So our RPG series coming out this week is indeed low key, interesting and full of variety. The list ranges from a friendship ending board game to a comic book themed strategy title. So I’d be surprised if you don’t like anything here one bit. Let’s face it though: the biggest release of the year is out this week, and that’s all everyone will be talking about for the next month. There’s no running away, so now let’s get straight to the point!
Dokapon Kingdom: Connect – May 9th (Switch)
Do you love RPGs? How about board games? And do you have too many friends? Well, if yes, then you will get everything you wanted in Dokapon Kingdom: Connect ! The game works like Monopoly by Dragon Quest , where your class-customizable avatar moves through a huge game world, saving cities to add money to your coffers. There’s even a full story mode that can be played alone or with your friends.
But all of that pales in comparison to how much Dokapon Kingdom Connect will make you grieve your friends. Win a duel with them? Sure, you could draw ridiculous lines on her face, but you could also steal her shield and throw it away! There are so many ways to mess up your opponents that players with a high pain tolerance will find plenty to love when this online remaster launches this week!
by Wes Iliff
Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2 – May 11th (PS5, XSX, PS4, XB1, Switch, Windows)
Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2 begins a year after the first game with the anthropomorphic animal children investigating the recovered Taranis shell. The tank malfunctions during their investigation and takes off with some of the children still inside. Now the remaining children must pilot the Dreadnaught Tarascus and hunt down the Taranis to save their friends.
Fuga: Melodies of Steel was defined by its difficult decisions and heartbreaking moments, especially when considering whether to sacrifice the children to wield the powerful Soul Cannon. Fuga 2 features an overhauled soul cannon and combat system, new elements like airship support, and plenty of branching paths and choices to keep players busy. Definitely worth a look for fans of the first title.
by Ben Love
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom -(Switch)
As someone with mixed feelings about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild , I have… mixed feelings about The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. On one hand, it feels like Nintendo heard what people like me didn’t like (boring mechanics, empty environments, poor rewards) and threw us a bone of some form. Really looking forward to seeing all the ways TotK builds on BotW .
Then again, I’ve just never been the biggest Zelda fan. Nothing in the previews I saw made me pay $69.99 to play it. I’m content to have the extent of my TotK experience limited to being my partner’s viewer. Bring on the game of the year 2023.
by Gio Castillo
Also coming this week
Darkest Dungeon II (Early Access Closing) – May 8th (Windows)
More than a year after entering Early Access, Darkest Dungeon II finally hits the big 1.0 on Monday. It’s quite a visual departure from the first game, but the gritty tone of the original seems very well preserved. You can snag Darkest Dungeon II at Steam and the Epic Games Store .
Weird West: Definitive Edition – May 8th (PS5, XSX)
We’re getting definitive editions of the current-gen twin-stick shooter RPG Strange West on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Our very own Bob Richardson has thoughts on the PC release that you might want to consult.
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox – May 9th (PS5)
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is a fun addition to the stellar lineup of Falcom’s action RPG series. I enjoyed my time playing the Nintendo Switch port of the title, despite the occasional graphical hiccup, and Michael Sollosi enjoyed his time playing the PlayStation 4 version. We hope the PS5 port’s next-gen specs spice up the already fun gaming experience!
by Audra Bowling
Marvel’s Midnight Suns – May 11th (PS4, XB1)
Playstation 4 and Xbox One editions of Marvel’s Midnight Sun release this week (unfortunately, a Switch port has been canceled). Simultaneously with these new ports, a fourth and final DLC titled Bloodstorm will also drop for all platforms. This DLC includes X-Men’s favorite Storm as a playable hero, unique abilities, new story missions, cosmetics, and an Abbey upgrade. Blood Storm along with the three previous DLCs can be purchased separately or bundled through the Season Pass or Legendary Edition .
by Jimmy Turner
And that’s all we have! TotK will definitely have its catch on a lot of us, but I’m wondering if there are still people making their way through pre-wars or the Xenoblade 3 DLC. Let us know how these titles went for you in the comments or on social media.
See you next week, dear readers!