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Level up your gaming with the best titles coming your way in May and early June, including new Mario, a brawler with a unique roster and an 80s film given a new lease of life


By Simon Ward, Content Director

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, MultiVersus and Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Game are an eclectic range of video game releases that mark the start of the sweltering summer months.

 

Whether you have a PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch or you’re a PC gamer, you’ll find an exciting new game coming your way in the next few weeks.


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Here’s all you need to know about the biggest game releases of May and June 2024…

 

The Rogue Prince of Persia

Available on PC from Tuesday 14 May

This latest instalment in the Prince Of Persia series looks gorgeous, with a real Aladdin vibe (for those old enough to remember the Mega Drive version) with its 2.5D side-scrolling rogue-lite gameplay. You can flow between death-defying platforming and acrobatic combat as the Prince himself, all while you battle through the capital city again and again.

 

Braid: Anniversary Edition

Available on PC, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One from Tuesday 14 May

This remaster of the classic platformer puzzler returns to consoles and PCs with updated audio, visuals and all-new puzzles as you guide Tim on a quest to rescue a princess. While it has the usual jumping-on-head-to-defeat-enemy routine typical to the genre, the game continually throws up gameplay that challenges your expectations.

 

Ghost Of Tsushima Director’s Cut

Available on PC from Thursday 16 May

For the first time, the critically acclaimed action-adventure game is coming to PC. Challenge opponents with your katana, master the bow to take down distant threats, develop stealth tactics and explore Iki Island. This version is also tailored to a wide range of PC hardware, whether you own a high-end unit or a portable gaming device.

 

Lorelei And The Laser Eyes

Available on PC and Nintendo Switch from Thursday 16 May

Some big games are coming this month, but this one is gathering a lot of buzz, with one gaming website making an early call for “game of the year”. It’s a third-person noir detective game filled with challenging puzzles, secrets around every corner and a black-and-white look that makes it feel cinematic. More buzz than a bag of bees.

 

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II

Available on PC and Xbox Series X|S from Tuesday 21 May

The sequel to the award-winning Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (with many fans and critics crowning that 2017 title as a work of art) has been long awaited. Senua’s story continues here in a brutal journey through Viking Iceland, featuring beautifully realized visuals, encapsulating sound and – as important – superb and visceral combat.

 

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Available on Nintendo Switch from Thursday 23 May

The Paper Mario games might be the most charming entries into the plumber’s arsenal, and this remaster of the classic 2004 title is very welcome. The mix of Mario’s 2D paper-ness set against a 3D world is video game craft of the highest order. Filled with colourful characters and foldable fun, we can’t speak highly enough of this delightful game.

 

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Available on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S from Friday 24 May

Billed as the ultimate Dragon Ball gaming experience, and it’s hard to argue. It’s packed with thrilling action, epic battles, endless customisation options, different locations and timelines, plus 7 years’ worth of DLC packs. Whether it’s one-on-one fights or massive battles against multiple enemies, this is one for the ages.

 

MultiVersus

Available on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One from Tuesday 28 May

Batman, Shaggy and Gizmo vs Bugs Bunny, The Iron Giant and Arya Stark? This is the unhinged world of free-to-play fighter MultiVersus. Play as a variety of iconic characters, each featuring unique moves, worlds and attitudes to fight. If you’re into Esports, then this game feels so ready to be the next big competitive title, so get practising.

 

Astor: Blade Of The Monolith

Available on PC, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One from Thursday 30 May

While “Blade Of The Monolith” sounds a little bit like a craft ale, this is a fast-paced action RPG that lets you rip through hordes of enemies with fury and style. Play as Astor, a young warrior who can wield an arsenal of runic weapons (sword, hammer, spear and gauntlets), as you explore diverse landscapes whilst mastering skills and combos.

 

F1 24

Available on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One from Friday 31 May

Like all EA Sports titles, this latest in the long-running series features all the bells and whistles you’d expect from an official title – the new cars, the real drivers and all the proper tracks, all realised in perfect detail. This year’s edition also features the first major update to the driver career mode since 2016.

 

Destiny 2: The Final Shape

Available on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One from Tuesday 4 June

You’d think with a name like The Final Shape that this latest expansion for first-person shooter Destiny 2 (its eighth, in fact) would be its last. Don’t worry, there’s more to come. This newest one invites you to embark on a perilous journey into the heart of the Traveler, rally the Vanguard and end the War of Light and Darkness.

 

Life By You

Available on PC from Tuesday 4 June

Designed to be one of the most moddable and open life-simulation games ever made, Life By You gives you total control of the humans you create, the town you build and the stories you tell. In the announcement trailer, there’s everything from marriage proposals to putting the laundry away, so there’s fair scope within those two extremes.

 

Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Game

Available on PC, PS5, PS4 and Xbox Series X|S from Tuesday 4 June

If the likes of IT hasn’t given you a fear of painted-on smiles, red noses and oversized shoes, then this multiplayer horror based on the iconic 80s film is here to seal the deal. You can either plan your own alien invasion and harvest humans as the sinister Klowns, or gather a team of survivors to fight the extra-terrestrial threat. The choice is yours.

 

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance

Available on PC, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One from Friday 14 June

If you’ve taken anything from this list, the word “definitive” is key. So, coming at you last is (you’ve guessed it) the definitive version of the critically acclaimed Shin Megami Tensei V, expanded with a new storyline featuring new locations, demons, and choices to make that will dictate the fate of all existence.

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