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The games of May 2012

May 8

Starhawk

Platform: PlayStation 3
EU: May 11

Warhawk might've lacked story and context, but as a big online multiplayer affair, it sure was satisfying. Spiritual sequel Starhawk aims to maintain those strong feelings as it pushes the blend of on-foot and vehicle action into a new sci-fi setting, while also digging into a fresh narrative realm. Starhawk tells a story – one of precious resources dividing factions in the game – but what's excited us the most so far through our early previews and beta matches is the scale of the battles, and how you can build fortifications on the fly to aid your team in interstellar combat. And ships that transform into walking mechs? That's a no-lose addition in our book.

Phantom Breaker

Platform: Xbox 360
EU: TBA

If you're of the mindset that you really can't ever have enough Japanese fighting games starring cute, anime-inspired combatants, then perhaps Phantom Breaker should be on your agenda. Created by 5pb, the studio behind Corpse Party and a shocking number of games that weren't localized outside of Japan, Phantom Breaker spotlights a fighting tournament in which the winner will get his or her wish granted; so naturally, the participants include a maid, a swordsman, and a handful of really, really young-looking girls. The hand-drawn animations look slick, though, plus the game includes online play and a separate story for each fighter.

Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen

Platform: PC, Mac
EU: TBA

Chances are many of you will know simply from the title that you're not interested in this, the 26th such Nancy Drew adventure game to launch since 1998. But the girl detective series has a strong, dedicated following – which explains why Her Interactive can sustain making about two of these per year. Tomb of the Lost Queen looks to carry on the approach of its predecessors, but it does so via a revitalized interface and graphics engine for what publisher Her Interactive calls the "most richly detailed Nancy Drew mystery ever," with a storyline set in Egyptian tombs and conversational choices that can shape your quest.


May 9

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition

Platform: Xbox Live Arcade
EU: May 9

First revealed at E3 last year, Minecraft is finally coming to Xbox Live Arcade next week, several months after the official PC release launched after an extended public beta period. The Xbox 360 release is actually based on the PC beta version (1.6.6) that was live back at E3, so you won't find the Creative mode nor content added after that point in the beta or final releases, plus the promised Kinect support is still somewhere off on the horizon. But it's Minecraft on a console, using a controller, with four-player split-screen support and the ability to link up online to build together in your block-based randomized worlds. Minecraft is a massive PC sensation for a reason, and now Xbox 360 owners can get a taste of what the fuss is all about.

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26 comments

  • CitizenWolfie - May 2, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    I'm a huge fan of pretty much everything Rockstar has done but for some reason I just can't get hyped up for Max Payne. Maybe because I missed out on the second game. After two consecutive years of R* games released on or near my birthday (RDR and LA Noire) it's a little disappointing.
  • SirNinja - May 2, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    This summer is going to be action-RPG heaven. I'm playing the Path of Exile beta right now, Diablo III is out in less than two weeks [!!], and Torchlight II will be out about a month after that. That's a lot of random loot...
  • lilbuddha - May 2, 2012 3:01 p.m.

    I have a feeling D3 is going to feel like kindergarten compared to PoE..
  • CombatWombat101 - May 2, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    Wait wait wait. They're releasing Game of Thrones the same day as Diablo 3? Yeah, that sounds like a good time to release an RPG...
  • NanoElite666 - May 1, 2012 10:34 p.m.

    Diablo 3. Bring it. Is it the 15th yet?
  • Zeos - May 1, 2012 9:13 p.m.

    DIABLO 3 O_O
  • DualWieldingIsNotFeasible - May 1, 2012 8:47 p.m.

    I'm looking forward to Max Payne the most, but I've been following Dragon's Dogma and really hope that it's good. Plus, after years of being a console-only gamer, I finally have a decent PC, so Diablo is gonna be a great way to break it in.
  • tehtimeisnow - May 1, 2012 7:57 p.m.

    only gane werth owning is fabel quest all the other games suck so bad and ha ah y would they even put stuped mario tennis on it its not even a real game its just casual garbege
  • MadMan - May 1, 2012 10:04 p.m.

    Are you really that bad at spelling?
  • Person5 - May 2, 2012 2:57 a.m.

    don't bother with the troll, if you're gonna respond to a troll, make it a good troll at least
  • IceBlueKirby - May 1, 2012 7:28 p.m.

    Looking forward to Dragon's Dogma, Dirt Showdown, and Mario Tennis Open. I can probably skip Dragon's Dogma until I find it used, but I'll definitely have to get the other two shortly after they come out.
  • ThundaGawd - May 1, 2012 6:59 p.m.

    Dragons Dogma looks pretty interesting, I'll be checking that out later this summer, for now, I'll just wait it out fr Diablo 3, I've preordered it and everything with 3 friends :D And on a somewhat related note, does anyone happen to know when the Planetside 2 beta might be launching?
  • Person5 - May 1, 2012 6:10 p.m.

    Max Payne is my main game of May but I had completely forgotten about Dragon's Dogma, that game looked sweet, I should get a few more looks at that game and decide if I truly do want it. btw, no slideshow format, I call win for everyone
  • Channel4 - May 1, 2012 4:18 p.m.

    "Nearly every platform has a couple games" Couple OF games!!! Sorry to be a grammar nazi but this is really annoying and Gamesradar does it all the time. Write properly please!!!
  • FireIceEarth - May 1, 2012 4:01 p.m.

    OMG! OMG OMG OMG! You didn't use the slideshow format! Faaaaaaantastic! :D
  • GR HollanderCooper - May 1, 2012 8:43 p.m.

    We love the slideshow, and plenty of others do, but we agreed that, after testing it, it didn't really work for this specific feature. You guys were right.
  • TheGuy0526 - May 2, 2012 8:21 p.m.

    I feel a whole lot better now. Thank you.
  • laurenhiya21 - May 1, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    Not really interested in anything, although Atlier doesn't look toooo bad... Well... other than the voice acting ._.
  • robotdickens - May 1, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    Does anyone seriously think that the Game of Thrones (game) looks awesome? The graphics look like something I would accept in the 90's and every person looks almost exactly the same. I'm just barely paying attention to it so I can laugh at every person who buys it and bawl at the people who preordered it.
  • TCMU287 - May 1, 2012 6:45 p.m.

    Because it's an all new set of stories written by George Martin himself. And from what I've heard, it promises a lot of political intrigue like in the Witcher. But yeah, the graphics and combat don't look all that great.

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