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Game of the Month | April 2013

Matt Gardner
BattleBlock Theatre, Competitions, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Game of the Month, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine

Game of the Month | April 2013

We're bringing it back.

Even as the Wii U seems to be floundering, gasping for air and energy without the nutritious bounty of new release, the 3DS appears to be soaring. Last month saw Mario's green-capped brother charm charts and critics alike, and the fantastic Fire Emblem: Awakening stormed into shops, boasting high sales and high scores this month.

There were disappointments too, games that we had hoped might set April alight -- Riptide and Defiance, we're looking at you -- but it's been a great month for titles away from the high street shelves. The likes of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and BattleBlock Theatre have shown that larger indie titles and double-A developments are forming a delicious middle ground, bolstered by digital distribution, and they certainly deserve honourable mentions.


Game of the Month | April 2013

Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine - The review is on its way , but we can say in no uncertain terms that Monaco is absolutely brilliant. The 2010 IGF winner has spent a few years getting a spit and a polish, and the result is a top-down, pixellated mashup of every crime caper you've ever fallen in love with. It's like a barmy Ocean's Eleven that rewards careful planning and elegant thievery, whilst more often than not bringing the house down. It's sublime, and it supports 4-way co-op, whether you fancy playing locally or online.Game of the Month | April 2013


Injustice: Gods Among Us - Have you ever wanted to punch Harley Quinn into the Earth's Core? Or smack Bruce Wayne upside the head with his own Batmobile? Or feed Superman to a massive shark? Well Injustice lets you do all of those things and more. You don't need to be a huge DC fan to enjoy this game, and you don't need to be a fighting game veteran either. Injustice may not be a perfect game, but it's an entertaining spectacle, packed with content, and it'll leave you with a big, goofy grin on your face. - 8/10


Game of the Month | April 2013

Fire Emblem: Awakening - As Jon wrote in his review, Fire Emblem Awakening is magnificent. In a year when the 3DS has finally found its feet with any number of fantastic exclusives, Intelligent Systems have delivered its undeniable killer app: a gloriously deep strategy RPG that's perfect for stolen minutes on the train or long nights spent bathing in the glow of your dual screens. Infinitely complex high-level tactical planning goes hand in hand with a compelling storyline that unfolds over the course of sixty hours, and an unforgettable cast of characters who bring personality to what is sometimes a sterile and clinical genre.

It's an absolute masterpiece, whether you're a series veteran or rank newcomer. As one of the finest Strategy RPGs available on any handheld format, not to mention the best game on the 3DS thus far, it practically defines the term "killer app". - 9/10


So if you want to bag a copy of Fire Emblem: Awakening, all you have to do in order to get involved is to tell us what game you've been playing most this month and why. Pop a little blurb into the comments box below and job done.

The competition will close on Monday 6th May at noon.

We'll being using a Toby's psychic powers to determine a winner, and we'll announce the victor on the Monday afternoon.

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 comment11 comments
Quietus  May. 1, 2013 at 20:44

I'm actually a little behind the release curve, and have been ploughing hours into Far Cry 3. I love the fact that there's so much to do, and it is essentially Skyrim with guns. I also loved the symbolic way that just as I began my quest to 'do everything', I was searching for a relic, and the map marker showed it to be atop a mountain. I had to begin climbing a mountain to begin cimbing the mountain.

On a side note, I was one of the lucky whatsits that managed to bag the Far Cry 3 / BioShock Infinite double pack for £10, so once I've finished it, I can get stuck into BioShock too!.8)

mrzootsuit  May. 1, 2013 at 21:46

I also am a little behind the release curve and have spent the last week playing Horace Goes Skiing.

You play a headless monster who is crap at skiing and who loves nothing better than wanging himself under the wheels of passing cars.

The sprites are awesome and come in every colour you've ever seen (red, yellow, cyan and magenta) and whoever did the BEEP programming was just a wizard of the highest order.

Out of 10 I give this cassette-tape based triumph an 8.9.

stevenjameshyde  May. 1, 2013 at 21:54

This month I have mostly been playing Bioshock Infinite, as it was my most anticipated game if the year, yet I contrived to go on holiday the day it was released and am only just catching up now.

What are the criteria for qualifying, out of interest? I would have had Thomas Was Alone PSN in the runners up at least - does it's prior PC release exclude it from consideration?

I've been ploughing so many hours into Okami HD (PS3) this month that I have neglected all those mundane chores.

I missed this game on PS2 despite owning one and what a loss that would have been, a truly unique and engrossing game with a delightful charm.

Plus there is some news on the horizon, possibly an Okami 2?
We can hope.

Kakkun  May. 1, 2013 at 22:51

I have been playing a lot of Dungeon Defenders 1! Since the acquiring it from a bundle deal, I've been enjoying it thoroughly with a group of friends. With an array of characters to master and challenges becoming more difficult it has grown into a small addiction.

It's a game with a simple idea, and an ever growing need to become stronger and wealthier than any other human on the planet.

Nookster  May. 2, 2013 at 00:02

Well, this month I've been trying to get into GTA IV for about the 4th time in as many years, not even looked at TLAD/TBOGT.

Also been trying to finish up Batman AA, I really need to catch up on my backlog.

The newest game I've been playing is Real Racing Three on the phone.

Zeipher  May. 2, 2013 at 01:58

I've been putting my time into Faster Than Light (FTL). I'm amazed at the number of hours I've put into what is essentially a very short game. The time I finally managed to defeat the final boss, I realised it had taken me 45 minutes. I closed the game, and looked at the total time played on Steam.

9 hours!!!

For a game that only cost me around £3, I've more than got my moneys worth.

On the other side of the scale, I have Dead Island sat on my account with a grand total of 22 minutes played *SLOW CLAP*

densley  May. 2, 2013 at 02:12

In celebration of it's release on steam I've been playing through "La Mulana" primarily last month.

It's a great 2D "metroidvania" style platformer that provides a great challenge in terms of action and puzzles. The art style is charming and brings players back to the days of 16bit games and invokes a lot of nostalgia.

Considering it's an indie title that provides easily over 20 hours of playtime on a single play-through it definitely has put a lot of AAA games to shame enough so to keep me more distracted than even bioshock infinite did.

Anyway if you have the time check out this fine gem you definitely won't be disappointed!

JonLester  May. 2, 2013 at 10:15

Seeing some awesome indie and boutique PC games on here. Dungeon Defenders, FTL and La-Mulana are utterly immense.

@stevenjameshyde: We reviewed Thomas Was Alone several months ago when it released on PC, as far as I know we don't factor ports into the GotM. Even if they're utterly amazing, like Thomas. 8)

Last edited by JonLester, May. 2, 2013 at 10:16
Jaffo  May. 2, 2013 at 11:06

Been dipping in and out of lots of games recently but the bulk of my recent play has been Arkham City (PC) and Link to the Past (SNES emu).

Arkham City was harder to get into then AA because of it's open nature and it's easy to lose track of what you're supposed to be doing early on (and I'm **** at combos) but enjoyable once you get through that.

Playing LTTP as I've only ever played Phantom Hourglass and enjoyed that so thought I'd go back and play some of the earlier Zeldas. Again, the openness and lack of signposting has meant I play til I hit an impasse, leave it for a while, then come back and realise the obvious thing I was missing. Glad I'm playing on an emulator though with quicksaves; my patience is too short to retread sections leading up to boss battles etc!


Late  May. 2, 2013 at 12:21

I'll pretty much ignore my Android gaming (mainly Bloons Tower Defence 5, and Plants vs Zombies, out of interest), and stick to my console gaming.

As seems to be the norm, I'm not playing the newest of games. I spent the first half of April playing Hitman Absolution and the second half playing Dishonored (both on xbox).

Was surprised at how much I enjoyed Hitman Absolution. I expected a pretty linear affair, with no replay value, but it's so cleverly done you could easily rack up hundreds of hours. There's a strong pull to complete each mission over and over again - to get each of the recommended kill methods (and the score multipliers they give you). And even after completing each stage of the campaign over and over there's still loads to do by going into the Contracts side of the game, which offers almost infinite ways to keep playing.
Thoroughly enjoyed the game, and would recommended it to anyone.

Last night I completed Dishonored for the second time in a week or so. It's the sign of a great game if you finish it, look at the pile of unplayed games to decide what to play next - and decide you really want to replay the game you've just finished :D
Probably my favourite game of the last year or two, beating The Walking Dead and Bioshock Infinite, and vying for top spot with Sleeping Dogs.
Playthrough one - found a lot of hidden stuff, missed a few things, killed a fair few people but mainly tried to stay hidden.
Playthrough two - absolute rampage, killed pretty much everyone I saw, found all collectibles apart from one (damnit!).

Playthrough three, complete stealth, zero kills? I'm definitely toying with it...

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