It’s that time again, the time when we take a look at what big games are landing on PCs and consoles next week. There’s some good stuff, especially if you prefer Sony systems, although other platforms aren’t left out in the cold.
1. Wolfenstein: The New Order
May 20 (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Trailer (NSFW)
Gaming has a long history of letting players wipe out Nazis by the dozen, and the latest game in the long-running Wolfenstein series continues that fine tradition. This big-budget shooter pits you against all manner of Nazi soldiers, attack dogs, mechanical giants, and high-caliber tanks. Make no mistake about it, this is a game for mature audiences, and it doesn’t flinch in its depiction of the horrors of war. If you’re looking for an action-packed AAA shooter to play this week, and you don’t mind swearing and gruesome scenes in your games, look no further.
2. Drakengard 3
May 20 (PlayStation 3) Trailer
This Japanese action RPG is a prequel to the series’ first game, which appeared on PlayStation 2 a decade ago. In it, you spend half of your time on the ground, hacking apart groups of enemies in fast-paced combat, and the other half saddled on the back of a dragon, fighting flying baddies. Like in most role-playing games, felling enemies gains you experience, which you can spend to upgrade your moves and abilities. All of this is wrapped up in an epic story about a woman and her dragon going on a quest to kill her five sisters, who rule different parts of the world. The reason for her morbid quest? It’s a mystery that gradually unfolds as you play the game.
May 20 (PlayStation 4, PC) Trailer
Reviews aren’t in yet, but if you’re looking for the best game of the week, the smart money is on Transistor. Developed by Supergiant Games, the makers of Bastion, Transistor tells the story of a songstress who loses her voice in an attack by a group called The Process. Once the singer acquires a sentient sword named Transistor, she kicks off a quest to fight back against her would-be killers to mete out some violent justice. One of the unique things about this game’s real-time combat is that you can slow down time and select a series of actions that will play out quickly once you press the button. If it’s half as good as Bastion, Transistor will definitely be worth a look.
4. Mugen Souls Z
May 20 (PlayStation 3) Trailer
This role-playing game with a distinctly Japanese flavor puts you in the shoes of the goddess Syrma as she and Chou-Chou, the Undisputed God of the Universe, try to stop an ancient threat. Not a whole lot of information is available on this one, but with a level cap set at a stratospheric 9,999, there’s no shortage of gameplay here. The question is, will this sequel make up for its less-than-stellar first installment?
5. The Forest
(PC) May 22 Trailer
If you’d rather experience fear while you do your gaming, the PC exclusive The Forest is what you’re after this week. You play as the solitary survivor of a plane crash, who finds himself on an island full of cannibals. Once you begin, you’re left to your own devices to explore the island, hunt, fish, build shelter, and try to survive. There are no goals in the game, and although there’s a story to uncover, it’s never pushed on you. The developers say the game has an ending, but they suspect many players will get so caught up in surviving that they won’t bother searching for it.