After April spoiled us on the new releases front, May is upon us with a considerably shorter line-up. Don’t let that dishearten you though, with titles such as Ray Gigant, One Piece: Burning Blood and MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies releasing this month, what May lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality!
Now we all know that some games can appear out of the blue and release on our favourite handheld with only a few days notice, but here are the key titles that we can expect this month;
Azkend 2: The World Beneath
Release Date – May 3rd NA & EU
Azkend 2: The World Beneath is a match-three puzzle game from 10tons that presents you with several different and exciting level styles throughout the adventure. You can also earn almost 20 unique powerups and over a dozen achievements. Choose your powerups wisely for each level to hasten your journey.
In addition Azkend 2 has two challenge game modes called Time and Medals. The Time-challenge is a quick two minute bite-sized game where you’ll try to gain as many points as possible and gain fame on the leaderboards. In the Medals-challenge you can replay all the levels from the story and try to gain a medal from each one.
Azkend 2: The World Beneath features;
- Eight unique hand drawn & animated scenes
- Three game modes including the adventure and two challenges
- Over 60 levels in the story mode
- Compete on the GC leaderboards in the Time-challenge
- Challenge yourself and replay the levels in the Medals-challenge
- Gain more than a dozen GC achievements
- Professional voice overs in story scenes
- Carefully polished puzzle gameplay
- Cinematic soundtrack by Jonathan Geer
Release Date – May 3rd NA & EU
Corridor Z takes place in a quarantined high school during a zombie epidemic. It will feature two fully voice-acted storylines that take place parallel to each other. By playing through both sides of the campaign, more of the game’s grim plot will be revealed.
Gameplay will consist of players trying to control the pursuing zombie horde as they run towards the camera. Guns, obstacles, and environmental aids will help them cull the zombie mob and take down powerful bosses as they try to avoid being bitten.
Perks and weapon upgrades can be earned as you play to make zombie killing that much easier. Story collectibles are scattered throughout the levels and will provide dedicated players a more in-depth look into the world of Corridor Z.
Release Date – May 3rd NA / May 4th EU
In Neverending Nightmares, you play as Thomas, a weak young man who you discover, as the game progresses, to be trapped in progressively worse and worse nightmares. You must flee and hide from what takes place in the nightmare in order to awaken him in the real world.
The horror game also features branching narrative, where depending on which path you take, you’ll experience a different nightmare and ending. For Vita – and PS4, — Infinitap improved the way branching narrative paths worked. Wanting gamers to experience it all, the development team made it easier to get to the branching points and more obvious to recognize.
Matt Gilgenbach, the president of Infinitap Games, says the game is “a very personal game for me because it’s meant to metaphorically express the experience I’ve had dealing with mental illness – specifically obsessive compulsive disorder and depression. It was a real challenge to develop a game to express those dark feelings, but my team and I have created a really unique interactive experience. I know I called it a “game” up above, but I think interactive experience is a more apt description.”
Release Date – May 3rd NA & EU
Ray Gigant is an “end of the world” dungeon crawling RPG that takes place in the future where a giant is on the verge of destroying Earth as we know it. For reasons we still do not know, three high school students; Kazuya Tenpu, Kyle Griffin, and Nil Phineas join the fray in a chapter based adventure that includes each character.
The game’s key features are;
- Guided by Fate! – Play through three different points of view to uncover the
mystery behind what’s happened in this world. Players must battle against
Gigants and a myriad of other characters.
- Keep Your Eyes Open! – Fight skyscraper-sized bosses in battles with 3-Way
views! For special boss battles, each of the characters will utilize their special
abilities! Varying from close to long range on the field, strategically plan
attacks from each characters’ position!
- Slash Beat Mode! – The rhythm-based battle action system, Slash Beat Mode,
allows characters to unleash their hidden power of transformation by offering
their body to their Yorigamis. If timed correctly with the rhythm-based
commands, the enemy will receive a tremendous amount of damage.
- Evolve Tree System! – Level up your characters’ stats with the Evolve Tree
System! Master all three branches of the tree (Physical, Command, Item) to
bring your character to new heights!
Jenny recently reviewed Ray Gigant for the site and said “Ray Gigant is a beautiful dungeon crawler with a strong focus on story and it’s characters. There are some interesting new game mechanics but the game is let down slightly by some repetitive dungeons. Overall it is really fun to play and a very welcome addition to the PS Vita’s library of dungeon crawlers!” Interested? Read her full review here.
MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies
Release Date – May 10th NA / May 13th EU
Fight off zombie hordes with friends in the first multiplayer game in the Neptunia series, MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies. Set in Gamicademi, Gamindustri’s academy for CPUs and CPU candidates, Blanc and friends must film a movie to save their school, fend off zombies, and look cute at the same time! Play with up to 4 friends in the multiplayer mode or, with 2 support characters to boost statuses in battle, tag team with another character, including new characters, Tamsoft and Uzume Tennouboshi, and familiar faces, Plutia, Peashy, Dengekiko, and Famitsu to Nep up some zombies! Additionally, you can stylize characters with accessories like glasses, eye patches, and masks to make sure you look extra cute while slaying!
The Last Blade 2
Release Date – May 24th NA / May 25th EU
The Last Blade 2 was originally an arcade and Neo Geo released back in 1998. It is a weapon-based 2D-fighter which saw fighters battling in the hope of finding a Sealing Maiden – to perform a Sealing Rite that would close the gate between two worlds.
Here is what you can expect from the PlayStation Vita re-release;
An epic storyline during the Twilight Period of the Samurai
Hell’s Gate, the boundary between life and death. Four Mythological Symbols are about to fight to the death against an ultimate spirit awakened from the netherworld, and send him straight back to Hell! Taking place during the end of the Edo period, a mystical and spectacular story is about to unfold.
Eighteen characters guided by destiny cross swords!
In addition to 12 returning combatants (including boss character Kagami from the series’ predecessor), four brand new characters and two hidden ones join the gorgeous roster of 18.
Choose the character and fighting style that suits you the most, and prepare for an epic battle to seal Hell’s Gate!
A truly innovative game system and unique gameplay mechanics!
First, you can select your favorite sword type between Power, Speed, and Extreme modes. Be sure to master the Repel mechanic to counter your opponent’s attacks, and when the right time comes activate Super Secret Slash, Hidden Secret Slash, and Enigma Frenzy Attack ultimate techniques in order to change the outcome of the battle.
Featuring cross play between PS4 and PS Vita!
Through its multiplayer and cross play features, players can now duel against each other between PS4 and/or PS Vita. Furthermore, save data can now be shared via cross save functionality!
One Piece: Burning Blood
Release Date – May 31st NA
One Piece: Burning Blood is described as a “dynamic and colourful new fighting game” and features gaming’s most famous pirate, Monkey D. Luffy. In Burning Blood you will be able to engage is massive brawls with Sabo, Ace, Bartolomeo, Ener, Crocodile all from the One Piece Anime and Manga. You’ll also encounter the newly announced Smoker and you can expect to see many other characters join the roster.
Burning Blood will have several feature that will add a level of strategy to the fighting, allowing you to create a team of three players and you can switch in and out in order to gain a tactical advantage. Or attempt to at least. Certain characters will be able to use special Logia moves for unique abilities, allowing you to dispose of your enemies quickly. Logia fruits will allow you to use Logia Guard, protecting you from attacks for a period of time. The game will also feature Devil Fruits – as in the original Manga – allowing you to execute the massive Special Attacks and/or Reinforced Special Attacks.
So there we have the key titles that are set to release for the PlayStation Vita this May!
If you prefer your new release info in a video format, then check out Kyle’s preview video below and be sure to subscribe to The Vita Lounge’s YouTube channel for more awesome Vita videos!
Let us know which of the above titles (if any) you will be picking up in the comments below!