Future Games Roundup: May 2010

So it’s May. How did that happen?

In an effort to help you plan out your May, we here at Nightmare Mode will now lay out exactly what games you could consider owning in this lovely month. And it’s shaping up to be quite a month.

You will notice that game companies have learned nothing from the past, and decided that every game has to be released in the same seven day stretch. Here, that’s the week of the 17th. They will then claim their game failed because it sucked, because it was released in a week when it was competing with everyone and their brother.

Hit the jump for the newest and most noteworthy games.

May 3rd – 9th:
Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition – Curious? Go here http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/pc/zenoclash?q=Zeno%20Clash for information on the PC version, which I wasn’t quite a fan of. It’s unique, but lacked in ye old fun factor.

What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord? 2 – Mentioned only because it is the game with the second funniest name ever, besides it’s predecessor, Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman.

May 10th – May 16th
3-D Dot Game Heroes – Everyone’s favorite hi def Zelda clone. Maybe I’m just an Atlus homer, but the star of the week.

Lost Planet 2 – Sure, Lost Planet 2’s coming out, too. The first was pretty fun, but somehow I’ve completely missed the sequel.

Skate 3 – Apparently. I am the last person who should be talking about Skateboarding games, because the last one I played was Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3. Which was awesome.

Quantum Theory – Looking for another cover based shooter? Look no further!

May 17th – May 23rd
Red Dead Redemption – Old West shooter from Rockstar sure to get some love, both here and around the blogosphere. I hate that word. Also, this week is death for your wallet, just so you know.

Mario Galaxy 2 – And that’s why. Sure, we haven’t heard a lot about it, but it’s there, and it’s going to be awesome.

Alan Wake – Oh, right, Alan Wake is actually going to release, and it picked this week to do it in, too. Personally, I’m not going to touch it unless it’s brilliantly received, mostly because this week already will have put me in the poor house.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands – Sure, it’s a movie tie in, but it’s a movie tie in for a movie based off a video game. How meta. I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole, especially in this week, but you might!

Split/Second – A game I would care about in any other week, Split/Second. Destruction based racers are always a pretty good time, and this looks fun, but…not in such a busy week.

Trauma Team – Sorry, Atlus, I couldn’t put you at the top of the pile. Trauma Team is the newest in the Trauma line of anime meets surgery. More dangerous things than cancer in the animeverse, apparently. Why not cure alien instead?

Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow – Apparently they made another Blue Dragon sequel on the DS (yes, another; Blue Dragon Plus is a thing that happened), and it’s coming out in the absolute busiest week of the year. On a platform where my RPG backlog already stands at a lot. I don’t know what they’re thinking.

Bit.Trip.RUNNER – Another wonderful marketing choice. Bit.Trip.RUNNER is the newest in the long line of Bit.Trip games from Gaijin Games, who are an excellent company whose previous games have been excellent, but their game has no hope going up against the big boys here.

May 24th – May 31st (The Not Quite There on Time Edition)
ModNation Racers – There’s a law on the books now that says that all racing games must release in a one week block of time. ModNation Racers is probably the most interesting to those of us who don’t fix cars on the weekend, because it’s a cross between Mario Kart and Little Big Planet. Me, I’ll just play Mario Kart and Little Big Planet and save my money, but some people are interested.

Blur – In case you didn’t get enough of racing with explosions last week, this week gives you Blur, a game that is statistically similar to Split/Second, at least in my mind.

Hexyz Force – One of them there Atlus type obscure, ultra-complicated RPGs for a portable system. If you care about it, you probably already know you’re buying it. If you don’t, then it’s very unimportant.


Compiled in equal part from the lovely Giant Bomb and Gamestop’s Coming Soon page. Hope this helped you get your house in order.