10 Best Video Games for May 2013

 

Resident Evil Revelations video game

As of publish, we only have sales data through the week ending April 20th, so we don’t really know how 2 of April’s most anticipated games have performed (Dead Island Riptide, Star Trek). But, we do know as of 4/20 that Injustice Gods Among Us has moved more than 540,000 units (not including Wii U) while Defiance sold 275,000 copies for the Xbox 360 platform. A couple titles that didn’t make our list that sold well were 7th Dragon 2020-II and Amnesia: Crowd, both for the PSP.

So, which titles releasing in May do we have our eye on? Read on. Right on.

Sniper Elite V2
Developer: Rebellion Oxford
Publishers: Microsoft Windows, Rebellion Developments, 505 Games
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U
Release dates: April 30, 2012 (Steam), May 2, 2012 (Retail), May 24, 2013 (Wii U)
Genres: Tactical shooter, stealth
Modes: Single-player, multiplayer

This remake of Rebellion’s 2005 game Sniper Elite takes place in the same timeframe and location—the Battle of Berlin in April–May 1945—but now the main character, an American Office of Strategic Services (“OSS”) officer, must capture or eliminate the scientists involved in the German V-2 rocket program. A sequel is set to be released in 2014 named Sniper Elite 3. The standout feature for many reviewers was the “X-Ray Kill Cam”.

Aggregator Scores:
GameRankings (PS3) 71.68%, (X360) 68.76%, (PC) 65.38%
Metacritic (PS3) 70/100, (X360) 67/100, (PC) 66/100

Publication scores:
Game Informer 8.25/10
GameSpot 6/10
GamesRadar 8/10
IGN 8/10
PC Gamer (UK) 65/100

Metro: Last Light
Developer: 4A Games
Publisher: Deep Silver
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date: May 14, 2013
Genre: First-person shooter
Mode: Single-player

The game is set in the same post-apocalyptic future as its predecessor, Metro 2033. In it, mankind is struggling to survive beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, away from the deadly threats outside. People and animals who have been exposed to the poisonous substances filling the skies have become mutants who stalk the catacombs and hunt its inhabitants. The survivors are fighting against each other for the remaining resources instead of standing together to fight these dangerous creatures. They all covet an ultimate weapon; a powerful doomsday device from the military vaults of D6. Civil war among the survivors seems imminent and might lead to the end of humanity.

The player is cast as ‘Artyom’ who uses an arsenal of exotic hand-made weapons to fight humans and mutants.

Fast & Furious Showdown
Developer: Firebrand Games
Publisher: Activision
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: May 21, 2013

A co-op racing game that ties into the events in Fast & Furious 6 and bridges the events between the story of the film and those of its predecessors.

Resident Evil: Revelations
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360
Release date: May 21, 2013
Genre: Survival horror
Modes: Single-player, multiplayer

The game is set in 2005, between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. It depicts the events shortly after the establishment of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA), a counter-terrorism group introduced in Resident Evil 5. The story revolves around BSAA co-founders Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield, the protagonists of the first Resident Evil.

During the game’s events, Jill and Parker Luciani are sent to search for Chris Redfield and Jessica Sherawat on the SS Queen Zenobia, that serves as the game’s setting. The game’s story includes a flashback, which revolves around the “floating city” of Terragrigia (Italian for “Grey Earth”) one year prior to the game’s events, when the Federal Bioterrorism Commission (FBC) sent agents – including Parker and Jessica – to keep the situation under control after the bioterrorist organization “Il Veltro” launched an attack on the city using bio-organic weapons (BOW) in opposition to Terragrigia’s solar energy development.

A new device, the Genesis, detects items hidden throughout the game’s environments. Extra features include Raid Mode, allowing two players to cooperate in battling waves of enemies. Players are also able to send in-game supplies to friends via the StreetPass feature of the Nintendo 3DS.

Reviewers loved the visuals, atmosphere and story, but criticized the lack of enemy variety and BSAA agents Quint and Keith. In March, the game was nominated for and won several Pocket Gamer Awards categories, including Best Action/Arcade Game.

Aggregator Scores
GameRankings 83.50%
Metacritic 82/100

Publication Scores
Famitsu 39/40
G4 3/5
Game Informer 9/10
GameSpot 8.5/10
GameTrailers 9.0/10
IGN 8.5/10

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
Developer: NeocoreGames
Publisher: NeocoreGames
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox Live Arcade
Release date: May 22, 2013
Genre: Action RPG
Modes: Single-player, multiplayer

Based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, the game focuses on the trials of the legendary monster hunter’s son and is set in a fictional gothic-noir 19th-century Eastern European kingdom that’s filled with evil creatures, magic, and weird technology.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Developers: Retro Studios, Nintendo, Monster Games (3DS)
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: May 24, 2013
Genre: Platforming
Modes: Single-player, multiplayer

The port is reportedly being developed from the ground up and features stereoscopic 3D graphics. The 3DS version will include two modes, “Original Mode” which plays the same as the original Wii version, and “New Mode” which introduces a handful of new items to make the game easier, including extra health. The 3DS version will also contain an extra world with new levels not present in the original Wii version.

Fuse
Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date: May 28, 2013
Genre: Action
Modes: Single-player, cooperative, multiplayer

The game is set in the near future and follows a team of four misfit agents collectively known as Overstrike 9, who infiltrate enemy strongholds using fringe-tech gadgets and lethal teamwork.

The members of Overstrike 9 are Dalton Brooks, a reformed and sarcastic mercenary, equipped with an energy shield, Naya Deveraux, a mischievous, lifelong thief, equipped with a cloak device, Isabelle “Izzy” Sinclair, a gifted, but rebellious young scientist, equipped with a mass bubble gun, and Jacob Kimble, a decorated detective with a bit of a temper, equipped with an electric crossbow.

The plot follows these agents as they attempt to stop a shadowy organization, which threatens to wipe out humankind. Due to each agent’s unique talents and a tendency to completely ignore protocol, Overstrike 9 is the only option left.

Grid 2
Developer: Codemasters Southam
Publisher: Codemasters
Distributor: Namco Bandai Games
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date: May 28, 2013
Genre: Racing
Modes: Single-player, multiplayer

This sequel to Race Driver: Grid is slated to include numerous real world locations such as Abu Dhabi, Paris, numerous U.S. locations, and many more, and will also include motor vehicles spanning four decades. In addition, it will include a new handling system called, ‘TrueFeel’, which aims to hit a sweet spot between realism and accessibility. Races will not include a first person cockpit view.

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded 
Developer: N-Fusion Interactive
Publisher: Replay Games
Platforms: Android, OS X, Microsoft Windows, iOS, Linux
Release date: May 31, 2013
Genre: Adventure
Mode: Single-player

This is an enhanced remake of the 1987 adventure game Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards. The game’s creators started a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $650,000 to fund development. Its soundtrack will be composed by Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation 
Developer: The Farm 51
Publisher: Nordic Games
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date: May 31, 2013
Genre: First-person shooter
Modes: Single-player, Multiplayer

Main character Daniel Garner makes a deal with Death to reunite with his wife. He must battle hordes of demon spawn to collect souls but comes up short. He battles Death and wakes up from a coma only to discover Death has teamed up with the other Horsemen of the Apocalypse to invade Earth.

Reviewers praised the graphics and weaponry, but the enemy AI and multiplayer mode fell short of expectations.

Publication Scores
Eurogamer 5/10
GameSpot 7/10
GameSpy 4 of 5 stars
IGN 5/10

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WRITTEN BY: Neal – Managing Editor of Dailymotion’s SportsComedyViralNews, and Geek Out Channels.

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