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The games of May 2012

May 15

Max Payne 3

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC (May 29)
EU: May 18 (PC: June 1)

It's been a very long time coming – even longer than expected, following spans in the last couple years when it's faded from view – but Max Payne 3 is finally around the corner, and most indications are that it will be another slick and satisfying Rockstar affair. Payne himself is decidedly more beaten down by his past than ever, fighting alcoholism as he works in private security for a wealthy family in São Paulo, Brazil, but despite the change in scenery (and developer; Remedy's out), you can expect a lot of the same bullet time shenanigans and cinematic storytelling as we've seen before. And the multiplayer modes we've played thus far  really seem to keep with the series' unique flavor, and feel like a natural extension of the existing formula.

Diablo III

 

Platform: PC, Mac
EU: May 15

Diablo III has been on the horizon for some time. In fact, we have a preview from more than three years ago that calls it "one of the biggest games of 2009." Despite the shocking lapse of time, Blizzard's latest has only picked up more and more buzz as it nears its concrete May 15 launch, which has only been stoked by a long-running and seemingly wide-ranging beta test. We recently previewed the game based off of the beta test, detailing the characters, auction house, and achievements found in the pre-release version, but the final game will offer so much more. And considering the beloved status of this dungeon-crawling RPG franchise, it's sure to be another smash for Blizzard.

Game of Thrones

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: June 1

Last year's middling A Game of Thrones: Genesis didn't quite live up to the lofty expectations set by George R.R. Martin's beloved books and the smash HBO series that followed, but perhaps Atlus' new effort will come closer to the quality of the source material. Game of Thrones is an action-oriented RPG that reportedly features a 30-hour quest written with the help of Martin – one that highlights a new storyline within the saga, wherein two ex-soldiers in Robert's Rebellion chart opposite paths. And this might be the first game in which slowdown is a good thing; the game promises an "active slowdown tactical combat engine" that promises to capture the series' "thoughtful approach to war and politics."

Battleship

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
EU: Out

Battleship the board game features plastic pegs and an iconic catch phrase. Battleship the Hollywood movie stars Riggins from Friday Night Lights and looks like the latest entry in the Transformers franchise. Guess which one the licensed video game is based on? Amazingly, it's both. While primarily a first-person shooter in which you'll blast alien foot soldiers on land in a prelude to the film, Battleship also includes a tactical grid map where you can align ships to support you with artillery strikes and such. And sure enough, the map screen bears a strong resemblance to the old game boards. With luck, typical movie adaptation issues won't sink this Battleship.

Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: TBA

Last year's Test Drive Unlimited 2 seemed to hit retail with a thud, despite building upon the winning open-world approach of its predecessor, so Atari is heading in a different direction with Ferrari Racing Legends – albeit one familiar in approach to older series entries. In place of large settings are closed-circuit races focused entirely on the car catalog of the iconic vehicle manufacturer, and though the series returns to the individual race approach that powered past titles, it has a secret weapon in tow: Shift 2: Unleashed developer, Slightly Mad Studios. Hopefully, the winning mechanics from the studio's Need for Speed entries will transition over to match up with the thrilling vehicles held within.

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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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