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Games out this month: 10 biggest releases for May

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A screenshot of multiplayer on 'GRID 2'

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GRID 2 releases on May 31 in Europe.


The rumoured summer games drought is said to be upon us, but there's more than enough here to keep you busy. Vita and 3DS aside - which each get an anticipated, exclusive release - there's plenty of exciting downloadable and retail titles coming to consoles and PC in the next few weeks.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Release date: May 1 (worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, PC

This standalone downloadable spin-off is described as a "kick-ass cyber shooter taking place on a bizarre open-world island crawling with evil", and offers crude animations and an electronic soundtrack as it relentlessly mocks '80s action movies.

> 'Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon' review: Parody walks a fine line
> Read Digital Spy's Far Cry 3 review


Soul Sacrifice

Release date: May 3 (Europe), April 30 (North America)
Platforms: Vita

The latest game from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, Soul Sacrifice is a co-operative action adventure that features a unique sacrifice system for casting spells, where players have to either sacrifice their allies or parts of their own character to progress and use new abilities.

> Soul Sacrifice review: Deep, engaging dark fantasy


Fez

Release date: May 1 (worldwide)
Platforms: PC (also available Xbox Live Arcade)

The perspective-switching puzzle platformer, which has seen over 200,000 sales on Xbox Live Arcade in its first year, comes to Steam. Fez was named number eight in Digital Spy's Best Games of 2012 countdown ahead of heavy-hitters including Black Ops 2 and Halo 4.

> Read Digital Spy's review of 'Fez'


Persona 4 Arena

Release date: May 10 (Europe), out now in North America
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

Released last year in North America, Persona 4: Arena is a spinoff for the series that sees characters from both Persona 3 and Persona 4 battling in a 2D fighting game. It was developed by Arc System Works - known for both the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue fighting game franchises.

> Persona 4 Arena limited edition announced for Europe


Metro: Last Light

Release date: May 17 (Europe), May 14 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Set within the underground train stations of post-apocalyptic Moscow, the Metro 2033 sequel will see multiple factions fight to secure a doomsday device hidden inside a vault. It features the return of the original's bullet currency system, but made clearer and easier to use.

> Digital Spy's first-look preview of Metro: Last Light


Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

Release date: May 22 (worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox Live, PSN, PC

Gunslinger returns to the franchise's Wild West roots after Call of Juarez: The Cartel's modern-day setting.

Played through a series of flashbacks, the game follows a veteran gunslinger who recalls his dealings with the likes of Billy the Kid and Jesse James. It also features more arcade-style gameplay where headshots and chained kills earn more points.

> Call of Juarez: Gunslinger hands-on preview: Back to the Old West with a twist


Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Release date: May 24 (worldwide), May 21 (North America)
Platforms: 3DS

This 3DS title will be a port of the acclaimed Wii platformer first released in 2010. Developed by Retro Studios, Donkey Kong Country Returns marked a return to the series' side-scrolling roots. The port also features an easy mode, providing players with expanded health bars and new special items.

> Read our Wii review of Donkey Kong Country Returns



Resident Evil: Revelations

Release date: May 24 (worldwide), May 21 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC

This port of the 3DS adventure on consoles will feature improved visuals and enhanced lighting effects, as well as a new enemy type and extra difficulty level. The co-operative Raid mode also adds new weapons, skill sets and extra playable characters.

> Read our 3DS review of Resident Evil: Revelations


Fuse

Release date: May 31 (worldwide), May 28 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

Formerly known as Overstrike, Fuse centres around a volatile energy source that each of its four playable characters can use for different weapons. It features a co-operative and competitive multiplayer mode named 'Echelon'.


GRID 2

Release date: May 31 (worldwide), May 28 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

The sequel to the acclaimed racing title that debuted near the start of the console generation, this features a wide selection of vehicles spanning four decades, and courses ranging from licensed circuits in Abu Dhabi to roads alongside the California coast.

The game's multiplayer modes will include a unique progression system, extensive customisation options and integration with Codemasters' RaceNet online portal.

> GRID 2 preview: First look at RaceNet-powered multiplayer


Also out this month:

Telltale's The Walking Dead retail bundle (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) - May 10
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (3DS) - May 17
Fast & Furious: Showdown (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) - May 24

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