May is a pretty sparse month, perhaps providing ample time for me to polish off Riptide, Blood Dragon, Zombie Tycoon (which is moderately endearing, so far) and maybe even Soul Sacrifice and Ni No Kuni, if I get around to it. May boasts no blockbuster or must-buy titles - unless something suddenly appears in the downloadable space - but there are at least three games due to drop this month which merit keeping an eye on.
First of all, have you seen this Metro: Last Light trailer?
May 14th - PS3, 360, PC - Hype-O-Meter: Always wanted to try it...
I've heard consistently positive things about Metro 2033 - but they weren't good enough to merit a purchase on the 360 when it came out, or to squeeze the game in to an already cramped backlog. Metro, so they say, is a gorgeous and deeply atmospheric game with a lot of smart ideas - but there's little bugs here and there, and some of the stuff isn't as polished as it should be.
Metro: Last Light - 2033's sequel - is the first game that I know of to survive the downfall of THQ unscathed, and the idea of a heavily atmospheric, thoughtful FPS might get the somewhat-disappointing taste of Infinite out of my mouth.
Hype-O-Meter : Ehhh...
Dust 514 is a first-person massively multiplayer online FPS which we're told somehow plugs directly in to the happenings in E.V.E. Online, the insane space MMORPG. Dust was, actually, developed by E.V.E. Online creators CCP Games, which is both a vote of confidence for the game and a helluva strike against it.
On the one hand, E.V.E. is known for its ridiculous depth, obscene time requirements and the fact that the devs see their primary task as enabling the players to run rampant as they see fit, ensuring the universe allows for grand tales of player-driven societies, economies and space battles consisting of literally thousands of player-flown ships. It's pretty nuts.
On the other hand, CCP Games have never made a first person shooter before, and the somewhat-legendary degree to which E.V.E. Online is a timesink makes me wonder if they have any idea what makes for a compelling multiplayer FPS.
Resident Evil Revelations
PS3, 360, PC, Wii U
Hype-O-Meter : I want to want you.
Revelations is an HD port of the 3DS game.
I know, I know. Early peeks suggest the game looks it, too, with limited animations on characters and blurry textures - though word is character models look pretty good. The only reason I even consider Revelations is because, by all accounts, it is Resident Evil's return to the survival-horror/action balance of RE4.
Perhaps worth a peek.
Hype-O-Meter : Fuck you, where's Ratchet & Clank Future 3?
There's a part of me that's very disappointed by what Fuse seems to be - a developer who once made creative, lighthearted, lovely games now suckling at the greasy teat of a "generic" third-person co-op shooter, with new publisher Electronic Arts. It's Insomniac's first non-Sony-exclusive game ever - and I want to be more supportive, but...
I never had any big problem with the Resistance franchise - it was okay, it was nice - but it never blew my socks off and created a desire for ever-more gritty sci-fi shooters from this developer. Doubling down is how much Fuse seems to have changed under EA's watchful eye, from a cheeky, funny, almost-cartoony vibe when it was announced to... a gritty, gung-ho action game.
'Cause we don't have enough of those.
PS3, Vita, (already available on PC)
Hype-O-Meter : Day One.
Hotline Miami is an extremely violent, twitchy, lurid, retro-style action game that was the talk of the indie town last year. It's coming to the PS3 and Vita, but the release date isn't nailed down yet - "probably end of May" is the best we got.
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Ah well. At least I'll have no excuse not to finish Ni No Kuni.