because while May’s list of anticipated titles might look slim, it’s packed with more than a few surprises, including radical DLC for Far Cry 3, Metro: Last light’s debut, Donkey Kong’s first 3DS remake, and loads of potential cult hits. See what hidden gems await in our May 2013 new release rundown below.

May 1

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

Return to an era where cyber-men were cyber-men, neon was the new black, and laser-spewing dragons roamed the land in this totally radical stand-alone expansion for Far Cry 3. Forget what you remember about Rook Island. Blood Dragon re-imagines Far Cry 3′s topical locale as a 1980s sci-fi Hellscape, complete with evil robot armies, blood-red skies, and alien wildlife. Weapons, vehicles, and main characters also receive the retro treatment. Players can enjoy a brand new storyline starring uber-soldier Sgt. Rex Power Colt (played by Michael Bean of Terminator fame). Check our review right here: this isn’t your grandpa’s Far Cry 3, kiddies. This is Far Cry 3… to the Xtreme!


Platform: PC

Phil Fish’s trippy, formerly 360-exclusive puzzle-platformer is opening a portal to PCs this month. Fez stars a 2D creature called Gomez who acquires the ability to expand his world into the third dimension after accepting a mystic fez hat from a sentient cube called Hexahedron. Throughout the game, players must travel a myriad of strange lands by shifting environments on their axis and using the different perspectives to collect 32 cubes that, when combined, will save Gomez’s world. Fez is packed with inside jokes and homages to gaming history, and its gamplay rewards exhaustive exploration and keen puzzle solving skills. You can watch Phil Fish nearly lose his mind developing Fez in Indie Game: The Movie, or read our own mind-bending experience in our FEZ review.

May 14

Metro: Last Light

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
EU: May 17

4A Games’ long
awaited sequel to Metro 2033 is ready to emerge this month.
Set in a post-apocalyptic Moscow, Metro: Last Light (formerly Metro
2034) will cast players as Artyom, a lone hero who must brave
mutants, madmen, and a civil war
to save the last remnants of humanity. The story will be based
on the Metro 2033 universe created by author Dmitry Glukhovsky, with
gameplay that sticks closely to the series’ gritty and realistic FPS

Originally slated
for a mid-2012 release, Metro: Last Light was delayed to Q1 2013
after the closure of its original publisher, THQ, and its subsequent
purchase by Deep Silver. We’ll see soon if this sequel was worth the
wait. In the meantime, read what we’ve gleaned over the years in Metro: Last Light – 12 Things You Need to Know.

May 15

Wrecking Balls Arena

Platform: OUYA

If you own one of the pre-release OUYAs,  get ready to receive this exclusive treat from the developers at Team Kakumei. Described as an arcade-style RTS, Wrecking Balls Arena will let up four players pilot self-aware wrecking balls in arena styled combat. Each ball will enter the field of battle with basic attack and defend capabilities, as well as the ability to wield power-ups across the seven lanned maps. Wrecking Balls Arena is an exclusive title for OUYA, and if you missed out on the Kickstarter, the console officially launches next month.

May 21

Capcom Arcade Cabinet: All-In-One Pack

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
EU: May 22

Ghosts ‘n Goblins, 1942, Commando, and Side Arms headline Capcom’s arcade gaming bundle. The all-in-one download will feature all 17 games in the Capcom Arcade Cabinet collection, which have also been available as separate downloads throughout the past months. In addition to the retro gaming goodness, Capcom’s collection sports full HD optimization, online and co-op multiplayer functionality, leaderboard support, Achievements/Trohpies, social media integration, and game bonuses. The bundle will also ship with a music player and virtual dip switch that will grant players the power to fiddle with in-game mechanics.

Capcom Arcade Cabinet: All-In-One Pack’s full list of games is as follows: Black Tiger, 1943: Battle of Midway, Avenger, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Gun Smoke, Section Z, Side Arms, Legendary Wings, Trojan, Commando, The Speed Rumbler, Exed Exes (Savage Bees), 1942, SonSon, Pirate Ship Higemaru, and two bonus games to be announced at a later date.

Fast & Furious: Showdown

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PC

Fans of the Paul Walker and Vin Diesel racing franchise will soon get a chance to steer their favorite anti-heroes in this video game tie in to 2013′s upcoming Fast and the Furious 6. The game will speed players through 31 missions of fast-paced, daredevil action―all of which will depict the events between the last film and its upcoming sequel. The game will also feature two-player co-op and a challenge mode that will pit players against each other in tests of skill, speed, and leaderboard ranking. Of course, gearheads should have more than enough car customization options to keep them busy as well.

Fast & Furious: Showdown is being developed by Firebrand Games, maker of other notable racing titles such as Need for Speed: The Run, NASCAR Unleashed, and Cars 2.

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Platform: Wii U

Experience the LEGO Batman sequel in exhilarating Wii U-O-Vision with this GamePad-enhanced version of 2012′s Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. It’s been nearly a year since Batman and his ragtag group of superhero friends appeared in this pseudo open-world Lego game. Now, the sequel is arriving onto the scene with a slew of new Wii U features. This version will allow superheroes-in-training to use the GamePad screen for a more separate co-op experience, as well as let them manage player selection and some abilities with touchscreen controls. Off-TV play will also be available. See what we thought of the original console release in our LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes review.

May 21 (cont’d)

Resident Evil Revelations

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC
EU: May 24

3DS Resident Evil entry is now making its way to consoles and PC. The upgraded port will
let console RE fans live the adventures of Jill Valentine and Parker
Luciani aboard the cruise ship Queen Zenobia, which may or may not be
infested with mutants carrying the T-Abyss virus (spoiler: it is). Naturally, Resident Evil
Revelations will be getting a visual makeover when it hits consoles. It
will also arrive with a new “Infernal” difficulty mode, a new enemy type, fresh gear, plus  additional costumes and characters for the Raid Mode.

Resident Evil Revelations was celebrated for its a return to RE’s survival horror roots. It also came
highly recommended for its post-game content (i.e Raid Mode). Read why
we dug Capcom’s cruise ship nightmare in our Resident Evil: Revelations review.

Worms Collection

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
EU: Already Out

Dig in, North American Worms fans. After months of waging combat on European consoles, Worms Collection is finally storming western shores. The battle-hardened collection will feature three previously downloadable Worms titles–Worms, Worms 2: Armageddon (plus 6 free DLC packs), and Worms: Ultimate Mayhem. If you’ve played with worms and wondered what it’s like to lead them in cartoony weapons-based combat, this is the collection for you. Alternatively, if you simply like the Worms series, that also works.

May 24

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

In 2010, Nintendo and Retro brought the Kong clan back in a major way with Donkey Kong Country Returns. The game invoked the platforming charm and challenge of the SNES Donkey Kong Country series, and was well received in return. So well received, in fact, that Nintendo has paired with Monster Games (Pilotwings Resort) to remake the 2010 hit from the ground up for the Nintendo 3DS. Featuring more than just graphical upgrades and 3D effects, the remake will come with eight new levels and a “New Mode” that will offer greenhorns the option of playing on an easier difficulty. Nintendo says the New Mode was added to make the game easier for portable play, but purists should be happy that an “Original Mode” will retain the difficulty level of the Wii version. We already got our paws on this incoming 3DS remake. Read our impressions at Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Preview – New screens and details.

Sniper Elite V2

Platform: Wii U

The Wii U’s World War II game library is gaining a new recruit with the arrival of Sniper Elite V2. This remake of 2005′s Sniper Elite takes place during the 1945 Battle of Berlin and follows OSS officer Karl Fairburn on his mission to stop the German brainiacs behind the development of the V-2 rocket. Sniper Elite V2 will be a game for the methodical FPS’ers, favoring stealthy and strategic warfare over up-close combat. With the Wii U version, players will enjoy an even more tactical experience through the ability to track targets, analyze the environment, and keep an eye on their BPM heart monitor on the Wii U GamePad. Sniper Elite V2′s multiplayer co-op components will also remain intact, letting friends tackle opposing forces in tandem throughout multiple game modes.

Sniper Elite V2 was released in spring 2012 for PS2, Xbox 360, and PC. Read our Sniper Elite V2 review to see why the so-called “Kill cam” is just one of the reasons this is the perfect fix for FPS campers. 

May 28


Platform: PS3, Xbox 360
EU: May 31

The co-op four-player shooter formerly known as Overstrike is ready to deploy. Developed by Insomniac Games (its first non-Sony exclusive), Fuse stars Dalton, Izzy, Jacob, and Naya as an off-kilter team of agents known as Overstrike 9. The team must save mankind from a sinister organization. The game’s new title takes its cues from the alien material at the heart of Overstrike 9′s headaches, as well as the gunk powering the team’s over-the-top weaponry. After kicking around Insomniac’s studios for years, it’s finally hitting stores. Until then, you can check out our impressions of its fall 2012 build in FUSE preview – Big weapons, big explosions, big co-op.


Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
EU: May 31

Barcelona, Abu Dhabi, and the California Coast are just a sampling of the environments you’ll rip through in this highly anticipated sequel to Codemasters’ 2008 Race Driver: Grid. The sequel will pull up with a new “TrueFeel” handling system and vehicles plucked from over the last four decades. For better or worse, it will also do away with the Helmet Cam perspective featured in the original. Our own Justin Towell said at the game’s reveal: “This has the potential to be the best racing game of the
generation. Perhaps ever.” We’ll see if Codemasters can meet such big
talk soon. Check out our bang-up-to-date GRID 2: 10 things you need to know for the full lowdown and make sure you check out our exclusive montage of crashes from the full game (above) too.

May 29

The Night of the Rabbit

Platform: PC, Mac

You may know Daedalic Entertainment as the developer of Deponia and publisher of Torchlight 2, but after this month the German studio may be remembered as the studio that brought point-and-click adventure games back to the spotlight with The Night of the Rabbit. Sporting rich, animated visuals and a surreal Alice in Wonderland vibe, The Night of the Rabbit looks primed for cult success. It stars a young boy named Jerry whose dreams of becoming a magician send him to a fantastical land filled with talking animals, dapper rabbits, and no-good wizards. If it’s wonder, merriment, and/or jubilation you’re seeking, this could be puzzler for you.

Date TBA

Borderlands 2: Psycho Pack

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

Vault Hunters may be interested in hitching a ride back to the wilds of Pandora with this new piece of character DLC. The Psycho Pack will introduce a Psycho Bandit character named Krieg to the mix. Much like the name implies, Krieg will bring a touch of madness to Borderlands 2′s roster with his multiple personalities, buzz axe weapon, and brutal melee skills. Krieg’s skill tree will let players choose between buying upgrades in the Bloodlust tree, where combat perks can be stacked; the Hellborn tree, allowing Krieg to set fire to both his foes and himself; and the Mania tree, which makes creative use of Krieg’s off-kilter personalities.

Spartacus Legends

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360

THIS…IS…SPARTAAAAA-cus Legends, the free-to-play fighter based on the STARZ television series. As in the show, players will be treated to a no-holds bar depiction of gladiator combat either as Spartacus, Crixus, or their own user-created character. The game will embrace the freemium model, allowing players to engage friends and foes across the world in battles while building their character’s might through training, skill upgrades, and the acquisition of better gear.

Tomb Raider: Shipwrecked Multiplayer Pack

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

Delve back into Tomb Raider’s multiplayer mode with this new DLC map pack from Crystal Dynamics. A follow-up to April’s 1939 DLC release, the Shipwrecked Map Pack will extend Lara Croft’s online adventures with two new maps. These include The Lost Fleet, set amidst a derelict ship; and Himiko’s Cradle, which takes place inside an ancient mountains shrine. Still haven’t played the Tomb Raider reboot? Find out why the single player and multiplayer deserve your attention in out Tomb Raider review.

By Matt Bradford