Compared to April, this month looks like an absolute banger, from vampires to revisiting Hyrule and a remake of classic first-person horror.
You are probably still playing Star Wars: Jedi Survivor…or at least trying to, what with the myriad of bugs and performance issues the game is currently plagued with. Regardless, if you keep the game for later play and look forward to other game releases, then May has much to offer.
From the Xbox exclusive Redfall from Arkane Austin to the most awaited sequel in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and a long-delayed remake of the classic first-person horror, System Shock, this month will keep you busy with some good ol’ time.
Best games May 2023
Check out our list below for the best games that are releasing in March 2023 for PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch:
Genre: FPS Survival | Release Date: May 2, 2023 | Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, PC (and GamePass) | PEGI: N/A
If there is one studio we can always rely on for quality, it is Arkane. This time, they are veering away from dystopian sci-fi to the classic case of vampires. Redfall is an open-world, co-op FPS from Arkane Austin, which presents players with a deeply engrossing world to explore, vicious vampires to slaughter, and lots of different guns to pick up and use.
A vampire called Night Manager has been tormenting the world of Redfall, and it is up to you vampire-busters to end his night shift. The game can be played solo, or you can team up with three other players, with the game’s difficulty changing depending on the number of players involved. The game is available on Xbox, PC, and Gamepass.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Genre: Open-world Action-Adventure | Release Date: May 12, 2023 | Platforms: Nintendo Switch | PEGI: 16
Oh boy. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a genre-defining game in its own right and was highly praised by critics and fans alike, making it a modern-day classic. To follow up with a sequel is a tall order, but this is Nintendo we are talking about. They hardly miss.
Tears of the Kingdom looks to expand upon the world and tools created in Breath of the Wild and offer players another riveting adventure through Hyrule. One of the major new developments in the game is the appearance of floating islands all over the world, and these vary from small platforms to giant land masses full of enemies and different environments. Add to that the new puzzles to complete, new weapons, movement mechanics, and more. Tears of the Kingdom promises to deliver in a big way.
Genre: Puzzle | Release Date: May 16, 2023 | Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, PS VR1, PS VR 2 | PEGI: 12
Here’s the pitch: in Humanity, you play as a dog that must guide the human race to salvation. Now, that’s quite an interesting premise. You must guide a massive, marching crowd of humans to jump, turn, push, float, shoot and climb through 90 different story-mode stages.
What’s more, the game also allows users to create and share their own stages, which means an unlimited number of levels to explore and conquer as the community will hopefully construct their own devious concoctions.
LEGO 2K Drive
Genre: Racing | Release Date: May 19, 2023 | Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch | PEGI: N/A
Welcome to Bricklandia, where you can create LEGO cars and race wherever your heart desires. The big pull of LEGO 2K Drive is the ability to create your own race cars from the unlimited number of bricks available in the game. You can create new cars and boats from scratch, modify any existing vehicle, or even unwind with guided builds.
LEGO 2K Drive also presents open-world exploration, a story mode, and Cup Series tournaments, and you also can team up with your friends to drive up some friendly competition on the race tracks.
Amnesia: The Bunker
Genre: FPS Surviva | Release Date: May 23, 2023 | Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox | PEGI: N/A
SOMA and Amnesia developers, Frictional Games, is back with another survival horror experience that aims to give you sleepless nights. Amnesia: The Bunker puts you in the shoes of the French soldier, Henri Clement, who finds himself in a desolate WW1 bunker.
He only has a revolver (with one bullet no less!), a noisy dynamo flashlight, and little of nothing else as he is faced with making his way out alive, trying his best not to be consumed by the horrors lurking in the shadows.
(The game was delayed to the next month.)
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
Genre: Action-adventure | Release Date: May 25, 2023 | Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox | PEGI: N/A
Based on the literary works of J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is an action-adventure where you play as the enigmatic Gollum on his precious journey for The Ring. While we have seen Gollum in the movies and his fanaticism for The Ring, the story of how he got embroiled with it has never been told.
Developers Daedalic Entertainment promises a story that’s “incredibly faithful to the books” and promises to offer unique skills and legendary locations to explore.
Genre: Side-scrolling action RPG | Release Date: May 30, 2023 | PC | PEGI: N/A
The new System Shock promises to be a faithful remake of the 1994 cult classic, now featuring all-new HD visuals, updated controls, an overhauled interface, new sound and music, and even new lines from the original voice actor of SHODAN, the iconic villain from the game.
Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.