The Games of May 2012

Well it seems that there’s a majority agreement here on one thing about May: most of the WZ staff is excited about Diablo III! It’s nearly unanimous excitement. Other than that, it looks like most of us will be hanging out with Max Payne, trying to work our way around Westeros, and maybe even checking out the RPG fantasy game Dragon’s Dogma. All this and more is going on this month at Warp Zoned – read on for more!

John Scalzo
I was never much of a PC gamer, so Diablo III holds no appeal for me. Watching people play it at PAX East just left me scratching my head and thinking “wouldn’t this be more fun with a controller?” But last month’s exposition also let me try out the Max Payne series for the first time, and now I’m quite looking forward to Max Payne 3.

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
Hooray for May! You are about to bring me so many good things… like Diablo III! I wasn’t all that hyped on it until I played it at PAX East, and then we managed to get our hands on a beta code and played the crap out of it. It is glorious, and I cannot wait to dump an obscene amount of hours into it! Similarly, I had little interest in Max Payne 3 until the expo, and after getting some quality hands-on time with it, I am definitely looking forward to playing it. Other than that, I’m interested in in the Game of Thrones game as well as PixelJunk 4AM – those guys over at Q-Games can do no wrong, as far as I’m concerned! The only other thing I am remotely interested in is Resistance: Burning Skies, but after the horrorshow that was Resistance 3, I’m afraid to even consider it. I think I’ll have my hands full as it is, so that one will have to go on the backburner… meaning the “maybe-I’ll-get-it-next-year-on-clearance” list.

Ryan Littlefield
Podcast Producer
May is surely going to be a whirlwind of gaming releases, but honestly, all I’m excited to play is Xenoblade Chronicles. I know, it’s already out.

Fine, I’ll tell you what I’m looking forward to this month. Awesomenauts will be a literal day-one download (since PS Plus subscribers get it for free this month), and even though I spent the money on July’s Torchlight II, Diablo III will be May’s strong, early contender in the CRPG genre. All the Song of Ice and Fire hype has me anxious for the Game of Thrones….game… yeah. I want to play the first two Max Payne> games before I hit up Max Payne 3 which looks to be a promising break from the style of those first two.

I haven’t heard much about PixelJunk 4AM, but I’m looking forward to checking it out. Come on, it’s PixelJunk! Here’s hoping Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II is better than Episode I; I just had no desire to finish it. Lastly, it looks like it’s time for me to dig out my Move again, for Sorcery. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, but also still don’t know much about it. Guess I have some research to do!

Melissa Niedringhaus
Staff Writer
Well, just like everyone else on the planet, I’m definitely looking forward to Diablo III. I didn’t touch the beta or play it at PAX East at all, so I have absolutely no idea what to expect, but it’s Blizzard, right? I know it’ll be great.

Also of interest is Dragon’s Dogma, which looks like it’s going to have a learning curve that more closely resembles a 90 degree angle. It’s Capcom, so obviously it’ll be tough, but the combat system seems really innovative and interesting, and I love me some innovation. I’m also into anything the Q-Games guys do, so I’ll absolutely download PixelJunk 4AM as soon as possible.

Andrew Rainnie
Staff Writer
I may have to grab Max Payne 3 at some point, if only to wipe the foul taste of the film from my eyes four years on. And although it is probably going to be a massive movie tie-in turd, I am curious about Battleship, a video game based on a film based on a board game. When will the madness end???

I would add Game of Thrones, but apparently it does not come out in the UK until June. We always get things behind everyone else. Sigh. Except, oddly, The Avengers! Where is the video-game tie in for that?

Joshua Wise
May looks like it creeps in softly and then starts going crazy about halfway in. Nothing grabs me in the first week, but after playing some of the pre-release code of Warlock: Master of the Arcane, I’m cautiously optimistic to try a game that seems to be a fantasy version of Civilization. Max Payne 3 looks great, especially since Rockstar has never let me down (except that they haven’t made a follow-up to Bully yet… Seriously, what’s that about?). I was, oddly enough, not interested in Diablo III until I played the beta. Now I can’t wait, and it’s probably my most anticipated game of the month. As well, both Sorcery and Datura look like they could be really interesting additions to the PlayStation Move lineup. And, of course, I’m interested in getting my hands on both Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Dragon’s Dogma if there’s time.

Continue on to the next page for a complete look at the May release schedule.

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