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Game of the Month | September 2012

Matt Gardner
Competitions, Freebies, Game of the Month

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.

Game of the Month | September 2012

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.


Game of the Month | September 2012

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

Game of the Month | September 2012

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

Game of the Month | September 2012

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

Good luck!

Add a comment20 comments
pazanne1  Oct. 1, 2012 at 19:08

This was game of the month as it has kept the hubby quiet since he got it leaving me free to shop shop shop.

skankyfish  Oct. 1, 2012 at 19:23

Definitely Borderlands 2 for me! It's relatively rare these days to find a split-screen co-op game, let alone one that's so much fun. My other half and I clocked up 7.5 hours co-op time on day 1, and loved every minute. I reckon we've got weeks of co-op gaming ahead :)

Blackhorse  Oct. 1, 2012 at 21:02

Going to have to be Borderlands 2, the humor cracks me up every time i play it.
The gameplay as a FPS is second to none and with the RPG elements to customise and mod makes it the cherry on the top!

Kopite211  Oct. 1, 2012 at 21:12

Unfortunately it has to be FIFA 13 after promising myself I wouldn't get sucked into ultimate team this year I already have a top squad three days after launch. Hours wasted ;)

Kopite211  Oct. 1, 2012 at 21:15

See I'm curious about Borderlands 2 but never got into the first, I felt it got a bit repetitive after a while, maybe it's just me.

NostromoXP  Oct. 1, 2012 at 21:52

Well, to be honest I have only played the Borderlands series this month, I spent the run up to Borderlands 2 release playing the original on steam as mordecai (played Lilith on the 360) and it is great to see where they have taken the characters during the 5 years since the original story.

It also highlights the improvements they have made to the basics of the game, just being able to walk over money and ammo drops to pick them up really makes a massive difference.

So just in case it wasn't clear I will have to vote for Borderlands 2 as my game of the month.

Last edited by NostromoXP, Oct. 1, 2012 at 21:53
Late  Oct. 1, 2012 at 21:54

See I'm curious about Borderlands 2 but never got into the first, I felt it got a bit repetitive after a while, maybe it's just me.

Totally with you - and can't help feeling I'm missing out. We definitely appear to be in the minority.

Off the top of my head the only September release on my shopping list is DOA5. It might be more basic than the likes of Tekken and juvenile with it's big jiggling boobs, but the family and I enjoy the Dead or Alive games.
Game of the month though? Can't say as I haven't bought it yet...

(Not entering the competition btw - I don't think I have a steam account. I'll sort one at some point...)

Quietus  Oct. 2, 2012 at 00:23

Borderlands 2, because Midge-Mong is the most hilarious name for anything, ever. I think I peed a little.:D

Pankratz  Oct. 2, 2012 at 07:39

At this moment, Borderlands 2 for me is not merely a game of the month but the whole year. Well, at least until the moment I get my hands on Dishonored :) B1 was for me like Diablo 2 from the first person perspective and set in a futuristic universum. With vehicles and gazillions of guns. B2 simply takes a couple of steps forward in the same direction, making everything bigger/better and still exceeding my expectations. And it doesn't often happen for a sequel to outshine it's predecessor.

stevenjameshyde  Oct. 2, 2012 at 10:21

I'm going to have to go for Borderlands 2 as well. This isn't exactly turning into the spirited argument you wanted, is it? :P

Arcturas  Oct. 2, 2012 at 11:24

Borderlands for me too!

ODB_69  Oct. 2, 2012 at 11:30

Bad Piggies

I'm addicted to it, better than Angry Birds

withersm1  Oct. 2, 2012 at 11:41

Borderlands 2 as I loved the humour and art style

Korma  Oct. 2, 2012 at 12:17

(Not a comp entry) I'd probably have to go with Torchlight 2 since I picked up the original in the Humble Bundle, but I really don't want to win it because I'm only just beginning to get deep into 1 and it would just sit idly by for months, tempting me to skip the rest of 1.

The game is so simple to 'mod' with it's editor or you can take someone else's mod and just copy it into a folder to try it, then delete it from the folder if you want to remove it.

Just something very simple, like adding an extra stash box or two in town took 5 minutes, the kind of thing some players would be nagging developers for for years to change in a patch or the sequel and something that can really enhance the gameplay.

Shadowmancer88  Oct. 7, 2012 at 15:51

I got borderlands 2 this month or blands 2 if you prefer, pretty decent for a grindy shotty looty fest of a game and certainly comes into its light with drop in and out co-op as the icing on the cake.

I didn't get either Little Big Planet or Torchlight 2 this month :( the beat for Little Big Planet was pretty decent so I may pick it up later on. As for Torchlight, I really enjoyed the original one on Steam and I might replay through it again soon as it just featured in the recent humble bundle.

Kopite211  Oct. 8, 2012 at 14:29

So who won? Give us the deets?

MattGardner  Oct. 8, 2012 at 14:48

Emails have just gone out. Congrats to stevenjameshyde and skankyfish. If you take a peek at your inboxes, you should find a nice little code for Torchlight II.

I don't want to spoil October's, but we've only just cleared the first week, and it's already going to be hard to pick a GOTM. Wooo for Silly Season!

Kopite211  Oct. 8, 2012 at 22:23

Congratulations to both! Will it always be a steam related giveaway?

MattGardner  Oct. 8, 2012 at 23:18

No. Should the game be multiplatform, winners will be able to choose a platform of choice. In this instance, though, Runic themseves were kind enough to provide us with two Steam codes.

Kopite211  Oct. 9, 2012 at 21:14

Ah, good stuff. The next one will draw some interest!

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