﹛﹛It＊s June already, somehow, which means tons and tons of video game announcements and reveals. Too many to keep track of, honestly. For anyone covering video games, or just video game enthusiasts, June can be a bit overwhelming.
﹛﹛So let＊s forget about June for a minute and look back fondly at May. May was actually a really great month for video game releases. Let＊s take a look at the best games of last month and the one big, terrible disappointment that made the month just a little bit less awesome.
﹛﹛Resident Evil Village 〞 Capcom
﹛﹛Resident Evil Village picks up not long after the events of Resident Evil 7 biohazard. Players take on the role of Ethan Winters as he＊s thrust back into yet another horrifying tale of decadence and decay, this time in a mysterious village and the ominous castle that looms over it.
﹛﹛The game is another first-person entry in the long-running Capcom horror series, though its setting evokes one of the franchise＊s earlier third-person games: Resident Evil 4.
﹛﹛Village is certainly frightening enough, and it positively oozes atmosphere.
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﹛﹛Gamers like this one even more than critics, giving it an Overwhelmingly Positive score on Steam compared to critics＊ 84/100 Metacritic score. Between the game＊s mysterious〞and gargantuan〞villain Lady Dimitrescu and its gorgeous graphics, Resident Evil Village is one of May＊s must-play titles.
﹛﹛Mass Effect: Legendary Edition 〞 BioWare
﹛﹛Mass Effect Legendary Edition
﹛﹛Almost a decade after the release of Mass Effect 3 and that game＊s RBG-ending controversy, the Mass Effect Legendary Edition brings all three games back to life with updated graphics, overhauled combat and a bit more consistency between the menus and gameplay experience of all three games.
﹛﹛Mass Effect Legendary Edition reminds us all why we fell in love with these games to begin with. Commander Shepard and the entire crew of the Normandy are characters we want to spend as much time with as possible, whether we＊re exploring the galaxy or blasting our way out of a gunfight. BioWare＊s space opera remains one of the best video game RPG series ever made, and the Legendary Edition is terrific, earning a Very Positive score from gamers on Steam, and an 86/100 on Metacritic.
﹛﹛Divinity: Original Sin 2 (iPad) 〞 Larian Studios / Elverils
﹛﹛Speaking of RPGs, Divinity: Original Sin 2 from Larian Studios is one of my favorite turn-based roleplaying games out there. It＊s a smart, witty adventure with a great story and even better gameplay. The game is layered with strategy and tactical elements in every combat scenario. Players can use elements to their advantage. If an enemy is standing in water, use a lightning spell to do extra damage. If an enemy sets your characters on fire, use a rain spell to put out the flames.
﹛﹛The iPad port is excellent. The graphics look phenomenal. You can play using touch controls, a gamepad or even mouse and keyboard. The port comes via developer Elverils, and the studio did a fantastic job bringing the game over to iPad, especially given that this is a PC game at its core. Buyer beware, however: Divinity: Original Sin 2 will eat up around 17 GB of storage space.
﹛﹛See Divinity: Original Sin 2 on the App Store
﹛﹛Days Gone (PC) 〞 Bend Studio
﹛﹛Days Gone from Sony＊s Bend Studio released with too many bugs and performance issues when it came out on PS4, and it ended up getting the short end of the stick when it came to reviews and commercial success. That＊s a shame, because it really is a very good zombie apocalypse motorcycle adventure game. Sure, it＊s a little generic in some ways. No doubt our grizzled protagonist, Deacon St John’s, is a bit par for the course. Then again, he＊s no more generic than Ethan from Resident Evil Village.
﹛﹛The PC port represents the third major PlayStation exclusive to come to PC after Horizon Zero Dawn and Death Stranding. It＊s actually an extremely capable port, with a plethora of graphical settings including support for ultra-wide monitors. The game looks great, with improved lighting and textures and an easily attainable 60 frames-per-second depending on your rig. If you missed this one on PS4, definitely give it a spin on Steam where gamers give it a Very Positive rating. Critics gave the PC port a 76/100 on Metacritic where gamers seemed to like it quite a lot better if the 8.7/10 user score is anything to go by.
﹛﹛May＊s biggest disappointment was a fairly crushing one. Biomutant was supposed to be this exciting, colorful kung-fu combat game starring the most adorable little mutant racoon. Instead, combat feels weightless, suffering as much from bad sound design as anything. Meanwhile, the game＊s colorful world is depressingly empty, and both its main quests and side-quests leave much to be desired.
﹛﹛Between the lackluster story, the annoying gibberish that passes as character dialogue and all the tedious gameplay, Biomutant really feels like an unfinished product. A recent patch does improve some of these issues, but the game still drags. It＊s one of those rare games that＊s a lot more fun to watch than it is to play. Still, it has potential, and with the right support from THQ Nordic and developer Experiment 101, Biomutant could go from a Mixed user score on Steam to something in the realm of positive.
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