PC gamers who are into shooters will have no shortage of options to choose from in May. Blizzard’s frenetic FPS, Overwatch, leads the pack, followed by the exciting Doom reboot and promising sequel Homefront: The Revolution. If MOBAs are more to your taste, Battleborn will be the perfect start to your month. If you’re looking for a slower, more studied pace, you can spend your time on the more measured, exploration-heavy prospects in the Fallout 4 expansion, Far Harbor.
Here’s a look at the best PC games coming out in May:
5. Homefront: The Revolution
Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: Dambuster Studios, Crytek UK
Release date: May 17
Years after the events of the 2011 original, North Korean forces have the United States in a chokehold. It’s up to you to cobble together a resistance force to undermine and overthrow the conquerors, using whatever resources you can muster to hammer away at the enemy. Multiplayer will roll out colossal maps for large-scale, vehicle-based combat, with drones, tanks and choppers. This could be the game that lifts the Homefront franchise to Call of Duty caliber.
4. Fallout 4: Far Harbor
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Release date: TBA May
Billed as the largest of the three planned expansions for Bethesda’s open-world opus, the add-on introduces a new faction. Set in Maine’s Bar Harbor, the plot sends you on a mission to infiltrate a society of synths to rescue a lost girl. Stuck in the middle of a conflict between the Children of Atom, the synths and townsfolk, it’s up to you to negotiate a peace among the enemies and accomplish your goals. Higher-level armor and weapons will be available.
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Gearbox Software
Release date: May 3
Looking to challenge the likes of League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm for the MOBA crown, the frenetic system lays out 25 playable characters to mix, match and upgrade. Campaign mode allows for traditional solo play or team-ups with up to four other players. There are three main modes — Meltdown, Arena and Incursion — that test your abilities and teamwork. One exciting aspect lets you switch between first and third person modes to get a better look at your special abilities unleash hell on the enemy.
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: id Software
Release date: May 13
More than a throwback to the 1990s FPS glory days, this reboot looks to take everything great about the original series and update it with modern graphics, controls and fresh gameplay paradigms. Old standbys such as such as the BFG 9000 shotgun and enemy classes, including the Revenant, Mancubus and Cyberdemon all look to return. If you need a break from the 13-hour campaign, multiplayer will be a chaotic adrenaline infusion, complete with several maps, fast-moving players and environmental hazards.
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Release date: May 24
Blizzard is known for focusing its considerable resources and creativity on one genre, then blowing opposition out of the way. After conquering the MMO world with World of Warcraft, the strategy genre with Starcraft and action realm with Diablo, the publisher/developer sets its sights on the FPS. You team up with others and take on enemies in a variety of modes, uncluding kill or be killed Assault, tactics-heavy Escort or king of the hill-style Control.