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Game of the Month | October 2012

Matt Gardner
Assassin's Creed III, Competitions, Dishonored, Forza Horizon, Game of the Month, Hotline Miami, NBA 2K13, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Game of the Month | October 2012

And the Game of the Month for October goes too...Warfighter!

Just kidding. The fact of the matter is that even though EA's flagship FPS for this year proved disappointing, there's simply been no time to really dwell on it thanks to a barrage of engrossing, outstanding releases this month that have included the likes of The Walking Dead: Episode 4, Hotline Miami, Forza Horizon, Pokemon Black/White 2, NBA 2K13 and Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams.

But we'd hypothesised that this month would come down to three big titles, and we were absolutely right.


Game of the Month | October 2012

Assassin's Creed III - Our review is still ongoing, but we've played enough of it thus far to know that Ubisoft have delivered a staggeringly vast singleplayer experience that defines the word epic. Connor's story is meticulously crafted, and utterly engrossing, with the sheer scale of things do in the game proving both mind-boggling impressive, and ultimately liberating.

Game of the Month | October 2012

Dishonored - We called it nothing short of astonishing, and Arkane's stealth-'em-up is a richly rewarding experience that empowers players from the shadows and provides open-ended gameplay with the satisfaction of player choice. Dunwall gave us a beautifully diseased world in which to immerse ourselves, and in Corvo Attano we found a blank canvas onto which we could priject our murderous desires. As we said in the review, "it doesn't matter that the penned story falls a bit short, because frankly the narratives that you'll write yourself are the ones you'll remember ." 9/10

Game of the Month: October 2012 - XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Game of the Month | October 2012

Firaxis gave a masterclass in how to reboot a classic franchise with XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Retaining the spirit and the core essence of the original game, they not only updated and smoothed the mechanics for 21st century platforms, they also brought deep, rewarding, strategic action to consoles, delivering a game the likes of which the Xbox 360 and PS3 have never seen before. Frequently punishing, furiously addictive, and thoroughly engaging, here was yet another game that gave you, the player, the opportunity to make game-changing, world-changing decisions, and forge your own path through a non-linear narrative that twisted and turned in response to the things that you did.

That you could send your friends into battle was a nice personal touch too. 9/10


So here's the money shot. Readers have a chance to bag themselves a copy of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, on whichever platform they desire. All you have to do to enter is tell us what you'd do if aliens invaded Earth in the comments box below.

As per usual, we'll use an algorithmic picking-process based on Real Science, mock reviews, and Derren Brown's mum. Or we'll close oour eyes and chuck darts at a wall full of names.

The competition will close on Sunday 4th at 11:59pm.

A few little house rules:

  • UK entrants only please
  • No duplicate accounts
  • Please use a valid email address

Good luck!

NB. Remember, there are loads of freebies to potentially be had this week. Sign up for the Hawken beta here (and maybe win a t-shirt), and click here to enter our Halloween Walking Dead competition!


Add a comment24 comments
ODB_69  Nov. 1, 2012 at 14:16

I'd greet them with open arms and see what vast knowledge they'd bring us...

However if they were hostile I'd drive to the nearest army base and load myself up with as much heavy munititions as I possibly could! Realistically though I'd move everything I could to a secure location, fortify myself and then while away the hours to Alien enslavement by shooting Alien scum in various Alien based shooters as much as I could manage to get hold of (looting Game before locking everything down)whilst rocking myself to sleep every night holding a blunt heavy instrument for protection and wishing the plot of War of the Worlds to come true

Korma  Nov. 1, 2012 at 14:17

If aliens tried invading Earth I'd work out a deal where we let them have it and take off in their ships right before it all ends in December. Suckers :)

Jez777  Nov. 1, 2012 at 14:19

I'd use my finely honed assault rifle skills to bring those alien invaders to their knees (or whatever they have instead of knees!) First person shooters give you real life skills, right??

Cwiiis  Nov. 1, 2012 at 14:44

If aliens invaded Earth, I'd run away to the most remote spot I could find, like the huge wimp I am. Alternatively, I'd head down the pub and hole up in there, Shaun of the Dead style.

Parkhour  Nov. 1, 2012 at 15:24

If aliens invade the earth, I would join them - Muahahaha!

Doors  Nov. 1, 2012 at 15:29

If aliens invaded Earth, I'd run away to the most remote spot I could find, like the huge wimp I am. Alternatively, I'd head down the pub and hole up in there, Shaun of the Dead style.

Here, here. To the Winchester!

Late  Nov. 1, 2012 at 15:31

If/when the alien scout lands in my street and comes knocking at my door I'll pull up a seat for him, sign him up an xbox profile, and hand him my second controller.
Not sure what you folks are all being so confrontational about!

Unfortunately he won't be playing XCOM with me, though, because:
(a) it's only single player;
(b) I don't have a copy (yet); and
(c) he'd probably find it a bit xenophobic, to be honest - and I don't want him getting a bit uppity...

Edit - typo

Last edited by Late, Nov. 1, 2012 at 15:42
steve81  Nov. 1, 2012 at 15:35

I'd invite them over for tea and crumpets to hold peace talks, and have 2 snipers on the roof in overwatch mode just in case things went sour.

Quietus  Nov. 1, 2012 at 15:49

If aliens invaded the earth I'd make their heads explode by having Jedward repeatedly perform some paradox-dubstep, which consists of dubstep performed using only a cow bell and a kazoo, and the repeated line "This statement is false."

Bargeinion  Nov. 1, 2012 at 16:43

I'd beg them to take me with them when they leave - as long as there would be no **** probes involved!

Breadster  Nov. 1, 2012 at 17:12

I'd get them to play MoH Warfighter...

...so I could find a way to stop them while they're distracted by its awesomeness of course!

lukeyboi89  Nov. 1, 2012 at 17:15

Assuming they were similar in form to the aliens from the Simpsons, I would ask them to partake in some tentacles porn (google is your friend,or rather not in this case :-))

Anarchist  Nov. 1, 2012 at 17:53

I'd get my hair cut, have a shave, dress up in my Saturday night finest, and attempt to pull them.

It would be kind of like when we used to have competitions on nights out to get off with our mates mum who we always saw down there. The first person to score an alien, wins!

dklunan  Nov. 1, 2012 at 18:26

I'd just stay where I am in Glasgow, they aliens won't come here - I mean, who would come here by choice?

Shadowmancer88  Nov. 1, 2012 at 18:42

If aliens invaded then they are quite bored obviously,I'd introduce them to a wide variety of games while over a cup of tea. If the are hostile then I'll throw my Xbox 360 at them grab my rolling pin and proceed to go down town on their head/heads, then run to my nearest gun shop and prepare to board their mothership Independence day style.

cheekyMcB  Nov. 1, 2012 at 19:12

I'd hide, find out if they were hostile, then decide my next actions accordingly.

Zeipher  Nov. 1, 2012 at 22:59

I'd play the most epic version of hide-and-seek that there has ever been. I don't imagine any friendly Aliens 'invading' anywhere. I may be a coward, but I'd be one of the breathing kinds... :)

Kopite211  Nov. 2, 2012 at 00:05

I'd drive at them as fast as possible in a glorious charge while blasting Fortunate Son out of the windows. Happy days.

kid_jump  Nov. 2, 2012 at 06:35

If they did, id just get the people i care about (if they havent hopefully been taken) and head to somewhere safe, maybe a prison or just somewhere we can lay low and wait for all this to blow over *shaun of the dead winchester reference i guess*

Jaffo  Nov. 2, 2012 at 09:34

I'd invite their leader round for a cup of tea and in the corner of the lounge would be a hamster in a cage.

If the hamster was still there when I came back from brewing up, they're ok.

BishBashBoshy  Nov. 3, 2012 at 09:42

Tool up and take 'em down!
After all, in any perilous situation all sorts of tools and special abilities 'magically' come your way - just in time and just about sufficient to deal with the problem at hand.
Unless I'm wearing my red T-Shirt that is!

NostromoXP  Nov. 3, 2012 at 19:26

It all depends on what they look like, if we are talking Natasha Henstridge from Species then I think a friendly approach would be required. However if we are talking about the blob then a shotgun may be in order...

I wonder if a shotgun would do much against a gelatinous ball of goo.

bishibashi  Nov. 3, 2012 at 23:04

If aliens invaded the Earth, I think I would simply cry.

After several hours, I could then use the collected tears as a weapon and administer salty justice.

Thanks Signs... you weren't a complete waste of 2 hours after all.

Kopite211  Nov. 5, 2012 at 20:45

Who won then? You should make a news item of it, I'm sure it would help attract more to the cause.

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