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JR Ortega

By JR Ortega
May 8, 2017 at 9:04 p.m.


It's hard to believe it's already May.

We've got a lot coming down the pipe in the video-game world. Well, we always have a lot coming down the pipe.

This month, we've got several exciting games being released, particularly for the Nintendo Switch, which dropped March 3.

Since the Switch's debut, not much has been released after the highly anticipated "Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild."

The Switch alone has five games being released this month.

Here's a quick glance at my list of top five games to be released in May that you may want to put on your wishlist.



"INJUSTICE 2"

  • May 16
  • Platform: (PS4, Xbox One)

The successor to the very popular "Injustice: Gods Among Us,"  this sequel gives more power to the players, allowing them to personalize their favorite DC superheroes and villains. In the first video game, released in 2013, players took control of DC superheroes and villains with set fighting styles and fighting gear. Allowing for the ability to personalize characters will make this new game that much better than its predecessor. And, let's face it, the original is still fun four years later. Also, more characters are available than before. 



"DISGAEA 5: COMPLETE"

  • May 26
  • Platform: (Nintendo Switch)

This is one of the Nintendo Switch games I was referencing. Again, I think the Switch has a long way to go to proving its worth outside of just  "Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," but I feel like this is a step in the right direction. "Disgaea 5: Complete" is a role-playing game in which you must use different battle tactics to progress with the story's plot. In this game, which was first released in 2015 for PlayStation 4 under the name "Disgaea 5," you and several overlords of the Netherworlds join forces to defeat an evil emperor named Void Dark, who has devastated many of the Netherworlds. This new game for the Switch includes a lot of the downloadable content from the original. While not solely for the Nintendo Switch, I believe ithis game can generate enough excitement to add it to your list of Switch must-haves. 



"RIME"

  • May 26
  • Platform: (PS 4, Xbox One, PC)

I realize this game is pretty far down on the list, but I've written this list in no particular order. I'm pretty excited about this game. It has the feel of the Legend of Zelda series' "Windwaker" and "Skyward Sword." It also makes me think of other recent games, like "Ni no Kuni" and "The Last Guardian." In "Rime," you play as a boy who wakes up on a mysterious island following a bad storm. In the distance, you see a large tower, and the entire game is an adventure as you seek out reaching the tower to find out more about the secrets it harbors. It seems simple enough, but the artistic work on the game is simply beautiful.




"ULTRA STREET FIGHTER II: THE FINAL CHALLENGERS"

  • May 26
  • Platform: (Nintendo Switch)

This is a throwback to all those who played the original 1994 "Super Street Fighter II Turbo." Being a '90s kid, I know I did. This game is the same game with some nice updates to the fighting mechanics and the game's graphics. The game will allow you to play the game in the older art style or a newer, high-definition style. This really is a game for the nostalgic, and should be fun for those looking to play a revamped version of this game. 


Warning: I'm not showing the game trailer for this one because it's pretty gory. 


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"FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE GAME"

  • May 26
  • Platform: (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

OK, so maybe this one is at the top of my list, but I'm a somewhat excited about this game. Back in 1989, this survival horror video game was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System, and I fondly remember going over to my next-door-neighbor's home to play. Yes, I was only 5 years old, but I love all things horror, even at that young of an age. At the time, that game got bad reviews, and today is still looked at as a poor game, but there was something (obviously) thrilling about not being killed by Camp Crystal Lake's Jason Voorhees. This new game doesn't follow the plot of any of the many movies that have been released over the decades, and it's quite simple. You can either play as a camp counselor or as Jason himself. The object of the game: Don't die. Using the environment around you, you must hide and survive the slasher's attempts to murder you. I don't expect this game to get hundreds of positive reviews, but I do expect it to be a fun game to pass the time. Especially in today's world, where we can play multiplayer. Playing with friends will give everyone the jump scares they need to have a good time. 

I realize  there are some other highly anticipated games set to be released, but I could be here all day talking about each of them.

Have a game you think should have made the list? Tweet me at @j_r_ortega.



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