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.
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.
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
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
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!