The games of May 2011

Remember back when the summer used to be a barren wasteland for game releases? Dark days. This month kicks off what looks to be the busiest summer break in years, with more games coming in May than we can reasonably get to. We're getting a healthy mix of surefire hits and potential surprises across PC and all consoles - even the 3DS is picking up some steam. Pour one out for your bank account, a true friend who simply can't survive the overwhelming demand of May...

May 3

Motorstorm Apocalypse

Platform: PS3
EU: Available now

After a slight delay, Motorstorm Apocalypse hits North American stores weeks after its European release. The urban-end-of-the-world is a completely new setting for the typically nature-inclined racing game, and it brings a heavier dose of action and aggression to a series that already had plenty of both.  Problem is, as our review mentions, it doesn’t quite come together as well as the last few games. The online multiplayer rocks, though. It’s missing the spectacular destruction and changing tracks that give the single-player its own identity, but betting experience points against high-level opponents gives a hell of an incentive to play smart multiplayer.

Thor: God of Thunder

Platform: PS3, 360, Wii, DS
EU: Available now

We’re not entirely enthusiastic or optimistic about this one, to be completely honest. For those desperate for something like God of War to fill that void, well, Thor sure does swing his hammer at things in God of Thunder. The game even comes complete with cinematic executions and experience orbs, so it has the potential to tap into certain aspects we enjoy from its, ahem, inspirations. On the other hand, it’s another Sega-published Marvel movie adaptation turned generic-looking third-person action game. Great.

Section 8: Prejudice

Platform: PC

This top-notch approximation of Tribes is heavy on the jetpacks, customization and objective-based multiplayer. It’d be a tough sell if it were just another online, sci-fi-space-marine-guy game, but at $15, Section 8: Prejudice is a damn good value. It hit Xbox Live Arcade last month, and it impressed us despite its crummy campaign – it made up for it with big multiplayer battles and a variety of modifiable weapons. This isn’t going to light the fires of the Call of Duty faithful, but for the PC gamer who likes to bounce from one love affair to the next, this could be the next killer fix.

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Escalation

Platform: Xbox 360

Alright, what the hell? The Escalation Map pack could be the first Call of Duty DLC that’s actually worth its price tag. Never mind the content, which is more substantial than the highway robbery/tomfoolery that was the Modern Warfare 2 map packs – this could be worth it for the WTF alone. The “Call of the Dead” addition to Escalation includes actual, seriously real playable video game versions of Robert Englund (the dude who played Freddy Krueger), Sarah Michelle Gellar (complete with Buffy’s red pants), Danny Trejo (yep) and The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker. Huh? Oh, four multiplayer maps, too (Zoo, Convoy, Hotel and Stockpile).

Man vs Wild

Platform: Xbox 360

This adaptation of the Discovery Channel reality TV series sees main man Bear Grylls struggling to survive frigid weather and dangerous animals. Much of Man vs Wild is based on the wacky things Grylls does in episodes of the show, of course, but given that it’s essentially Bear moving from one set of mini-games to another, we’re assuming he won’t be chasing down, wrangling, and drinking the blood of a reindeer. Although that sounds like a pretty sweet mini-game, right there. It’s reasonably priced at $30, although launching at half the price of most retail games justifies as much concern as it does anticipation. It’s tough to turn down a game that pits you against a bear, though. Fighting grizzlies was the real reason we all loved Red Dead Redemption, let’s be honest. That shit was terrifying, and Man vs Wild is a game built around the idea that animals will ruin you.

May 4

Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury

Platform: Xbox 360

Flying robots lots of bullets crazy difficulty PEW PEW WHAT IS HAPPENING OH GOD AHHHHHH. Ahem. Sorry. Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury is just too ridiculous to articulate without freaking out a little bit. The first co-op edition of Bangai-O is apparently able to display 5000 things on screen at a time, so forgive our temper tantrum. This XBLA exclusive is a wild action game that’s above and beyond our comprehension and skill level, but damn it if it isn’t a wicked game that we love to let kick our asses. Treasure’s revered series also makes its high-def debut, so the thousands of missiles raining death on us over and over again will at least look rad.  We expect things to get even more soul-crushingly difficult as players build and share obscene levels in Missile Fury’s level editor. Send help. Seriously, send help – we’d love a co-op partner.


  • HaVoK308 - May 7, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    Brink and Hunted: The Demon's Forge are buys for me. Gamefly the rest.
  • FlagrantPilgrim - May 4, 2011 10:59 a.m.

    LA Noire. All of contestants can go fuck themselves.
  • MrWrighty987 - May 4, 2011 7:58 a.m.

    I'll be Picking up LA Noire and i think Brink, i'm not sure about Brink but i'll give it a try. Also, No More Heroes PS3 should have a release date as 20th May but when i checked with a local game shop it was 20th May TBC. Which is fitting when most places don't even have box art for it.
  • RedhawkAce - May 3, 2011 9:27 p.m.

    Everyones going on about L.A. Noire but the one that seemed pretty interesting to me was Man versus Wild it looked pretty fun in a weird sad kind of a way. I want it now and for $30 heck I just might.
  • SunnyvaleTrash - May 3, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    I am suddenly very interested in Brink. I don't really play any online shooters, but it seems like a good title to get started with. The CoD games just never did it for me. I really want LA Noire to be great. Waiting on reviews before picking it up.
  • kompressorlogik - May 3, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    Must buy: LA Noire, Dirt 3 Highest Hopes: Brink
  • ChiChiRocket - May 3, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    LA Noire is a no-brainer. I'm still on the fence about Continuum Shift II though. I already have CS on PS3- do I really want to buy the game again just so I can have a portable version? Ha, listen to me, this from a guy who pre-ordered Ocarina of Time 3D months ago.
  • Darkhawk - May 3, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    That Bangai-O music has some serious Turrican going on in there.
  • falcon4196 - May 3, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    Can't wait until L.A. Noire. I love this kind of game and they just don't get developed by mainstream companies anymore. I'm really hoping that it does well and that this is the launch of a new series.
  • NightCrawler_358 - May 3, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    These are some good launches, but I'll porbably only buy Brink, maybe Fable 3. To me, L.A. Noire just looks like the Scarface and godfather games, mixed with GTA, which is not a bad thing for alot of people, just not my cup of tea.
  • Mboy1100 - May 3, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    Also what upsets me is the fact that the same game for wii and Xbox will have more, and better content on the Xbox..COME ON!!! We payed good money for Black ops and we have like way less content,and the new maps are not available to us!
  • Mboy1100 - May 3, 2011 11:21 a.m.

    I hope Nintendo notices that no one likes their games anymore...maybe its because of this pattern..." babies,horses,babies,miscellaneous crap game,babies horses,baby horses,actual good game but its mario so its kind of not a big deal,shooter *FAIL*,babies,Zelda,horses,wii gets thrown out window."
  • philipshaw - May 3, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    I can't wait for LA Noire
  • BadLadJon - May 3, 2011 8:04 a.m.

    Duke Nukem Forever? oh yeah.. delayed...
  • FinderKeeper - May 3, 2011 7:20 a.m.

    "Nobody in the UK cares about NASCAR" And nobody in the US cares about PDC World Championship Darts... :-p
  • bmrskate - May 3, 2011 6:27 a.m.

    I am sold on Bangai-O and Dirt 3....Summer is looking GOOD! Bring on the heat!
  • Spybreak8 - May 3, 2011 5:32 a.m.

    LA Noire and Dirt 3 oh man, I'll be watching those reviews very eagerly!
  • sgloomy - May 3, 2011 4:17 a.m.

    I'll definitely get L.A. Noire, still debating getting LEGO PotC. I've never gotten a lego game but this one looks fun. maybe...
  • XD00175 - May 3, 2011 3:39 a.m.

    Some nice titles in here. Just started on the Mass Effect and Fable series, though, so I can't really handle another game and enjoy it to it's fullest extent at the time.
  • shawksta - May 3, 2011 3:13 a.m.

    Lets hope so, LA Noir might throw allot of Rockstar fans who only care about shooting people's brains out, Im quite fond of Mysteries, whether it be Ace attorney(my most fav), Layton,Trauma Team's Noami Kimishima Segments,or CSI Ill be there if its characters and story interest us rather than the usual crap. Im hoping for a great story that has allot of Plot twists to keep us interested Just like the ace attorney series, it looks promising. I want it to be popular for its mysteries and not because its made my rockstar though because than it would throw off Ace attorney is so many levels and get people pissed.

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