Best games released in May 2019 for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC

Another month, another bumper crop of titles for video game fans to sink their teeth into.

Covering PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch, we’ve picked out some of the best looking releases from May 2019 that are sure to have you glued to your screens.

From Resident Evil re-releases to Sonic the Hedgehog in a go-kart, here’s what to keep an eye out for this month.

Close to the Sun

close to the sun
(Image: Storm in a Teacup)

PC

What is it? This first-person experience from Rome-based developer Storm in a Teacup clearly apes the feel, art-deco style and even narrative themes of Bioshock, and seems to play like a love letter to those classic games.

It’s set in an alternative 19th century where Nikola Tesla was able to construct the Helios, a colossal sea-faring vessel designed for scientific research, which now lies steeped in horror and mystery.

You’ll explore the cavernous, empty halls of the ship, which from the trailer appear to be dripping with atmosphere and environmental storytelling, perfect for those missing the days of Bioshock.

The game is also coming to PS4 and Xbox One later in 2019.

When can I play it? 2 May

Rage 2

(Image: Bethesda Softworks)

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PC, PS4, Xbox One

What is it? This sequel to the 2011 original (not that you need to have played that game to enjoy the new one) delivers colourful, post-apocalyptic first-person shooting with action-RPG elements.

You play as Walker, and must survive in a world inhabited by dangerous mutants after it was hit by an asteroid, a task you’ll be aided in by the character’s over-the-top ‘Nanotrite’ powers which grant you madcap abilities for a short time.

It’s being developed between Avalanche Studios and id Software, and will combine the former’s knack for chaos and vehicular combat with the latter’s first-person shooter prowess. It even features the ability to toggle on rhyming slang narration from Danny Dyer.

Should be good fun.

When can I play it? 14 May

Observation

(Image: Devolver Digital)

PC, PS4

What is it? Devolver Digital is one of the hottest publishers around when it comes to putting out innovative indie games (2019 has already seen the likes of Pikuniku, Ape Out and the brilliant Katana Zero added to their portfolio).

The next game to be released by the Texas-based publisher looks to be similarly intriguing.

It’s a space-bound sci-fi thriller where you must uncover what exactly happened to astronaut Dr. Emma Fisher and the crew of the titular space station.

The difference here is that you play as the station’s artificial intelligence S.A.M. and the action unfolds through the lenses of static cameras throughout the station, complete with stylistic screen distortion and a VHS-style graphics.

When can I play it? 21 May

Resident Evil

(Image: Capcom)

Nintendo Switch

What is it? Capcom’s continued resurgence of its Resident Evil franchise of horror games shows no sign of slowing down, as it brings three of the series best games to Nintendo’s Switch console this month.

The remastered version of the original Resident Evil, Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil Zero make their debut appearances on the hybrid console, meaning players can take the horror classics with them wherever they go.

The high price of the games is a bit off-putting, especially for titles that have been around in some form for nearly two decades, but it will be well worth adding these seminal titles to your collection.

When can I play it? 21 May

Team Sonic Racing

team sonic racing
(Image: Sega)

PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

What is it? To the Sega canon of characters what Mario Kart is to Nintendo’s storied history of video game icons, Team Sonic Racing brings together some of the Japanese developer’s most beloved figures for some arcade kart racing.

You’ll choose a driver from a selection of 15 characters before racing around courses inspired by the locations of the Sonic games, utilising power-ups to keep yourself at the front of the pack.

Local multiplayer is a must with these types of games, and Team Sonic Racing allows four players to play locally, or up to 12 players online.

When can I play it? 21 May

Layers of Fear 2

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(Image: Gun Media)

PC, PS4, Xbox One

What is it? The first Layers of Fear was a modern horror classic, and had you playing a disturbed painter trying to complete his magnum opus, navigating a Victorian mansion as disturbing secrets about the painter were discovered.

The environment would change around you, so you might walk into a room, leave through the doorway, and re-enter through the same doorway to find a completely different space.

The sequel tells a separate story, and this time you’ll be controlling a Hollywood actor who heeds the call of an enigmatic director to take on the lead role in a film shot aboard an ocean liner.

When can I play it? 28 May

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