The amazing games you must play this May
From sci-fi FPS thrillers to charming third person puzzlers, you need to play these games in May.
It's been a long time coming for several games out this month, with the likes of Prey and RiME having had long journeys to reach shop shelves, but fret no more, they're here for your gaming pleasure.
Triple A adventures and indie darlings aren't the only top titles on offer either: from superhero brawling to retro-tinged shooters, and one of the most delightful surprises we've seen in a while, join us as we take a look at the best games you need to be playing this month.
Despite sharing the name with another incredibly weird FPS title from 10 years ago, Bethesda Softworks and Arkane Studios' latest first-person masterpiece has nothing to do with the original. Instead, you've got a deep and varied first-person adventure packed with evil aliens, a multitude of weapons and upgradable abilities that shares more in common with Dishonored and System Shock, even if both Prey titles are set on a space station of sorts. If you're looking for a single-player romp to crack on with, Prey is shaping up to be something special.
Release: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, May 5
Tequila Works' utterly charming third-person puzzle adventure game RiMEenthralled us when we went hands-on with it a few months back, and now it's finally on the way.
Despite a rough road to release, RiME is ready for you to tackle its deep and intricate puzzles, while you chase down an orange fox and figure out just what's on the island your hero has managed to become stranded on. Look forward to taking it on to go too, as a Switch version is set to land on the same day as its bigger console and PC brethren.
Release: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Nintendo Switch, May 26
Pixel Titans' STRAFE is unashamedly '90s. Taking almost everything about the gory, frag-filled shooters of the era and distilling it into a fast-paced, retro-tinged first-person romp, STRAFE looks set to shock you, and keep on shocking you whether you like it or not.
Even the game's website looks like it came straight out of 1996, complete with swirling animated GIFs, terrible frames and scrolling text like your own personal Angelfire website. Let's hope the game’s just as bad – in a good way of course.
Release: PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, May 9
NetherRealm Studios are back at it again, bringing you a Mortal Kombat-tinged DC universe brawler sequel filled with (almost) all of your favourite superheroes in a weird, dystopian universe. In a world where Superman's gone all evil, the DC universe has practically followed suit and turned dark and gritty, and everyone's duking it out and throwing punches left and right
If you've ever wanted to settle the debate between your mates whether Superman would beat Batman, or if you've wanted to play as the Joker and wreak havoc against the heroes, here's your shot, in full HD glory. And if you just can't keep away from getting your combos on, there'll be mobile versions of the game out too.
Release: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Android, iOS May 16
Despite being out on PC since last February, the Minecraft meets RPG title is on the way to console too, letting you get your exploration, building and role-playing fix all from the comfort of your couch. With a multiplayer sandbox to explore, fight monsters in and build to your heart's content, it looks like Portal Knights has something for almost everyone – everyone that's slightly bored of Minecraft, that is.
Release: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, May 19
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
Speaking of Minecraft, Microsoft and Mojang's incredibly addictive digital-Lego-a-thon that's out on practically everything continues its domination, and it's heading to the Nintendo Switch next. That means you can take it everywhere and anywhere, and then hook it up to your telly when you get home, letting you show off your insane creations to your pals.
With bonus Nintendo content to explore, up to eight player online multiplayer, and four-player local multiplayer, you can soon get your Minecraft addiction curbed on Nintendo's latest console.
Release: Nintendo Switch, May 11
Forza Horizon 3: Hot Wheels
Arguably the strangest combination that actually makes incredible sense, the latest expansion to hit Forza Horizon 3 gives you a kid's dream brought to digital life: Forza is teaming up with Mattel’s Hot Wheels.
The iconic bright orange tracks and ridiculous cars will soon be yours to play with inside the game, giving the Australian locale a weird look that's only sure to be fun. Expect huge jumps, incredible souped-up motors and that Criss Cross Crash toy advert brought to digital life, all on your Xbox.
Release: Xbox One, May 9