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10 Biggest Gaming Releases for May

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While spring is traditionally quiet for game releases, each year May throws out a few big hitters worthy of your attention. 2012 is no different - Max Payne 3, Diablo III and Ghost Recon Future Soldier are out in just a few weeks, as well as a few surprises like Dragon's Dogma.

Fable Heroes

Release date: May 2 (worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox Live Arcade

Continuing the Arcade Next promotion is a spinoff that sees up to four players work together to defeat enemies in a hack-and-slash adventure. Albion will be reimagined with unique cel-shaded visuals, and will include familiar locations including Mistpeak, Bowerstone and the Hobbe Caves.


Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition

Release date: May 9 (worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox Live Arcade

The indie smash hit that has players destroying and building structures in a pixelated sandbox environment closes out the Arcade Next promotion. The port is designed to be more approachable than the PC edition, complete with split-screen multiplayer, a tutorial and an in-game wiki.

> Minecraft won't use Kinect at launch, updates to match PC version


Starhawk

Release date: May 11 (Europe), May 8 (North America)
Platforms: PS3

Starhawk is a futuristic follow-up to 2007's online shooter Warhawk. Players can battle on foot or in both land and air vehicles in 32-player online matches. Buildings, turrets and reinforcements can also be airdropped from orbit to add new tactical options.

> Starhawk cuts split-screen down to two players


Diablo III

Release date: May 15 (worldwide)
Platforms: PC

Blizzard's long-awaited dungeon crawler finally sees the light of day. Set 20 years after the events of the last game, it offers stacks of new features, including an online auction house, increased interaction with NPCs through Followers and Artisans, and a post-game Hardcore mode for a ton of new items and equipment to discover.

> BlizzCon 2012 cancelled by Blizzard


Sonic 4: Episode 2

Release date: May 15 (worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, iOS, PC

The belated follow-up to 2010's Episode 1 features four new stages inspired by classic Sonic levels. As well as fan-pleasing tweaks to its physics and art direction, a second player can join the fun as Tails through local co-operative play and online.

> Sonic 4: Episode 2 hands-on preview
> Read our Sonic 4: Episode 2 interview with Sonic Team



Max Payne 3

Release date: May 18 (Europe), May 15 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

Max Payne brings back the famous grizzled hero after an eight-year absence, this time taking his high body count to the streets of Brazil. New multiplayer sees Bullet Time make its online debut, and it is joined by a number of clever online modes to help set it apart from other multiplayer shooters.

> Max Payne 3 campaign trailer
> Max Payne 3 multiplayer preview: Bullet Time makes its online debut



DiRT Showdown

Release date: May 25 (Europe), May 29 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

DiRT Showdown is billed as a "new experience" for the series, focusing on competitive racing elements with an emphasis on boosts, tricks and crashes. Multiplayer will be a large focus in the game, with options including local split-screen play, eight-player online and YouTube integration.

> DiRT Showdown preview: A rowdy, fun, disobedient spin-off


Dragon's Dogma

Release date: May 25 (Europe), May 22 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

Dragon's Dogma is an open-world role-playing game created by people who have worked on Capcom's biggest titles, including Resident Evil. While traditional on the surface, it offers exciting battles with climbable monsters, challenging combat and the ability to command and share party members online.

> Dragon's Dogma preview: Climb beasts and share heroes in Capcom's RPG


Mario Tennis Open

Release date: May 25 (Europe), May 20 (North America)
Platforms: 3DS

The 3DS edition of the fan-favourite Mario sports franchise makes good use of the system's features, from online play to gryoscopic controls, and includes a number of novel mini-games, including one based on the original Super Mario Bros.


Ghost Recon Future Soldier

Release date: May 25 (Europe), May 22 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

This long-awaited squad-based shooter allows up to four players to work together infiltrating enemy locations using drones, camouflage suits and homing bullets. It also offers competitive multiplayer and a gun-creation mode powered by Kinect.

> Read our hands-on multiplayer preview of Ghost Recon Future Soldier


Also available this month:

Back to the Future (PS3, Wii, PC) - May 4th
MUD FIM Motocross World Championship (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) - May 4th
Sniper Elite V2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) - May 4th
Ratchet & Clank HD Trilogy (PS3) - May 18th
Men in Black: Alien Crisis (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii) - May 25th

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