Resident Evil Village, Subnautica: Below Zero and a vegetable-based brawler – it’s all to play for!
By Jon Billinge, Writer
The merry month of May holds all manner of exciting new game releases.
Whether you’re after a good, well-told story, or just want to whack your mates with a great big dodgeball, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Sayri: The Beginning
Available to play on PC from Tuesday 4 May. Console release TBC
Ever find yourself singing “Why can’t weeee be friends?” as you blast yet another hole in yet another alien? Then Sayri – a game centred on forming friendships to progress – might just be your redemption. War… what is it good for?
Resident Evil Village
Available to play on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S from Friday 7 May
The eighth major entry in the illustrious survival horror series continues the first-person sneakery standard set by RE7, meaning more heart-stopping scares, more gut-wrenching gore and more… immaculately dressed vampire ladies than ever before.
Hood: Outlaws And Legends
Available to play on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S from Monday 10 May
Crank that crossbow and yank up your tights for some intense multiplayer mayhem, all set within the universe of everyone’s favourite mediaeval philanthropist, Robin Hood. With a range of classes and playstyles on offer, be the rogue you always wanted to be, with none of the illegality!
Available to play on PC and Nintendo Switch from Thursday 13 May + PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S from Thursday 3 June
You’ve pulled up the parsnips, sorted the celery and bagged the Brussels. The only thing left to do, naturally, is have them battle each other. It’s Stardew Valley meets Pokémon and we carrot wait to play it.
Famicom Detective Club
Available to play on Nintendo Switch from Friday 14 May
Never before released outside Japan, this spruced-up version of the 1988 original and its sequel sees players investigating a series of murders in the countryside. Similar in style to seminal lawyer-em-up Phoenix Wright, it’s as stylised and stunning as sleuthery gets.
Subnautica: Below Zero
Available to play on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch from Friday 14 May
The sequel to 2018’s glorious underwater explore/craft/surviveathon, Below Zero will bring out your inner biologist as you analyse and harvest the flora and fauna of its icy seas. Just be sure to pack a harpoon or two, as the deeper you go, the bigger – and deadlier – everything gets.
Of Bird And Cage
Available to play on PC from Tuesday 20 May
Based on Beauty And The Beast (aww) and themed around Stockholm Syndrome (crikey!), this concept album/game mash-up features guest turns from past members of Guns N’ Roses, Asking Alexandria and Evanescence, plus music that syncs to your in-game actions. Siri, play “Wake Me Up”.
Available to play on PC and PS5 from Friday 21 May
We’ve got a feeling Bill Murray would absolutely smash this shooter from Arkane Studios (Dishonored, Prey). Forced to relive the same day, players must use the knowledge they acquire each run to learn the behaviours and movements of their targets. We’ve got a feeling Bill Murray would absolutely…
Available to play on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch from Friday 21 May
Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge your way through this competitive multiplayer brawler. A bevy of ball types means more ways to play, such as the jump-boosting Moon Ball and the explosive Bomb Ball. Because ball is life… and death in this case.
Available to play on Nintendo Switch from Friday 21 May
Sure, a real-world utopia sounds nice and all, but we’d rather live in one designed by the minds behind Wii Sports. Craft your Mii in your own image, or, you know, Guy Fieri’s, and set out across Miitopia in this multiplayer RPG adventure.
An Airport For Aliens Currently Run By Dogs
Available to play on PC and Xbox Series X/S from Tuesday 25 May
“We should make an airport game.”
“Ah great, so an airport simulator?”
“I was thinking more a first-person puzzler. Oh, and you’re an alien.”
“O… K… and what exactl-”
“AND THE AIRPORT IS RUN BY DOGS.”
Available to play on PC, PS4 and Xbox One from Tuesday 25 May
The Tree of Life at the heart of Biomutant’s world is dying, and it’s up to you to save it. Unfortunately, six warring tribes are complicating things. With a unique karma system, epic arsenal of weapons and – ew – switchable body parts, form alliances or simply destroy everything in your path as you fight to restore the tree to its former glory.
Available on Nintendo Switch from Tuesday 25 May
Released to rave reviews in 2020, you’d be mad to miss this spectacular shark simulator as it swims onto the Switch. Starting out as a baby bull shark (doo-doo-do-doo-do-do) on a revenge mission, you’ll munch, bite and generally eat your way across the ocean, upgrading and evolving into something even Jason Statham couldn’t handle. Cue Jaws music.
Roots Of Pacha
Available to play on PC from Friday 28 May
Starvation, cave bears, dying at 25, the Stone Age really was the best time. Sadly, you won’t be batting away the affections of a sabre-toothed tiger in this cute little crafting/farming simulator, but you do get to ride a massive ostrich. Stone swings and rock roundabouts.