The coming of May means the onset of school and college finals, as well as bad puns about a certain N’Sync song. To ease the stress of finals and life in general, the month of May also means the release of some highly-anticipated single-player video games (as determined by OnlySP staff). So, without further ado, here are the three top single-player games set to release this month of May:

 

Transistor

Developer: Supergiant Games

Publisher: Supergiant Games

Platform(s): PC, Playstation  4

Release Date: May 20 (May 21 in Europe)

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I’ll be honest, I still haven’t given Bastion a try, but if Bastion is any indication of Supergiant Games’ hit-making potential, then their upcoming sci-fi futuristic turn-based RPG Transistor is sure to impress. From its first announcement, Transistor instantly captured our attention with its unique premise and art style.

The game centers around Red, a girl who comes to wield the Transistor, a giant Cloud-like sword, after nearly being killed with it by would-be assassins. Red must search for the Transistor’s former owners and fight off those who want it back while learning about the strange weapon’s hidden power.

Other than its story and premise, Transistor’s turn-based gameplay also interested us. At the same time that we reported on the announcement of its May 20 release date from PAX East, we also discussed the turn-based dynamics of the game. Transistor mixes real-time movement with a “planning” mode that Red can enter when the action bar is filled. When in planning mode, the player can designate what actions and movements to take depending on how much each depletes the action bar. When finished, Red then executes the commands. Players must then dodge enemies in real-time as they wait for Red’s action bar to refill and repeat the cycle.

You can be sure that OnlySP will have a review of Transistor sometime after its release on May 20 for the Playstation 4 and PC (May 21 in Europe). In the meantime, please take a look at our exclusive interview about it with Supergiant Games.

Watch_Dogs

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Publisher: Ubisoft

Platform(s): PC, Playstation  4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 (Wii U version coming Q4 2014)

Release Date: May 27th worldwide

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After a lengthy delay and several heated debates concerning graphics and vertical slices, Ubisoft’s highly ambitious Watch_Dogs is finally releasing on May 27th. The action open world game has earned the top spot on highly anticipated lists everywhere and it’s clear to see why. With the promise to deliver a “true next-gen experience”, Watch_Dogs has a lot of gamers excited with its interesting and unique hacking mechanic which allows the main character Aiden Pearce to interact with a simulated Chicago in a truly unique way. Players can use the in-game phone to access information about the world around him, from a random NPC’s job description to their salary or even prevent potential crimes. Using the phone and hacking is central to the game’s plot and theme.

Aiden Pearce is on the run from the law for hacking into the city’s CtOS system which manages everything from traffic lights to the subway. Watch_Dogs’ hacking gives the open world genre a fresh coat of paint, allowing users to interact with the game with an unprecedented amount of control, allowing Aiden to manipulate the system to help others or to hinder the police. Not much is known about the game’s story but we do know it features Aiden Pearce acting as a vigilante in Chicago, but he can turn from good to evil, depending on the player’s actions.

Watch_Dogs just so happened to make our Most Anticipated of 2014 list earlier this year. Check it out for even more info on Watch_Dogs.

 

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Developer: Machine Games

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Platform(s): Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: May 20 worldwide

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Alternative history is always fascinating to contemplate, especially in video games. A version of World War II where Nazi Germany wins is the era of history that Machine Games explores in their upcoming FPS, Wolfenstein: The New Order.

This single-player-only iteration of the Wolfenstein franchise finds the series protagonist, B.J. Blazkowicz, waking up from a coma to a post-World War II world dominated by Nazi Germany. In the Wolfenstein universe, the Allied forces failed to stop the Nazi war machine unlike in real history, with their last-ditch attempt in 1946 to take out the stronghold of series antagonist William “Deathshead” Strasse having gone awry, resulting in Blazkowicz’s 14-year long asylum-bound comatose state. In that interval, Nazi Germany won WWII and took over the rest of the world. Blazkowicz must now spearhead the fight to bring down a stronger and victorious Nazi regime while dealing with advanced robots and super-powered soldiers, a task only he can accomplish.

It’s truly exciting to see this breath of fresh air for the WWII FPS genre in action. Blazkowicz’s health doesn’t regenerate, but medical kits and vests extend the otherwise-little health the player is dealt with. The standard goriness and guns-blazing shoot-em-up style of the franchise is alive and well in The New Order. Other than the assault rifles and pistols at the player’s disposal, the Nazi’s military technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in terms of robotics and laser weaponry, which Blazkowicz can politely “borrow” to wreak havoc with in certain levels/missions. However, stealth is also just as viable and effective an option.

In the game website’s Stealth vs. Mayhem trailer, sneaking around and using your trusty combat knife can save resources, but silencing your rounds can be just as deadly and quiet. For more glorious footage, you can take a look at 30 minutes of gameplay that Bethesda and Machine Games recorded during a Twitch stream some number of weeks ago.

Preordering the game will also grant access to the DOOM beta sometime in the future. We presume this DOOM beta to be for DOOM 4, although no formal announcement has been made concerning that.

May 20 can’t come soon enough, but while you wait, check out a Most Anticipated we made back in March on The New Order.

 


So, what game(s) of the above are you most excited for? Or, do you have any other game(s) releasing this month of May you’re more excited for than these three? Sound off in the comments below!

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Cedric Lansangan

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