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Game of the Month | August 2013

Matt Gardner
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Game of the Month | August 2013

The end of August saw what was possibly the most ridiculous fortnight of the year so far. We had a windfall of big-budget, outstanding titles from Saints Row IV to PayDay 2 to Disney Infinity to Rayman Legends. Oh, and Sam Fisher and Suda51 and a bunch of Sectoids showed up too. As did Platinum Games.

As such, this has been one of the toughest Game of the Month pieces to sort out. Not in terms of the outright winner, perhaps, but the runners-up have been hotly contested. And then there's all of the fantastic indie titles such as SteamWorld Dig and Papers, Please and Gone Home and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and Shelter.

Here in the UK, we've actually had some sunshine this August. But thankfully, there were so many reasons for staying inside this month, safe from that massive cancerous ball of fire in the sky. Let's take a look at the best of them...


Game of the Month | August 2013

Saints Row IV -- Saints Row IV might not be the game that the die-hard Saints Row 2 fans have hoped for, but neither is it the bundle of juvenalia that The Third became. Instead, Volition have taken the best of both worlds and forged a fantastically self-aware opus that proves phenomenally engrossing whether you're dipping into  it for a quick, cathartic blast after a long day or settling in for a few hours of extended gameplay.  It's wonderfully referential and surprisingly refined in its approach to mixing things up, it's frequently funny and provides a challenge consistently even when you fear you're about to become too powerful. But best of all, it's a whole damn heap of fun, whether alone or playing with a friend. 9/10

Game of the Month | August 2013

Papers. Please -- It is hard to deny that on paper (pun not intended) it doesn’t come across as a game that would be any fun, and admittedly it doesn’t bring anything new to the industry in terms of mechanics, but what it does do is blend everything together into an addictive and entertaining (if regularly frustrating) package that, just like its aesthetic design, ultimately create a memorable experience. It shouldn’t work, it shouldn’t be fun, but what Lucas Pope has crafted with Papers, Please is a pixellated triumph that blends point-and-click mechanics and a charming artstyle with increasingly fiendish observation puzzles. This is one indie game you should not miss. Glory to Arkstozka! 9/10


Game of the Month | August 2013

Rayman Legends -- It's effortlessly charming, fiendishly challenging, mechanically sublime, and stuffed with enough content to keep us coming back for more long into the winter months. It's a blast solo or with friends, whether you're playing together directly, or trying to best one another's scores in asynchronous fashion in the challenges. Put simply, Rayman Legends isn't just one of the best platformers we've seen in twenty years, but one of the very best games. Absolutely stunning. 10/10


So if you want to bag a copy of Rayman Legends, all you have to do in order to get involved is to let us know what your favourite game of the year thus far has been.

The competition will close on Thurs 5th September at noon.

This month's winner will be chosen by rummaging through haggis for a sign.

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 comment19 comments
james_chelliah  Sep. 1, 2013 at 16:13

Rayman for me, too. Anything with decent local co-op gets a look in for me, and, while the Rayman franchise has always been disposable in my mind, this game is very sleek, and most importantly, fun.

monkey13  Sep. 1, 2013 at 16:22

Poor year IMHO (certainly for the types of games I like)

I'd have to say Gunpoint.

Quietus  Sep. 1, 2013 at 17:05

Ni no Kuni. It's an all-out charm offensive that's impossible to resist. It's like being sucked into the Anime world that I've loved for decades. A magical game.:)

w0mbat  Sep. 1, 2013 at 17:15

For me......Tomb Raider.

Such a great game. All it missed was some single player campaign DLC.

james_chelliah  Sep. 1, 2013 at 17:17

Rayman for me, too. Anything with decent local co-op gets a look in for me, and, while the Rayman franchise has always been disposable in my mind, this game is very sleek, and most importantly, fun.

Oh, I thought this was game of the month. My mistake.

My game of the year, so far, is Ni No Kuni because CHARM.

Late  Sep. 1, 2013 at 17:21

Not been much for me this year, either. Pick of the bunch would have to be Bioshock Infinite. Columbia was a disappointment in comparison to Rapture, but that doesn't mean the game was bad. It had an interesting story, and probably the best companion AI ever.

[email protected]  Sep. 1, 2013 at 21:30

The Last of Us, I wasn't expecting much as zombies have been done to death :) but I loved the story, it was an emotional roller coaster that sucked me in from the opening scene till the final credits.

dklunan  Sep. 1, 2013 at 22:55

God this years been bad so far. It says it all that the most fun I've had has been the free to play
"Doritos Crash Course 2"

I think by the end of the year, Rayman will be on top well above even GTA V

soulleech  Sep. 1, 2013 at 23:49

Tomb Raider for me also. The revival of the franchise was done perfectly. The level of emotions they managed to capture on Lara's face make every death animation painful to watch and makes you want to try harder for Lara's sake, rather than your own!

Jaffo  Sep. 2, 2013 at 08:56

Bit tricky, as I'm usually well behind the cutting edge when it comes to gaming.

Fave game I've played so far this year is Mark of the Ninja but The Last of Us is probably the best, if overated, I've played that was released this year.

I'm hoping GTAV will be the answer when next asked!

stevenjameshyde  Sep. 2, 2013 at 09:36

Like Jaffo, I'm well behind the new release curve. Of what I've played this year, The Walking Dead and XCOM Enenmy Unknown have been standouts. Of what's actually been released this year, I've been disappointed with Bioshock Infinite and Ni No Kuni, and haven't played The LAst of Us or Tomb Raider yet

andydturner1  Sep. 2, 2013 at 23:45

Splinter Cell: Blacklist is my fave. Absolutely love it.

I bought The Last of Us last month....great game but, as others have pointed out, I do think its a tad overrated.

jb5  Sep. 3, 2013 at 10:50

The Last of Us, my favourite so far.
Looking forward to the XCOM:EU expansion.

DharmaJ  Sep. 4, 2013 at 08:48

Although it's technically not out for another week or so, ArmA 3 has been my GOTY. I love just dropping squads of soldiers into the map editor and having random firefights and can't wait to play the main island (I've resisted playing it via the dev branch up to now!).


SilverFox07  Sep. 4, 2013 at 15:33

Tomb Raider. Cribs from a lot of other games and has too many QTEs but a great reboot all the same.

flak_jacket  Sep. 5, 2013 at 10:43

Trials Evolution Gold Edition (PC) Finally got to move on from Trials 2!

MattGardner  Sep. 16, 2013 at 16:34

w0mbat! You won. Congrats!

There'll be something in your inbox shortly.

To everyone else, do enter at the end of September! Whatever the GOTM ends up being, it'll be fantastic. Picking it might be tricky, though not as tricky as Oct. and Nov. will be!

Late  Sep. 16, 2013 at 16:39

It'll be GTA:V :P

Congrats w0mbat! :D

Jaffo  Sep. 16, 2013 at 19:22

WD w0mbat ;)

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