As we roll into May there are many reasons for gamers to be a little bit excited. Among this month’s releases is one which has been anticipated for over a decade!
Let’s start with the biggest release this month: Diablo 3 (released 15th May). It’s been almost twelve years since Diablo 2 was released to massive acclaim and gamers can’t wait to get back into the action. So what has changed? There are new skill runes which allow you to add more control and elemental damage to your attacks including stuns and the ability to altering nature. Instead of the henchmen who followed you in Diablo 2 there are followers who lend a hand during quests. You can also recruit artisans who upgrade armour and weapons. The combat system has also been tinkered with to change the way you can control a battlefield, and specific arenas have been added for fighting other players. The game looks astounding and I fully expect it to reach a massive audience.
Next up on the list is Max Payne 3, released on the 18th of May. Once again we join the adventures of ubernoir private dick Max Payne and he is as tormented as ever, popping pills and taking out bad guys, this time in South America. The original Max Payne brought the idea of bullet time to video games, and Rockstar has worked hard to expand on the idea, aware that a one trick pony won’t cut it in today’s market. From the trailer it looks like it is going to be a roller coaster of gun fights, story line and hopefully a little bit extra to make it stand out from the crowd.
The final game on the list Ghost Recon Future Soldiers. This is not a run and gun kind of game as you’ll know if you have played any of the previous Ghost Recon titles. It is much more about strategy and working with your team to achieve your goals, and its one-hit-kill system ensures less of the regenerating/infinite health that takes the tension out of a lot of big shooter titles. From the trailer below it does look more action packed than before, but still has an emphasis on stealth and taking out enemies silently. As the title suggests the arsenal at your disposal is a huge addition to the game from drones to invisibility to scanners technology.
It looks like it’s a good month to be a gamer. If you have any games that you think need to be included in this list then please let us know in the comments.