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Top Video Games and Release Dates for May 2021

Suit up and slide into May with our look at the top video games launching this month. With the cold weather truly settling in, there’s plenty of new games to keep you indoors and entertained whether you’re into horror, sci-fi, survival games or quirky competitiveness.

Resident Evil Village leads this month’s countdown thanks to its creepy atmosphere and clear RE 4 inspiration. And who can look past Mass Effect Legendary Edition? The critically acclaimed trilogy returns remastered for modern consoles and PC with Shepard’s space-faring mission receiving stacks of improvements and enhancements.

Biomutant is a unique take on the open world action/adventure genre, and Knockout City is a dodgeball-inspired sports game for the Fortnite generation. And then there’s Miitopia, a returning social experience/RPG for Nintendo Switch. We didn’t cover this one in-depth, but you can expect it to sell at least a few million copies.

You can find all of this and more in our top video games list for May 2021. Check it out below!

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1. Resident Evil Village

The next generation of survival horror is here! Resident Evil Village continues the story and first-person gameplay introduced in Resident Evil 7. Returning hero Ethan Winters faces a new tragedy that sets him on a course to a European village searching for his daughter.

Ethan faces off against four imposing lords in the shadows of a foreboding castle, each unleashing new enemies and unique horrors. And behind it all is Chris Redfield, former Resident Evil hero who now appears to take on the role of series villain.

Fan-favourite elements like weapons crafting, resource management and a merchant named The Duke add further depth to the gameplay. Upon completing the campaign, the popular Mercenaries mode becomes unlocked for replayable arcade action.

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1
Release date: May 7

2. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

There’s no way this collection could not be front and centre in our top video games column. One of the greatest trilogies of all time makes a return in Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. Featuring three critically acclaimed games, players can relive the legend of Commander Shepard and his space-faring companions as the only hope against the greatest threat the galaxy has ever faced.

The Legendary Edition features the single player campaigns from all three original Mass Effect games, including over 40 collections of DLC, promo weapons, armours and more.

The three games are remastered for enhanced performance, with gameplay improvements and controller support for PC. The cinematic saga also receives 4K support for enhanced visuals, textures and models, plus an updated user interface. Get ready to save the galaxy all over again!

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1
Release date: May 14

3. Biomutant

Biomutant is a post-apocalyptic open-world action RPG that delivers a blend of martial arts, shooting and mutant ability action. Players can explore the colourful, vibrant world on foot, by mech, balloon, jetski and UFO. Then, customise your animal character through mutations, bionics and crafting to make them your own.

Within this highly original animal kingdom, the Tree of Life is bleeding, and the tribes stand divided. It’s up to you to rescue the tree from contaminants and unite the tribes in the process or end them once and for all. Although guided by a storyteller who narrates the journey, it’s your actions and decision that shape how the story unfolds.

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1
Release date: May 25

4. Subnautica Below Zero

Dive into the freezing waters of an alien planet in Subnautica Below Zero. In this survival sequel, players return to Planet 4546B to uncover the truth behind a deadly cover-up. You survive the hostile landscape by building habitats, crafting tools, fending off wildlife and always diving deeper into the frosty depths.

This time around, you can also leave the ocean and clamber up the snow-covered peaks and explore crystal caverns. Scavenging for resources in these new locations will net you everything you need to build and expand your journey into the unknown. Remember to keep your wits about you. Some of the wildlife is neutral, but more often than not, the alien lifeforms are hostile. But keep exploring, as something undiscovered lurks around every corner.

Subnautica Below Zero is the sequel to 2018’s critically acclaimed Subnautica. The latest entry leaves early access and launches on every platform on May 14.

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1, Switch
Release date: May 14

5. Essays on Empathy

“Seeking new narrative experiences in games” is how developer Deconstructeam describes its latest release, Essays on Empathy. The collection of 10 short games about life sees you step into the shoes of a richly imagined cast of characters across vivid and varied gameplay.

From a hitman working in a flower shop to a schoolgirl who’s convinced her skeleton is not her own. These bit-sized interactive stories might be unlike those typically featured in our top video games lists. They also might be the thought-provoking games that we need right now.

Platform: PC
Release date: May 19

6. Knockout City

Take the fan favourite team sport dodgeball, add in KOs and the whole city as your arena, and you’re looking at Knockout City. This all-new sports game/genre sees players battle for dominance across fast multiplayer matches with gameplay that’s easy to learn, but there’s always room for improvement.

A variety of wild ball types, locations, and game modes keep it exciting. Plus, each season introduces new maps, ball types, rewards, events, and challenges! Knockout City will also feature crossplay support between PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Switch. Now, remember the 5 D’s of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge.

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1, Switch
Release date: May 21

May 2021 Top Video Games Release Dates

  • The Colonists (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – May 4
  • Skate City (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch, iOS) – May 6
  • Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (PS4, XB1) – May 7
  • Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – May 7
  • Hood: Outlaws and Legends (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1) – May 10
  • Call of the Sea (PS5, PS4) – May 11
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1) – May 13
  • Famicom Detective Club (Switch) – May 14
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition (PC, PS4, XB1) – May 14
  • Quantum Replica (PS4, XB1, Switch) – May 14
  • Subnautica (Switch) – May 14
  • Subnautica Below Zero (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1, Switch) – May 14
  • Essays on Empathy (PC) – May 18
  • SnowRunner (Switch) – May 18
  • Days Gone (PC) – May 19
  • Crossroads Inn (PC, XB1) – May 19
  • Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield (PC, Switch) – May 19
  • Sunless Skies (PS4, XB1) – May 19
  • Grindstone (PC) – May 20
  • Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl (PS4, XB1) – May 20
  • Just Die Already (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – May 20
  • Lacuna (PC) – May 20
  • Layers of Fear 2 (Switch) – May 20
  • Manifold Garden (PS5) – May 20
  • Mayhem in Single Valley (PC) – May 20
  • Of Bird and Cage (PC) – May 20
  • The Wild at Heart (PC, XBX, XB1) – May 20
  • Knockout City (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1, Switch) – May 21
  • Miitopia (Switch) – May 21
  • Rising Hell (XB1, Switch) – May 21
  • Rust (PS4, XB1) – May 21
  • Biomutant (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX, XB1) – May 25
  • Capcom Arcade Stadium (PC, PS4, XB1) – May 25
  • King of Seas (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – May 25
  • Maneater (Switch) – May 25
  • Very Very Valet (Switch) – May 25
  • Earth Defense Force: World Brothers (PC, PS4, Switch) – May 27
  • Beautiful Desolation (PS4, Switch) – May 28
  • Song of Horror: Complete Edition (PS4, XB1) – May 28
  • Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World (PS4, Switch) – May 28
  • World’s End Club (Switch) – May 28

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General FAQs

What games are coming out in May 2021?

Some of the biggest games launching in May include Resident Evil Village, Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Biomutant, Miitopia, Subnautica Below Zero, Knockout City and Famicon Detective Club.

Will there be a Resident Evil 8?

Yes. Resident Evil 8 is called Resident Evil Village, and it is available now for PC, PlayStation and Xbox. Resident Evil Village is a direct continuation of 2017’s Resident Evil 7. RE8 is presented in the first person, and it draws inspiration from the acclaimed entry Resident Evil 4.

Will Mass Effect Legendary Edition be on PS5?

Mass Effect Legendary Edition is playable on PS5 but only through backwards compatibility. There is no dedicated PS5 or Xbox Series X version. However, the game is enhanced for those two consoles with 60fps -120fps and Ultra HDR. That’s on top of the remastered graphics, improved gameplay and changes that continue progression across all three games.