Usually, there is some sort of overall theme that ties together all the games I talk about every month. This time around I just feel like talking about games I have been playing lately and a few I have been really looking forward to. I added in an extra pick of the month this time around and I really hope some of you read about it and check it out. It is one of my most anticipated of the year.

Paladins (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)

The team over at Hi-Rez Studios have created much more than what is deemed as just an ‘Overwatch clone’. I have sunk about fifteen hours into the open beta on Xbox One and I am really happy with what I have experienced. The characters all feel really unique and have stand alone personalities. They all have different attacks and voice lines that make the game feel fresh, take the Bomb King, he blurts out “Agh I am dead now” when he dies and my friends always laugh ourselves stupid over it. A character named Maeve who is really fun to play as has a borderline terrifying ultimate attack where her voice comes on for everyone to hear as she creepily says “Goooood Niiiiiiiight” as the enemy team is shrouded in darkness, allowing Maeve to attack unseen from any direction.

Aside from the characters, the game play is pretty standard. Each team earns points by fighting for control over a point, from there the winning team will unlock a payload to push. If they make it they get a point, if the enemy teams stops them they get a point. The first team to four wins the whole game. The next mode is very similar to ‘search and destroy’ in the sense that if you die you are out until the next round. Over time the map fills with smoke that forces players to fight in an even more confined area. Both modes are fun in their own right, just please bare in mind that this is a free to play beta right now so it is not perfect. Certain characters like Lex and Torvald are a little overpowered but there’s hope that will get fixed later on in the game’s life.

Gianna Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, PC)

Typically I don’t enjoy platformers, but Gianna Sisters: Twisted Dreams is just quirky enough to break that stigma for me. The story breaks down like this, in Max: Curse of Brotherhood fashion one sister gets sucked into an alternate universe and the other follows being thrust into a journey to save her. One of the more intriguing aspects is the transformation of the main character. In this new and strange world when she is her normal little girl self the world is grim as everything looks all gloomy and dark. When she changes into her Punk Princess, as I so dubbed it, the music changes into a pleasantly fast punk rock song, her appearance changes and most notably the world changes. It goes from being dark and dreary to all cutesy. The demons transform into owls, all the balloons used to lift platforms change to normal and the world in general reeks of sickening happiness. The game is currently free on Xbox via the Games With Gold, however, you can snag the game for around twenty bucks.

Injustice: Gods Among Us (Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One Compatible, PC, Mobile)

With the newest game just on the horizon, if you haven’t tried Netherealm’s super hero brawler now it the time. The story is a wonderfully told tale in which Superman snaps and kills the Joker following events in which the Clown Prince of Crime tricked the Man of Steel into killing someone close to him (which if you think hard enough, you can probably guess). Superman becomes downright tyrannical, imprisoning, or flat out killing, those who don’t join him. It is a nice departure from the normal white bread good guy Superman stories that make me loath the character. Not to mention, in one of the world’s the game takes place in Harley Quinn and Joker are seen as respectable freedom fighters, which is also a cool little twist. I highly recommend grabbing the game if you have not already, it’s available now for as low as fifteen bucks depending on your console of choice.

Pick of the Month: Prey (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

While I have just been playing the demo, the rest of the world has been praising Arkane Studios newest release. So I will be speaking purely from the demo, but I’d be damned if it didn’t resonate with me. The game demo quickly gets weird on the second day when you realize the people you trusted to do neurological implant experiments on you haven’t been doing them quite the way they said they would be. They were supposed to give your brain time to ‘reset’ so it can properly deal with the implants being removed after testing. Because they weren’t allowing the proper time the player’s brain is essentially stuck in a loop which I am assuming the main game is spent trying to fix. The moment that hooked me was when the player wakes up on the second day and is tasked to escape the apartment. I walked into the hallway to see the elevator from the previous day was gone. There was just an empty hallway with a dead body of a maintenance worker I had met the day prior. I stole her wrench and went back to the jammed door that was supposed to lead to my outside balcony. I smashed through the window and was mind fucked to see the science lab on the other side. Needless to say, I am hooked and am willing to drop the sixty bucks on this game.

Pick of the Month II: Friday The 13th: The Game (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

I decided to throw in an extra pick of the month this time around because this game is one of my most anticipated of the year. Jason Vorhees is back and he is out to stop those pesky teenagers and their sex filled shenanigans! Whichever player is tasked with hunting the others down has a bunch of tools at his disposal to help him kill off the pesky teenagers. He can cut the power off, break down doors and viscerally chop the kids to bits. The developers have teased at Jason’s skills differing depending on what variant of Jason is selected and I am more than eager to find out when the game releases late this month. For those of you worrying the game will be tipped in the favor of the famed masked killer, fear not the kids also have plenty of tricks up their sleeve to combat him. I know they set literal traps that can slow him, and if memory serves me correctly they can stun him with gun shots (but do not quote me on that). I implore you to check out the video below and join me in being incredibly hyped for Friday the 13th. The game is due out 5/26/17 and is set to cost forty dollars to digital download with the sixty dollar physical copy coming later this year.

While this month was a little bit of a hodgepodge of just different games that I have been playing lately as opposed to a usual overarching theme, I hope you guys still try some of them out. Especially Friday the 13th: The Game and Paladins. Friday the 13th is my most anticipated title of the year, and Paladins is a wonderful game that deserves a hell of a lot more love than it has been getting. Other than that, hug your mom and tell her you love her. Grab your significant other’s booty and tell them the same. And a little advice from dear old me, drink your vitamins and take your milk.

About The Author

Allen S
Editorial/Reviews Team, Manager

I started gaming when I was seven years old. I started my own game studio when I was twelve, went to school for game design. Now I work here and also on my own YouTube channel