Episode of New Releases aren’t always about committing crimes, but some May video games releases like the PC port Yakuza Kiwami 2 and the Nintendo Switch port of Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package have a good dose of it. For a less criminal experience, you can challenge your friends in Puyo Puyo Champions or leap your way through Ascendance. This week we also get the third episode of Life Is Strange 2.
Puyo Puyo Champions — May 7
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
For the uninitiated, Puyo Puyo is played by clearing out four or more little blobs of the same color. If you’ve mastered that mechanic, Champions might be just what you’re looking for. This esports-focused version of the game is all about competitive online multiplayer, but you can also set up local tournaments if you want to battle on the couch.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 — May 9
Available on: PC
This remake of Yakuza 2 is the first time the game will be playable outside of a PlayStation, and the PC port has plenty of graphics options, including 4K support, plus unlocked frame rates and customizable controls. Otherwise, it’s the same story of Kazuma Kiryu being pulled back into the mob, packed with open-world quests and zany minigames.
Life Is Strange 2 – Episode 3: Wastelands — May 9
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
The Diaz brothers’ story continues this week, and Episode 3: Wastelands sees them traveling through the redwood forests of California with a group of drifters. Sean and Daniel have been loyal to each other since they went on the run after a police misunderstanding, but this chapter will put that relationship to the test.
Ascendance — May 9 (Switch) / May 10 (Xbox One)
Available on: Xbox One, Switch
Ascendance is a minimalist platformer, but there’s a special surprise waiting at the end of its colorful levels. Each stage contains secrets too. This adventure has been available on PC for some time, but it makes the leap to Switch and Xbox One this week.
Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package — May 10
Available on: Switch
As the name implies, this version of Saints Row: The Third contains all previously released DLC. Thanks to the Switch’s portability, you can take all the criminal craziness on the go. This game sees the Saints battling a crime syndicate led by three gangs that dominate the city of Steelport.
May has just gotten started, and there are many more video games on the horizon this month. Next week, New Releases will take a look at the action-packed Rage 2 and A Plague Tale: Innocence.