There are loads of exciting new games coming to consoles across the board in May and June
By Jon Billinge, Senior Staff Writer
Just when the sunshine is starting to come out, the draw of the latest games pulls us back in! Get out your diary and start planning your time as these upcoming releases are simply too good to miss. Besides, you can always angle the TV to face the garden, connect your Bluetooth headset and get the best of both worlds!
Whether you’re an expert combo masher or frantic crouch-kicker, the mega-hyped Street Fighter 6 is yours for the grapplin’; would-be dungeoneers, ready thyselves for a bounty of blood, fierce battles and branching pathways in Diablo 6; gaming’s most marvellous marsupial returns in 4v4 brawler Crash Team Rumble; and the sixteenth entry in the misleadingly named but always excellent Final Fantasy franchise hacks, slashes and sulks its way into our hearts.
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Let’s dive into what you can play this month and beyond…
LEGO 2K Drive
Available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch from Friday 19 May
Welcome to BrickLandia, your latest stop in the neverending fun that is LEGO. And with LEGO comes the ultimate in customisation. You can well and truly pimp your geometric ride to within an inch of its life (custom chicken decals optional), then head out into the open world to challenge your rivals. Let’s go!
Puzzle Bobble Everybubble!
Availble on Nintendo Switch from Tuesday 23 May
Winner of the unofficial Cutest Game Name Ever award, Puzzle Bobble Everybubble! is a hugely generous entry in the puzzle franchise, which began way back in the arcades of yore. As ever, line up your catapult to fling fluorescent balls into other fluorescent balls with the aim of triggering a chain reaction and clearing the screen. Now with four-player online co-op – that’s a lotta balls!
System Shock Remake
Available on PC from Tuesday 30 May
A next-gen redo of the revolutionary 1994 classic, System Shock has been a long time in the remaking. The closest release in terms of tone and style was 2017’s masterly Prey, and fans have been clamouring to once again explore System Shock’s unique sci-fi setting and cyberspace altverse.
Street Fighter 6
Available on PC, PS4, PS5 and XSX from 2 June
Hadouken! The big beat-’em-up daddy returns this year mad swole and ready to roundhouse you into a button-mashing frenzy! Bells and whistles from games past are amalgamated to form the ultimate fighting experience. As ever, punch, kick and combo your way up the ranks as perennial faves Ryu and Ken, or one of many colourful bruisers from across the franchise. In a Street Fighter first, you can make your very own character and feel every thwack to the skull anew, albeit from a safe distance in front of your screen.
We Love Katamari Reroll + Royal Reverie
Available on PC, PS4, PS5, XSX, XBO and Nintendo Switch from Friday 2 June
If you’ve got a tidying-up itch that even Marie Kondo can’t scratch, you could do worse than picking up this bizarre and rather beautiful action adventure. Playing a teeny-tiny prince tasked with corralling a gigantic rolling ball, you perform a clean-up for the ages as you collide into anything and everything to restore order to the universe. Trash, livestock and whole islands are no match for your mighty sphere!
Available on PC, PS4, PS5, XSX and XBO from Tuesday 6 June
While sadly not a simulator of the toy beloved by furious jugglers, Diablo 4 is a similarly masochistic (and rewarding!) endeavour. Building on the series trademark raid-loot-repeat system, the famously difficult dungeon crawler has you pick from one of five playable classes – Barbarian, Sorcerer, Druid, Rogue and Necromancer – and guide your spelunker through the world of Sanctuary. You’ll face many a danger, including an inevitable showdown with the demon responsible for corrupting the land, Lilith, who by name alone sounds just lovely!
Tour De France 2023
Available on PC, PS4, PS5, XSX and XBO from Thursday 8 June
If you’ve ever looked at the flurry of legs cranking away in the Tour de France and thought, “Pffft, I could do that, I’ve cycled while eating a croissant”, why not first see how you fare at the virtual iteration? Deck out your own cycling avatar in the nattiest clobber, choose your specialisation and attributes, and hit the road in races to upgrade your skills before the big event. All this and no actual squeezing into Lycra at 5am. It’s a win-win.
Available on PC, PS4 and PS5 from Friday 9 June
The truth is out there… almost certainly in a sleepy US town with year-round bad weather, where tall tales flow as readily as light beer. And would you believe it, the tired town of Greyhill is having a bit of a ’mare concerning sightings of little grey fellas with evil intentions. With tin foil hats atop the the town’s most discerning residents, it’s hysteria o’clock in Greyhill. But the more you explore, the more it becomes apparent that they might be on to something. You’d better run and hide, and occasionally investigate, as this Signs-like sci-fi FPS gets under your skin.
Available on PC, XSX and PS5 from Friday 16 June
Whether you were the type to trap park-goers into endless queues in Theme Park or send them flying off the tracks in Rollercoaster Tycoon, you’ll find myriad similar ways to mislead those unfortunate enough to enter your gates in Park Beyond. Of course, if you’re less inclined to cruelty, you could always play the way it’s intended to be played. Craft your dream theme park with all manner of kiosks, coasters and eateries – and with gravity not a thing round here, the only limit is your imagination.
Crash Team Rumble
Available on PS4, PS5, XSX and XBO from Tuesday 20 June
Join the iconic bandicoot and pals in a battle royale to remember! The titular marsupial best known for his OG run of PlayStation platformers is on fine wumpa fruit-flinging form in this 4v4 arena brawler. Gather fruit and capture key points across the map using your character’s unique skills and abilities. Ooga booga!
Final Fantasy 16
Available on PS5 from Thursday 22 June
Following epic boy-band-’em-up Final Fantasy XV, FF XVI harks back to the series’ beginnings with its medieval setting (boy band haircuts notwithstanding). Take control of the incredibly heroic-sounding Clive and a party of AI-controlled comrades across the contents of Valisthea. There are great big beasties to slay, summons to, erm, summon and yes oh yes, Chocobos are BACK!
Available on PC and Nintendo Switch from Friday 30 June
It sounds like a hard-hitting news segment on Brass Eye, but this gorgeous isometric puzzler couldn’t be more different. Equip your eagle eye and scan a sprawling metropolis for clues. Interestingly, a puzzle solved in a previous era can have ramifications for future ones, so you’ll need to keep track as your actions imprint on the world at large.
Samba De Amigo: Party Central
Available on Nintendo Switch from Friday 30 June
You know what was missing from this year’s Eurovision? Maracas. But we’re not ones to smart, especially when the latest in the Samba De Amigo series is gesticulating so enthusiastically to us on the horizon. This rhythm game will have you up off the sofa with a Switch remote in each hand, shaking your stuff to some seriously groovy tunes. Sombrero non-negotiable.