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Game of the Month | November 2013

Matt Gardner
Game of the Month

Game of the Month | November 2013

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:


Game of the Month | November 2013

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

Game of the Month | November 2013

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


Game of the Month | November 2013

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.

Good luck!

[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.]

Add a comment36 comments
Late  Dec. 2, 2013 at 12:02

Sorry 'bout that, lads!

I'd repel the aliens with Mechs, naturally.
Is there any other way?!

stevenjameshyde  Dec. 2, 2013 at 12:12

Popular documentary Mars Attacks! gives us all the information that we need to repel an alien invasion. Now, obviously alien technology has improved a lot since it's 1996 release, and aliens are fully resistant to the musical stylings of Slim Whitman. Fortunately, we have almost a decade's worth of X Factor winner's singles on our side - there's nary a species in the galaxy that can withstand a rendition of Alexandra Burke's "Hallelujah"

RuFfEndZ  Dec. 2, 2013 at 13:22

I'd give a genetically enhanced Will Smith a cargo loader mounted with a PA system blasting out yodelling at full volume, and if that fails, go into hiding for a fortnight and let our atmosphere do it for us!

BiggusT  Dec. 2, 2013 at 13:29

I would stop them by throwing waves of the worlds finest rookies at them. The survivors would be gods amongst men and they will push the aliens off the world!

BigTJ  Dec. 2, 2013 at 13:32

I would stop them by throwing waves of the worlds finest rookies at them. The survivors would be gods amongst men and they will push the aliens off the world!

BishBashBoshy  Dec. 2, 2013 at 13:42

One at a time with a Sniper rifle!
Hours of fun. ;)

X10  Dec. 2, 2013 at 13:45

I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Late  Dec. 2, 2013 at 14:16

I'm a big fan of that strategy, X10, but I'm not sure it's best on home territory! X)

LordBuckles  Dec. 2, 2013 at 14:23

I think the only solution would be to make Brian Blessed dress up as Vultan and charge at them on a Hawkman rocket cycle whilst continuously shouting to confuse them.

Then after a quick chat with the G-Man he would of figured out what's going on and deployed Gordon Freeman to unleash his personal brand of alien face smashing crowbar action on them.

At which point of course Brian Blessed would thunderously announce "Gordons Arriveeeeddddd!"

Hearing that alone would deter any would be alien invaders.

Last edited by LordBuckles, Dec. 2, 2013 at 14:38
mrzootsuit  Dec. 2, 2013 at 18:47


Last edited by mrzootsuit, Dec. 5, 2013 at 22:48
Quietus  Dec. 2, 2013 at 20:10

Simple, really. If aliens were taking over our world, I would point at my fellow humans, and let out an almighty screech.

No, hang on a second...oO

aligreen2099  Dec. 2, 2013 at 22:41

I'd would show them Justin Bieber. I'm sure they'll leave after that.

Yukes  Dec. 3, 2013 at 08:54

Keeping with the recent Legend of Zelda theme, I would wax lyrical about the beautifully-crafted worlds, perfectly tuned gameplay, vibrant characters, and instilled sense of adventure that the majority of the Zelda games possess.

Then I would make the aliens play the Zelda CD-i games, pointing to these as evidence of the atrocities that mankind is capable off. That should make them leave sharpish!

MattGardner  Dec. 3, 2013 at 09:21

For the record, and given the festive season is almost upon us, my method would almost certainly be brussel sprout farts.

X10  Dec. 3, 2013 at 14:10

I'm a big fan of that strategy, X10, but I'm not sure it's best on home territory! X)

If they landed in the USA first then it would be a no-brainer really!

Adster  Dec. 5, 2013 at 14:26

Find an old Apple Mac with a quickly written virus on it and plug it in to their ship. Job done.

ScotWill  Dec. 5, 2013 at 17:22

A mass Vuvuzela event. Actually, extermination by aliens might be preferable.

screally  Dec. 5, 2013 at 17:31

Hmm, they use Britney tracks to ward off pirates. So, maybe Bonnie Tyler tracks?

socialjeebus  Dec. 5, 2013 at 17:50

Play a non-stop mix of Christmas and Payday Loan TV ads on a bunch of big screens strategically placed around their landing zone....then send in a welcoming party led by the 2 times bankrupt, one time Iceland mother of the year Kerry Katona.

Naturally the welcoming party would consist of a bunch of festively dressed, plump, middle-aged carol singers and chuggers asking them for 'donations'!

Hopefully they'd take pity on our insanity, but not enough to put us out of our misery!

It should be more than enough to scare them off anyway!

Last edited by socialjeebus, Dec. 5, 2013 at 17:53
bloodgear  Dec. 5, 2013 at 19:16

I'd blow up the moon!

Yes, it sounds daft. It cause a massive shift in gravitational fields but all of the debris from it would make us impenetrable. They'd risk destroying their own ships. They'd be crazy to fly into it.

This is all based on them not having a Han Solo or Millenium Falcon in their ranks. If that happens, I'll be in my DeLorean.

CaptainWest  Dec. 5, 2013 at 20:03

To repel the aliens I would send endless transmissions to their mothership consisting of a 24 hours a day broadcast of "The Antics of Joey Essex" and watch them fly away!

sca1972  Dec. 5, 2013 at 23:26

To repel aliens, gather together a bunch of decrepit old action movie actors. Give them lots of guns and point them at the aliens. The X(com)pendables, where the enemy within is arthritis.

Lemming  Dec. 6, 2013 at 08:12

I'd do nothing and welcome our new alien overlords with open arms... After all they can't do much worse than our current leadership ;)

Jaffo  Dec. 6, 2013 at 09:03

If history has taught us anything, it is that alien invaders will be defeated by bacteria. So let's leave them to get on with it while we play XCOM.

Besides, the chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one. That's what they said, anyway.


johnmmmkay  Dec. 6, 2013 at 09:06

Only real way......get this guy to sort em out


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