Minecraft arrives on Xbox 360, while Game of Thrones prepares to invade consoles and PC, Max Payne 3 strides in guns ablaze, and the long-awaited Diablo III offers Mac and PC heroes a chance to extract earth from the clutches of hell.
360 via download)
Everyone 10+ (NA), 7+ (EU), All ages (JP)
Friendly, straightforward and charming construction game Minecraft brings with it Xbox 360-specific controls, multiplayer ( whether split-screen or online) and the promise of Kinect integration further down the line.
1600 Points (~$20 / €19 / £14 / R149 / ¥2,370)
Mature 17+ (NA), 16+ (EU)
Twelve years in the making and hugely anticipated, players descend into the hellish depths and save the world from evil incarnate through monster slaying, weapon upgrading, and furious mouse clicking.
$59 / €59 / £39 / R499
Max Payne 3
(360 PS3) May 15
May 15, M17+
May 18, 18+
May 18, Z (18+)
Rockstar (of Grand Theft Auto fame) promise gripping gunplay and cinematic action as ex-cop Max Payne finds himself a gun-for-hire in dangerous Rio, with his transgressions to atone for and a wealthy businessman's wife gone missing.
$59 / €59 / £39 / R699 / ¥7,770
Less on PC from May 29
Game of Thrones
(360 PC PS3)
May 15, M17+
June 7, 16+
The popularity of epic role-playing game Skyrim may owe something to Game of Thrones' fantasy setting, but the TV series now has its own RPG counterpart from French studio Cyanide.
$59 / €59 / £39 / R499, less on PC
Sonic the Hedgehog 4:
Episode II (360 PC PS3 via download)
PC, PS3 in North America:
360, PS3 in European regions:
Everyone, 3+, A (all ages)
Sonic and Tails scream back onto screens in this second episodic download, facing off against Metal Sonic - while owners of both episodes can play as Metal Sonic in Episode Metal.
$15 / €13 / £10
iOS, Android, WP7 versions to follow
Mario Tennis Open
May 20, Everyone
May 24, 3+
May 25, A (all ages)
Expect to see Mario, Yoshi, Bowser, Peach and chums take to the court for tournament matches and mini-game fun as the 3DS receives its own installment of this long-running series.
$39 / €45 / £39 / R499 / ¥4,800