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Nep’s Upcoming Games: May 2019

Welcome back to Nep’s Upcoming Games, a monthly series of articles where I help you decide what games to check out in the upcoming month! Last month we started off with the Shovel Knight expansions which actually didn’t happen and I hate myself for not realising that. And I hate Releases.com for not being up-to-date. Aside from the ports we got the Konami Anniversary Collection: Arcade Classics which apparently nobody really cared for since there are almost no reviews to be found.. anywhere. But the reviews I did find had mixed opinions on the collection itself because it didn’t have many features. I’m not surprised but hey, at least the games themselves work fine so that’s good. Mortal Kombat 11 on the other hand received very positive reviews, so that’s definitely the game of the month–not that it had much competition anyway. Moero Chronicle H eh, it’s decent, nobody is surprised. They didn’t fix too much of the basic gameplay either so honestly, there are way better alternatives out there. That’s most of what we had last month outside of ports however. I did miss Katana ZERO which I didn’t know too much about so I purposely didn’t talk about it, but it turned out positive as well so if you haven’t heard about that one yet, give it a shot!

May yet again is a month with only a few releases and mostly ports. I’m stopping with giving ports their own paragraph from now on however, and instead mention the most noteworthy down below:

  • The Sword of Ditto | Switch (May 2nd)
  • Shadows of Adam | Switch (May 3rd)
  • Death End re;quest | PC (May 6th)
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 | PC (May 9th)
  • Saints Row: The Third | Switch (May 10th)
  • Redout | Switch (May 14th)
  • Multiple Resident Evil games | Switch (May 21st)
  • Guacamelee! One-Two Punch Collection | Switch/PS4 (May 28th)

Without further ado, let’s move on to the big releases of May 2019! I’m purposely keeping Raji: An Ancient Epic of this list because despite Releases.com saying it releases on May 1st, I can not find a release date anywhere else. I’ve grown more cautious now thanks to the Shovel Knight fiasco.

Puyo Puyo Champions

Release date: May 7th
Genre(s): Puzzle
Console(s): PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Developer: SEGA

More Puyo Puyo! This is the latest entry in the Puyo Puyo franchise, a puzzle series from way back in the 90s. Not too long ago we saw Puyo Puyo Tetris, which combined the legendary Tetris gameplay with Puyo Puyo. This one has the same art style and gameplay but without the Tetris. Instead, this game is more geared towards the eSports scene, with offline- but mostly online gameplay to play competitively with multiple people online. That, and it is also only 10 bucks. There’s also a new eight-player tournament mode which is neat. If you’re solely aiming to play this game just for single player content you might want to stick with Puyo Puyo Tetris, but for the people who like to play this game competitively, this game is made specifically for you.

Shakedown: Hawaii

Release date: May 7th
Genre(s): Indie, Action
Console(s): Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3ds, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC
Developer: Vblank Entertainment

Advertised as the spiritual successor to Retro City Rampage, Shakedown: Hawaii takes the game to Hawaii this time where it’s your job to build your own empire. Hawaii is your playground, and it’s yours for the taking. There are a total of three playable characters, and to become the ruler of Hawaii you need to take out some competition in this high-action destructible sandbox game. Hawaii is pretty huge, with many secrets and stores to enter, people to interact with and more. If this game can live up to its origins, we got a great game here that you might want to look out for.

Castlevania Anniversary Collection

Castlevania Anniversary Collection

Release date: May 16th
Genre(s): Platformer
Console(s): PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Developer: Konami

The Arcade Classic apparently was a decent port. The Castlevania Collection probably will be just decent as well. And hey, I kinda love Castlevania a lot so it would be a sin for me to not put this on here. And if the games emulate alright that’s good enough for me, though a not-barebones collection would of course be preferable. This collection features all of the 2D Castlevania platformers except for Rondo of Blood, Chronicles and Legends because Konami absolutely hates Legends. It even has Bloodlines! Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest is one to proceed with caution, and avoid Castlevania: The Adventure at all costs, but all the other games in the collection are definitely worth playing.

 

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland

Release date: May 21st
Genre(s): JRPG
Console(s): Playstation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch
Developer: Koei Tecmo

I’m probably going to sound like a broken record but I am still way behind on the Atelier series. That has nothing to do with the quality of the franchise however, and more just me being lazy. The Atelier franchise is a long-running series of JRPGs on a time limit, though this one won’t have that limit. Explore a beautifully crafted world as an alchemist, who is able to use alchemy in battle as well. It is a sequel to Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland, and as such features some gameplay from the previous game alongside new features such as new synthesis, battle, and exploration systems. If you’re looking for a new JRPG or are already familiar with the franchise but don’t like the time limit, you might want to try out this one.

Team Sonic Racing

Release date: May 21st
Genre(s): Racing
Console(s): Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Sumo Digital

Here we have my personal game of the month. I’ve been looking forward to a new Sonic racing game since forever. In my opinion they give the Mario Kart game a run for their money and possibly even surpass them. I am kind of bummed out that this game sacrifices the other SEGA characters and only has twelve playable characters, but we do get a lot of Sonic-themed stages in return with awesome music by Crush 40, Tee Lopes and more. The “Team” in the title also has some more meaning, as there’s a heavy emphasis on racing as a team of three characters. How this will work no idea, but I don’t recall any other karting game having that mechanic so I’m interested to see how it works. There’s also loads of customization to cars that were already present in Transformed with mods, but it’s more perfect here. I am definitely going to buy this game, and I hope it will live up to my expectations.

Here are a few honourable mentions of games that look good, or might interest you, but I’m not planning on getting or playing for a while:

Sniper Elite V2 Remastered (May 14th, Nintendo Switch/PC/PlayStation 4): I haven’t played a single Sniper game yet, hence why this game is on here. It looks good and I am interested in playing the franchise regardless, but I have other priorities right now.
Rage 2 (May 14th, PlayStation 4/Xbox One/PC):
I couldn’t care less for this game really, but I had to address it here regardless because it is one of the bigger games of May.

And that’s all the important games we have for this month. Yet again we have a slightly boring month with not a lot of releases. I hope upcoming months will be more interesting because otherwise, I might plug this series of articles due to not being able to cover enough games that interest me. We’ll see, only the future can tell!

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2 thoughts on “Nep’s Upcoming Games: May 2019”

  1. I really wish Konami hadn’t abandoned the whole “making games” thing. Still, it’s nice they’re making their older efforts available on newer consoles. At least that way, they will latch onto some of the minuscule amounts of goodwill they have left.

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    1. I know right, and it’s a shame they are still the owner of the franchises as well so we won’t see new games of said franchises either. And if they do, I have to fear for the quality..

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