It's been a big November. We've had the usual slew of massive blockbuster titles (though a dearth of new exciting IPs if one is being honest), but this month has been marked by the release of two brand new consoles more than anything else. Next-gen is now current-gen, and, to borrow a phrase, greatness awaits.
But it isn't quite here yet.
This month's rundown of the best games of the past 30 days or so is marked by developers at the height of their powers delivering outstanding experiences on consoles that they've been playing about with for the best part of a decade.
This month's honourable mentions go out to Battlefield 4, Dead Rising 3, NBA 2K14, Resogun, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, and Super Mario 3D World, and here are our picks for Game of the Month:
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - What do you do when you have not just one superhero, but an entire company's IP catalogue to play with for a LEGO game? Well, if you're Traveller's Tales, you create over 160 playable characters from all corners of the Marvel universe, and create a slap-up story rife with silliness that gives you an excuse to bung a whole bunch of fictional super geographical locations into one city, and let players loose in an open-world environment filled to the brim with love of the source material and plenty of slapstick comedy and in-jokes.
Oh, and local multiplayer, natch. Yet another absolutely brilliant LEGO title, and one that really expands on the series' core mechanics with more openness, diverse gameplay, unlockables, and Easter eggs than ever before. - 8/10
Tearaway - We haven't seen people this excited by the prospect of a Vita in some time, and it's not difficult to see why. Tearaway presents a charming and sumptuously beautiful adventure that begs to be played with, prodded, poked and tilted. It kind of out-Nintendos Nintendo in some ways, with a delightfully whimsical personality that shows off both the system's power and potential for its lesser-used input methods. Simply stunning. - 8/10
XCOM: Enemy Within - With XCOM: Enemy Within, Firaxis somehow managed to improve upon an already outstanding game. It takes familiar systems, builds on top of them and challenges us in new ways, once again wearing our fingernails down to the bone and frazzling our nerves by making us second-guess each and every decision we make on and off the battlefield. It's bigger, deeper, and more challenging than ever before, forcing players to rethink their approaches, and expanding massively on replayability once more. Plus, there were mechs. MECHS-COM! - 9/10
To win a copy of XCOM: Enemy Within, all you have to do this month is tell us how you'd repel an alien invasion.
The competition will close on Friday 6th December at noon.
This month's winner will be chosen through the medium of magnetic fishing.
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.
[NB. The original post of this month's GOTM did have a different set up with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag as the top shout. However, as has been pointed out (thanks Late!) AC4 featured as a runner-up last month. To be honest, Matt has been burbling about shiny next-gen pirates all throughout November, so it's not surprising he keeps trying to get people to take notice of it. And the next-gen version is much more solid and crisp and detailed released halfway. However, we thought it might be best if we gave another game a bit of a chance, hence the revamped article above. If you win and would prefer AC4, that can be arranged.]