The PS5 continues, arguably, to be the best console available on the market right now. Despite ongoing stock shortages, it’s hard to argue with the incredible software lineup available on the console; from exclusives like Demon’s Souls through to current-gen classics like Elden Ring, the gaming experience on PS5 is unparalleled. Aided in no small part by the lightning-fast SSD and amazing controller, there’s nowhere better to play games.
May 2022 is shaping up to be another great month for the PS5, so let’s take a look at the best PS5 games for this month. Whether it’s action RPGs, stylish samurai epics, or narrative adventure games, the PS5 has plenty to serve up in the month of May, so buckle up and let’s get started!
Trek to Yomi (May 5th)
If you love stylish Akira Kurosawa samurai movies, then Trek to Yomi is the game for you. It’s a gorgeously cinematic adventure that follows the story of Hiroki, a fallen swordsman who must journey through an evocative world in order to confront his own demons and figure out his place in the world. You’ll engage in brutal, visceral combat against a variety of enemies, all set against a backdrop of beautiful black-and-white visuals. This is one to watch for sure.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising (May 10th)
This spinoff-slash-prequel to the upcoming Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes probably won’t be absolutely essential to understanding the story, but it’s nice to get an early slice of the hotly-anticipated RPG nonetheless. This won’t be a turn-based affair; instead, it’ll be an action RPG with fast-paced combat, town upgrade mechanics, and plenty more. It will also sport the characteristically gorgeous art style employed by the Suikoden team, so it’ll be a great way to get to grips with the world of Eiyuden Chronicle.
Salt and Sacrifice (May 10th)
After Salt and Sanctuary transposed the grotesque horror of Bloodborne to a 2D plane, Salt and Sacrifice is trying something a little different. This is a more mission-based affair in which you’ll still need to explore a sprawling, vast Metroidvania world, but you’ll also be tasked with taking down Mages, huge, hulking monsters with incredibly powerful spells to dodge. If you loved Sanctuary but you wanted something a little more action-packed out of that gameplay style, then Salt and Sacrifice should more than cater to your tastes.
Source of Madness (May 11th)
Having already received some positive buzz on PC, the dark side-scrolling roguelite Source of Madness is due to launch on PS5 next month. It’s inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, using procedural generation and machine learning to create unique and terrifying worlds for you to explore. You’ll also find a huge skill tree full of different ways to specialise, as well as an in-depth combat system that you’ll need to master if you want to defeat Source of Madness’ hordes.
Evil Dead: The Game (May 13th)
This one’s been a long time coming. Launching, appropriately enough, on Friday the 13th (of May), Evil Dead: The Game is an asymmetrical horror multiplayer game in which you’ll play as either a team of survivors or the Kandarian Demon itself. Along the way, you’ll level up and put points into skills, wield iconic weapons from the franchise, and listen to new dialogue voiced by none other than Bruce Campbell himself. This will be unmissable for fans of the Evil Dead franchise.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong (May 19th)
If you’ve played Big Bad Wolf’s The Council, then you’ll know what to expect from Swansong. It’ll be a slightly janky, immensely interesting narrative adventure game with RPG elements in which you’ll have to use your skills to approach each situation. In Swansong, you’ll play as three different vampires, each of whom has a unique skillset. You’ll need to balance using your vampiric powers to benefit yourself with not revealing your presence to nearby humans.
Dolmen (May 20th)
The world of Soulslike action RPGs runneth over at the moment, it seems, with titles like Elden Ring providing hours of fun for players. Dolmen is promising to take a more overtly sci-fi horror approach, dropping you into a moody metallic world and asking you to dispatch its many insane denizens. Unlike many Souls games, Dolmen looks to feature equal emphasis on both melee and ranged combat, so you don’t need to feel bad when a boss proves too hard and you decide to cheese it from a distance with automatic rifle fire.
Sniper Elite 5 (May 26th)
As you might expect, Sniper Elite 5 is the fifth game in the Sniper Elite franchise. It will continue the series’ mixture of third-person tactical combat and sniping gameplay, taking elite sniper Karl Fairburne to a series of different World War II theatres. You’ll need to use advanced traversal mechanics and realistic sniping in order to achieve a series of varied objectives across a hugely expanded campaign. There’s also a multiplayer mode that aims (no pun intended) to test your sniping credentials.
Kao the Kangaroo (May 27th)
Platforming’s unlikeliest reboot is set to arrive on PS5 on May 27th. Kao the Kangaroo is an almost-forgotten platforming franchise from the 2000s, and it’s making its surprisingly good return next month. You are Kao (which is pronounced “kay-o”), a kangaroo who must discover the truth of why your father left and what the magical boxing gloves he left behind can do for you. This promises to be an ultra-trad platforming adventure, complete with collectibles and combat opportunities aplenty.