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20 game releases to watch out for in May 2019

Including Rage 2 and American Fugitive.

Credit: Bethesda / Avalanche Studios

It was a lot quieter month in April for new game releases. My top picks for the month were Days Gone and Mortal Kombat 11.

However, May is shaping up to be a much busier month for the big releases and due to that I’ve picked out 20 games to look forward to. As usual there something for everyone with releases across all the major platforms.

Of all of the May releases, I’m most looking forward to Life is Strange 2 – Episode 3. I’m also keen to check out American Fugitive and Rage 2.

Here’s a full list of my 20 games to watch out for in May 2019:

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Please note that the dates mentioned are the currently expected UK release dates and subject to change, dates for other regions may vary.

1st May

Table Top Racing: World Tour – Nitro Edition (Switch)

The micro combat racing mega hit gets an exclusive Nintendo Switch edition. It features all previously released downloadable content and updates as well as brand new split-screen multiplayer. If you’re getting a bit bored with Mario Kart then this is well worth picking up.

2nd May

Close to the Sun (PC/Epic Games Store)

A Nikola Tesla-inspired first-person horror game from Storm in a Teacup and Wired Productions. Close to the Sun sees players step onto the Helios, a colossal vessel for scientific research, steeped in horror and mystery. The game is set in an alternative 19th Century where famed inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla was able to fulfil his potential and change the world forever. If you enjoyed games like BioShock and Outlast then this is probably worth checking out.

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Rise of Industry (PC/Steam, Mac, Linux)

Rise of Industry is inspired by classic old school tycoon games but adds a modern twist. It challenges you to build your fledgling company from the ground up and push for greatness in an ever-changing business climate. Create vast production lines, complex transport routes and meet the demand of towns and villages to see the profit roll in and your reputation soar. The game aims to satisfy both hardcore fans and those new to the genre.

9th May

Life is Strange 2 – Episode 3: Wastelands(PC/Steam, Xbox One, PS4, Switch)

Set a few months after Sean and Daniel escaped from Beaver Creek in Episode 2. The brothers journey to Mexico continues as they experience life on the fringes of society. Can the Diaz brothers stay together or will their journey together end here?

Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PC/Steam)

When a single gunshot takes out the Fifth Chairman of the Tojo Clan, Kazuma Kiryu must journey to Sotenbori, Osaka, to broker peace between rivalling clans. Kiryu is pulled back into the life he desperately wanted to leave as he faces the ambitious Ryuji Goda, the Dragon of Kansai, who will stop at nothing to get his war. In this world, there can only be one dragon…

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14th May

A Plague Tale: Innocence (PC/Steam, Xbox One, PS4, Switch)

The debut IP from Asobo Studio promises to take you on an adventure through medieval, wartorn and plague-ridden France with siblings Amicia and Hugo. Expect an emotional tale packed with mystery, intrigue, and swarming with rats.

Buy A Plague Tale: Innocence on Amazon UK

RAGE 2 (PC/Steam, Xbox One, PS4)

RAGE 2 features intense id-style combat mixed with the open-world mayhem of Avalanche Studios. The game claims to let you go anywhere, shoot anything, and explode everything. It looks completely mental, just check out the trailer below. If you like shooting stuff then this should be top of your list this month.

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Buy RAGE 2 on Amazon UK

21st-24th May

American Fugitive (PC/Steam, Xbox One, PS4, Switch)

American Fugitive is a new action-packed open-world sandbox game from Curve Digital and developers Fallen Tree Games. Players take the role of Will Riley who faces life in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Fueled by grief over the cold-blooded murder of your father, and armed with a burning desire for vengence you’ll need to break out of jail to find the real culprit.

21st May

Observation (PC/Steam, PS4)

This one sounds brilliant. Observation is a sci-fi thriller uncovering what happened to Dr. Emma Fisher, and the crew of her mission, through the lens of the station’s artificial intelligence S.A.M. Players assume the role of S.A.M. by operating the station’s control systems, cameras, and tools to assist Emma in discovering what is happening to the station, the vanished crew, and S.A.M. himself.

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Resident Evil HD Remaster, Zero & 4 (Switch)

If you own a Nintendo Switch and love the Resident Evil games then you’ll want to mark 21st May on your calender. That’s the day when Resident Evil HD Remaster, Resident Evil Zero and Resident Evil 4 all come to the console. Essential for any Survival Horror fan.

Slay the Spire (PS4)

Previously released on PC, this single player deckbuilder is a fusion of card games and roguelikes. Craft a unique deck, encounter bizarre creatures, discover relics of immense power, and Slay the Spire!

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Team Sonic Racing (PC/Steam, Xbox One, PS4, Switch)

Team Sonic Racing is the ultimate arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing experience, featuring your favorite characters and environments from across the Sonic Universe. Race together and win together in online multiplayer or local co-op mode utilizing the dynamic team mechanics and vehicle customization features to dash across the finish line.

Buy Team Sonic Racing on Amazon UK

23rd May

Pathologic 2 (PC/Steam)

Pathologic 2 is a narrative-driven survival thriller set in a town that’s being consumed by a deadly plague. Face the realities of a collapsing society as you make difficult choices in seemingly lose-lose situations. The plague isn’t just a disease. You can’t save everyone.

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Total War: Three Kingdoms (PC/Steam)

Total War: Three Kingdoms is the next historical title in the award-winning Total War strategy series from Creative Assembly. It’s also the first to explore ancient China as a theatre of conflict.

Buy Total War: Three Kingdoms on Amazon UK

24th May

Dollhouse (PC/Steam, PS4)

Enter the mind of Marie, a detective suffering from amnesia. Lose yourself in an intense game of cat-and-mouse as you attempt to interpret the charred remains of your memories. You know only one thing for certain, your daughter Emily died that night. Will you unravel the truth?

Buy Dollhouse on Amazon UK

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28th May

Blood & Truth (PSVR)

Star in your own explosive action movie blockbuster with this PS VR exclusive shooter. Battle through the crime-ridden London underworld as elite soldier Ryan Marks in your deadliest mission yet… to save your family from a ruthless criminal empire. Take out your targets with breathless, over-the-top epic gun play as you drive, parachute and rappel across the city amid exciting set pieces.

Layers of Fear 2 (PC/Steam, Xbox One, PS4)

Layers of Fear 2, follow up to the psychological horror title Layers of Fear, with voice acting led by award winning horror icon Tony Todd (Candyman).

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Little Friends: Dogs & Cats (Switch)

Players of all ages can choose from a variety of puppies and kittens to play with, feed, pet and dress up in this adorable simulation.

Buy Little Friends: Dogs & Cats on Amazon UK

Oxygen Not Included (PC/Steam)

Oxygen Not Included, from Klei (Don’t Starve) is a space-colony simulation game. Manage your colonists and help them dig, build and maintain a subterranean asteroid base. You’ll need water, warmth, food, and oxygen to keep them alive, and even more than that to keep them happy.

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31st May

Home Sweet Home (PS4/PSVR)

Home Sweet Home is a chilling first-person horror game based on real-world Thai mythology and lore. After a long night filled with mourning and sorrow over the recent disappearance of his wife, Tim awakens to find himself in a strange, dilapidated building instead of the comfort of his own home. Confused, he must avoid deadly spirits, solve perplexing puzzles, and unveil sinister secrets while desperately searching for his wife and a way out.

EF Games will bring you our top gaming picks for June 2019 at the end of May. In the meantime, let us know what you’re playing and looking forward to via our Twitter and Facebook pages. Remember to give us a Follow or a Like while you’re there!

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