The Month in Games – May 2018

Conan Exiles

Travel back to the Hyberion Age in this survival epic. Sentenced to die for their crimes, players are saved from death by the titular barbarian and must find a way to survive in the Exiled Lands. Starting with only the most basic supplies, players must establish a new home for themselves using the resources around them. By crafting armour and weapons, players will be able to expand and defend their new homes from enemy attack.

Players who pre-order the Day One Edition will receive a physical copy of the Exiled Lands map as well as an Atlantean Sword bonus item. Those who pre-order the Digital Edition will receive the Royal Armour bonus to use in game. The Collectors Edition will feature a copy of the game, full-colour custom comic book, artbook, Exiled Lands map and the three disk soundtrack along with six digital comics from Dark Horse, digital pen-and-paper RPG rulebook, The Coming of Conan” eBook and a 15cm figurine of Conan with the Atlantean Sword.

Conan Exiles will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from May 8*

Hitman: Definitive Edition

Relive all the action of Season One in this new collection. In Hitman, players take on the role of the enigmatic assassin known simply as Agent 47. Recruited into the International Contract Agency, 47 must eliminate a number of targets around the world, with the guidance of his handler, Diana Burnwood. The method of elimination is entirely up to the player, with each contract having multiple ways of taking out targets, depending on each player’s preference.

The Definitive Edition comes will all the season one content, taking players to seven different locations around the world, as well as all of the Game of The Year content. The Game of the Year content pack will include bonus outfits, weapons, the four Patient Zero missions and three themed missions to unlock special edition weapons. Also included in the Definitive Edition will be an additional item pack themed around one of the classic Hitman titles, Blood Money, and will feature new outfits and weapons for Agent 47. There will also be another special content pack to celebrate publisher IO Interactive’s 20th anniversary, with themed items from Kane & Lynch, Mini Ninjas and Freedom Fighters.

Hitman: Definitive Edition will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 from May 18*

The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset

Explore new lands and discover a whole new side to Tamriel in this latest expansion. The lands of Summerset are open to foreign visitors for the first time following a decree from the land’s ruler, Queen Ayrenn. This ancestral home of the High Elves, though now welcoming, is not without its own mysteries and secrets, which the player will have to uncover for themselves once rumours of strange disappearances start to spread. From court spies to Daedric followers and sages of the Crystal Tower, players will have their chance to forge their path in this new and beautiful setting.

Players who pre-order will receive the Queen’s Bounty Pack. This pack will include an exclusive Court of Bedlam costume along with a Pocket Salamander pet, maps, experience scrolls, a Psijic Vault crate and the Nightmare Senche mount. The Digital Collector’s Edition will feature an additional mount, pet, emote pack, outfit style and memento for players, while the Collector’s Edition will feature all of the content in the Digital Collector’s Edition and the Queen’s Bounty Pack, but will also include the game in an exclusive steelbook case, a map of Summerset, a copy of Razum-dar’s journal and a 12 inch statue of the Daedric Prince Mephala.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset will be available on PC from May 21*

State of Decay 2

The end of the world is upon us in the survival horror sequel. In State of Decay 2, players are one year into a zombie apocalypse. With every facet of civilization gone, it is now up to the player – either alone or with up to three other players – to rebuild and reclaim the world from the dead. Every choice players make will be crucial to their odds of survival, whether it’s where to look for supplies, which road to take or if another survivor is worth trusting or not.

Players who pre-order will receive the Apocalyptic DLC pack. This bonus pack features an additional vehicle, supplies, abilities and the Titan Bat. The Ultimate Edition will feature two additional content packs – Independence and Daybreak – unlocking new games modes, weapons, vehicles, modifications, facilities, missions and events. The Ultimate Edition will also feature a copy of State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition as well as allowing players to access State of Decay 2 four days early through Early Access.

State of Decay 2 will be available on Xbox One from May 22*

Dark Souls Remastered

Return to the land of Lourdan in this remaster. Dark Souls puts players into a world where ancient beings once ruled using the power of the First Flame. With the power of the Flame diminishing, thanks to the rise of humanity, one of these rulers, Gwyn sacrificed himself to keep the Flame alight and continue the Age of Fire. However, this has allowed a new evil to rise in Lourdan, with the Undead Curse now unleashed, which it is up to the player to stop.

As well as the updated game, Dark Souls Remastered will also feature all the content from the Artorias of the Abyss DLC. This additional story takes players to Oolacile, a continent under threat from the rise of the Abyss – an expanse of darkness – and the ever-growing power of Manus. After the great Knight Artorias failed in his mission to protect the land, and his companion Sif, from Manus, it now falls to the player to take on the quest to defeat Manus and discover the fate of the Knight.

Dark Souls Remastered will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch from May 25*

Detroit: Become Human

The divide between man and machine is blurred in this new action adventure from Quantic Dream. In the near future world of Detroit: Become Human, androids are commonplace and have revitalised a struggling manufacturing industry in America’s heartland. Three of these androids take centre stage in this game – Markus looks to free his fellow androids from a life of servitude, Connor is a police android whose task is to hunt and apprehend rogue androids, and Kara is a newly constructed android with artificial consciousness looking to discover what it truly means to be a human.

As players make their way through the game, the entire story will be shaped by their choices. Each part of the story will have multiple outcomes based on a number of factors – how much information a player has, how long it takes to choose a course of action and even which characters players have been able to keep alive all come into play at some point. Players will also have the chance to go back to earlier story points and change the outcome of a particular mission or task if they end up regretting the initial choice. With no “game over” and countless options, Detroit: Become Human will have players exploring this altered world in their own unique way.

Detroit: Become Human will be available on PlayStation 4 from May 25*

Free to Play

On Xbox, Gold subscribers will have four new titles to download and play for free this month. On Xbox One, Super Mega Baseball 2 will be available from May 1-31*, with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain available from May 16 – June 15*. Over on Xbox 360, Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage will be free for members from May 1-15, followed by Vanquish from May 16-31*. The Xbox 360 titles will also be available on Xbox One via Backwards Compatibility.

On PlayStation, active Plus subscribers will once again have six new titles to download and play for free this month. From May 1*, Beyond: Two Souls and Rayman Legends will be up for grabs on PS4. PS3 players will be able to enjoy Risen 3: Titan Lords and Eat Them, while those with a PS Vita will have King Oddball and Furmins available to them.

Over on PC, those with an Amazon Prime account will be able to download six games for free this month, via the Twitch Prime perk. From May 1*, Gone Home, Psychonauts, High Heel, Titan Souls, Clustertruck and I, Hope will be available to download via either the Twitch website or desktop app. Access to Twitch Prime will be available once the Twitch and Amazon accounts are connected.

Also Released This Month

May 1* – Minecraft Super Plus Pack (Xbox One), Super Mega Baseball 2 (PS4, PC, Xbox One), Killing Floor: Incursion (PSVR), Battlezone Gold Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

May 2* – Coffee Crisis (PC)

May 3* – Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia (PC)

May 4* – Aqua Moto Racing Utopia (Switch), Darkest Dungeon: Ancestral Edition (PS4), Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch), Snow Moto Racing Freedom (Switch), City of Brass (PS4, Xbox One, PC), Urban Trial Playground (Switch)

May 5* – Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor Martyr (PS4, Xbox One)

May 8* Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PC), Destiny 2: Warmind (PS4, Xbox One, PC), Raging Justice (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC), Last Encounter (PC)

May 9* – Subaeria (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

May 10* – Immortal Redneck (Switch)

May 11* – Megadimension Neptunia VIIR (PS4/VR), One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 (Switch), super Chariot (Switch)

May 15* – Battle Chasers: Nightwar (Switch), Dragon’s Crown Pro (PS4), Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time (PS4, PC), Horizon Chase Turbo (PS4, PC), Omensight (PS4, PC)

May 17* – Far: Lone Sails (PC), Worlds Adrift (Steam Early Access)

May 18* – Flipping Death (PS4, Switch), Little Nightmares: Complete Edition (Switch), Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey Redux (3DS)

May 22* – Space Hulk Deathwing Enhanced Edition (PS4, Xbox One), Tennis World Tour (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC), Mega Man Legacy Collection & Legacy Collection 2 (Switch), Ancestors Legacy (Xbox One, PC), Runner 3 (Switch, PC)

May 24* – The Piano (PC), Cities: Skylines Parklife (PC)

May 25* – Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers (3DS), The Lost Child (PS4)

May 29* – Legend of Kay Anniversary Edition (Switch), Owlboy (PS4, Switch), Sega Mega Drive Classics (PS4, Xbox One), Street Fighter – 30th Anniversary Collection (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC), Agony (PS4, Xbox One, PC), Moonlighter (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

May 31* – Overlord (PC)

*Dates refer to UK release only. International dates may vary and are subject to change. All information correct at time of writing

Words by Megan Roxburgh

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