This year sure is moving fast, isn’t it? We could’ve sworn it was February about a week ago (shout to Bobby Shmurda!). The summer is rapidly approaching and all, but there’s a bunch of big games to play before Hot Girl/Boy Summer officially kicks in. For the month of May, gamers can look forward to exploring a village full of morbid creatures, competing with rugged outlaws in a bid to steal some treasure, and revisiting a sci-fi RPG that sports several welcome upgrades for the last- & current-gen consoles.
The Biggest Games Releasing in May 2021
Resident Evil Village - May 7 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC - Steam, Google Stadia)
Ethan Winters went through hell and back during his horrifying trek through a creepy plantation in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. After saving his wife and escaping all the horrors that existed there, Ethan enjoyed a newfound life with her and their first baby. However, their peaceful existence gets disrupted when former friend Chris Redfield invades their home. After that traumatic event, Ethan is forced to venture through a village filled with Lycans, bloodthirsty sisters that can turn into flies, and a massive vampire lady that’s all too ready to sap your life force dry. Resident Evil Village takes the series back to a first-person viewpoint so you can experience a wealth of new beasts in terrifying locales up close.
Hood: Outlaws & Legends - May 10 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC - Steam)
One of the few new IPs that’s set to hit consoles this year comes from publisher Focus Home Interactive and developer Sumo Newcastle. Hood: Outlaws & Legends is a multiplayer-focused endeavor that pits two teams against each other in a bid to steal some lofty treasure first. Players will get to choose from a roster of uniquely talented legends that have the skills needed to push their team to victory. Careful character coordination is needed amongst you and your teammates during intense matches that devolve into plenty of bloodletting and narrow escapes. Hood: Outlaws & Legends looks to be the next multiplayer addiction you’ll definitely want to tap into.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition - May 14 (PS4, Xbox One, PC - Steam)
Bioware’s magnum opus is undoubtedly the Mass Effect series. Fans of the sci-fi, action RPG franchise walk around sporting N7 tattoos and hitting up conventions in their finest Commander Shepard cosplay. The first three games in the series are considered legendary, so it’s no surprise that each title is finally getting the remastered treatment. Mass Effect Legendary Edition spruces up the visuals in a major way and makes a multitude of quality of life adjustments that makes the gameplay infinitely better than the original games. You’ll be happy to know that driving the M35 Mako will be less of a chore now that it controls even better. Package that with improved combat mechanics & loading times and you have a remastered collection that’s certainly a must-have.
Biomutant - May 25 (PS4, Xbox One, PC - Steam)
An official release date for this unorthodox action RPG has alluded curious gamers for a long time - Biomutant was first revealed in 2017, so it’s definitely been in the works for a good while now. But after years of development work and a few developer updates here & there, Biomutant is finally getting ready to drop into gamers’ laps. For those not in the know, this brand new IP gives players command over a mammalian warrior that must navigate a world packed with rival mutated animals. There’s a ton of factors that go into determining your custom character’s stats, so you’ll need to develop them carefully so you can survive Biomutant’s dangerous enemy encounters. Your karma also plays a huge part in how everyone responds to you in Biomutant’s vast world, so tread lightly or enact mayhem if you so choose.
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster - May 25 (PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC - Steam)
One of the most grueling JRPGs on the PS2 is this demon-filled classic. Now that game is finally making its way over to three more consoles in remastered form. The visuals have gotten spruced up, the option to listen to either Japanese or English voices has been implemented, and an easier difficulty mode & the ability to save whenever you please helps ease the pain that comes with trying to complete this gem. For those that are fine with confronting the original high challenge factor that comes with this JRPG, you’re free to tackle it if you so choose. First-time players and veterans alike should prepare themselves for a whole lot of clashes with demons and conversations that may result in bringing them over to your side.
RWBY: Grimm Eclipse – Definitive Edition - May 13 (Nintendo Switch)
Subnautica - May 14 (Nintendo Switch)
Days Gone - May 18 (PC - Steam)
Rust - May 21 (PS4, Xbox One)
Capcom Arcade Stadium - May 25 (PS4, Xbox One, PC - Steam)
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries - May 27 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One)
World's End Club - May 28 (Nintendo Switch)