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Game of the Month | May 2013

Matt Gardner
Competitions, Game of the Month, GRID 2, Metro: Last Light, Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena, The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing

Game of the Month | May 2013

It's been a fairly slow month for releases this May which isn't particularly surprising as we gear up for arguably the most important convention season in the past decade. There've been mixed receptions for the likes of Fuse and Soul Sacrifice, and high praise for dead certs (Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D) as well as surprise hits (Van Helsing), but we've still managed to pick out three tip-top gems that should certainly be on your radar now if they weren't already.


Game of the Month | May 2013

GRID 2 - The review is well underway after receiving the code slightly later than expected, but Codemasters have delivered a fine follow-up to their seven year-old smash hit. The Race Driver was never about simulation driving, and it's nice to see a serious arcade racer back behind the wheel. The content-stuffed, narrative-driven singleplayer mode puts to bed the myth that plotlines don't have any place in racing games, and its perfectly complimented by a plethora of multiplayer race types. It's just a shae about that lack of cockpit mode for full immersion.

Game of the Month | May 2013

Persona 4 Arena - The only real issue we have with Persona 4 Arena is that it took so long to hit European shores. But Arc System Works have created a game that will appeal to fighting genre stalwarts as well as long-time Persona acolytes. It's those fans of the series that'll get the biggest kick out of the game, of course, following in the footsteps of the likes of Dissidia to provide more time with beloved characters, a wealth of story content that fleshes out the worlds of P3 and P4, staggeringly gorgeous visuals, and a magnificent amount of tactical brawling options.


Game of the Month | May 2013

Metro: Last Light - 4A have once again made a game that takes full advantage of the immersive qualities of the first-person  perspective, at times even more efficiently than Metro 2033. It's brutal, thought-provoking, shocking at times, and compellingly atmospheric. Much like Rapture was the star of Bioshock, the Metro games' greatest strength is the manner in which it locates you as a player in the moral swamp of humanity's dying days, and Last Light proves to be an essential purchase for FPS fans looking for something a little different. - 8/10


So if you want to bag a copy of Metro: Last Light, all you have to do in order to get involved is to tell us your plan for surviving the nuclear apocalypse. Pop a little blurb into the comments box below and job done.

The competition will close on Wed 5th June at noon.

We'll being using a complex algorithm to determine a winner this time, and we'll announce the victor towards the end of the week.

A few little house rules:

  • UK entrants only please
  • No duplicate accounts
  • Please use a valid email address
  • Do feel free to comment more than once in the thread, but we'll only count you once for entry.

Good luck!

Add a comment15 comments
Jaffo  Jun. 1, 2013 at 15:13

Lead-lined fridge; seemed to work ok for Indy. Personal protection for the start of the apocalypse, with somewhere to keep your beers afterwards for when you get back from a hard day's looting.

mrzootsuit  Jun. 1, 2013 at 17:16


They worked for Radioactive-Man.

Oh no, wait...

jcr  Jun. 1, 2013 at 17:55

my dad will save me :D

musicrabbie  Jun. 1, 2013 at 18:07

No plan here, just grap a pint and a woman.
EDIT: not sure if the order's important; how long do I have?

Last edited by musicrabbie, Jun. 1, 2013 at 18:08
SilverFox07  Jun. 1, 2013 at 18:37

Grab my boyfriend, go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for it all to blow over.

How's that for a slice of fried gold?


RedGuy  Jun. 1, 2013 at 19:15

Twinkies. Full of sugary goodness and can survive a nuclear war.

aligreen2099  Jun. 1, 2013 at 19:38

1. Download a copy of REM - End of the world as you know it
2. Listen to it on repeat
3. Feel fine

Nealio  Jun. 1, 2013 at 19:52

I've started stashing bottlecaps already and am in the process of trying to acquire a few packs of RadAway.

I've also fashioned a Pip-Boy out of yoghurt pots and gaffer tape.
All I need now is some naughty nightwear, a pre-war baseball cap and tortoiseshell reading glasses and I'm pretty sure I'm all set.

Last edited by Nealio, Jun. 2, 2013 at 08:36
TrelawneysArmy  Jun. 1, 2013 at 20:12

I shall be making a suit out of cockroaches

Breadster  Jun. 1, 2013 at 20:40

I'd learn Hokuto Shinken to defend myself against the inevitable emergence of mad max style punk biker gangs that will be pillaging the remaining pockets of civilisation.

They're already dead.

Quietus  Jun. 1, 2013 at 21:18

[Quietus grabs a crowbar, then steps forward.]

"Welcome to the H.E.V. mark 4 protective system. For use in hazardous environment conditions. High-impact reactive armour activated. Atmospheric contaminant sensors activated. Vital sign monitoring activated. Automatic medical systems engaged. Weapon selection system activated. Munition level monitoring activated. Communications interface online. Have a very safe day."

Hello, world...

JackP  Jun. 2, 2013 at 08:16

1. Survive the initial blast - build a nuclear bunker, ask your parents to help you with this as scissors will be used, make sure you have double sided sticky tape, some egg boxes, jcb digger, lead, welding gear etc.

2. Stock up on Mineral number 27-4 on the off chance it really does remove radioactivity from water, test this first and make sure you dont buy overpriced standard rocks.

3. Assuming mineral number 27-4 absorbs the radioactivity, you can now use your rock as an energy source, build a small nuclear reactor to take advantage of this, you may want to acquire this before the nuclear blast, which probably wasnt helped by people tinkering with this **** in the first place.

3. Stock up on SPAM, taste the same fresh as it does off, no problems with rationing it either, you will only eat what you must to survive, its a bit like pot noodles in that sense.

4. Get a dog, not sure why, Will Smith has one in I am Legend and he was the last man alive, gotta be something in it right!

5. Spanners, lots of em, this makes you an engineer capable of a whole range of ****, essential.

6. A gun, quick way to top yourself - your diet of SPAM, radioactive water, lack of shower, toilet, tv, computer games, drugs, beer, sex and internet porn finally convince you that life just aint worth it anymore, plus the craving for ketchup/chips or a bacon butty becomes to great - KERBLAM!

r3tract  Jun. 2, 2013 at 14:09

Easy, I'd hunt down precisely 3,855 cockroaches, shell them and then stitch their husks together to produce a nuclear shielding cloak, which would also double up as a blanket that I could use as camouflage in a no doubt barren and mostly brown landscape.

stevenjameshyde  Jun. 3, 2013 at 09:46

I could be wrong, but didn't we already have a nuclear apocalypse on August 29th, 1997? I don't remember the exact details, but I seem to have got through that one okay. So I'll survive this by recreating exactly what I did then - obsessively playing Final Fantasy 7, and being blissfully unaware of Lady Di's upcoming demise

MattGardner  Jun. 25, 2013 at 17:44


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