Warpback: What We Played in May 2017

I’m sure no one will be surprised to learn that almost every Warp Zoned staffer is still playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But there were plenty of other new games that we tried out in the merry month of May including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Injustice 2, and Friday the 13th.

Read on for some quick thoughts on these titles, and more, after the break.

John Scalzo
I dabbled a bit more with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in May, but my Switch was mostly tuned to several other games last month.

I spent the majority of my time playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and its excellent new Battle Mode. Grand Prix is also still as fun as ever, and the addition of the Inklings has made me drift away from Mii racers for the first time in years. My Review is full of more gushing.

NBA Playgrounds and the Arms Global Testpunch also made their way into my Switch rotation, but neither one thrilled me. Arms was fairly shallow (but sort of interesting), and NBA Playgrounds was more-or-less broken.

Finally in May, I put a ton of time into Injustice 2. I’m a huge fan of NetherRealm Studios and they managed to outdo the first Injustice game in nearly every way. The story is bigger, the character roster is more interesting, and the Gear System is incredibly addictive.

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
May was a super busy life month for me! I took a vacation to Portland, Oregon, got a really bad cold, worked on a lot of stuff, and got married!

No big deal!

I found a little time for gaming here and there, but it was just my standard fare – Persona 5, Pokemon Go (finally got a Dragonite!), Pokemon Moon, and Pokemon Picross. Oh, and as a graduation gift, I was planning on getting myself a Nintendo Switch, but a friend told me she got me one for my wedding! So, in anticipation of that, a friend brought his over and I played some Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which just solidified for me that I want to own both of those games!

Andrew Rainnie
UK Correspondent
I decided to take a breather from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and will return top Hyrule in June to finish off my epic quest, but May was all about murder and, well, mayhem, in the fantastic Dishonored 2. I am on the cusp of completing it after a few rigorous late night sessions, and while its a worthy sequel, I found the story just a tad flat compared to the original.

Still, it was nice to revisit Dunwall and discover Karnaca, and I hold out hope for a third game.

Mike Ryan
Staff Writer
I spent even more time in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild last month. I’m down to the final Divine Beast, but I still have a lot of memories to collect. So I don’t anticipate to be done with the game for at least a few months. I also dove into my backlog and finally started playing Resident Evil 6. I can definitely see what so many people were complaining about, as the controls (like all RE games) take some getting used to.

Finally, I got to play the new Friday the 13th game. I was a little concerned about picking it up, as $40 for a digital title seemed a little steep for this old-school, physical copy-only gamer. But after putting a good 15-20 hours into it, I’m glad I got it. It’s a lot of fun once you get past the glitches and matchmaking errors. And it actually made me put my headset back on and talk to strangers again.

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