New This Week Game Releases (NTWIG) 5/20 – 5/27/2024 

By Todd Russell May21,2024

Wow, the most games new videogame releases this week, the most since we started covering this a couple months ago.

Yes, it’s that time of the week again to check for noteworthy game releases for PC/Steam, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch via Metacritic. We also discuss these games live on the High Noon with Hollywood Polo stream at noon Tuesdays PST (GMT-8) here: https://www.twitch.tv/playgamesmoredotcom including commentary from other PGM members, wishlist interest and more.

Gestalt: & Cinder

May 21 – PC

Inspired by 16 and 32-bit classics, Gestalt: Steam & Cinder fuses tight 2D platforming and exhilarating combat with an engrossing, twist-laden narrative in a stunningly handcrafted steampunk world.

Gestalt: Steam & Cinder on Steam (steampowered.com)

Single Player
Steam Achievements

Interest level: 3/10
Plan to buy at launch: No
Wishlist: No

Paper Trail

May 21 – PC, PS5/PS4, XBOX, XBOX 1, NINTENDO SWITCH, MOBILE

Paper Trail is a top-down puzzle adventure about leaving home, set in a foldable, paper world.

Paper Trail on Steam (steampowered.com)

Single Player
Steam Achievements

Interest level: 1/10
Plan to buy at launch: No
Wishlist: No

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II

May 21 – PC, XBOX

The sequel to the award winning Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Senua returns in a brutal journey of survival through the myth and torment of Viking Iceland. Intent on saving those who have fallen victim to the horrors of tyranny, Senua faces a battle of overcoming the darkness within and without.

Pre-purchase Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II on Steam (steampowered.com)

Single Player
Steam Achievements

Interest level: 1/10
Plan to buy at launch: No
Wishlist: No

System Shock [remake]

May 21 – PS5/PS4, XBOX, XBOX 1

A first-person fight to the death in the depths of space!

XDefiant

May 21 – PC (Ubisoft), PS5, XBOX

Ubisoft’s worlds collide in a free-to-play, first-person arena shooter where you compete to be the best in fast-paced online matches!

C.A.R.D.S. RPG: The Misty Battlefield

May 22 – PC, PS5, NINTENDO SWITCH

This game combines roguelike-style deckbuilding with SRPGs to create an all-new experience! Follow Vel as she leads the Clausewitz Battalion into battle against Fahftania and the Hellmuth Brigade. Collect 100 different cards to build the strongest deck and fight enemies on a map shrouded in mist.

C.A.R.D.S. RPG: The Misty Battlefield on Steam (steampowered.com)

Single Player
Steam Achievements

Interest level: 1/10
Plan to buy at launch: No
Wishlist: No

Eternal Threads

May 23 – PS5/PS4, XBOX, XBOX 1, NINTENDO SWITCH

Eternal Threads is a single-player, first-person story-driven puzzle game of time manipulation, choice and consequence.

As an operative tasked with fixing corruption in the timestream, you have been sent to the North of England in May 2015, where six people died in a house fire. Prohibited from simply stopping the fire, you must instead manipulate the choices made by the housemates in the week leading up to it so that they all survive the event.

Galacticare

May 23 – PC, PS5, XBOX

Build, manage and optimise intergalactic hospitals! Recruit staff to satisfy the whims of various alien species, and cure their bizarre illnesses – for money! Save the (literal) Galaxy in story mode, or head into sandbox to design the hospital of your dreams.

Galacticare on Steam (steampowered.com)

Single Player
Steam Achievements

Interest level: 2/10
Plan to buy at launch: No
Wishlist: No

Hauntii

May 23 – PC, PS5/PS4, XBOX, XBOX 1, NINTENDO SWITCH

A beguiling adventure in which you uncover the secrets of an expansive and mysterious world – haunting both the environment and its denizens to craft ingenious solutions to the many challenges that await.

Hauntii on Steam (steampowered.com)

Single Player
Steam Achievements

Interest level: 2/10
Plan to buy at launch: No
Wishlist: No

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

May 23 – Nintendo Switch (exclusive $59.99)

The nefarious X-Nauts are after the treasure behind the Thousand-Year Door! With a map from Princess Peach, and the help of a few locals, Mario journeys through a colorful world made of paper to find them first. To prevail in this quest, you’ll have to level up Mario and his friends, master timing-based attacks and badges to impress the audience on the stage of combat, and make use of all the abilities that come with being cursed—er, conveniently made of paper—like folding into a plane to cross big gaps or turning sideways to slip through narrow openings.

Paper Mario™: The Thousand-Year Door for Nintendo Switch – Nintendo Official Site

Pine Hearts

May 23 – PC, NINTENDO SWITCH

Pine Hearts is a cosy little narrative-adventure game set in the sleepy scenery of Pine Hearts Caravan Park. Explore the great outdoors as you uncover items, unlock new paths, and discover all the little secrets stuffed throughout the Park.

Pine Hearts on Steam (steampowered.com)

Single Player
Steam Achievements

Interest level: 1/10
Plan to buy at launch: No
Wishlist: No

Until Then

May 23 – PC, PS5

A fateful meeting sets off a chain reaction, upending Mark’s life. People disappear and memories prove unreliable. Uncover a hidden truth with Mark and his friends in this narrative adventure and race to unravel the mystery before it’s too late.

Until Then on Steam (steampowered.com)

Single Player

Interest level: 1/10
Plan to buy at launch: No
Wishlist: No

Wizardy: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (Remaster)

May 23 – PC, PS5/PS4, XBOX, XBOX 1, NINTENDO SWITCH

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord is a full 3D remake of the first game in the legendary Wizardry series of RPGs.

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord on Steam (steampowered.com)

Single Player

Interest level: 1/10
Plan to buy at launch: No
Wishlist: No

World of Goo 2

May 23 – PC, NINTENDO SWITCH

Release postponed to August 2, 2024 via: https://worldofgoo2.com/

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

May 24 – PS5, XBOX

DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 builds upon the highly popular DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE with enhanced graphics that will further immerse players into the largest and most detailed Dragon Ball world ever developed.

DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 on Steam (steampowered.com)

Single Player
MMO
Online PVP
Shared/Split Screen Co-op
Online Co-op
Steam Leaderboards
Steam Achievements

Interest level: 1/10
Plan to buy at launch: No
Wishlist: No

SunnySide

May 24 – PC, PS5, XBOX

Find harmony in the Japanese countryside as you help Sparky uncover lost memories in this modern take on the farming and life simulator. Build a thriving homestead, cultivate new relationships, and chase your own happiness in SunnySide.

SunnySide on Steam (steampowered.com)

Single Player
Steam Achievements

Interest level: 1/10
Plan to buy at launch: No
Wishlist: No

SUMMARY

A lot of new game releases this week and, as mentioned at the beginning, more than any other week we’ve covered so far but … not a lot this author is super interested in. Nintendo does what they do, and Paper Mario will be fun, no doubt, but I’m not drawn to every $59.99 release at release they do.

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2 thoughts on “New This Week Game Releases (NTWIG) 5/20 – 5/27/2024 ”
  1. Hi Todd!

    What a blah week of new releases. I would maybe check out the Dragonball MMO just because we can play it online together, assumming it’s free to play. The later Wizardry games remade in 3D would be cool to check out. I’m most excited about Jason and Freddy coming to Multiversus the end of the month.

    1. 16 “new” releases this week and you’d think there would be a significant standout among them … is there? Sigh. Since we started covering these, I’m feeling more and more like the good games are by and large mostly behind us, not in front. I know that’s wrong, but the last few months haven’t been inspiring — at least to games I’m interested in playing.

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