Anticipated Pre-Summer Releases – Part 2 of 2: May

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Anticipated Pre-Summer Releases – Part 2 of 2: May

This list is continued from yesterday’s Anticipated Pre-Summer Releases for April.

Diablo III – May 15

Blizzard games are not to be taken lightly.  While all game development companies pour their tears, sweat, blood, heart, and souls into their projects, fans of Blizzard take these releases to another level.  Will I ever forget my days at the university when my professor considered cancelling class the day the Lich King expansion was released?  Unlikely.  Diablo fans are no exception.

Diablo is an action, RPG, hack-and-slash game based in a fantasy/horror/dungeon crawl setting (quite a mouthful!).  Sanctuary is a world that was saved twenty years prior in Diablo II, and many old territories can be rediscovered and explored in this sequel.  The five character classes include witch doctor, wizard, barbarian, monk, and demon hunter.  The witch doctor is a new character similar to Diablo II’s necromancer, and the wizard is reminiscent of Diablo II’s sorceress or Diablo’s sorcerer.  (On a side note, although action houses are a common feature of these games, the Korean version will be denied access to the action house due to anti-gambling laws.)

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Max Payne 3 – May 15 NA / May 18 EU

Not only did previous Max Payne games do well among reviewers, but the lead writer is Dan Houser, writer for Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption.  It is the first installment not to feature writer Sam Lake’s work, and it is also the first to be created by a different developer.

Max Payne 3 is a 3rd person shooter set in São Paulo, Brazil, to take place eight years after Max Payne 2.  Max has been double-crossed and is trying to sort out his life.  While working for Rodrigo Branco, Rodrigo’s wife is captured by a gang, turning Max’s life upside-down.  Like other games in the series, Max Payne 3 will allow players to see every bullet make a hole in “bullet time.”  This sequel, however, will eliminate loading screens, allowing for easy transition between cut scenes and gameplay.  (More games need to implement this feature!)

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Quite some battle scars.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier – May 22 NA / May 25 EU

A Tom Clancy game or expansion has come out nearly every year since 2001, and May will see the newest installment in this series.  The series has done well as a whole, with scores mostly in the 80’s and 90’s on Metacritic.  Although earlier Tom Clancy games were criticized for the squad’s artificial intelligence, recent games improved upon this aspect, rendering later Tom Clancy games a more enjoyable experience.

Future Soldier is the fourth Tom Clancy game; it is a 3rd person shooter in which a Ghost team must ascertain the source of a bomb used to eliminate another Ghost team.  It requires constant cover, so when cover is destroyed, you must find new cover asap.  This installment will not allow players to manage squad members directly but rather, will allow players to mark targets.  Future Soldier is also the first game in the series to allow camouflage, as long as weapons are not fired and Ghosts don’t move too quickly.  All in all, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier looks to be an exciting shooter with a number of new features absent in Tom Clancy predecessors.

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Dragon’s Dogma – May 22 NA / May 25 EU

Dragon’s Dogma has been living in the mind of the director for decades.  Hideaki Itsuno told the press at Capcom’s Captivate event in 2011 that he dreamed of making this game “since his school days.”  It isn’t long now before the rest of the world will be able to experience his fantasy world.

Dragon’s Dogma is an action RPG in an open world with nine classes to chose from – fighter, warrior, mystic knight, strider, ranger, assassin, mage, sorcerer, and magic archer.  Accompanying your character will be three party members that respond to commands like “go,” “help,” and “come to them.”  Your character was approached by a dragon and told to be the “chosen one.”  The protagonist is inexplicably saved upon his/her heart being ripped out and embarks upon a journey to kill the dragon who stole the heart.

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That looks intense.

Honorable mention

Starhawk – 3rd person shooter coming only to North America and only to the PS3 on May 8th.

KitGuru says: We can’t wait to get our hands on these new games.  Which ones will you pick up?

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