In the world of video games, you never know what you’re going to get week to week. This week will have a number of notable releases, many of which are smaller indie games made for casual play sessions — although one is a major release that’s packed full of enough content to keep you occupied the rest of the month.
The point is, whether you’re into racing games, Japanese RPGs, or action games, you’ll find something to play this week. Read on to find out what games are launching across all systems the week of May 11, 2015.
1. Project CARS
- Releases May 12 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC
If you like your racing games to be as realistic as possible, Project CARS is the only game you’ll need to play for quite some time. It’s not a forgiving arcade-style game like Forza Horizon 2; instead, it aims to offer the most realistic physics, weather, and handling you’ll find in any racing game around.
That’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but early reviews indicate that this game totally nails the look, feel, and sound of a top-tier racer. And best of all, it’s not a platform exclusive like the other major racing series out there, from Gran Turismo to Forza. If you’ve been itching for a meaty racing game to sink your teeth into, look no further.
2. Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains
- Releases May 12 on Nintendo 3DS
Enormous, violent titans roam the earth in this series, so most of the population has confined itself in walled cities in order to stay safe. It’s all well and good until a titan tears down a wall. Enter our hero character, a scout who goes out titan hunting either alone or with friends (if you have an online connection).
Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains a wide-open action game that looks like it could be a lot of fun if the developers manage to pull it off just right. And if you’re not familiar with the anime the game is based on, you can watch the first two episodes for free on the Nintendo eShop.
3. Color Guardians
- Releases May 12 on PS4, Vita, and PC
This pick-up-and-play game has you running ever forward in a side-scrolling world whose color has been stolen. Your job is to collect globs of paint while you dodge enemies and avoid obstacles. It’s deeper than your average auto-runner, and it looks great, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Although it’s more of a casual game meant for shorter gameplay sessions, it packs a punch.
4. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
- Releases May 12 on PS4
Final Fantasy X has been kicking around Sony platforms since its 2001 release on PlayStation 2. The game tells of the exploits of the Tidus and Yuna as they try to save the world from a god-like entity known as Sin.
The game has remained a fan favorite for over a decade, so Square Enix is bringing it to the PlayStation 4 so fans never have to go without it. This package includes the game’s excellent sequel, plus better graphics and a few chunks of extra content that were absent from the original U.S. release.
Not a bad deal for anyone who wants to relive the glory days of Final Fantasy.
5. The Last of Us: Left Behind (standalone version)
- Releases May 12 on PS4 and PS3
Previously, gamers had to own a copy of The Last of Us to play the Left Behind expansion, which shows what life was like for Ellie before we meet her in the core post-apocalyptic game.
This expansion was released to rave reviews, so Sony is now making it available for anyone, regardless of whether you own the core game or not. It probably won’t hold much appeal for people who didn’t play The Last of Us, but if you fall into that category, I’d urge you to play the game as soon as possible. It’s one of the bets games of the past console generation, and Left Behind makes for a great companion piece.
6. Lost Orbit
- Releases May 12 on PS4 and PC
In this top-down arcade-style game, you control a quick and nimble space ship that has to weave in and out of tight areas, dodging missiles and lasers in order to survive. It’s billed as a “dodge-‘em-up” rather than a shoot-‘em-up, because you’re not exactly armed to the teeth. Instead, your best bet is to get out of the way of enemies. If you’re in the market for a twitchy reflex-based game, Lost Orbit has you covered.
7. Lifeless Planet
- Releases May 13 on Xbox One
This puzzle adventure game landed on PC last year but is now making its way to Xbox One. You play as an astronaut on a deserted planet, trying to figure out what happened to the colony there. It’s kind of a mystery game, so to say more would begin to spoil the plot. Your best bet is to watch the trailer above and see if it piques your interest.