Published on May 1st, 2013 | by Andy Astruc3
Ghost of Gaming Yet to Come: May 2013
As I get older, I come to further appreciate moments of quiet reflection. I’m not saying I cross my legs and drink in the nirvana of existence in a transcendental meditative state. I can’t cross my legs for more than a few minutes without getting the early indicators of deep vein thrombosis. But it is nice to stop and let your brain de-clutter itself once in a while in the middle of this busy modern world. Perhaps with a stiff drink in your hand. May is a bit like that for video games, existing as it does before the maelstrom of E3 leaks and soundly hyped products coming in the new fiscal year. It’s a month for cogitating.
So, what can we look forward to this next 31 days? A few releases spring to mind, although it’s hardly a deluge. The first completely snuck up on me, and may be of absolutely no interest to you: Ragnarok Online 2: Legend of the Second. Okay, so free-to-play MMOs from Korea aren’t exactly the forefront of the gaming experience, but I have a bit of a soft spot for Ragnarok. I played the original game back when I thought webcomics were way cooler than video games (jury is still out) and bards were the god damn bees knees. Killing a hundred thousand slimes and selling their goo to crowds of idle merchant class players was totally worth it to eventually battle evil with a lute. Ragnarok 2 actually launched in March for Korean ne’er-do-wells, but now it’s available to every luddite and his dog. If you’re keen, track me down inside the game and we can dance.
If you’re more into that whole triple-A, narrative-driven, depressing post-apocalypse kind of vibe, Metro: Last Light is finally coming out on May 14th in North American territories (May 17th for Europe). It seems like an eternity has passed waiting for this sequel to Metro 2033, the unexpectedly immersive and unforgiving trip through the tunnels of an even worse version of Russia. Expect a review of the dank darkness here ASAP. But it will cost you six bullets.
There are a couple of notable new releases this month which are, technically speaking, not very new. Resident Evil: Revelations was released originally for the 3DS in January of 2012, and depicted events which slotted between Resident Evil 4 and 5. If you’re unfamiliar, Resident Evil 5 was that horrible thing that came between the sublime magic of RE4 and the surprisingly deep and entertaining RE6. Revelations has been completely remade for the HD console market and is looking pretty damn flash at this stage. It’s nice to see developers and publishers actually putting some effort into these re-releases, even though they know I’d just buy a HD copy of FFXII if they slapped a shiny sticker on the box. Also, Revelations has some grade-A unnecessary boobs, if that’s your thing. Fighting zombies is much easier when your funbags are leaping out of your skin-tight, plastic, secret agent suit.
Going in the opposite direction — or not, depending on how much you enjoy making jokes about the Wii — is Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. As the title suggests, the original DKCR is being ported from the Wii to the 3DS, for those of you who like some meat on your monkeys. Yeah, I said it. The game was bloody fantastic so I imagine it’ll be well worth owning it on handheld.
Rounding out the releases for May is F.U.S.E., which is definitely a game. It has graphics and guns and a crack squad of some kind. All the characters can do cool things like make shields with energy. There is cover, which will allow you to take cover. I desperately want to be excited for this game, especially given it’s by Insomniac (Ratchet and Clank, Resistance), but the marketing so far has it right up there with doing taxes and watching the local news. Bet it has a lot of guns though. And a cocky team member. And a sassy, red-haired lady. Because nerds love redheads.
That’s it, nothing else is happening in May. Microsoft in particular are not doing anything important, like revealing a new console to the world. The non-console they won’t be revealing at an event that isn’t going to happen will have no social media features. It will not require an internet connection to function, because it doesn’t exist. They will not show it off by announcing a new Gears of War and something to do with Halo. It won’t be ruined by forced presentations by people who aren’t trained to do public speaking. And, since it isn’t happening, there won’t be any embarrassing technical errors.
By the end of May you should have had time to take stock of gaming and games. You can use the month to chip away at that enormous backlog I know you’re sitting on. I bet you could finish a whole game this week, you talented son of a gun. May might be quiet for the industry on paper, but no doubt it will be a roller coaster of ridiculous controversy and pointless analysis. On our end, we’ll be doing a lot more streaming and a heaping helping of reviews to keep you entertained and informed. What’s your pick for Best of May 2013?