Welcome to our new Game of the Month feature. On the first of every month, we'll be casting our eyes back over the past few weeks to determine the best games of the period, and giving you folks the chance to win a copy of our twelve top monthly picks.
Gamescom gave way to a little lull as everyone bought Sleeping Dogs, but then the releases started coming thick and fast. Honourable mentions must go to plucky indie titles such as Qasir Al-Wasat, FTL, and Klei's outstanding Mark of the Ninja. The football war kicked off with PES 2013 delivering an astounding level of player contro, with EA Canada upping their game too for FIFA 13. Other games of notice included War of the Roses, Tekken Tag 2, and the utterly brilliant Black Mesa, which outdid Valve at their own game.
But there were three titles that stood head and shoulders above the rest for sheer quality, compelling content, and massive replayability.
Borderlands 2 - There ain't no rest for the wicked, and we really didn't get any. As soon as Gearbox's loot-grabbing FPS came out, sleep was a thing of the past, and the driving force in our lives became the incessant urge to punch Handsome Jack in the knackers. It gave us more of everything, and we revelled in its gloriousness. 9/10
LittleBigPlanet Vita - The Vita has proven to be something of an undercooked console purely due to the lack of third-party love it's received...heck, even Sony have been relatively rubbish at getting excited for it. But with LBPV, Vita owners finally had a reason to rejoice. It's probably the only game you'll ever actually need for the system, and it's arguably Sackboy's finest adventure to date. 9/10
Game of the Month: September 2012 - Torchlight II
We don't hand out tens lightly, not at all. Torchlight II didn't get full marks for giving us exactly what we wanted, even though it accomplished that in spades. It got 10/10 for being the very best a loot-driven RPG can possibly be - ludicrously fun, gorgeous to look at, incredibly deep, and yet astoundingly accessible. Not only that, but it was yours for under £15.
Some would have called that madness. We called it pretty damn close to perfection. In fact, here's Jon's emphatic endorsement from his glowing review:
Torchlight II is everything you could want from a loot-driven RPG; an emphatic marriage of style, substance, compulsion and proper, undeniable fun. Runic Games have given players everything they could want and more, and a gameplay experience that approaches perfection if you've even the slightest interest in the genre.
Considering the unbelievably generous price, longevity and inevitable slew of fan-created content, you absolutely cannot afford to miss this one.
Congratulations, Runic. You've gone and bagged our inaugural Game of the Month award!
To celebrate this, we're giving two lucky readers the chance to win a free copy of Torchlight II. All you have to do to enter is tell us what your game of the month was and why in the comments box below. Do feel free to strike up a conversation, we love a bit of argumentative debate here on Dealspwn, but you'll only be entered once.
We'll choose the winners through an incredibly deep process that will almost certainly involve a coin, a die, a hat, three blind mice, a divining rod, a darts board, and a psychic jellyfish. Or possibly none of those things.
The competition will close on Friday 5th at 11:59pm.
A few little house rules:
- UK entrants only please
- Winners must have a valid Steam account
- No duplicate accounts
- Please use a valid email address