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Okay, so the most recent piece of media pitting Batman against Superman in a powered-up grudge match didn’t exactly go over gangbusters, but that’s no reason to be worried about NetherRealm’s DC Universe fighting game Injustice 2. For starters, we have it on good authority that Zack Snyder was let nowhere near the game. Plus, the first Injustice offered up excellent fighting gameplay and an original story sprawling and inventive enough to stand with some of the strongest in the DC canon. There’s no reason to believe the sequel won’t live up to that standard.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Injustice 2 (May 16th)

Available for: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: NetherRealm Studios

Why we’re excited: With a roster that mixes the requisite DC heavy hitters with some deeper cuts (hello, Doctor Fate), Injustice 2 looks like the perfect way for superhero fans to play out their dream matchups. Throw in the new gear system, which mixes loot drops with items that change the appearance and abilities of the heroes, and there’s plenty to look forward to. The early buzz: Most of the reviews to come in so far are for the PlayStation 4 version of the game, so it’s the only one with an average of Metacritic so far. That’s sitting at a quite good 88 out of 100. Putting the DC in DLC: Only three DLC characters have been announced for Injustice 2 so far, but a further six have been teased with silhouettes. The EGM Crew recently put our nerdy heads together to deduce who each fighter might be.

The Surge (May 16th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Developer: Deck13

Why we’re excited: Now that FromSoftware has stepped back from the Dark Souls games, it’ll be up to other developers to continue the punishing action-RPG gameplay of the series with their own takes. The Surge is a sci-fi take on the formula, full of futuristic weaponry and robotic enemies to slaughter and plunder for loot. The early buzz: Reviews so far have fallen into the good-not-great category on all three platforms so far. Lowest is PlayStation 4, with a Metacritic average of 72 out of 100, followed by PC at 75 and Xbox One at 79. Robot souls: If you’re still not sold on the idea of a sci-fi Souls-style game, check out The Surge‘s launch trailer or read up on its innovative loot system.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles DLC (May 16th)

Available for: PS4
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Treyarch

Why we’re excited: This collection of eight remastered Zombies maps from throughout the Call of Duty series, compiled into one surprisingly late DLC pack for Black Ops III, offers those who are already diehard fans a chance to relive their favorite memories and a chance for newcomers to hop in for the first time. The early buzz: No reviews have been published so far for this remastered collection, but the individual maps themselves have met plenty of praise over the years from the people who love playing Zombies. Sean Spicer approved: In addition to the remastered maps, Zombies Chronicles brings across-the-board improvements to AI and introduces the GobbleGum power-ups into the older levels. There are even two new types exclusive to the DLC, which allow you to mix up the visuals and audio in quirky ways.

Also releasing this week:

May 16th

PlayStation VR Aim controller
ACA NeoGeo Over Top (PS4)
Akiba’s Beat (PS4, Vita)
Baila Latino (PS4)
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles DLC (PS4)
Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop physical (3DS)
Crossout early access (PS4)
Deemo: The Last Recital (Vita)
Empathy: Path of Whispers (PC)
Farpoint (PS4, PSVR)
For Honor Shadow and Might DLC (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Future Unfolding (PS4)
Gridd: Retroenhanced (PC, Mac, Linux)
Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds (Vita)
Injustice 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy (Vita, PC)
Phantom Dust (Xbox One, PC)
Rabbit Story (PC)
Seasons After Fall (PS4, Xbox One)
The Surge (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization
    “Chapter I: Explorer of Illusory Mists” DLC (PS4, Vita)
Tango Fiesta (PS4)

May 17th

Black & White Bushido (PS4, Xbox One)
Bokida: Heartfelt Reunion (PC)
Evil Possession (PC, Mac, Linux)
Mr. Pumpkin’s Adventure (Xbox One)
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (Vita)
Runic Rampage (PC, Mac, Linux)
Tango Fiesta (Xbox One)

May 18th

Blood of Old: The Rise to Greatness! (PC)
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Continuum DLC pack (Xbox One, PC)
Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop digital (3DS)
Cooking Witch (PC)
DodgeBox (3DS)
Emporium (PC)
The Falling Nights (PC)
Ghost Files: The Face of Guilt (PC, Mac, Linux)
Journey Of Johann (PC)
Mages of Mystralia (PC)
Mysterious Stars 3D: Road To Idol (3DS)
Neverout (PC, Vive)
No Stick Shooter (PC, Mac)
Old Man’s Journey (PC, Mac)
Pinball (Wii U)
Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs (PC)
Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days (PC, Mac)
Rise of Balloons (PC, Mac)
Thumper (Switch)
Voxel Shot VR (PC, Vive)
Watch Dogs 2: No Compromise DLC (Xbox One, PC)

May 19th

Chroma Squad (PS4)
Creatures Such as We (PC, Mac, Linux)
Endless Space 2 (PC)
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS)
The Great Gatsby: Secret Treasure (PC)
A Hole New World (PC, Mac, Linux)
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker (PC, Mac)
Lazaretto (PC, Mac)
Mayan Death Robots: Arena (Xbox One)
Neighbourhood Necromancer (PC, Mac, Linux)
Nongünz (PC, Mac, Linux)
Oafmatch (PC)
Shadow Warrior 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Shotgun Farmers (PC)
Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
sphereFACE (PC, Mac, Linux)
A Walk in the Dark (Xbox One)

May 22nd

Walkerman (PC, Mac, Linux)

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Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week.

By EGM Staff | 05/16/2017 12:35 PM PT | Updated 05/17/2017 05:38 PM PT

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Okay, so the most recent piece of media pitting Batman against Superman in a powered-up grudge match didn’t exactly go over gangbusters, but that’s no reason to be worried about NetherRealm’s DC Universe fighting game Injustice 2. For starters, we have it on good authority that Zack Snyder was let nowhere near the game. Plus, the first Injustice offered up excellent fighting gameplay and an original story sprawling and inventive enough to stand with some of the strongest in the DC canon. There’s no reason to believe the sequel won’t live up to that standard.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Injustice 2 (May 16th)

Available for: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: NetherRealm Studios

Why we’re excited: With a roster that mixes the requisite DC heavy hitters with some deeper cuts (hello, Doctor Fate), Injustice 2 looks like the perfect way for superhero fans to play out their dream matchups. Throw in the new gear system, which mixes loot drops with items that change the appearance and abilities of the heroes, and there’s plenty to look forward to. The early buzz: Most of the reviews to come in so far are for the PlayStation 4 version of the game, so it’s the only one with an average of Metacritic so far. That’s sitting at a quite good 88 out of 100. Putting the DC in DLC: Only three DLC characters have been announced for Injustice 2 so far, but a further six have been teased with silhouettes. The EGM Crew recently put our nerdy heads together to deduce who each fighter might be.

The Surge (May 16th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Developer: Deck13

Why we’re excited: Now that FromSoftware has stepped back from the Dark Souls games, it’ll be up to other developers to continue the punishing action-RPG gameplay of the series with their own takes. The Surge is a sci-fi take on the formula, full of futuristic weaponry and robotic enemies to slaughter and plunder for loot. The early buzz: Reviews so far have fallen into the good-not-great category on all three platforms so far. Lowest is PlayStation 4, with a Metacritic average of 72 out of 100, followed by PC at 75 and Xbox One at 79. Robot souls: If you’re still not sold on the idea of a sci-fi Souls-style game, check out The Surge‘s launch trailer or read up on its innovative loot system.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles DLC (May 16th)

Available for: PS4
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Treyarch

Why we’re excited: This collection of eight remastered Zombies maps from throughout the Call of Duty series, compiled into one surprisingly late DLC pack for Black Ops III, offers those who are already diehard fans a chance to relive their favorite memories and a chance for newcomers to hop in for the first time. The early buzz: No reviews have been published so far for this remastered collection, but the individual maps themselves have met plenty of praise over the years from the people who love playing Zombies. Sean Spicer approved: In addition to the remastered maps, Zombies Chronicles brings across-the-board improvements to AI and introduces the GobbleGum power-ups into the older levels. There are even two new types exclusive to the DLC, which allow you to mix up the visuals and audio in quirky ways.

Also releasing this week:

May 16th

PlayStation VR Aim controller
ACA NeoGeo Over Top (PS4)
Akiba’s Beat (PS4, Vita)
Baila Latino (PS4)
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles DLC (PS4)
Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop physical (3DS)
Crossout early access (PS4)
Deemo: The Last Recital (Vita)
Empathy: Path of Whispers (PC)
Farpoint (PS4, PSVR)
For Honor Shadow and Might DLC (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Future Unfolding (PS4)
Gridd: Retroenhanced (PC, Mac, Linux)
Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds (Vita)
Injustice 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy (Vita, PC)
Phantom Dust (Xbox One, PC)
Rabbit Story (PC)
Seasons After Fall (PS4, Xbox One)
The Surge (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization
    “Chapter I: Explorer of Illusory Mists” DLC (PS4, Vita)
Tango Fiesta (PS4)

May 17th

Black & White Bushido (PS4, Xbox One)
Bokida: Heartfelt Reunion (PC)
Evil Possession (PC, Mac, Linux)
Mr. Pumpkin’s Adventure (Xbox One)
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (Vita)
Runic Rampage (PC, Mac, Linux)
Tango Fiesta (Xbox One)

May 18th

Blood of Old: The Rise to Greatness! (PC)
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Continuum DLC pack (Xbox One, PC)
Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop digital (3DS)
Cooking Witch (PC)
DodgeBox (3DS)
Emporium (PC)
The Falling Nights (PC)
Ghost Files: The Face of Guilt (PC, Mac, Linux)
Journey Of Johann (PC)
Mages of Mystralia (PC)
Mysterious Stars 3D: Road To Idol (3DS)
Neverout (PC, Vive)
No Stick Shooter (PC, Mac)
Old Man’s Journey (PC, Mac)
Pinball (Wii U)
Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs (PC)
Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days (PC, Mac)
Rise of Balloons (PC, Mac)
Thumper (Switch)
Voxel Shot VR (PC, Vive)
Watch Dogs 2: No Compromise DLC (Xbox One, PC)

May 19th

Chroma Squad (PS4)
Creatures Such as We (PC, Mac, Linux)
Endless Space 2 (PC)
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS)
The Great Gatsby: Secret Treasure (PC)
A Hole New World (PC, Mac, Linux)
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker (PC, Mac)
Lazaretto (PC, Mac)
Mayan Death Robots: Arena (Xbox One)
Neighbourhood Necromancer (PC, Mac, Linux)
Nongünz (PC, Mac, Linux)
Oafmatch (PC)
Shadow Warrior 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Shotgun Farmers (PC)
Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
sphereFACE (PC, Mac, Linux)
A Walk in the Dark (Xbox One)

May 22nd

Walkerman (PC, Mac, Linux)

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