The month of May is generally known for having a video game drought. Developers hold off on launching their games during warmer months, feeling that people will be too busy licking ice creams and getting suntans to play their games. But not in May 2018.
In May 2018, PC gamers will get to tuck into a veritable feast of gaming delights! These role-playing games and rich, tactical experiences will keep you indoors this May. There are three major game releases, poised to be so much fun that you’ll turn your nose up at picnics and beach-based vacations, staying inside to play these future classics instead.
With all the talk of the newest member of the British Royal Family as well as the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, royale fever is well and truly upon us. And what better way to embrace that than to learn about the history of the British monarchy and the great battles of Britain’s past?
There will be plenty of opportunities for learning when Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia arrives on PC on May 3. The latest game from Creative Assembly promises to offer “huge real-time battles” plus an “engrossing turn-based campaign” that touches upon the conflicts between the Anglo-Saxons, the Viking settlers, Welsh tribes and the Gaelic clans.
Your challenge is to lead your faction to glory, by forging alliances, building formidable armies, waging war, and managing your settlements. Creative Assembly has confirmed that each faction will face its own dilemmas that you must overcome, based on issues and historical events that actually happened, allowing you to define your leadership as you want. You can take on these challenges in the Grand Campaign (which features Ultimate victory conditions in the late game) or just conquer the British isles for fun!
Despite being a standalone Total War game, Creative Assembly appears to have done quite a bit to improve on existing series mechanics, with the technologies and politics being just two features that have been updated. No doubt, these tweaks and rich history behind the gameplay will keep you entertained for quite some time.
Another game set to keep you enthralled for some time is Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire. The sequel to 2015’s Pillars of Eternity, developer Obsidian Entertainment is back at it again with what it hopes will be another classic in the RPG game genre.
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire was funded on crowdfunding platform Fig back in 2017, where it raised just over $4.4 million from backers, which is equivalent to 400% of its goal. And it’s not hard to see why. The gameplay feature that’s garnering the most interest is its living, breathing world. Unlike many static RPGs that solely react to player actions, in this upcoming title, characters will have their own jobs, roles, and duties as well as appointments, which will make this feel like one incredibly immersive title.
The game is also big on relationships and how characters interact with one another. For example, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire will bring back companions (as well as introduce some new ones) who you will be able to form rivalries, friendships, and even romances with them (companions can romance each other too!) Moreover, the player character will see new cultures and environments, which may have their own conflicts as pirates, locals and traders may be at war.
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire will also feature plenty of opportunities to make decisions and choices that change how the game plays out. It will also consider the choices that you made in the first game. This will give you plenty of reasons to replay it, ensuring that you’ll be able to get plenty of enjoyment out of this game.
Since being released back in 2014, MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online has received a handful of major downloadable content drops. These include Morrowind, The Imperial City, Orsinium, Thieves Guild, Dark Brotherhood, Shadows of the Hist, Horns of the Reach, Clockwork City, Dragon Bones, Homestead, and the One Tamriel update which added new ways to adventure.
The next update - and one of the most significant pieces of DLC to come to the game since launch is The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset. This forthcoming expansion is a full expansion pack that is based in the Summerset Isles, which is a lush, green land made up of three islands. There are farmlands, small villages, woodlands, ports, ancient towers and manors, meaning that there will be plenty of gorgeous sites to take in as you explore.
However, The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset won’t all be beautiful views as the inhabitants of the three Summerset islands are described as hostile to outsiders and some areas are dominated by wizards and warlords. The game’s developer has also detailed four factions: the Divine Prosecution which punishes criminals severely and is harsher than other law enforcement in the game, the Psijic Order which is a secretive group that studies magic, the Sapiarchs who are focused on knowledge, and the House of Reveries who are essentially the jesters of the Summerset Isles.
As The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset features a new story line, you will have plenty of opportunities to learn more about these factions and the fantastic lore behind the location. Mark down the expansion’s release date.