The Must Play Games of May 2018

May is set to be another colossal month for game releases. Sure, most of the best ones are sequels, remasters and re-releases. We’re okay with that because they were all excellent games in the first place. They look and play seriously well. You may have to postpone any dreams of saving money until June, July or even August. Holding off until 2019 seems more likely.

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A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia – 3rd May – PC

Continuing the multi-award-winning strategy series, A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia combines enormous real-time battles with engrossing turn-based action. Set at a critical point in history, the Anglo-Saxons, Gaelic clans and Viking settlers clash for control. What Kingdom will you build?

Thrones of Britannia challenges you to re-write a critical moment in history, one that will come to define the future of modern Britain. With ten playable factions, you must build and defend a kingdom, forge alliances, manage burgeoning settlements, raise armies and embark on campaigns of conquest across the most detailed Total War map to date. Kings will rise. One will rule.

Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze – 4th May – Nintendo Switch

Swing, leap, and barrel-blast your way through Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze. The Snowmads have taken peaceful Donkey Kong Island and turned it into a frozen fortress. Now it’s up to you and the Kongs to take it back. Grab a buddy or play with the kids in this co-op quest across tropical islands packed with platforming perfection.

DK Tropical Freeze initially launched for Nintendo’s Wii U system back in 2014 where it received critical acclaim. Now with a new playable character and the added portability or the Switch, it’s the perfect time to jump back in or experience it for the first time.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – 9th May – PC

Pursue a rogue god over land and sea in the sequel to the multi-award-winning RPG Pillars of Eternity. Captain your ship on a dangerous voyage of discovery across the vast unexplored archipelago region of the Deadfire. Build your party from 7 different companions and assign multiple classes and more in-depth abilities for each. Witness their relationships and interactions unfold with the addition of the new companion system.

Bend the world to your will, as you explore the depths of infinite possibilities, including freedom of exploration and more meaningful choices at every turn. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire doesn’t appear to be receiving a physical release so you will have to grab it as a download. It’s coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later in 2018. It’s a must-have for fans of classics like Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights.

State of Decay 2 – 18th May – PC, Xbox One

Small-Town America, one year from today. The dead have risen, and civilisation has fallen. Humanity stands on the brink of extinction. It’s up to you to gather survivors, build a community, explore and redefine what it means to survive. State of Decay 2 is pegged as the ultimate open world zombie survival game. Build a base, develop your characters’ skills, and manage resources to survive as a group in this post-apocalyptic zombie world.

Play solo or team up with up to three friends to explore a world filled with zombies, dangerous humans and valuable gear necessary to keep your community alive. Your choices define the story. Prepare to throw your moral code out the door.

Detroit: Become Human – 25th May – PS4

Detroit: Become Human is a neo-noir thriller set in the near-future where androids have replaced humans in most jobs. The story starts with an unexplained incident that affects the Androids. Some show signs of emotions. The rumours of “deviant” androids start spreading…

Through your actions and decisions, you drive the story and face the consequences of your choices. You are in charge of the fate of these characters. Make critical decisions that will impact the story and its world. Detroit: Become Human is from Quantic Dream, the makers of Heavy Rain and just like that game, each of Detroit’s characters face permanent death. Meaning if they die the story will adapt and progress without them. There’s an impressive demo available for download right now.

Dark Souls Remastered – 25th May – PC, PS4, Xbox One

Then, there was fire. Re-experience the critically acclaimed, genre-defining game that started it all. Delve into the epic dark fantasy universe stricken by decline and the Curse. Explore its intricate design full of hidden passages, dungeons and secrets and uncover its deeply rooted lore. There are hundreds of unique combinations of weaponry, armour, magic and crafting options to create your own playstyle and gaming experience.

Dark Souls Remastered looks great in high-definition detail running at 60fps. It also includes the Artorias of the Abyss DLC. A Nintendo Switch version is on the way, unfortunately, it has been delayed by several months.

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection – 29th May – Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the iconic Street Fighter franchise with the ultimate tribute to its arcade legacy. This all-in-one package highlights the series’ past in an anthology of 12 classic titles with arcade-perfect balancing and a definitive online experience across 4 of the titles.

Compete against the CPU while waiting for friends to come online. Dive into Street Fighter history with rich character bios, a vast Museum Mode including never before seen art and an interactive timeline, plus you can listen to tracks in the Music Player. HADOUKEN!

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