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The games of May 2012

May 29

DiRT Showdown

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
EU: May 25

DiRT Showdown takes the celebrated off-road racing franchise onto some new terrain, moving away from the traditional rally focus to tackle some more arcade-oriented fare. Racing is still here, though it's now found on tight, closed tracks (or crash-prone figure-eight courses) with nitrous boosts at hand, though it's flanked by sumo-esque knockout events atop raised platforms, as well as destruction derby-like rampage challenges and trick-centric hoonigan trials. DiRT Showdown also introduces Codemasters' new RaceNet system, which goes beyond a single game to encompass all of its racers going forward – including the inevitable DiRT 4, which the publisher has said that Showdown is not a replacement for.

Resistance: Burning Skies

Platform: PlayStation Vita
EU: June 1

Insomniac's core Resistance trilogy concluded on the PlayStation 3 last fall with the stellar Resistance 3, but the franchise lives on this month on the Vita, where the advent of a second analog stick may make this the first portable FPS that actually captures the feel of its console siblings. Resistance: Burning Skies takes place in 1951 (near the time of Resistance: Fall of Man), and stars Tom Riley, a New York City firefighter aiming to save his family amidst the Chimeran invasion. Developed by Nihilistic Software (PlayStation Move Heroes), Burning Skies includes a cinematic single-player campaign flanked by eight-player online action – and the ability to use a fireman's axe, in addition to familiar human and Chimeran firearms. 

Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: TBA

We had some fun mocking the overstuffed box art for this Game of the Year Edition, but we don't have much negative to say about what's held within. Arkham City is a remarkable action game and an absolutely peerless superhero experience, and this quick-turnaround re-release bundles together the main game with quite a bit of DLC at a price $10 cheaper than the original release. Included within are the Catwoman Pack, Nightwing Bundle Pack, Robin Bundle Pack, Challenge Map Pack, and Arkham City Skins Pack, along with the brand new Harley Quinn's Revenge Pack, which can also be downloaded on the same date as DLC. If you missed Batman's finest hour the first time around, do not make the same mistake twice!

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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