It’s not a particularly controversial statement to say that 2021 has yet to see a properly massive release in the gaming atmosphere. That is, of course, to be expected – after all we are still in a pandemic, and like everything else, gaming is allowed a little bit of leeway before we pile on these developers about the lack of highly anticipated releases that have made their way into the hands of gamers so far this year. At the end of April, the giants of Sony did release Returnal. The PlayStation exclusive as of writing (early May) seems to have made an impressive first opinion, but the longevity of the title remains to be seen. While the month of May isn’t stacked full of triple-A titles, there’s enough games to keep everyone interested, with one massive franchise dominating the slate. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest releases in May 2021.

Resident Evil Village
Release date: May 7th, 2021

The clear and outstanding release of the month is the next instalment in the beloved (and sometimes derided) Resident Evil series. Resident Evil Village, which has also been called RE8 (although it’s the 10 th main game in the franchise) and will continue the horror roots that were re-embedded in RE: Biohazard, the previous instalment in the franchise. Like Biohazard, Village will be a game that sets the player up to play in first-person perspective. From the trailers and very short demos that developers Capcom have released, we know that Village will heavily feature a playable mansion area, which is occupied by the stylishly dressed, but also incredibly terrifying Lady Dimitrescu. Resident Evil 6 seemed to deter a lot of the beloved franchise’s loyal fanbase, but Biohazard seemed to be something of a return to form for the series, and Village is poised to pick up from where the previous instalment left us.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Stadia

Hood: Outlaws and Legends
Release Date: May 10th, 2021

Based loosely in the world of the famous character Robin Hood and the world he occupies; this third-person co-op action game may be one to pick up if you are and your friends are looking for a new game to play together. In Hood: Outlaws, players can form teams in up to groups of four to take part in heists to capture valuable treasure stored in a vault on the game’s many maps. Players will fight against both AI and other players in an attempt to gain access to the vaults, with the rewards taking the form of perks and skills that are used to upgrade the game’s playable characters. Each player selects a specific character in a single game of Hood: Outlaws and Legends, and will use that character’s specific skills to their advantage in the hopes of beating both the game and fellow competitors in a heist format true to the legend of the fabled Robin Hood.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X and Series S

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
Release Date: May 14th, 2021

Getting a remaster of one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful trilogies of the Xbox 360/PS3 genre is probably a pretty good idea all things considered. Yes, the famous sci-fi series Mass Effect is finally getting its coveted remaster after a long, long time after constant begging from the die-hard fans of the series. The release will come after probably just enough time to fully let the controversial ending of Mass Effect 3 pass without this re-release getting a ton of hate from the fanbase. With this remaster, original developer BioWare, alongside Abstraction Games and Blind Squirrel Games, is providing the upgrades you would expect for a game series whose last instalment was almost 10 years ago. The original Mass Effect is receiving more extensive upgrades than the other two, as along with the visual and technical enhancements all three games will receive, Mass Effect 1 will get changes to its combat mechanics, vehicle handling and loading times. All the DLC will be included in Legendary Edition, so maybe you won’t have to play through the Mass Effect 3 ending you hated and then stop forever like last time
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Subnautica: Below Zero
Release Date: May 14th, 2021

Subnautica: Below Zero is a sequel open-world adventure game developed by Unknown Worlds Entertainment. Below Zero follows a similar loop to the original game, in that players control a researcher whose goal is to study the local environment while completing objectives and surviving in the open world. The big change from the original Subnautica is while the first game took place with the player
exploring the deep ocean water, Below Zero’s will allow players to come above water and explore new land-based areas. Below Zero will introduce some new gadgets into the world to help the player as they hope to survive the dangers of the world, from both predators in the wild and by managing their health, hunger and thirst in the hopes of avoiding dying by natural causes.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation
5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Release Date: May 25th, 2021

Our final notable release for the month of May is Biomutant, an action role-playing game from Swedish developer Experiment 101, and published by THQ Nordic. In Biomutant, the player will assume control of a mutated animal warrior and combine melee, shooting and ability combat to create a Rocket Racoon-like superhero character. The story of Biomutant will feature many different branching paths which
are decided based on how the player chooses to play the game, allowing for each player to experience their own narrative, based on their choices that will determine how the game ends.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

(Cover Photo Credit: Capcom)

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