It's been a fairly slow month for releases this May which isn't particularly surprising as we gear up for arguably the most important convention season in the past decade. There've been mixed receptions for the likes of Fuse and Soul Sacrifice, and high praise for dead certs (Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D) as well as surprise hits (Van Helsing), but we've still managed to pick out three tip-top gems that should certainly be on your radar now if they weren't already.
GRID 2 - The review is well underway after receiving the code slightly later than expected, but Codemasters have delivered a fine follow-up to their seven year-old smash hit. The Race Driver was never about simulation driving, and it's nice to see a serious arcade racer back behind the wheel. The content-stuffed, narrative-driven singleplayer mode puts to bed the myth that plotlines don't have any place in racing games, and its perfectly complimented by a plethora of multiplayer race types. It's just a shae about that lack of cockpit mode for full immersion.
Persona 4 Arena - The only real issue we have with Persona 4 Arena is that it took so long to hit European shores. But Arc System Works have created a game that will appeal to fighting genre stalwarts as well as long-time Persona acolytes. It's those fans of the series that'll get the biggest kick out of the game, of course, following in the footsteps of the likes of Dissidia to provide more time with beloved characters, a wealth of story content that fleshes out the worlds of P3 and P4, staggeringly gorgeous visuals, and a magnificent amount of tactical brawling options.
Metro: Last Light - 4A have once again made a game that takes full advantage of the immersive qualities of the first-person perspective, at times even more efficiently than Metro 2033. It's brutal, thought-provoking, shocking at times, and compellingly atmospheric. Much like Rapture was the star of Bioshock, the Metro games' greatest strength is the manner in which it locates you as a player in the moral swamp of humanity's dying days, and Last Light proves to be an essential purchase for FPS fans looking for something a little different. - 8/10
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